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O The Red Rose Tree
In the early 1980's, I read two Young Adult novels by the same author. Both were set in the "past"--1800's or early 1900's. The first was about a group of four or five girls who helped an old woman find pieces of red cloth for a quilt. The old woman was very particular--the dye and material had to be just so. The story was set on the coast--one of the pieces of red cloth came from a ship that wrecked right beside the old woman's house. One of the girls was named something like Madge or Midge or Maggie--she gets the quilt when the old woman dies.  I have fewer details about the second book. A family is headed west on a train to make a new life for themselves. The father, who was always falling for get-rich-quick schemes, abandons them and goes off to California to look for gold. The mother and daughter somehow end up as the proprietors of a saloon or boarding house which everyone refers to as a "white elephant" because it drove its former owners to bankruptcy. Any thoughts? Thanks very much!

Could these be historical novels by Ann Rinaldi?
H17:  The author this person is looking for is Patricia Beatty. The one about the girls needing red material is O THE RED ROSE TREE (not only does the book description match, but I read it as a kid) This is also the answer to the R33 stumper.  I can't put a title to the second one, but if the person looks at the titles by Patricia Beatty (or by John and Patricia Beatty) the title or description might ring a bell. Interestingly, the California Library association established the John and Patricia Beatty Award.
The first one of these sounds kind of like Oh, the Red Rose Quilt.  I believe that's the title, but I can't remember the author.  I'd like to find that book myself.  Two or more little girls are working on a special quilt for the fair, and all the roses have to be a different shade of red. They travel all over looking for just the right red material for their quilt.
Thank you very much! That is the right book. The second one (also W45) is called By Crumbs, It's Mine!  I was way off on that title and apparently, after doing some checking, on the plot, too. This is a humbling experience--I always thought I had such a great memory for the books I've read. Much appreciated!
The second book is about a group of four or five girls who help an old woman in their town find pieces of red material for a quilt. The old woman is very particular about the shades of red and the quality of the dyes in the material. One of the pieces of fabric was rescued from a shipwreck. One of the girls was named Madge, Midge, Maggie, or something similar. She gets to keep the quilt after the old woman dies. Again, I believe that the words "red" (and maybe "red red") and "quilt" are in the title, but I don't know for sure.  Thanks for your help! This is a wonderful site.
O The Red Rose Tree, by Patricia Beatty, illustrated by Liz Dauber, published Morrow 1972, 223 pages. "Set in 1893, in the Peninsula area of Oregon, the story is nostalgically humorous. 13-year old Amanda tells the story of how she and three playmates befriend arthritic old Mrs. Hankinson, an artist-quiltmaker from Kentucky. The girls connive to furnish her with seven kinds of nonbleeding red cloth to make a long-planned quilt with a new design - O the Red Rose Tree. The quilt enters the fair, but because the girls themselves had to finish it, it wins only Second Prize. The activity of the story is stepped up when Portland 'society' is visited (in opera and flood season) by Amanda's whole family ... based on the author's family records and on her research in Oregon history." (HB Aug/72 p.367)

Odd One Out
I'm looking for a children's picture book that was a favorite of my daughter.  We took it out of the library often in the early 1980's, so the book was published prior to that time.  Each page has a colorful illustration of a scene, with one out of place item in each picture.   The book is about a day in the life of a little boy (perhaps named Peter).  I remember the title as something like Peter's Crazy Mixed Up Day.  Some of the illustations were of a stoplight in a garden, a boat on a hillside with some cows.  My daughter would love to find a copy of the book and own it after all these years.  Thanks for any help you can give.

Peppe, Rodney, Odd One Out, 1974.  Maybe this one?  The cover I saw online shows a little boy at a zoo.  "The reader may look for the "odd" thing in each picture, as he follows a little boy's activities during one day."
You've solved it!  This is exactly the book she had.  Thanks so much for the great detective work!

The book I'm looking for is a children's book set around Christmas time.  It centers on a toyshop where the original toymaker had some special/magical ability to make living toys.  The original toymaker passes away, leaving a group of nice toys sitting on the shelf, and a new toymaker comes around.  He also has this power, but makes really cruel toys, with razor sharp teeth and stuff like that.  The old toymaker's toys are nice and friendly and decide to stage an escape to find a new home for themselves away from the mean toys.  However, the mean toys realize they are gone and give chase.  Its a little like Toy Story, but darker and I remember the illustrations being quite lush and beautiful.  Any thoughts?

Koontz, Dean, Oddkins, 1988.  Koontz's rarest book, rather scarce and expensive. I'm positive this is the book you want: "On the death of the old toymaker, and before the new one - Colleen Shannon - can take over  some evil toys lead by Rex the Marionette attempt an insurrection." "Living in the shop of Mr Isaac Bodkins, the old toy maker, are the Oddkins - soft, cuddly toys made for very special children, those who must face something difficult in life and need a true friend. But the Oddkins have to face a danger that threatens not only their magic, but the magic in us all."  "A beautifully illustrated tale of horror, the 'Oddkins' are soft toys that are given life by Mr Isaac Bodkins, the manufacturer and owner of the toyshop. There are good toys and there are bad toys, and the bad toys are very, very bad - like Rex the evil marionette."  Christmas is involved in the plot, but since I've only read it once, I can't give you many more details.  However, I'm positive this is what you want!  :)

Oddkins: A fable for all ages
The book I'm looking for is hardcover, shaped wider than it was tall. It was filled with dark and detailed color paintings. The name might have been something like Bugbears, or had 'Bears' in it, or 'toys' or something. It was about a battle between good brave toys and bad scary toys. The good toys might have included a heroic, strong and weather-beaten teddy bear, and the bad toys might have included a wicked jack-in-the-box, and some kind of flying creature. I'm not sure. I think it came out in the very late 80's or maybe the very early 90's. Right around then, I'd guess. It was very scary and dark, and was closer in style and content to a graphic novel than to a children's book. Any ideas? It haunts my dreams, but I want it on my bookshelf!

Dean Koontz, Oddkins: A fable for all ages, 1988.  I suggest this one, as seen on the solved O pages. "When the death of their creator leaves them without protection, a band of magic living toys must attempt a dangerous journey across the city to another toyshop, while under attack from evil toys serving the Dark One." Illustrated by Park.
I was so glad that B500, "battle of the toys!" was solved so quickly!

Ode to a Friend
A few years ago on a dude ranch trip a genuine cowboy read some cowboy poetry; one Poem was called either Ode to a friend or simply a friend, and the name of the author I cannot recall except at the time the last name was one of a not-recent American President.  I'd love to identify the author and find a book that includes this poem.

C147 I tried putting  cowboy poetry in Google and lots came up- sites specializing in it.Customer might browse a little or just email some of the first ones to see if they can answer the question. WAIT -I just added words: ode friend. No presidential name but got this webpage.  900 other items came up too
This is a wild guess because I haven't actually read any of his books, but Will James wrote a lot of cowboy stuff and we had several presidents whose FIRST names were "James"...
John Dalliston, "Ode to a Friend", 1996.  not the name of a president, but fits otherwise:
Abilene Reporter-News Archives,   Sunday, July 7, 1996
Legendary Watt Matthews given tribute at Stamford Cowboy Reunion  By JOHN STARBUCK, Staff Writer
STAMFORD - Those attending the 7th Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering Saturday at the Texas Cowboy Reunion got a special treat in the form of Watt Reynolds Matthews. Despite a blistering temperature in the low 100s, the legendary rancher, who will turn 98 next February, came from his home near Albany to attend a tribute in his honor. Using a cane and with some assistance, Matthews took his place at a table in The Pavilion in front of a capacity crowd to hear several poets, including Dr. Lawrence Clayton of Hardin-Simmons University and local resident John Dalliston, illustrate some cowboy heritage in words. Dalliston, a longtime friend of Matthews, initiated a standing ovation for the well-known Shackelford County resident after he read a poem, "Ode to a Friend," he had penned for Matthews. "He's the only man I call Mister with his first name," said Dalliston. "That is why I ended it with Mr. Watt. I'm old enough I don't have to call people Mister."  A transplanted Australian cowboy, Dalliston has found he can create poetry better with his eyes closed.  "I write poems in my sleep, I write poems day and night," he said. "Generally, I do it one night in bed and then get up the next morning and try to remember it and write it down." Matthews, dressed in a multi-colored shirt, red bandana, tan- colored pants and zippered boots, acknowledged the warm reception by raising his cowboy hat. Also showing his appreciation to Matthews was Jody Nix, who enlivened the crowd with fiddle music. 

Oh, Were They Ever Happy!
When I was kid in the late 70s early 80s, my sister I enjoyed a children's book about a bunch of siblings who were allowed to paint the outside of their house any color they wanted depending on their mood. They painted it all sorts of things, polka dots and weird colors, before deciding that they preferred the original color that the house was because that's what made it feel like home. It was definitely published before 1985, I have a feeling from what I remember from the art that it was definitely published in 1970s, early 80s.... Unfortunately, I don't have a title or an author, just the certainty that I know this book existed once.

Sounds a little like this but I think this was more of a mischief job with the kids using bright colors all over the outside of the house before  the parents saw it.     Spier, Peter.  Oh, were they ever happy!
Peter Spier, Oh, Were They Ever Happy!, 1978.  I'm not sure about the ending, but this book is about 3 children who painted the house one Saturday.  They weren't "allowed" to paint the house, but instead had overheard their parents saying it needed repainting, and then when the babysitter didn't show up....  From what I remember they just used all the paint they found in the garage and kind of spattered it on.  Used copies are surprisingly expensive, so you might want to check at your local library first.
Spier, Peter, Oh, were they ever happy!, 1978.  "One Saturday morning while their parents are away, the three Noonan children decide to paint the house."  I haven't read this in awhile, but it might be what you're looking for.
This sounds right, now if I could only find a picture of the cover just to be sure! Otherwise I'll have to wait a while before I can visit the library (hopefully they'll have a copy.)

Oh, What a Beautiful Day
Hello! I would be thrilled if someone could help me find the title of this book. I owned it in the early to mid 1980's. It was an illustrated hardcover picture book filled with children's rhymes and (I think) short stories. Inside the front cover were drawings of children leaning out of their bedroom windows saying 'Good Morning' in different languages, and inside the back of the book was the same with the words 'Good Night.' One of the rhymes/stories had a little Eskimo girl carrying her baby sister in a papoose, another had a girl making a den to hide in with her kitten. Also, the rhyme "Fuzzy Wuzzy Was A Bear' was in there somewhere too. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Gyo Fujikawa, Oh, What a Busy Day, 1976.  This sounds like Oh What a Busy Day with the beautiful illustrations by Gyo Fujikawa.  It did start out with the good morning pictures and end with the good night pictures.
C371 I had this book, and it was a Gyo Fujikawa book. I'm pretty sure it was OH, WHAT A BUSY DAY, 1976, 1989, but he also published A CHILD'S BOOK OF POEMS among other books~from a librarian
I believe Gyo is a she!
Thank you so much for solving this! The book that I have been looking for is, in fact, Oh, What a Beautiful Day by Gyo Fujikawa! I am looking forward to sharing this wonderful book with my daughter.
C371 My beat-up [much-loved] copy of Oh what a busy day has children  shouting Good-morning and Good-night from the windows of their homes,  but no foreign languages. Fuzzy wuzzy is in there and the Eskimo with  papoose. 

Oh What a Busy Day
this is a book that i had and loved in the late 70's early 80's. I remember it as a over sized picture book, with incredible illistrations. Very detailed of the jungle and all the animals. I don't remember the story very well. Just that there was a girl who rode on the back of the bear. It may have been some kind of dream for her... Also maybe some version of peaceable kingdom... I hope someone out there remembers more than i do! thanks

J48  This is a shot in the dark, but the child on a bear's back made me think of Martha Alexander's Blackboard Bear books. The child is a boy, but his hair is a little on the long side, so perhaps...? Take a look at AND MY MEAN OLD MOTHER WILL BE SORRY, BLACKBOARD BEAR in which he runs away (on the bear's back) into the woods. ~from a librarian
Gyo Fujikawa, Oh What a Busy Day!, 1976.  This description brought to mind a careworn book in my collection, about 12”-15” tall. It does have incredible illustrations and on one page, a small boy is shown saying:  "Turn this page to see a dream come true for some animal lovers."  A full color illustration follows, covering both pages, and shows children playing and cuddling with various animals--gorilla, tiger, bear, lion, leopard, giraffe, zebra and crocodile.  A boy rides on the back of the bear, while the bear hugs a little girl. There is no plot to speak of, or even page numbers.  Every other set of facing pages is in full color and each color page depicts, in the following order, a different adventure that busy and imaginative children might engage in:  children saying good morning (inside front cover) ~ a picnic ~ hide & seek ~ tree house in the rain ~ pretending (indoor play) ~ gardening ~ secret hiding place ~ when I grow up (occupations) ~ helping an old woman (and has a cross section of her house) ~ selling lemonade at the beach ~ “a very, very sad story” ~ an Indian squaw with a papoose in a canyon landscape ~ splashing in a huge mud hole ~ watching a man hang gliding ~ fantasy jungle scene(described above) ~ snowy day ~ “simple words that make things nice” ~ a sunset (as seen from inside a house) ~ good night (inside back cover).  And that’s only half the book  the other half is B/W illustrations.  Do any of those ring a bell?  (Do I win a prize if I'm right?)
East of the Sun, West of the Moon.  This reminded me of a gorgeous illustrated version I had of this Scandanavian fairy
tale, from the correct time frame (late '70s, early '80s) It involves a poor girl riding through the primeaval forest on a bear, many adventures, as well as a princess with a nose three ells long! Could be worth a try.
Oh What a Busy Day is the book!!! THANK YOU!!! Its amazing how my memory, and description differs from the actual book, but it is the one i loved so much as a child. Thanks again for helping me find it, and for now being able to share this with my children.

Of Missing Persons
This was a science fiction short story I read in one of my grade school readers.  A man gets a chance to buy a trip and is told to go to a barn in the country.  Others are waiting there as well, but he doesn’t believe the barn will take them anywhere, so he stays outside.  The others go inside and disappear.  (I think they later come back and tell of their adventures.)  So he goes into the barn later and nothing happens.

Jack Finney, About Time I believe it's the story "Of Missing Persons." Jack Finney is one of the best time-travel writers out there, in this world or its parallel dimension counterpart. You're sure to find many more memorable favorites in this compendium.
Jack Finney, About Time.  This is the short story "Of Missing Persons", by Jack Finney. It is in a book of Finney's short stories called "About Time".
Jack Finney, Of Missing Persons, 1955.  I'm almost sure this is by Jack Finney and am reasonably sure it's his "Of Missing Persons."  If so, it will be most easily findable in his 1998 collection ABOUT TIME.
Jack Finney, Of Missing Persons, 1957. A classic story from Finney's collection THE THIRD LEVEL (reprinted in 1986 in ABOUT TIME: 12 SHORT STORIES).
Yes,  it is the story Of Missing Persons.  Thank you for telling me the title.  That story has haunted me since grade school!

On Cherry Street
Seeker read this book when in first grade in 1959.  It is definitely a reader, possibly from Dick and Jane series, Scott Foresman, but could have been from another reading series.   Story line has a monkey grinder [organ grinder] and monkey in it.

Ginn Basic Readers, On Cherry Street, 1964.  This might be the book.  It is a basic reader and has a picture of an organ grinder and a monkey on the front cover.
Mabel O'Donnell, Round About This might be the one... it's an Alice and Jerry reader published by Row, Peterson, and Company.  It contains a section called "The Organ Man and the Monkey".  The little monkey dances for his breakfast.  There are also some stories about twins, Bobby and Billy and their year Alice, Jerry, and Jack  and Mr. Carl the toy mender.
Hi, I solve it myself, dont know if anyone else did, It is On Cherry Street, ginn reader first grade.

On the Other Side of the River
East & West Winlock were connected by a bridge, and the people on both sides were friends.  Then the bridge fell down & nobody could cross the river. Over time the two sides went from missing their friends to animosity and all-out war. Somebody build a new bridge to attack the other side--but when the people crossed they met their old friends, and stopped fighting, and lived happily ever after.

Joanne Oppenheim, illustrated by Aliki, On the other side of the river, 1972. 'To a stranger passing through, Wynlock-on-the-River must have looked like a nice, quiet, place to live. But it definitely was not! The people who lived on the east side of the river constantly fought with the people who lived on the west, until one night a blustery storm caused the bridge connecting the two sides of Wynlock to collapse. Suggested level: junior, primary.'
SOLVED: Joanne Oppenheim, On the Other Side of the River, 1971, approximate. Funny how a childhood memory gets tangled...Oppenheim's book is very familiar, but the images & storyline I mentally associated with it (except for the Wynlock name) aren't actually there.  My memory holds much darker illustrations and a much deeper river gorge.  Wonder what that book was (or if I conjured it)?  Thank you for your help.

I am looking for an illustrated storybook that was about a little boy from either Norway or Iceland. The main theme was the gathering of eider down. It was probably a foot high, maybe 50 pages long. I remember that the illustrations were black and white drawings, probably pencil or charcoal, but since I remember so little about the book, I may be mistaken.

There is a b&w photo childrens book that includes eider down gathering:  Alida Visscher Schinn, Sigurdur in Iceland (David McKay, '42). About 40 pp, 8x10" -- could this be what you're remembering?
Re N1: My favorite library book when I was old enough to check out books (5 years old) showed the life of Sami (Lapp) children, including gathering eiderdown from bird's nests. I think this was Children of the Northlights by Ingri and Edgar d'Aulaire (1935). I'm sure of the authors, but less sure of the title. It has wonderful black and white and color pencil drawings. It believe it does focus on the life of one boy. I remember pictures of him tumbling down a hill on skis, herding reindeer, peering over the cliff at the nests of the eider ducks, etc., wearing the colorful Sami clothes.
Well, I remember the skis!  I didn't remember the eider down, but it's in there too.  It's Ola, by the Caldecott-winning D'Aulaires, 1932.
D'Aulaire, Ingri and Edgar Parin. Ola.  Doubleday and Company, 1932.  28th printing.  Ex-library copy, dust jacket previously glued down, otherwise VG/VG.  $20

Old Black Witch
Tearoom in a Victorian House, renovated by a mother and her young son. Published in the 70's. It features a small witch who is enlisted to help in
the tearoom. She insults customers. "If you eat all these you're a polkadot pig!"

HRL: I'd forgotten that particular insult, but it makes sense for a witch who wears polk-a-dots!  Must be Old Black Witch by the Devlins; see more on the Most Requested page.

Old Blue-the Cowboy
I am looking for a children's book, published sometime in the middle 1940's.  No idea of the author, and the title is a bit unclear because of the possibility of different spellings of the two words.  I expect it will be as follows: Old Gray "the cowpony".  Any assistance in identifying and finding a copy of the book would be appreciated.

Will James, Smoky the Cow Horse
, 1927.  This isn't the exact title given in the query, but close enough so I thought I'd mention it.  It was a 1927 Newberry Award winner and has been frequently reprinted.
Will James, Smoky the Cow Horse.   To the poster of the O142 stumper:  you may want to check out the book "Smoky the Cow Horse" by Will James.  The date doesn't fit- I think the book came out in the late '20s- but it is a good read.

Sanford Tousey, Old Blue 1945, copyright. Just a possibility...Old Blue by Sanford Tousey. A "blue" is a blue roan, a mix of black and white hairs (think salt and pepper in a mans hair)."Old Blue was a great cowpony and as he got older, he was very patient with young riders"
Thanks for the suggestions. I am aware of the books they have suggested, but they are not what I am looking for. The book I am looking for is for a much younger child. I do remember something regarding the horse taking the cowboy through a snowstorm.
I now believe the title suggested is correct Old Blue, the cowpony. – by Sanford Tousey

Old Bones: The Wonder Horse
With all this talk of "Seabiscuit" (book and movie), I find a memory of a similar book tickling at the back of my brain, but I just can't bring it forward.  Here's what I remember (but I'm not positive about any of it):  I would have read the book as a child in the 70's, and it was a children's book.  It was about a racehorse, and was written from the point of view of the racehorse.  I remember that the racehorse was particularly good at running in bad conditions, especially mud.  The horse is consistently undervalued by his owners, who do not realize his true potential.  I seem to recall that the horse had a somewhat long and unusual name, and that the title of the book was the horses name.   That's all I have.  I hope this isn't Black Beauty I'm remembering -- in my mind, this is a different story, but then again, perhaps I've lost my mind.  :)

Mildred Pace, Old Bones, the Wonder Horse.  Might be this one - it's the story of the racehorse Exterminator.
Mildred Mastin Pace, Old Bones: The Wonder Horse, 1960s.  This could be the book. It is about Exterminator, nicknamed Old Bones, who was a racehorse in the 1920s. He was first used as a workhorse for another thoroughbred, but when that horse was scratched from the Kentuckey Derby, Old Bones was entered. It goes on to tell of his racing career, for which he is famous.  It looks like this book has recently been reprinted but with a new title.
Mildred Mastin Pace, Old Bones, The Wonder Horse, 1955.  This could be it.  It's another true story. The horse's real name was Exterminator. Like Seabiscuit, his looks weren't impressive. After winning the Kentucky Derby he had a long losing streak before his amazing success. The story alternates between horse's point of view and human point of view. It mentions the horse is successful in any conditions, including mud.
Walter Farley, Flame, and Black Stallion Series, 1940s forward, series.  It's possible the poster is combining memories of several books in a series, the Black Stallion Series, especially Flame.  The original owner of "the Black" definitely does not appreciate him, but that is only one book, I think "Return of the Black Stallion"? The stallion that the boy Alex calls "the Black" does have a longer more expensive name in that episode.  The Black is rarely if ever slowed by a muddy track.  In Flame, (same author) part of the story is indeed told from the horse's point of view, because there are no humans to witness all parts of the story - the horse races on an uninhabited island.  There is also a bog there, and some mud the horse gets stuck in, but a race track is not involved for Flame until a later book. (Oh, that's a weird one but worth reading how this island horse gets to race the Black).  Anyway, even if these are not the stories being sought, they are worth the poster's review.  I certainly read all I could get my hands on in the 70s, and now keep a copy of all of them.
Henry, Marguerite, Gaudenzia: Pride of the Palio, 1960s.  Not certain if this is the one the person is looking for,  but it fits the description of underappreciated horse with  an unusual name winning a major race (in Siena, Italy).
Constance Frick Irwin, Jonathan d, 1959.  If I remember correctly, Jonathan D is a racehorse with a tendency to get  distracted by rainbows.  He finally wins his race when he glimpses the wreath of multicolored flowers waiting for the winner at the finish line.

Old Fashioned Girl
see Eight Cousins

Old Hasdrubal and the Pirates
book was richly illustrated, dark and scary;nothing cartoonish. alligator would swallow people but was killed by this guy that then wore the skin as a disguise and was unable to sneak up on a group of pirates or indians. I remember the guy in a boat with the alligator in the water; a swamp or lagoon.
Updated: I just realized that I had written that the man disguised as the alligator was ''unable'' to sneak up on the pirates/indians. It should have read that he was able to sneak up on them.

SOLVED:Bertha Amoss, Old Hasdrubal and the Pirates, 1971. I kept searching and finally found it! Just ordered a copy...for only a quarter. Just seeing the picture on the cover brought back a ton of memories.
Old Man and the Tiger
These are two different books, but the idea is the same. One is about a man in India who lets a tiger out of a cage. The tiger says he will refrain from eating him only if someone can say why he should be grateful to the man. Every animal paints humans as unworthy until a fox comes along, plays dumb and tricks the tiger into showing him how he was in the cage, which the man shuts - then the man sees what the fox has done and laughs in delight, thanking him profusely. The story is all in dialogue, like a play - maybe it is one. The last page has the tiger weeping: "Will noone help a poor hungry tiger?" The book is a skinny medium-size hardcover with tan-and-white pictures and cheap paper - I think it was the same publisher as Too Many Kittens.
T58 Tiger, Poor and Hungry -- The folktale is called something like The Brahmin, the Tiger and the
Jackal and there have been a few adaptations of it.
I think I've found it - they are The Old Man and the Tiger (1965 by Alvin Tresselt) 
Old Man and the Turnip
I was wondering if you know the title of a story that I remember. It was about some animals who either grew a large turnip or found one and I remember a picture of them sitting on the turnip which was in a wheelbarrow. Remember it?

Crockett Johnson/Ruth Krauss comes to mind, although the protagonist was a little boy in The Carrot Seed. I'll try to think of one which features animals.
Ok, the hero is a man, but the Dog, Cat, and Mouse help him (along with most of the village) to harvest a gigantic turnip, which he takes to the fair (in a wheelbarrow, of course) and wins a black-spotted cow. I'm sure this is it, and I have two versions!
Morey Sheena. The Old Man and the Turnip. Illustrated by Dorothea Mathieu. John Martin's House, 1948. Tall quarto.
Follett Publishing Company, 1965.
Happy Holidays! First of all let me say that you are amazing to keep up on your request of wanted books.  I'm not quite sure how my turnip story goes but I'm almost positive that there were no humans in the book so I think I'll pass.  Thank you for doing such a good job.
Here's another version of the same story:
Parkinson, Kathy. The Enormous Turnip. Albert Whitman &  Co., 1986. First edition. A Russian folktale retold and illustrated by Parkinson, featuring Grandfather Ivan and his enormous turnip that took Grandfather, Grandmother, Mother, Olga, puppy, kitten, mouse and beetle to tug out of the ground.

Old Mother West Wind
Forest Friends- I used to get these in I think the later 70's.  they were hard back books in a light green cover.  They were about forest animals,the pond and I think a meadow.  I remember a frog and maybe something of them talking about mother nature.  It was a series.

I sent a book stumper the other day and I am estatic to tell you I solved it myself...it was for Forest friends.....The series I was trying to remember is Old Mother West Wind.  I just kept going through your wonderful site and saw that Thornton W. Burgess just kept catching my eye and I found the answer on your site...I so want to thank you because I want to read those books to my child.  I also found my other all time favorite The Rats of Nimh...Thank you thank you thank you.

Old Mrs. Billups and the Black Cats
Read in school around 1968.  Mrs. Miller(?) is superstitous and has to go to the grocery store. On the way, she has spiders crawling across her couch, black cats cross in front of her, cracks in the sidewalk, and she ends up in an apple tree.

The book query S15 Superstitious Mrs. Miller is a book called Old Mrs. Billups and the Black Cats by Ruth Carroll.  I purchased this book not long ago because the illustrations are so charming, and it is really a very funny
story about everything this poor woman must go through to avoid the black cats.  Then at the end when she winds up in the tree, so do the cats; and she actually falls in love with them when they crawl into her lap and she ends up
taking one home with her.  Hope this helps!
Old Mrs. Billups and the Black Cats, written and illustrated by Ruth Carroll, published Walck 1961. "Old Mrs. Billups was superstitious - particularly about black cats. How she achieved a partial cure makes a funny and appealing story. Ages 4-8." (HB Dec/61 p.510 pub ad) 

Old, Old, Old Lady
I'm looking for a poem, the title of which I don't remember.  But there are a couple of lines as follows:
"The old, old, old, old woman and the boy who was half past three... The old, old, old, old woman and the boy with the twisted knee."  A relative, who is much more familiar with literature than I suggested that it might be in Childcraft, but I've been unsuccessful in locating it.  Perhaps you can help.  Thanks in advance.
It was an old, old, old, old lady,/And a boy that was half past three;/And the way they played together/Was beautiful to see./She couldn't go running and jumping,/And the boy, no more could he;/For he was a thin little fellow/With a thin little twisted knee./They sat in the yellow twilight,/Out under the maple tree;/And the game that they played I'll tell you,/Just as it was told to me./It was Hide and Go Seek they were playing,/Though you'd never have known it to be--/With an old, old, old, old lady,/And a boy with a twisted knee./The boy would bend his face down/On his one little sound knee,/And he'd guess where she was hiding,/In guesses One, Two, Three!/"You are in the china closet!"/He would cry, and laugh with glee--/It wasn't the china closet;/But he still had Two and Three./"You are up in Papa's big bedroom,/In the chest with the queer old key!"/And she said: "You are warm and warmer;/But you're not quite right," said she./"It can't be the little cupboard/Where Mamma's things used to be--/So it must be the clothespress, Gran'ma,"/And he found her with his Three./Then she covered her face with her fingers,/That were wrinkled and white and wee,/And she would guess where the boy was hiding,/With a One and a Two and a Three./And they never had stirred from their places,/Right under the maple tree--/This old, old, old, old lady,/And a boy with the lame little knee--/this dear, dear, dear, old lady,/And the boy who was half past three.     by Henry Cuyler Bunner

Old Powder Line
mid-70s.  A boy is riding a train back home (from boarding school?) for the holidays. The train goes through a tunnel. As he approaches his home he senses something is different. He sees his mother in the garden (tying up some goldenrod, I seem to remember, because I didn't know what goldenrod was at the time) and there is a pram (baby carriage) in the garden. The baby in it is him. He's gone back in time. May have been one of the scholastic book selections of the time, though in the UK.

Richard Parker, The Old Powder Line.  This is it- I used to have a copy.  A fantasy for young adults in which an English boy rides a mysterious steam train that takes him back in time to his childhood.
Richard Parker, The Old Powder Line, 1970, approximate.  The boy's name is Brian.  I can't remember how he manages to travel in time, but he has to fix something in order to get back to his own time. He does meet himself as a baby with his mother.  There's something very suspenseful about if he'll actually be able to get back or not...I think he might die if he doesn't?  This was originally a British publication, and the British and American titles may have been different.
"The Old Powder Line" by Richard Parker.  I just wanted to say THANK YOU! My mystery book was identified by two readers of your site. It's such a wonderful idea this.  As soon as I saw the name - The Old Powder Line - it came back to me (and to my sisters who hadn't been able to help me in my quest for this much loved book). Funnily enough, when I went on Amazon UK to find a used copy, the only review of the book was from an equally enthusiastic reader who'd also recently refound the  book after more than 20 years.  What a thrill! And for a few weeks there, I'd got no responses, so I'd sort of assumed my little snippet was too little to go on.  Thanks again to whoever is responsible for this wonderful project.

Old Rag Dolly
Hi there - love your site!  You've actually solved a couple of mysteries for me!  Here's another for you: When I was young, I remember a collection of stories I had.  One of the stories was called "Patsy Doll", or something like that.  It was about a little girl with a doll she loved called Patsy Doll.  Then for Christmas, she gets a new doll, and plays with it.  Patsy Doll feels bad.  However, when it's time for bed, the girl chooses Patsy Doll, her old favorite.  I don't remember details about any other stories in the collection.  Any ideas?  Thanks!

Esther Kem Thomas, The Old Rag Dolly,1961.  This is a long poem about a rag doll who is sad when her owner gets a beautiful new doll for Christmas, but at bedtime the little girl wants her old rag dolly because she "slept the best". This poem is found in The Happy Christmas Story Book, published by Ideals.
Wow! What a tremendous site!  I was delighted to see Old Rag Dolly mentioned on your page here. The author, Esther Kem Thomas, was my grandmother. I have a webpage about her life and works here.Old Rag Dolly was first featured in "By the Way,'' Volume III, by Esther Kem Thomas, published by the Old Swimmin' Hole Press, Greenfield, Indiana, copyright 1946. I have have all four of the books she published in the 1940s
online. However, it is best known from its inclusion in Ideals. Our family still reads the poem from an old tattered Ideals every Christmas. By the way, Ideals is still publishing EKT's poems (they have a large backlog she submitted to them) three years after her passing (in 1999).  As far as I can determine, it passed into the public domain in the early 1970s.

Old Wind and Liu Li-San
I'm looking for a book that my boyfriend described to me, and I'm hoping to get it for him for Christmas.  He had it as a child, probably in the early 1970s.  He told me it was called something like "The Wind and the Humble Sand" (or maybe he said "Lowly Sand").  It was about a young Chinese boy whose mother gets sick.  His parents have to leave him alone to go to the doctor, and it is his job to keep the fire going.  The wind, which is another character in the book, keeps trying to put the fire out.

Glasgow, Aline, Old Wind and Liu Li-San, 1962, 1966.  (Sorry about that last submission that still had a former solution in it!)  This charming vintage book features dramatic drawings by Bernard Glasgow surrounding an adventure of a young boy and the wind and nature.
Glasgow, Aline, Old Wind and Liu Li-San. Thank you!  This was it!  I ordered it in time for Christmas, and he was so touched.  He read it to me by the fire after we opened our gifts.  Thank you so much for helping to make this great gift possible.

Old Witch and the Snores
I think the title is Witches Brew. It's a book I read to my little brother in the early lae seventies early eighties. I remember the whole thing rhymed, and was about a witch battling a bear. the line i remember best is "Stir stir witches brew, look out old bear this is for you!"

Ida DeLage, The Old Witch and the Snores, 1970. I think it must be this one.  The old witch finds her privacy disturbed when a snoring bear hibernates in her cave. How will she get rid of him?  Maybe with some Magic Brew!  This is part of a series of "Old Witch" books by Ida DeLage.
A delightfully ugly old witch selects a cave in which to work her spells that is apparently where a big bear plans to hibernate (we can't remember who got there first).  She tries various spells to get rid of him, some of which backfire on her.  I seem to recall that the illustrations were sort of jaggedy and smudgy, and the cave was possibly under a hill, I think the witch ultimately loses. DeLage, Ida, The old Witch and the Snores, 1970.  This book is similar to your description.  The old witch of the hill is in her cave, a bear comes in and goes to sleep.  He snores, she tries to get him out (including spells to smoke the bear out and tying up his nose with a vine to stop the snoring) and finally gets the giant from the castle to carry him out in exchange for a pot of delicious brew.
Ida Delage, Old Witch and The Snores, 1970, copyright.  Part of the "Old Witch" book series.  The old witch finds her privacy disturbed, when a snoring bear decides to hibernate in her cave.  See solved mysteries for more details.
DeLage, Ida, Old Witch and The Snores, 1970, copyright.  That is it!  Oh my sister and I are delighted to find it at last!  It is just as good as we remembered!  Thank you!

Old Woman and the Rice Thief
This was a picture book of a folktale from India that I read in the late 1970s/early 80s. The story was about a poor old woman who went out gathering fuel for her fire and picked up a cow pat, as well as some other items (maybe a thorn, an ember, and some kind of animal?). She takes these things home, and then at night while she's asleep, the items all protect her from an intruder of some kind, like a robber or a snake. For example, the thorn scratches, the ember burns, etc. The illustrations were stylized and in dark earthy colors.

Betsy Bang, The Old Woman and the Rice Thief.   Hooray! I searched a bit more and I found it after all, and just as good as I remembered!

Older Kind of Magic
Read book in the 70s. I recall an amateur magician developing genuine magical powers as a comet approaches. He animates mannequins to help him with a task and moves the stone wing of an eagle sculpture to protect a bird's nest. I vaguely recall the plot also involving two statues in Central Park.

Patricia Wrightson, An older kind of magic,
1972, copyright.  This matches the description, except it was the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, NSW, Australia, not Central Park. Children living on the roof of a government department building in Sydney, the owner of a magic shop and mythical creatures living in the Gardens combine to thwart a threat to put buildings on part of the Botanic Gardens.  As the comet approaches, the magical forces get stronger, and the magician activates mannequins for a protest march. The eagle sculpture is on the government department building. Patricia Wrightson is an award-winning Australian children's author.
Patricia Wrightson, An Older Kind of Magic.  You found it! Thank you so much for solving this mystery based on my sketchy description. I've already located a copy in a nearby library and have requested that it be sent to my branch library. I'm truly impressed and will be using your service again as well as recommending it to my friends.

On a Lark to the Planets
When I was around 10 or 11 I read a book that I bleive was my fathers telling the tale of someone visiting all the planets and what happened to them.  It was written in the 20's or 30's I think and the only thing I can remember is the poem that they read on Jupiter:  "Just go to planet Jupiter, just go to planet Jupiter, just go to planet Jupiter, that is....if you can go."  that was one line of MANY.  Mom has been looking for it to know avail - saw your page - loved it - thought I'd give it a try!

Could this be Frances Trego  Montgomery, On a Lark to the Planets ('22)?  (sequel to The Wonderful Eleectric Elephant).

On My Honor
The book was from the eighties or perhaps the very early nineties.  I seem to remember that the cover may have been green.  Two boys are best friends and go to play/swim in the local creek or canal.  They may even be planning to camp nearby.  One of the boys starts drowning and the other can't help him.  Now that his friend is dead, the other boy is scared and knows he will be in trouble, and goes home and tries to act like nothing happens.

Bauer, Marion Dane, On My Honor, 1986.  This is the book. It is a Newbery Honor book.
Marion Dane Bauer, On my Honor.  This is your book.  One boy reluctantly goes swimming in the river with his more adventuresome friend.  The friend doesn't swim well and goes under.  The boy cannot save him, goes back home and pretends nothing has happened but finally has to come clean.  This was a Newbery Honor book.
Marion Dane Bauer, On My Honor, 1986.  When irresponsible Tony dares his best friend, Joel, to climb the bluffs at Starved Rock State Park, Joel hopes that his father will not permit him to make the trip.  Joel knows the bluffs are dangerous, but won't refuse the dare because he fears Tonys taunts even more than the dangerous climb.  To Joels chagrin, his father allows him to bike to the state park, if he promises "on his honor" to be careful.  Halfway there, the boys have to cross the Vermillion River, and impulsive Tony decides to go in, even though the river is obviously polluted.  Joel, who is angry at Tony, dares him to race to a sandbar and tragedy ensues.  Joel tries to pretend that nothing happens, but his guilty conscience makes him smell the polluted river everywhere he goes.  A Newbery Honor Book and ALA Best Book for Young Adults.

On We Go
I am looking for a book that I had in the late 60's early 70's. This was a book of short stories. One story was about a little dog who sees his reflection in the water through a hole in a bridge. He loses the bone in his mouth when he tries to take the bone from his reflection.  The other story from the book is about triplet boys who get the mumps. The mom gets sick after taking care of them and the dad has to take over. He tries to make oatmeal and makes a mess. If anyone has heard of this book please let me know, I have been looking for it since my mother sold it in 1979 at a garage sale. Huge sentimental value.

The dog story is an Aesop fable, which goes by many names - Dog and His Bone, Dog and the Shadow, Dog and the Reflection, The Greedy Dog...  I found a book Stories To Remember which has the fable in it, but none of the other stories looked like the triplet mump story.  Can you remember any other stories from your book?
The story of the dog who sees his reflection and loses his bone is from Aesop's Fables.  That might help you track this collection down
On We Go (3rd ed.), c. 1949, 1957, 1963.  Whoo hoo!  Just by chance I was looking in this book and saw the story about the triplets Bob, Bill, & Betty (Home With the Mumps) and saw another story with a dog and a bone - a fairy dog grants him a wish - but no reflection, so I thought it was the wrong book.  But sure enough, at the end of the book is the story about the dog and his reflection(the Dog and His Bone)!  the other stories include:  Noodle, Snipp and His Brothers, Seven White Cats, Hurdy-Gurdy Man, Room Enough, Oswald Makes Magic, Bob's Elephant, Story of a Clown, Queer Apron, and Magic Glasses.  The book is part of Houghton Mifflin's Reading For Meaning series (2 2 is on the top of the spine.)
This book is On We Go, published by Houghton Mifflin. It was my second-grade reader during the 1963-64 school year and I was delighted to acquire a copy about 10 years ago I found in an antique store. It's out there.
S361 McKee.  On we go.
McKee, Paul; et al    On we go.  Houghton,  c1949,1957  mumps; Snipp; hurdy-gurdy; Bob's elephant; dog fairy; 7 white cats; queer apron; others.  the 2 stories which were mentioned are in this version.
Here's what I am searching for: A Snipp snapp and snorr story featuring cake cookies and ice cream with beautiful yummy looking illustrations by someone other than the author in a collection of stories.  Could be the story about the gingerbread or maybe the rocking horse -because they go to a party for a princess and there is lots of cake and ice cream!  The story is in a collection of books and the illustrations are NOT the familiar ones by Maj Linderman but someone else and they were really divine and scrumptious looking and what I remember most about the story! The story was in a book of stories- I dreamt it  might  in a book with a magic carpet on the cover with characters from the different stories on it- I found out this is Eleanor Johnson's Magic Carpet but I am not sure if the story is in this book or another treasury. ( maybe i just dreamt about it because it was another child hood favorite) I looked on your link to children's anthologies but did not see it listed there.?  Does anyone know what children's anthology or treasury form the 40's to the late 60's this could be in?

It definitely isn't in MAGIC CARPET, or in the other three books in that series.  And while the book GOOD TIMES TOGETHER from the THROUGH GOLDEN WINDOWS series has "Snipp, Snapp, Snurr and the Red Shoes," illustrated by Lisl Weil, it doesn't have any yummy looking cake pictures, and there aren't any Lindman stories in any of the other THROUGH GOLDEN WINDOW books.
Houghton Mifflin, On We Go, 1949, copyright.  This is probably not the anthology you are looking for, for it's a school reader from the Reading For Meaning series, but I will include it anyway. It contains the Gingerbread story on page 42, re-titled Snipp and his Brothers (adapted for second grade, but not credited).  The illustrations are not the originals, and are rather small, but in the copy I own, reprinted 1957, they are bright and vibrant even after all these years, the boys drenched in golden batter, and the princess dressed in white with golden hair, eating cakes and cookies and pink ice cream from golden dishes. The anthology also includes an adaptation of Noodle, by Munro Leaf.
Maj Lindman, Snipp, Snapp, Snurr and the Gingerbread.  The story you are looking for is definitely Snipp, Snapp, Snurr and the Gingerbread.  Now to find the anthology that contains it...  "One day, a kindly neighbor gave Snipp, Snapp, and Snurr some money to spend. The three little boys went straight to the bakery to buy some gingerbread - and fell into the batter! Now they looked just like three gingerbread boys who had come to life. A beautiful princess picked them up in her coach and took them to her palace for a party. And when the party was over, Mother knew just what to do about her gingerbread children - scrub them clean again!"
Houghton Mifflin, On We Go Reader "Snipp and his brothers (the gingerbread story)", 1949, copyright.  Wow!- I think this very well may be the book as I remember my mom bought me a lot of school texts recommended by my aunt who was a second grade teacher! The title now sounds familiar!  I am looking on the Net for a copy and I noticed an edition from 1966 that had a man on a flying carpet on the cover so maybe that's why I thought it might have been Magic Carpet... I will let you know after I order the book (will get a couple of different editions too) Thanks for the input!

Once in a Blue Moon
This is very confusing - I'm trying to submit a stumper and I seem to be directed to the wrong place. But, in case it is the right place with the wrong heading here goes.  I read a book as a very you lad in about 1950 entitled Once in a Blue Moon (I'm pretty certain). I can't remember the author but the plot concerns a group of gargoyles on the university buildings in Oxford, England who come alive 'once in a blue moon'. In the book they take boat trip down the river Thames. Does anyone remember this book?

Gibbs, Margaret, Once in a blue moon, illustrated by C.L. Doughty.  Hollis & Carter 1948.  I don't have a plot description, but this is listed as a children's book, and the author also wrote The Man who Caught the Wind: stories from the Children's Hour (1936) which sounds like the right sort of author. Maybe the C.L. Doughty style of illustration will ring a bell?
It is definitely Once In A Blue Moon. My mother & her siblings had this in a "wartime rationing" paper. I last saw their copy in the 1970s - I will check round the family. There are about 6 gargoyles and a statue. They get a month free & then have to race up the river to get back to their spouts. I remember one grumpy one who always thought it a bad idea.

Once in a Lifetime
Hoping to ID a chapter book I read in the mid-1970's. The plot, what I remember of it, concerns a young girl who,  although not a professional actress, was playing a starring role  in a movie about some aspect of Russian history, perhaps because she looked like the historical heroine.  The story dealt partly with the history (the details of which I can't remember at all) and partly with acting. It was not one of Streatfeild's books.

Possibly one of the Blue Doors series of books by Pamela Brown - I'd try Golden Pavements or Maddy Alone - I remember in one of them that Maddy gets a role in a film as the teenage lead playing a historical person (I think).
Kassil, Lev, Once in a Lifetime, 1970.  Also: Translated from the Russian by Anne Terry White. I was the original querent on this title, and can confirm the  above title/author is the one sought.  Found it by searching in  the NYPL catalog, using LEO's "Children's (keyword)" index  searching (pretty nifty!).  The abstract reads "After starring  as a heroic serf girl in a movie about Napoleon'\''s invasion of Russia, a typical Moscow girl must readjust to ordinary life."  Sure enough, Russian history.  Aside from that, some similarities to "Maddy Alone," although very, very different in tone (what a difference 25 years makes in children's stories!) Sima and Maddy are very different girls, and an interesting contrast.  Although  not the item originally sought, I do appreciate the pointer to Pamela Brown, as I'd not read any of her works before. 

Once Long Ago: Folk and Fairy Tales of the World
I have been browsing the web trying to locate a particular illustrated book of fairy tales which was part of our family's collection but which was lost.  I would appreciate your help very much. As I can best remember, the following are the details pertaining to this book: The book is a hardcover book which has a prince in blue (white?) clothes and a green (blue?) cape carrying a princess in a pink dress on a white (dappled?) horse on its cover.  The stories have beautiful colored illustrations.  The book was probably published in the 1970s. The stories included in the book include Koschei the Undying, Zoulvisia, The Black Thief and the Knight of the Glen, Jack the Giant Killer, and Soria Moria Castle.  If you will note, these stories are all taken from Andrew Lang's Fairy Tale Book Series but they are from different books in the series and not from any single book in the series.  I also remember that this book included a story on Childe Roland who has to go around the hill in a "widdershins" direction to go to the land of a Goblin King who kidnapped his sister.  I am not sure if this particular story is also one of Andrew Lang's stories.  Finally, I remember a story that tells of a prince who is asked to choose his bride from a number of princesses pictured in stained glass (?) windows.  He looks at all the windows and sees the last one is the only one covered with a cloth.  He removes the cloth from the last window and ends up choosing the princess in the last window.  He then undergoes a number of trials which he overcomes with the help of servants with different magic abilities before he frees the princess. I think that the book was published in the U.K. (as opposed to the U.S.) I am not sure if it was a Hamlyn book.  As to the title, it went something like:  World's Favorite Fairy Tales or My Giant Book of Favorite Fairy Tales or My Golden Book of Favorite Fairy Tales. I am hoping that with the above description of the book and its stories that you can identify it and tell me whether a copy is available for sale.

A60 & A63 There's Fifty Favourite Fairy Tales, selected from the Colour Fairy Books by Kathleen Lines, illustrated by Margery Gill in b/w, 363 pages, stories include Snow White, Snowdrop, and The Ogre. Published by Watts in 1964, Bodley Head in 1973, Schocken 1977, etc. This was followed by More Favourite Fairy Tales in 1967 (etc.), also illustrated by Gill. But the covers vary, so that's not conclusive, and there's no mention of colour illustrations within the books.
Green, Roger Lancelyn (reteller & compiler), My Book of Favourite Fairy Tales, illustrated by Vojtech Kubasta. London, Hamlyn, 1969. I don't have a contents list for this, but I just saw the cover on eBay and it shows a black-haired prince with green cloak and doublet and small gold circlet, carrying a blonde princess in a pink gown before him on a dappled white horse which has red and gold bridle and saddle. The book is 8x11, 125 pages, contains 25 stories.
Retold by Roger Lancelyn Green, Once Long Ago: Folk and Fairy Tales of the World, 1962.  I have this book, and you remembered it well. It contains all the stories you listed  the one about the prince choosing the princess from the stained glass window is 'Long, Stout and Sharpeyes'. The book was first published by Golden Pleasure Books Ltd. (Westbook House, Fulham Broadway, London)  my copy came from Leland Publishing Co. in Toronto. Unfortunately, it's not listed by Amazon and I'm not willing to sell my copy (it has sentimental value), but now that you have the details, I hope you
can find it somewhere. Good luck.
A60 & A63 There's Fifty Favourite Fairy Tales, selected from the Colour Fairy Books by Kathleen Lines, illustrated by Margery Gill in b/w, 363 pages, stories include Snow White, Snowdrop, and The Ogre. Published by Watts in 1964, Bodley Head in 1973, Schocken 1977, etc. This was followed by More Favourite Fairy Tales in 1967 (etc.), also illustrated by Gill. But the covers vary, so that's not conclusive, and there's no mention of colour illustrations within the books.
Roger Lancelyn Green, Once Long Ago, 1966, reprint.  This could be the book you describe.  My copy has lost the dustjacket, but has a red cloth cover with a golden shield on it.  All the stories you describe are included, the story about the prince falling in love with the princess behind the curtain is called Long, Stout & Sharpeyes.  This book has lavish, colour illustrations.  Some of the other, longer stories are The Brown Bull of Norrawa, The Witch in the Stone Boat & The Dragon of the North.
This stumper has already been solved.  See A60---the stumper request is identical!  It looks like the stumper submitted the same information twice.  Different people answered each query, but both sets came up with the same title: Once Long Ago: Folk and Fairy Tales of the World, retold and compiled by Roger Lancelyn Green.
Would love to find a copy of a book I recall from my childhood -- it was an oversized book of Folk or Fairy Tales featuring the stories "Bones of Djulung" and "Why the Sea is Salt" in the same volume. Seems like the cover of the book was mostly dark orange (though it's not one of the Lang colored fairy tale books) with a beautiful illustration. I don't recall what the illustration was about. I believe the book was called "Once Upon A Time," or something similar. Was probably published in the mid- to late-60s, as it was a Christmas present when I was very young. Would appreciate any help locating this book! I loved it, and would like to have a copy now. Thanks for any help!

F148 is NOT an orange volume of Childcraft. It's odd he happens to mention it is not an Andrew Lang, because Google has gobs of  entries for it in Lilac one. In fact the story itself is printed many times on the Net. I know the query includes other stories, though.
Haven't gotten any good leads on this search. Any other suggestions as to how I might find this book, and find out if it is, in fact, titled as I had thought? I know there were wonderful illustrations in the book, especially the story "Why the Sea is Salt." I remember little black devil creatures grinding salt -- it was either on the cover or inside the book itself. Thanks for any help you might be able to give!
Roger Lancelyn Green, Once Long Ago: Folk and Fairy Tales of the World, 1966. After diligent but sporadic searching, found this book! Am so excited! Have ordered it and can't wait to have it in my hands!
Roger Lancelyn Green, Once Long Ago, 1962. I have this book right in front of me.  It has Koshchei the Undying from Russia and Zoulvisia from Armenia.  It is a collection of 70 folk and fairy tales from around the world.  It is printed in Czechoslovakia and has illustrations by Vojtech Kubasta.  Published by Golden Pleasure Books.

Once Upon a Birthday
I am searching for a childhood book. Ok I know this is probably impossible since I don't know the name or author of the book. It was bought for me in New York City in the mid 1950's. It was typing paper page in size and was about an inch and a half thick. It is not a small child's book. It had each chapter as a story in itself. There were beautiful colored pictures sometimes a whole page of fairies and fairyland. The story is of a young girl awaiting the return of her father from a business trip on her birthday. There is to be a party and he is bringing a special gift but she doesn't know what it is. She can't wait. She goes to the bottom of the garden and amidst the flowers she lays down and falls asleep and goes to fairyland. That is the first chapter. The other chapters all talk about her trip there and the fairies she meets and what they all do there. She has a glorious time. I really loved this book so very much. Ruth who is 6 years younger than me and was in special education in school so she got home about 2:15 pm when I got home at 3:15 pm. One day while grandma was watching her soaps Ruth took my beautiful book that I loved dearly and cut it up into tiny pieces. I was inconsolable and the book was beyond help. She had cut out the fairies and each flower and cut thru the words to get them out. I am not sure I have ever totally forgiven her for destroying my wonderful book. In the 1980's when I started recollecting the dolls of my childhood I went to Antique Toy and Doll Shows, used bookstores and antique shops but I have never seen the book. I even have tried Ebay but it is hard to look for a book that you don't know the name of. I would search for fairy or fairies, dad or father or daddy and birthday in the same search but I get a lot of stuff but not my book. What I could use is the book or at least the name and author of the book. The lady who bought the book for me thought she may have gotten it at the book store in the NY Port of Authority

Tarrant, Margaret, Joan in Flowerland.  Warne 1935.  Could it be Joan in Flowerland, with Margaret Tarrant's gorgeous full-page illustrations? I don't know whether Joan falls asleep, but she is welcomed into Flowerland by an elf named Tinkle (or similar) and swims with water-lily fairies and so on. It does have chapters. I have some jpgs of pages, which I could send if that would help. More obscure is Christine's Fairy Friends, by Joan E. Evans, in the Early Reader Series by Hampster Books (n.d.) I haven't seen this and don't know about the illustrations, but it does have chapters - The Garden Fairies, Heath Fairies, Cornfield Fairies, The Fairies in the Rose Garden, etc.
Don't know the correct title - my mother called it Pamela's Birthday -  I have been trying to find it without any luck - it sounds very much like the description of G183.  At the end of the book she wakes up and her present is a beautiful dress with wings on the back like the fairies in her dream.  Does this help anyone to name the book.  It had beautiful illustrations. We had the book in the 1950's and 1960's.
Groom Arthur, Once upon a birthday.
The original stumper requester would love to see scans of Joan in Flowerland to confirm the solution....
ARTHUR GROOM, ONCE UPON A BIRTHDAY, 1950.  Also illustrated by Groom, published by Birn Brothers
A copy of Once Upon a Birthdayis up for auction on eBay right now. The listing includes scans from the book. This may help the submitter determine if it is the book they are looking for.
Groome, Arthur, Once Upon a Birthday, London, Birn 1950.  After talking with someone on ABE who has a copy of this
book, it sounds more likely than Joan in Flowerland. "It is about a girl named Pamela who fall asleep and wakes up in a garden where the fairies are small and dressed like flowers I think and at the end of the book when she wakes up, her father has brought her a dress that has a tulip looking bottom and wings on the back like in her dream." "It's called Once Upon a Birthday and was written and illustrated by Arthur Groom. The copy I have is dated 1951. My mother bought it for me because the little girl, Pamela, is sad because her daddy was away on her birthday and my father was away in the forces and didn't share my birthday till I was five, so I identified with it. She goes to Fairyland and the pictures are all of fairies in flower dresses - real little girl material! Probably today children would be very scornful of such fantasy - but it's good to see some of us still remember with happy nostalgia! Hope you manage to find a copy somewhere! Cheers, Nell."

Once Upon a Pirate Ship
Reminds me of Steven Kellog, 1970's.  This is an oversized children's book with colorful, fairly detailed drawings.  My memories are of the illustrations, I have little idea what the text or storyline was.  I remember it had to do with a group of children on some sort of treasure hunt maybe.  There were pirates and a pirate ship involved, I remember them all rowing in a boat, an octupus lurked under the water. It was a favorite because there was so much to look at and you would follow the children as they explored a cave by the sea, down ladders, hidden rooms etc...  The  illustrations were so that there were both scenes underwater and in the cave (cutaway/section?).  When I think of the Illustrations my mind jumps to the the work of Steven Kellog. These illustrations were similar to his in feel and style.  Thanks for any help.

Margaret Mahy, The Pirates' Mixed Up Voyage.  Illustrated by Margaret Chamberlain. Other possibilities include The Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate (illustrated by Margaret Chamberlain) and 0 (illustrated by Quentin Blake). Some of Mahy's books were in fact illustrated by Steven Kellogg, though I don't think any of her pirate ones were.
Thanks for the attempt, I checked these titles out and I don't think  they are what I'm looking for.  The search continues.....
Just a comment. I just noticed that  #P156  seems to resemble my stumper which I just submitted [P227]. Does that help?
Mircea Vasiliu, Once Upon a Pirate Ship, 1974.  I got it!!!! I've been seaching for the name of this great book for years.  Just last week I submitted a stumper for it.  The name just came to me, out of nowhere, in the middle of the night! I'm so excited to track it down! So this this the solution for at least two stumpers!!!
I am in search of a childrens book that I had as a child. Probally published in the seventies. Large size. Aqua color on cover. What I loved most about it was the unusual text format. Every illustrated character had their own comments around their head (somthing like a comic)  and the illustrations were incredibly detailed so there was so much to take in on every page. I recall that there was no standard typed texed storyline. This is what I remember:  Some young, spirited, kids in a seaside village pack a picnic hop into a rowboat and take off for a day of adventure.  They row through a  ocean cave and on the other side they discovery a pirate ship.  They are welcomed on board by friendly pirates.  Two of them however, wish to do the kids harm or at least throw them off the ship.  I recall the names of two pirates. One was "smiley"  (he wore a yellow smile face tee shirt) and another was "Sneaky" who wore sneakers. I also recall a cook pirate.  They show the kids a great time but eventually are exhausted by the curiuos, precocious, bold nature of them.  I remember that even the mermaid figure head of the pirate ship would speak.  The details of the illustrations was such that you could see all of the events happening in the ship. It may have been a cross sectioned view of the ship.  Eventually, the kids get back into their own rowboat and say their farwell to the pirates. Its the end of the day. They row back to the village dock where their mothers are waiting for them. They might now have pirate treasure, jewels, hats etc.  Again, happy tone, detailed illustrations, fun adeventure theme. A delightful book.

Just a comment. I just noticed that  #P156  seems to resemble my stumper which I just submitted. Does that help?
Mircea Vasiliu, Once Upon a Pirate Ship, 1974.  I got it!!!! I've been seaching for the name of this great book for years.  Just last week I submitted a stumper for it.  The name just came to me, out of nowhere, in the middle of the night! I'm so excited to track it down! So this this the solution for at least two stumpers!!!

Once Upon a Rainbow
This is an amazing picture book, beautifully illustrated. The only two lands I can really remember is the red one which had a butterfly and the violet one which had a castle. All of the pictures were done entirely out of the shades of the coulour according to the land she was in. In each one things of the coulour were described (ie poppies in the red land) and the emotions that went with the colour. Can't remember why she was travelling through them to find her brother perhaps?

Gabriele Eichenauer Naomi Lewis, Once Upon a Rainbow, 1981. Anna and her teddy bear magically visit the seven lands that are found in the seven colors of the rainbow.
This book stumper has actually been solved for me - horay. I think that the book stumper that I posted is the same as the book stumper R78 so please could you make sure that they have the solution too?  thank you enourmously for all your help and your patience.
I got this book from the library when I was little, the early or mid-eighties.  It's a picture book about a child who takes a journey over or through the rainbow, and comes to a land colored each of the colors of the rainbow.  The illustrations were beautiful, and I can't remember whether there were even any words or just the pictures to tell the story.  I think possibly the child goes home in the end with some sort of gift.

I'm not sure this is right, but it came to mind:  If You're Afraid of the Dark, Remember the Night Rainbow, by Cooper Edens,  Green Tiger Press, 1979.  Advice about making the best of life with charming full-page color pictures.
Gabriele Eichenauer Naomi Lewis, Once Upon a Rainbow, 1981. Anna and her teddy bear magically visit the seven lands that are found in the seven colors of the rainbow.

Once Upon a Saturday
Early 1950s. Fantasy set in a small US town called Gilead, maybe in Connecticut.  I'm looking for a children's book I read some time between 1960 and 1970. It's about a little boy who meets a mysterious woman (teacher? neighbor? governess?) who takes him on magical adventures. Her name might have been Miss Wycherly, but I'm not sure about that. The only adventure I can remember involved briefly giving the boy's cat the power of speech (or something like that?) so that he can re-enact the Marquess of Carabbas (ref to  Puss in Boots) story. The only detail I remember clearly is that the town the little boy lives in is called Gilead, and at one point one of his parents says, "Miss --- is the balm in Gilead."  It seems to me that most of the book's incidents involved cat related magic of different kinds. And I have a vivid memory of the last chapter, which was kind of a winter scene that "recreated" the Magi.

Edward Fenton, Once Upon a Saturday, 1958. Solved.

Once Upon a Time in ComputerLand
I'm looking for a book that followed the start of a super computer store, I think, called "Computerland" that was begun in Haywood, Ca. I think it was operational between 1978 and 1984(?). The Haywood founder required many of his employees to attend EST and the younger founder borrowed $50K from his father to start up the company. The younger founder-partner had been set up in Albuquerque, NM in a auto dealership and saw the need for a small computer to follow auto part inventory. Please help me as I want to buy more copies of this book.

Jonathan Littman, Once upon a time in ComputerLand : the amazing, billion-dollar tale of Bill Millard, 1987. 

Once Upon a Time in the Meadow
I read this book in the 80's, but I don't know when it was written. It was about these girls in one house (I don't know if they were sisters or not) who decided to go upstairs to play dress-up.  At the very beginning of the book, I think that it showed an outside scene of the house, and one or more of the girls was outside with a horse.  The girls and the house were Victorian looking.  They all creep upstairs to dress up in all different kinds of costumes.  I say "creep" because for some reason they tiptoe or go quietly up the stairs.  One of them might even accidentally step on another one's dress.  I remember that one of them had glasses, and they were all very pretty with long, flowing hair.  In the attic, they dress up in whatever they can find--hats, scarves and boas, high-heeled shoes, etc. It seems that they have some sort of parade in their costumes, maybe while banging pots and pans, but of this I'm a little unsure.  Somehow they end up outside (their parade may have taken them there) and they find a rabbit caught in a bear trap.  They release it and take it home to bandage its leg.  This is about all I remember except that the cover of the book seemed yellow or tan looking, and it had beautiful illustrations.  I would appreciate any information  on it.  Thanks a whole lot!

Rose Selarose, Once Upon A Time In The Meadow, 1982.  This is actually my own bookstumper! After having my bookstumper on your site for a few months, I finally found this book I was searching for in a local used bookstore. It is a Golden Storytime Book but was originally published in Italy as Chiara E Le Sue Amiche. I'm so glad to have found it! Thanks for your help!
Children's book about a group of little girls that live alone on the prairie.  They are preparing for an outdoor picnic and each girl has certain responsibilities in preparation of the event.  I remember the pictures being in color and with a lot of detail.  I read this book in the mid-80's.  It was paperback, more advanced than a Little Golden Book.

Selarose, Rose, Once Upon a Time in the Meadow, 1982.  Six little girls who live alone get ready for a picnic and pageant.
I saw the post on the website and YES!!  That has to be it!!  You are the most wonderful person in the world!  This was well worth $2.00! 

One Bright Day
Another book I was wondering about was also a book I read in French class, although it was translated from English.  It was a beautifully illustrated book about an American family that goes and visits China. I believe it takes place on a boat.  An old Chinese man befriends them, plays with them and shows them beautiful birds.  The mother does not trust him at first, but eventually likes him too.  When they leave, the mother realizes that her purse is missing.  I think the book might have been by Pearl S. Buck. Thank you so much for your time.

There's a very similar story by Pearl Buck, about herself and her two daughters in a park in Japan, and the elderly man who keeps the little girls amused. Not on a boat, and no purse missing, though.
The Pearl Buck story is "One Bright Day", collected in the book of the same title, Methuen 1952, 136 pages. The story is described "two little girls and their mother returning to America from Shanghai, and of a wonderful day they had with a Japanese gentleman when the ship docked at Kobi." The other stories are "Yu Lan, Flying Boy of China", "The Water Buffalo Children", "The Chinese Children Next Door", and "The Dragon Fish".
If it is the Pearl Buck story, this was published in a French translation: Un jour de bonheur / par Pearl Buck, traduit d'anglais par Andre Bay et Marcelle Verite, image par Marcel Marlier, published Tournai, Casterman
1960, 58 pages, with colour illustrations, in the series 'Plaisir des contes'. The LC description says "On the way home from China by sea, an American mother and her two daughters spend a very pleasant day in Japan sightseeing with an elderly Japanese gentleman. Text in French." 

One Christmas Eve
NOT the "Turkey Trot" book, which is the one that always turns up in most regular searches. "the Black Santa" is the title I recall from childhood, the story, in picture book form, is about a poor black family, one or 2 little sisters and the main character is the older brother about 12 yrs old, who can only window shop for Christmas, and need shoes and gloves more than dolls or toys. They ask their parents if Santa will bring them anything but are told that Santa is white and only brings toys to white kids. The older brother persists in searching for a black Santa and by the end of the story winds up on an airplane and meets a " foreign" santa who is indeed black and who brings the family presents. I remember being moved by this book even as a little kid, the size of the book was average picture story size, like the original dr suess, a little bigger, and I almost recall Macmillan as the publisher. The pictures I recall most  are of the little girls looking in the shop windows, it's cold out, and later of the boy riding on the plane sitting next to the black Santa. The boy may have snuck onto the plane. This book was read to me and my brother during the early sixties, but may have been published earlier, but at a time when air travel was not too new.

Dyer, Turkey Trott, 1942.  I had to locate wht may be the same story for a library patron just this week. What an interesting coincidence, finding it on Loganberry's stumpers! The following website has 5 full-color illustrations that might help the requester:  www.tias.com. Put "Turkey Trott" in search box.
I believe that the answer to stumper B290 is One Christmas Eve by Langston Hughes.  I cannot answer the publication information as the story is in a compilation I have.  The book I own with this story is called Norman Rockwell's Christmas Book, an oversized coffee table type book of stories, poems, and Christmas Carols illustrated with Norman Rockwell paintings.  The story is about a black maid who takes her son shopping with her on Christmas Eve.  She and her son are separated as he decides to go into the "white" theater to see Santa Claus.  He is scarred by the Santa, and her mother tells him that the Santa he saw is for "white folks" and only a man in a suit.  The story ends here, but it does not appear to be the end.  Perhaps the story was published fully on its own? Sorry for the longwinded explanation.  Thanks!
Kate Gambold Dyer, Turky Trott and the Black Santa, 1942.  I have this book and have not been able to find out anything about the author or the book.

click here for image of bookOne Fine Day
The book was about a fox who apparently did something bad enough to get his tail cut off by the farmer’s wife.  She told him she would sew it back on if he fetched her a pitcher of water.  He went to the brook and the brook told him he would give him a pitcher of water if he gave him a bead.  He went to an Indian woman and asked for a bead, she asked him for something also.  I don’t exactly remember the sequence of events, but there was a brook, a bead, an Indian woman (American Indian) and a farmer’s wife in the story.  This book also had illustrations.  I used to read this book when I was in elementary school around 1973/1974.

F15: sounds to me like One Fine Day by Nonny Hogrogian (1971) 

One Hundred and Eight Bells
I am looking for a book that I read in the late 1960s.  Sorry, no title or name of author to help you. A Japanese girl wants to be like her father:  a traditional Japanese artist/calligrapher.  Her father is not sure if she has the talent to become an artist. Her mother wants her to be more interested in more traditional female activities.  The girl's aunt, who lives with the family, is being courted by a young man.  The suitor arrives at the girl's house one day, and, the girl knows the proper thing to do is to give her guest some refreshments.  She makes sushi and tea to serve the young man.  One day she follows a parade and the resulting sketches impresses her father.  I believe that this author wrote several books about girls.  I hope you can help!

Jane Flory, One Hundred and Eight Bells, 1963, copyright.
I can't believe that someone found this out so quickly!  It has been driving me crazy for so many years.  Everyone I asked (I am in library school and work in a library) had no idea.  Thanks so much.

One Kitten for Kim
I probably read this book in the early 1980s, but it could be 10 or 20 years older than that.  I loved this story as a child and really want to share it with my daughter.  This book is about a child, I think it was a girl, whose parents told her to find homes for a litter of kittens.  Some of them were black, some were tiger-striped and I think one kitten was white.  She put them in her red wagon and went around to her neighbors trying to give them away.  Everyone she visited would take one kitten, but only if the girl would take a pet off THEIR hands!  One neighbor took a kitten but gave her a few "pesky" pet birds, one traded her a puppy, another gave her a bowl with a couple of goldfish, etc.  By the time she went home, she had a menagerie of animals in her wagon along with one kitten she did not give away.  Her parents were exasperated.  I think one neighbor was a storeowner who wanted a cat to catch mice.  Also, it seems to me that whoever kept the white kitten named it Snowball.  But these last two details are faded memories and may not be correct.  Thanks for taking the time to read and respond I would be delighted to find this book!

I know this book, and I'm drawing a blank.  I believe it's a Little Golden Book, and I'm sure it's a boy.  I'll keep thinking.
Adelaide. Holl, One Kitten for Kim.  This was a Weekly Reader club book--I have a hardcover from my childhood in the early 1970's--I'm not sure when the book was originally published.  The main character is a boy named Kim, whose cat has kittens.  His parents tell him that he may keep the mother and ONE kitten, but the rest need homes.  So he takes off with them in his wagon, going around the neighborhood.  He "trades" them for other animals--a puppy, a parrot, goldfish, etc.  He thinks his parents will be soooo happy when he comes home with no kittens.    Cute little book--my 4 year old daughter just loves it.
The answer to your K65 stumper is One Kitten for Kim by Adelaide Holl.
Incredible - my request was posted Monday and solved Tuesday!  Count me among the fans of your Stumper Service.  I will be sure to tell my friends about your website.  I can't wait to get my hands on One Kitten for Kim and read it to Julianne ... do you have it?
A children's book about a little girl named Millicent May (or Mae). Was read to me in the 1980s.  Millicent is a bratty little girl who wants all kinds of things and when she doesn't get them she throws a crying tantrum.  She has an orange cat.

Mary Lystad, illustrated by victoria Chess, Millicent the Monster. Not 100% sure, but it reminds me of Millicent the Monster. Millicent decides that it's no fun being a good little girl, so she decides to be a monster. She acts rudely, but when her family and friends don't want to be around her, she changes her ways. The illustrations are pretty distinctive, so if you Google it, you can see if it matches the memory.
Someone posted on M619 that the book might be Millicent the Monster.  I have looked at that one and unfortunately it's not it.  I'm starting to wonder if Millicent Mae, the tantrum girl, might be a lesser character or sub-plot in another story.  I think the cover of the book was black and white with an image of Millicent throwing a tantrum wearing a triangle-like hat. 
Adelaide Holl, One Kitten for Kim, 1969. I hope the book you're looking for is One Kitten for Kim.  Millicent May is one of the characters in the story.  Her mother, Mrs. May, said, "Millicent is crying because she wants a tiger for a pet. Yesterday we went to the circus. Millicent loved the tigers.  She says she won't stop crying until we buy her one."  Kim then proceeds to give Millicent a striped kitten.  She is happy, the mother is delighted and gives Kim a chameleon in exchange.
Loganberry has a copy of Holl's One Kitten for Kim in stock.
SOLVED: Adelaide Holl, One Kitten for Kim. M619 is solved!  It is One Kitten for Kim by Adelaide Holl.  I cannot thank you enough!  This is so wonderful.  I have been searching for a long time and had started to think I imagined the whole thing.  It turns out, who I thought was the protagonist in the story was actually just a minor character.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!
One Monster After Another
Hello - Hopefully someone can help.  I'm 33 and when I was 7 or 8 I ordered this book from the school book club and I loved it as a kid.  Of course...I forget the title and author but I know the plot.  I little boy or girl mails a letter to his grandma and a series of big monsters proceeds to track the letter down to eat it (one is an envelope eating monster, one is a stamp eating monster, etc...fighting for the prized letter ensues).  The book has great illustrations similar to "Where the Wild Things Are..."  does this ring a bell?

M96 It could be ONE MONSTER AFTER ANOTHER by Mercer Mayer, 1974. But the story is about Sally Ann sending a letter to Lucy Jane (not a grandmother), and monsters keep getting hold of the letter. ~from a
My guess would be One Monster After Another, by Mercer Mayer (whose art style is quite similar to Maurice Sendak's), published by Golden, 1974. In it, Sally Ann sends a letter to her friend Lucy Jane. The letter is promptly stolen by a Stamp-Collecting Trollusk, who loses it to a Letter-Eating Bombanat. The Bombanat flies over the Blue Ocean of Bubbley Goo where he is caught by a Bombanat-Munching Grumley which is itself
caught by a fishing boat. The boat is struck by a Furious Floating Ice-Ferg and sucked up by a Wild-n-Windy Typhoonigator ... and so on. Lucy Jane eventually gets the letter, which invites her for a visit because "Nothing exciting ever happens around here".
This is a childrens picture/story book from the mid to late 1970s.  It starts with someone writing a letter to a friend and then mailing it.  The rest of the story is about the perils and hazards the letter must endure to get to its destination.  These take the form of various monsters (for example, one of the monsters wants to eat the stamp).  Another one of the monsters is a huge storm cloud that sucks an ocean dry and leaves a fishing trawler stranded.  At the end of the book the letter reaches its destination.  My memory is hazy but it seems the illustrations were pen and ink.

HRL:  I think this one is One Monster After Another, by Mercer Mayer, Golden Press, 1974.
Yup!  You pegged it!  Thanks so much! 

One Perfect Rose
This book is about a young woman who wants to become an interior decorator.  She gets a job assisting at a small interior decorating firm.  She meets a man who is planning a large housing development, but when the man mentions that he's looking for a firm to take on the job, she brushes it aside.  Her boss finds out and is very upset, so she has to go back to the man and apologize.  I read this book in the late 70s.  I think it was probably written either in the 60s or 70s.

I50 I no longer have this book, but could it be Hall, Marjory. One perfect rose.  Funk and Wagnalls, 1964
I think this is it.  I'm 90% sure, will be 100% sure when I've managed to re-read it.  Thanks!
This is definitely it: Many thanks!

One Teddy Bear is Enough
This is a childrens book about a boy named Andy who goes to visit his grandmother with his teddy bear named Arthur. Gram gives him an old bear that used to be hers named Max. Arthur is jealous and tries to think of ways to get rid of Max and finially pushes him off the wagon. Max climbes up on a well to yell for help, but falls in. Andy is so sad that Max is missing that Arthur goes looking for him and comes to a cabin in the woods for Lost Teddy bears, but he isnt there. Then he hears someone yelling for help from the well and pulls up Max. Arthur is sorry and MAx is glad to be found. Thats all I have of the story. I hope someone can help!!! Thanks

Hofmann, Ginnie, Who wants an old teddy bear?, 1976, 1978, 2003.  Maybe this one - it doesn't sound exactly like the plot you describe but there are a lot of similarities.  Andy receives a package but is disappointed that it is an old teddy bear. That night he dreamed that he was carried to teddy bear land and given to a small bear, Arthur, who did not want him at first but began to play with him. Andy's dream ended but he learned from his dream that he could really care for an old teddy bear!
Ginnie Hofmann, One teddy bear is enough!, 1991, Random House.  "When Andy receives a second teddy bear, his first teddy bear plots to get rid of the new arrival."
Ginnie Hofmann, One Teddy Bear is Enough.  I found the book the day b4 I got any answers, but wanted to order it to make sure it was the right book! Thx everyone

Hofmann, Ginnie.  Who wants an old teddy bear?   Random House, 1978.  1st paperback printing.  slightly soiled and creased; child’s name on stickers on endpaper; pages good.  G.  [WQ 3926]  $6 

This is a lesson on working together.  It is in poetry and I remember about half of it. I believe it was called "Oomah".  It starts: "Far to the North where the snow lies deep /   And the wind blows cold, and the Pine trees sleep / 'Neath puffs of white, like icecream cones /   And there aren't any cars or telephones /   There's a tiny town, called 'Safe and Snug',  /  As friendly and warm as a mother's hug. /  The smoke from the chimneys' rises high /  In the blinding blue of the Northern sky. /  And the sun shines down on the fluffy snow /  With a sparkling, twinkling, magic glow!" (there is more to the introduction,  but then the story of OOmah begins as told by the father to his misbehaving son. "Oomah was a husky pup, his tail stuck out and his ears stuck up /   He was fat and fuzzy, and full of fun,  and as spicy and brown /   as a cinnamon bun! /  The only trouble with Oomah was,he wouldn't obey the Husky laws /  He stayed away from the Husky schools, where puppies were /   taught the Golden Rules /  The Three Big R's - the Husky way /  Run together to pull a sleigh /  Romp together across the snow /  Roar together to frighten a foe. /  But tho' they taught him wrong from right /  The minute they were out of sight /  Oomah would laugh, and shake his head /  He never listened to what they said!"  (And there is more, but this is more than enough, I'm sure)    I do believe the book was illustrated and that the authors were Canadian - it was a small book, and I think it was paperback.

Darby, Ray, Oomah, 1945.  John Phillips, illus. / Winnipeg, Contemporary Publishers / 39 pgs. "in verse" / Subjects: Canadian poetry, children's poetry

Open Your Eyes
A sister and brother cannot play outside due to rain. Picture book from late 70s/early 80s. Odd illustrations. Each illustrated page done in shades of 1 color- all yellow, all blue, all red, etc. Kids play at one point on a swing set with rings.

Roz Abisch, Open Your Eyes, 1964.  This has to be the book you're looking for.  Two boys play an inside game with the
colors red, blue, and yellow.  At the end of the story, the yellow sun is shining, so they can play outside with the rings hanging from the tree.
Here's my stumper: I believe this was a set of 3 or 4 small books from the late 1960's or early 1970's. The books were about colors. I thought they were called "A Book of Red", "A Book of Blue", etc. but I can't find anything with those titles anywhere. They had black and white line drawings, but in the "blue" book the pictures were colored blue, in the "red" book the pictures were colored red, etc.  I think in the red book there was a kid named Ned or Ted. I'm pretty sure the text rhymed, like "This is Ned. His bed is red", or something like that. Everything in the red book was red, the blue book was blue and I think there was a yellow book as well. This is not a Dr. Suess book. It was most likely ordered through a book club in the early 1970's because most of the books we had were from Parent's Magazine Press or Scholastic book clubs. I have been searching for these books for years so any clues would be appreciated!

Roz Abisch, Open Your Eyes, 1964.  I think the book is called Open Your Eyes. It is just one book about two boys Tim
Small and his brother Ed.  They can't go outside on a rainyday and don't know what to play. Tim says let's play red.  What is red?  asks Ed. "That's the game.  Just what you said. It's all the things we know are red."  It then goes on to list in rhyme and pictures all red things.  Then the boys play blue and finally they play yellow.  The book ends with "Look, the Yellow sun is shining.  We can go out and play!" It was published by Parents Magazine Press like you mentioned.
Abisch, Roz, Open Your Eyes.  I am the original stumper requester for C238. This one is SOLVED. Thank you to the person that recognized this book from my vague description. I would have never remembered the title, but I checked into this and this is definitely the book. Thanks!

Operation Peeg
I'm trying to find a science fiction book for upper elementary grades. It was published by 1986.  The general plot is two (or more) children on a seemingly deserted island, and they discover that there are scientists working on some kind of project in underground bunkers. There is possibly a blimp or other aircraft at the end.  The one scene I remember distinctly is when the children become severely dehydrated. The girl wakes up in the underground bunker.  The scientists put her on a strict rehydration schedule, only allowing her small sips of water.  But when they leave the room, she pours herself several glasses of the cool water and drinks them down.

Frank Bonham, The Missing Persons League, 1980, approximate. Could this have been The Missing Person's League?  The main character is a boy, but there is a friend who's a girl who gets in trouble.  If it's not this one, it could be something by T. Ernesto Bethancourt. I always get these two author's books mixed up.
Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy, Operation Peeg, 1974. I'm not certain because I haven't seen the book in many years, but the dehydration story made me think of it immediately.  Jane and her friends are on an island that floats away after an explosion, and there are old guys who think they're still fighting WWII.
SOLVED: Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy, Operation Peeg. I believe we have a solved mystery: it's Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy's Operation Peeg, also known as Jane's Adventures on the Island of Peeg. I'll have to read it to be sure, but all the details are lining up.  Thank you!

Operation Stinky

Science fiction book? for 10 to 12 year olds about smart skunks living under the porch of an old man's house who turn out to be visitors from another planet.

Pamela F. Service, Stinker from Space, 1988. In the middle of an outerspace battle, space warrior Tsynq Yr is forced to land on earth and switch into the body of a skunk. But earth is no place for him. Thank goodness Karen stops by. With her computer-whiz friend Jonathan, the three of them hatch a hair-raising scheme involving all the local skunks and even the space shuttle to get their new friend back into orbit!'
Pamela F. Service, Stinker From Space, 1988. From School Library Journal: Grade 3-6 In this lively science fiction romp, Karen, who dreams about space adventure, is contacted by Tsynq Yr, an alien trapped in the body of a skunk. While Tsynq Yr (or Stinker, as Karen dubs him) finds earth civilization primi tive, he is powerless to escape without the help of Karen and Jonathan, anoth er young space nut. Stinker hatches a plan to hijack a NASA space shuttle and adapt his destroyed ship's booster rocket to give it the power to send him home. The plot thickens when Stinker is skunknapped and when enemy aliens attack  but Stinker not only triumphs, he also discovers the weapon to destroy his people's enemiesskunk spray. Service's story is brief and breezy, yet she has nicely conveyed the budding friendship of two lonely children sud denly plunged into adventure and forced to depend on each other to help their new friend. Children will enjoy references to the popular Star Trek and Star Wars series which give the story a contemporary feel.
Stinker from Space" isn't it.  I read the book I'm looking for in the late 1950's or early 1960's.
Clifford Simak, Operation Stinky, April 1957. This is a short story which is included in some of his collections  among them The Worlds of Clifford Simak (Simon & Schuster, 1960 (a story collection)
"Operation Stinky" by Clifford Simak is it!  Your site is amazing.  A thank you to the anonymous responder who solved this for me.  I've turned to this site with three stumpers over the years and you've found every one of them.

Ophelia's World
The books were actual stories where the teddy bears were the main characters.  We do remember that the books were rather large (8 1/2 by 11 or larger.)  There's a page in one of the books where there is a bear sitting in a window frame of either an old house or an old barn.  We don't recall if there were children in the books or not.  My brother recalls that there may have been a "tea party" involved in one of the stories.  I don't believe we would recognize the names of the book or the author, but would know the books by perhaps looking at the cover or pictures from inside it.

Is this the Lonely Doll series by Dare Wright?
Maybe one of the Shoe Shop Bears books by Margaret J. Baker? In one of them the bears are put into window displays.
T55 teddy bear tea party sounds like T94 teddy bear tea party. The described size is similar and the mention of a picnic or tea party (Teddy Bear's Picnic?)
Dare Wright, The Little One, 1959.  This is by the author of the Lonely Doll books, but the doll in this one
is not Edith. Her name starts with "P" but I can't remember what it is. She is in an old abandoned house, and there's a picture/photo of her sitting in the window. Some turtles find her there and rescue her from being alone. At some point she meets some bears and has tea with them.
Might these be the Little Bear books? By E.Minarik
Michele Durkson Clise, Ophelia books. Clise wrote several books which were illustrated by photographs of her own vintage bears dressed up and posed in various scenes.  The main character was Ophelia Bear who ran a shop in Paris.  Titles included: Ophelia's World: Or the Memoirs of a Parisian Shop Girl, Ophelia's Voyage to Japan: Or the Mystery of the Doll Solved, Ophelia's English Adventure or: The Haunting of Bruinyes House.

Oregon at Last!
I found your Loganberry website today and was going to fill out the form for a book search, but then realized I had neither the author nor the title (doesn’t help much when you’re searching for a book)!  The book I am looking for is called Oregon Trailor something with Oregon Trail in the title.  It was a fictional book (at least I think it was fiction) about a family of children whose parents died on their journey to Oregon and they had to cross the mountain on their own.  It was illustrated, and all I remember is that there was a baby born at the end who they named “Independence.”  I last read the book from a library in Sycamore, Illinois in 1981 but the librarians there have no recollection of it.  I vaguely recall that the book had a purple cover, but I may just be dreaming that.  I was 10 when I read it.  If you could help me locate this book, I would greatly appreciate it.  I am not particular as to its condition.

O4: Oregon Trail.  This is probably Seven Alone, which was made into a movie by (I think) Disney in the early 1970s, but was originally a book.
O4  book she is talking about sounds like On to Oregon by Honore Morrow.  Based on a true story about the Sagar family whose parents died on the trail leaving behind seven children including a baby.  Was also made into a Disney movie called Seven Alone..
Is this On To Oregon by Honore Morrow (1954) ?
And O-4 -- This is The Children on the Oregon Trail by A. Rutgers van der Loeff. The baby that the children keep alive through the book is named Indepencia, I believe. I read it as a kid in a Puffin paperback edition. Great story.
The book which was guessed as being On to Oregon! (movie paperback title Seven Alone) by Honore Willsie Morrow, then correctly identified as Children on the Oregon Trail (British title, which I do have.  American title, which I don't have, is Oregon at Last!) by A. Rutgers van der Loeff.  Yes, they are both inaccurate versions of the same true story.  Rutgers van der Loeff may have been the better writer, but Morrow merely twisted and perverted the facts (to which she did have access) while Rutgers van der Loeff completely fabricated them.  Another false version of the same story is For Ma and Pa:  on the Oregon Trail, 1844, by Wilma Pitchford Hays, which I don't have and would very much like.  I know more about this subject than YOU WOULD POSSIBLY WANT TO KNOW, SO DON'T ASK.  I'll simply send you a copy of the book I wrote, which speaks for itself and saves pointless gnashing of teeth.
Sorry, I can't see where the book stumper # is (what am I missing?) ... but one of the "solutions" listed has another answer. Listed as solved is "Oregon at Last" but I'm not so sure.  The person looking for the book about children whose parents die on the way to Oregon, and the stumper said it was "Oregon at Last." I think from the description it may be "Bound for Oregon" which is the fictionalized, but true story of the Todd family (relatives of Mary Todd Lincoln) travelling by covered wagon to Oregon. This is a great book illustrating the hardships of traveling this way and it has been recently reprinted.

Original Warm Fuzzy Tale
The Village of Wellington???  1980.  I do not know title nor author, but once owned the book - used it to prepare devotional in the youth department of our church.  The book is about a village, seemingly called wellington or something similar, at the end of the book everyone was giving and receiving "warm fuzzys". It has been several years since I had the book.  I would like to purchase the book and would gladly give $2.00 to know the title.

F98: Fuzzies: a Folk Fable? See Solved Mysteries.
Claude Steiner, The Original Warm Fuzzy Tale, 1983.  The description doesn't mention a town, but it's the only story I know of with warm fuzzies.  Here's a excerpt:  "Once upon a time, a long time ago there lived two very happy people called Tim and Maggi with their two children, John and Lucy. To understand how happy they were you have to understand how things were in those days. You see, in those happy days everyone was given, at birth, a small soft Fuzzy Bag. Anytime a person reached into this bag he was able to pull out a Warm Fuzzy."
F98 Steiner, Claude.  The original warm fuzzy tale.  illus by JoAnn Dick.  Sacramento; Jalmar Press,  1977,  1980.  legend about warm fuzzy feelings interrupted by a witch.
Steiner, Claude.  The Original Warm Fuzzy Tale: A Fairy tale. Illustrated by JoAnn Dick.  Jalmar Press, 1977, 3rd printing, 1980.  Paperback, minor wear to corners, Warm Fuzzy Club ad in back.  VG-.  <SOLD>  

Orphant Annie Story Book
Late 1800s?  I bought a book for a dime in the 1950's in the Mission Store that was old at that time I bought it.  It was about a young girl named Little Orphan Annie.  Not the cartoon character.  She lived in a house with two little children that she baby sat for.  The era shown in the book was in the 1800's.  I also believe the book was published in the late 1800's.  Annie would tell the children stories after her work was finished.  One story in the book that sticks in my mind was about a Magician who was walking down a road one day.  He saw an old woman working in her peanut patch.  A troll was harrassing the old woman.  The Magician told the troll that if he continued doing that, the Magician would cast him in a spell. The troll did not listen, and so the spell was cast.  "To this day", said little Orphan Annie to the children, "the troll can be seen when you open a peanut!"  And, when you open a peanut, you can see the troll's hat and face.  My mother gave away the book.  I have been looking for this book ever since.  Over 50 years.  I hope you can help me.

you're so close....  but James Whitcomb Riley liked to play with spelling in this book, and so Orphan has an extra T on it....  you'll find reprints titled simply Little Orphant Annie, but the original was titled The Gobble-Uns'll Git You Ef You Don't Watch Out!  1890s or so (and reprinted under that title in 1975)
I'm sorry, but I don't think that James Whitcomb Riley is the author of the work being sought.  Little Orphant Annie (also known as The Gobble-uns 'll Git You Ef You Don't Watch Out!) is a poem, not a story.  During the course of the poem, Annie tells brief cautionary tales about two children who came to a bad end: a boy who wouldn't say his prayers, and a girl who mocked others.  There is no story about a magician, old woman, troll and peanut.  You can read the poem here.
Johnny Gruelle, Orphant Annie Story Book, 1989, reprint.  Could this be the book?  It was originally published in 1921 by the author of the Raggedy Ann books who happened to be a neighbor of James Whitcomb Riley who wrote the Little Orphant Annie poem.  It does have a story about a selfish little gnome who ends up being in the middle of a peanut in punishment for being so selfish.  This reprint may still be available from the Guild Press of Indiana our library acquired it in 2003.

Orphans of the Sea
My daugher, Elizabeth, knew of this book when we lived in London, England in the 1970s & I was never able to find it.  She is now married with her own children so when I listened to NPR this morning I thought it would be a great if someone might have heard of it. Thanks.

Not Charles Kingsley's Water Babies (just in case)?
Ken Jones, Orphans of the Sea, 1970.  "A family sanctuary for seals in distress on the Cornish coast with a description of
their habits and intelligence.  A 'happy' book about these endearing animals. It describes he authors first experience of caring for a washed up seal pup, and the subsequent several hundred that he cared for and returuned to the wild." 

Orphans of the Sky
This is a book I read in a 7th grade literature class (1991).  I fell in love with science fiction after reading it and can't remember the name or author. It's about a boy living on a spaceship, but he doesn't know it's a spaceship.  After leaving earth long ago, the spaceship has been drifting and after many generations the passangers forgot they were on a spacecraft and instead knew only what was inside, forgetting that a universe existed outside.  There were many levels to the spaceship, one being agricultural with crops, hydroponics and livestock.  One day the boy discovers a door and eventually goes outside and sees the stars and learns the truth about where they were, who they were and where they were from.  Sorry I don't have more to go on.  Any ideas?

I believe I recognize this one. Everything described fits Orphans of the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein.  A very large, slowly spinning spaceship has been on a voyage for many generations. It had been on it's correct trajectory, when, years before the opening chapter, a mutiny occurred. At that time, some of the mutineers were exposed to radiation so that their offspring began to have strange mutations. This led to some of the passengers later being branded as "Muties," meaning either mutant or mutineer.  Hugh Hoyland climbed above the farmland where he had always lived to explore the upper reaches of his world. This involved moving inward toward the spinning axis of the ship, up where the mutants lived, where weight decreased to practically nothing. On one such journey he encountered Joe-Jim, a mutant man with two heads, each with its own personality.  A friendship formed and soon Joe-Jim opened Hugh's eyes to the real shape of his world. In time the two learn to navigate the ship and escape to a planet around a nearby star.
It think this is Orphans in the Sky by Robert Heinlein. It's about a boy who finds out that his world isn't actually a planet, but a spaceship that they all live inside. He makes his way through tunnels to the top where there is a control room where their navigation went phooey so long ago that people don't remember that they were originally on their way to colonize a new planet because their old one wasn't holding up.
Robert A. Heinlein, Orphans of the Sky,1941.  Hugh Hoyland climbed up (or inward) away from his farmland home to discover the inner reaches of a spaceship, which is populated not only by the farmers he had always known but a menagerie of "muties." These were mutated people, exposed to radiation for many years. They were descended from a band of mutineers who sabotaged the orignal flight plan of what turned out to be a generational spacecraft bound for a nearby star. They were now adrift.  Hugh and Joe-Jim, a two-headed mutant, eventually manged to learn the operation of the ship, and some of the crew made it to the surface of a planet.
Greene, Joseph, The Forgotten Star,late 1950s.  This is almost certainly NOT the book in question, but it has a very similar scenario.  A boy searching for his missing father, along with two friends, stumbles across a civilization that has been living inside an "asteroid"-- really a huge spaceship -- for thousands of years.  This was one of the first sf books I ever read, and I remember it fondly.  I believe it was the  initial book in a series, but I never found any of the sequels.
#S114--Science Fiction:  Check out A Sense of Wonder on the Solved page and see if that could be it.
Harry Harrison, Captive Universe. I'm pretty sure there's a Harry Harrison with this storyline.  I think the book I'm remembering was about an Aztec civilisation that turned out to be inhabiting a spaceship, much to their surprise.  And I'm fairly sure that Captive Universe is the title of the book in question.  However, I haven't
got the book to hand, so I can't check.  Try others by Harrison if Captive Universe isn't about a civilisation aboard a starship.  The book I'm thinking of, I read in 1989 or thereabouts, but it could have been written a long
time before that.
Robert A. Heinlein, Orphans of the Sky.  A short tale of a starship community that has existed for generations and has lost grasp of the fact that it is traveling through space. You can find a thorough synopsis here.
Sci-Fi book I read in 1978 in a Sci-Fi course in high school.  A whole civilization of people are on a huge spacecraft, but they've been on it for generations, so most of them don't realize they are on a spacecraft.  Someone tries to convince the others that they are moving through space, but the others think he's crazy--the people believe the "rules" they abide by came from the "god"--there are lots of "laws" that have become "religious beliefs".

Robert A. Heinlein, Orphans of the Sky, 1964.  Sounds like this one - Heinlein being such a well-known sci fi author, it could easily have been used in a school class.
Yes, I believe this is the book.  I looked up the synopsis on a Heinlein website and it sounds like the book I remember.

O-Sono and the Magician's Nephew and the Elephant
My wife had a children's book when she was little and she can remember the entire story but unfortunately not the name of it. The main character is a Princess Osono. She falls in love with a magician's apprentice who will only be allowed to marry her if he performs some great trick. He makes a deal with an elephant to fool the king into believing he has conjured one out of thin air. He actually does perform that magic trick though, and is allowed to marry the Princess.

I've finally figured out your wife's book stumper, AND I have two available copies for sale!  Valentine's Day is just around the corner...
Morgan, Henry. O-Sono and the Magician's Nephew and the Elephant. Illustrated by Spanfeller. Vanguard Press, 1964. Copy one:  in great shape with dust jacket, $30 postpaid  Copy two:  in good shape, lacking dust jacket, $18 postpaid

Wow! Thank you so much but I found another copy not long ago and bought it (for more than you are offering, shucks!) and then subsequently my mother-in-law found the original. Thanks again for continuing to look and I'm sorry I did not let you know i had found a copy but I looked so many places I just couldn't remember them all! 

Oscar the Trained Seal
This is a book my Mom only vaguely remembers from her childhood, in the late 1940's or early '50s. It was about a man and his pet seal. The man had a full, round face, with a black fringe of hair around a bald top. The pictures were very colorful. It's possible that the seal was part of a circus, but my Mom isn't sure. She has no memory of the actual story.

Syd Hoff, Sammy The Seal, 1959. Try this I Can Read book - it has colorful illustrations.
Irma Wilde, Mr. Wishing Went Fishing, 1952.  Just a guess, because I can't remember the story either (it mostly takes place at sea in a rowboat), but we had this book and there may have been a seal in it  I know the pictures were very colorful.  You can find this online to see if the cover looks familiar.
M430 Could it be this?  Palazzo, Tony The great Othello, the story of a seal  illus by Tony Palazzo Viking 1952
Mabel Neikirk, various, 1940's.  Could it be one of the Oscar the Seal books by Mabel Neikirk?  Mr. Zabriski, the owner of Oscar the trained seal, definitely has a bald head with a fringe of black hair (also a rather large nose).
I was the one who originally sent in the request for this book. My mom and I looked at pictures from Oscar the Trained Seal, and she said that's it! Thank you!

Ote: A Puerto Rican Folk Tale
Looking for a book about someone who is eating with a devil/ghost perched on his back who keeps stealing the food from him before he can get it into his mouth by moving his arm into the ghost's mouth instead. As far as I can remember, it was an Asian? folktale with black and red illustrations.

Pura Belpre, illustrated by Paul Galdone, Oté: A Puerto Rican Folk Tale, Pantheon 1969. I bet this is it. "A poor man with a wife and five young children to support, Oté often took to the forests near his home in southeastern Puerto Rico, searching for food. Warned many times by his wife to be on the lookout for the nearsighted devil, he nevertheless found himself -- through a combination of hunger and carelessness -- saddled with this terrible creature. Soon Oté and his family had reached the brink of starvation, as the devil used his magic to steal their food at every mealtime. Would the old wise woman beyond the hill be able to help them? Would Oté be able to follow her instructions? And what could Chiquitín -- the youngest and smallest member of the family -- do to help?"
SOLVED: Pura Belpre, Oté. Oté was right--thanks for the answer!
The Other Place
Girl's family exiled to alien planet, live inside a dome, can go out in a space suit tethered to the building but outside there is a constant sandstorm. Little brother is called in his dreams to go out into sandstorm, past the end of the tether, she follows, finds forest utopia full of more children.

Monica Hughes,
The Other Place. This is The Other Place by Monica Hughes. Now, in The Other Place, Hughes returns to her most popular setting-- a not-so-distant future world. The Fairweather family, mom, dad, eight-year-old Billy and pre-teen Alison, have just been charged with crimes of subversion against the all-powerful World Government. Now they are about to become "disappeareds", all traces of their existence wiped cleanly away. The Fairweathers are sentenced to five years in the mysterious penal colony of Habitat W- a self-contained, controlled and eerily sterile indoor place that opens to a seething desert of fierce wind and sand. Strangely, Mr. and Mrs. Fairweather robotically resign themselves to their fate. But Billy is convinced that somewhere beyond the barren desert, there is a paradise to be found. His escape from Habitat W sets off a chain of startling events that helps Alison to discover "the other place" and a new hope for their future"' 
Monica Hughes, The Other Place. This morning I sent through a bookstumper under the subject line "exiled to desert planet, finds earth-like forest with other exiled children" but I've just actually found the book myself. (It was "The Other Place" by Monica Hughes).
Other Cinderella
I heard of a play that spoofs "Cinderella" - most likely written in the 1970-1984 period. She's a whiny
wallflower who won't go to the ball despite her desperate, loving stepsisters' attempts to drag her
there. Name? Author?

C40 almost certain this is The Other Cinderella a play by Nicholas Stuart Gray, published in England in 1958, reprinted in 1977. The stepsisters are "very nice indeed" and make allowances for Cinderella (who demands that they call her that instead of Ellen) because she's lost her mother and needs time to grieve. The fairy godmother is quite startled to find the stepmother and daughters pretty and kind.
Well, I finally read it, and I'm sure this is the one I heard of years ago - I'd be surprised if anyone else tried to write a similar play after this one, which is very good! I have to wonder, though, if Gray happened to see the movie musical made three years beforehand - "The Glass Slipper" (1955). The stepsisters are not quite as sweet as in his play, but Cinderella (Leslie Caron) is definitely a grouch. The show-stealer, however, is the adorable, quirky Latin-quoting, thieving godmother, played in Quentin Crisp style by Estelle Winwood! Thank you very much.

E159: Exiled to desert planet, finds earth-like forest with other exiled children
Girl's family exiled to alien planet, live inside a dome, can go out in a space suit tethered to the building but outside there is a constant sandstorm. Little brother is called in his dreams to go out into sandstorm, past the end of the tether, she follows, finds forest utopia full of more children.

Monica Hughes,
The Other Place. This is The Other Place by Monica Hughes. Now, in The Other Place, Hughes returns to her most popular setting-- a not-so-distant future world. The Fairweather family, mom, dad, eight-year-old Billy and pre-teen Alison, have just been charged with crimes of subversion against the all-powerful World Government. Now they are about to become "disappeareds", all traces of their existence wiped cleanly away. The Fairweathers are sentenced to five years in the mysterious penal colony of Habitat W- a self-contained, controlled and eerily sterile indoor place that opens to a seething desert of fierce wind and sand. Strangely, Mr. and Mrs. Fairweather robotically resign themselves to their fate. But Billy is convinced that somewhere beyond the barren desert, there is a paradise to be found. His escape from Habitat W sets off a chain of startling events that helps Alison to discover "the other place" and a new hope for their future"' 
Monica Hughes, The Other Place. This morning I sent through a bookstumper under the subject line "exiled to desert planet, finds earth-like forest with other exiled children" but I've just actually found the book myself. (It was "The Other Place" by Monica Hughes).

The Other World
Between 1952 and 1965 I read a great deal of science fiction, most of it mass market paperbacks.  One book, unfortunately donated during one of my housecleaning sprees, sticks in my mind and I have been unable to re-find it.  It is a novel which presents a parallel world, coexistent with Earth.  The hero discovers an Egyptian mirror in the form of an ankh (a T surmounted by an oval) which offers a "window" into the other world.  By fabricating a large sheet of the copper alloy of which the mirror is made, he is able to walk into the world, and he discovers there a theocratic society descended from Pharaonic Egypt.  There are chase scenes involving hopping back and forth between worlds and a typical 1950s happy ending.  Can you help identify this book?

I have no idea what this is, but you might like 'The Story of the Amulet' by E. Nesbit, which has a somewhat similar idea. Good luck, I hope you find it.
Murray Leinster, The Other World, 1949, copyright.  Only likely candidate from the lengthy bibliography of sf/f on ancient Egyptian themes at 'http://www.egyptomania.org/aef/EgyptSFF.html#SF-Mod' is this one: Leinster, Murray "The Other World" [found in:] 1949: Startling Stories (November), 1954: 6 Great Short Novels of Science Fiction, ed. Groff Conklin: Dell (pp. 119-216), Book of Alternate Worlds, ed. Robert Adams[Description:] "A parallel world, devoid of human inhabitants, is discovered by ancient Egyptian priests, who also discover "our" world, from which they steal."
Murray Leinster, The Other World, 1949/1954. It's a little hard to use this form, since I didn't solve this - your second anonymous respondent found it. I'm using this form to confirm that the solution is indeed book I was searching for. You have solved the stumper magnificently! Thanks so much!

Two children somehow end up on a strange island where people age backwards - they're 'born' old (they come out of a cave, if I remember right) and grow younger, clear to infancy.  Time runs forward normally, it's just the peoples' bodies age in the reverse of ours.  I checked this book out a dozen times from the Austin, TX Public Library in the 70's/early 80's, and I've been looking for it for years.

Goult, Joan, Otherborn, 1980.  Maybe this one:  "A boy and his sister, separated from their boat, come ashore on a Pacific island inhabited by a race of people with a radically different conception of birth, aging, and death."  From another description, the kids' names are Mark and Leggy.
I think that's it!! Thank you!!  Oh, this is fantastic!  I'll check to make sure, but the name rings a bell for sure!
Otherborn by Joan Goult was the correct solution to my bookstumper.  I purchased it and read it with delight; thank you so much for this great service!!

Otherwise Girl
I'm looking for the title and author of a book with the following details. I'm pretty sure that the setting was somewhere in Britain, the gist of the story was about a young boy who was staying with a famous artist while learning how to draw/paint. While there, he encounters the ghost of the artist's daughter whose name is Chloe. Chloe is visible to several people including the artist and the artist's wife who refuses to believe in her. Chloe had drowned in a weir several years previously but couldn't make the transition to death.

G76 ghost called Chloe: This matches most of the details - The Otherwise Girl, by Claire Keith, published London, Blond & Briggs 1976, Fontana 1977 (pbk) "Be friendly to my daughter, Chloe's father tells Matt, but never ever, let her take you swimming by the weir. Who is Chloe?" "beyond life ... and death, a love story like you've never read before ..."
Keith, Claire, The Otherwise Girl., London, Fontana 1977.   The blurb says "Be friendly to my daughter, Chloe's father tells Matt, but never let her take you swimming by the weir. Who is Chloe?" and something about a love story "beyond life and death". If Chloe drowned by the weir and is a ghost, this would match pretty well.
The story takes place in a small town. The protagonist is heading to a summer art program. She (he? I can't remember - I think it was written in the first person and I remember the protagonist as a she but maybe it was a he) will be studying with a famous local reclusive artist. As she gets off the bus, she meets a lovely young girl. The girl's name is Chloe. Chloe leads her to the artist's home and then disappears. She sees Chloe frequently but not everyone does. She finds out Chloe is the artist's daughter and she died by drowning. The death ripped apart the artist's marriage (his ex-wife lives nearby) and destroyed his life. I think he hasn't painted since the death.  Chloe is basically haunting the town because her spirit can not settle. I cannot remember all of the details but I remember the climactic scene.  The protagonist accompanies Chloe on a hike. They have a wonderful afternoon. But the protagonist finds out they are heading to the place that Chloe drowned. Everytime Chloe appears she must "go back" by re-creating her death. She climbs up to the river above the train bridge and "drowns". Chloe tells the protagonist to stand on the bridge and let her drown. The protagonist can't do it. She jumps into the river and pulls Chloe out as she is about to be swept downstream (over a waterfall?). This action is what Chloe needed. Now she can rest in peace and she leaves (disappears) for the final time.  That is all I remember. I know the book was paperback with a blue cover. I read it in the late 1970's or possibly the very early 1980's. Any clues will be much appreciated! As usual I lent the book to a friend and never got it back.

Keith Claire, The Otherwise Girl, 1976, copyright.  It sounded like "The Sea" by John Banville for a minute but I found references to it in the solved section page O as "Otherwise Girl" by Keith Claire. It has a good review on Amazon. Hope this helps.
Keith Claire, The Otherwise Girl, 1976, copyright.  The book you're remembering is definitely The Otherwise Girl by Keith Claire. Published first in the UK by Blond and Briggs, it had US printings in hardcover from Holt, Rinehart and Winston, and in paperback from Berkely.  The protagonist is male, the girl who drowns has had unresolved anger about the fact that her parents didn't save her...anger she didn't realize she was harboring. When the boy pulls her from the river, she understands her feelings at last, and in doing so, also knows that those feelings are unwarrented, as her parents were away at the time, and couldn't possibly have saved her. Letting go of her anger finally frees her, and she is able to move on.
Keith Claire, The Otherwise Girl.  I really never thought this one would be solved. Thank you for all of your help.

Otter Swims
This book is about an otter who is trying to learn to swim but is afraid.  By the end of the book, he is successful.  I read this to my daughter in the early 1980s.

Possibly  Otter Swims by Derek Hall (San Francisco: Sierra Club New York: Knopf, 1984).  Series: Growing Up.  "With his mother's help, a young otter overcomes his fear of the water and discovers the pleasures of swimming."
Ottie and the Star, 1980.  Young Otter and a Starfish- Ottie sees stars reflected on water's surface, wants one and dives in. Swims to the bottom and fetches a starfish---- a Weekly Reader Book around 1979-80ish. 

click here for image of bookOtto series
Hello and thanks for the fascinating web site.  Until I began my search, I would have sworn that the book I'm looking for was called Otto the Giant Dog, but I've completely struck out searching on that title and many variations.  I remember it from the late 50's or very early 60's, and it was about a giant dog that was transported on the back of a flatbed trailer. Covered in canvas, everyone thought he was a rocket engine or a missle, except when his nose or tail would stick out.  Any thoughts?  Thanks in advance.

O6 is a series by William Pene du Bois, called the Adventures of Otto.  The one I have, Otto in Texas, is Viking Press, 1959, and it definitely has the picture described: "Otto was covered over by a canvas marked 'DANGER' and made to look like a secret rocket."  But later in the trip he gets uncomfortable, and you can clearly see his nose and tail.  This is the only one I've seen, but the web lists other titles (don't know if that illustration is common to all of them) such as Otto and the Magic Potatoes, Otto in Africa, Otto at Sea, and, possibly, Giant Otto.
William Pene Du Bois wrote several books about a giant dog named Otto. Otto & the Magic Potatoes; Otto at Sea; Otto in Africa; Otto in Texas.
This wouldn't be one of the many Clifford books, would it?  I seem to vaguely remember him being on a flatbed covered with a tarp.(You can see by my many e-mails that I'm staying up late perusing your site--shame on me!)
William Pene du BoisOtto at Sea, Otto in Texas, and others
William Pene duBois wrote several books about a giant dog named Otto- Otto in Texas, etc.
The Otto book in which he rides on a flatbed trailer is actually Otto in Txas, not Giant Otto. There are actually two separate versions of Otto at Sea. Giant Otto takes place in Africa.
This was a picture book of the sort that also had words, so for K-3 type readers. I read it in the late 70s but don't when it was published. It was about a giant dog, Norfolk terrier type, in a medieval sort of town. He was about three times as high as the houses. I think he got poked with spears by the soldiers. But then the town caught fire and he got a potato (baked, not raw, I think) that was proportional for him and carried it in his mouth to the fire and bit down and water squirted out and put out the fire and saved the town.  It seemed straightforward at the time.

William Pene du Bois, Otto and the Magic Potatoes
This sounds like OTTO & THE MAGIC POTATOES by William Pene DuBois, 1970. Otto is a giant dog, and he does put out a fire with a giant potato. They were also other books about Otto. ~from a librarian.
Pene du Bois, William.  Otto and the Magic Potatoes.  Illus by William Pene du Bois.  Viking, 1970, 1st printing?  Ex-library; laminated jacket, soiled, mended; library binding, corners worn; some pages torn at inner margin; some finger soil - a well-loved book from this well-loved series.  G-   $7

Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm
farm animals siamese cat that pukes

Provensen, Alice and Martin, Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill FarmPretty sure this is it- a book about all the animals at a farm- one page is a montage of the Siamese cats, and one is sick several times. I loved this book when I was little - pored over it for hours.
Alice and Martin Provensen, Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm, 1974.  This is it!  Here is the text you remember: "Eggnog is a Siamese cat.  She is very, very old and she is never warm enough.  Eggnog has a sweet nature, though she throws up a lot and hates to go out-of-doors.  She is cross-eyed and has a lumpy tail."  There are four cats, but Eggnog is the only Siamese.  Fortunately, there are NO illustrations of Eggnog vomiting! :-)
Alice and Martin Provensen, Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm, 1974.  Five horses (Ibn Rafferty, Chaos, Ichabod, Comanche and Lucky) and four cats (Eggnog, Willow, Gooseberry and Max)live at Maple Hill Farm, along with a pig, some geese, lots of chickens, a few cows, a few goats, and several sheep.  There is a two page spread showing the cats going about their daily activities: Eggnog (the Siamese) is shown using the cat pan twice.  She also eats an umbrella plant, looks out the window and explores a brown paper bag.
Read it in mid 70's.  Book about farm, tells names of animals, mostly horses and cats. One cat was always in the catbox

Provenson, Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm Believe this is it.  Same as F216?
Alice and Martin Provensen, Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm, 1974.  Five horses (Ibn Rafferty, Chaos, Ichabod, Comanche and Lucky) and four cats (Eggnog, Willow, Gooseberry and Max)live at Maple Hill Farm, along with a pig, some geese, lots of chickens, a few cows, a few goats, and several sheep.  There is a two page spread showing the cats going about their daily activities: Eggnog (the Siamese) is shown using the cat pan twice.  She also eats an umbrella plant, looks out the window and explores a brown paper bag.

Our Story Book
I am looking for a book containing two stories.  One is about the Cakeville Cakes and the other is about a purple aligator who pushed his nose into the purple mud. 1943-1949

This has got to be Our Story Book.  Akron: Saalfield, 1942  Partial Contents:  Tea Cake from Cakeville, Lavendar Alligator, What Did the Bee Say? Check out the comments on the Solved Mysteries page for Tea Cake from Cakeville. 

Out Of Hand
I am looking for a childrens book about siblings in England, who spent summers with an indulgent, aging aunt. The children loved to be at her house, as there were few rules. When the aunt becomes ill, her sisters come to stay with the children and change everything. I read this around 1962-64.

Emma Smith, Out of Hand. Sounds like it could be the one, though I think the relatives were slightly more distant cousins, rather than aunts.

Emma Smith, Out Of Hand. This is it! Thanks so much - I'm thrilled to have this info.

Out Of My Window
This book may have been a Little Golden book or part of a similar series.  The text of the book is a rhyming text, in which each page begins with the words "Out of my window I can see..." (or "From my window I can see...) and ends with a word rhyming with "see," like "me" or "tree."  Perhaps most of the end rhymes are "me," with the preceding line saying something like, very roughly, "a person waving back at me."  The story is about a child looking out his or her window and noting various aspects/incidents of the view.  This view from the child's window is -- if I recall correctly -- more urban than suburban.  The book's illustrations are, I believe, fairly conventional for the 1950s(?) and are in color.

There is a Little Golden Book called Out Of My Window by Alice Low.  This sounds like the right one. 

Out of the Dark
A teen thriller.  Friends at a pajama party make crank calls to several random people, all with the same message: "I know who you are and I saw what you did." One recipient has a guilty secret and is scared by the message.  He tries to find and dispose of the callers.

Sounds like the 1960s movie "I Saw What You Did," with Joan Crawford as a secondary charatcer. Check www.imdb.com for more info - maybe it was a book too.
I found a video titled I Saw What You Did And I Know Who You Are! that says it's based on a book by Ursula Curtiss.  "When two teenagers make prank phone calls to strangers, they become the target for terror when they whisper 'I saw what you did' to a psychopath who has just murdered his wife."
Edith Maxwell, Just Dial a Number, 1971.  Maybe this one: "A prank phone call she made turns into a nightmare for a high school senior who was just trying to show the crowd she knew how to have fun."  Another reviewer wrote: "A prank phone call inadvertently causes the deaths of two people and orphans a teenage girl. This terrible secret is kept by four friends as one of them befriends the girl and guilt and fear erodes the friendships of the four."
Any input on when the book was either read or published?  Sounds like a premise for a Christopher Pike book, but if it predates the late eighties, that's not possible.
I know there is a 1965 film called, "I Saw What You Did (and I know who you are)." It has the exact same plot. It was based on the book, Out of the Dark [1964], by Ursala Curtiss. Hope this helps.
T180 is (I believe) I know what you did last summer by Lois Duncan.  The movie was loosely based on the book but was
very much altered. 

Outlaws of Ravenhurst
In 1959, the 85 year old nun that taught me in 7th grade read this book aloud to us.  It is probably some very old classic.  It was set (as I remember) in the 18th or 19th century and is about a boy that gets kidnapped.  The only clue to his identity that he remembers is the phrase "Dunkee Teewee" which in the end means "Uncle Steven".  I have almost no recollection of the book, but have a tremendous sense of how much I enjoyed having the chapters read to me.  The irony is that now the only clue to this books identity is the phrase "Dunky Teewee"! It must have been old-- Sr. Maria was not on the cutting edge of literature, but she certainly had 40 obnoxious 7th graders sitting on the edge of their seats when she read this book.  I would love to read it to my son.  Any guesses?

Sister M. Imelda Wallace, S. L., Outlaws of Ravenhurst, 1950.  This is one of the best, most exciting books I have ever read, and I regret that I didn't know about it until I was an adult!  This is definitely the book this person is referring to, and it is still being reprinted, I'm not sure offhand by who - try Catholic homeschooling catalogs/websites. 

The first book, which my teacher read to us when I was in the 3rd or 4th grade, this would have been '84 or '85.  It was about a society that lived withing a contained area.  The people were all afraid to go to "the outside", the children in this book ending up outside and found out that it was better.  I do not remember the name of the book but it was something like "The Outside" or "The outsiders" Can you help?

#O10:  Outsiders.  Journey Outside was a 1970 Newbery Honor Award book by Mary Q. Steele, published by Viking.  This list of Newbery Honor books has proven most useful. An unknown title which I inquired after for years turned out to be a Newbery Honor book--which NONE of the "literary experts" I consulted had ever heard of!
O10: Outsiders -- This one reminds me of The Guardians by John Christopher, but I'm not placing any bets:
"The Conurb and the County--the one a seething mass of humanity living on synthetic food and ready-made entertainment, the other a stretch of rural countryside, stately homes, and horse-drawn carriages. An impenetrable barrier divided one from the other, a barrier that neither side could, or even wished to, cross."
O10:  first, to clarify -- The book I know,  Outside,  takes place in the future - the pollution became so bad that all the major cities were covered with huge domes.  A disease has killed off all adults, and the machinery that keeps the dome's air clean, generates power, etc. is all breaking down. The children have been told 'outside' is a wasteland, but a mysterious man in a clown costume appears and begins luring the children out with songs.  In the end, those that follow him find that the world outside has regenerated.  My copy recently disappeared, so I don't know the author.
Could O10  be  Journey outside (by Mary Q. Steele)?  Library catalogue summary:   "The Raft People live in darkness and travel a circular journey on a underground river. One boy finds his way outside and tries to learn as
much as possible so he can ultimately lead his people there to the Better Place."
o10 sounds like one I know - see if this matches: this book is set in the future-the world is so badly polluted that all the major cities have been domed over and everyone lives inside.  Machinery generates clean air and power within the domes.  All the adults have recently died from some horrible disease and all the machinery is breaking down. A mysterious man in a clown outfit begins appearing to the children and luring them "outside" - a place they have been warned is a wasteland.  Eventually a group makes it outside the dome to find that the earth has regenerated itself.  This book is simply titled Outside - sadly, my copy was borrowed by one of my students last year and never returned so I don't know the author.  It was published in the mid-seventies, and I believe most libraries still have it.
O10 Andre Norton wrote a book called Outside, published by Avon in 1976. Blurbs include "Kristle and Lew need to escape from the giant dome in which they are sealed" and "A fast paced imaginative tale of a brother and sister trapped within a dome, after the Earth has become plagued with pollution and sickness".
#O10--Outsiders:  It looks as though you've identified your title, but in case the description reminded anyone of another book, there is one similar, The City Under Ground, by Suzanne Martel.
Stoutenburg, Adrien, Out There, 1971.  This is an alternative answer for the poster. Blurb on the inside flap reads: "Out There is a story set in the future, in the twenty-first century, when the world has become so despoiled by wars and environmental destruction that people have been forced to abandon the contaminated and polluted countryside, and live instead in cities covered by plastic domes. Outside these sterile cities the treeless mountains and barren spaces are deserted, and only the older generation remember the wildlife that once covered them. Yet, suppose that somewhere 'out there' birds still sang and foxes hunted? This was the vision that inspired five children and an eccentric old lady to set out on an expedition into the wilderness of the Lost Lakes region of the Sierra Nevada in search of animals and other long-forgotten wildlife. This exciting adventure story presents a horribly convincing picture of what the world would be like if squirrels and hummingbirds, fawns and butterflies ever disappeared from the earth and were remembered only as mythical animals like the unicorn and the flying horse." My copy is a 1979 reprint of the first British edition of this American book and was published by The Bodley Head, ISBN: 0-370-01235-6.
Adrien Stoutenburg, Out There, 1971.  This is about a group of kids exploring in the aftermath of an
ecological disaster. 

Over and Over
When I was small, early-to mid 1960's, there was a book we checked out of the library over and over.  It was about a year in the life of a little girl.  There was a two-page spread for each month--Christmas, vacation, birthday, etc.  I remember loving the illustrations.  It may have been called something like The Wonderful Year, All Around the Year, etc., or had the little girl's name in the title.  We were in Germany at the time, but it was in English, so it's U.S., U.K., or Canadian.

How about Tasha Tudor's Around the year (1957).  This date would fit the requestor's.
It's not Tasha Tudor, but it's nice to know someone is still looking!
Over and Over I think. By Charlotte Zolotow, Pictures by Garth Williams.
Could W12 be a very early Holly Hobbie one? I have one that seems to fit this description - holidays, seasons, etc. in 2-page layouts with beautiful illustrations - I'll look for it and check the title if this seems familiar.
The book *is* Charlotte Zolotow's  Over and Over, with illustrations by Garth Williams.  I tracked down a copy via interlibrary loan and it is, it is, it is!!!!  And I think it's still in print.  Yaaaaaaaaaay!

Over in the Meadow
Perhaps a nursery rhyme type picture book, with the recurring theme of a mother animal and her babies and a relevant verb/activity.  I clearly remember the line: "Swim, said the mother!  We swim, said the three!  And they swam and they swam in the ___ by the ___." I think it was a mother duck, but I suppose it could have been fish judging by the verb.  I think there was also a "Jump, said the mother...".  This would have been published around or prior to 1980. Thanks!  I've had a blast tracking down old books - great website!

Over in the Meadow.  The nursery rhyme is definitely Over in the Meadow. There are several versions of it however, including one by Ezra Jack Keats published in 1971 and one by John Longstaff published in 1957.
Various, Over in the Meadow.  This will be some variation on the childrens' song "Over in the Meadow," but there are several possibilities for the edition you want.  A good library will probably have at least some of these:  illustrations by Paul Galdone illustrations by Ezra Jack Keats John Langstaff/Feodor Rojankovsky  Louise Voce.
Olive Wadsworth, Over in the Meadow.  Don't know the specific book you are looking for, but I do know the poem.
Win Braun & Carl Braun Illustrated by Jeff Reading, Readers Theatre - Scripted Rhymes and Rhythms' (1959)  The poem is called "Over in the Meadow". Each paragraph is about another animal & in each paragraph the number of children that answer the mother increases by one. The second paragraph is about fish & contains the lines - Swim" said the mother/"We swim" said the two/So they swam all day/Where the stream runs blue.
Olive A. Wadsworth, Over In The Meadow.  The poem/rhyme that the poster is seeking in stumper #A296 is called "Over In the Meadow" by Olive A. Wadsworth.  I can't report  the title of the book/poetry collection in which it appeared, but if the stumper simply Googles "Over In The Meadow" the text of the poem is there.
One of my very, very favorite childhood poems.  My mother read this to me when I was a little girl and that was a long time ago. I loved hearing all the names of the forest/meadow creatures and their activities.
Over in the Meadow.  The rhyme is caled "Over in the Meadow". There are numerous versions of it out there. There's a version by Olive Wadsworth and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats that was first publsihed in the 70s. That might the one you are looking for.
Olive A. Wadsworth, Over in the Meadow.  This is a poem attributed to Olive A. Wadsworth.  It can be found in collections of poetry, e.g., "Poems to Read to the Very Young."  There are also a few books with that title.
This is definitely the song "Over in the Meadow" which has been published as a picture book many many times.  Each version has the same title, slightly different verses and completely different illustrations.  If you're certain of the date, try one of the following: Over in the Meadow (1957) by John M. Langstaff, illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky or Over in the Meadow (1971) illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats.
Over in the Meadow (an old counting rhyme) has been illustrated several times.  Both Ezra Jack Keats and Paul Galdone have a version

Over the Gate
This story is part of a larger book, it is either a novel or a book of short stories all about the people of this same village. The village may be in England but could be in the US. One of the stories in the book is about a woman who wants to lose weight. She uses some sort of method that may be magical. She does lose weight, as in she does get alot lighter, although her actual size doesn't get any smaller. She gets so light that she actually floats away, high above the village. Another story that may have been in the same book involved a woman whose neighbor liked everything she did so much that she imitated everything the first woman did, down to putting the same curtains in her windows, etc., which really irked the first woman quite abit. This is not necessarily a book that's just for children.

Miss Read, Over the gate, 1964.  This is a collection of Fairacre stories, the one about losing weight (not size!) is the chapter Strange, but True?, while the copycat neighbour is Mrs Next-Door.
Another one solved! Been trying to find this one for decades. I had the 1960's edition with the illustrations by JS Goodall. But that was quite awhile ago. Will look for that particular edition again...Thanks.

There are 2 story lines.  The first is about a husband and wife who decide to sail around the world.  During her watch, she falls overboard.  He then has to figure out approximately where she fell overboard so he can go back and pick her up.  They had not been getting along really great and while he is searching for her, he reviews in his mind their life together.  The other story line revolves around an older whale and what his life has been like.  The end of the book is that somehow the whale finds the woman in the ocean and is able to direct her husband to her.  Thank you so much for your help.

Hank Searls, Overboard, 1977.  It was also made into a movie starring Cliff Robertson & Angie Dickinson.
Thanks so much for finding this.  However, I put two different books together, thinking they were one.  Searls' book, Sounding, deals with the whale story, and how he helps a Russian submarine in trouble.  I never would have gotten onto this if you hadn't given me the title, Overboard. 

Owl at Home
I remember a book that my mom read to me in the late 70's, maybe early 80's. I don't recall the title or author. It is about an owl who walks with the moon to his home. I believe he tells the moon goodnight. The owl climbs into bed and the moon is outside his bedroom window. The owl also becomes scared of "bumps" at the end of the bed. He draws his knees and feet closer and realizes the bumps get bigger and closer. That's all I can remember. Thanks!

Arnold Lobel, Owl at Home.  There are 5 or 6 stories in this beginning reader -- Owl and the Moon is the last one.  Strange Bumps is the other you remembered.
Lobel, Arthur, Owl at home, 1976.  An I can read book.  This is definitely the book.  Like others of Lobel's books, Owl at home has 5 short stories in one small picture book.  One of the stories is Strange Bumps, where owl tries to figure out what the bumps at the end of his bed are.  The last one is the Owl and Moon story, Where owl is sad as his friend moon can't fit inside the house after following him home.  The other three stories are The Guest, Upstairs Downstairs and Tear-water tea.
Arnold Lobel, Owl at Home.  This may be the one, if it was an easy-reader style book.  Check out this site  which gives more details about the bumps at the bottom of the bed (which are his own feet).
O73 Definitely OWL AT HOME by Arnold Lobel~from a librarian
Lobel, Arnold, Frog and Toad.  This sounds like one of the "Frog and Toad" books by Arnold Lobel. I don't recall an owl being involved, but I think both the storylines mentioned are from Frog & Toad. These are "easy reader" books, with several very short stories in each book.
Lonely Owl story.  I've seen other types of stories like this one, but the only things I can remember are the things the owl can't do with others, because they're all asleep.  There's a bowl of pea soup and none to share it with; a spoon stuck behind a refridgerator he can't reach, etc.  I also think it had a winter setting, but I'm not sure.  Thanks, sorry there isn't more.

Arnold Lobel, Owl at Home, 1970s.  A family favorite!  My teenaged nephew and niece love this book...I gave them each a copy last Christmas so there would be no fight over who got the original copy when they leave home.

Owl Service
I borrowed a hardcover from the library several times and the book had a dark green cover and the front was of swirly lines, possibly a scroll.  A brother and sister moved to an estate in England.  They suspected there were some non-human creatures living there and the boy tried to photograph them.  However, the creatures were in the distance and when he tried to enlarge the photos, the prints became very grainy and he couldn’t make out what it was that he photographed.  I don’t think this is a Susan Cooper novel.

Garner, Alan, The Owl Service.
Any chance this is The Owl Service? Brother and sister move to an estate in Wales. At one point the brother takes a photo and tries to enlarge it but runs into graininess problem. No non-humans though, just echoes of myths.
Garner, Alan, The Owl Service.  Yes, the book is The Owl Service.  I am re-reading it now and it is just as lengthy, complicated and creepy for an adult reader as it was for a junior high student 35 years ago.

This was a book my daughter and I borrowed from the library (1993), and we loved it.  It was a mother owl (we think) and her baby talking about how much they loved each other. Some of the sayings were I love you deeper than the ocean, and higher than the sky, more that all the stars in the sky, etc. As a result of reading this book, each night when we say goodnight, we say I love you, infinity and beyond! I would love to get a copy of this book and surprise her.

Sam McBratney, Guess How Much I Love You, 1996.  The description sounds like Guess How Much I Love You, with the Nutbrown Hares.
Actually, I think this was first published in 1994, so it could indeed be the book.
Mike Thayler, Owly.  Oh, I love this book!  It came before Guess How Much I Love You, but never got as much publicity.  The original edition came out in the early 80s, it was reprinted within the last couple years with new, brighter illustrations. 

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