308T: A boy and a whale

Here is the book I am looking for from my childhood. I was born in 1981 for reference.

Book is about a whale and boy. They travel down a river and as they go the whale changes colors from the surrounding areas. I know one page is a jungle with monkeys.  The last page of the book is the whale with the boy on top of him swimming out to sea. All the colors have been washed off of him and the water behind him is colored like a rainbow but the whale is white/gray.

308O: A shy lighthouse keeper

I have a library customer searching for a children’s book, but she doesn’t remember the title or plot. She thinks the author’s last name was Harper. It was a hardback picture book about a lighthouse keeper who was a shy man. The cover illustration was of a man in a long yellow rain slicker with a yellow rain hat over his face. It was published around 1948 or so. She said that her grandfather, Alonzo Washington, worked for a family called Harper who ran a publishing business in the Greater Philadelphia (Chester County) area, and one of the family members wrote this book for her when she was a child. She’s positive it was actually published, not a one-off. Her name is Marcilene Brown, if that will help at all. I haven’t been able to find any ties between her “Harper family” and the NYC Harper publishers. I hope you can help solve this mystery! Thank you very much for your help.



308L: Mole in the hole (Solved)

A mole is asleep in a hole but a bear (I think) thinks that he fell in and is hurt. He tries to get help but has to bargain with other animals e.g. horse has a rope but he wants a brush to swap, so bear goes to squirrel to get a brush but he wants nuts (I think) … eventually bear gets back to mole to find out he was only asleep

308K: Dear Brains Trust

I am on a search for a particular children’s picture book. The description I can give is very vague, and I have no title or author name. It *might* be a foreign book translated into English, but I can’t be sure. I got a copy of this book in about 1986 – but it is probably a fair bit older than that. I’m guessing 1970s, but maybe even earlier.

Basically the book is about a naughty little boy who gets sent to his room. He is an angry young man and begins tearing up his room. The one specific thing I remember about the book was that the little boy tore all his wallpaper apart, and this separated the male shepherds from the female shepherds who were shown in the picture as very sad and crying.

The only other bit of information I can add is that I remember the illustrations were not very brightly coloured – they were pastel and had a sombre tone, but kind of brilliant (and a little scary when you’re 5 or 6).

I have googled my heart out with no luck so I’m hoping you can help!

308A: Penny for your thoughts, a girl and her parents

I am looking for a children’s color illustration picture book that is about 15 to 20 years old, maybe 25 years or so. Unfortunately, I do not recall the title or author. It may have been a Scholastic book, but I am not sure. The characters had no recognizable names, such as Madeline, Judy Bloom, etc., as I recall.

It was about a young girl and her parents. It was a  series of illustrations showing different scenes, with the girl and her parents with a different fantasy happening, such as they are on the beach at night and you see pirates approaching, and in each scene the girl asks if her parents would let her go and the response is always the same, something like “For a nickel I would” or “We would for a nickel.”

It was a short book, not chapters, maybe about 10 to 12 scenes (each scene covered two pages as I recall) and page size was at least paper size or magazine size, not a small book. I can locate a number of books using the word nickel in the title, but I do not believe the word nickel was in the title of the book I seek, and it was not about the nickel (as the subject of the story), it was about the girl and her parents interaction about letting her go on each adventure.

Any help or suggestions on how to track this down would be appreciated.

Thank you.

307X: Anglund Ballet

I’m looking for a ballet book that was (I believe) illustrated by Joan Walsh Anglund. It may not have been her. However in my mind this is what the girls int he book looked like. I cannot find it in the list of books she published. perhaps she just illustrated and did not write it?


307W: Shout

I am looking for a “picture book” for older students.  It was probably published between 2002 and 2012.  It is narrated by an African American girl who tells the story of going to church with her mama. The book is written in poetry and is beautifully illustrated.  I think it has the word “shout” in its title.  Here are the last 9 lines of the text:


I can still hear a myriad of

African musicians playing

On our shoulder, on our heartstrings

And we, still spirit-touched in

Our modern dance, move

Onward, upward, reaching

Til we’re tracing back through time

The same steps, that same familiar…