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Welcome to the Stump the Bookseller blog!  Stump the Bookseller is a service offered by Loganberry Books to reconnect people to the books they love but can’t quite remember. In brief (for more detailed information see our About page), people can post their memories here, and the hivemind goes to work. After all, the collective mind of bibliophiles, readers, parents and librarians around the world is much better than just a few of us thinking. Together with these wonderful Stumper Magicians, we have a nearly 50% success rate in finding these long lost but treasured books. The more concrete the book description, the better the success rate, of course.  It is a labor of love to keep it going, and there is a modest fee.  Please see the How To page to find price information and details on how to submit your Book Stumper and payment.

Thanks to everyone involved to keep this forum going: our blogging team, the well-read Stumper Magicians, the many referrals, and of course to everyone who fondly remembers the wonder of books from their childhood and wants to share or revisit that wonder.  Isn’t it amazing, the magic of a book?

183E: Not Timothy and two witches

I read a children’s book in the mid 70s to early 80s about a young boy who meets a good witch who brings him into her house and while she is in the other room he finds a magical book of fairy tales. When he starts to read it the pictures start moving. He watches a story about a princess who wears out her shoes every night and is always tired. I think the king says that whoever figures out how she does it will get to marry her. So a young man spies on her at night and sees her get up and go through a secret passage to a place I think was a gypsy camp where she dances all night.
Then the good witch comes back in the room and at some point in the story she tells him not to go through the gate in the hedge in her yard because on the other side is another world where there is an evil witch. Later in the story he goes through the gate and gets captured by baba yaga. But I don’t think baba yaga is the evil witch she warned him about. She just happens to be there. I remember he saw the hut walking around on its chicken legs and when he goes inside she catches him and keeps him there while she flies away on her mortar and pestle. At some point he sees the hut dancing and jumping and flipping all around. I don’t remember what happened with the evil witch that the good witch warned him about. That’s all I remember. For a long time I thought this book was Timothy and two witches, but I found a copy of that and when I read it I knew it was the wrong one.

183D: Old Collection of Children’s Stories and Fairy Tales

I am looking for a book my mother used to read to us in the late 70′s that was passed down from her German great, great grandmother. It was a collection of children’s stories and fairy tales with illustrations in English. One of the tales was Japanese (I think) about two sisters (or friends) that we remember being named O’Lotusan (sp?) and Miura (sp)? O’ Lotusan had a beautiful singing voice and a prince was in love with her. Miura became jealous and somehow turned O’ Lotusan into a very tiny fairy and tried to trick the prince into believing she was O’Lotusan. As a fairy O’Lotusan lived in a seashell or snail shell and collected dew drops that turned into diamonds. She would go and watch the prince who was very sad and sat at a fountain. One day, she had the courage to climb on his shoulder and sing in his ear and he knew it was her.

Two other stories in the same book that I remember are about a boy who was very sick and had to stay in bed (winter time) and fairies would paint pictures on his window pane with frost so he would see them when he woke up. The other involved a baby who lost its parents or had no parents and was found by the woodland fairies who built a bed out of a hollowed out tree limb and lined it with moss.

My sister and I have been searching for this beloved book for years. I am hoping it will ring a bell.

182C: Boy who could go into animals minds (solved)

looking for a childrens book about a boy who can get into animals minds. Can’t control them , but know what they feel and think. He helps a local vet, figure out what’s wrong with various animals. Ultimately the boy gets killed while in the “mind” of a horse, and realizes he can go to other animals, as book ends with him going into a eagle and soaring away. I thought the name was something like “the boy who talks to animals” or something along those lines, but come up empty when I search. Can anybody out there help me figure this one out?

182A: “No School Tomorrow”?

This is a children’s book that I believe was written in the 1920′s or 1930′s. It is a chapter book about a little girl and her summer vacation. She would play in her backyard and make little houses out of twigs and leaves for fairies, and cook out in the backyard. Her father calls her by the nickname of “Louella Pouella”. She is having her bedroom redecorated, and her father asks her if she would like to have her bedroom painted “sky blue pink”. I believe the book was titled “No School Tomorrow” or “There is No School Tomorrow”, but I have no idea who the author was. I purchased this book in 1966 at my grade school book fair. Any help would be appreciated.

181E: Child’s Book Featuring the Miami Dolphins Football

I am looking for a book that a friend read when he was younger. Below is the only details I have:

1) Children’s Book purchased through a “scholastic” type of club
2) It’s about football, more specific has information about the Miami Dolphin’s Football Team
3) He was probably reading it between 1970-1975
4) I thought he mentioned something about the title having numbers in it – like One, Two, Three Kick or something like that.
5) He spent his childhood in Canada but the book definitely includes information about the Miami Dolphins’ Football team because he became a fan of the team because of the book.
Hopefully I haven’t stumped you because I would really like to find this book. I realize you don’t have a lot to go on.