Thaggard, Janie M. The Bad Little 'Possum and Sixteen Other Children's Stories; Illustrated by F. Mark Johnson. Johnson Publishing, 1984. 
Gold illustrated cloth, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, 48 pp. Very good. Hardcover.
With illustration of the author, a native of Cumberland County, North Carolina. Born on a farm in Hope Mills, she taught at King Hiram School when a young woman. Styled by some "another Grandma Moses," her articles and poetry were published in the North Carolina State Magazine and in anthologies of the State Society of Published Poets. Here is her delightful collection of stores for children.