I’m looking for a chapter book in which a father amazes his son by seeming to do a magic trick on a city block, involving a building which is either being built or torn down. The father doesn’t really do anything magical–he just has information that the son doesn’t, so he can frame it as something enchanted. The son totally believes the illusion and is in awe of his father. This episode, which extends over several weeks, is a plot point in a book that I don’t think was aimed at kids or YA but involved children. It was written, perhaps, in the 60s or 70s? I thought it was by William Goldman, but I haven’t been able to find it.
I’m looking for a book I read as a child in the 1960s. My clues are very vague (sorry!), but here goes:
The book was a middle-grade novel about two girls who play at being detectives. They follow people around and write in their notebooks. I thought the title was The Key House Mystery or The Key-House Mystery (with a hyphen), but I haven’t found it on sites I’ve tried.
Unfortunately, that’s all I remember. I don’t know the color of the cover, whether there were illustrations, or when it was published.
The book definitely wasn’t Harriet the Spy.
This was a children’s book that I read around age 5 or 6 around 1969. The main character is a bear who possibly befriends someone (a little boy?) and has to leave and say goodbye. All I remember is the ending is sad and it involves a bear and it made me cry and made my mother ask, “What’s wrong?’
I read a science fiction book in high school (1969-1973) about some kind of catastrophe that resulted in the sexes living in separate worlds. In the “Women’s World,” planes fell out of the sky. Maybe the women didn’t know how to operate heavy machinery? In the “Men’s World,” other things happened because they were lonely…?
I found it totally mesmerizing at the time. I thought it had a title like “Island of Vipers,” but I have never found that title. All help appreciated!
I am trying to locate a book that was in my elementary school library in the late 1960s (1966-69). It was a book about nursing school programs with black and white photographs showing the different type of nursing school caps and pins. The book looked like it was from the 1950s.
A children’s book I read in the early 1970’s. a boy goes inside a tree and there is a long, long dark staircase inside it. He climbs it and I don’t remember what happened next. I think the illustrations were black ink sketches. Thanks!
I read this book probably between 1957 and 1964. The plot is about a boy who finds a dinosaur egg which hatches and is a triceratops which he keeps as a pet. The title could be something like “The [something] Egg” (?) or maybe not.
“Board book” from late 60s or early 70s about teddy bear family – photographs of teddy bears doing things like eating at a table, other everyday activities. The pages had a green background and were on glossy heavy cardboard with rounded edges.
I was born in 1965 and remember this book from when I was around 5-7.
It was about a painter that lived on a houseboat and painted abstract paintings. For some reason he broke the painting up into a bunch of small paintings and a buyer flew to his houseboat by seaplane to buy them I think the houseboat was near San Francisco. It was a large book, hardback, and illustrated.
I’m looking for a children’s poem book published probably in the 1950s (it was read to me in the late 1950s-early 1960s) that included a poem with the line, “Elephang, Pelephant, walla walla welephant,” or something like that.