The Tell-A-Tale book, "Wonderful Tony". My mother read it to me around 1949 when I was four. I was able to purchase it for $30 as a collectible because I wondered about the features that made it great. I just wrote a children's story, "Lucky, the Left-Pawed Puppy" and the sequel will have the same theme of altruism and the alliterative features that make a children's picture book popular. Have you looked at the website for the Society of Children's Book Authors and Illustrators? In my second book, which as a picture book for kindergarteners needs under 1000 words, I'm going to include the alliterative features and repetitive features that I didn't include in "Lucky..." In "Wonderful Tony," the lines are repeated: "Tony grew thinner and thinner and thinner. And he grew smaller, and smaller and smaller. And all the friends of the barnyard begged him, "Please Tony, please eat. But Tony wouldn't eat." My mother used to tell me a story that kept repeating the lines: "Epandamonis, you haven't the sense you were born with." Great story. The little boy kept using the mother's previous instruction for a new task and ruining whatever he was doing. When you take the butter to town, you have to cool it in the water." So the little boy takes the sausage to town next (or something like that) and cools it in the water. Over and over, the mom says the same refrain, "Epandamonis, you haven't the sense you were born with." BTW, I have the name of a marvelous children's artist in the UK who illustrated my book. Check out my children's publishing hub for links. Best of luck. I'm NOT a children's book author, but I ended up being a children's author (tee hee).