I believe there was a YA book of ironic stories that I read between 1979-1983. Story I’m looking for: A teenage boy discovers a mermaid living in a pond at the bottom of a quarry. She never breaks the surface of the water, but looks beautiful underneath it. The quarry will soon be dynamited and caved in, so he decides to save her and move her to another pond. When he does capture her, with much difficulty, she is a hideous monster (the water had distorted her features) that nearly kills him. He lets her stay in the pond. The next day the quarry is dynamited and she is buried under the rubble. Have asked for years on every search site I could find. Please help! Thank you!
The book is a compilation of multiple crime riddles. It was most likely published in mid 90s to early 2000s. I’m pretty sure it was a dark purple color and I vaguely remember a magnifying glass on the cover. Oh, and it also contained one mystery involving a murder around a maypole.
I remember a storybook collection with one story in particular that stood out, which I have been unable to find mention of here or elsewhere. The story was of a boy who blew a bubble and stepped into it. The bubble floated up and up and up. Eventually he came down sliding on an icicle. The anthology also contained a wonderfully illustrated rendition of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Unfortunately, I cannot recall the other stories in the collection.
I was born in the early 80s and my sister the late 70s so I suspect this collection was published around then or earlier
Looking for a children’s book with a yellow cloth cover and a drawing of a red tree on the front. It had stories about djinns in it and a story about a tree with three different colored branches, and a story about a dress woven from spider webs and so fine it fit into a walnut shell, and a story about a prince who disguised himself with tripe on his head to pretend to be a beggar.
My friend thought the book was Arabian folktales. She saw this book when she was a child, about 20 years ago.
The book I’m seeking would have been published no later than the summer of 1981, which is when I read it. Most likely it was published in the mid- to late seventies. It was a large hardback anthology of horror stories for children. It contained a number of tales by Poe as well as an abridged and rewritten version of Stoker’s “Dracula,” which took up a big chunk of the entire volume. (The Poe stories may have been rewritten too; I don’t recall.) It was illustrated with black and white art throughout, and my memory tells me that the monochrome art was accented with at least one spot color: green or purple. It may even have been both green *and* purple. Anyone remember this book?
I am looking for a children’s anthology that likely contained a Peter Rabbit story and one about a boat sailing on a chocolate or candy bay. I remember vivid images of candy hanging in the sky. I believe it was the last story in the collection. I was born in 1986, and the book was hand-bound with thick ivory thread.
I submitted my original request back in 2011, but the Peter Rabbit information is new based on the illustrations in a book that I just found. F397 and B763 were the previous inquiries.
I enjoyed this book beginning in about 1955 but had two older sisters (the oldest born in 1946) so it could have been purchased as early as that. It was a hard-covered book and had stories for children of different ages. Each story had, under its title, a number of asterisks (I think one through six) equal to the age of the child it was appropriate for. For example, ****** was a story for a six year old. The only title I remember from the book is “Peter, Please, It’s Pancakes”. I would love it if you could identify this book!