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10 Rabbits
Miriam Clark Potter
illustrated by Rachel Taft Dixon
Wonder Books, 1957

I am looking for a particular book from my childhood and I thought you might be able to help me find the correct title.  The book relates the story of a rather large family of rabbits (many small rabbit children) who one evening discover an aging, ragged bunny on their doorstep.  He very modestly doesn't want to intrude on their small home, but they observe his pitiable condition (cold, etc.) outdoors, and set about to make him as comfortable and cozy as possible.  Next morning they discover that he was the Easter Bunny.  It is a sweet and comforting story.  It may have been a Wonder Book.  I recall the cover being glossy all over, washable perhaps.  I'm fairly certain it was not a Golden Book.  Thank you in advance for any help you might offer.  It's certainly difficult to locate a book when one has forgotten the title.

This is a Wonder Book. I loved and read it too. It was called simply, I believe, 10 Little Rabbits. Don't know the author, but have the book somewhere but plan to keep it. The rabbit family first just helps the stranger to sleep outside, but then it rains. They bring out an umbrella, then finally invite him in. In the morning, he has left 10 Easter baskts on the mantelpiece.
Close! Here it is:
Potter, Miriam Clark. 10 Rabbits. Illustrated by Rachel Taft Dixon. Wonder Book #648, 1957.
Yes! That is it! I did find one copy last fall in Oregon or Washington state.  I bought it, but haven't seen any more yet. I just love it! Thanks for responding to my query. It really made me smile!
Another edition?  Potter, Miriam ClarkNine Rabbits and Another Wonder Books 1957. "An elderly, aging rabbit appears at the door of a home a rabbit family who have 7 children. He asks to stay the night, but there is no room. Finally, they find him a place in front of the fire. When they get up they are surprised by what he has left for them and who he really was."

123 and Things
Colin McNaughton

Hi, my sisters and I are looking for an illustrated children's counting book we read in the early 1970's.  Reminiscent of Edward Lear or Maurice Sendak, but apparently not by them. The cover may have a picture of a child running from a pastry with white frosting on it in the shape of an 'X' or plus-sign. Below is almost the complete text of the book, which I learned from a post on the BookSleuth forum at abebooks.com. amazingly, that has still not been enough to find it.  Any help/clues towards identifying the Title/Author would be (um) vastly appreciated.   1 - One on the run from a vast cream bun   2 - Two marabou say how do you do   3 - Three ski off a giant's knee   4 - Four in awe of a dinosaur  5 - Five on a drive, will they survive  6 - Six do tricks on candlesticks  7 - Seven in heaven in deepest devon   8 - Eight, late, await their fate   9 - Nine decline to rise a shine  10 - Ten young men in a lions den  11 - Eleven bears without any cares  12 - Twelve baboons in blue balloons  13 - Thirteen adders play snakes and ladders  14 - Fourteen pigs in various wigs  15 - Fifteen birds say absurd words  16 - Sixteen ?  17 - Seventeen girls all diving for pearls  18 - Eighteen ?  19 - Nineteen climb for the very first time  20 - Twenty ?  60,034 could not believe just what they saw.  the 60,034(?) refers to the audience in a stadium the illustration is of all 11 members of a team (US: soccer, UK: football) in the goal in an attempt to block a penalty kick. Some are standing, some are being held over the heads of the ones standing, some are hanging from the top bar.

Colin McNaughton, 123 and Things, 1976.  This was solved another board. Sounds like a great book!

13th is Magic
Joan Howard
Harper & Row, 1950

There are two books I loved as a kid--this goes back almost 50 years, and no-one seems to have any idea of either book.  The first was called The Thirteenth is  Magic, and involved a couple of children who, on the 13th of each month, could get onto the otherwise non-existant 13th floor of their apartment building, and the magical adventures they had while they were there.

Sounds like: Becker, Eve.  Thirteen Means Magic.  Harper & Row, 1976. Sound right to you?
That's too late.  Try this one instead (although it's very difficult to find!)  Howard, Joan.  The 13th is Magic.  Illustrated by Adrienne Adams. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Co., 1950.
Thank you so much!  I'm reasonably certain that's the book.  Now, if I can just find it, I'll be very happy.  Oh, nostalgia....
Hi. So many books I didN'T read as a kid! But there are just as many I did read and want to find again. To start with: Do you or anyone else remember a book about a boy and a girl, possibly siblings or cousins, who are sent back in time via a unicorn tapestry showing a well in their aunt's garden? The boy's name was Ronald and he was called Roland when in the past. The girl's name was Jill? Possible title: The Thirteenth is Magic? Possible author: Patricia Gardener? As I might be confusing this with some other books I'd read and would like to reread, if those strike any chords please let me know.  Thanks for running such a great site.
Joan Howard (pseud. Patricia Gordon) , Thirteenth is Magic. NY: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, '50.  The children are named Ronnie & Gillian. The Summer is Magic came out in '52: same publisher & illustrator (Adrienne Adams).
Howard, Joan.  The 13th is Magic.  Illustrated by Adrienne Adams. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Co., 1950.
Joan Howard/Patricia Gordon wrote other children's books, do you know their names? (One was about a boy going through a dangerous journey where, if a ghost touched him, he would freeze)
The 13th is Magic -- The other book referred to is The Oldest Secret (Viking, 1953), where Hugh discovers a mysterious 'sunken' island after words appear and vanish in his school textbook. He meets Robin Goodfellow and learns that other boys have visited the island (Will Shakespeare, Sammy Coleridge, and others). To get to the Third Ring of the island he has to navigate a bog and avoid being caught by the boggart called the Cold Lad "if he so much as lays a finger on you, you'll be cold forevermore too", and wispy wraiths called the Lost Ones, those who gave in to panic and can never return to the world.
Other books by Patricia Gordon include The Heir to Christmas, illustrated by Garry McKenzie, published Viking 1953  "A lonely little boy finds company when he plays with the treasured toys of past generations." The Taming of Giants, illustrated by Garry McKenzie, published Viking 1950, "Apodemus Sylvaticus (field mouse to you) was an inch and a half long, and yet he actually, or so he thought, succeeded in taming Giants! When the rising tide flooded his old home he set out to find a new one, and came upon the Giants - a whole schoolroom full of them."  The Witch of Scrapfaggot Green, illustrated by William Pene du Bois, published by Viking 1948, "The twins had never had so much fun, and the inhabitants of the little English village had never been so busy since they first buried their witch 300 years before - all because of the mysterious happenings after 'Alice', the American Army  bulldozer, dug her teeth into the soft soil at the crossroads." Rommany Luck, illustrated by Rafaello Busoni, published by Viking 1947, "Story of Gypsy life in Elizabethan England. How Orlando saw the Queen, and won freedom for his family and every other Rommany, makes a happy ending to the cruel threat under which they were held." Not-Mrs.-Murphy, illustrated by Ralph E. Boyer, published Viking 1943, "Amazing experiences befell the children who rode for one exciting week on the green school bus driven by Not-Mrs.-Murphy. It was strange, too, that without once being late for school, they had run with the foxes, sailed with the parrots and shared life with unicorns and seals." The Boy Jones, illustrated by Adrienne Adams, published Viking 1943, "Story of London in the early years of Queen Victoria's reign and ragged and confident Boy Jones wih his obsession for living in Buckingham Palace. His surprising efforts to do this make a delicious story."

13 is Too Young to Die
Willowisp Press, 1980, 1989

It was a book I read in 6th grade (1970s), so I guess a youth book.  It was about a girl who found out she had Lupus.  She got the butterfly rash on her face, and had to buy a wig.  The last paragraph in the book, I believe she is laying in bed and the sun is coming through her window and the last sentence is something like "And she turned her face towards it".  I'm unsure if that meant she died or not, which is why my 6th grade teacher tried to flunk me on a book report and told me he didn't think I had read it (I read it a zillion times!!)

so what if I'm last in line? I work here. I solved it. 13 is Too Young to Die by Isaacsen Bright.  -Audrey
I haven't checked at the library yet to see but I am 99.9% positive that you are correct on that title - thank you SOOOO much!!!!!!!!
Hi - I was the one who originally posted this book - sorry to say, I ordered 13 is Too Young To Die and read it today, and this is not the correct book.  "13" is about a teen who has a brain tumor.  The book I was looking for is specifically about Lupus, I remember the girl getting the butterfly rash on her face and she always had to stay out of the sun.  The last line of the book was "And she turned her face towards it."  I believe she was in her bedroom and was sick of having to stay out of the sun, and raised her blinds up to go to sleep.
Person who posted this disagrees, but I hold fast to my contention. Although I did leave the hyphen out of the author's name (it's Isaacsen-Bright; maybe two authors?).  I remember specifically everything the poster adds below except at the end, the girl's on the beach, I think, not up in her room.  Just to make sure I wasn't hallucinating, I put in the book title on yahoo and got this reference: Isaacsen-Bright. (1980). Thirteen is too young to die. Worthington, OH: Willowisp. lupus  Ah, a literary conundrum...  Will investigate further.
Ok, the book I bought that was wrong...title is 13 Is Too Young To Die, by Isaacsen-Bright.  It's a "Lifelines" paperback book copyright 1989 by Willowisp Press.  Hope that's what you were looking for :)  This one was about a girl named Alexa who was a dancer, and had headaches all the time.  They found a tumor at the base of her brain, operated, couldnt' remove it all. The ending of this book was somewhat similar, she was dreaming she was sailing and the 2nd last line in this book was "The day was warm, and Alexa turned her face towards the sun.  She smiled and sailed off alone." In the book I was looking for I am pretty sure she was just in her bedroom going to sleep and had raised the blind b/c she was sick of not being able to see the sun.  I'm positive the very last line of the book was "And she turned her face towards it."  ANYWAY...I hope that's all you needed, if not just let me know!  I don't know how you do this!!  I have absolutely no memory whatsoever!! :)
That's exactly what I needed, and now I'm more intrigued than ever.  The reference I found to the book on the web listed it under "lupus", and I strongly remember it--clearly, this one needs some investigation!  I'll let you know if I find anything and hope you will do the same.
I did a quick search for the publisher and found this: If I Should Die Before I Wake, by Lurlene McDaniel.
Got very excited!  Thought, okay, maybe I was hallucinating and THIS is the book. For once, there was a full synopsis.  Not the book we seek. Back to the drawing board.
Yes, I did a search for it as well and saw that it was coming up under "Lupus" but they never even mention the word in this book, it's just a tumor at the base of her brain.  Very weird!!  Anyway...I'll let you know if I find out anything, now that school is opening next week I'm hoping they'll let me browse around the elementary school library to see if maybe I got it from there :)
13 is Too Young to Die - Someone on Alibris was looking for a juvenile about a girl with lupus that involved Egyptian cats, and it was identified as Cat in the Mirror, by Mary Stolz, published Harper 1975, where the girl has a connection (psychic link?) with another girl in ancient Egypt. The Egyptian goddess Bastet and cats feature in the story. I haven't been able to confirm the part about lupus, though.
Isaacsen-Bright, 13 is Too Young to Die.  The exact last lines are : "The sun must have come up yellow she thought tiredly. And then she turned her face to it."  I have this book at my side right now and am currently re-reading it for like the 900th time. It is an awesome book that I just happened to pick up one day many years ago when i was not even a teen probably!
Hi - I originally posted the 13 is Too Young To Die.  The last person to post put down the last lines of her book. However, in my book 13 Is Too Young To Die by Isaacsen-Bright, the last words are:  "Suddenly Alexa realized that she was alone in the boat.  Everyone else was gone.  The boat sailed far out into the bay.  She could barely see land.  The day was warm, and Alexa turned her face toward the sun.  She smiled and sailed on alone."  I distinctly remember in the book I'm looking for, that she definately had Lupus, she got the butterfly rash on her face and was trying to hide it, and she also had to buy a wig.  I remember her going to school in her wig and feeling like everyone was staring at her.  For some reason I'm thinking the girl in the book was a swimmer?  That might be wrong, but I'm positive about the other things.
Was the1989 reprint of the 1980 original perhaps changed?  Lupus turned to brain tumor?
Isaacsen-Bright, 13 is Too Young to Die, 1980.  I have the book - paid $1.50 for it in 1980 - 1981 - it left such an impression on me that it is the only book I've saved from my childhood (I'm 36 now).  It definitely ends the way the first writer indicated, and the girl - her name was Alexandra, most called her Alexa, but her dad called her Lexi - was diagnosed with Lupus.  Hope this helps.
Young adult book from 1970-80's, about a girl, named Lexi?, who gets a butterfly rash on her face, diagnosed with leukemia.  When she's in hospital getting chemo she meets a boy, who later dies.  She lives near the beach.  At the end of the book, she's on a sailboat with her dad and she goes blind.

This sounds to us like 13 is too Young to Die, by Isaacsen-Bright, see solved mysteries, here: http://www.loganberrybooks.com/solved-a.html
SOLVED: Isaacsen-Bright, 13 Is Too Young to Die, 1980. Thank you so much for recognizing that my query was about this book!  This is the book I remember reading over 25 years ago that affected me so much and stayed with me all these years, and I am just ecstatic to have it in my possession again.  Thank you!

14 Bears Summer and Winter
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18th Emergency
1970S.  I remember it had a boy on the cover runnung from a two story apartment building with the number eight somewhere in the title - something like East 808 street.  I remember that he was afraid of something that was coming after him and that the cover had a lot of red on it. The book was somewhat scary because the boy was in danger, and I think it was about a 3rd grade reading level. I seem to remember that maybe he was afraid of/running from a parent, bully or other adult, perhaps? Also, I think he might have had to pass a fire station on the way to school or someplace everyday. Sorry that this is such a lame and lacking description!
The 18th Emergency
The 18th Emergency:  "When the toughest boy in school swears to kill him, twelve-year-old Mouse finds little help from friends and must prepare for this emergency alone."  Hammerman is the bully, and Mouse spends the entire book running from him until he finally decides to just get the fight over with. It all started when Mouse drew Hammerman's name next to a picture of a Neanderthal, and Hammerman didn't like it.   Mouse's friend Ezzie also tries to help him to avoid the bully and his friends. I don't remember anything about a firehouse, though.
Hello!  My book stumper was solved. The title The 18th Emergency is correct. I can't believe it was found so quickly! Not knowing the title/whereabouts of this book has been plaguing me for years. Now, I've located it at our public library.  What a wonderful service you offer- you must bring joy and satisfaction to so many people. I'm telling everybody at work (I work at the public library) about your service and about how great it is. Best wishes for a happy holiday and a safe and healthy new year.

21 Balloons
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31 Brothers and Sisters
See Thirty-one Brothers and Sisters

79 Squares
Child spends summer days in an elderly neighbor's back yard following or counting ants in the grass.  The child listens to stories from the neighbor over lemonade and eventually befriends the neighbor.  This book was enjoyed by me around 1987-1988 as a paperback.  It was in the same section in our middle school library as the Beverly Clearly books, popular along with The Mouse and the Motorcycle and books about Ramona.

I don't have a title, but perhaps more info. This sounds like a book I also read and think about a lot. It was, I think, a boy. He learns to look very carefully at every single square foot of the yard/garden by lying down and looking closely. The elderly guy mentoring him is teaching him to really see things. Does this sound familiar?
Yes!  That is most certainly the book I am thinking of.  I am fairly certain it was a boy as well.  At first he is angry at being told to analyze the yard, but over time he starts to enjoy it and understand more about how to "see" what is happening.  Now, if only we could recall the name of it??
Malcolm Bosse, The 79 Squares, 1981, copyright.  I'm pretty sure this is the one you're looking for.  I also looked for it for about 25 years, but my problem was that my recollection of it was vaguer than yours.  It's more of a young adult title than juvenile, though -- the boy is on probation and the elderly man is a sad case.
The 79 Squares.  This sounds like the correct title.  I will find the book and make sure it is the right one.  Thank you so much!!
Malcolm Bosse, The 79 Squares,
1979, copyright.  To the bafflement of his parents, gang, and probation officer, visiting a cantankerous old man and his garden becomes very important to fourteen-year-old Eric. Y Fiction.
Malcolm J. Bosse, The 79 Squares, 1979, copyright.  Solved!
The 79 Squares.
  Wow! I think that's the right title (I'm the one who made the second comment). I'm going to have to find a copy and reread it to see if it holds up.

200 Best Poems200 Best Poems for Boys and Girls
Marjorie Barrows
illustrated by Janet Laura Scott and Paula Rees Good
Whitman, 1938

My wife is trying to find a children's poetry book she especially enjoyed as she was growing up. However, she does not remember the name or the editor of the book.   It contains the following poems among others:  Stephen Wants a Mouse,  Whale, The Tale of Custard the Dragon, The Camel's Complaint, and Robinson Crusoe's Story.  It had 249 pages, a board cover and black and white illustrations. She guesses it was published in the 1940 era.

Be sure to check out the Untermeyer Golden Treasury of Poetry, and others, on the Most Requested Antholgies page, just in case.
Marjorie Barrows, 200 BEST POEMS for Boys and Girls, 1938. This was one of my favorites as a child and I still have it. It's original copyright is 1930 by Whitman Publishing Co.  It has a frog on a toadstool, and a rabbit sitting amongst flowers on the front cover, and two squirrels and a butterfly on the back cover. It has all the poems in it mentioned by the poster.  It also has "The Bear Hunt," "The Animals' Fair," "Radiator Lions," "Somersaults," "Trees," "Where Go the Boats," and "Animal Crackers."  Mine has 253 pages (if you count all the indexes), a board cover and many black and white illustrations.
Hey, I found it...  P134...  and someone has identified it!  200 Best Poems for Boys and Girls.  Now, do you have a copy?  Since you were instrumental in finding the title for me, I would like to buy it from you if it is not too expensive...
This is a poetry anthology from my childhood, published I think 1939 or before, certainly before 1945.  It's about 250 pages, is illustrated throughout with black silhouettes, and has an allover flower print cover with a black background and either white or multi-color flowers (a calico print). Some of the poems are "Choosing Shoes" by Frida Wolfe, "Bunches of Grapes" by Walter de la Mare, "A Kitten" by Eleanor Farjeon, and "Autumn" by Emily Dickinson.  The book is about 7 X 5  inches.
compiled by Marjorie Barrows, 200 BEST POEMS for Boys and Girls, 1938, reprint.  I have solved this one before.  The picture of the cover on this site differs from mine.This was one of my favorites as a child and I still have it. It's original copyright is 1930 by Whitman Publishing Co.  It has a frog on a toadstool, and a rabbit sitting amongst flowers on the front cover, and two squirrels and a butterfly on the back cover. It has all the poems in it mentioned by the poster.  It also has "The Bear Hunt," "The Animals' Fair," "Radiator Lions," "Somersaults," "Trees," "Where Go the Boats," and "Animal Crackers."  Mine has 253 pages (if you count all the indexes), a board cover and many black and white illustrations.

365 Bedtime Stories365 Bedtime Stories
Nan Gilbert
Illustrated by Jill Elgin
Whitman, 1955

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I have been looking for years for a book that my little sister had. She was killed by a drunk driverwhen she was four. Maybe that book was my link to her, but I loved it and remember looking at it and reading it often. I think she must have gotten it the year before she died, so around 1956 or 1957.
It was a story book, not a picture book, about the children of a small town. The inside front and back covers had a map of the town. I remember there was a river in the drawing. Everything was in b&w and I believe there was a different story on each page. Most (or many) stories had a drawing at the top of the page. Some of the stories: the children making edible candy necklaces; one girl dropping a pea into the cream pitcher when guests were over; paperdolls that came alive at night.

Harriett!!!!!!!!!!  I am so excited. I've been looking at your website tonight (and sent in a stumper yesteray) and I'm thinking possibly (Can it be true?) the book I've been looking for for 20 years is the Nan Gilbert 365 Bedtime stories. Is there a story about the pea in the cream pitcher? an edible necklace?  Oh, I hope so!!!! Thank you.
Nan Gilbert, 365 Bedtime Stories I've paged through the book twice, and this is what I found. "[O]ne girl dropping a pea into the cream pitcher when guests were over..." is September 13, "The Sunday-Dinner Peas."  Timmy spills two peas during Sunday dinner, and hides them in the cream pitcher. "...[P]aper dolls that came alive at night..." is May 25, "It's an Ill Wind."  Jane leaves her paper dolls in the yard and they get blown about by the wind.  The story about "the children making edible candy necklaces" is the only one I can't find.  The children make taffy (January 28, "A Taffy Tale"), candy sack dolls (July 24, "The Candy Sack Dolls") and Sunday school candles made of cereal "shaped like tiny doughnuts" (September 20 "Amy's Candle), but I can't find anything about edible candy necklaces.  Still, it certainly seems like this is the book you're looking for!

G.D. Griffiths
Follet, 1973

This is a book I had as a child. I remember it was a Dell Young Reader - I remember the logo of the horse jumping over a fence on the cover, which I believe means it was a Dell Young Reader.  It was the story of a cat's life.  The cat didn't have a name - it was not a picture book, but a chapter book with very few drawings. The story was how the cat came to be a stray and its life as a stray. Late in the cat's life it's taken in by an old couple.  It was chasing leaves while the old couple was raking and ran in front of a car and hit, and died.  (it sounds depressing but was a great book). The cover showed a colored drawing of the old couple raking and the cat - a calico.  Another chapter I remember is the cat having kittens, and the kittens being swept away by a flood.  The story is told in third-person and explores the cat's feelings.  I would love to have a copy of this book.  Thank you.

I had this Dell Yearling paperback too! Very touching. G. D. Griffiths: Abandoned! A children's story: the moving story of a kitten abandoned on Dartmoor. Illustrated by Les Edwards. Paperback suggestions for the possible title of this book include: "Thomasina" by Paul Gallico, "The Abandoned" by Paul Gallico, "King of the Park" by Mitchell Saunders
Yes!  That's definitely the one I remember - although I would never, under any circumstances, describe it as a "childrens" story, any more than I would read a Celtic fairy story to a five year old.
I have more to add to the "Solved Mysteries" for Abondoned.  I got the book Abandoned by G.D. Griffiths from the library - and it's the book!!!!  I would love to have a copy if you can find a copy for me.  Here's the info from the library copy:
Abandoned by G.D. Griffiths, Follet Publishing Co. Chicago, Copyright 1973, ISB N 0695-80537-1 Library of Congress Catalog Card No 74-18131

 ABC Book
Kathryn Taylor, ill.

Trying to find an alphabet book from 1940's.  Do not know front cover picture.  Lines:  A is for apple so rosy and red.  B is for bluebird that sings overhead.  C is for cow that gives us good milk.  Know basically entire text, just not name of book, author, ill.  Can give entire text if needed! 

I'm trying to find a copy for my 85-year-old mother.  She read this book to us so many times that she basically has it memorized.  We don't know what happened to the book but assume one of my sisters' kids ended up with it.  We believe it has a copyright date of the mid to late 1940's.  I just wanted to send the rest of the text just in case it helps.
A is for apple so rosy and red.
B is for bluebird that sings overhead.
C is for cow that gives us good milk.
D is for dolly dressed in pink silk.
E is for engine that puffs up the hill.
F is for flag we wave with a will.
G is for goldfish.  Watch him do tricks.
H is for hen.  She's watching her chicks.
I is for ice cream that all children like.
J is for jack-o-lantern on Halloween night.
K is for kitten so furry and dear.
L is for lamb.  His mother stands near.
M is for milk.  Please may we have more?
N is for numbers.  One two three four.
O is for ostrich, a big bird and tall.
P is for pumpkins and pie in the fall.
Q is for quilt on dolly's wee bed.
R is for rooster with such a red head.
S is for sand.  We can't find our knees.
T is for telephone.  Hold the line please.
U is for umbrella, saving my bonnet.
V is for vine with red flowers on it.
W is for wheel.  There's two on my bike.
X is for xylophone.  We play with our might.
Y is for yard with fence all around.
Z is for zebra.  He's off with a bound.
Mom doesn't think it was a Golden Book and that it might have been smaller than a Golden Book.  I bought The Alphabet from A to Z, which is a Golden Book from 1942, and it wasn't it.
Hopefully someone will know this copy!  I appreciate your help.

Kathryn Taylor, ill., ABC Book, 1944, copyright. I found the book!  The book is called ABC Book, 1944 copyright, illustrated by Kathryn Taylor, Story Hour Series, Whitman Publishing Company.

Abel's Island
Read this thin illustrated paperback in the early 80's - a mouse is stranded on an island and misses his wife...was drawn similarly to the anthropomorphic mice of the "Maus" comics, neatly dressed slim human bodies w. mouse heads? Mouse seemed like a gentlemanly and romantic fellow... :)

William Steig, Abel's Island,
1976, copyright.  This sounds exactly like what you are looking for.
William Steig, Abel's Island.   This is definitely your book: Abelard, a Dandy mouse, is separated from his beloved wife Amanda during a storm and ends up stranded on an island where he has to rough it for a year. You can see some of the illustrations at the William Steig website: http://www.williamsteig.com/abelsisland-int.htm.
William Steig, Abel's Island.  I have a copy- I'm sure this is it.
William Steig, Abel's Island, 1976, copyright.  The story of a very civilzed mouse who gets swept away in a driving rainstorm while rescuing his wife's scarf and winds up stranded on an uninhabited river island for a year. His resourcefulness and endurance are tested to the limit as he struggles to survive and return to his home and family. Front cover shows Abel, wearing trousers, shirt & scarf, sitting in the fork of a tree branch with his arms around his knees, looking up at a starry night sky.
William Steig, Abel's Island, 1976, copyright.  This is a Newbery Honor book about a mouse who lives a comfortable life with his lovely wife Amanda, until storm waters sweep him away and he is castaway on a deserted island. He must overcome his soft habits to endure the harsh struggle to survive and find his way home.
William Steig, Abel's Island, 1976.  "Steig tells the story of a mouse, Abelard Hassam di Chirico Flint, who gets swept away in a driving rainstorm while rescuing his wife's scarf and winds up stranded on a river island for a year."  (from the back cover)
William Steig, Abel's Island, 1985, reprint.  I always loved this book, a mouse couple go on a picnic and he is washed away down the river while trying to save her scarf. The Robinson Crusoe of the mouse world!

Steig, William.  Abel's Island.  Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1976, 1985.  New paperback,  $5.95

Abiner Smoothie's Journey To The Heart of a Bear
Short description: Children's book bound in fake red leather stamped with designs.  Bear and rabbit go on a quest (with the whole bear family) traveling around the world getting rhyming clues to find something (heart of a bear?).
Extended description: The Book: A large red book bound in fake leather with designs stamped on it in squares and a colour illustration in the middle.  I was quite fascinated with  the cover because it was actually puffy.  I got this book in the early 80's but I don't know how long it had been in print.  The Story: It's about a very affluent bear family. A young bear wakes up in the winter and can't get back to sleep.  A rabbit lives with them and is drinking brandy in the library.  A conversation ensues and somehow they end up going on a quest for something.  It may be "the heart of a Bear" but I can't remember.  The whole extended family wakes up and insists on going with them.  The family and rabbit go around the world and even under the sea finding rhyming clues.  The young bear and rabbit do all the actual searching while the family enjoys the sights, the opera, banquets etc.  In the end they find that what they were looking for was in the library all along - I think it was the friendship between them or love or something like that.  The Illustrations: Amazing full page pictures of the bear family and accompanying rabbit - not cartoonish in style, more like fine illustration.  Lots of colour and detail.  I think their clothes were late 19th century/early 20th century.  One one page they go to the opera and the family is decked out in early 20 century (?) Russian finery - I remember one of the aunts has really long strings of pearls.  Another page shows a journey to the ocean floor and their coach is pulled by leafy seadragons.  I have not seen these illustrations equaled in children's literature.  Thank you so much for your help - I have been searching for this book for many years.

Dennis Kyte, Abiner Smoothie's Journey To The Heart of a Bear,
1985, copyright.  Also listed online as: To The Heart of a Bear: Abiner Smoothie's Journey. "Restless one night, Abiner speculates on his ancestress, Lady Audrey Furwhistle, whose statue has been shrouded since she disgraced the family, centuries earlier. Abiner removes the cover and finds the image of a beautiful woman with a real ruby heart on a chain around the neck. The discovery pushes Abiner into a quest to solve the mystery of Lady Audrey's sin, hinted at in a riddle chiseled into the statue. Puppy (Abiner's rabbit friend) and the bear's many relatives join him on board the Argyle, sailing to exotic lands and strange adventures. Along the way, the young Smoothie picks up more clues to the case of the red heart and he restores it, at last, to its rightful owner. Kyte's inspired puns and delicately colored paintings provide extra attractions to his funny, fanciful tale." And yes, this book did come with a red fake leather cover, with a picture of Abiner and Puppy in the center. This book is a sequel to The Last Elegant Bear: The Life and Times of Abiner Smoothie, which had a fake brown leather cover.
I just looked to see if there were comments and it is solved!  Dennis Kyte, Abiner Smoothie's Journey To The Heart of a Bear.  Thanks so much!!!

Children's picture book that had to have been published before 1993 involving a story, perhaps an old rural folk tale, about a terrifying giant (as in GIANT, like skyscraper-high). This giant (or maybe he was a robot?) would appear from the horizon and terrorize a rural area. (I think I even remember an illustration of the giant's silhouette agains the setting/rising sun.) The giant had a distinctive name that was either repeated by the villagers or which the giant chanted itself. I seem to remember that saying its name would summon it. Any idea as to the name of the giant or the story?

Pete Seeger, Abiyoyo,1986. Banished from the town for making mischief, a little boy and his father are welcomed back when they find a way to make the dreaded giant Abiyoyo disappear. Based on an African folk tale, and Illustrated by Michael Hays.
Seeger, Pete
Seeger, Pete, Abiyoyo,(song, 1963),   book 1986. How about Abiyoyo?  "He had long fingernails 'cause he never cut 'em.  He had slobbery teeth 'cause he didn't brush 'em, stinking feet 'cause he didn't wash 'em, matter hair 'cause he didn't comb it."  The boy in the story sings "A-BI-YO-YO, A-BI-YO-YO,......" and the giant started to dance (because he had never heard a song about himself before) until he fell down.  Then the father took his magic wand and Zoop! Zoop! Abiyoyo disappeared.  There was a sequel - Abiyoyo Returns.
Possibly one of the book versions of the Pete Seeger story/song of Abiyoyo?
This sounds like Abiyoyo by Pete Seeger

Abracadabra Mystery
Two Adolescents Try to Solve Mystery at Los Alamos.  I remember reading this book around 1963-1966 or so.  I think it may have been a hardback with a dustcover with a drawing of the two adolescents (a boy and a girl) on the cover, but I'm not sure of that.  It's possible that the book I am looking for is The Keys to the Treasure, which is described on your website, but I would need more information to be certain.  In the book I am remembering, two adolescents visit Los Alamos and are trying to solve a mystery for which a relative or friend has left them clues.  At one point they think they have figured out that a type face or set of type is the answer or next clue or item they are searching for, but when they open the box of type, there is a note from the person who has left them the clues, which note says something along the lines of "good guess, but this isnt' it".
Elizabeth Enright, Spiderweb For Two.  1951.  This book doesn't take place in Los Alamos, but fits the description otherwise.
Ramona Maher, The Abracadabra Mystery, 1961. This takes place in Santa Fe rather than Los Alamos (the boy points out the house in which Lew Wallace finished "Ben-Hur"), but everything else fits.  The main characters are a teenaged stepsister and stepbrother, they are searching for a lost font of type, and I believe their pictures are on the dust jacket, though I haven't seen the book for more than 20 years.
Ramona Maher, The Abracadabra Mystery, 1961.  The Abracadabra Mystery seems to fit the description.  The story takes place in Santa Fe (the house where Lew Wallace lived when he wrote "Ben-Hur" is pointed out).  The adolescents are step-siblings (the girl's mother married a New Mexican and moved to Santa Fe her husband has a son and a daughter, and the rivalry between the girls is a subplot), and they are hunting for a missing typeface.

Abraham Lincoln's World
This was a book with President's (I remember Abraham Lincoln particularly) which told about them and what was happening in the world at the time they lived.  I seem to remember a story about Lincoln receiving a camel or elephant.  It made the history of the time relevant to a child.  I am hoping it was one of a series.  1940-1950
#H63--History of America contrasted with other things going on in the world: The World in the time of Abraham Lincoln, by Fiona MacDonald.
The series The World in the Time of ...Abraham Lincoln/Albert Einstein/Leonardo Da Vinci...etc was written in the late 1990's -- way too late to be the book you're looking for.
Genevieve Foster, Abraham Lincoln's World. From your description, I'm not sure if your book deals with more than one president at a time, but I thought I'd give this one a shot--Genevieve Foster's book Abraham Lincoln's World does intertwine Lincoln's life with events going on elsewhere in the world during that time.  She also wrote George Washington's World, Augustus Caesar's World, World of Columbus and Sons, and some others.
H63 I checked The first book of presidents, but it had hardly anything abt any one, let alone Lincoln.

Aces to Aces: WWII Air Combat Game
This book set consisted of two books, one for each player or "Ace". using the books together, two people could dogfight each other by calling out page numbers and flipping the pages to see each new scene. Each page of the books showed a scene of your airplane's cockpit, etc. and the relative position of your opponent. At the bottom of the page was a table of maneuvers and page numbers which you would use to cross-reference with your opponent to determine the next scene.  As I recall, the books were about the size of a standard paperback book, oriented on its side (i.e. it was wider than it was tall). They were sold in boxed pairs, and I believe there were a number of sets which matched up different planes form WWI.
I think the game you're describing was called "Ace of Aces."
Alfred Leonard, Hal McKinney, Aces to Aces WWII Air Combat Game.  There are several of these in the series. They come in a box with two booklets and are just as you describe. The only one I'm familiar with is Balloon Buster. Never played it but have one sitting around that I picked up at a book sale. I never really understood what it was until I read your description! :-) But that's it!
let me see what I can piece together... It wasn't my childhood memory - it was my fiance's, so the details are fuzzy. He remembers that they were paperbacks sold in pairs and it was like a dueling flying game - each child got a book. He believes they were called something like Ace of Aces or Flying Aces  or something similar - at first we thought it was the Ace of Test Pilots, but that was one book and popular in the 30's and 40's and 50's. This was probably early to mid 70's that he remembers them. Each child began with their own book and took turns reading to each other. The story progressed as the pages turned depending upon what action your opponent took and you were guided at the bottom of each page (i.e., "...if you evade the ginfire, turn to page 75. If you are hit by the gufire, turn to page 103").

Ace of Aces.  Here's info I found on the web- it looks like your books are actually part of a game. "Ace of Aces is a computer game flight simulator developed by Artech Digital Productions in 1986. The game takes place during World War II.  There was also a brilliant two-person "board" game of the same name from 1980 with the same name. Instead of being a dice-based game, it used a pair of books with a Choose Your Own Adventure style of looking up the result of your next action. But given that it was a two-player game, that meant your actions were determined as well by what action your opponenet chose to take."
Alfred Leonardi, Ace of Aces, 1980 (first version).  This must be I think Ace of Aces which I played in the mid-eighties -with the little brown books. There are still quite a lot of fansites out there try this website which is pretty complete
Nova Game Designs, Ace of Aces.  The poster is probably thinking of Ace of Aces, by Nova Game Designs. I had the Pern version of this game book based on Ace of Aces at one point, which (aside from the fact it's dragons instead of WWI fighters) sound just like the poster describes it. There are two books in a set, one for each player.

Across A Wine-Dark Sea
Jessica Bryan

The book starts out being about a group of (Amazon?) warrior women, the main character being one of these women. The main character gets kidnapped by an underwater civilization (Atlantis?), these people give her gills so that she cannot return to her warrior people. The warrior tribe she left behind is visited by a group of Greek (mythological type names?) men who then proceed to start a war with the warrior women. She is forced to helplessly watch the war from her underwater world.   I am sure that at least one of the Amazon women are kidnapped and think the story may be set around the 9th? trial of Hercules (Amazons battle Hercules/Theseus over Hippolyte's girdle? Where Antiope (or Hippolyte, depending on the story) is abducted, and married to King Theseus in Greece.) I'm not sure about this.   I found the underwater world the most interesting part of this book and am interested in getting a copy of it. If this is recognizable to you or anyone you know, I would really appreciate knowing the title.

Jessica Bryan, Across A Wine-Dark Sea, 1991.  This is the first in a 3-book trilogy about the Atlantean merpeople.  See this website which has descriptions of all three books along with their covers.  They are wonderful and sit on my keeper shelves.  They are romance novels, not children's books.  To my great regret the author never wrote any other books that I can discover.

Across the Meadow
An old white ( I believe ) male cat, muched loved by family, becomes increasingly slow.  One day he disappears, and he is later discovered to have crawled into an old car abandoned in the woods, and has peacefully died.  It's a real tear-jerker.  I read it to my kids about 1990, from a small-town library in Delton or Richland, MI.  None of those librarians could remember the book, which was old even then. I cried every time I read it to my children.

Could this be Kym by Joyce Stranger, c1976? Its about the life of her male siamese cat.  Most of the book is very humorous, relating various situations the cat got into, but the ending (horribly sad) is about his death. I can't remember if he died in a car though.
Charlotte Graeber, Mustard, 1982.  Could this be it?  Here is a description:  "Mustard is a playful cat that has been with
Alex's family for 14 years. They are all very attached to him. When they visit the vet, Dr. Griffith, for Mustard's yearly check-up, they are told to keep Mustard from having any stress. The problem is Barney, the newspaper boy's mean dog...and that's when the trouble starts."
Charlotte Towner Graeber, Mustard, 1982.  Could this be it? Eight-year-old Alex and his family try to come to terms with the old age and death of their beloved cat.
O28: It's shown solved as "Mustard," but that's not it at all.  There is no newspaper boy's dog in the story.  No, one day the kids can't find the cat, and they search all over.  I can't remember how they happen to find him curled up peacefully in the old abandandoned car in the woods, dead, but that' where he's found.  It's very sad and sweet, too.
Ben Shecter, Across the Meadow, 1973.  I'm not sure about this, but this picture book does have a tired, old cat named Alfred who goes "on vacation," and passes all his old friends on the way there...to an old abandoned car in the woods where he curls up and falls asleep.  They never say that he dies, but that is the intimation.  The book is in a smaller format, like a
children's novel, but much thinner.  The illos are done in pen & ink with muted watercolors - very light green, yellow, brown.  The book begins with a picture of an old cat sitting under a screaming infant in a high chair: "Alfred was tired of all the noise the children made.  The liver patties seemed hard to chew.  His old injury was acting up. 'Time for a vacation,' Alfred said."  The end of it does not show the children searching for and finding the cat, however, so this may not be your book after all.

SOLVED: Ben Shecter, Across the Meadow, 1973. YES, this is it!  Thank you to whoever came up with this solution!  I have checked out the book from the library, and it is as moving as before.

Active-Enzyme, Lemon-Freshened Junior High School Witch
Edmund Wallace Hildick

I read this book in the late '70's, early '80's. I remember the title as being a long string of girls' names that started with "A" ending in Girl Witch. An example: Alexanria Ariadne Arista Angelina, Girl Witch (I'm pretty sure about the "Ariadne" part). The book was about a young girl who decides she wants to be a witch. She's maybe at her aunt's house, there's maybe a cousin.... She tries various spells and find some of them actually work. At the very end of the book she decides she doesn't want to be a witch anymore, she wants to be a spy.

W155: The Active-Enzyme, Lemon-Freshened Junior High School Witch by Edmund Wallace Hildick, 1973. Non-fantasy, I think, but there is a mystery involved. Bored and annoyed at her parents, she takes a "witch" name, Ariadne Atropos Arachne. She doesn't want her little sister around, but her sister finds out about the game and takes a witch name too. I used to get this mixed with The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test until I actually read the former.
E.W. Hildick, The Active-Enzyme Lemon-Freshened  Junior High School Witch.  I don't have the book in front of me, but I know this is it.  The main character Allison decides to pick a magical name for herself out of a book and winds up liking so many of them that her witch name is something like "Arachne Ariadne Atropos...".  Her younger sister is kind of pesky but insists on learning the spells as well.
E.W. Hildick, The Active-Enzyme Lemon-Freshened Junior High School Witch.  The main character does take a long string of names, one of which is Ariadne. If I remember correctly, her little sister decides to take the name 'Jezebel'. :)
This doesn't match exactly, but my first thought was that this was E.L. Konigsburg's Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and me, Elizabeth (anthenrum, 1967).  Elizabeth meets Jennifer (sitting in a tree) when they're both dressed up as pilgrims for a school play.  Jennifer decides to make Elizabeth and "apprentice witch," and Elizabeth learns how to eat raw eggs and cast short spells.  The girls meet each Saturday at the library and go from there to the park where they hold special ceremonies and read books on witchcraft. Their goal is to make a flying ointment, with ingredients like fingernails, watermelon seeds, a frozen snowball, and Crisco - and possibly their pet frog, Hilary Ezra.  At which point their friendship runs into rough waters, though they make up at the end of the book.  However, though they decide they don't want to be witches anymore, I don't remember anything about being a spy - and the title doesn't contain A names or the phrase 'witch girl' so this probably isn't the book you're looking for.
Konigsburg, E. L.,  Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley and Me, Elizabeth.  This sounds like it could be this classic.
And it looks as though there's a sequel - The Top-Flight Fully-Automated Junior High School Girl Detective (1978). The description reads: "Three children comb their area of Manhattan in search of a credit card thief."
A girl moves to a new house one summer and finds an old book on how to become a witch. Written on the flyleaf in faded ink are the previous owner's notes. The girl decides to get witchy and collects supplies specified by the book including a red cloth, a bowl, a dagger, and a glass fishing float. (I've since thought of this book every time I see one of those floats.) A particular detail I remember is the "witch name" the girl chooses -- Anastasia Ariadne Something-Else-That-Starts-With-A, so that she'll get a kick every time she sees the AAA logo sticker on a car. As this suggests, the book is fairly lighthearted and only a little creepy.
E.W. (Edmund Wallace) Hildick, The Active-Enzyme, Lemon-Freshened, Junior High School Witch, 1973.  I haven't read this one, but the description from your Solved Mysteries "A" page certainly matches!
Edmund Wallace Hildick, The Active-Enzyme, Lemon-Freshened Junior High School Witch, 1973.  This is a popular one! See the solved mysteries!
A248  This is THE ACTIVE-ENZYME, LEMON-FRESHENED JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL WITCH by  E.W. Hildick, c1973.~from a librarian
Active Enzyme, Lemon-Freshened Junior High School Witch.  From the solved mysteries page...this one pops up a lot!
E.W. Hildick, The Active-enzyme, Lemon-freshened Junior High Scool Witch
E.W. Hildick, The Active-Enzyme, Lemon-Freshened, Junior High School Witch, 1973.  This is it! Thanks so much.

Adam's Key
Eleanor Frances Lattimore
illustrated by Alan Tiegreen
William Morrow, 1976

A young boy, maybe the youngest of several children, finds a key in the woods that seems to bring him luck or grant his wishes. He thinks he is to blame for the cat getting into the fishtank when he doesn't see his brother's favorite, black goldfish in the tank. He reapproaches the tank with the key, and the fish swims out from among ferns. The author's surname would be between H and L, 1975-1985

Lattimore, Eleanor Frances, Adam's Key, 1976.  This sounds like it, but I couldn't find a more detailed description: "The youngest of five children finds a master key that not only enables him to help in emergencies but gives him the self-confidence he lacks."
And that's another! The one of the three I was most anxious about was the colony one, but I certainly do appreciate the help with these two. Thank you so much.
Summary: The youngest of five children finds a master key that not only enables him to help in emergencies but gives him the self-confidence he lacks.

Addie Mills book series
I remember reading a series of books (with a few pictures) around the late 70s/early 80s. Set in the 50s. Main character is a young girl with big, round glasses; dark hair worn in pigtails. In one book, she falls in love with a new teacher. 2 brothers & raised by dad, mom is dead(?).

Gail Rock, House without a Christmas Tree.
Janet Lambert, Stars Hang High.
Could this be one of the later Jordan books?  There are several siblings in this military family, all raised by the oldest sister after their mother dies, following their father on army bases. I believe a couple of the later ones feature the youngest sister, with two brothers still at home. If it's not this particular series, it might be one of her others.
SOLVED: Gail Rock, Addie Mills book series. You are right about the name of the books. Thank you so much. It's awesome to have a name to these books that I enjoyed as a child.

The Adopted Family
A two book set, both hardcover, that came in a hardcover sleeve/jacket (not a paper dustjacket), they were maybe 8x11, but thin, less than a half inch.  The books are about being adopted or possibly "chosen."  They were probably printed in the 1950's.  I'm guessing my parents got them when they adopted my brother in 1954 and I read them after being adopted in 1956.  They were a dark grey, I think they had illustrations.   They explained being adopted to young children.  I remember reading one more than the other, for whatever reason, it was more interesting to me. They were in my mom's house until about 1996, when they got thrown out by mistake when she moved out.  I am hoping you can help.  I would love to see them again.

Ruth Rondell, The Adopted Family, and The Family That Grew,
1951, approximate. This is a two volume slipcased set, with one volume for parents: "A manual giving concrete answers to the special problems - psychological, social, and legal- arising from adoption", and one volume for children: "A picture story-book which explains clearly and beautifully what adoption is, that the child himself is adopted, and why he should be proud of his special chosen status.
Valentina Wasson, The Chosen Baby, 1950. I can't find this as part of a two-volume set, but thought it might be worth a mention anyway, given the time frame and the recollection of being "chosen." The book was originally written in 1939, then a revised edition was issued in 1950. It has been revised and re-illustrated since, as well. "First published in 1939 and based on the author's own life, this is the story of how a married couple (James and Martha Brown) and the two children they eventually adopt (Peter and Mary) come together to be a true family. The gentle text reassures readers that an adoptive family can be just as loving and close as a biological family. Pen and ink illustrations accompany the text."  It is considered a classic of adoption literature.
SOLVED (99%): Florence Rondell and Ruth Michaels, The Adopted Family, Book 1: You and Your Child and The Family That Grew, 1951. Thank you very much for the lead.  I searched online and was able to order a used set.  Book 1 is a guide for the adoptive parents and the other book is an illustrated story book for the adopted child. I am 99% certain this is the book set I was looking for.

Adopted JaneAdopted Jane
H.R. Daringer
illustrated by Kate Keredy
Harcourt, Brace Jovanovich, 1947

Title - Simplicity Jane ??? 1940s-50s?  This book revolved around an older orphan girl, a rather plain child, who was shy and reserved and never got picked by prospective adoptive parents.  Anyway, one summer she is chosen to spend half her summer with a reserved single/widowed woman, and makes a rather ebullient friend named India Maud.  The second half of the summer she spends with a family in the country, and at summer's end is faced with the choice of picking between the families, who would both like to adopt her.  I cannot remember either author or title, but do recall that "simple" or "simplicity" may have figured in the latter.

H. R. Daringer, Adopted Jane, 1947.  I recognized this book description right away!!  The name of it is Adopted Jane and it's pretty much as described including the friend, India Maud.  I can't find a reference to "Simplicity Jane" in the book, though.
This poster is describing the book Adopted Jane by Helen Fern Daringer and illustrated by Kate Seredy. One my favorites from childhood!
Adopted Jane by Helen Fern Daringer, 1947 ~from a librarian
Thank you for the identification of this book.  Such a relief.  But I wanted to explain, briefly, the "simplicity" part of my recollection.  I recall that the first prospective parent, the single/widowed woman, has the dressmaker come to fit Jane for some clothes, and sort of thoughtfully muses that they should be "something simple, I think."  Anyway, I recall Jane making a mental note that "simple" sounds so much better than "plain," the word much in use at her orphanage.  Since one can say "Plain Jane," I think I must have stored this information away in my mind as leading to her name being "Simplicity Jane."  Clearly, "Simple Jane" would never do!
In about 1963 I read a book about an orphaned girl who was I believe 8. She lived in an orphanage and kept being passed over for adoption. That summer TWICE she got to go stay with someone for a while. One was parents/grandparents had her stay with them as a companion for 2 children? The other was grouchy single woman. To her surprise, BOTH families wanted to adopt her. While she loved the family with the kids, she chose the single woman because the woman "needed" the little girl. Unfortunately, I can NOT remember anything about the title or the little girls name but it has been in my mind to find it!

I did find the solution right after I sent payment. I did search your website first and found nothing.  Just a very SHORT time after I paid, I was just wandering through your website and FOUND the title. It rang a bell so I did a google search on the title and found more about it. This IS the book I was looking for! I was wrong about Jane's age. I was 8 when I read it, she was 12!
I forgot I didn't put that in the email! The book is Adopted Jane by Helen Fern Daringer. It was copyrighted in 1947 and reprinted, I believe in 2002. Which is great because it is AFFORDABLE!

Daringer, Helen F. Adopted Jane.  Illustrated by Kate Seredy.  Harcourt, Brace Jovanovich, 1947.  Ex-library copy with usual markings.  Library binding.  G+.  <SOLD>  

Adventure at Black Rock Cave
Patricia Lauber
Random House, 1959

Tomboyish girl named Addie (Abby?) has own rowboat, solves mystery.  I remember the protagonist being very independent and self-confident (esp. on the water), having a male friend (relative?) who is much more timid in going out in the boat.  There is a scene late in the story where the children have escaped the "bad guy" (don't remember much about him), try to row back to shore in a storm, the landlubber friend has poked holes in the gum between the boards of the boat to "let the water out" (after a joke about this by the bad guy earlier), so they are sinking.  Also, when told to "throw out the anchor", the friend boy does so--having untied the anchor rope, so it's gone. This story had an atmosphere that stuck with me.  I read it no later than 1968, probably '67 or '66.  Thanks for your help.

Lauber, Patricia., Adventure at Black Rock Cave, illustrated by Leonard Shortall.  Random House 1959.  This sounds like a good bet - "Even though their father warned them to stay away from Black Rock Island, Chris and Addie are determined to solve the puzzling secret of Black Rock Cave."
Lauber, Patricia, Adventure at Black Rock Cave, 1959.  I remember this book! Addie and Chris take a rowboat to Black Rock Island where Addie has seen mysterious lights. If I recall correctly they encounter lobster poachers!

Adventure in Forgotten Valley
Glyn Frewer

As a kid, in the mid to later 60's I read a book about modern explorers discovering a lost world of cave people, coexisting with dinosaurs. First clue that something extraordinary was ahead was the relatively fresh(not fossilized) body of an Archyopteryx(sp?), one of the feathered lizard bird ancestors. This world was reached through a (tunnel/cleft?) in a cave. At one point a T-Rex attacks the Stone Age villagers, and in one scene  the modern day people witness a ceremony intended to ward off such terrors.  A shaman wore a stylized mask of a big flesh eater. The moderns eventually returned to the outer world, I don't remember how.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Lost World.
Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land that Time Forgot, 1924.  This is one of the likelier candidates:  A trilogy: The Land That Time Forgot, The People That Time Forgot, and Out of Time's Abyss.  “Bowen Tyler's adventure began with a terror-haunted trip as a captive in an enemy submarine. It ended on the rocky shores of a lost world, unmapped land forgotten by the rest of humanity, where the beasts and beast-men of the Stone Age still lived and fought as they had hundreds of thousands of years ago. What was the secret of this mysterious continent, where time had apparently stopped and where dinosaurs, sabre-toothed tigers and ape-men still struggled for their lives with tooth and claw?"
The solutions I saw proposed are not the book I read, sorry to say.  I have read both the Conan Doyle and Burroughs books, and it's not them.  I'm pretty sure the book was targeted for a juvenile audience, and the author was not someone who was/is well known, or someone else would have come up with the answer.  But I thank the people who tried to help.  There's always hope.
Lester del Rey, Tunnel Through Time, 1966.  Details differ slightly.  When Dr. Miller sends Doc Tom back in time through his time tunnel and Doc Tom doesn't return on schedule, their 17-year-old sons Bob and Pete must travel back to rescue Doc Tom.  They meet a T-Rex and see it fight a triceratops.  They also see the Archaeopteryx (but it's alive).  Later they advance in time and meet primitive people.  No dinosaurs then, though.  This was a Scholastic book.
I wish the del Rey book was the solution, but I know the story I read didn't have a time travel element.  I'm almost positive the "lost world" was entered through a cave/tunnel/natural geologic formation.  Am not positive now if adults were along, but my sister remembers that when the young people return their folks see a live Archyopteryx, and the kids ask "Now do you believe us?"  I still appreciate that folks are trying to help solve this puzzle!
I'm sure the answer can be found at the Prehistoric Fiction Bibliography.  It lists 1023 titles, with bookcovers and descriptions.
Glyn Frewer, Adventure in Forgotten Valley.  My thanks to whoever posted the Prehistoric Fiction Bibliography. I started slogging through all those authors and titles and only got to the F's before I came to the solution. I read the summary and it has it all, the kids, the cave, the Archyopteryx, everything.  Now I have to search for a copy!  Thank you, thank you!  The Internet is wonderful!

click here for pictures and profileAdventure Series
Enid Blyton? I've been looking for a children's adventure series, possibly English, which I avidly read in the 1950s.  They had a male adult who went along with them--he could have been a retired seaman.  I think he was the one who owned the cockatoo named Kiki.  I've often wondered if this wasn't written by Enid Blyton, but I haven't been able to find anything like this among her writings.  I'm sure these books are long out of print.  Short of undergoing hypnosis, I can't come up with any other clues about these books.
Hypnosis unnecessary.  You're awfully close, though.  Try Enid Blyton's Adventure Series:  8 books, 1944-1955. Featuring Philip, Dinah, Jack, Lucy-Ann, Bill Smugs and Kiki, a parrot with an attitude.  See more on the Most Requested pages.
M207:  These books involved a boy, a girl, a grown man and a bird -I think a cockatoo. They were mystery/adventure stories. They were not highly illustrated. I recall that the grown man was bald.
Enid Blyton, Island of Adventure, etc. A series of mysteries about two pairs of children an adult detective and a parrot/cockatoo called Kiki.
This is a book about English children who have a pet puffin that sounds like a parrot. I mostly remember it screeching about closing the window or the door and usually getting it wrong, somehow, but I can't remember how.
#P143--Puffin talks and yells about closing doors, windows could be: Bogwoppit. Ursula Moray Williams.  Nashville:  Thomas Nelson, 1978.  First U. S. Edition.  Abandoned by her guardian, Samantha moves in with an unwelcoming aunt whose dilapidated house includes bogwoppits, rat-size creatures with wings, fur, and blue eyes.
Enid Blyton, "Adventure" series (Island of Adventure, etc.).  Kiki in this series is in fact a parrot and not a puffin but otherwise it sounds like her.
Blyton, Enid, Sea of Adventure.  Armada 1977, reprint.  I'm going to agree with the Blyton suggestion. Kiki the parrot is in every book and often mixes up her sayings, which include "where's your handkerchief?" "pop goes the weasel" "wipe your feet" "shut the door" "God save the Queen" "wash your hands" "three bags full" "call the police" and imitations of a police whistle and a steam train. I'm going to suggest this particular title because the four children visit a group of islands and are stranded on one where puffins nest, so there are a lot of puffins, including one which becomes a sort of pet for them, so there is a puffin and a parrot both. It may be in this book that Kiki learns to say "puff puff puff", also.
I read a book in the early 1960's about some children who vacation with their Uncle Bill (I think it was Bill) on an island that has puffins on it. On the island they run into some arms smugglers and help their uncle solve the mystery.  If I remember correctly, their mother was a widow and their Uncle Bill was an agent for the government (British Isles?, Australia?) I believe there may have been more that one book about the same group of children and their uncle.
Actually, I think by looking at other questions on your website, I solved the mystery.  I believe they were a series of books by Enid Blyton called the Adventure Series.  The one I had remembered was the Island of Adventure.  I have to find a copy and read it!  Thank you!
Looking for a 1950s-60s kids' series.  They were sort of "Johnny Quest" mystery/adventure stories about a--naturalist? Zoologist? who had 2 sons always getting into trouble around the world. Can't fathom the name of the series. Loved 'em, but they weren't all that accurate.

I think this is Willard Price's Adventure series with Hal & Roger Hunt.  Amazon Adventure...African Adventure...Arctic...Diving...South Sea...Safari...etc.
This sounds like the Adventure series from Willard Price.  There are 14 books in the series - we were read these at school and the two I remember most are African Adventure (where they have a pet cheetah) and I think South Sea Adventure (where one brother gets stuck in a giant clam!) The brothers names are Hal and Roger Hunt.
This might be the Tom Quest series by Fran Striker, an 8 volume series that ran from 1947 to 1955.....there is only one son, Tom, but there is a young reporter who has joined him on his adventures, the first one of which is to rescue his long missing archaeologist father from the jungle in Sign of the Spiral.  Other possibilities would be the Ken Holt series by Bruce Campbell (1948-1963) or Biff Brewster (1960-1965), though again, there is only one son in each.

B853: British Village of Animal Friends
This is a children's picture book with several stories about a village of animals. Seems British. 1. Family of foxes flooded, neighbors help them. 2. Porcupine and friend ride in hot air baloon through village. 3. Village contest day gets rained out, moved to local manor house for indoor games. etc

SOLVED: Well, I am solving my own mystery! You just posted my stumper yesterday, and today I found out I was talking about “Adventures in Fern Hollow” by John Patience, published in 1984.

Adventures in Time and Space
My brother had this paperback when I was a child; it brings back a lot of memories. It was a collection of stories which included Black Destroyer by A. E. Van Vogt.  The cover was red colored and showed the cat-like humanoid creature from Black Destroyer walking in the mist. I would like to know the name and edition of this book that has THIS SPECIFIC COVER. I would like to buy this if possible, if the one with this cover can be located. Thank you very much!

Raymond Healy and Francis McComas, eds., Adventures in Time and Space, 1966.  This book is a collection of sci fi stories by various authors and it has the Black Destroyer story, and the cover is red. It's the 1966 Bantam edition. Here's a picture: http://www.biblio.com/details.php?dcx=144166669&aid=frg.  I can't tell exactly how cat-like the creature on the front is, because there are words across the image, but it does have a tail.
Having just searched through several sci-fi anthology sites, I've found Black Destroyer included in many anthologies, dating from the 1940s through current publications.  As the basis for the movie "Alien", this appears to be one of Vogt's more popular stories, as well as his first. However, I've not yet come across the cover you described. Perhaps it would help if you provided an approximate publication date for the book you are looking for, or at least about when you read it?  Also, do you remember any of the other stories included in that book? That might help to narrow down the search.
That's the one I was trying to describe!!!! Thank you very much for solving this for me. I've been trying to find this for quite a while! This if a great service and I will highly recommend it.  Thanks again. I can't wait to get it.

Adventures of Benjamin Pink
Garth Williams, 1970

The book I am looking for is a reasonably long  kid's 'chapter book' written prior to 1977 or so. It was illustrated in black and white. It follows the story of a rabbit who becomes shipwrecked on a desert island. He eventually makes it home to his wife and child on the back of a whale or shark. (I am not thinking of Abel's Island, FYI.) My dad read this book to my sister and I over a series of nights when we were young, and I would love to find a copy. Thanks!

Garth Williams, The Adventures of Benjamin Pink, 1970. Chapter book about a shipwrecked rabbit, I'm fairly certain this is what you're after - it's got black and white illustrations, and does involve riding a sea animal (I think a turtle, though). He also does have a wife back home (though I don't think a child). Hope this helps!
Far too  many items on Google to check, but I found this before I gave up:  Garth Williams.  Benjamin's Treasure. A rabbit gets stranded on a deserted island with a trunk full of treasure and  must find his way home.

Adventures of Brownie and Puff
Annemarie Colbin / Anne-Marie Dalmais
Golden Press, 1971

This is a children's book read to me in the 1970s. I remember it as a series of short stories about a cat and dog who are friends. One story has them fighting over what color to paint a doghouse--one wants yellow; the other blue, and it turns out green. Another story is about their first day of school, and one of them eats chalk. I remember that the illustrations were very amusing and that the dog resembled a golden retriever. The book was hardcover and on the large side--maybe 8.5" x 11" Help!!

Annemarie Colbin / Anne-Marie Dalmais, The Adventures of Brownie and Puff, 1970.  This is definitely The Adventures of Brownie and Puff.  It is retold by Annemarie Colbin, from a French text by Anne-Marie Dalmais, with illustrations by Giannini, and is an oversized hardcover book (10.5" x 12"), published by Golden Press in 1971. Brownie is a golden retriever type puppy, and Puff is a grey striped kitten.  The stories in the book are: Brownie and Puff, Brownie and Puff at the Beach, Brownie and Puff Paint the House, Brownie and Puff Go to the Mountains, and Brownie and Puff at School.

Adventure of ChattererAdventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel
Thornton W. Burgess
Little, Brown, 1915

Title Unknown. This is the story of a Tourist Squirrel who travels all over the US and meets all kinds of friends along the way, I recall a white or silver squirrel for sure. Can you help? This is a great web site, btw!

maybe ... The adventure of Chatterer, the squirrel by Thorton W. Burgess first edition 1924  it could as well be this one
In print & available as a Dover Children's Thrift Classic.
The book is listed as being SOLVED as Adventures of Chatterer, the red squirrel by Thornton W. Burgess.  This is NOT correct - that book does not deal in ANY way with a travelling squirrel - instead it is a more naturalistic story of a squirrel's life.  I am not sure of the correct answer, but I'll throw out a few more guesses to help out whoever first posted the stumper:  Alexander, Elsie M., Happy Family of Beechnut Grove; Story of Peter Gray Squirrel and Family (not sure if they travel however).  Famous, Howard B. (real name Helen Hart), Hazel Squirrel and Other Stories; Bushy-Tail and Hazel Squirrel.  Fielding, Jane, Jackie Hightree's Adventures of a Squirrel.  Garrott, Hal, Squiffer.  Nill, Cynthia, Scamper.  Prentice, Amy, Frisky Squirrel's Story. Sittig, Mrs. Frank, The Story of Bobby Squirrel and other Bedtime Stories. Stowe, Harriet Beecher, Queer Little People. Walsh, George Ethelbert, Bobby Gray Squirrel's Adventures.  Wyatt, Woodrow, The Exploits of Mr. Saucy Squirrel.  Hope the person who posed the original stumper finds their book one day.  You offer a wonderful service, by the way!

Adventure of
        Grandfather FrogAdventures of Grandfather Frog
Thornton W. Burgess
Little, Brown & Co., 1915

I am looking for a copy of a book named The Adventures of Grandfather Frog. It was one from my elementary days which would have been in the 1950's Any help in locating this book would be greatly appreciated. It was in a series.

The Adventures of Grandfather Frog is by Thornton W. Burgess.  It was originally published in 1915 but seems to be perpetually in print.  It is a series; he wrote dozens of books about Peter Rabbit, Reddy Fox, Jerry Muskrat and their friends.
A61 could be Grandfather Frog by Thornton Burgess Bedtime Stories.
This is Thornton Burgess, the Adventures of Grandfather Frog (Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1915).  In print & available as a Dover Children's Thrift Classic.

Adventures of Idabell and Wakefield
Fish named Isabelle and Wakefield  1955.  Beautiful illustrations  fish are or become a couple
Betty S. Fix, THE MUSICAL SEA SHELL the Adventures of Idabell and Wakefield, 1946.  "Engaging undesea fantasy about Idabell and Wakefield, the little Royal Fish Twins. Terrific full-page color illustrations throughout."  (The illustrations refer to this edition).
Ya know, I did think of this book, but did not know there was a series.
Betty S. Fix, The Adventures of Idabell and Wakefield, 1939?  Apparently this is a set of 5 books - v. 1. The musical sea shell. -- v. 2 "What would you do?" -- v. 3 Everyday and missaday. -- v. 4 Dolls around the world. -- v. 5 Through a child's window
I remember little of the story, just the fantastic illustrations of the fish-children Crystal and Wakefield... in the late 40's or early 1950's
Betty S. Fix, The Adventures of Idabell and Wakefield.  Fish children, one named "Wakefield" -- need I say more? :)
F81  Betty Sims, The Adventures of Idabell and Wakefield, 1946.  series of books about fish children, great illustrations
The Adventures of Idabell and Wakefield. Any chance this is it?  If not, I'm concerned about the number of fictional fish named Wakefield!
late 50s/early 60s.  I'm wondering if this could be the same as F81 on your website?  beautifully illustrated undersea world.  two fish children (a sister and brother I think) go to visit a castle and the royal fish family who live there. On the way home see a ray swin by.  Mostly remember how beautiful the fish were, with big eyes and lips.  I have thought about this book for 35 years (my mom discarded it as a "baby book" when I was around 12 without consulting me!).  Heard about you on NPR.  I hope it is out there somewhere! Thank you and all your book sleuths for their wonderful service.

M208:  Musical Seashell.  1955. Beautiful pictures - larger size, 13X9 - hard cover - reading age 10 yrs or younger.

Betty S. Fix, The Musical Sea Shell:  The Adventures of Idabell and Wakefield, 1938.  "Story of Idabell and Wakefield, little Royal Fish Twins. In their kingdom at bottom of the ocean, everyone is talking about the wonderful little sea shell, that plays beautiful music. Everyone is searching for the little sea shell."
Fix, Betty S. Dolls.  Around the World: The Adventures of Idabell and Wakefield.  In collaboration with Edith E. Buhler.  The Crosby House: 1946.  This volume features fanmail from around the world with full color plates of dolls representing various nations.  Dust jacket is tattered, but the book is only a bit shelfworn.  Pages and illustration colors are bright.  VG/P.  $38

Adventures of  Lowly the Worm
Lowly the Worm, 1980.
Richard Scarry's little worm hiding throughout his illustrations is called Lowly.  He seems to have his own book, but recently: Scarry, Richard. The Adventures of Lowly Worm.  Random House, 1995.
L57 Scarry, Richard. Richard Scarry's lowly worm sniffy book. illus by Richard Scarry. Random, c1978.  scratch & sniffbooks, spiral binding is white wire, not plastic.

Adventures of
      MabelAdventures of Mabel
Harry Thurston Peck
originally published by Dodd, Mead, 1897
illustrated by Harry Rountree. Dodd, Mead, 1916
illustrated by Meg Wohlberg.  New York Graphic Society, 1963
facsimilie edition. Greenhouse Books, 1997

I would very much like to find a book that was read to my second-grade class circa 1961-62, although I know the book in question was "old" at that time.  My only recollections (fairly accurate, I hope) are of the main character who was a little girl named Mabel who had adventures with brownies/fairies.  She may have entered their world through a hole in a tree or the ground.  I thought I was about to solve this mystery a few years ago when I ran into my second-grade teacher, but she could not remember the name/title and had given the book away.  Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Don't know how close this is - Hester and the Gnomes, by Marigold Hunt, illustrated by Jean Charlot, published Whittlesey/McGraw 1955, 128 pages. "A delightful story of how a delegation of gnomes came up to investigate the digging of a well, how they met Hester, and why they decided to stay and set up a gentlemen's residence in the old hollow tree. Ages 8-12." (Horn Book Sep/55 p.403 pub.ad)
M109 mabel and dwarves: could it be The Adventures of Mabel, by Harry Thurston Peck, illustrated by Meg Wohlberg, published New York Graphic Society 1963, 192 pages, 5x8"? "Ill-tempered giants and talking horses are all in a day's work for Mabel, an interpid heroine who copes with stupendous problems absolutely unruffled. Age 6-10." (HB Apr/63 p.219) It was originally published in the 1890s and was reprinted in 1997 - here's the information for the reprint: The publisher, Greenhouse Books , December 10, 1997  "This facsimile edition with 7 full-color plates charms today's young readers as powerfully as the original did its audience after publication in 1896. Wondrous events, magic, humor, and heroism all embellish this series of tales. Not one  dull sentence mars its colorfulness. Mabel is a friend to Everything Well Meaning, most especially animals, both wild and tame, with whom she communicates by a secret call that a delightful lizard taught her. Among the Adventures: Mabel tames an unruly horse, Rex; Rex is stolen, and Towser, the dog, turns detective; Mabel caters to her Animal Friends at her birthday picnic; Mean Spiders ensnare Mabel; Mabel's good friend, The Grey Rat, saves her life; Mabel is kind to the Frogs, and they reciprocate; A Good Wolf and a Bad Wolf play their parts; The Brownie gives Mabel a difficult choice of only one present; Mabel visits a Castle and  encounters a fearsome Giant."
M109 mabel: there's also Eliza and the Elves, by Rachel Field, published Macmillan 1926, but that seems to be a collection of stories and poems.
Harry Thurston Peck, The Adventures of Mabel, 1986, reprint.  Finally, after 40 years I have found Mabel again!  I purchased a reprint (Greenhouse Publishing) through the National Review Book Service and just read it this afternoon.  It was every bit as enchanting as I remember.  Mabel is a wonderful heroine: courageous, kind, and resourceful.   I delight in the fact that she is such a strong female character, even though she was created in the 1890s!  She certainly embodies the qualities we want to see in our children today, both male and female.  Thank you for reuniting me with this wonderful story!

Adventures of the Seven Keyholes
Adventures of the Seven Keyholes, c.1925.  A favorite of my aunt who heard it read in school (second grade, I think).  She was born in 1920.  She always called it "Secret of the Seven Keyholes."  We think the author is Augusta Huiell Seaman.  My guess is that it's a story in a collection of short stories.
Seaman, Agusta Huiell, The Adventure of the Seven Keyholes, 1926.
Augusta Huiell Seaman, Adventure Of The Seven Keyholes, 1926.  I could not find a description, only the above information.
Augusta Huiell Seaman, The adventure of the seven keyholes, 1925, 1926.  You were right about the author!  Book is about 150 pp.
S227 Sounded familiar to me and Google led me to a copyright renewal notice: The Adventure Of The Seven Keyholes Augusta Huiell Seaman  26Mar26:A883817  29Jan54:R124914

Adventures of the Black Hand Gang
Hans Jurgen Press
Prentice-Hall, 1965

Hi there!  OK, I read a book while I was in elementary school in the sixth grade.  It must have been a juvenile/young readers book. This was in 1985, so it was published before this date.  As I remember it was a story where you would read a page of a detective like story and on the opposite page there was a detailed black and white sketch picture.  The pictures were ones like the Where is Waldo picture series from the Burger King Restaurants, except in the book I am trying to remember they were only in Black and white and you had to find the robber. The best I can remember it is that there was a robber/thief and we the reader may have been the detective.  I remember there being a trunk and the robber in a picture, a diamond and a robber in a picture, and the robber and a chimney in a picture.  It was a pretty thick book.   Since you had to study the pictures it took forever to finish.  It seems as though it could have been classified as a game like book.  If you can provide any help that would
be great, I will keep brainstorming thanks!

I think the answer to B51 might be The Adventures of the Black Hand Gang.  I haven't read this book, but sold a copy on Ebay a few months ago, and realised after I sold it that I wish I had kept it :)  It was a paperback, and like the person described, a mystery story in which text was on one side, and comic-like drawings on the other that had some sort of puzzle to go along with the book... It didn't look like Where's Waldo to me, though, but maybe Burger King had a different kind of Where's Waldo.  The book looked *very* nifty and I could see someone really liking it.
Hi There!  I posted B 51 and it looks like you solved the mystery. I just bought The Adventures of the Black Hand Gang book, and am pleased to tell you this is the one.  Boy how memories fade.  Now seeing it again it seems like only yesterday.
Press, Hans Jurgen.  The Adventures of the Black Hand Gang. Illustrated by Illlustrated By Author.  Prentice-Hall, 1965, 1977.  Reprinted by Scholastic in paperback.
I am trying to recall the title / author of an illustrated children's mystery book (possibly a series) that I remember reading as a child. Unfortunately, I do not know the author, the title, the publisher, or the year of publication.  Here are the, hopefully, useful details that I remember about the book:  1. It was an illustrated mystery novel targeted to children / young adults.   2. The book was in paperback, in short novel form, and *may* have been offered through the Scholastic Book Service here isn the U.S., in which case it would have been sold in the 70's or 80's (the time I was in elementary / middle school.)   3. The general plot involved a small group of kids solving crimes or mysteries using their keen senses of observation. There were only three or four main characters at most.   4. The illustrations, which occured every few pages (or possibly every other page?,) were detailed and complex pen and ink line drawings of scenes which held some hidden clue directly relevant to the story. The hidden clue was then revealed early in the text on the next page. For example, the last line of dialogue on a page facing an illustration may have read, "Look! The man with the checked pants is getting into a cab! Remember that cab number!" The illustration would then be of a very detailed city street scene with many cars and cabs and people getting in or out of them (a la "Where's Waldo,") but only one cab customer would be wearing "checked pants." And the dialogue on the page following the illustration would start off something like, "Write down that number, the man with the checked pants got into cab number 'CGX-1741,'" hence, revealing the visual clue.  5. The writer, the stories, or at least the illustrator, was from England or Europe.  Most of the illustrations were obviously set in urban England or Europe circa the 60's or 70's.  (Crowded Victorian / Tudor style buildings on small urban / suburban streets, 60's era British cars
Hans Jurgen Press, Adventures of the Black Hand Gang,  1980.  Guess where I found the title?  Right here at Loganberry's "Stump the Bookseller: Solved Mysteries."  I decided to just start at "A" and go through them one by one, hoping by chance someone else had posted and solved the same story.  Lucky for me, it was in the "A's".  Now I just need to find a copy!

Adventures of the Three Colors
Anette Tison & Talus Taylor

I am looking for a children's book about an artist that mixes colors.  I think the main character's name is Angelo.  As he mixes colors, there are transparency overlays in the book that you lay on top of each page revealing new colors that he has mixed together.  For example, one page might have blue on it, and as the artist mixes in yellow (you would lay the yellow overlay on the page) to reveal the new color (green).

Tison, Anette & Talus Tayler, The Adventures of the Three Colors, 1971. This story published by World Publishing Company features Herbie as an artist and Angelo as his dog.  Herbie painted colored animals, and when the transparent pages were overlapped, a new animal was formed.  A blue elephant and a yellow dog formed a green fish.  At the end of the story, Herbie paints a large yellow flower, a pink flower, and a blue flower, and when the pages are overlapped it forms one flower with all the colors of the rainbow.
Adventure of the three colors, circa 1971. Thank you so much! This *is* the book I was looking for!  This website is so helpful- thank you to everyone who read the description, but especially to the person who identified it. Consider it solved :-)

Adventures with Rosalind
I read this children’s book in the 1950s. A young boy Kenneth breaks a leg and is confined to bed for some weeks. To keep him amused he is given a picture book. I think there is a different picture for each day of the week. One of the pictures is of a girl Rosalind, Either Rosalind comes to life or Kenneth goes into a picture. The two of them embark on a journey together which involves crossing seven seas all different colours. The first is blue and the second green, Crossing the green sea they met a forsaken merman who tries to delay them. There is also a black sea which is stormy Then they have to cross or climb seven mountains until they come to a city. It might be earlier than the 50s as it was an ex library book. I don't know the author or title but parts of the story are very vivid.

This book is the reason that I got involved with Bookstumpers, as it was my very first post. Unfortunately no one could help on this occasion but I hope that we both get an answer now. A few more details that I remember:- Kenneth had a broken leg and Rosalind had been put into the picture by her grandfather for being “bad”. One of the adventures involved a merman who wanted Rosalind to stay with him. BTW I read this in the early sixties and the book was old then.
Charlotte Austen (Auerbach), Adventures with Rosalind, 1947. From an online mention:  "It's a wonderful long story about an ill child, Kenneth, who discovers an alternative world - and Rosalind - in a magical picture book."
SOLVED: Yes I am sure Charlotte Austen (Auerbach), Adventures with Rosalind, 1947 is the book as description, names and date all fit in. Thanks. Now I need to track down a copy!   

Aesop's Fables
various editions

I am looking for a book I read in elementary in the 1950's. I think it was a 6th grade literature book. Had a grey cover. I used it in Clifton, NJ. Many storied were included. Example: The sun and wind, trying to get the person to take his coat off.. Which one of them could do it. Could you look for me?

I remember such a book:  the illustrations were incredible, the faces on the wind and sun were wide-eyed.  This may be Aesop's Fables collection, though I don't know author.
This definitely is Aesop's Fables. The author is rather obviously Aesop, but I don't know who was responsible for this particular collection. These fables are great with handy morals to be explained when reading to children.
Solved: Aesop's Fables
in 1970 i was 7 years old i had a big book of aesops fabels it came with a record album that narrated the short fables it was a oversized book with beautiful pictures

Aesop's Fables. (Here's a possibility--  no info on the book, though.) Columbia Junior Book & Record Library / 12-19-0005 / Louis Untermeyer (adapter) Marshall Izen (performer, composer) James Timmens (conductor) / Contents: Introduction -- The gnat on the bull's horn -- The grasshopper and the ant -- The lioness and the vixen -- The boy and the wolf -- The lion's share -- The fox and the grapes -- The cat and the mice -- The goose and the golden eggs -- The dog and the shadow -- The eagle and the tortoise -- The dog in the manger -- The jackdaw's fine feathers -- The hungry wolf and the lanb -- The country maid and the mild pail -- The lion and the mouse -- The town mouse and the country mouse -- The fox and the crow -- The strength of the wind and sun -- The crow and the pitcher -- The lions and the hares -- The cunning cat and his company -- The great and little fishes -- The hungy lion and the wise fox -- The hare and the tortoise -- The miller, the son, and the donkey.
Columbia did issue this as a book/12" LP combo. The book was a Giant Golden Book, 92 pp., selected/adapted by Louis Untermeyer with color illustrations by Alice & Martin Provensen.  It contains 40 fables (I didn't count them in the previous solution, but it looks like it's probably the same).

Affair at 7 Rue de M
The Gum or The boy who love gum, before 1964. I am trying to find a short story about a little boy whom loved chewing gum...and a piece sort of came to life...no matter how many times he tried to get rid of it (throw it in the ocean, bury it), it came crawing back to him to be chewed. I think it was in a American litature high school book, either a 18 century or 19 century edition.  I would really like to find this story for my little girl.  I am now 52 years old,born in 1955...I read this story between 1964 to 1967 and the book was very old at that time.

John Steinbeck, The Affair at 7 Rue de M. A review is here.

After Man: A Zoology of the Future
This book was a complete imaginary zoology.  Divided into habitats, there was a description and vivid color picture for each animal, for example there was a desert section with desert animals, and each animal description included what characteristics were adapted for living in the desert.  All the animals were completely fictional but they were fascinating.  Read in the mid-1980s, for teen/preteen.  I dream of finding this book someday.

Barlowe, Wayne Douglas, Expedition,
1990, copyright.  The Stumper has to be "Expedition:  Being an Account in Words and Artwok of the 2358 AD Voyage to Darwin IV."  This wonderfully-illustrated large-format book is divided into ecological areas, such as "The Grasslands and Plains," "The Mountains," and "The Amoebic Sea and Littoral Zone."  Each zone has detailed descriptions and drawings of each of the animals discovered, along with speculations about their feeding and mating habits.  The introduction even has sketches of the different parts of the space ship that brought the expedition members, and of some of their equipment.
Dougal Dixon, After Man: A Zoology of the Future, 1983, copyright.  Expedition is too recent, but I looked it up anyway, and one of its reviewers mentioned Dougal Dixon.  After Man: A Zoology of the Future by Dougal Dixon, published U.S. 1983 is the book!  Thank you so much for giving me exactly the right place to search.  I’m happy, and will be getting a copy of this book and probably Expedition too, very soon.

After the Fortune Cookies
Ann R. Blakeslee

I read the book I'm describing as a pre-teen in the early to mid 90s. I have absolutely no idea when the book was published, though. In this book, the main character is a girl whose family owns a furniture factory. The town is named for the family. The other characters in the book are the girl's snotty female cousin, who's about the same age, the girl's grandfather, who the girls is extremely close with, and the girl's yonger male cousin, who the girl hangs out with. The book starts off with the girl's birthday party which his combined with her snotty cousin's. The girl receives a clock that used to belong to her now deceased grandmother from her grandfather. In the book, the girl's snotty aunt complains about the girl's appearance and also about how the grandfather has let his house go since the grandmother dies. So the girl and her male cousin go over to his house to clean things up but they ruin things instead. The male cousin and the girl eventually get into a fight and the girl gets a black eye. At the end, the grandfather throws a party where he gives everyone fortune cookies with his own handwritten fortunes. Thanks for your help.

Ann R. Blakeslee, After the fortune cookies, 1989.  I saw this stumper and said, "I've read that book!" but I had no idea what it was called, either!  Luckily, I was able to find it.  "The summer Allison turns twelve brings many disturbing changes, as she fights to protect her beloved grandfather from the schemes of other family members and seeks the courage to stand up to the taunts of her spiteful cousin Carolina." Another summary: "The Godolphins are an important family in Godolphinville, or so Allison has always been told. Her pushy Aunt Bee uses this fact to keep all the Godolphins in line. But when Allison turns 12 she begins to realize that everyone, even Aunt Bee, faces problems and uncertainties. The girl's beloved grandfather, who guides the family with sage fortune-cookie messages, seems to be slipping into senility, and Allison is fearful when Aunt Bee decides he needs "taking in hand." Allison and her cousin Robby cook up a scheme to foil Aunt Bee's plans, but Grandfather ultimately proves capable of looking after himself."

Afternoon of the Elves
The narrator is a young girl living in a suburb. A new girl, who is kind of strange, moves in next door.  The narrator's parents don't much care for her, but the narrator becomes her friend and they play in the new girl's backyard. They build a little village for fairies out of twigs and leaves. It's not entirely clear whether the new girl is just pretending or really believes in the fairies, and if the latter, whether she is right or crazy. The narrator isn't sure whether they're real, but thinks she just barely sees the movement of one once. The new girl forbids the narrator from ever going into the house, but toward the end she does, and find's the girl's mother, who is a senile invalid. The new girl moves away and she never sees her again. It was a very strange book, and  kind of creepy at times.

This sounds to me like it could be Afternoon of the Elves by Janet Taylor Lisle.
It sounds like Afternoon of the Elves to me, too. It is very similar to Zilpha Snyder's The Changeling in some ways and you might like to read that too.
Wow, that was fast! From reading the summaries and reviews online, yes, I am certain that is is Afternoon of the Elves. I will be ordering myself a copy. Thank you!

Again, Dangerous Visions
edited by Harlan Ellison

Looking for title & author of sci-fi/fantasy short story, maybe written from late 70's to early 90's. Takes place at a time when the young have been completely dominated to the point of enslavement, by the adults. The old have become so envious of the young that they basically "took over". Main character of story is a young girl, she narrates the story. She is with a group of young girls who are being trained in some way by a group of older people, for the role they will be allowed to have in society when they too are older. They are treated cruelly by the older people. One part of the story involves the girls having to watch a film of what appears to be a beautiful young woman, but when the woman removes all sorts of devices & makeup she is revealed to be an old crone. At end of story the main girl and a younger girl "run away" but they are really still in the same building, hiding somewhere and won't come out. The younger girl dies of starvation/dehydration while they are hiding, and at the end the older girl is still hiding with basically the same outcome in store for her.

Kate Wilhelm, The Funeral, 1972.  This short story is in Again, Dangerous Visions edited by Harlan Ellison.
I'm sure this is the story, as I had Again, Dangerous Visions for years and read most of the stories in it, and I also was pretty sure the author of my stumper was female. Need to get a copy of that book again. Interesting that author is Kate Wilhelm, as I just read one of her more recent stories and it also has become one of my favorites. Thanks so much! Awesome website!

Aggie, Maggie and Tish
Betty K. Erwin
illustrated by Paul Kennedy
Little, Brown, 1965

I have sent in a couple of stumpers(one of which you solved--Hurrah!!) but have hesitated to send this one because it is very vague and I had it all mixed in with the plot of the Mrs. PiggleWiggle books; but here goes: The book is about two elderly ladies,??sisters??, who have a long standing feud.  I believe they were the great-aunts of the children involved and had magical abilities.  One of them apparently believes the other stole or lost one of her magical items. I think there are magic safety pins involved which were apparently used as diaper pins.  The children's mother remembers listening to wonderful, magical stories as a baby. They reconcile in the end because the magical item(the pins??) were merely misplaced.  Thanks in advance.  I also think there might have been something buried in a creek.(or not!!)

Pretty sure this is Aggie, Maggie, and Tish by Betty K. Erwin, 1965 Three old ladies (sisters?) with a touch of magic - they may have been one or two other books about them
 I was able to get a hold of a copy of this book and read it today.  Of course I had some of the details garbled (can you imagine that!!) but I am reasonably sure this is the book I remember.  Thank-you so much.
Aggie, Maggie, and Tish, by Betty K. Erwin, illustrated by Paul Kennedy, published Little, Brown 1965, 154 pages. "After many years and far travels, Aggie, Maggie, and Tish had returned to their home town. The Eliot children discovered - as their parents had done before them - that the three were much more than just old-fashioned-looking little old ladies. But how much magic could be attributed to them the young Eliots were not sure. Was the tiny bulldog real or a toy? Did Jim truly fall asleep in a bear's den? Was Ginny's pet really a wolf cub? A light-hearted introduction to the every-day kind of magic that will lead naturally to the books by Edward Eager and E. Nesbit." (HB Dec/65 p.629)

 Airplane Boys at Cap Rock
I am seeking a book (which I read in the 1940's)  with the following story line. Two young men who lived on a ranch were flying their plane and had to make an emergency landing on a large estate (in Mexico, I believe). At first they were greeted with suspicion by the estate owner (named Don Haurea, where "Don" is a title, not a first name) but gradually became friends with him. He then informed them that he was involved in agricultural experiments aimed at improving crops. I do not know if this book was one of a series or not.

John Blaine, Rick Brant series.  The two boys, the plane, and the science angle are making me think of the Rick Brant series, which started in 1947.  However, the boys in that series are from a scientific installation on an island off the East Coast, not a ranch.  Might be worth checking www.rickbrant.com to see if anything looks familiar, though!
E.J. Craine, The Airplane Boys at Cap Rock.  Looks like my previous idea about the Rick Brant series was incorrect. Here's a description of The Airplane Boys at Cap Rock (by E.J. Craine, World Syndicate Publishing Co. Cleveland, Ohio - copyright 1930):  "This is the second book of Jim and Bob the Airplane Boys, and their many adventures at home in Texas. They discover who mysterious Don Haurea is, and they get a chance to present their friends, the Canadian Mounted Police, with the promised horseshoes."
Thank you for the suggestion but the book is not one of the Rick Brant series. To the best of my recollection, it was a pre-World War II book.
Congratulations and thank you! The book I was searching for is the one by E. J. Craine.

Alan Mendelsohn, Boy From Mars
It's a childrens' or young adult novel, fantasy or science fiction, but set in present day United States (I think). It must have been published before 1988, more likely early 80s. I don't remember the title, author, or even the plot really. A couple of details that have stuck in my head: the young protagonist mail orders a cardboard template or stencil that, when placed over a book (perhaps a dictionary) reveals some kind of secret information or coded message. I think he befriends the owner (?) of a Chinese restaurant or shop -- at least I recall him meeting there in the back room. There's also something about a set of headphones that connect to a special device (like a Walkman?), though I don't recall exactly what it does. And there's some travel to another dimension/alternate reality as well. That's about all I can reliably provide, and yet this book has haunted me for ages.

Daniel Pinkwater, Alan Mendelsohn, Boy From Mars. I think this may be Alan Mendelsohn, Boy From Mars by Daniel Pinkwater.  Plot synopsis here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Mendelsohn,_the_Boy_from_Mars
SOLVED: The solution ("Alan Mendelson, Boy from Mars") for my stumper S757 is correct. I've been trying to remember this book for years! Thank you so much!

Albert B. Cub and Zebra: An Alphabet Book
Most likely from the 1970s, was a red cloth hardback.  an alphabet book where each illustration had many items of the particular letter. The pictures made sense, not " nonsense" pictures. There was an index in the back with all the items of that letter in the picture. The B page had a ballerina. The illustrations were very detailed. They may have been done in one tone, red? I don't remember this book being colored. I vaguely remember a main character of a bear who is trying to find his mother, home, etc. I may be confusing that part with another book. Thanks so much! This has been driving me crazy!

SOLVED: Anne Rockwell, Albert B. Cub and Zebra: An Alphabet Book, 1977
. After obsessing for a week about this book, the name " Alfred B Cub" came to mind. I Googled it and found this book. Not sure why I thought it had a red cover, but I found it. Yay!

Harold Littledale
illustrated by Tom Vroman
Parents Magazine Press, 1964

I'm looking for a book that I think was a Parents Magazine Press book--about a boy and his stuffed zebra (or horse?). I believe the zebra's name was Alexander. Whenever the boy got into mischief he would blame the zebra. Does this sound familiar?

This is the book you seek:
Littledale, Harold.  Alexander.   Illustrated by Tom Vroman. New York: Parents' Magazine Press, 1964.  I've had it before, it's really cute.  Unfortunately, I don't have it presently.  I'll let you know when I get another in stock.

The second book was about a boy and horse. The horse was striped in many different colors.  All I remember of the book was the boy scolding the horse. On the cover was the boy and the multi-striped horse. I believe both these books came out in the late 1960s. I would appreciate any suggestions on how to locate the titles and authors of these two books.

*later* I don't remember the horse being stuffed, but I do remember the name. It is Alexander. Thank you very much for the information.
Title could be something to include "Alexander".  Alexander was the name of an imaginary zebra that was
the friend of a little boy that I also believe was named Alexander.  Alexander the boy had a very bad day that was
detailed by not eating his dinner, kicking his favorite toy fire engine, etc. that he blamed on the zebra.  Other
characters included his parents who sympathized with the zebra Alexander having a bad day.  In the end the little boy admits it was him that had a bad day.  The cover featured Alexander the zebra with red and green stripes and the book referred to him as "Alexander, the boy/zebra with green and red stripes".
Littledale, Harold. Alexander.  Illustrated by Tom Vroman.  Parents' Magazine Press, 1964.  Some wear to head and foot of spine and edges of covers.  Front free endpaper is slightly ripped.  VG-.  <SOLD>

Alexander and the Magic MouseAlexander and the Magic Mouse
Martha Sanders
illustrated by Philippe Fix
American Heritage Press, 1969

A favorite book of mine as a child was about a crocodile, who lived with an old woman in the Victorian period. The house was shared with a yak, a "magical" mouse, and other animals.  I remember a part where there was a storm, and the crocodile was out in it, and got sick. I cannot for the life of me, remember the title.  My brother and I read it in the early 1970's.  I remember that the crocodile felt bad because he was trying to get help, but everyone was afraid of him in town.  Please help!!! I'd love to find it to share with my children.

This is it!  Sanders, Martha.  Alexander and the Magic Mouse. Illustrated by Philippe Fix.  American Heritage Press, Weekly Reader Children's Book Club, 1969.
thank you, I actually discovered it that same evening! I did find a copy, have since received it, and was delighted.  I can remember the illustrations, even as an adult some 25 yaers later!
I am hoping you can help me! I remember a book from my childhood - I don't remember the title or author because I was a kid - you know how that is!  The story was of a woman who lived in a treehouse with her pet dog - I believe it was a chihuahua. She was picked on by all of the townsfolk for being an eccentric woman and the fact that she lived in a treehouse. Also, the dog is picked on by the town's dogs because he is little and helps carry the old woman's groceries. One day the town is bombarded by a rain storm that causes great flooding - the old woman helps the townspeople and hangs hammocks in her treehouse thus rescuing them from the flood.  Also the chihuahua takes in the dogs of the town and I remember a picture at the end of all of them in the treehouse and the dogs are playing poker. It's really a cute story and my co-workers think I'm crazy for even attempting to find it! Please help!
Yes, yes, yes! I remember this book! I'm pretty sure it was called Mrs. Twilley's Treehouse. In fact, I was going to post a message to you, because I would love to see this book again. I remember the story, though I don't remember a chihuahua. What I do remember is she had a pet yak, and she would make flyswatters out of hairs from the yak's tail. The yak helped save the townspeople from the flood, though he got very sick doing so. But in the end he lived, and everyone accepted Mrs. Twilley. If the title helps track down this book, please let me know who the author is. Thanks for a fantastic web site.
I know the book I remember had a small dog, not a yak; however, I do think the title may be correct. Please let me know if you can find this book, I would  love to have it again - I don't care if it's hardcover or paperback. Thanks! I love your site!!!!
In the comments about Miss Twiggley's Tree, someone described a book about rain and a yak. That book is Alexander and the Magic Mouse. All I could remember originally was that there was an old lady, a yak, and possibly an alligator, maybe named Alexander. When I did a web search for yak and children's book, I found your website. The description of the yak getting sick after a rainstorm  reminded me that the story was about a rainstorm. A search of yak and rain at the Library of Congress got me the title. My most vivid memories of the book are the illustrations. I don't remember the story at all, but I remember what Alexander, the old lady, and theYak look like.
Hi there- I just submitted a stumper, got to reading other peoples', and  realized my answer was already there! I have been searching for Alexander and the Magic Mouse for literally YEARS! You have made my YEAR! I'm going to tell everyone I know about your wonderful site! Thanks so much! (and, obviously, there's no need to post my question now...)
Your book stumper sounds like a cross between Miss Twiggley's Tree and Alexander and the Magic Mouse.  Check out the other comments on my website to determine which one it is.
Thank you so much for responding.  The book is Alexander and the Magic Mouse.  Do you think you could locate a copy?  Thank you so much for this service.  It is fantastic!  I've been searching for this book for 10 years.
My mom is trying to remember that name of a book she remembers from her childhood which has an old lady who lives with an alligator/crocodile with wonderful illustrations. It is NOT Lyle the Crocodile, she insists. She says the illustrations are much more artistic. She is 62, so the book would have been available in the 40's. Any ideas?
Alexander and the Magic Mouseby Martha Sanders.
Yes, this is it. Thanks.
My son, who is 38 had a favorite book in elementary school.  It was about a victorian type house, the old lady who lived there.  Somehow there was an alligator in the home, and there was a flood.  I seem to remember that the house was on a hill.
Sanders, Martha.  Alexander and the Magic Mouse. Illustrated by Philippe Fix.  American Heritage Press, Weekly Reader Children's Book Club, 1969.  Check  Solved Mysteries  for more.
I had this book when I was a young child (early 80's), and I recall it being an oversized book with illustrations. The illustrations are really what stick in my mind. They were darker and I seem to remember them as being a lot of very fine lines, perhaps very heavy shading. The overall mood was somewhat somber or dark, but mostly because of the big stormd. I remember a lot of the illustrations showed the only illumination being a lamp or the lightning. I have this one distinctive picture of the house on the hill illuminated by lightning and the water rising up the hill.  Anyway, the story involved an old woman who lived in a large house on the top of a big hill. There was a flood, and the house was surrounded by water, and the old woman and her animal friends (I remember mice for sure, and an perhaps an owl) sat around by lamplight and had tea. I think at one point, some of the animals ventured out into the storm to get something (perhaps food?), and there was much relief when they returned safely. I may be off on the story, but like I said, the thing that really stuck in my mind was the illustrations. The book was unfortunately destroyed in a house fire, and I would dearly love to find it again.
Sounds like Sanders, Martha.  Alexander and the Magic Mouse. Illustrated by Philippe Fix.  American Heritage Press, Weekly Reader Children's Book Club, 1969.  See Solved Mysteries for more.
A book about an old lady who lived on a hill with her pets: a magical mouse, a yak, a grouchy cat and a crocodile. The mouse had a premonition, prompted by her tail, of a great rainstorm.  The rains came and the river was going to flood
the town.  The crocodile had to swim across the river witha letter to the mayor, warning him of the flood. The crocodile caught a bad cold after his errand adn was depresed that no one in town appreciated his efforts.  He was nursed back to health and the whole town came up the hill to thank him.
Bernard Waber, The House on East 88th Street or Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, 1962 & 1965 respectively.  The House on East 88th Street, by Bernard Waber (1962,) is about a family named the Primms who move into an old Victorian brownstone, only to find a performing alligator named Lyle living there in their bathtub.  At first horrified, they learn to love him and accept him into their family.  No floods, but he does go SWISH, SWASH, SPLASH, SWOOSH a lot.  Mrs. Primm is not an old lady, but she does hang out with Lyle more than the rest of the family.  In the sequel, Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (1965,) she plays a more central role.  While they are out shopping they run into their next door neighbor, Mr. Grumps, who finds Lyle a nuisance (because Lyle scares his cat, Loretta.)  Mr. Grumps has Lyle thrown in the zoo.  When Lyle is freed by his old performing partner, Mr. Valenti, they go back to the house on 88th St., where they find Mr. Grumps' house on fire (no floods, again.)  Lyle rescues Mr. Grumps, is declared a hero, and thus, allowed to stay with the Primms.
Hello - I ADORE your web site!  I recently found a favorite from childhood and you gave it a big write up here on your site - Alexander and the Magic Mouse (1969).  My question is, how can I request that this book be put back in print when I can't locate the author (Martha Sanders) or the Illustrator (Philippe Fix) or the Publisher (American Heritage Press)? This book is a jewel.  People who remember it have never been able to get the visions of the amazing illustrations out of their heads.  The story was like a wonderful dream.  Now it's hard to find even a used copy.  I think children today should have the same opportunity to be entranced by this story as were the lucky ones from my generations.  I would like to try to get the book back into print but have no idea as how to proceed.  I was hoping perhaps you might have some suggestions. It was a book club book - Weekly Reader as I recall.  I can't believe it didn't win any awards.  The illustrations alone are so far better than anything I've ever seen in a children's book. Any help you can give me in this matter would be appreciated!
HRL:  Martha Sanders,  Alexander and the Magic Mouse. Illustrated by Philippe Fix.  American Heritage Press, Weekly Reader Children's Book Club, 1969.  See Solved Mysteries for more.

Alexander and the Magic Mouse
When I was a young child in the early 70's, I had a book about an old lady who lived with an alligator/crocodile and perhaps a cat or mouse, or both, in an old Victorian house with a lighthouse or lookout tower on the roof. I think the house sat high on a cliff above an ocean. I remember that the book was thin with a textured hardcover and the impression of it that I have is that somewhere in or on the cover was the color dark olive green. The pictures were very dark but very detailed. I distinctly remember a scene of a tea party and another of a rainstorm where the alligator was in the lookout tower high above the churning ocean. I think the old lady either went to visit a sick friend or bacame sick herself and her animal roommates had to help her. I was so young when I had the book that I don't know if I knew how to read it, or if I developed the story myself by looking at the pictures. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated - I think my love of old houses came from this book and I'd love to have a copy of it again!

Martha Sanders (author), Alexander and the Magic Mouse, (1969). I solved my own stumper thanks to another stumper (O36)! Once I saw the title and description, I was able to look it up online and found out that my beloved alligator, old woman, cat and mouse do indeed exist! I though maybe I made it up. Thanks a bunch!
Martha Sanders (author), Alexander and the Magic Mouse. This is it.  See the solved pages under "A" for more information. So many people remember this book with love but can't recall the title.
Martha Sanders (author), Alexander and the Magic Mouse, (1969). I think the book you're looking for is "Alexander and the Magic Mouse"...such a wonderful story! It is a Weekly Reader book and seems to fit your description perfectly. (I have a picture to attach if that would prove helpful.)
Lyle the Crocodile. Perhaps "Lyle" the crocodile? The pictures are "drawn" and maybe memory is from the old "london-like" NY townhouses? Maybe a Lyle book in which he visits a lighthouse...
Martha Sanders (author), Phillipe Fix (illus), Alexander and the Magic Mouse, (1969). This must be the one you're looking for.  In the illustrations, the house does look quite Victorian. "There was an old lady who lived in a house on the top of the only hill for miles around. There also lived in the house a brindle London Squatting cat, a Magical Mouse, an Alligator from China, and a Yak. Alexander, the alligator, a friendly creature who keeps trying to improve his smile so people won't run away from him, is the center of attention. A heroic rescue mission gets him all the friends he can use, with a brass band and a medal thrown in.
Martha Sanders (author), Alexander and the Magic Mouse, (1969). This is the very sweet, and beautifully illustrated, Alexander and the Magic Mouse by Martha Sanders
Martha Sanders (author), Alexander and the Magic Mouse, (1969). It's got to be Alexander & the Magic Mouse that you're looking for. I loved this one as a kid in the early '70s & my daughter loved my copy just as much. Enjoy!
This is Alexander and the Magic Mouse by Martha Sanders.  Please see the Solved Mysteries "A" page for more information and a photograph of the cover!

Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse
Leo Lionni
illustrated by Leo Lionni
Scholastic, 1969

My husband insists he read a book about a salamander and a magic pebble when he was a kid. It's not Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig, and it's not The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle. Thanks!

Not a solution, only possible titles to run by your husband, because there doesn't seem to be anything out there but Sylvester when it comes to magic pebbles!  The magic pebble, and other stories by Susan Jolly (1960),  Peter and his magic pebble by Willy Schermele (1953), or I wonder if it could possibly be  Lizard Music by Daniel Pinkwater (1976)?
Leo Lionni, Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse, 1969.  The mice are the main characters, but the salamander performs magic with a purple pebble in the moonlight.
S253 Lionni, Leo.  Alexander and the wind-up mouse. illus by Leo Lionni.  Scholastic. friendship between real mouse and toy one; Caldecott honor book; ALA Notable Book; NY Times Outstanding Book of the Year

Alexander Fiddlewhistle
Charles E. Watts
Helicon Press, 1960

A book my mother recalls reading to her kids either in the 60's or 70's. The title may be Alexander Fiddlewhistle as is the main character. Illustrated.  She recalls the characters having very large heads.  That's it!  I've searched and googled it with zero luck.

Watts, Charles E., Alexander Fiddlewhistle, Helicon Press, 1960.
Charles E Watts, Alexander Fiddlewhistle, 1960.  Publisher is Boston: Helicon Press.  It appears to be quite a scarce book as possibly only 3 US libraries (including the Library of Congress) have it.

Alexander Kitten
Jessica Potter Broderick
Rand McNally, 1959

I am looking for a children's book about a cat, I believe was named Alexander. Anyway, this little cat didn't trust anyone, and would try and hurt another animal before it had the chance to hurt him. His lesson in the end was in learning to trust. It was a book in print at least 30 years ago, since I'm 37, and was a child when my mother would read it to me. Can you help me recall the name of the book?

Jessica Potter Broderick (author), Marge Opitz (illus), Alexander Kitten, 1959.  This is definitely Alexander Kitten, a Rand McNally Junior Elf Book.  Alexander thinks it's his duty to fight other creatures, scaring them away or hurting them before they have a chance to hurt him.  Because he attacks them, he gets stung by a bee, pecked by a chicken, and bitten by a goose. His Grandfather finally straightens him out by suggesting that he try NOT scaring or hurting the other animals.  Alexander discovers that if he leaves them alone, they will leave him alone or even give him feathers to play with.

Alfred G. Graebner Memorial High School Handbook of Rules and Regulations
I'm looking for a teen novel I would have read in the late 70s or early 80s.  It was about a teenage girl's adventures at highschool, but the whole book was "framed" with the literary device of a highschool rulebook's "rules and regulations".  For example, one chapter was titled with a "rule" about how any student was welcome to express their creativity by publishing in the school's literary magazine. Then the chapter was about how the girl tried to get a poem published, and went to this cramped little literary office, but the editors of the literary magazine were a bunch of really obnoxious pseudo-intellectuals who were only interested in publishing pseudo-sophisticated, nihilistic crap, and were really rude to her, and thew a shoe at the door as she left.  Other chapters might have started with a "school rule" about scheduling, or gym requirements, or something, and then the chapter would be about the girl's insanely awful schedule, or really horrible gym experience, etc.  I do remember that there was another character in the form of a really obnoxious girl who worked on the literary magazine, and may have run for student office; it's possible that the main character was talked into running against her(?), but I could be mixing up books on that point. I also think that the new school computer might have been responsible for the screwed-up schedule. I think the girl had an older brother off at college who wrote witty, somewhat sarcastic letters home. There was probably some sort of romance but I don't remember any details.  I do remember that the title of the book also incorporated the "rulebook" theme - it was something like "The Blankety-Blank Highschool Official Book of Rules and Regulations", with the long name of the high school in the title.  The theme seemed to be the girl making her way through high-school life and finding out that the official "guide" had nothing to do with reality.  I remember it being pretty funny.

I found it!  I ran a google search with the keywords "high school rules and regulations fiction", and I came up with The Alfred G. Graebner Memorial High School Handbook of Rules and Regulations by Ellen Conford, c.1976.  The summary posted on www.goodreads.com says: "Welcome to the Alfred G. Grabner Memorial High School!  Where Julie has to cope with: - Gym at 8:10 and lunch at 9:30; - A sex ed class that raises more questions than it answers; - The police who think she's selling stolen goods; - An attractive upperclassman who makes a pass at her; - An English teacher who looks like Robert Redford.  All the funny and familiar situations that go along with getting through the school year!"
Conford, Ellen, The Alfred G. Graebner Memorial High School Handbook of Rules and Regulations, 1976.  YES, this is it!  That's the second Ellen Conford stumper I've submitted in a row (both with swift solutions).  Guess I must have been a Conford fan in my youth!

      Hitchcocknew editionAlfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators
Robert Arthur; Mary V. Carey
Random House, series 1964-1985

Do you by any chance know what book(s) (I think they were a series, but I can't remember) featured a club of kids whose clubhouse was built in a junk yard, in the junk yard heaps themselves?  They had a series of labrynthine tunnels to get into the clubhouse, and closed them down when outsiders discovered them.  They were either kid detectives or something like that.  I was thinking it was the Mad Scientists Club, but now that I re-read the book, I realize that isn't it.  So now I'm wondering what book that was.  It would have been generally available in the mid-1970s, perhaps through the Scholastic book club.

I just submitted a stumper - please ignore it!  After submitting it, I looked through the "A" posting, and had my memory jogged!  I'm remembering the Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators series!

Alien Child
I read a book in high school (89-95) set in the far future post a nuclear holocaust. The earth has been deserted and a couple of cat people (one named Lair?, both gender neutral) land on earth and set up house in an old fertility/genetic lab. They unwittingly set into motion the fertilization of two human embryos (and later some pets one a house cat) they will eventually become young adults Nina and Sven? The children are raised separately, by the cat people, in the same expansive, high-tech building. It has a pool, a library, a cafeteria, which provides food, and the building even fosters an education via a series of previously recorded holograms in the appearance of former employees (which is also how the cat people were able to raise the children). Ultimately the teens discover one another fall in love and by the end have set off into the world to look for other people. I love this book! I can’t find it or remember the title can you please help???

You and I may have the same book in mind (T253). I also recall the hairy aliens and the computer program.
t253 and t252.  Pamela Sargent, Alien Child, 1988.  Yeah, I found it!!!  The only human left on earth being raised by aliens.  Or so she thinks until she meets the boy who has also been raised by an alien.  The two learn together of the history of their species and try to determine its future.  Thoughtful and raises a number of good questions. Website.
andre norton.  This book sounds very much like an Andre Norton novel which I read about 20 years ago.  The cats were very anthropomorphic.  I am sorry to say that I do not not recall the title right now, but I can found out the next time I visit my parents, as the book is still on the shelf there.
PAMELA SARGENT, ALIEN CHILD.  This is totally the book I was looking for I am so super excited! Thank you so much for your help!!
Pamela Sargent, Alien Child, 1988.  I found a copy on-line and purchased it and this is definitely it. The names of the aliens are Llipel and Llare. The back of the book says: Nita is the last human on Earth, raised by an alien who revived Nita's embryo, stored in the Institute before wars destroyed humanity. Nita can never truly understand her gentle guardian, and when she discovers Sven, a boy secretly raised by another alien, she longs to be close to him. But as Sven and Nita learn more about each other and the history of humanity, they are terrified. Do they carry seeds of destruction and violence within them? Should they revive other embryos and raise the children? When they venture into the wilderness outside the Institute, they awaken powerful instincts, as well as the knowledge that they carry the fate of Earth in their hands.
Boy and girl raised by alien guardians separately in a huge city in the future.  No other human life is around.  They meet by accident one day and soon try to adjust to having each other around.  Something happens and the boy abandons the city and the girl.  I read this book sometime in Middle School around 1989 - 92.

Pamela Sargent, Alien Child,1988.   Could it be this one?  Nita (girl) and Sven (boy) were test tube embryos left in stasis in an embryological institute.  Two aliens, Llipel and Llare, accidentally set in motion the machinery that allowed them to be grow.  Llipel became Nita's guardian while Llare raised Sven, and the two children were kept segregated from each other until after Nita's fifteenth birthday.  Then Nita and Sven learn they are the last humans except for the other embryos stored at the facility.  See the Solved Mysteries "A" page for more information.
It was Alien Child by Pamela Sargeant.

Sara Flanigan
St. Martin's Press, 1986, 1991

I work in a bookstore and am researching a book for a customer.  The only things she remembers are the following:  something about a mentally handicaped child, dad or mother is alcoholic, one or the other locks the child in barn, she is starving, they may have been on an "isolated mountain," some other "friend" rescues her, and the protagonist's name may be Alice. The customer says it was required reading when she was in 7th grade.  I searched your "solved mysteries" and also the questions put to you by others, using certain "key" words but still haven't "found it." Could you post please?  I will continue searching.

I posted a request for a book about a girl named Alice, and it's listed under Isolated Mountain.  The customer that was researching it discovered that it is indeed called Alice and is by Sara Flanigan, but is alas, no longer in print.  Could you add that to the "I know that book" section in case someone else ever wants to know what it is?
My friend checked this book out from our highschool library around 1995, but I'm not sure when it was written.  It took place in horse and buggy times I believe.  There were a brother and sister who discover a beautiful isolated and abused teenager.  I don't remember exactly why they kept her isolated. I think she may have been deaf, but basically she has no experience with doing normal things. They befriend this girl, but the brother starts to feel attracted to her.  In one seen the girl gets angry and shows them that she knows how to do the household chores.  They realize then that they underestimated her intelligence.  Also, In one instance the male teenager almost forces himself on the abused girl, but then he feels repulsed by himself when he realizes that her father did that to her.  The abused girl and the boy eventually do have a relationship and near the end of the book they are all traveling to a dance together.  The people of town are seeing the girl for the first time and they all stare because she is so pretty.  Also I think it may have been a fair type thing,because someone's aunt or something wanted their cake to win.  I may have gotten a few of the details totally messed up, I'm not sure about the cake thing, but that is all I can remember.  I thought the title may have been a girl's name, but I don't remember that either.

Flanigan, Sara, Alice, 1988.  This sounds like Sara Flanigan's novel, Alice, which was made into the movie "Wildflower," starring Patricia Arquette.
Sara Flanigan, Alice, 1991, reprint.  A story of Ellie Perkins, who discovers that the reclusive neighbors have a deaf, epileptic daughter, Alice, who has lived most of her life in a shed. With the help of her older brother Sammy and some townspeople, Ellie is able to intercede in Alice's life to the point where Alice acquires a hearing aid, a tutor and a blossoming romance with Sammy.
That sounds right.  I actually thought the title was Alice, but then I thought I was getting it confused with another one of my books.  Thankyou so much!

Alice and JerryAlice and Jerry primers
Mabel O'Donnell
Row, Peterson and Company, 1930s--1950s
If I Were Going: 1936, 1941, revised 1956
Round About: 1957

There is a book, possibly part of a children's story series, that I enjoyed very much when I was little (late 60, early 70s).  The name might have been about travelling.  The story may have been British, it involved a number of people, mostly children going on a tour in a bus around Europe.  When they arrived at the various destinations the reader would also get a little story about the place.  The only two places I remember are St. Ives, which included the nursery rhyme, and also Lapland, and the story there was about a little family that kept reindeer and the children slept in beds inside of a cabinet. I haven't explained this very well, but I would appreciate any info. if this rings a bell for anyone. My sister loved the book too, but doesn't remember anything more than I do.

B48 reminds me of a book I would like to locate that I read as a child.  I read it in the early 60's and I believe it was at least ten years old at that time--probably older!  I believe it was a reader.  A man and his wife (who looked like grandparents) were taking a trip around the world on a ship.  They visited many lands.  Just as in the book B48 is seeking, in mine there were also children that slept in cabinets.  I believe they lived in France, and I believe they ate snails.  I think this couple also went to Lapland, and I know they went to Africa.  I loved this book and read it over and over--would love to have it.
#B48, "Bus Tour of Europe," reminds me of my third grade social studies book (1970, but a lot of our books were old).  I didn't want to ask about this (and several others) because I'm having enough trouble finding "real" books, let alone textbooks, but here goes: I also remember this book/series.  In the part about Africa (North Africa) there was something about a sacred white camel, maybe a baby camel.  The old man was at first afraid to ride a camel but became so peeved because the camel wouldn't stand up for him, he was determined to ride it!  I remember most vividly the part about Lapland and the four children there.  The boys were Olaf (10) and Carl (8) and the girls were probably Ingrid and Bridget.  Olaf had come into possession of a pencil, a rarity in Lapland.  At my school kids threw pencils away on the playground and at my house you could scarcely turn around without knocking over at least one pencil.  Olaf had just the one, which he guarded like the crown jewels.  One day Carl decided to ride a bull, which he stayed on for some ways before it threw him.  The other three came running up calling for him, and Carl lay perfectly still, thinking, I'll fool them I'm dead.  His five-year-old sister asked, "Is he broken?"  His brother tried to get him to speak, and Carl lost patience and yelled, "I can't speak, you dummy, I'M DEAD!"  At which the others burst out laughing.  I, too, would LOVE to get this 1950s (?) Social Studies textbook!   I vividly remember when my sister got into fifth grade and I into sixth, social studies was suddenly boring statistics and we wondered, why can't it keep being as interesting as *that* book?  The only other thing I can say is when I went to the school in 1983 to note titles this was *gone*, the way the rest of the good stuff has disappeared since!
#B48, "Bus Tour of Europe," is definitely the Alice and Jerry Book.  Written by Mabel O'Donnell, it was published by Row, Peterson and Company as If I Were Going in 1936 and 1941.  In 1948 and 1954 it was republished as The New If I Were Going.  Before the story taking place in each land is a little unit on that country, and I assume the revisions in those portions reflected changes brought about by the war, and the stories and illustrations were probably just the same.  I was pretty darn close on the children in Lapland:  their names were Ola (10), Carl (8), Inger (7), and Martha (5).  So out of four names and four ages, I got one name and three ages exactly, and three other names very close--how's that for 30-year-old memory!  Well, okay, I saw the book twice, once 30 years ago when I was in third grade and once 29 years ago when my sister was, but I still plan to throw this in my sisters' faces as proof of my accuracy of memory--think how good it must be after only five or ten years!  The incidents with Ola's pencil, Carl riding the cow, and Mr. Sanders riding the camel are there almost exactly as I described them.  As for the person who wrote about the children sleeping in cupboards, that was in Brittany (not France), but again pretty darn close.  Besides Norway, Lapland, Brittany, and Africa, they went to England and Spain, but no one seems to have remembered those.
Brittany IS a region of France.
"'Upon my word,' said Mr. Green" was a recurring line from this school textbook (approximately 2nd grade) I read in 1954 or 1955. I've described this to booksellers in the past, and some have suggested the "Alice and Jerry" series. But nobody has found a book with that line in it.
mabel o'donnell, round about, 1957, reprint.  Upon my word was a common expression throughout many of the Alice and Jerry books..can be found on pages 168, 173, and 176 in the  Round About book..
I apologize for not responding right away, but I had not been out to the site in quite a while. “’Upon my word,’ said Mr. Green” was my original inquiry to Book Stumper a few years back. It stayed out there for so long I didn’t think it would ever get results. I think Round About or possibly Through the Green Gate – another Alice and Jerry reader – is the book I was looking for. Thank you very much. If this turns out to be the case, it will be three juvenile books you’ve located for me. I bought David and the Phoenix from you and another. I think it was The Secret of Crossbone Hill.  Thanks again.
O'Donnell, Mabel and Alice Carey.  If I Were Going.  Illustrated by Florence and Margaret Hoopes.  Row, Peterson and Company, 1936, 1941.  Alice and Jerry Reading Foundation Series.  Missing front free endpaper, minor wear, esp. to cover, otherwise a respectable copy.  VG-.  $20

Alice in Orchestralia
Early lives of composers and anthropomorphized musical instruments. When I was a child in the mid 1970s, I had a book that belonged to either my grandma or one of my great aunts. It was already “old” when I got it and it was missing the cover. I would estimate it was from the 40s or 50s, if I had to guess.It was definitely a kids book, but not a picture book. There were black line drawings in it as accents to some of the pages, such as the end of the chapter and in the chapter heading. It also had two distinct sections. The first section was (fictionalized, I believe, or at least simplified for kids) accounts of the formative years of the great composers-Schubert, Mozart, Beethoven, etc. The second section was fairytale-ish in nature, as it was a story about anthropomorphized instruments-flute, clarinet, saxophone, etc. This part takes place in a forest.I had always thought it was called “The Magic Flute” but searching for that only gets me the opera, not a kid’s book. I've been looked for this book for a really long time, so if anyone recognizes it, I will be ecstatic!

Ernest La Prade, Alice in Orchestralia. I believe the solution to #431 is Alice in Orchestralia by Ernest La Prade (Doubleday, Page & Co., NY, 1926), illustrated by Caroll C. Snell.  (171 pages). Everything in my copy (which I bought a year ago at a used bookstore in Maine for about $15) is as the requester below describes, except that the biographies of Hayden, Mozart, Wagner etc. come at the back of the book.  The book opens with Alice listening to "her first symphony concert" , which is the Mendelssohn overture to "A Midsummer Night's Dream".  As she listens, she is transported into a forest glade, where all the instruments introduce themselves to her and explain how they function in the orchestra.  There are chapters for strings, brasses, woodwinds, drums, etc., with illustrations throughout showing the anthropomorphized instruments.  I've attache a copy of one of the chapter headings.
SOLVED: Ernest La Prade, Alice in Orchestralia. Thank you! After looking around online, I believe this is the book I've been searching for, although I believe the copy I had was Alice in Music-land (1952 reprint). I pretty much knew you had nailed it when I saw the thing about the 'bass viol' as I distinctly remember not knowing what a bass viol might be. Again, thank you so much, you have my eternal gratitude!

Alice in Puzzle-Land
a Carrollian tale for children under eighty
Raymond M. Smullyan
with an introduction by Martin Gardner
illustrated by Greer Fitting
William Morrow & Company, 1982

This isn't exactly a children's book.  It was popular w/some of us 8 or so years ago, & w/ the college crowd.  A brain-teaser or puzzle book, featuring the maddening "Who is John?" puzzle.  It may have had anAlice in Wonderland style/theme or illustrations.  I'm interested in any (non-mathematical) brain-teaser books such as this.

I know the name and author!!  The name of the book is Alice in Puzzle Land.  The author is Robert Smullyan. Can you locate a copy for me?  We had it in 1992, but don't know when it was written.

Florence Crannell Means
Illustrated by William Barss
Houghton Mifflin, 1953

A young adult book I read around 1967. I recall the book as being written in the 1950s. An American college student majoring in Spanish spends a year in Mexico. As soon as she arrives at the airport - I'm thinking Mexico City - she is surprised how different the language sounds spoken there than in her classroom. Unbeknownst to her, everyone with whom she converses is impressed by how well the young American speaks Spanish. She has a boyfriend back at home, but the longer she is in Mexico the more immature and ordinary he seems compared to the young men of the same age she is meeting there.

Bryant, Bernice, Fancy Free, 1949.  "The bright and colorful cover features two young adult sweethearts in a water taxi being entertained by floating mariachis. A neat vintage tale of a young teen's summer adventure and study vacation in Mexico, where she goes to take courses and experience the culture at the National University in Mexico City, the archeological ruins, and learn about Mexico's rich and diverse history!"
Fancy Free (maybe), 1950s.  I don't remember the title (though it sounds familiar) or the author's name, but I do remember sensing in the late '60s that it was an older book, not just published. The heroine's name was Alicia she was a blonde and of Spanish (as in Iberian Peninsula/European) heritage, and I remember her talking (maybe to a less pretty sidekick) about how she spoke "pure Castilian" instead of the kind of Spanish spoken in Mexico. You will think I am absolutely nutty to remember this, but the sidekick says something like, "Let me borrow some of your fabulous night cream, Leeshy, the kind that smells like strawberries." I remember thinking that was odd, because "night cream" sounded like something my mother would use, not a teenager. And I thought "Leeshy" was an awful nickname for Alicia.
Nancy Hartwell, Senorita Okay, 1956.  I believe the book is Senorita Okay.  I received and read this pink hardback book in the mid-60's when it arrived through a book club mailing.  The main character is Patricia (Triss) O'Kane.  The boyfriend back home is Paul Hunter.  While in Mexico, Triss has a very romantic encounter with a "handsome caballero" named Fidel Ramirez who wants her to stay in Mexico  however, she winds up falling in love with an American boy named Jack Holliday she meets while studying at the Institute of Arts.
I was able to track down and have read Fancy Free and Senorita Okay. Both are delightful books and I am grateful to those who suggested them since I otherwise may not ever have read either. However neither are the book I read, nor the one featuring Leeshy with the face cream that smelled like strawberries.
I don't know the author or date, but the heroine is indeed alicia and the title is also Alicia.  She has a girl friend named Honey, two suitors named Manuel and Richard, but at the end realizes she's in love with just-plain-Jim brant.  There's a Fidel in that book too, he's interested in Honey but it doesn't work out.  Hope this does it.
This book is called Alicia. and is written by florence Crannell Means. I'm positive it's the right one.  alicia has a friend named Honey, two suitors named manuel and Richard, but the guy she realizes she loves is Jim. Fidel, in this book, is interested in Honey but it doesn't work out.  Sorry about hurried e-mail but this one is right.

All By Ourselves
Mabel L. Robinson
decorations by Mary Sherwood Wright
Dutton, 1924

All By Ourselves?, 1924.  This book is about a brother and sister, orphaned and fending for themselves in a town near the ocean. My copy had a red cover. I think that the author is Mabel Robinson.

All by ourselves.  Mabel L. Robinson, with decorations by Mary Sherwood  Wright.  New York: Dutton, 1924.
Q7 Requester has both author and title- and date right. I found it with Google on a list of her work.   >Mabel Louise ROBINSON {US} (F: 1874 Jul 19 - 1962 Feb 21)  All By Ourselves [1924]
Pub. info for All By Ourselves = by Mabel Louise Robinson, with decorations by Mary Sherwood Wright, 254 pgs. with ill. plates, 20 cm, pub. by E.P. Dutton & Co, 1924, LCCN: 24-15759.

More All-of-a-Kind
      FamilyAll-of-a-Kind Family
Sydney Taylor
Follett, 1951-1978

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The book dates back to late '50s, line drawings on off-white pages, I think it is an immigrant story, but I know that the main character is Jewish, probably a tailor and on the lower east side of Manhattan.

Sydney Taylor, All-Of-A-Kind Family, 1951.  In this story, the Jewish immigrant father is a junk dealer.  It is the story of 5
little girls growing up in the lower East Side before WW1.  The drawings are very fine pen and ink.  There are several sequels  -- A-O-A-K Family Downtown, More A-O-A-K Family, A-O-A-K Family Uptown, Ella of A-O-A-K Family.  I tink they are all still in print.
???, One of a Kind Family?  This was a series about a Jewish family on the lower east side, father was a tailor (I think). Had quite a few tailors. Really about the girls, but definitely right era and milieu.
J46 Taylor, Sydney.  Ella of all of a kind family.  illus by Gail Owens. Dutton, 1978. oldest child, Ella, courted by Jules, starts on a musical career
I'm looking for a book possibly from the 60's. I think there were 3 brothers of different heights and when they stood side by side it looked like steps. That's all I remember.
This poster's mention of the brothers standing beside each other and looking like steps made me think of All-Of-A-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor so I wanted to see if the poster were positive the book featured brothers. All-Of-A-Kind Family (see the Solved Mysteries page) features 5 sisters who are referred to as "a Steps-and-stairs family" and there is an illustration of the girls all dressed alike looking like steps. Of course, if it was definitely boys this won't work!!
For lack of any further information, I'm going to call this solved.
The book I remember was about a large family.  They had many adventures, of course, but the one I remember involved a very clever mother who hid buttons in the rooms her children were asked to clean.  If the kids came up with the right number of buttons mother knew they had done their job thoroughly and gave them a reward.  The book was large in format.  I checked it out of my elementary school library in about 1978 or 1979.
More details are coming to me and I've been looking at  descriptions on your site.  The book I am remembering may well have been a series book, as I think I remeber one other book in the library about the same family.  It was not the Tucker family series that I see described.  I think these stories were set at an earlier time period--maybe victorian era???
Sounds like the All-0f-a-Kind Family series by Sydney Taylor, except I think it was pennies instead of buttons...  See more, plus the whole series for sale, on the Most Requested Books page.
Sydney Taylor (author), Helen John (illustrator), All-of-a-kind Family, 1951.  The stumper requester is right---mother hid buttons.  You're right too!  From page 33: "And then every day in one memorable week, Mama hid buttons PLUS one shiny copper penny.  "Finders-keepers," she told the little dusters."
Thank you for the solution to my stumper.  I've ordered the books so I can see if they are as wonderful as I remember. Thank you again.  I'll definitely pass on the word about your service.

All On a Winter's Day
Lisa Taylor
Scholastic, 1989

The story starts with a young brunette brother & sister waking up in their home to find their mother missing and two young pale blonde children (also brother & sister) living in their house with their aunt.  The house has been re-decorated.  This makes the children think they have gone back in time; to save the two blonde children who are being abused by their aunt.  There is one perticular bit where the blonde children are locked in a cupboard and the brunette children push a key under the door.  The aunt dies at the end from drowning on the frozen lake by the house ( I think there might be some kind of chase?).  The brunette children find their mother, and then the last page of the book says how the two blonde children are seen by (I think) a farmer, and when asked why they are so scared; they describe seeing two brunette haired children which the farmer then replies by saying are a perfect description of the two children who had recently died in a ice-skating accident on the very same frozen lake just before the blonde kids had moved in.  Hence; the twist being the children (brunette) who you follow through the story are in fact ghosts and even they themselves don't realise it.  The reason they find their mother is because she also died; of a broken heart.  I read this book at the age of about 9/10 and have been searching for over 10 years, but can't find it anywhere.  I though maybe the book was called; the night before christmas / winter .... / something do do with winter or christmas?  The front cover I remember being quite dark colours and was a picture of a young brunette boy & girl looking out a window (staring straight at you; as if you were stood on the opposite side of the window), and it may possbly have been snowing.  I remember it being a paperback book with quite small writing.  If anyone has any clues I would greatly appreciate your input as I can't seem to find the title for this book anywhere.  Thank you!

Sounds like ALL ON A WINTER'S DAY by Lisa Taylor, Scholastic, 1990, c1989.~from a librarian

All The Children Were Sent Away
During World War 2 many children were sent across the ocean to foster families in America for safe keeping until the war was over, while their parents remained where they were. I believe it was a girl and two boys in this story, who were on board a large ship. They had a few escapades and bonded as friends. The girl had a mean older woman in charge of her who was very strict. I remember that as punishment she cut the girls lovely hair short like a boys hair, which really hurt the girl's feelings. I can't remember what happened when they got to America. The title *may* have been something like "They Sent Them All Away". Maybe not. This was a Scholastic (?) paperback measuring maybe 8" x 5" circa 1979-80 and had the three kids on the cover.

Sheila Garrigue, All the children were sent away.  An eight-year-old British girl experiences loneliness and fear when she and many other children are evacuated to Canada during World War II.
Garrigue, Sheila, All The Children Were Sent Away, 1976.  From the flyleaf:  "Sara was eight when the bombs began falling.  The night before whe was sent away to Canada, in July 1940, one bomb hit the church tower in Peterstone.  The next morning, Sara said goodbye to everything she loved, and to her mother and father, who were staying at home to fight the Nazis. ... But instead of the forlorn journey she'd feared, Sara had adventures.  She found a hiding place in a lifeboat and, hanging between the two metal beams that helf it, sighted a school of dolphins alongside the ship.  She won a battle for independence from her guardian, gruff and snobbish Lady Drume.  And she made two best frineds, Maggie and Ernie, who like herself were sent away because England was under attack.  Together they almost forgot about the war.  Almost.  then the ship was torpedoed by a German sub..."
Sheila Garrigue, All The Children Were Sent Away, 1976.  Thanks, you solved another one!!! Very much appreciated!

All the Dark Places
1970. Teenage boy goes alone into cave. He, along with his older brother some other friends, have explored much of this cave. Now though he is determined to prove himself by going deep into the cave alone. The book includes a detailed diagram of the cave system, so the reader can follow the action. Just as he starts his return there is an accident and he loses or damages his acetylene lamp, maybe drops the gas jet while cleaning it. Something else has happened to his spare lamp. Now he has just thirteen matches and he must use these and his knowledge of the cavern to get back out. He has broken all the rules, I don't think that he left any clue of his intentions so he is entirely on his own. I believe that he also suffers a broken leg. The story is quite detailed and it is possible to keep track of all his movements. I read the book in the early or mid '70s. This is not Five Boys in a Cave or The Dark of the Cave. The phrase "thirteen matches" might have been in the book's title, though I haven't been successful in my searches. The account dicusses cave  exploration techniques in great detail, however a modern spelunker would cringe at certain points, such as signing his name onto the cave ceiling with soot from his lamp.

Bosworth, J Allan, All the dark places, 1968. This sounds like the book but it's 20 matches not 13.  There is a map on the endpapers which might be the map that the requestor is remembering.   A sixteen-year-old boy sets out alone to explore a large and difficult cave in the Appalachian Mountains, becomes lost, and then loses all his sources of light except twenty matches.
All the Dark Places is correct. That was a quick solution, just one day! I'm sorry that I was not able to respond sooner. When I started looking for this book I checked a number of caving websites since some of these include book lists. On one of these sites I saw this title, but passed it by as it didn't match anything from my memory. Since, however, I have checked the suggestion and this is the book that I was remembering. Thank you for your help.

All the Pretty Horses
I am looking for a book about horses or ponies, I can't remember the word they use in the book, it is a picture book I read when I was very small in the mid 70's.  There were lots of pages that were mostly a "sea" of horses with a little girl, horses were all different colors.  I think the phrase "all the pretty ponies (or horses)" was in that book.

Goble, Paul, The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, 1979.  This is a picture book about a Native American girl who is swept away with her tribe's horses during a stampede.  The mention of multicolored horses made me think of Paul Goble's other book, The Gift of the Sacred Dog, with its vivid illustrations of blue and red horses mingling with horses of more normal colors.
Jan Brett?, Fritz and the Beautiful Horses.  Might be the early Jan Brett book Fritz and the Beautiful Horses, but I don't know when it came out, if it fits the time frame.
There's an old lullaby called "All the Pretty Little Horses."  It was recently made into a picture book by Linda Saport, but I swear I remember a book version of it from the mid-70s too. Can't find anything about it, but it's a place to start at least...
This one might be a version of All the Pretty Horses that was illustrated by Susan Jeffers and published around 1974. Here's the library catalog summary:"Lulled to sleep by her mother's singing of the traditional lullaby, a little girl dreams of all sorts of horses." From a children's librarian.
A315 Here is the full text of All the Pretty Horses by Susan Jeffers:  "Hushaby, don't you cry. Go to sleep , little lady. When you wake,  you shall have all the pretty little horses. Blacks and bays, dapples  and grays. All the pretty little horses. Hushaby, don't you cry. Go  to sleep little lady."  The illus show the little girl on the horses cavorting over lots of  yellow flowers.
Jeffers, Susan.  All the Pretty Horses.   illus by Susan Jeffers.   Macmillan, 1974, 1st hardcover printing.  Ex-school library with the usual marks.  A bit worn, dust jacket has minor tears.  G/G.  $8

All Through the Day
I am looking for a book from the 1960's, it was about a girl who was very sickly, named Tina, and she had to stay in bed and couldn't go to school.  She was blonde and the pictures are in black and white and is that of a real person.  Thank you for any information on this book, I think might be called Tiny Tina.

All Through the Day.  My sister solved my book stumper for me.  Tiny Tina was a chapter in the educational book All through the Day.

Along Came a Dog
Meindert deJong
illustrated by Maurice Sendak
Harper, 1958

A man keeps chickens, and one night frostbite kills one of the chicken's toes. The man fashions little rubber boots for the chicken. A stray dog also shows up on the farm, in fact, the story has the word "dog" in the title; perhaps something like "One Dog", or "Along Came a Dog". I think the cover was red, and modern-artsy. The story was written more like a true tale than a fable, and was for teenagers. I read it in the 70's.

Meindert deJong, Along Came a Dog.Seems like a possibility.
Dejong, Meindert, Along Came a Dog, illustrated by Maurice Sendak. NY, Harper, 1958.  I'd say this is it. In the first chapter, the little red hen's toes (all of them) come off in a mud puddle because her feet froze over the winter. In chapter 3, the man carves her little 'duck feet' from a rubber strap, but this strangeness makes the other chickens attack her. Instead he pins the feet to his shirt to make a perch for her. All this time the big black dog hangs around trying to be taken in at the farm. He finally proves himself by protecting the little hen and her chicks from a hawk.
As for Along came a dog, I haven't read it yet, but I sure do remember the drawings! It's definitely the one. The cover isn't the same, but I'm sure the one I read originally was hardcover. So, two solved riddles! Thank you!!
I am trying to find two books from my childhood by the same author.  These were not warm and fuzzy books.  In fact, I still have bad dreams about them.  The author was Asian (I believe Chinese) and his books were in my middle school library in the 70s.  One was about a little boy who was orphaned in the war and had a small bird he carried with him as he wandered around.  I remember him crossing a river and trying to keep the bird above water and I remember him eating dirt when he couldn't find anything else.  The other book was told from the perspective of a chicken.  The chicken's feet are amputated after they freeze in a block of ice.  The chicken then tells of it's life at the bottom of the pecking order in the chicken house. I really want to find these books to see if they have anything to do with my vivid memories of them.
Meindert deJong, House of Sixty Fathers.  Just a possibility for the first book. About a Chinese boy during World War II seems to fit some of the description, though it was a pig he had, not a bird.
#S215--Stories from my Childhood:  Well, the author is right for the chicken story.  Meindert DeJong,Along Came a Dog, illustrated by Maurice Sendak, 1958.  "A homeless dog becomes the protector of a hen who lost her toes."

Along Cherry Street
I don't know the title of this book, but I remember seeing the pictures on the pages from reading this when I was a little girl in the 1950's.  I know it's a children's book.  There was a lady who was getting ready to leave her house, I think to catch a bus. As she went out the door and closed it, the hem of her skirt or dress got caught in her front door.  She couldn't get her skirt out of the door since she had already locked it, so she had to try to get her spare key, which was hidden under a flower pot on her front porch.  The flower pot was a good distance away and she couldn't reach it, so she tried to use her umbrella to reach it so she could get her key.  Somehow a little organ grinder money was there and it may have been the monkey that got the key for her, I don't remember that part.  After she got her key she hurried to the bus so she wouldn't miss it.  The best I can remember, the organ grinder moneky was dressed in the typical red outfit with a little hat.  I can't remember the rest of the story, but I can remember seeing the pages in the book.  I have been racking my brain trying to figure out the title, author, and publication date of the book.  I haven't seen one like it anywhere, so it's probably out of print by now.  Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

O45 It is NOT Hurdy-gurdy holiday by Gale
Oh Boy! I thought I had a good contender here but I think the date is too late. Well-- I'll list it anyway just in case! Leo
Polito's Piccolo's Pranks, 1965.
Along Cherry Street, Ginn 1 1 reader.  I can't find the listing or number but have solved my own stumper, the reader with organ grinder and monkey is Ginn publisher, Along Cherry Street, first grade, first hardback.

Alta in the Shadows
Honoria deSackville

Title: Alta in the Shadows Late 60's - mid 70's Author: Honoria deSackville Story: Young girl goes to live with mysterious relatives who can shapechange into felines. They are 1 of 3 families who can shapechange. (Cats, Snakes, Flies) They are all part of something called the Trine. Looking for book since mid 70's when it was accidently destroyed. HELP!

HRL:  oops, this isn't a stumper -- you know exactly what it is!  Okay, I'll find a copy for you.  Here's a description and a quote --  1st in the Trine Series. Alta comes to live with her mysterious new relatives and meets the brooding Ramses.

Alvin Fernald series
series of books about two boys who solve cases or mysteries together.  Main character has a crew cut and his father is either a police or fire chief.  One of the boys has a sister.  My husband read the books in the 1970's.  No idea when they were written or where they took place.  Forgot to mention boys were pre-teen and one may have been named Harvey, Harold, or Henry.  Thanks!

Donald J Sobol, Encyclopedia Brown series. This sounds like Leroy "Encyclopedia" Brown.  His Father is the police chief and his best friend is a girl named Sally, but she's a tomboy, which might be why you remembered two boys.  There is a whole series of these books, starting with Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective.
Donald J. Sobol, Encyclopedia Brown series, 1960's through present, copyright.  He doesn't have a crew cut, and he doesn't have a male partner, and his name is Leroy, not Harvey.  But his father is a police chief, and his partner in crime-solving is a girl named Sally, who is not his sister.  And he solves lots of cases, both for his father and for the neighborhood kids.
Clifford B. Hicks, Alvin Fernald series.  This started with "The Marvelous Inventions of Alvin Fernald" in 1960 and ended 26 years later with "Alvin Fernald, Master of 1000 Disguises." I'm sure these are the books you're looking for. Check out alvinfernald.com.
Franklin W. Dixon, Hardy Boys series.  A bit obvious, but maybe the Hardy Boys series of books? A fan website describes them thus: "World-renowned private detective, and former ace NYPD sleuth FENTON HARDY seemed to always be off somewhere working on some important case, so that left his two teenage sons, FRANK and JOE, to watch over things in Bayport, a thriving town on the north-eastern seaboard. Fortunately, for generations of adolescents, they share their dad's zeal for bringing criminals to justice".
Clifford B. Hicks, The Alvin Fernald books.  This sounds like the Alvin Fernald books by Clifford B. Hicks.  The Marvelous Inventions of Alvin Fernald; Alvin's Secret Code; Alvin Fernald, Foreign Traveler; Alvin Fernald, Mayor for a Day; Alvin Fernald, Superweasel; Alvin's Swap Shop; Alvin Fernald, TV Anchorman; Alvin Fernald, Master of a Thousand Disguises.  Alvin has a little sister, Daphne, called "The Pest", his friend is named Shoie Shoemaker.  There's a website about him:  http://www.alvinfernald.com/.
Henry Higgins books. I think the writer is referring to the Henry Higgins books. I can not remember the author but the boy had a crew cut and solved mysteries.
Clifford B. Hicks, Alvin's Secret Code, 2006, reprint.  Alvin Fernald and his buddy Shoie (sp?) get into -- and out of -- all sorts of hot water and mysteries in the series.  Alvin's dad is the police chief.
Clifford B Hicks, Alvin Fernald series, 1960, copyright.  Thank you so much!  The Alvin Fernald books are the ones my husband was remembering and he is enjoying them again as are our boys.  The Encyclopedia Brown series was also a good guess and we will be reading them as well.

Alvin Fernald, Superweasel
Clifford B. Hicks

I have a memory from my childhood (1980s) of an older childrens/YA series of books about a boy who masquerades as a superhero.  I believe he has a costume and maybe a cape.  I think he takes a superhero name that is kind of self-deprecating (the letter "D" could be a part of it).  The superhero name is part of at least one of the book titles.  I don't think the boy has any super powers, but he occasionally has ESP-type episodes.  The only plot line I remember involves stolen money, possibly a bank robbery, and the crime pinned on the wrong person (another character's parent(s)?). Our boy/superhero solves the years-old mystery and it turns out an armored car with the stolen money in it was buried in a mudslide and no one ever knew.  Does this ring any bells?

I'm sure you're thinking of the Alvin Fernald series by Clifford B. Hicks--I also read them as a child in the 1980s.  The main characters are Alvin, a red-haired boy with a genius for inventing; Shoey (sp?), his best friend; and Daphne, Alvin's kid sister.  In Alvin Fernald, Superweasel, Alvin turns himself into an environment-protecting superhero, "Superweasel," as a project for school. He wears a costume made out of pajamas or long underwear or something.  One of his "heroic deeds" is putting a board over a pollution-spewing factory smokestack, I think another involves dead fish.  A resentful classmate, son of the factory owner,  copies the costume and starts vandalizing the town to damage Superweasel's reputation.  The psychic episode and armored car mystery are in Alvin Fernald, TV Anchorman. The book is mainly about Alvin and his friends starting their own TV news program for kids, but they end up solving the mystery of a vanished armored car (which had gone over the side of a mountain, I think, and possibly was hidden by a landslide), thereby clearing the name of a grown-up friend, who turns out to be the long-lost father of one of their friends.  I think Alvin's sister pretends to be a psychic at one point (or perhaps that occurs in a different book in the series).
I sent in stumper B159 at the end of August, and checked religiously every week for two months to see if anyone had any ideas, but got discouraged when no one did.  Well, I just came back today to find that it has been solved!  Thank you so much, and thanks to whoever figured it out!  I'm heading to the library tomorrow.  :)

Always Anne
Set in the 50's or early 60's. Teenage girl likes popular boy. There is another girl who is more popular. Heroine makes a dress form out of plaster to sew a dress for the popular girl and it gets stuck on the popular girl. The author's name probably started with "W".

This book is Always Anne by Holly Wilson.   Anne  and her friend Claire try to make a dress form for popular Glory Hoffman with plaster, and it burns her skin.  It sounds awful, but it's actually a pretty funny chapter in the book.
Mystery solved! What a great service you provide. Thank you

late '40s or early '50s.  This book was about a beautiful snake named Amanda.
Wolo, Amanda.  "Children's Story about Amanda the Snake, her friend Mr. Archibald the Monkey, and their unselfishness on their journey through the jungle. Black and white and color illustrated."

Amazing Mumford and His Amazing Subtracting Trick
Jocelyn Stevenson

It is a tall book with a black hardcover, featuring “The Amazing Mumford” or “Mumford the Magician” from Sesame Street. On each page there is a picture of an item for a kid to count (example 10 lady bugs). On the last page it asks if you can count the stars and there are hundreds of stars. It must have been published somewhere between 1970 and 1977. Thanks!!

Stevenson, Jocelyn, Amazing Mumford presents the magic weather show, 1981.
Don't know the book, but just a guess here:  if it's a Sesame Street counting book, isn't it more likely to have starred The Count rather than The Amazing Mumford (a la peanut butter sandwiches)?
Norman Stiles (author) and Michael J. Smollin (illustrator), The Amazing Mumford and His Amazing Subtracting Trick: and featuring lovable, furry old Grover, 1972. This is just a guess, because I haven't read this book or seen its cover, but the date is right and the title suggests that items can be counted during the course of the story.  It is described (on another website) as an uncommon, oversized book.

Amazing Vacation
This was a young adult novel that was in the library in the late 50's.  It was the story of a girl whose sister somehow got lost in a pretend country and was never the same again. There was an isthmus that she crossed to get to this country, a crystal (teardrop?) and a harp. When the older sister played the harp, it meant that she was "away." At the end I think the sister was "recovered." I have been hoping against hope to find this book ever since then. Maybe you can help me!
Wickenden, The Amazing Vacation.  Some details of this remind me of the stumper:  Joanna (and her brother Ricky) are visiting relatives and learn that their older cousin, Emmeline, had gone through a "gate" into a different country, and left part of herself there.  So she's sort of ethereal in this world. The younger cousins go back through the "gate" to retrieve the item that Emmeline had left.  The gate is a huge stained glass window.  Joanna is fascinated with isthmuses and is delighted to cross one during her adventure.  Book is set in 1920's.
Dan Wickenden, Amazing Vacation, 1956.  (I posted the solution and am adding to it)  I just checked my copy of this book and Emmeline DOES play a harp!  So I think I'm correct in suggesting this is the solution.
A brother and sister are sent to live with their uncle in a big house .  They go into the library and see a beautiful stained glass window and open it .  they climb through the window and are in a different world .  they are trying to help their uncle and aunt  ( who is see through ) .  I thought this was an Edward Eager but remembered always going to the G or H section .  This book had wonderful pen and ink drawings of the children and the window similar to Edward Eager's. I read this story over and  over in 1964 and of course cant remember the title or the author now !  I also thought it was The Little White Horse by E.  Goudge . On a funny note , the librarian was my future mother in law !
Jane Langton, The Diamond in the Window.  I wonder if this is it?  Some of the details are off, but it's about a brother and
sister who rescue a long-lost aunt and uncle from a fantasy land.  A window is involved, although it's not stained glass.
Jane Langton, The Diamond in the Window.  I don't know if this book is old enough to be the one the submitter is looking for, but the plot sure sounds the same.
Langton, Jane, The Diamond in the Window.  Sounds like this could be it.
Wickenden, Dan, illustrator Eric Blegvad, The Amazing Vacation.  NY, Harcourt 1956.  I believe this may be it - it's also on the Solved List. Here's the full description: "How Ricky and Joanna climbed through the magic casement in their uncle's study and entered the Country Without a Name to search for Cousin Emmeline's turquoise. (Because she had left a possession there years before, poor Emmeline was not quite "all here" and since at eighteen she was too old to go back, it was clearly up to them.) Almost immediately, the children began to meet interesting people - Frederico, the Fretful Porpentine,  Matildagarde VII, a self-made queen,  Ali, a boa constrictor with a tragic past,  Chief Matinkatunk, the Last of the Shinnegonquins,  the Princess Citronella, and many others. Such unusual friends and enemies naturally lead to unusual adventures, but Joanna and Ricky are inventive and self-possessed  they grasp opportunities and thrive on complications. And with almost the whole Society of Wizards and Sorcerors helping, it's just a matter of time, magic and adventure before everything comes right." (Horn Book, Oct/56 p.352) Eric Blegvad also illustrated some of the Edward Eager books.
I can't help with the book title, but this does NOT sound like The Diamond in the Window by Jane Langton.  Eleanor and Edward Hall are not sent to live with their uncle---when the book begins, they are already living in poverty with their Aunt Lily and mentally ill Uncle Freddy.  The beautiful stained glass window is not in a library, it's in a children's bedroom they discover hidden in the attic.  The window cannot be opened, so they never climb through it and enter a different world.  Instead, when they sleep in the hidden bedroom, they experience a series of dreams linked to a treasure hunt and the disappearance of Aunt Lily and Uncle Freddy's younger siblings, Ned and Nora Hall, and Prince Krishna, who was  engaged to Aunt Lily.  The book was written in 1962, and it was illustrated with wonderful pen and ink drawings by Eric Blegvad, but I don't think it's the one you're looking for because the story doesn't match at all.
The Amazing Vacation
A brother and sister enter a magical land, possibly through a window in their grandmothers attic. The boy joins a kids "army". His Boy Scout knife is magical here and they try to get him to trade it for a "better" knife in order to access the power of his knife. His sister searches for him. I read it early to mid 60's in Grade school library. Young Adult book.

Wickenden, Dan, Amazing Vacation.  It's also on the solved pages, with more info on plot details there.
Wickenden, Dan, The Amazing Vacation.  I suspect it is this one, from the Solved List. The character Emmeline has left a piece of jewelry behind in the land reached through the magic window, and so is not quite 'all there' in this world. The two children go back to rescue it, and the boy accidentally leaves his jack-knife behind.
Dan Wickenden, The Amazing Vacation, 1956.  I think this may be the right book.  Joanna and her brother Ricky are spending the summer with their odd great-uncle and great-aunt.  They go through a magic window into another country (the Country Without a Name), where they must complete a quest.  Each carries a special token -- for Ricky, it's his new Scout knife  for Joanna, her knitting bag.  These tokens have great power for the people who live in that country, so at one point, an evil boy wants to give Ricky a fancier knife in exchange for the Scout knife.

click for image of bookAmerican Caravan
Looking for a juvenile book from the 50's about a travelling family of four who tour each state of the U.S.
T7: Vague, but it sounds like the 1940s Augustus series by Le Grand, a.k.a. Le Grand Henderson. There's Augustus Goes South, which I remember from an excerpt in The Illustrated Treasury of Children's Literature and at least ten other titles, all of which begin with the word "Augustus". They are ...Jeep, Border, Ship, Mountains, River, Desert, Road, Army, Navy, and Marines. They're all at the third-grade level or so. The first one I mentioned involves robbers on the lam. Le Grand wrote other stories too, many of them funny.
Horn Book again, Sept-Oct/44 ad for McGraw-Hill Whittlesey House American Caravan, by Frances Frost, illustrated in color by Lee Townsend. "The rollicking Pettigrews - Dad, Mom, Juniper and Pete - journey through the 48 states, gathering animal friends as they go. Everybody has fun - and learns the geography and natural wonders of the United States. A rebus in verse with hundreds of amusing pictures. Ages 8-12."  The number of family members is right, and the book could have been around still in the mid-50s, but the query doesn't mention verse or rebus, so it's not definite.
I was browsing your site (mysteries solved section) and came across a description of a book called American Caravan that was about a family that travelled across America in a mobile home and saw highlights from various states as they did so.  I own and have loved since childhood a book called Runaway Home from the Alice and Jerry series by Elizabeth Coatsworth (illustrations by Gustav  Tenggren) which also fits this basic scheme: 2 parents and 2 children must uproot themselves from their home on the east coast and travel west to their new home. It was a school book, a basic reader that also gave a sense of US (48 state) geography and history. Some of the places the family visits are the Petrified Forest and Jamestown's Lost Colony in Virginia. Perhaps this is the book that is being sought?  Great website, I bookmarked it for future use.

American Costume Dolls
This site is great! I hope someone can help w/this one...I have no idea of the title of this book. However, it was all about making papier-mache dolls & then costuming them in clothes from different eras in history (I think it may have been only American history). There were line drawings of the doll wearing each outfit, & each drawing was given a girl's name (I think Lucinda was from the 1870s). The book had a green cover, & it was in a branch library in the 1970s. I'm pretty sure the book dated from the 1940s, though it could have been the '50s too. I never made any dolls, but I traced the drawings & made paper dolls. I'd love to get a copy of this for my daughter. Thanks for your help!
A possibile title is Wonderful Dolls of Papier Mache by Jo Elizabeth Gerken (Doll Research Associates, 1970, 227 pgs.
Jordan, N.R., American Costume Dolls: How to Make and Dress Them, 1940s.  I remember this book very well!  The illustrations are beautiful, the sewing impossible.  The Civil War dress has about a dozen flounces, all edged with ribbon... she might have been Lucinda, but I think Lucinda was the Mexican-War era doll wearing a little bolero.  Then there was "Barbara: Of Today" in a little 1940s outfit, very cute.

American Dreams Series (Into the Wind, Song of the Sea, Weather the Storm)
I remember the plot of this book pretty well but can't figure out the title or author.  I think it is juvenile fiction, written sometime before 1995-1994. I believe this is a trilogy, possible historical fiction.  It takes place around the time of the War of 1812.  A young women is a barmaid in her father's bar when two rival ship crews are in her bar, start a fight, burn the building down and her father dies.  One of the captains offers to sail her to England to live with her only relative.  When they get there they find the relative has already died.  For some reason the Captain offers to marry her - which she agrees to.  She is then put aboard another ship with a female captain (who we later find out is the first captain's sister.)  The rival British captain fights the second ship and takes the heroine aboard his ship, put her in the brig.  She makes friends with the sailer in the brig and he tells her about his life.  The captain then offers her a bath and nice clothes while he goes on shore, trying to win her favor.  She finally relents and is getting dressed back into her normal clothes when she hears someone coming - it is her husband/captain.  He rescues her and is angry because he feels she didn't deserve to be rescued.  She wants to go get her friend out of the brig but her refuses.  He is shot during the escape.  Finally they are at his parents home in  Georgia or South Carolina having a second wedding for the couple.  They talk about the reason for the rivalry between her husband and the British Captain - the British had several years ago come fought a ship with her husband and his brother, the husband was wounded but the brother was taken by the British to sail for them.  Now her husband is trying to find out where his brother is and get him back.  They talk about their childhood and finally mention the brothers name.  It is either Robin or Raider (both brothers had names starting with "R").  The heroine gasps and said she never knew the brothers name and that is the name of the sailer in the brig with her on the British ship, and he told her stories of his childhood that matched with the family.  The family decides to sail out the next day and fight the British so they can get their brother back.  That night the girl and her husband realize that they both really do love each other and it wasn't a marriage of conveniance/guilt.  They are able to rescue the brother from the British ship.

Jean Ferris, Into the Storm, Song of the Sea, Weather the Storm. 
YA historical romance trilogy. Not sure about the twin brother bit, but everything else fits to the best of my memory.
Ferris, Jean, American Dreams Series (Into the Wind, Song of the Sea, Weather the Storm).  Thank you so much!  Those are the books, I was beginning to lose hope!  Thanks again!

American Ghost
My son read this book, age 10-14. Boy goes to live or visit grandpa. A cougar is suspected of killing livestock or damaging something. Cougar saves life of the boy or the grandpa. GHOST COUGAR is a possible title. The setting is rural forest mountains.

Chester Aaron, An American Ghost,
1973, copyright.  "There had been warnings - the never ending rains, the slowly rising level of the water - yet when the river finally tore the old wooden house from its foundation and carried it on a perilous journey toward the sea, Albie was unprepared , and alone. But he was not alone for long. He was no stranger to violence. On the frontier in the 1860's survival came first, and he had seen - and taken part in - brutal killings of wild animals and even of men who seemed to threaten his family's existence. But now, trapped by fate with the most dangerous of enemies - a mountain lion, an American ghost - Albie is forced to depend on trust, on understanding, on mutual support. Fear, hunger, and the slowly developing relationship between boy and lion lead Albie to a new way of seeing himself and the world around him."
My book stumper has been solved. AN AMERICAN GHOST is the correct book.  Thank you guys SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much!!!

American Indian Tales and Legends
In the introduction a boy finds an old indian pipe, brings it home, cleans it up and places it on the hearth. The pipe comes to life, puffing smoke and telling the boy American Indian stories.   The stories were grouped into three sections. The first was creation stories  I think the second was animal stories, and third might have been about humans. Each section was introduced by the pipe speaking to the boy, and was told over the course of an evening. There was even an amusing encounter between the White Man's God and the Great Manitou, a contest to move a boulder.  It was illustrated with pictures that were looked sort of like batik, but I don't think they were.
Vladimir Hulpach, American Indian Tales and Legends, 1966.  I knew I'd read this one as soon as I saw the description.  So I called my sister, and with her help was able to track down what I think is the right one. Definitely a keeper.  "Color illustrations and endpapers by Miloslav Troup, translated by George Theiner  forty-six legends from thirty different tribes  'hundreds of years ago all the great American Indian chiefs gathered together to exchange the legends and lore that were native to their individual tribes  a magic calumet, or peace pipe, was passed around the campfire from mouth to mouth and memorised every single word of the ancient tales, faithfully retold here.
A131 Could it be this? Haven't unpacked it to see about style of illus or grouping of tales;  it was one of the few I had that weren't limited to one tribe's folklore.  Chafetz, Henry.  Thunderbird and other stories, illus by Ronni Solbert, Pantheon, c1964.

click for image of bookAmerican Picture Books
This is not so much a quest for a book but I am stumped!  I really need to know when psychologists first realized that children learned differently at different stages of development. It was originally thought that they were simply tabula rasa, and books were not designed for different stages of childhood. I need to know when, and preferably who,  it was realized that children's literature needed to be tailored to the child. Any help you can offer, or even any direction you can point me in, will be gratefully received.
There are lots of books on this subject.  The best history of American children's publishing is Barbara Bader's American Picture Books: From Noah's Ark to the Beast Within (Macmillan, 1976).  She covers most of this meeting of childhood development and publishing response, and it really wasn't until the 20's that "children's books" as we know them came into existence.  There were several key book editors involved, and some studies by the American Library Association.  The bibliography in Baber's book should be able to direct you to other source material.

Among the Dolls
This book has a little girl who ends up inside her dollhouse. All the dolls are mean to her except a baby doll named Dandroo/Dandoo something like that.  I remember it was a little scary!  Thanks!
William Sleator, Among the Dolls,1975.   Vicky is angry when she gets a dollhouse instead of the bicycle she wanted for her birthday, so she plays meanly with the dolls, creating awful scenarios for them.  When she is pulled into the dollhouse and finds herself living among them, she is horrified to discover that the dolls have all taken on the cruel personalities she gave them.  They take their revenge on Vicky and set out to keep her living in their house for good.  The dolls did have strange names, but it has been a long time since I read this one and I cannot remember the name of the youngest doll.
Among the Dolls.  A possibility?
Sounds like AMONG THE DOLLS by William Sleator, 1975, 1991~from a librarian
Jane Curry, The Mysterious Shrinking House
Sleator, William. Among the Dolls. illus by Trina Schart Hyman.  Trumpet Club, 1975. A 1989 mass paperback, VG.  $5 

Amos and the Moon
I am looking for a book that was published sometime in the early 70's, was most likely a Caldecott Children's Book Award winner.  I believe it has a blue cover with a blonde boy climbing a ladder to the moon.  The story is about this boy (I think his name was Amos) and he looked out his window every night at the moon and I don't remember much else about it but that in the end he climbs a ladder and tries to touch the moon(?)  I believe it was a British book but I'm not sure.  The illustration was soft, grainy, a bit like Sendak but not his style of drawing.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Balet, Jan B., Amos and the Moon.  (H.Z. Walck, 1959, c1948)  "Amos thought he had captured the moon but the next morning it had vanished--so he went searching for it."

Amy Rainbow and the Magic Spectacles
I can't remember the author or title or anything. It's a book  about a girl called Amy, she finds a pair of rose coloured glasses and suddenly she is the same size as the flowers and she finds that they are all little fairies living in the flowers. The fairy that sticks in my mind is the foxglove because the illustration is so pretty and foxglove is a rather nasty flower. The foxglove reference suggests it's an English book. I really want to get it for my niece who is crazy about fairies and I wouldn't mind a copy either. I had it in the early to mid eighties but I think it may have been a second-hand book.
I think A66 is the Rose Colored Glasses (not sure if Rose Colored is hyphenated or not) by Ruby Lorraine Radford.  The description sounds like my memory of the book.
More on the suggested title: Ruby Lorraine Radford Rose-Colored Glasses, reprinted by the Theosophical Publishing House 1970, illustrated by Iris Weddell White, 56 pages "A quest book for children, b&w illustrations, pictorial cover, octavo" Maybe too recent: Newman, Nanette Amy Rainbow and the Magic Spectacles illustrated by Evie Bricusse, London, Franklin Watts 1980. "A rather sweet picture-story book".  No plot description, but there's also Joe de Mers Taffy and the Rose-Colored Glasses published Hollywood, Rogue Press 1945.
Thank you for solving my mystery. I have been thinking about this book for  he last couple of years and you guys found it for me in a couple of weeks. The book I was looking for was Amy Rainbow and the Magic Spectacles by Nanette Newman, now all I have to do is find a copy!

And All Between
The cover has a girl in patched skins with a rabbit in a forest. She ran away with her rabbit from her underground city, ends up on the surface where she is captured by telepathic people who live in trees. They discover that she also has the telepathic powers. People were called Olzhaan or similar.

Zilpha Keatly Snyder, Green Sky triglogy. The cover you describe is the middle book in the series, And All Between.
Zilpha Keatley Snyder, And All Between, 1979.This is the second book of the Green-sky trilogy which starts with Below the Root and ends with Until the Celebration. It was also made into an early popular video game. You'll probably get lots of responses.
Snyder, Zilpha Keatley, Green Sky Trilogy. This is one of the Green Sky books.  One of the books is told from Teela's point of view.  That's the one you want.  The others are from the point of view of the "tree people."  I absolutely loved this series - especially the first one, "Below The Root.
Snyder, Zilpha Keatley, Below the Root and sequels, 1975, approximate. Olzhaan are a special class of people in Snyder's Green Sky trilogy which begins with Below the Root.  The others are And all Between, and Until the Celebration.  The trilogy has an underground civilization and a different civilization living in trees. One or both of the peoples had telepathy.   I think this is what you're looking for.
Zilpha Keatley Snyder, And All Between, 1985. This is the book! I almost cried when I came to check and found responses to my stumper. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!!!! If I'm ever stumped again, I know where I'm coming!!! :D

And I Mean It, Stanley
I'm looking for a children's book that was published in the mid-70's or earlier that has to do with a dog that always seemed to get into trouble.  Whenever he did get into trouble, everyone would say "Oh, Stanley."  (I'm assuming that was the dog's name.)  Please help!

Gene Zion and Margaret Bloy Graham, Harry the Dirty Dog,
1976, copyright.  Perhaps his name was "Harry" and you're thinking of the "Harry the Dirty Dog" series?
Crosby Bonsall, And I Mean It, Stanley.  Stanley the dog would never do what he was told, and his owner would follow up all his/her instructions with "And I mean it, Stanley!"
Crosby Bonsall, And I Mean It, Stanley.  Thank you so much for resolving this mystery! I sent along your suggestions to my Grandma, who used to read this to the children in her church daycare and she had that "ah-ha" moment!  You have truly made my (and my Grandmother's) day.  Thank you!

...and Juan
I read this childrens picture book back in the mid 1960's.  All I remember is the artwork and some vague plot points.  I believe it was about a farmer and his donkey and the art was very simple and folk art looking.  Reminiscent of painted pottery from Mexico.    I followed up the lead to the Painted Pig by Elizabeth Morrow and got it out of closed stacks from our public library but alas, it was not that book.  I also ran across a reference to Mexicana by the Rene d'Harnoucourt but the artwork did not resemble the art of The Painted Pig.
Jennifer Courtney, Pepito the Naughty Donkey. I have owned a copy since the early '70s. Cannot locate it to check the artwork, but I recall more art than text. It was also a scratch n' sniff. Hope this helps.
Possibly Donkey, Donkey by Roger Duvoisin (Grosset, 1940 and Parents Magazine Press, 1968.  It's about a donkey who is teased by the other animals on the farm about his long ears. The illustrations are simple, black pen outlines with watercolor.
Juan Ramon Jimenez, translated by Roach, Eloise, Platero and I, 1957.  Possibly thinking of Platero, the little gray donkey from Spain?  Beautiful, spare line drawings by the author.  The book is made of short chapters detailing the author's daily life, how he relates to the other villagers, and the palpable love flowing to and from his little donkey, Platero.  My mother read this one to me as a child and some of the stories always made me cry.  Still do.  The stories of village life are beautifully limned, this is a wonderful testament to the ability of the translator.
Could this be Achilles the Donkey (1962) by H. E. Bates and Carol Barker?
I think I found it!! Yes!yes!-  ...and Juan by Terry Shannon, illustrated by Charles Payzant (Albert Whitman and Co. 1961). The story of the youngest child in a family of potters. Vibrant pictures in festive folk art colors capture the gaity of the local scene. Apparently Shannon-Payzant have a folk art collection on which the pottery and artwork is based! Wonderful, wonderful illustrations, very evocative of Mexico! The book was a Junior Literary Guild selection chosen as an outstanding book! Check it out!

...and now Miguel
a fairly small book, novel perhaps or likely, set realistically in northern mountains of New Mexico, a family story of a native people.  c. 1956
#S177--sangre de cristo new mexico:  This is the Newbery Award winner ...and now Miguel, by Joseph Krumgold.

And the Sailor, Home from the Sea
Thousands of miles inland, a farmer longs for the ocea  his dying request is burial at sea. His family buries him amid the wheat fields, the wind whipping waves of grain....from an anthology of short stories for school children.
Ray Bradbury, And the Sailor, Home from the Sea, 1960.  Unless there's a similar story out there with the same theme, I'm guessing that this is "And the Sailor, Home from the Sea" by Ray Bradbury.  This short story was originally published by The Saturday Evening Post as "Forever Voyage," then reprinted in 1964 in _The Machineries of Joy_.  This book is out of print, but used copies are easily obtained.  Captain Tom is an elderly wheat farmer who lives with his cook, Hanks, on an inland prairie.  He had once been a middle-aged ship's captain who married a younger woman.  On their first sea voyage together, Kate died and was buried at sea.  The grieving captain turned his back on the sea and farmed wheat for twenty years, with the faithful ship's cook his only companion.  One morning, Tom has a premonition of his own death, and asks Hanks to "Bury me where she is."  He dies the next morning and Hanks buries him in the wheat field.  For there was just the ocean of wheat going on and on forever...and not a line or seam or ripple to show where the old man sank from sight.  "It was a sea burial," said the minister.  "It was," said Hanks.  "As I promised.  It was, indeed."

And the Waters Prevailed
Mediterranean Sea fills in when Gibraltar land bridge erodes; story of a boy who lived in Mediterranean Basin in prehistoric times.

D. Moreau Barringer, And the Waters Prevailed
, 1956.  This looks like a possibility.  "The story of Andor, an undersized boy whose greatest strength was his mind, in a tribe where brutish physical prowess was considered the measure of a man. The setting is wildly majestic... that strip of land which is believed to have formed a bridge between Europe and Africa... that plain which is now inundated by the Mediterranean Sea."
D. Moreau Barringer, And the Waters Prevailed, 1956, copyright.  Yes, this is it. I looked up the author on the Web and one of the reviews of this book says, "Andor's story is one which will fire the imagination and haunt the dreams of all who read it." They probably wouldn't allow this book in an elementary school library nowadays because it's so powerful. I also found that the author is the namesake of a famous geologist for whom the Meteor Crater in Arizona is named. I can't find his actual relationship, but he may be a grandson.

And This is Laura
This was a story I read around age 12-14 about a  girl who discovered she could "see" things in the future.  She had a little brother who always wore  a pith helmet and at the end of the story he got lost and she was able to "see" that he had fallen asleep in a mall or video arcade.  It seems like this story was even made into an afterschool special. (late 70's - early 80's) Thanks for your help.  I love your site!!
Madeena Spray Nolan, The Gift, 1970s.  I read a similar book in the mid-1970's, and I think it is this one. The one I remember had a grandmother give three children magical gifts right before she died.  She gave the youngest son incredible musical talent, but he would not take it seriously.  She gave the oldest daughter the gift of dance but she loses it when she breaks her leg.  She gave the middle daughter the gift of seeing into the future and other esp ability, and the story is about her.
Schotter, Roni, A Matter of Time.  Sep. 1981.
Lois Duncan, A Gift of Magic,1971.  Some of the details don't match, but Nancy has ESP, including the ability to see the future, and a trouble-prone younger brother.  She is also having a great deal of trouble adjusting to the new man in her Mom's life.
I have not read this  book so I don't know if all the particular details match- but Lois Duncan wrote a book Gift of Magic (1972)that involved a girl named Nancy and ESP.I just stumbled across a brief summary and I thought of this posting!
The book one poster remembers as The Gift is the Duncan A Gift of Magic.  The younger brother's name was Brendan, and the older sister's was Kirby.  It was her grandmother who passed the ESP to Nancy, as well as the other siblings' gifts to them.  Nancy uses  retrocognition to visit her grandmother at the time of her death when this occurred.
Ellen Conford, And This is Laura.  Just a guess.
Ellen Conford, And This is Laura. Just did a quick search on afterschool specials- 'The Girl With ESP' ran in 1980, and from the summary I read, it seems that we have a match! Laura's little brother has the ability to remember any TV commercial perfectly, and I remember that detail from the book.
Ellen Conford, And This Is Laura. 1985.  I think this may be the book you're talking about.  The girl's little brother was always reciting commercials and I'm pretty sure wearing a pith helmet.  And he got lost at the end.  Hope this helps.
Hello! I wrote in asking for help with the name of this book, and once again the mystery has been solved! The name of this book is And this is Laura by Ellen Conford.  Do you have a copy of  this in either paper or hardback?  Thanks so much!

And You Give Me a Pain, Elaine
In the early 80s, I read a teen novel about a girl whose older brother left home (didn't get along with his family and/or moved in with his girlfriend).  The brother was returning to see his sister in a school performance but was killed in a motorcycle accident.  Anyone recall this book?

Stella Pevsner, And You Give Me a Pain, Elaine, 1979. Andrea is the youngest, Joe is away at college, and 16-year-old Elaine is an obnoxious rebel who can''t get along with anyone in the family. But when Elaine runs away and Joe is killed in an accident, Andrea grows in compassion and tolerance.
Stella Pevsner, And you give me a pain, Elaine, 1983.
And You Give Me A Pain, Elaine, late 70s early 80's. This sounds like it could possibly be this book. I remember reading it in the early to mid 1980s.  All I know for sure is that the story is told from the point of view of a younger sister who adores her older brother (possibly named Rob?)and struggles with her older sister, Elaine, who is sullen, sarcastic, and generally mean to her little sister.  When the older brother dies, it puts a greater strain on the two sisters' relationship until their shared grief allows them to appreciate each other more. Good luck!
Book stumper #B566 was solved correctly (And You Give Me A Pain, Elaine).  Your site rocks!   Thank you!

Anderson's Fairy Tales (Szyk illus.)
We're looking for a book that was given to our sister around 1963 or so. It is most memorable for its illustrations  -  fullcolor plates, vivid colors, in the style of Arthur Rackham; in addition, each story had some pen & ink drawings of the characters, events, etc..  It had a dark cover - blue gray? - and was about 8 x 10, This book could be Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales or an anthology that includes both Grimm's and Andersen. (We could be wrong about the Grimm's and be remembering another book from our childhood) Stories included are Thumbelina (full color illustration of Thumbelina and the bird), Darning Needle, The Tinderbox.  There were  other stories we can't remember the name of but they were about a young woman who had to knit sweaters out of nettles to tun her swan brothers into humans, a porcelain shepherdess who was supposed to marry a Chinese porcelain man, and two sisters (Rose red and Snow White?).  This ring a bell with anyone?

A42:  Maybe not the same, but I know a two-volume set of Grimm's Fairy Tales and Andersen's Fairy Tales by Grosset and Dunlap. The Grimm has a red cover with a small colored picture from "The King of the Golden Mountain", it's translated by Lucas, Crane and Edwardes and it's illustrated by Fritz Kredel, and the Andersen is green with the emperor and the nightingale on the front, the translators are Lucas and Paull, and the illustrator is Arthur Szyk, whose fantastic though not glamorous style and colors may well make one think of Rackham.  The tales you listed are by Andersen. They are both from the 1940s or earlier.
A42 anthology, yes another: more on the suggested Andersen's Fairy Tales, illustrated by Arthur Szyk, published Grosset & Dunlap 1945, 343 pages, approx. 8.5" x 6". The colour plates by Szyk are quite memorable, though I'm not sure I'd call them Rackhamesque, and there are b/w illos as well. The cover is dark green, with a small pastedown colour picture. There is another edition with an offwhite cover with a repeat pattern of capital A and a swan. Contents are: The Garden of Paradise, Little Tiny (Thumbelina), Fir Tree, Storks, Little Ida's Flowers, Red Shoes, Ugly Duckling, Girl Who Trod on a Loaf, Bottle Neck, Snow Queen, Marsh King's Daughter, Wild  Swans (swan brothers), Great Claus and Little Claus, Shepherdess and the Sweep (porcelain sheperdess and Chinaman), Bell, Angel, Nightingale, Holger the Dane, Emperor's New Clothes, Steadfast Tin Soldier, Little Match Girl, Swineherd, Elder-Tree Mother, Hans Clodhopper, Princess and the Pea, What the Good Man Does Is Always Right, Roses and the Sparrows, Old Street Lamp, Tinder Box (named). It doesn't include Rose Red and Rose White or Darning Needle, so this doesn't prove it one way or the other, yet.
I've been sad ever since I lost an anthology of Grimm's fairy tales that my mother had given to me when I reached adulthood.  I think that the book had been hers as a child.  She was born in 1910 and it may have been given to her by an aunt who was a librarian.  Now, I could be wrong about that and my mother might have purchased it for her own children sometime after 1930. Yet she seemed to have treasured that book just as much as she had a two-volume set of Shakespeare's works that I know for certain belonged to her as a youth (and which I lost at the same time!) At any rate, the book was in our home as far back as I can remember--1950 or so.  The anthology was lengthy and included all of the Grimm's tales that I've ever heard of-- "Princess and the Pea", and so on. My strongest memory is of rich, finely detailed illustrations in black and white.  One that will surely identify the edition I'm looking for is that of "The Snow Queen" (or "Ice Queen").  This is a double-width illustration on the inside of the front cover (endpaper) extending on to the first right-hand page (flyleaf).  She had long hair and very long fingernails and was lounging back (perhaps on a bed of fur, maybe in a sleigh).  To my young
mind she looked simply evil--not ugly of face and not old, just scary. I think that this illustration may have been repeated at the back of the book. Does anyone know what year this edition was published? I would like to find a replacement copy. Thanks.
Hmm...maybe this is a book with Grimm's tales and others; Snow Queen is H.C. Anderson.
G36: Sounds a lot like the Grimm/Andersen two-volume set I identified in A42! Yes, the Andersen does have the Szyk picture of the Snow Queen and other characters inside each cover.
G36 grimms anthology: Andersen's Fairy Tales, illustrated by Arthur Szyk, published Grosset & Dunlap 1945, 343 pages. The endpapers in the Andersen volume of the Andersen and Grimm set illustrated by Szyk  are similar to those described. The Snow Queen wears a red cape and has her powdered hair piled high (don't know if that qualifies as 'long'?), with long elegant fingers (can't make out the nails). She is a large figure, with little Kay beside her, and several other characters from the stories. The Grosset edition does include both The Princess and the Pea, and The Snow Queen.

click for image of bookAndrew Henry's Meadow
I'm trying to find a book from my childhood.  I don't know anything about it except the plot.  A kid.. maybe 12.. runs away and one by one the rest of the neighborhood kids do too.  The first boy builds each child a unique home...such as a tree house.. one has a moat.. another is made with ship rigging...  one is a cave home.  Finally the boy's dog can't stand it anymore and howls and goes after him.  The parents follow and find all the kids... happy ending.  Any thoughts on what this book is.  Thanks for any info you can give.
R28: Andrew Henry's Meadow (1965) written and illustrated by Doris Burn. Each kid has a hobby that nobody else cares about or else considers a nuisance, so they set up their own community. Andrew is the young housebuilder.
I think I've got some info on R28: Runaways. If this is the same book, it's part of the Weekly Reader series & my mom bought it for me back in the late '60s/early '70s. My younger brother, much younger cousin, & I all loved it! Unfortunately, my copy is packed in my aunt's attic (in Philly & I'm in Michigan) or I'd be checking for title & author right now. The illustrations are primarily b/w, & each runaway builds his/her house at a different time of day & that page mentions a different meal. I remember that part so vividly because I had never heard of the word "lupper" before--the meal between lunch & supper. Hope this helps jog someone else's memory to come up w/the title & author, & thanks for your wonderful site!
Yep, that is the book, and I found one, you are very good!  Thanks for the heads up!
A boy (Tommy maybe?) runs away from home and builds a treehouse outside of town. Other kids soon follow and he helps them build little shacks or treehouses, and neat little contraptions with pulleys, trapdoors etc. Soon all the kids have gone there. I seem to remember the parents all eventually searching and finding their kids there, and the kids all return home. I read this book as a kid circa 1977. It was hardback, about 1/4" thick and maybe 12" high x 9" wide. The illustrations were simple and I remember mainly b/w. I remember the pics were of the kids and their treehouse & cabin community and I remember DRAGONFLYS in the air in some of these pics. This is my first time using your service, I'd love to find this book and have others I want to find as well if this works out! Thanks!
Doris Burn, Andrew Henry's Meadow.  I'm pretty sure this is the one.  The size, plot & pictures match, right down to the dragonflies.
Doris Burn, Andrew Henry's Meadow, c.1965.  Definately Andrew Henry's Meadow. Supposedly, this book is now being turned into a movie with a script written by Zach Brach of 'Scrubs' and 'Garden State'.
Doris Burn, Andrew Henry's Meadow, 1965.  THIS IS IT!!! Thank you so much! This is my first time using your service and you got it right!! Now I just need to find a copy of this that's the same edition I had as a kid in the early 70s. Great work!
B373 Burn, Doris. Andrew Henry's meadow.   DRAGONFLIES ARE THERE
The first was a thin maybe 12" by 10" illustrated children's book about a group of children living in different treehouses. Each was pretty elaborate. I don't recall any parents present. It seemed that one boy was a bit of the leader. Ropes or rope ladders hung down from at least one of the treehouses. And I think the illustrations were muted greens & grays, no bright primary colors that I remember. I'm 39 today and read this in Georgia when I was about 5-10 years old. So it must have been published before 1977 for sure.
Burn, Doris, Andrew Henry's meadow, 1965.  This sounds a lot like the ever popular Andrew Henry's meadow.  More on your solved pages
The book was a childhood favorite. It was read to me during the mid 1970's. The book was about a little boy maybe Henry or Andy. He liked to invent and make things.  I recall he made a tree house and invented a large contraption that moved objects around his family room.  The book cover may have been light green and the pictures were drawings. Thank you for your help.
Hicks.  PossiblyThe Marvelous Inventions of Alvin Fernald.
Doris Burn, Andrew Henry's Meadow. More on Solved Mysteries, I'm sure.
Andrew Henry's Meadow again!
Thank you very much! My stumper was solved B396.  Do you carry the book, Andew Henry's Meadow by Doris Burn?
Boy runs away - builds home in woods. His friends runaway and he builds them each a home suited to their hobby/personality. Book had a lot of illustrations in B/W.
Doris Burns, author and illustrator, Andrew Henry's Meadow.  Sounds like this one!  See the "Solved Mysteries" A page for more.
Jean George, My Side of the Mountain.  I believe that Sam, the hero of My Side of the Mountain, did hollow out a tree to make a house for his friend Bando - possibly for another friend as well.
Doris Burns (author and illustrator), Andrew Henry's Meadow.  Sorry to disagree, but My Side of the Mountain isn't a match.  It doesn't have a lot of illustrations, and the protagonist doesn't build multiple homes suited to the personalities/hobbies of his friends.  Andrew Henry's Meadow fits both of these criteria, and I think its the correct solution to this stumper!  Recently republished in a 40th anniversary hardcover edition by San Juan Publishing.
The first was a thin maybe 12" by 10" illustrated children's book about a group of children living in different treehouses. Each was pretty elaborate. I don't recall any parents present. It seemed that one boy was a bit of the leader. Ropes or rope ladders hung down from at least one of the treehouses. And I think the illustrations were muted greens & grays, no bright primary colors that I remember. I'm 39 today and read this in Georgia when I was about 5-10 years old. So it must have been published before 1977 for sure.
Burn, Doris, Andrew Henry's meadow, 1965.  This sounds a lot like the ever popular Andrew Henry's meadow.  More on your solved pages
I'm searching for a juvenile book that was a favorite of my brother's and mine in the 1970's.  It was NOT a Rand McNally, Little Golden Book or Whitman.  I remember it as being rather large, or over-sized and wonderfully illustrated.  The book was about a boy who liked to invent and build things.  He built all kinds of gadgets in his parents' basement and all over the house.  They finally told him "that's enough" and to take his tools (etc) outside.  He goes to a meadow area near his home and decides to build himself a house to stay in, where he can invent things.  His neighborhood friends come along, one by one, and ask him to build *them* homes as well.  Each structure that he builds reflects the personality of the friend living in it.  A boy who watches birds gets a tree house.  Someone else gets a castle with a moat and a drawbridge.  There's an underground dug-out home.  A soundproof home for a girl to practice her flute (?) in.  Even a teepee.  Finally, all the parents in the neighborhood come looking for their missing children and find, essentially, a small village in the meadow, with everyone happily ensconsed in their customized abodes.  I have NO idea who the author is or the title, but I'd REALLY like to obtain a copy of this book once again!  Can anyone on your site help?  Thanks SO much!

Just after I submitted my Book Stumper question to you, I stumbled upon a link on Amazon and FOUND the book.  Talk about weird -- I've been looking for this title for 30 years, and all of a sudden, there it is!  The book I've been searching for is Andrew Henry's Meadow by Doris Burn.

Andrew the Big Deal
This is a chapter book.  A young (around 12) year old boy, possibly named Andrew, has a younger sister (about 8) and older teenaged brother (16 or so).  Their father is in some branch of the military, so they move constantly.  Upon arriving at his new post (probably in or near Washington DC), the boy's mother has a mild nervous breakdown and goes to stay with her sister.  The father and kids manage nicely until the father becomes unavailable— I can't remember why.  The teenager is supposed to look after his younger siblings, but spends all of his time with his girlfriend.  The middle boy is a very decent kid.  He decides to throw his little sister a birthday party and bakes a cake.  Because he's an inexperienced cook, the cake rises too much in the middle and has a big hole in the center.  He fills the hole with strawberry jam and calls it a volcano cake.  He also makes folded newspaper hats for the little girls who come to the party, and invents games for them to play.  The little girls who attend agree that it was the best party ever.  In another part of the story, he tries to help a pretty classmate with an ill mother by carrying a bag of sugar home from the grocery store.  He has just visited a pet store and purchased  mealworms (for his little sister's pet frog?).  Bullies attack the children, the sugar bag breaks, and the mealworms fall in.  In still another scene, he thinks he has located the descendants of General Robert E. Lee.  It turns out that his Chinese classmate is a member of this family.  There is a huge rainstorm at the end of the story, and the boy is injured (twisted or broken ankle) trying to rescue his older brother's weights from the flooded basement of their home.  Probably published before 1974.

Barbara Brooks Wallace, Andrew the Big Deal. (1970)  Hooray!  I finally found it, and my memories were pretty accurate!

Andy Buckram's Tin Men
In this book a boy builds a collection of robots out of tin cans. A storm arises that floods the town.  The robots come alive when struck by lightning and help rescue the town's inhabitants.
#R50--Robots Come Alive:  Sounds like Andy Buckram's Tin Men, by Carol Ryrie Brink.  One poster speaks of nearly being flunked on a book report for not understanding the ending.  My sixth grade teacher yelled at a boy giving this report in front of the class because she refused to believe the book existed!  He took it with a lot better nature than I would have, though I had to admit, she gave him credit for a lot of imagination!
Brink, Carol, Andy Buckram's Tin Men, 1966.  This is definately it.
This is great....  Here goes, I remember reading a book (or maybe a serious of books) in the late 60s or early 70s about a boy that made robots.  His favorite was one made out of Campbell's Soup cans and it was slightly lop sided.  The robots somehow came to life (lightning or something) and they had many adventures.  I remember they went out in a row boat to escape from.....  Not much to go on I know.

Angel Child
looking for children's religious book about a little angle that has fallen from heaven and broken his wing a young boy & girl find him and nurse him back to health so he can return to heaven
Val Teal, Angel Child, 1946.  this was published by Elf Books.  This was an easy book I had as a child, and it had a pale blue cover.  At the end of the story, the mother has a baby, and tells the brother and sister he's an "angel child."

An Angel Grows Up
This book, which i read in the 'fifties, is about a little girl, blanca Maria.  She is attending a convent school.  One of the nuns is Sister Ursula.  Two of the girls are Polly and Ethel; Ethel is the "good" one and Blanca Maria is always getting into mischief.  A nun advises her that before she does something foolish she should repeat her intention to herself three times; she tries it with "I'm going to hit Ethel with the mashed potatoes" and laughs instead of doing the deed.  At the end of the book she paints a picture and one of the nuns realizes it's very like her father, who then comes to the school to take Blanca Maria home.  I think the more troubled girls stay in a dorm called The Angels.  anybody know what this book is?  thanks.

Jane Trahey, Life with Mother Superior, 1962. Life with Mother Superior is the original title of this book (also a play) by Jane Trahey, but it was later named The Trouble With angels.  Basis for the movie with Hayley Mills and Rosalind Russell.  Here is the IMDB link for the movie.
Forgive me, but you should not have said that B400 was solved.  The novel Life with Mother superior, later made in "The Trouble with angels," is an autobiographical novel whose leading character is jane; and all her friends have different names from all the names i mentioned in my summary; there is no blanca Maria mentioned in the summary of Life with Mother superior, and the tricks the girls pull are unknown to me in the book I read; plus there is no mention of blanca maria's father.  I can understand why the assumption was made, but i have serious, extremely serious doubts that Life with Mother superior could be the same novel as the one i'm looking for.  anyhow, I think I read it before 1962.
Tere Rios, An Angel Grows Up, 1957, copyright.  A friend from Bookshare remembered reading this in junior high.  I found it and indeed it was the one I was looking for.  The author also wrote a book called the Fifteenth Pelican which was the basis for the Flying Nun TV series.

Angelo, the Naughty One
I read this library book in the late 1950's to early 1960's.  It is about a Mexican boy who absolutely hates to take a bath, so much so that he even runs away to avoid bathing.  At the end of the story his big sister gets married and he has to take that dreaded bath.  The book is beautifully illustrated with many colorful pictures of Mexico and Mexican dress. I ve searched for this book for years with no success - hope you all can help!

Helen Garrett
(author), Leo Politi (illustrator), Angelo, the Naughty One, 1944.  This is definitely the book---I also loved it when I was a child!  Here's an online description: "All the little boys and little girls in the city that sat on a tall mountain thought they lived in the best city in the world. That is, all except one. His name was Angelo. And the reason he didn't like the lovely city was that whichever way he looked there was water---in the fountains and the streams and other places, too. You see, water to Angelo meant baths. And he didn't like baths one bit. One day when Angelo's father and mother and sisters and brothers were getting ready for a big wedding, no one could find Angelo. They called and called. But Angelo ran and ran---just so he wouldn't have to take a bath! All sorts of exciting things happened to Angelo then. But did he get to the wedding? That is part of the surprise waiting for you in this amusing story."

Helen Garrett, Angelo the Naughty One
This is the book-  I read it many times as a child.  Angelo enjoys being dirty and is afraid of baths.  He runs away from his sister's wedding but soldiers eventually catch him, bathe him, and take him to the wedding.  He enjoys himself and the rest of his family is proud.  Great pictures.
Helen Garrett, Angelo, the Naughty One.
  This is an easy one, because Harriett sent us a copy as a stumper thank-you a couple of years ago!
My book has been solved!  I looked at your web site and can't figure out if you have this book or not.  If you do I'd like to buy it -  Thanks again!


Mexican or Spanish boy (book in english) dressed in white does not want to take bath to get ready for sister's wedding. He either plays with toy soldiers, possibly with green coats, or they are dispatched to find him. I think one of the illustrations also featured a large fountain. Probably published pre-1980, or way earlier.

Naughty Angelo.
  This is in the Solved section.

Helen Garrett
(author), Leo Politi (illustrator), Angelo, the Naughty One, 1944.  No doubt about it---this it the book you're looking for!  Please see the Solved Mysteries "A" page for more information!
Thank you so much for having the solved book mysteries information online!  I came across your site and found the name of a book I loved when I was very little, maybe 25 to 30 years ago -- it's Angelo, the Naughty One!  I had no clue what the name was, I only vaguely remembered some of the details and mostly the pictures. Every couple years I would try again to find it, but nobody I asked had heard of it and my web searches were too vague. Somehow I finally got a useful phrase combination this time, found your site and the mystery was already solved! Thank you!!  It's such a joy.

Angel's Touch
hi! i'm looking for a book, which i couldn't remember the author or the title. but i remeber the story. it's about a husband and wife who died on the christmas eve because of accident. they were sent to heaven and meet the Gabriel angel, i think. anyway, to earn the angel's wing, each of them must help 3 people to find joy and kindness before christmas day past away. it's a very nice and touching story about joy, kindness, and love. and it's also funny and entertaining. i vaguely remember that the book's cover was white and have those angel's picture and heart shape. anyway, thank's so much if u can find this book. i have been looking for it for quite sometimes.
Possezzere, Heather Graham, An Angel's Touch, Kensington 1995.  Might be this one - "Don and Cathy Angel are an enviable New York couple  he's a successful lawyer, she's a rising interior designer, until a deadly car accident on Christmas Eve turns them into a couple of angels. In the crowded, misty corridors of the afterlife, ruled over by a God who's depicted as a celestial CEO, they take a meeting with the Angel Gabriel. Acerbic and businesslike, with a taste for Versace suits and stretch limos, Gabriel briefs the couple on procedure: to earn their wings, they must perform six Christmas miracles by midnight. Equipped with paranormal powers, Don and Cathy return to Earth. In Boston, they help unite a hard-drinking man with his long-suffering wife and aid an elegant bag lady in Florida, they offer comfort to a terminally ill nun, who is afraid to die, and to a suicidal young angel expert who needs a reason to live. Returning to New York, the angels face their ultimate test."

Angleworms on Toast
This may be not quite kosher since this was a short story not a full book but I remember all us kids in third grade being bribed for good behavoir by the grade school teacher with a reading of this short story.  Any ideas where I could track it down?  Thanks
I don't know the author of A80, but I remember the story clearly.  The full title is Creamed Angleworms on toast.
Kantor, MacKinlay, Angleworms on Toast, 1942, 1969.  I remember that book, too! It was greatly enhanced by the drawings of Kurt Wiese (1969 ed.) Hope you can find it - it was a library book in my hometown...
Angleworms on Toast, by MacKinlay Kantor, illustrated by Kurt Wiese, published New York, Coward-McCann 1942. "Meet Thomas, naturalist and gourmet - and a most engaging, exasperating, beguiling and wholly lovable little boy." (HB Nov/42 p.389 pub.ad)
I found this site because of a question and answer about Angleworms on Toast.  This children's book is by my
grandfather, MacKinlay Kantor, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his Civil War novel, Andersonville. Unfortunately, I do not have a copy of the book; I think it went to one of my siblings.  But I do have vivid memories of my grandfather and my father--the "Thomas" of the book, who was always known as "Tim", for some reason--reading the book to me.  I am as near certain as possible that the title was not Creamed Angleworms..., but just Angleworms on Toast.  I can see the cover clearly in my mind's eye and I have heard the book referred to oodles of times, always as Angleworms on Toast.  (You are right, however, in the sense that the book is about creamed angleworms on toast.).

click for image of bookAnimal Adventure Series
I am looking for a series of books that (in my library) were hardback books, about 1/2 the height of a normal book, probably 2nd or 3rd grade reading level.  They were stories about all different sorts of woodland creatures and there were about 15-20 of them.  There covers were all orange or brown.
The stories themselves were about a particular animal and his adventures. That's all I can remember except, I loved this series, and even though I can't remember anything about it, I recollect having read them with great fondness.  Can you help me remember what these books were?
Thornton Burgess' Bedtime Story Books (examples: The Adventures of Unc' Billy Possum, The Adventures of Johnny Chuck, The Adventures of Reddy Fox)?  Or perhaps Arthur Scott Bailey's Tuck-Me-In Tales, Slumber-Town Tales or Sleepy-Time Tales (examples: The Tale of Rusty Wren, The Tale of Turkey Proudfoot, The Tale of Tommy Fox)?  The Burgess books are more popular, and both series are small.
I also thought of the Burgess books immediately but my set isn't quite half the size of normal books.  I then wondered if this writer isn't thinking of the Beatrix Potter series.  They would fit the size description.  Some of those titles are: The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, The Tale of Mrs Tiggy Winkle.
The orange/brown color of the cover in this series makes me think that it might be the Animal Adventure Series. Designed for 1st to 2nd grade reading levels and printed in the 60's and 70's, they included vocabulary lists in the back. The titles were things like Sally The Screech Owl, Becky The Rabbit and Pudge The Beaver.
Darby, Gene. Sally the Screech Owl. Illustrated by Edward Miller. Chicago: Benefic Press, 1964.

Animal Counting Book
One of my favorite books as a child was a somewhat short book (maybe a golden book?) that was about bees or bumble bees.  I can't remember that much (I was just a child), but it was around in the late 70s to early 80s (say 1975-1981).  I think I remember one page's background was black, because it was night time.  I believe it was also a counting book.  I know I don't have much, but I'm hoping someone else out there might remember this...  I've looked at the one by Kit Williams, and it is not that one. Any suggestions would be helpful.  Thank you all in advance!!!
How about this one: Animal Counting Book, adapted from "Over in the Meadow", Pictures by Moritz Kennel Copyright 1969 by Western Publishing Company - A Little Golden Book.  My favorite page and possibly the person looking for the book as well:  Over in the meadow/in a snug beehive/Lived an old mother bee/and her little bees five/Buzz said the mother/We buzz said the five/So they buzzed all day/in a snug beehive.  Also, there are some 'dark', pages, like the 1 Beaver and the 3 Owls.

Animal Sounds
This book is a colorful children's book with board book pages.  It is approximately 9 inches tall and not shaped in a conventional rectangle.  The shape of the book conforms to the animals present on the front cover.  The title, as I remember it, is "Animal Sounds" written by one Charles Bucowski or something close to that.  Each board book page has one or two animal illustrations on it with simple phrases such as "The cow says Moo-Moo.  The horse says neigh-neigh."  We started reading it to the first child in 1990.  Can anyone help?
Battaglia, Aurelius. Animal sounds. Golden, 1981.
Buerckholtz, Henry M., First Animal Book, 1985.  This is only a suggestion.  I couldn't find a picture of the book, or a copy for sale for that matter.  It is a board book published in New York by Banner Press, 10 pages, color illustrations, 16 cm.  It was the only animal book from that era I could find with an author whose name was somewhat similar.
Battaglia, Aurelius. Animal Sounds.  Golden, 1981. owner name, otherwise Good+.  Golden Sturdy Books.  [WQ22363]  <SOLD>  

Animal Stories
I'm looking for a children's book from 1944 or '45 that was about the size and shape of a Giant Golden book, and perhaps was one.  It consisted mostly of pictures with a small amount of text. The page I remember most vividly was a series of drawings, perhaps 6 to 10 of them with this scenario:   A little dog is chewing on a delicious bone. A big dog gradually insinuates itself into the little dog's territory and finally takes over the bone for himself.  I remember that there was a swastika on the big dog's tag, so clearly it was a story with a political message appropriate to the WWII years.
Georges Duplaix, Animal Stories, 1944.  This particular story is 1-page (8 illustrations) and is called The Bulldog and the Friendly Puppy.  The puppy, white with reddish-brown spots, has a big, juicy bone.  The fierce-looking bulldog with a green collar and tag with a swastika takes the bone away.  Last picture shows sad puppy and caption reads, 'and the poor puppy had no bone at all'
this is a hardcover book that belonged to my father, who's 55, and possibly his mother before him.  when i had it as a child, it had no cover, so i don't think i ever knew the name of it.  it was an illustrated compilation of animal short stories, animal poems and an all animal illustrated alphabet.  i don't believe the stories even had any words, they were just series of picture cells, like a wordless comic strip.  the illustrations were wonderful color pictures reminiscent of old french drawings (i bought some martha stewart animal alphabet cards with pictures based on old french drawings that are almost identical in style and color to what i remember.) there was a story about a rhino and a giraffe who were feuding.  they ended up in tanks w/military helmets on and the rhino's horn was broken off.  another story about a military supply plane that crashed in a jungle and the animals raided the contents and had a party until an ape got ahold of a machine gun and ruined the festivities.  another story that involved a mountain lion/puma.  i just recall the last frame showing a white big game hunter with a big handle bar moustache smoking a pipe with his feet propped on the skinned lion's head.  a story about a disturbance in a chicken coop, it was at night and there was a black couple who investigated (this may have been the beginning of the mountain lion story?)  vaguely recall something about a seagull and a porcupine/hedgehog/badger(?) who built a house together on a beach.  they get into some sort of fight, as i recall, and end up w/bandages and crutches.  a poem about the difference between a hoppy toad and a toady frog.  some kind of story about a garden that gets raided, but not peter rabbit.  also the aforementioned all animal illustrated alphabet.  not a lot of people in the book and the black people were represented in that black face, al jolson, kind of way.  help me!
A127 Do you  suppose the author was Hergé - The adventures of Tintin: Destination moon [and others]. Atlantic Monthly Press / Little, Brown,  American printing c1976, comics-style illustration on quality paper, rather than on newsprint; spaceship, rocket, to the moon
The solution to A127 is Animal Stories byGeorges Duplaix with illustrations by Feodor Rojankovsky.  The version the requester is seeking is the original edition published by Simon and Schuster with 46 stories.  The book was republished by Golden Press as a Big Golden Book with only 18 of the stories.  That edition is missing many marvelous things such as the story of The Fighting Rhinoceros.
ok, i found the answer to my own stumper.  it was listed in your anthology section but i didn't recognize it at first because there was no identifying picture as with the other anthologies.  it was Animal Stories by George Duplaix copyright 1944.  most of the story titles are also rather vague in the description of the contents so i didn't really recognize anything until i reread your description and recognized the seagull and the skunk story.  oddly enough, my mother gave me a box of old books of mine the other day and this one was in there.  we've been reuinted!
Cartoon depiction of WWII where the soldiers are animals, ie. British:bulldogs, Germans:foxes   Maybe be British publication
Georges Duplaix, Animal Stories, 1944.  See more on Solved Mysteries.
Thank you so much for finding the answer to my query, and so quickly, too.  I have the '71 edition of Animal Stories which was renamed Animal Tales, but since it omitted the "The Bulldog and the Friendly Puppy," I had no idea that it was originally part of this volume.  In doing a web search, I noticed a copy from 1944 inscribed by Truman Capote.  Price:  $4,375.50.  Understandably, I'm looking for something a bit cheaper.
Duplaix, Georges.  Animal Stories.  Illustrated by Rojankovsky. A Giant Golden Book. Simon & Schuster, 1944.  38 stories.  I suspect this is a 1960's printing, but it doesn't say.  There's no bulldog or rhinoceros in this edition.  Edges worn, corners very bumped and frayed, small piece of white tape on spine.  G+.  $18

Animal World in Color
Aminal Encyclopedia from (I believe) the late 1940s-50s. The version I remember were large books, canvas hardcover, with a small rectangular color pic of an animal (glossy) adhered to the cover next to the name. There may have originaly been a book jacket, but the ones I had access to did not and each canvas cover had a different dull earth tone color. They were separated by species category, titled "Birds" "Hunters-Mammals", "Insects", etc, etc. The one I am REALLY dying to find is called "Hunters - Mammals". The pics inside were beautiful color paintings, aprox 4-5 animals per spread, with a description text next to pic.  Oh please help me find this!!!
Burton, Maurice, Animal World In Color, Chrilren's Press, 1969.  I think this is the set you're looking for. "A twelve-volume series exploring animal behavior with each volume concentrating on a particular characteristic or specific animal group."  Vol. 7 is titled Hunters: Mammals.
Maurice Burton, editor, Animal World in Color Volume 7 Hunters Mammals, 1969.  Published in 1969 by Regensteiner Publishing, Childrens Press, Chicago.  I did an eBay search and came up with this title.  The date doesn't fit, and the cover isn't exactly as described, but perhaps this is a revised or reprinted edition of an earlier work?  To see it, search on eBay.
...and yes, it IS Animal World in Color!!!!!!! I just ordered it off of Ebay - funny, becasue every few weeks for years I had been doing a search of "hunters/mammals" on ebay, with no result! Loganbooks is a godsend! Thank you thank you thank you!!! Just looking at the cover pic on ebay gave me a jolt of nostalgia almost bordering on religious experience! Yeeehaw!

Animals' Merry Christmas
Forest animals keep hoping for a white christmas. Day by day they say:  "Almost christmas and still no snow."  On christmas eve the snow comes and the animals wake up and gather around a beautiful snow covered tree to celebrate.  before 1960.
Kathryn B. Jackson, The Animals' Merry Christmas.  1950, 1958.  This is definitely the book, I'm holding it in my lap as I type. It's a collection of short stories and poems, with Richard Scarry illustrations. The piece you're recalling is the second entry: "Green Christmas"  "It's almost Christmas, and still no snow!" Cry the woodland creatures. "We still can go Out of our houses to search for roots And seeds in the dry grass, and maybe shoots   etc. . .
Note: there was both a Little Golden Book and a Big Golden Book version of this title.  Most people seek the more elusive (and I believe longer version) of the Big Golden Book.

Animals' Vacation
Animals are on leave from the zoo, each with a ticket according to where they live.  A polor bear and a penguin may have a blue ticket and go to the North Pole.  A kangaroo and a koala go to Australia with a red ticket.  They visit their homelands and return to the zoo.  Probably written in the 70's.
Haber, Shel and Jan, The Animals' Vacation, 1964.  The zookeeper lets all of the animals out of their cages so they can each set off on a two-month vacation back to the countries they originally came from.

Animals Who Changed Their Colors
It's a book I read around 1984-85 about a polar bear and a whale and some other creatures who want to change their colors.  They use flowers and leaves and berries to do so, but in the end realize they were fine as they were.

Possibly ? -- Animals Who Changed Their Colors by Pascale Allamand (Lothrop, 1979).  "The polar bear, whale, tortoise, and two crocodiles try to imitate the parrot's beautiful colors, only to discover how impractical they are."
That is the book, I don't remember it looking exactly like that but I do remember the bear using green on himself.  Do you know if there were any other versions with different illustrations besides the ones in the 1979 version?
I'm looking for a book I used to have when I was little (born in '81). It was about a white bear (polar bear, I'd guess) who wanted to change his color. He went through the forest looking at other animals and their different colors, and he'd try to change his color. One specific way I remember is that he rolled in berries to stain his fur so he'd be purple like the crocodiles he saw. Of course it washed off when he went in the water.
It was a very beautifully illustrated book with watercolor pictures, I think.

Pascale Allamand, The Animals Who Changed Their Colors,
1979, copyright.  The polar bear, whale, tortoise, and two crocodiles try to imitate the parrot's beautiful colors, only to discover how impractical they are. English version by Elizabeth Watson Taylor.
Lavie, Arlette, The Little White Bear Cub, 1985, copyright.  After a series of tries at being another color, a polar bear learns to appreciate his snowy whiteness.
Pascale Allamand, The Animals Who Changed Their Colors, 1979, copyright.  This is it!! I didn't remember the other animals until I saw the picture on the cover of the book. Thank you so much, this is quite a bit of nostalgia for me!

Ann Can Fly
In the 1960's, I remember reading a hardback book in which a young student pilot, I think a girl, flew a float plane and "landed" on Lake Mead.  It may have been a cross country flight with her (his?) father or uncle.  I think that it was < 100 pages, about 8x10" format, many drawings, fiction.

Frederick Phleger, Ann Can Fly.
This sounds like the Beginner Book (Random House) Ann Can Fly.  I still remember the picture of the faraway, small blue lake getting bigger and bigger until Ann lands the plane on it.
Fred Phleger, Ann Can Fly, 1959. The "stumper" was solved in only a few days.  Thank you for this service.  My parents (84 and 91 years old) found the book to be as fun to re-read 45 years later as I did.  The author's bio is on the web, and he led an unusually interesting life.  Thanks again.

Ann in the Moon
A book from the late 60s or early 70s I think. A girl somehow travels to the moon and has many strange adventures there (sorry, I only have very vague memories of this). For some reason she is taken prisoner and prevented from leaving. She fears she will be late home and miss her tea, but eventually everything is OK, of course. The book is illustrated with colourful, surreal depictions of the moon and its inhabitants- somewhat grotesque and I remember finding it a little frightening as a child.

Sleator, William, The Angry Moon, 1970.  Boston, Little Brown.  illustrated by Blair Lent.  This retelling by Sleator, recalls the Tlingit Indian legend of a girl who angers the moon and who is held captive by the moon until her grandma rescues her, using a combination of magic and a ladder.  The illustrations are based on original Tlingit motifs which may be why it seems surreal.
The Angry Moon- I'll look into this, but I don't think this is the book I had in mind. I definitely don't remember any Native American connection, and the cover image I found online for Sleator's book doesn't look like the kind of artwork I remember- but I'll check it out anyway, and post an update.
Frances D.Francis, illustrated by Alan Aldridge, Ann in the Moon, 1970. This is the one. Just happened to mention it to a friend who immediately came up with the answer.

          here for tribute pageAnn Likes Red 
Girl loves languages, cannot learn math; older brother ends up leaving Russia and going to England, breaking with family; she meets Catherine the Great when her sleigh breaks down; at the end marries an up-and-coming young noble who introduces potatoes to the region.  Help please!

E. M. Almedingen. 
May be one of the books by Almedingen.  She wrote several set in Tsarist Russia, mostly based on family history.  I didn't read them all, and those I read didn't include one with math being an issue for a female main character.  Still, it may be worth checking out this author's works.   The description sounds like Almedingen's work.  (You can ignore Young Mark.  Except for the Tsarist Russia setting, it has no common elements with your story.)
E.M. Almedingen, Anna, 1972, copyright.  THANK YOU!  The hint allowed me to look through Almadeingen's books and I knew this was probably the right one.  I ordered a copy from WonderBook.com and it is DEFINITELY the right one. THANK YOU!!!!!

Annabel and Bryony
Hi, I'm looking for a book I remember reading many years ago named something like Anabel and Bryonthy. I can't remember much about the plot other than it was a children's book about fairies who were organized into an army with different ranks and had magnicient uniforms.
A44 is Annabel and Bryony by Marjorie Phillips illustrated by Pauline Baynes. Oxford U P 1953. Virginia, Nick, Annabel and Dick find another road [to fairyland] and meet Bryony, Lord Tamus, Captain of the 1st Royal Company of the Enchanters ...
You, or your original correspondent, may be interested to know that the first of three unpublished sequels to the book will shortly be published in a small edition. Full details are below.
In 1953 the Oxford University Press published a book called Annabel and Bryony by Marjorie Phillips, with illustrations by Pauline Baynes (the illustrator of the Narnia books by C.S. Lewis, and some of Tolkien's stories).  Annabel and Bryony was the story of four children, of whom Annabel was the youngest, who, one Christmas Day, find a very young lost fairy. She is too young to return home on her own, so the four children set out on a long and perilous journey to take her back to the fairy realm.  "On publication it received universally favourable reviews," the author's daughter Vivien Gambrill says, but the three sequels remained unpublished, although the author considered them all to be "better and more closely knit" than the first book. The first of those sequels, Annabel and Tawny, will shortly be issued in a small edition by the Curved Air Press. If it is a success, the others will follow.  At this stage, we don't want people to start sending us money. All we need are expressions of interest!  -- Russell & Ghillian Potts,  The Curved Air Press rpotts@talk21.com
A story or stories about children riding on dragonflies?
On the kids riding on dragonflies, it seems like one of the Thumbelina or Adventures in Fairyland described the same thing.
They're fairies, not children, but The Adventures of Prince Melonseed by M. Ella Chaffey, Toronto, Briggs, 1916, has a cover illustration of the hero, a young fairy boy, riding a dragonfly. Melonseed rides a dragonfly while searching for his brother, Orangepip. There's a war with the mice, a fairy princess to be rescued from a rocky island, and so on. Probably not the book wanted, but just in case.
Marjorie Phillips, Annabel and Bryony, 1953.  The fairies in this book ride on dragonflies. The four children who visit them have an opportunity to do so as well.

Anne of Green Gables
My father passed away 14 years ago and I regret never asking him about the details on this.... He once told me that when he was a boy he read a book about an adventerous girl--she may have been a pioneer-- who was named Anne. Apparently she insisted that people be sure to spell her name with an e. Dad thought she was pretty cool and if he ever had a daughter he'd name her Anne. He did that in 1960 when I came into the world. Dad was a big fan of Jack London but even Jack London's daughter can't recall any such character. And it wasn't Anne of the Limberlost. But it would likely have been a London-type adventure story. Dad would be 71 now so he probably read this 55 or 60 years ago. I miss my dad and it would mean a great deal to me to find this story.
A132: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery? Written a century ago.
"Anne with an e" is Anne of Green Gables...or is that too obvious?
Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables.  from AnneW (spelled with an E)
Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables, 1908.  Your namesake is one of the most intrepid, winsome and storied heroines in literature! Here's a synopsis from the 'net: "This is one of the best books ever written and the credit goes to spirited Anne (make sure it's spelled with an e!) Shirley. Anne of Green Gables is the first of a series on this lovable orphan, and it begins with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a respectable brother and sister, living at Green Gables. They are both growing old and need a boy to help out on the farm. But they got a talkative redhead girl instead. Before they can send her back to the orphanage, Anne has managed to win the hearts of Prince Edward Island with her wit and imagination."
Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables.  Kind of an obvious guess. It'll probably be submitted quite a few times.
LM Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables.  You may be looking for the Anne of Green Gables books...Anne always makes a point of telling people her name is "Anne, spelled with an E." My only hesitation is that they took place on Prince Edward Island, Canada, not the frontier, but it was in the 19th century.
L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables.  Anne Shirley insisted upon having her name spelled with an 'e'
L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables.  Anne of Green Gables insisted that her name be spelled with an "e." And although her adoptive family members weren't pioneers, they were rural, farming people...
There is a specific section of the Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Avonlea) where Anne instists that her foster family spell her name with an "E" at the end.  I think this fits the description of your search.
Lucy Maud Montgomery , Anne of Green Gables,1908. I don't know if this is the book you want, but I'm pretty sure that this Anne always said "Anne with an E."
Anne of Green Gables.  The Anne of Green Gables series comes to mind for me, because she was particular about spelling her name with an 'e'. She wasn't a pioneer, but she certainly dealt with a lot of difficulties in a creative way, and it sounds to me like this could be the book.
You'll probably get a million responses on this---"Anne with an e" is Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery.  She definitely had adventures in a rural setting (Prince Edward Island, Canada) though I wouldn't really describe  at as a pioneer-type story.
Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables.  This may be a little too obvious, but could this be Anne of Green Gables (or one of its many sequels by L.M. Montgomery?  I do recall that she was particular about spelling her name with the "e" on the end.
This is not so much an adventure story, but Anne does live in "pioneer times" and was quite a spirited child, always getting into trouble. The part about insisting the name be spelt with an E is what makes me convinced this
is it.  Anne of Green Gables makes a big deal SEVERAL times in the book about how her name should only be spelt with the E and how it looks much better that way.
Wow, the response seems unanimous. I read voraciously growing up and I can't imagine how I missed the Anne of Green Gables series, except perhaps there are no horses. That was a primary criterion in my selection process. Still is.  Anyway, how much does a nice, first edition from that series go for now? I'd love to have one as a connection to my father. Meanwhile, I'm going straight to the library to check them out.  Thanks for your help in solving this long-standing mystery.  --Anne (with an e of course)
Lucy Montgomery's classic Anne of Green Gables, published in the late 1960s/early 1970s.  Hi--Maybe this is the wrong place to request this, but I am looking for a specific edition of this classic.  I have searched the Internet but there are so many thousands of editions, I get overwhelmed with looking.  The only way I can pick it out is to see the actual cover.  I will describe that:  It is a hardcover book, I received it new in approximately 1967 or 1968, possibly a little later.  It was a large book, about 13" x 10" or bigger, height longer than width, like most books.  It had a picture of Anne on the cover, a young face with two red braids, smiling, and I remember it looking like an impressionist portrait, with lots of blues and greens in the background.  It was unabridged and beautifully illustrated.  I always felt I discovered it because when I read it, no one I knew had ever heard of either the book or the author!  I remember Anne was full frontal, looking out at you, with maybe the upper half of her body showing, but it was mostly a portrait style.  She was wearing a hat, with flowers in her hair or on the hat.  I remember the front and back cover backgrounds flowing into each other as in a total picture.  If this rings any bells, I'd love to see what you have, I will only know it by seeing the cover.  Thanks for my three solved mysteries so far!

Not that it helps you at all, but this is the only thing I could find that remotely matches your description.  You're right, it's tough wading through everything online.
Take a look at this site.   The cover picture matches your description.  The book is large format about 8.5" x 13".  Illustrations all over the inside, too, some color, some b&w.  But it's abridged.
Montgomery, Lucy, Anne of Green Gables, 1961.  Thank you to both suggestions, how wonderful to have so much help with my search!  The first suggested cover certainly matched my description and I looked at it over and over again, trying to make it be the right one, but it just wasn't quite it, the picture of Anne is a little more modern than I remembered, and a little too cheerful, the Anne I remembered on my book was a little more subdued, but thank you so much for trying, it looked exactly like what I had described overall.  The second one, however, I think may have hit the jackpot!  I have contacted the bookseller of that one and requested to have additional illustrations from it sent to me so I can be sure, and I will let you know once I am positive.  I am very surprised that it is an abridged edition but, when I read it as a child, I would not even have noticed that of course.  Thank you so much to both of you, this is the most fun and useful web site I have ever found!  I never thought anyone would come up with the right one, I was really just shooting in the dark.  I am amazed that anyone could have sorted through the thousands of possibilities and come up with the right one so quickly!  I am forever in your debt.
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery, condensed and abridged by Mary W. Cushing and D. C. Williams, Illustrated by Robert Patterson
Grosset & Dunlap, 1961.
The Cushing and Williams abridged edition is the one I've been searching for, I just got in the mail, thanks a million for your help in finding this childhood memory for me!

In the early 80s I read a novel about "Orphan Annie" - probably just called "Annie".  I suspect it came out as a novelisation after the movie/musical, however it had a lot of things that weren't in the movie.  One particularly vivid memory is that she went to school and won a prize for knowing the capitals of all the US states, but when it came to prize-night the girl who came second actually got the prize, because an orphan wasn't allowed to win.  It was a juvenile novel - it wasn't a political statement about capitalism like the original comic strips.
O12 Fleischer, Leonore; based on screenplay by Sobieski, Carol.  Annie.  Ballantine, c1982.  Little Orphan Annie; Sandy; Carol Burnett; Bernadette Peters; Albert Finney  paperback original,  [IF MY FLASHLIGHTS WERE WORKING, I'D GO CHECK THE STORY TONIGHT; CAN LATER IF DESIRED.]
Re. O12(Orphan Annie) I think that the right version is not Leonore Fleischer's movie tie-in, but Thomas Meehan's novel- I remember the spelling bee bit too.
Thomas Meehan, Annie.  This is definitely Thomas Meehan's Annie I checked it out from the library over and over as a child!  Wish I had a copy now...I think it is out of print.  It was a chapter book with a few color-plate illustrations and yes, you are right on about the orphan not being able to win the prize at the Geography bee.  A rich girl with gold braces took 2nd place and won it instead.  I believe the prize was an Rand-McNally Atlas that Annie wanted very badly too.  I think the rich girl's name was Myrtle or something very close to that.

Annie's Coming Out
I am looking for a book, and not having much success, and I know just  where to come for help!  The book is about a girl who lived in Australia.  She was considered to be severly handicapped and institutionalized in Australia as a child.  She ended up to be not handicapped, and wrote a book abouther experiences in the institution.  It is called Annie's Story, or Anne's Story, and by Annie, or Anne, something.  My searches have come up with Stories of Anne Frank and Anne Lindburgh, and a story of an artist from Australia who now lives in England, but no matches for what I am looking for.
#A93--Annie's Story:  Annie's Coming Out, by Rosemary Crossley and Anne McDonald.
We are looking for a book about a girl named Anne, it is an autobiography.  The last name we believe is McDougall, or something like that.  It is the story of a girl who is institutionalized in Australia and then later found to have not been retarded at all. Thanks for any info you can give.
Sounds like Jane Campion's movie about the real-life author Janet Frame, "An Angel at My Table" (1990).
A38 is Annie's Coming Out by Rosemary Crossley and Anne McDonald.  It's the story of Anne McDonald who was put in an institution at three and then much later found not to be retarded but having an inability to communicate.
More on the suggested title - Annie's coming out, by Rosemary Crossley and Anne McDonald, published Ringwood, Penguin Books Australia, revised ed. 1984, 255pp "The story of Anne McDonald who was crippled by cerebral palsy from birth but with the encouragement of her teacher, Rosemary Crossley, learned to communicate and manage her own affairs."
A93 Annie's Story: Sounds like the suggested answer to A38 Australian girl institutionalized: Annie's coming out, by Rosemary Crossley and Anne McDonald.
A38 Australian girl institutionalized: Annie's Coming Out seems like a good match, being Australian, the nameAnne McDonald being close to Anne McDougall, and the basic plotline being the same.

Annual Mammoth Story Books
I am looking for a book my mother had.  The copyright on the book is 1944 by the Whitman Publishing Co. It's probaly close to 300 pages long.  The first half is nursery rhymes and the second half is fairy tales retold by Jean Gould with illistrations by Linda Card.  I would be extremely grateful to anyone who could help me find the name of this book so I can figure out how to get a copy.
Annual Mammoth Book.  There were a series of annual books put out by Whitman Publishing called the Annual Mammoth Book. Most of these, as far as I can tell, had several sections such as Fairy Tales and Mother Goose.  Linda Card illustrated most of them.  Years that I have seen range from 1945-1956.
It doesn't have the right number of pages, but the rest is right.  The only book in WorldCat (library catalog database) that matches this description is: Title: Fairy tales Author(s): Gould, Jean.  Publication: Racine, Wisconsin: Whitman Pub. Co., Year: 1944  Abstract: Collection of traditional fairy tales such as, Cinderela, Puss in boots, Beauty and the beast, Sleeping beauty, the Frog prince, etc.   illustrated by Linda Card.
Closest I could find: Annual Mammoth Story Book: Fairy tales, Black Beauty, Mother Goose,Heidi -Whitman- 1954- Jean Gould-illustrated by Linda Card.

Another Day
Good said Old Elephant by  Wanda Gag? 1950's or 1960's.  A little boy wanders into the forest where he finds the animals having a "confab" led by Old Elephant. Each animal shows what he can do best, at which Old Elephant comments "good, that's good". When the boy laughs, all the animals agree that's the best thing of all, because no animal can laugh. This is a picture book, I remember the pictures being in brown or black, caption below the picture on each page.
G110 must be Another Day by Marie Hall Ets.

Another Heaven, Another Earth
A teenage girl is a medic on an alien planet, descendants of a long-ago, forgotten Earth colony. A ship lands, perhaps accidentally or because of malfunction, with people from Earth, who are surprised at the divide between these people and themselves. The colonists are taller than terrestrials and cannot reproduce as well, whereas the terrestrials are flip about children and shocked at the colonists' lack of technology (the colonists use splints instead of automatic bone-healers, and they don't have orthodontia). The colonists might keep a kind of large, intelligent blue insect as pets. I remember the cover being mostly white, with the girl in brown in the foreground and muted, watercolory figures behind her.
H. M. Hoover, Another Heaven, Another Earth, 1981.  Let's hope this makes it 3 for 3...!  I have not read this book, so am not certain of the details of this.  However, the plot summary looks close enough to warrant checking it out: "After being lost for several hundred years, a space colony is rediscovered by an exploratory expedition from Earth whose technology threatens to destroy the colony's painfully constructed civilization."
Mwah and mwah and mwah! Your, or your contributor's?, description and title didn't sound quite right, and the paperback cover illustration is wrong, but the hardback cover, when I found it, let me know you were right. Thank you again.

Another Place Another Spring
Title: Something about Winter?,  Before 1978.  This story focuses on two Russian women (sisters, Mother/Daughter, Governess/Charge???) who leave Russia for Fort Ross in California. Unsure why they left, but they had a guide who the younger woman eventually marries. I believe that the author's name ends with a letter after "R." (I remember getting the book off the library shelf somewhere after The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin.)
Adrienne Jones, Another Place Another Spring, 1971.  Possibly?  Two Russian women do flee the secret police and one of them does end up at Fort Ross.
Adrienne Jones, Another Place Another Apring, 1971.  Someone posted this book under R114 and it is the right one. Thanks much!!!

Another Way to Dance
This is a book I would have read in the 1970's. She's a teenager who wants to be a ballerina and goes through various discrimination situations.  The one I remember clearly is that she and her mother or aunt go to a coffee shop and they are the only black people there.  The waitress sees them and freezes and freaks out.  It made a big impression on me, and it was a good book about ballet too.
I think this is  Another Way to Dance by Martha Southgate.  Plot summary:  "As one of very few African-American girls studying classical ballet, fourteen-year-old Vicki feels out of place both in her classes and with other black kids. Battling against prejudice--and an even more destructive internalized self-hatred--she discovers that there's more than one way to be black, and more than one way to love dance."'

Ant Ventures
child's fantasy about insects, remember front page of beetle (?), ant(?) at a picnic or tea on a mushroom.  Book is old, probably 1920's
Edmund Selous, Jack's Insects.  Can't remember what the frontispiece looked like  but this is an early 20th century children's book about insects.
Selous, Jack's Insects.  If the book you're looking for is Jack's Insects, you might want to contact Tanglewood Education  for information on reprints.  Their website promises that this book will be added to their grade two homeschool curriculum next year.
Blanche Elizabeth Wade, Ant Ventures, c. 1924.  This is embarassing, but I solved my own stumper, and ordered a copy over the weekend.

Antoinette's Philip
A young girl goes to live with relatives in New Orleans (maybe with a relative who didn't like children). There was a Creole maid who might have befriended her. Her best friend was a mouse. A friend of my mother's lent this to me when I was 10 or so (because I always had pet mice) and I lost it somewhere along the way. I'm almost 60 and have looked for this book for decades! I think it produced the same emotional responses as A Little Princess and Little Lord Fauntleroy. Bless the internet, without which I would never have stumbled across Loganberry and stumpers.
Mrs Jamison, Lady Jane, 1890s
Jamison, Mrs. C.V. , Lady Jane; New York, Century, 1891.  I've just had a look at our library's copy of the 1963 reprint, and have some doubts. After her father's death, the little girl "Lady Jane" and her mother travel to New Orleans. On the way, a young man gives her a fledgling blue heron called Tony. Her mother falls ill before they reach their friends, and is taken in by a Creole woman, Madame Jozain, and her 'worthless son' Adraste. The mother dies, and Madame Jozain keeps the girl, while selling off their belongings. Friends that Lady Jane makes include Madelon the praline-maker, her crippled daughter Pepsie, Madelon's twin sister Tante Modeste, Gex the old vegetable seller and Mam'selle Diane who makes woollen pen-wipers. Raste is arrested for trying to sell the dead woman's watch, and Madame Jozain flees, sells Tony and makes Lady Jane beg on the street. Jane ends up at the Orphans Home, where at last all is made clear and her millionaire grandfather claims her, the good are rewarded and the evil punished. There are no mice, other than a black servant called 'tite Souris (little mouse).
Mrs. C.V. Jamison, Antoinette's Philip, c.1893.  This is not Lady Jane, but written by the same author. The hero is a boy, Philip, who has been raised by his Creole nursemaid since his parents died. He has a pair of mice who he is caring for they actually belong to his parish priest, and is friends with a little girl who has a dog named Hugo and a father who is a sculptor. Eventually he is adopted into a nice family with a very supercilious little girl. The mother in the adoptive family thinks he isn't "refined" enough for the family and makes him miserable and he runs away with the help of his nursemaid's little boy. Then the mother discovers he is her deceased sibling's child and frantically searches for him.  This story was first published in St. Nicholas magazine in 1893.

Anything Box
hi! I'm *so* glad I found this site: this is a book whose title has eluded me for over twenty years (I loaned it out, something I will never stop kicking myself for...how many books have I lost this way) and I really hope someone, somewhere recognizes *something*. it's a collection of short stories (all the same author) that must have been released in the late 60's to mid 70's. I received it from an english teacher as a gift, and he warned me that it was no longer in print (...but that was in 1982 so hey, maybe it's been back?). alas, I can recall only two of those stories since I didn't have it long enough to read much more. one story: a kindly, elderly couple live in an old apartment (?)and, I think, live in pretty meagre circumstance. they've befriended a child, and a day comes when they leave, exiting the apartment (and earth) via some secret country that is under a bed. as you can see, I barely recall the details, but I've a clear sort of image of the child lying on the floor, saying farewell to the people as they wave to her (?) from their beautiful, bright land. there might also be some sort of treasure they left behind for the child, but of that I am *totally* unsure. the other story I remember more clearly. an alien ship lands on a lawn/field (?) in a town. the aliens that come out are small, friendly, with distinctly large and pointed teeth. at first the townsfolk are afraid (I think, I don't recall that part), but eventually they realize that these creatures are no threat to them at all. it turns out that the aliens are in dire need of help: they are slowly starving to death. the townspeople respond to their plight, bringing them every kind of food they can think of, but the aliens cannot digest any of these offerings. helpless, the townspeople despair, and the alien people seem resigned to their plight. one of the aliens carries its crying infant out of the spacecraft, and when a person compassionately touches the baby , it bites him/her(?).

Zenna Henderson, The Anything Box, originally published 1965, paperback 1969.  Those stories do make a lasting impression, don't they?! Your memories of the stories, even after all this time, were clear enough that I recognized them instantly as "Something Bright" and "Food to All Flesh" by Zenna Henderson, one of my all-time favorite authors. The book you will find them in is called THE ANYTHING BOX. I don't think it's been reprinted recently but it should be fairly easy to locate a used copy now you know what to look for.
Zenna Henderson, The Anything Box, 1965.  Reissued in 1977, currently out of print but easy to find in paperback and not
expensive.  The first story you remember is "Something Bright". A poor child stays with elderly neighbors for a week during the Great Depression---she thinks they are wealthy because they have eggs for breakfast every day!  The old folks enter a bright and beautiful world under their bed and leave her a "treasure"---all of their possessions, including a paper bag of eggs.  The other story you remember is "Food to All Flesh".  Padre Manuel meets a starving alien and tries to feed it.  He does not succeed---it regurgitates everything he offers it.  The alien's baby is finally satisfied after it takes a chunk out of Padre Manuel's  thumb, but the alien shows great restraint and leaves him unharmed.  Zenna Henderson is primarily known as the author of numerous short science fiction stories about The People.  These have been collected in a wonderful book (currently in print) called Ingathering: The Complete People Stories of Zenna Henderson.  If you enjoyed The Anything Box, yo''ll love this book!
Zenna Henderson, Anything Box.  DEFINITELY this one!  It is still in print, I believe.
Zenna Henderson, The Anything Box.  (It could be Holding Wonder, but I think these two stories are in A.B.) Here's a link to "Something Bright". The other story might be titled "Food to All Flesh".
Zenna Henderson, The Anything Box, 1969.  The two short stories in question are "Something Bright" and "Food to All Flesh". She also wrote "The People" stories collected in Ingathering and another collection of shorts called Holding Wonder.
Henderson, Zenna, The anything box, 1965.  Both of the stories mentioned are in this book, the one with the child lying on the floor looking under the bed where the couple, a pair of alien observers, have returned home is "Something bright" and the one where only human flesh will nourish the alien is "Food to all flesh".
In this pre-1988 story, a girl (whose name may be Anna) befriends and helps out an elderly neighbor (maybe her name is Mrs. Klevity?) whom she at first considers to be strange and not very approachable. The girl's family (her mom and two younger siblings) live in a somewhat rural small town neighborhood, and have little in the way of food or money. (This is why I think it might have been set in the Great Depression.) The neighbor asks the little girl's mother whether the girl can stay overnight with the elderly neighbor to keep her company while her husband is away. The mother agrees and the little girl stays with the woman. She discovers that the woman has a lot of food, and she offers Anna "one or two" eggs for breakfast. Anna, who is used to sharing a few eggs with the whole family says, "Two eggs!" and the woman starts to crack two eggs. Anna stops her and says one is enough, then can't wait to tell her mom she was offered two eggs for a meal! The heart of the story is that the old woman and her husband are visitors to Earth that have been stranded here and can't get back to their planet. The woman asks Anna for her help, to keep looking for a light or something bright while she is there. Anna sees a shiny button on the floor of the bedroom and calls the woman's attention to it, and she leaps for it, surprising Anna with her energy! But it is just a button and the woman is sorely disappointed. They sleep in the same big bed, and the woman asks Anna if she has ever felt like she could float or fly in a strange dreamy voice, and Anna seems to recall a time she felt that way, then dreams of floating in a beautiful place. Anna eventually sees a spreading light across the bedroom floor, and calls the woman to see it. It is a window in the wall under the bed, opening to another, beautiful world! The woman quickly writes two notes, one for her husband and one giving Anna's family all of their belongings, and dives under the bed! The husband arrives home just in time, and dives under also! They leave their clothes on this side of the opening, and Anna sees them floating and flying, waving goodbye, as the bright opening shrinks and then disappears. Anna leaves, taking the note to show her mother, and her last thoughts as the story ends is how she helped them get home, and how she stayed with folks who offered her two eggs for breakfast!  [Thanks, I hope you  can help find this short story (maybe 10-25 pages?). It was in a rather thin anthology of sci fi stories for children, I think.]

Zenna Henderson, The Anything Box.  I can't remember the title of the story, but it is in this anthology.
Zenna Henderson, The Anything Box.  The story is called "Something Bright". See Solved Stumpers.
Zenna Henderson, The Anything Box, 1965.  This is the story "Something Bright" from The Anything Box by Zenna Henderson.  The girl is Anna, and the neighbor is named Mrs. Klevity.  The book was reprinted in 1977.  It is currently out of print, but not hard to find in paperback.  You can also find the full text of "Something Bright" online.  Please see the Solved Mysteries "A" page for more information.
Thank you so much! This is indeed the book I was looking for!  We love your site!

Anything for a Friend and The Luck of Pokey Bloom
A girl named Wallis who enters contests as a hobby.  Early in the book she says that she was named after the Duchess of Windsor.  I think at the end she won a truckload of peanuts or possibly an elephant.  I read it in the mid-eighties, but I'm not sure when it was published.

Conford, Ellen, Anything for a Friend, 1979, copyright.  This is definitely the book about Wallis, who moves around a lot and always has to explain about her unusual name. I remember asking my dad about the whole Duchess of Windsor thing and why the potential king had to give up his crown to marry her. I loved this book growing up, and all of Ellen Conford's books which are laugh-out-loud funny. Only thing, I don't remember her winning anything but the requester may have mixed this up with another Ellen Conford book The Luck of Pokey Bloom who was always entering contests.
Ellen Conford, The Luck of Pokey Bloom, Anything for a Friend,  1975, 1979, copyright.  Thank you, you're brilliant!  No wonder I could never find it since the only two details I was certain of were actually from different books!

Apartment Book: A Day in Five Stories
This is an apartment house in England (?) and is done is cross section style.  I do not think it even has words. The various people are doing various day to day tasks and somehow in the end there is a flood of the apartment house and all the residents end up meeting each other and having a big party - or something like that!!!  It is quite a large, thin picture book.

Leo Hartas, The Apartment Book: A Day in Five Stories, 1995.  I solved it with the help of Alibris by putting in the subject matter!  At least it was not 3 a.m.!
Ohmygosh!!! I sold this book on eBay sometime during the last year. I think the title is, The Room. If I'm right -- our minds are amazing things. If I'm wrong -- sorry!! I know I sold this. And I'm pretty sure that was the title!
Could this be Mordecai Gerstein's The Room (1985)?  I couldn't find any cover pictures, but here is a link to the author's website.  He has a very distinctive style of illustration, so this may be a help.
Leo Hartas (illustrator), Richard Platt (author), The Apartment Book: A Day in Five Stories, 1995.  As stated previously, this is definitely the book.  This large (11" x 14") thin picture book is published by Dorling Kindersley.  Oddly enough, the illustrator's name is written before the author's name on the title page, and in larger, darker letters as well.  The book contains fourteen highly detailed, double page illustrations showing a cross section of an apartment house in England, its occupants, and what happens in one memorable period from 7 AM on Saturday until 1 AM on Sunday.  There are words that accompany the illustrations, but the visual storytelling takes center stage, and includes a burglary, a flood, a hot air balloon landing, a rocket launch, and a huge party.  While it is entertaining, The Room by Mordecai Gerstein is not a match.  It's a small book (7" x 6")about the occupants of one room in an apartment house.  The apartment house is not shown in cross section, and although the many inhabitants of the room are odd and memorable, there is no flood and no party. 

Apple, The
The book must have been published before 1964 and likely on or before 1962.  It had colored apples and the story had a bird who put one on it's back so the apple could fly.  I remember the picture of the bird was drawn concave so the apple would fit.  I believe they were on the cover of the book.  My mother thought it might have been a Golden Book, but isn't sure.  Is that too vague? Anyway, thanks for your time, and your great website!

Dick Bruna, The Apple,1975, reprint.  Could this be Dick Bruna's The Apple?  The apple is lying on the ground very sad because it has fallen from its tree.  The weather vane cock takes it on his back so it can see the world.  The picture of the weather vane is concave so the apple can fit in it.  My copy has a 1975 copyright but the pictures were copyright by the author/illustrator in 1959 so it could actually have come out earlier.
I loved this 1965-1970 book when I was little... flourescent dark blue cover with a bright red smiling apple and bright green stem - It was a hard cover and probably a board book and about 5" square.
Dick Bruna, The Apple. F198b sounds like it's probably Dick Bruna's first book, The Apple. If the poster uses the search phrase "Dick Bruna De Appel" s/he can find pictures of the cover using Google's image search and see if it matches. (De Appel is the original name of the book.) I think there's also another about the same apple called "The Happy Apple" but I'm not sure.

Apple Stone
I'm looking for a book I read as a young teen in the early-mid 1970's.  It was set in Great Britain and involved a group of children who had found a magic apple in a family orchard and it could create something that they all thought about at the same time when they ate some of the apple.  Their creation disappeared after they'd all simultaneously not thought of it for a period of time.  Naturally they eventually ate the whole apple and the book ends.  I loved this book but got it from the bookmobile and thus never owned a copy; now I want my daughter to be able to read it.

Nicholas Stuart Gray, The Apple Stone.
  The children, a group of cousins (including one Campbell and one MacDonald, who fight a lot) are tasting one of each kind of apple in the orchard, and come across a wizened apple.  When they cut it apart there is a golden ball inside it.  It brings things to life - for example, the bird off the housekeeper's hat; turns a piece of wool into a giant sheep; animates a stone ball from the gatepost and the effigy of a knight from the church.
Nicholas Stuart Gray, The Apple Stone, 1969, Dutton, copyright.  Nesbit-like fantasy set in England. Four children, Jeremy, Jo and their cousins Douglas and Nigel, find the apple-stone inside a withered apple in an orchard. The apple-stone's magic brings things to life, including bookends resembling elephants, a lost glove, a stone gargoyle, a feather boa, a broom, a stone ball, a cage of butterflies, a toy rocket, a rug and so on, with unexpected and unnerving results.
Nicholas Stuart Gray, The Apple Stone, 1965.  This is definitely it, thanks!  Too bad his books are out of print.   I plan to track down some more.  I remember hearing about Guy Fawkes for the first time from this book.

Apple Tree Christmas
I don't remember the author, title or illustrator of this children's book. I do remember that it was full color and seemed to be set in the nineteenth century. The heroine of the book lived with her parents and younger sister. There was an apple tree outside the house that both girls loved. The older sister would use a branchs as either her writing desk or as a drawing easel. The younger sister would swing from one of the lower branches. Both girls also enjoyed excellent apples and blossoms from the tree. One day the tree is either blown or cut down. The girls are very sad. Then at Christmas, the girl's father cut up the tree to make a desk and a swing. My mother suggested the title might have the words Christmas and tree in it.  My sister thought the older sister's name was Catrina.

Trinka Hakes Noble, Apple Tree Christmas, 2005. In 1881, when their apple tree is felled by a storm just before Christmas, a young farm girl and her family discover that the tree was important to each of them for different reasons.
You found it!  Thank you so much!

Apple Tree Cottage
the book I'am looking for was one I read in grade school, probaly 4th or 5th grade, it was about a young pioneer girl traveling with her father and sister in a covered wagon and they find a house by the side of the road and they move into it and live there, I think that the sister meets a young man later  in the story and he begins to court her and the younger girl doesn't like it, I believe that the house was next to an apple  or cherry tree orchard, the cover of the book was light pink with black letters.

Virginia F. Voight, Apple Tree Cottage, 1948, 1966. Pink Cover, Black lettering-Yes. Covered wagons, deserted cottage- Yes. I have no summary but browsing through the book it seems to fit. It is illusrated by Eloise Wilkins.
This approx. 175-200 page book was softcover, white, with an illustration (of the young girl, perhaps?); she read Godey's Lady Book; the plot involved a stolen silver porringer; they had a horse named Bucephalus; the father was sickly, and they had no mother.  Any ideas?

Virginia Voight, Apple Tree Cottage.  I'm not sure this is your book but there is a girl, her younger sister and a father (no mother) in this book.  They are traveling in a wagon and settle down in a cottage with an apple tree.  The thing I remember is that the girl has to take care of her family and she does it by getting a job painting color plates for the Godey's Lady's Book.
mary stetson clarke, The Limner's Daughter,  1967.  Possibly this one?  Amity Lyte was sixteen, and for months she had worked in a sail factory to earn a living for herself, her injured father, at one time a successful portrait painter, called in those days a limner, and her sixteen year old brother. Now, a letter dated September 1, 1805, had come from an unknown great-aunt offing a home for all three of them.
Voigt, Virginia, Apple Tree Cottage.  That's IT!  Thank you SO much!  Now I'm on a quest to find it ... !

Apricot ABC
I am looking for a children's book that involves a peach/apricot pit and lots of insects.  It probably would have been published in the 60's.  Not James and the Gigantic Peach.  I wish I could remember more about the book.  I read it as a child and enjoyed the very detailed illustrations.  Hope this info helps you find a clue! I browsed through all of the stumpers on your website and that helped bring back a lot of childhood book memories and also helped fill in a few details of the book I cannot remember for me!  A good night's rest helped, too.  The book I cannot remember is about a fruit (apricot, peach or plum) that falls from a tree.  The fruit is eaten by animals (a fox?), birds and finally insects until mostly the pit remains.  The seasons pass and it is buried by leaves and then snow.  Finally, in the spring, it sprouts a seedling destined to be a new fruit tree.  The illustrations are what I remember the most.  Very detailed, muted colors and they filled the entire page - it was almost more of a picture book.
Miska Miles, Apricot ABC.  1969.  After relentless sleuthing - I found it!  Apricot ABC by author Miska Miles & Illustrator Peter Parnall.  It was actually a hen who ate the apricot.  Oh, how the memory fades!
Miles, Miska, Apricot ABC, 1969.  Little Browwn : Atlantic Monthly press book, illustrated by Peter Parnell.  An apricot falls to the ground and becomes a thing to be examined by insects, eaten by a villainous hen, and covered by the processes of nature to grow again. Each page introduces a new letter of the alphabet.

April Rabbits
The November Bunnies?  read it in the 60's.  I remember a story about a little boy who was followed home by a bunny on the first day of a month, then by two more the second day and so on till the last day of the month, his house is surrounded by hundreds of rabbits. He is relieved to find them gone on the first day of the next month. However, some large animal like a rhino follows him home.
B198 It's THE BOY WHO WAS FOLLOWED HOME by Margaret Mahy, illustrated by Steven Kellogg, 1975. He's followed home by hippos. His parents despair, and hire a witch to break the spell. It works, and the boy is sad when there are no hippos left. But then a giraffe starts following him...~from a librarian
David Cleveland, April Rabbits.  1978, pub. by both Scholastic and Coward, McCann & Geoghegan.  On the first day of April, a rabbit follows a boy home.  On the second day of April, he sees two rabbits behind the TV...and so on... On the last day of April, He doesn't see a single rabbit anywhere.  And on the first day of May, he sees a hippo in his yard. (I love this book, though kids don't usually get the humor.)
David Cleveland, The April rabbits, 1978.  The date isn't right, but it's the same plot:  "As Robert goes about his daily activities during April, he encounters an ever-increasing number of rabbits."
David Cleveland, The April Rabbits.Could this be it?  "A cute story, illustrated by Nurit Karlan, about how more and more rabbits enter Robert's life as April goes on - then disappear.  Here comes the April Rabbits with funny surprises for every day of the month!"

Arabella of the Merry-Go-Round
Arabella, 30s.  Arabella is the title of a lovely book about a merry-go-round horse that somehow escapoes and has whimsical adventures..I read it in the Muskegon, Michigan public library in the late 30s probably. My 96-year-old mother also claims to remember it, so I'm, pretty sure I'm not making this up.
Lois Maloy, Arabella of the Merry-Go-Round, 1935.  Beautiful illustrations in color and b/w. "Arabella was a beautiful merry-go-round horse, but she wanted to travel and see the world. One day Judy and John come to ride, and when she asks them to take her away with them, they do. After some adventures, she ends up in a barber shop where little boys sit on her to have their hair cut - and this she does not like at all!"
Lois Maloy, Arabella of the Merry-Go-Round, 1935.

ID this one, somebody? I heard it read in the early 1970s. A city girl visits the country and whenever she wants to do something the "easy" way, she's told she has to do it some other way because "that's the way it is in the country". When it comes to finding dessert, she can't just go to the store - maybe the nearest one is too far? She knows she can't find cake in the tree or jello in the well. She finds it in the garden - watermelon.

Maybe Sarah Brewster's Relatives by Elia Wilkinson Peattie, published by Houghton, 1920s "Sarah is a spoiled child who goes from New York to live with relatives in Wisconsin. She learns to adapt herself to her new
surroundings and finds happiness."
#C35--City girl gets a lesson:  the description of Black-Eyed Susan by Joslyn Gray, which appears under #B37, sounds like a description for this one.
Another, but still nothing definite: Homemade Year by Mildred Lawrence, illustrated Susanne Suba, published Harcourt 1950, 217 pages. "This is the story of a gay, spirited little girl who goes to spend a year on her aunt's farm in Pennsylvania. Since the farm is heavily mortgaged, all Vicky's cousins work hard to save every penny. Slowly, Vicky learn's some of the useful arts and her cousins come to see that hard work can go hand-in-hand with fun."
C35: Haven't been able to find any of these yet, but just wanted to say that I doubt all of the above because this is a short book for second-graders or maybe younger kids.
C35 city girl lesson: maybe Wonderful Nice, written and illustrated by Irma Selz, published Lothrop 1960? Unpaginated picture book about a little girl from the city who becomes friends with an Amish girl and visits her. The reading level is closer.
C35 IS Araminta by Eva Knox Evans - I posted the question years ago and found a copy some weeks ago.

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My husband is trying to remember a book series of he thinks a mouse that lived at a newspaper office, possibly a school office.  The mouse name was possibly archie, no capital, the mouse wrote the articles and could not punctuate or use capitals , he thinks the title was something like arhcie and me. He read it at school as required reading in New Hampshire.  Please help.
This must be archy and mehitabel, by don marquis.
Don Marquis, archy and mehitabel. Right! Archy is a cockroach, and Mehitabel the alley cat is the second character. this was a wonderful collumn that Marquis wrote for a publication in NY called the Sun.  There are two other books of Archie stories: archy's life of mehitabel (Repr. PB by Faber and Faber Ltd., 1978 and earlier) and arcyology, the long lost tales of arch and mehitabel  (repr. HBUniversity Press of New England, 1996). No caps in any titles. All are fine and jolly reading, but the original stories are a MUST.
marquis, don.  archy and mehitabel.  doubleday, 1930.  1933 printing.  Black cloth with orange paste-on.  Corners bumped, top and bottom of spine frayed, otherwise G++.  <SOLD>  

Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret
this was a series of books that I read when I was young. in one of the books she gets her period, they all had to do with growing up
Judy Blume, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, 1970.  I read Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret circa the mid-'70s -- and even then, the book's obsessed-over "sanitary napkins" and accompanying accessories (pink belts?!?) were outmoded. I wonder if Judy Blume has updated the text to involve the more current innovations of adhesive and wings? If anyone tried to determine the most common rite of passage for preteen girls in North America, a girl's first reading of Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret would rank near the top of the list. Judy Blume and her character Margaret Simon were the first to say out loud (and in a book even) that it is normal for girls to wonder when they are ever going to fill out their training bras. Puberty is a curious and annoying time. Girls' bodies begin to do freakish things--or, as in  Margaret's case, they don't do freakish things nearly as fast as girls wish they would. Adolescents are often so relieved to discover that someone understands their body-angst that they miss one of the book's deeper explorations: a young person's relationship with God. Margaret has a very private relationship with God, and it's only after she moves to New Jersey and hangs out with a new friend that she discovers that it might be weird to talk to God without a priest or a rabbi to mediate. Margaret just wants to fit in! Who is God, and where is He when she needs Him? She begins to look into the cups of her training bra for answers ...
Sounds like Judy Blume to me too, but I don't remember much about the story itself, just that it was fun to read as a young adolescent.
Y8: Well, there's Judy Blume's Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret (which I never heard anyone under 35 admit to reading or liking) and there's also The Long Secret by Louise Fitzhugh - that book was one of the first such depictions of menses and it's very dated - of course, so is her portrayal of the surreal, filthy rich parody of a parent. Still an OK book, though - yes, Harriet the Spy is there too.
#Y8--Young girl getting her period:  If it's published any time during the 1970s or before, it's almost certainly Judy Blume.  Although I'm not sure any of her characters except Fudge appeared in series, these topics were taboo until she opened them up with Are You There, God?  It's Me, Margaret.
Blume, Judy,Are You There, God?  It's Me Margaret.  Could be Blume's book, or it could also be The Long Secret (sequel to Harriet the Spy).
Judy Blume? Y8 seems like it has to be Judy Blume...I'm not sure which of her books has the girl getting her period, but I remember it - her friend sends a cryptic postcard over the summer saying "I Got it!" or something, but it turns out she was lying and she completely freaks out when she does start her period later that year. PossiblyAre You There God, It's Me Margaret.

Arithmetic for Billy Goats
I read this book from the non-fiction (mathematics) section of the library everytime I was there as a child.  It is about some silly billy goats learning about math and number systems (for example, the use of zero).  They use pebbles or stick to represent numbers.  I thought the name was Billy Goat Math, but I have turned up nothing with that search.  I'm now homeschooling my son and would love to have a copy of that book.

D. Barr,  Arithmetic for Billy Goats, 1966.  Illustrated by Don Madden

Ark, The
I recall having read a book in about 5th grade from the elementary school library, I think it may have been called Noah's Arc.  It wasn't a kiddy book, nor was it about the traditional biblical story.  It seems to me it was about an adolescent who had some really bad things happening in his/her life.  I don't know if I am mixing this up with another book I read around the same time, but it seems maybe the main character may have been Jewish. I can't come up with any details other than I remember it being about a series of struggles.  That's not much to go on, but I remember having really liked the book, and I have never been able to find a title that had this kind of story line.  I could be wrong on the title, but I recall it as having been Noah's Arc.

Margot Benary-Isbert, The Ark.  Just a possibility.  This is set just after WWII in Germany and is about a refugee family.  They eventually find work on a farm and live in a converted train car that they call Noah's Ark or The Ark.
Nora's Ark.  I had this book in the '68-'72 time range. It was about an adolescent girl who kept aquiring animals. I don't remember anything about her being Jewish but I do believe there were some difficulties in her life, perhaps involving her father. However, I believe the main gist of the story was all the animals she kept "rescuing."  Since the poster doesn't mention animals at all, this probably isn't it.
Trapido, Barbara, Noah's Ark,  NY Watts, 1984.  Allegedly also published by Scholastic in 1985, but doesn't sound like a kid's book. Reportedly about Alison, who has 2 failed marriages, a pretty daughter and a houseful of junk. Noah Glazer, a whiskey-drinking American doctor, gives her stability. Then he is away at a conference and she explores certain avenues of her past - this is apparently a bad thing. Might be the one, depending if the troubled adolescent is Alison's daughter, or maybe flashbacks to Alison herself. And Noah Glazer does sound a possibly Jewish name.
Madeleine L'engle, Many Waters.  One of three books written as sequels to A Wrinkle in Time, the story is about Sandy and Dennys - twin brothers - who travel back to the time of Noah.  The story is very different from others I've read about the Great Flood.  It primarily focuses on the brothers' struggles (they get separated) to live in the culture and make sense of what's happening around them - and, eventually, to return to their own time and family.  Doesn't match a lot of what you mentioned - but there's always a chance.  Good luck.
Margot Benary Isbert, The Ark,  1953.   That is it!  That is exactly the story I was looking for, thank you so much.

click here for Charlip pageArm in Arm
1970's.  This book was a collection of texts with illustrations (rather than telling one story) sort of like kid poetry. Here are snippets that I remember:  Two octopuses walked down the street arm in arm in arm in arm.  (A peacock sings) My song is not long.  Black spy followed by a red spy followed by an apple pie followed by the 4th of July  Kid playing inside: Isn't it better to be in the nice warm house rather than out playing in the cold snow. Kids playing outside (facing illustration): Isn't it better to be out playing in the snow than in the house.  Illustration of capitan and a boy on a ship (written as a spiral): It was a dark and stormy night, the capita turned to me and said "Tell me a story, my son." So I began. It was a dark and stormy night...  (Last pages) This is not the end (on a page held by hands on a page stating) This is not the end ...

remy charlip, arm in arm, 1969.
Remy Charlip, author and illustrator, Arm in arm: a collection of connections, endless tales, reiterations, and other echolalia, 1969. One of my son's favorite books---this is definitely it!  Originally published by Parents Magazine Press, reissued in 1997 by Tricycle Press.  See Most Requested for more information!
This sounds like Remy Charlip, Arm in Arm: A Collection of Connections, Endless Tales, Reiterations, and Other Echolalia -- originally published in the 60s, reprinted in '97, & still in print.
See Loganberry's Most Requested.
Remy Charlip,  A Collection of Connections, Endless Tales, Reiterations, and Other Echolalia, 1997, reprint.  Thanks to everyone for their help -- three generations of my family can enjoy this book again!
It was a hard back book with strange illustrations on the front, like a man and woman bust face to face connected by a pink squiggle... I can't remember much about it, but the book was full of odd pictures and stories and things...one I remember was a spiral printed, and the letters got smaller and disapperared... and it said "It was a dark and stormy night.  We were standing on the deck. The ship was sinking. The captain said to me, tell me a story my son, so I began...It was a dark and stormy night. We were standing on the deck..." etc. until it disappeared.  I loved this book as a child... I think it came out in 1971-1973 just not sure when. Thanks!

Remy Charlip, Arm In Arm: a collection of connections endless tales reiterations and other echolalia, 1967, copyright.  From the question about "It was a dark and stormy night. We were standing on the deck. The ship was sinking. The Captain said to me, 'Tell me a story my son.' So I began..." etc. printed in a spiral. This is the book! I put in the inquiry and found it myself, but I know there are a lot of other people looking for this book! It's one of my favorites from my childhood. Enjoy!
60's or 70's children.  hard cover - I BELIEVE black & white.  circular reasoning like "pete & repeat".  "It was a dark and storm night" written in spirals so you had to turn the book to read. "I feel like a cup of tea...funny you don't look like one..."

I have more to add that I couldn't figure out how to fit before.  Two women talking: - I feel like a cup of tea  - Funny, you don't look like one  - What I meant was, would you like to join me in a cup?  - Would we both fit?  - No silly.  I have two cups.  Cream or sugar?  - Both.  Which hand do you use to stir your tea with?  - My right.  - Silly thing, use your spoon!

Remy Charlip, Arm in Arm,
1997, reprint.  Originally published in the late 1960's. This book is the one you are looking for...lots of pictures and word games, including "cup of tea," "dark and stormy night" etc. A great book that I remember fondly from my own childhood!
Remy Charlip, Arm in Arm, 1997, reprint.  To the person who solved this - THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!  I can't believe it.  Everyone in my family has been trying to figure this out for at least 20 years!  Just ordered three of them online.  Thanks again!!!!!!!!!!

Arm of the Starfish
Book I read in elementary school somewhere between 4th-6th grade, late 1960's. Arm of the Starfish or something to that effect.  One or more kids  find out about scientists working to figure out how seastars are able to regrow a lost arm, to apply to humans. I'm not sure if the original scientists are "dubious" or if some cold war enemy is trying to steal  or stop the research, but the kids somehow help.
I took your advice and looked it up through one of the links on your website (Library related?) and found it under Arm Of the Starfish.  FYI, the book is:  The Arm of the Starfish by Madeleine L'Engle Franklin copyright 1965  It's probably out of print, but I found a used copy and I've begun rereading it but only 4 chapters so far.  The protagonist is Adam, summer before starting college, obtains an internship w/ a marine biologist working on an island off of Portugal.  Before he even gets there, he meets a girl who warns him about the guy he's going to work with, and then the adventure and intrigue begin!

Armitage Armitage Fly Away Home
I read the book when I was about 10.  About 1978-1982 time frame.  The book is about a girl who takes the back of a cereal box, which has a picture of a fantasy land, and cuts it out.  She somehow mysteriously goes into the picture.  There are other boxes of cereal, which she cuts out and attaches to the first and the fantasy land gets bigger, so she has more places to go inside this fantasy land.  Near the end of the book, her cat or something eats part of the cereal box and that part of the magical place is lost forever.

Joan Aiken, Armitage Armitage Fly Away Home. This is a book of interconnected short stories where strange and magical things happen to the Armitage children. In this story, one of them finds that they can travel to a magical world through a cardboard cutout on the back of a discontinued cereal box. The wife of a neighbor disappeared into that world many years ago and never returned. They try to get her back, tracking down the last box of cereal from the non-existant manufacturer, but then (I think) their mom throws the whole setup away! A kind of melancholy story. The same characters appear in some other Joan Aiken collections as well, but I think this is the only book devoted to them.
Joan Aiken, Armitage. Armitage. Fly Away Home, 1970. This sounds like a short story in Joan Aiken's book Armitage Armitage, Fly Away Home.  The story is called "the cereal garden", or possibly "the serial garden".  It's actually a boy who is cutting out the pieces of the garden from the cereal boxes.  He is magically able to visit the garden, where he meets a beautiful lady who is trapped there.  When he gets the last piece of the garden, she will be able to return to the real world, but something happens to the last piece-- I don't remember if a pet ate it or what.  So she is trapped there forever.  It's a sad but lovely story.
joan aiken, unknown - Armitage series. 'I agree that it sounds like a story about the Armitage brother & sister by Joan Aiken - but I don't think it's in the book, Armitage, Armitage Fly Away Home - I think it may've been in another of her (sadly) out-of-print anthologies.....
"The Serial Garden" can be found in Armitage, Armitage.... as well as in A Small Pinch of Weather and Other Stories..

Around the World Fairy Tales
When I was a kid (early 80s), my mother bought me the most wonderful collections of fairy tales I have ever seen.  The cover was red, and it was probably 15 inches tall, 12 inches wide, and about 3 inches thick. it was hardbound. The illustrations seemed very exagerated (I can't think of another word to describe them) and the color red was featured predomantly in them. often hair was shown as being bristly - sticking out all over the place. Mouths were often very wide. I seem to recall the title on the front being in gold, but I could be wrong about that.  It was a collection of fairy tales, however, it had an over-riding story and theme. The basis of the story was the tale of East of the Sun and West of the Moon. However, with each wind that the girl visited, they told her tales as they carried her. Each of the winds told stories from a different part of the world, one with traditional european tales, one with asian tales, etc.

Red fairy tale anthology  - May be "Around the World Fairy Tales" by Vratislav Stovicek with illustrations by Zdenka Krejcova.  Fairy tales included: The little Mermaid, Stumpy, The Little Girl Who Wanted Everything Back, The Haunted Well, Puss in Boots, Doll in the Grass, The Little Girl on the Moon, Prince Miaow, Urashima, The Brave Clever Tailor, Tha Magic Rattle. The Enchantress Medusa, The Master Pupil, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Magic Almond. The Red Czar and the Goldern Haired Tihota, The Six, Fools, Tom Thumb, The Devil and the Old Hag, Jose and Princess Florabella, The Dandelion, plus many more.  The chapters are Tales of the East Wind, Tales of the West Wind, Tales of the South Wind, Tales of the North Wind.  This was solved on another forum when someone posted pictures from their book, which had lost its cover.  You can see the pictures they posted here.
The solution published is definitely it! Thank you so much!

Arthur the Kid
Bumbling cowboy-type gang....I am looking for a book that my boys enjoyed reading in the early 1980's about a gang of three would-be robbers named Fat Phil, Seminole Maurice and Murderous B. Sutcliff.  Any ideas?
Total shot in the Drak because I couldn't verify the names without the book in front of me, but could this be ARTHUR THE KID by Alan Coren?~from a librarian
Alan Coren, Arthur the Kid, 1977.  I am pretty sure this is the book.  A bumbling outlaw gang in the Old West is taken over by ten-year-old Arthur the Kid.  I am certain the outlaws were named Phil, Maurice and Sutcliffe.  It was made into an ABC after-school special-type TV movie in 1980.
That's it!! Thank you all!

click for image of bookArty the Smarty
I can recall reading, when I was a child (around 1965 or 1966, I imagine) a book called (I think) Artie the Smartie about a little fish who thought he knew everything, and got into a lot of trouble for not listening to his mother.  I am positive that his name was Artie, and I am pretty sure about the title.  As I recall, the book looked a lot like the Dr. Seuss books that were printed at the time (and may even have been by the same publisher).  I am pretty sure it was NOT a Seuss book, though.  I would love to find a copy - but have been unsuccessful so far.  Any help you can give would be appreciated.
Arty the Smarty by Faith McNulty. Cute story of a fish who does things his way! 1962 Wonder Book Easy Reader.  Her only adult book was the true story The Burning Bed, made into a movie starring Farrah Fawcett.
Yes, Yes, Yes!  I would love to have a copy for my kids.  If it has stuck with me for so long, it must
have made a pretty good impression on my young mind!  I'd appreciate any help you can give me.
Harriett, thanks so much for your search and response. Unfortunately, it is just too rich for my blood.  I do appreciate your finding it for me, and am a real believer in your ability.  I have passed on info about you and your website to several people I know, who are looking for this book or that.  Thanks again!
A local library said they had a copy and that she would get back to me and she never did.  I know it's out there somewhere.  I told her the title.  Artie the Smartie. I loved this book as a child and I know that my children would love it too.  Thank you so much.  It was the illustrations that were really great too.
My sister found your website and the inquiry for the book Artie the Smartie by Faith McNulty, and forwarded it to me.  I, too, have such wonderful memories of this book from my childhood and always keep an eye out for it in antique stores, old bookshops, etc.  I would just love to share this book with my children and relive memories of sitting on Mom’s lap listening to the story mesmerized by the illustrations.
McNulty, Faith.  Arty the Smarty.  Illustrated by Albert Aquino.  Wonder Books Easy Reader, 1962.  Rear endpaper torn, and p. 23 torn and mended with a xerox copy of the text glued into place (quite neatly, I must say, but obviously not original).  Hard to find; what can I say?  <SOLD>  

Ash Tree
A book of English ghost stories printed in the late 1980's, one of the stories involving a man who goes to stay in a run down country house. The eccentric host turns into a giant spider at night! Im afraid I cant remember the Title.
M.R. James, The Ash Tree.  This sounds like the right ghost story.  Here's a link to it and other ghost stories by James.

Asimov's Mysteries
This was a very short book, perhaps a novella.  It was science fiction.  A famous scientist has died, and everyone is searching his home/lab for a special optical device.  Everyone is looking for eyeglasses, but in the end, they find that the scientist created "anocular" device. Anocular means invisible or no device when everyone thought he was inventing "an ocular" device.  The device , I think, disturbs the air in front of the eyes to create good sight.

Isaac Asimov, "Anniversary", 1968.  "Anniversary" is a short story in the collection Asimov's Mysteries.  It is a sequel to "Marooned off Vesta."  The three astronaut survivors of the wreck of the Silver Queen are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their recovery and are trying to make themselves famous -- no one remembers anything about the wreck except that a famous scientist named Quentin was killed.  They discover (using Asimov's Multivac) that he was working on something called "an optikon" -- and the host of the party goes to the attic and picks up a small optical device with no lenses that he found in Quentin's cabin.  They deduce that it's not "an optikon" but "anoptikon" -- an optical device without lenses.
I wanted to let you know that stumper O80 has been solved.  I found the Isaac Asimov book and indeed, it is the story entitled "Anniversary" that I have been looking for.   Thanks to you and your book sleuths for solving a braintwitcher!  I am an optician and have been racking my brains for about a year now!

Augusta Huiell Seaman
I read in our hometown library, when I was a young girl in the late 1940's, a series of juvenile girls' mysteries.  Even at that time, the books were "old."  But they were very good and quite fascinating, and I loved them. I remember the books having a black cover, but they could have been re-bound by that time. There was no particular heroine (such as Nancy Drew or Judy Bolton) each book featured different older girls/solvers and unrelated plots.  The one thing they had in common was that the mystery revolved around something from a time in the past (by this I mean further back in time from the "present" in which the book was writen) - such as a found Revolutionary War diary, or an old  buried message from Civil War days.  My guess is that the books were written perhaps in the 1920's or so, give or take a decade.  Does anyone remember reading anything like these?  And if so, do you remember a title or an author?  Thank you.
This sounds like the mysteries by Augusta Huiell Seaman.  Her mysteries were published from the 1910's through 1950.  All of them revolve around some historical or old family mystery.
This descriptions seems to fit a lot of books, but one author you might try is Augusta Huiell Seaman. The dates and description are right.
Marchant, Bessie.  Could the poster be thinking of books by Bessie Marchant - she worte a number of "mystery" and adventure stories.  Titles include: The courage of Katrine,  Canadian farm mystery or Pam the pioneer,  Deborah's find,  Delmayne's adventures,  Di the Dauntless. They take place in lots of locations around the world
I just checked my J57 listing, and I am absolutely certain (after looking her up and reading all about her and her writings) that the author I wanted is Augusta Huiell Seaman.  Two of her books, The Boarded-Up House and The Sapphire Signet, are plots that I definitely remember.  THANK YOU so much for providing this service.

Augustus Rides the Border
1950.  This picture book series titles began with a boy's name, but not a usual name.  The stories involved adventures of this boy and his family as they traveled from the dust bowl in a beat up open vehicle to California.  The drawings remind me of James Daugherty as in Andy and the Lion or Robert McCloskey as in Make Way for Ducklings (Maybe it was the sepia?).  The only other specific thing I remember is that in one story the family and car got washed down an arroyo (in Arizona?).
See also commentary from H60: Zilpha Keatley Snyder, The Velvet Room, 1965.  The Velvet Room is about a young girl from a migratory farm family who finds a hidden reading room with velvet lined drapes and cushions in an old abandoned mansion.  I believe the story may be set during the dust bowl era of the 1930's.  Her family are something like "okies" and she is embarrassed that they travel around with all of their possessions in a broken down model T (I think that's what it was.)  I can't remember the girl's name but she seemed to be about 12 and just wanted to get away from her family and from having to constantly work, so she slips away to this velvet room to read.  There is some sort of mystery surrounding this room too, which is resolved by the end of the story and I think she and/or her whole family get to stay on at the ranch where they were working once the mystery is solved.  She also befriends the beautiful, rich girl whose family owns the ranch.  I remember horses but I don't remember a doll.  This was also written in the wrong decade, but I thought I'd give it a shot anyway.
O40 Just checked, and the arroyo incident IS in this book: Le Grand, Augustus, pseudonym of Henderson, Le Grand. Augustus rides the border.  Grosset & Dunlap, 1947.  Augustus moves to Texas with his family.  There are others in the Augustus series.

Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair
A town where no one reads anymore and all the old books from the library are used to make a dam- everyone only watches TV. Children discover old librarian and love of reading and take books out of dam and town florishes.

Polacco, Patricia, Aunt Chip and the great Triple Creek dam affair, 1996. Aunt Chip saves the town of Triple Creek, where everyone has forgotten how to read because of the invasion of television.
Patricia Polacco, Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair, 1996. No mistaking this one. The child's name is Eli

Aunt Sharon's Wedding Day
I think it takes place in Chicago, around the 50's.  Its about 2 sisters that are invited to be in their aunt's wedding as junior bridesmaids.  I can't remember the names of the two sisters, but I believe the groom's name is Greg.  At one point, they go shopping in the Loop, which is why I think it takes place in Chicago.  The aunt gives each girl a necklace in which a pearl will be added each birthday and christmas until they have a pearl necklace for their own weddings.  I think it takes place in the 50's because I seem to remember either illustrations or descriptions about the girls changing into dresses and gloves in order to go shopping.  Unfortunately, that is all of the plot that I can remember.
Woolley, Catherine, Ginnie and the Wedding Bells, 1967.  This was a book from my childhood as well, but about the only thing I remember is the part with the necklaces.
Hi - someone has replied with a solved to this mystery, but I don't think it's the right one.  Do you know if there is any place where the entire plot of the book: Ginnie and the Wedding Bells is posted so I can double check? Because if I am wrong and they are right, I would, of course, love a copy of the book.
I found the following synopsis for Ginnie and the Wedding Bells on the 'net: "A junior bridesmaid with a black eye? A last-minute virus? Then the cat has kittens, which can't be found!" Hope this helps.
Just got confirmation that Ginnie and the Wedding Bells is not the book.  Back to the drawing board.
Ruth Daggett Leinhauser, Aunt Sharon's Wedding Day, 1958.  Found and confirmed by the Library of Congress.

Australian Childhood
I have a vague memory of a character (probably teen) who wanted to buy books, specifically Dickens. The titles may have been David Copperfield / Martin Chuzzewit. To fund her reading, she used her legs as leech bait. She wanted to sell leeches.

Campbell, Ellen, An Australian Childhood,
1982, copyright.  The leech-gathering episode is excerpted in Kangaroo Tales, an anthology of Australian children's lit edited by Rosemary Wighton. Ellen loves Dickens and has read all the volumes her father has, but desperately wants to read Martin Chuzzlewit. A pedlar brings a copy, but it costs 15 shillings, and she tries to earn the money before he comes back in 6 months. A local doctor mentions that he will pay sixpence for a dozen leeches. She catches 2 dozen (they won't take the meat bait) but a dozen escape from their bottle in the night and one gets into the bed and bites her sister. Her father thinks she meant to keep them as pets.
Campbell, Ellen, An Australian Childhood.  Thanks! The mystery is solved.

Authorized Autumn Charts of the Upper Red Canoe River Country
I got this book from the library once and could never find it again. I read it in the mid-70s.  It was written for pre-teens, I think, and was probably no more than 40 pages.  It was something to do with maps  (treasure maps?) -- there were a number of different maps and I think a short story that went along with each of them. These were not maps of real places, and I don't think that the book was one cohesive story. For some reason "Red River" has stuck in my mind as part of  the title, but that may be a red herring -- I have not been able to find anything likely with those title words.
Cohen, Peter Zachary, Authorized Autumn Charts of the Upper Red Canoe River Country. Have you ever yearned for adventure? This book provides charts for two such (canoe) trips. Maps & pictures are the guides. Charming, funny mustard & black illus by Tomie de Paola (who isn't even given a bio on the rear DJ).
I wonder if this could be The Adventures of the Black Hand Gang.  The description strikes me as rather similar, although I've never read the book. Check out the details in "Solved Mysteries" and see if it rings bells.
Authorized Autumn Charts of the Upper Red Canoe River Country, by Peter Z. Cohen, illustrated by Tomie de Paola, published Atheneum 1972. "Two ridiculous adventures, complete with maps, for daydreaming and imitation. Ages 6-9." (HB Apr/72 p.110 pub ad)

Autumn Street
If I remember this book correctly, it's a bit intense. It takes place sometime in the early 50s to late 60s I think, and is about a young white girl who befriends a young african-american boy, who's mom or grandma or something works in her home for her father. They are really great friends and they totally overcome all the racial drama from everyone else, because they're kids and kids are awesome. And this is where it gets weird - there's this man who is squatting in the woods near her house and the man totally kills the boy! It's in the winter and he slits his throat. I think he slit it with a sled or a skate or something. Also, I think a dog is killed. Someone's body isn't found for a long time out in the snow. The cover is the two friends happily outside in the snow, possibly dragging a sled. I read this in the late 80s/early 90s, and was so skeeved out by it that I may remember it totally wrong. Man, I really hope I am remembering this totally wrong, but it's been making me crazy trying to figure it out - thanks!!

Lois Lowry, Autumn Street.  This is the book you're looking for. Very sad, but well written.  I don't think I could finish it.
Lois Lowry, Autumn Street.   That's it!  Lois Lowry, Autumn Street. I just looked up the cover online and actually gasped out loud when I saw it. I'm going to find it and read it again - hope I can handle it this time - thanks so much for solving this for me! It's been driving me crazy for years!!!

Awakening (The False Start)
mid-1950s fiction paperback, probably French.  A nun at a Catholic school has an affair with a young male student.  The affair is discovered and there are consequences.  I recall the following text from the front of the book that served as a "dedication."  The text presented is probably exactly represented. "If you can, believe in your god. / But above all believe in your life. / If your life is forgetful of your God, / Keep your life.  /Your life is all that counts. /And, whoever you are, your god is not mine."

Rossi, Jean-Baptiste, Awakening (the False Start), 1954.  A fourteen-year-old boy falls in love with a nun twice his age.

click for image of bookAway Went Galloper
A book about a rocking horse in a nursery that when the children sit on his back and whisper into his ear will begin to rock and travel  to far away places.

Andre Norton, Octagon Magic.  There is a scene in Octagon Magic where the main character, a girl, sits on a rocking horse in the nursery and is transported to the past.  The plot revolves around this shy girl and her visits to an octagon shaped house which is inhabited by an old lady.
Maybe Away Went Galloper by Margaret J. Baker, published by Britannica Press 1962 "Tib and Leo go on great adventures on the rocking horse named Galloper".
More on one title Away Went Galloper by Margaret J. Baker, illustrated by N. Thelwell(!), published London, Methuen 1963, 111 pages "Tib and Leo are staying with their aunt and uncle, while their parents enjoy a cruise that was the first prize for winning a television quiz. The children are convinced that they are going to have a dull time and wish for a little magic to liven things up a bit. The magic arrives in the shape of a wooden rocking horse, given to them by an old groom to save him from an auction sale. Galloper takes them on many wonderful rides and their visit turns out to be far from dull."

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