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Gallery of Children
I'm looking for a picture book that my mother had in the 30's. It may be older than that, but it was a collection of related stories and was very British in tone. The cover was a blue-green color and I believe it had a picture from one of the stories about children at the seashore. One of the "seashore" stories involved a little girl (Melinda?) being swept out to sea by a huge wave and being found, quite unharmed, after much frantic searching. The stories I remember best, though, was about twins named William and Willemina Good(e). Their clothes were monogrammed so that people could tell them apart before Willemina's hair grew long enough, but the person doing the work always put the same monogram (WG or Billy Good) on all the clothes by mistake. William said that he could hear so well that he could hear snails breathing and Willemina countered that she could hear snails NOT breathing.

A A Milne, A Gallery of Children, 1925.  I found the title and author, now I just need the book!

Gammage Cup
This is a fantasy book with a character named "Muggles." She is looking for a Family Tree.  The Periods are like the ruling class with names like Ltd. (pronounced "litted").  I read this in the 4th grade around 1980.  There may be the word Mountain or Moon in the title.

Carole Kendall, The Gammage Cup.
The Gamage Cup (Harcourt, 1959)   "A handful of Minnipins, a sober and sedate people, rise up against the Periods, the leading family of an isolated mountain valley, and are exiled to a mountain where they discover that the ancient enemies of their people are preparing to attack." Major characters= Fooley (balloonist), Gummy (writer), Curley Green (painter).

Garden Behind the Moon
About a child who follows the light of the moon up to moon itself.

M41 Moon path -- The Garden Behind the Moon by Howard Pyle? Plot description from the Parabola reprint (1993) "A lonely young boy discovers the secret of walking the glimmering path across the ocean waves to the moon, where he then learns of the beautiful, happy garden behind the moon"
M41 moon path: more on the suggested Garden Behind the Moon, a Real Story of the Moon Angel, by Howard Pyle, copyright 1895, reprinted 1988 by Parabola. "David, a lonely young boy who's ridiculed as a "moon-calf" by the other children in his seaside village, one night learns the secret of walking the glimmering path on the ocean, where he discovers the beautiful, happy garden behind the moon. Passing behind the Moon Angel, he also passes into manhood and starts on a hero's journey to bring lost treasures back to earth, riding a winged horse and fighting a giant along the way and winning the hand of a princess in the end... Howard Pyle wrote this book following the death of his young son. It is a touching and tender allegory."

Garden Under the Sea
"The Undersea Garden" (??) 1950s or very early 1960s.  For young children: about anthropomorphized marine creatures like starfish, etc., who live in an underwater garden.

George Selden, The Garden Under the Sea, 1957.  "Humorous juvenile fiction, where talking starfish and crabs and lobsters make an underwater garden of the things people leave behind on the beach, like people do when finding rocks and shells and glass from the sea."

click here for imageGarland for Girls
The title of the book in question is A Garland For Girls which I believe is for the preteen age reader of the feminine type.  If I had the author's name, I'd be in business!  Thanks for your help.

I believe that's Louisa May Alcott.  Originally published in 1908.

Gary and the Very Terrible Monster
I'm trying to remember the name of the book that involved a little boy and his imaginary friend, who was a big monster.  I think the monster was blue or something.  The name "Harry" comes to mind.  The little boy always blamed his monster for things like putting a fly in a little girl's milk and breaking the neighbor's window.  Does this ring a bell? Thanks!

Sound like a cross between Mary Chase's Harvey (the seven foot rabbit) and the comic strip by Crockett Johnson called Barnaby...
I10 I just bought this book at a thrift shop. Gary and the Very Terrible Monster by Barbara Williams, illustrated by Lois Axeman, Watertower, 1973. "When Gary was five, he had a pet monster, a very terrible monster. His name was Mr. Green Nose." Mr. Green Nose makes a terrible noise "a noise like a little boy burping" Because only Gary can see Mr. Green Nose, other people think it's Gary who throws the rock through Mr. Mudd's window into his goldfish bowl, ties cans to Mrs. Fitt's fat cat and puts a fly in Debbie White's milk.
I10 imaginary friend monster: Gary and the Very Terrible Monster sounds like a good match - Gary is close to Harry, and the fly in the milk episode sounds pretty distinctive.

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There was also a book about two pig children (boy and girl) that go on an adventure, starting by hitchhiking. The person/animal that picks them up locks them in a barn to fatten them up, and they escape and jump onto a train to get home. Sounds like a bizarre premise for a children's picture book, but I swear I read it at my gramma's. Help me! Let me know that other folks remember these books, and it's not just me!

I'm hoping you can help find a cherished book from my childhood.  It was one of my favorites, but I believe my little brother destroyed it, (he was a book shredder in his toddler years).  I read your Stumper page and believe it may be the same book being searched for under P4?  Two pigs, a brother & sister, I believe their names were Francine & Francois traveled to Paris, they rode a train & a cruise ship & were locked in a barn to be fattened up.  They escaped & returned home.  I believe the book was old when it was read to me, some 30 years ago.  Would love to have it again to relive childhood memories.  Would appreciate any help your site can offer.  Thanks!
I think I remember the same book.  I've been looking for it on the Internet. I think it's a Little Golden Book called Gaston and Josephine (I remember that when I read references to "Alphonse & Gaston" I thought they were talking about my book.)  I remember something about the two little pigs go into the dining car but they don't have any money for their food, and the
little boy pig wears a navy blue sailor suit and sort of a blue tam with a white pom-pom.
P-4  Gaston and Josephine! Yes!  Those were the pigs. How could I ever forget those names...
Yes, indeed. It's Little Golden Book #65 by Georges Duplaix and illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky in 1949. And hard to find, of course! 

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click here for imageGauntlet
The Gauntlet: This is a type of "coming-of-age" novel about a contemporary boy who, by slipping on an armoured gauntlet, is transported to another life as a squire in medieval England. I read this book at the age of 10 or 11 and was enthralled by it. I have children of my own now who I think would enjoy the story, if it can be found.

I'm pretty sure that the book is The Gauntlet, by Ronald Welch. Oxford U. Press, date unknown. I can check my copy at home if you like.
See also the listing under Danny Dunn: Invisible Boy.
Description from Four to Fourteen: a library of books for children compiled by K.M. Lines, 2d ed. 1956:
Welch, Ronald, The Gauntlet illustrated by T.R. Freeman, Oxford Univ Press, 1951 "The finding of an armoured gauntlet takes schoolboy Peter back into the past and through his experiences the reader shares life in a castle on the Welsh Border in the fourteenth century."
Welch, Ronald. The Gauntlet.  Illustrated by T.R. Freeman.  Oxford University Press, 1952.  VG/VG.  <SOLD>  

Genevieve Goes to Bed Early
Seeking a children's book called "xxxx Goes To Bed Early."  The xxxx is a girl's name.  The story is about a little girl who, since she's always tired, is told by the doctor to go to bed an hour earlier every night.  She takes him literally, and each night goes to bed an hour earlier than the previous night, reversing night and day for a while.  Very funny book.

Genevieve Goes to Bed Early (title of story within book).  This was a story within a collection of short stories  not a separate book. I can't remember the title, author or any of the other stories, but I do remember that this was the title of the story. I read it as a child in England in around 1966/1967. So not really a solution, but a little additional info.

click here for imageGeorge and Martha
Hello I was so impressed by the answers to my first "Stumpers' that I thought I would try another.  This book was published relatively recently, in the 1980s sometime, I believe, and it was a chapter book.  The main characters were animals.  I think they were hippos, but I'm not sure, and the female hippo? may have been named Martha.  Anyway, the male and female hippo are good friends and have adventures together.  The only one I can recall is they sail down a river on some type of tour boat and at one of the stops there is an alligator who I think runs some type of museum and who seems nice but is really suspicious. Does this win the prize for vagueness? :)  I hope that someone can recogniz this book; it was cute and I'd love to read it again. Thanks!!

hee, hee, I love it when I know the answer!  George and Martha by James Marshall.  There were several in the series, starring simple drawings of very funny (and big) hippoes.  I don't know why these books aren't better known, they're classic!  Maurice Sendak, for one, spares no praise for the "judicious, humane, witty, and astonishingly clever head of James Marshall."
The original books are hard to find, but these are new and in stock:
Marshall, James.  George and Martha.  Houghton Mifflin, 1972.  New hardcover edition, $16
Marshall, James.  George and Martha: The Complete Stories of Two Best Friends.  With a foreword by Maurice Sendak.  Houghton Mifflin, 1972-1988, 1997.  New hardcover edition, $25
Marshall, James.  George and Martha: The Complete Stories of Two Best Friends. Foreword by Maurice Sendak.  Houghton Mifflin, 1997.  New hardback,  $25
Marshall, James.  George and Martha.  Houghton Mifflin, 1972.  New hardback,  $16  New paperback, $7
Marshall, James.  George and Martha Encore.  Houghton Mifflin, 1973.  New paperback, $7
Marshall, James.  George and Martha Rise and Shine.  Houghton Mifflin, 1976.  New paperback, $7
Marshall, James.  George and Martha One Fine Day.  Houghton Mifflin, 1978.  New hardback,  $16.  New paperback, $7
Marshall, James.  George and Martha Tons of Fun.  Houghton Mifflin, 1980  New hardback,  $16.  New book.  $16
Marshall, James.  George and Martha Back in Town.  Houghton Mifflin, 1984.  New hardback,  $16.  New paperback, $7
Marshall, James.  George and Martha Round and Round.  Houghton Mifflin, 1988.  New hardback,  $16.  New paperback, $7
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Georgie and the Robbers
I remember two masked robbers in a barn with a 1930's style car.  A owl peeked around the corner and scared them, you could see only half the owl.  Maybe something dressed up as a ghost to scare them away.  Came with a record.

This sounds familiar - could it be Georgie and the Robbers, a smallish paperback I believe Scholastic book, probably from the 70's?
Robert Bright, Georgie and the Robbers. This is definetely Georgie and the Robbers It is still in print.

          here for imageGeraldine Belinda
I am looking for the children's book called Geraldine Belinda Mabel Scott. It was written around the 1940's. On the cover is the picture of a little girl dressed in a pink coat, carrying a muff and wearing high button top shoes. She has pigtails. Do you have the book? I do not know the author or publisher but would like to purchase the book.

Thanks for your message.  We have two copies of Geraldine Belinda in stock...
Hi, I just want to be sure it is the book I am looking for. I thought it was called Geraline Belinda Mabel Scott. What is the picture on the cover of the book. Thank you.
It's the right book.  The dj shows a little girl flouncing across the cover with hands in a muff and braids trailing behind.  The first page talks about Geraldine Belinda Marybel Scott.
I am delighted that you have the book. Please reserve one for me.
Ever heard of a book called Geraldine Belinda Marybell Scott - a childhood favorite of mine.  Would love to get copy for grandchildren.

Yes, and I have a beautiful copy of Geraldine Belinda for you.
Henry, Marguerite.  Geraldine BelindaIllustrated by Gladys Rourke
Blackwood.  Platt & Munk, 1942.  Glossy folded pages with softly
illustrated plates.  Red cloth with pictorial paste-on and dust jacket
with only minor chips.  VG/VG.  <SOLD>

        here for imageGhost Belonged to Me
My fifth grade class was read a book in the early seventies. I seem to recall the book was written in the syle of a diary or first person naration of a boy. I think the boy may have gotten in trouble a lot. He was always falling in and out of a state of infatuation with a girl he dubbed "the spider". That's all I can remember.

S11 may very well be Richard Peck's The Ghost Belonged to Me, about Alexander Armstrong and Blossom Culp ("the spidery-legged little spook") who Alexander continually refers to as a spider. It was made into a Disney TV movie in the 76-77 timespan.  I am having fun with these, and I'm suggesting the site to others!

I have no idea if this was a book or not.  I saw this movie on TV when I was young (mid to late 70s), so it was probably a Disney or Sunday night movie for kids.  It was about a boy in the South (Louisiana?) who discovers the ghost of a little girl.  She asks for his help in solving her murder. I think she was thrown down a well.  Maybe by an uncle.  I think it was antebellum or thereabouts.  I've tried Disney sites and haven't had any luck, so I thought I would try you.
G10:  The Disney movie is Child of Glass. It is based on the book The Ghost Belonged to Me by Richard Peck.
Peck, Richard.  The Ghost Belonged to Me.  Puffin paperback reprint, 1997.  New.  $5
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Ghost Next Door
I am trying to find the name of a book that I read as a child.  It was about two children who were living in a house with a pond nearby.  A girl named Miranda once lived in the house and drowned in the lake. The children are trying to find out about her, and they find her diary and a ceramic (I think) owl that she made when she was alive.  Does this sound familiar to anyone?  Thanks so much!

Yes! I know this one and I have the book right in front of me!!  The book the reader is looking for under M19 is The Ghost Next Door by Wylly Folk St. John.
THE GHOST NEXT DOOR by Wylly Folk St. John, 1971

I have been looking for a book that I read as a child.  I've received several responses in the past from sites like this one, but none of them have been the right one.  I remember that the "ghost" in the story is named Miranda--she drowned as the child.  The two children who are staying at the house find her diary and a ceramic owl that she made.  They are trying to solve some sort of mystery surrounding here.  Anyone have a clue?  Thanks!
The Ghost Next Door, by Wylly Folk St. John, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman, published Harper 1971, 178 pages. "Miranda Alston was deeply loved by her aunt Judith. After her parents' divorce, Miranda and her father came to live in Georgetown with her aunt, and Miss Judith became mother and friend to the lonely little girl. Together they made roses turn blue, had a secret place in which they left small notes to each other, and created a cement owl 'with love in its eyes'. Then in a pond at the back of the property, Miranda was accidentally drowned. Miss Judith was shattered, and Dr. Alston, unable to restrain his grief, left the family home and tried to bury the memory of his daughter in his work. Consequently, when he returned to Georgetown - for the first time since the tragedy - with his second wife and their 10 year old daughter Sherry, all mention of Miranda was carefully avoided. And then Sherry developed a mysterious playmate - one who could not be put to rest until both she and her half-sister were once again lovingly recognized by their family. The plot, which is narrated by the budding-adolescent-next-door, Lindsey Morrow, is punctuated with seances, pregnant rabbits, and infamous psychics." (HB Apr/72 p.148)

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My parents gave this one away when I left for school, I hope that somebody can remember the name of the book.  It's a mystery that involves two young boys, one of whom is a ghost.  The ghost used to live in the house in which the boy and his family now live.  I believe that the two names were Nathaniel and Miles, although I can't remember which was which. The boy sleeps in the room which was at one time the ghost's bedroom and the ghost had carved his name either on the wall by the bed, or maybe on the headboard.  I can't remember very many details of the mystery.  The one thing I do remember very well, because it was something I had never heard of at the time, is that a third boy was describing what a hex was and how it could be used.

I think that person is looking for The Ghost of Dibble Hollow by May Nickerson Wallace.
Wallace, Mary Nickerson.  The Ghost of Dibble Hollow.  Illustrated by Orin Kincade, cover by Dom Lupo. NY: Scholastic Book Services, 1965, 4th printing, 1967.  Paperback with creases on front cover.  G+.  Hard to find!  $45
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I thought I remembered the exact title, but can't find it anywhere listed under this title, so I could be mixed-up.  The Nine LIves of Thomasina, about the nine incarnations of a cat. It was narrated in first person by the cat.  I read this in the mid-60's.  There is a Disney movie very loosely based on this book called The Three Lives of Thomasina (I think the only similarity is the name of the cat.)  Could someone please remember the exact title and author. Thank-you.

N10 is Thomasina, the cat who thought she was God, by Paul Gallico, Doubleday, 1957.
The Disney movie was based on the book Thomasina by Paul Gallico.
N10 - I am wondering if the could be The Ghost of Opalina by Peggy Bacon. Opalina is a cat and the book recounts her nine lives among generations of a family.  I think there is a hidden treasure.
This couldn't be Finnegan II: His Nine Lives, by Carolyn Bailey, could it?  My sister and I *adored* this book growing up in the mid 1960's.
It's got to be Thomasina by Paul Gallico.
I think The Ghost of Opalina is definitely the book I'm looking for.  I must have seen the Disney movie about the same time and blended them together in my memory.  I have reserved it through the library's loan service.  It's a children's book and I remember as being on the first shelf of the library(A-B
authors). The full title is The Ghost of Opalina or Nine Lives and I'm certain the cat was female. Thank-you very much for the great leads.
Children (a brother & sister) are playing in the attic while visiting their grandmother for thanksgiving.  They discover that grandmother's cat (a tabby) can talk because, in the ninth life of a cat, they acquire the ability to speak.The cat tells stories to the children of all of it's previous eight lives living in that house. Since the cat has lived a very long time, the stories are dramatic and date back to days of kings & queens.  I think the book was written for sixth or seventh grade levels.  I originally checked this book out from the Cedar Rapids Public Library. I've looked for it there but had no luck. I would like to purchase this book if we find it.  Thank you!

Peggy Bacon, The Ghost of Opalina or Nine Lives, 1967.  This is the all-time favorite book of anyone who's ever read it. Maybe that's a bit hyperbolic, but probably not. Searching the web for succinct synopses (to be ultra-brief, Very Important Presence Opalina tells three children of her adventures from the 1700s to the modern day), I came across this 'net post that for some reason brought tears to my eyes: "We who have loved Opalina are free to think of her still in her velvet chair in the paneled room. She's a very special cat and couldn't possibly be limited to nine lives."
Bacon, Peggy, The Ghost of Opalina or Nine Lives.  Little, Brown, 1967.  "A ghost cat tells three children, the latest inhabitants of an old house, all about the people who passed through and the events which took place in the house during her previous eight lives."
C159 This might be THE GHOST OF OPALINA; OR NINE LIVES by Peggy Bacon, 1967 ~from a librarian
Bacon, Peggy.  The Ghost of Opalina, or, Nine Lives.   Illustrated by Peggy Bacon. Little, Brown, and Company, 1967, 4th printing.  Ex-library copy, quite edgeworn, cocked spine, usual library markings including label on dust jacket spine.  Hard to find.  G-/G+.  <SOLD>  
Wow that was fast. Just listed it for sale on Saturday! And it is indeed yours. I'll await your check.
Thank you so much - we're expecting our first child and I wanted very badly! The check will go out today.

Ghost of the Gravestone Hearth
I remember reading this book as a "young adult" (a demographic I still like to consider myself in years later.)  The premise was thus . . .  A boy goes on summer vacation to the beach where his family owns a home. The boy (and I think he had a dog) was infatuated with World War II and was always playing some sort of war game.  He picks a room in the new house and in the middle of the night is awakened by an old pirate ghost who lives in a hearth in the wall who illicit him to help him find a buried treasure somewhere on the beach.  The two have all sorts of adventures looking for the treasure.  I'm pretty sure the title had something about the hearth in it.  Good luck and BTW -- I LOVE loganberries but they're so hard to find here on the east coast!  In fact, few people here believe me that there's such a berry!!! Best!

I think this is The Ghost of the Gravstone Hearth by Betsy Haynes ('77)
WOW!!!  That's it and I can't tell you how impressed I am!  Next time I'm in Cleveland, I'll swing on by.  Thanks and have a great weekend!

Ghost Garden
Hi.  I've already put in another request tonight--here I go again.  I read a book when I was in the fourth grade that has haunted me ever since.  The story is about a young girl and her friend.  I remember they were fascinated with the grave of a woman named Sadie that was behind the main character's house.  In the story, the little girl's friend dies of pneumonia.  She was sick on her birthday, and all her friends (including the main character) were over at her house for her birthday party.  And I think that's when she dies.  The other part I remember: the main character is sitting in her bedroom and the window is open.  A breeze is blowing in, puffing out the curtains, and the girl is trying to sense her friend's presence, and calls out her name.  That's all I remember.  But I would give anything to have this book--it really affected me as a child.

To me, #S56, "Sadie's Grave," sounds like a description of the same book as #W29, Witch's Garden, which was identified as Ghost Garden.
S56 Sadie's Grave:  Sounds like the same answer for W29 - The Ghost Garden by Hila Feil, 1976.
I hope you can help me with this request, I have been searching for this book for at least 15 years. I think the title was The Witches Garden but I am not sure. It was not by Ruth Chew but is possibly an American book. The story was about a 12 year old girl who goes to stay with her Aunt? while her parents are overseas. The Aunt runs a big boarding house/inn/hotel. I think the girls name was Sarah she becomes friends with a girl named Christine? who is described as being very pale - hair, eyes, skin. Christine is fascinated by the local graveyard where a 12 year old girl named Sadie was buried many years before. The girls discover that Sarah is living in Sadie's old house and they find her room behind layers of wallpaper. It still contains her furniture and toys. The girls say a spell at midnight on Sadie's grave in the hope that they will see her ghost but it doesn't work. Then Christine dies, she leaves Sarah some seeds which she eventually plants on her grave, I think they are sunflowers. The rest of the book tells of Sarah learning to accept change. And thats all I can remember.I hope you can help as I would love a copy of it. Thanks in anticipation

Could this be A Witch's Garden by Miriam Young?
No thats not it! Thanks for trying though. If only I could remember the title correctly!!!
W29: Witch's garden: I have this book, although it is in my old room in my parent's house. There is a scene where the girls spread gold dust in a "ceremony" to talk to the ghost. I'm fairly sure the title is The Ghost Garden by Hila Feil, but I'll give them a call and confirm it if I can. **Later...Hello again, I talked with my mom who confirmed the title and author. Hope this helps the person who was looking for it!
Thank you for your help and yes that is the book!!! I have just received my own copy from a bookshop in the US and am very happy!!!
More on the suggested title - Ghost Garden by Hilda Feil, published New York, Atheneum 1975, 236 pages. "A story of childhood friendship, set against a real and vividly drawn backcloth, that of Cape Cod. Into this setting comes Jessica, whose father went butterfly hunting long ago and shows no sign of returning, whose mother has embraced transcendental meditation and a new boyfriend. For the holidays Jessica has been wished on a scatty aunt who lives in a commune in Wellfleet, in a sagging house which reminds Jessica of "one of the old horses that pull the carriages in Central Park". It is anyone's dream of a haunted house and certainly Jessica senses a strange presence in it. Truro churchyard too seems to be haunted, but the pale elusive figure hiding among the graves is no ghost but Christina, another ten-year-old of an unhappy home. The two little girls make an ideal partnership in many holiday activities, notably ghost-hunting and witchery. At the end of the holiday they conduct an eerie seance in the churchyard at midnight, but the reflection which Jessica sees is not that of the ghost but of Christina. Christina, who has always seemed to exquisite to be quite real, dies. Jessica is left to keep her part of the pact which they had made, in blood, at the end of the holiday." (Junior Bookshelf Aug/77 p.233)

Ghost in the Swing
I'm trying to find the title of a book I read in grade school (circa 1975-78).  The plot involved a girl who goes to stay with some relative for the summer and meets a ghost named Felicia.  I can't remember much else except there was a photograph in which Felicia, when alive, was not allowed to pose with her baseball bat, and at the end of the story when everything is resolved, the photo has changed so that she has her bat.  Can someone please help?

I don't have the title, but just a few more things about it.  The ghost, Felicia, is really obnoxious.  She rides a swing a lot.  The copy I read in 5th grade was hardback but without a jacket--the cover had an actual picture, though; it wasn't just blank.
The Ghost in the Swing, by Janet Patton Smith, publ. by Steck-Vaughn Co., 1973.
G28 ghost felicia: plot description from the LC catalogue for the suggested title The Ghost in the Swing: "A twelve-year-old girl visits her aunt and makes friends with a ghost inhabiting the house." which is a reasonable match.

Ghost Next Door
I read a very good book as a youngster and have forgotten the title and author's name. However, I do remember that it was a mystery of sorts, almost a ghost story, and it centered around a young girl who discovers a need to find an owl "with love in its eyes." (As it turns out, the owl is made of cement and the word LOVE was carved into its eye sockets before amber marbles were inserted, making the word LOVE seem magnified when viewed.) The story is about a young girl who lived with her grandmother (?), but died (I think) before her grandmother could find this cement owl that she hid in a secret place for the grandmother to find.  A friend found the tagline, "Together they made roses turn blue, had a secret place in which they left small notes to each other, and created a cement owl with love in its eyes." I know this refers to the book I want, but I still can't find it.

St. John, Wylly Folk, The Ghost Next Door, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman, NY Harper 1971.  Probably not the only one to suggest this - mystery about the ghost of a young girl called Miranda, clues include a cement owl made by her and her aunt. It's on the Solved List with more detail.
Wylly Folk St. John, The Ghost Next Door, 1971.  This is definitely the book. It has all the details the poster mentioned. From the back: "Sherry Aston had never been told about her dead half sister Miranda. So when Sherry came to visit her Aunt Judith, no one could explain the odd things that started to happen. Who was the elusive friend Sherry said she saw in the garden? Was she an imaginary playmate-or could she be the ghost of Miranda who had drowned in the pond years ago? Uncanny reminders of Miranda began to turn up- a blue rose a lost riding whip..." The main part of the plot is Sherry looking for the "owl with love in its eyes".
It must be THE GHOST NEXT DOOR by Wylly Folk St. John, 1971. More info is available on the Solved Stumpers page. ~from a librarian
A Gift of Magic (Laurel-Leaf Books) by Lois Duncan
You'll probably get a slew of responses to #O24--Owl with Love in its eyes.   It's The Ghost Next Door, by Wylly Folk St. John, and appears on your "Solved Mysteries" page.
Wylly F.  St. John, The Ghost Next Door.  This was one of my favorite books too.  I remember reading it many times. My copy is in storage, but I am certain of the title - not sure about the spelling of the author's name.
This is a Wylly Folk St. John book - it is either The Mystery of the Ghost Next Door or The Mystery of the
Girl Next Door.  The main character is visiting her (grandmother?) and discovers that there was a little girl who had died, she and the grandmother died roses blue, made the owl in question, etc.  She drowned in a pond in the backyard after hiding the owl for the grandmother's birthday and the grandmother hadn't been able to find it.  The children, along the way, expose a "psychic"'s fraud when he claims to have found the owl buried by the pond.
Wylly Folk St. John, The Ghost Next Door, 1971.  This seems to be a popular book.  It's been asked about a few times.
Regarding my stumper, O24: Owl with love in its eyes, I just wanted to thank everyone who wrote in and solved this 25-year-old mystery for me. Now I can share this book with my daughter when she is old enough. Thank you! Thank you! This service is terrific!

Ghost of Five Owl Farm
I would like to find a book that I read when I was younger. I was born in 1969 and I think that it was published about then.  I remember that it was in a small town setting maybe in a New England state?  It was a story about a family.  It takes place in the fall.  I rememeber leaves falling and a Halloween prank.  I think that it was a brother and sister but I am not sure.  the kids would walk to school and the storey was about their adventures.  It always made me feel like the town was a safe idealistic town.  Any help to locate a story like this wold be helpful.  I think that I would recognize the title if I saw it.  Thank You.

N5--The Ghost of Five Owl Farm  has a similar storyline. I probably first read this in '70 or so.
This could be Me and Caleb by Franklyn Meyer.  It is about brothers who live in a small Missouri town.  There is a lengthy description of Halloween activities including greased doorknobs, stuck car horns and a "garbage-launcher." .  There was a sequel, Me and Caleb Again.
More on The Ghost of Five Owl Farm by Wilson Gage, illustrated by Paul Galdone, published Cleveland, World 1966 "Surprised by the visit of two cousins during a vacation, Ted decides to frighten them with ghost stories about an old barn on their property. They all too soon discover that there really are goings-on as they are led through a series of hair-raising experiences. Ages 9-12." (Horn Book Feb/66 publ.ad. p.105)

Ghost of Windy Hill
Girl  and her brother move to new house or are visiting someone.  The girl continually sees the witch/ghost but can never catch up to her or talk to her.  The ghost keeps disappearing or running away.  Near the end of the book, the witch/stranger leaves a bag of scrap material for the girl and the girl makes a quilt or blanket from it (this is NOT Secret of the Crazy Quilt).  The girl and the witch/ghost finally meet and it is revealed the witch/ghost is really just a shy stranger who wanted to make friends.  The girl is named Lenore or Lenora or something simmilar to this.  I read this book prior to 1978.  It is illustrated and may be meant for 2nd grade or older, seems I had a thin hard back large square shape.  Want to say the book had a purple cover or purple hue to it.

Clyde Robert Bulla, The Ghost of Windy Hill, 1968.  I remember excitedly snapping this up from the Bookmobile!
Clyde Robert Bulla, The Ghost of Windy Hill, 1968.  I believe this is the book. Its about a girl named Lorna and her brother Jamie. They are housesitting with their parents for the summer because the owners of the house think it is haunted. The children meet some strange people, including a crippled boy and and eccentric old woman. Plus they solve the mystery of the 'haunted' house. My copy of the book is a dark blue hard back with a silhouette of a house in a darker blue, with one window lit.
I am the original poster.  Thank you so much for responding to my request. Yes, I believe this is the book.  I have been trying to remember this for years and am very excited about this website.  This is so cool.  I have called my local library and will check this out this week.  Will let you all know if this was it.   THANKS!!!
This one is solved.  Thank you to the responder, the title The Ghost of Windy Hill is correct.  I NEVER would have remembered this...  THANKS SO MUCH!!!! 

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What a great site! I've already found the title of one book that's been bugging me for years, The Wicked Pigeon Ladies in the Garden. Here's another I hope you can help me with. The story involved two children, a brother and sister. They end up on hard times and have to travel to a relative's home or country estate. The relative is an old man, a lawyer maybe? Anyway,the story involves a family mystery/tragedy involving two other children from the past , one or both died in a fire. The modern children have to solve the mystery and prevent the tragedy from happening. I remember something about a " Wheel of Time"  and something about the garden. The elderly relative is involved in some form as well. There's a passage in the book that said something about time being a wheel and all you had to do to travel from one time to another was to ride the wheel and know when to step off. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!

The Ghosts by Antonia Barber, 1969, 1993. Great book!
I just wanted to thank you for your help! I saw the information added to the e-mail I sent you and I'm going to find the book mentioned there. What are the odds that someone else would know the story I was trying to describe and with so little to go on! I really appreciate it!!
"The Amazing Mr. Blunden" was the name of a movie adaptation of this book.  It's apparently not currently available on video.

Ghosts of Departure Point
I read this young adult book--kind of a civic-minded ghost story--in the late eighties/early nineties.  It's the story of the local "deadman's curve" and follows a teenager who dies because her cheerleader friend distracted the driver with her pompoms. The teenager meets up with other ghosts of those who have died going off the curve (I recall one of them being a young mother who died because she bought cut-rate, used tires for her car rather than new ones).  I believe there are a total of twelve ghosts.  Together, they work on a plan to get the city to put up better barricades around the curve.  I think they may have some help from someone living because, like many ghosts, they can't handle physical objects.  At some type of town event, they release balloons with the names of the dead written on them, and on the last balloon (probably 13th) they write a question mark.  This does indeed persuade the city to make the road safer, and in the end, our heroine is back alive, riding in the car....and pulls her friend's pompoms away before the driver swerves!  The dustjacket showed a curve in the road with the cheerleader kind of floating above it....I know it sounds like a cheesy story but it was actually quite good!

Hi Harriett!  I feel like a real goof---just after I submitted my stumper on the teenage car crash ghost story, I solved it.  It's called Ghosts of Departure Point and is by Eve Bunting.  Go ahead and put it up on solved mysteries if you want---maybe someone else is looking for it too! If you get a copy of it, let me know!

Ghosts of Austwick Manor
A family with teenage children (boys and girls) find or have a dollhouse that looks like an ancestral home.  It contains 4 sets of dolls from different time periods.  The dolls look like their ancestors.  When the children walk toward the house, they are transported back in time and converse with their family members. There is a curse placed on the family that kills or harms boys.  At one point, a brother is in a car accident with his friend.  His friend turns out to be a direct decendent of the man who put the curse on the family.  Please help me!  I have been searching for years.  Thanks!

C134 This drove me crazy because I know I read it and I knew we had it in our library. It's THE GHOSTS OF AUSTWICK MANOR BY Reby Edmond MacDonald. Donald inherits a dollhouse that is a model of the ancestral home. There is a curse on the MacDonald family, and the sisters and brother end up experiencing the past through the dollhouse. Don's friend Charlie has a scar that marks him as the one who carry out the curse, and Charlie ends up in a car accident. ~from a librarian
Reby Edmond MacDonald, The Ghosts of Austwick Manor, 1982, reprint.  Ten-year old, Hillary and 8-year old Heather MacDonald are excited when their 15-year old brother, Don, inherits a dollhouse made to look like the family's old home in England.  Their parents discover 4 sets of dolls in a drawer with a "do not touch" note attached but put one set in the dollhouse anyway.  The children then find that on certain nights they can enter the dollhouse.  There is also a curse on the family that places Don in danger.  A book review on the net reads:  "I think the best part is when the kids visit the Tudor House in the 1700's during a robbery. Donald with his fighting skills saves the day, or so you think! This book isn't scary until you get to the end, it turns out that Don & friends get into a car crash. Was Don supposed to be in the car and die that day? Or was it just a coincidence?"
Hello!  My post C135 is solved!  It is The Ghosts of Austwick Manor.  Thanks very much!  I appreciate your help, and the two folks who helped solve my stumper! 

Ghosts Who Went to School
I've been trying to find a book I read as a kid about 30 years ago. It was about a little boy named Mortimer who was a ghost.

#M131--Mortimer:  If this is the one I think it is, Ghosts Who Went to School, by Judith Spearing, it was until recently or still is in print, a classic not to be missed.
Spearing, Judith, Ghosts Who Went to School

click here for imageGiant Jam Sandwich
I remember reading this illustrated children's book as a small child. It is about the way in which the people of a small town  get rid of a swarm of wasps that have invaded their community.  When the wasps arrive, the townspeople meet to discuss ways to get rid of them.  After listening to several options from the townspeople, the mayor decides that the head baker's idea is the best. Putting the idea into effect, the townspeople bake a giant loaf of bread according to the head baker's instructions (which he shouts through a megaphone).  Once the loaf is done, they cut off two slices and cover one side of each with jam. They lay the first slice in an open field.  Very soon, the entire swarm comes to feed on the jam.  When the wasps land in the jam, they momentarily become trapped.  As the wasps try to free themselves, four helicopters carrying the second slice fly in and hover directly over the first slice.  The helicopters then drop the second slice on to the first. The wasps get squished, and the town is then rid of them for good! I would be most appreciative in knowing the title of this book.  Thanks.

The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord, 1972 - it's told in rhyme. Check out his article "Creating
the Giant Jam Sandwich."
Yes, that is the book!  Thank you for the information.

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I want to find this book which my mom used to read to me when I was a child. It was about a clumsy lovable giant that would knock down everything in his path.  He always tried to repair his messes, but things never looked the same as they were meant to be.  I believe he ends up being a hero in the end.  Do you know the title of this book?

Giant John is definately the book you seek.  I have a copy here and read it to confirm, cute book!
Lobel, Arnold.  Giant John.  Harper & Row, 1964.  Pictorial boards.  Excellent condition.  VG+.  $18 plus $3 shipping.
I located the book several months ago, my sister found it on ebay. My son loves it as much as I did or still do.  I can't believe it is out of print-it's such a wonderful story.

I remember a book from the early 60's and I came across your site by doing some random web searching. The name of the book may be George the Gentle Giant. Can you tell me anything about this book that might help me identify whether or not it is the book I'm looking for and also do you have a copy available. The book I remember had some great, fun illustrations of a giant that wandered around different landscapes - country, small towns, etc.
I'm not sure about the plot of George the Gentle Giant, but I can tell you about Giant John by Arnold Lobel,
which sounds much alike in name and plot (and might help you distinguish between the two titles):   Giant John's mother is very poor and sends John out to find work.  He finds work at a nearby castle, holding an umbrella over them during rain and shading them in sunshine.  A group of fairies comes by and begin to sing, causing John to dance uncontrollably.  He tries to stop, but can't, and winds up stepping on the dog and knocking over the castle.  When the fairies do stop, John rebuilds the castle, and although it is not the same, the people are happy, and John goes home with his pay and invites the fairies to join him and his mother for dinner.
Lobel, Arnold.  Giant John.  Harper & Row, 1964.  Weekly Reader Children's Book Club edition.  F.  $18
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Hello and thanks for the fascinating web site.  Until I began my search, I would have sworn that the book I'm looking for was called Otto the Giant Dog, but I've completely struck out searching on that title and many variations.  I remember it from the late 50's or very early 60's, and it was about a giant dog that was transported on the back of a flatbed trailer.  Covered in canvas, everyone thought he was a rocket engine or a missle, except when his nose or tail would stick out.  Any thoughts?  Thanks in

William Pene du Bois wrote a couple books featuring a huge yellow dog named Otto.  They're hard to find, but I do have Otto at Sea (1936) presently.  Sounds like you want the first of the series though, Giant Otto.  I'll keep my eyes peeled for you.
duBois, William PeneGiant Otto.  Viking Press, 1936.
Thank you very much.  I had assumed it was from the 50's because that's when I read it.  Looks like it was something my mother saved from her childhood.  Hey, I'm just thrilled to know it wasn't a figment of my imagination.
duBois, William Pene.  Otto at Sea.  Viking, 1936.  First edition.  Worn at edges, and especially at the spine.  Brilliant color.  Rare.  G+ $95
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Giants Come in Different Sizes
I've been looking for this book for twenty years.  It was a rather large picture/story book about three giants who are perhaps brothers.  They're generally trouble makers for the regular sized folks, but they redeem themselves in the end by helping out an island kingdom which is stuck under a permanent raincloud or something.  They use there giant strength and a giant rope tied around the island to move it.  The illustrations were perhaps watercolers and I remember particular ones of the giants wading out to the island in the sea.  Thanks and good luck with being swamped by NPR!

G99: Sounds like Jolly Roger Bradfield, GIANTS COME IN DIFFERENT SIZES, 1966. Plus, there's an
evil wizard and hamburger trees. 

Gift Book of Fairy Tales
I am trying to find a fairy tale book with INCREDIBLE deep vibrant, detailed illustrations. The book has a lightblue (greyish colour) with a castle and mother goose on it in little icons on the cover although the stories are all Hans Christian Andersen. It has Ole luckoie, Little Ida's flowers, Sleeping Beauty, Princess and the Pea, Frog Prince, Puss in Boots, Beauty and the Beast and a few others.   It would have been published in the 1980s. I think that Treasury may have been in the title.

I think this may be A Book of Fairy Tales published by Dean & Son and illustrated by Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone.  My edition was published in 1977 and has all the stories you mention.  Some of the other stories are Little Red Riding Hood, Hop O' My Thumb, The White Cat, Blockhead Hans, and Thumbelina. The cover is grayish blue with Mother Goose and some of the story book children waving to her. There is no castle.  It states it was originally published as Janet and Anne Grahame-Johnstone Gift Book of Fairy Tales, Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales, Gift Book of Fairy Tales, and The White Cat.  I don't know if that means the book had four previous different titles or the other four books were combined to make this edition.
The edition suggested was reprinted in the 80s under the title Dean's Book of Famous Fairy Tales: Stories After Hans Christian Andersen, illustrated by Janet & Anne Grahame-Johnstone, published London: Dean, 1984, Pictorial Cover.
could be Treasury of Hans Christian Andersen translated by Erik Christian Haugaard, published Garden City NY, Nelson Doubleday 1974 - book club edition - hard cover - 528 pages, 72 tales includes classics like: Ugly Duckling, Emperor's New Clothes, Red Shoes, Snow Queen, Little Mermaid, Little Match Girl, Tinderbox, Steadfast Tin Soldier, and many others. Deluxe edition has dark blue cover with gilt decoration, no information on cover of book club edition.
Dean's A Book of Fairy Tales, 1977.  This is def. the book you're looking for.  You can see the book under
Loganberry's Most Requested Books, but the cover is a different edition, probably an older one.  I looked for this book for years without a title of good idea of the cover until I found it though Harriett's Book Stumper.  I'm sure this is the book by your description.  If Harriett doesn't have any in her store then you an probably find a copy on ebay.  Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone are the illustrators.

Giggle Box
This book contained excerpts from various authors, one of whom was Merritt Parmalee Allen.  Besides the Mudhen story, I only remember a story about a little boy in the jungle who escapes a bunch of tigers by giving them chewing gum.  He tells them it will turn green, so they get preoccupied checking it every few minutes, allowing him to run away.  Each story had one line illustration accompanying it.  The
Mudhen story drew the boys as the animals they were called.

Ruth Stiles Gannett, My Father's Dragon (in Three Tales of My Father's Dragon, 1997, reprint.)  The story of the little boy who gives gum to the tigers is from My Father's Dragon. The other parts of the story are not
Phyllis R. Fenner, Giggle Box, 1950.  I was the one who originally requested this, so you can know that the solution was found!  By looking up the Ruth Stiles Gannett book, and knowing The Mudhen and Homer Price was in it, I found it in my local public library.  Phyllis R. Fenner put out a similar book in 1953 called Fun, Fun, Fun.  Now I want to buy My Father's Dragon!

Gingerbread Shop
This is a bit vague, but here it goes:  this book is about a child (maybe 2 children) who at the begining of the story visit a special shop.  I don't remember what kind of shop, maybe a bakery or sweet shop.  The child saved something that they got in the shop or the wrapping it came in (shiny foil?).  The items were saved in a box and at the end of the story the child took out the box, climbed a ladder and pasted the siny bits into the sky for the stars.  I know it isn't much to go on, but I hope somebody remembers it.  Thanks!

P. L. Travers, One of the Mary Poppins books. I think I remember this scene in one of the Mary Poppins books, though I'm not 100% sure.  I don't remember which one, though.
Oh yeah!  I'll bet it's the Little Golden Book version of the Mary Poppins chapter:  The Gingerbread Shop illustrated by Gertrude Elliott, LGB# 126, 1952.
P110b: Sounds like the Mrs. Corry(?) chapter of Mary Poppins - except it's Mary Poppins who swipes the
kids' gold stars left over from the gingerbread and then she and Mrs. Corry, the shopkeeper, paste them on the sky as the kids watch unseen from their window. Mrs. Corry also has fingers made of candy which she can break off and make grow again - though in Reading For the Love of It, Michele Landsberg gets this fact wrong and uses it as one excuse to hate the MP series in general! For those who know only the movie, be aware that the kids in the book love MP not because she's magical and sweet, but because she's both magical and a no-nonsense tyrant who never gives hugs. The fact that she was an imperfect grown-up while the kids are somewhat more fair-minded made the series a novelty (in the 1930s) in kids' literature.
#P110b--Pasting stars in the sky:  Oddly, this is the one scene from Mary Poppins, by P. L. Travers, that readers seem to remember best, and one that didn't make it into the movie!
Travers, P L, Mary Poppins...Sounds like the chapter in one of the Mary Poppins books where the children visit Mrs. Corry's shop and eat gingerbread with paper stars pasted on it.
This episode is very similar to one that occurs in P.L. Travers' Mary Poppins series. I can't remember the exact book in the series.
Travis, P. L., Mary Poppins.This sounds like the Mrs. Cory chapter from Mary Poppins.  They children collect the stars from the Gingerbread and Mary Poppins sneaks them away and with Mrs. Cory and her two daughter climbs ladders and pastes them into the sky.
Regarding the comments about P110b (Gingerbread Shop).  Someone found it odd that this scene didn"t make it into the movie.  I found that the movie took a lot of liberties with the original and wonderful book.  The charm of the bok was Mary Poppins' outward gruffness and grouchiness (yet she secretly did wonderful things for the children.  Julie Andrews' Mary Poppins was sickeningly icky-sweet.  The time period was changed from the World War II era to about 1910, and Mrs. Banks was a suffragette!  Really bizarre.  And what happened to John, Barbara and Annabel?  I'll bet you can guess that I'm no fan of the Disneyized version of one of the all time greatest children's series.
Travers, P.L.  The Gingerbread Shop: A Story from Mary Poppins.  Illustrated by Gertrude Elliott.  NY: Simon & Schuster, 1952, first Little Golden Book edition (LGB #126).  Edges worn, rear gutter cracked, otherwise VG.  <SOLD>
Travers, P.L.  Mr. Wigg's Birthday Party: A Story from Mary Poppins.  Illustrated by Gertrude Elliott.  NY: Simon & Schuster, 1952, first Little Golden Book edition (LGB #140).  Fine copy. <SOLD>
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click here for imageGinnie and Geneva
I remember reading a book (it had to be between 1965 and 1967) in which the main character was a girl named Ginny and I think she lived on Maple Street (or Oak or Elm). I thought the author's name began with a "C" because of my recollection of where I found it on the library's shelves. However, it may be Ginnie and Geneva by Catherine Woollsey (I'm not sure of the spelling of her name). Do you have any idea of which book this would be? I don't remember more about it, but I loved it enough to want to name my daughter Ginny after the character in the book -- but not enough to actually name her that!

For G2--in the 60's Scholastic Books had a paperback called Ginny and the---it was "and the New People" or "the Mysterious Strangers" or some such and was about a girl named Ginny who met American Indians and ate a soup they made during a blizzard..
Could this be Julie Campbell's Ginny Gordon series?  I think there were 4 or 5 books in the series.  Ginny solved mysteries while setting up business concerns in her town.
I had emailed you a week or two ago about the above stumper. I thought it was the Ginny Gordon series written by Julie Campbell. I checked one of the books at home, and she did live on Maple. Hope this helps.
You have a request for information about the "Ginnie" series on your website.  The Ginnie books, written by Catherine Woolley, were my absolute favorites.  I have been collecting them for my daughters, who are now enjoying the stories as well.  Titles include Ginnie and Geneva, Ginnie Joins In, Ginnie and the New Girl, Ginnie and Her Juniors (later reprinted as Ginnie's Babysitting Business), Ginnie and the Cooking Contest, Ginnie and the Mystery Cat, Ginnie and the Mystery Doll, Ginnie and the Mystery Light.  I am still seeking a copy of Ginnie and the Wedding Bells to add to my collection.
I remember that book too!!! Ran to my bookshelf in the attic and found it. Woolley, Catherine. Ginnie and Geneva. Illus. by Iris Beatty Johnson. New York, W. Morrow, 1948.
Funny you should wonder about the Ginnie books. Two weeks ago I was going through my childhood books and came across Ginny and the Mystery Doll. I am reading a chapter a night to my own 8 year old daughter now and we are both loving it!

There are two books I want desperately, whose titles I cannot remember: Book One--a little girl loses her beautiful doll. The book traces the doll over the next 50+ years until the girl (now an old woman) is reunited with it.
D3  This is just a guess, but the answer might be the ever-popular Magic Elizabeth by Norma Kassirer. After all, even though the old woman isn't the focus of the story, it is her doll that Sally recovers after all those years.
Actually I have recently learned that it is Ginnie and the Mystery Doll by Catherine Woolley.  I think I got a few of the details wrong.  I now have a copy and am so excited.  By the way, just a day or two ago I found a paperback copy of Magic Elizabeth.  Can you believe I never read it as a child, but I keep hearing other people say it was one of their favorites, so I just had to have it.  Will keep looking for a hardback copy. Love your website.  It has solved a couple of mysteries for me and I am most appreciative.  I have more to submit later on, but do not want to be piggy.
Received the book and was thrilled at the condition.  I was expecting something really dirty and yucky based on your description, so was pleasantly surprised at how nice it was. Began reading it last night with my little girl, who I had to force it on, I think because it looked old and not so beautiful.I thought I remembered this story, but so far it is all fresh to me, although I recognize enough to know it is definitely the right book! Anyway, my little girl is loving it as much as I did as a little girl. So - to the point of this e-mail - can you locate other books in this series
for me?  I recall there are several.

Ginny and Custard
When I was 9 or 10 (1953-54), I kept checking a book out of the library because I loved it so much.  I have thought about it often over the years, but I don't remember the author or title.  It was about a young girl who moved with her parents to Los Angeles.  They would ride the trolley to the Farmers' Market.  The girl had a cat, possibly an orange tiger, who loved to sleep and hide in the geraniums that they had bought at the Farmers' Market.  At some point toward the end of the book, the father bought a car which he named "Limpopo", after the "greasy green Limpopo" river because the car was both green and greasy.  (I have named all the cars I have ever owned and I attribute that to this book!)  I
hope you can help me.

this sounds good - Ginny and Custard, by Frances Clarke Sayers, illustrated by Eileen Evans, published New York, Viking 1951. "A charming story of a little New York girl's happy year in Los Angeles with an  understanding father and mother to enjoy exploring with her all sorts of new and exciting things - the famous Farmer's Market; the wonderful fields of wild flowers; Olvera Street where they took Ginny's much-loved cat, Custard, for the Easter Saturday Festival; and many, many more. I enjoyed the story of Ginny; and the book left me with a feeling of really having had a happy time myself in Los Angeles, so well does Mrs. Sayers picture the city." (Horn Book Sept/51 p.331)

Girl Who Loved Wild Horses
An Indian girl who loves one special horse despite a large herd available to her. The horse is wild but I think she befriended it. I don't remember the story line anymore, but the book had lovely art work with possibly even golden streaks in some of the horses, but I believe the illustrations were actually watercolor. All the horses had long stringy wind-blown manes. It seems to me it was a sad story but I mostly remember the illustrations. They were gorgeous.

Paul Goble, The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses.  Is this The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses? befriends the stallion, eventually becomes a horse herself.  the stringy, wind-blown manes sounds right.
#I28--Indian and her horse:  The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, by Paul Goble, won the 1979 Caldecott medal.
Goble, Paul, The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, 1978.  Could this be the book you're looking for?  The girl ends up leaving her tribe to live with the wild horse.  Each year she brings a colt back to the tribe, but one year she doesn't return and the tribe believe that the girl turned into a beautiful mare.  Paul Goble won the Caldecott Medal for this book.
Possibly The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, written and illustrated by Paul Goble, published New York, Macmillan 1978, reprinted several times, 32 pages. "There was a girl in the village who loved horses... She led the horses to drink at the river. She spoke softly and they followed. People noticed that she understood horses in a special way." And so begins the story of a young Native American girl devoted to the care of her tribe's horses. With simple text and brilliant illustrations. Paul Goble tells how she eventually becomes one of them to forever run free." "A young American Indian girl has an unusual rapport with wild horses and during a storm she runs off with
them and joins a herd led by a beautiful spotted stallion."

Girl who Sat in the Ashes
When I was a child, I had a bunch of discarded school readers and lately I've been thinking often of a story in one of them, and I'd like very much to find it again. The story was a version of Cinderella. The young lady in the story was a gooseherd. Everyday she went through the village and rounded up the geese and took them to pond and pasture and watched over them. One day, she heard thata party was being held for the prince and all eligible young women were invited to go. But she only had one old grey dress. The geese seemed to understand her plight, and at the end of each day, they raised thier wings and flapped thier wings until feathers (down) flew like snow. She gathered up and saved all the small downy feathers. She sat and sewed all the feathers on her old grey dress. There was a color illustration of her standing on a rock, holding her long golden hair piled on top of her head, wearing the white fluffy feathered dress and gazing at her reflection in the pond while the geese watched. She went to the ball and the prince fell in love with her. Her dress of goose feathers rivaled expensive gowns of richer women, her bare feet were as pretty and dainty as the finest slipper, her flowing locks as lovely as elaborately arranged hairstyles, and her face shining with happiness. I tend to think that this was also the book that had a story of Pecos Bill and Catfish Kate in it (illustration of him galloping on a horse above a river with her riding a giant catfish down the middle of it and waving), the story of the family who lived in a mobile home that was part-helicopter and flew which enabled them to rescue thier kitten out of a tall tree, the boy who had a pet crow, took it to a pet show, his sister gave him a large bright gaudy necklace she had made herself and a ruffle for the neck of her sister's persian cat, the brother wore it so as not to hurt her feelings and it helped him and the crow win the smartest pet contest, and a story of two girls in long dresses and bonnets who climbed upon a haystack on a stilted platform and fell asleep I think, and woke up to find themselves surrounded by water. The illustrations were both b/w and color. The cover was maroon, but the book I used to have was a teacher's edition.

Marguerite De Angeli, The Goose Girl, Doubleday 1964.  I am afraid I don't know the old school reader to which you refer but I did come across a reference to The Goose Girl by Marguerite De Angeli. (Doubleday, 1964) Perhaps that was the one included in the reader.It might prove a key to help track down  the reader!
The Little Girl Who Sat In The Ashes...  When I was a child, I had a bunch of discarded school readers and lately I've been thinking often of a story in one of them, and I'd like very much to find it again. The story was a version of Cinderella. The young lady in the story was a gooseherd. Everyday she went through the village and rounded up the geese and took them to pond and pasture and watched over them. One day, she heard that a party was being held for the prince and all eligible young women were invited to go. But she only had one old grey dress. The geese seemed to understand her plight, and at the end of each day, they raised thier wings and flapped thier wings until feathers (down) flew like snow. She gathered up and saved all the small downy feathers. She sat and sewed all the feathers on her old grey dress. There was a color illustration of her standing on a rock, holding her long golden hair piled on top of her head, wearing the white fluffy feathered dress and gazing at her reflection in the pond while the geese watched. She went to the ball and the prince fell in love with her. Her dress of goose feathers rivaled expensive gowns of richer women, her bare feet were as pretty and dainty as the finest slipper, her flowing locks as lovely as elaborately arranged hairstyles, and her face shining with happiness...   This is quite definitely "The Little Girl Who Sat In the Ashes" one of my favorite children's books ever. It's a LOVELY version of the Cinderella story. I had to BEG and make a major donation to a local library to get first dibs on mine...I waited a decade till it was finally knocked off the shelf and into the discard section! LOL

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I read this book as a kid. It was about a girl with silver eyes and horn-rimmed glasses. She was one of several little kids whose mothers had taken some kind of pill or medicine that left their kids with a birth defect of sorts: they all had special gifts (I think they were really smart but maybe psychic), and they wore horn-rimmed glasses and they had silver eyes.

This must be Girl with the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts.
Hey!  I was right and actually had a copy in stock.
Roberts, Willo Davis.  The Girl With the Silver Eyes.  Scholastic, 1980.  Paperback.  G.  $8
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Girls' Adventure Stories of Long Ago
i named my oldest daughter (Bethan Jehane) after 2 of the heroines of these books, which were hardbacked volumes of short stories about courageous girls. one story was about Jehane, a girl in medieval France or England, who defeated a horrible one legged bird monster.  i don't remember what the dust jacket was like for either book, but the binding and cover was white or cream with gold lettering. without asking, my father tossed out a whole trunk full of my childhood books after i moved here from Ireland...how could he, and would i ever do anything like that? NEVER!  i would love my daughter (an even more avid reader than i, thanks to her far greater access to books) to read those stories and meet the daydreamer who was her mother at her age.  thanks!

I'm not sure, but I know there's a story by Joan Aiken called "Jehane of the Forest" in a book titled Girls' Adventure Stories of Long Ago.
Not a solution, but C97 and W76 appear to be the same book.  [W76?  wrong number...]
Thank you for posting my stumper!  I was so excited to see a response so soon.  I think the contributor is onto something, I think my books WERE called "Girl"'s Adventures...".  Hope now springs very strong!
C97 collection for girls: more on the suggested - Girls' Adventure Stories of Long Ago, published London, Hamlyn 1968, reprinted 1971, 1979 and 1984, illustrated by Will Nickless. Contents: Sign of the Hawk, by Renée Frazer; The Wreckers, By Elizabeth Sheppard-Jones; Jehane of the Forest, by Joan Aiken; A Lamp for Elizabeth, by Kathleen O'Farrell; Highland Escape, by Judy Thomas. The cover is either blue cloth or laminated pictured boards, though.

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hello there....I am on a desperate search for a childrens book i had about 13 or 14 years ago.  I know there were a few books by this author.  They were full of short stories but the one I remember the most was about a boy and his tree.  The tree loved the little boy and he had a swing in the tree.  As the boy grew he paid less attention to the tree, but the tree still loved him. When the boy was a teenager he carved his & his girlfriends name in the tree.  The tree was always sad when the boy left.  Each time the boy came back he was older and so was the tree.  Basically, it followed the love the tree felt for the boy as the boy grew up.

The tree story certainly sounds like The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (1964).  I have a nice copy with dust jacket for $10.  Can't think of an anthology that contains it, but I'm sure there is one.
Silverstein, Shel.  The Giving Tree.  Harper Collins, 1964.  New hardback, $16.
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Glassblower's Children
I really thought the title of this story was the "glass blowers children", but I just haven'\''t had much looking for it under that title.  The Story is about a poor,hard working man and his wife and children. The man is a glass blower who one day takes his family and his wares to the fair. At first he does not have any luck, but eventually he ends up selling all or almost everything. An old man at the fair gives them or sells them a ring with a little stone in it. I think this had some sort of symbolism involved which I have long forgoten. I think it has something to do with love is more important than possesions. The children get kidnapped by a king who tries to make his wife happy by giving her everything she desires( including the children). She however is overwhelmed with meloncholly. She finally tells him that the thing she wishes for the most is to keep her wishes. I can remember most of the story but I would like to be able to read this to my daughter. has anyone else ever heard of this one?

Check out the comments under Blowing Wand on the Solved Mysteries page to see if any of these suggestions are familiar.
Maria Gripe, Glassblower's children. That is the right title, I found it listed in several libraries online. It does look to be hard to find.
Maria Gripe, Glassblower's Children, 1960s?  Originally published in Sweden (?or Denmark) but certainly the title is right and I think I have the correct spelling of the author's name. It's a long time since I read it, but the story sounds right, too.

Go Tell Aunt Rhody
There is a slightly morbid book I was read in kindergarten (about 1985) about a goose who passes away. The characters are sad and mourning, including her gander and goslings. But an old lady stuffs her feathers into a pillow and bakes the goose in the oven. I may be mistaken, but I also remeber it being in verse, like poetry or sing-song.  I remember it having a green cover. If anyone could help me with the name, title, and availability, I would most appreciate it.

?, Go Tell Aunt Rhodie.  There is a song we used to sing in school as a child. Here's what I remember of it: "Go tell Aunt Rhodie, go tell Aunt Rhodie Go tell Aunt Rhode, the old gray goose is dead.  The one she'd been saving, the one she'd been saving, The one she'd been saving, to make a feather bed.  She died in the mill pond, she died in the mill pond, She died in the mill pond, standing on her head."
Aliki, Go Tell Aunt Rhody, 1974, 1986.  If it's not this particular book, it's gotta be this folk song.
Would this possibly be a version of the old song, "Go Tell Aunt Rhody"?  "Go tell Aunt Rhody, go tell Aunt Rhody, go tell Aunt Rhody, the old grey goose is dead. The one she's been saving (3x) to make a feather bed.  The goslings are crying (3x) because their mother's dead." I believe it's sometimes called "Go Tell Aunt Patsy" also.
"Go Tell Aunt Nancy."  This is a traditional song:  "Go tell Aunt Nancy (repeated twice)/ Her old grey goose is dead.  The one that she'd been saving (x3)/ To make a feather bed.  She died in the duckpond (x3) Standing on her head.  Old gander's weeping (x3) Because his wife is dead.  Goslings are weeping (x3) Because their mother's dead.  Go tell Aunt Nancy (x3) The old grey goose is dead."  There are several versions of this some feature "Aunt Rhody" rather than "Aunt Nancy".
I don't know the title of it, but doesn't this refer to the song "Go tell Aunt Rosie/the Old Gray Goose is dead"?  I know there are many verses to it.  The original poster is a little younger than me and I know we used to sing it all the time.
Well, I did think of this folk song when I posted this, but how wonderful to receive so many different answers!  I'd forgotten about the Aliki book.  Here it is (see below--)
Go Tell Aunt Rhody:  When the Weavers sang this in concert, they had the audience sing the song as each person originally learned it.  When they reached the name they got a mix of Sally, Polly, just about every possible two-syllable female name.
Go Tell Aunt Rhody.   Illustrated by Aliki.  Macmillan, 1974.  First edition thus.  Ex-library edition in well-read shape: pages are worn and several have small tears.  Ready for another read though, and the dust jacket is well preserved.  P/VG-  $10

Gobbolino the Witch's Cat
It was a paperback book, favourite Halloween read at grade school, about a black cat (I think he had a white hair or three on his tail) who started out as a witch's cat, but was terrible at it, and didn't want to be a witch's cat. He roamed the country looking for a place for himself, but was turned away time and again. I think his name started with a G. It was a great book - he had all kinds of adventures. In the end a kindly witch or wizard turned him into a housecat, he found a family and was happy.

W67 witches cat doesn't fit in: Would suggest Gobbolino the Witches Cat, written and illustrated by Ursula Moray Williams, published 1942, reprinted Puffin 1973 "The trouble with Gobbolino was that he had blue eyes and one white paw, so he didn't want to be a witch's cat. He wanted to be a kitchen cat, and sit by the fire and sing like the kettle on the hob, to keep down the mice and mind the baby, and sit in his mistress's lap. His mother Grimalkin didn't like him because he wasn't wicked, but all the other homes he went to mistrusted him..." 

God is For Real, Man
This could be by Carl Burke, but his books are scarce, so I can't check yet. It's a collection of ghetto-kids' tellings and interpretations of Biblical stories in their own language. IIRC, the loaves and fishes become Pepsi and chips - or maybe that's another feast. Definitely written before 1984. A skinny white paperback, I think.

C37 probably is a Carl Burke book.  There are several copies of  God is Real, Man, listed on bookfinder.com  and the description is quite similar.  128 pages published in 1966.  Ack, I started this a few days ago-- better send it now, before I forget!
I got the book and yes, it certainly seems right - the actual name is God is for Real, Man. The feast is the wedding at Cana. It includes a slang glossary -  it's amusing to remember that in 1966, "long-hairs" used to mean not hippies so much as classical music-lovers!

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Hi!  I'm looking for a book of stories. I believe that it's a 365 bedtime stories book, but I haven't seen the right one yet.  I don't remember anything about it except what it looked like.  It was a large, hard backed book.  The cover was blue and had a picture of two children in bed reading a book. The book in the picture had a picture of two children reading a book and so on.  Thats all I remember except that I really liked the story/poem that was on my birthday: Jan. 6.  Can you help me?

Referring to A-36, I am sitting here holding my copy of what I think may be the correct book.  It is called 365 Bedtime Stories, from Whitman Publishing Company, Copyright 1944.  The cover does indeed have mostly blue, and shows two young girls propped up on pillows in a canopy bed, one reading to the other.  However, the book in the cover picture is plain navy blue, no pictures on it, so I am not certain.  Perhaps there was a later edition, but mine seems to be the earliest.  The story for January 6 is called Twelfth Night, and is about Tommy and Billy finding a special "bean" in a cake.  Hope this information will be of some help.
A36- I have a 365 Bedtime Stories by Nan Gilbert that was published by Whitman in 1955 and 1970.  The cover is blue and shows two children in bed being read to by their mother, who is holding a blue book.  The story for january sixth is about 12th day.  A Mrs. Apricot is telling the children about how they used to celebrate 12th day.
I hope this will help A36. I have The Golden Book of 365 Stories, pictures by Richard Scarry, copyright 1955. This book has a blue cover with a little boy and girl reading a book with a picture of a little boy and girl reading a book --they are surrounded by a group of animals. the story on January 6th is about alittle boy that recieves a pitcher from his grandmother in Italy and he doesn't like,but his mother puts it on the table every day and in time he comes to love it.
A36:  I believe you are definitely looking for the 1944 edition of 365 Bedtime Stories which had several different covers from 1944 through the early 1950's.  Some of the stories do have poems, and there are Bead Buddies
stories throughout the book (if that rings a bell).  Each page has a black and white, or a color picture at the top of the page.  If you browse the auctions for this book on EBay you may very well recognize the cover from the book you had.
A36 anthology: from the description of the cover, would suggest The Golden Book of 365 Bedtime Stories: a Story for Every Day of the Year, illustrated by Richard Scarry, published Golden 1955, 235 pages. The blue cover shows 2 children, in 2 beds pushed together, surrounded by animals who are apparently being read to. The children hold a blue book with the same cover.  NOTE! There is another edition? of this same title, the stories credited to Kathryn Jackson, also illustrated by Scarry, possibly a 1983 reprint, which has a very similar cover, but the children in the beds have been replaced by a bear in a chair, holding a book with a cover of a bear in a chair.

Golden Book of Nursery Tales
I have a coverless, titleless partial copy of this 8 1/2 by 11 story book that my husband and I both loved as children in the 50s. I have only pp. 38-120. I wouldn't be surprised if it were a Golden Book of some kind, but it is not the Golden Story Treasury, because that has only 48 pp., and I don't think it is Tibor
Gergely's Great Big Bedtime Story Book, because that has over 300 pp. The stories contained in the pages I have include the following: The Hole in the Ground, The Dog and the Rooster, The Three Sillies, The Tortoise and the Hare, Little Red Riding Hood, The Little Red Hen and the Fox, The Cap that Mother Made, The House that Jack Built, Pelle's New Suit, The Boasting Bamboo, The Little Scarecrow, Silly Will, The Old Woman and her Pig, Finding the Stars, Hans in Luck, The Ugly Duckling, The Wolf and the Kids, The Monkey and the Crocodile, Bobo and the Roast Pig, The Penny
Doll, The City Mouse and the Country Mouse, Belling the Cat, The Huckabuck Family, and The Most Beautiful Thing in the World. I don't know for sure if the pictures are by Tibor Gergely, but they are similar in style. My children loved this book too, but my copy is almost too fragile to handle, and I would love to get a complete version.

Elsa Jane Werner, The Golden Book of Nursery Tales. 1948.  This book indeed is illustrated by Tibor Gergely.  I have a copy sitting in front of me and it was published in 1948 by Simon and Schuster.  It has 127 pp in all and you are missing the beggining and the last two stories. 

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I am looking for an illustrated children's poetry book I had as a child and which was enjoyed by my children.  It was published before 1955.  I don't know how long before and after that date it was in print.  I am looking for a copy for my grandchildren. The one I had as a child has been lost. Poems remembered from book: The Walrus and the Carpenter, The Gingham dog and the Callico Cat, The Owl and the Pussycat and Wynken, Blynken and Nod.  There was another poem that had the repeated
line "The goblins 'll get you if you don't watch out."  I realize this is quite obscure, but your site seems friendlier than most.  I am 54 my oldest grandchild is 4.  It would be nice to know we enjoy the same thing.

I stink at anthologies.  But I know the goblin line is from James Whitcomb Rilley's Orphant Annie.  Do you remember the illustrations?
Jane Werner (ed.), The Golden Book of Poetry, c1947, 1949, reprint 1971. Subtitled "85 Childhood Favorites," this book contains all the poems mentioned, including "Little Orphant Annie." Charmingly illustrated by Gertrude Elliot. I had a copy as a child in the 50s.

Golden Hawks of Genghis Khan
Falconry & the Court of Genghis Khan. These books (I'm pretty sure there was more than one) were about boys who lived in the court of the Khan and who kept his falcons. The first one was about Genhis Kahn's falconry boys, the 2nd about Kublai Kahn, and maybe there was a 3rd one (Tamerlane or somebody?) I'm pretty sure these were in print in the early 1970s but I can't find them because I don't remember the exact titles or authors.

Ritchie, Rita, The Golden Hawks of Genghis Khan, illustrated by Lorence Bjorklund. NY Dutton 1958.  The first one could be this, here's a plot description: "Jalair has been told from infancy that Mongols slew his father Darien, the greatest hawker in the Empire, and stole the Golden Hawks-a spectacular breed of hunting bird Darien had perfected. Since then, the Mongols have searched relentlessly for the son of the slain hawker." Can't ID any of the others yet, but The Year of the Horse, same author & illus, Dutton 1957, is "about the nomads of Mongolia".
We are thrilled and amazed. Yes, we're pretty sure this is the book! We are horrified at the going price for this book on ebay and the online book resellers but now we're on a mission to find it at a reasonable price!! Armed with the actual AUTHOR's name and the TITLE we're sure to succeed! This is just so GREAT. We gave you an obscure shot in the dark, and you came back with what we consider a small miracle. In barely two weeks !! LOL Thanks so much. Well worth the $2 !!!
F69 falconry genghis khan: Golden Hawks of Genghis Khan, by Rita Ritchie, NY Dutton 1958. More on the other titles wanted - some possibles: The Year of the Horse, by Ritchie, NY Dutton 1957, "Story of a Mongol boy in the year 1211 - The Year of the Horse. Botokai's father had been an honoured officer in the army of Genghis Khan, until his conviction as a traitor. Although his father had died in disgrace, the young boy was
determined to prove his father's innocence and restore his family honour." "Botokai's restoring of a weak colt provides him with a swift, half-Mongol half-Persian horse to help in his search for clues to right that wrong." Secret Beyond the Mountains, by Ritchie, NY Dutton 1960, 240 pages, "story of the days of Genghis Khan ... description of the great Mongol hunt. Because Taikal had violated the law by slaying a mysterious  black-and-white monster to save the life of his superior officer, he lost his command. Taikal and his friend Yarkut journeyed to Lhasa, and in discovering the secret of the beast they also uncovered a plot to overthrow the empire of Genghis Khan."

Golden Name Day
This is a long shot, because all I remember is the cover of the book.  It was a young girl about 7-9 years old wearing a frilly dress (her Sunday best, I'm sure) standing out in a yard at twilight surrounded by fireflies.  I read it at a Catholic elementary school in the late 60's and I seem to remember it was kind of a goody-goody story.  But it may have been my surroundings that makes me think that!

Jennie Lindquist , The Golden Name Day.This is a really long shot, but the cover does have the main character Nancy standing in her frilly dress with fireflies around her. Nancy has come to live with her Swedish grandparents because her mother is ill. She learns about many Swedish customs, including name days. Since her name isn't Swedish, she doesn't have a name day and feels left out. She meets a Polish girl and learns Polish-Americans celebrate name-days and that there is a day for her middle name--Wanda. There is also a quite a bit on how she and her cousins decorate their rooms. Nancy chooses yellow rose wallpaper--some editions of this book have a pattern of yellow roses on the endpapers.
Jennie Dorothea Lindquist, The Golden Name Day, 1955.
Wow, now I remember the Name Day stuff that everyone is talking about, but I wouldn't have made the connection with this book!  This is so great!  I didn't think this one would be solved so quickly.  I looove this web site!

Golden Pinecone
I was telling my mom about your great web site, and she asked me to see if you could find a book that she remembers from her childhood. She thinks the name of it was: The Golden Pinecone. She seems to remember reading it in about 1959. The story is about two kids and a dog that go into the forest. As they enter the forest it changes into a fanatasy land, and there is an indian involved in the story somewhere along the line. If you could help me find this book for her, that would be great.

The book is probably The Golden Pinecone, by Catherine Clarke. I think it was published by Clarke Irwin, but if you need the details let me know as I have a copy at home.
The Golden Pine Cone, by Catharine Anthony Clark, illustrated by Clare Bice, published Toronto, Macmillan 1950, 182 pages. Bren and Lucy live with their parents in a log cabin in the woods. After Lucy finds a gold pine cone on its broken chain, and the wise dog Ooshka comes to live with them, they learn that they have entered Tekontha's kingdom, and can see the Spirit People and understand the speech of animals. Nasookin the giant hunter is after the pine cone, because it holds some of Tekontha's magic, and the children have to flee. To get the Pine Cone Earring back to Tekontha and to free Ooshka from the Spirit People, the children go underwater and fight the Lake Snake, fly with the Canada geese (who carry them in a net), are captured by Nasookin and escape, meet old Bill Buffer who made the gold pine cones, ride with the reindeer, and escape from the Ice Witch on mammoth-back. 

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Series of books in the 60s about a golden palomino horse.

This sounds like Rutherford Montgomery's Golden Stallion series
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Golden Treasury of Children's Literature: Volume 6: Unfamiliar Marvels
This was a children's story collection that contained this story by JBS Haldane "A Day in the Life of a Magician" from the children's book My Friend Mr Leakey. (Background)  Now I think the collection might have been a Louis Untermeyer collection (Children's Treasury) with an extract from the first chapter of "The Hobbit" but maybe I'm combining two books in my head. The book with the Haldane story was a large (quarto) format hardback, maybe with a silvery cover.

JBS Haldane, Mr Leakey, 1944.  I don't know if the searcher is looking for the anthology or the story, but if it's the latter this might help.  I recently bought a 1944 Puffin copy of My Friend Mr.Leakey by JBS Haldane
which contains 6 stories including the one mentioned:  Rats;  The snake with the golden teeth;  A meal with a magician; A day in the life of a magician;  Mr Leakey's party; and My magic collar stud.  The book was first published in 1937 and then was published in 1944 as one of the earliest 'Puffin' books.
Untermeyer, Bryna & Louis, Golden treasury of Children's Literature: Volume 6: Unfamiliar Marvels. 1962, copyright. I posted the stumper originally. I found a copy of the anthology with the Leakey extract. It didn't have any Tolkein, so I guess I was thinking of another book for that. The book store also had 2 copies of the Puffin edition of the entire Leakey book, although I already had a much earlier edition.

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Giant Golden Book of Fairies

No doubt you're referring to Jane Werner's Golden Books Treasury of Elves and Fairies illustrated by Garth Williams.  It was originally published in 1951, reprinted in 1999, and out-of-print again.  It's a high demand item.  See Most Requested Books for more.

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Gump Glarump.  I am so stumped.  This is a childhood book I believe from Parents' Magazine Press.  There is a frog playing a bassoon and an inflatable sea monster. Any help you might provide would be greatly appreciated.

This may be Joanna Cole, Golly Gump Swallowed a Fly. Parent's Magazine Press, '82.
Could this be Shel Silverstein, Uncle Shelby's Zoo:  Don't Bump the Glump and other Fantasies?  It has drawings and poems of creatures like the "Glub-Toothed Sline" and the "One-Legged Zantz" ("consider his feelings, don't ask him to dance").  1964.  Out of print.
Real long shot here - Romper the Rabbit 1948, illustrated picture book by Ann Falconer. "This picture book has both the story and the music. Romper is a little bunny who lives with his family in a hollow tree. He hops through the pages with his sisters and brother. But while the other family members all go hoppity-hop, Romper goes ga-lump, ga-lump! During Romper's busy day he meets Fannie Field Mouse, Dickie Duck, Pookey Pig, and Uncle Puff and tries to find someone else who goes ga-lump, ga-lump!"

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A book for pre-teens (can't remember title, I'm afraid), about a group of kids who are vacationing in, I think, upstate New York on a lake, where there had been a summer-home community in the 1880's or '90's, andthose earlier houses were either abandoned or gone in the present day. The book, again, was from the late '60's, and I have a feeling it was a Newberry award winner. The children, who were from more than one family, found some way to travel back in time to when the 19th-century houses were occupied, and there was something to do with a buttonhook and a rock the kids sat on that had garnets on it. The book also had black-and-white line drawings.

This is Gone Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright. There's a sequel called Return to Gone Away. The children don't travel back in time--they go to stay with relatives in the country and while exploring discover a community of old, deserted summer homes. An elderly brother and sister live in two of the old homes and wear the old clothes they've found there. The children become friends with the old people, who tell them stories of their childhood, when they would spend their summers in the now-deserted summer community.
I just have to tell you that I stumbled on your website completely by accident. I had been thinking about a book I read as a child. All I could remember was that it was about a girl on summer vacation and she came across a lake with old houses, and elderly people lived there still. I believe they had been forgotten. So I decided to go on my search engine and punch in the words 'childrens book girl summer lake elderly'. Much to my surprise up came your website. Someone else had been looking for Gone Away Lake too! I was thrilled to find the name! I just wanted to tell you that you made someone's day without even knowing it! Thank you very much.
this book is readily available. It is one of the choices on the Accelerated Reading Program on the middle school level and can be found in any school library or any bookstore which stocks books for required reading in schools.
children's mystery which I read around 1959. I think it was a new book and possibley an award winner. It concerns two children who meet two elderly people in a victorian house deep in a forest. The plot somehow involves the search for ginseng roots also referred to as "sang" in the book.

Elizabeth  Enright, Gone-Away Lake, 1957.  Almost certainly this book. Cousins Portia and Julian discover an elderly brother and sister living in old abandoned houses on the shore of a dried-up lake. I don't remember ginseng but "Aunt Minnehaha" had a garden in the swamp.  They both dressed in old Victorian era clothing and "Uncle Pin" drove an ancient automobile. In the sequel, Return to Gone-Away (1961), Portia's family buys a house at Gone-Away Lake and moves there.
Elizabeth Enright, Gone Away Lake. 1957.  This was, indeed, a Newbery Award winner.
Elizabeth Enright, Gone Away Lake.  Brother and sister on vacation in country find elderly brother and sister living in a set of abandoned summer homes by the edge of what was a lake at the turn of the century and is now a marsh. The elderly gentleman collects and sells botanicals including ginseng.
The Lost Lake????? 1960/61  When I was in the sixth grade, living in Philadelphia, I checked  a book out of the school library (it was a brand new book).  It was about two children (brother & sister?) who spend the summer with relatives ( Grandparents?) at a lakeside home.  Only the lake has disappeared, it has dried up or is drying up.  All of these beautiful old victorian mansions lining a disappearing lake and the children try to solve the mystery of where the water has gone.

Elizabeth Enright, Gone-Away Lake, 1957.  Newbery Honor Book.
Elizabeth Enright, Gone-away Lake.  Same as C194
Elizabeth Enright, Gone-Away Lake
Gone-Away Lake.  This one sure shows up a lot!
Enright, Elizabeth. Gone-Away Lake.  Scholastic, Inc., 1985.  Softcover, VG-.  <SOLD>
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Don't know the title or author.  I remember this book from the early 50s.  It was tall and thin, about 3 inches wide and a foot tall.  The  story was abourt a man and womon who lived on a farm.  The husband was razing his wife that ahe had an easy job while he slaved in the fields. So they traded jobs.  She had a good, calm day plowing behind the mule, and he had a lousy day, with the cooking and canning and the baby.  I remember one picture of the mess he made not coping, when the pressure cooker exploded, I think, and the baby was in the picture, crying.  My mother read it to me.  A strange kids' book, it's true.

(GREAT SERVICE!! One of my favorite bookmarks!)  I believe the story you are talking about is in an early 60's Childcraft volume of folk tales. The name of the story in this collection is Gone is Gone. The husband puts the cow on the roof to eat and tries to make soup. He ends up with a disastrous mess.   I John 2:4 Look it up : )
Hi, I was searching for information on another book on the Children's Picture Book Database at Miami University website, and came across this book title and description. I think it might be what you're looking for. The title is Gone is Gone; or, The story of a man who wanted to do housework.  The description reads: "A man wishes to trade a day's work with his wife who does 'nothing' all day. He soon learns he was wrong." Retold and illustrated by Wanda Gág New York, Coward-McCann, inc. [c1935]
Oh, Wanda Gag (of Millions of Cats fame)!  Of course!
What a wonderful site! I am looking for a story about a husband and wife who swap places for the day. The husband stays at home and has to do all the household chores etc.. I don't remember the title, but it was in a collection of stories. I used to make my father read it to me every night before bed. One thing I remember most is that the husband ties the cow to the roof of the house to graze. Any thoughts??
Gag, Wanda.  Gone is Gone, or, The Story of a Man Who Wanted to Do Housework. Coward McCann, 1935.  Library bound and worn.  Scarce.  G.  <SOLD>

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Hi,  I'm trying to find a book that I liked in the 4th grade or so.  It was a chapter book, and featured a good witch.  She granted wishes to two children in it (a girl and her brother).  One child's wish was to be an artist, and she granted it but made the child pay by painting a picture every day.  If s/he did so, s/he'd be an artist eventually.  (not sure, but I think that was the boy's wish).  I don't really remember the other wish, and I'm not sure if I'm confusing this part with another book, but I remember the girl going through a tunnel into a fairy kingdom.  There was a goblin that lived in the tunnel too.  Sorry this is so sketchy--you'd think I'd remember more about a book I liked so much, but that's all I can recall.

W15:  The Good American Witch by Peggy Bacon.
Bacon, Peggy.  The Good American Witch.  Franklin Watts, 1957.  First edition.  Corners bumped, otherwise VG.  <SOLD>  

Good Companion Books
I am also trying to find "Nick and Dick" or "Dick and Nick". This is a request from my Uncle and this is all of the information that I have, so I am going to say it has to be from the 1930's.

This is probably the reading series known as The Good-Companion Books, by Arthur I. Gates, Franklin T. Baker and Celeste Peardon; illustrated by Florence McAnelly.  New York: Macmillan, 1930's.  There were at least four volumes: Nick and Dick, Fun with Nick and Dick, The story book of Nick and Dick, and The Caravan of Nick and Dick.  Probably just as hard to find as Dick and Jane!

Good, Good Morning
I am looking for a book probably from the late 50's or early 60's that I think was a large Tell-a-Tale book.  The book was light blue in color and the title was written in script.  The opening line from the book was "Good Morning Sun!" or "Good Morning!"  It was about a little blonde-haired girl that went to and from school.  I don't remember too much about it except that in one scene she was running home carrying some books by her side with a red strap and in another scene there is an ice truck with a large piece of ice.  I know this is vague, but that's all I remember.  Any ideas?
I am looking for a book from the early 60's that had a light blue cover, script writing for the title and is probably a Tell-a-Tale or Giant Tell-a-Tale Book.  The book is about a little girl that goes to school.  I
remember she opens the window in the morning and says something like, "Good Morning sun" or just "Good Morning."  The book shows her running home from school with books she carries by a strap, and she also passes an ice truck with a large block of ice.  I know this is vague, but I loved this when I was little and would take any suggestions!  (This is not the "Good Morning, Good Night" book).

no plot, but maybe this one? Though '63 seems late for blocks of ice: Rutherford, Bonnie and Bill. A Good, Good Morning (A Tip Top Tales Book) Racine: Whitman 1963, illustrated boards, gorgeous color illustrations,  This title is closer, but it's a boy character: Polgreen, John and Cathleen. Good Morning Mr Sun (A Little Owl Book) NY Holt, Rinehart and Winston 1963, illustrated boards, "story about sun, shadows and a little boy"
#G11--Good Morning, Sun:  I thought of A Good, Good Morning too.  It does indeed feature a little blond girl, but looking through my copy I see it takes place in summer--so no school books and certainly no ice trucks!
Thanks.  This book IS called A Good, Good Morning.  I have been looking for it for years.  Thank you for your contributions!

Good Housekeeping Best Book of Bedtime Stories
Hi,  I'm looking for a book.  The gotcha is, I don't know the name or author.  When I was young it was given to me as a gift.  I lost it.  All I recall is this book was a gray hardback.  I do recall some of the stories though. The Princess and the Pea, Puss in Boots, The Frog Prince.  I really can't remember anymore.  Please help if you can!

This book may have been "Grimms Fairy Tales." Check it out, and compare the stories in it to the ones you remember. I know "Puss and Boots" and "The Frog Prince" are in the copy I have from the 1960's, although my copy is a green hardback, not a gray one. Good luck!
A16 is NOT Child's World gray series.
Well, if I knew when the seeker was young (70s? 80s?) it would help. However, it has to be an anthology not limited to Grimm or Andersen, so possible are: Opie, Iona and Peter A NURSERY COMPANION Oxford University Press, 1980. Gray Cloth, Folio 400 color illustrations, a collection of the old fairy tales and children's stories  beautifully illustrated. THE ARTHUR RACKHAM FAIRY BOOK A Book Of Old Favourites With New Illustrations  Philadelphia, Lippincott c.1950 8vo 286 pp. Gray cloth, maroon stamping, 8 full-color plates and over 50 black & white illustrations by Arthur Rackham.
The Good Housekeeping Best Book of Bedtime Stories, edited by Pauline Rush Evans (1957) has a gray  cover.  It is a thick volume with 384 pages. It is not lavishly illustrated, rather there is one black and white picture per story. The tales you  mentioned are here as well as a smattering of many other stories: Androcles and the Lion, The Brownie  of Blednock, Winnie the Pooh, The Lost Merbaby, Sudden Mary: many stories are excerpted from larger stories. There are some poems as well.
Sounds like it could be the same book as A15. Dean's Gift Book of Fairy Tales.

click here for imageGood Little Bad Little Girl
Hi, my name is Julie. My sister Jenny and myself have been looking for a book for years. I do alot of antique shopping and have spent alot of time looking for a book our father used to read us when we were kids.  I don't believe the book is being published anymore. My sister contacted Golden Books but got nowhere. I don't even know if they published the book, however both Jenny and I believe they were the publishers. The book was called Good Little Bad Little Girl.  It was about two sisters, one was always bad and the other always good.  My sister and I are so different just as these two sisters in the book. My father use to always read this book  in refer each of us to each of the sisters. (Fortunatly for all of us, we were not scarred and we joke about finding this book again.)   Jenny has a three year old daughter and we have hoped to find this book someday and read it to her. (I would love to suprise her with it)    If you can help find this or even help me with some resources to find it myself,  I would be greatful.

You are right in thinking that this is a Little Golden Book.  It was written in 1951 by Esther Wilkin and illustrated by Eloise Wilkin.

As a child (1970's)I remember reading a book about a good little girl and a bad little girl.  I think it was a Golden Book, but it may not have been.  At the end of the book the two girls turn out to be the same little girl.  I remember a couple of illustrations where the girl is having a tea party outdoors, and one where she is standing on a fence.  I do not know the actual title or the author.  Any ideas? 

Good Morning and Good Night
the book was a favorite of mine when i was young, please hel pme to find it again.  it was a specail sort of book since it was reallt two books in one, one half was yellow and talked all about good morning and when you turned the book over the over half was blue and talked all about goodnight!!!!!! If you remember the title i would be so greatful thanks again

G41 could possibly by , What the Moon Sees What the Sun Sees by Nancy Tafuri.  It was published within the last several years.
this book is a flip flop book i think thats what it is called.  any help in locating this one or even the title would sure be a great help
[related message] Around 1913, Rand McNally published The Goody-Naughty Book by Sarah Cory Rippey, illustrated by Branchel Fisher Wright.  On one side are the goody stories -- featuring Rose-Red, Polly, Teddy & Betty -- on the other side the naughty stories -- with Willie, Molly, Jean & P'rapsy.  It was reprinted several times through 1935.  Originally published in tan, there are also (at least) green and light blue covers.  They also published by the same author The Sunny-Sulky Book.  Rand McNally also published another book called The Goody Naughty Book.   It was a tip-top elf book, published 1956 by Mabel Watts, illustrated by Helen Prickett.  It also has a "Goody Side" and a "Naughty Side".  The "Goody" cover shown in Santi's collectors' guide has a broadly smiling boy and a demonically smirking -- er, smiling little girl in pigtails.
thanks though that is not the book it's an up-side down book about a girl and boy i remember how the girl gets to take a bubbly bath and the boy has a plain bath. one side was all yellow andthe other was blue with stars and the title thanks again.  this book would have come out beofre 1970 since im 30 now thanks
On the Good Morning, Good Night book, there is a Little Golden Book of that title by Jane Werner, illustrated by Eloise Wilkin, 1948.  Not a flipover book, but seems to fit the description in other ways.
This sounds possible: Luther, Frank, Good Morning and Good Night: a Two-in-One Wonder Book Wonder Books 1952, illustrated by Beatrice Derwinski "Read a story then turn upside down for another story. Tells about two children, what they do when they wake up and what they do when they go to bed." color illustratrions.
thanks so much that is the book and i was able to find it and now a have a copy of it again!!!!! thank you for all your help this is a great site and i hope to use it again!!!!!

Good Morning, Farm
Good Moring Farm, before 1976/77.  It is a children's easy picture book. A farm Dog goes around to all the animals and wakes them up for the new day.  Except for the first or last page the dog is drawn with the farm views but the animals he is waking up are photos.  The dog is a border collie.

Betty Ren Wright, Good Morning Farm, c. 1965.  Published by Golden Press.
Betty Ren Wright, Good Morning, Farm, 1964.  Illustrated by Fred Weinman.  Seems a likely candidate, mixing drawings and photos. May be a few different printings: 1964 Whitman giant tell-a-tale book.  1971, 1974 Golden
S220 Wright, Betty Ren. Good morning, farm.  illus by Fred Weinman, Whitman c1964.  collie? sheltie? dog goes around the farm saying "Good morning" to all the animals. photos mixed with colored art.  11 1/2 x 14; glossy boards, Giant Tell-a-Tale.

Good Neighbors
My husband had a childhood book that he refers to as "Ratty and Mousie".  The main story has something to do with a rat and a mouse who are neighbors, the mouse does not care for the rat, and when the rat digs a tunnel connecting their houses the mouse is quite put out.  In the end, some cat (or other evil along that line) goes after the mouse, who is able to escape through the tunnel.  In the end he appreciates the rat, who saved his life, and they become friends. We have long since decided that "Ratty and Mousie" is NOT the actual name of this book - we've had searches done to no avail - we've concluded that is just a 'childhood name' he made up for the book. He would be thrilled if I could locate this book - even just the name - so we can share it with our daughter.

R27 -  I have the vaguest memory of having read this, too.  I don't remember the name of it, but are you sure it was a separate book?  I almost think it was one of the stories in a larger collection.
R27 ratty and mousie: this seems very likely - Good Neighbors, written and illustrated in color by Diane Redfield Massie, published McGraw Hill Weekly Readers 1972, 32 pages. "An enchanting exploration of neighborliness,  and how two friends, Mouse and Ratty, learn its true meaning and application. Ages 4-8." (HB Oct/72 p.504 pub ad) "Story of a pocket mouse that lives in the desert in a nice cozy little home underground. Then a packrat moves in next door & imposes himself."

click here for imageGoops and How to Be Them
"The Goops" is a poem about a messy family that my mom used to read to me when I was a kid.  It was in kind of a childrens storybook, if I remember right.  It started with,"The Goops lick their fingers, the Goops lick their knives....".  Help. Thank you!'

I think I remember seeing this in two storybooks - at any rate, you can also read it in Goops and How to Be
Them  (1900, Gelett Burgess). They were Better Homes and Gardens Storybook, Vol 1 (1950s) and The
Illustrated Treasury of Children's Literature (1970s?). The second one, when you removed the dust jacket, had a pale blue cover with tiny reproductions of the drawings of Alice, Humpty Dumpty, Toad and maybe another famous character, all repeated constantly over the cover.
G36 - I'm sure you'll get numerous answers for this one.  Has to be one of the Goops books by Gelett Burgess (e.g., The Goops and How To Be Them).
This is an old traditional book that is still in print in paperback & audio cassette.  The title is (yes, all of this if you want to include the subtitle): Goops and How to Be Them: A Manual of Manners for Polite Children Inculcating Many Juvenile Virtues Both By Precept and Example. To add to all of that, there was also a sequel that's also in print & with a similarly long title: More Goops and How Not to Be Them: A Manual of Manners for Impolite Infants, Depicting the Characteristics of Many Naughty and Thoughtless Children.  Note that the 1st title says HOW TO BE THEM while the sequel says HOW NOT TO BE THEM.  Both are by Gelett Burgess.
The Goops is a poem about a messy family.... I remember this, as does my fiance, and we're pretty sure that it was an entire book, not just a single poem. It had as its goal demonstrating to youngsters how gross and rude it was to do nasty things like pick one's nose or burp. My fiance's in his late thirties, I'm in my early thirties, so it has to at least be a 1950 or 1960 publication. I seem to remember it as something that might have been read to my father, as I recall reading it at my grandmother's house. Hope this helps. If I can find it, I'll send more info.
The Goops give some good book advice too:  I have a notion / The Books on the shelves / Are just as much persons / As we are, Ourselves. // When you are older, / You'll find this is true; / You'd better be careful / To make Books like you!

click here for imageGoosegirl
I think this is a fairy tale that was included in an anthology.  The protagonist was a girl, possibly a princess.  There is a change in her circumstances (Dad dies?  Evil stepmom?) and she becomes a servant, and her beloved horse is killed, it's head hung on a wall or gate.  She talks to the horse's head and it give her advice that eventually helps her triumph over those who usurped her power.  Fal-Da-La" is either the horse's name or the song she sings to the horse's head.  Sounds rather Grimm, doesn't it?!

This is one of the grimmer Grimm tales called "The Goosegirl."  Not exactly an intuitive title, as everyone who reads the story remembers Falada's head nailed to the wall.  The deliciously nasty beginning involves the princess and her maid traveling to a new household, and during the trip, the princess's maid assumes the princess's identity.  **Want a copy?  We have a number of cool Grimm's collections.  Just e-mail!
Thank you for your help in solving the mystery!  I re-read it and it was therapeutic -- for some reason, I was horrified at the thought of passing a dead horse's head (not to mention having it speak to me) when I was little.

Gorilla Baby: the Story of Patty Cake
I'd like to locate a children's book about a gorilla born in the Central Park Zoo Sept. 3, 1972.  She is now in the Bronx Zoo.  Her name is Pattycake.  The book is rather small, probably published around 1975.  I do not know the title, the author, or publisher.  Not much to go on, I'm afraid.  I'm a docent at the Bronx Zoo and a visitor brought his copy in when he came to visit Pattycakes.  I'm sorry I didn't take down the information.

There are at least three!  Patty Cake by Elizabeth Moody, 80 pp., published 1974. Gorilla Baby: the Story of Patty Cake by Pearl Wolf, 32 pp., published 1974. Gentle Gorilla: the Story of Patty Cake by Susan Kohn Green, 303 pp., published 1978.  The book by Wolf says it is illustrated with black and white photographs.

Grandpa Bunny Bunny
A children's book about easter eggs and rabbits who painted them beautiful colors.  I remember the ending of a beautiful sunset painted by the rabbits

Could be The Golden Egg Book by Margaret Wise Brown, illus by Leonard Weisgard. A Big Golden Book, 1947.
No, it's not The Golden Egg Book - that one is about a little bunny who was all alone, and found an egg.  He wondered what was inside the egg.  Then it cracked, and out popped a baby chick.  And they lived happily ever after.
Grandpa Bunny (Walt Disney Golden Book), 1951.
I must be getting confused in my old age (or with all these stumpers!):  yes, it's definately Grandpa Bunny Bunny.  There's both a Little Golden Book and a Big Golden Book version of it.  Check out the Most Requested Page.
My "Stumper" is a children's book (I think it was a Golden Book) about bunny rabbits who were Easter Bunnies.  One of the characters was Grandpa Bunny Bunny.  It had pictures of the bunnies coloring beautiful easter eggs. Then one of the bunnies, a girl bunny, delivered the eggs. Can you help me? It was a book I read to my little brother and then to my kids in the 60's.  I would like to read the story to my grandchildren but I lost the book.

I think you're confusing two books, actually.  Your keyword, Easter Bunny magic shoes, refers to Dubois Heywood's The Country Bunny and The Little Gold Shoes.  But the description you write is definately for Grandpa Bunny Bunny.  Both have more info on other Loganberry pages, follow the links for each.

Grandpa's Farm
My husband is describing a book to me right now - he would have read it when he was about 5 (in 1971) but he has no idea when it was published. Something about a cold snap, or the coldest day ever. Might have been a grandpa telling his grandkids about the coldest day ever - he remembers vividly an illustration of the grandpa shooting at a bear, but it was so cold that the bullet stopped in midair. He
thinks it might have been a series of vignettes about all the things that happened on this cold day, but he really remembers the illustration with the frozen bullet. Thanks in advance for any ideas you might have - I LOVE THIS SITE!

C91 The book is GRANDPA'S FARM written and illustrated by James Flora, 1965. Grandpa tells tall tales about his farm. One of them is "The Terrible Winter '36". There is indeed a picture of a man, his gun, his bullet and a bear all being frozen in mid-air.  ~from a librarian
There are several 'tall tales' about cold days in the mountains, including the frozen bullet and frozen shout stories. I believe I've seen a children's book similar to the one described, but I'm not sure if it was a single story or collection of tall tales. It might be this one - McBroom's Ghost, by Sid Fleischman, illustrated by Robert Frankenberg, published New York, Grosset & Dunlap, 1971 Weekly Reader, unpaginated, "The ghost comes
a-haunting when an "uncommon cold winter" sets in, though it is "not so cold that an honest man would tell fibs about it." That being said, farmer Josh McBroom does have a tendency to stretch the truth quite a bit. He, his
wife and eleven children are amusing characters."
Grandpa's Farm, written and illustrated by James Flora, published Harcourt 1965, 32 pages. "Grandpa, the farmer, is almost as tall as a tree, but not quite so tall as the wildly preposterous tales he spins for little boys. He tells of the great wind of '34 that blew him a fine blue barn; of Grandma's cow salve that could make anything grow, from cows' tails to cornstalks; of the miraculous productions of Little Hatchy Hen; and of the terrible winter when conversation froze in the air and remained unheard until summer." (Horn Book Oct/65 p.498)

Grange at High Force
There were two to four books about three boys who all sang in the boy's choir, I believe at a Cathedral, definitely in England.  One may have been the son of a clergy (don't remember titles/denominations), one was definately son of a sheep farmer.  One book included a severe snow storm and the three boys helping the father gather the sheep in a detail that sticks with me was the seriousness of the decision as to which group would take the dog as he would be more useful than the boys.  This one may have also involved, back in town, getting in thru a window to rescue an elderly lady snowed in. I think there were black pen and ink drawings here and there, and one included an old fashioned vehicle I think of as a "touring car," thus my impression that they were set sometime earlier in the century.   I think another adventure involved work being done on the pipe organ and the boys, exploring, found an old newspaper that helped explain something or solve a mystery. One of the boys was an amateur inventor of sorts, and made replacement brakes for his bike by using soft rubber, crashed since he didn't allow for the fact that though effective they would be soon worn out.  There may have been a retired Admiral who offered advice now and then.  My impression when I read them was that they were new my County library, though not perhaps newly written.  They were standard (not oversize), perhaps around 200 pages each.

Philip Turner, The Grange at High Force  Colonel Sheperton's Clock.  Philip Turner wrote these and possibly others, published by Oxford University Press. I think they may be the ones
You might try CHORISTER'S CAKE and A SWARM IN MAY by William Mayne. I haven't read them for a long time, but they definitely take place in a choristers' school.
Philip Turner, Colonel Sheperton's Clock, The Grange at High Force, Sea Peril, War on the Darnel, Skull Island. The series referred to is definitely by Philip Turner. It is called Darnley Mills. Details can be found on the web by using a search engine and typing in "Philip Turner Darnley Mills". There are 9 books in all
I sent in the query about choirboys and their adventures.  As soon as I saw the note that they were The Grange at High Force and Colonel Sheperton's Clock by Philip Turner I knew that was the answer (somebody has suggested another alternative as well).   Thanks again, it's a great idea and service!  And my colleague tells me you will be featured on NPR tomorrow morning,  so I hope it goes well and you enjoy the experience.

Granny's Wonderful Chair
See Also Racketty-Packetty House
About 50 years ago in Trenton, NJ, in the children's library, there was a book I read and have been searching for ever since.  Author and title unknown.  The only thing I remember about the story is: There was a boy (a prince, I believe) who was born with tiny feet into a land where everyone else had very large feet.  I realize this is a most unusual request, but would anyone happen to know anything about this book?  I do not believe it was a picture book, although it did have pictures.  I have been back to Trenton, but the book is no longer there.  The librarians and booksellers I've questioned around the world have not been able to help me, and it would be a minor miracle if this reaches anyone who remembers the book from the small bit of information available.  However, I have hopes!

V9: Easy as pie. It's The Story of Fairyfoot by Frances Browne from her book Granny's Wonderful Chair (1857). You can read the whole book online, and the Fairyfoot story. Prince Fairyfoot is made an outcast because of his small feet, he falls in with the fairies and discovers a princess from another land who is burdened with magically overgrown feet. They both discover the magic as to how to change back and forth according to which country they're in.    I know it well because I have the My Book House Series (ed. Olive Beaupre Miller) and the story is in vol. 2 or 3 - at least in that particular edition. They kept changing. Very beautifully designed books, though not with a lot of color in the illustrations - they didn't need it that much.
Finaly, V9 - This story is actually by Frances Hodgson Burnett, not Frances Browne and is available in The Racketty-Packetty House and Other Stories.
Re the last entry - I didn't read Racketty-Packetty House, but Frances Hodgson Burnett was born in 1849
and the above link will tell you that Granny's Wonderful Chair was written in 1857, and My Book House also claims the Fairyfoot story comes from GWC. (Frances Browne died in 1879.) What this says about RPH, I don't know - maybe Burnett wrote some of it and helped pick the rest of the stories?
V9: Mystery solved. In the preface to RPH, it says: "Fairyfoot came from a story Mrs. Burnett read and
loved as a child, in a book called Granny's Wonderful Chair, written by a blind Irishwoman, Frances Browne, in 1856. Being unable to find a copy she rewrote it from memory, adding many delightful touches of her own". So far, I've only skimmed the Burnett - but I think the original is better, IMHO.
Thank you, very much!  It has been such a relief to put a name to that story.

Gray C: Circus Horse
I'm trying to ID a book about a circus horse that I read as a kid (about 20 years ago). It was told from the horse's point of view about it's life in the circus and the friendship it had with it's rider (a girl named Julie I think?). It had a sad ending I remember because the girl gets sick or hurt and may die. I seem to remember they do one last show with the horse and send him out without a rider. The only other thing I remember about it is the book jacket that had a color picture of the white horse rearing up with the
girl on its back. It's not "Circus Sequins" or "Amigo". Thanks in advance!

This may be it: Ruth Reuther, Gray C Circus Horse (Houghton Mifflin, 1970)
I finally got a copy of Gray C: Circus Horse by Ruth Reuther off the web (question C61) and you nailed it on the head!  Thanks so much!  I've been trying to remember that one and get a copy for years!  Thank again!

Gray Magic
I got your web address from a wonderfully kind person at askjeeves answerpoint, and I'm hoping that you can help me. I cannot remember the author OR title of a book I read when I was young, but I remember that I adored the book.  I can only recall a few details, and I hope it's enough for someone to say "a-HA! I know the name of that book!" Amyway, the title of the book may have "gray" or "grey" in it, and it MAY have gone under two different titles.  There were three friends on some sort of mission, and each friend "became" an animal to help them complete the mission.  I think it may have had to do with treasure, or a key.  One of the animals was a cat, and I believe the character was female.  I know that's not a lot of info, but any help would be very much appreciated.

I'd forgotten all about this book until I read the query, but this sounds like one I read when I was younger.  It was
probably Scholastic Book Service, and it had three friends or siblings.  They turned into animals, and their quests
made them face their worst fears.  One of the girls turned into a cat, and I remember she found a magic ring and had to carry it in her mouth because she had no hands.  I think it was called STONE MAGIC.  Aha!  It was Gray Magic by Andre Norton (and on the cover it said, original title Steel Magic).  And here I never knew I had read Andre Norton!

Great and Terrible Quest
lost heir story set in mediaevel type other world, featuring prophetic verse "Silver hidden in gold, young man hidden in old".

Margaret Lovett, The Great and Terrible Quest, 1967.  This is a wonderful story that I've kept since my childhood.  The jacket blurb starts: "Silver hidden in the gold, young man hidden in the old, laughing lord with weeping eyes"--a few lines of this mysterious verse and a golden ring are the only cludes the boy and the old man have as they set out on the great and terrible quest in a moving and suspenseful tale representing the finest tradition of fantasy.  There are various copies for sale online, and to my surprise they are mostly very expensive!  Others must treasure this book too!  Enjoy.  Now I'll read my copy through for the umpteenth time. <g>
LOVETT Margaret, Great and terrible quest.  Complete rhyme is - Silver hidden in the gold/ Young man hidden in the old/ Laughing lord with weeping eyes/ Bring king and ring before sunrise.
S131 silver hidden in gold: could this be The Great and Terrible Quest, by Margaret Lovett? (See R36 for details) It is set in a medievaloid world and features a lost heir and a mysterious verse that provides clues.
I can't remember the title, author, etc.  I used to borrow it from the library and I know the alphabetical section I got it from meant the author was between G and L in the alphabet...  It was about a boy who went on some kind of journey to find a ring which had to be matched with another ring, the whereabouts of which he didn't know, but in the end turned out to be hidden in the inlay of the musical instrument (lute?) which he carried with him.  I seem to remember some of the decoration on the lute (?) was an ivory rose.  The setting was kind of mediaeval, I think.  The book must have been written before the mid-70s, was hardback and I have the vague remembrance of the cover being pale in colour, with a dustjacket, and a musical instrument as its illustration, just a line drawing, maybe.

Not 100% sure because I'm just going with the book summary, but maybe the title or details will ring a bell. THE GREAT & TERRIBLE QUEST by Margaret Lovett, 1967, 107 pages. Summary reads that a young boy mistreated by his grandfather goes off on a quest with a man who has lost his memory. All they have as clues to help them are a ring and a verse.
A slightly different summary of the Lovett book: "Set in the middle ages, a quick-witted orphan, abused by his grandfather, risks his life to care for a wounded knight who is on a quest but can't remember what he is searching
I saw the cover of Great and Terrible Quest on Ebay, and it is a sketchy drawing of a lute, in white, on a brown background, which does seem to match the description.
More info on the suggested title The Great and Terrible Quest, by Margaret Lovett, published Faber 1967, 170 pages. "A boy of ten, abusively treated by a robber-baronish grandfather and his band of hired killers, manages to escape with a dog and an injured knight, and all make their way to the City. The reader gradually realises, long before young Trad, that the boy is the true heir to the throne which must be claimed by entering the City gates between sunset and sunrise within a week of the old king's death. He is a nice child and his adventures should hold young readers, being a sort of endurance test of gruelling marches, climbs, struggles to keep the wounded man going and ending with a grand fight near the close. Lighter moments are provided by the fearful juggler the pair pick up while disguised as a minstrel and his granddaughter. The ingredients are familiar: wicked Lords Regent, a kind Wise Woman, an unfinished verse which provides a clue to those seeking the heir, a lost
ring - but they are well handled." (JB Apr/67 p.125)
Margaret Lovett, The Great and Terrible Quest.  I concur with the other "answerers." This book is a favorite of mine, which I have read and re-read.  The boy is named Trad,  and early on he finds the ring and fits it into the inlay in an old lute he's found and repaired.  The significance of both ring and lute become apparent toward the end of the story.

Great Brains series
Stories read at school about 20 years ago. May be several stories in one book or several books. Setting in frontier times, maybe 1890's, where two brothers have a series of adventures. Similar in setting and tone to Little House on the Prairies, but not of that series ie, not about Alonzo.

#F55--Frontier brothers' adventures:  I would suggest a look at Magical Melons, the sequel to Caddie Woodlawn, by Carol Ryrie Brink.  Set in Wisconsin in the 1860s, some of the adventures do concentrate on Caddie's two brothers, Warren and Tom, and it's a wonderful book written at the same time as the Little House series and very much in that vein.
John D. Fitzgerald, The Great Brain, Me and My Little Brain, etc.  1967 - 1974, reprinted early 1980's as Dell paperbacks.  Could the poster be thinking of the "Great Brain" series?  They were set in frontier Utah in the 1890's, and although there were actually 3 brothers in the family (plus one adopted), the main characters were the narrator, John or "J.D." and his brother Tom. (Their older brother was away at school.) They had a lot of
adventurous episodes in each book.  I think some public libraries still have these around.

Great Christmas Kidnapping Caper
I'm looking for a book about two mice - they were possibly detectives although I'm not totally sold on that idea.  They lived in a department store - maybe Macy's - and they somehow "saved Christmas".  I think Santa had been kidnapped and they rescued him (the book is NOT The Rescuers). It's possible there was more than one book about these mice but there was definitely a Christmas one.  It was a chapter book and I read it in my school library (in Australia, but the book was American).  I would have read it in the late 70s / early 80s.  I'm a big fan of mouse stories and it's killing me that I can't remember this one!

No chance this is L. Frank Baum's A Kidnapped Santa Claus (1904), is there? I never actually read it, so I
can't compare the storylines.
I don't think I've read A Kidnapped Santa Claus either but I don't think that's it because I remember the book I'm looking for being reasonably modern - cars, escalators, etc etc.  Thanks anyway!
Jean Van Leeuwen,The Great Christmas Kidnapping Caper, 1975.  I don't believe I've read this since circa the time it was first published, but it's still on my shelf next to its precursor, The Great Cheese Conspiracy, and still prominent enough in my psyche for me to instantaneously know exactly to what the inquiry was referring! Here's the blurb for The Great Christmas Kidnapping Caper (my edition, incidentally, spells it Kidnaping, which is apparently a valid variant): "Settled in a toy department dollhouse for the winter, Marvin the Magnificent and his gang of mice, Fats and Raymond, make friends with the store's Santa Claus. The months ahead promise to be cozy and plentiful for the three mice--until one morning Santa disappears. Marvin suspects foul play, and he's right! In the rollicking tale that follows, he and his gang undertake the dangerous mission of solving the great Christmas kidnapping. Whether they're collecting clues, setting booby traps or embarking on zany rescue missions, Marvin, Fats and Raymond are a hilarious trio."  Now I'm going to have to reread this!  Fantastic website, by the way! I'm not being hyperbolic in saying it's an invaluable service to humankind. These books helped form us, and finding them again is to rediscover a long-lost part of ourselves.
Fabulous - that definitely sounds like it!  I found one copy for $150 (Australian) so if you can find something cheaper that would be nice!  Thanks a lot.

click here for imageGreat Escape or the Sewer Story
I am looking for a book about alligators that live in the sewer.  If I am recalling correctly, the rather large hardcover book had cartoon alligators parachuting on the cover.  It also had a scene where alligators came out of the toilet (in an apartment?).  There was one alligator that wore pearls.  Was given to me as a gift in the late seventies.  I think that it may have been newly published at that time.  I believe that the cover may have been white with green trim around the edges.  I hope that's enough information to find it!

This may be Harold Goodwin, Top Secret: Alligators (NY:Bradbury Press, 1975). My favorite appearance of this urban legend is in Pynchon's V.
I was wrong in guessing that this is Top Secret: Alligators; it's probably Peter Lipman's The Great Escape or the Sewer Story (NY: Golden, '73), which is notably tall (12-15"). But I still say Pynchon's V has the best NYC alligators. (And I'm a NYC native.)
Wonderful!  Thank you for your help.  I did a quick web search on the titles that you suggested and found a site with a picture of the cover.  The book is Peter Lipman's The Great Escape or the Sewer Story (NY: Golden, '73).  Next logical question, do you have one or know where I can get one and at what cost?
Top Secret: Alligators! written and illustrated by Harold Goodwin, published Bradury Press 1974. "A comic escape story with the most unlikely heroes and heroines - the fabled alligators that live in the city sewers!
Beneath the warm humor is a lightly handled plea for all wild creaturs in these polluted times. Black and white illustrations. Ages 7-10." (HB Oct/74 p.17 pub ad)

Great Swedish Fairy Tales
This is an original fairy-tale collection. Given the slightly eerie quality of the stories and illustrations, I'd say they were both done in the 1970s or 1980s - definitely not later than 1988. The only two I remember are 1) a young girl and a female troll are switched at a young age - the mother troll complains of the girl "such a washed-out little thing" under one illustration and also complains about the girl being too sweet and agreeable. Eventually, they grow up and find their real families again. 2) A preteen princess wanders off one night on the back of a moose(?) and encounters evil creatures that snatch away first her crown and then her dress. She dismounts by a pool and comments "What strange water" and then her heart necklace falls off and in. She won't leave, so the moose does. The story ends with her staring into the pool. "Far, far below lies a lost heart." Any idea?

This poster is describing Great Swedish Fairy Tales illustrated by John Bauer. The book was translated by Holger Lundbergh and the tales were compiled by Elsa Olenius. It was published in 1973 by Delacorte Press/Seymour Lawrence.
Ha, the trolls should have tipped me off. (Not to mention the gloomy mood of the stories.) Maybe the moose (actually an elk) misguided me since I read it in Maine and thought maybe it had been written there! I see I was way off from the original dates - John Bauer died in 1918! 

Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural
The book is a collection of short stories for children. Red cover. Was school text. Contains A,B and C, by Leacock, How Much Land Does a Man Need, The Lady Or the Tiger by Norris (?), Lonnagan And The Ants, and possibly other stories. I wanted a copy for my children. They are now adults and the loss is theirs. However, it is not too late for my grandchildren.

A6 - I guess it's always hard to find a specific anthology, but not so hard to find individual stories.  The writer is looking for Leiningen Versus the Ants, a thriller that I remember anthologized in a high school collection.   My local library has it in a  collection called Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural, ed by H.A Wise and Phyllis Fraser.  The author is listed as Carol Stephenson.  Thank you for a delightful website. 

Great White Man-Eating Shark
I looking for a newer children's book, maybe 80s, about a little boy whose head was shaped like a shark.  When he went swimming, the people on the beach thought there really was a shark.  The illustrations were great.  Any guesses?

S53 Shark headed boy
This sounds like it could be THE GREAT WHITE MAN-EATING SHARK: A CAUTIONARY TALE by Margaret Mahy, 1990 The boy wants the cove to himself so he pretends to be a shark, but then a female shark comes along...
Thank you for thinking of me! I'm not certain this is the book, as I recall the boy didn't want to be a
shark, but his head was shaped like a shark.  I'm going to try to interlibrary loan it to see if it is the one.  Thank you so much for giving me this title.
The Great White Man Eating Shark: a Cautionary Tale by Margaret Mahy, published Scholastic, "Norvin is a boy who looks like a shark. When he straps a homemade dorsal fin to his back, all the other swimmers run for the beach. He loves having the water to himself - until a real man eating shark comes along!"

Green Eyes
I had suddenly had the urge to relive my youth, and these books are a few of the ones I loved most! I have also remember a book about a Green Eyed Monster, any clues? Please let me know if you come by any of these titles. And by the way, I love your web site! It is so wonderful to know that so many of us have such fond memories of stories from our youth. I hope to someday be able to help solve one of your mysteries and help someone like myself regain a treasured part of their past! I think you have a great job, as well as do one!

it would be too easy for  G7 to be Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley. A color concept picture book with cut outs and the monster that appears and disappears piece by piece.
Thanks for your response...I might not have been too specific with my request.  Green-eyed Monster is about a young girl working at a fish cannery for a summer (assuming Pacific Northwest) and some of her adventures.  I also seem to remember she is helping care for some younger children, and they come down with diptheria, and how she nurses them back to health! (This part I'm not to sure of, could be confusing it with another story!)  I loved this story...I'm sure when I got it, as most of my favorite
books from my youth, the book fair from Weekly Reader!  (also where I found Magic Elizabeth, The Velvet Room, and On Your Toes Suzy!)  And you can still by reprints in paperback of Magic Elizabeth.   Once again, your website is a real treasure!  I thank you for trying to help me restore memories of a very happy childhood, made complete by these wonderful stories!  There is a special place in heaven's library for you!
This has to be Green Eyes by Jean Nielsen.  It is about a high school senior in the Pacific Northwest who wants to be a journalist.  She works for the town paper, babysits for kids, and nurses one through diphtheria.  There wasn't a fish cannery in the story, but her dad did work at a logging camp.  The green eyes in the title did refer to jealousy.  It is a good book and did come out in a Scholastic paperback or one of those other paperback series.
That sounds like the story...any ideas where I can find it?
If the poster is looking for the other book she might have confused with Green Eyes, it could be A Girl Called Chris by Marg Nelson, in which Chris spends her summer working at a fish cannery.  This was a book-fair paperback of the same era.

Green Futures of Tycho
Hi!  I came across your website while typing in random words (my dog is named Logan), and the page triggered some memories of a book I loved in elementary school (this was the mid-1980's, but the book could have been much older - it was in the school library).  I remember that it was about a young boy who found some sort of green egg, and he could use it to travel through time.  He eventually meets up with his older self, who I think was evil.  I remember that green was very prominent in the book, and may have in fact been a part of the title.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Change the green egg to a green ring, and this sounds very much like The Magician's Nephew by CS Lewis.
R8 is definetely The Magician's Nephew. This book isn't remotely like The Magician's Nephew.
Green Egg may be The Green Futures of Tycho by William Sleator, E.P.  Dutton, 1981.  In this book, Tycho Tithonus finds a silver egg in his garden that transports him through time, where he meets his frightening future self.
I just wanted to write to you and tell you how much I appreciate your site of Solved Mysteries. Normally, I don't send emails to webmasters unless I have problems with their page, but I am just so ecstatic about finding the
title and author of a book I have been searching the internet for hours trying to locate. Apparently I have been searching for the book the Green Futures of Tycho by William Sleator. I have spent roughly 5 hours each week for the last two weeks looking for this book I was really getting frustrated and depressed about not finding a book I knew I had read in grade school. I finally happened to type in the right phrase on NorthernLight.com and up popped your website (I tried the same phrase on Yahoo later and it didn't come up there, so I am glad I was on NL.com). Also, I have done a little research and discovered I have read 3 or 4 more of his books and remember enjoying them greatly too.  Thanks so much for the help! Very soon I'll be off to the bookstore to see if I can buy these books.
I am looking for an older child book featuring a character named Tycko. He was named after a famous scientist and has several siblings named Ludwig and other famous names.  Does this sound familiar?

This is William Sleator's Green Futures of Tycho (NY:Dutton,1981). Sleator's son, Tycho, grew up to be a physicist.

Green  Sky Trilogy
This book's main characters lived in trees and could fly from limb to limb with the aid of their clothing, which created a kind of flying squirrel look. There were also characters who lived on the ground, but they were considered inferior to the tree-dwellers. I always thought Ursula LeGuin wrote this, but she didn't.

Zilpha Keatley Snyder, Green Sky Trilogy, 1971, 1976, 1977.  It's just a _different_ fine children's author. :)  Below the Root:  "When thirteen-year-old Raamo is surprisingly chosen to join the priestly class of Ol-zhaan rulers, he uses his telepathic abilities to discover some dangerous secrets about the governing body to the land of Green-sky"  And All Between: "When her father asks her to give up her pet laban for food, Terra, one of the Erdlings who live underground, flees, falling into the hands of the Ol'zhaan, who take her to the world above ground"   Until the Celebration: "Resistant to their forced union, the Kindar of Green-sky and the Erdlings are shocked when their disappointment and misery is capped off by the disappearance of the Holy Children, Pomma and Teera."
Sounds like Below the Root by Zilpha Keatley Snyder.  The people lived in a magic land underground and were able to fly from tree to tree.  Very beautiful and surreal. I believe there may be more than one in the series.
#F106--Flying people living in trees:  Below the Root, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder.  Sequels are And All Between and Until the Celebration.

Green Ginger Jar
A book about a little Chinese girl whose grandmother owned a ginger jar.  A little white girl comes to stay for a few hours at their house because her family was involved in a traffic accident, the white girl gushes about how beautiful the ginger jar is, so the Chinese girl gives it to her (because she was always trained that if someone compliments you on something you own, you should give it to them - she had lost many beloved toys that way).  That very evening her grandmother has her write a letter back to someone in their homeland about how wonderful their lives will be because she still has the ginger jar.  Then the girl, in a panic, realized she had to somehow find the other girl to get the jar back.  I started this book several times, but never got past the part where her brother goes to work at the Chinese restaurant (I was a very poor reader in grade 4 when the bookmobile used to come by our school).  Does anyone know if this is the correct title?  Anyone know the author?  I have tried looking this title up on many sites, but came up with the wrong synopsis.  Thx for the great site.

G35 is definitely The Green Ginger Jar by Clara Ingram Judson.
Clara Ingram Judson wrote The Green Ginger Jar, a mystery set in Chicago's Chinatown concerning the contents of a ginger jar.  I haven't read it, but if you can't find a copy I do have one and can look to see if it's anything like the story described.
There is a book The Green Ginger Jar, A Chinatown Mystery by Clara Judson, Houghton Mifflin, 1949.   I was thinking of a Phylis Whitney, but this might be the one.
How about The Green Ginger Jar by Clara Ingram Judson, illustrated by Paul Brown, published Houghton Mifflin, 1949, 210 pages. "A story of modern Chinatown in Chicago. Ai-Mei and her brother, Lu Chen, feel themselves to be Americans first and Chinese second. In their conflicts with the older members of the family (particularly their grandmother), the reader gets a good picture of the traditional Chinese way of living ..." (cited in Good Books for Children, 1946-61 Eakins, 1962)

Green Smoke
I'm looking for a book I think is titled Green Smoke about a young girl whose family vacations in Wales each summer. She returns each holiday to visit a dragon in a cave, and she takes buns with her to share with him. Can you help?

I have an answer to G8 in your Stump the Bookseller page. The book *is* titled Green Smoke and is by Rosemary Manning. Originally published by Constable in 1957. My paperback is a Puffin published in England in 1967 and reprinted at least 4 times. The flyleaf also mentions "Dragon in Danger" and "The Dragon's Quest" which I assume are part of the series.
Could this be Rosemary Manning's Green Smoke (c1957)?  It's listed in an online library catalogue with the subject headings "Dragons" and "England--Fiction".
I remember this book quite vividly from my childhood. It is indeed called Green Smoke. It was written by Elizabeth Manning, and has a copyright date of 1957.

Grimm's Fairy Tales
in the 50s mom read to me from a book that had a story about a woman down under shaking her feather bed to make snow. it also contained  many other stories, rose red and rose white, rapunzell rumplestiltkins the princess and the pea little black sambo jack ,jack and the bean stock to name a few ,i think it was quite a large book possibly tan or light blue in colour.my favorite was the feather bed story.

A39 sound like the version of the Grimm tales I had in the 50s
A39 (again!) the Grimm story about the old woman who lives at the bottom of the well and shakes out her eiderdown to make it snow is 'Mother Holly' (or 'Frau Holle'). Two sisters (or possibly half or step-sisters) visit the well, the good one is kind and does everything right and comes back dropping gold coind every time she speaks or combs her hair, the bad sister is sent by her mother to get rich too and is rude and lazy and when she comes back nasty things come out of her hair or mouth (some aspects of this are similar to 'Diamonds and Toads' another Grimm tale with slightly different begining but ending with the 2 sisters speaking diamonds and other jewels (the good one, of course!) or toads and other nasty creatures.

GRIPS plays
In the introduction to Jack Zipes' Political Plays for Children (1970s), which is translated by him from the German GRIPS Theatre, he describes GRIPS plays not in the book, such as You Can't Possibly Stand Something Like That(?) Does anyone know how to find those plays in English? (You MUST read PPFC - all three plays are screamingly funny most of the time and the dialogue dates not a bit, though the situations might. Mugnog is the funniest and least controversial - Wisconsin U. performed it recently.)

The following GRIPS plays have been translated into English, according to the London Goethe-Institut.
All in Stitches (Heile, heile Segen). Tr. Roy Kift;  Alles Plastik Von Volker Ludwig and Detlef Michel;   Banana  By Rainer Hachfeld and Reiner Lücker. Tr. Jack Zipes;  Bizzy, Dizzy, Daffy and Arthur(Balle, Malle, Hupe und Artur); Boy oh Boy (Mannomann) By Volker Ludwig;  Don't Be Daft (Mensch Mädchen) Tr. Roy Kift;  Don't Lump It (Mannomann) Tr. Peter Gilbert; Herbie and the Broken Robot (Trummi kaputt) Tr. and adapted by Baerbel and Ken Rugg;  Julie, What is Wrong? (Jule was ist los?) By Jörg Friedrich and Thomas Ahrens. Tr. Peter Gilbert; Line One (Linie eins)  The Magic Grandad(Kannst du zaubern, Opa?)  by Stefan Reisner and Rainer Hachfeld. Tr. Roy Kift;  Man oh Man (Mannomann);  Mister Robinson's Party (Ein Fest bei Papadakis) By Volker Ludwig and Christian Sorge. Tr. Roy Kift. Mugnog (Mugnog-Kinder); The Mugnog Kids (Mugnog-Kinder) By Rainer Hachfeld. Tr. Roy Kift. Operation Pollpoppa  Tr. Roy Kift; Papadakis Throws a Party(Ein Fest bei Papadakis) Tr. Gerhard Fischer and Olav Reinhardt. Shtockerlock and Millipilli (Stokkerlok und Millipilli) By Rainer Hachfeld and Volker Ludwig. Tr. Helen Mayer-Hajek; Stronger than Superman(Stärker als Supermann) By Roy Kift; Things That Go Bump in the Night. Tr. Roy Kift.  Trummi Kaput; What Can Be Done(Mannomann) By Volker Ludwig. Tr. Norbert J. Mayer and Chris Westwood. 

Hi.  I told a friend about this site and she was excited.  She has been looking for  a book for a long time and wants me to try here.  She thinks it was called Ginny or something like that.  It was about a nanny who was an alien. Her children discover who she is when they see her removing her face.  A 5th grade teacher read it to my friend in the late 70's.  It sounds like Bruce Coville's Alien stories and she thinks that maybe he read these as a kid and created his own series from them. Thank you.

G29 sounds as if it is Nicholas Fisk - Grinny - fairly sure Grinny is an alien 'nanny'
G29 I've got Grinny by Nicholas Fisk (London, Heinemann, 1973) at my desk here. It's written in diary format. Grinny is Great Aunt Emma, who smiles all the time. She comes to stay with the family without warning. Grinny
avoids electricity. Beth sees her break a wrist, revealing steel bones and skin that heals over while she watches. They see a UFO and find Grinny lying in bed with open eyes, grinning and glowing. Eventually they discover
that she is an alien "wearing" an artificial human body, come to prepare for an invasion. Couldn't find a scene where she takes off her face, though her whole body is disassembled right at the end. She does purposely break a finger to show the narrator how she heals.
Finally I was able to get this book through our inter library loan system and it is the right one, Thank you very much!!! My friend was really excited.

Groovy Guide to Decorating Your Room
This was a book for teenagers on how to decorate their bedrooms.  The cover had a slender hippie girl in bell-bottom jeans (very 60's - 70's) with a small paintbrush, painting the paneling on her bedroom door.  There was a section on how to choose decor that you liked, with delicate line drawings, one of a bedroom with tons of tiny flowers everywhere, on the walls, bed, etc.  I know this isn't really a children's book, but I'd love to find it again!  Hopefully this is enough information to go on.

Burke, Anne Parks, A Groovy Guide to Decorating Your Room, Signet/NAL, 1969.  My copy is a  paperback cover shows a girl in bell-bottoms standing on a ladder putting up some type of rectangular pattern (shape similar to a door) over flowered wallpaper.  Interior has line drawings.   First section discusses four types of rooms -- "way out," "romantic and feminine" (four-poster with flowered spread and curtains, a flowered cloth over a circular table, even a hanging wicker seat with flowered pillows), a studio (black-and-white stripes and designs, including zebra wall-hanging), or "vivaciously Victorian." Various sections of the book tell how to make pillows, stencils, wall plaques, etc. Illustrator is Luciana.

Groundhog's Horse
An Native American boy ties his beloved pony near his teepee so rival braves won't steal her along with the village's horse herd. But his plan goes badly awry. The rival braves steal his pony because she's alone and leave the herd. The boy travels into enemy territory to steal the pony back with just a little sack of dried meat and some cornmeal. He gets his pony, but also winds up bringing back a child younger than himself who was abducted. They travel across the mountains and fear being eaten
by the giant frog who lives in a cave there according to legend. They eat cold cornmeal mush with thier fingers and joke that it's better than 'rock soup'... plain water. The rock doesn't add much.

possibly Lone Hunter's Gray Pony by Donald Worcester, New York, Oxford University Press 1956, later Fort Worth, Texas Christian University Press 1985, Illustrated by Paige Pauley. 8vo., "Lone Hunter's pony is stolen by Kiowas. Risking his life, Lone Eagle stalks the Kiowas to their camp and reclaims his beloved pony and as he flees home he is able to warn his people of an ambush." Nothing about another boy, but in one of the sequels "Lone Hunter and the Cheyennes": "After capture Lone Hunter and friend Buffalo Boy escape and make their way home, being confronted by a grizzly and many hardships."
#B75--Brave, his pony and his friend:  Lone Hunter's Gray Pony, by Donald Worcester (1956) does include a stolen horse, but not so sure about any of the other plot elements.  Definitely not Indian Two Feet and His Horse, by Margaret Friskey, to save you the trouble of even trying that one.
#B75--Brave, his pony, and his friend:  Sanderson, William E.  Horses are for Warriors.  Caldwell, ID: Caxton, 1954. 1st.  The dustwrapper art, pictorial endpapers, full color frontispiece & 15 black & white interiors are by Pers Crowell.  A tale of the Shoshone & the Nez Perce before the arrival of Lewis & Clark.  This portrait of the horse-oriented plains culture is one of the best. This is the story of a Nez Perce boy living in the Wallowa Valley (now Oregon) concerned that his horse would be stolen by Shoshones.  Since the above url (see camera icon above) shows the dustwrapper, it could be useful in determining if this is NOT the book you seek.
Another possibility is Groundhog's Horse, by Joyce Rockwood, drawings by Victor Kalin, published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston 1978, 114 pages. From dustjacket: Joyce Rockwood has written vividly and beautifully about the Cherokees before. This warm,  amusing novel, which takes place in 1750, shows the same brilliance, but with a lighter touch. It is about Groundhog, a young Cherokee boy, and his horse, Midnight. Midnight is a most unusual horse, so Groundhog tells everyone. But since Midnight is neither a fast runner nor seems remarkable in any way, everyone in Frogtown laughs at him. One day, Midnight is stolen by the Creeks in a raid on Frogtown. No one thinks Midnight is worth rescuing so Groundhog decides to find him by himself. This is the story of Groundhog's adventures as he makes his way to and from Rabbit-town over enemy terrain and Dismal Places... Joyce Rockwood is from Georgia and is married to an anthropologist (she studied anthropology as well). She and her husband have immersed themselves in the culture and history of the Indians of the South. Her previous novels about Cherokees -  Long Man's Song and To Spoil the Sun, won acclaim. The latter was an ALA Notable book of 1976 and an International Reading Association honor book.
A little more information on the 1978 title Groundhog's Horse, by J.Rockwood, illustrated by V. Kalin, 116 pages. "Groundhog is a Cherokee Indian who has to try to rescue his own horse from the Creek Indians when it is stolen because everyone else refuses to do so. Groundhog is greatly helped in his attempt by Duck, another Cherokee, who has been stolen from his tribe and adopted by a Creek family. Against great odds they finally win through and are re-united with their families." (Junior Bookshelf Dec/80 p.297)

Growing Summer
two ( or three) young british children , because of an ill parent ( i think) , are sent to ireland to stay with their eccentric old aunt dymphna  who loves to quote edward lear  ( among others). they are basically left to fend for themselves  and end up hiding an imperious  young boy  who turns out to be a child film star who's run away. my memory  of the plot is rather vague but aunt dymphna  looms large.i read it c. 1968.
i just sent in a request and description with the key words "aunt dymphna". that is not the title but i have a vague feeling that the word summer was in the title. i hope that helps.  what a fabulous web site! thank you.

The Growing Summer, Noel Streatfeild, May 1994, reprint. Did a simple search on Google and found it.  Here is the Synopsis: The Gareth children are shipped off to Great Aunt Dymphna, who lives wild in an extraordinary half-ruin in Ireland. Here they are not only expected to look after themselves, they also discover that they have company - a mysterious boy who announces that he is on the run. The children hide him from his pursuers - but who are they? And who is the boy? The children are determined to find out...
Streatfeild, Noel, Magic Summer

Gruesome Green Witch
Hi, I have been looking for a book about a gruesome green witch.  I think the readability was around 4th to 6th grade.  I read it in the 60's when I was in 5th grade.  Do you know this books title?

That is the title itself!.  It is very hard to find, but I have had it before.  The text is in green ink....
Coffin, Patricia.  Gruesome Green Witch.  Illustrated by Peter Parnall.
hi, i've been trying to find a book that i read in 6th grade.  my friend and i  can only remember a few things, we dont know the author or the title but this is what we do know.  the characters went thru a closet, there was a witch in this forest and if the characters looked at her back they would turn into
something and the last thing we remember is that the book was printed in green. i know this is not alot to go on but i would appreciate any ideas you may have.

Wow, I think of several different books with the closet and witch theme, but the only one I know printed in green is Patricia Coffin's Gruesome Green Witch.
More on The Gruesome Green Witch, by Patricia Coffin, illustrated by Peter Parnall, published by Walker 1969, 85 pages, text printed in green ink, illustrations in black, white and green. "Two schoolgirls, Puffin and Mole, discover a magic land entered through a closet. They have various adventures, do their homework in Merlin's concentration cave, where answers are caught as they bounce off walls, attend an undersea party presided over by Neptune, with Cinderella, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy among the revellers, then Puffin incurs the wrath of the villainous, gruesome green witch (who turns her enemies into statues) by seeing her back, and Puffin's brother is captured when the girls bring him into the land so he can profit from the concentration cave. But eventually the witch is conquered by a magic brew which Puffin slips into her tea, and melts down into a pile of green rags." (School Library Journal Book Review 1969-70 p.49) This does seem to match what's recalled.

Guerrilla Wife
Sears & Roebuck Book Club. Has PBC on spine. circa 1946-47. About citizens (British?) who lived & worked there & how they hid in hills of Luzon area of Phillippines rather than be prisoners of Japanese. Author is woman who was pregnant during this episode.  She tells of how they lived, hid from Japanese soldiers in 20ft grass & were eventually rescued by submarine (US?) My Mother read this book in 1946-17, she belonged to the Sears & Roebuck Peoples Book Club in Ohio.  Several publishers printed books for Sears, Lippencott was one.  I want to get this book for my Mother's birthday.

S188 Spencer, Louise Reid. Guerrilla wife. pictorial endpapers of couple in jungle, People's Book Club, 1945.
Philippines - guerrillas; World War 2 - Pacific; WW2

A book from my childhood (mid 1970's) A little girl is told not to go into the forest. She sees a very pretty flower just a little bit in the forest, and goes and picks it (kumquat flower?) she sees another just a little bit further in, and then another, until she is lost.  She meets a monster? bear? wolf? and it runs after her and she makes a pitter patter pitter patter noise when she runs.  I went back to my library when I was in HS and the old librarian knew the book name, and I have now forgotten it! : (   Please help!!!

The book this person is thinking of is THE GUNNIWOLF retold by Willhelmina Harper and illustrated by William Wiesner, 1967. It is out of print. (Just in case the person is interested, another version THE GUNNYWOLF [note the spelling difference in title] retold and illustrated by A. Delaney, 1988 is available in print. The little girl doesn't sing the "kumquat" song, but instead sings the alphabet.) ~from a librarian
Wilhelmina Harper, Gunniwolf, 1967.

Gus Was a Friendly Ghost
A good ghost named Gus.  I believe he has a black cat.  In the illustrations he has a dashed line or stitching just inside the outline of his body.

That's an easy one for me; I liked it as a kid too.  In fact, when the wind gets strong here and blows open the door open, I generally say "Hello, Gus."  Although sometimes I say "Hello, Casper."  There's a series of them:
Gus and the Baby Ghost, by Jane Thayer. Illustratedby Seymour Fleishman. Morrow, 1972.
Gus Loved his Happy Home, Jane Thayer ; Illustrated by Seymour Fleishman. Linnet Books, 1989.
Gus was a Christmas Ghost, by Jane Thayer. Illustrated by Seymour Fleishman. Morrow, 1969.
Gus was a Friendly Ghost, by Jane Thayer. Illustrated by Seymour Fleishman. Morrow, 1962.
Gus was a Gorgeous Ghost, by Jane Thayer.  Illustrated by Seymour Fleishman. Morrow, 1978.
Gus was a Mexican Ghost, by Jane Thayer.  Illustrated by Seymour Fleishman. Morrow, 1974.
Gus was a Real Dumb Ghost, by Jane Thayer.  Illustrated by Joyce Audy dos Santos. Morrow, 1982.
What's a ghost going to do! by Jane Thayer. Illustrated by Seymour Fleishman.  Morrow, 1966.
Thayer, Jane. Gus Goes to School.   Illustrated by Joyce Audy dos Santos.  Original title:  Gus Was a Real Dumb Ghost. NY: William Morrow, 1982.  A Weekly Reader Book Club edition.  VG.  $10

Thayer, Jane. What's a Ghost Going to Do? Illustrated by Seymour Fleishman.  Morrow, 1966.  A Weekly Reader Book Club edition.  VG.  $10

click here for imageGwendolyn the Miracle Hen
Hello, I read through all the questions on your web page, in the hope that i might have found an answer already there.  Unfortunately with the sheer number of books that have been published in the last 60 years or so the possibility was slim at  best. I have searched flea markets, antique shops, yard sales etc... with no luck so,  why not try the Internet? any help would  be greatly appreciated *grin* printed around late50s or 60spossible names (not sure of exact) Gwendolyn the Miracle Hen  or Farmer Browns Amazing Hen the text is completely in rhyme : about a kind farmer that will lose everything to an evil  banker. Until his hen, Gwendolyn, starts laying multicolored (Faberge type) eggs.the colors and art are magnificent.my  parents moved almost every year while we grew up, this book was lost or left behind during one of the many moves. I'd love  to find another.

Hello! I have a copy of it right here.
Sherman, Nancy. Gwendolyn the Miracle Hen.Illustrated by Edward Sorel.  Golden Press, 1961.  It's an ex-library copy, in library binding, with one ripped and taped page, but otherwise just as you remember it.

I seem to remember a picture book about a cat. One page would be a sentance or line, and the next page would be a photograph of the cat learning things. One example,the only one I remember is,"She learned which were her foes"(picture of a dog chasing the cat up a tree)"and which her victims"(picture of the cat catching a mouse)"Some she aproached with caution"(Picture of the cat a distance away from a skunk)

Possibly Once There Was a Kitten, by Janet Konkle, published Chicago, Children's Press 1951, 28 pages, illustrated with photographs. LC plot description is "Little Kitten tries to be a young lady but keeps ending up
in trouble."
I recently saw a copy of Once There Was a Kitten.  It is not the book I remember.  (There are so many cat books!)
C77 cat story: The Silent Miaow: a manual for strays, translated from the Feline by Paul Gallico, photographs by Suzanne Szasz, published Crown 1964, 159 pages, has a similar feature. Alongside the regular text of advice to cats, there is a series of photographs of a kitten exploring and learning, with captions like 'these must be for me to play with' and so on. Might be worth having a look at.
I just discovered the book I had in mind.It is Gypsy,wriiten and illustrated by Kate Seredy,copywright 1951.I feel great because I just happened to be browsing among old books-and actually saw the book I was looking for!

Gypsy from Nowhere
I think the horse's name in this book is Gypsy, but it is not any of the typical "Gypsy" series books.  The girl was named "Gwendolyn," (I'm pretty sure), but liked to be called Gwen, and I remember her telling her aunt that the name Gwendolyn made her think of a fat cat on a rug.  She had fallen off a horse, and hurt her back very badly, and was recovering slowly.  She was very bitter, and had a bad attitude, and was sent to her Uncle Art's ranch, where she was introduced to this horse.  She did not want to ride again, and sulked around all the time.  She would take the horse out and lead her around, but would not get on her.  I think one day the horse got all tangled up in barbed wire, and cut her legs up badly, and Gwen finally realized she loved her, yadda yadda, and "got back on the horse."  She finally rode Gypsy to save someone in some emergency. Sappy as it sounds, I LOVED THIS BOOK!  If anyone can help me locate it, it would be appreciated!  Thanks!

C W Anderson, Afraid to Ride.  I read this as a child  don't remember any of the names of the characters  but the plot sounds right.
Sharon Wagner, Gypsy From Nowhere,1960.  Girl named Wendy, short for Gwendolyn, Gets hit by a car while horseback riding. Is sent to her Uncle Art's ranch to recover and finds a filly who she names Gypsy.
It was solved, but it isn't Afraid to Ride, it's Gypsy from Nowhere by Sharon Wagner (the 2nd entry on the page).  Do you have that one?

Half Sisters
I'm looking for the title(s) of a series of books I read in the early 70s.  They were about 3 or 4 sisters who lived in the south "in the old days".  I think one may have been named Luvvy but could be wrong.  I remember that they ate Lord (or Lady) Baltimore Cake in one book, and had a grey horse (I think called Pepper).  I believe one sister was killed or injured in a fall from the horse.  Of course they were all lovely and had beautiful dresses.

Possibly Natalie Savage Carlson's The Half-Sisters (A 12-year-old girl looks forward to a summer filled with many events, especially showing her half-sisters, arriving from boarding school, how grown up she is) and Luvvy and the Girls (12-year-old Luvvy is delighted that she is at last old enough to accompany her older half sisters to boarding school)??
Natalie Savage Carlson, The Half Sisters, Luvvy and the Girls.  Here's the plot of  The Half Sisters:  "The story takes place in the years around 1915 on a farm near Frederick, Maryland. Luvvy, Maudie, and Marylou's mother remarries a man who has 3 older daughters. Luvvy (Luvena) is almost 12 and thinks that she should be one of the older girls now and not have to have 7 year old Maudie hanging around her all the time or have to take care of little 4 year old Mary Lou. During the year Luvvy grows up quite a bit and learns that sometimes it's nice just to be a child and not to want to grow up too fast."
Natalie Savage Carlson, The Half Sisters, sequel: Luvvy and the Girls

i'm sure this book is titled "homer" but i can't find it.  it's about a big fat pig, whom all of the other barnyard animals make fun of because all he does it think about food.  he even dreams about food.  one night a wolf invades the barnyard intent on devouring all the sheep, i believe. the wolf makes the mistake of allowing his tail to stray into sleeping homer's mouth, who, still dreaming of food, begins to munch on the wolf's tail.  this of course sends the wolf into a frenzy of pain and he runs off into the night.  homer saved the barnyard with his vorascious appettite, something which the animals had once taunted him about.  kind of a rudolph the red-nosed reindeer type of story.  pretty sure this was a hardcover weekly reader book that i got in the mid-70's when i was in elementary school (along with "mr. chris and the instant animals," "the giantjam sandwich," "dooly and the snort snoot," "gus was a
friendly ghost," and "mcbroom's ghost," to name a few other titles i  n the series.) am i crazy, these other books are still around, at least in used, out of print editions, but i can't find "homer" anywhere.

His name is Hamilton.  I get lots of requests for this one, and only recently got my hands on a copy.
Peck, Robert Newton.  Hamilton.  Illustrated by Laura Lydecker.  Little, Brown, 1976.  Hard to find!  This copy is unfortunately musty, and the boards are a bit warped.  I try not to have musty books, but it was the first time I'd ever found it!  Aside from that, it looks good.  Poor.  $30

Hangin' Out with Cici
I love your website, and have found the names of a number of long lost favorite books listed there.  I have a request of my own, and if you can help out, I'd greatly appreciate it!  The book I am looking for (I don't know the name) is about a girl who goes back  in time and find that she is living in the same house with her mother, who is the same age as she is.  I think the premise is that she is angry with her mother in the present, and is transported back to the past to see what it was like for her mother when she was growning up.  The book is set in the 1950s (at least the portion in the past).  The girls become really good friends and do 50s things, like go to the soda shop, etc.  At the end, it is sad for the girl to come back to the present.  I think there was also something about the daughter being happy to see her grandparents, who in the present have passed away.  I read the book in the 1970s, and have thought about it on and off for years. I would love to know the title and author. Thanks in advance!

M13:  Hangin' Out With Cici by Francine Pascal (And there was an ABC Afterschool Special based on it. It was called My Mother Was Never A Kid).
It looks like my stumper has been solved--now I know the name of the book. Wouldn't you know, it is out of print!  I would be very interested in purchasing a good reading copy (it doesn't have to be in collectable condition), if you have one.  Thanks!
The stumper identified as "Hangin' Out With Cici" is - *I* think, Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers. Still in print. :)
Hangin' Out With Cici - I'm going to agree on this ID and disagree with the suggestion of Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers, published Harper 1972. Freaky Friday takes place in the 70s, there is no time travel, and Annabel and her mother switch bodies, rather than being girls together.
Pascal, Francine. Hangin' Out with Cici.  Archway, 1978.  Paperback.  G+.  <SOLD>  

Hannibal's Elephants
I'm trying to remember the title and/or author of a children's novel about Hannibal's army taking elephants over the Alps.  It was written before 1955 and would probably be in the Young Adult section of today's libraries or bookstores.  The central character is a young Carthaginian boy who joins Hannibal's army, possibly in Spain, and continues through the crossing of the Alps and the military campaign in Italy.  During the course of the story, the boy learns some Latin from Romans he meets (I read this book around the same time I was learning Latin in school ! ).  Sometimes entire lines of dialogue are in Latin.  The only clue to the book's identity I can remember is that the author's last name started with a letter from the end of the alphabet (UVWXYZ) because that's where the book was
filed on the shelf in the library.

The answer to H30 is HANNIBAL'S ELEPHANTS by Alfred Powers; NY, 1944. The 13 year old boy is named Agenor. The book is 272 pages and is illustrated by James Reid.

Hanover's Wishing Star
Horse owned by young girl funded by Manufacture's Hanover bank in the 1950s

caffrey, nancy, Hanover's Wishing Star

Hans Christian Anderson, the Musical
I'm looking for a children's book (which also came out on record somewhere in the mid fifties) about a little girl who  desperately wanted to be a dancer.  Her family couldn't afford dance lessons, so this girl would sneak into the theater nightly, watch the performances, then go home and dance alone in her room.  One night, the prima ballerina fell ill and the production was about to be canceled.  The girl rushed forward, saying "I can do it!"  At that point, on the recorded version, a song started--the lyrics went something like "Thumbelina dance, Thumbelina sing".  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you for your time.

The Thumbelina refrain sparked these remembered lyrics (probably not exact): "Thumbelina, Thumbelina, tiny little thing,/ Thumbelina dance, Thumbelina sing,/ What's the difference, what's the difference, if you're very small?/ For when your heart is full of love, you're nine feet tall." My guess is these come from a Disney recording, because that's what my siblings and I listened to (over and over) as children.  I don't remember a book, though.
T-10  If it helps at all, I remember Danny Kaye told a version of  Thumbelina where the song went: "Thumbelina, Thumbelina, tiny little thing.  Thumbelina dance, Thumbelina sing.  Thumbelina, what's the worry, though you're very small, when your heart is full of love, you're ten feet tall."
T10- I think I have the record you are talking about.  It was my favorite and I have passed it down to my children. However,I don't remember it as a book.  The record is Tina the Ballerina and it came out in the mid 1950's.  It is a 45 R.P.M.  PeterPan record. Tina always wanted to dance and when she the prima ballerina couldn't go on, she got her chance.  The refrain:Tina, the ballerina, the belle of gay Paris; dancing, dancing on her toes, round and round and round she goes...  Hope thishelps.
The song is one from Hans Christian Andersen: the musical. 

Happy Birthday Present
I remember a children's book in which the little boy did not have much money to buy his mom a birthday present, so he collects things and makes a birthday plant. I remember he uses a green sucker and a feather.

B123 birthday plant: perhaps worth looking at The Happy Birthday Present, by Joan Heilbroner, illustrated by Mary Chalmers, published Harper 1962, Weekly Reader I Can Read Book, 63 pages. "Charming tale of little Davy and how he makes the perfect gift for mother's birthday. Two young brothers, Peter and Davy, search all over town for a birthday present for their mother with a dime. At the end, they have a 'happy birthday tree.'"

Happy Hollisters
When I was in 5th grade in northern Illinois, around 1965, my school library had a series of novels about a fictional family. The series dealt with school issues, ice-skating, vacations, all family issues. I remember the family as being country, but not living in a farming community. The family probably could have been ordinary surburban. I'm sure it was not the Swiss Family Robinson series.

Jerry West, The Happy Hollisters,  1953-1970.  Could it be this series?
#F84--Family series:  At least two different authors wrote series about families named the Tuckers, Virginia Baker in the 1940s and Jo Mendel in the early 1960s.  The Tuckers in Baker's books appear to be English and the American editions were published in Chicago by Moody Press.  Mendel's Tuckers appear to be American.  Her books were published by Whitman in Racine, Wisconsin, meaning they were those flimsy cardboard hardcovers printed on cheap, quickly-yellowing paper, which wouldn't last long in a library, but many copies can still be found.
Regarding my request F84, I think someone solved it. I went to my local library and checked out several Happy Hollisters books to verify. Although my memory is sketchy, this must be the series I was searching  for; all the pieces fit. In less than one week, a personal mystery has been solved. Thanks for your service! 

Harrison Bergeron
Ray Bradbury?  The story is about two people watching TV. THe man is really smart, but because everyone has to be equal, he gets brain shocks every time he thinks of something profound. The wife is of average inteligence. They are watching a dance program on tv, and all of the dancers who are prettier than average have to wear masks, and the ones who are more graceful than average have to wear bags of sand that weigh them down. During the dance program, a man, I think he's these people's son--comes onto the stage and takes a mask off of a dancer and they dance free from weights and masks together for a moment of perfect beauty until they are caught. Then they are arrested.

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Harrison Bergeron, 1961.  Classic SF story.  From Kurt Vonnegut's "Welcome to the Monkey House".
Kurt Vonnegut, Welcome to the Monkey House, 1970.  This sounds like the short story Harrison Bergeron from the book Welcome to the Monkey House.
Kurt Vonnegut, Harrison Burgeron.  This science fiction short story was originally published in Fantasy and Science Fiction magazine in 1961.  It has since been anthologized widely, often for student use.  The following link leads to text online.
Kurt Vonnegut, Harrison Bergeron, short story.

Harry and the Terrible Whatzit
In the late 70's or early 80's, as a child I read a small children's book about a child being affraid to go down to the basement. The child (seems it was a boy) went down and maybe had a broom stick or something for protection and there actually was a monster or a witch or something but it turned out not to be scary. That's all I remember of this book but it was a great little book with great illustrations. Thanks!

This sounds an awful lot like Harry and the Terrible Whatz-It but I can't seem to locate my copy of the book, so I am not sure of the date, author, or even quite sure how to spell "Whatz-It!"
Harry and the Terrible Whatzit is by Dick Gackenbach (Clarion, 1977.)  The pictures are done in red, brown, and black.  Harry's mom didn't come back up from the cellar so he went downstairs, armed with a broom,  to save her from the double-headed, three-clawed, six-toed, long-horned Whatzit that lives behind the furnace.  When Harry attacked it with his
broom, the Whatzit got smaller and smaller because Harry wasn't afraid of it anymore.  When it was the size of a peanut, Harry sent it to live in the cellar next door because "Sheldon Parker's afraid of everything." 

Harvey's Hideout
O thank God I found you!  I read and re-read VORACIOUSLY as a child in the 60s-70s, but I have never been able to retain the darned titles.  I have struggled unsuccessfully with various search engines trying to find just the right keyword to trigger a memory.  Please help me remember these titles if you can:  A short illustrated child's book about two brothers who were moles or gophers or some kind of rodent.  I don't remember the plot line, but at some point they had some kind of argument, and one brother dug an underground cave to play in.  He stole an egg & 2 strips of bacon from their parents?, built a fire in the underground cave and cooked the egg & bacon in the same pan (I was
SO impressed!).  I must have started hundreds of holes in the backyard trying to do the same.  They made up at the end of the book.

m64   I'm pretty sure that that they are describing Harvey's Hideout, by Russell Hoban.  See description for H14
Yes!!!  Thank you so much!!!!!!! (Now if only someone remembers my tall ships book stumper .....)
Thanks again!!
It had a main character (small furry animal) like Frances (of Bread and Jam...), but it is not one of the Frances books in print now.  The main character runs away with a hobo pack (stick with a handkerchief tied on the end). She then makes a house in the dirt and eventually finds another animal is living in a den next to hers.  They have some sort of hole in the dirt between them like a window.  It had black and white illustrations much like Lillian Hobans.  I tried to look in the Library of Congress index, but there were not subject descriptions on a lot of the Hoban books.  Any ideas?

In A Baby Sister for Frances, jealous Frances makes a hobo stick and runs away... underneath the dining room table.  I don't think she even got outside.
Hoban, Harvey's Hideout.  Brother and sister muskrats aren't getting along  they each have a secret hideout and it turns out their places are right next door to each other (brother accidentally tunnels into sister's place).
I wonder if this could be Harvey's Hideout again.  They certainly end up with two burrows close to each other, and ultimately make just one hideout.  The illustrations are Hoban, but I don't know about the hobo stick as I don't have the book any longer.  The submitter might want to read the solved listing as well as the stumper listed as H14 with lots of plot details to see if it sounds familiar.
I am looking for a book that I have described to all my siblings and several bookstore clerks, but no one seems to remember. I can see the illustrations in my mind so I really don't think I'm making this book up.  I think I read it in the early 1960s when I was a little girl.  The illustrations are very similar to Bread and Jam for Frances.  So the illustrator must be LILLIAN HOBAN or maybe Russell Hoban.  The story is about two muskrat/otter/beaver/badger siblings--a brother and a sister.  They are not getting along well.  They both tell each other that they are going to their own private, secret clubhouses and Nya-nya-nya who needs you anyway?!  The mother calmly packs them each a lunch IN A PLASTIC BAG and they swim across a river WITH THEIR PLASTIC LUNCH BAGS IN THEIR MOUTHS.  As it turns out there is no one else at the brother's underground clubhouse but him.  I remember a CALENDAR hanging on the clubhouse wall with a picture of an INDIAN muskrat/badger/otter/beaver on it.  The boy feels sad.  Next door there is no one else at the sister's underground clubhouse either.  She has some girly things in there, maybe a muskrat/beaver/otter dolly, some flowers, and a tea set.  She is lonesome and begins to cry.  They didn't realize that their clubhouses were right next door to each other.  I think the brother hears the sister begin to cry.  They tear down the adjoining wall and make one big clubhouse and are happy to play together in their new secret club.  This book reminds me of my younger brother and me, the two youngest of five children.  I would love to find it.  My parents have died and we did not come across this mysterious book as we sorted through their estate.

H14 is HARVEY'S HIDEOUT  by Russell Hoban  It was was my little brother's favorite book.  I don't know why, I was a very nice big sister.
This sounds like Harvey's Hideout again.  Check H14 for description in Stump the Bookseller and in solved mysteries.
This was a title I read in 1970's.  It was about a family of beavers or muskrats???  There was a brother and sister and I remember the sister was going to a party so she had to put her dress in a plastic bag so she could go to the party.  I think this is an illustration I remember.  I don't recall the plot.

B83 sounds like Harvey's Hideout, by Russell Hoban.  There is a better description somewhere in Stump the Bookseller.
Harvey's Hideout.This is definitely Harvey's Hideout. Another one of my favorite books! I remember the part about his sister going to a party and putting her dress in a plastic bag and carrying it in her mouth when she swam accross the stream. Other plot points: Harvey doesn't get along with his sister and finds an old hole in the
ground which he makes into his "hideout". He cooks there, I think bacon and eggs. She eventually finds out about it. They become friends in the end. Hope this helps!
I am 35 years old and enjoyed this picture book as a child. I believe the cover is primarily dark blue. The story is about a brother beaver and sister beaver (named Mildred??). At least I think they were beavers. The brother builds a raft. The sister has a tea party in a cave and wears a fancy dress. No one comes to her party. Her brother shows up and they quarrel. He throws dirt at her, messes up her dress and makes her cry. At around the same time period I was also enjoying the books "Miss Suzy" and "Never Tease a Weasel". I just cannot remember the name of this book or its author. Can you help?

Sounds like Harvey's Hideout by Russell and Lillian Hoban.  See more on Solved Mysteries.

Hasidic Tales of the Holocaust
Saw in paperback Jewish Holocaust-A book of short stories ONE of which was "Good Morning Herr Muller"--Can you find the book for me?

I found mention that the story "Good Morning Herr Muller" could be found in Chassidic Tales of the Holocaust by Yaffa Eliach, but could find no further information.
J37: Yaffa Eliach, Hasidic Tales of the Holocaust, 1982 (pb reprint 1988).  Alternate spelling: Chassidic Tales of the Holocaust

Hat-tub Tale
In the late 1930s my teacher read a book, maybe two, about two imaginary creatures, Nip and Tuck from "Digby Neck on the shores of the Bay of Fundy."  One of the creatures had a fish hook on the end of his tail and would sit at the water's edge with his tail in the water, fishing.  I would be delighted to find a copy of this book, or books.  Maybe a dozen years ago I spent a few days in Nova Scotia in the Digby Neck area making inquiries.  A couple oldtimers said Nip and Tuck rang a bell in their memories, but they couldn't quite remember anything specific.  Can anyone help?

There was a famous Nip and Tuck book in the 30's...  look on the Solved Mysteries page under Nip and Tuck to see if that's the one.
N37 Hadn't thot of it for yrs, but it was always one of my favorite books from 75 years ago. By Caroline Emerson, Oh, I
DO have it here behind me on my daughter's old bookshelves. A hat-tub tale. Dutton c1928 1st ed 1928 Sorry to make you
drool I see 3 requests for it on ABE's want list. Does customer live anywhere near central WA state - to come read it -
or to photocopy it?

Haunted Spy
Sorry - don't know author or title or dates - storyline: detective from city buys castle located on a lake in the country. Lake has two islands. One with the castle, the other with a crypt. Ghost appears at night, detective follows ghost to trap door which leads to a tunnel that goes under the lake to the cyrpt. He meets ghost (crusade knight) and becomes friends with him. Oh - the detective had a scottish terrier for a pet.

The Haunted Spy by Barbara Ninde Byfield, 1969  A spy retires to a castle in the country, only to discover it is haunted by a ghost (in one picture he is shown rowing in a small boat with the  ghost to get to the treasure)
Hi, I came across your site and just had to read some of the stumpers. See, I'm a children's librarian and stumpers are my favorite (although they can drive me insane at times!) I had to send you the answers to some of your posted stumpers- The stumper about the castle, crypt, spy, ghost, dog: It's THE HAUNTED SPY by Barbara Ninde Byfield (1969). And your customer might be interested to know there were sequels (THE HAUNTED TOWER, THE HAUNTED GHOST, THE HAUNTED CHURCHBELL) although I myself think THE HAUNTED SPY is the best one. 

Haunting of Julie Unger
As soon as I mentioned this web site to my husband, he asked me if you could help him find a story that he read in one of his literature books when he was in high school in the '70s.  It's about a young girl with an unusual name whose father died.   She was a tomboy and used to play baseball with friends, and one boy in particular helped her work through her grief.  I would appreciate any leads.  My husband and his brothers and sister lost both of their parents, and this may bring some comfort.  Thanks very much.

F5 - This has some similarities to Jean Little's Mama's Going to Buy You a Mockingbird where it is a boy who has to come to terms with his father's cancer and death, and a girl who wears odd clothes that help him do so.
F5--Just wanted to say "Mama's Going to Buy You a Mockingbird" is a novel which would have been published quite some time after this short story.
Not too sure, but - THE HAUNTING OF JULIE UNGER by Valerie Lutters, NY, Atheneum 1977, 193 pgs, cloth. "Julie finds she is living in Maine with the ghost of her beloved father, a ghost she has built out of love & guilt. The wild geese, an old neighbor & a boy with a dog help her back into life with the living." Julie isn't exactly an unusual name though, so I'm not too certain about this.

Haunting Tales
The other book is an anthology of spooky stories (possibly English). In the collection was HG Wells'
The Magic Shop.  One of the stories was about a boy who was sent away to school, hated it, found a way to send his spirit back in time & left his body to do his work at school. His friend, who was supposed to call him back periodically threw away the whistle during a race & the boy (who was away from his body at the time) ran into a river & was drowned.  Another story was about a popular violinist, friend to the whole town.  The town wanted a develper to come in & build something, the violinist would not agree because he thought it would damage a river.  The town decided to shun him, he died, the developer was brought in, he ruined the river, & some kid discovered how to bring the river back or something (I get confused at this point). A third story that I remember was told from the point of view of a girl's ghost.  She had died because her lover had not come back from the war, fell in love w/another of the towns ghost population, & was had to play ghostly matchmaker when her lover DID come back from the war (much delayed).  If you can't find it, I understand, but if you do, pls let me know.

Farjeon, Eleanor, Faithful Jenny Dove. 1930s, reprinted 1950s. This was the title story in a short story collection by E F - it may well have been anthologised separately - girl ghost waits in the lane where she promised
to meet lover who has gone away, and meets another ghost instead.
Hi!  I wanted to let you know how thankful I am for your site.  I posted a stumper to your website a long while back & someone finally replied that one of the stories in my stumper was "Faithful Jenny Dove" by Elanor Farjeon.  I had to let you know how imensely it helped.  I got my local library to search for anthologies w/H.G. Well's "The Magic Shop" and "Faithful Jenny Dove" in them & they found my long lost anthology!  It is titled Haunting Tales edited by Barbara Ireson and published in 1973 and even has illustrations by Freda Woolf.  If you ever have a reasonable copy in your shop, you have a customer!

He Went for a Walk
This was an English book written by Dorothy Evelyn Smith.  It is about a little boy who goes looking for his soldier father after his home is bombed during the Blitz in London.  His mother is killed and the father goes looking for the boy.  It was written, I think, during the war.  So around 1944 maybe.  The boy's name might be Simon.  I have other books by Smith but haven't seen reference to this one. Thanks again.

Dorothy Evelyn Smith, He Went for a Walk, 1954.  Not sure but the title ties in perfectly with the description and the fact that you can't find the book. It's somewhat hard-to-find.
Dorothy Evelyn Smith, He Went for a Walk, 1954.  Sounds like a plausible title, though I haven't read it. Other possibilities include Lost Hill, O the Brave Music, Beyond the Gates, Huffley Fair, Proud Citadel, Brief Flower, or My Lamp is Bright.
I could only find 3 books that Smith wrote in the 40's - O, the Brave Music (1943), Proud Citadel (1947), and My Lamp is Bright (1949).  Her other books were written in the 50's & 60's.
Dorothy Evelyn Smith, He Went for a Walk, 1954.  This sounds like it might be the book I'm looking for.  The other Smith book , O,The Brave Music is definitely not the one--it is my favorite book and I still own it, and the others don't sound right.  So I hope He Went for a Walk is correct.  I'm ordering it anyway.  Thanks again.

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This was one of those books about girls playing with magic.  Amanda wants everyone to believe she has magical powers. She wears a small triangular mirror on her forehead, to make herself look mysterious, and conducts seances and things like that. In a way it's similar to E.L. Konigsberg's "Jennifer, Hecate, MacBeth..." in that the girl is just trying to create a more interesting life for herself.

Snyder, Zilpha Keatley. The Headless Cupid.  When Amanda comes to live with her new stepfamily she creates quite a stir with her interest in the occult, her weird hairdos and clothes and the triangle on her forehead.  This book is the first of a series of adventures of the Stanley family.
Amanda with a mirror triangle in forehead: The Headless Cupid, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder.  At least three sequels don't quite live up to the original, but are fun to read.
Zilpha Keatly Snyder, The Headless Cupid. 1975, approximate. Amanda is very unhappy about her mother''s divorce and subsequent remarriage, so she wraps herself up in occult studies and even invents a poltergeist with which to frighten her new family.  She wears a little mirrored triangle on her forhead and calls it her  "third eye".  She also wears her hair in many tiny braids and wears witchy looking clothes.  There is a mystery involving a headless cupid in the story.
I'll add my voice to the likely chorus - probably The Headless Cupid, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, published Atheneum 1971, where proto-goth Amanda joins the Stanley family and tries to make herself special by conducting seances, claiming to be psychic, etc. "When the four Stanley children meet Amanda, their new step-sister, they're amazed to learn that she studies witchcraft. They're stunned to see her dressed in a strange costume, carrying a pet crow, and surrounded by a pile of books about the supernatural. It's not long before Amanda promises to give witchcraft lessons to David, Janie, and the twins. But that's when strange things start happening in their old house. David suspects Amanda of causing mischief, until they learn that the hosue really was haunted a long time ago. Legend has it that a ghost cut the head off a wooden cupid on the stairway. Has the ghost returned to strike?"
a Newberry Honor Book, 1972.
Snyder, Zilpha Keatley.  Headless Cupid.  Illustrated by Alton Raible.  Dell Publishing: a Yearling paperback, 1971.  1985  printing. Signed by Snyder on a sticker placed on front free endpaper: "From one author to another."  Corner tab of front free endpaper is clipped.  VG.  $20

Snyder, Zilpha Keatley.  Headless Cupid.  Illustrated by Alton Raible.  NY: Atheneum, 1971.  Hardback early edition.  Slight stain on title page and ex-library copy with usual marks.  G/G.  $10

Heads Up!
A young girl, maybe named Peg, is taken in by a very close, loving family who tour the rodeo circuit doing trick riding.  They teach her to do the tricks and she eventually learns to trust them and becomes a member of the family.  I read this around 1960-1965, I believe. The girl's name may be all wrong.  I remember the mother giving her new jeans and a flannel shirt to wear.

??, Heads Up! (at least in Scholastic edition), c. 1960.  I'm 99% certain of the title on this, but my copy's been in storage for 10 years and inaccessible at the moment.  It *may* have had a different title originally (I seem to remember one of those notices in parentheses on the cover.)  I do recall it was one of the Scholastic Book Services paperbacks I bought in elementary school.  The girl's name was Peg or Peggy, and either the family or
their son (or both) were called Tuck, short for Tucker.  I think the horses were referred to as "Liberty" horses -- one of the tricks may have involved standing on the horse's back  posing as the Statue of Liberty.  Good luck -- hope this helps.
Patsey Gray, Heads Up!, 1961.  This is definitely the book.  A summary I found online told about the story exactly as I remembered.  Thanks to the person who wrote in with the title so that Iwas able to look it up.
O19 orphan rodeo: more on the suggested, Heads Up, by Patsey (Patricia) Gray, illustrated by Leonard Shortall, published Coward-McCann 1956, reprinted Scholastic 1961, 191 pages. "a girl and a horse have their problems but amidst a setting of California State Fairs and horse shows, they are straightened out with a healthy realism" ... "story of little-known life behind the scenes of horse shows and fairs and the sensible handling of a warm family relationship" ... "seems improbable that a girl of ten would be allowed by the authorities to sleep by herself in a stable". None of which really confirms anything, though.

Healing Woods
1920's, 1930, maybe '40's.  The book was written by the woman.  Her guide was an older man and they were camping several months?  She vividly described the flora/fauna  I especially remember her writing about the loons.  She wasn't specific about her illness, but the trip restored her health.  I read the book in the 1950's.

Martha Reben, The Healing Woods, 1952.  "Author chose to return to nature and the woods as a last resort to gain back her health. The story of how she found peace and health in the quiet of the Adirondack mountains and the friendliness of the wildlife." Sounds like it's right on the money.
A136 Reben, Martha.  The healing woods. illus by Fred Collins. Crowell, 1952. Saranac Lake; New York State.

Hearts in Trim
In the mid-sixties, I belonged to a book club called Best Loved Girls Books, and I have been trying to find some of these wonderful books again. I can't remember any of the titles, and there was one in particular which is driving me crazy.  The main character was a girl named Squeak.  The story centered around an elderly and wealthy neighbor of Squeak's who had died and left her property to a relative who was an actress.  Part of the woman's estate consisted of a huge personal library, which was of great interest to Squeak.  I remember that Squeak had a younger brother, Johnny I think was his name, and two older sisters, one of them preparing for her wedding.  Do you have any idea what the title of this book could be?

S76 Squeak and S83 Shakespearean treasure hunt sound similar (can you say that 5 times fast?)
This is Hearts in Trim by Lavinia R. Davis.
Davis, Lavinia R Hearts in Trim New York, Doubleday 1954, "Serena Bruce, commonly known as Squeak, learns that old Mrs. Frostgate has left her a legacy. They begin to organize the books for selling and try to unravel the mystery of a glamorous actress who had settled in the village." "Serena and Cliff find themselves in hot water when they set about making the most of an unexpected legacy. Ages 12-16."
Davis, Lavinia R. Hearts in Trim New York. Doubleday 1954, "Serena Bruce, commonly known as Squeak learns that old Mrs. Frostgate has left her a legacy. They begin to organize the books for selling and try to unravel the mystery of a glamorous actress who had settled in the village." "Serena and Cliff find themselves in hot water when they set about making the best of an unexpected legacy."

Heckedy Peg
A mother goes to the store, but first asks each child (she has either 7 children, or 12?) what they want. Each child asks for a different item. Well, this story is kind of gruesome, to get in the store, or to get back her children the witch transformed, she first had to cut off her ankles, then her shins...when she gets inside, she has to remember what each child wanted, according to which child it was. Sorry if this is vague, it was read to me in 1991- 2nd grade, and had big colorful pictures.  I want to say that it was a fairytale, but I don't know. Please, any suggestions would be fabulous! Thanks

HECKEDY PEG! I solved my stumper, shortly after I posted this! oops! oh well..I'm glad I found it! I think Heckedy peg was already submitted, but it didnt ring a bell when I read it, I know remember, yes the children all had different names of the week. I found it through the library of congress, all I did was enter, "mother child witch" under keynotes, and I found it! yippee!!
Iona and Peter Opie, Childrens Games in Street and Playground,  1969.  This is unlikely to be the actual book that you read  but it does describe the story as a traditional British folkstory/ acting game. It is described under the heading "Mother, the Cake is Burning" (pp. 317-329  see especially pp. 323-325).

Henry Reed, Inc.
Looking for an early 20th century children's book that involves a boy named Henry (maybe his name is Bertram.)  His father would always on business trips to Omaha, Nebraska.  The boy would get into mischief and his father would come back to solve the problem... any ideas?

H78 Long shot, but may be worth checking. Could it be one of the books about HENRY REED by Keith Robertson? He started writing them in the late 50s. ~from a librarian
Henry Reed's dad is in the diplomatic service overseas.  Henry Reed Inc., Henry Reed's Big Show, etc. take place during Henry's summer visits with his aunt and uncle in Grover's Corner, New Jersey.  So these wouldn't be the books you're looking for.
There's a series, including Henry Reed, Inc (1958), Henry Reed¹s baby-sitting service (1966), Henry Reed's big Show (1970), Henry Reed¹s journey (1963).

Henry Reed's Journey
The main character was a teenager and the stories centered around him and his family. The one that I really remember was about a trip that he took around the U.S. with his family. The most memorable part was when they stopped at the Grand Canyon and dropped the keys down into it, then lowered the younger sister down in there to retrieve them. The other part was at the end when they arrived home and all of the illegal fireworks they had purchased proceeded to be set off out of the back of their trailer.

Keith Robertson, Henry Reed's Journey, 1963.  This is a definite answer to this stumper!!  This is one of my all time favorite children's books!! There are four Henry Reed books this is the second in the series. Henry has lived overseas his whole life and come to spend the summers with his aunt and uncle in New Jersey. He travels across the U.S. with his friend Midge Glass and parents in order to experience the U.S.

Henry's Awful Mistake
Henry (or Harry) is a duck who is having someone over for dinner and wants everthing to be perfect.  While he is in the kitchen he finds an ant that won't be caught.  Henry chased all through his house with a hammer and ends up destroying his house and having his company show up to a pile a rubble.

H44 is definitely Henry's Awful Mistake by Robert Quackenbush
H44 It's HENRY'S AWFUL MISTAKE by Robert Quackenbush, published by Parents Magazine Press in 1980. ~from a librarian
H44 Henry and the ant: This is one of the suggested answers to A56 ant and flood: Henry's Awful Mistake, by Robert Quackenbush, published Parents Magazine Press 1980 "Henry the Duck attempts to chase an ant from his kitchen and ends up sinking his house!"
A56 ant and flood: Suggesting also Andy Ant, written & illustrated by Pops Winky, published Pacific Publishing House 1977, 34 pages. It's a picture book with bright detailed illustrations of ants working. "Firdale was the
largest ant town in the forest. The town gate, a big old ant hill, stood among the trees not far from the crossroad ... Through many trials and tribulations, Andy Ant finds his worth and value in the working world."
There was a book that I used to read every time I went to the dentist, but they moved  offices and the book was lost in the move.  I was very little when I read it, and all I can  remember is that it was a story about an ant and a flood.  The pictures were so vivid and I always wanted to be part of the story.  I would say it was printed in the seventies, maybe early 80's.  I know that's not a lot of information, but if you have any ideas, I'd appreciate it so much.  Thank you!

Could this possibly be Mona Minim and the Smell of the Sun by Janet Frame?  Mona is a house ant who meets and spends the summer with a field ant and has outdoor adventures.  My sister and I had it in the early 70's, and made our grandmother read it over and over.  Ours was a somewhat oversized hardback with chapters and, I think, a yellow cover, and the illustrations were big and detailed. The ants traveled down the stairs, a big undertaking, and Mona had a "stair game" involving things like a spider swing.  Near the end, a queen gave birth.  I didn't find out the book was by a famous writer until quite recently-  remembered the title but not the author.  It had a magical, evocative mood, with what I recognized even then as beautiful prose.
well, maybe - Quackenbush, Robert Henry's Awful Mistake Parents Magazine Press 1980 "Henry the Duck attempts to chase an ant from his kitchen and ends up sinking his house!" Nothing mentioned about the illos though.
Another ant story, no mention of flood, and a bit early - Nimblefoot the Ant, her Adventures, by Vytas Tamulaitis, illustrated by Pranas Lape, published New York, Manyland Books 1965  hardcover octavo. "Author won the Lithuanian Red Cross Literature for Juveniles Award. Story of a black ant captured by red ants and her escape home. Illustrations are delicate line drawings."

Her Father's Daughter
the book i am trying to find was published sometime between the 20's and 40's. story is about an orphaned california girl, kind of a tomboy. contains lots of botanical information . her sisters name is elaine and her hair(elaines) turned white in an automobile accident. the love interest is a man named peter, i think. the phrase "her fathers daughter" could be title or chapter heading. book cover was gray. probably a romance novel. think there were many with california as background. it was in my grandmothers library so was'nt a childrens book. i read and reread  in my early teens. hope you can help find it. i would love to read it again.

Gene Stratton Porter, Her Father's Daughter

Herbert's Space Trip
I am trying to locate a series of books about a kid named (I think) Harold. One is titled something like
Harold Goes to the Dog Planet, and is about a boy whose neighbor, a hermit, has a rocket silo in his
yard. Harold sneaks in an accidentally sends himself into space, where he lands on a planet much like
earth, except dogs rule instead of people.  Another involves Harold's adventures with a magic pencil which does his homework for him. I know there were several more, but I only remember these two.
These were short novels, aimed at older kids, and were probably published in the 1950's. They are *not* the Crockett Johnson Harold books. Any info would be much appreciated. Thanks!

Danny Dunn and the Homework Machine by Jay Williams and Ray Abrashkin?
Maybe Hazel Wilson's Herbert series? Titles include Herbert's Homework (1960) and Herbert's Space Trip (1965). All illustrated by Kurt Werth, published by Knopf.
More on a suggested title - Herbert's Space Trip, by Hazel Wilson, illustrated by Kurt Werth, published New York, Knopf, 1965 "the fifth fabulously funny tale about that fabulously funny boy, takes him to a planet run by canny canines. Ages 8-12" (Horn Book Oct/65 p.544 pub ad) A picture of the cover (from another source) shows a boy crawling out of a barrel-like spaceship section? watched by a hound dog, with two other boys standing behind.

Herbert's Treasure
These are ny brother's two favorite books from childhood. He used to check them out from the public library. He's 24 years old now, so it would be probably 15 years since I last saw them.  I don't remember the authors. Herbert's Treasures is a picture book about a little boy who brings things home from the town dump.  His mother calls it junk but he calls it treaure.  He eventually brings home everything from the dump and builds his own little house out of everything.  He'd found a lock with no key, but kept it because it may be useful someday. After he sees that the dump is empty, he starts digging for treasure and finds the key to the lock.

Alice Low, Herbert's Treasure, 1971. Just coincidence that my little boy checked this book out from the library last time we were there!  Wonderful story my boys had me read over and over again. Pictures are by Victoria de Larrea.
H47 herbert's treasures: more on the suggested Herbert's Treasure, by Alice Low, pictures by Victoria de Larrea, published Putnam 1971 "To Herbert, his room was his castle-a castle filled with exciting treasure. To his mother, his room was a total mess bulging with useless junk." Sounds like a good match.

Here Come Raccoons
Hi, I was wondering if you could tell me the name of a book that my mother read to me as a child.  I  think there was more than one of the stories and they were about two animals, Albert and Arabella.  They are vague in my mind, my mother remembers no more than that they were awefully cute.  Not at all descriptive, sorry.  I was read them in the 4-8 range, about 20 years ago.  Thanks

Albert & Arabella (raccoons) are Lillian Hoban characters, featured in Here Come Raccoons (Holt, Rinhart, & Winston, '77) & The Case of the Two Masked Robbers (Harper & Row, '86).
Thank you so much.  I had myself found them through a library search site and have obtained The Case of the Masked Robbers.  It was even incredibly cheap!  So, if you could find Here Come Raccoons for cheap that would rock!  Otherwise, I'll have to wait until I have a more disposable income.  Thank you so much though, what a great site!

Here Comes Tagalong
Mallett, Anne. HERE COMES TAGALONG.Illustrated by Steven Kellogg. Parents' Magazine, 1971. Hardcover. Very minor wear to head and foot of spine.   VG+.   <SOLD>
Hi Harriet!  This book will be a Christmas present for my older sister -- older by 16 months.  We were part of the Parents Magazine Book Club back in the early 1970's.  I remember learning to read from these books.  Unfortunately for me, this book really hit home with my sister and I was nicknamed Tagalong.  Thirty years later, she still teases me about being a tagalong.  I can't wait to see her
expression on Christmas Day.  Thanks!
Herself the Elf

I remember the book had a group of fairies I think five and one wore blue, but there were othere colors like I think there was a green and a yellow one any ways they were always trying to stop Poison Ivy and her pet from taking over the world with her Ivy.  THe evil character might also be known by just Ivy.

I think this poster is referring to the Strawberry Shortcake series of the early 80's.  They were dolls such as Lemon Meringue, Blueberry Muffin, Apple Pie, and Starwberry Shortcake.  They were all dressed in different
colors.  There were books and cartoons as well.
The Charmkins, 1980s.  I'm not sure, but I think the previous poster may be wrong about this being a Strawberry Shortcake book. The female villain in that was called Sour Grapes, IIRC. The only one I'm familiar with that fits that description is Charmkins. The villainess was named Poison Ivy. It was primarily a toy/cartoon line, but there were also some books: The Charmkins and The Charmkins Discover Big World by Edith Adams and The Charmkins' Sniffy Adventure by Denise Fleming.  There's also a Charmkins web page.
Herself the Elf, 1983.  I'm pretty sure that was Herself The Elf.  I still have a cartoon on video from the 1980s.
I don't know the book, but I'm almost 100% sure that's Herself the Elf.  The other characters were named after flowers: Snowdrop, Willow Song, Wood Pink, and Meadow Morn (probably the green & yellow one).  The villainess was Creeping Ivy, who could make Ivy grow out of her hands, I think, and there was some other minor
villainess named Vendetta who was all green.  Also, there was a boy wood sprite with a 'wooly-worm'-type caterpillar for a hat.

Hidden Cave
One is about a child in New York City who finds a magic door in either a fountain or an arch.  I think the child meets a wizard and they have an adventure.  I can't remember whether the child was a boy or girl.

M52 Sounds very much like a Ruth Chew book.
Could M52 be The Hidden Cave, by Ruth Chew.   Two children Tom and Alice go through a hidden drainpipe-cave and come out on the other side and find the enchanted tree that Merlin was trapped in.  They let Merlin out and  bring him to places like the library and the zoo.  Merlin also enchants the wading pool in the backyard so it is like and enormous lake for the children.  He then goes back in time to help Arthur.
I remember a book from the 70s about a brother and sister (sister older) who turned their backyard wading pool into a lagoon by tossing in some magic herbs.  The summer is spent swimming in the ocean and eventually tangling with pirates.  I seem to remember a visual of the kids sneaking out of a ship's cabin, leaving behind fluffed bed linens and locks of their hair as decoys.  They somehow acquire doubloons, and end up telling their  father they 'found them in the back yard'. Of course the dad proceeds to dig up the yard....and that's all I remember.  Does this ring a bell with anyone?

Chew, Ruth, The Hidden Cave, 1973.  Tom and Alice go through Hidden Cave and find magician Merlin.  They have a few
adventures.  The last half of book Merlin gave them special herb that turns wading pool into ocean with pirate and gold coins, Etc.
Edward Eager, Magic By The Lake.
This isn't Magic by the Lake.  That has four kids, features a magic turtle, and is lacking many of the details described in the stumper.

Hidden Treasure of Glaston
I remember very little about this book except I loved it.  One or two children, sometime somewhere in England, explore ruins and find a chalice which I believe was the Holy Grail.  I forgot to add I read this probably early 1960s.

Could this be Susan Cooper's "Over Sea, Under Stone"?
And I second the suggestion of  Over Sea, Under Stone for H9.  It's the first book in Susan Cooper's Dark Is Rising series.
This isn't by chance The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Gardner?
I checked your website last week and saw the reference to Susan Cooper's book.  I put a hold on it at my library this week and just got it last night.  I haven't had a chance to read it yet though... I will let you know.  I think this website is a wonderful thing...I located another lost favorite, others had asked and id'd it.
H9 - sounds more like Alan Garner's Elidor
H9 - I've been looking again at Alan Garner's Elidor and am now not so sure about it as an answer to this query. Plot summary - 4 children get into a Manchester (England) church scheduled for demolition which is one of the doors to the world of Elidor. They escape into their own world with 4 'treasures' of Elidor a lance, a stone, a sword and a grail-type bowl. These are disguised as rubbishy items in this world but send out electrical signals to give the people of Elidor a 'fix' so they can find them. Eventually a unicorn comes through to Manchester and is killed by the 2 'treasure seekers' from Elidor. It's dying song fulfils a prophecy and Elidor is saved. By contrast Susan Cooper's Over Sea Under Stone has 3 children going on holiday to Cornwall and working out, with the aid of an old map, where the Grail had been hidden for safety 'over sea, under stone' - in fact on a ledge in a cave only accessible at low tide. Their 'Great Uncle Merry' - an avatar of Merlin - helps them, and various people on the side of the Dark try to hinder and get the Grail for themselves. Eventually they succeed and the Grail gets put in the British Museum.
Eleanor Jewitt, Hidden Treasure of Glaston, 1948. Alan Garner is too recent. Crippled boy named Hugh is left at abbey by Crusader father. Has been reprinted recently.
I'm fairly confident of H9, but it's a common theme, so could be something else. Here's more detail, if that helps.
Eleanore Jewitt, Hidden Treasure of Glaston, 1948. Crippled boy named Hugh is left at abbey by Crusader
father. Together with another boy, he explores old tunnels and caves beneath the abbey, has a vision of the death
of King Arthur, and sees the Grail which cures him of lameness.  More details here.
The Hidden Treasure of Glaston, by Eleanore M. Jewett, illustrated by Frederick T. Chapman, published Viking 1946, 307 pages. "A story laid at the famouse Abbey of Glastonbury whose association with the cherished memory of King Arthur is even yet aglow. It was a crippled boy named Hugh, left by his father at the Abbey on a stormy night, set to do scriptorium work, who with his friend Dickon discovered lost pages of a precious book about the Holy Grail. ... background involving the underground chambers of a great Abbey, the monastery life with its library and reverence for old parchments, the retreat of a mad hermit, the manor castle of the King. The illustrations happily combine the actual and the visionary." (Horn Book Nov/46 p.472)

High-Noon Rocket
a boy builds or finds a rocket and travels the world, moving so fast that he is able to have lunch with kids in several different countries around the world.

N23 noonday rocket: would suggest High-Noon Rocket, by Charles Paul May, illustated by Brinton Turkle, published Holiday House 1966, 34 pages. "Wilson Watson Wooster got a present from his Aunt Alice. It was a small balloon basket with rocket attached for him to fly to visit her in the West. He rescues a lady off the roof of her apartment building when she got locked out. He rescues a farmer who has gotten caught on his water windmill. He finally rescues his aunt who has climbed up on a tall pole with pigeon houses on top. Each time he is invited for lunch since it was 12 o'clock noon. He learns about time zones and has an adventure too."

High Trail
A book for an older girl: A girl went camping with her father in the mountains in the west. They were of course backpacking with a tent etc. The father fell and broke his leg. The daughter fixed him up in the tent with water, food, etc. and went alone back over the mountain to get help. She ran into two men who helped her. I remember the girl as being 15 or 16 and the men in their 20s. They ran into a thunder storm on the top of the mountain and hid in a cave. The girl had gotten wet and cold and put on a sweater on her legs like pants. They get over the mountain eventually and into a town where the park rangers rescue the father (not very important to the story) and the girl, when leaving on the train to go home, realizes that one of the men is interested romantically in her and she in him.

This sounds like a slightly garbled version of Vivian Breck's High Trail. The girl is 17, the guys are 19-20 (in college). The girl's father breaks a leg while fishing; she makes him comfortable, promises to hike out the long but safe way, but changes her mind & tries to make it over Foreter Pass, & runs into a storm. She ends up charming one of the guys; the book ends with them going off for a rock climbing date. I always thought the guy was based on David Brower.
definitely High Trail by Vivian Breck.
[related title]
Breck, Vivian.  Hoofbeats on the Trail.  Illustrated by Hubert Buel.  Doubleday, 1950.  First edition.  Dust jacket missing an inch from top of spine and worn at edges.  VG+/G.  $20
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Hilary's Island
"Hillary's Island" -- girl dresses as boy,  sneaks out at night to island, has  adventures

I don't know the plot, but Elinor Lyon wrote a book entitled Hilary's Island in 1949.

click here for imageHildy's Hideway
Children's book about a cat that kept getting kicked out of various parts of the house to end up at the original place where she had kittens.

Watts, Mabel, Hildy's Hideaway, 1961.  This is the only "hideaway cat" I could find:  WATTS, MABEL, Illustrated by Winship, Florence Sarah Hildy's Hideaway. Racine, Wisconsin: Whitman Publishing, 1961 Pictorial Cover.  Tip Top Tales. Sweetest light brown kitty on the cover. Hildy's hidaway in the attic is a perrrfect place to have kittens!
Watts, Mabel.  Hildy's Hideaway.   Illustrated by Florence Sarah Winship.  Whitman, 1961.  Tip Top Tale #2473.  Quite worn at edges and spine, otherwise VG-.  $10

click here for imageHills End
Flood Friday, by Lois Lenski, 1956.  I'm trying to pin down if this elusive book is the same book I loved in elementary.  The story was about a group of children left in town (for disciplinary reasons) while everyone else in town crosses the gorge to go to a picnic.  A flood comes through, takes out the bridge, and the kids are stuck, alone, in town.  They have to find food and decide if it's okay to break in to the stores to find shelter and supplies.  I know that the story was modern, because I think I remember the power being out, and they need a can opener to open cans they have found.  If I'm rith, and this is the book - do you have a copy Harriett?

Alas, I don't have a copy...
Your description sounds like Hill's End.  I think the author's name is Strasser.  I'm sure it's not Lois Lenski.  I remember having this book.  I must have gotten it from the Scholastic Book club back in the late 60s or early 70s.
#F42--Flood Friday?  I do happen to have a copy of this extremely rare Lois Lenski book, which I haven't read.  It is the true story of a flood which  struck in Connecticut on August 19, 1955.  Most of it seems to involve
children taken to a schoolhouse, not as a punishment, but as a safe place until they can be released.  There is another famous story, Hills End, by Ivan Southall, about how seven Australian children survive after their town
is wiped out by a storm.
Southall, Ivan, Hill's End. Hi.  I just wanted to correct myself.  I previously sent in a solution to this book.  This title is correct, but the author is a different Australian writer. The correct author is Ivan Southall, I believe.
Ivan Southall, Hills End,1968.  Here's the back cover blurb for this book: "The remote logging town of
Hills End is deserted.  All its inhabitants have set off on their annual picnic. Left behind are seven chidlren who, with their schoolteacher, are exploring nearby caves in search of Stone Age drawings.  Suddenly without warning, a violent storm breaks -- When it is over, six of the children find themselves cut off from all adult help and from the outside world.  Isolated by wild mountains, forest country and a flooded river, with their homes in ruins, they must face urgent problems and perils: How will they handle the enraged bull set free by the storm?  Can they find their missing schoolteacher and one of their schoolmates?  What are they going to do about food and shelter?"
Another one I may have read in middle school (1971-1973). I remember the plot quite well, because I owned and read it over and over. It took place in England, in small town. Everybody in town went on a picnic in the country, and a group of 7-10 children of varying ages were exploring a cave or something, when a severe storm with high winds and flash flooding hit. The group of children were somehow able to get back to town, but nobody else was. So they had to survive on their own. They had to figure out what they would use for shelter, and find food, and repair (?) an electic generator  and then started a clean-up process. The most memorable character was a mentally-challenged boy, who was wearing dress shoes on the picnic and suffered a lot of blistering and foot pain before the storm hit, and then had to be nursed or taken care of during the rest of the story. He also had a memorable incident in which he found the sausage making machine, and tried to make sausage (having watched the butcher do it before), but with his adenoid problem, or whatever, his very poor sense of smell prevented him from realizing that the meat was rotten.

#C103--Children disaster a flood England:  Check out Hills' End on the "Solved Mysteries" page.
Southall, Ivan, Hills End, 1968.  You remember many details correctly, except for one important one:  The story takes place in Australia, not England.
Southall, Ivan, Hill's End, 1962.  I was looking for this book earlier and a helpful person pointed it out to me.  It takes place in Australia, but the rest of this story is correct, down to the little boy whose nose doesn't work right and can't tell the meat is bad when he makes strings of lovely sausages.
Southall, Ivan.  Hills End.  NY: St. Martin's Press, 1962, 1963.  A very
clean ex-library copy with nice dust jacket.  VG-/VG.  $15

Southall, Ivan.  Josh. NY: St. Macmillan, 1971.  Very clean ex-library
copy.  VG/VG.  $15

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Hippo, Potta, and Muss
I am searching for the first book I ever checked out of the library.  It was a picture book or early reader book about a mother hippopotamus with three babies, Hippo, Pota, and Mus.  This naming was convenient for her. When she wanted her children, she'd call, "Hippopotamus," and they'd all come running!  That book gave me such a good feeling that as a very beginning reader I was able to read *such* a big word all by myself!  This was in 1971.

H3 was my request after about 3 years of independent searching.  Tonight after I looked at your page, I went to the LOC and just started reading book titles that have begun w/ the word "Hippo."  I feel certain that I have found "my" book at last:  Hippo, Potta, and Muss by Barbara Lovely, illustrated by Tony Veale.  I have requested a copy from a dealer and am eager to see if it's as good as I remember!  Thank you for the service you provide! 

click here for imageHitty: Her First Hundred Years
I am looking for a book about an old-fashioned china doll that's found in an old trunk with a full wardrobe. I can't remember more than that. (What a great service this is.)

I think the book from your March 1997 doll book inquiry might be: Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field. It might have won a Newberry Award. I seem to remember that a lot of students studying to be schoolteachers had to read it. I hope this helps.
Well now, I have that!
Field, Rachel. Hitty: Her First Hundred Years. Illus by Dorothy Lathrop with 3 color plates and many black & white plates. NY: Macmillan, 1929. Newbery Award winner.
Copy 1: 1933 edition. Front free endpaper clipped. Larger format. VG-. $36ppd.
Copy 2: 1941 edition. Dust jacket is worn and has small chips. Smaller format. VG/G. $38ppd.
Hitty even has her own homepage and photos of the original doll and her traveling clothes!

The person who posted that may actually have been thinking about another book, called (I'm *pretty* sure) The Secret in Miranda's Closet. I had this book as a girl - I think it came through Scholastic. It was about a sort of frumpy girl with a "feminist" mother who was proud of the fact that her daughter "hated" dolls. Except one day, said daughter found a beautiful old china doll with a trunk of clothes in the attic of a friend of her mother's (?) and was allowed to "adopt" it. At first, Miranda has these huge plans for the doll - to build a house for it in secret in the closet and all. I also remember a harrowing scene with an antique dealer who tries to rook her out of her doll. In the end, her mother discovers the secret, and the doll seems to become less special to Miranda - she doesn't build the fabulous dollhouse and all. I thought it was sort of a depressing ending, personally. I don't remember the author, but I'm pretty sure of the title.
You had another reader who was looking for a book title about a china doll with a trunk of clothes you and another reader said the book must be Hitty but that can't be right. Hitty was carved out of mountain ash by a peddler who stayed the winter at the Preble farm. She had a dress and a little chemise that had her name crossed stiched and that was all, no trunck, no china head. I was an avid reader when I was young and have kept almost all of my books, Hitty is just one of them.
Readers sent in the Hitty titles, but there's another book called The Wonderful Fashion Doll by Laura Bannon. It's about a girl who finds a trunk with a china doll with a beautiful and exceptionally detailed wardrobe. I remember something about the girl learning that the doll was used to advertise the latest fashions before fashion mags became popular.
I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR THIS BOOK FOR A LONG TIME!! I'm only 13 years old and my mother used to read it to me when I was about 5.  The story is about a wooden doll, and she comes to life. In the beggining she is all dusty and old.  I remember the story being very majestic and on the cover there is a picture of the wooden doll looking out her window.  I think  the writer was a female... but I'm not sure? LOL - sorry for the lack of information
#S46--Sandalwood:  this sounds like Hitty:  Her First Hundred Years, by Rachel Field.  Even if it isn't, read it anyway; it's great.
Field, Rachel  Hitty: Her First Hundred Years.  Illustrated by Dorothy P. Lathrop.  Newbery winner.  Macmillan, 1929.  31st printing, 1964.  Wear to corners, otherwise VG/VG.  <SOLD>
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A book about a dog, probably an airedale, read in the 1930's and 40's.  This story resulted in naming my first dog which was an airedale in 1942.   Looking for the name of the book and, if possible, the book.

#T138--Tirpy or Terpy (dogname):  This is a story in one of my Beacon Readers, most of which I finally located!  The paperbacks I have were published in 1957 and reprinted in 1962.  In this version, Book 4, "Careful Hans," contains the story "The Hobyahs," in which the hero is a black dog, "little dog Turpie."  The original Beacon Readers were copyrighted 1922 and some dated as early as 1912.  The author is James H. Fassett.  The older hardcovers turn up quite often while the paperbacks tend to be extremely rare and expensive.  The trick would be in knowing which of the many original volumes included this story!  The 1916 collection "Animal Folk Tales" may contain it.
T138: Well, if it is The Hobyahs, here's Joseph Jacobs' version, with illustrations.

Hockey Girls
I'm a librarian trying to help a patron find a book.  She says she read it probably before 1978.  It was about a girl who plays on a field hockey team after many "lonely games of threading crabapples down the sidwalk with a crooked stick on the way to school."  She thinks the same author also wrote a mystery that had to do with a girl, a telephone and hidden numbers in a hat band.  She isn't neccessarily trying to find this book, just offers it as a possible clue to the author.  The author's first name may have been Sheila.

Kathleen McLaine, Jean at St. Hilary's,1949.  I cannot find a summary of the book other than that it is about a girl who plays field hockey.  Does this title sound familiar?
Scott Corbett, The Hockey Girls, 1976.  Think this might be the one - it's about the introduction of compulsory
sports at Wagstaff High.  No-one was keen except a 9th grader, Irma Tuttle, who used to walk along whacking crabapples with a crooked stick she called Old Faithful.  A coach spotted her and she joined the team so her friends did too.
C112 crabapple girl: more on the suggested - The Hockey Girls, by Scott Corbett, published Dutton, 1976, 104 pages. "While Irma Tuttle walked alone whacking crabapples with a crooked stick she called Old Faithful, she was observed and recruited by the hockey coach and her life changed dramatically." "Irma's only solace was whacking and dribbling crab apples on her way home with a crooked stick -- Talent-scouted by Miss Tingley, the wizened but spry field hockey coach". This sounds like a good match. My first thought was one of the multitudinous English girls' school stories, but those girls are always already playing compulsory games, so thankfully that was out.

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Home for Penny

I had thought this was Adopted Jane, but it isn't. A girl is looking for a mother, someone to adopt her. At one point, she is drawing a picture of the mom she wants, who wears a polka dot apron. Something jostles her hand and one of the polka dots is more like a line. At the end she finally finds a mom to adopt her, and she is wearing a polka dot apron--one of the dots is a line, just like her picture.

Mildred Hark and Noel McQueen, A Home for Penny, 1959.  This book has a scene in it that matches the desciption.  Penny lives in a children's home with lots of other children and really wants a family of her own.  At one point, Penny is carefully drawing a picture of what her mother would look like if she had one.  While she's drawing the red polka dots on the "mother's" apron, Penny gets distracted and her crayon slips.  She draws a line that looks like a tail instead of a polka dot.  At the end of the book, Penny does not have a new family, and she realizes that her picture looks like Mrs. Brown, the director of the home.

Home, Matilda, MacElroy and Mary
I am looking for a book I thought was titled "The House of Mrs. Mouse".  It is actually a poem which my father used to read to me in the 1950's.  It was in the form of a children's book.  It contained the following verse, which I remember:  This is the house of Mrs. Mouse and these are her children three, Matilda is the oldest mouse, then McElroy, then Mary, Sometimes they're good, as good as gold, Sometimes they're quite contrary.  The book contained pictuires of the mouse family sweeping, etc. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Fairweather, Jessie.  Home, Matilda, MacElroy and Mary, 1950.  The answer to this one appears under stumper #T116. Fairweather, Jessie Home, illustrated by I.E. Robinson, Matilda, MacElroy and Mary.  Racine, Whitman Tell-a-Tale 1950.
Fairweather, Jessie Home, Matilda, MacElroy and Mary.  It's a Whitman Tell-A-Tale book from 1950.
#H61--The House of Mrs. Mouse:  The solution of this was one of several recently offered as possible solutions for another stumper, I don't know was solved.  If not solved, it should still be under "Stump the Bookseller," perhaps the Ms--something about three mice with names beginning with M.

Homer Price
I am thinking of a book I read as a child in the 60's. It was about a boy who made the worlds biggest ball of twine and i think there was something about a donut machine in a store. The ball of string was huge and there were alot of black & white illustrations throughout. Illustrators or writers name
might be  White?

This is the inimitable Homer Price, by Robert McCloskey (NY,'43). Always in print. With reason.

Honestly, Katie John!
This is a very vague request, as my memory of the book is kind of shady (but I remember I loved it).  I would have read it in the late 1970's to early 1980's.  The book is about a girl who is an outsider at her school.  I think at one point there is a fair (carnival mabye?).  The most popular girl at school calls everybody sugar (maybe honey or darling).  Somewhere along the way there is a play at school.  The popular girl comes in at some point with a new lipstick, and the main character, who is chewing gum, either asks to borrow it or is given it, and proceeds to bite off the end of the lipstick and chew it up with her gum.  There might be a part of the story where the main character has a new friend (maybe just moved to town) and the popular girl takes over so that the main character doesn't have any friends, but I might be imagining that.

L48: Honestly, Katie John! (1963) by Mary Calhoun. Simply has to be. Third(?) of the Katie John series. There were at least four. I should re-read it, because from what I remember, she had quite the identity crisis - first she's disgusted with boys and their ways, but when the girls start acting girly-girly, she rebels and becomes a "vulgar" tomboy (as one girl put it - I, myself, reading it in the late 1970's, couldn't grasp why Katie would wear a skirt to school during that phase) because she can't bear the idea that her idea of 6th-grade feminine maturity isn't the norm. Or that she can't make the girls conform to it. (Writer Deborah Tannen would have a field day with that!) "Slam books" are part of the story, and there's a boy with whom she has a long rift before they're friends again. Mary Calhoun truly knew how to write and was almost certainly ahead of her time in her creation of Katie.
L48 (lipstick eating outsider girl) is most definitely, without a question, positively Honestly, Katie John! by (I think) Mary Calhoun.  The girl that calls everyone "sugar" is Priscilla, and Katie and her friend Sue go to a fair in the first chapter.  Katie finds an old book about female etiquette and tries being "a lady" briefly, then tries being the complete opposite to protest the "girly" behavior of her classmates, especially towards boys.  She eats Priscilla's lipstick before a school concert.   Her antics cause the other girls to ostracize her for a time.
Mary Calhoun, Honestly, Katie John!  I'm pretty sure this is the book. There is a series of Katie John books, and in this one, the 'tomboyish' Katie John becomes something of an outsider when her classmates become preoccupied with boys and make-up, etc. The lipstick episode is an example. Priscilla is the popular girl who calls everyone 'sugar'  but she hasn't just moved to town - I think that must be something from another book.
Wow, I remember reading this same book.  I don't know when the first book in the "Alice" series was published, but I have a feeling it might be that one (the series is by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor).  I think there's a description of how grossed out the girl is when she bites into the greasy lipstick.
Honestly, Katie John!  I can't believe it!  This is the book I have been looking for for absolutely ages and here it is a week later and it's been solved.  Thank you all so much!  I can't wait to read this again.

click here for imageHoney Bear
This children's book is about a baby who is placed in his crib outside his parents cottage to enjoy the nice day.  A bear comes out of the forest and steals the baby.  When the father returns he goes hunting for the bear.  He finds the bear feeding honey to the baby.  Other clues: the illustrations as I remember them are either Victorian or art nouveau.  The book is in verse, I think.  A very sweet story.

The one that is driving me to gnash my teeth is B61.  I actually own this book and thought I knew exactly where it was.  Went home to check the title and can't find the book.  It was my mother's when she was little so is probably from the 20's or 30's.  I think it is called Honey Bear or something similar.  It is told in verse...a little baby toddles away from her house in the forest. Mother and father are frantic.  Baby is found by a friendly bear who gives her honey to keep her happy.  Parents find her, safe and sound, covered in honey...and the poem ends up saying something about that is why all babies are now called honey...it's an adorable book with darling illustrations and as soon as I find my copy, I will post the title and author if no-one else yet has done so.
Yes!  I know this one now-- it's illustrated by Frank Lloyd Wright's sister, Maginel Wright Barney, and published by one of the greats of American children's book publishing, Volland.  Very art deco.  I hear, also, that this was a favorite of Dare Wright when she was growing up.  Here's a beautiful copy for sale:
Willson, Dixie.  Honey Bear. Illustrated by Maginel Wright Barney.  P.F. Volland, 1923.  12th edition. A Sunny Book.  Excellent color illustrations.  Spine paper worn off in places, wear to corner, otherwise VG. A scarce title.  <SOLD>
I noticed Honey Bear illustrated by Maginel Wright!  She is the mother of  Elizabeth Enright!! I only recently found all these family  connections. I  knew the author of Gone-Away Lake was no mere mortal!

Honey Bunch
I remember (I think) a series of books ...I read them before Bobbsey twins...I think that there were two main characters, younger than Nan and Bert in Bobbsey twins, ...and one was "at the seashore", just sweet children's stories...no mysteries a la hardy boys or Nancy Drew... I thought it might be Bunny Brown , but I thought it was vintage 50's or 40's , not 20's...am I imagining these books?

B72  Could these be the Honey Bunch and Norman books?
B72 Bobbsey Twins not quite -- Could this be Howard Garis's Cherries series (published c.1924)? One is
called Two Wild Cherries at the Seashore. The same author wrote the Curlytops series including The Curlytops at Sunset Beach (1921). He also wrote the Bunny series mentioned. Another possible, though I think less likely, is Elizabeth Gordon's Dolly and Molly books, which include Dolly and Molly at the Seashore.
Ran across this description while looking for something else: Margaret Kent The Twins at the Seaside Harrap 1949, 96 pages "Prudence Penelope Inglis and Christopher Malcolm Inglis aka Sugar and Spice."
Helen Louise Thorndyke, Honey Bunch: Her First Visit to the Seashore, 1924.  One of many Honey Bunch books!

Hooray for Pig!
I am looking for a book that I read as a child.  I don't remember the title or the author.  To the best of my recollection, it is a picture book.  It is about a pig, and an otter and they go on a picnic and eat peanut butter sandwiches.  Incidently, the otter likes to play on a slide next to a pond.  It was probably written in the seventies or early eighties.  This is driving me crazy. Please help!

P4.5 pig and otter: it sounds awfully Richard Scarry, and the time is right for his books - with all the Scarry fans out there, can't someone recognise it? (I don't like his books, myself)
Carla Stevens, Hooray for pig! 1974.
P4.5 pig and otter: okay, right after I suggested Richard Scarry, I ran across this - Hooray for Pig! by Carla Stevens, illustrated by Rainey Bennett, published Seabury and Scholastic 1974, Weekly Reader, 48 pages. "Pig is very fond of picnics. His idea of bliss is a picnic with loads of peanut-butter sandwiches. He would really love to swim, but doesn't feel brave enough to try. So while all his friends - Raccoon, Otter, Beaver and Muskrat - wallow and splash in the cool water, he endures a few hot, lonely summer days." (Children's Book Review 1976 p.13)  "Easy to read text matched with illustrations in relaxed cartoo-line decked with brown or green wash, describing the traumas and accidents that occur because Pig allows Raccoon and Otter to teach him to swim." (Growing Point Sept/76 p.2934) So there's a pig, an otter, and peanut-butter ...

Horror Tales: Spirits, Spells and the Unknown
I don't know if the title is Tales of Terror or Tales of Horror, but it is NOT the Alfred Hitchcock book. This had several stories with black and white illustrations. In one, a boy is being kept prisoner by some scientists because he can fly. In another story, some kids meet others because of an echo in an old west canyon. In another, a kid named Tom meets his "double" named Mot. I loved this book!  Thanks!

About G31, that is the same book I am looking for! My entry is T81.
"The Shadow" by Goldsmith is in HORROR TALES: SPIRITS, SPELLS, AND THE UNKNOWN ed. Roger Elwood (Rand McNally, 1974), which as I recall is indeed a "slightly oversized hardback" (and the date fits).  But Mendoza's "The Devil's Pocket" is not in that book--it is in THE CRACK IN THE WALL AND OTHER WEIRD TALES (Dial, 1968) by Mendoza and in the Lee Bennett Hopkins (ed) 1977 anthology MONSTERS, GHOULIES AND CREEPY CREATURES.  Possibles, anyway.
This isn't much help, but there is a story called Tom and moT, by Max Trull, published 1930, 178 pages, about a little boy (the nursery rhyme one who threw pussy in the well) looking down the well and seeing his own
reflection, which changes places with him. He then has to live moT's life in the topsy-turvy underworld. He finally reaches home, much improved by his experiences. If this is the same story, it must have just been a chapter excerpted for the collection.
Roger Elwood, editor, Horror Tales: Spirits Spells and the Unknown.  1974-75 Mystery solved! The book I first described is indeed Horror Tales edited by Roger Elwood! THANK YOU! By the way, the story with the children and the echo is not The Devil's Pocket it is called something about El Dorado. And the Tom-Mot story is different too.
I am trying to find some very beloved books from my elementary school days in the '70s.   The first is a collection of somewhat gruesome scary short stories.  I think it was at least slightly oversized, hardback with illustrations.  I only remember three stories - one was about a tree that cast evil shadows inside a bedroom, one was about a boy who called things into an echo canyon and the words that came back to him were very different from the ones he had called and the third one I remember the most vividly.  A boy and a girl discover a formula to turn things into gold - unfortunately (inevitably!), something goes wrong and the girl is turned into a fly - the cat smushes the fly, and the story ends with the boy running up the stairs screaming because the fly is turning back into the girl...and she's smushed.  Yech.  (see what I mean about gruesome?!)

I don't have the exact book - but I can tell you two of the short stories' titles and authors, and this might help your search. The echo story may be The Devil's Pocket by George Mendoza. Two brothers are playing in a
quarry nicknamed the devil's pocket. One throws a penny in, and the quarry echoes back his voice as he calls out. But when he finds a penny, his brother insists it's not the same one because it's too shiny. The one insists "IT'S MY PENNY" and the quarry doesn't echo back his voice. And then when the brother whispers "better not take it", the quarry echoes his voice, getting louder. The boys take the penny, but during the night they both have the same nightmare that the quarry is calling, and in the morning, the penny is gone. It's a creepy story.  The tree casting an evil shadow sounds like The Shadow by Howard Goldsmith. The tree, planted over the body of a hanged witch, casts it's shadow into the boy's room.
The Devil's Pocket is anthologized in The Haunted House and Other Stories edited by Vic Crume.  Tthe cover featured a haunted house with a psychedelic aura.  Probably not what you're looking for, but very creepy.
About G31, that is the same book I am looking for! My entry is T81.
"The Shadow" by Goldsmith is in HORROR TALES: SPIRITS, SPELLS, AND THE UNKNOWN ed. Roger Elwood (Rand McNally, 1974), which as I recall is indeed a "slightly oversized hardback" (and the date fits).  But Mendoza's "The Devil's Pocket" is not in that book--it is in THE CRACK IN THE WALL AND OTHER WEIRD TALES (Dial, 1968) by Mendoza and in the Lee Bennett Hopkins (ed) 1977 anthology MONSTERS, GHOULIES AND CREEPY CREATURES.  Possibles, anyway.
T81 & G31: Laughing Shadow - Eldorado.  Hope this info helps, I recall both stories mentioned as one's I read in grade-school...  The story with the shadow - about a boy moving to a new town, house has a tree in backyard, supposed to have a witch buried under it (former owner), warned not to disturb tree (he does) and the  shadow-witch is let loose.  I loved this story and I believe the book was The laughing shadow and other tales (or stories) - searching this title alwasy pulls the 3 investigators title of the alfred hitchcock series - not an easy find.  The story about the boy and the canyon of echoes, is not the devil's pocket, but was called El Dorado, and the setting was in California (I remember wanting to go find this place after reading the story)  A boy hiking gets lost and or a storm comes up, he takes shelter in an old ghost town, and during the night he hears crying and calls for help from a nearby ravine, it turns out to be the ghosts or "echoes" of a boy and a girl.  "we are only echoes, echoes echoes... waiting...."  pretty creepy!!  Hope this Helps

Hoppie the Hopper
Don't know the title of this. It was published in teh 1940's or 1950's. It was about a grasshopper. As the child turned the page, a plastic strip with a paper grasshopper attached would pass through a hole in the page to allow the grasshopper to "jump" to the next page. Can you help?

The book is Hoppie the Hopper by Albert Baller, illustrations by Eleanor Corwin, published in 1951 by Rand McNally.  It was part of a series called InAction books.  I know because it was one of my favorite childhood books and I'm lucky enough to still have it. 

Horse Called September
I read a book (for young adults) that I believe was called September, about two girls who were friends.  One was from a wealthy family, and the other’s father was their groundskeeper… the wealthy one got a horse named September, but after he was badly injured he was sent to the “glue factory” and the poor girl rescued him.  It should have been published in the late 80’s.

This sounds like Anne Digby, A Horse Called September.
Thank you Harriett!  That sounds exactly right!  Now to find a copy of the book...

Horse Haven
I remember a friend showing me a horse book in the library, no later than 1969, about third grade level, with black-and-white illustrations like those done by Leonard Shortall.  It was about some kids trying to rehabilitate an old nag.  They gave it some medicine thinking "that was easy" and the horse turned around and spat the medicine right in the kid's ear.  Would be nice to at least know what this was.

Possibly Found: One Orange-Brown Horse (1957) by Patricia Lauber, author of Clarence the TV Dog. The book is in fact illustrated by Shortall, I think!
#H21:  The one I'm thinking of was like Found:  One Orange-Brown Horse  but can't be the same book as I have that one and the one I'm thinking of I never had.
Nancy Caffrey, illus. by Paul Brown, Horse Haven, 1950's.  The exact scene you describe is in this book.

Horse of Another Color
I remember a children's picutre book featuring a boy who sees the world differently from others, e.g., to him the sky is green.  The underlying purpose of the book was to encourage creativity in children -- or at least to get across the idea that children's creative urges should be encouraged rather than squashed.  This is a WONDERFUL service.  I'm so glad I stumbled on to you.

B130a boy sky green: a story at least similar is A Horse of Another Color, by Nathan Kravetz, illustrated by Susan Perl, published Little, Brown 1962, 58 pages. "In this all-so-true-to-life story about Henry who loves to paint horses, the author, an elementary school principal, reveals a concern for the independent and imaginative child. As a non-conformist in the use of color, Henry fills the school authorities with anxiety, although he seems to be happily normal in every other respect. It takes the College exhibit, to which Henry's horses in blue and green are sent by mistake, to bring down the worried eyebrows, for a time at least. Cartoonish drawings have the right kind of humor." (HB Oct/62 p.478)

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It's about a girl who's away at a boarding/riding school.  I believe it's set in Great Britain somewhere, and the focus of the school is some kind of cross country jumping/foxhunting.  A major part of the story deals w/ her having to get up so early every morning and being always tired.  Another main part is the horse she's assigned to--an older horse who has some kind of chronic leg problem, and she hasn't much respect for him, though he was a celebrity in his younger days. (Of course, they make a comeback together...)  I believe I had this one in my Jr. High library, too. I'm sure you hear this all the time, but..."I've been thinking about these books for years!"

The book is The Horsemasters, by Don Sandford, he who also wrote Red Car. It was made into a Disney move starring Annette Funicello, and was about the English Horsemastership Program. The old horse mentioned was Cornish Pastie, who was messy, aged, and a phenomenal hunter.
Thank you!! Yes! Please! The book IS The Horsemasters by Don Stanford. If you cd try to locate a copy for me at a good price, that wd be great! (eBay has a copy, but I'd prefer to support your great service if I can afford it!) Let me know.
The book I'm looking for was about a girl going to a special school where she learned about horse care and riding. She got a really ugly horse but then ended up loving him and doing well. That's about all I remember! Please let me know
if this works!

G113  Stanford, Don, The Horsemasters.  See Solved Mysteries
Don Stanford., The Horsemasters, 1970s.   Puffin book. Would seem like one possibility.
Don Stanford, The Horsemasters.  This stumper sounds like The Horsemasters, about a girl named Dinah who goes to a
riding school in England where she is assigned to a homely horse named Corny (short for Cornish Pastie).  She dislikes him at first, but eventually grows to respect him.
G113 This must be a darned good story to have even Scholastic copies so expensive! Stanford, Don; foreword by Sheila
Willcox    The horsemasters.  dust jacket by Doremus.  Funk & Wagnalls c1957 American girl learns firsthand about training by the British Horse Society for a Preliminary Instructor¹s Certificate; horsemastership course

Your site has solved one mystery for me (The Witch Family/Estes), Thank You!  Now I hope maybe this other mystery can be solved, because it periodically bugs the heck out of me. I am looking for a book that I think must have been young adult science fiction.  The basic concept is that plant life has become the dominant form of life on earth.  Human/oids live in this huge forest and have to always be watching out for plants that are semi-mobile, carnivorous, etc.  There are two main characters, male and female, and eventually I think they have or find this child.  There is this morel mushroominvolved (mushrooms being the highest form of intelligence and the morel most of all) and it is trying to take over the baby's brain or something... they save the baby by catching the morel in a gourd just as it is about to slide onto the baby's head.  A bunch more happens after that, but this is mostly what I remember.   I swear, somebody wrote this and I am not suffering from some kind of flashback.  I just can't figure it out.

Regarding question M15 "Morel Mushroom", the book is Hothouse by Brian Aldiss; the novel is out-of-print, but still excellent in its descriptions of the carnivorous plants, flymen, etc.

House of Four Seasons
I read the book I am looking for in late elementary school or in junior high.  I am now 54.  I remember a house in a meadow.  The rooms of the house were decorated like the seasons.  The kitchen was winter and the large second floor room was fall.  At one point in the story there was a fire in the woods.

Duvoisin, Roger, The House of Four Seasons, 1956.  "When a family buys a new house, each member has a different idea of what color to paint it." Maybe?

House of Secrets
The Secret Underground Tunnel (??) 1950s or very early 1960s.  This was a kids' mystery involving a small group of English children who discover a secret underground tunnel connecting (into? out of?) a boarding school with a house/walled garden next door.  It was extremely charming, and I've searched for it for the over 35 years!

Have you looked at Enid Blyton?
Enid Blyton, The Enchanted Castle.  This stumper does sound very close to the plot of The Enchanted Castle.
Nina Bawden, The House of Secrets/The Secret Passage (UK title), 1963.  Worth a look? John, Mary, and Ben Mallory go to England to live with Aunt Mabel, who keeps a boardinghouse. Young Ben meets the eccentric , elderly boarder Miss Pin, who tells stories of her fabulous treasure, and of the secret passage in the cellar. The passage leads to the big house next door, where the children meet a mysterious girl who has run away from school.

House of Stairs
I can't remember how old I was -- maybe middle school age, 1971-1973 -- when I read an odd book about a group of children who  somehow (kidnapped?) became subjects of a scientific experiment that involved conditioning.  In this experiment, they start out in an enclosed or somehow restricted area, and having no idea what they are supposed to do. But at one point, by sheer chance, they are rewarded (with food?). To get the reward/food again, they realize they need to reproduce their positions and activities that they had had at that point, when they first got the food. So they do, and they are rewarded again. When they try it again, it doesn't work, so they try little variations on their positions/actions, and eventually are rewarded again. As time goes by, the behavior (position and actions) that results in the reward evolves and  gradually gets more complicated.  I have no idea how it ends, or who is conducting the experiment.

William Sleator, The House of Stairs
William Sleator, House of Stairs. One of my favorite books-- my daughter just read it too, and loved it.
William Sleator, House of Stairs, 1974.  I have read many of William Sleator's books, and enjoyed most of them.
C102 HOUSE OF STAIRS by William sleator, 1974 (make sure it's by that author. There's another book with a similar title) ~from a librarian
Sleator, William, House of Stairs, 1974.

House on East 88th Street
I have a very warm, but fuzzy, memory of this book.  I think it is about a dinosaur who's getting rady for freinds to come visit, perhaps for a housewarming party.  (There may be a page that shows the dinosaur in the bathtub.)  I think the friends bring gifts.  I can't remember if the friends  are dinosaurs or different animals.  I mostly remember the colors.  Lots of bright yellow and green.  The illustration sytle is similar to Aliki's, but she is not the author or the illustrator.

After thinking about it some more, it's possible that the main character was an alligator not a dinosaur.
Norma Klein, Dinosaur's Housewarming Party.
Bernard Waber.  I wonder if this could be one of the Lyle Crocodile books, particularly Lyle and the Birthday Party?
The colors and visual style sound like Sendak's Alligators All Around, from Nutshell Library. It's actually an alphabet book, but the main character, a little alligator, wears a decorative cap throughout the book (and has balloons on the B page), which may leave the impression there was a party.  No bathtub, though.
Bernard Waber, The House on East 88th Street, 1962.  I believe the book you are thinking of may be this one. There are a couple of pages with Lyle the crocodile in the bathtub. Apparently lazing in the tub is one of his favorite activities. There is also a lot of green in the illustrations.

House the Had Enough
When my daughter was little, I used to read her a book about a girl and her  house.  She didn't take care of the things in her house, so they all got up  and moved.  She went to look for them and asked why they left her, and they told her that she needed to take better care of them (clothes, toothbrush, soap, etc.)  I cannot for the life of me think of the title of this book and I was wondering if you had any idea.  I would really appreciate your help!  We got rid of the book in a garage sale and we've been searching for it ever since!!

King, P.E., The house that had enough,1986.  A Big Little Golden Book. I have a copy which was passed to us when we adopted my son. He is not tremendously attached to it, so if the person who posted the query would like our copy, she may have it.

House the Pecks Built
A family lives in a single room house and adds on rooms as the family grows larger.  At some point the family uses rollerskates to get around their enlarged house.  Eventually the even have a train to take them from one end to the other.  In the end they decide to go back to having just one room.

Maybe this one?  The House That Grew by Jean Strathdee & Jessica Wallace, 1979. 32 pages of cute colorful illustrations. "This English book is a story of a big hippie family living in a giant house. They decide to buy a plot of land and build a giant communal house, but they can only build a little bit at a time. This house just grows and GROWS! Vintage English commune hippy story!" Or this one?  Mrs. Caliper's House by Muriel Cooke and Headley & Anne Harper, illustrated by Sherman Cooke, NY Knopf 1943, 63 pages. "Nonsense picture story book about Mrs. Caliper, who was so very friendly that she invited everyone who came along to live in her house. Rooms were added for the farmer, the milkmaid, the small boy Peter, and at last for the old lighthouse keeper. Finally rooms had to be built on top of the house, which made it possible to expand almost indefinitely." Though I'm wondering if it isn't one of the Peterkin stories by L. Hale?
This is in answer to F40.  I believe it is called The House the Pecks Built, by Helen and Alf Evers.  They start out with one room, and keep adding rooms on until the house is so huge they need a train to get from one end of it to the other.  They tear all the additions down, and at the very end of the story  one of them says something about needing more room...
F40 full circle house: more on the last suggested - The House the Pecks Built, by the Evers, (reprinted Jan 2001) "As Mr.Peck, a poor carpenter, grows prosperous he begins to add one room after another to the family's one-room house until it covers so much territory that he and his family must take the train to the next town just to get from the living room to the dining room."  Providing a prescient vision of suburban sprawl, The House the Pecks Built by Helen and Alf Evers is as relevant today as when it was first published in 1940. Not content with their one-room house, the newly monied Pecks keep adding on. Soon, it's so large that tourists come to visit the "Biggest House in the World" and dinner guests travel "from the living room to the dining room by train." Three-color artwork adds nostalgic charm." (Publishers Weekly)

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I remember a book about a bear and mouse.  The were best friends but did everything different except to meet for ice cream.  The bear rode a bike slowly and the mouse rode fast. I think it was part of a monthly book club, by Parent's magazine press, in the mid 1960s.
I found the book it is How Joe the Bear and Sam the Mouse Got Together- story by Beatrice Schenk De Regniers - illustrated by Brinton Turkle -Parents' Magazine Press - 1965 Thank you, I hope this helps others looking for their favorite childhood book.  Your web-site service is wonderful.

How Sam Adam's Pipe Became a Pig!
The first story my Grandfather read as a child was "How Sam Adam's Pipe became a Pig". I don't know the author and guess that it was a short story contained in a collection, and again I don't know the title of the book.  Any ideas ?

How Sam Adam's Pipe Became a Pig!  I found info on two editions of this book.  There are copies of this title
in only four colleges/universities in the US, so I don't know how easy it will be to find a copy for yourself. Don't know if this will help you, but for what it's worth here's what I found: How Sam Adam's Pipe Became a Pig! by John William Kirton (1831-1892), illus. George Cruikshank, pub. by S.W. Partridge (London) 1864. First separate edition -- orig. published 1857 in the British workman. How Sam Adam's Pipe Became a Pig! by John William Kirton, illus. George Cruikshank, pub. by S.W. Partridge (London), 1869 (date approximate).  Series - Illustrated penny readings, 15pg., 2 illus (woodcuts). 

How Spider Saved Christmas
Help!  In the 70's I had a book about a spider's first christmas.  He invited all of his friends over to share the holiday with him, and he went out and got them icicles and snowballs for Christmas--he wrapped them and everything melted.  He was really sad, but his friends taught him the true meaning of Christmas....I need this book....

Oh thank goodness, one I know.  I needed that.  Unfortunately, I don't have one in stock, and they're hard to come by!  But I could get an ex-library copy for around $40.
Kraus, Robert.  How Spider Saved Christmas.  Windmill, 1970.

How the Chipmunk Got Her Stripes
Do you recognize this:   "I am big and strong and never wrong"

First Nations fable, How the Chipmunk Got Her Stripes.  This is a long shot, but...there are similar lines in a Native American fable of "How the Chipmunk Got Her Stripes."  There is a bear who sings "I am big and strong and this is my bear song.  I am smart and I am brave and I am never wrong."

How the Mole Got His Car
This book was from the 50's or 60's. It is about a mole and a wind up  car that he drives through town and meets many animals along the way. I  remember a junk yard, car wash and city traffic jam.

Hmm... I don't remember Mr. Mole from The Wind in the Willows getting into any traffic jams...
A mole in a traffic jam sounds more like Richard Scarry than Kenneth Grahame to me- although I thought it was usually a pig or a cat behind the wheel in his drawings.
I stumbled across your site while sending a query out for a children's book my brothers and I have been searching for over many years. The M16 query in your data base looks like it might be the same book. I don't have a
solution, just more details. We believe the book was Czech in origin, translated into English. The car was a pink car, much smaller than regular cars - the mole was able to drive underneath other cars. We lived in England
at the time - we're talking about the early 1960's. It wasn't a long book, but it was richly illustrated with colour drawings. The book was also in a fairly large format. I have no idea if these details will help, but the fact
that someone else is looking for the same book is already encouraging! Thanks for an interesting web site!
Eduard Petiska, How the Mole Got His Car, 1960.  This is definitely the book.  It was printed in Czechoslovakia for Spring Books of London and was illustrated by Zdenek Miler.  A mole becomes fascinated by cars  visits a junkyard and tries to build one himself using nuts for tires, etc.  is unhappy when this doesn't work, but then notices a tire rolling down the street  locates the source -- a windup car that a boy has smashed with a hammer  puts the tires around his neck and carries the car to a repair shop, where it's fixed  and then drives it home.  The last picture is of the mole sleeping happily and clutching the key.
Just to complete the story of the Mole and His Car (M16) that was solved under the title How the Mole Got His Car, I recently came across a website for European books in translation that lists the book, along with several others in the same series about the same character. This delightful set of books is illustrated by the same person, Zdenek Miler, but each book is written by a different writer, with Eduard Petiska as the author of the "Little Mole and His Toy Car" book, as indicated by the person who submitted the solution. The books are available online at this site   I bought the set - they are all delightful.

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In the late 1950's or early 1960's (I'm 47now), I had a beautiful book that I think was called Hucklebones.  It was about a horse who wanted to learn to dance so he could attend a party with the other horses.  I'm sorry that I cannot remember the author, but I think it was called "Hucklebones."  It had beautiful illustrations with all sorts of horses.  Do you think you could find this book that I remember?

Huckleberry, by Marks, Mickey Klar; Illustrated by Irma Wilde.  Is this the one?
Possibly Mickey Klar Marks, Hucklebones (Whitman, '49)?
H22 hucklebones: more on the suggested title, Hucklebones, by Mickey Klar Marks, illustrated by Irma Wilde, published Whitman 1949. "A Cozy Corner Book. A story of a small horse named Hucklebones who is invited to the Steeplechase Ball and he doesn't know how to dance. Cover illustrated with horse, flowers, and sky." Sounds like a good match.

Human Comedy
It's a pretty short book. I think it is on the "accelerated reader" list for junior high students.  The story is about 2 brothers, the older brother works delivering telegraphs until he has to go to war.  When he goes to war the younger brother takes the job as telegraph deliverer.  The story is not about the war, per se, it's about how the war effects this small (and I think, midwest) town. The younger brother one day is working the telegraph, because the old man is away, and that day he gets a telegraph about his brother's death.

William Saroyan, The Human Comedy, 1943, 1971.  It takes place in California in WWII. "...Fourteen-year-old Homer, determined to become the fastest telegraph messenger in the West, finds himself caught between reality and illusion as delivering his messages of wartime death, love, and money brings him face-to-face with human emotion at its most naked and raw."  There was a movie made with Mickey Rooney in 1943.

Humbug Rabbit
I was wondering if you ever came across a book I liked a lot as a girl. I remember my school librarian reading it to us. It was an Easter book. I thought that the title was "Bah, Humbunny!" but I looked in the Library of Congress search site and there was no such book. I don't remember the story line, but what I do remember was a little story being told at the bottom of the pages. There was a burrow of rabbits doing things below ground (or the story in this case). I remember that colored Easter eggs had rolled down into the burrow, and the little bunnies opened them up, leaving all the little different colored bits. I think the story was about someone who didn't believe in Easter anymore. I thought that it may have been a new book at the time which would have been around 1976 or so. Everyone in the class
was so charmed by this sweet book that we all said we going to grab it after the story was over. I knocked a big boy out of my way and was the first to take this book home. Can anyone remember this book?

Lorna Balian, Humbug Rabbit, 1974.  What a great book! My children love it too. This author has written nine other stories, all seeming to have a seasonal or holiday theme. Good luck!
The children's book that I'm looking for was available in the late 1970s. It was a lovely picture book that showed a grandmother above ground preparing for her grandkids to come for Easter. Meanwhile, a grandmother rabbit below ground was also preparing for her grandkids to come for Easter. The two were shown doing the preparations on each page with an above ground and a below ground view.

Balian, Lorna, Humbug Rabbit, Abingdon 1974.  "Father Rabbit's reply of "Humbug" to the idea that he is the Easter Rabbit doesn't spoil Easter for his children or Granny's grandchildren. Two stories go on at the same time. One above at Granny's house, one below in a rabbit's burrow. All are related and are about the approaching Easter holiday. See how the two stories merge into one." Sounds plausible and the date is right.
Sounds like it could be HUMBUG RABBIT by Lorna Balian, except it's a grandmother above ground and a father rabbit below. The rabbit children think their father may be the Easter rabbit, and he just scoffs at this.
Meanwhile, above ground, the cat is stealing the hen's eggs, which might ruin the Easter celebrations for the grandmother and her granchildren. I've forgotten how, but somehow the father rabbit saves the day (maybe the cat pushed the eggs into his burrow?) ~from a librarian

Humm the Singing Hamster
This is probably going to be the least information you have ever been supplied with! When I was a little girl in the '60s, my dad used to read me a book about (I think) a hamster - who loved to hummm! And that's it! Can you believe it? I always remember that book but that's ALL I remember. We used to laugh and laugh and go hummmmm..... hahaha. But I've spent just hours and hours "in here" doing searches and looking in bookstores and, well, maybe you know about this book and can help me find it. Thank you very much.

H2: Could the humming hamster be Sylvester of a collection called Sylvester and other stories?  Orange book, picture of Sylvester with, I think, the mandolin he rides in.....
could you tell me more about this book? I'm hoping it's the one! Thank you!
I remember that he plays an instrument, maybe a guitar. I remember something about Sylvester with the musical ear, and I think I also remember a tail, which means he isn't a hamster. Is this possible?
No, unfortunately I don't think that's the book, but I appreciate your efforts.
How about a humming possum? Harold Berson, Henry Possum (Crown,'73) -- or is this too recent to be the book you recall? (Instead of playing possum, i.e., playing dead, he keps humming & looking around.)
Unfortunately it doesn't sound like the book.  But I certainly appreciate your continued efforts and the forwarding of possible matches.
The unsolved mystery listed on your page as "H2: Humming Hamster" sounds suspiciously like a book I recently "rediscovered." The animal was a mouse, and he loved music. He lived in a guitar in a guitar shop, and every night
he would play when the shop was closed. I believe the name "Sylvester" is correct. I know the time frame is right (my aunt read this to me in the early 70's). It was, as the first post suggests, an orange book that's a collection of
stories. As my children's book collection is at my Mom & Dad's house, 8 hours away, I can't put my finger on it. But I'll check while I'm home at Thanksgiveing. Good Luck Hunting!!
H2 Humm the Singing Hamster by Catherine Bing, 1961, a Whitman Top Top Tales book
I think that is the book!!!!!!!!  Do you have it?  Can you find it?  Why is that listing posted with no
additional info?  Did someone enter that info as a possible answer to my search?  The date is right on, and the title sounds like THAT IS IT! Please let me know if you can get this book!!!  Oh I'm so happy my long long search may be over!!!
I've gotten hold of a copy, and it's a small book with picture of a happy hamster on the blue cover.  It's about a
classroom hamster who was very special, because he could hum--but after lunch one day, he disappeared!  The
kids look for him everywhere and finally find him having a Hummburger.
Oh I am SO EXCITED!!!  It's my book!!!!  Oh, how soon can I get it?   I AM SO THRILLED!!!
Score!  Another book and reader reunited.
Oh Audrey, thank you so much -- for getting the book out, for posting the thank you in the solved "section" - and for your friendly and warm personality.  It has been a truly rewarding experience -not just finding my book, but dealing with people like you.  Many blessings to you in the new year.

Humming Top
I have been searching for this book for several years. I can not begin to think of the author's name or the title. Here is what I remember: The main character was a teenager, about 18-19 years old, named Dorcas. She had auburn hair.  The male character was Michael. The name Gray or Grey is one of the characters last name.  The story, a mystery, took place in a large, old house in possibly West Virginia or Virginia. The book was probably written/published in the late 60's or early 70's. Any  help or ideas would be GREATLY appreciated!  For some reason, I have the feeling that the dust jacket was a silvery gray with pink or mauve that showed a picture of a big, white house with columns and large trees in the front of it. But this could just be what it looked like in my mind's eye!

I have Good-by, Gray Lady by Anne M. Greene published in 1964.  The cover is purple with a large house with columns and railings in the background and a large tree with children in the front.  The main characters, however, are Louisa and Richard Gilbert who are 12 and 10.  The family ghost, Gray Lady, walks whenever the family  home is in danger. I believe it is set in the Carolinas and the children have adventure in the swamp.  I don't know if this is the one you are looking for or not.
I don't believe this is it. The characters were a little older and not brother and sister. There was more of a sinister feel to it. The girl had come to visit or live with an aunt or grandmother, some female relative. Thanks for checking. I'll keep trying to remember!
Could this be a Mary Stewart one? I seem to remember one--the heroine (Dorcas) has always been able to
communicate telepathically with a distant (male) cousin, but never knew which cousin.  She has to choose (romantically) between her two cousins, I think, and she knows the other one is dangerous to her...there's also a question of an inheritance.  "Cat"  may have been in the title...The Grey Cat?  If this isn't the right one, but anyone recognises it, I'd like to know--I really enjoyed it!
The Mary Stewart book the blue poster asks about is Touch Not the Cat published 1976 "When Bryony's father is killed in a mysterious automobile accident, ownership of Ashley Court passes by legal trust to her cousin Emory." Bryony has the second sight. The title refers to the family motto and a Roman mosaic with a cat. I doubt this is the book wanted.
well, maybe The Humming Top, by Dorothy Spicer, published Phillips 1969. "Throughout Dorcas Gray's solitary childhood, in and out of orphanages, she holds onto one treasure - a humming top. One spin of the plaything envelops the girl in a misty other-world, making her witness to events secret and sometimes terrible. When Dorcas' powers of precognition are publicized, evil conspirators recruit the innocent seer for their evil purposes. The villains and their villainies in the ESP thriller are exaggerated, but the heroine, country-hewn and candid, is original." (HB Apr/69 p.195) The book is apparently in print, and a review on Amazon.com mentions that Dorcas is befriended by an elderly woman who wants help finding her missing grandson Steven, and that she is aided by Michael, another relative.

The disapperance of the Dauphin, and the French painter Jean-Antoine Watteau. There was a Watteau painting on the cover, a landscape, with elm trees. I don't remember the plot, it was vague. Nothing seemed real, it was all hazy like a painting. As though -- the whole story WAS a painting--did the Dauphin really exist--the whole thing was enchanted. There was a Watteau painting on the cover a landscape with elm trees. It might have been by Eleanor Farjeon, but I'm only saying that because of the enchanted quality. And something made me pick it up-- but that could have been the Watteau. I just can't remember. I gave this book to my sister because it was "her" and then it was destroyed in a house fire (Happily, everyone escaped).

Eleanor Farjeon, Hummingbird. Yes, sure this is Farjeon's Hummingbird - Dauphin 'hidden' in Watteau fan & eventually finds true love years (?centuries) later...

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Hi, I just stumbled onto your web page looking for A Penny for Candy and was  wondering if you could help me find the title of another book!  It may have come out in the late 70's or early 80's and it was about a monster who wore a  feed me sign around his neck.  I think a little boy takes him home and it has  lots of rhyming in it!  Hope the description helps!

THE HUNGRY THING by Jan Slepian and Ann Seidler, illustrated by Richard E. Martin, 1967 (repub. in 1988?) There are also some sequels.
Thanks for solving  the mystery. THE HUNGRY THING was the book that I was thinking of!

Hungry Sea Monster
This is a book that my sister and I both enjoyed as children.  We're in our mid forties now, so the book was probably written sometime from the late 1950's to the mid 1960's.  I have no idea of the title, but the story went something like this:  2 children find a crate on the beach.  When it's opened, a monster is found inside.  The children determine that the monster is hungry, so they go up and down a boardwalk(?) trying to find out what the monster eats.  They stop at hot dog stands, popcorn places & etc., but the monster doesn't want any of the offerings.  Unbeknownest to the children, the monster gobbles up each vendor of foodstuffs that they come across.  Eventually, the children become aware of the monster's dietary requirements and decide that the best way to keep the monster fed is to pack it back up in it's crate, and ship it to New York City.  Does this story sound familiar to anyone?  I'd really love to present my sister with a copy.  Thank you in advance.

Barbara Hobbs, The Hungry Sea Monster, 1959. I finally found of copy of the book that I've been looking for through an online search of books with "sea monster" in the title.  The book is "The Hungry Sea Monster" by Barbara Hobbs, copyright 1959, Houghton Mifflin Co. Boston.  The story involves Marta (a girl with remarkable common sense), and her little brother Montgomery, who find the hungry sea monster on the beach.  Through trial and error they determine that the monster's diet consists of people, so they pack it up in a crate and ship it to New York City.  It's an interesting and amusing story.

Hunting of the Dragon
Ever read a story about a prince with a dragon brother? It's a story in a book of collected Dragon stories, it's about Michael, a prince whose brother has been enchanted and turned into a dragon. I remember that Michael wasn't very loved by his people, and in the story he catches a page trying to poison him. The dragon brother is out on the swamp or something and Michael really misses him. I can't remember any of the other stories but I would really love to read this one again!!

D75 is NOT   Denan, Corinne, retold by.    Dragon and monster tales    illus by Jennie Williams. Troll, 1980.
Nicholas Stuart Gray, The Hunting of the Dragon, 1965.  This is a short story which appears in the collection Mainly in Moonlight.

Hurray for Captain Jane!
I am looking for a book I had as a child.  I had it around 1976, although the book may have been older. It was the story of a girl who went to a birthday party and received a bar of soap as a party favor.  She then went home and took a bath and imagined the soap was a ship.  She also had a paper hat from the party.  The book ended with the water draining out of the tub, her soap gone, and her paper hat wet and ruined. I know my description is terrible but I can't remember much more.  I would like to get a copy for my child if you can help.

I'd forgotten this book until I read this post, but I loved it too, and I'm almost certain it was called Hurray for Captain Jane.
More on the suggested title - Hurray for Captain Jane! by Sam Reavin, illustrated by Emily McCully, published Parents' Magazine Press, 1971. "Story line centers on girl in bathtub with a wax paper sailor's hat playing with a bar of soap. Suddently the tub water becomes ocean, and Jane becomes the captain of a ship in her imagination." "Jane came home from a party with 3 prizes; a box of jelly beans, a sailor's hat, & a bar of soap that floats"

Hurry Up, Slowpoke
I'm looking for a children's book prob late '60's or early 70's about a mouse named Simon and his older sister who was very annoyed by him and they kept walking around a lake in opposite directions and missing each other. It was about the size of the Dr. Suess books. Please help.

I seem to remember a book called Hurry Up, Simon with a similar plot. Couldn't find anything under that title, though. Might have been Don't Dawdle, Simon (man, is that ever an unhelpful memory).
I think the book was called Hurry Up, Slowpoke.  The sister's name was Lucy.
Well then, it's probably - Hurry Up, Slowpoke, by Crosby Newell, published by Wonder Books, Easy Reader 1961, 61 pages. Two little mouse children set off to visit Grandma, but 'slowpoke' dawdles. The cover is yellow and shows the little boy mouse in a red sailor suit, and far off in the distance the grandmother in a long blue dress with white apron, and the little girl mouse in a red dress beside her.

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"I Remembered"

"The heart belongs to him who knows it best " is a line from a poem that I heard around 1990, but it could be older. I would like to know the name of the poem and poet and/or get a copy of the poem.

Sara Teasdale, Flame and Shadow, 1920.  The title of the poem itself is "I Remembered."
There never was a mood of mine, / Gay or heart-broken, luminous or dull, / But you could ease me of its fever / And give it back to me more beautiful. / In many another soul I broke the bread, / And drank the wine and played the happy guest, / But I was lonely, I remembered you // The heart belongs to him who knew it best. 

Ice-Cream Coot and Other Rare Birds
Inanimate objects as birds. Carefull if you come upon scissor birds. Yummy Icecream birds. Time flies around clock birds. I was very young so that is vaguely what I remember. It could have been from Parents Press Magazine but I don't remember anymore about it.

Arnold Lobel, Ice-cream Cone Coot and Other Rare Birds, 1971.  Yes, this is a Parents Magazine Press book. "All the birds inside this book are very strange and rare. And if you travel to the zoo, you will not find them there. Don't look for them in nature books, in parks or pet shop cages, and thus it goes. a very entertaining children's book with really great artwork."
I immediately thought of The Ice-Cream Coot, And Other Rare Birds by Arnold Lobel (Parents' Magazine Press, 1971) but we no longer own the book so I couldn't check to be sure.  Here's the summary: "Describes in verse such unusual birds as the shuttercluck, the milkbottle midge, the waterglass goose, and the highbutton bobolink."
Ice-Cream Cone Coot & Other Rare Birds.  This was a Parent's Magazine Press book from the 60's or 70's.
Unfortunately, they don't reprint any of their books so you can only find it used.
Lobel, Arnold, The Ice Cream Cone Coot and Other Rare Birds, Parents Magazine 1971.  "All the birds listed are very strange and rare, and if you travel to the zoo you will not find them there." Sounds like a good bet.
My book had fanciful color illustrations of birds that I believe were all in the shape of different types of ice cream cones but my memory may be faulty on that (it was sort of Dr. Seussian but not not quite).  I loved this book and would appreciate any help figuring out my mystery! Thank you.

I know this one.  Of course, I don't have it (not right now anyway, sold a copy last month), but if you want me to search for it, just let me know (I can get one for around $24).  It's a fabulous, fantastic, funny book.  Lobel, Arnold.  The Ice-Cream Cone Coot and Other Rare Birds. Parents' Magazine Press, 1971.

If Jesus Came to My House
Now, I would like to try my hand at "Stump the Bookseller."  A little book which I have loved for many years is titled If Jesus Came to My House.  The poem-story begins with the lines "If Jesus came to my house,/ I hope that he would be/ About the size that I am/ and about the size of me."  I believe the book was originally published in England, then was later reprinted and sold in the USA.  I bought it new in a bookstore, probably in the mid-late 1960's.  The pictures are very charming and simple illustrations with a sillhouette effect in black and red.  Although I do not know the original publishing date, the art style and color print is quite similar to what I find on family valentines from the First World War era when we no longer had access to the superb color lithography of Germany.  Please let me know if you have a copy of this book.

I remember that poem.  I did some searching for it and came up with the following:
Thomas Gale Joan.  If Jesus Came to My House. London: Mowbray A. R., 1958. Cloth / Hardcover, Very Good, 32mo - over 4" - 5" tall 25th edition,  theboards are mildly soiled, Two tone color illustrations, red
and black.  <SOLD>

Iliad and the Odyssey
Hi there, I'm searching for a very specific book that I loved as a child and wish that I still had a copy of.  It was a book of the story of the the Trojan War and the Odyssey, right from Paris choosing who to give the golden apple to, through to Odysseus arriving home after his long journey after the Trojan War.   The thing I remember most vividly about it were the fantastic illustrations that were quite stylized.  I think from memory that they were mainly in the top quarter of each page, with text in the bottom three quarters, but it was a long time ago, so I could be mistaken.  I remember it being about the size of a magazine in heigth and width, and it had lost it's dust cover, I think it was bound with green cloth.  I'm not sure when it was published, but it was definitely pre-1980, and probably much earlier than that.  I would love to purchase it if you have it, or would be extrememly grateful if you could help me in my search at all.

Check out D'Aulaire's Greek Myths:  it's a tall picture book with stylized 1930's illustrations, and decent history.  Then again, maybe it was more focused on the Trojan War?
I have not seen any of these  books so I cannot check out illustrations but some possible tltles: Iliad of Homer by Barbara Picard (1966)  Tales of Ancient Greece by Enid Blyton (1953)   The  Wooden Horse and the Fall of Troy by I.M.Richardson (1984) (too late?!)  Faber Book of Greek Legends by Kathleen Liner (1973)  Tales of Troy and Greece by Andrew Lang (1962).
Two more possiblities: Padraid Colum's Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy, (1918) illustrated by Willy Pogogy  Or Tale of Troy retold from the Ancient Authors (1935?) by Roger Lancelyn Green, illustrated by Betty Middleton-Sanford. Hope this helps!
In a second hand store today I pulled down a large volume from a high shelf and when I saw what it was I thought -Eureka, maybe! It is The Iliad and The Odyssey (surprise!)-the heroic story of the Trojan War, The fabulous adventures of Odysseus adapted from the Greek classics of Homer by Jane Werner Watson.(1956) Simon and Schuster (The Golden Library) Pictures by Alice and Martin Provensen--and what pictures they ARE! They dominate the book, sometimes having the look of wood cuts. The illustrations fill each page: along borders, sometimes along the lower half,sometimes the upper half- sometimes they fill a whole page and flow onto the text page opposite! Figures: soldiers, gods and godesses are large, sometimes 10 or 11 inches high- solid, dramatic! The colors are mostly muted, somber earth tones-browns, tans, slate gray-greens, terracottas, and blacks. It is a gorgeous book. I sure hope this is it! The bold dramatic pictures resemble those featured in the other Provenson book The Golden Treasury of Myths and Legends found under Anthology Finder at this site!

In Place of Katia
Hi, Looking for info on a book that passed away many hours during a long illness. The book was about a Russian Girl, who some-how is orphaned and is sent somewhere. Someone looses a leg in this story. Set in revolutionary Russia.

I believe R42 is Katia by E.M. Almedingen, in which a motherless little girl in tsarist Russia is sent to live with wealthy relations.  (In my library, it was shelved with the biographies.)
More on the suggested title - Katia(UK title Little Katia) by E.M. Almedingen, illustrated by Victor Ambrus, published Farrar 1967, 207 pages. Based on the author's great-aunt Catherine's memoirs (published 1874),
describes Katia's life when as a child of five she went, after the death of her mother, to live with various relatives in the Ukraine and St. Petersburg.
Mara Kaye, In Place of Katia.  1960's.  I think you may be looking for In Place of Katia.  This was a favorite of mine back in the '60's when I was in elementary school.  It took place in Russia during the Revolution and the  part that I always remembered was the exciting escape when the girl was hidden in labyrinth.  I searched high and low for this book so that my girls could read it.  Finally found it at a library on the Central Coast of California (Santa Maria?).  Received it through library loan and the kids enjoyed it.  I know the book is out of print.  Mara Kaye wrote other books of children in Russia, so if this isn't it, maybe it is one of her others.

In the Forest
My recollection of the title of this book is Walk In the Forest or When I Go For A Walk In the Forest. I don't remember ever looking at the name of the author. I read this to my son when he was around 3-4 years of age. He was born in 1982.

This 1946 Caldecott Honor winner comes to mind:  Marie Hal Ets. In the Forest.   "Join the fun! There is a parade and a party in the forest."  It's been in print almost since its publication.
I was thrilled to find out the name of the book I had you post.
Ets, Marie Hall.  In the Forest.   Viking, 1944. Caldecott Honor Book.
new paperback, $6
used ex-library copy, library bound, 1950 printing, G, $6
first edition, top of spine worn, o/w VG-  $60

In the Keep of Time
What an awesome website!!  I have a book I've been searching forever for.  I work at a children's literacy org and have grilled coworkers to see if they remember it, but no luck so far.  It was probably published somewhere between 1950s-1970s (I read it repeatedly as a child in the 80s and it was one of the library's more aged-looking books). Probably British but I'm not 100% sure---I seem to recall launching a massive search for it again around the age of 15, found it and stupidly lost the title!! It starts with a very common plot:   four children (for unremembered reasons) go to stay with an older woman out in the country (possibly grandmother).  While exploring the surrounding area they find an old stone KEEP (I think this is a word in the title----I remember because it was the first time I had encountered this word in this context, meaning "a castle").  Whenever they enter the keep, they get pulled back and forth through time.  The real kicker at the end:  One day, the youngest (a girl) gets left behind accidentally.  I am pretty sure this is the same day their parents show up to take them back home, so a massive, frantic search is launched to find the girl.  When the remaining kids go back to the keep, they find an aged, blind woman who has been deserted by her people.  You guessed it....it's the youngest girl!  She somehow didn't make it out of the keep the last time they visited and, I think, has grown up in another century.  The other people with whom she's living have fled due to some sort of impending disaster and have left her alone to die.  The ending is left very unresolved....there's no way for the kids to get their sister back to normal and no statement on how they explained to this to their parents....creepy and touching....I did a book report on it, complete with a diorama of the keep.  It is not an Elizabeth Enright or Edgar Eager book.  Any help would be MUCH appreciated!!!!!

I think you'll get plenty of responses to this! It's In the Keep of Time by Margaret J. Anderson. The story is based on a real Scottish keep called Smailholm Tower. The youngest, a 5-year-old girl (Ollie), actually falls into a misty room in the keep near the beginning and when they rush to find her, she's turned into another entical-looking girl (Mae)and they're back in 1460, just before King James drives out the English - and the kids are English, so
they have to keep quiet about it. After the battle, they manage to get home and they take Ollie-Mae with them, but she is still Mae and they have to train her to be Ollie and adjust to the 20th century. They learn to cooperate as a loving family as a result, but they still can't get her to remember her life as Ollie. They (all four) go into the tower again, into the future, and find an old blind woman, Vianah(sp?) whose tribe has not yet returned and she needs them to get food from Kelso. They see her in daylight finally and she looks just like the old aunt (Grace) they're vacationing with. When they get back to Grace's home in Scotland, Ollie apparently remembers some of her modern life in London but won't answer questions. They find the same thing happened decades ago to Grace that happened to Ollie, so they both have a stronger and more abstract understanding of "family" than they did
before. What is also fascinating but somewhat  secondary is how Anderson subtly paints how "primitive" societies can be patriarchal or matriarchal and how each system can learn from the other. (Elinor wants nothing but to run back to the 20th century in the first half - especially since the women have nothing to do but hide and wait for days to hear if their loved ones have been killed or not - and Andrew's shocked and horrifed to find the 22nd century to be anything but high-tech and needs Elinor's methods to prevent him from getting completely lost at
one point.) Beautiful and thought-provoking. There's a sequel of sorts, with mostly different characters and
some chilling remarks about guns and bombs being common in the 20th century. They were both written before the mid-80s, I think.
Sounds like it might be IN THE KEEP OF TIME by Margaret J. Anderson, 1972 4 children slip back and forth in time in an ancient Scottish tower. There were two other books with the same kids.
YES, YES, YES!!!!!  I am so excited.   If you can find a copy that would be great. The girl's name (Ollie) was the thing that did it, because I remember thinking that was an odd name.  Phew!!
So excited...I got the book today!!!  Could you keep your eyes peeled for the others in the series?  Thanks!!! (I'll see if I can solve some more stumpers for you).

Indian Bunny
I'm looking for a small paperback book.  I think it was called, "The Little Indian Bunny", but my searches for this title have been unsuccessful and I don't remember the name of the author.  The book was a few pages long only, about a little Indian bunny who wore a feather in his headband, left home and went hunting in the forest and camped out under the stars in his teepee. My first grade teacher (1974) occasionally sent her students home with lists of books that could be ordered through the
school. That's where I first got this book.

I16 - Is called Indian Bunny and is by Ruth Bornstein.  My daughter got a copy from Scholastic in first grade.  Cute little book.
I16 indian bunny: More on the suggested title Indian Bunny, written and illustrated by Ruth Bornstein, published Scholastic 1973. "One day a bunny said, "Good-by, I'm going to be an Indian."

Indian Indian
I cannot recall the name of the book, but wonder if it might have been a Golden Book...........anyway, it was a story an Indian (as in Native American) boy who is walking in the woods and finds a white horse who is hurt.  He nurses it back to health, bringing it water etc.  As I recall, he rides into the Indian village on the horse in the end.  I was born in 1947 and recall this book forever, so I would guess it was published sometime after the mid-1940's.  I also remember the boy's name was Indian Indian, but I don't know if it had a hyphen or was just 2 words.   HELP !

I just recently purchased a lot of horse books on eBay, and I think one of them is this book.....copyright is 42, but this printing is a paperback from 1960.  Story is of the son of an Indian chief who tames his horse, son of a mare his father gives him, but runs away, he follows the horse and spends a year taming him, the story ends when Little Falcon rides "Shadow" back into his camp.  The horse is a paint....Sure sounds like this would be the correct book!!
You were right in thinking it was a Little Golden Book, for here is exactly the story you seek:
Zolotow, Charlotte.  Indian Indian.  Illustrated by Leonard Weisgard.  Simon & Schuster, 1952.  Little Golden Book #149.  First Edition.  Worn at top and bottom of spine, otherwise VG.  $12 <SOLD>
I received the book today and am thrilled beyond belief.  I had forgotten parts of the story but it essentially was the same as I recalled.  Being 53 now, it is so interesting to see how a book had such an impact on me.  I am now a pet sitter and a local columnist on pet issues.  Even then, animal connections were important to me.  Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Inside Out
A book from the 90's, maybe by Ann M Martin, told by the older brother of a kid named James who is autistic. I remember chapters about selling seeds, and being a paperboy, and babysitting, I think the brother was trying to raise money for something and then he ended up giving it to the school for autistic kids. There was a sister named Lizzie, I think.

I have this one sitting on my bookshelf right now.  The title is Inside Out, and it is indeed by Ann M. Martin.

Into the Dream
Book from Scholastic Book Club in early 80's.  Plot involved 2 kids, (boy & girl) who attend the same school, both having strange recurring dreams in black and white of a bright light in the middle of a field. Every night the dreams go a little further with more and more detail.  trying to figure out thier dreams they discover they were both at a motel when they were young, where a ufo was reported. they discover a third child (much  younger) who was unborn, but his pregnant mother was also at the motel, and is now  very psychic. The government (men in black) are trying to kidnap the  child. They discover the dreams are being broadcast by the young child's dog.   Images in the dream include the light in the middle of the field, a ferris wheel, a lighted sign ?"stardust"? and a sense of growing danger.  Would really love to find the title of this book.

William Sleator, Into The Dream
William Sleator, Into the Dream, 2000, reprint. I loved this book too!  I remembered the title and looked up the author using the ubiquitous Amazon. Hope this helps!

Into the Painted Lair
This is a "time travel" book where a little boy crawls under a table at a bookstore or toy store and is transported to a medieval kingdom encountering a female knight named Sir Rosemary.  I don't recall whether "Sir Rosemary" appears in the title. It was a chapter book that I recall reading aloud to a sixth grade class in 1977-78.

Pamela Stearns, Into the Painted Bear Lair, 1976.  Mark this one solved - I love this book.  The boy crawls under a table in a toy shop (marked "Bear Lair"), and finds himself in another land ... he befriends Sir Rosemary ( a female knight) and a bear, they go on a quest, etc.  Houghton Mifflin.
Stearns, Pamela and Strugnell, Ann. Into the Painted Bear Lair.  Houghton Mifflin, 1976.  "Entering another world through a toy store, Gregory joins Sir Rosemary and a gourmet named Bear on a journey involving princesses, magic spells, and hidden passages."
Pamela Stearns, Into the Painted Bear Lair, 1976.  '"Entering another world through a toy store, Gregory joins Sir Rosemary and a gourmet named Bear on a journey involving princesses, magic spells and hidden passages."
Harriett apparently needs this book herself...

Is That a Happy Hippopotamus?
In the early 70's I checked out a children's book from the Omaha Public Library.  The story compares a child's actions to various animals.  I can't remember the title or author, but some phrases from the book are: "Who's that heavy hippoppotamus hopping heavily in the hall?" and "Who's that slow sloth stumbling sleepily up the stairs?"   I think the book ends with "It's YOU!".  A great book -- hope someone recognizes it.   Thanks.

Sean Morrison, Is That a Happy Hippopotamus?, 1966.  This looks like quite a likely prospect for this book.  "When there is a large thumping, the question is asked who is it and various animals are expected, until the end!"

Is This the House of Mistress Mouse?
I read this book over and over and over to our daughter late 60s.  Mr. Mouse had a 1" gray tuft tummy which could be felt throughout the book.  He married Miss Mouse at the end of the book.  Our daughter deserves to read it to her two daughters.

M157: Richard Scarry, 1964, Is This the House of Mistress Mouse? (Yes, that's the whole title.)

Silva, Judy or Gold, Judy or Silver, 1970's.  This is a story about a girl (all characters are animals) who goes out looking for something practical alike a steam-iron, but instread comes out with an irresitible red feather boa. She than has greaat time dancig all over her apartment and dropping feathers.  She meets another quirky soal who is wearing saddle oxfords and they hit it off and spend their time dancing.  The last line is, "I just gotta dance". I searched for this book once before  in the early 1990's and found out it was out of print, but a copy was available.  At  that time, I had no money.

Silver, Jody, Isadora.  Doubleday, 1981.  "A lady donkey who buys a red feather boa instead of a toaster comes to terms with her sense of frivolity."

It Looks Alive to Me!
I am looking for a book about a boy who plays hookey from school and gets locked in the Museum of Natural History overnight. He meets a girl named Lola, her last name starts with A. The museum comes to life (the see-through woman talks with a Southern accent, the little astronauts explore the moon, etc.) and it all has something to do with some moon rocks.

Thomas Baum, It looks alive to me!, 1976.  "The exhibits at the Museum of Natural History come alive as a young boy searches during the night for the stolen moon rock."

It's Murder at St. Basket's
I m trying to find the title / author of a preteen books that maybe you or your fans can help me locate. I read it in the 1976-79 year range.  Took place in a  boarding school and was about the strange, mysterious happenings there. I thought the title had the name of the school in it.

B65 could be Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan
Could this be Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan? In that book, a rather sinister woman enrolls 4 girls with "psychic" abilities in a boarding school. Somehow, the woman is able to use the girl to channel historical figures--one girl is able to play the piano like Schumann, one girl is able to paint, one does mathematics. The woman's plan was to take the art or songs produced by the girls and pass them off as "lost compositions" or "lost masterpieces." It was my favorite Lois Duncan book--very creepy.
B65 my first thought was the Macdonald Hall books by Gordon Korman, but those seem to have been published in the 80s.
I reread Down a Dark Hall and it is a great book but not the one I was looking for this time. I remember it being a boys' boarding school and one of the mishaps was someone breaking their leg (which I believe was the pic on the cover of the hb). The other guess isn't it either, written too early and this was more of a mystery book.
How about It's Murder st St. Basket's (1972) by James Lincoln Collier. The setting is an ancient London boarding school and involves three new friends: an American ,Christopher Quincy, an English student, Leslie Plainfield, and David Choudhry, a Pakistani." A truly macabre and dangerous situation is building up" at this seemingly traditional educational institution.
James Lincoln Collier, It's Murder at St. Basket's.  This book is about 3 friends in an English boarding school, one of whom gets his leg broken by a teacher with a hockey stick.  The picture on the cover of the book shows 2 boys, one of whom has an injured leg.

I read this book in the 1970s while I was in grammar school.  It's the story of an African American boy who finds a cat, can't take it home so makes it a home in an abandoned stove in what I'm pretty sure was a junk yard (he even put an umbrella over the stove to keep the rain out.  One day, some mean boys find the cat and torture it (I believe the cat dies). The book was illustrated (black and white photographs) and though I can't remember the title, just thinking about the book moves me to tears. The book even appeared as a film strip in the library...so it must've been somewhat popular (right?)

I believe this is J.T. written by Jane Wagner, 1969 (of Lily Tomlin's In Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe fame), with photographs by Gordon Parks.
Neville, Emily, It's Like This, Cat. I see there's a solution up for this, and I can't be sure of my answer either, but it could be worth a look.
#B125--Boy finds cat:  This is definitely NOT It's Like This, Cat, by Emily Cheney Neville.  That boy did live in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of New York, but he was white.  The cat was given him by a neighbor, not found, and he kept it at home.  His father wasn't thrilled about the arrangement, but the cat was never evicted or kept outside anyplace.  There was one scene when the cat got out and the boy was teased by bullies while carrying it home, but the cat was never killed or seriously harmed.  I forgot to mention it is also not illustrated with photographs.

Jack and Jill Visit the Zoo
Around 1944/45 my mother bought me a book in Boston, Mass. It was about a visit to the zoo by a boy and girl. Probably 16 pages with soft cover rather taller than wide, possibly 1 foot high. The front was predominantly light ochre in colour. It might have had a die cut outline. The cover had a pile of rock around and opening with die cut bars so you could see between them into the cage of the gorilla who was sitting inside on the next page. There were giraffe houses with tall roofs on later pages and it ended with monkeys all over a peanut cart stealing paper bags, with zig-zag edges at the opening, full of peanuts.  A pointer to publishers of such die cut books at the time would help. There was text but not much.

This might be Leo Mero, Jack & Jill Visit the Zoo (Whitman Publishing,'40). Die cut scenes, 12-15" tall.
How Amazing!  Talk about Cast Bread . . . .  I am sure that is right. It would have been in stock after a few years in the war and my mother gave me some other Whitman books too.   My Goodness ,want want want.   I had given up on it. Please let it not be the case that AlephBet books buy this kind because the price will be out of this world. At very worst I may be able to get a colour xerox of it from somewhere. Or have you got a copy? I will look at my list and put some more up I think! Many thanks for letting me know!

Well, I finally got a xerox of Jack and Jill visit the Zoo.  At first I wasn't sure, the cover was not as I had recalled it, the cage bars had become a kind of lattice work at the zoo entrance. No gorilla, but there was the giraffe house with the peaked roof and bellpull and the peanut bags and the monkeys at the end, though not with the vendor.  However, it looked so 1930ish, I kept wondering whether I was just imagining this to be it.  Then I looked at the elephant and I knew the identifiaction was right.  Up welled the old feeling of shock that the elephant was eating his food off the FLOOR and, my goodness, the keeper was EATING one of the elephant's carrots.  I hope he washed it.  Yup, that is the book.   Well done, only about half my clues were right!!

James the Jaguar
i am looking for a book i had when i was a child, i do not know the title or the author.  i do know the book was about a little boy who had two sisters, his sisters made him play with them and they dressed him up like their baby. to get back at his sisters, he dressed up like a tiger or some other kind of animal and tried to scare them.  that's all i remember, can you help me at all with the title or author?  i've been trying to find this book for a long time so i can read it to my son.  any help that you can give me would be appreciated.

I read this book to my daughter just the other night.  It is James the Jaguar by Mary Lystad, illustrated by Cyndy Szekeres.  Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons.  Copyright 1972.  LC # 76-187562.  It is also identified as coming from The Weekly Reader's Book Club. I bought my copy at a garage sale or library book sale.  I did a search, and it doesn't seem to be in print.
D6 dress-up baby brother: more on the suggested - James the Jaguar, by Mary Lystad, published New York, Putnam's 1972, Weekly Reader, 24 pages. "Charming color illustrations by Cyndy Szekeres on every page highlight this story that tells of young James who is constantly picked on by his older sisters. When his uncle sends him a jaguar suit, James is transformed into a strong willed jaguar who sets his sisters straight."

click here for imageJane-Emily
I am trying to find the title / author of a preteen books that maybe you or your fans can help me locate. I read it in the 1976-79 year range.  This book was a supernatural type thriller and had a teenage girl as the main character. The cover of the book had a reflecting ball on it (the garden type) and it had a roll in the book.

S60 Supernatural Thriller with Female Teen Protagonist--I think this must be JANE-EMILY by Patricia Clapp, 1969. The female teen goes with her young niece stay with a family in Massachusetts. In the garden, there is a reflecting ball. The ghost of a spoiled young girl is trapped in the reflecting ball.
S60 sounds like Jane-Emily published in 1969 by Patricia Clapp.  Louisa, the main character, is 18 and is sent to accompany her niece Jane to her grandmother's house, where Jane becomes possessed by her dead aunt Emily.  Emily had a reflecting ball in the garden.
Thank you a ton for this service!!  The responses to S60 (my request) were right. I have spent a year trying to figure this out without success asking everyone I know.  I absolutely am addicted to your site now. Only wishing your store was in my town!
Thank you so much!  I have been looking for this book for so long and I am so thrilled.  Your website is a life-saver!!

Janet of Reachfar
Please forgive me if I've already requested this.  I'm looking for a book about a young girl, probably in a European country, who had to go over the hills every night on her way back home, and if she were too late, some stones would have turned into trolls.  I think it was a chapter book.  It seems to me that I learned the words "dolmens" and "menhiers" (sp?) from this book.  Thank you.

T-9  This story appeared in Cricket Magazine.  I remember it.  I believe her name was Janet, and she lived in Ireland with her two brothers and grandma and grandpa.  Their farm was called "Faraway Farm" or something similar, and she had another adventure where her brother George told her not to look in the well or she'd see a horrible creature I can't remember the name of.it.
Thank you for this response from Cyberspace.  Did the story appear in Cricket Magazine recently?  If not, do you remember roughly when?  Years ago, or months ago?  I will contact them.  I'm so thrilled that someone actually remembers this story!
It was Janet of Reachfar, I remember now.  It appeared in Cricket magazine in the late 70's, maybe 78 or 79.  Gosh, I hope I'm  remembering right!  If it's not the right series, then it's terribly similar.  I still remember the pictures of the girl leading the cow past the stones.
Janet of Reachfar - There was a whole series of about 20 books by Jane Duncan called My Friend ... written for adults but with the main character Janet Sandison whose childhood had been spent at the family
croft/smallholding called Reachfar in north-eastern Scotland (not Ireland). Three stories of Janet's childhood were
rewritten for children and published as picture books with illustrations by Mairie Hedderwick. They were: Janet
Reachfar and Chickabird, Janet Reachfar and the Kelpie and Herself and Janet Reachfar. In that part of Scotland people were often called after their property rather than having their surname used when people spoke of them. Jane Duncan wrote a kind of autobiography, Letter From Reachfar in which she indicates which bits of the My Friend and Janet Reachfar books are autobiographical and which imaginary.

Janice in Tomorrowland
Well, here's another case of trying to find a book with part of my brain left back in the 60's... The book was called Janice (Janet?) in Tomorrowland (I think). J. went up (down?) the fire escape to visit the professor and went (was sent?) to the future.  Clearest memory is of her room in the future: the ceiling Showed the night sky and various pictures...    My fifth grade teacher promised that if she were ever to get rid of it, it would be mine, but when I went back for it after my junior year of college, she had retired and gotten rid of all the classroom books.  Author, anyone?

Janice in Tomorrow-land by Emory Holloway published in 1936 by the American Book Company.
WOW!  Thank you!  Another grateful book lover applauds you!  Do you know of anyone currently having Janice in stock?  Many thanks! 

Jed's Junior Space Patrol
I think that this is an early reader chapter book, but I am not sure.  It is about a little boy who lives on a space ship with his mother and father.  He has some sort of robotic companion who I remeber as being larger than the boy.  He goes exploring on this planet, and encounters a cat like being trapped under a stone who talks to him and begs for help.  He tries to free her but he can't and she dies. He has to then save her babies.  Please help me find this!

B117 boy in outer space: I just picked this up at a consignment store - Jed's Junior Space Patrol: a Science Fiction Easy-to-read, by Jean and Claudio Marzollo, pictures by David S. Rose, published Dial Press 1982, 56 pages. In chapter 1, Help! Jed and his parents land on Planet X5. Jed hears a call for help and explores a cave. "He saw a strange animal lying under a rock. He could tell that it was hurt. It talked without moving its mouth. "Please," said the animal. "Take care of my babies." The animal died before it could say more." The babies are 'cogs' something like cats and something like dogs. Jed takes the animals to the ship, but a Planet X5 patrolman takes them away to study at Headquarters. Jed's parents give him a "teddy robot computer. It's programmed to take care of you and to be your friend." The robot is a large teddy bear, about the same height as Jed but wider, with wheels on its feet and antennae. A printout comes out of Teddy's nose (I'm not making this up) telling Jed how to find the cogs at Headquarters, and boy and robot go on a rescue mission. I think this is it.

Hello, I was told about this website from someone else I was chatting with online.  I'm trying to find out about a story I heard as a young child in the 70's.  Some people I've talked to about this says it was just a short poem or nursery rhyme, but I always thought I remembered it as a full story. Anyway, what I can recall about the story/rhyme is a refrain that went something like: "There once was a girl with a curl who, when she was good, she was very, very good.  And when she was bad, she was horrid."  I don't know the name of the piece or the author, but was hoping you might recognize this bit and let me know either a title or where I might find this story.

I love that little rhyme myself.  I think it appears in Eloise Wilkins' Good Little Bad Little Girl (A Little Golden Book), but it must appear in other places too.  I think it's one of those common-domain old-as-the-hills kinds of rhyme that has lost its authorial roots, but I could be wrong about that...
Not a solution to this request... but here is the rhyme that the person is referencing: There was a little girl, who had a little curl, Right in the middle of her forehead. When she was good, she was very, very good,  And when she was bad, she was horrid.
N29: This, according to Louis Untermeyer in The Golden Treasury of Poetry (easily the best poetry book for children as they grow) may have been written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow! See the poem here.   See an additional verse here.
And Longfellow apparently named this little girl Jemima.
I think this rhyme appears in a Junior Elf book called Humpty Dumpty and other Mother Goose Rhymes.

Jennifer Wish
Yes, I'm still looking for The Jennifer Wish! I noticed your new "Stump the Bookseller" page, and wondered if you'd put something on there to see if anyone else remembers it! The story was about a 10-year-old child, Jennifer, and her sister Holly, and was set in turn of the century America. It didn't seem to have been written at the time it was set, but I may be wrong. We had a large-ish format hardback (probably lost in some house move), but we'd just like to re-read it, so any edition would do fine! By the way, I discovered a fabulous secondhand children's bookshop in Lewes, Sussex, which I spent a happy couple of hours in, rediscovering titles that I'd long forgotten, but they hadn't heard of it. But as it's an American book, I'm really hoping to track it down through you...Thanks for your help!

I'm still looking for it too... don't despair...  here's another request:

I'm looking for a book called A Gift for Jennifer. The book was set during the late 1890's or early 1900's. It had a rural feeling. Jennifer seemed to be attending school in a one-room school building. It was Christmas time and there was something about gifts (for the teacher? for the other children?). I don't remember much about it besides the title and I may be wrong about that, but it made such a great impression on me that I named my second daughter for the Jennifer in the book. I do vaguely recall the art work on the cover: it seems to me that there was a picture of the heroine dressed in winter clothing - coat, hat, mittens, etc. - and that she was smiling and waving. As I said, I may be wrong about all of this, but after nearly fifty years, I would love to see this book again and determine whether it was as wonderful as I remember it.

Well I certainly hope it is that wonderful, and you're not the only one who remembers it! It must be the same series as the previous search request here, and now if I can figure out who wrote the gem, I hope to find copies for both of you.
News from the field--there are four books about Jennifer: The Jennifer Prize, Jennifer Dances, The Jennifer Wish, and The Jennifer Gift. They were published in the late 40's and early 50's by author/illustrator Eunice Young Smith.
At last! Now the trap is set! . . .
Not only have I discovered the author of your long lost memory, but I found a copy of the book!
Smith, Eunice Young. The Jennifer Wish. Bobbs-Merrill, 1949. Green cloth, ex-library, bottom of cover worn. Binding tight and pages clean. G+. <SOLD>

Would you believe the first  requester called me from England to thank me?!?!  And here's another thanks:
My book arrived yesterday - so exciting to see it after all these years! All very familiar (except I could have sworn the cover was blue, not green...! ) Oh well, the memory plays tricks. Thank you very much for all your help! I can't tell you how many book searches I've tried for this one.
Regarding the "Jennifer" series of books by Eunice Young Smith, your stump the bookseller page states that there are 4 books in the series, actually there are 6. You missedJennifer is Eleven and High Heels for Jennifer. I have been collecting this series for years, and I have all but The Jennifer Gift. Let me know if you have a copy! Thanks!
My second search is for The Jennifer Wish, by Eunice Young Smith.  It is the first of a series of several books
about Jennifer who visits a country home and makes a wish that her family might some day live there. Over the
years, I have often looked in used bookstores and even in libraries for the first 2 books in the series, and I found
the second book, The Jennifer Gift, on eBay a few months ago.  Now I am even more eager to find the first.
 Perhaps you can help??
Yep, that's the story all right!  Got my hands on a copy of the Jennifer Wish, and would also like a copy of the Jennifer Gift.    If I could obtain that, it would be wonderful.
It's about a girl named Jenny, I think, and it takes place around 1890-1900.  I don't remember much about the story with the exception of a couple of things:  The story seems to center around a pond in the woods.  And the main character used two slang terms throughout the book.  One was "spiffy," and the other was "spondelux (sp?)."  I would love to find this one...have no idea of the title or author.

J9 is possibly Jennifer Wish, by Eunice Young Smith.  Jennifer and her family move out to a house in the country for the summer.  The pond in the story is her wishing pond where she goes to wish that they could live there forever and not go back to the city.  I don't have this book in front of me but I do have the Jennifer Gift, a sequel, and they do use the word "spondelux".  I think there are other descriptions of these books in solved mysteries.
The Jennifer Wish, illustrated and written by Eunice Young Smith, published Bobbs-Merrill 1949. This is the
first story in the JENNIFER series. "And that was how the wonderful summer of 1908 began. For the four Hill children, living on the farm was like a dream come true. They explored the woods, the creek, the barn and the
pastures. What a perfect place to spend a summer! The creek was shallow enough in spots for wading, deep enough elsewhere for swimming, fishing, sailing a raft. The boys could have a menagerie. The girls could have a
playhouse. The barn would hold all the pets they could accumulate, and cat, kittens, pigs and chickens were
soon added to the family. There sere no neighbors to complain about noisy games--the children were as free as the air for two whole months!"
J9 jenny: there's no Jenny, but some other similarities, so perhaps The Lost Pond, by Marguerite Fellows Melcher, published Viking 1956, 190 pages. "A New Hampshire village in the 1890s is the setting for this story of Pauline Franklin's 15th summer in the beautiful old house to which the Winn sisters brought their families every year. There are exploring trips in the woods, a reception and dance for an older cousin, a County Fair, and various family activities; but the story centers around Pauline's growing up, ... She knows that Lost Pond, so deeply hidden in the mountains that it is almost impossible to find, has a special secret meaning for all who do come upon it, and at the end of this last summer of her childhood she herself finds it ..." (HB Dec/56 p.460)
Eunice Young Smith, The Jennifer Wish, 1949.  After decades of searching, I have finally obtained all of Ms. Young Smith's "Jennifer" books and can say with certainty that the book referenced in Query J9 is indeed "The Jennifer Wish".

hello. came across your page by accident and couldn't be more pleased. your service is wonderful!  as well as bringing up memories well-loved books from my own past, i find a whole list of other's favourites to read to my daughter. i've been searching FOREVER for a children's book which was read to our 4th grade class around 1980.  The book was about a little girl who was changed into a cat.  for some reason the name "Jenny" comes to me but after searching my library for children's titles under that name only found Jenny and the Cat Club.  i can't remember author, title or even plot.  i do remember that, after falling into water and freezing cold, she found what she thought was a nice warm place but had unknowingly crawled onto a car's hood and was terrified off of it by the engine starting.
she also became very hungry and somehow ended up with nothing but a mouse.  her little girl's mind thought it too disgusting to eat but hunger overcame her and when she took a bite, she found it was the most delicious thing in the world!  browsing your site, i see Gray Magic by Andre Norton could be it but i don't think any other characters were involved.  please help!

#J14:  Jenny becomes a cat--Several people sent this same inquiry into the message board at Alibris, and none of them were quite clear on it either.  One was sure it was about a boy struck by a car, who, while in a coma, becomes a dog named Jenny.  Another was sure it was a cat.  Finally they came to the consensus that the book was Jenny by Paul Gallico.  Jenny was the name of the cat the boy temporarily became.
thanks so much.  i knew the book was called Jenny.  by all means, please search for it
thanks but i live in canada
Jenny by Paul Gallico, About a little boy who loves cats but is not allowed pets. He is knocked down by a car while running across the street to see a cat, and goes into a coma. During this time he 'becomes' a young male kitten, mentored by the street cat, whose name is Jenny. She teaches him how to act like a cat, including the invaluable advice "when in doubt, wash". They have many adventures. By the end of the book Peter is almost a grown cat.

Jenny and the Insects
I've been trying to find the author/title to this book for a long time on the internet without success.  I hope you or someone else might know it.  I read it in the late 60's/early 70's, it's probably a 10-14 year age oriented book.  The story was about a girl who was terrified of insects. Through some magic she is sized down to insect size and is taken on adventures with assorted insects where she learns why insects do what they do, and it has nothing to do with deliberately trying to terrify her.  Since I was living in Thailand at the time, it is possible that this book is British in origin as most of their English language books were from England.  Again, thanks for any help!

A longshot: Jenny and the Insects (New York: American Sunday School Union, 1857), 298 p."A children's book written from the perspective of a girl conversing with insects. Contains 7 handcolored plates of butterlies, ant eater, moths, etc."
Thanks!  I'll follow up and see if I can find out more about it.  I didn't think it was that old, but, it may have been reprinted in the edition I read.  It sounds very similar, though, and the right length for the book.
Just another possibility, and a later publication: The Journey to the Garden Gate by Ralph Townsend, published by Houghton, 1920s "Prudence-Anne goes down through the small end of the telescope, and finds herself a companionable size with Bluebottle Fly, Bee, Wasp, and the other creatures encountered in one's garden. Naturally the journey from the house to the garden gate becomes a series of adventures. Entertaining, well-written nonsense for those who like "
Another more recent book in a similar theme is People With Six Legs, by M. Bosanquet, illustrated by R. Reckitt, published Faber 1953, 92 pages. "Belinda, like the immortal Alice, becomes small and goes into a strange world. Here it is her own garden, and the people she meets are insects. Ants, bees, dragonflies and beetles go about their daily tasks and show the little girl how they live. Belinda's visits only occur now and again, as she has her ordinary life at home as well - in fact, when she has been talking to the old Professor who lives nearby, we wonder whether the magic has happened at all, or whether all the adventures have taken place in her imagination only. It is a pity that the woodcuts are for the most part unpleasing and even frightening for a small child." (JB Oct/53 p.176)

Jenny Lind and her Listening Cat
Third is a historical (fiction?) story written about Jenny Lind.  It involves her childhood, and how she had a cat as a young girl.  When she becomes famous and is about to go on stage, her stage fright is calmed by the appearance of a cat similar to the one she had as a child.

I DO remember seeing on another booksite a book entitled : Jenny Lind's Cat, or Jenny Lind and the cat.  I will try to remember which site it was.......
Now I remember!! The book is called Jenny Lind and her Listening Cat by Frances Cavanah.  Thanks to you and everyone who reads your site for continued assistance in recapturing a bit of childhood long gone ! 

Jenny's Surprise Summer
Hi  there, Help. I am looking for a book that my sister and I loved dearly. The book is about a little girl who goes to visit her Grandmother who lives by the sea ( maybe the beach.) The little girl takes a walk and has to hide in a cave for shelter from a storm. In the cave she finds two kittens. She takes them home. They soon find out each of the cats personalities, which helps them decide that one kitten, the
more rambunctious of the two will stay with the Grama. And the Lap cat will go home with the little girl. Hopefully this is enough information. I hope you can help us find our favorite book.

Eugenie, Jenny's Surprise Summer, 1981.  This book is definitely the one being looked for in K11.  This book has been reprinted and retitled Kittens for Keeps. It is considered a Beginning Reader. It is the same book as Jenny's Surprise Summer, but larger and in hard cover with no Goldenbook binding. Inside it says adapted from the Little Golden books.

Jeremy Creek
I once had a borrowed (photocopied even, I believe) copy of a book about a boy named Jeremy Creek who was very spoiled and had a huge christmas list.  In the end, Santa Claus thinks that his list comes from one town that he has missed for the last several years, and that's where all of the boy's Christmas requests go.  I don't know the exact title or the author (though I think it was once made into an animated Christmas special) and my mother and I would love to know the name and maybe find a copy.   Thanks!

I asked my famous friend Scott, who sees all, knows all, in the world of animation, and here is his answer:  Not only do I know the information, but I worked as a designer on the special at Hanna-Barbera in 1993, when it was produced.  The special was called "The Town That Santa Forgot". It was based on the story "Jeremy Creek" by Charmaine Severson, and written for television by Glenn Leopold. The entire special was spoken in verse, and
narrated by Dick Van Dyke.  Hope that info helps!  Scott.  Fascinating, the people you can meet online!
That at least answers my question!  I'm sure that is the right book (Though I would still love to be able to find it.)  Thank you so much for your help, you run a great web site!

Jeremy Mouse Book
I am looking for a book from my childhood that I would love to share with my daughter. Unfortunately, I don't remember much helpful information. It is about a traveling mouse named Jeremy. I don't know the author, illustrator, publisher, or anything. I think the title was The World Travels of Jeremy Mouse or The Adventures of Jeremy Mouse, World Traveler or something like that. It is a chapter book with beautifully detailed illustrations. Jeremy has a little red car and comes into this small waterfront town and settles there. The other characters include a white cat with a restaurant, George the goat with a store, somebody who lives on a houseboat. It was a large book, probably 12"x10".

I'll put World Travels of Jeremy Mouse on my wants list and see what happens!
Hi! I saw the question about Jeremy, the traveling mouse and came up with the following title and author: The Travels of Jeremy Jukes by Bernard Odell. I don't know if it's the right book as I never read it but just thought I'd throw the information your way. Maybe you could find a copy of the Odell book and see what it's about or something like that.
Actually, I did some homework and found out that it's this:
Scarry, Patricia M. The Jeremy Mouse Book. Illustrated by Hilary Knight. American Heritage Press, 1969. Large format, 11" x 10". Ex-library copy, edges worn and well-read, but ready for another run down memory lane (in small red convertible, of course). G. $18 postpaid.

I don't think this is a Grimm book. There's a cocky frog who believes he's royalty and wants to be an official prince, and a wizard or a witch of some kind sends him on a task to slay a dragon. The book has some really dark, beautiful art that scared me as a kid (about 25-30 years ago).

Philip Ressner, Jerome, 1967.  Illustrated by Jerome Snyder. A frog must do three princely deeds in order to prove to the townspeople that he really is a prince.
I really don't think this is it.  Jerome is a sweet frog who just wants to play in his own puddle.  It was published by Parents Magazine Press, I believe, and has funny, happy cartoonish drawings.  I don't think there are any dragons or scary art.
F76 frog prince: Jerome might match after all. The plot descriptions I've found say that Jerome is a frog told by a witch that she has turned him into a prince (she has actually done nothing, he is still a frog), he goes to the townspeople and they give him 3 tasks to do, which he succeeds in - the crows stop eating the crops, the dragon burns garbage, and the wizard becomes young again. So there is a dragon, and the illos are pretty colourful & rich.

A friend showed me you site and I would love to get re-aquainted with an old favorite.  I read this book when I was about 12 years old (1977). It's about a young girl (Jamie?) who goes to stay with relatives.  While exploring the house, she enters the old nursery with faded wallpaper. Opening the cupboard, she sees markings on the wall where children measured their heights.  She is then transported back in time to when the nursery was filled with children of which one of them is named Kit. I would love to know the name of the book and author as I would like to add it to my collection.

J10--Jessamy by Barbara Sleigh
#J10, #J11, and #K15 are all descriptions of the same book, which someone identified as Jessamy, by Barbara Sleigh.
This is the book. I would love to own a copy. I assume if you find one, I can decide whether to purchase based on its price.  Thanks--I'm very excited to be able to read again this book.
I remember a book I use to take out of the library round 1977.  This book is about a young girl (Jamie?)who goes to stay with relatives (couple of old Aunts?).  While exploring the house, she enters the old nursery with faded wallpaper.  Opening the cupboard, she sees markings on the wall where children were measured their heights.  She is then transported back in time to when the nursery was filled with children of which one of them is named Kit.  Could you help me with the name/author/finding a copy? Thanks

J11 sounds like the same search as J10. But the book is Jessamy
I'm looking for a children's book in which a girl goes into a closet in an old house and is transported back in time (~100 years).  She makes friends with a boy, Kit, and later in her own time, meets him as an old man.

Check out Tomorrow's Children on the Solved Mysteries page.
Thanks for the prompt response.  None of these sound right.  My book wasn't science fiction.  Still looking?
K15 looks like J10 and J11
Thank you so much.  Yes, I would love to have a copy of the book.  Could you tell me what it would cost to find it?
Jessamy by Barbara Sleigh, illustrated by Philip Gough, published London, Collins 1967 "Evocative story of lonely child stepping into family (which, unknowingly, she is linked with) two generations back. Jessamy, a little orphaned schoolgirl, is sent in an emergency to stay with the elderly caretaker of a long-empty country mansion, Posset Place. ("I daresay you won't mind being treated like a grown-up person. I don't know any other way.") A cupboard in the old nursery - the magic link between present and past - takes her back half a century to 1914, and to a family of lively children. From her double time-position she not only learns of her relationship to them, but is able to solve a mystery at last - what became of the Book of Hours when scapegrace Harry went off to the wars." (Best Children's Books of 1967)

Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver
There was a particular book I can only remember a little about.  I borrowed it from the public library in Weston-Super-Mare, South-West England a little over 20 years ago.  I remember that it was quite a thick hardback book about a boy who went tarvelling through fictional places in a train. I seem to remember the cover picture a kind of tall island with the train going along a track around a mountain.  I know this is not much to go on, but if anyone could direct me to the book I would love to see it again and am sure my son would enjoy the story (I know I REALLY enjoyed reading it).

T85 train through fictional places: the closest I've found so far is The Train to Yesterday, by Paul Jennings, illustrated by Patricia Casey, published Harrap 1975, 72 pages. "One hot summer's day four children, or is it three, for one is a rather odd boy who does not belong, are transported back into the Victorian age by means of an old steam train. There they meet a sick boy whom, on a subsequent trip, they are able to help." (Children's Book Review, Spring/75 p.16). A similar plot is in The Old Powder Line, by Richard Clark, published Weekly Reader, Nelson 1971, 143 pages, "Fifteen-year-old Brian discovers a railway line that was never there before, that can carry its passengers over the frontiers of time. Ages 12 to 16." "Brian goes for a ride on a mysterious steam train that takes him back into his childhood." "Story of a train that takes 3 people into the regions of their own past, but danger surrounds such adventures and a change in the return trip threatens disaster."  There's an old book by Cornelia Meigs, The Wonderful Locomotive, illustrated by Bertha and Elmer Hader, published Macmillan 1928 (reprinted 1955), 104 pages, but it may be too old, and the plot is not so much magical as about magically fast travel, across the continent in four days and nights.
I browsed through your book stumpers "just for fun", and I think, T85 "Train thru fictional places" might be Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivfuehrer by Michael Ende (first published in Germany 1960) or the continuation "Jim Knopf und die wilde 13" (first published 1962). The books were published in English as "Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver" and "Jim Button and the Wild 13"   The story is about the boy Jim Knopf and his friend Luke, who live in a very small country called "Lummerland" - an island with two mountains. Together with the engine "Emma" they have the most phantastic adventures with half dragons, emperors, pirates and other phantastic creatures in just as phantastic countries.  These books are very popular here in Germany; "Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivfuehrer" won the German prize for children's literature in 1961, and there is a very popular adaption by the "Augsburger Puppenkiste" (a puppet theatre), which was shown on TV.  I first hesitated to write to you, because in Germany every librarian for children's books would know Jim Knopf, so I thought that can't be a "mystery". But of course, he may be not as well-known in the USA.

Jimmy Takes Vanishing Lessons
Johnny takes vanishing lessons, 1960.  Short story in an Alfred Hitchcock collection for young people. Johnny meets a ghost who agrees to teach him how to vanish.

#V19--Vanishing Lessons:  "Jimmy Takes Vanishing Lessons," by Walter R. Brooks, Knopf, 1950, has been published as a book by itself, as well as in anthologies, various times.
Jimmy Takes Vanishing Lessons by Walter R. Brooks is in Alfred Hitchcock's Haunted Houseful, Random House, 1961.
Walter R. Brooks, Jimmy Takes Vanishing Lessons
I think this is actually "Jimmy takes vanishing lessons," which is a short story by Walter R. Brooks.  It has been included in many ghost story anthologies, including Alfred Hitchcock's Haunted Houseful in 1961.  It was also published separately under its title.

Jingle Bell Jack
I am looking for a title and possibly a  copy of this book.  It was a favorite book of mine some 35 years ago.  The book that I have no longer has a cover and is missing the first few pages.  It is about a little girl and her mother who together make a clown like doll out a fabric and bells.  The fabric is cut into circles and sewn in disk like shapes. All the fabric is different.  Each leg and arm  contains several of these pieces.  The mother and the little girl assemble these pieces and create a doll.  This is all that I can remember except that the little girl has long reddish hair.

I have the answer to the C7 stumper: Jingle Bell Jack by Miss Frances (Dr. Frances R. Norwich) who was host of the 1950s TV show "Ding Dong School". It is a Ding Dong School Book (similar to a Little Golden Book). Illustrated by Katherine Evans. Copyright 1955. Golden Press. The little red-haired girl's name is Jean.
I believe there's a typo in the response to C7:  the last name of "Miss  Frances" is Horwich.  I hope this helps locate the book.
Yes, this is the book!  I loved this book so much when I was growing up.  I hope that I can find it somewhere.  Thank you for all your help.

Jinx, the Alaskan Husky
The book I am looking for was a juvenile book read to me by my fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Busch in Spanaway, Washington in 1967.  I believe the book was relatively old even then, it was in hardcover.  I believe the title of the book was Jinx.  It is the story of a dog named Jinx.  Thank you for your efforts.

A possibility: there is a short story entitled Jinx, the Alaskan Husky, in the book "The Hairy brown angel and other animal tails" by Grace Fox Anderson.  It was published in 1977. Description: Twenty-two short stories featuring animals in a religious setting.

Joan Wanted a Kitty
I read a book as a child: no known title or author about a little girl who desperately wants a kitten. And I think the story goes something like this -- she finds one in the rain and the African- American "Aunt Jemima" type cook (her name may even have been A. Jemima) let's her bring it in to get warm by the stove. The kitten gets into some mischief and Jemima chases it outside with a broom. Not much of a plot huh? I would have read this book close to 30 years ago and I bought it from a used bookstore then so who knows how old it is. The copy I had was dark green with lots of color photos and large print.  I know this is not much to go on but I had to try.  You have a WONDERFUL service and I had a fabulous time browsing around your site.

I think this could be a book called, SCAT, SCAT by Sally R. Francis.  I have this book and it is filled with colored pictures and large colored print and features a little girl named "Rosy Runabout."  The cat gets chased away with a broom, but the woman is sweeping the sidewalk.  There is another woman that chases the cat away later in the book that has her hair up in a bun because the cat was causing trouble. The line throughout the book is, "Scat, scat" go away little cat!"  Good Luck!
Is there any way to ask the "answer person" more details. Is there a Negro woman in the book? Scat Scat Little Cat does not sound familiar. I don't think this is the answer.
We'll keep looking!
Relating to J-4, but not an answer, since they already stated that this was not the right story, I remember the story that goes "scat, scat, you old street cat, go away and never come back" or something like that. It was in a collection of short stories and poetry that included a story about a tiny old lady and a fly that stole her omlette off the windowsill,  a man who adopted stray dogs, A little polar bear who swam to an iceberg but I don't remember why, and the poem "the spider and the fly". It was a hardcover book, probably about a foot to 16 inches tall, not
very thick......I would love to find it. I had it when I was 4-5 years old, about.....early 80s but I think the book was published much earlier, judging by condition and style.
I saw the cover of Scat Scat and it's illustrated by coloured drawings, not by photographs. The kitten is white and sheltering under some leaves. possibles: Janet Konkle Once There Was a Kitten Chicago: Children's Press, 1951, illustrated by photographs Blyton, Enid The Laughing Kitten London, Harvill Press, 1954, Black &
white photographs by Paul Kaye
would suggest Joan Wanted a Kitty, by Jane Brown Gemmill, illustrated by Marguerite De Angeli, published Hale 1937, 150 pages. It's illustrated by line drawings and colour plates rather than photographs, but the kitten is found in the rain, and there is an "Aunt Jemima" type black woman who is the housekeeper or cook and 'boss of the house'.
Gemmill, Jane Brown, Joan Wanted a Kitty, illustrated by Marguerite de Angeli,  Hale 1937.  Okay, now that I have a copy to hand, I think this may be the book. It is NOT illustrated by photos, though. There is a black cook, named Maggie, who looks quite Jemima-ish, and a little girl named Joan who desperately wants a kitty. Mother says "And Maggie would not want a kitty under foot in the kitchen. She says 'Scat' to every cat she sees." Below this is a picture of a woman's feet, long skirt, and a broom shooing a cat away. Joan tries to talk Maggie around, but she says she will have to leave if a cat comes to the house. Joan eventually finds a kitten in the rain, with a hurt paw, and Maggie cleans it up, bandages its paw, and agrees to let it stay. Joan names it Fluff. Any of
this ring a bell?

John Bonwell: a novel of the Ohio River Valley, 1818-1862
I am the office book guru. This request is for a colleague's elderly and very ill mother. She has also just had eye surgery and can now read again. So the first thing she wanted to read was her favorite book, which her library has deaccessioned. The only data she has is that it's John Bonner by John Bonner--and about early life near  Chillicothe (sp?), Ohio. I cannot even find it inthe LOC card catalogue. How about you?

Nothing on this end.  Can you get a bit more info on this Bonner guy?  I found an evolutionary biologists's autobiography, but it's something like "Reflections on the Life Cycle."  Let me know.
That's all I could find-plus some fellow from San Francisco who is the wrong one. If you find something, let me know.
Bunnell, Paul, Thunder over New England, 1988.   The story of a New England tory family during the Revolution and their settlement in Canada after the war. I know this isn't right on, but the similarity in the author's name made me wonder if this could be
Pulse, Charles K., John Bonwell : a novel of the Ohio River Valley, 1818-1862, 1952. Could this possibly be the book?
Pulse, Charles K., John Bonwell: a novel of the Ohio River Valley, 1818-1862. NY, Farrar, 1952.  After some fruitless yahoo and LC searches for a possible author named John Bonner (or something similar), followed by a search through listings for books on the early history of Chillicothe and Ross County, Ohio, I tossed in a partial title search and this came up. It is 436 pages, and the LC subject listings are: Frontier and pioneer life, Fiction and Ohio River Valley, Fiction. It seems worth checking out, since memories can be faulty, and the search for the author John Bonner is going nowhere. Would be nice to know whether the book was fiction or nonfiction to start with ...

Johnny Fedora
Hello there!  About a year and a half ago I had e-mailed you regarding a  childrens book that I have been looking for.  And I was just wondering if you were ever able to locate it.  It was from the early 70's, and it was called Johnny fedora and Alice blue bonnet.  It was a story about two hats.  The female one lived in a high class department store, and the male hat lived on the streets.  They fell in love, and in the end they we're able to get together.   This book was a soft cover, and it had a small record on the inside sleeve.  Please let me know if you have found anything.

I've only been able to find one reference to this book, and it isn't a book; it's a record (and expensive at that).  Here's the info: Walt Disney's Story of Johnny Fedora and Alice Blue Bonnet Western Publishing Inc. 1970, softcover book with 33-1/3 Long Playing Record, 24 Page book.
Do you think that's it, or do you remember a book?  There might have been a book....

Johnny Go Round
Looking for this children's rhyming book about a cat named "Johnny-Go-Round" Early 1960's, possible a Golden Book or a Whitman.

Johnny Go Round is a Whitman Tell-a-Tale book from 1960 (#2525)  by Richard Walz and illustrated by Betty Ren Wright featuring a smiling cat on the cover.

Jonathan and the Dragon
Hello there.  I've been searching for this picture book for close to two years now without any success.  I worked with several incredibly helpful libraries and bookstores -- but so far the mystery remains unsolved.  I do not know the name or the author.  (That would be too simple.)  What I do know is the following:  Its a picture book.  (The original may have been shaped, but I'm no longer sure.)  It had to have been published prior to 1973  (I moved houses then and I recall the book in the first house.)
It was about a dragon coming to a town called either Kell (Of course, it could be Dell, Nell, Bell,....???)  It was all in rhyme and to the best of my abilities it went as follows.... "Early one morning in the town of Kell, The watch man said, 6 o'clock and all is not well.  He shouted, he pointed, he jumped up and down... He said, a dragon has come to our town.  Everyone came running, even a mouse  And there stood the dragon as big as a house."  Pictures:  I remember the watchman wore those funny English outfits...with a little flat black hat, and poofy Elizabethan nickers, and I think he carried a pole (possibly with a ribbon on it).  I also remember a page with the mouse that came running.   My family and I have been trying to find this book for my brother to read to his new and growing family.  Thank you in advance for your help.

I wrote to you a few weeks back searching for information about a "Dragon from Kell" story. I received a call today from the Santa Monica Library Research Service.  Someone on their listserv had solved the mystery!   Since it has taken me two years to find this answer, I thought you might like to know it as well.  Apparently the story is Jonathan and the Dragon by Irwin Shapiro.  It was first published in 1962 by Western Press and then in 1969 by Golden Press.  It is no longer in print.  Do you have this book or a way of obtaining it?   If it is possible to obtain it, can you give me an idea of how long it might take and how much it might cost?

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I am also looking for another book that I read in the fifties.  The name may be 'Jonica" or something similar.  It is set in pre-revolutionary New York when the Dutch settled the area and is about a teenage girl, who might be a bound girl, or step-daughter who is used as a servant, who is going to be forced into an arranged marriage with a man she hates. I'm pretty vague on other parts of the plot, but I think there is a young man she does love (of course!) who she is not allowed to marry for some reason and a mean 'stepsister' type, ala Cinderella, who takes great pleasure in putting Jonica (?) in her place.

I think this is Gladys Malvern, Jonica's Island (NY: J Messner, 1945)
Thank you so much.  Jonica's Island is the right book and I just received it from used book dealer.  What a great site this is!
The only place I had ever come across the name Jonica was in one of Gladys Malvern's historical novels for young people, Jonica's Island.  But I thought of it again when I was expecting our first daughter.  We liked the sound of names like Jennifer and Jessica, but with the family name Smith, we thought we should choose a first name less frequently used.  (It was several years later that we found out that in the Netherlands, where the name is quite common, it is pronounced with the initial sound as "y" rather than "j.")

Jo-Jo the Talking Crow
We are looking for the title and author of a children's book from the late 1950's.  It involves some children who make a pet of a crow and teach it to talk, like a parrot or a parrakeet.

In Anne Pence Davis' book, Mimi at Camp the children found a crow and I believe attempted to teach it to talk. But "Mimi" is from the 20s, not the 50s so I don't know if it's the one you want.
Is the book you want called Jo-Jo the Talking Crow.  Houghton Mifflin, 1958
t65 - Talking Crow - This may not be correct, but Wylly Folk St. John's The Secret of The Seven Crows has a young girl (Gale) who has a crow that talks (Dracula).  Another character tries throughout the book to tame a crow of his own ...
Bannon, Laura.  Jo-Jo the Talking Crow. Houghton Mifflin, 1958. "...an amusing and attractively illustrated story of a tame crow whose personality and endearing traits made him the children's favorite pet."

Jorinda and Joringel
When I was a child I remember reading a book with my mother that we had checked out of the library. My mom returned it & I couldn't remember the title.  I asked the Librarian if she knew the book and of course she didn't.  I don't remember that much, but here goes.  A young girl was turned into a Nightingale by a witch.  She was kept in a cage to sing.  She was turned back into a woman by a prince (i think).  I wish I had more for you to go on.

Grimm Brothers, Jorinda and Joringel.  This sounds very much like the Grimm fairy tale of Jorinda and Joringel.  "The favorite fairy tale about a witch who turns maidens into birds."

Journey of Bangwell Putt
I am looking for a book about a doll.  My edition was a pink hardcover, no jacket, with a black and white illustration of a doll, a rag doll type on the cover.  My sister and I think the doll's name was something like "Bagnold", although all of our searches for that name on the internet only yield the Bagnold of National Velvet fame.  The title may begin with "the tales of..." but I'm not sure.  Any ideas?  We recently lost all of our childhood books when our parents' house burned down and this one meant a lot to us.

#B110--Bagnold the doll:  My condolences on the fire.  Most likely this book is The Journey of Bangwell Putt, based on the history of a famous early American doll, but for your sake I hope not, as this is exceedingly rare and hideously expensive!  So I hope your parents were insured if you wish to replace it.
The Journey of Bangwell Putt was written by Mariana, published by Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1965.  Same author as the Miss Flora McFlimsey books. Description from the jacket flap:  "Hand-lettered and hand-colored, this rare little book was first published in a limited, signed edition of a few hundred copies. Still hand-lettered, and still evoking its inimitable atmosphere of long ago, it tells the tale of an old and authentic museum doll.  She is followed on her journey by some other tiny characters who also live in museums and who appear and reappear on the pages like a toy orchestra accompaniment to the beguiling tale."

Journey Outside
This is a story of a group of families living together on rafts floating around on underground rivers.   They do not know there is a world above.  One girl escapes and climbs above ground and discovers the world above.  I remember the description of her first sunburn, because she had never seen sunlight.  I don't remember how it ends. My fourth grade teacher read it to our class in approx. 1972-73.

Journey Outside, Mary Q. Steele, 1969.  The Raft People live in darkness and travel a circular journey on a
underground river. One boy finds his way outside and tries to learn as much as possible so he can ultimately lead his people there to the Better Place. This was a Newbery Honor book for 1970.
Mary Q. Steele, Journey Outside, 1969.  Might be this one -- it's a Newberry Award book, hence likely to have been read in a classroom, and it fits the time frame.  The only different detail is that it's a boy and not a girl.  Publisher Comments:  "Grandfather said they were headed for the Better Place, but Dilar suspected they were headed nowhere, simply following the dark underground river blindly. And so one night he leaped onto a shelf of rock and watched the flotilla of the Raft People disappear. And from there he found his way Outside, into a world so beautiful and strange he could only suppose he had died-a world of day, and sun, of trees and sky." Synopsis:
"The Raft People live in darkness and travel a circular journey on an underground river. One boy finds his way outside and tries to learn as much as possible so he can ultimately lead his people to the Better Place." 

Journey with a Secret
This book was a paperback with a dark cover depicting a mountain scene and some figures in a sort of scratchy, abstract style. Two teenagers, (I believe one male, one female, possibly siblings?) are on a walking holiday in England or Wales ( I think). They are primarily camping. They somehow run across a teen Hungarian refugee who is being persued, possibly by English authorities, possibly by some sort of Hungarian secret police. The Hungarian teen, (Female, I think) is trying to get to the safety of, possibly a relatives home or cross some border or something, and is aided by the other teens, with I believe, a happy ending for all and possible young love between her and the brother.

H40 hungarian refugee: Could be Journey With a Secret, by Showell Styles, published Gollancz 1968, 142 pages. "Two young teenagers spending a half-term hiking across Wales are caught up in a hardly credible adventure of blackmail and spies when a mysterious Hungarian girl stumbles into their camp. ... Though they know the girl is hiding from the police as a suspected murderess, they feel no qualms at being alone with her in the remotest placest; and nobody shows the least surprise when all the baddies turn out to be goodies, and the goodies baddies in the end. Nevertheless, the pace and excitement one expects of this author is maintained." (Junior Bookshelf Dec/68 p.387)

Just found your website...how wonderful!  I'm searching for a young adult book that I read in the early to mid 1970's. It took place during the 1920's and was about a girl named Susan who had a deformed leg from polio.  She's in high school, trying not to be completely excluded...joins the debating team, makes friends with a Jewish guy. Later the Klan burns a cross on his front lawn. Susan's mother refuses to believe that Susan isn't popular like she was as a girl.  Anyone remember this?

S-13 might be Joyride by Betty Cavanna though some of the details mentioned by the writer don't seem to match. In Joyride the main character is a girl named Susan who has polio, but I don't know about the rest of what the writer said.
I forgot to say that Joyride does take place in the 1920's, so it seems to be more than a coincidence: girl named Susan; polio, 1920's.
Cavanna, Betty.  WANTED: A Girl for the Horses.  William Morrow, 1984, second printing.  Ex-library copy with stamps on brown endpapers, otherwise very bright and clean.  VG/F.  $8
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Joy Sparton of Parsonage Hill
There was a series of chapter books written about two girls and the trouble they would get into. They all had Christian themes (the girls' father was a pastor). They were approximately the same length as the C.S. Lewis books. I don't know how many were in the series. It seems to me that I read at least five or six of them.

I think I know the answer to C80:  Joy Sparton of Parsonage Hill  It mentions on the back:  "and the Vacation Mix-up,  and the Money Mix-up, And her problem twin."  By Ruth I Johnson,  1958,  Moody Bible Institute of Chicago.  Christian, twins, pastor's kids... I think this is it.

Judy, Junior Nurse
1955 ?????  A little girl visits a doctor's office with her mom.  I remember one special illustration in which the mom and daughter are sitting together in a waiting room and the mom is knitting or crocheting and has a yarn bag beside her on the floor.  I loved this picture!

Looks like your title is right-on.  Cross, Genevieve, Illustrated by Ruhman, Ruth.  Judy, Junior Nurse.  Garden City, New York: Cross Publications, 1951.

Julie's Secret Sloth
As young as seven, I walked to my hometown’s library alot and fondly remember the smells and the independent feelings of being there and choosing books on my own. The book I am looking for is a girl who has a sloth hanging in her closet. That is all I can remember at this point but it led to a lifetime of interest in strange animals. I hope someone knows this book.

J. Jackson, Julie's Secret Sloth.

Boy, I really don't have a lot of information on this one, but it was my favorite book as a middle schooler in the mid fifties.  It was a horse book about a run down stable that was 'discovered' by a group of kids-- the person who ran the stable was crotchety and talked about owning a champion
jumper (or hunter) and had this black horse who I believe was called Merlin in this run down stall. They end up competing with the upscale rich stable filled with snotty kids in a competition and win.  The illustrations are what I remember-- they were clean lined black and white pictures that really showed the action of a horse. Very much like CW Anderson.  This book may be in a series as I kind of remember one or two books.  Any ideas?  I look for this book everywhere, hoping I'll find it.

I emailed you two days ago about a book of which I didn't know the author or illustrator. The more I thought about it, the more I wonder if Paul Brown was the illustrator?  So I looked him up in the Library of Congress search, and saw that he illustrated a book called Jump-shy by Joan Houston.  Could
that be it?  If so, can you locate it for me?  She apparently also did two ther books-- Horseshow Hurdles and Crofton Meadows-- if they are part of a sequel, I'd also like you to find them for me.

click here for imageJungle of Tonza Mara
The book had a middle-east flair -- perhaps India or Persia?  There was a magical Golden Feather that perhaps allowed you to fly?  A large ox or water buffalo?  A terrifying blue Djjin or Genie? This was a large "picture book" with vivid illustrations -- I remember little else but that the book and its pictures both fascinated and scared me as a child.  Thanks.

My children had this book, many years ago. The title is probably Victoria and the Magic Feather or Victoria and the Golden Feather or Victoria and the Golden Bird. It is a picture geography book in which a little girl rides on the back of a magical, golden bird and sees the world's countries beneath her. the drawings are beautifully colored and rather fantastic.--on a black background, I seem to remember.
G15 Pauline Baynes (as in Narnia books) did a book called Victoria and the Golden Bird. Her drawings have a Persian look to them. It was published in London, but I don't have a date for it.
G15 Golden Feather -- Probably not right, but "The Bird of the Golden Feather" is a collection of 8 Arabic folktales, retold and illustrated by Gertrude Mittelmann, published by Roy in 1969, 125 pages. The illustrations are b/w line drawings and the book is 21 cm, regular octavo size, so that doesn't fit. Stories include "The Rogue from Cairo and the Rogue from Damascus" and "The Talking Nightingale". The review in School Library Journal Book Review says 'there are several quest tales, including the title story ... the exchanging of royal babies with animals ... humor ...'
I don't believe it was Victoria-anything.  I believe it had a young *boy* in the book -- who rode the flying water buffalo or ox.  The golden feather or necklace was around the animal's neck?
Evans, Ruth, The Jungle of Tonza Mara, 1963.  A possibility?  Dust jacket of a small boy riding a water buffalo through the sky. Eight tales about Dekdek, a little Southeast Asian boy, and his water buffalo. Illustrated by Lawrence Beall Smith.
G15 golden feather: it does sound like a good bet - The Jungle of Tonza Mara, by Ruth Evans, illustrated by Lawrence Beall Smith, published Macmillan 1963 "Real and impossible, fun and frightening - this is jungle
fantasy at its best. Not only are the magical adventures exciting and humorous, but the Asiatic setting makes them even more appealing." "Eight amusing and amazing tales about Dekdek a little Southeast Asian boy, and his water buffalo Loy." The cover does show Dekdek on Loy's back flying through the sky, and there seems to be something long and golden around his neck, which could be the golden feather.

Junior Miss
Another vague request!  I would have read this book in the late 1970's to early 80's.  It is about a girl who lives in a city, I think NY.  She hates the fact that her shoulders are broad - I remember this - she really wants a new coat (I think the coat has a fur collar) and she and her mom go to try it on, and the largest size is too small across the shoulders.  She has a sister who is really petite.  Her best friend comes into the story - she goes to visit her on Christmas day.  I think she's closer to her dad than to her mom.

Benson, Sally, Junior Miss, 1941.  L49 is most definitely Junior Miss by Sally Benson.  The girl's name is Judy and she is too chunky to wear the fur-trimmed coat she fell in love with in an ad.  Her sister makes snippy remarks, but she is the one who comes up with the solution--alterations!!
That's it!  Thanks for the quick solution to a mystery that's been bothering me for almost 20 years!
Benson, Sally.  Junior Miss.  Garden City: Doubleday & Company, 1937, 1941.  Ex-library copy in library binding with usual marks and pocket on front free endpaper.  G.  $9

Junket Is Nice
A red hard cover book.  An old man is eating out of a big bowl of junket and he asks all the people of the world to guess what he is thinking while he eats his junket.  If they guess right, he will give them a reward.  They guess all kinds of things, like a cow with its head in a bag, and a walrus tiptoing past the medicine cabinet so he won't wake the baby... "WRONG! Said the old man, and he went on eating his junket." Finally a little boy on a tricycle comes up and guesses that the old man is thinking about junket.  "RIGHT! Said the old man."  So he gives the boy the chance to lick the bowl as his reward.  The last page shows the old man riding away on the back of the little boy's tricycle, and they are saying, "Oh my, oh my, oh my, but JUNKET IS NICE!"

Yes, that's the title all right.  Junket Is Nice is by Dorothy Kunhardt, 1933, and it's a landmark in American children's publishing for its use of script and child-like humor.  It's highly sought after by collectors; I've had one copy in 8 years.  See more on the Most Requested page.

Just Like Always
I actually have 2 books that I would like some info on...if they ring a bell with you or anyone else!  I hope so...I loved these books as a child and can't remember the title or author on either one! They were both books for older kids, maybe 8-12 or so.  They were "chapter books" Book #1 was about 2 girls in a hospital.  I read it in the mid-80s, but am guessing it was written a bit earlier than this, because some of the things in the book seemed a bit dated even then.  The 2 girls were in the hospital to be put into "turtle shells" for their scoliosis.  One girl had beautiful long blonde hair that had to be
braided and cut off when she went in her "shell."  The other girl (I think) was named Janie, or something like that.  I think she had curly short red hair.  She may have been Jewish.  They were in the hospital for quite some time (months), and one scene I remember is them throwing icky hospital food out the window day after day and getting in trouble when it was found stuck down the side of the building.  There was also something about a view of a bridge (the Brooklyn Bridge???) that looked like a necklace in a velvet case when lit up at night.  That's all I can remember, except for loving this book when I was 9 or so!  If this rings a bell with anyone, that would be great!

S54 is almost definitely Just Like Always by Elizabeth-Ann Sachs - red headed Janie and blond Courtney are sharing a hospital room while they wait for surgery and casts for scoliosis.
T54--Just Like Always by Elizabeth Ann-Sachs. The second book is something like I Love You Cow Patty.

click here for pictures & profile pageJust Only John
Hi-- I'm looking for a book published at least 25 years ago. It's about a little boy named John. John eats from a jar of jellybeans and turns into a sheep. He walks into the kitchen and someone asks about the sheep and John's mother says "Oh, that's just John" or "That's just poor old John." The book is in picture book format with illustrations that resemble the style of Mercer Mayer. (It may be a Mercer Mayer book, but I haven't been able to find anything like it attributed to him.) Please help me find this book about poor old John who eats the magic jellybeans. I would be willing to purchase it if you do find it. It's for a friend of mine. Thanks.

Sounds like the Treehorn books illustrated by Edward Gorey, but I don't remember any about a kid-turned-into-a-sheep. Hmm...
I had that book when I was little, & I'm pretty sure it was illustrated & probably written by Robert Kraus.I believe he also did a book called Mr. Meebles (Also Whose Mouse Are You? & Leo the Latebloomer). I think the title may even have been Just John. Hope this helps, if you haven't already found it.
The book where "John eats from a jar of jellybeans and turns into a sheep" is one of my favorites! It's called Just Only John by Jack Kent. We bought it in the 60's from the Parents Magazine Book Club. 

Just Plain Maggie
This was a lovely book about a little girl named Maggie who goes to summer camp in Maine.  She is from a farm, I think, and feels a bit out of place with some of the other girls--in particular this girl whose name is Beth, if I remember correctly. The girls  all learn to work as a team and they climb Mt. Katahdin to help rescue someone who is lost, and Maggie wins a swimming race. It was a really sweet book, and if anyone knows anything about it, I'd love to know what the title is, and to purchase a copy.  I remember quite a lot about it--it was illustrated too--but not  the title!  I'm a librarian and I checked some databases but  couldn't find anything that looked like it could be the book I  remember.  And by the way, this site is WONDERFUL!! I say that from a professional and personal standpoint.  :-)

Beim, Lorraine, Just Plain Maggie, 1950.  I solved my own stumper!  I checked it out of a library just recently and loved it!

Just Right
Perhaps called Grandpa's Farm?  c. 1968? Grandpa cannot care for his farm any more and his son lives in the city; Grandpa turns down prospective buyers because each wants to make some drastic change (cut down the woods, drain the well).  The grandkids come to visit and decide they want to have the farm.

This is definitely not Grandpa's Farm. I just had a copy of this and sold it, but have no idea what it was called. This will bug me to no end, so I'll be working on it!
Just Right by Lilian Moore, illustrated by Aldren A. Watson, Parent's Magazine Press, 1968. In the end the grandson, Tommy shows up with the parents in tow. Robbie, the son, decides to buy the farm  he wants his son to grow up just as he had-" to fish in the pond and play in the meadow"

Kap the Kappa
Kap the Kapper?  I remember the story started with a little boy who lived in the ocean.  He swam with a school of carp. He was caught in a net by a fisherman and brought to the fisherman's village. He had a little pool of water on his head he had to keep filled.  Initially he was fine in the village, but I recall near the end he falls from a cliff and the water spills out and he becomes ill.  He is eventually returned to the sea.

Lifton, Betty Jean, Kap the Kappa.  NY Morrow 1960.  No plot description, but the title is close. Kappas are a Japanese water-spirit, looking like children but with a depression in the top of the head which holds water. If the water spills out they are weakened.

Karlson on the Roof
This story is about a little man who can fly and has to press a button in his middle. I remember the illustrations quite clearly. He had black hair with a school boys cap ? For some reason I seem to think he was Belgian or Dutch.

Just in case, check out Paulus and the Acornemn.  It's Dutch, Paulus is teeny tiny, the illustrations are fabulous, and he can fly, at least if he rides on the back of a bird....  Aside from that, no match....
Strong possibility: Astrid Lindgren, Karlson on the Roof  illustrated by Ilon Wikland, published London, Methuen 1975, 120 pages, also published Oxford UP 1958 as Eric and Karlsson-on-the-Roof. "He is a small and very stout and determined gentleman, and he can fly. Karlson has only to turn a knob which is just about in the middle of his stomach and - whoops! - a tiny engine which he has on his back starts up. Karlson stands still for a moment while the engine warms up. And then - when the propeller has got up enough speed - Karlson rises in the air and glides away, as dignified as a bank manager, if you can imagine a bank manager with a propellor on his back." He has a little house on the roof, behind a chimney stack, and says "Heysan hoppsan!" a lot.

Karius and Baktus
OK, here's a goofy one.  It was one of my brother's favourite books.  It was about two little men with unusual names who lived in peoples mouths, and 'mined' their teeth with pickaxes, causing cavities of course.  At the end of the book, the mouth's owner finally brushes his teeth, washing the two little guys down the drain (from where they emerge to move into someone else's mouth eventually).  It was a hard-cover book with no picture on the front, blue and off-white I think (of course, it may have had a dust jacket once).  The title might have been the names of the two little men.  Any ideas?

This one I'm pretty sure of: Karius and Baktus by Thorbjorn Egner. Published in English twice, first in 1962 by Bobbs-Merrill, then a different translation in 1993 by Skandisk. The 1962 blurb is "Karius and Baktus are Dental Trolls who live in the mouth of a small boy named Jimmy." The later version says "With names derived from tooth 'caries' and 'bacteria', these mischievous, microscopic rascals make life miserable for Erik, in whose mouth Karius and Baktus have made their home." It was first published in Norwegian in 1949.

click for imageKaroleena
First one is probably from the late '40's to mid 1960's. All I can remember of the plot is that a young girl was living at some sort of hotel(?) and she was given a mud bath. She liked it so much, she tried to give a mud bath to her neighbor's dog. But of course, the dog gets sick from the bath. I'm quite sure its not a Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle or Eloise title. And it was a book aimed at younger readers.

M95 mud bath: Let's try this one - Karoleena, written and illustrated by Charlotte Steiner, published Doubleday 1957. "Karoleena has good intentions, but she always seems to get into trouble - like giving someone's lap dog a mud bath, and making friends with a goat who eats her hat. 2-color illustrations. Ages 4-8." (HB Oct/57 p.345 pub.ad)

Katie John
This book is not just singular…it was a series of books about a little girl who lived in the country.  I don’t remember the name of the series nor the author.  The only clues I have are there was either a chapter or possibly the name of one book in the series, entitled Hot Potato Katie and that the little girl had red hair in braids and freckles.  The storyline that beligs to the title above is one day when it’s really cold, her mother puts baked potatoes in her mittens to keep her hands warm, and sends her off to school.  Somehow the other children find out and taunt her, calling her Hot Potato Katie.  It had to be released prior to 1973, because I read it when I was around 6 or 7, and I was born in 1973.  I really wanted to get them for my daughter, but with so little to go one, I can’t seem to find them.  And our local library has relocated twice, so I am sure the age of the books and moving around has assured that they are no longer there.  Any help would be so appreciated!

H9  This sounds very familiar.  Could you be thinking of the Katie John books by Mary Calhoun?  I think the first three (Katie John; Depend on Katie John; Honestly, Katie John!) were all written in the 1960s.  I know I read about the hot potato episode somewhere, and I read the first three books, so maybe it's in one of them.   There was a later book (Katie John and Heathcliff), but I didn't read that one and don't know when it was published.
Isn't that question referring to the Katie John books by Mary Calhoun?  I seem to recall there being a chapter about the potatoes...If so, there were  four of them--Katie John, For Love of Katie John, Honestly, Katie John!, and Katie John and Heathcliff.
We love your web site.  What a great service.  My wife is looking for a series of adventure story books she read in the late 1950's or early 1960's featuring a girl named Karen.  They were sold through her school when she was in the fourth grade or so.  Sorry, but that's the only information I have.  Any help would be appreciated.

Two wonderful books, written by Karen's mother, Marie Killilea. Marie and her husband Jim started the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation. The books are titled Karen, and With Love, From Karen.
I would have to disagree; the Karen books focus on Karen and her family and how they cope with her cerebral palsy.  They are wonderful books, though.
Tizz series, 1970s.  Could this be the Tizz series, about a girl and her horse?  (My sister's name is Karen, and I vaguely remember that she loved this series  for that reason.)  I don't remember the author, but the last name
probably began in the C - F range...
Bialk, Elisa. Tizz & Company.  Childrens Press, 1958.
Mary Calhoun, Katie John series.  I sent you this stumper a while back.  We've found the books my wife was looking for - the Katie John series by Mary Calhoun, the first three books of which were published between 1960 and 1963.  I guess memory plays tricks, since the main character's name was unfortunately not precisely Karen.

Katy, Be Good
In a second or third grade textbook was a story about a little Amish girl who went on a visit to the big city.  Running water and everything was strange to her and she was SO glad to get home!  I'd like to know if this was a short story, excerpt from a longer book, or a book in itself.  Older-style (1920s-1940s?) color illustrations.

So far I've found only two really worth checking: De Angeli, Marguerite. Thee, Hannah!  Doubleday, 1940.  Although this concerns a Quaker girl, it seems to me I was going to look at it as a possibility for my "Amish Sleepover" unknown, but never got hold of a copy to see if the pictures and story looked familiar.  If someone who has it could look to see if there's an incident where Hannah goes on a visit and isn't used to running water and so on it could either make or eliminate this as a possibility.
Later, regarding Thee, Hannah!: I found this book online and it's definitely NOT the "Amish sleepover," as it's set in the pre-Civil War era.  The book I'm thinking of took place in modern times, at least in the 1920s or whenever "city folk" had electric lights and running water as a regular rule.
Could be Plain Girl by Virginia Sorenson, illustrated by Charles Geer,  Harcourt Brace 1955, 151 pages (grade 4-6 reading level) "A sensitive, sympathetically told story of a young Amish girl's growing understanding of her people and their religion. Esther faced her first days at school with mingled curiosity and dread." (Good Books for Children 1948-61 Eakin, 1962) It may be at a higher reading level than the reader described, though, and no mention of visiting the city.
#A46--I'm pretty sure I've seen "Plain Girl" and it is not the book I'm looking for.
For a reversal of this, there's Wonderful Nice! by Irma Selz, published Lothrop 1960 "Alison, who lives in a tall apartment house in New York City, speds a day with Katy Zook on an Amish farm in Pennsylvania, discovers that riches are not just a matter of money - and friends are 'wonderful nice!' Ages 4-8." (Horn Book Jun/60 p.183 pub ad)
let's try Katy, Be Good, written and Illustrated by Irma Selz, published Lothrop 1962. "The story of an Amish child who goes to spend an overnight visit with her friend who lives in the big city. Told in rhyme. Text uses the Amish speaking syntax and words like ferhoodled, schnoopduf and schwitz.
#A46--Amish Sleepover:  as "Katy, Be Good" is rather rare, I've been unable  to look at the book so far, but the plot and an example of the artwork online convinced me, so for now I am assuming this is the story I'm after.

Katy Comes Next
In the early 1960's, I had a favorite book about a broken doll being fixed at a doll hospital...anyone
out there know a title?

Any chance this is Mystery in the Doll Hospital by Elizabeth Honess?  There are twins in the story and the doll that is being restored has sapphire eyes.  The doll belongs to a old neighbor whose father was a ship's captain
and he gave the doll to a man on his ship for safekeeping.  Unfortunately, the man was a jewel thief and hid gems
in the doll.  He was put in jail without recovering the jewels, died, and told someone else the story.  That man got
out of jail and tried to recover the gems.
hi. thanks for your response. Your synopsis of that book doesn't ring any bells, but it sounds like a great book. Again thanks for responding.
#D38:  If it's the one I am thinking of, this was one of my all-time favorites.  Amy's Doll, by Barbara Brenner, published in the '60s, illustrated with black-and-white photographs of Amy, her brother, and the doll.  Unfortunately scarce.  I'd love a copy!
D38 - doll hospital - might be Laura Bannon's Katy Comes Next, a favorite of mine, too.  A library catalogue synopsizes it as "Ruth's mother and father own a doll hospital where they are so busy repairing other children's dolls, they never seem to have time to mend daughter Ruth's toy" (but eventually Katy does get a complete makeover).
Katy Comes Next works for time period, here's more info: Bannon, Laura Katy Comes Next Chicago, Whitman 1959 hardcover, "Story ofa little girl whose doll, Katy, needs fixing and her father runs a doll hospital. Beautiful delicate illustrations."
this sounds like it. if you can find a copy ok
I'm actually looking for two books and I don't have very much info. The first was a book about a doll hospital. It described the dolls, their clothes, and the family who fixed them.
the doll hospital book sounds like Katy Comes Next, listed on the Solved Mysteries page.
You and your website are BRILLIANT! Thanks much.
Story about a woman and her little girl.  The Motherhad a little shop where she made and repaired dolls for a living.  One day she locked the door of the doll shop and worked on repairing her daughter's doll that had become very worn and broken.  It was a small book with a navy blue cover (it may have been rebound as it was a library book) with pen and ink drawings scattered throughout of the Mother, the daughter, the broken doll, and the repaired doll.  It was an old book and had an old-fashioned format/feeling at the time we read it in the "60's or 70's".  Fiction.

Sounds like Laura Bannon's Katy Comes Next from the Solved Mysteries page.
Possibly - Katy Comes Next by Laura Bannon, A. Whitman, 1959.  "Ruth's mother and father own a doll hospital where they are so busy repairing other children's dolls, they never seem to have time to mend daughter Ruth's doll."

Katy Rose is Mad
Katie (or Katy) is a tomboy who wants to go outside and play baseball, but is not allowed for some reason. She decides to make her displeasure known by being destructive around the house, but her attempts backfire. Two examples--she tears all the sheets and blankets off her bed, and then her mother comes in and thanks her because she was about to wash the sheets anyway. Then Katie goes into the kitchen and drinks a glass of milk that was left on the counter, and her father sees her and thanks her for drinking her milk. After several of these mishaps Katie is allowed to go out and play. I think a recurring line was "Katie, you are such a good girl." I remember very vivid, cartoon-like illustrations. Katie had very bright orange hair and freckles.

This is just a guess, but it sounds like it could be Katie John (or one of the sequels) by Mary Calhoun.
Could be Katy Rose Is Mad by Carol Nicklaus published by Platt and Munk in 1975.
I remeber this story.  It was my favorite when I was 4 years old.  I do not know the author or title but I think the girls name was Katie Rose.  I remember how mad Katie Rose would get when her mischief would backfire.
Nicklaus, Carol, Katy Rose is Mad, 1975.  Katy Rose is so mad that she threatens to hold her breath until she turns blue. I found this info at the library of congress site.  I would like to thank the person who figured out the correct title and author- posted in blue on your site.
Katie Rose is Mad or Katie Rose Wants to Play,  1976?  I think this is the same book listed as k22 under book stumpers.  I remember the little girl as being Katie Rose.  Katie Rose gets so mad each time she does something destructive and it backfires.  She throws blankets off her bed, drinks the last cup of milk that was supposed to go in a cake, and picks all the her mothers flowers growing in the flower box just to be praised for being so good.

The Katie Rose books are by Lenora Mattingly Weber(see Most Requested Books).   Mary Calhoun wrote a series called Katie John, both in the 60's.
Could be Katy Rose Is Mad by Carol Nicklaus published by Platt and Munk in 1975.
It is about a girl (with freckles) who is trying to get across how mad she is by saying several times that she is going to hold her breath until she turns blue.  I'm sorry I don't remember much more than that!  It is very cute and I used to love saying along with her in the book "I'm going to hold my breath until I turn blue!"

G111  Judy Blume, Tales of a Fourth-Grade Nothing, 1972.  Did freckle-faced Sheila Tubman (who later starred in her own Blume book, Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great) badger the eponymous Peter with this threat?
I thought that the book Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing was a chapter book (?), this one wasn't. The character was talking to her parents (whom you never see).  Does this still sound like that book?
Carol Nicklaus, Katy Rose is mad, 1975.  Is this it?  "Katy Rose is so mad that she threatens to hold her breath until she turns blue."
That sounds right.  I tried to find it online to confirm, but I can't find it anywhere.   I'm going to keep an eye out for it. Thanks!

Looking for children's books relating to a little Indian boy named Kiko or Keiko (not sure of the spelling)....it would be from the 1950's, or thereabouts....larger books with nice pictures...age range preschool or primary school.  Any help would be appreciated!!

There were two books about Keeko that I had as a child.  The one I still have is Chee-Chee and Keeko by Charles Thorson published by Follett in 1952.  The other one was just Keeko or maybe Keeko the Indian Boy.
Yes, this does help, Harriett....I've found several copies of his old Keeko books on the 'net!  Thanks!
Keeko, little indian boy and his forest friends, including an eagle that he tried to take a feather from.

Keeper of the Isis Light
I am not sure if you "do" short stories or not...I realize that they would be even harder to track down than books are. But here goes...this story has stuck with me for years, & I'd love to read it again. I don't remember the author or the title, but it was in a science fiction/ fantasy type anthology.  I read it in the early/mid-80's I'd guess, so it had to be around by that time, though of course it could be older. The story was about a human teenaged female who was living on an unidentified planet. Her parents & any other humans who might have been around @ one point were long-dead. Her companion/caretaker was some sort of alien.  All is well, she is happy & well cared for & loved by her companion.  Then, one day, a ship of humans arrives & one of them is a very handsome young man.  It is at this point that she realizes that she does not look like other humans. The atmosphere on this planet is such that her companion had to somehow alter her skin so that it is thick & scaly like a lizards. Otherwise she could not have enjoyed the outdoors, but would have been imprisoned in her dwelling. This, of course, is
devastating to her but the question remains...could there have been any better solution? Would it have been better to be imprisoned indoors her whole life. After all, there was no way of knowing that any other humans would ever come to this planet. That is my recollection of the story. If by any miracle you can track it down, I certainly would be most grateful. Thank you so very much!

S117 isn't a short story, but a book -- Monica Hughes's Keeper of the Isis Light, still in print.
Monica Hughes, Peddlar of Isis and two other books, 1980's?  I am sure the book is by Monica Hughes.  She wrote three books about the planet of Isis, and this girl with the mutated skin wasthe main character.  Hughes resides in Canada, and has written many great books.
Follow up to my e-mail yesterday.  I had a chance to check our library catalogue, and the title in question is Keeper of the Isis Light.  There are two sequels.
S117 This is THE KEEPER OF THE ISIS LIGHT by Monica Hughes. A great sci-fi read. This was one of my own personal stumpers that took me ages to find. Luckily, it was republished in 2000. ~from a librarian
Monica Hughes, Keeper of the Isis Light, 1980.  This has to be the one - down to the scaly UV protective skin her robot companion gives her - only trouble is it's a full-length novel - though not a long one! Unless it was published in an abridged version as part of an anthology of SF stories?
S117 THE KEEPER OF THE ISIS LIGHT by Monica Hughes 1980, 2000 ~from a librarian

Key to the Treasure
This was a book for middle-school aged kids  a mystery. Some kids are  staying at a house in the country for the summer and they find clues that a treasure of some kind is hidden there. They follow the clues a which include something about a big rock near a river, and they find a  hidden box, I think in the  cornerstone of their house, with an old native american headress in it that is meaningful for some reason.

Parrish, Peggy, Key to the Treasure.  One of my absolute favorites!  Three children go to stay with their Grandparents in the summer.  Above the mantle is a picture with a key an indian headpiece and a pot.  Each of these things in the picture holds a clue of how to find the treasure.  The "key" in the picture opens an old stone in a part of the house.
Sounds like KEY TO THE TREASURE by Peggy Parish, 1966. Siblings Liza, Bill and Jed stay with their grandparents. When their grandfather tells him of a treasure hunt that his grandfather set up and that was never solved, they set out to solve it. I believe one of the clues was found in a secret compartment in a porch column, I think one was found when a feather from a Native American headress was pulled out, and the treasure itself was found hidden in a space under a stone in the old well. I forget what the treasure was though! I'll have to check my copy. And good news - it's still in print. ~from a librarian
Key to the Treasure, by Peggy Parish, illustrated by Paul Frame, published Macmillan 1966, 154 pages. "Liza, Bill, and Jed, spending the summer at their grandparents' farm, are determined to solve the puzzle of an often-told family legend of authentic Indian relics which, a hundred years before, vanished without a trace. Young readers will be immediately involved when the children accidentally stumble upon the first of the coded clues." (HB Dec/66 p.706)
Parish, Peggy. Key to the Treasure.  Illustrated by Paul Frame.  MacMillan, 1966.  Weekly Reader edition.  Sturdy hardcover.  G+.  $7
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Kid Sister
A scholastic paperback I read in the early 70's about a girl who visited the home of a boy who kept all kinds of pets in his home.  He had everything from snakes to rabbits to turtles, etc. This girl envied
him, as she was an animal lover, but she was not allowed to have a pet. She ends up sneaking a pet rat into her house, planning to keep it on a temporary basis. It was a "hooded rat" named Rosemary, I'm pretty sure. She manages to hide it until one day when a stuffy great aunt (?) visits for a formal dinner and the rat ends escaping from her cage and showing up at the table!

Kid Sister, 1958, by Margaret Embry. This book works like a karate chop on stereotypes from that period. Not only is Zibby brazenly atypical as a fictional female character, but so is her elderly aunt. On top of that, Zibby's more "feminine" older sisters are nasty and have far less maturity and appeal.

Kidnapping of the Coffee Pot
I'm taking the liberty of a personal email as I am looking for a long, lost children's book of which I have only the title.  It was called, "The Kidnapping of the Coffeepot."  Sorry, that's all I have to go on.  If you can find it for me I will be one happy person.

The kidnapping of the coffee pot / story by Kaye Saari ; pictures by Henri Galeron.  [New York]: Harlin Quist, 1975.   A coffee pot, a lawn mower, and a pair of old shoes live happily together in the city dump until the coffee pot is kidnapped.
K9 kidnapping of the coffee pot: The suggested author and publisher are correct, and there can't be two books with this title!

Kids' Kitchen Takeover
There was this cookbook I had when I was a kid. I got it from a library book sale and it looked like it was from the 1970s, due to the pictures. It was a cookbook, but it also had lots of activities for kids to do. One chapter was devoted to baking your own bread. I think they even profiled a young boy who did just that and set up a business. Other recipes/projects involved decorating eggs with onion skins, so that the shells were all swirled, making rubber eggs, making ice bergs, making melted candle patties, a gross sounding recipe involving spreading bone marrow on toast, pulling your own taffy, and how to grow things in gardens.  The book had lots of photos of kids doing the recipes along with illustrations and diagrams for the projects.

Hi, I have C75. It's called The Kids' Kitchen Takeover and the author is Sara Bonnett Stein. It was published in 1975 and includes all the recipes and activities mentioned, including many more! 

Kildee House
A man who goes into the forest and lives in the trunk of a hollowed out tree.

Make it a teenager and this could be My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George.
T42: Sounds like Lloyd Alexander's Wizard in the Tree. The wizard is actually sucked into the tree and
kept a prisoner until an orphaned girl servant lets him out, and she still has to help him until he finds out how to get home. Not as much fun as the Prydain Chronicles, but the message is the same - that magic ultimately isn't what matters in life and that happiness and respect are found through work and acceptance of moral responsibilities, not luck or daydreaming.
Might also be Kildee House by Rutherford Montgomery.  The tree forms the back of a man's house in the woods.  He actually has families of animals living with him.
Kildee House by Rutherford Montgomery, Doubleday 1950 sounds the most likely, "When old Jerome Kildee went to live in his redwood grove, he meant to be a hermit. His odd little dwelling, backed by a giant tree, was set in the midst of his hundred California acres ... a big raccoon thought he owned the tree, and presently a pair of skunks set up housekeeping under the floor ... Emma Lou discovered it and then came Donald Roger ..."

Kind of Summer Love
I loved a book as a young teen.  I got it in about 1975 from Scholastic Book Club.  It's about a girl in her young to mid teens in the 1920s or 30s.  I think it's autobiographical.  Her father was the chaplain at Princeton, but the book is about her summers on Cape Cod at her grandmother's house. They drove up in a Model A or T.  It's a really sweet, funny book.  Her grandmother teaches her all about plants and how to be a lady.  The grandmother has a daughter that lives with her and a son who acts like a 3 year old.  I would love to get a hold of this book.

Janet Gillespie, A kind of Summer Love, 1971.  Abridged from A Joyful Noise The family has an old Dodge called 'The Artful Dodger', and in the first chapter the author reminisces about loading (or overloading) the
car. Her father is a chaplain at Princeton, her grandmother teaches her botany, and her cousin Tink is developmentally disabled. I think that this is the book!
Oops! Tink is her grandmother's son.
Janet Gillespie, A Kind of Summer Love, 1971. Abridged from A Joyful Noise. I sent this in once before, I'm certain that this is the book as I've since reread it. All the details match.

King and the Princess
This is the 1950s story of an Irish setter and a cat with one artificial leg.  The dog rescues the cat during a flood, I think.

Yes.  King and the Princess by Jack O'Brien, illustrated by Robert Doremus.  Whitman, 1938, 1949.  A Cozy Corner Book.  Look, I even have a copy!
O'Brien, Jack.  King and the Princess. Illustrated by Robert Doremus.  Whitman, 1938, 1949.  A Cozy Corner Book. Spine paper tattered and corners worn, otherwise VG-.  <SOLD>  

King with Six Friends
I don't remember the title of the book, but it had something to do with a king that had to go on a quest of some kind.  Along the way he meets these men, all of whom had magical powers, that end up accompanying this king on his quest.  I remember that one of the men could become smoke and fire, one a swarm of bees, one could become an elephant.  That's about all I can remember.  I don't remember if the king could do anything or not, but it seems to me that he finished his quest with the aid of these magical dudes.

Not 100% sure, but take a look at THE KING WITH SIX FRIENDS by Jay Williams, 1968.
The previous suggestion was exactly right.  I have a copy of The King with  Six Friends by Jay Williams, illustrated by Imero Gobbato.  This copy is  parents' magazine press, 1968.  It's about a good king who loses his kingdom, so he's "out of work" and goes to find a kingdom looking for a  king.  He comes across an axe, an elephant, a fire, a snake, a tree, and a  swarm of bees, all of which turn out to be men.
This will probably be impossible to find but in elementary school in the early 1970s I read a children's book about a young boy on a quest.  Along the way he encountered a number of strange individuals who were misfits and outcasts.  Among their number was a chubby man that could transform into a swarm of bees, a red-haired man that could turn into living flame, a darkly elegant man who could morph into a large serpent and a tall gentleman who could become an enormous tree.  Through the boy's courage and encouragement they overcame their insecurities and helped the boy in his quest.  But of course I do not recall the title, author, publisher, or illustrator.  And it's driving me crazy!  Any help or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Jay Williams, King with Six Friends, 1968.  Illustrated by Imero Gobbato - I loved this one, too, and my copy is somewhere in storage, but you can visit Eric's books read page.
I recall this book from the early seventies.  It was a variation on the five Chinese brothers story, but set in 19th century Europe, with colorful, painterly illustrations.  Five men were enlisted to traverse a mountain pass, a river, etc, and each of them turned out along the way to have a special skill...the man with bright red hair could turn into fire, the man with a large George Washington-like nose could turn into an axe to cut wood.  I seem to recall one man in blue who could turn to ice and/or water.  That's about all I remember.  Any ideas?

Jay Williams, The King with Six Friends, 1968.  This was a Parents Magazine Press book, one of a series you could order by mail.  King Zar loses his kingdom, meets six strange men who can turn into things like fire and axes, and then has to face three tests to win a princess.
Jay Williams, The King With Six Friends,1968.  This sounds like The King With Six Friends to me.  I am sitting here looking at the book in front of me and one friend does turn into a fire, another into an ax.  It is about King Zar, the king with no kingdom going on a "quest" to find one...he is kind to the odd people he meets along the way, and they end up helping him in the end.
The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship.  Maybe?
Jay Williams, The King With Six Friends.  I'm not sure that this is the title you are looking for, but it sounds like what you are describing.  I am a retired elementary schl librarian and had this in my former library.  If more info is needed, I could try contacting that source.

Kings and Queens
was available in Canada, maybe published in England in the 1930s - 1950s ??  There was at least one update to include Queen Eliz. II.  Listed all the kings and queens of England in chronological order- through the current Queen Elizabeth. Marvelous & memorable poems & illustrations about each- such as, (which I remember): "John, John, bad King John.  Shamed the throne that he sat on. Not a scruple, not a straw cared this monarch for the law. Promises he daily broke.  None could trust a word he spoke. Till the Barons brought a deed, down to rushy Runnymead.  Magna
Carta was its hite, charter of the peoples' rights..........etc."

Your memory is right on.  Here it is:
Farjeon, Eleanor and Herbert. Kings and Queens.  Illustrated with 38 coloured plates by Rosalind Thornycroft.  London: Victor Gollancz.  NY: E.P. Dutton, 1932.  This early American edition goes up to King George V.  Wonderful color plates.  Inscription on front free endpaper.  Dust jacket torn at top edge and missing a couple chunks from bottom edge, now secure in a plastic dj protector.  VG/P.  $48

King's Wish and Other Stories
I lived in Canada (Edmonton, Alberta) in the 1960s.  I'm looking for a children's book with a title like: "King Olav/Oaf and his three sons"  I don't remember the title nor the author.  Hard cover - lots of pictures.  I'm guessing mid to late 1960s.  Story: The king wants a vacation, but doesn't believe his sons can handle the task.  The king tells them that if they can get of jail he'll let them take charge.  While in jail, one of the sons finds a bottle of red ink and paints his face with red dots. The guards thinking he has measles lets them out of the jail.  The king decides they can takeover the castle/town and leaves on a fishing trip.  On his way, the King finds a squirrel caught in a branch and releases it.  Later, while fishing some theives rob the king and tie him up in a net.  Happily for the king, the previously trapped squirrel comes to the aid of the king and chews through the net.  The king sets off for the his castle.  Across the river, the king notices the town is on fire. Using his special "King's Arrow" he shoots at the town bell and hits it, waking up the town folk and saving the town.  The king returns a hero.

Benjamin Elkin, The King's Wish and Other Stories, 1960, approximate.
K39: I love this one, it's so clever for its age level. Benjamin Elkin, Illustrated by Leonard Shortall. The King's Wish and Other Stories. Beginner Books, 1960. 

Kittens Surprise
Lost Kitten - Whitman or Golden book? 1960's, childrens book.  The story was about a little girl who was looking for a kitten all over the house. I think the house was her grandmothers. She eventually finds the kitten sleeping on the sofa behind a pillow. The physical description of the book: I believe it was a small blue book. The little girl had dark hair and the cat was black. The illustrations were done in a lot of pink and blue - Ex. the sofa was blue and the pillows were pink.

Nina. with illustrator Feodor Rojankovsky, The Kittens Surprise, 1950s.  A Little Golden Book  later reprinted as The Little Lost Kitten. May possibly be the one.
Little Lost Kitten, 1950 - 1962.  I have a Whitman Tiny Tales book entitled Little Lost Kitten.  It's a 3"x 4" cardboard book with no author or copyright information.  The number 2952 is printed above the price tag (5 cents) on the upper right hand corner of the cover.   I was born in 1961, and have had this book as long as I can remember, it may have even belonged to my mother or aunt.   Brother and sister twins, Pat and Prue, go to Grandma Winkies house for a visit. Prue does find the kitten hiding under the sofa. However, Prue is blonde  the kitten is a tabby  and the sofa is blue with pink throw pillows.
Nina    The kitten's surprise    Feodor Rojankovsky    Little Golden Book, 1951
"Nina", The Kittens Surprise.  Little Golden Book, illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsy, first published in 1951. Later re-published as The Little Lost Kitten. Not sure it's the one, but seems likely.

Kittens Who Hid From Their Mother
Looking for children's book about three kitten who didn't want their ears washed.  They would hide in places that matched their fur...grey stone wall, yellow buttercups, and black-eyed susans.  It would have been around in early '50s...probably a Golden Book.  Can you be of any assistance?

Are K7 and K5 the same book?
#K7--Kittens, dirty:  In one of these stories, the mother cat holds the protesting kitten down by the ear to clean it.  Anyone recognize this?
Louise P. Woodcock, ill by Adele Werber and Doris Laslo, The Kittens Who Hid From Their Mother, 1950.  I have a copy if the searching party is interested...

Knight's Castle
I'm looking for a series of books by an author I read as a child. In the one I remember best, a young boy is playing with toy knights and soldiers, and finds himself transported to the world of Ivanhoe and Robin Hood. I think the title of the book, or the series of books contained the word Thyme because the magic had to do with the herb. Can you help?

Hello! I am answering my own question! About a month ago I sent you a "stump the bookseller" question about a group of children who have time-travelling adventures involving, among others, Ivanhoe, and the herb Thyme. Thanks to a lucky break on eBay, I have discovered the book. It is Knight's Castle by Edward Eager, and he wrote 6 more books all on the same theme. I now have a list of all the titles. In the meantime could you search for any of his books for me? 

Knobby Boys to the Rescue
Hello- I am trying to find the name of a book I read to my kids many years ago. It was from the Weekly Reeder Book Club and had to do with an orphaned baby bear who was adopted by Gypsies? Soory I don't have more information. Thank you.

Well, if the memories are a bit garbled and it's Parents' Magazine instead of Weekly Reader, it could be: Devlin, Wende and Harry THE KNOBBY BOYS TO THE RESCUE Parent's Magazine Press, 1965, 38 Pages. "Bright full page colorful illustrations highlight this book about Raccon, Fox and Crow [so self deemed as the Knobby Boys 'cause they liked the name] who meet Baby Brown Bear [complete with baby bonnet] who has no mother. Mom was captured by the gypsies. How the Knobby Boys save the bear for a happy ending makes for great reading."
Knobby Boys to the Rescue:   I think is the book they are looking for.
See the Devlin Tribute page for more on these famous authors.

There were a dozen or so of these books- I beleive the publisher was called Ladybird- because I do remember that there were little lady bugs on the front cover and possibly on the inside of the cover. I recall stories like Jack and the Beantstalk and a story of Rose Red or something like that she had a sister and there was a bear in the story also... I would dearly love to find these books as they remind me of early mornings with my nanny- she would read them to me and scratch my back- those were the days!!!  Please help! Thanks:)

I believe these books are indeed published by Ladybird.  Small books, mostly common domain stories, with a ladybug on the cover of each.  I do get them from time to time, and will let you know when I have some in stock.
Ladybird published a great number of different series in the same format of small hardcover books. The fairytale series referred to was called Well-Loved Tales, and was graded by reading difficulty into grades 1, 2 and 3. Grade 1 included The Elves and the Shoemaker, The Three Little Pigs, The Gingerbread Boy, Chicken Licken, The Enormous Turnip, The Big Pancake, etc. Grade 2 included Sleeping Beauty, Puss in Boots, Rumpelstiltskin, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Pinocchio, etc. Grade 3 included Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Snow White and Rose Red, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Princess and the Frog, etc. The two remembered are from the Grade 3 level.

Lambert, Janet
I have a friend who is looking for a book for which she has forgotten the title. It is about a mother, father, and 2 daughters who sail around the world in a Chinese junk. She thinks it is part of a series. If you can help me with this, I'd really appreciate it. Thank you.

About two months ago, I sent in a stumper about a family who sailed around the world in a Chinese junk - my friend couldn't remember much else about the books, just that they were a series. Well, I have since discovered that the books were written by Janet Lambert and are about the Campbell family. So, if anyone else ever asks you that question, here's the answer! Meanwhile, we have found some of the books, and I think my friend wants to just search out the rest on her own. Thanks!
I am looking for a young adult's book (maybe geared to about 5th grade?), probably part of a series, that was set on the East Coast (New York?) on an army (or other) base in the 1930s or 1940s.  It described the lives of he girls in a military family who lived on base.  One girl's name was Carol and she ended up marrying David, either in that book or a follow-up (if it is a series).  I remember descriptions of bicycling in pedal pushers, making fudge, going for bridemaid dress fittings, etc.  (definitely a girl's book!).  I read this in the 1960s.

Janet Lambert, Introducing Parri, Star-Spangled Summer, Wedding Bells, The Stars Hang High, c.1962.
These books are about the Parrish family and were written by Janet Lambert  the details you mention are correct.  They took place in New York and had a lot to do with West Point.  I've read most of them and they were all wonderful.  Still have my copy of Introducing Parri, "...the 14-year-old daughter of famous actress Penny Parrish. Her trip into New York for a 'sensible' coat ended with a tryout for a Broadway play...and began a whole new life of fun and dating!"

I would especially like to find one of the smaller - possibly a Little Golden Book - about a Lamb who goes to visit his Grandma and nearly gets eaten on the way home, but tricks the animals by hiding in a drum. Possibly called Lambkin, Lambkin or something along that line. Can you help?

I have a copy of this story The Lambkin in a big red book, The Classic Volland Edition GREAT CHILDREN'S STORIES, illustrated by Frederick Richardson and published by Rand McNally. It is not a small book, instead it has 17 traditional tales.
L2: This story appears in a skinny British paperback collection of  stories called Rom Pom Pom that I have at home. Will send more details when I have access to the book.
Hi . . . I just wanted to write and say that I had a book as a child called Lambykins.  It was a Tell-a-Tale book, and the story was as the person that wrote the e-mail described. (The lamb fooled everyone and rolled away in a drum).  Hope this helps.
I am looking for a children's book (like a Golden Book , but not one of theirs) which is called The Lambkin or The Little Lambkin. It was one of my favorites, and now that I am expecting a baby I would like to include it in his "library." Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!! 

Lands of Pleasure
In a first grade textbook story (published prior to 1969), identical twin brothers acquire a gold cocker spaniel puppy.  One wanted to name it "Snapper" and the other "Zip."  Their dad even had them stand at separate ends of the yard calling to see which name the puppy would respond to.  In the end they named it "Zipper."

Albert J. Harris & May Knight Clark, Lands of Pleasure, 1965.  This was my first grade reader, too, and I have a copy of it. The exact story of naming Zipper the cocker spaniel is in here. The twin boys are named Jim and Jack Jones.

I'm very pleased to find this site. I read incessantly as a child and at one point wanted to be a children's librarian when I grew up. Here is my Stump the Bookseller:  There was a series of books I read in the sixties that were set in a variety of times and places, but always featured a feisty teenage girl, who for some reason was uprooted from her home and A. had to go live with relatives,  B. frequently ran away from said relatives and/or home disguised as a boy/actor/gypsy/soldier/etc.,  C. met her soulmate/future husband,  D. eventually was reunited with her parents/family.  They were fairly accurate, historically. Several took place in Israel, on a kibbutz. The rest in  Cromwell's England, Scotland and the Colonial US. All involve politics, revolutions and struggles for freedom, both for the country in which they were set and the heroine herself. I think at least one was called Lark.  Can you help me?

L3  I'm pretty sure you're thinking of Sally Watson, who wrote Lark in 1964 and wrote several other books in the 50s, 60s and 70s.  Some other titles include Jade and Linnet, Watson's books feature young girls in different adventures and are set in various times and countries. 

Last Put-Out
kid's baseball book, title is something "The Last Out" about a baseball player who injures himself on the outfield wall while going for a fly ball, then struggles to return (successfully, of course) to playing ball and catching fly balls once again. Probably published around the 1950's.  Thanks!!

There's something called The Last Out by Jerry Taylor, but that's certainly not it!
Wilfred McCormick, The last put-out : a Bronc Burnett story, 1960.  Possibly?  I'm not familiar with this series, but this is a kid's fiction book about baseball.
How about The Last Put-Out: A Bronc Burnett Story, Wilfred McCormick, Grosset & Dunlap, 1960.  Sorry, no description other than the subjects Baseball and Juvenile fiction.

This is a fairly recent book (two years ago) that I saw in hardcover and now I can't remember what it was called or who wrote it.  It is a children's picture book and the plot is a weird version of Humpty Dumpty.  There's a girl (named Lucy?) and she befriends an egg.  They play together, but then there's thunder and lightening in the forest and she loses the egg.  She finds the remains of the shell and is upset  - but her friend (the egg) had turned into a bird.  I remember the illustrations to be colored pencil-like with dark backgrounds. This book may have been a re-issue of an older book, but I saw it about five years ago.

I solved my own stumper - H13's Humpty Dumpty story is actually called Lauraby Binette Schroeder.  I happened to be in the Strand Bookstore in NYC and I was so shocked when I saw it!

Lazy Jack
I had this book as a kid in the mid-60s.  It is about a prince who won't smile even when he is given golden gifts.  The last gift makes him smile, a gold fire engine or carriage.  Have you heard of this book?  Do you know its name?

There is an old English fairy tale with this plot called Lazy Jack that I have read in several different versions but it is usually a princess that doesn't smile.  In the version I have in front of me Jack loses his penny and his mother scolds him and says he should have carried in his pocket.  The next day he gets a jar of milk and puts it in his pocket, so his mother said he should have carried it on his head and next he gets cheese and puts it on his head and so on and so on until he ends up carrying a donkey on his shoulders and the princess laughs and Jack marries her.  I also have read a version where several people and animals are all stuck together and travel in front of the castle causing the unhappy person (princess?) to laugh.
Another possibility is The Frowning Prince, by Crockett Johnson, published by Harper 1959 The prince's frown has the power to break glass and wilt plants. "What happens when a prince with an immovable frown meets a princess with an irresistable smile. Ages 4-8." (Horn Book Apr/59 p.92 pub ad) This does at least have a prince who doesn't smile, rather than a princess. In the usual form of the Lazy Jack story, the (marriageable age) princess smiles because she sees a ridiculous sight, while the (very young?) prince in the questioner's story smiles perhaps because he is given a golden toy instead of golden treasures that he can't play with.
Lazy Jack: I think this may be - The King Who Learned to Smile, by Seymour Reit, illustrated by Gordon Laite, a Golden Book Beginning Reader, published Western 1960. "approximately a 2nd grade level, the story of a young king who had gold everything, but who wasn't very happy. This story tells what made him happy enough to finally smile." "A young king named Harold has all the gold objects you can imagine - shells and bells, skates and plates, even a gold toothbrush. But Harold is still unhappy." The cover shows the young king lying on the grass with animals around him, smiling at one who is wearing his golden crown.

Lazy Tommy Pumpkinhead
Many years ago, I read a children's book about a boy who lived in a house that did everything for him.  It cooked his breakfast. It put his clothes on. I think it even brushed his teeth and combed his hair.  I have been searching for this book for years.  It is NOT danny dunn and the automatic house.

It's way too simple to think this might be Ray Bradbury's short story "The Veldt," right?
Could H11 by Lazy Tommy Pumkinhead by William Pene du Bois a picture book in which machines do everything for the boy including getting dressed.
Most likely "Lazy Tommy Pumpkinhead" by Willem Pene du Bois. Very funny. This was supposed to have been part of a "Seven Deadly Sins" series, another being "Call Me Bandicoot" (about avarice) but the series was never completed.
Thank you very much.  Your stumper answer sounds right!  Now I want to get the book.  I looked for it at amazon.com. holy cow, the lowest price was $180 used !!!  Unfortunately, my upper limit is around $30.  if you see the book cheaper (but in decent condition), please let me know. Thanks.
story about a boy who lives in a mechanical house that pours him out of bed and into the shower machine, dressing machine, he's got mechanisms for making breakfast etc.

L28: Same as B79 - Lazy Tommy Pumpkinhead by William Pene du Bois. Part of a Seven Deadly Sins series. This is the best, IMHO, of the four actually written - the second best is Call Me Bandicoot.
Help! I am looking for a children's book that I read as a child (late 60's early 70"s) about a little boy who doesn't like to do things so he invents machines that will do the tasks for him (i.e. brush his teeth, etc). At first the machines work fine but then start to malfunction, i.e. brush his toes instead of his teeth. Have you heard of it? I would love to get it for my son. Thanks so much.

Lazy Tommy Pumpkinhead (1966) by William Pene du Bois, I believe. Very funny. Check it out in the Solved Mysteries page. The only other books in that series I heard of were Pretty Pretty Peggy Moffitt (1968),
Porko von Popbutton (1969), and Call Me Bandicoot (1970).
#L28--Lazy boy:  Several stories contain these elements.  The introduction to William Pene du Bois'sThe Twenty-One Balloons notes its similarities to F. Scott Fitzgerald's story "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz."  I started to read the Fitzgerald story, but it's not nearly as good as "The Twenty-One Balloons."  In "The Twenty-One Balloons," these magical devices are the work of industrious Americans rich on a huge diamond supply, while in "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz" the diamond discoverers rely on slave labor.  When I got to the part about how the whole scheme wouldn't have worked except that the slaves placed absolute trust and complete belief in their masters, *poof,* that was it for my suspension of disbelief!  William Pene du Bois said some of the similarities were obvious but he couldn't account for how he and F. Scott Fitzgerald would choose to spend their money in identical ways!  The other story that has some of these elements is "The Veldt," the most famous of a number of stories Ray Bradbury wrote on the theme of what did not then exist but are now known as "smart houses."  In "The Veldt," Peter, the boy, complains to his father, "I didn't like it when you took out the picture painter."  "I want you to learn to paint your own pictures," father replies.  At last father disconnects one too many "lazy" devices and plans to take the children off to "rough it," which the children put to an end through rather violent means.  (If what you read was this--or any other Bradbury story--you'd probably never forget the ending.)  His other famous "smart house" story, "There Will Come Soft Rains," involves no people, but rather a "smart" house which goes on working even though all its occupants have been killed in a nuclear holocaust.
L28 Lazy Tommy Pumpkinhead -more info. appears on your Solved Mysteries page ~from a librarian
I loved this story! It was about a lazy boy who didn't want to do anything for himself (either that, or he was an inventor boy). He made this contraption that did everything for him (got him out of bed, got him dressed, made him toast & eggs, etc.). I believe that the contraption may backfire in the end of the story. I think it's a picturebook. Definitely from the mid-seventies. Thanks!
Seeking a child's book about a lazy boy who is fed and dressed by machines - machines break during a storm

Lazy Tommy Pumpkinhead (1966) by William Pene du Bois.   See more on Solved Mysteries.

Lazy Young Duke of Dundee
I do not know who wrote the book or the title. I used to read it to my daughter when she was little. I would love to have it for my grandchildren. It was about a Duke of Dundee.  He had a delightful daughter and something to do with the dreadful dragon of Dundee.  The book used alot of "D" words.  It was such a fun book!

This is William Wise, The Lazy Young Duke of Dundee (Rand McNally, '70), ill. Barbara Cooney.
I'm happy to offer a copy of The Lazy Duke of Dundee:
Wise, William.  The Lazy Young Duke of Dundee.  Illustrated by Barbara Cooney.  Rand McNally, 1970, 1st printing.  Some light soiling and edgewear, VG.  <SOLD>

Legends of the United Nations
This was a hardcover library book with a blue or blue-and-white cover, called something like "United Nations Book of Fairy Tales" or "Fairy Tales from the United Nations."  It had some stories I'd never seen elsewhere two I recall were "The Blue Rose" and something like "The Bells (or Kingdom) of Ys."  In the first, a (Chinese?) princess sends her suitors on a quest for a blue rose they bring her things like a carved sapphire and a painted teacup, but the victor brings a white rose which looks blue to her.  In the second, there are some kind of bells which ring to warn a French kingdom of a flood which eventually engulfs it.  I read this book in the early 70's, and it didn't seem new at the time.

There is a book called Ride with the Sun: Folk Tales and Stories from all Countries of the United Nations, compiled by the U.N. Women's Guild in1955.  I have a copy right here (F/F, $12) but I can't find the two stories you mentioned listed (unless they have different titles, of course).  Then again, there could be another volume....
Thanks so much for your reply.  Unfortunately I've seen this book in  libraries and it's not the one I remember.  Your website is wonderful, with  some of the most reasonable prices I've seen for old books;  I'm having so much fun sharing the memories and trying to help solve the stumpers.  I'm  sure I'll think of more I'd like to find.  Thanks again!
Perhaps Legends of the United Nations edited by Frances Mary Frost, published by McGraw 1943, 323 pages? 47 stories from Britain, Poland, China, Norway etc. Contents list includes "Blue rose" and "Ys and her
bells". Hm, think we have a match.
Oh my goodness, I think that's it!  "Frost" rings a bell.  Thank you!

Lemonade Trick
Trick I'm trying to remember the name of a series about a boy (he was about 11 or 12 yrs old I believe) who owned a chemistry set/ magic set that led him on wild adventures.  If I remember correctly, there was some kind older person with magical qualities who provided guidance along the way.  I read these books back in the mid '70's.  A little like Encyclopedia Brown, but with a twist of magic.

E19: Most likely the Trick series by Scott Corbett! The first one, I think, is The Lemonade Trick, where he gets the chemistry set from Mrs. Graymalkin. He also wrote a couple of pleasantly scary books (1st or 2nd grade) about a boy, a dog and Merlin - Dr. Merlin's Magic Shop and The Great Custard Pie Panic. I WISH they were in print!
These are the "trick" books by Scott Corbett.  Mrs. Graymalkin gives Kerby and Fenton her son Felix's old chemistry set which seems to have a touch of magic and the boys have many adventures. There are at least ten
books in the series published from 1960 to 1977. The first one is The Lemonade Trick. The Mailbox Trick is my favorite.
More on the suggested series - Lemonade Trick, by Scott Corbett, illustrated by Paul Galdone, published Atlantic-Little 1960, 103 pages "Kerby delights to receive a magic chemistry set from Mrs. Graymalkin (who might be a witch?). Ordinarily he faces household chores and choir duties in the manner of any real boy we'd know; how he handles them after a few drops of her magic fluid, which makes him feel 'good', will also be believed because Mr. Corbett has built up so real a personality and situation for his very down-to-earth hero." (Horn Book Apr/60 p.128)

Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
a fictional account of the life of Santa Claus. It was very long, like over 300 pages. It had him inventing the Christmas tree, and making the toys himself. I know this isn't much to go on.

Kathryn Jackson's The Santa Claus Book?  A Big Golden Book, 1952.  It's big, but also nicely illustrated.
Here I am again. Looking up books when I should be working. Could S19 possibly be the LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF SANTA CLAUS by L. Frank Baum.of Wizard of OZ fame.
Tolkien wrote a book about how Saint Nicholas got to be Saint Nicholas, but I can't remember the title.
Oh, this is fun!  I'll bet your listing number S-19 (a book regarding Santa Claus) was a childhood favorite of mine. The title is The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by Julie Lane, illustrated by someone named simply Hokie. It was originally published by The Santa Claus Publishing Company of Boston, Massachusetts in 1932, and was re-published by University Microfilms, A Xerox Company located in Ann Arbor Michigan in 1967. The total pages of this book, however, number 144.  The book describes how Nicholas, a fisherman's son, is orphaned by a terrible storm. He is temporarily adopted by the individual families of the fishing village. They each agree to take him for a year and then he will move onto the next family. Nicholas begins giving toys to the children of the families as a gift on the day that he leaves them -- Christmas Day and continues it throughout his young life. It goes on to describe how during his eighteenth year he goes to live with a bitter old woodcarver, but through his good nature changes the old man's life and becomes a skilled woodcarver himself over the years. After the old man goes to live with his sons, Nicholas maintains his affection for the children of the village and continues to carve toys for them. The book goes on to describe how he gets his red suit (sewn by a lady who created it thinking of the size of his heart, not his slender figure) and how he eats to fill it out so her feelings won't be hurt. It describes how Holly is named for a little girl who conquers her fears to bring him the bright beautiful berries from the dark woods because she had been ill and could not bring him flowers. It describes how he acquires his reindeer and shiny red sleigh and why he began using a chimney to deliver his gifts. It covers how children began to hang stockings for him to fill and how the first Christmas trees came to exist for the gypsy children who were spending their Christmas in a forest. It covers his entire life until our beloved Nicholas, now a very old man, dies sending the village into grief. However, as reward for the faith of a young boy named Stephen, Nicholas continues to bring joy to the children of the world even after death on Christmas morning. It even covers how one of the village children, too young to refer to his as Saint Nicholas as the older people do, manages to stammer out "Sant' Claus".
Hello!  Once I was one your site looking at all the wonderful books people are looking for, when I found one that I had had about st Nicholas. The story was very loosely based on St Nicholas, it was mostly fiction. It started at boyhood. THe illustrations were done in green ink. He found a little girl named Holly who got lost in the woods. Anyways, it was a solved mystery and I thought I would remember it but now I cannot find it on your site. Can you help??? Thanks!

Lane, Julie, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus.  There is a long description of this book on the Solved Mysteries pages.
S144: This IS in Solved Mysteries, it's The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by Julie Lane, NOT to be confused with the book by L. Frank Baum! It's not an accurate picture of St. Nicholas, which they admit, but there are links to his life in it.

Life is So Good
African/American man aged 98 goes to school to learn to read and write.  He actually goes to school with some of his grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He was married x 3.  All of his wives died.  I think he had about a dozen children in total.  He lived and worked all his life in the Southern States of the usa.  ( Not South America).  When he had learnt to read, he was quite shocked at what he read in the newspapers etc., as he doesn't remember events happening as was described in the newspapers.- My son-in-law loaned me the book to read.  When I asked him if I could read it again, he said that he had lent it to someone and he couldn't remember who it was.  So we have lost track of it.  The book was written about 3 years ago and if the gentleman is still alive he would be about 103!  I would really like to get a copy as it is a very morallistic type of book.  'Why children NEED Grandparent'.  'Why we should treat others with respect'.  It is the type of book that really should be in a school Library.  I have forgotten the Title of the Book and the Name of the Author.  I hope that you can help me.  Even just the ISBN would help. Thank you.

George Dawson and Richard Glaubman, Life is So Good, 2000.  From your description, I'm almost sure the book you're looking for is called, "Life is So Good." It was written by George Dawson and co-authored by Richard Glaubman. The copyright date is 2000 and it was published by Random House.
George Dawson and Richard Glaubman, Life Is So Good  (ISBN 0-375-50396-X) 2000.Richard Glaubman and George Dawson's tutor were featured speakers at our agency's fundraiser.   Dawnson's story is very interesting and inspiring. He passed away at the age of 103 in July of 2001, I think.
George Dawson, Life is so good.2001, approximately.
George Dawson, Life is so Good, 2000 (Random House).
George Dawson, Life is so good, 2001.  I wouldn't really consider this a children's book, although it is a very
uplifting story and a quick read.

Light Princess
I think this is probably a Victorian children's story.  It was some what sad.  A princess/girl that is buried up to her neck at the bottom of a pond who eventually cries so many tears (or someone else does!) that she drowns. I think the illustrations were black and white line drawings a la Sendak's Little Bear books.  This story has haunted me since I've become an adult. Your thoughts would be most welcome!

P147: This is almost certainly The Light Princess by George MacDonald, 1864.  Here's a link.  It's described briefly in M154. The prince gets saved from drowning in the end and the princess cries non-stop when he opens his eyes - plus, the rain also pours non-stop till the lake is full again. Maurice Sendak did indeed illustrate one edition of it! Arthur Hughes was the first, but I prefer William Pene du Bois' edition - the illustrations are humorous in just the right fashion and it's also necessarily abridged. MacDonald was seldom this funny! Lots of puns and Freudian implications. Here's a link  for Princess & the Goblin with lots of gorgeous illustrations.
George MacDonald, The Light Princess,1864.  I strongly suspect this is the story, though some details are different I have no idea what edition, though, since it was written in the 19th century (though it looks like it was illustrated in one edition by Maurice Sendak -- those might be your haunting black and whites). "It is the tale of a princess who is cursed by a mean, jealous, witch so that she has no gravity, both weightlessness, and lack of gravity in her character.In the way of things, a Prince appears, falls in love with the Princess, and thwarts the curse by the selfless behavior, which results in the Princess recovering her gravity: not an unmixed blessing, but one which her new maturity allows her to realize is best in the long run." The Prince is the one who puts himself in the situation to be drowned in order to save the Princess. 

Lightning Strikes Twice
I have been looking for another book and I'm sorry I don't know the author or title of this one either.  I read it around 1965, but I think it was my mom's from the 1940's. The plot line  I remember is a little sketchy- it was something about a teenager who was taking ballet lessons and argued with her friend about who was going to do the solo with a boy who was supposed to be good-looking.  I thought the title was something like Lightning Never Strikes Twice, or Lightning Strikes Twice, but I have not been able to find it. I do remember that it had a surprise ending; I think she broke her ankle or the boy got hurt while ice skating or skiing. Talk about vague memories.  Any help would be appreciated!!

The book in L-3 is  Lightning Strikes Twice  by Marguerite Dickson.
Hi, I wrote looking for Lightning Never Strikes or a book title similar to that.  I bought it in a used bookstore the other day.  It was called Lightning Strikes Twice and was by Marguerite Dickson.   It was from 1946 and was close to what I remembered.  Thanks so much. 

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Linnets and Valerians
I remember this book from reading it in the mid-1960's. Three children are sent to their uncle's house, arriving in the middle of the night in cart drawn by a pony or I think a rather large dog. the uncle has an owl, and eventually we find that he is a warlock who has some pretty magical powers. I thought the book was by the adult novelist Elizabeth Goudge, but that book was only about one little girl. This story takes place in Britain, possibly at the turn of the century. Thanks for any help you can provide.

Cooper, Susan, Over Sea, Under Stone.  One of the Dark is Rising Series. The three Drew, Jane, Barney and Simon, children are on vacation in Cornwall, at the old sea-house with their Uncle Merry (not an actual relation). At first all is well. But while searching for adventure, the children stumble into a crumbling old map - a map dating back to King Arthur's time. But this map is not just an antique curio - but the key to finding a mystical grail...
This could be Linnets and Valerians, by Elizabeth Goudge.  (The book by her about one girl is probably The Little White Horse.)  It's four children, rather than three, but they do arive at their uncle's house in a pony-cart, and the uncle is a magician.
Elizabeth Goudge, Linnets and Valerians. This is indeed by Elizabeth Goudge, just not the one you're thinking of (it's _not_ Over Sea, Under Stone).  Probably the best book she ever wrote, IMHO, and one of the easiest to get hold of.
There's no way this is Over Sea, Under Stone---the children arrive by train and there's no beekeeping.  Their uncle is kind of a wizard and the only owl association in the story is that the enemies hoot like an owl to communicate danger to each other.
Elizabeth Goudge, Linnets and Valerians.  Four children sent to live with their nasty grandmother run away and hitch a ride in a cart drawn by a pony to an old man's house.  This happens to be their great Uncle Ambrose.  He is a minister and former teacher who lives with a servant, Ezra, and has a pet owl.  He agrees to take the children in a raise them since their father is in the army.  The children get involved in a mystery concerning an old
lady, Lady Alicia, and her missing husband and son.  They also run into another old village woman, Emma, who is reputed to be a witch.  While Uncle Ambrose is not a wizard, there is reference to magic in the book because Ezra believes that the bees in the beehives in the backyard should be paid respect.  One of the children also finds notebooks containing magical spells and a voodoo doll.  Ezra makes his own good magic voodoo dolls to protect the children.

Lion's Bed
I am looking for a children's picture book from the ealy 70's probably.  It is the story of how all the animals in the jungle work together to keep out the lion (tiger?).  The anteater, the snake, the birds of some kind, all make life miserable for the lion so he won't want to stay in their part of the jungle.  The repeated line is "That's what I do best". Thanks for you help.

Perhaps - The Lion's Bed, by Diane Redfield Massie, published Weekly Reader, 1974 "All the animals unite to outwit the lion who is coming to their neighborhood. They make him a soft bed, but coconuts fall on him, ants crawl over him, pecarries play tag over him. He decides that to get a good night's sleep he will go away."
This same query was posted on the Alibris board, and I contacted the seeker by email to ask about The Lion's Bed. She confirmed that it was the correct title and that her husband had posted the stumper here.

Lisa and the Grompet
I have been searching for this book for many years and would be grateful for any help.....The story is about a the youngest child in a family who is constantly told what to do by everbody else in the house.  One day the child (a boy?) decides to run away and discovers a small creature living alone in the woods (under a mushroom?).  The creature is tired of always having to do everthing by himself and not have anybody to tell him what to do.  They go home together and the boy has someone to tell what to do and the creature has someone to tell him what to do.  At the end of the book is a picture of the creature (who looks like a thumb-print) swinging in the pull-ring of a window shade.

I'd suggest Lisa and the Grompet, written and illustrated by Patricia Coombs, published New York, Lothrop 1970. "Tired of being told what to do, Lisa runs away from home. When she stops to rest and 'think about things' she encounters a grompet. This tiny, furry, winged thing longs for what Lisa abhors - someone to boss him around. Lisa appoints herself master and takes him home, where they presumably live happily ever after. Softly modeled illustrations in black and white with pink and brown overtones - Lisa changes from belligerent to sad to happy while remaining delightfully untidy; the grompet is a cute, cuddly creature." (SLJ Book Review 1969-70 p.4)
Thank you!  This is indeed the book I have been searching for for over 20 years!  Thank you!!!

I am looking for a children's picture book (I read it in the late 60's/early 70's at the library) about a poodle named Lisette who lived in Paris who went outside and got lost. The opening lines were "Lisette was a poodle/an exquisite thing/she was light as a snowflake/ and lovely as spring." My mother and I can't remember the title or author, but I would appreciate anything you might have in mind...Thanks!

Doing a search of the web, I found this entry:
Holl, Adelaide Lothrop, Lisette, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin (NY: See & Shephard, 1962). 30pp. Lisette comes to the USA aiming for immediate movie stardom; instead, gets lost in New York City. Sounds very similar to what was described in L1 (though the publisher should probably be Lee & Shepard).
I believe my grandmother still has my story about the poodle who got lost.  I’ll check with her next time I’m out her way, and let you know.  I know it was from the ‘60s. 

Little Animal series
I have vivid memories of a hardcover children's picture book from my school library, possibly one of a series, I read and re-read sometime between 1975 and 1978.  The characters were animals and I'm certain one was a brown hedgehog, and another a blue mole.  It had simple, bold, cartoon illustrations on bright white backgrounds, similar to the "Mr. Men" series but even "chunkier".  The book may have been British.

I may have solved my own stumper I sent yesterday.  After some more Web searching, I think the series I remember is the Little Animal series by Karen Gunthorp.  The book I recall most vividly is Spring Comes to the Forest, illustrated by Attilio Cassinelli.  Do you know if the whole series of Little Animal books was illustrated by Cassinelli?
Looks like most of them are illustrated by Cassinelli!

Little Babs
A Friend for Babsie, 1940.  Girl lives in the woods with her father who is away every day cutting wood.  She is lonely and wants a friend.  Yet she never has the time to go find a friend because of all the very time consuming chores she must complete every day.  Then the fairies of the water, dishes, broom and the clock etc. collaborate to buy her the time she needs to find a friend.  She finds the friend in the end.  The illustrations are intricate and beautiful.

George Mitchell, Little Babs, 1919.  This is one of the beautifully illustrated books done by the Volland Company. I have my mother's copy of it.
Eureka!  Someone knew the book!  My stumper is already solved.  I am thrilled!  Can I buy a copy of this book as well, if you can get a copy?  Author: George Mitchell, Title: Little Babs, published: 1919?  While I am in
the process of collecting old well loved children's books, how many of author William Steig's books can you sell me?   Thank you for all your help.  I loved your site I know I'll be back again and again.

click here for imageLittle Ballerina
I love your web site! I'm looking for a book about a little girl who takes  up ballet to strengthen her ankles. It's a short book--I remember it as a  Little Golden Book, but I'm not sure that this is accurate. It's heavily illustrated. One of the first pictures shows the little girl looking out the window at the other children playing outside.  Thanks very much for this service! Next time I'm in the Cleveland area I plan to stop by the shop.

My parents have this book. We grew up with it. The title is Little Ballerina but I do not know the author as it is sitting in my parents'  house over 100 miles from where I am. It is an oversized picture type book. We do own another one in the series, Little Swimmers, for I  recognize the illustrator--Dorothy Grider. The publisher is Rand McNally and Company and it has "A Rand McNally Giant Book " on the front cover. The main character is named Carol and her legs are weak, perhaps from an illness so ballet lessons are recommended by the family doctor. My sisters and I all loved this book and I now read it to my 8 yo ballet loving daughter when I visit my parents. Sorry I do not know the author.
Right you are.  Here's the full book description:
Dorothy Grider. Little Ballerina. Rand McNally, 1959.  4to, unpaginated.

I'm looking for a book I loved in the early 1960's.  The main character is a little girl who is not strong.  Her doctor recommends to her mother to put her into ballet class.  The mother helps sew the costumes.  The children have a ballet recital in the book, with a little boy as Jack Frost.
I've been looking for a book for years, but can't remember the name. I'ts about ballarina's, I just remember seeing little girls in different colored tu tu's. I thought it was a little golden book, illustrated by Eloise Winken, but not sure. It's was from the late 50's or early 60's.
B24 could be Little Ballerina, a Rand McNally Elf book
I am looking for a book that I read when I was about 7 or 8, so it would have been published late 50's or early 60's. It was a book about ballet and the illustrations were beautiful. There was one page with all of the little ballet dancers dressed up in dresses resembling flowers and they had matching hats...pink, yellow, green, purple and blue. There are other pages with the ballet dancers practicing. Would love to find it.

B82 ballet dancers as flowers: a picture much like this appears in Dorothy Grider's Little Ballerina, published Rand McNally 1959, unpaginated. There are also pictures of the little dancers practicing.
Grider, Dorothy, Little Ballerina. Rand McNally Elf, 1959.  The girls in the ballet class dress as flowers in pink, purple and yellow, with little green 'stem' caps. One boy is dressed in green with a 'stem' cap, and another is dressed in brown with a segmented front, perhaps a beetle?
Golden Book, 1958-1963.  Large picture book about a girl who had an illness that weakened her legs.
Doctor recommends ballet lessons. Book shows her painful efforts to become good enough to dance in
the recital.

Dorothy Grider.  Little Ballerina. Rand McNally, 1959. See more on the Solved Mysteries page.
Grider, Dorothy.  Little Ballerina.  Rand McNally, 1958.  A paperback Elf Book.  VG-.  <SOLD>  

Little Bear's Visit
a book about a bear, same date, who went to visit his grandmother who made special cookies for him.

Elsa(?) Minarik, Little Bear Visits Grandma.  Illustrated by Maurice Sendak, there were several titles in the Little Bear series.
Another possibility is - Teddy Bear of Bumpkin Hollow, over in the Solved list. Written by Sharon Boucher, illustrated by Dean Bryant, published Rand McNally Elf Books 1948. The little bear misses out on a visit to grandma because he is always late, then is consoled by having her visit him and make giant cookies for him.
Minarik, Else Holmelund, Little Bear's Visit, 1961.  Many in this series - currently in print (and animated
series, available on video)

Little Benny Wanted a Pony
I am looking for a story or book for a good friend.  Her mother recently passed away and she has now forgotten the words to this story that her mother would recite by heart to her as a child.  She'd like to carry this on with her own children.  It may have been popular in the 40's 50's...mayyybe early 60's...  these are the words remembered:Little Benny went to town / wearing a frown / upside down / painted pony.  The deal is Benny has all these adventures on his way to town and ends up smiling. I am aware that there are major gaps in this story.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

This is a wonderful old Golden Book called, I believe, Little Benny Who Wanted a Pony.  The original printing had a mask with a big downward frown bound into it.
It is indeed. The correct title is Little Benny Wanted a Pony written by Olive O'Connor Barrett and illustrated by the great Richard Scarry in 1950. It was issued with a mask in the back of the book.

Little Bitty Raindrop
Book from my childhood....1950's. Child's picture book about a little raindrop or a baby raindrop up in the clouds preparing to fall to earth. Little raindrop had a cherubic face. The cover of the book had dark blues or grays in it, like stormy rainy weather. I've had no luck looking at book and paper shows or earching the internet. Thanks for any help.

Peggy Usher, Little Bitty Raindrop.  1948.  Illustrations by Marguerite Hanson.  I don't know for sure if this is the one, but the date is right, and the cover is blue.

Little Boy from Shickshinny
This was titled something like The Little Boy From Shikshinney or something like that... I don't know about the spelling of the  last word.  It was a simply illustrated children's book about a (possibly?) Amish or Penns.  Dutch farm boy who was always trying to do things around the farm that he was to small to do.  The ONLY phrase I remember is something like:..."Sharp knives make the fingers off." I would love to find this book but evidently don't have the title right, as every possible search I have entered for it has come up with ZERO!

This has *got* to be Little Boy from Shickshinny by Frank Anders. It's out of print, but some copies turn up

Little Broomstick
It's NOT Witchcat.  I have vivid memories of part of the story: a girl sneaking into the lab of a witches' school (?), sets the animals free and escapes, I think, on a broomstick.  I remember she had a friend who was a cat, in fact the cat may even have been a witch herself.  It was published by Dell Yearling about 23 odd years ago (which is why my memory is so hazy).

Almost certainly The Little Broomstick, 1971 - it's Mary Stewart's first children's book! Mary Smith, age
ten, stuck miserably at her great-aunt's house in Shropshire (England) with no one to play with, gets swept off to Endor College on an enchanted broomstick with a mysterious cat named Tib. She enjoys playing along as a student for a while, but soon realizes that the place is evil. She gets home only to find that Tib has been taken prisoner for transformation experiments and she has to go back to rescue him in the dead of night. In doing so, she liberates all sorts of beautiful woods creatures from their ugly transformations, plus Tib's brother Gib! She's chased by Madame Mumblechook and Dr. Dee, discovers a new friend, and together they manage to escape. In doing so, Mary has to forsake magic forever. One might callthis the flip side of "Harry Potter" - or, more simply, that the story is about learning how to succeed and become happy through your own efforts, not through any sinister "magic". I remember thinking, as a kid, that Stewart's writing style was just the way I would write if I could!
W57 witch sets free the animals: yes, this is most likely The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart, illustrated by Shirley Hughes, published Brockhampton 1971. The story is about Mary, staying at Great-Aunt Charlotte's house, bored until she meets the black cat Tib and finds the purple flower fly-by-night that makes the little broomstick fly. In chapter 10 'gay go up and gay go down' Mary hides in Endor College, the witch school, after hours and finds Tib transformed into a frog (Madame Mumblechook had taken him from her as her entry fee). She recites the Master Spell to release him. "It was a simple, gay little rhyme, and it ended on a phrase that might have been (but wasn't) 'the dancing ring of days'. With a clicking and cracking like a million billion nuts popping under the feet of a hundred elephants, the locks of the cages - all the cages - flew open. And out of every cage the creatures jumped, flapped, crept, shuffled, clawed their way, till they swarmed all round Mary's feet on the ground. Under Mary's eyes a lame hedgehog stretched and grew and became a young deer, dappled and big-eyed and supple as willow; a shuffling pangolin swept into the air with the knife-wings and scarlet throat of a swallow; the glass frog, rolling to her feet, melted into the steely velvet of a beautiful smoke-grey cat; then all round her were wings and the joyous cries of birds, and the light-flecked coats and tossing antlers of deer. And from the little metal cage with its burst lock leaped Tib, eyes wide and brilliant, and landed on Mary's left shoulder, as the grey cat swarmed up her other arm to anchor every claw in the collar of her coat. ... Then she shouted: 'Run, everyone! This way!' And tore out through the strong-room door and across the lab."
Stewart, Mary. The Little Broomstick.  William Morrow & Company, 1972.  Ex-library copy with usual markings.  G+/G+.  $25
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Little Brute Family
In about 1970, I read to my daughter from a book about the Stone Family (I think) - life was mean - father went to work gathering stones, the kids ate stones, etc.  Then the little daughter discovered a flower, and the family became happy.

Sand and gravel porridge just doesn't taste good.  Then one day Baby Brute found a little wandering lost good feeling in a field of daisies, and he caught it in his paw and put it in his tiny pocket.  And he felt so good that he laughed and said, "How lovely."  Thank goodness for daisies.  And reprinted classics.
Hoban, Russel.  The Little Brute Family.  Illustrated by Lillian Hoban.  Macmillan, 1966.  Farrar, Straus and Giroux, a Sunburst Book, 2002.  New paperback, $5.95

Little Colonel's Hero
Hello, My sister and I are trying to find a book from our childhood.  We were born in 1959 and 1960 respectively.   I think it is a book we were reading around 8 or 10 years old? The theme is a little girl gets a ball of yarn from Grandma? or other family member and is disappointed until she starts to knit and small surprises fall from the ball (maybe charms?)  and when she is finished with the ball she has something maybe a braclet or necklace or many things and also learns a lesson from her surprise? These names kinda ring a bell: A Surprise for (name) Emily, Sally? really not sure A Birthday Surprise ? We have blown fuses in our brains trying to remember this book.

I vaguely remember this book, too -- but mostly I remember making my own yarn balls with trinkets inside!  There is a Little Golden Book called Surprise for Sally by Ethel Crowninshield, illustrated by Corinne Malvern, 1950, but I can't find any plot summaries.  The cover shows a girl running, holding a puppy in her arms, which doesn't look familiar to me....
#Y2--Yarn and Grandma:  Definitely not Surprise for Sally, a book which has become rare and expensive!
Annie Fellowes Johnston, The Little Colonel's Hero,  1903.  In this book in the series, the ball of yarn is used as a plot device, and alludes to another (German) story, "Marguerite's Wonderball." The citation: "...It was a green and gold volume of short stories, one that she had read many times before, but she never grew tired of them. The one she liked best was "Marguerite's Wonderball'' and she turned to that first, because it was the story of a happy birthday. Marguerite was a little German girl, learning to knit, and to help her in her task her family wound for her a mammoth ball of yarn as full of surprise packages as a plum cake is of plums Day by day, as her patient knitting unwound the yarn, some gift dropped out into her lap. They were simple things, nearly all of them. A knife, a ribbon, a thimble, a pencil, and here and there a bonbon, but they were magnified by the charm of the surprise, and they turned the tedious task into a pleasant pastime. Not until her birthday was the knitting finished, and as she took the last stitches a little velvet-covered jewel-box fell out. In the jewel-box was a string of pears that had belonged to Marguerite's great-great-grandmother. It was a precious family heirloom, and although Marguerite could not wear the necklace until she was old enough to go to her first great court ball, it made her very proud and happy to think that, of all the grandchildren in the family, she had been chosen as the one to wear her great-great-grandmother's name that means pearl, and had inherited on that account the beautiful Von Behren necklace."

Little Foxes Sleep Warm
Hi, I was looking for a nursery rhyme and ran across your web site.  The story is about a family of foxes and a man and his wife.  The man doesn't have enought money to feed his wife so he freezes her and puts her in the shed for the winter.  In the spring, he goes to get his wife and he finds a family of fat foxes.  Can you help?

Hi.  I have the answer to F-3.  It is a short story titled Little Foxes Sleep Warm by Waldo Carlton Wright.  It was copyrighted in 1971.  It can be found in "Alfred Hitchcock: Stories To Be Read With the Door Locked"--a title in his anthology series.
And I have it!  Your story Little Foxes Sleep Warm is in Alfred Hitchcock's Stories to be Read with the Door Locked, nice shape with dj.  <SOLD>
Is the story about a man and his wife.  They are so poor that he decides to freeze her and put her in the barn for the winter to save on food?  And during this time a fox has babies and they end up living on her to survive? 

Little Girl and the Tiny Doll
Hello! This has been driving me crazy for YEARS. It is a children't picture book that I read in the 70's. Unfortunately, I don't remember the title, author or cover of the book. It is about a little doll that was left behind in a supermarket and she's waiting for someone to find/notice her. The only illustration that stands out in my mind is the one where she is in a freezer, playing tennis by herself against a box of frozen peas. The peas were her tennis balls and her racket was one of those wooden spoons you use for icecream cups. In the end a little girl finds her, takes her home, and the doll gets to live in a nice doll house. Any help will be greatly appreciated!!!! :-) Thanks.

I think I've solved the doll in the supermarket stumper. Today I got a book at the library (an anthology of doll stories called The Silent Playmate, ed. Naomi Lewis) that has a section at the back with references to other books about dolls. This is the very first one mentioned, under "Picture Books":  The Little Girl and the Tiny Doll (Longmans, 1966) by Aingelda Ardizzone and Edward Ardizzone:  "A perfect doll tale set in a modern supermarket. Doll, abandoned in deep freeze section, hopefully waits. Nice little girl perceives, plans rescue, 3 to 7 year olds."
I can not BELIEVE someone has solved my stumper!!!!!  I'm almost POSITIVE that this is the book I have been searching for.  Years and years of asking Children's Librarians have turned up NADA.  Everyone looked at me as if I were crazy  Harriett, your site is a little piece of heaven for people like me!!! :-)  If you can find a copy for me and it's not outrageously expensive, I would love to purchase the book.  Thanks so much!!!!!
Good morning- I have been trying to remember the name of a book I used to love when I was a child.  The story was about a tiny little girl who lived in the frozen food section at a grocery store.  Unfortunately, all I can recall about this book is a crudely drawn picture of the little girl in the freezer near frozen peas, and that at the end of the story she is taken home by a real little girl who finds her while food shopping with her mother!  The book must be fairly old, and was a favorite of mine when I was 5 years old.  If there is anything you can tell me about this one, I would be extremely grateful!
You are amazing! Thank you so much for your prompt reply and assistance!
In this children's book, a tiny little girl is in the grocery store, and she plays tennis with frozen baby peas.

Little Golden Holiday Book
This was, I believe, a Golden Book about a boy and girl celebrating various occasions - I remember birthday accessories, and an Easter egg hunt.  I had these in the early 1950's, but was the eldest cousin, so......  Thank you so much for your time and effort!  I really enjoyed your website!

L31 LGB holidays: okay, now that I have the reg number, suggesting The Little Golden Holiday Book, by Marion Conger, artist is Eloise Wilkin, published 1951, Little Golden Library 109, "a beautiful story of a child's view of holidays, and precious drawings of childhood innocence, an extremely rare book with a wonderful story and beautiful drawings. The holidays covered are Valentines Day, Easter, 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas. The Halloween drawings are reminiscent of the Halloween segment of the movie Meet Me in St. Louis starring Judy Garland and Margaret O'Brien."

Little House
This is a book I had as a child. (late 60's) It's a story about a home in the country that ends up getting moved back out to the country after the ever increasing city eventually builds up around it. Thats it. pretty basic, but, it primarily was based on the pictures, which, as I recall were quite colorful. Like they were drawn with oil pencils. I would really like to find this book.

This is The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton, a real classic. I have a brand new hardback edition for $15 plus $3 postage (book rate).

Little House in the Fairy Wood
My lost book: In my grandmother's collection was a children's or YA novel--at least 100p., no illustrations--from possibly as late as the early 70's, more likely 50s or 60s? Blue binding (isn't that helpful?) The book opens on an "Indian Summer" day. Boy, an orphan, lives in a boarding house, works in a factory, but skips work that day and goes into the woods, where he meets a girl who is part wood-nymph and her mother (full wood-nymph?). They live inside a tree and invite him to stay; he meets other forest denizens, they go to the seashore once... I have been looking for this for years, in used bookstores, libraries with old collections, bibliographies, books about the history of children's literature, etc. I have a feeling it was a first novel that never went anywhere--too bad because in memory at least, it was a wonderful book.

W9--This sounds similar to Black and Blue Magic by Zilpha Keatly Snyder...or maybe Magic in the Alley by Mary Calhoun?
Just so nobody gets off on the wrong track;  W9 is definately not Black and Blue Magic by Snyder.
#W9--Wood Nymphs:  this description is not VAGUELY like Black and Blue Magic by Zilpha Keatley Snyder or Alley Magic by Mary Calhoun, fercryinoutloud!  It is at least vaguely like Water Babies, by Charles Kingsley, but that kid was a chimney sweep, not a factory worker.
My first thought is someone like Frank Stockton or Robert W. Chambers, but none of theirs seem to quite fit. The best I've found through keyword search has been The Enchanted by Elizabeth Coatsworth, published by Pantheon in 1951, illustrated by Robert Winthrop White "Story of a young man's strange romance in the Enchanted, an actual and magical region in the Northern Maine Woods." A further search described the young man as a farmer, though, so not so likely.
barely possible: Garrott, Hal Snythergen New York, McBride 1923 "The magical adventures of the boy who went to the forest to live as a tree and learn about nature and the important things of life. Beautifully illustrated with 4 color plates and in black & white throughout by Dugald Walker."
At 157 pages not likely (too short), but because the author seems possible: Stockton, Frank R. The Lost Dryad Riverside, Hillacre Book House 1912  28 pp. "Published posthumously. This charming story about a tree spirit whose kiss could remove ten years from a person's life was dictated as a unique gift for the author's friend, Mrs. Florence Gotthold in 1901."
B143 boy ran away into forest sounds close to W9 wood nymphs. The possible publication date is similar, and both begin with a boy working in a factory who escapes into a forest setting where magical things happen.
I have been looking for this book too and was beginning to believe it was all in my imagination! It was a wonderful book and the author should be thanked, whoever she/he is. It got me through a very difficult childhood.  I lived in this book for years. To add more to the story: each night the fire in the fireplace turned into a beautiful lady and covered the orphan boy with a warm blanket. They fed him warm cream & berrys and roasted chestnuts. But the book ended sadly.  He woke one morning to discover it was all a dream.  He was back in the factory, looking out a window, daydreaming of living in the forest with his friends.
Ethel Cook Eliot, Little House in the Fairy Wood, 1918.  I think this is it!!! The author also wrote Wind Boy and many others. I found it on ebay!!
Ethel Eliot, The Little House in the Fairy Wood.  It is Not Black and Blue Magic!! This book is The Little House in the Fairy Wood by Ethel Eliot.  A great old book.
Can you please help?  I would like to find an old favorite.  I read it in the 60`s as a little girl but do not remember the author or publication. It`s about a young, poor boy who worked hard in a factory all day.  One day he ran away into a nearby forest (I think the wind beckoned him to follow it) and found a safe place, a small cabin or house.  The animals of the forest took care of him and became his friends.  I think there were faries and maybe elves that lived in the forest and also took care of and played with him. They had chestnut parties. Each night the fire in the hearth would turn into a beautiful lady and covered him with a warm blanket.  At the end of the story he woke and it was all just a dream to escape from his unhappy life. He was back in the factory looking out of a window (at the forest) wishing he was back there. Thank you so much for your help in hopefully finding this old book for me to buy.

B143 boy ran away into forest sounds close to W9 wood nymphs. The possible publication date is similar, and both begin with a boy working in a factory who escapes into a forest setting where magical things happen.
YES!!!  I think it's the same book!  I'm so desperate to find this book that I'm willing to put up a reward (plus the cost of the book) to any one to who finds it. Would that be too tacky? This book means a lot to me, it got me through a very abusive childhood (a way to escape).  I didn't want to mention that but I want you to know why this book is so important.  Thank you.
Ethel Cook Eliot, Little House in the Fairy Wood.  1918.
The Little House in the Fairy Wood, by Mrs. Ethel Augusta Eliot, published New York,  Stokes, Toronto, Butterworth, c.1918, 121 pages, colored frontispiece, colored plates. 22 cm. "An unusual and beautiful fairy story
in which a little Earth Child has wonderful adventures with Snow Witches, Star People, and in particular with little Ivra who is 'part fairy'." The author also wrote Wind Boy, (Doubleday 1923) "unusually lovely tale of fancy ... two little war refugees in America, whose only playmate was the Wind Boy." That was reprinted in 1996 by Raven Rocks Press - maybe they'd be interested in reprinting this one as well?

Little Leftover Witch
For years, I have been searching for a book that was read to me every year at Halloween in elementary school, during the mid to late 70's.  It is a story about a little witch named Lucinda who crashes her broom into a tree (on or around Halloween).  She befriends the little girl whose bedroom window is next to the tree.  The rest is sketchy, but if memory serves, she is taken in to the family and lives with them for a year and goes back to her home the next Halloween???   The book was small, had a yellow hard back and was divided into chapters.  The illustrations were pencil drawings.  Can you help me find it?

W39: Sounds like Little Leftover Witch (1960) by Florence Laughlin. Her name is Felina, but she chooses
to stay with the Doon family and changes her name to Mary Lucinda George Doon, I believe. Because of the
way the story develops, one might say this falls less into the category of witch stories than, say, adoption/adjustment stories.
I don't have a copy to doublecheck the witch's name, but I'm pretty sure the person is thinking of THE LITTLE LEFTOVER WITCH by Florence Laughlin.  The little witch crashes into a tree and breaks her broomstick, stranding herself until the next Halloween when the witches return. She stays with the Doon family. The witch is very naughty at first, but eventually, with their patience and love, she becomes kinder. She may even choose to stay with them when Halloween returns.
this sounds an awful lot like Little Leftover Witch by Florence Laughlin, only the witch is named Felina. Happy Anniversary!
This story is The Little Leftover Witch, and the author's name is Laughlin.
Thanks so much for everyone's help with solving my mystery.  After years of searching, I have found a copy of The Little Leftover Witch and am waiting on its arrival.  I cannot wait to share it with my niece and perhaps my one day, my own daughter.  This site is truly wonderful!!  Thank you again!!!
The other one I read about 1972 or 73.  It's about a child witch who was adopted by a non witch family and gave her a birthday of 10/31.  *later* After I sent this email I looked through your Solved Mysteries and one of my mysteries was solved.  The witch book I am looking for is Little Leftover Witch.

click here for pictures & profile pageLittle Lost Angel
A book written for younger children (that I received for Christmas in the early sixties), which was called The Littlest Angel, but NOT the book of the same name that seems to be all over the Web these days. It was a large picture book, at least 12" wide by 14" high, illustrated in colour, about a very small angel named Dorcas, who was with the other angels singing in the sky on the night of Jesus' birth. She becomes tired and decides to land and have a nap. When she awakes, everyone is gone and she doesn't know how to go back to Heaven. At various points in the story, she gives away her halo, harp and wings to help others, and I remember her having sore, bleeding feet. She ends upon earth for the rest of her life, and people love her because she's so good, but nobody knows she's really an angel.  I would be thrilled to find any or all of these!! And I'd love to see your store too, if we ever get down there (I'm in Toronto).

Not the Chareles Tazewell classic, eh?
regarding L5-Littlest Angel; this is definitely 'Little Lost Angel' by Janet Field Heath (her name isn't on the cover though), it was a "Rand McNally Tip-Top Elf Book" (1963).  Best of luck finding a copy, it's a wonderful book, the only childrens book I've constantly kept with me, but incredibly sad too,especially when the angel gives her wings to the lame shepherd so he can walk and then winds up permanently lame herself.  Best Regards from Australia (this is a great website - reading your Solved Section cleared up  a number of books I've been wondering about for years - Thank You!)
Help! I have longed to find a book from my chilhood I'm 31, I was referred here and it is my first glimmer of hope. This was a red, material covered hardcover (missing the dust jacket when I had it) children's bedtime stories. I believe there were 4 stories 2 I remeber. One is about an angel, you do not know she is and angel at first I believe the story begins she is in a field of lambs sleeping she
goes to a house with a light on, the strangers care for her feet which are cut & bruised from walking on the ground. You find out she has given her gifts away such as her wings to a lame boy, her harp to an older person I think?

Little Lost Angel
Janet Field Heath, Little Lost Angel, 1953.  I think this would be the angel book.  The little angel comes with the angels on christmas eve to announce the birth of Jesus.  But she gets tired and falls asleep in the field.  When she awakes the angels are gone.  As she looks for them she gives away her harp to a sad man, her crown to angry woman, her wings to a lame boy. She follows a light looking for heaven but finds a home instead with a couple who had been praying for a child.   The people to whom she gave her treasures went on to become good and kind people. This was/is one of my favorite stories.  It is a Rand McNally Tip Top Elf Book. number 8680.
Janet Field Heath, Little Lost Angel, 1953.  Don't know about the whole collection, but the angel story is Little Lost Angel, for sure. Nice color illustrations by Janet Laura Scott. Still makes me weepy when I read it at Christmas.
Heath, Janet Field.  Little Lost Angel.  Illustrated by Janet Laura Scott.  Rand McNally, 1953.  Junior Elf Book.  VG.  <ON HOLD> 
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Little Maid series
In the late 1950's I read a series set in various American colonies during the Revolutionary War.  I believe the titles began Little Miss (name) of (name of colony).  It seems that they had blue covers.

Alice T. Curtis' 1950's Little Maid series....  includes A Little Maid of Old Philadelphia, A Little Maid of Ticonderoga, A Little Maid of Massachuetts Bay Colony, A Little Maid of Provincetown, A Little Maid of Connecticutt, A Little Maid of New England, A Little Maid of Narragansett Bay, A Little Maid of Old New York, A Little Maid of Maryland, A Little Maid of Virginia, A Little Maid of Mohawk Valley, etc. 

Little Mailman of Bayberry Lane
A Little Golden Book, the story of the little mailman and his neighbors, all of whom are adorable little animals.

It's actually a Rand McNally Elf Book: The Little Mailman of Bayberry Lane by Ian Munn and illustrated by Elizabeth Webbe, 1952.

Little Miss Busy
I think it was called sommething like "Mrs. Hurry" about a woman who was always in a rush. At one point she walks along the street so fast, she falls into an open manhole. My recollection is that book was done only in white, black, and yellow, and that it was either a picture book or what we now call an easy reader.  I hope you can help me.

Roger Hargreaves, Mr Men and Litte Miss series, 1971.  This sounds like Roger Hargreaves' 1970s British series of "Mr Men" and "Little Miss" children’s books. The characters were colorful, anthropomorphized happy faces each named for his or her cardinal trait: Mr. Nosey, Mr. Messy, Little Miss Chatterbox, Little Miss Fickle, &c. Fate usually dispensed some sort of mild but ironic retribution for their behavior. In that way it was kind of like Struwwelpeter but with out the death and dismemberment.
If the person remembers the book being small, with kind of round abstract-looking characters, then it could be one of the "Little Miss" series by Roger Hargreaves. It could be LITTLE MISS BUSY. ~from a librarian
Edith Thacher Hurd, Hurry, Hurry, 1961.  One of the "I Can Read" series.

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just discovered this site.  I'm looking for a book from the sixties, think it was a little golden book.  it reads; this  is  my house and I am the mommy.  My children are Annabel, Betsy, and Bonnie.  They are good little children and do just as I say.  I put on their coats and they go out to play.  Billy is daddy and lives in the city.  He has a new car , isn't it pretty?

Sharon Kane, Little Mommy, 1967.  This was a Golden Book called Little Mommy.  I just looked on
Bibliofind, which gives the author/illustrator as Sharon Kane and the date as 1967, and says it's "very hard to find."  I remember reading it at my grandmother's around 1970, and loved it because they miniaturized the household tasks.
Maybe the Little Golden Book Little Mommy by Sharon Kane, illustrated by Esther Wilkin? The cover shows a little girl sitting in a chair holding three dolls, which could be the three children named.
No idea on author; illustrated by Eloise Wilken, c. 1965.  I cannot recall the title of this Golden Book but it started with "This is my house and I am the mommy.  These are my children Annabelle, Betsy, and Bonnie."  It most likely was published in the 1960's.

Sharon Kane, Little Mommy.  I taught my little sister to read with this book. It is hard to find and quite pricey!

Little Monster's Bedtime Book
Mercer Mayer's Little Monster Series from the early 80's?  I used to read this book to my son around 1984.  It is the little monster series.  At the end of the book the mother monster is telling her son, who is a monster, to "sleep tight and don't let the zipperropazues bite"  The spelling might be wrong, but I hope you get the gist!  Thank you.

Mercer Mayer, Professor Wormbog in Search for the Zipperump-A-Zoo.  Not exactly what you're looking for, but maybe this Zipperump-A-Zoo story is the basis for the one you're looking for. The Professor collects creatures, and has a specimen of all animals from A-Y. He's missing the Z-A-Zoo. He travels all over the world in his quest, but is unsuccessful. Of course, at the end of the book he goes home in defeat and goes to bed, and a whole gang of Z-A-Zoos come out and play in his house. A great story.
This book is about one of Mercer's little monster who is having a bad day.  On every page there is a whimsical spider.  At the end of the book the mother monster is tucking in the little monster and she tells him not to let the "zipperumpazoos" bite.  I beleive this series of books came out before the Little Critter series, although the little critter series still has the little spider in some of the stories. I am desparately lookin for this book!
Mercer Mayer, Little Monster's Bedtime Book, 1978.  I enjoyed reading this one to my son- very funny, especially the little asides, like the character who keeps saying "my mama never told me 'bout this stuff..."
Are you waiting for the original poster to confirm an ID? I am 100% sure of this solution that I posted a while back:  Z2 is Mercer Mayer, Little Monster's Bedtime Book, 1978.
This is a children's book, possibly by Mercer Mayer. The last lines of the book, as the mom monster is putting the little monster to bed, are "Good night, sleep tight, and don't let the zipperumpazoos bite" I believe that in the same book, they refer to yippyucks that bite toes and ride along on feet, holding on to the person's leg. <then again, that could be another one--I read hundreds during the kids' early years!>  Please help me find the zipperumpazoos!

Sure sounds like Mercer Mayer. There's  Professor Wormbog in Search for the Zipperump-a-Zoo, Golden Press, 1976.  But this one is surely Little Monster's Bedtime Book, 1978. See Solved Mysteries for more.

Little Old Man by the Sea
My sister and I have been looking for a book for the last few years and have made no progress.  Here's what we're going on:  It was a book we grew up with (late 60's early 70's), it was about an old man (long white beard - we think), he lived on a boat (docked - we think), with a cat or a bunch of cats.  We thought the title was something like "The Little Old Man by the Sea".  It had lots of pictures and a few sentences on each page.  We're sure it's out of print.  Any ideas?

Ha!  Hemingway for kids!!
Not much to go on, but maybe Grandfather Todd of Old Cape Cod, by Joseph E.Hanson, illustrated by Jean Porter, published New York, McKay 1959 "Seven stories as fresh as a Cape Cod breeze - about a most "magical" grandfather and his two young charges (Kate and Gregg) who spent an enchanted summer exploring Cape Cod. Ages 7-10" (Horn Book Apr/59 pub ad p.160) There's a line drawing showing a man with a long white beard and captain's hat, carrying a basket, walking with two children wearing striped shirts and shorts, one with a fishing rod, the other with a sack. No mention of cats.
Might this be Wanda Gag's Millions of Cats?  The very old man goes to find a cat to keep company with his very old woman.  He roams far and wide, and brings home every beautiful cat he finds, in short, "hundreds of cats, thousands of cats, millions and billions and trillions of cats."  It's more about the cats of course, but the image of the old man with the long white beard made me think of it.  A classic, in print almost continuously since its publication in 1928.
Natalie Norton, A Little Old Man by the Sea, 1959.  [Thank you for helping me find the author to Little Witch by Anna Elizabeth Bennett!!!!!!!!!!!]
It was around 1972 in VA.  I read an illustrated book about an old man on a little island with a cat.  He lived in a little house, or boat up on stilts. He seemed to be preparing for a flood (a little like Noah's Ark).  Towards the end of the book it did flood and he and his cat/s were safe and snug in their boat.  It was probably published around the 60's?  Don't remember the title or author.  Help!  Thanks.

#B177--Boat:  This was solved.  I remember your comment was "Hemingway for kids?" but that phrase didn't turn up with a Google search, and, of course, I can't remember the title.
From the Solved Mysteries page: A Little Old Man by the Sea, by Natalie Norton.

Little One
This is a book with a little girl whose name is Percis (not sure if I spelt this correctly).  She rides on a turtles back into the forest.  My grandfather used to read this book to my mother and myself.  Now that I have a daughter of my own - I would love to read this book to her.

P97 percis rides a turtle into forest: Is 1959 too recent, or could this be The Little One, by Dare Wright, published Doubleday 1959? "Persis was a dusty doll in an old house until Nice Bear and Cross Bear showed her the fun of the bright outdoors. Ages 2 to 6." (HB Dec/59 p.448 pub.ad) The cover pic shows the little doll talking to a turtle or tortoise, but don't know if she rides on him. 

Little Orphant Annie
What an interesting website you have.  I wonder if you can help me - a stumper for you.  My grandmother had an ancient victrola machine (the crank kind).  She used to play a record that had a verse.  The verse went something like “Little Orphan Annie came to our house to stay, to sweep, etc.”  I believe it ended with “you’d better be good or the goblins’ll get you.”  Any ideas on source of this verse?  Any book that has it?  Thanks much.  I just finished over an hour at your website.  Fascinating.

O5-Orphan Annie:  This is hard to locate because of spelling.  The poem is Orphant Annie by James Whitcomb Riley.  Dover Publications puts out an inexpensive book titled: Little Orphant Annie and Other Poems  by James Whitcomb Riley.  It is a Dover Thrift Edition - - unabridged.
In response to O 5, the poem Little Orphant Annie was written by James Whitcomb Riley and appears in many anthologies of his writings.
Little Orphant Annie is written by James Whitcomb Riley, and is probably in a number of classic poetry books, though I have it in a book called This Singing World, by Louis Untermeyer (a collection of poems for young adults).
As a child in the 50's (book may also be early 60's) I read a children's book of poems and stories with one poem in it about Orphan Annie.  I remember the illustration which showed a large fireplace and hearth area with goblins dancing around in a circle in front of it. (Annie may have also been in the picture, seated in a chair by the hearth).  I think the last line of the poem was, "...the goblins will get you if you don't watch out".  The theme was about being good.  It seems that the entire book contained both poems AND stories, but it is possible that it was only poems.  I seem to recall that the book was somewhat oversized.

Little Orphant Annie  by James Whitcomb Riley.  See more on the Solved Mysteries page.

Little Oven
Here's one for my grandmother . . . a story she used to read to my aunt years (at least 30) ago.  The story is about a little girl who keeps asking for a little "oven", when what she wants is a  little "loving".  My grandmother thought this book was called A Little Oven, but I haven't been able to find anything under that title.  I'd greatly appreciate any help.  Thanks!

A Little Oven by Eleanor Estes.

Little Peewee, or Now Open the Box
This is I think a Golden Book, current in the 1950s. I think the little dog's name may be PeeWee, and the title may be PeeWee the Circus Dog or PeeWee the Wonder Dog. He was a black-and-white spotted doggie who could change size, becoming tiny or very very tall.

Dorothy Kunhardt, Little Peewee Or, Now Open the Box, 1948.  A Little Golden Book #52. "Peewee is a Dalmatian dog the size of a mouse who grows to the size of an elephant."
See more on Kunhardt on the Most Requested pages.
Dorothy Kunhardt, Little Peewee, the circus dog, 1948.  Also known as Little Peewee, or, Now open the box.  I found a picture of the cover.  It is a Little Golden Book.

Little Plum
I am trying to find a book about an English girl who moves into a new house next door to two other children (brother and sister?).  I believe her mother has died and her father is gone a fair amount of the time. The girl has no friends and is very lonely until she gets to know her neighbors.   I don't remember how, but the children end up with three Japanese dolls for whom they make clothes and build an authentic Japanese doll house.   Much of the story is actually told by the dolls.   I believe the author also wrote several other books about children and fantasy experiences of some kind.

Rumer Godden?
Godden, Rumer,  Little Plum.   Viking Press/1962, Scholastic/1963.  "The new girl who moves into the mansion next door is a mystery to her eight- and nine-year-old neighbors who plot to become her friends when they learn she too owns a Japanese doll."
Rumer Godden, Little Plum.
I think the person who suggested Rumer Godden is thinking of Miss Happiness and Miss Flower, which certainly fits some details.
Rumer Godden, Little Plum, 1987, reprint.  This book is either Miss Happiness and Miss Flower, or the sequel Little Plum.  The first is about an orphaned girl who learns to create a home for herself by caring for her Japanese dolls.  (Miss Happiness and Miss Flower are joined by Little Peach at the end of the book.)  The second is about a war that erupts between neighbors, when a new girl moves in and neglects her Japanese doll, Little Plum.
Rumer Godden, Miss Happiness and Miss Flower.  England is the last place Nona Fells wants to be. No one asked her if she wanted to leave sunny India to live in a chilly English village with her aunt's family -- and her cousin, Belinda, just hates her! But when two dainty Japanese dolls arrive at Nona's doorstep, everything begins to change. Like Nona, Miss Happiness and Miss Flower are lonely and homesick, so Nona decides to build them their own traditional Japanese house. Over time, not only does Nona create a home for the dolls, but one for herself as well.  There is a sequel, Little Plum.  In the sequel, Belinda is trying to make friends with a new girl who has moved in next door.  The new girl also has a Japanese doll.  The good news is that Miss Happiness and Miss Flower has been reprinted.
Rumer Godden, Little Plum?  Sounds like it could maybe be Little Plum...a lot of the details fit well, but some don't.  Worth checking out though.

Little Pond in the Woods
I am looking for the title and author of a book that was read to me over and over when I was a child.  It is a story about the forest animals that lived around their little pond and what they had to do when the pond dried up.  The first line of the book is "Deep in the woods was a little pond."  I loved this book so much as a child that I am hoping to find a copy to read to my grandchildren.

Possibles - The Pond, by Carol and Donald Carrick, published Macmillan 1970 "Children's story about animals living in or at the pond." - The Animals at Small Pond, by Phoebe Erickson, published Grosset 1960, "A lovely nature book for early readers, illustrated with line drawings." - The Beaver Pond by Alvin Tresselt, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin, published by Lothrop 1970, 34 pages "The story of the life cycle of a pond and the creatures it creates and sustains."
Muriel Ward, Little Pond in the Woods, 1948.  I'm pretty sure this is the book.  It's a Little Golden Book (Simon and Schuster) and was illustrated by Tibor Gergely.  Several animals -- a duck, a bird, a bee, a bear, a butterfly, a deer, a rabbit, a squirrel, and a grumpy frog -- all live in and around a pond.  A drought dries up the pond and forces them to travel to a lake, led by the duck. Eventually the rains come, and they all travel back to
the pond.
Muriel Ward, Little Pond in the Woods, 1948.  Little Golden Books (Simon and Schuster), illustrated by Tibor Gergely.  I put in this solution a few days ago and neglected to include the clincher: the first line of the book is, indeed, as set forth in the request.  The book begins, "Deep in the woods was a little pond.  Its water was blue -- blue when the sky was blue.  The sun made yellow paths on it -- bright sparkling yellow paths that danced up and down when the breeze ran past."

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Little Richard

i'm looking for a book that i bought in europe in 1970 i was 4 yrs. old it was the only english book there was. i believe it was illistrated by cyndy szekeres and i think the title was something like little richie or little richard. the story goes something like this this little rabbit (richie) is home with his mother and he goes out tracking foot prints of different animales and comes across a procupine and takes him home with him to eat cookies that richies mom baked and they become friends and the porcupine sleeps over or something . please help i would love to have this book for my children.

Patsy Scarry, Little Richard. Ill. Cyndy Szekeres. (McGraw, '70)

Little Sallie Mandy and Tommy Whiskers
My name is Jill and I am 54 years old. When I was a child (reading age) I had a book that I really loved and it was about a cat (I think) that ran into the forest and his master couldn't find him. The name Tommy Whiskers or something similar to that sticks in my mind. I would love to find this book for my granddaughter. I don't know the author. It was a rather small thin book. Do you have any ideas what this book could be or where I might find out?

published 1935   Little Sallie Mandy and Tommy Whiskers author Helen R. Van Derveer  I am not sure, but maybe it is the one - maybe she can identify through the title ?
I found another one I know about. Number T1, about Tommy Whiskers, definitely refers to the Little Sallie Mandystories, of which there were several. I can't recall the author's name.

Little Store on the Corner
When I was a kid (mid-70s) I had a book about an ice cream shop I'd like to track down again.  It was a young children's picture book, maybe like a Little Golden Book or something similar. (A smaller simpler book with illustrations filling the tops of the pages and 3 or 4 lines of text on each page) It was about an ice cream shop in a small town that everybody loved to  visit.  But the owner had to retire or turn the business over to new owners (maybe his son or something?). Everyone was very disappointed at how stingy the new owner was.  They never put the little bit of ice cream in the bottom of the cone the way they old one did, they didn't give out as many free tasters, etc.  If I recall the story still, everyone complained enough to get the original owner to come back and everyone was happy again.  I have no idea about the title, but I hope my description here is enough to jog some memories...? Thanks!

THE LITTLE STORE ON THE CORNER by Alice P. Miller. I went crazy trying to find this book myself. I found out there are two versions - one illustrated by John Lawrence, 1961 and the other illustrated by Lisl Weil, 1973.
That sounds like it..  I haven't been able to find any mention or copies of that book on the net, but I'll keep my eyes peeled.  ;)
I was referred to you by some librarian friends. I am trying to find a book for a friend. Here is her description of it:  I have no clue about the author or title, but Captain Kangaroo used to read it on his show (in the 60s).  It's about a man who ran an ice cream shop, and for some reason his son (?) had to take over for him, but he didn't make the cones the same way - the father put in a little bit of ice cream first so there would be ice cream all the way to the bottom of the cone.  thank you for any help you can provide.

I13: Ice Cream Business:  Wow! I grew up on this book (the Lisl Weil illustrated version) and never knew it had any connection to Captain Kangeroo. Since this book was published twice with two different sets of illustrations, I'm curious which one Captain Kangeroo used. I sent in the answer when someone else asked for this book - it's now on your solved mysteries page under LITTLE STORE ON THE CORNER (by Alice P. Miller). And I am 100% sure of this - I own both illustrated versions (no, not willing to sell them!)
This is fabulous! thank you so much, I passed it on to my friend and she was thrilled.  She has family in Cleveland and said she will definitely stop by your store.  I've left it up to her to find herself a copy.  Thanks again.  I think there should be a book which lists all the books that were read by Captain Kangaroo.  I just bought Caps for Sale today for my daughter.
I am a Librarian (Virginia Beach Public Library) and I've tried any number of sources and search tactics to find this book - for years.  I just used one of your "Solveds" to end a years long search by one of my customers (it was the Little Store on the Corner).  And on behalf of a staff of nearly 30 and one very happy customer, I must say: "Thank You.  Very much."

Little White Horse
There WAS a book (now you mention it) that had a scene with a whitewashed cottage with geraniums in windowboxes in a deep green valley, lit by slanting rays of light under a purplish cloud-filled sky and with an atmosphere of impending storm and danger to the characters (one of whom might have been an independent little girl like myself)... that vivid mental picture is really all I can remember, except for the lasting impression of REALLY ENJOYING the story..

G32 and G44 Goudge, Elizabeth, Little White Horse, 1946.  I'm pretty sure this is G44 - and may well be G32. The beautiful illustrations are by C. Walter Hodges. The story is about Maria Merryweather, a spirited orphan who travels from London (with her governess Miss Heliotrope and King Charles spaniel Wiggins) to the home of her uncle in the valley of Moonacre. There she is helped by a (once supposed imaginary) boy named Robin to right the wrongs of her ancestors and restore peace to the valley. The little white horse of the title is actually a unicorn, symbol for the "moon Merryweathers", who must learn how to companion the lion or "sun  erryweathers" (yup, England's heraldic beasts) so harmony reigns. The gnome or dwarf with geraniums is Marmaduke Scarlet, her uncle's cook, who has kept them in secret after the previous generation's moon and sun representatives (Maria's uncle and mystery fiancee) quarreled and parted. The geraniums play a key role in mending that quarrel. Yes, the story is a bit twee, but I read it when very young, so I'm still rather fond of it! :) My copy is the fifth impression, dated 1958, published by the University of London Press.
Elizabeth Gouge, The little white horse,1946.  University of London Press,-reprinted 1948 (released in Canada thru CLARKE, IRWIN & CO LTD,480-486, University Avenue, Toronto, no address for US. Bound in Mid-blue with gold impression of unicorn on bottom right corner. Inside in flyleaf there is a colour plate of "Maria's Own Room" in the tower, complete with star in centre of ceiling. Excellent book, I recently re-read it. A little sad for a 29yo. Just want a little bit of childhood back.
G44 geraniums in windowboxes: my friend who asked this stumper says "I finally found and re-read Goudge's Little White Horse, which was just what I would have fainted and died for at age 9 and was charming enough
even now.  I can see how I compounded various elements into the vivid mental picture I still have, but that picture/scene never actually happened in that book." So I think we can move that to Solved.
I am looking for a book that I read in the time period of 1965-1969.  I do not think the book was written durnig that time.  I seem to recall an old looking hardback book.  The book main character was a girl, who either lived in a house near the woods or visited someone there.  The house had salmon pink geraniums on the steps and maybe in the windows.  There was also a unicorn in the woods/forest.  I would like to find this book for my daughter to read.

Elizabeth Goudge, The Little White Horse The little white horse turns out to be a unicorn, and geraniums come into the story in several places.
Elizabeth Goudge, The Little White Horse Would it be this one, by any chance?

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I am looking for a book I read in elementary school in California. It was about a little girl whose mother was a mean witch. She was made to do all of the chores at night while the mean witch was away. She became curious, and began letting the fairies & spirits the witch had caught out of their bottles. Finally, she lets a beautiful fairy loose, who turns out to be her real mother. I remember the book as being a hardback, reddish orange in color, but I could be mistaken.

To the person from July 1997 looking for a story of the little girl with a mean witch mother, and the girl does spells to make a fairy appear (using colored powders), then it turns out her REAL mother IS a fairy under the spell of the mean old witch: It's Little Witch by Anna Elizabeth Bennett original copyright 1953. The copy I have is a Scholastic version illustrated by Lisl Weil with a new copyright by Scholastic of 1961. I also lost my first childhood copy, then found this one at a garage sale a few years ago! Hope you can find a copy for your client; it is one of my all time favorite books!
Thanks for the tip, here's a copy I have for sale:
Bennett, Anna Elizabeth. Little Witch. Illus. by Helen Stone. NY: Lippincott, 1953. Twelfth printing, ex-library. Pictorial boards, clean and tight. VG-. <SOLD>

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I am trying to find a book I loved as a child. I read it around 1974. It is about a girl who is a witch's daughter. What I remember about the story is that she befriends a woman who is a beautiful fairy with a beautiful daughter and she wishes this fairy was her mother. The little witch's mother often goes out at night, dresses her in ratty clothes and treats her poorly. I also remember the little witch admiring the hair ribbons the fairy's daughter wears. At the end of the book, the fairy does turn out to be her mother. Somehow the girl was kidnapped when she was a baby. I have done numerous searches and I believe the book is out of print. I would appreciate any help I can in finding this beloved story. Thanks so much!
You are a miracle worker! Yes, I am going to buy the book! I am truly amazed you were able to find it since all the search vehicles I used online turned up nothing. I am recommending you to all my friends who are interested in finding their own little piece of nostalgia. Thanks again!
Your site is the greatest discovery I have made so far in this new millenium. I have often wondered how I would be able to find this book. I only new the name of the book and what it was about. I had bought the book for 10 cents, when I was in second grade, at an old resale shop called " The Attic ". I am now 29 and would like to once again read about Miniken (Minx). Thank You.
I have been trying to remember the name one one of my favorite children's book since it "disappered" from the school's library may moons ago. It was about a little girl who was being raised by a very mean witch. She meets some regular kids and together that start messing around with the witch's magic powders when she leaves every day. Wonderful and strande things happen as they stir up different potions from the magical powders. One day they conjur up a fairy who tells the little girl that SHE is really her mother and the witch has imorisioned her and stolen her (the little girl). I cannot remember the exact title, but I thought it had "witch's daughter" or something similiar in the title. Can you help me? I highly doubt that it is still in print anyway, but...
 cannot thank you enough! I so-o-o-o-o-o love the interent for its information exchange cabilities. I NEVER expected to find the name of that long lost favorite Little Witch. I have searced through the children's section of every library I've been in for over 25 years, hoping I'd recognize a cover or picture... I almost cried when I read the "Mysteries Solved" secton of your web site because yes, this IS the book I've been searching for! Thank you! Thank you!
My daughter is 7 and I am starting to rebuild my library of books I remember and never should have gotten rid of.  Can you believe I just found a copy of Little Witch by Anna Elizabeth Bennett.  She loved it!!
This book involved a small girl that saw a beautiful princess in the mirror whenever she brushed her hair.  The girl was being held captive by an evil witch who at some point threw the brush at the mirror, shattering the mirror, and setting the princess free -- who turned out to be the mother of the small girl.

Anna Elizabeth Bennett, Little Witch.1953.  The story about the little girl who sees her mother's reflection in the mirror could be Little Witch.
M150: Little Witch? Except no one throws a brush at the mirror and it's only the spell that gets broken, not the mirror itself.
M150 Sounds like LITTLE WITCH by Anna Elizabeth Bennet (appears on Solved Mysteries page) ~from a librarian
This sounds like Little Witch by Anna Elizabeth Bennett. The witch had raised the little girl as her own daughter, but the fairy in the mirror was really her mother.
This was actually answered by W-84 which is the same story.  The girl with the colored powders is the daughter of the princess in the mirror.  What sets the princess free is the evil witch throwing a hairbrush at the mirror because that is where the little girl witch always sees the princess.
Hi~ I am looking for a book about a witch-I cannot remember the name or author.  It is a book I loved as a child, I read it in the early to mid 1970's.  The main thing that I remember is that the neighbor is a witch who has many jars of colored powders for spells.  I wish I could remember more as I did love it so--any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks

Anna Elizabeth Bennett, Little Witch, 1953 and 1961.  This may not be the same book that the poster is thinking of at all, but the colored powders part sounds like a scene out of Little Witch.  Nine year old Minx is a witch's child, but not a witch herself.  She is forced to do horrible things she doesn't want to do, such as making Black Spell Brew.  Her evil "mother" witch has "jars of magic powders and liquids on the shelves.  There were hundreds of them, all different colors".  This is just a tiny detail in the book, but it was a detail I always enjoyed, because I wanted to have hundreds of different colored magic powders, too.  Anyway, Minx later discovers that her real  Mother is a fairy who has been bewitched by the evil witch.
Bennett, Anna Elizabeth, Little Witch, 1953.  This is definately it.
This could be Little Witch by Anna Elizabeth Bennett - a very popular book. It wasn't a neighbor who had magic powders, but Minikin's (the daughter) own "mother" who actually isn't. She uses different colored powders to try to make a beautiful fairy appear, but it takes a few tries.
The colored powders mentioned in W84 might refer to Little Witch.
Anna Elizabeth Bennett, Little Witch, 1963.  This one is on the Solved Mystery page.Sounds just like this  book--my favorite part was always when they experimented with the colored powders!!
Sounds like Little Witch by Anna Elizabeth Bennett, 1953. It's in Solved Mysteries. Wonderful, clever and very original for its time (especially Frances' grandma, I think), but try to get the edition with the more sophisticated drawings.
This sounds like Little Witch.  There's a lot more to this story but the little witch, Minikin Snickasnee, uses the colored powders to cast a spell to help the enchanted lady she sees in the mirror.
Coombs, Patricia,  Dorrie and the Blue Witch, 1964.  Could be any one of the "Dorrie the Witch" stories. I loved them so as a child in the 60-70's.
If I remember correctly, this was a fantastic book for children, a slim paperback that may have had short chapters with a few black and white ink drawings for illustrations.  It was about a little girl named Lavinia (I'm about 90% sure of that).  I believe that Lavinia's mother had been a good witch, but either died or disappeared into another dimension.  Lavinia either lives with or visits the old house, where her two evil aunts still live.  I think Lavinia has to find her mother's old spellbook, and at some point she or the aunts make a potion.  In the end I think it turns out that Lavinia herself possesses some power for good, and she may make the aunts disappear into another dimension.  But of one thing I am almost certain: her name was Lavinia!

#L59--Lavinia, little witch girl?:  In some ways sounds like Little Witch, by Anna Elizabeth Bennett.
I have just a vague recollection of this book, but what I remember is still quite vivid in my mind.  It was a children's book that involved a witch whose "pantry" was filled with magic potions of all sorts of different colors, maybe pastels?  My memory is that the potions were like chalk and kept in bottles -- something like the tempera paints that we used to have in elementary school.  The children have some sort of an adventure where they possibly have to mix the potions together for some unremembered purpose.  I  am 51 years old, so my elementary school years would have been early 1960s.  I went to grade school both in Long Island, New York and Abilene Texas.

Anna Elizabeth Barrett, Little Witch, 1953.  Maybe this book, which appears in the "Solved Stumpers" section?
bennett, Little Witch.  The witch "daughter" and her friends mix together powders and conjure up several creatures trying to find a fairy.
This might be it: Little Witch Anna Elizabeth Bennett,1953. "Minx hates being a witch's daughter, and sneaks off to school to make friends. But her wicked mother threatens to spoil everything, until a beautiful face in a mirror reveals who Minx really is."  As I recall, there was quite a deal about her mixing powders of different colors to find some solution to her problems as well.
Bennett, Anna Elizabeth. Little Witch.  Illustrated by Helen Stone.  Trumpet Club, 1990.  Paperback.  VG+.  $12

Bennett, Anna Elizabeth. Little Witch.  Illustrated by Lisl Weil.  Scholastic, 1963.  Paperback.  VG.  <SOLD>

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I had a book in the 1960's about a wooden doll living in an attic. The book was sold with the doll, which had hinged joints, was about 8-10 inches tall and fine yellow yarn for hair.   if I remember correctly, the doll was lonely had no other friends in the attic. Any ideas?  I do not know the author or title. Thank you.

I'm pretty sure this is The Little Wooden Doll by Margery Williams Bianco. Plot summary: "A charming story about a wooden doll that had been left in the attic for many years, and although the mice were her friends, she wished to be loved by a child. How the animals help her to find someone who cares for her is very resourceful."
D74 doll in attic: I think The Little Wooden Doll, by Margery Williams Bianco, published first in 1925 and frequently reprinted, had an edition come out with a wooden doll to match the character. Perhaps the 1961 or
1965 edition.
I loved this book when I was a child (pre-1950).  A carved wooden doll was unwanted because she was too sharp (I'm not 100% sure of the title).  Through her experiences over time, her features became softer and she finally found a good home with someone who loved her.

Could be The Little Wooden Doll, by Margery Bianco, illustrated by her daughter Pamela Bianco, published Macmillan 1925, reprinted several times. It's about a wooden doll who isn't very pretty, and is left in the attic
with spiders for her friends.
Another possible is Nobody's Doll, by Adele DeLeeuw, illustrated by Anne Vaughan, published Little Brown 1946 and 1955, 85 pages. "The curious adventures of a wooden-headed doll and Mr. McHugh, a Scottie." "An
old-fashioned doll encounters mishaps aplenty until Mr. McHugh, a dour Scotty dog, befriends her."
D67 doll too sharp: this actually looks like a better bet - Victoria Josephine, by Margaret Baker, pictures by Mary Baker, published Dodd, Mead 1936. Victoria Josephine is "an old wooden doll dressed in a strange
looking gown of white muslin" sent to Diana by her great grand-aunt Jessica. Diana is a rough little girl who doesn't want "an ugly old doll" so the puppy takes Victoria Josephine out to the woods to see the world
instead. She is almost eaten by a cow and a baby, is swept up by a crossing-sweeper and tossed into a rose arbor, found and remade into a sailor doll with a new nose. Then she is 'lost at sea', floats past cows
and fishing children and finally comes to shore where Diana is picnicking. Diana is very happy with a sailor doll and ready to "take him home and love him because he was nearly drowned." The illustrations are silhouettes,
which might help confirm or disqualify this possibility.
This is a book about a doll who is abandoned by a little girl.  She throws it out a window where it lies in the grass.  Eventually it is pitied by Fairies maybe, or birds, etc. who dress it in spiders webs and foxgloves and beautiful flowers.  I think the book is pre-1950's.  In the 1970's it was reissued in a box with a doll included.  Anyone know this book?

Vaguely reminiscient of Dare Wright'sTake Me Home or The Little One, but I don't believe those abandoned dolls ever get dressed.
Margery Williams Bianco, Little Wooden Doll, 1925.   I submitted the query "Abandoned Doll".  Going through your submissions I found Little Wooden Doll which had a photo accompanying it..and Viola! it was my book.  I got a lot of the info wrong--memories aren't always that good.  Thank you for your web sit.

Littlest Star
I was just wondering if this story rings a bell, and if you might have it in your magical shop. The story involves two sisters, an older (about nine or eleven) and a younger who is about five, and I *think* named Susie. The older sister takes ballet lessons, and Susie does too. One day she goes into the city with her big sister to attend her ballet class. It turns out that the dance teacher needs a child for a small part in a recital and the little girl gets the part. The book was published around 1965-ish, was approximately 12"x10", had a dusty pink binding with a shiny tip-on cover, was probably a 48 page layout (including pasted down sides) and I remember the illustrations as being pen and ink with watercolor washes on it.

Book Stumper S58 about Susie and ballet could be On Your Toes Susie by Lee Wyndham.  I can't really remember the story but the title sounds right on.
The cover blurb for On your toes, Susie! makes me think it isn't the right one.  Susie has waited three years and finally gets pink toe shoes, but now has to compete against the new girl, Mimi.  And then Susie sprains her ankle just before the big recital (oh, no!).  However, there is "A note to parents" by the author at the end of this book that indicates this is part of a series, which began with A Dance for Susie, in which she received pre-ballet training at age six.  Other books in the series are Susie and the dancing cat and Susie and the ballet family.
Other details that might help tell if this is the right series:  Susie's surname is Peters  the school is Miss Mara's School of Ballet.  Miss Mara has a French poodle named Coco.  the city is Ferndale.
this sounds like a good bet - The Littlest Star, by Sally Jackson, illustrated by Dick Martin, published Chicago, Reilly & Lee 1961, 32 pages. "An Easy-to-Read Picture Story. Each and every year thousands of little girls enter the enchanting, magical world of ballet dancing. Susie is one of those little girls who, clutching her leotard and slippers, knows how it feels to be on the sidelines while she watches the older children succeed. Readers of all ages will rejoice as stubborn Susie finds her first success. Here is a book which any first grader can really read alone. Ages 4-8, 8 1/2 x 11" (HB Feb/61 p.101 pub ad) The illustration shown is a line drawing of a little girl wearing a rabbit-eared cap and wide frothy tutu, her hair in two braids, curtseying. One of her slippers is undone.
S58 susie and ballet: more on one suggested - A Dance for Susie, by Lee Wyndham, illustrated by Jane Miller, published Dodd 1953, 56 pages. "Susie, younger than the other girls in her neighborhood, was left out of
everything and had begun to think there was nothing a six-year-old could do. Then one day she saw in a magazine a picture of ballerinas just her age. How she entered a dancing class, studied hard and surprised her friends at the school talent show makes a happy story." (HB Aug/53 p.275) However, I'd put more money on The Littlest Star, by Sally Jackson, after seeing pages shown on EBay. It's an early-reader level story, and Susie is in class with her older sister, when she is offered the part of a bunny in the performance (they need a small child). Susie is told she will only need to hop, and says she can hop and she can dance too.

Living Grammar
I am looking for a poem my 4th grade teacher handed out to help us deal with learning the parts of speech.  This would have been 1957 or so.  The only part I remember is: "Nouns are just the names of things, like 'rice' and 'birds' and 'snow' and 'rings'.  The articles are 'the' 'a' 'and'.  They point out nouns; 'The boy', 'A man'."  The rest of the poem continued on to talk about the other parts of speech.  It was really helpful and fun.  Thanks so much.

Winifred Watson and Julius M. Nolte, A Living Grammar, 1938.  I don't know the poem (I learnt a different one at school), but I typed the first line into Google, and got two hits.  One was this site.   About half-way down is a review of "A Living Grammar".  It quotes the first few lines of the first chapter, which happen to include the first few lines of the poem.  I expect the book itself contains the whole poem.
Yes!  This has to be where the poem comes from.  Thank you so very much.  Another mystery solved.

Living in America Today and Yesterday
Although there are a LOT of pre-1975 textbooks I'd like to have, one that particularly stood out was pretty new when we had it in 1970.  It followed Mark and Kathy King, whose parents took them to form a new community in the desert.  I am pretty sure this was in the United States, but in some perfectly godforsaken stretch of Nevada or Arizona.  Mark was eight years old, with blond, curly hair, reminded me of Mark Lester.  Kathy was almost six, with straight dark hair in a page boy cut.  While on the road, one of the kids exclaimed about a "mountain" and their father said he'd show them mountains that would make that look like a hill and Mark said, "I want to see the mountain that will make that look like a hill!"  Their location was so remote they either couldn't buy ice cream or it would melt on the way home, so for Kathy's sixth birthday they bought an ice cream maker.  The delivery man started to say to Mrs. King, "I brought your--" and she hushed him and motioned towards Kathy, indicating the ice cream maker was a surprise for her.  I know the family's name was King because the town was so new it was named after them, Kingstown or Kingsville.  It was obviously not Kingsport as that would have been just plain silly.  The people had to vote on whether to have a hospital or a park and voted for the park, which concerned Mr. King very much.

Living in AMERICA Today and YESTERDAY by Prudence Cutright and John Jarolimek (editors) Macmillan Co.(1969) The town is Kingston and when the old fashioned ice cream freezer is delivered to the King's trailer the man also brings a large box of ICE!! Through the character of Old Timer a great deal of history, especially history of  Native Americans, is explained in detail. The book does a wonderful job showing how a community slowly evolves and with it the need for schools, fire department, police, TAXES etc. This is the book!

Liza Lou and the Yeller Belly Swamp
Maybe you can help me with this one.... I'm looking for the name of a book and all I remember about it is it was abouta little black girl (maybe with pigtails) and some type of swamp monster. Something makes me think it takes place in New Orleans because I vaguely remember the dialogue written with some kind of southern or Creole dialect. I remember one illustration (I think) where she is standing on a rickety woody bridge leaning over to talkto the monster. This is pretty much all I remember. The first and only time I saw it was when I was little somewhere between 1972 & 1984...  Can you help me?

S7 Liza Lou & the Yeller Belly Swamp by Mercer Mayer, 1976  A little black girl has to go through the Yeller Belly Swamp to run errands for her mother, but there are dangerous creatures lurking there - including the swamp monster that the girl talks to while standing on a wooden bridge. 

Lizzie's Twins
I am looking for a book that I loved (though it scared the snot out of me) when I was a little girl.  It's a picture book, and I used to check it out of the children's section of the Grinnell Library in Wapppingers Falls, NY ... this would have been in the early to mid 70s. In the book, a little girl loses her doll in the woods or at a park.  I seem to recall that the doll is returned to her, though -- maybe her dad finds it for her? The thing that sticks out most in my mind is an illustration of the lost doll: she is upside-down, at the bottom of the page, her hair wild and a scary look on her face. The reader can see that she has tumbled down a hill, or something.  It's a line drawing, but I don't remember if it's in color or not. Sorry, but that's all I can recall!

The Lost Doll by Pegg Mann, Random House, 1972, 54pg., illus. Could this be the book?  "With the help of a number of city officials, Emily finds her very special lost rag doll."
Adelberg, Doris, Lizzie's Twins, 1964.  I think this is the one -- I still have my childhood copy at home (liberally scribbled-in, unfortunately), since it was my favorite preschool book. I haven'\''t looked at it in years, but I recall the main character lost her prized doll, and it had a line illustration of the lost doll similar to the one described. Lizzie ends up with two dolls -- her "twins" -- since her parents buy her another one in an attempt to console her.  She'd forgotten her doll because she'd started playing with a friend or something.  If I recall correctly, she finds the lost doll herself after a whole season or so has passed -- upside down in a tree stump. If this is the right book, e-mail me and I can actually dig the book out, verify my fuzzy memories, and give you any info you need.
This makes me think of the "Galldora" stories, which are British. The name is an anagram of "A Rag Doll." There may be more than one book - I read some of the stories in the British kids' magazine "Treasure" from the 1960's or early 1970's. The doll, who can think and talk, is always getting lost, which leads her into adventures (even though she can't actually move on her own, IIRC).
I think the second guess posted on the site is probably as close as I'm going to get ... the person who responded offered to look up the book if I thought it might be the one ... since I can't find "Lizzie's Twins" by Doris Adelberg or Doris Orgel, I'd like to ask the person is s/he would be able to post a photo from the book or something ... or even if s/he can confirm the title/author (since I'm finding NOTHING).
D86 doll lost: here's more info if that helps - Lizzie's Twins, by Doris Adelberg and N.M. Bodecker, published NY Dial 1964. "Unexpected events befall Lizzie's doll Beatrice, told in gay verse and captivating pictures." If the illustrations are by Bodecker, who did several of Edward Eager's books, they should be fairly distinctive line drawings. Does the seeker remember whether the story rhymed?

London Men and English Men
Russel and/or Lillian Hoban, late 1960s.  This is a book with many children in it.  Rosemary Rose was called either a friend to man or beloved of men.  Both my daughter , to whom I read it, and I have been unable to find this book.

Russell Hoban, London men and English men,  1962.  Three children, playing at being London men, English men, and Madame Rose Mary Rose, travel across the sea to hunt whales, play golf, and have tea, before leaving on another journey--to school.

Lone Pine series
During the years 1950 to 1957, when I was around 8 to 15, I absolutely loved a series of books written by someone similar to Enid Blyton, similar to the Famous Five books.  They were about a small group of friends who used to solve mysteries and suchlike.  I'd always get one for Christmas, read it over and over again, then have to save up to buy another one for myself during the year.  (How times have changed!)  I think my mum gave them all away when we emigrated to Canada.  Can you help?  Love your site.

Malcolm Saville, Lone Pine Series, 1950s.  Could this be one of Malcolm Saville's mystery series - Lone Pine or Witchend?
I reckon the books your correspondent is searching for is the series about The Cherrys by Will Scott (I think that was the author's name). They were excellent mysteries as I remember. There was a whole series, the first being The Cherrys of River House. Hope this helps
B101 Blyton-like series: The Malcolm Saville books seem more likely, being about young friends who solve mysteries, rather than a family as the Cherry books are. They're also a very easy read, similar in style to Blyton's
Famous Five and Adventure series.
Malcolm Saville.  I thought some more info might help decide if this query is in fact the lone pine series. The lone piners were:David, Richard (dickie), Mary, Petronella (peter), Tom, Jenny, Jonathon and Penny. They were accompanied by Macbeth - black scottie dog. Some of the books were mystery at witchend, seven white gates, gay dolphin adventure, lone pine five, secret of grey walls, lone pine london. There were lots more and he wrote several other series as well.
Maybe the Enid Blyton type story is A Young Warrender by Ivy L Wallace, characters - Di & Derry, Christopher & Caroline (both sets of twins) & Belinda (Binkie).

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Lonesome Traveler

Just ran across your site.  I have been looking for this book for many years.  It was a paperback purchased in early 70s.  Thought "Lonesome Traveler" might be the title...or that "Lonesome" might be in the title.  It is about a boy who lives in Oregon with his aunt and uncle.  The boy's mother is in a tuberculosis recovery clinic in the southwestern US (New Mexico?).  The 17 year old boy decides to walk with his cart, donkey or pony, and dog (?) to see her.  The book is a story of his adventures while
making the journey to his mother.  Many truckers befriend him on the way.  I owned the paperback but it was "borrowed" while I was teaching many years ago and never returned.

L8 -- This one I'm almost certain of: Hill, Weldon, Lonesome Traveler. 320 pages. McKay, 1970, LC 75-114740 "Clem Marlow, on his way from Eastern Oklahoma to visit his tubercular mother in New Mexico, isn't a very lonesome traveler. He has the constant, splendid company of Duke, his dog, and Pedro, his burro, besides the almost daily meeting of new people: Gaylord the black motorcyclist who turns up several times and shares Clem's most unpleasant experience of the trip; Ken Whittle, the truck driver who drops mail, doughnuts, and news from back home; Dixie, with whom he falls in love; and many others. Though a boy on his own trip is no new idea, Clem Marlow has an engaging personality, and his story is fun to read." (School Library Journal Book Review, 1969-70)
L8 lonesome traveller: the suggested title seems like a very close match by title and plot. The only differences are Oklahoma instead of Oregon and burro instead of pony.

Long Way to Go, A
A paperback, mass market sized young-adult fiction, probably published in the 70's. It's entitled something like JOURNEY OF THREE or THREE JOURNEY HOME and is about three children who are on vacation with their parents. They're left in the hotel baby-sitting service while the parents go shopping and the parents never show up to get them. The hotel is planning to turn the kids over to social services the next day, and the kids sneak out during the night and try to make it homeon their own. The rest of the book is about their journey accross the country trying to evade authorities. En route they acquire some animal companions, a duck, a dog and a horse, I think, and these animals were in the original title of this book. The cover has a picture of the kids and the animals with the ducks wings spread open.

I think the title of this book is The Long Journey Home or The Long Way Home.  And I think the author is Borden Deal.  I have this book on my shelf at home and I'm certain it's the same one; they collect a dog, goose and mule along the way.  The kids' names are Ashley, Brett and Shane, and their journey starts out somewhere in the Florida Keys. **Later...
OK, I have the book in front of me now, and I was close.  It is indeed by Borden Deal, entitled A Long Way To Go.  My paperback copy was printed in 1967 by Avon Books, copyright is 1965 by the author and originally
published by Doubleday.
Also  J6 is not Journey For Three. Journey for Three is about a determined young girl whose parents were missionaries in foreign countries. Her parents died of a jungle disease. She has two younger 'brothers' that her parents picked up in thier travels, one a little boy from India who dresses like a Native American, carries a blanket, has read the Golden Bough  and prides himself on acting very grown-up, and a blonde toddler who went by the nickname 'Fat Buttery' who doesn't like to wear clothes. They were sent back to the United States and she is trying to keep them all together as a family. They show up at her adult cousin's house hoping for a place to stay. He doesn't want to take them in because he's a writer and bachelor who values his solitude and privacy.
J6 journeying kids: the Borden Deal book sounds like an awfully close match, has the original poster ever responded?
I am trying to find the name of a book.. the synopsis is:  3 children are on vacation with parents on coast of fla. kids  are left with hotel babysitter.  parents are involved in accident and have nothing on them to indicate where they are staying.  hotel is about to turn kids over to social workers but kids hear and decide to walk home to ga. (about 500 miles).   story is about adventures along their journey home.  it's a great book on self reliance.

Borden Deal, A Long Way To Go, 1965?  This is on the solved pages under Long Way To Go, but I'm pretty sure the correct title is A Long Way To Go.  I loved this when I was little, and I can't find it now on the Internet for under $80 or so.  I seem to remember that the little girl named her duck Mr. Man or something like that, but I can't remember the ending.  I'd love to find a copy to read again that doesn't cost a fortune.

Long White Month
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for solving my first stumper (M. Chase's Pigeon Ladies)!!  Here's another one:  I had a book in the mid-to-late seventies that I dearly loved, about a young girl (who I think was an orphan).  She lived with grandparents or an elderly relative until her fairly young, slightly eccentric aunt (or older cousin maybe), who is a writer, takes her to stay for the winter(?) in a
remote log cabin in the woods.  The story is mainly about this lonely city girl with no real family learning to be happy with her aunt in the woods, I think.  I remember a major shopping trip for warm winter clothes before they went to the cabin, and a yellow kitten named Marigold, and feeding the birds outside, and I think toward the end, the aunt meets a nice handsome young doctor (?), and the young girl decides to stay there and live with the aunt rather than go back to the city.  And, for some reason, I recall that MY copy had an error on the dust jacket or back cover that called the aunt "Jane," because I remember thinking "Hey!  That's not her name in the book!"  I think the name of the girl or the aunt might have been "Susan," but I know it wasn't "Jane!"  (Funny how our memories work, huh?)  Please tell me you know the book I mean!

Dorothy Canfield, Understood Betsy, 1916.  The poster's description varies somewhat from this book, but the basic plot is similar.  Betsy lived with her great-aunt and adult cousin in the city since she was a baby.  When her aunt gets seriously ill, she ends up with her great-aunt and uncle and adult cousin from the other side of the family in the country.  While she dislikes it at first, this family doesn't coddle her her and she learns to be self-reliant and starts to love it there.  Her kitten is Eleanor and she ends up staying on the farm when the original cousin gets married.
Dorothy Canfield, Understood Betsy. No, sorry, that's not it.  There weren't any older relatives, just the young girl and the youngish (early 30's?) aunt.  Thanks for trying though.
I'd put a small amount of money on this: The Long White Month by Dean Marshall,    illustrations by Theresa Kalab / Published by E.P. Dutton 1942 "Little Priscilla Newell lives with her aunt Millicent in a well-staffed
apartment in uptown New York. She is loved and well cared for and managed to the point where she is not sure of anything, except that for just once she would love to have an unplanned day, rely upon herself occasionally, and not worry about taking cold. Then, one day, Aunt Millicent is obliged to go to California for a rest and Cousin Susan takes over… Now Cousin Susan lives in a log cabin in the woods of Connecticut, and she and Uncle Roger, Priscilla's guardian, are good friends. Uncle Roger takes Priscilla out and buys her sweaters and snow suits and all the things she has always longed for. (Aunt Millicent preferred smocks from Liberty's.) Then, in the midst of a thorough-going blizzard Cousin Susan and Priscilla set out in Susan's car, for the little house up in the woods. Priscilla is to remain there for a month while further "plans" for her future are being made. What a month it is for the city child who has dreamed of just such an adventure, but has never experienced it! The bird lore alone in this delightful book is enough to recommend it to any young reader. Priscilla learns to build fires, to cook, to darn stockings, and sew on buttons. She makes friends with the many birds who flock about the little house in the snow, and when Uncle Roger brings her a book of bird pictures she learns to identify each. The pleasant Prescott family, up the road , are an added attraction, and the 'long white month' passes all too quickly. At last there are signs of Spring, and now again 'plans' must be made. Priscilla is desolated for she wants to stay with Cousin Susan. It develops that she may for Cousin Susan and Uncle Roger are to be married when spring comes and live in the big farmhouse across the road from the Prescotts'. The little house in the forest will always be there to use for week-ends, so the story has the happy ending all little girls demand." (from the dust jacket)
THAT'S IT!  I've been trying to remember the name of this book for about ten years!  How do you do it?!  Anyway, I'm thrilled just to know it actually exists because I was starting to think there was no such book, but just out of curiosity, you don't have a copy, do you?
The Long White Winter, 1946?  Aunt Millicent, who was the guardian of Priscilla, became ill and Priscilla had to apend the winter with her cousin(?) in the Maine woods.  For the first time, the seamstress did not come in to make Priscilla smocked dresses for school, but her cousin took her to a department store and they got all sorts of warm clothes.  The winter describes the birds at the feeder, making snow ice cream and all that neat stuff to a kid from Hawaii. The last time I read the book was from the Eugene OR public library in 1972!  I have been unable to find it at abebooks or alibris under the name above.

I believe you have the title correct, but I couldn't find it either.  Written by Marshall?  Something like that?
Or Walter Dean Myers?  Not that I can find this anywhere...
Dean Marshall?, The Long White Month?  Is this any relation to The Long White Month in your Solved section?  I don't know either book, but they sound similar.
A-ha!  Yes!  That's what I was thinking of!  It is hard to find, but at least I know it exists.  Illustrated by Theresa Kalab, published by Dutton, 1942.
Dean Marshall, The Long White Month, 1942. 

Look Out for Pirates
I am looking for a book that I read as a child, but I have no memory of the title or the author.  A story involved a small salvage ship that recovered a chest of gold from the ocean floor. The diver wore an old fashioned copper helmeted diving suit, and encountered a shark while recovering the gold.  Somehow the gold was stolen  from him by pirates in a huge black sailing ship that flew the Jolly Roger flag.  The captain of the salvage ship recovered his gold by dropping a large wasps nest onto the pirate ship.  The pirates vacated and the salvage crew recovered their stolen gold.  The book is not a chapter book, nor was it a traditional picture book.  There were a lot of illustrations, but also a lot of text.  The book was about 7 inches by 9 inches and about a half inch thick.  It had very thick pages.  My guess is the the book is about a second grade level.  That is about all I can remember.  It has been twenty-five years since I have seen the book.  Help!  I really want to find this book.

P107: Look Out For Pirates! by Iris Vinton, 1961. A Beginner Book that's quite entertaining.
There is a childrens Pirate book that i read in 1971 that I've been going crazy over trying to locate for over 20 years.  The cover and the pages were the same stock as the Dr. Suess books.  i believe it was called "Pirates Gold;" maybe.  There is a deserted island and the pirates send a diver to the bottom for their treasure with an old time diving helmet and an airhose.  The cover of the book has yellows and blues in it and the pirates are on a tropical beach.  I heard about you guys on NPR here in Los Angeles and thought the service was TERRIFIC!!!  Thankyou

There is a 1961 Random House Beginner Book called Look Out for Pirates! by Iris Vinton.
Vinton, Iris. Look Out for Pirates!  Illustrated by H.B. Vestal.  Random House Beginners Books, 1961.  First edition, glossy pictorial boards, chid's writing on dedication page.  VG.  $10
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Looking Glass Factor
A library book I read in the early 1980s. Juvenile science fiction. A girl in the future went to a school where about a third of the students were human-sized cats. She liked science, but her parents were
professional musicians (her father tried to teach her piano) who didn't understand her. She somehow acquired the ability to go through walls, and to put her hand right into solid objects and feel how they were balanced. Any ideas? The title might have had the word "mirror" in it. Thank you!

m47 is The Looking Glass Factor by Judith Goldberger.
I'd just like to add that I saw a page from this book illustrated on EBay and yes, it shows a girl and some human-sized cats 'merging' into a wall or something similar. Looks interesting!

Lookout Mystery Series
A group of kids living near Chattanoga Tenn. have a club called the Cherokee Club.  Then their younger brothers and sisters form a club called the Lookout club.  I think one of the books was called the Mystery at Lookout Mountain.

Christine Noble Govan and Emmy West, Lookout Mystery Series, 50's-60's.  This is definately the series you are looking for.  It features a group of kids living in Lookout Mountain, Tennesee,  who call themselves the Lookouts.  The older kids had a group called the Cherokees but they're getting older and not as active in the club anymore.  I'm not sure of the specific title you are looking for in the series.  Here is the list I have:
Mystery at Shingle Rock (1955), Mystery at the Mountain Face (1956), Mystery at the Shuttered Hotel (1956), Mystery at Moccasin Bend (1957), Mystery at the Indian Hide-Out (1957), Mystery at the Deserted Mill, Mystery at Ghost Lodge, Mystery at the Echoing Cave, Mystery of the Dancing Skeleton, Mystery of the Vanishing Stamp (1962), Mystery at the Haunted House, Mystery at Plum Nelly, Mystery of the Fearsome Lake (1960), Mystery at Rock City, Mystery of the Snowed-In Cabin (1961), Mystery at the Shuttered Hotel, Mystery at the Weird Ruins.
Thank you for solving my stumper.  I am most interested in Mystery at Rock City, but would like to collect entire Lookout Club series.  Please let me know if you have any copies or when you get one.  Thanks!
Govan, Christine Noble and Emmy West.  The Mystery at Shingle Rock. Illustrated by Frederick T. Chapman.  Sterling, 1955, 5th printing.
Ex-library copy in library binding with usual markings.  G.  <SOLD>

click here for imageLoretta Mason Potts
see also: Colin's Naughty Sister
The other one is about a family, I think three children, who learn that there is an older child (Jane?), who is coming home to live.  She has been living with a family named Potts or Potter--on a farm, I think, or out in the country.  The youngest child in the family has a favorite doll named Irene Irene Laverne.  Jane runs away to her old home, taking the doll with her.   There is a bridge she can cross, that will take her magically to a castle inhabited by the Countess, who wants the doll.  The children in the family go after her to get the doll back, and end up wanting Jane for herself.  The author's middle name was either Potts or Potter (whichever one the foster family wasn't named), and the book was new in my school library in the mid to late 60's.  Actually, I'd like to have two copies of this book--one for me
and one for my sister, who's the only other person I've ever met who read this book!
This is the same book as W56 -- Loretta Mason Potts, by Mary Chase, a book I remembered from my childhood and searched for for years. Loretta, an obnoxious child, has a hidden exit in the back of her closet -- it leads through a tunnel, over a bridge, to a castle on the hill (inhabited by the General and the Countess, who treat Loretta royally). One night, her brother, hearing music, follows her and discovers the secret; eventually tragedy ensues when Loretta tries to take a beloved doll (Irene Irene) over the bridge to the castle.
Yes!  Is it terribly expensive?  Because I'd really like to have two copies--one for my sister.  Isn't that funny, that I remembered the "Potts" part, but assigned it to the author--and where did I get the name Jane?  No wonder I could never find it!  Woooo-hoooo!  Hooray for Harriett!  : )
When I wrote to you before, I said that I was interested in two copies of  this book.  However, my sister is not nearly as thrilled as I am (that's because she's only been talking about it 28 years, as opposed to my 33), and says she'll just read my copy.  So--I am only interested in purchasing one copy.  Sorry about that, and hope this isn't an inconvenience!
The first one was about a girl named Loretta who lived in the hills of America, I think!  She was the daughter of a poor family.  She was a totally obnoxious child but she discovered that if she went through the back of her wardrobe it brought her to a magical castle where a rich couple had balls and parties and treated her as their own daughter.  I have absolutely NO idea as to the name or author but it has been bothering me for years...about 30 of them!  The book had no cover but was illustrated with ink sketches.  The pictures portrayed the people as very tall and thin.
W56 sounds like Mary Chase's Loretta Mason Potts, a book I remembered from my childhood and searched for for years. Loretta, an obnoxious child, has a hidden exit in the back of her closet -- it leads through a tunnel,
over a bridge, to a castle on the hill (inhabited by the General and the Countess, who treat Loretta royally). One night, her brother, hearing music, follows her and discovers the secret; eventually tragedy ensues when Loretta tries to take a beloved doll (Irene Irene) over the bridge to the castle.
Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou!  You have just made my day.  Now I know the name and the author is it possible to get a copy of this book?  Or is it no longer available? You are my hero, once again, thankyou.

Lost In the Barrens
Help, I have been looking for books that I have read during my youth and have found most of them but not all. The book that I am having a lot of trouble with I can't remember the title or author. I don't have a good recollection of the contents. I read it around 1968 borrowed from the high school library. As much as I can recall: They or he get stranded for one reason or another and are forced to spend the complete winter in this remote region with very little resources. They or he builds a crude cabin and finds out right away the reason for peaked roofs and it's use for venting out smoke. He or they are in the north country on a caribou hunt and I remember something about a stone wall or mound that they hid behind because of the caribou migration. It may have been a hunt for survival. I know this book may be a specialty book. But I had to try somewhere and appreciate your offer. It's not alot of information, but if I could get a clue as to one or two words of the title or author, that would be a great help. Thank you.

I e-mailed you yesterday about a book that I was looking for. I am pretty sure that I have discovered the title. Lost In the Barrens by Farley Mowat. I haven't picked up a copy yet, but I am almost sure that is the book that I was trying to recollect. Sorry I e-mailed you a little too soon, but thank you for your service and I will stop by your website from time to time and see if I can help with anyone else.
The book concerns two teenage boys, one white, one Native, who follow an expedition in northern Canada. They become separated from the main group and end up spending a winter in the Canadian Arctic.  It's a survival story.

Mowat, Farley, Lost in the Barrens, 1957.  I think that L67 and Y12 might be the same book.
Farley Mowat, Lost in the Barrens.
#L67--lost on Canadian tundra:  Lost in the Barrens, by Farley Mowat, paperback title Two Against the North.  This and possibly its sequel, The Curse of the Viking Grave, have been filmed.  Don't remember titles of the films but the actor who played one of the boys, I think the native, Akavak, had the last name of Shields.  A search at Internet Movie Database for
Shields or for Farley Mowat would probably find these movies.
The book is about a boy on an adventure in Canada's wilderness.  I remember the city The Pas, in Manitoba, Canada was in the story.  The spelling Pas is correct.  I read the book in the late 1950s.

Mowat, Farley, Lost in the Barrens, 1957.  I think that Y12 and L67 might be the same book.

Lost in the Museum
I'm looking for my sister's favorite childhood book.   I don't have much information though, sorry.  All I know is it's about a kitten named Mimi who  gets lost in a museum.  That's all she can remember. I've looked everywhere I can think of. Can you help? (she's 32 now if  that helps with a time frame) Thanks!

Miriam Cohen, Lost in the Museum
THANK YOU , THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! I'll start searching immediatly!! If I find it, I'll be sure and let you know. At least I have somewhere to start now.  You are TOO kind! THANK YOU!!!

Lost Island
Hi, I am looking for a book I remember reading back in the 1950's, I believe it was my mother's which means it may have been published in the 1920's, 30's or 40's....  The plot line involves a young girl in the Yukon who has been out with her father -- trapping maybe? -- and somehow they get separated, I'm not sure whether they are on an ice floe that breaks up and separates them, or whether he gets killed.  She is left on an island in the Yukon with no resources other than her skills and her sled dogs.  I think the leader of the dog is called something like Henkie?  She gathers food and starts drying it on frames she's made out of branches, and I believe they live in a cave, but then there is a huge grizzly bear that also lives on the island that discovers her food stores.  The rest of the book is how her sled dogs
protect her from the grizzly and how she continues to lay stores of food by for the coming winter.  I believe at the end of the book she is rescued, perhaps by her father?  Or a passing boat?  I loved this book a lot when I was younger, and would love to know how to track it down.  I think the name "Island" may have been in the title, but whenever I tell people that they think I'm talking about The Island of Blue Dolphins, which this isn't -- it is in Alaska/Yukon territory.  Thanks, look forward to hearing other folks' feedback on this one!!

Have you checked out Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George?  It's not as early as what you describe, the rest of the details match.
It doesn't sound familiar but I'll check it out.  Thanks for getting back to me!
#Y3--Yukon:  Sorry, but though similar in plot, Julie of the Wolves was published in 1972--WAY too late to be this book.  James Oliver Curwood was a writer of many titles about Alaska, after Jack London, before Walt Morey and Jean Craighead George, and WELL before Gary Paulsen!  He is worth a try as the author.
Perhaps - Lost Island by Nora Burglon, illustrated by James Reid, published Winston 1939, 261 pages. "A story of Alaska for older girls. Solvig Salstrom is left on her own after her father fails to return from the hunt for a lost Arctic flyer. Solvig manages a team of outlaw dogs, is shipwrecked on a lonely island, and finally succeeds in finding her father." (Children's Catalog 1956)
I'm the one who submitted the inquiry about the girl lost in the Yukon with her team of sled dogs (listed as Y3), and I want to thank whoever it was that suggested I try Lost Islandby Nora Burglon, illustrated by James Reid.  The description sounds just like what I'm looking for.  Haven't had a chance to track the book down, but I'm willing to bet this is it!!!  Thank you, thank you.  I can't tell you how many friends and librarians I've pestered with my questions on this one!

Lost Race of Mars
Congratulations on this wonderful website you've created! I was wondering if you could provide some information.  I've been trying to find a children's book from the early '70s about outer space that my older brother loved as a child.  Unfortunately, he doesn't remember the author's name or the book's title and he has a vague recollection of the plot.  He remembers that this boy travels to outer space (Mars, the moon?) and, in that place, food is grown inside bubbles. The boy had black hair and was dressed in an astronaut suit.  The book had very vivid and detailed illustrations with writing at the bottom.  Can you help me?  I would be INCREDIBLY AND ETERNALLY thankful if this book is found...  Please respond at your convenience..

O3--The Lost Race of Mars. About a boy who lives in a colony on Mars.  I got this from a school book order in '68 or '69.
Harriett, Hello and THANKS A MILLION for your reply!  I would be SO happy if I could get this book for my brother!  Do you have any suggestions as to what I can do to purchase it?  Also, how can I thank the person who posted the info. on my "stumper"? Thanks in advance for taking the time to respond and for ALL your help!
Wondering about this, because the Silverberg book is a 'chapter book' and the book described sounds more like a picture book or early reader. My guess would be either the Wonder Book Tom Corbett a Trip to the Moon 1953, by Marcia Martin, which has dark-haired Tom, a redheaded boy and blonde girl in space suits, or Peter and the Two-hour Moon 1962, by Hazel Corson, where a boy visits a space station, or You Will go to the Moon 1959, by the Freemans, which has a brown-haired boy in a space-suit.

Lots of Stories
A35: at Christmas from an aunt (1956 or '57), I  received a very thick book of stories.  In it was a lot of different stories dating from the forties, due to the clothing of the children.  One story that I remember most vividly is about a little girl who finds and unravels a golf ball which ends up exploding in school...whereupon the male teacher keeps some boys that he assumes are the culprits afterschool.  She finally admits to the deed and the teacher is astounded and amused..happy ending!   Anyhow, that's all I can remember from that collection...the illustrations were all black and white.  Some poems may have been part of the anthology, but that is very vague....!  Thanks for any help you can gather...like title, author, etc.  If you do locate it, please let me know its price too.  Thank you in
A65: I've been trying to find info on a book I've had since childhood. It is at least 40 years old. Only problem is it never had a cover or title page, etc. It is comprised of individual stories with titles. Some of them are: "Lucy and the Leprechaun." "The Little Red Goblin."  "Big Ruth and Little Ruth."  "Rob Roy." "Peter and the Pumpkin." and others.  My Grandma read us the stories over and over and they have always been special to me. I would like to locate an entire book if it can be identified and is available.
A65 anthology with goblins and leprechauns sounds the same as A84 anthology with missing pages. They're both about 40 years old, both missing the identifying parts, and both have "Lucy and the Leprechaun" "The Little Red
Goblin"  "Big Ruth and Little Ruth"  "Rob Roy" as contents. Neither mentions any authors listed with the stories. Could this be one of the numerous story collections published by Saalfield in the 30s-40s?
A84: I have part of a book that is at least 40 years old.  It is missing the cover, title page, author(s), etc.  It has chapter stories.  I have always been curious as to the title and availability of this book.  Some of the stories in it are The Little Red Goblin, Lucy and the Leprechaun, Big Ruth and Little Ruth, Rob Roy, The Old Roadster.  If you have any information, it would be greatly appreciated.  My grandmother read us the stories over and over and they are special to us.  Thanks.
C119: This is a large thick old book with lots of children's stories in it. My Mom had this book as a little girl.  Two of the stories in it were Big Ruth and Little Ruth and the other one was about Miss Hintmaster and Miss Toothpick.  She thought the color of the book was pink. Thanks for your help.
C119 children's bedtime story book: oh my gosh, it's A65 and A84 again, with Big Ruth and Little Ruth, only now we have another story title as well, and a possible colour for the cover. Could it be one of the Whitman anthologies?
M48: I had a book as a child it is mother goose bedtime story book hardback it is gray and has bubbles on it. some of the storys include estell and the chipmunks, the red headed girl that didnt like red-hair. I have been searching for this book for a long time if anyone has any idea where i can find it or has it I will buy it
There is a book called The Bedtime Mother Goose, published by Golden/Western 1980, but it's the Mother Goose rhymes, and the contents described seem to be stories, not regular nursery rhymes. Maybe The Best Bedtime Stories of Mother Goose, by Anne-Marie Dalmais, illustrated by Violayne Hulne, published Derrydale 1987. No information on the cover or contents, though.
M48 mother goose with bubbles: there is an anthology - Lots of Stories, written by Rowena Bennet and illustrated by Sally De Frehn, published Whitman 1946 (probably reprinted later), which has a grey cover showing a boy looking up at bubbles with little characters in them, could this be it? No complete contents list available, but stories include The Talking Lollipop, The Old-Fashioned House, The Haunted House, etc.
Okay, it's not quite the score of the Valiant Little Tailor, but pretty good, and would this qualify as a Most Requested?
** A35 Anthology, gender-bending.** A65 Anthology, goblins and leprauchans ** A84: Anthology, chapter, with missing pages ** C119 children's bedtime story book ** M48 mother goose with bubbles **

I have in my hands here Lots of Stories, by Rowena Bennett, illustrated by Sally de Frehn, published Racine, Whitman 1946, 382 pages, 74 stories and poems, including (in stumper order): A Golf Ball Goes to School p.366 - Mary and Jill find two golf balls on the way to school. Mary takes the battered one and unravels it in school while the schoolmaster MacFadden, called "Mister Mac" teaches all the classes in the one-room school. Suddenly there is an explosion, because Mary has jabbed the core of the ball with her pen-knife and the compressed air escaped. Mister Mac thinks one of the boys has brought a gun in and asks each of them, but not the girls. Mary confesses and Mister Mac "laughed so long and so hard that sometimes I hear his laughter in my dreams even now." Lucy and the Leprechaun p.259; The Little Red Goblin p.294; Big Ruth and Little Ruth p.211; Rob Roy (and Katherine Kalahan) p.227 (Rob Roy is also in The Rhyming Cat p.151); Peter and the Pumpkin p.287; There is no story about an Old Roadster, but The Roadster's Secret p.146 is about a new blue roadster with a rumble seat. Miss Hintamaster and Miss Toothpick are paper doll "old maids" cut from advertisements on How to Get Thin and How to Get Fat, and they appear in the story Mother's Game p.76; Down the Chipmunk Hole (Estelle the French doll rescued by chipmunks) p.97; Grandma's Story (redheaded Jane learns to like her hair and name when Bonnie Lynn admires them and stops others teasing) p.116.  The book measures roughly 7.5" x 10.5", board cover is grey, with the title in yellow letters. The head and shoulders of a boy are shown emerging from a black circle. He has a book lying open in front of him and a bowl of bubble-mix, floating above are big bubbles showing characters from the stories, including an elf, a dog with a ball, a bunny with eggs, a boy skiiing. More bubbles are shown on the back cover, containing a rainbow, a jester with a lute, a frost elf, and a kite with a clown face. The edges of the pages are a bright pinky-red, so that opened the book does look pink. (I'd almost suggest it for H32 hot pink pages, but that book was new in 1965-72 and had a white cover) also T73 tree unhappy with self: the poem described, called The Unhappy Fir Tree, appears on p.352 "A fairy walked in the forest/ She heard a fir tree whine/ The other trees don't have to wear/ sharp needles such as mine." "I wish that I had golden leaves/ That glittered in the light/ The fairy waved her wand and changed/ The fir tree overnight." The golden leaves are stolen, the glass leaves broken, and the green leaves eaten by a goat, so the tree asks for its needles back. "And thank you for your magic gifts/ You merry woodland elf/ You've taught me that it's best for me/ Always to be myself." This may be the same poem appearing in Children's Stories Selected by the Child Study Association, also published by Whitman, 1950. 

Love is a Fallacy
A short story, written no later than the 60's, and probably much earlier- like the 20's-40's.  Setting: A college.  Smart, up and coming, arrogant youth has decided that he needs his room-mate's (who might be nicknamed Moose) girl to be his 'helpmate' in life.  She's beautiful, not too bright, but teachable.  Smarty has a raccoon skin coat, but doesn't set any value on it.  Moose (if that's his nickname), is a popular football player and needs that coat to be more popular.  He agrees to trade the girl for the coat.  So Smarty sets out to teach the girl so she'll be a helpmeet suitable for him.  He begins, the author only knows why, by teaching her logical fallacies, such as poisoning the well and a few others.  She learns quickly, and then breaks up with him and returns to Moose.  Smarty tries to talk her out of Moose and into returning to him.  She is able to refute all his arguments by pointing out which fallacy he is using.  He asks her why she's going to Moose, and she says because he has a raccoon skin coat.  Delicious irony.
But who wrote it?  What's the title?  Where can I find a copy?  I _think_ I originally read it as a child (I was a voracious reader) in one of my mothers' old college literature textbooks- possibly a largish volume with a green marbled cover or endpapers.  But I'd like to find it _anywhere._  I realize it's not quite a children's story, but I did read it as a child =)  Thanks!

The short story is called Love Is a Fallacy. It can be found in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis by Max Shulman.
I'm so excited!  I have looked for this for years, but with neither title nor author, I got no 'forrader.'  Thanks to your terrific service, I now have both title and author, and using that information was able to find the short story I particularly remembered online- within days of asking my book stumper.  You have an unbeatable concept with this page.  Thanks so much!

Luckiest Girl
I read this book around 1980, although it was written earlier. I can't remember the title. The book begins with the main character (can't remember the name) expressing her dislike of a raincoat her mother bought her; it isn't like the yellow slickers that the other girls have. Then she goes to live in California (with an aunt perhaps?) for a year. While attending high school there, she experiences some culture shock and has to move away from her preconceived ideas. During her year in California, she works on a fund raiser: she suggests selling donut holes (very popular in her hometown, but the California kids hadn't heard of them), which was a big success. Also while she is there, a freeze occurs in the town and everyone tries to save their orange groves. In the end, she meets a nice boy and appreciates her coat. Any ideas!?!

Definitely sounds like THE LUCKIEST GIRL by Beverly Cleary. ~from a librarian
Cleary, Beverly, The luckiest girl.  The girl came from Seattle and was teased for her "webbed feet."  Publisher    New York, Morrow [c1958] Summary    A young girl leaves her home and friends in Oregon to spend her exciting senior year in a California high school   I love your site - boy this one brought back immediate memories!
Beverly Cleary, The Luckiest Girl
I remember this book as well... I read it in 1969, I think. I believe the setting was the 1950s, and the raincoat the girl's mother got for her was a pink one with a velvet collar.  The girl made a list of things she would do when she became a mother herself in order to "improve" on her mother's "shortcomings."  I believe the list changed
at the end of the book as the girl achieves a higher level of insight and understanding.  I think I remember that she had a crush on a boy named Philip at the new school who had a sunburned nose (he turns out not to be such a nice boy after all).  Sorry this isn't the title and author, but I thought perhaps someone else out there whose memory might be jogged if they saw more details.
This is definitely Beverly Cleary's The Luckiest Girl.  I remember reading this when I was in high school and still have a copy buried in my dad's attic along with the rest of my children's books (3 cartons full)!!!
Beverly Cleary, The Luckiest Girl  I haven't read this book in a million years, but I'm pretty sure it's right. I think she wanted a pink rain slicker.
Beverly Cleary, The Luckiest Girl,  2001, reprint.  One of my favorites, and will probably be in reprint forever.  I especially enjoyed how Shelly blossomed once she was out from under her mother's thumb.  I found this book long, long ago when I was a rebellious teen and I cheered!

Lucky Chuck
Please help if you can. A children's book, early reader, perhaps second grade level - may be the title is  Doug's Bike, do NOT have the author. Story: a boy gets an old motorcycle, fixes it up, has a run in with a policeman for weaving in and out of traffic.   Mother wants to buy this book if it can be found. Thank you

Beverly Cleary, Lucky Chuck. The boy in this book is Chuck, not Doug, but it sounds like the right one. This is one of Beverly Cleary's lesser-known books but it's a lot of fun while teaching a lot about motorcycles. There's a great review (with pictures) here.

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Lucy and the Merman

There was a child (probably a girl but I'm not even sure of that!) in her tree house, when a seagull flew over and dropped what at first seems to be a fish.  It turns out to be a merman, whose name is Triton (I feel very sure about that part).  The story then involves trying to get Triton back to his lake or the sea, without the adults finding out.  I think the girl was turned into a mermaid for a while at the end, when she got Triton safely home. Sorry, that's all I have, but it was a fab story!  Hope someone can help.  Thank you!

I remember this, but of course not the title.  I do remember that the book quoted a song or poem: "Flow gently sweet Afton." That might jog someone's memory...
Audrey Brixner, Lucy and the Merman.  Maybe this is the one?
S72 seagull drops: more on the suggested - Lucy and the Merman, by Audrey Brixner, illustrated by Joan Berg Victor, published Scholastic 1977, 112 pages. I have been trying to find a plot description, but no luck so far.
Audrey Brixner, Lucy and the Merman, 1977.  I saw your listing on Lucy and the Merman and thought I would write and pass on some information to you as the listing said you were looking for a plot but couldn't find it. I have this book, and it was one of my favorites from childhood. It's about a girl named Lucy who is lonely because her best friend is away on a trip and she has nothing to do without her. A merman named Triton lands in her treehouse one day, dropped by a seagull that captured him. Triton and his wife Thetis had been searching for their daughter Sabrina, a mermaid who disappeared along the California coast while pretending to be a siren. Lucy returns Triton to the nearby lake, and after finding a way back to the sea and his people he invites her to join them for a day to be a mermaid herself. The majority of the book is Lucy's journey with the merpeople, and at the end she returns home with the hope of seeing them again on the next full moon. The line you mentioned is from a long poem printed at the end of the book, called The Forsaken Merman by Matthew Arnold.  Thanks for the great trip down memory lane. I was thinking of this book and did a search for it on the internet and found your site. As someone who works in children's publishing and was a children's bookseller for a long time, it's so wonderful to see mention of these forgotten favorites again!

Lyle, Lyle Crocodile
First my request for a book:  I am in my twenties and when I was in grade school I struggled to read due to my learning problem. The first book I ever read aloud was to some first grader.   The book was about a little boy that find an allegator and made  place it in a bathtub to hide it.  The boy told his friends he was going to bring the allegator to show and tell. His friend did not believe him because he always told tall tales to get attenion from his friends. when the kids saw the real allegator and the boy was telling the truth, the  boy learned  by being honest friends were not hard to come by.  In searching for myself it was suggested that the book might be  An allegater in by basement by captain Kagroo  or An allegator in my Closet and under by bed.  But none of these three had anything the summery above.  The closest title I can think of is something like: The day I took my allegator to school.   It would really mean alot to me if you could find a copy.

I believe you are looking for the book Lyle Lyle The Crocodile. I do not know the author, but my first grade granddaughter tells me this is the story you wrote about. It is a book that may still be in some schools as she has read it recently. Hope this will help you in your search.

Well, I took this advice and found the following:
Waber, Bernard. Lyle, Lyle Crocodile. 1973. $12 plus $3 shipping.
I don't know if you add comments to the solved mystery section or not, but you answered the stumper about the crocodile as Lyle, Lyle the Crocodile by Bernard Waber.  That was not the first book about Lyle.  The original was The House on East 88th Street. There may have even been a third book but I don't recall its title.

M is for Mischief
I vaguely remember this book from my childhood.  These three or four siblings have to move to a new house, and their mother is allergic to dust.  There is a shed or playhouse in their back yard, and it has a stove in it.  A mysterious person comes and gives them a dial for the stove, and they use it to cook some recipes with magical results.  The only one I remember is that one or two of the children become invisible.  Eventually, the mysterious person takes his dial and leaves the kids with the memory.

M94 (Magic stove dial invisible siblings) is M FOR MISCHIEF by Richard Parker, ill. by Charles Greer 1966. I read this book over and over and am lucky enough to still own my childhood copy, so I am pretty positive this is the one.  ~from a librarian
More on the suggested title M for Mischief by Richard Parker, illustrated by Charles Geer, published by Duell 1966, 90 pages "Three children, two girls and a boy, who have just moved into an unexciting old house, find an ancient rusty stove, complete with its own baffling cookbook, hidden away in a long-neglected summerhouse. Two settings on a dial - O for "Ordinary" and M for "Mischief" take the place of the usual oven gauge. Life grows hilariously complicated for everyone in the family when the children experiment with the recipe for boiled eggs which will render the eater invisible. But the magic really casts them into ludicrous predicaments when they bake cupcakes "for changing someone into a harmless domestic animal"; for while they manage to turn a thoroughly unpleasant neighbor into a lovely brown donkey, they also inadvertently transform their mother into a speckled hen." (Horn Book Jun/66 p.307)
This is a book about I think four children who move to a new neighborhood into a little house that they describe as looking like a shoe box.  Their mother sends them from the house on the moving day complaining that she is allergic to dust and they find this shed in their new back yard with a stove in it.  I believe it is missing a dial, and a strange man comes and brings them a dial with a setting on it that says something like 'magic' on it.  They cook recipes which become magical when they use this setting.  The only magic I remember is that one or all of the
children become invisible.  I can't remember what the conclusion is except that I think the man comes back and takes away the dial.  Please help me find this!!

Macmillan Reading Program Primers
Jeff, Mary, and Mike textbook(s) My first grade textbook (or series, like the Dick and Jane series) was about Jeff, the oldest child, a brunette with a red bicycle, Mary in the middle, a blond with a blue bicycle, and little brother Mike, sandy-haired with a yellow bicycle.  Although I was in first grade in 1968-1969, this was probably early 1960s as Jeff and Mike still had the crew cuts and "flood pants" so sadly out-of-style a few years later.  A book titled "Titch," written and illustrated by Pat Hutchins and first published in 1971, features children in the same order, the girl also named Mary and the boys
with one-syllable names (Pete and Titch) and bikes of the same color, though Titch's was a little yellow tricycle.  I have to wonder whether this was a coincidence or whether Pat Hutchins, knowingly or otherwise, was paying tribute to Jeff, Mary, and Mike.

Primers featuring Jeff, Mary, and Mike should appear under the heading "Macmillan Reading Program preprimers."  The three books definitely in the Jeff, Mary, and Mike series are Opening Books, A Magic Box, and Things You See, all by Mae Clark and all published by Macmillan in 1965 in softcover, and in 1970 possibly in hardcover.  These three are all classified as "preprimers."  Another, Lands of Pleasure, is classified as a "first primer," but I don't know if it also features the same characters or is a regular textbook with poems and stories, as are some of the other ten books I found listed under this author and publisher.  One book of Mae Clark's I would be interested in which is not Jeff, Mary, and Mike is Worlds of Wonder.  It seems to be Book #1 in the "California State Series."  You might make another heading for "California State Series, School Readers" and list Worlds of Wonder, Book 1(?), Much Majesty, Book 4, First Splendor, Book 5, and Wider Than the Sky, Book 6, and maybe someone will know what Books 2 and 3 are and I can put together the set.
The entry under Macmillan Reading Program in your "solved" section seems to indicate that someone would like more information about these books. When I started teaching first grade in 1968 we used this series of readers. Opening Books was preprimer1, A Magic Box was preprimer2, and Things You See was preprimer3. The next book in the series was Worlds of Wonder and it was called the primer. That book was followed by Lands of Pleasure which was the first reader. Children who did well in school would be expected to go through all of these books in first grade. I have the second grade books from this series also; one of them is called Enchanted Gates. There were 2 books for second grade (teachers referred to them as the 2-1 and 2-2 books). There were also 2 books for third grade. There was just one book each for fourth, fifth, and sixth grades.  One thing i liked about these books was that each title was a phrase from a poem about books and reading; the poem would be printed before the title page of the book.

Mad Scientists' Club
Monster of the lake is fake.  About some kids that make up a “Loch Ness monster” for their own lake, to help a friend out of a lie. To support the lie, the kids construct one, and this is seen by witnesses, this eventually gets out of hand with many sightings, news crews, etc..

Sounds like Bertrand Brinley's The Mad Scientists' Club from the early 1960s. It was followed by The New
Adventures of the Mad Scientists' Club and, in the 1970s, The Big Kerplop - which is a prequel written in
novel form. (That one is not so terrific.) The illustrator was perfectly chosen. The Club is made up of 7 boys aged 12 to 15 or so, and they get involved in all sorts of hijinks with the help of all sorts of WWII surplus electronic equipment that they collect. (Examples: gas balloon race, long-lost fortune, "high-tech" prank at the mayor's speech, night rescue of a downed pilot, a cleverly "haunted" house, bank robbers, submarine, "flying saucer", rainmaking, and kidnappings by the rival club.) They are all out of print, but the reviews at you-know-what dot com are many and passionate - the first two books ARE very funny and you may have to read them first so you won't burst out laughing with every other page when reading to your kids! While somewhat socially dated, as you
might expect, they are very much worth it and a fascinating look at what kids could (sometimes) really do even before the computer age (though Henry does, in the first story of NAotMSC, reveal that he has a homemade computer!) I often wonder just where it's supposed to be - it's very rural and you know from one story that they're in a Yankee state, but my guess is it's not in New England, anyway.
Probably the Mad Scientists' Club or the New Adventures of the Mad Scientists' Club by Betrand R. Brinley.  I know there is a fake monster in the lake chapter in one of those two books.
yes, I'd love to get all three of the Mad Scientist Club books.  Just let me know.

Maggie B.
This book is from my childhood (I was born in 1969) and features a girl wishing on a star and wanting to take a trip.  She magically/via imagination sets sail on the ocean with her baby brother who she is now responsible for.  She grows pears and other fruit on the boat for them to eat.  They may have a chicken on the boat who lays eggs for them???  A large part of the book seemed to be her growing/making food for her brother. She washes her brother up after their meal, bundles him up, and rocks him to sleep.  The book ends with a return to reality, I believe.  I would love to locate this book again to share with my young daughter!

This looks like the same book as M 68: The Maggie B by Irene Haas.  It's recently been reprinted and is an adorable book.
I'm the author of G48 and am pleased to say that, yes indeed, The Maggie B. (same as M68) was indeed the book I was looking for!  I checked it out of the library and have shared it with my daughter and she loves it too!  As a matter of fact I've read it with all my mom friends as well and have told them about this wonderful site.  Thank you very much for solving my querry!
I read the book to my kids in the late seventies, early eighties.It was a paperback and belonged to my younger brother. It was a picture book story about a little girl, Maggie and her baby brother, who she cared for on their little boat. Actually, I think that "The Maggie B." may have been the name of their boat.  She kept a goat, a little garden and fised from her boat. A sweet book.  Can you help me find it, or more info. about who wrote it, etc.?  Thanks for your help.

I was just browsing through your website, when I came across this "unsolved mystery": "M61: Maggie B."
I think I know the title of the book -- it's simply called The Maggie B. by Irene Haas; it was recently reprinted (Aladdin Picture Books). Hope this helps!
M61 is The Maggie B by Irene Haas.  A *great* book.
This does sound like The Maggie B, by Irene Haas (on Solved list) published New York, Atheneum 1975, reprinted various times, 32 pages. "Before sleep one night, Margaret Barnstable wishes for a ship named for herself. The next morning she awakes on the Maggie B. and the adventure begins! The ship has a garden growing on it, and she cooks and cares for herself and baby brother James. Full color paintings loaded with detail."
See also G48 Girl on boat

Maggie in the Middle
see The Seven Stone
Maggie Muggins
Looking for a book 1960's....Title, Maggie Muggins Every book in series ends with, "I wonder what we will do tommrow."

Mary Grannan, Maggie Muggins.  Several others in series e.g. More Maggie Muggins, Maggie Muggins and Benny Bear, The Wonderful World of Maggie Muggins, Maggie Muggins in the Meadow, etc.
Mary Grannan, Maggie Muggins series.  Maggie Muggins and Her Animal Friends (1959), Maggie Muggins Again (1949), Maggie Muggins and Benny Bear (1962), Maggie Muggins and the Cottontail (1960), Maggie Muggins in the Meadow (1956), More Maggie Muggins (1959), New Maggie Muggins Stories (1947), Maggie Muggins and the Fieldmouse (1959), Maggie Muggins by the Sea (1959).

Magic Ball from Mars
There's this boy who's in touch with these wise beings from outer space, and they give him a little marble.  They don't tell him how to use it. He gets into some trouble, his life is actually in danger and he has a breakthrough and uses the glowing marble to -- I think -- put a shield around himself that makes him invulnerable and he gets away.  I think the marble was blue.

M71 - could this be Nicholas Stuart GrayThe Applestone ? Some similarities.
I have to say, the only similarity with The Apple Stone is the size of the item. Gray's book contains no aliens, no force-fields, no blue. Instead, the Apple Stone is golden and speaks for itself, instructing the group of children how to use it. This book sounds more American than English, and more science fiction than fantasy.
Maybe Carl Biemiller's Magic Ball from Mars New York, Morrow, 1953?
M83 and M71 seem to be asking about the same book.  Not that that helps either searcher much.
M71 and M83:  Carl Biemiller, The Magic Ball from Mars
I remember this book from the mid fifties.  It was an adventure story about a boy who finds a marble that turns out to be magic.  Not sure about title, author.  What a fun site to reminisce about the books we loved.  Another favorite of mine was The Book of Live Dolls.
Magic Ball from Mars, by Carl L. Biemiller, illustrated by Kathleen Voute, published Morrow 1953, 127 pages. "An amusing bit of science fiction about Johnny Jenks' adventures with a mysteriously glowing ball of 'marsquartz' given him by a kindly man from 'Out There' who comes to Earth in a flying saucer. Johnny's visit to the Pentagon to show the ball to the authorities and his subsequent kidnapping are lively enough adventures." (HB Oct/53 p.360)

Magic Bus
It was a story of a magic bus with a driver and school children. and when a special button was pressed or glowed on the dash board, the bus would fly over the countryside...... colored illustration, early fifties.

Maurice Dolbier, The magic bus, 1948.  The story of what was an ordinary bus until a little boy discovered the gold button on its dashboard...and then the most exciting things happened!

Magic Clown
You already led me to one childhood memory. Thank you! Now here is another.  My brother and I remember a short book from the 50's about a TV clown who, on a rainy afternoon, takes a boy and girl
into the TV for a picnic in the sun.  Any ideas?

C42- The Magic Clown (Treasure Books #876)
A little more on the suggested title: Sutton, Felix Magic Clown (A Treasure Book) NY Treasure Books, 1954, 8vo; color illustrations by James Schucker, 28 pages. "Join that famous TV show character Magic Clown and his puppet Laffy"

Magic Elizabeth
The other book is about some dolls. I think there are one or two of them, and they live in an attic until they are discovered by a little girl who takes them out and plays with them. It's not the Raggedy Ann stories -- I think at least one of the dolls was porcelain or bisque. And the little girl in question liked to dress up in the old clothes in the attic. If you can help me I'd surely appreciate it! Thank you!

Could it be Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field? But there's only one doll...
The second book must be Magic Elizabeth by - oh darn, the book is upstairs right now, so I can't check the author - it is actually only one doll, but has two main girl characters - one in modern day and one in the past - the modern day girl has to stay with her aunt and while in the attic discovers a diary about a girl in the past with a doll named Elizabeth who gets lost one Christmas Eve and isn't ever found. The modern girl dresses up in the old clothes from the chest and, with the help of an old mirror, is transported back in time to the life of the other girl where she relives the entire experience of having and then losing her doll Elizabeth - the modern day girl's goal becomes finding lost Elizabeth.
Kassirer, Norma.  Magic Elizabeth. Scholastic, Inc., 1966.  Young Sally while staying in creepy old house with her Aunt Sarah, tries to find an old doll named Elizabeth. B&W Illustrations by Joe Krush.
Love your site!  I'm looking for a book about a girl (around 12) who is sent to live with her stern maiden aunt for a summer.  I think the aunt's name is Sarah, and she's incredibly stuffy.  This girl starts rooting around in the attic and finds a diary, some clothing, a doll, etc. of a girl named Sally and eventually comes to believe either that she *is* Sally reincarnated, or haunted by her ghost.  In the end it turns out that Aunt Sarah was Sally.  Any help would surely be appreciated.

S64 is Magic Elizabeth by Norma Kassirer.  My copy has the title page torn out, so I don't know the year, but it's a pretty common Scholastic Book Services title. Elizabeth is the doll's name.
S64 Stern Aunt Sarah:  This is MAGIC ELIZABETH by Norma Kassirer, and it is listed on your solved
stumpers page and may appear on most requested page too. It was recently republished.
The book you're thinking of is called "Magic Elizabeth".  I don't know the author, but I know it had wonderful illustrations by Beth and Joe Krush.  The story was of Sally, who went to stay at an elderly aunt's house and finds in the bedroom allotted to her a portrait of a little girl her age who looks just like her, holding a wonderful doll.  Aunt Sarah tells Sally that the doll's name was Elizabeth and the girl's name was Sally also.  Through the book, Sally gets to know and love old Aunt Sarah and her black cat Shadow and has dreams in which she experiences going back in time to be the other Sally.  She wants to find Elizabeth, whom Aunt Sarah says disappeared a long time ago.  Finally Shadow finds the doll and Sally finds out that the other Sally was her Aunt Sarah and the doll was hers.  A favorite book of mine and of my daughter's, who I believe has it now which is why I can't put my hands on the author's name.
S64 has got to be Magic Elizabeth, by Norma Kassirer "A grumpy aunt, a black cat, a spooky old house, and a doll named Magic Elizabeth," says the front cover. The aunt is named Sarah, and the little girl is named Sally.
Thanks for the answer!  I'm thinking about this book as a gift for a neighbor girl for her birthday later in the year.  If I can't find it locally, I'll turn right to you.  I appreciate the service you provide.  Your website is a lot of fun and brings back tons of good memories!
i read a book when i was a child in about 5th grade. that would be around 1969, a young girl spends the summer with her cranky, aged aunt who hates children. while there, the young girl goes into the attic and finds some victorian clothing just right for a girl her age. she puts on the clothing and eventually falls asleep. in her dreams she goes back in time to become her aunt as a child  and is able to locate the beloved lost doll her aunt had lost as a child when she finally wakes up out of her time travel dream, for it is the same house her aunt lived in as a child. i dont know the title of this book but i would love to read it again. i have been all over the net looking to find it. thank you.

I think this one is Magic Elizabeth by Norma Kassirer. The little girl goes to stay with her a grandmother, not an aunt, but otherwise the details seem to match.
I think both G66 and T101 are thinking of Magic Elizabeth by Norma Kassirer. It appears on your Solved Stumpers page, and it was recently republished. ~from a librarian
Sounds like Magic Elizabeth to me!
Someone has asked me to help identify a story with a secret garden with a character in it named Elspeth.  The person has read the Burnett Secret Garden and that is not it.

I have a suggested book for your stumper, Mandy, by Julie Edwards, published in 1971.  The description calls it an "enchanting bestseller in the tradition of The Secret Garden.  Ten-year-old Mandy lived in a lovely orphanage where the kind Matron Bridie looked after her well.  The good houskeeper, Ellie, slipped her special treats from the kitchen. Mandy was happy, but nothing Mandy had was hers alone.  Until that magical day when she climbed the stone wall at the bottom of the orchard, followed a little path through the forest and found the most beautiful deserted, small cottage, sitting in the sunlight, as if it were smiling at her."  I only read this once, years ago. I don't know if Ellie was ever referred to as Elspeth, but it's worth a look if the date is right.
Not too likely, but there's Nobody's Garden by Cordelia Jones, illustrated by Victor Ambrus, published NY Scribner 1966, 190 pages. Outgoing Hilary Toft decides to make friends with sullen, withdrawn Bridget, whose parents were killed in WWII. They find a common interest in their love for "The Secret Garden" and in recovering the garden of a deserted, bombed-out house, which becomes their own 'secret garden'. No mention of an Elspeth character.
Perhaps ... My Horse Says, by Mary Schroeder, illustrated by P. Stone, published London, Chatto & Windus 1963, 170 pages. "An imaginative story about three children and their widowed mother who have been given notice to quit their home. They start on the difficult search to find another house to rent and Elizabeth (the youngest), who is visited by a make-believe horse when she is alone, insists that they follow the instructions given to her by the horse. These lead eventually to an old deserted house in a walled garden. This was once the home of the squire, but it holds so many sad memories for him that he will not live in it himself or let it to anyone else. The children find an ally in the squire's sister and they are allowed to restore the garden to its former beauty. In time they get their wish and the house is theirs." (Junior Bookshelf Jan/63 p.26) The latter part of the plot is similar to The Secret Garden and Elizabeth is a similar name to Elspeth ...
Perhaps, it is Elizabeth and her German Garden, the first book by Marie Annette Beauchamp--known all her life as "Elizabeth", originally published in 1898. It starts like a diary. It is freely downloadable.
Hi - don't know how much this will help (or how old the question is!) but I think I know the answer to the above stumper.  The book sounds like Ginnie and the Mystery Doll. There is a secondary character named Elspeth, whom Ginnie befriends while staying at her crabby elderly auntie's house. Together Ginnie and Elspeth try to discover the whereabouts of a lost doll mentioned in an old diary.
Hi there - I made a mistake earlier! The book in questions is, I believe, Magic Elizabeth, by Norma Kassirer, as referenced in your #T101. I had the general plot right, but the wrong book.  It's even still in print.  Here's a short summary: Eight-year-old Sally faces an entire summer trapped in a creepy old house with no one for company but her spooky Aunt Sarah and a black cat named Shadow. But soon Sally uncovers a mystery about a beautiful old doll in a portrait -- and a little girl who looks just like Sally herself! In search of clues, Sally is drawn toward the attic and the old mirror that sits there. And when she looks into it, something magical happens....

Magic in the Park
What a great site! My sisters and I have all been stumped with this one. We all read this book as kids (late 60s - early 70s) abut can't remember the name or author. It's about two kids in NY who turn into pigeons and go to the island in the middle of the lake in Central Park. I realize this is a very vague description, but I can't remember more than that, other than there was also a stolen bicycle involved. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

P-43 is, I think, another Ruth Chew book.  It MIGHT be Earthstar Magic, but I'm not sure.
P43 Pigeons Who Were Once Children:  The other person who answered that it was a Ruth Chew book was right on track, but the title is MAGIC IN THE PARK, 1972.
Just wanted to confirm that P43 is definitely Magic in the Park by Ruth Chew. Plot summary: "Jenny and her friend Mike discover a magic tree and an old man who feeds the birds in the park. They discover that the tree moves around and that they can go underground and become birds with the help of the magic beech tree."

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Magic Forest
I know this is going to sound so vague... this book I am looking for is about a boy, who has to travel through the wilderness to either escape, or get to where he needs to go and has no other alternative.  He meets up with someone who helps him, possibly an indian.  At one point he ends up being rescued from a river, or has to hide in a river, but somehow loses most of his clothing and must wear this big trenchcoat type of thing, I think provided by his helper, so maybe it wasn't an indian, but there may be indians involved in the story.  Yikes, thanks for any help!

B113---sure this isn't The Sign of the Beaver?
B113 boy in wilderness: I don't think this is it, but in The Magic Forest, by Stewart White (first published 1920s, reprinted many times) young Jimmy sleepwalks from a stalled train into the forest, wearing only pajamas and slippers. He is found at the river's edge by canoing Indians who give him native clothes to wear because his are wet through from the snow.

Magic Hat of Mortimer Wintergreen
The amazing Mr. something ... Magic wagon ... travel or voyage??? 1988-1990  In this book, a brother and a sister who are poor meet a magician that comes to their small town. I seem to remember something about them hiding in a haystack to meet him. Soon, they are travelling with him on his wagon, and I remember that he had lots of magical stuff. They end up in a big city (New York, maybe?) and the kids are amazed at the fancy hotel room with running water, which they have never seen. I think the magician was there to put on a show. There was also something about the magician helping poor children and animals in the streets of the city. In the end, I don't remember exactly what happens to the kids, but the magician leaves and tells them he will return when the moon is a certain odd color - maybe orange?? I don't know if this ever happens.

#T105--Two siblings travel with magician:  in some ways this sounds like Mr. Mysterious and Company by Sid Fleischman, only in that book the children were his own, so there would be nothing about picking up or leaving
Hi, my book stumper is #T105, "Two Siblings Travel With Magician," and I am just writing to let you know that the book I'm looking for is definitely NOT Mr. Mysterious and Company -- I checked it out. The details I listed are all very accurate -- I remember the plot clearly, but unfortunately I just blanked on the title. I hope someone is able to figure this one out, as I would love to get my hands on a copy of this great book!! Thanks for all your help.
Good news! I went back to my "childhood" library this weekend and they still have the book - it's called The Magic Hat of Mortimer Wintergreen. Now I just need to locate a copy of it that I can keep (I tried bribing the librarian but to no avail!) Thanks.

Magic in the Alley
Thank you for your site. I hope you can help me find the title of this book. I must have take it out of a public library in Alexandria VA in the early-mid 70's. I have only vague memories of the story line: It was about a boy who was friends with a crow or raven who could talk. At some point in the story, the crow/raven had to choose to give up being able to talk to save the boy. Does this ring any bells with you? Thank you for thinking about this book...

On the talking raven or crow, I *think* there was such a creature in Alley Magic, by Mary Calhoun, but as I never finished the book I have no idea if it gave up its powers.
This is really a long shot, but could this be Magic in the Alley by Mary Calhoun? The main character is a girl, with a friend who's a boy, and she reanimates a stuffed crow with magic, which can then talk. At the end of
the book she must decide whether to use her last magic to turn the crow into a real non-magic crow, who will lose the ability to talk. As I said, really a longshot.
I looked this up and found only one expensive ex-library copy, but here's the info:
Calhoun, Mary: Magic in the Alley. New York: Atheneum, 1970.
Oh My! It could be-- as I said all I remember are very vague things. I just remember being really affected by the choice that had to be made...  I will now go out looking for this book. Was Mary Calhoun the author of the Katie John books?? I loved them too & could have read this because of that.
Thank you so much for your help. I love poring over your site & hope to be able to help someone the way you have helped me!

Magic Island
I read this book in the early 1970s when I was about 10 or 12.  It is about an orphan girl who is taken in by a rich shipping family in NY or Boston.  She is small of stature.  The family that takes her in has a daughter her age and an older daughter (18, maybe) who is newly married to the captain of one of the family’s ships.  She goes with the two daughters on a sea voyage to Barbados where she lives on a sugar cane plantation.  Because of her small stature, she is able to rescue a young child from a well, which makes her feel better about her size.

Mady Lee Chastain, Magic Island,1964.  Every detail matches.  It's an interesting cultural artifact, and a book that couldn't be written today.  Set in the early 1850s,  Barbados is depicted as a beautiful, idyllic place, with the dark shadow of slavery lying upon it nearly unnoticed - although the protagonist, Angel, has relationships with some of the slaves!  My copy is a withdrawn library copy with the usual defects, but no story pages missing. 

Magic Key
As a child born in 1949, my parents bought many books for my sisters and I to read. One of my favorites was a book about a little boy and girl who were walking along and found an unusual key. The key fit into a keyhole in a toadstool and unlocked the door into fairyland. The children sailed down a river on a leaf and met the queen of the fairies. I thought the book might be a Little Golden Book, but I have been informed by a collector that this is probably not true. Do you know of any book written or published around that time that would fit the description? Any suggestions on ways to locate the title. Thank you for your help.

K1:  this book was called The Key That Fit Fairyland I read it in first grade and we used it for a school play.  I too thought it was a Little Golden Book.
Well, I looked it up and there is no LGB, Wonder or Elf title exactly like that.
There was another series of books in the 1950's that was similar to Little Golden Books called Jolly Books.  One of the Jolly Book titles is The Magic Key - perhaps this is the book.
I too had a 20 year search for this book after giving our copy to a doctors office when I was a child. My sister (born in 1949) always held me responsible for losing "her book" so we had a  20 year quest along the east coast to find it. My first bit of luck was finding the cover in an antique shop (near home), the shop owner thought it was cute and that someone might want to frame it. It was a bargain at 5 cents.   It gave us a starting point.  The book is The Magic Key by Mary Francis, illustrated by Sylvia Holland it was published by Jolly Books NY , Avon
Publishing, with a copyright of 1952.  I called my sister in VA for the storyline (since after locating it from a book dealer, I gave it to her for Christmas in 1998). The storyline is, Tommy and his sister are walking through the woods when they find a key on the ground, They look around and notice a hole in a large rock or boulder and when they put the key in, they are transported to a  new place. In this place the toadstools seem to grow (or are they getting smaller?) and as they explore they come across fairies and elves building  tables and benches. They meet the  head elf, Gruffy who asks them how they got there and if they know the magic words. Tommy tells him the only magic words he knows are "by hickory and by dickory" (which happen to be some of "the magic words of the elves" ) and Gruffy takes them off to the Queen Fairy to decide what should be done with them. They go to the biggest tree in the forest and a door opens for them to enter. Once inside they meet the queen and it is decided that the children will have to stay till after the Queen's party. The children get to see the fairy party dresses and Tommy gets to sail in an Oak leaf boat.(about 3 pages from the end of the book is a full page illustration of Tommy in the boat.)  Whoever was asking about this book had a pretty good recollection to remember the boat part. For me it was the fairy party, the toadstools and the Big rock with the keyhole.
Hi - hope someone can help me find the titles/authors/sources of 2 stories I dimly remember from many years ago.  ...  The other had a child, boy I think, finding a mysterious key which opens a door in an old stone wall - I think a horse and a crow or raven also appear in there somewhere. Anybody out there ever read anything that sounds like these beginnings?  I can't remember anything more than that, and would like to know how the stories finished!

The second story ounds like stumper S69 stone wall holds key to mystery
Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden, 1911.  Regarding the second part of this request: There are two main boy characters in this story, and a girl- she finds a key to a locked garden, and helps her cousin to discover the real world, after being bed-ridden all his life.  They make friends with Dickon- a boy from the moors or dales, who has a pony and a crow or some other bird.
I think I missed the second part of this one previously.  Also check out The Magic Key on the Solved Mysteries page, that's one that eluded me for a long time since it sounded much like The Secret Garden, but clearly wasn't.
1955.  This was an illustrated story of a brother and sister who found a gold key in the woods. It opened a tiny door at the base of a large tree, and that led them into fairyland. My memory tells me the illustrations of fairies were wonderful.

The Magic Key by Mary Francis, illustrated by Sylvia Holland,  Jolly Books, 1952. It's on Solved Mysteries.

Magic Locket

Took me a moment, but here it is:  Elizabeth Koda-Callan, The Magic Locket.  Workman Publishing, 1988.
Elizabeth Koda-Callan, The Magic Locket.  Workman Publishing, 1988.  Used copy, VG but lacking locket.  $6

Elizabeth Koda-Callan, The Magic Locket.  Workman Publishing, 1988.  New copy.  $12.95

Magic Pot
this book was weird: it was about a couple who owned a funky black pot. the pot got up and shouted "hucka pucka" a lot. Weird!

#H24--Hucka Pucka:  Man, I JUST saw this in a local thrift store!  Was looking at it just before the answer to the "Pot called Peep" stumper was posted.  Looking in the store just now, I couldn't find it, meaning it was probably sold, although things around there do have a funny way of disappearing and reappearing.  Anyhow, it was called something like The Imp in the Pot and was about an imp that took the form of one of those large black three-legged cooking pots.  It was one of those small cheap hardcover easy readers which appeared in profusion in the '60s.  The pot kept jumping around and the imp popping up shouting, "Hucka pucka!"  Seriously weird,
Junior Bookshelf review again: Patricia Coombs "The Magic Pot" published by World's Work, 1979, 32 pages "The demon who turns into a black iron pot with a 'Hucka-pucka' and robs the rich to feed the appreciative poor, hucka-puckaing off with the rich man in a fine mystery ending ... enchanting two-colour crayon illustrations in fine red frames ..."
It is The Magic Pot! Thank you so much for finding these, your site is priceless!!

Magic Soap Bubble
Hi. I'm looking for a book that my Mom remembers when she was little living in Ohio. It was a slender children's book maybe 20 pages long, approximately 9" by 12" with delicate full-color illustrations. Written around the early 1930's. The story was about a little boy who blows a large soap bubble and steps inside it and flies gently to the moon. Unsure what happens next except that he gets home safely. Can anyone help me with this book? Many thanks for a wonderful service.

Could this be David Cory, The Magic Soap Bubble (N: Grosset & Dunlap, '22), part of a series, Little Journeys to Happyland, in which Ned journeys to Happyland, rather than the moon?  There is a voyage to the moon in Bobbie Bubbles (Chicago:RAnd McNally,1916), but this is a longer book, with both  b&w & color illustrations

Magic Spectacles & Other Easy-to-Read Stories
I just found your website and I love it!  I am a dyed in the wool booklover, so what a treasure your site is! There is a book from my childhood that I would like to find, or at least  discover the title of.  I don't know the title, author, or year published, and I only have a sketchy memory of the story line.  I recall a grandfather telling stories, possibly bedtime stories, to his grandchild.  He wore spectacles as he told the stories.  The grandchild found the spectacles and put them on, and he/she discovered that the grandfather saw the stories in the spectacles.  It seems that I remember the story that the grandchild saw had something to do with fairies, possibly a fairy wedding.  Does this ring any bells for you?

Could this be Lilian Moore,  The Magic Spectacles & Other Easy-to-Read Stories , ill. Arnold Lobel (Parents' Magazine Press,'65)?
I have often wondered the same myself.  Grandfather Owl wears spectacles and answers questions and solves arguments for all the other animals in the woods.  Little Toot aspires to be as knowledgable and attributes this knowledge to Grandfather's Spectacles.  One day he gets to try them, but alas, they tell him nothing.  Grandfather Owl explains "Spectacles are for seeing and not for knowing.  Knowing comes with growing and growing."  Not exactly the same as the stumper, but in case the story became confused over the years, I do have a copy for sale!
Moore, Lilian.  The Magic Spectacles and Other Easy-to-Read Stoies.  Illustrated by Arnold Lobel.   Parents' Magazine Press, 1965.  Cover slightly soiled and binding worn, otherwise G.  $10
Just another possibility, if it was the grandmother instead, but probably too recent: Beattie, Ann Spectacles New York, Ariel Books, 1985 "When Alison puts on Great Grandmother's glasses, they become magical and enable her to understand some of her grandmother's frustrations and unfulfilled aspirations."

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I read a book sometime during the late sixties or early seventies about children who are sent to live with an eccentric old woman (aunt, grandmother?). I enjoyed the story enough to check it out from the
library several times but now I can't remember the title or author. I do remember that at one point the old woman cooks wild mushrooms that the children are afraid are toadstools and that she wears outlandish clothes and talks during church. These are about the only details I remember. Can you help?

Later:  This was probably set during the second World War and involved about 4 children, siblings I believe, who were sent to the country to stay with an elderly relative.  The only good clue I can give you is that the one of the children's cats was named Ozymandias.  I tried looking under Noel,
Streatfield and Ozymandias but no luck.  I have read a lot of the titles, hoping to recognize my description, but no luck.   I did find references to lots of other books I read as a child tho!
I have this book.  It is called The Magic Summer by Noel Streatfeild.  The children stay with an aged great aunt who is extremely eccentric, to say the least.
Hi-I found the Noel Streatfield book I was looking for about the children and a cat named Ozymandias -it's the Magic Summer.  I hope you can find a copy cheaper than $121, which was what was offered on amazon.com.  I don't know why this book has become so important for me, but I am getting the strong desire to own the books that were important to me as a kid, and I hope I can find them here.  I can think of no more rewarding collection that the pursuit of books one has loved.
Thank you so much for your info!! Magic Summer is out of print and it would be great if you could find a copy for me.
Streatfield, Noel.  The Magic Summer.  Illustrated by Edward Ardizzone.  Random House, 1967.  First edition.  Ex-library copy with usual markings.  G/G.  <ON HOLD>
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Magic Tales
These are a mix of European, African and Asian tales, IIRC. One is about a tar ox that a farmer builds and that traps many useful animals; one is about hungry animals and a tree that drops its fruit only when the right word is spoken - the downtrodden, exhausted tortoise is the one who manages to find out the magic word and is lavished with gratitude; one is a version of "Rapunzel" in which she destroys the witch by cutting off her hair at the right moment; and one, my favorite, is about three girls, kidnapped one by one by a troll to be his houseslaves, only to be tricked by the youngest into carrying them all back home in sacks. The troll takes the form of a pig rooting in the cabbages in the beginning. My guess is that the book was compiled in the 60s or early 70s.

I may have the answer to stumper A20- Anthology, multiethnic It may be MAGIC TALES retold by Frances Ross, Elisabeth Harner, Wilhemine Mohme, Stella M. Rudy and Eugene Bahn.Illustrated by Arthur Griffith, helen Osborn and Phoebe Flory. Published by Charles E. Merrill Company, 1946, 1950. The stories included are The Pig That Was Really a Troll; The Fisherman and His Wife; Little Daughter and the Lion; The Ugly Duckling; The Lost Axe; Rapunzel; The Bear and the Goblin; The Prince of Engalien; The Silver River; East O' the Sun and West O' the Moon; The Rabbit and the Monkey; Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; Cinderella; The Straw Ox; The Green Monkey; The Flying Ship; Blunder; The Emperor's New Clothes. I did not find one about a magic fruit tree and a tortoise. However, The Straw Ox matches the description. The Rapunzel in this book does kill the witch by cutting her hair at the right moment. And a troll (who turns himself into a pig) does kidnap three sisters (on three separate occasions) and the one sister saves them by making the troll bring sacks of wood to the mother, but instead of putting wood in the bag, a sister goes in instead. Illustartions are black and white. The person who wants this book should try to get it through his/her local library first to make sure it is the right one. At the very least, the person has the names of two of the stories- The Straw Ox; The Pig That Was Really a Troll.
Thanks, I'll assume it is Magic Tales. Now does anyone know how to find the story about the tree and the tortoise? Another detail: the other animals keep trying to find out the magic word but they all forget it on the way home, but the tortoise is more diligent and simply keeps repeating it as he returns.

Magic Touch
I thought this book was titled The Magic Cookbook, but I haven't been able to find it under that title.  I do not know the author's name. I can only date it to the 1980s or earlier (probably earlier).  It was a
fictional book for young adults.  I seem to recall the book was bound with a rough-textured material and it had a very bland, beige color. Here is what I remember of the plot, setting and characters:  There
were 3 (?) children (I believe there were two boys, one very small, and a girl) who lived at a house on a beach for the summer.  I think this was a European setting.  Their parents may not have been there.  They had a (new?) cook named Fanchon who delighted in cooking rich, fancy foods, which the children could not stand. There was another boy who lived down the beach from them, I think, and they all became friends and he helped them out whenever he could.  One day, they found a cookbook filled
with magic recipes.  This was a lifesaver to the three siblings, since they were starving for not being able to eat the cook's food.  Following these recipes they were able to transform their group into various animals.  One time they changed into dogs.  Another time they changed into cats.  Still another time they changed into birds. The recipes involved simple foods and incantations.  For example, to change into cats, they had to cook hamburger seasoned with catnip, then recite the incantation, and then eat the prepared meal.  Then they'd all lay down for a nap and when they woke up they would be a cat (etc.). They would have to eat a prepared remedy to turn back into humans.  As cats, for example, they had to drink milk stirred with a crust of bread.  I also remember that the youngest boy always changed into something especially beautiful or different.  I also seem to remember that at the end,
they finally told Fanchon their problems with her cooking, and so she made them hot dogs (or somesuch).

THE MAGIC TOUCH by Peggy Bacon, 1968

Magic Toyshop
For several years I have been trying to find out the name and details of  a Christmas Play that we, as primary school children, performed in the 1970s. I remember that it began in a toy shop, and that the toys somehow came to life. There was an old toymaker involved. Pinocchio and Gepetto were in the play, but I don't know whether this play was "Pinocchio".  There were various songs involved, and I remember being one of a group of 'dancing dollies'. We sang something like "Look at how we go, all the little dancing dollies, look at how we go, round and round on tip tip toe" as we danced. I seem to remember a 'train' being involved as well.  There were also groups of other toys who had various song/dance routines to perform. Does anybody in Cyberspace recognize this play?

The standard musical adaptation is John Morley, Pinocchio -- lots of song & dance, but I don't think it's the play you recall. Thre is a musical by Patricia Clapp called The Magic Toyshop, but I don't know anything more than the title. She's been writing since the early '70s.
Thanks for your e-mail. The reply certainly sounds promising and I am keen to find more information about "The Magic Toy Shop" as it could well be the play that I recall. A search on the internet
uncovered a play by Patricia Clapp called something like "The Toys That Took Over Christmas" about some toys in a toy shop that were brought to life, but was advertised as being a 10th anniversary performance, which dates it to 1990. Perhaps Patricia Clapp has written several plays along similiar lines -- the play I recall was performed by us as seven or eight year olds in about 1975 or 1976. As well as groups of toys having their own songs, I seem to recall a toy train taking all the toys to a location outside the toy shop. Pinocchio had a leading role, but I am pretty sure that this was not a musical adaptation of the Pinocchio story. Hopefully someone might have details about "The Magic Toy Shop". Thank You! [And later...]
Thanks to everyone who thought about the possible answer to my stumper.I have actually found out the answer, which is quite different from what I expected it to be. Eventually I managed to find an e-mail address for my old primary school of 25 years ago, and wrote to ask about the play I remembered. After making various enquiries, the Principal wrote me and said that the play I recall was written by a group of teachers after they had gathered ideas from the children, and incorporated various popular songs. They called it The Magic Toybox, but it is no longer known if a script exists or ever did exist. It's great to have an answer after wondering about this for so long.

Magic Tunnel
Here's what I remember - a brother and a sister are in a train/subway wreck in the Holland Tunnel(?) in NY, and are transported back in time to when NY was New Amsterdam.  They meet Peter Stuyvesant, the girl has to sit and turn a spit all day, and one of them gets in trouble for yawning during "The Lord's Prayer" in school. Any hints will be appreciated!  Thank you!

I just picked this one up for the store.  It's called The Magic Tunnel by Caroline Emerson, and it's $8.  Shipping is an additional $3 within the U.S. for a total of $11...and you have a $2 credit from the stumper, so if you want our copy the amount due would be $9.  It's a Scholastic paperback in G condition (well-loved but the title is not that common), copyright 1966.  Sticker removal mark from spine and homemade? card pocket taped to inside back cover. Interested?

K36: I remember being surprised to find out, recently, that this was written in 1940 and not the 1960's, as I had thought. (You know, to correspond with 1664?) The historical details are great fun, such as when the boy asks for a fork at dinner only to find, to his embarrassment, that even the governor doesn't own one. One important
detail that was avoided was that when the English claimed the town for their own and ordered Peter Stuyvestant to hand it over or they'd raze it to the ground, the Dutch colonists refused to back him because he was a hated tyrant and they decided they'd rather take their chances under English rule. THAT would have made the story a lot more intriguing...and accurate! It's not as if it were written for first-graders, after all.
Paperback of maybe 100 pages. I think "Magic" was in title, like "The Magic Subway" or "The Magic Underground." A brother and sister who live in New York City get on a subway. When they get off, they find themselves in New Amsterdam in the 1600s. Life is very different, they discover. They finally relocate the subway and return to the present.

S192: The Magic Tunnel by Caroline Emerson, 1940. See Solved Mysteries for details the book doesn't cover!
Caroline Dwight Emerson, The Magic Tunnel
Caroline Dwight Emerson, The magic tunnel,1964.  Two children enter the New York subway and suddenly find themselves in a time tunnel that takes them back three hundred years to New Amsterdam where they watch history in the making and compare colonial and modern ways of life.
Emerson, Caroline Dwight, The Magic Tunnel.  Illus by Jerry Robinson, Four Winds Press, 1968, c1964.  "Two children enter the New York subway and suddenly find themselves in a time tunnel that takes them back three hundred years to New Amsterdam where they watch history in the making and compare colonial and medern ways of life."
Caroline Emerson, The Magic Tunnel, 1940s.  This is on the Solved Mysteries page.
Caroline Emerson, The Magic Tunnel.  "Juvenile time travel adventure of two kids who take a subway ride, but it doesn't
let them off at the zoo."

click here for pictures & profile pageMagician's Nephew
I hope this doesn't stump you! I'm looking for a book which was read to my fourth grade - this would be around 1972 or 1973 - which was very similar to Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe, but it wasn't that one.  In this one the (I think two) kids found some kind of doorway through to another world in their attic. This other world had a red sun - I remember that affecting me very much because it was the first I knew about stars being another color.  I'd appreciate any help anyone has....thanks!

This sounds like The Magician's Nephew, which is part of the Chronicles of Narnia series.  The two children in it enter other worlds through a doorway in the attic which connects their houses, and one of the worlds has a red, dying sun.
R8 is definetely The Magician's Nephew. The book G5 isn't remotely like The Magician's Nephew.
I know the book being refererred to in R-8. It's The Magician's Nephew, the first book in C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the second book in the series.
I was reading through the "Stump the Bookseller" page on your website, and I think the book the reader is looking for under "R8: Red Sun" is The Magician's Nephew also by C.S.Lewis, and is part of the Narnia series. I actually loved these books as a child and recently re-read them, and the plot described in R8 is the same as in The Magician's Nephew.  All the Narnia books are worth a second look.
Lewis, C.S.  The Chronicles of Narnia.  Macmillan, 1955.  Complete series of seven books.  Book Club hardback editions from the sixties (see image).  VG/VG  $75 
--- New paperbacks, in box, $49
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Maida's Little Shop
I recall a children's book in which a rich girl opens a shop in a poor neighborhood.  The only other detail I recall is that this rich girl at one time had a skirt with flowers on it, and diamonds as the dew drops on the flowers. Could that possibly be right?  I'd love to find that book again.

Inez Irwin, Maida's Little Shop.  It's the first in one of those Startemeyer series  Maida is a rich girl who opens a shop in a poor area of Boston. She makes friends in the nieghborhood, one of whom turns out to be her nanny's grandson from Ireland.  Only I think the diamond was in a necklace... 

Make-Believe Parade
Hi, I am looking for a book that has the saying,' hay foot, straw foot, left foot, right foot'. My mother thinks that it was published by Golden Books. My dad read this book to me three or four times a day when I was about 5 (i'm 28 now). I don't think that it was Dr. Suess.  I remember one of the illustrations.... it was a little girl going to small school dressed as a nurse and I believe there was a little boy dressed as a fireman. I hope you can help. Thanks in advance for trying.

H5:  I don't know if this is the right book, but it's worth a check Hay-Foot, Straw-Foot by Erick Berry.
I saw the inquiry about a book with the saying "hay foot, straw foot, left foot, right foot."  This comes from a Wonder Book titled the Make-Believe Parade  published in 1949.   The author is Jan Margo.

All I remember about this book is a little boy who would march around with a paper hat on his head and chant "hayfoot, strawfoot" as he marched.
One I read around 1968 about a little boy who would march around with a paper hat singing "Hayfoot, Strawfoot."
For interest's sake - my father long ago told me the joke this comes from, about a country boy who joins the army and can't learn to march because he doesn't know left from right. His sergeant, also a country fellow, asks him
if he can tell hay from straw. Of course he can, any durn fool can do that! So Sarge ties a wisp of hay to one foot and straw to the other, and drills him by calling 'hay-foot, straw-foot' instead of 'left, right, left'.

Man Who Cooked For Himself
Please HELP!! I have been searching for 16 years for this book. I am so happy I found this site. You are so smart to have started this. Anyway, I am looking for a book that is about this little man that lives in the woods and he is hungry, but doesn't have any money to buy food, therefore he takes a walk trying to find a way to fix his hunger. He ends up catching fish with a paperclip and gathering berries on the bushes for desert along with watercrest from the river for a salad. It was a bright yellow hard back that was probably printed in the early 80s. I can pretty much tell the whole story, but I want the book along with the cute pictures for my own babies. If you can help I wouldapriciate it.

A possible from online search: Krasilovsky, Phyllis The Man who Cooked for Himself NY, Parents Magazine Press, 1981. First Edition, Hardcover "A man who lives at the edge of the woods discovers that he need not rely on the store for a supply of good things to eat." Color Illustrations by Mamoru Funai.
F53 food on trees sounds like H6 hungry walk.
H6 hunger walk: a bit more on the suggested story by Krasilovksy - "A story about a man and his cat who live at the edge of the woods and buy everything to eat from the store. When his friends goes on vacation and he runs out of food, he finds he can live on the garden food he finds in the woods." Which does fit. The cover of the book is white, though, not yellow, with a picture of a plump balding man with a hat and apron, flipping pancakes while his cat looks on.

Man Who Didn't Wash His Dishes
i wanted to ask for your assistance in finding two childrens books from the late 60's early 70's. the first is about a boy who goes over to an old mans house and the old man drives his dishes around  in a pick-up truck during the rain to wash them. he then hangs them on a clothes line to dry.

Sounds close to THE MAN WHO DIDN'T WASH HIS DISHES by Phyllis Krasilovsky, the man does load his dishes in a truck and the rain washes them, but he doesn't hang them on the line to dry, and there is no little boy in the story. ~from a librarian
Krasilovsky, Phyllis, The Man Who Didn't Wash His Dishes. I'm not 100% sure, there could be another book where someone washed dishes outside, but I do remember this story.
A bachelor/widower decides one day to leave the dishes for the next day; after a while they fill his whole house. He's saved and learns his lesson though when it rains and he puts everything outside to get clean at once. (What a great site... thanks for The Furious Flycycle!)

The Man Who Didn't Wash His Dishes by Phyllis Krasilovsky.  See more on Solved Mysteries.

Man Who Lost His Head
I'm looking for a children's book I read in the early '60's but it was from the library so it could be much older. It was about a man whose head turned into a number of vegetables and possibly fruit. I seem to
remember a rutabaga and a parsnip. Is there any hope of finding this?

It's THE MAN WHO LOST HIS HEAD by Claire Huchet Bishop and illustrated by Robert McCloskey, 1942, 1970,1989. A man wakes up one day without his head. He carves out substitutes from vegetables - I remember a parsnip and perhaps a pumpkin. But everyone laughs, so he rejects the vegetables. He carves a head out of wood, and that's better, but he still wants his head back. So a young boy, who is making a ball out of tightly wound rags says he can get the head back. He hits the man with the ball, and the man wakes up with his head back.
Can't remember title. Story is about a man who wakes up without his head, tries a bunch of things as substitutes (including a parsnip, which for whatever reason is etched in my memory). 1970's? Possibly published by Bobbs-Merrill, since my dad used to work for them and get books through them.

Claire Huchet Bishop, The Man Who Lost His Head, 1970.  More on the Solved Mysteries page.
Clare Huchet Bishop, The Man Who Lost His Head

Man Who Was Magic
book title I believe is simply ''Adam"  publication date about 30 years ago- Adam is a magician possessing real magic -meets up with stage magicians who cannot figure out his "gimmicks ". Young girl wants to be his prop assistant  Plot unfolds. No other clues. Good luck!

Paul Gallico, The Man who was Magic, 1966.  The title isn't "Adam", but the protagonist's name is, and the plot fits.  Searching on Google will get you several synopses.
Paul Gallico, The Man Who was Magic. I'm pretty sure about this one. Adam appears in the heroine's life and goes to a magicians' convention (or similar). He scrambles and unscrambles an egg, and makes a wooden staff burst into bloom (white roses). The other magicians turn him away ... he changes the child heroine's life for the better, but leaves in the end.

Man Who Wrote Dirty Books
Humour letters between the Man Who Wrote Dirty Books and a reader.

Hal Dresner, The Man Who Wrote Dirty Books About a writer who's being sued because of the similarity of one of his characters to a woman named Bibbsy Dibbs.  It's written in the form of letters.

I read this as a young girl and would love for my daughters to read it.  I can't remember all the details, but a young girl, I believe an orphan, climbs a wall and enters the woods to find an old, broken down cottage.  This becomes her sanctuary and she lovingly fixes it up. The story, I think centered around her lonliness and the joy that the cottage brought her.

Julie Edwards, Mandy. Could this be Mandy?  It sound a lot like it.
I'm sure you'll get several other responses to this one, but O20 definitely sounds like Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards.
Edwards, Julie Andrews, Mandy, 1971, reprinted 1983.  plot description from amazon.com: "For an orphan child whose life is filled with comfortable, predictable sameness, with no particular hardships, life is, well, all right. Really, what does Mandy have to worry about? So it comes as a surprise even to Mandy when a small restlessness begins to grow in her. This lonely ache sets her to wandering farther afield, and leads her to a startling and wonderful discovery over the orphanage wall--a very old, very small, seemingly abandoned cottage. Embarking on a clandestine domestic fantasy involving gardening tools and soap flakes, Mandy finds herself being less than honest about where and how she's spending her days. Holding her secret closer and closer to her heart, this imaginative dreamer inadvertently endangers her reputation--and her life."
Could the solution to O20 be, plain and simple, The Secret Garden? There isn't a cottage, but she does get into an off-limits garden and lovingly fixes it up. And she is orphaned.
Julie Andrews (may be under Julie Edwards), Mandy.   The story is similar to that of "The Secret Garden" but without so much death.  I haven't looked at it lately, but it was a favorite of both mine and my sister's.  Her 10 year-old daughter also loved it.
Julie Edwards, aka Julie Andrews, Mandy.  1971.  Wow, a stumper I actually know, and a book I love!  You're describing Julie Andrews's first book for children.  Hope you enjoy it now as much as you did as a child.
This reminds me of a book that I have been looking for too.  Is there some kind of windowseat with old curtains that she curls up in and reads while she looks out over the delapidated yard?
Mandy by Julie Edwards (Andrews)--Lots about gardeniing--I think she gets adopted in the end...
Edwards, Julie, Mandy. This book was written by Julie (Andrews) Edwards, the wife of director Blake Edwards.  I think she wrote it for her daughter. I just unpacked my copy from childhood books.
Julie Edwards, Mandy, 1971.  This is a wonderful book, written by the actress Julie Andrews writing under her real name Edwards (husband is Blake Edwards).  Mandy the orphan finds a deserted cottage in the woods with one room covered in seashells all over the walls and ceiling.  She fixes up the house and restores the neglected garden, and ultimately is adopted by the family who owns the land and cottage. It's a wonderful story. Julie Andrews/Edwards also wrote one other children's book, The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles.
Julie Edwards (better known as the actress Julie Andrews), Mandy, 1971,  1989. This fits the description, but I seem to recall from another stumper (here or elsewhere) that there was another book with a similiar theme. Worth taking a look at Mandy, though. ~from a librarian
This has to be Mandy by Julie Edwards, aka Julie Andrews, the actress. Mandy is rescued from her cottage when she falls ill, and eventually is adopted by the family whose estate it's on.
Mandy by Julie Andrews, Harper & Row c. 1971 This sounds like the book she's looking for.  From the flyleaf: "For ten-year-old Mandy, the old stone orphanage on the outskirts of the pretty village was the only home she remembered....Then one day, when Mandy climbed over the high orphanage wall to explore, there it was--a tiny deserted cottage in a clearing in the woods.  Here at last was her very own, very secret home.  She would tidy it up and plant a garden. All through the spring, summer and fall, Mandy worked for--and sometimes "borrowed"--the little things she needed for it.  And to guard her secret, she even lied..."
Julie Andrews Edwards, MANDY
My teacher read this book out-loud in Grade 5 or 6. A girl goes exploring and finds an abandoned cottage. She cuts overgrown folliage back and starts tending to the garden. She steals some soap to clean the dusty place.  The fireplace or maybe all the walls in one room are decorated with shells.

G108 Sounds like it might be MANDY by Julie Edwards. ~from a librarian
Andrews, July, Mandy.  See Solved Mysteries.
Dandelion Cottage.  This is a book about a little girl who fixes up an old house.  Don't know if it's the same one or not.
Sounds like Mandy by Julie Edwards (Julie Andrews)
Elizabeth Enright, Goneaway Lake.  I am not positive that this is the right book, but the part about the deserted cottage is correct, and I believe I remember a room lined with shells.
Julie Edwards (aka actress Julie Andrews), Mandy.  This is of course Mandy, by the actress Julie Andrews writing under
her pen name.  It's on the Solved pages with more descriptions.  A great book.
Julie Edwards (Andrews), Mandy, 1960s.  My favorite book of all time! Mandy climbs over the wall of the orphanage and
finds this cottage.  Lucky for her, it is owned by a wonderfully nice rich couple who discover her one stormy night when
she is tending to her cottage but falls very ill.  They take her in and eventually (surprise!) adopt her. This one is also a previously solved stumper that i noticed a few days ago.
Julie Edwards, Mandy.  This could be the book Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards.  Mandy is a girl who lives in an
orphanage.  She goes exploring on the property next door and finds an abandoned cottage.  I believe it has been reissued.
Julie (Andrews) Edwards, Mandy.  I have the book on tape read by Julie Andrews Edwards. I believe the book was published in 1971.
Julie Andrews Edwards, Mandy
Julie Andrews, Mandy
A Secret Garden??
Julie Edwards, Mandy.  See entry in Solved Mysteries page.
Edwards, Julie Andrew.  Mandy.  Illustrated by Judith Gwyn Brown.  Harper Collins, 1971, 1989, 2001.  30th Anniversary edition.  New paperback, $5.95

Edwards, Julie Andrew.  Mandy.  Illustrated by Judith Gwyn Brown.  Harper & Row, 1971.  Original hardback edition.  Ex-library with usual marks and shelfwear.  G+/VG-.  $10

Manners Can Be Fun
I have always wanted to locate a book that I loved as a young child. It was a book about etiquette/manners and had very simple drawings...somewhat like stick figures today. I believe the drawings were black and white and seemed to be very playful in concept.

Try Munro Leaf's Manners Can Be Fun, 1936.
Sesyle Joslin/ Maurice Sedak, What Do You Say, Dear?  Another suggestion, though the Munro Leaf seems more likely.

          here for imageManxmouse
A potter who makes porcelain mice for a living gets drunk one Christmas and decides to make a model mouse whilst under the influence. When the mouse comes out of the kiln it is all the wrong proportions and is also blue!  Possibly also with orange ears and a  slightly kangaroo-like appearance, but Im not sure. The mouse basically comes to life and goes on to have lots of adventures, the most surreal of which being meeting a wax model of itself in Madame Tussauds. Which spoke... I think the books title was the name of the mouse character, but I couldnt be sure.  Possibly '(something)mouse'??  I really hope I didnt dream this story and that someone out there knows what on earth Im talking about!!  If you could possibly put something on the list for me I'd be eternally grateful.

P81 - Think this is Paul Gallico's Manxmouse - potter makes a mouse without a tail by mistake, which comes to life.
Gallico, Paul, Manxmouse. 1960s/70s. Potter overtired (and possibly drunk) makes mouse with large ears but not enough clay for tale - somehow comes to life and has adventures.
Thankyou so much for the reply, you truly are a genius!  If you do happen to find a copy I'd definitely be interested.

Many Lives of Chio and Goro
The story I'm looking for involves hedgehogs.  It is about a hedgehog couple who are so in love that they make plans about coming back together in the next life, only in subsequent incarnations, things always seem to go wrong.  I think this was read to me in the late 60s or early 70s.  The reincarnation theme probably had this one pulled off the shelves by certain religious groups.  I'm only somewhat certain it was hedgehogs, as we don't have them in Hawaii, that stood out. Found this site through an "Ask Jeeves" posting and find it incredibly enjoyable!  ** Later... Regarding my hedgehog question, I think it may have been an adaptation from an Asian folktale.

Could this be Patricia B. Ardley, Mr. and Mrs. Hedgehog (London,1936) ?
I haven't had any luck tracking down info on Mr. & Mrs. Hedgehog, but appreciate the tip.
Lifton, Betty Jean, illus. by Yasuo Segawa, The Many Lives of Chio and Goro. NY Norton 196.  This fits for date and is an Asian folktale. The plot is similar, except it is foxes. Perhaps there is another version with hedgehogs, or badgers? "The Japanese folktale of the old farmer Goro and his forgetful wife Chio who decide to be foxes in their next life when they die.  However, Chio forgets what animal to be and chooses a chicken instead. Goro, the fox, goes to catch a chicken to eat but is mesmerized by the chant  that Chio always said, and he leaves her alone. He cannot live with himself as a failure fox so he dies and becomes a rooster to take the chicken  for his wife. They are happy and again pass on to become people again and live happily ever after, until the next life. 60 pps."
H10 hedgehog love: it's not hedgehogs, but it is reincarnation gone wrong and based on an Asian folktale - The Many Lives of Chio and Goro, by Betty Jean Lifton, illustrated by Yasuo Segawa, published NY Norton 1968 "Japanese folktale of an old farmer and his wife who decide to be foxes in their next life. Instead several things go wrong and they end up as a rooster and a chicken."
I would like to thank the person who responded to my now very old stumper with The Many Lives of Chio & Goro, even when I gave the wrong details.  I haven't checked in for a while and was thrilled to see a new response.  This may very well be the answer.  I may have confused that story with Grimms' Hare and Hedgehog tale.  (I suspect I was eavesdropping, not participating, in the storytelling session!)  The wife becoming easily confused strikes a familiar note.

Many Moons
There was a children's book I remember from the library at the small college where my father taught--it was about a princess who wanted the moon, and no matter who her father, the King, sought for advice (astrologers, wise men) he couldn't get it for her.  Meanwhile, the court jester gave the princess a little round white stone to wear around her neck and told her it was the moon.  And she was perfectly content.  Ring any bells?

James Thurber, Many Moons, Harcourt Brace 1943.

Marco Comes Late
Is a picture book (First to Third Grade level) about a little boy who  arrives late to school.  When the teacher points out the time (either quarter to or quarter past nine), the boy spins a story about the things he saw which delayed him.  He embellishes a bird pulling a worm, street construction, and such, into a huge adventure.  It is sort of the opposite of Dr. Seuss's "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street," as that boy didn't exaggerate enough and this one did too much.  It is in verse similar to Dr. Seuss and almost certainly appeared no later than 1970.  (No answers.)

#B64--Big Imagination Boy:  No answer, but I have a lead:  someone at the Alibris Boards is looking for a copy of an obscure Dr. Seuss story titled "Marco Comes Late."  Since they have a typed copy of it, I'll get back to you as to whether it's the right one.
Marco is the name of the boy in a number of Dr. Seuss stories, including his first book, And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street!  I KNEW the one I was looking for was like And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street! only in reverse, as that is about a boy coming FROM school and this is about a boy going TO school.  "Marco Comes Late" is a narrative poem which appeared in the collections Treat Shop and More Read to Yourself Stories, but seems to have never been published as a book by itself.  Didn't find the whole poem online, but enough so that I'm sure it's the one I'm after.

Maria, Everybody Has a Name
a littel boy named jonny does not go to school and instead hangs out with a fruit merchant named mr. elephantopolus.  in the end he decides to go to school.  the fruit merchant gives him an apple.

Dorothy Haas, Maria, Everybody Has a Name,1966. I still have my copy of this book!!! Saved it for my son. It was a "Whitman BIG Tell-a-Tale" book.  Illustrated by David K. Stone. Story was about a kindergarten type class.  Jonny was was one of about 5 students. All the kids were trying to help Maria start talking. Eventually they went on a field trip & Mr Elephantopoulous was finally able to tease her into saying at least her name . . .!!!
I'm looking for a book (could be a golden book--I think it was that standard size anyway) about a girl named Maria that couldn't talk. She finally spoke aloud while visiting a market with her classmates. It might be called, "Maria can talk"--but I'm not sure. Thanks!

M77 is Maria, Everybody has a Name by Dorathy Haas A whitman Big tell a tale book.
M77 maria can talk: this sounds like Maria, Everybody has a Name, already listed on the Solved list. The class is visiting Mr Elephantopoulos' fruit market when he gets Maria to speak.

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Also, wondering about another children's book about a girl who was convalescing in bed and to alleviate boredom, started to draw a large house, but when she went to sleep, she dreamed she was in the house - the more she drew, the more involved the story got. There was a boy living in the house she drew, and they became friends in her dream.

This sounds like a book whose name I of course cannot remember; it was made into a movie (marketed as horror, but not!) called "Paperhouse."
This book was also published under the title, The Magic Drawing Pencil.
C34 is Marianne Dreams by Catherine Storr.  It's a good, but very creepy book.  At one point she draws rocks with eyes around the house.
"Paperhouse" is based on the book Marianne Dreams.
I don't know this book or movie, but according to Robert Ebert's review, the movie "Paperhouse" was based on a novel by Catherine Storr called Marianne Dreams.
I have an answer for one of the stumpers...C34 is Marianne Dreams by Catherine Storr.  Marianne is recuperating from a long illness and finds a magic pencil in her mother's mending basket.  What she draws with the pencil during the day, she dreams about that night.  She draws a house and a boy in that house and then learns that the woman who is tutoring her through her recovery is also tutoring the boy Marianne has been dreaming.  It's a wonderfully eerie book.  There is a sequel entitled Marianne and Mark.

Hi.  I am looking for a book that I read over and over in my teens in the early 70's.  It was a paperback book that was about either a boy or a girl who is sick and confined to bed and every night dreams about the mountains or something of the like that are outside the house or maybe just in the dream.  the person gets scared as they get closer and closer in the dream or in real life.  a child friend helps this boy or girl.  I remember the sick child has to do drawings and whatever the sick child draws also occurs in the dream.  I cannot remember what happens in the end.  sorry to be so vague.  Hope u can help.

M49: Sounds like Marianne Dreams, which was turned into the very good 1980s low-key horror movie
"Paperhouse". She's ill and delirious, and she can't drive away her nightmares, but through her drawings, she can influence them.
M49 Definitely sounds like Marianne Dreams.  It was written by Catherine Storr and she wrote a sequel as well, called Mark and Marianne.
Thank you so much!!  I have been looking for this book for years.  It was one of my favourites from my early teen years. i am also very interested to hear that it was made into a movie. what a wonderful service!! i cannot thank you enough.
Do you have any information regarding the television series based on the book Marianne Dreams by Catherine Storr. I can find plenty of information about the movies "Paperhouse" but it is the television show I remember vividly.
The Magic Drawing Pencil, or The Magic Pencil.  This book is about a little girl who gets sick with scarlet fever or smallpox.  She is quarantined at home and put to bed...then she is given a sketch book and a new drawing pencil -- one that is not too scratchy and not too light, but just right.  She draws some pictures of a house, trees etc., places some large rocks outside of it.  Soon she drifts to sleep and finds herself in her drawings -- not everything she has drawn is kind, either.  The book details her adventures as she adds to her drawings while awake, and returns to the magical land when asleep.  I remember enjoying it very much when I read it, some 30-odd years ago, and wish I could locate a copy to purchase for my kids.
I'm a friend of Catherine Storr. Marianne Dreams was reprinted a while ago in England.  I've been using the
paperback in my Fantasy class (U of Illinois--I recently retired).
First of all, thanks for a great website.  I found it entirely by accident, and have been perusing it all afternoon.  I'm sure you hear this all the time, but having recently had a daughter, I am trying to accumulate many of the books I remember from childhood, and the most infuriating are those where I can't remember the title.  On your site, I found reminders of several great books I had forgotten, AND the answer to MY number two stumper -- Marianne Dreams by Catherine Storr -- incredible!
I'm interested in a book I read when I was about 11. It is about a girl who goes off to stay in a house (maybe a lighthouse?) by the sea. There are big rocks all around the house that she perceives as strangely threatening.  Gradually she becomes ill, and starts having strange dreams about the rocks. She battles back, and ultimately triumphs over them. I recall the stones at the end shouting "Not the light, not the light!!" That's what makes me think it might have been a lighthouse she was in. It was very spooky and I loved it. Any idea what it was?

The book you're looking for is Marianne Dreams by Catherine Storr.  It was first published in 1958 but has been reprinted many times.  The back cover reads: