Sergeant Bill and His Horse Bob
Modern-day visitors to Baltimore's Inner Harbor would hardly recognize the waterfront of Peter E. Dans's latest children's book. A bustling port that housed the busiest intersection in the U.S., the Baltimore harbor of 1937 to 1955 was teeming with longshoremen, horse-drawn wagons, cars, and pedestrians all of them directed almost like a ballet by Sergeant Bill McKeldin and his trusty horse Bob. Sergeant Bill and His Horse Bob is a playful profile of this real-life Baltimore figure, the brother of Theodore McKeldin, a Baltimore mayor and later Governor of Maryland.
Sergeant Bill and His Horse Bob is another gem celebrating Baltimore, and a fun reimagining of a beloved public figure's service to his city.
Featuring lively illustrations by Mary Grace Corpus, the book gives young readers a glimpse of an earlier time and the local character who helped define it. Dans takes us to a time before stoplights and signals, when Sergeant Bill perched in a traffic booth at the intersection of Light and Pratt Streets, his horse Bob standing nearby with his nose in the direction of traffic flow. We learn how Sergeant Bill got his nickname, the Whistler of Pratt and Light Street, and when Sergeant Bill got a visit from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
2015, Peter E. Dans, 28 pp, Hardcover
Check out Peter E. Dans's other story, Perry's Baltimore Adventure: A Bird's-Eye View of Charm City.