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Sad Day, Glad Day
I'm looking for a book about a little girl whose family is moving to a new house.  Somehow, in the confusion of the move, she forgets her doll.  When she gets to her new home, though, she finds a doll that was left there by the little girl who lived there before--I think with a note pinned to her dress asking for someone to take care of her doll because she couldn't take it with her.  Any ideas on what this book might be?

D60 It sounds like SAD DAY, GLAD DAY by Vivian Lauybach Thompson, 1962. ~from a librarian
More on the suggested title - Sad Day, Glad Day, by Vivian L. Thompson, illustrated by Lilian Obligado, published by Holiday 1962, 38 pages. "Warmly appealing story for little girls of first and second grades. They can sympathize with small Kathy when on moving day she has to leave a familiar home and forgets her doll; and they can rejoice with her in the new apartment house when she finds a bequest from a young former resident who has left a note with a doll, because she could not take all her dolls to her new home. Soft pencil drawings reflect the highly emotional moments of Kathy's big day." (Horn Book Oct/62 p.479)


Sailor in the Sun
A stumper. I read this in the fourth grade (1952). I believe it belonged to the teacher, so it was probably published earlier. It was hardback. Don't know author or title. Story line - a girl is living somewhere on the Atlantic coast or maybe the Gulf of Mexico, perhaps only for the summer. Her family is either not there, or very unattentive as I don't remember anything about them. Her only companion is a boy about her age she meets there, and he teaches her about the sailing and the sea. They find an old leaky rowboat and make it seaworthy and use it. She gets blisters on her hands and he tells her to soak them in the sea water as it will toughen them - and it does.  Have been searching for this for YEARS.

I enjoy your site very much.  The book described by "O4" Ocean Adventure sounds a lot like The Lion's Paw.  It was about 2 orphans (a boy and a girl) who run away from the orphanage and take a boat through channels in Florida to Captiva Island in the Gulf of Mexico.  They called themselves "eganaps" because the orphanage sign was backwards to them looking out. They meet up with an older boy or man.  I vaguely remember that the girl soaked her hands in the salt water to get rid of the blisters caused by pulling the ropes on the boat.  I can't remember who wrote the book.  My aunt had given it to us because we had lived on Captiva Island with her.  Alas the book was lost during one move or another.
I don't have a specific title, but it sounds like it could be one of Elizabeth Ladd's books.
The book mentioned in the first response to query O4, The Lion's Paw, is by Robb White and was published by Doubleday in 1946.  It could be the book described in the original question -- at one point the girl, Penny,
soaks her feet in brine when they are sore from going barefoot, and at another point she has blisters on her hands from rowing and the boy who owns the boat puts pine oil on them. (I think my husband must have read all of Robb White's books when he was a kid and then bought copies when he was in his 20's.  Good, solid kid's books of the don't-write-them-like-that-anymore variety.)
i thought it might have been the Lion's Paw. I did a little research and it sounds like another book by the same author - Robb White.  The book might be Our Virgin Island.  I haven't read it but the descriptions sound more like the book being sought.  There is a Robb White III homepage that shows a cover of the book - that might help.  LCCN 53006887, CALL#F2129.W56.  There is a library search "NOBLE" that found the book in the Beverly library in Massachusetts.
Thanks so much for this lead - I am so excited that I may find the book again. I have ordered four possibilities (all Robb White books from the early 40's) through my local public library ILL to try to pin down the right book. Can't wait to find it!!

Thanks to all who helped, I finally got to reread my childhood mystery book. It was Robb White's Sailor in the Sun (pub. 1941) Needless to say, my memory of details was not very accurate! The girl's "companion" was not a boy her age, but an elderly boatbuilder! Cherry was sent from New York City to live with poor relatives on the Gulf coast of Florida because her father had died, and her mother was in a sanitorium. The uncle in Florida disliked girls, so the aunt cut her hair short and made her dress as a boy. The boatbuilder who befriended her taught her how to build boats and to sail them. A great "girl heroine" story!


Sailor Jack
when I was a child my dad was an avid rescuer of books from the library discard table. I remember a series of several children's books that followed the misadventures of a sailor's pet parrot in the US Navy. Alas, now that I am older and want to preserve them, they are now gone. I want to say the bird's name was "salty" but I am not sure. In each book the hapless bird would cause havoc at sea, but end up saving the day in the end. One book dealt with a tour of duty on a submarine. The parrot, having heard the command "Dive, dive!" all month repeats the phrase into the intercom while an Admiral is inspecting the crew topside. The men on duty follow the bird's order and all the brass ends up going for a swim. From the pictures I remember I believe that they were printed between 1960 and 1970.

Sounds like the Sailor Jack books by Selma & Jack Wasserman (Chicago: Benefic Press, 1960s). The parrot's name is Bluebell. (Sailor Jack & Bluebell's Dive takes place on a submarine)



Sal Fisher at Girl Scout Camp
There's another book, I think it was a Scholastic Book Club book, probably about 1960, about a girl who goes away to girl scout camp. I think her name was Sally. The camp was named Lenoloc, for the man who'd donated the land for the camp, a Colonel (spell that backwards and you'll see why).  I remember there was a poetry competition and one of the poems, about a campfire, ended, "these ashes...something something... fade to gray. But friendship's glow was kindled here to stay."

G36 Girl Scout Camp:  Good thing that person remembered the girl's name was Sally - it triggered my own memories of the book. It's SAL FISHER AT GIRL SCOUT CAMP by Lillian S. Gardner, 1959, 1966 (1966 is the Scholastic date)
DEFINITELY "Sal Fisher at Girl Scout Camp." Thank you so much! As soon as I read the title I remembered it.



Sally Goes Shopping Alone
I am looking for a book I had as a child during the 1940's and 1950's I do not know the name of the book but is it about a little girl who goes by herself to a department store to buy her mother a present. I believe the the little girl's name is either Belinda or Melinda- however I am not certain. Each time she makes a purchase the store clerk asks her if she wants to carry the package or have it sent. Each time she decides to carry the package. After she has finished shopping she realizes that she no longer has the present she bought for her Mommy. The floorwalker attempts to help the child. I would really like to find this book.

Her name is Sally. Here's the book you're looking for:
Eppenstein, Louise. Sally Goes Shopping Alone. Platt & Munk, 1940. Illustrated by Esther Friend. 7.5x9.25", 44pp, blue cloth. Cover soiled, interior bright. Good. <SOLD>
I also have: Sally Goes to the Circus Alone. Platt & Munk, 1953. Illustrated by Jean Staples. 7.5x9.25"; 44pp, red cloth. Very Good. $18 postagepaid.

Thank you so much for responding to my search. I would very much like to have the book. It is rather ironic that I remember the story in great detail (as my mother read it to me many, many times)--however I did not remember the little girls name and it is the same as mine!

I shrieked at the memory of SALLY GOES SHOPPING ALONE. I loved that book, and still love to go shopping alone! 



Samantha's Surprise
2 beautifully illustrated books about "Samantha and Samuel, two plush ducklings" (that's how the first book opened).  In one of the books, the ducklings had an adventure when it rained and their cardboard box house floated away.  These books opened sideways (wider than long).   Author was Beth(first Name) or Tudor (Last name);  1960's or early '70s

Samantha's Surprise. by Bethany Tudor.  J. B. Lippincott Co. (1964)
Bethany Tudor, Gooseberry Lane


Sand in My Castle
I am also searching for one the name of which I cannot remember. It was a story about a young girl and boy, pre-teens, it seems to me, that met on a cruise ship or at a resort hotel and forming a sweet and touching friendship. It was a picture-book sized book, as I recall, but it had very few pictures. For some reason the word 'sandcastle' is associated in my mind with this book. My aunt brought it to me when I was ill in the late 1950's, if that is any help.

This may be Shirley Belden, Sand in My Castle (NY:V Longmans, Green, '58).
Sand in My Castle, by Shirley Belden, illustrated by Genia, published Longman, 1958, 182 pages. "Judith Burritt has one special love - her photography - and all other interests fade in comparison. As she pursues this hobby she begins to realise that she is relying to much on her mother to manage her life and it is time to try her wings away from the family hearth. Encouraged by her father and with her camera as constant companion, she spends a fruitful and energetic summer on Cape Cod, helping an older girl to develop a 'different' tea room. Photography plays an important role as Judith finds new friends, a new love, widened interests, and especially, a more healthy relationship with her family." (BRD 1959) This sounds actually a more complex book than the one remembered, for a higher reading level. A book with a similar title that might possibly be the one wanted is Castle in the Sand, written and illustrated by Bettina, published Harper 1951 "With her usual wisdom and awareness, the author of the beloved Cocolo books tells the amusing and beautiful story of two children who make friends on a beach in Italy. 20 black and white wash drawings. Ages 7-10." (Horn Book Sep/51 p.288 pub ad) The illustration shows a boy with curly black hair and an aquiline nose and an impish looking girl with blonde shoulder-length straight hair.



Santa Mouse
I'm sorry i don't have much info. the story is about a mouse and santa. santa fills the stocking full of toys. then he tells the mouse "he can not put one thing more" but the mouse says He can--and he chews a hole in the stocking!! That is how it ends.  Please Help me find it so my grand children can read it.  I Loved it!!!     '

This sounds like it could be one of the Santa Mouse books by Michael Brown.
M 27 and N 9 sound like the same book.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you-----I would like to know if you have this book to sell me or a way for me to find it.
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i dont have much info.--- the story is about santa and a mouse. santa fills the stocking so full that " Not One Thing More" can be put in ( could be the title) then the mouse says he can put in"One Thing More" and gnaws a hole in the stuffed stocking. This book was read to me by my Father when I was a child in the 50's (55)??  I'm wondering if you can help me find it so I can read it to my grandchildren--- It had lovely  colorful pictures in it. It was probably bought in a 5&10 cent store. Thanking You in Advavce

M 27 and N 9 sound like the same book.
N9--  Thanks for reminding me of this.  It was a poem my grandmother used to recite.  Unfortunately, my mother doesn't know the title or the author, but the fact that Grandma recited it to her children, then her grandchildren, puts it back to the 1930s--probably earlier.  Some of Grandma's stories predated Grandma.  I'm having the devil's own time finding a story she used to recite--we've figured it originated in a magazine printed before she was born; more on that later.  Keyword searches on this (not one thing more, stocking, mouse, Santa Claus, etc.) in the Library of Congress were not much help.  Maybe someone can do better with them than I.  If this was printed, either by itself or as part of a larger book, I would very much like to know where, and how to get a copy!
Regarding N9, the original poem, "Santa Claus and the Mouse", was written by Emilie Poulsson.  If this was made into a children's book, perhaps having the original author will help.
The book which is identified as from the "Santa Mouse" series is actually the same poem I sent to solve stumper #N9.  They should both be listed under that title.
Well, it sure helps to have the correct spelling of the author's name!  When I searched under "Emilie Pouisson" in the Library of Congress I didn't find a thing, but under "Emilie Poulsson" all sorts of stuff came up!  I still didn't find anything to indicate that Santa Claus and the Mouse was a picture book by itself (and want to know if it was) but there were all sorts of collections of poems, including holiday poems, and of course it could have appeared in someone else's collection of poems.  I also did a search on Google with "Emilie Poulsson" and "Santa Claus" and still couldn't find anything like Santa Claus and the Mouse as a picture book, but did find a story called How Mrs. Santa Claus Saved Christmas, by Phyllis McGinley.  Does anyone know if this story featured a sugar plum sleigh?  It might be the one I'm looking for.
a copy of this poem can be viewed at http://www.geocities.com/grandma_lyn/SantaMouse.html.
I think "How Mrs. Santa Claus Saved Christmas" is the same as "The Year Without a Santa Claus", which was made into a popular Christmas TV special with Mickey Rooney. (It was first published in a womens' magazine, 1956.)  Don't remember any particular mention in it of a sugar plum sleigh.
Many thanks to the person who identified Emilie Poulsson as the author of Santa Claus and the Mouse.  Recently I was going through a box of books and found a very old one by this author which must have belonged to my grandmother.  Sure enough, the poem was in it!  I'd never have known to look for it there had I not been informed of the author's name.



Santa's Footprints
A book of Christmas stories.  The first story was about two girls who accidentally received the wrong dolls.  The rich girl got a rag doll, and she was happy to have a toy to play with.  The poor girl got a fancy doll, and she was happy to have something so beautiful.

Barbara Chapman, The Wonderful Mistake,1948.  When I read this "memory", I thought I'd read it before. When I looked it up, however, my anthology entitled Santa's Footprints put together by Aladdin Books, had a story called The Wonderful Mistake in it. There is a princess who is thrilled to get a regular boy doll who is "not to go in a glass case  he is just to play with!" by mistake and a family of 4 war orphans who end up with a fancy doll that was intended for the princess. The orphans decide to make a nativity scene and the fancy doll becomes the beautiful Virgin Mary. It ends with having the mistake be one that "made this Christmas the best for everyone." This story is the next to the last one in the book.
I am the original poster, and Santa's Footprints is the correct book.  You can put this one down as solved!


Sarah's Room
I am looking for a book I loved when I was wounger.  It was for younger children.  What I rememeber of it was that the main charctaer, a young girl, was very jealous of her older sister, who had a beautiful bedroom with all sorts of nice things, and I think her parents told the young girl she couldn't have all those nice things too unless she because as neat as her sister.  By the end she does.  I have no recollection of title or author, but I recall it was a short book, and small, and had illustrations that I would look at for hours.

I have a definite answer for one of the stumpers!!  N7 is a book called Sarah's Room by Doris Orgel, illustrated by Maurice Sendak.  I still have the copy that my Mom gave me as a little girl.  (Although it didn't help me keep my room clean!)  She gave it to me because she liked finding books with a Sarah as the main character.


Satanic Mill
This book was about a boy who got lost in a snow storm & ended up at a mill where they always had 12? apprentices.  They did millwork in the day and learned black magic by night.  Every so often, a mysterious stranger would come by in the middle of the night & they would have to work the mill to grind whatever it was that the stranger brought & have it all done by morning.  Once a year, one of the boys would die horribly and they would find a new apprentice in the loft, who would join them.  Of course the hero did not want to wind up this way, so he fell in love w/a local girl who was supposed to choose him out of all the boys.  If a girl was successful, then the spell would be broken and all the apprentices would be free to go, which is what happend at the end of the story.  The story was set in a rural place and made to seem long ago, and possibly in a nordic or Russian country.

Otfried Preussler, Satanic Mill. This very special book is by the popular German author Otfried Preussler,
beautifully translated by Anthea Bell.
Otto Preussler, Satanic Mill, 1970?.  Poster remembered title OK. Fairly sure I have the author's name spelt
correctly - no longer have a copy to check! Story (as I remember it) spot on, though.
Would suggest The Satanic Mill, by Otfried Preussler, translated by Anthea Bell, published Macmillan 1971, 185 pages "In seventeenth century Germany, a boy named Krabat desperately wants to escape from a school for Black Magic where he is held captive by demonic forces. Krabat must learn enough magic to escape." "Krabat, the protagonist, is a young orphan who starts working as an apprentice at a mill where black magic and witchcraft are at work. The miller has made a deal with the devil, and each year one of the apprentices has to be sacrificed by the miller to keep his side of the deal. Some of Krabat's friends end up dead. Krabat, however, finds
salvation through his love, a singer from the nearby village. She is able to rescue him from certain death and put an end to Satan's reign, even when the miller casts an evil spell, because her love for Krabat is stronger than witchcraft." (from the Amazon review)
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There are several books with the title "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (which I thought was the correct title) but none match my memory of the book...  a young boy is apprenticed to an evil magician.  He is expected to perform several difficult tasks (i.e., emptying a well of water, but his bucket has a hole in it sweeping the feathers from a room, but the wind keeps blowing them back).  Finally he defeats the evil sorcerer when the sorcerer becomes a raven.  Thanks for your help!

Padraic Colum wrote a book entitled THE BOY APPRENTICED TO AN ENCHANTER, 1966 (although there was an earlier printing in the 1920s?). I haven't read it and I couldn't find much info. on it except that Eean the fisherman's son is apprenticed to the evil Zabulun. Might be worth a look. ~from a librarian
Thank you for the tip, but it was not A Boy Apprenticed to an Enchanter. I have since remembered that the book had a windmill in it... does that help anyone?
S134 sorceror's apprentice: the impossible tasks are a very common folktale motif. Usually the boy or girl (most commonly a girl) is helped by animals that he or she helped earlier in the story. I'd guess that the boy was acting as a servant rather than an apprentice - that's the usual arrangement.
Otfried Preussler, The Satanic Mill. Suddenly, after all these years, the title came to me! It is The Satanic Mill.  I checked it out at the library and it was the right book.  I enjoyed it again!
S134 sorceror's apprentice: if the book had a windmill in it, could it possibly be The Satanic Mill, from the Solved List? Later - I had a look at our library's copy, and it doesn't seem to have the impossible tasks in it, just a lot of shape-changing and the trial is recognising the transformed loved one.


Saturday the Twelfth of October
The title was a date (like "Wednesday, August 12th); around 1980.  In the early 80's I read a book about a girl named Zan, about 13 years old, who travels back in time and lives for a year with cavemen. She lives in New York and gets mugged at the beginning of the book by some kids. (The main mugger has blue eyes.) Then there is some family dispute revolving around her little brother. She runs out of the apartment crying and goes to her favorite rock, maybe in Central Park. Apparently strong emotions cause the rock to somehow transport her into the past. After an encounter with some now-extinct prehistoric animal, she meets a couple of kids from a tribe where she ends up staying for the next year or so. Since she introduces herself to them as "Me Zan", they believe her name is Meezan and call her
that. They come to accept her until they start falling on hard times. Misconceptions about her and misunderstandings cause them to make her a scapegoat for their problems. When the elder spiritual leader woman tries to kill her with her own pocket knife, she runs away and seeks out her rock. Apparently it is triggered by her emotions. She returns to the same moment at which she left, so her parents never knew she was gone  they just think she looks like she might be getting the flu. I remember that the author was a woman and that her husband also wrote books for the same age group and that they collaborated on at least one.

This is Saturday, the Twelfth of October by Norma Fox Mazer.


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I am looking for a novel I read, probably in the '60s, about a group of elementary school-aged children who discover a silkworm, and then the children learn about what silkworms need to survive, and carefully take the silkworm (or worms?) to a mulberry tree, where it grows and makes silk.   This may have been a story in a schoolbook, or a book I checked out of the library, but I can't remember much more, except it was very magical to me.  The children may have had many other adventures; I think they had a neighborhood club that met in an attic(?), but this part of the book is what I recall.

The latter part of S45 sounds a lot like The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright.  Mona, Rush, Randy and Oliver
are four siblings living in NYC in the 30s. They pool their allowances so that they can each have an adventure on a Saturday. They called their club ISAAC and named their dog Isaac, too.
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Family detective series--This is a wonderful series of books for upper elementary/jr hi about a family--no mom, a housekeeper named, I think, Curly, several kids, and a dad.  The kids solve a mystery in each book but that's not the main point.  The oldest boy plays the piano.  The oldest girl goes around reciting recipes in one book; she also gets a perm that's too tight,  earning her the name "Brillo Queen."  I think one book is titled "The Tangled Web," but I had no luck in searching the Lib. of Congress for it.  The girl also takes off her nail polish with her treasured bottle of perfume in one book.

I found lots of titles called A Tangled Web, including one by L.M. Montgomery (1931).  Maybe?
#F113--family detective series:  Tangled Web could be Mangled Memory of Melendy Family stories by Elizabeth Enright.  Some details, such as Mona getting a permanent and Rush playing the piano, are right, and the maid's name was Cuffy, which is pretty close.  The mystery title in the series was Spiderweb for Two:  A Melendy Maze.
Could be the Melendy books by Elizabeth Enright. Four books: The Saturdays, The Four-Story Mistake, Then There Were Five and Spiderweb For two: A Melendy Maze.
F113 is definitely not L.M. Montgomery's a Tangled Web.
Elizabeth Enright, Melendy family series.  Took me a few minutes to put your clues together, but this is definitely it.  The books are The Saturdays, The Four-Story Mistake, Then There Were Five, and Spiderweb for Two.  The children are Mona, Rush, Randy, and Oliver.  They are not mystery books but Spiderweb for Two is about a year-long treasure hunt that the rest of the family puts on for Randy and Oliver.
Elizabeth Enright, The Saturdays. The housekeeper is Cuffy, the eldest son, Rush, plays the piano, Mona gets her hair permed and nails painted and removes the polish with perfume. A Tangled Web by Montgomery is about a will and all the members of the family who wish to inherit a certain vase.
Elizabeth Enright, The Saturdays and Spiderweb for Two.  This sounds like the Melendy family.  In The Saturdays, Mona uses her Saturday to get a perm and manicure.  In Spiderweb for Two Randy and Oliver get clues to a year long treasure hunt when the older kids are away at school.  Rush plays the piano.  Their housekeeper's name is Cuffy.
Don't think that this is an L.M. Montgomery.  Not the right type, and her list of works doesn't seem to have a series of this type.  Title should be The Tangled Web, not A Tangled Web.
Elizabeth Enright, The Saturdays.  Sequels: The Four-Storey Mistake, Then There Were Five, Spiderweb for Two. Mona is the one who gets nail polish off with perfume! Cuffy is the housekeeper.
Enright, Elizabeth, Spiderweb for Two: a Melendy Maze, 1951.  Might these be Enright's books about the Melendy family?  The Saturdays, The Four-Story Mistake, Then There Were Five, and Spiderweb for Two.  Although the children are not detectives, per se, Spiderweb for Two does feature a mystery with the two youngest children, Randy and Oliver. Other details: no mother, the housekeeper's name is Cuffy (not Curly), there are 4 (then 5!) kids, and a dad.  Rush (the oldest boy) plays the piano.  Mona is an actress who gives frequent dreamy recitations  I believe recipes are included.  In the first book, The Saturdays, Mona indulges in a scandalous beauty treatment including haircut (although I don't think "Brillo Queen" featured) and manicure, and she ends up removing her nail polish with strong perfume. I hope these turn out to be the right books -- they should be great treat to re-discover!   I never "lost" Enright's children's books (among my favorites), but I've just discovered her adult fiction (short stories) with very great pleasure, and would highly recommend them, especially to fans of her writing for children.
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A woman wrote this book,  1950s.  Four children live in a Victorian house - it has a cupola - I believe there was an illustration of it, might have been on the cover.  I think the children live there on their own. Each weekend, one of them is "allowed" to leave the house and have an adventure.  They weren't in prison!  I think they might have been so poor, there was some "sensible" reason for this situation.  It was charmingly told each adventure was engaging.

I believe this is Elizabeth  Enright's The Saturdays. The Melendy children pool their allowance so each one of them, on their Saturday, can plan some special all day outing. The children are not poor but I believe the war is on and they are still rationing.  Their home, with cupola, is described at great length in The Four Story Mistake.
Elizabeth Enright, The Saturdays/The Four Story Mistake. You're combining two of the Melendy family books.  In The Saturdays, the family is living in New York City and the children pool their allowances so that they can take turns going
to the art gallery, the opera and so on.  In The Four Story Mistake, they move to a house in the country that has a cupola.
Enright, Elizabeth, The Saturdays/Four Story Mistake.  This sounds like a combination of both these stories - in The Saturdays, the kids take turns having adventures, and in The Four Story Mistake, they've moved out to the country and
the house has a cupola.
Elizabeth Enright??, The Saturdays, The Four-Story Mistake ??  Is it possible you're remembering parts of two of the books about the Melendy family?  In The Saturdays, the four children (Mona, Rush, Randy & Oliver) pool their allowances so they can (individually) afford an adventure each Saturday  this is in New York City.  In the second book, they move to the country and live in a Victorian house with a four-windowed cupola on the roof.
Elizabeth Enright, The Saturdays. This sounds like an amalgamation of The Saturdays and its first sequel The Four
Storey Mistake. In the first book, the children live in New York, and pool their money so that each child can have an adventure on successive Saturdays eventually they start having their 'adventures' as a group. In the second book, they move
to a house with a cupola.
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Enright, Elizabeth.  The Saturdays.   Illustrated by Elizabeth Enright.  Henry Holt, 1941, 1969.  Ex-library copy, cover worn, missing rear endpaper.  Dust jacket looks great.  G/VG.  <SOLD>
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Saucepan Journey
Yet another vague book request.  I'm looking for a book my friend read as a child, probably in the late 50s/early 60s (or a bit later).  The ONLY thing she can remember about it is that is was about a pot called Pete (or maybe Peep). It was a magic/special pot, where you could cook several things at once - ie, meat in one section, vegetables in another, dessert in another.  And sadly, that's all the information I have!  I really hope you can help because I'd love to find it for her.  Thanks a lot.

On #P16, "Pot Named Pete," there's also a book titled Teena and the Magic Pot, illustrated by Jack and Louise Myers, a 1961 Tell-A-Tale which appears on page 469 of Santi's "Collecting Little Golden Books" guide, 4th Edition.
#P16--A Pot Named Pete.  There's a Rand McNally Junior Elf Book called The Magic Pot.  It's the only kids' book I've seen about a pot (not counting The Black Cauldron) except for Caroline and her Kettle Named Maud.
Thanks for the info. I'll have to ask my friend if these sound familiar to her.
Hi again.  I have spoken to my friend about this book and she has provided further information.  The pot is definitely called Peep, not Pete.  It wasn't a magic pot, it was simply one that was divided into three sections where you could cook three different things (unheard of at the time).  The father of the family was a travelling salesman who sold the pots and the family all had Norwegian sounding names.  The book had a cloth cover. That's about it!  Thanks a lot.
P16 Pot named Pete --  Not magic but possible, but Edith Unnerstad's Saucepan Journey, illustrated by Louis Slobodkin, Macmillan 1951, "amusing story of the Larsson family, father mother, and seven children, who spend part of a summer traveling in horse-drawn wagons from Stockholm to Norrkoping. Father is an inventor and his whistling saucepan, Peep, makes the trip lucrative, exciting and funny. The story is told by eleven year old Lars."
That's it!!  Thank you thank you!  And I actually managed to find a copy in Australia (which is where I am) so I am now VERY happy.  I just looooove this website........


Sawdust in His Shoes
Sawdust In His Shoes--Again, pretty sure about the title.  I read this in high school in the early 60s.  A teenage boy runs away from the circus, or falls ill and is left in an orphanage and runs away from there, or something!  Anyway, he ends up on a farm where he begins training the farm horse for an equestrian act.

Eloise Jarvis McGraw, Sawdust in His Shoes (NY:Coward-McCann, 1950)
Sounds right.  Where I remember the book being shelved in the school library could well have been the M's, and the publication date is feasible.  I'd like to have a copy of this one as well.  Thanks.



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I have a strange request, for a couple of years I have been looking for this poem, or maybe its a song. I am looking for any book that contains the complete poem. I don't know the title but it about a worm and a funeral (may be titled when a hearse goes by) with a phrase something like the worm goes in the worm goes out.

When a hearse goes by is a line from an Emily Dickinson poem.  I think the poem you're looking for goes something like, The worms go in,/ The worms go out./ They eat your guts,/ And they spit them out.  Lovely imagery!
#W57:  Along with a lot of other people, I can definitely help you with this.  Alvin H. Schwartz did a series of Scary Stories books.  I believe it is the first one which contains the "worms" song, all the words, as well
as notes on its origins.  Highly enjoyable and entertaining books with GREAT illustrations!
W57 The person is right about the Schwartz book as a source for the song. Specifically, it's in the first one called SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK and it's called "The Hearse Song" in the book. Schwartz also includes a good bibliography at the back, so the person can take a look at that too.


Scat! Scat!
My favorite childhood book has been lost.  The book was about a white kitty that was always being told-Scat,scat you bad cat!  I believe that the name of the book is scat, scat.  The kitty was unwanted in the story.  It was hardcover with color illustrations.  In one part of the book the little kitty was swept away by someone with a broom saying scat, scat you bad cat! My grandmother read this book to me during the 1950s. I hope you can help me.  Thank you.

I've had this book before.  I believe it's called exactly that: Scat! Scat! by Sally Frances, Platt & Munk, 1929, 1940. 


Screwball
Soapbox Derby book I think the author's name starts with an A, something like Armstrong.  There are 2 brothers, one athletic and the other not.  The non-athletic boy builds a soapbox racer, so his brother decides he has to do the same but he doesn't want to put the same effort into making it right.  He takes an old spring off a screen door to hold his brake pedal rather than buying a new spring, but then secretly swaps the old spring for the first brother's good one, so the first boy's brake drags during the
race and makes him lose the race.

Alberta Armer, Screwball (NY, 1963) has 2 brothers & a soap box derby; one brother has been lamed by polio. Don't know whether this is the book you're looking for, but the author's name seemed close enough to Armstrong to be worth a shot.
That's it!  I remember the title now that I see it!  Is this out of print, and if so can you find an inexpensive copy for me?



Seabiscuit
I'm looking for a book published (I guess) about 50 years ago for young adult readers, about 11/12 yrs old. The title is something like Come on, Sea Biscuit or Come Home, Sea Biscuit (possibly Little Sea Biscuit?) where Sea Biscuit is the name of a (race?) horse and may involve a young girl as owner, rider or friend. I believe it is hard back, similar in size to a Nancy Drew book. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Ralph Moody wrote a book called Sea Biscuit, the Racehorse, or A Racehorse called Sea Biscuit, which might be the one.
Moody, Ralph.  Come On Seabiscuit.  Illustrated by Robert Riger.  Houghton Mifflin, 1963. Young American Book Club.


Seals on Wheels
I am looking for a children's rhyming book with illustrations.  My sisters and I had it during the mid 1970's, but I have no idea how old the book is.  Two of the rhymes I remember are, "Green Meanies roasting weenies, meanies jump in yellow jello, and they become mellow fellows." and "Snail on whale, whale on snail, it's no wonder they go under."  This book was my favorite childhood book and I have had much difficulty trying to find the title and/or author.  If anyone has any information on the title/author, I would be so happy.  I would love to purchase 3 copies if possible, one for each of us girls, to share with our children.  If only one book is available, we could share...but 3 would be wonderful.  Please, please, please....if anyone knows anything about this book, please let me know.  Much thanks and appreciation for this wonderful service!

G106  I am looking for this book too!  I had it in the seventies, and I have never seen it since...  The only help that I can offer is another line from the book:  "Shades of purple pickle pie" - Good luck!
Dean Walley, Seals on Wheels, 1970.  This book was published by the Hallmark card company.  Great book for reading aloud! It contains the "green meanies" and everything the person mentioned.
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Seals on Wheels might be the title -- children's book. Something about fellows eating lemon jello -- they are yellow fellows. I read it in the mid-70s.

You've got the title right.  It's Seals on Wheels by Dean Walley, Hallmark 1970.   See G106 and Solved Mysteries.


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Planet X? The Search for Planet X? A paperback scholastic book for young readers about the discovery of Pluto. Probably from the 70s. I had to have checked this out of the elementary school library and re-read it at least 10 times before moving on to jr. high. I'd appreciate any leads you or other visitors might have. Thanks again!

#P60:  The Search for Planet X is definitely a 1960s or 1970s Scholastic paperback, small and black.  I come across it all the time in a thrift store and can pick it up if it's still there next time
Simon, Tony.  The Search for Planet X.  New York: Basic Books, 1962.  Scholastic, 1965.


Searching for Shona
I read this book in the early 1980's.  It was about 2 girls in England -- one very wealthy and one poor.  One (or both, I can't remember) are being sent to the country during WWII.  They decide to switch places -- they look alike and one snips off her braids with nail scissors to complete the disguise.  For most of the book, the reader follows the life of the wealthy girl, who goes to live with 2 old unmarried sisters (cousins?) in the countryside. The wealthy girl learns to value family, friends, etc over the things that use to surround her during her well-to-do life in London.  When the war is over, the formerly wealthy girl returns to the city.  She goes back to her old home so that she and the other girl can switch back.  The poor girl pretends not to recognize the rich girl and claims that the switch never happened.  I loved this book and I would be thrilled to find out the title and perhaps locate a copy of the book.  Thank you!!

Margaret Jean Anderson, Searching for Shona, 1978.  "During the evacuation of children from Edinburgh in the early days of World War II, shy, wealthy Margaret on her way to relatives in Canada trades places and identities with the orphaned Shona bound for the Scottish countryside."
I KNOW I used to own this, but can't find it anywhere.  Did the cover show one girl looking down from a train window at the other?  I seem to remember the cover was mostly green and I'm pretty sure I got it from one of those Scholastic order forms.
T130 Searching for Shona by Margaret Jean Anderson, 1978 ~from a librarian
Ha!  Now that someone's posted the title, I can tell you that Searching for Shona is definitely the book I was thinking of when I posted my clue.  I was thinking that one of the girls was named Sasha.  Hope this is it!
It's definitely Searching for Shona.  It ends, after a conversation in which Shona denies switching places with Marjorie, "Yes, Shona could keep her money, her relatives, and even her name!  Marjorie walked down Willowbrae Road feeling bold, confident, and daring.  She had found herself at last.  And she liked what she had
found."


Season of Ponies
I read this book in the 70's. My memory of it is vague - I remember a girl living in a large house, maybe visiting? There were some horses/ponies with rainbow (or colored) manes and tails. They were her secret or she found them by accident or something like that - in fact i think the title was something like "secret ponies" - i may be totally off on that. Thanks for any help!

Zilpha Keatley Snyder, A Season of Ponies
Snyder, Zilpha Keatley, Season of Ponies, illustrated by Alton Raible. NY Atheneum 1964.  I'm sure I'm not the only one who's going to suggest this one. Here's a plot description: "Pamela found living with two old aunts dreadful until the moment a boy moved out of the mist with a flute and a herd of weirdly beautiful ponies.  Pamela never knew where they came from exactly  it was possible that the strange amulet her father gave her just before he went on another of his long trips had something to do with it.  But wherever they came from, Ponyboy and his ponies brought a summer of magic, high adventure and a new beginning to a girl who had lost all hope...."  If I remember correctly from reading it years ago, the ponies are pastel-coloured, and resemble Pamela's collection of glass horses. The old aunts won't hear of her having anything to do with horses, so she has to keep it a secret.


Second Best (Cavanagh)
This was a YA novel about a teenaged girl having growing pains. She has a brillant, tidy, older sister, who likes patchouli perfume, and twin baby siblings.  The main character steals her older sisters paper on Edna St. Vincent Millay, hands it in as her own and gets caught. At some point the two sisters double date, with the younger sister wearing a dusty pink outfit. On the date she has to crawl underneath the bathroom stall door because she doesn't have any change for the coin-op door.

Second Best.  This was a teen romance paperback written in the 1980's for the Wildfire series. Can't remember the author. Check out the "mixed lots" of teen fiction on eBay as I saw one there recently and I'm betting you'll find a copy. Make sure you search descriptions as it wouldn't be listed in the auction title. Good luck!
Is this it?  Pascal, Francine.  Second Best (Sweet Valley Twins #16).  "Things are happening fast forthe Wakefield twins. The biggest party of the year is coming up. If Jessica can get "un-grounded" in time, she'll be able to go. Elizabeth is entering a statewide essay contest, hoping to win the $100 prize. And both twins are putting in extra time on their special school projects.\n\n\n\nCute, smart, and popular Tom McKay is in Jessica's work group. His antisocial brother, Dylan, is in Elizabeth's. Dylan feels that he will never be as good as his brother. So why should he even bother to try? Elizabeth really wants to prove to Dylan that he can be the best at something, too. But can she help him without coming between two brothers?"
Second Best, Helen Cavanagh. I was the one who originally posted the solution Second Best. It's not a Sweet Valley book, it was published under the Wildfire series. The description on the back is exactly what she just described. And the author is Helen Cavanagh. I came across it today, strangely enough, in a thrift store.


Secret Hide-Out
The book or series was about a group of ~3 boys who camp out together and fight a monster (really a bush) using spears made from broom sticks & lion masks made from grocery bags (paper-not plastic).  The father and grandfather of one of the boys had a secret club with a hidden 3-ring binder filled with club rules and instructions on how to make the spears, masks, ect.  Seemed to be aimed at boys 8-11-ish.  It had a fairly even mix of pictures and text.  It might have been a Scholastic publication.

This is definitely THE SECRET HIDE-OUT by John Peterson, 1965, 1998. The author's estate has put the whole book, including illustrations, online here.  Don't let the cover and the illustrations throw you though - they are from the 1998 reprint. The Scholastic copy was more orange or yellow,  and I remember different illustrations (I'll have to check my childhood copy). Also, you might be interested to know that there was a sequel, ENEMIES OF THE SECRET HIDE-OUT. ~from a librarian
BTW, the full name is John Lawrence Peterson and he is also the author of the well-known Littles series!


Secret Language
Hello!  I love your site!  For years I have been trying to find a particular book. I read it in 6th grade in 1979. It is about a couple of girls at a boarding school. At Halloween, they make ice cream cone costumes out of chicken wire.  I loved this book! I borrowed it from the Bookmobile and have never seen it since.  Does anyone else know the name of this book and where I can purchase it?

This book is The Secret Language by Ursula Nordstrom.  It was published by Harper in 1960.  I loved this
book and read it over and over when I was a girl. It's the story of two girls, Martha and Victoria, who make up a secret language to help themselves deal with their insecurities and fears in boarding school.
H9  is The Secret Language by Ursula Nordstrom, Harper 1960 The two girls are unhappy at being at boarding school and start their own secret club with a secret language and fix up a clubhouse in the woods.
I think H9 is The Secret Language by Ursula Nordstrom.  It's about two young girls (around age 9) at a boarding school.  They dress as ice-cream cones for the Halloween party (the illustration of them in their costumes is very funny), and later in the book they build themselves a playhouse in the woods on the school grounds.
This is definitely Ursula Nordstrom's Secret Language -- I just pulled my copy and found the scene where the girls wear ice cream cone costumes.
Wow... all of these answers came within one week of posting this stumper!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!! I can't wait to get the book and read it again! This is such a wonderful service you do!!
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The book I read often as an elementary school child involved a girl who I think went to a boarding school and found solace in going to the woods.  My most vivid memory is of her creating a moss lined pond that was her secret place.  I don't know what keyword to submit.  Can you help me with that? Thanks and I'll be checking for the solution. P.S.  I heard of your web site on NPR this morning.

I haven't read it in a long time, but this sounds like The Secret Language by Ursula Nordstrom.
Zibby O'Neal, Language of the Goldfish, 1980.  This may not be it, but it does involve a girl and a pond that is her special place.
Nordstrom, Ursula, The Secret Language.  Victoria also builds a hut in the woods, invents a secret language and dresses as an ice cream cone for party.
Sounds like THE SECRET LANGUAGE by Ursula Nordstrom, 1960. ~from a librarian



Secret of Crossbone Hill
This is a mystery set in South Carolina starring a brother and sister named David and Kathy.

The Secret of Crossbone Hill by Wilson Gage.
Secret of Crossbone Hill, by Wilson Gage, illustrated by Mary Stevens, published by World 1959, 184 pages. "A lively and well-written tale of summer play adventures with eleven-year-old David and his younger sister kathy, whose family are vacationing on the South Carolina coast. A swamp with a mystery which turns out NOT to be pirates and treasure furnishes some heady agitation in strange sights and other enigmas. The family group is particularly likable, given to amusing banter (father, especially, has a gift for inventing long ridiculous retorts, full of made-up words). There is some naturally introduced description of birds which fascinate David's bird-watching mother and become a hobby for him, too, as egrets, terns, anhingas, and ibises are to be seen." (Horn Book Jun/59 p.205)
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Gage, Wilson. The Secret of Crossbone Hill.  Illustrated by Mary Stevens.  Weekly Reader, 1960.  Dustjacket flaps have been clipped and a piece of tape with an inscription has been affixed to inside front cover.  VG/VG.  $32
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Secret of Hidden Creek
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Secret of Sleeping River
"Chapter" book, octavo size, about 200 pages (approx). Illustrated with line drawings in a late 50s-early 60s style, rather like textbook illos. I read it before 1970, but I'd date it to the 50s at a guess. The story concerned a family with 3 or 4 children who acquired a television set that only worked when it was upside down. Then it showed very strange programs. One was about firemen, who were shown breaking into a burning house, only to find the family inside sitting placidly in front of their television, watching the same show! One well-meaning friend offered to fix the set and was turned down. It seems to me that the family had recently moved from the slums to the country, and that there was a sub-plot concerning bringing some of their child friends out to the countryside as well. I remember the daughter asking her mother why people felt sorry for city/slum kids since she thought they were smarter and more clued in, and her mother pointing out the negatives for underprivileged kids. This was a book with an agenda, but it never seemed to interfere with the story.

U5 Upside down television set -- I FOUND IT!!! The Secret of Sleeping River, a story of television magic by Archie Binns, published Winston, 1952, 213 pages, illustrated by Rafaello Busoni. "Rarely seen, delightful book about what happens when a family comes to possess a magic television as a result of a gypsy's tinkering." I'm happy. No kidding, "rarely seen". Woohoo!
the answer to U5 is: The Secret of Sleeping River, a story of television magic by Archie Binns, published Winston, 1952, 213 pages, illustrated by Rafaello Busoni.
Believe it or not, it looks as if this is also my found stumper (Upside down tv) Secret of the Sleeping River: a story of television magic, by Archie Binns, illustrated by Rafello Busoni, published by Winston, 1952. I had forgotten that the mysterious tv programs were sponsored by Pomeroy's Wild Goat's Milk Cheese, and announced by the Absent-Minded Announcer, who is connected with the farmhouse that the family has moved to. They find a photograph of him as a boy between some boards in the window-seat. It's a terrific book, and I'm excited to find that someone else read it and remembered it - it's as if we'd each remembered half the plot and needed to be put together!


Secret of Smugglers' Wood
R. J. McGregor, Secret of Smugglers' Wood (?), Puffin Books (UK), late  50s/early 60s.  I think this was title, but I may be wrong.  NOT The Young Detectives, NOT Secret of Dead Man's Cove. Kids discover hidden room in house, foil criminals.   Also, who was McGregor, and how many other books did he write?

Secret of Smugglers' Wood,  R.J. (Reginald James) McGregor, Penguin, 1957, Puffin Story Books #105.  Some other books by McGregor are:  The Young Detectives (c.1934, 1967), Warrior's Treasure (1962), Indian Delight (1958), Laughing Raider (1951), Jungle Holiday (1950), Chi-Lo the General (1947), Monkey-God's Secret  a story of adventure (1924), Secret Jungle (?), Jungle Mystery  a story of adventure (1910-1919?), as well as numerous plays.


Secret of Stone House Farm
I remember reading this book as a child: a boy about 12 is on summer vacation, a strange family moves in nearby and they turn out to be a troupe of circus performers that houses their elephant, "Tiny" in their barn. There is a parade in the book and something about the town not wanting elephants to be housed in the barn. I cannot remember the name of this book! Thanks and good luck!

C74 circus looks like the same book as T74 Tiny the circus elephant. Probably not the right book, but on a similar theme is Lions in the Barn, by Virginia Frances Voight, illustrated by Kurt Wiese, published Holiday
1955, 96 pages "Most circuses in the old days had no permanent winter headquarters. This gave many a farmer in New York State and Western Connecticut a chance to make a little extra cash by winter-boarding animals. It must also have given many farm boys as much pleasure as it did Clay Baldwin. Miss Voight tells how he helped his father get their barn ready; how the trainer and his six big cats arrived; how Clay learned to help him care for the animals and train a lion cub." Less information but possible - The Hired Man's Elephant, by Phil Stong, published Dodd, Mead 1939, 149 pp. Illustrated by Doris Lee. "story of an elephant that finds a home on an Iowa farm."
C74 circus and T74 tiny the elephant: The Secret of Stone House Farm, by Miriam Young, illustrated by William M. Hutchinson, published Harcourt 1963, 192 pages, is about Marcy, Wayne and Lee, who discover that a long-deserted farm near their home has been occupied by "Bert Cole, a retired circus performer, his immensely fat wife Juanita (an ex-ballerina) and their collection of strange pets. But it is the "secret" hidden in the barn and carefully guarded, that finally brings the story to a spirited climax." (HB Oct/63 p.505) Nothing solid on whether an elephant is involved, though.
Another possible is Elephants in the Garden, written and illustrated by Ida Scheib, published David McKay 1958. "Joey becomes a neighborhood sensation after he makes his unscheduled debut - by elephant back - under the Big Top, in Madison Square Garden. Offstage glimpses of the circus, Joey, and his elephant friends will captivate the younger set. Ages 7-10." (HB Apr/58 p.85 pub ad). It sounds more as if Joey is already part of the circus, though, and doesn's seem to be set in the countryside.
C74 circus: just perhaps, Black Elephant, by Virginia F. Voight, published Prentice-Hall 1960. "this well written story lends an interesting perspective to the circus life of the last century, to life in rural New England. Ages 8-12." (HB Dec/60 p.549 pub ad) "Young Dilly joins the Hathaway Rolling Show circus and becomes involved with the care of elephants. When an abused young black elephant named Ebony escapes into the Maine woods, Dilly must find the elephant and regain its trust." No mention of Tiny, though.
Miriam Young, if you say so, The Secret of Stone House Farm.  C47 is definitely Secret of Stone House Farm!  The elephant is being hidden in the barn because he hurt someone he thought was attacking his keeper, Bert, and Bert and Juanita are afraid - with good reason - that he will be destroyed.  Hiding an elephant is no small job, though, and once the kids find out, they are happy to enlist their help.  Gradually, more and more people find out about Tiny.  I don't remember how the problem of his being destroyed is solved, but I distinctly remember Tiny's taking part in a parade. The bank pays to have him advertise for them, and the heroine,  who wants to be a drum majorette in the parade, has to be the clown riding Tiny instead.  This precipitates the climax, in which Tiny is discovered by the authorities and the question of his being dangerous is settled satisfactorily.
Young, Miriam, Secret of Stone House Farm.  This was given as a solution for C47 christmas star, and I believe that was a typo for C74, since the plot of the Miriam Young book is about an elephant in a barn (as in C74) not a star on a tree (as in C47). If the stumper was originally posted by the same person who posted the first Mop Top solution, it is confirmed there.
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Hi-I am looking for the title of a paperback chapter book I read as a child. It was set ina small town durin summer vacation, and a boy finds out that a group of circus performers has just moved in nearby. they have a elephant named Tiny, and there is a parade in it. This is just about all I can remember. Any ideas?  This is a great site- WOW.

T74: Well, elephants named "Tiny" are something of a running gag in fiction, but I remember one story fondly (not the title though - sorry) - it was part of the same collection, I think, that had the Native American story I mentioned in "Pie for a beggar". In it, a boy and his father work in a circus - the father does a sad clown act in which he's called "The Great Gaston"(?) and the boy tends a young elephant. The father has an injury and the boy begs the ringmaster to be allowed to fill in for him. He makes up an act in which he's searching everywhere for Tiny, who's right behind him, and whenever he turns, she turns. Finally, he sees her and asks, "Have you seen an
elephant anywhere? She's just your size." She shakes her head. The act is a hit. The other stories include one about a man who can never make up his mind about anything and one about a fool who has to be told to build a house, then to put in a door, windows, and a chimney. Probably written before 1970.
C74 circus looks like the same book as T74 Tiny the circus elephant. Probably not the right book, but on a similar theme is Lions in the Barn, by Virginia Frances Voight, illustrated by Kurt Wiese, published Holiday
1955, 96 pages "Most circuses in the old days had no permanent winter headquarters. This gave many a farmer in New York State and Western Connecticut a chance to make a little extra cash by winter-boarding animals. It must also have given many farm boys as much pleasure as it did Clay Baldwin. Miss Voight tells how he helped his father get their barn ready; how the trainer and his six big cats arrived; how Clay learned to help him care for the animals and train a lion cub." Less information but possible - The Hired Man's Elephant, by Phil Stong, published Dodd, Mead 1939, 149 pp. Illustrated by Doris Lee. "story of an elephant that finds a home on an Iowa farm."
C74 circus and T74 tiny the elephant: The Secret of Stone House Farm, by Miriam Young, illustrated by William M. Hutchinson, published Harcourt 1963, 192 pages, is about Marcy, Wayne and Lee, who discover that a long-deserted farm near their home has been occupied by "Bert Cole, a retired circus performer, his immensely fat wife Juanita (an ex-ballerina) and their collection of strange pets. But it is the "secret" hidden in the barn and carefully guarded, that finally brings the story to a spirited climax." (HB Oct/63 p.505) Nothing solid on whether an elephant is involved, though.
Another possible is Elephants in the Garden, written and illustrated by Ida Scheib, published David McKay 1958. "Joey becomes a neighborhood sensation after he makes his unscheduled debut - by elephant back - under the Big Top, in Madison Square Garden. Offstage glimpses of the circus, Joey, and his elephant friends will captivate the younger set. Ages 7-10." (HB Apr/58 p.85 pub ad). It sounds more as if Joey is already part of the circus, though, and doesn's seem to be set in the countryside.
Miriam Young, The Secret of Stone House Farm, 1963.  I am currently reading this book from our area library.  It is about a girl (Marcy), her younger brother (Wayne) and a neighbor boy Lee.  During summer break, they become friends with Mr. and Mrs. Cole, retired circus performers who moved in to the house next door.  They have an elephant Tiny.  In order to get the towns people to accept Tiny, they offer kids rides on him.  (I am not completely through with the book yet, but I have skimmed it and there is a part where the kids put on a parade.)  Hope this helps!


Secret of the Crazy Quilt
I don't remember much of this book but this is what I remember: (It's a children's book) Two children going to a relative's house.  They find there is some mysterious treasure hidden in the house and go searching for it. There is a garden with stones around it and each stone is a letter of the alphabet (maybe) telling some secret code.  At the end they find the treasure hidden in an heirloom quilt.  I don't know the author or the title!  I keep having vague memories of this book but I don't know how much
of the memories are accurate.

Not 100% sure, but person could try The Secret of the Crazy Quilt by Florence Hightower, 1972.
S69 sounds a bit like T39
Going only by the title, maybe Treasure of Crazy Quilt Farm by Marcella Thum, illustrated by Elinor Jaeger, published by Franklin Watts 1965.  Not too likely, but also The Mystery of the Gold Candlesticks by
Winifred Scott, published London, Mowbrays 1958 "This fast-paced adventure story for boys and girls is concerned with the unexpected detective activities of an orphaned brother and sister on holiday in a strange country house." (Junior Bookshelf Oct/58 p.172 publ. ad) And still grasping at straws Key to the Treasure by Peggy Parish, illustrated by Paul Frame, published NY Macmillan 1966, 154 pages "Liza, Bill, and Jed, spending the summer at their grandparent's farm, are determined to solve the puzzle of an often-told family legend of authentic Indian relics, which a hundred years before vanished without trace. Young readers will be immediately involved when the children accidentally stumble upon the first of the coded clues, and can share the fun and excitement of unscrambling the codes and deciphering the cryptic instructions."
More on The Sectret of the Crazy Quilt:  "During a prolonged visit at their Massachusetts family home during the winter of 1944-45, Jerry and her aunt try to unravel the mysterious events of another vacation
visit twenty years before."


Secret of the Emerald Star
This book is a juvenile mystery by Phyllis A Whitney.  It involves a blind girl, and I believe a key or jewel or some small object which is missing.

This book is indeed by Phyliss Whitney. It's called The Secret of the Emerald Star and the children's names were Robin, Stella (the blind girl) and Julian. I loved this mystery as a child, particularly because I loved the name of Julian. I picked up a copy of this book for 50 cents when my local library discarded it. I can't wait to introduce it to my three-year-old when she gets older.
W10--Secret of The Emerald Star

I am looking for a couple of mystery books I read as a child in the early eighties.  The titles (as best as I can remember) are The Mystery of the Red Carnations (I think it was an Edgar Allan Poe grave-type of mystery-- someone's leaving carnations on someone's grave) and The Mystery of the Missing Emeralds (has a blind girl named Stella, the stone ends up having been hidden in a statue which she had sculpted).  Please help!  I've been looking for title/author/book for many years.

Secret of the Emerald Star, by Phyliss Whitney!!!  I remember loving this book as a youngster, too!
Two books are mentioned in M12.  I don't know the first one, but the second one mentioned is definately Secret of the Emerald  Star by Phyllis A. Whitney. 



Secret of the Spotted Shell
Treasure/mystery of girl and family visiting elder female relative near seashore area, with lost necklace/jewelry that disappeared many years ago.  A beautiful seashell was involved, because near the end it was discovered to contain a note which had accidentally slipped into the seashell and which provided the key to finding the treasure or solving the mystery.  This book may be titled something like
"The Mystery of the Seashell" or "The Mysterious Seashell" or "The Secret of the Seashell", etc.

S47  is probably SECRET OF THE SPOTTED SHELL, by Phyllis Whitney, Westminster press, 1967.
S-47 may be one of Phyllis Whitney's young adult mysteries.  I think the title might be Secret of the Spotted Shell.
This may be The Mysterious Christmas Shell, by Eleanor Cameron. (1961)  The girl, visting her old aunties
and grandmother, finds a shell that contains important papers (regarding lost wealth?) inside.....the item had been
slipped inside long ago, when one of the older relatives was a girl.  One of my favorites!
S47- if this book isn't by Whitney (and it probably is), I thought it could also be the Mysterious Christmas Shell by Eleanor Cameron. 


Secret of Turkeyfoot Mountain
I have been trying to locate a book, may have been a young adult book, called the mystery of turkeyfoot mountain, or the secret of turkeyfoot mountain or something similar, but cannot find a reference to it anywhere.

LC has the title Secret of Turkeyfoot Mountain by Eda and Richard Crist Abelard-Schuman, NY  1957
The Secret of Turkeyfoot Mountain was on my unknowns list for a long time.  As a result, I grab every copy I see, and now have an extra, if the person who asked about it still wants/needs it.  I could send it and others
to you in exchange for titles I want.



Secret of the Witch's Stairway
I read this book in the mid-80's. The story had to do with a treasure (which was gold or silver, and i think included a goblet), and a book (possibly with geneological information about the family). i think there were two kids in it, and at the end some information was found in a graveyard near the house where the kids lived. i believe that the treasure was either found in a tree, or hidden somewhere in a basement/winery. if anyone can help me figure out author or title, i'd greatly appreciate it!

Don't know if this is worth posting, but the second-to-last on the new page--under "T" for treasure, I think-- sounds vaguely like Tinker's Castle  by Winifred Langford Mantle.  Perhaps someone could find a description of it  and post it so the person inquiring can see if it's different enough to NOT  be the book.  I will say "Tinker's Castle" involves English children visiting France, the goblet is glass, and their friend is heir to a disputed family fortune.
T99 This is a very long shot, but I thought I'd mention this book just in case. The treasure and cemetery elments appear in SAFE AS THE GRAVE by Caroline B. Cooney, 1979. Lynn is always getting into trouble, while her sister Victoria is perfect. While the family is weeding the family graveyard, Lynn notices a stone for Cordelia, no last name, only a date. No one except her long-dead relative knew who Cordelia was, so Lynn decides to investigate. She gets a clue from an old book of her relative's; the relative wrote, "A joke all for myself" on a
morality story about Cordelia, the Good Mother. It turns out that the relative had been responsible for saving the church's valuable gold cross during the Revolutionary war, and there was no Cordelia. The cross was hidden in the grave. A very long shot - but you never know! ~from a librarian
T99 treasure mystery: possibly The Sparrow Child, by Meriol Trevor, illustrated by Martin Thomas, published Collins 1958, 254 pages. "Philip Sparrow comes to stay at Corben Place, the old family house, and there he meets an assortment of conflicting characters, the story of a lost chalice, and an appealing sea and countryside. Eventually the conflicts are unravelled, the chalice is found, and the countryside is saved from being the site of an atomic research establishment. ... Some of the characters have dreams full of symbolism..." (JB Nov/58 p.283)
Holly Beth Walker, Secret of the Witch's Stairway.  2nd in the Meg Mysteries series.  Meg and Kerry visit 2 little old ladies who are twins and run a chicken farm.  An ancestor of theirs, Melinda, during the Civil War hid the family silver and no one's been able to find it.  A young orphan boy, Glenn, has been helping out around the farm.  Meg and Kerry find out he has Melinda's diary because he is also related to Melinda.  They think the clues point to a fireplace in the old house that burned down.  They tear it apart but they are mistaken.  Eventually they find the silver in a room behind the witch's stairway.


Secret Passage (Bawden)
See House of Secrets

Secret Passage (Russell)
Now I have a stumper, call it English Seaside Cottage Adventure: My grandma had a children's book (probably published circa 1910-1920) that was British. It was about a family of children (probably 4-6 kids) who went to their English seaside cottage for a holiday. They found a cave that was being used by smugglers and had an adventure relating to the cave and smugglers. I think the story may have taken place during WWI, because it seems to me there was something about a spy...

And I actually own (I believe) the book mentioned in E17.  I have an old Puffin book that answers this description.  I can see the cover clear as day in my mind's eye but not the title or author.  I will check this evening when I get home and write again.
I wrote earlier today to say, among other things, that I thought I had the answer to E-17.  Well, wonder of wonders, I found the book I think it might be on my shelves.  It's an old Puffin (orig. pub date 1934, Puffin pub. date 1948) called The Young Detectives by R. J. McGregor.  Here's what the inside teaser says about the story:  "Here is a first-rate family story with more than a little spice of adventure in it.  The five Mackie children had the rare good luck to find, in a house taken for the holidays in Deonshire, a secret passage leading to a smugglers' cave.  There was a mysterious intruder who slipped round doors too quickly for recognition, footprints where no footprints should have been, and a wreck off shore with something curious about it, too."  Hope this is the one the inquirer is remembering.
Hi. Actually it turns out that my cousin has the book and it's called The Secret Passage by Dorothy Russell. It's funny, though, the Young Detectives book sounds suspiciously similar!



Secret Pencil
I have had a lot of luck looking for the books from my childhood.  However, I have this memory of a book that I LOVED but cannot remember much about.  I was in middle school so it is a juvenile but not a baby.  The main character is a boy.  He is staying with some sort of relatives that he doesn't know/like.  (Big surprise).  He goes into a cave at the ocean shore and finds a magic silver pen and adventure ensues.  At some point, he loses the pen.  That's it.  That's all I remember.  Any thoughts?

Well, this is a bit sideways, but Patricia Ward's Silver Pencil (US title: Secret Pencil) (UK '59; US Random, '60) is about a girl who spends the summer with her uncle on the coast of Wales, where she finds a magic silver
pencil. I've heard wonderful things about this book but haven't seen a copy.
Sounds close enough to investigate.  Even if it isn't the same one I remember, sounds good.  Thanks!
Patricia Ward, Silver Pencil.  Indeed The Silver Pencil was about a silver pencil that was found by a boy in a cave on the sea shore. I knew Lady Patricia Ward when I was a boy, in fact we shared the same birthday, 24th August, and we spent many happy times together at her homes in Chevington and Bampton.  I was given a signed copy of the book  when it first went into print, but it was sadly lost many years ago. I don't remember the
story well, it was about 40 years ago, but it was a wonderful story. I remember that the pencil was embellished with a Turquoise, it was able to write on its own and always signed off with a seahorse as its signature. Happy memories.
Secret Pencil, by Patricia Ward. Just to clarify, the main character is a little girl, Anna. With her elder brothers, David and John, and the twins, Richard and Rose, she is staying at Glanruthven, Uncle Robert's house on
the coast of North Wales, for the first 3 weeks of August. Although she loves her uncle and the place, she is unhappy because her brothers go fishing with Jim instead of going with her to visit their favourite places on the first day. In the cave called the Wigwam she finds a blackened silver case about 5" long, set with a blue stone and with a ring at one end, holding a short flat pencil. When she tries to write with it, it writes by itself, signing with an S that looks like a seahorse. When Uncle Robert takes the children out on the Mary-Anna (sailboat) the pencil writes
a message to go to Fisherman's Cove - quick! where they rescue ten-year-old Philippe and his puppy George from the rising tide. Philippe and Anna become friends and share the secret of the pencil, which turns out to have
belonged to Anna's great-grandfather, Admiral Samuel Evans. The pencil's messages sound very much as if they came from Admiral Evans, who had a sea-horse tattoo. On the last night of the visit, after many adventures,
Anna dreams that she sails with her great-grandfather and gives the pencil to him. In the morning it is gone.



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Secret Summer
A girl runs away to a small island somewhere in the U.S.  She has a small amount of cash with her and buys a boat to get there -- I think an inflatable raft? -- and maybe a flashlight or lantern?  And maybe a younger boy/brother? comes along?  She comes back across to get food a few times.  I can't remember why she's hiding out or anything.  Stuck in my mind with "My Side of the Mountain" and Konigsberg's "...Mixed up Files..." as sort of survival-oriented.  Published before 1980, probably before 1975.  Everybody in the world but me probably knows this, as I don't even find anyone else asking about it on the solved or open stumpers lists!

G95 Could it have been abt Australia and a sailboat? I just went to storage to check but didn't find it. Phipson, Joan Cross currents    illus by Janet Duchesne    Harcourt c1966 1st American edition 1967
Not 100% sure, but it might be worth looking into - Ruth Chew wrote a book BAKED BEANS FOR BREAKFAST, 1970 and Scholastic later republished it as THE SECRET SUMMER, 1974. Ruth Chew was known for her fantasy book (like WHAT THE WITCH LEFT, a popular stumper here), but this book was
realistic fiction. There was definitely a brother and his older sister, and they run away for the summer. However, I haven't read it since I was a child, and I can't find any summaries of the book. But maybe the title will ring a bell? ~from a librarian
Ruth Chew, The Secret Summer, 1970.  A long shot, but worth a try. The original title was Baked Beans For Breakfast. Kathleen and Joe run away from their awful babysitter and head for a favorite vacation spot on a lake. They buy an old boat (not inflatable) and sail it to a small island. They do go to town a few times for supplies and befriend an older woman who hires them to do chores. Then the dam breaks and the island is submerged...the children are rescued and spend the rest of the summer with the older lady.
Chew, Ruth, Secret Summer (orig. title Baked Beans for Breakfast), Scholastic 1970, 128 p., reprint.  I haven't read this myself, but the story has been described elsewhere as about a sister and brother who decide not to go to summer camp, but to take their luggage and spending money and hide out on an island. They buy food  occasionally and have to avoid suspicion from adults. Probably other people will suggest this - hopefully one of them will have read it and can supply details!
Mazer, Harry, Island Keeper, 1981.  Any chance this is the one?  Date is a bit later than quoted, and I'm not certain all the details mesh, but stylistically it does remind me of the two other titles mentioned.
Ruth Chew, Baked Beans for Breakfast,1970.  This book is about Joe and Kathleen who run away from their babysitter while their parents are in Europe for the summer.  They head for the lake that their family usually vactions at every summer.  They go to the country store where the shopkeepers know them from other summers spent there and they buy a sterno stove, a saucepan, a frying pan, plastic utensils, and groceries.  They go back a few more times for more groceries.  The summer before they had built a pine needle cabin and they planned to sleep there, but it was no longer standing.  They decide to go to Epply island, a small island on the lake, and they buy an inexpensive plastic boat to get them there.
Hi, Harriet!  I submitted G95 on the new stumpers page, Girl buys raft and runs away to island.  The helpful internet folks got it right away -- The Secret Summer, apparently originally Baked Beans for Breakfast... so it can go to "Solved."  THANKS!  I feel so much better now that I know. <g>
G95 might be The Hideaway Summer by Beverly Hollett Renner. It was first published in 1978. Plot summary: A sister and brother miss the bus to camp and instead secretly spend an adventurous summer at a cabin in the woods.
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Thanks for your site! I've had quite a few answers to long-lost book questions! These books are like long-lost friends! Here's another: A story about a girl camping under undesirable circumstances (with a boy--a brother?).  She can't go home or can't find her way...they don't have much money...it rains a lot...they buy chocolate squares...I think she may be hiding.  I don't think it's High Trail.
Thanks so much!!

Not much info to go on; but could be On the Far Side of the Mountain  by Jean Craighead George--the sequel to My Side of the Mountain.
It sounds a bit like Cynthia Voigt's Homecoming.  It's a story of four children abandoned by their mother who walk from New England to Va's Eastern Shore.  There's lots of unpleasant "camping" involved.  The oldest child is a girl.  They have to hide - they're afraid of getting caught and put into separate foster homes.  It's been a while since I read it but I believe there is a scene focusing on two of the children during a particularly stormy night.  Hope this helps!
C32 -- This one was a Scholastic book, I think.  The one I'm thinking of had a boy and a girl that had run
away and were living in the woods.  The girl had a stuffed mouse toy that she carried everywhere.  I
remember that the two of them had lunch fixed for them at one point (can't remember if they were at a cafe,
or someone's home) and they were served stewed tomatoes, which they both hated.  Sorry, but I can't
remember the name, though.
C32: Somehow, this makes me think of Ruth Chew's Secret Summer, a.k.a. Baked Beans for Breakfast,
though I didn't actually read it. It does deal with runaways.
Not very sure about this - Junior Bookshelf review from 1978: Scrub Fire by A. De Roo, 106 pages, Heinemann. "set in the New Zealand bush. Fourteen year old Michelle's fears about the compulsory treat of a camping holiday given by a childless uncle and aunt to her and her two brothers are fully justified. A sudden fire raised by their uncle's ignorance of the bush separates them from the grownups, and Michelle's attempt as eldest to take charge sees them lost in the wilds, though the elder boy reveals unexpected knowledge of bush craft which at first helps them survive. They have also the problem of nursing the delicate youngest child who runs a high fever.
... several near-rescues and unexpected difficulties, and finally crises of despair which the rapidly weakening older pair have to overcome by mutual support and a fantasy story about their 'kingdom'."
More on the suggested title - Secret Summer / Baked Beans for Breakfast, by Ruth Chew, published Scholastic 1970 and 1974 two children are to be left in the care of a horrid housekeeper while their parents go to Europe. They decide to run away for the summer. They may have been returning from summer camp as they were discussing this on the bus, and so had suitcases already with them.
Baked Beans for Breakfast-AKA The secret summer. This one is definetely Baked Beans for Breakfast aka The secret summer Again, one of my favorite books. I remember them running away, camping out, the girl's stuffed animal, they get lunch at this house where this old lady lives. I think they then start working for the old lady and try to hide the fact that they are camping out. She eventually guesses and I think they go home to their parents. The boy keeps teasing the girl about bringing the stuffed animal. I think it is a bunny and at one point he has to "rescue" it. She is very greatful. Hope this helps!
I love this one, not just because it's apparently Ruth Chew's only non-fantasy story, but because it's a pleasant subtle bridging of the "generation gap." That is, on one side you have the mean babysitter who likes children only if they're little, and then you have the old lady who has every respect for the older kids' ages and intelligence.


Secrets of Hidden Creek
A children's mystery set in the south... A girl comes to visit the area... There's an old estate where a scary old woman lives... The girl meets quite by mistake a rather grumpy , surly boy who comes from a poor family...the family eats ocra...The boy is secretly trying to find the lost gold left behind by the confederates... wonderful ending...  Thank you for the help!

#W68--Wormwood?:  When this question came up before, either here or on the Alibris message boards, I said it sounded like The Secrets of Hidden Creek, by Wylly Folk Saint John, but I couldn't be sure.  This time I dug
out my copy and I am QUITE sure this is the book you are after.  The place in the book is, indeed, called Wormwood.
W68 wormood??? sounds very close to C71 confederate treasure mystery
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I remember reading a mystery when I was a middle aged child...it was set in the south...there was a surly boy character, very poor who ate okra, I believe a girl character who came to the area for a visit. There was an old house with an old woman that everyone was afraid of...wormwood or something like that...There was confederate treasure hidden there... I am hoping to relocate the title at least and then the book if possible...thanks for any help!!!!!!!!!!!

#C71--Confederate Treasure Mystery:  I believe The Secrets of Hidden Creek, by Wylly Folk Saint John, appears on the "Solved Mysteries" page.  Can't be sure this is the same one, but it has a lot of similarities.
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Love your site. Fascinating reading how the stories of our childhoods stay with us so vividly. Keep up the good work. Here's my long-lost book:  It was called THE MYSTERY OF THE INDIAN ROCK or THE SECRET OF INDIAN ROCK or  somesuch. The story was about three siblings who went to stay with their  grandparents for summer vacation. They were looking for a buried treasure (I  think), and their only clue was its burial under an "Indian rock." They search and search as the summer spools out, looking for a rock shaped like an Indian or an Indian headdress, etc. The denoument sticks with me: As the weather heats up, the lake by grandpa's house evaporates. The rock they were seeking is under the water and reachable only in the dead of summer. And the "Indian" connection is not in the shape of the rock but its use; long-ago Indian tribes would grind the rock and use the powder mixed with water for face paint.  I used to read this book every year on the first day of summer vacation.  We're talking late-1960s to early-1970s. I sure would love to get a copy for my now six-year-old.

Yahoo!  We have the title for this book!  My 9 y.o. read it a few months ago and loved it.  We both recognized it from the above poster's description, but couldn't remember where we'd gotten the copy she read.  We couldn't remember the title, either, and we couldn't find it in our public or home library. We found it yesterday at a used bookstore and brought it home to live.  The title has nothing in it about the Indian Rock, but there is no doubt this is the book.  The title is The Secret of Hidden Creek, by Wylly Folk St. John.  The storyline is exactly as the poster described.  The treasure being sought is a confederate treasure hidden from the Yankees by a wounded Confederate soldier who "lay where he fell."  He left a clue in a diary, which nobody could've understood but his sister, who, unbeknownst to him was either already dead or would die before she ever saw the diary.  Nobody else saw the diary for years, until these three children stumble across it and spend the summer hunting for the Indian Rock mentioned.  They can't find it because the soldier talks about it being near a creek, and there is no creek, only a lake.  When the lake dries out or is emptied toward the end of the summer they see the path of the old creek and discover the Indian Rock, so called because of its use in war paint (they sit on it and later discover
their shorts are all red).  There is a fourth child who figures in the story as well.  His father is dead, and everybody thinks he is was a thief.  The children end up saving this boys' life from the real thief and proving his father's innocence to everybody.  Sorry so long, but it's such a relief to get the itch of this title out of our heads!
That is GREAT news. Thanks so much for helping me track this down.  You've brought an end to many a sleepless night!  Great!!
Secrets of Hidden Creek, by Wylly Folk St. John, illustrated by Paul Galdone, published Viking 1967, 160 pages. "Not one but two long-lost treasures are unearthed by the children in a mystery story set in the lake and mountain country of northern Georgia. Three lively young people are spending their vacation with their grandparents in a summer cabin. A romantic ruin with a history of violence and tragedy, inhabited by an aged recluse, proves irresistible to the children; thorough exploration reveals a secret passage leading to a vital clue to a long-sought cache of Confederate gold. Meanwhile the three meet a local boy whose dead father some years before had been implicated in a robbery of a collection of rare old coins; in a sufficiently exciting ending, both mysteries are happily solved." (HB Feb/67 p.67)


Secrets of the Shopping Mall
I remember this book vaguely.  It is about how the mannequins in a department store are really abandoned children and teenagers.  They come alive at night.  I remember the book being vaguely spooky, but not a horror book.  I would love to find it.

There are mannequins in Carol Ryrie Brink's The Bad Times of Irma Baumlein, but I think this is a different story.
M121 *and* R48:  Richard Peck, Secrets of the Shopping Mall, 1979.  I believe the solution to both M121 and R48 is Secrets of the Shopping Mall by Richard Peck (who also wrote the strikingly imaginative Ghosts I Have Been). In Shopping Mall, two eighth graders, Barnie and Teresa, hide from the King Kobra gang at Paradise Park and get locked in. Their adventures in the bedding, electronics and Junior Miss departments are thwarted when they are apprehended by what seems to be a cadre of glossy, fashion-conscious mannequins that come alive after closing time, led by the dictatorial Barbie (aka Madame Chairperson) and Ken (Blazer Boy). Memorable line: "I am an inmate of the Ratso Luv Charleen Junior High School."
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A group of kids run away and hide/live in a shopping mall.  I read this in the early 80's but could be older.

#R48--Runaways:  Eyes in the Fishbowl, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, involves a boy running away to live in a department store, which I believe proves to be haunted.  I think he's alone but other kids do figure in the story.  Strange to say, a much more recent book by Zilpha Keatley Snyder is titled The Runaways.
I think this is Secrets of the Shopping Mall by Richard Peck.  Two kids named Bernie and Theresa run away from bullies in their inner city neighborhood by taking a bus out to the suburbs and end up at Paradise Park Mall.  They live in a department store and borrow clothing and eat food out of the deli counter and employee cafeteria.  While sneaking around the department store, they meet a bunch of kids also living there who pretend to be store dummies and live a whole other underground life.  They get caught in a battle between the store kids and a gang of kids from the outside.
M121 *and* R48:  Richard Peck, Secrets of the Shopping Mall, 1979.  I believe the solution to both M121 and R48 is Secrets of the Shopping Mall by Richard Peck (who also wrote the strikingly imaginative Ghosts I Have Been). In Shopping Mall, two eighth graders, Barnie and Teresa, hide from the King Kobra gang at Paradise Park and get locked in. Their adventures in the bedding, electronics and Junior Miss departments are thwarted when they are apprehended by what seems to be a cadre of glossy, fashion-conscious mannequins that come alive after closing time, led by the dictatorial Barbie (aka Madame Chairperson) and Ken (Blazer Boy). Memorable line: "I am an inmate of the Ratso Luv Charleen Junior High School."
M121 AND R48 SECRETS OF THE SHOPPING MALL by Ricahrd Peck, 1979 ~from a librarian
M121 & R48 both sound like Secrets of the Shopping Mall by Richard Peck.  A boy and a girl run away from a terrible school & hide out in a department store. While there, they discover a group of runaway/abandoned kids who masquerade as maniquins during the day & hide out at night.  They fight off a rival group of kids who live in the parking lot.  Eventually, the original group decides that they would rather live in the world, and the hero & heroine get jobs at the department store and continue living there.
M121 mannequins abandoned children: This sounds like The Eyes in the Fishbowl by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, illustrated by Alton Raible, published New York, Atheneum 1968, 168 pages. The main character is a young boy fascinated by the very upscale dept store where his mother works. An older woman who lost her family in war (WWII?) in Europe is a friend of his, and has somehow opened the store at night to the ghosts? of children who died as war orphans or refugees. The title comes from an advertisement for a mink-lined fishbowl (luxury goods from the store) with the eyes of a refugee child showing through from a charitable appeal on the other side of the page.
Secrets of the Shopping Mall  by Richard Peck. Audrey says this is the coolest.  One of the best.  Have read it like four times or so and am overdue for another read.


Seeds and More Seeds
1960's.  Don't know if this was the title, or just our nickname for it. Benny is given some seeds to plant in pots, I think, for a science project. The illustration are line drawings with only green and rose-colored highlights. It was a hardback.

B201  Millicent E. Selsam, Seeds and More Seeds.  Check the library, this is still fairly easy to find.
The Carrot Seed.  I remember the book  used to have a copy, but I don't believe I do any more.  Can't remember the author, but I'd recognize it if I heard it.  Many elemenatry school libraries still have this title.
Millicent Selsam, Seeds and More Seeds
Millicent E. Selsam, Seeds and More Seeds, 1959.  Benny is the main character.


Seldom and the Golden Cheese
I am looking for a book that I read when I was a child that actually belonged to my father when he was a child ( he is 74).  It was probably printed some time in the nineteen twenties or thirties.  There were beautiful color engravings. The story was something like  ______   ______ and the Big Cheese.  Though I am not sure.  It was about a normal human boy born into a family of large headed "Gombeem" men who were minors.  He left his family to search for his fortune and discovers the BIG Cheese.  Eventually he meets a girl and meets a king and everyone lives happily ever after.  There are some wild characters along the way.  He meets a man who throws his hat, then walks up to it and throws it again.  He explains that this is the only way he can get from one place to the other.  The boy suggests he throws one foot in front of the other and voila!  Problem solved.  It is filled with little silly things like that.  This is all I remember.  Please Help!!

Alibris.com currently lists several copies of Donald and the Big Cheese: an Adventure in the Netherlands, published by Grolier, no author, no date, no other details.
the suggested title Donald and the Big Cheese, is a Disney Small World Library book about Donald Duck travelling to Holland, "Book tells of the sights of the Netherlands with the three ducks, Donald, Daisy and Hans.
The sights are: Tulips, Windmills, Cheese, Wooden Shoes, Pottery, Museum, Van Gogh, etc." (Gee, wouldn't want to miss any stereotypes ...) Anyway, doesn't sound likely, unfortunately. BTW, it probably isn't exactly
"Gombeem men" but something that sounds similar, since "gombeen" is an Irish dialect word meaning moneylending.
B85 big cheese: could be Seldom and the Golden Cheese, by Joseph Schrank, illustrated by Gustav Tenggren, published Dodd Mead 1933, 160 pages. Plot description very scanty, apparently an episodic, satirical fantasy about a bit of gold? or a miraculous cheese? that grows. However the title is close and the date is right, and Tenggren's illustrations (in his pre-Pokey Puppy days) sound appropriate.
B85 big cheese: more on the suggested title Seldom and the Golden Cheese "It's a fairy tale of sorts with giants, ogres, little "Greenjackets," wizards and the obligatory questing young hero." "Rare and wonderful fantasy set in Cheesemellow Town in the Kingdom of Rumpumpernick. Illustrated by Tenggren with pictorial endpapers, color frontis, beautiful full page black and whites plus many smaller black and whites in-text as well as a fabulous pictorial wrapper, all in his early style (reminiscent of the style of Arthur Rackham)"


Selfish Giant
when i was a child there was this book about a giant and a little boy. the little boy finally got the nerve to climb the giants tree, then the tree began to flower and he and the giant became friends. then i believe the giant let all the children play in his yard and the little boy ended up dying

This might be The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde. When I first read it 25 years ago in the My Book House
series (ed. 1920), the bittersweet ending was removed and all you know is that the giant has taken the wall
down. Not a bad idea for smaller children, I suppose.
G28 could be Oscar Wilde The Selfish Giant - giant tries to keep children out of his garden but a boy climbs over and befriends him
G28 is The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde. There are more that one version of this tale so I don't know which
one you had as a child.
THE SELFISH GIANT by Oscar Wilde
#G28--Giant and boy, friends, has just about got to be The Selfish Giant, a Christian parable by Oscar Wilde.  The giant was selfish and mean and kids were afraid of him.  Maybe they did go into his garden, but only to raid  apple trees or something.  The new, strange little boy resisted the giant's attempts to frighten him.  Once they became fast friends, the other children played nice in the giant's garden.  When the little boy disappeared, the
giant was very upset.  One day the little boy reappeared, with bleeding wounds on his hands and feet.  The giant demanded to know "who hurt you" and "I'll fix them," and the child said, "Nay, these are the wounds of love."
All I can remember without the story in front of me, but I will say it was a GREAT cartoon 30 or more years ago, with wonderful animation and music, and for reasons I don't understand, never shown again!  I would like to find out about it and see if I like it as much as I did as a child.
G28 is certainly Oscar Wilde's The Selfish Giant story.  It's one of his most famous and included in all collections of his fairy-tales.  Dover issues it in its thrift edition of the fairy tales, which sell for a dollar.  There's even a cd-rom version that you can sometimes find on Ebay :)  Simon and Schuster put out a copy in 1984 illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger.  It's quite pretty and oversized, only containing that story.
G28 - Is the story called The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde...I think Elizabeth Zwerger illustrated a version...fairly recently - that is, within living memory.
maybe that cartoon mentioned is from the Reader's Digest series - at any rate, it's on video.
On The Selfish Giant, I guess I was right about the cartoon being good; it was nominated for an Oscar.  Why it is never aired is beyond me.  They have such a slew of junk at Christmas and hardly any good Easter-themed
kids' shows.  Someone selling the Reader's Digest video on eBay currently says it is rare, hard-to-find, almost impossible to come by.  Since I can't find it listed on "Movies Unlimited," it's just possible they may be right.
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This is a book that was read to us a lot in nursery school, and I haven't encountered it since, so it was published no later than 1974. A giant who likes children spends some time befriending and playing with a group of them. When the kids go home at the end of the day, their parents are upset and tell them that the giant is dangerous and that they must stay far away from him. The children promise to do so. On a subsequent day, the giant goes up to the kids and they play again. (I remember asking a teacher how that was possible if the children were staying far from the giant and his home. She told me that because he was a giant, distances that would seem far to small children, would still be very close for a giant.) In the end I believe that the giant somehow proved to the parents that he was non-malevolent and was allowed to continue playing with their children. I also remember that the giant had a lot of giant-sized cool stuff that the kids had access to, and the sizes were compared to everyday objects, like cookies (or perhaps crackers) as big as wagon wheels and ice cream cones as big as something else.

Oscar Wilde, Selfish Giant.  This has a lot of similarities, but may be too old - though it has been reprinted many times. Giant posts keep out notice on garden after children have been playing in it - then one child gets round him somehow and he lets them back in again. Not exactly the same as your poster is remembering, but I'm doing it from memory too, and it may be worth his/her while checking this out in case there's more in common than I remember!



Sense of Wonder
Praise the Ship, Science Fiction Story--Anyone Know?  My friends heard this story on the radio program "X Minus One."  They were sure it was by Ray Bradbury and I am sure it is not.  It's about a group of people sent off in a totally self-sufficient space ship.  The ship becomes a religion and people go around saying, "Praise the ship."  Then one kid gets out of bounds, into another area of the ship, and finds out something he isn't supposed to know.  I told my brother-in-law, "I've read just about everything of Bradbury's but not much else science fiction and I haven't read this story" and he said, "I haven't read much of Bradbury's but I've read a lot of other science fiction and I have read it," but he couldn't think of it.  I posted it on the Ray Bradbury message board and someone thought it vaguely resembled an Isaac Asimov story.  Any takers?
Later...
Two previous answers, Little Lost Robot by Isaac Asimov and Orphans of the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein, didn't sound quite right, then this came in:   "It was the Milton Lesser story The Sense of Wonder. Basically, about a society traveling through space for 10,000 years. For the inhabitants, the
"ship is all - praise the ship." But suddenly it comes back to Earth whence it left and essentially it freaks the people out that there is life beyond their ship. The story was very much similar in basic concept to Robert Heinlein's Universe which had a similar basis, but a different tone. Sense of Wonder was from X Minus One 4/24/56."  My friend who originally brought up the story answered, "Yup, that's the one."


Separate Peace
Customer is looking for a book that he read in the 9th grade, so it could be juvenile or young adult. Two boys befriend each other in boarding school or college. One is very gifted  swims and breaks a school record but won't let his friend tell anyone about it. At the end of the book the gifted one dies, possibly of a brain tumor. Thanks for the help.

Isn't this A Separate Peace by Knowles?
Harriett, my customer is going to go check it out at the library to see if this is what he was thinking, but saying it REALLY sounds close. Many many thanks!



Seven Day Magic
I remember reading this book in the 70's. It was about a group of children who found a magic tailsman and a book. The book would write itself when the children had adventures (usually traveling through time). The couldn't look ahead in the book because all the pages would be blank.

T80 Sounds like SEVEN DAY MAGIC by Edward Eager. However, the book is magic (it's been stored with the fairy tale books, and their magic had dripped onto it) They have adventures, but can't read ahead - they can't
read about their own adventures until they've happened.  ~from a librarian
Sure sounds like Seven-Day Magic by Edward Eager, one of the classics. The children take a library book out and it writes their magic adventures as they occur. However, I don't recall any magic item other than the book, so
this may not be it.
It almost sounds like this person has mixed up Seven Day Magic and Half Magic, both by Edward Eager. In "Half Magic," there is a talisman. It's a small coin that looks like a nickel but has strange symbols on it. In "Seven Day Magic," the book is the magical object that grants the children their wishes. The children also could not look ahead in the book because the pages would be blank.
School children are still reading this book as part of the Accelerated Reading Program.  I have seen this book and most of his other boks (there is a sequesl called Magic By the Lake ) in bookstores.
It's definitely Seven Day magic by Edward Eager. Still in print, as far as I know. I have a paperback copy, purchased at some chain bookstore within the last year.


Seven Sone
I'm searching for a book I read as a young girl.  I remember very little about the story, but I do remember the cover of the book said it was previously titled "The Seven Stone."   I've never been able to find it.  The story was about a young girl who was friends with a new girl in school, whom none of the other girls in school seemed to like.  I believe the new girl gave the main character a smooth rock as a gift. A special one.  She believed a girl got a mind of her own on her seventh birthday.  I also remember the new girl became very ill, and the main character drew a picture for her friend. Then thinking it was silly, showed it to her much older brother who told her anyone would be lucky to have such a picture.  I would love to find a copy. It was a very gentle, sweet story.

Mary Francis Shura, Seven Stone.  I found several copies of Seven Stone listed online, along with many other books by Mary Francis Shura, but I don't know which one of those you're looking for.
Craig, M. S., The Seven Stone, 1972.  There is a book called "The Seven Stone," where "Maggie learns many things when she befriends the strange new girl in her class."
Mary Francis Shura, Maggie in the Middle aka The Seven Stone, 1972. Found these synopses on the web:
"About a girl who went to a new school and had to learn the secret of 'fitting in.'"  "Maggie makes friends with the new girl, Tilly. Tilly is convinced she's the daughter of a witch and that she has magical powers. The Seven Stone, she believes, is her protective talisman. Maggie struggles to grasp who and what Tilly (and the stone) really are, as well as the value of friends."
The Seven Stone by M.S. Craig, Holiday House, c1972, ISBN 0823402142. "Maggie learns many things when she befriends the strange new girl in her class."  It was reprinted by Scholastic as Maggie In The Middle, with the author's name now given as Mary Francis Shura.
Shura, Mary Francis, Maggie in the Middle (Original Title: the Seven Stone)  1975, Scholastic reprint.
Mary Francis Shura, The Seven Stone.  I belive it is out of print.
Mary Francis Shura, The Seven Stone,  1972.  I don't know about the other title that the requestor was asking about but this book called "The Seven Stone" sounds like it might be the one.  A girl named Maggie befriends the new girl in class named Tilly. Tilly has a stone that she believes is her protective talisman. The book is illustrated by Dale Payson. Published in 1972 by Holiday House. If this was later printed under another name, you may wish to find out if it is illustrated by the same person, and which are the illustrations you remember.
A little further research reveals a second title: Maggie in the Middle published by Scholastic Book Services in 1975. The illustrator is the same: Dale Payson.
Mary Francis Shura, Maggie in the Middle, 1975.  With the original title, this was pretty easy---I just typed in Seven Stone on bookfinder and came up with this title.  Hope it's the one!
Shura, Mary Francis, The Seven Stone, illustrated by Dale Payson, NY Holiday House 1972.  This was republished by Scholastic 1975 under the title Maggie in the Middle. The only plot description I have is that it is about a girl who goes to a new school and has to learn the secret of fitting in.
Shura, Mary Francis, The Seven Stone, 1972.  I found it!!!  The Seven Stone byMary Francis Shura, Illustrated by Dale Payson, Published in New York: Holiday House, 1972 ISBN:0823402142 JUVENILE BOOK FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN ABOUT A GIRL WHO WENT TO A NEW SCHOOL AND HAD TO LEARN THE SECRET OF 'FITTING IN'. BOOK TEACHES SOME LIFE-LESSONS.   Other edition: Maggie in the Middle  by Mary Francis Shura, Illustrated by Dale Payson, Published NY Scholastic 1975.


Seven Sunflower Seeds
I love your site, what a brilliant service!  Thanks!  Any luck with this one?  Its an older children's book, British, probably written in the 1960's or 1950's.  Cannot remember name or author, but the book is about a large family of clever kids, and includes a sequence near the beginning where they are making up an alphabet as follows...A for 'orses -- B eef or mutton -- C forth Highlanders -- D eformation...  Can't remember the rest of it and its driving the whole family crazy trying to locate it!

I don't remember an alphabet scene but Ordinary Jack does have a family of kids who are all geniuses except Jack.  There were several others in the series as well.
I saw your answer to my ABC query. I don't know the book mentioned, so I don't think it can come from there. I just found a version in the adult book A Fool"s Alphabet by Sebastian Faulkes, which is similar, but not the same, and of course not as good! So if any more answers come up I would still be interested.
No, I don't have the answer (although Cresswell's Bagthorpesseemed as plausible as any), but there's a good version of the "Cockney Alphabet" that begins with A for 'orses in Eric Partridge's Comic Alphabets(London, 1961):    A for ’orses,  B for mutton, C for sailors (for th’Highlanders),  D for rent,  E for brick,  F for vest,   G for police,  H for beauty,  I for hangover,  J for oranges,  K for a drink,  L for leather,  M for services,  N for eggs,  O for the rainbow,. P for a whistle,  Q for the flicks,  R for moment (for Askey),  S for you (for Rantzen),  T for two,  U for mystic (for cough, for nerve, for knee),  V for l’amour,  W for a quid,  X for breakfast, Y for ****’s sake (for mistress),  Z for breezes (for effect, for de dogtor — I hab a bad code iddy doze).  Hope someone comes up with the book!
The book in question is Seven Sunflower Seeds by John Varley.  This is the fourth in a series of books about the somewhat eccentric  Callendar family (not quite as addled as the Bagthorpes). The other books are Friday's Tunnel,February's Road, ISMO.   The first two are much the best.  ISMO is the weakest, and the only one written from other than the first-person viewpoint of one of the Callendar children.  The books were written in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
The author is John Verney (Varley is a sci fi writer).
Yes, thanks, I had seen the answer on your site.  I now have a copy- it quite lived up to my memory!
I ahve another query posted under FISH.  Hope that one gets an answer too!  Still really enjoying the site.  Many thanks.  N.B. Author's name is John VERNEY.


Shades

Shadow Castle
Do you know of a book where a castle exists that has shadows of fairies.  A child finds the castle and a strange man on the last day of his banishment from fairy land.  I think there is a magic ring.

It's not Shadow Castle by Marion Cockrell, is it?
sure does sound like it - Shadow Castle by Marian Cockrell, illustrated by Olive Bailey, copyright 1945, Scholastic printing 1968. "In the middle of a deep, dark forest there is a castle. Only shadows live here - shadows of kings and queens who are waiting. They have been waiting for hundreds of years. They have been waiting for someone to break the enchanged spell that was cast upon them. Then one day, a girl named Lucy wanders into this shadow land...."
Definitely, definitely Shadow Castle.
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A book I found originally in about 1976.  There was no cover.  It began with a little girl who lived with her grandmother.  They lived near a forest and the little girl was friends with all the forest creatures.  One day she is following a little dog and goes deep into the forest.  She comes upon a tunnel covered with vines.  She follows the little dog in to the dark tunnel.  She thinks she sees a goblin and runs after the dog. The end up in a beautiful valley with a huge castle at one end.  There she meets a man who invites her inside.  He spends the whole day telling her stories of the family who lived there.   The father was a fairy prince who rescued his mortal wife from a terrible fate and brought her to live in the valley.  The man goes on to tell her about each of their children (a son and a daughter who were half fairy/half mortal) and their lives as they grew up.  The son marries a fairy princess named Bluebell after rescuing her from a goblin spell.  The daughter befrends a dragon who lives on top of a mountain and eventually marries they man who saves the dragon.  Anyway after the man spends the whole day with the little girl it turn out he is actually the original fairy prince father who is awaiting the end of a magic spell when he can be returned to his mortal wife.  The man hurries the little girl home, giving her the little dog to keep and she makes it back out of the valley just as the castle disapears.  She and the little dog make it back to Grandma's just as night falls.  It's a whole lot more drawn out than that but that's pretty much the jist.  It's all about fairies being good and goblins being evil, love, honor and family.  I loved it as a child and read it over and over.  Please help if you can!

Marion Cockrell, Shadow Castle. Again!
This is just a guess, but it sounds a little like The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald. There's a little girl, her grandmother, a castle and a band of evil goblins.
Marian Cockrell, Shadow Castle. This book is 100% definately Shadow Castle - I know because I am looking at it right now on my shelf and you have remembered the details very well!
Regarding your solved mysteries, Shadow Castle, I was wondering if anyone knew if any of the printings on this
were ever published in a green cloth hardback, with the book dimensions being oversized and measuring
something like 9 and 1/2 " by 12 and 1/2 "  The beginning of the description people have given about the girl following an animal into the forest...only to discover a door seoms to fit exactly to the only thing I remember of the book I loved as a girl.  P.s. This web site is incredible beyond words!!  Now I only wish I had the money to purchase a new world of exciting books, which I have discovered through you!
I can't tell you how happy I am to have found your site!  I've been trying to remember the name of a book I had as a child - and it's been bugging me for a long time.  Finally I put all the words I could think of to describe the book into a Google search - your site is the first one that came up on the list - and there was the answer!  Shadow Castle!!!  I was trying to think of "Fairy Princess", "Fairy Queen", and stuff like that.  But this is definitely the book.  I just wanted to thank you!
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The book has a castle that reappears every 100? years (like Brigadoon). A girl walking through the woods goes through a viney/arbor-type "tunnel" and finds the castle and a boy who lives there. There are fairies, blue elves (bad guys) and other bad guys (goblins?) who are trapped in the door knobs and knockers of the castle. At one point the blue elves break through a protective spell and come through the windows to attack during a party. At the end she leaves just as the castle is going to disappear. His name may have been Michael or Christopher... The book was a paperback from Scholastic books. I read it in the late 60's maybe 70's. It was my introduction to fantasy/sci-fi and I've been hooked ever since!

Diana Wynne Jones, Howl's Moving Castle, 1986.  This sounds like one of Diana Wynne Jones' books and I believe this is the correct one:  "Sophie, the eldest of three daughters, lives in the smallish town of Market Chipping with her
step-mother and her two sisters.  After the girls' father dies, Fanny, the step-mother, is unable to raise three daughters on a hatmakers salary.  She finds good apprenticeships for Sophie's two younger sisters and keeps Sophie to help in the hat shop.  The sisters, Lettie and Martha, promptly switch places, since Lettie would rather be a witch, and Martha would rather be a
baker.  Discontented with her life, Sophie is nonetheless a marvellous hatmaker, whose hats seem to bestow upon their wearers exactly the things Sophie wishes when she's making them.   In the meantime, a castle has taken up residence on the outskirts of town. It moves willy-nilly from one place to another and is said to be inhabited by a wizard who "was known to amuse himself by collecting young girls and sucking the souls from them.  Or some people said he ate their hearts.".  Young girls are advised to never go out alone lest they be captured and treated to all manner of horrors.  Then, Sophie enrages the witch of the west with her incredible skill at making hats.  The witch descends upon Sophie and casts a curse which turns Sophie into an old woman.  Worse, Sophie is cursed to be physically unable to tell anybody she's under a curse.   The horror of the curse breaks Sophie from her appalling state of mousy discontent.  She can't bear to think of her family seeing her in this state, and so runs away.   Old and feeble, she struggles even in the simple act of walking away from town.  By the time
evening descends, she has only covered a short distance, and she knows she won't be able to travel as far away as another village. In this state, she comes upon the moving castle.  Age gives her the courage she lacked as a hatmakers' apprentice, and she not only forces her way into the castle, but also invites herself to stay for the night.  The wizard himself isn't home, but his apprentice, Michael, is quite unable to deal with this irascible old woman.  Sophie falls asleep in front of the fire, thinking how the flames quite resemble a face.   When she wakens, she tosses a log on the fire, and realises that the flames more than resemble a face, they ARE a face.  The fire in this castle is actually controlled by a fire demon named Calcifer.  Like Sophie, Calcifer is cursed, and they make a pact, each to discover the nature of the other's curse and break it.  This, of course, requires Sophie to find a pretext for staying at the castle.  She declares herself housekeeper and by the time the wizard Howl arrives, he finds her furiously cleaning cobwebs out of dusty corners and scrubbing the dust into oblivion.  He doesn't invite her to stay, but then, he doesn't exactly throw her out, either, leaving her free to find out exactly how Calcifer is bound to the castle."
Cockrell, Shadow Castle.  Shadow Castle yet again!
Marian Cockrell (sp?), Shadow Castle.  I am 99.99% positive that this one is also Shadow Castle.  Goblins, tunnel, fairy prince Michael (Mika) all fit.
Woo Hoo - it's already solved !!!!  Shadow Castle, now to see if I can get a copy...


Shark in Charlie's Window
In the late 70s, I had a paperback book, very possibly Scholastic. This book was about a boy with a pet shark that flew. I recall a scene where there was a kite competition and he attached his shark to a stick and would have won, if the shark hadn't started nibbling on other people's kites.

F12 - The Shark in Charlie's Window?
Lazarus, Keo Felker.  The Shark In Charlie's Window. Illustrated by Laurel Schindleman.  Scholastic, 1972, paperback.


She Fell Among Thieves
This was a short story for adults, not children, about a pair of grave robbers.  They would go around to Middle Eastern archealogical sites and steal treasures to sell.  One day they come across this statue of a beautiful nude woman, standing with her hands on her hips, looking over her shoulder.  Her hairstyle
identifies her as being from ancient times.  They load her on their truck and proceed to drive through a heavy rainstorm.  When they check the contents of the truck, no statue is there, only rainwater.  It is then that they realize that the statue was actually Lot's wife, turned into a "pillar" of salt!  It is a cool story, but I don't remember the author or title.  This was in a anthology of short stories.

"She Fell Among Thieves," short story by Robert Edmond Alter.  This is NOT the same story as the movie of that title starring Malcolm McDowell, which is based on a novel by Dornford Yates.  Maybe he stole the title, or maybe they both borrowed it from another source.  The short story appeared in "Argosy," 1964, I also know I saw it in "The Reader's Digest" a long time ago.  It can be found in Alfred Hitchcock Presents:  The Master's Choice, Edited by Alfred Hitchcock, Random House, 1979.


Sheep of Lal Bagh
This book we also had in early 70s. Bought from a monthly book club. I have no idea really what the name of this book could be. It is about a sheep that has a talent of chewing the grass in designs. It is alot like charlottes web except it is a sheep that creates designs on people lawns. All three of these  books I have been looking for but have had not luck. Help please!

I read a book with some similarities recently, though I'm not positive it's the right one.  I can't come up with the title tonight, but maybe these details will help.  It takes place in India, and the sheep does designs in the lawn of the local park.  The children love the sheep, but the adults want to  modernize with a lawnmower, so the sheep is put out to pasture.  The sheep is bored and lonely, the people miss the designs, the children miss the sheep.  So they bring the sheep back and he plays with the children and makes designs only on special occasions.  Is this the right one?
Mark, David, Sheep of Lal Bagh, 1967.  Parents Magazine Press.  This is the book I couldn't remember, about Ramesh, the sheep in an Indian park.  Hopefully, it's a match to the stumper!
S140 Might be THE SHEEP OF LAL BAGH by David Mark, illustrated by Lionel Kalish, Parents Magazine Press, 1967. A sheep lives in a park in India and crowds come to see him nibble the grass in different designs. But the park keeper decides to replace him with a lawnmower...~from a librarian
David Mark, The Sheep of the Lal-Bagh, 1967.  I just started looking for this one too!  One of my childhood favorites.
David Mark, The Sheep of the Lal Bagh, 1967.  I also belonged to the Parents' Magazine Press Book Club.  This was one of my favorite books.  I hope you can find a copy for yourself.


Sherwood Ring
I think this book would be characterized as a young adult book, so I'm not sure that it falls within your area of expertise, but I'd appreciate any help I can get. I read this book back in the early 60's, so it had to have been published before then. I began looking for this book after I had moved, but only a few years after I had last read it. That's why I was so sure I knew the title, Rest and Be Thankful. However, whenever I do a search I come up with the book by Helen MacInnes, which it is not. This book is about a girl who has to go stay with her uncle in the country (who knows why) and is not too happy about it. His house is old, dating from the revolutionary war, and the girl becomes aware of ghosts from that time period. She somehow witnesses scenes from the past: a brother and sister who live in the house; a young British soldier who becomes involved with the sister. It was very sweet and I think of this book often. Your site is the first I've found that is willing to take on a search based on such flimsy information. I have been looking for more than 30 years and still yearn to read this book again. Thank you in advance for any help you might be able to give.

I know the answer to R1 of your stumpers - the one about the Revolutionary War ghosts at a place called Rest and Be Thankful. It's The Sherwood Ring by Elizabeth Marie Pope.
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I am looking for a young-adult novel I read sometime between 1980-83 when I was in junior high school.  I read it in one day and returned it to the school library the next, without sufficiently digesting title and author and thus have no idea of either.  The framework of the story involved a young woman who goes to live and/or work at a house (possibly with connection to her family) and eventually falls in love.  However, the real meat of the story is told by the ghosts she meets in the house, who tell her, over the course of several nights, of their adventures during the Civil (?) War, when the house is overtaken by soldiers of the oppposing side.  The brother is imprisoned in the basement, but the sister allowed limited freedom of the house by the gentlemanly officers, and invited to dine with their commander.  Communicating with her brother in their old schoolroom foot-stomping code, she assures him that she can take care of things, while making it clear  to their captors that she is in possesion of a bottle of laudanum.  Thus, when she brings the drinks (in distinctive heirloom goblets, one of which has a dolphin base)  after dinner (during which she has been thoroughly charmed by the dashing officer), he knows that one is poisoned.  Guessing wrongly, he has just enough time to stand and propose to her before dropping insensible at her feet. Lapsing briefly into hysterics, she then recovers to save the day.  After the war, though, she waits  day after  day in the window watching for her lover to return.  The young lady who listens to the ghosts' stories uses incidents from them in her own life, for example, disguising her suitor's unwelcome presence at a party by having him impersonate a waiter, and eventually her own romance is resolved to the satisfaction of the couple.   I hope someone can identify this for me, as I have tried unsuccessfully for 20-some years to find it!

Elizabeth Marie Pope, The Sherwood Ring, 1958.  "Newly orphaned Peggy Grahame is caught off-guard when she first arrives at her family’s ancestral estate. Her eccentric uncle Enos drives away her only new acquaintance, Pat, a handsome British scholar, then leaves Peggy to fend for herself. But she is not alone. The house is full of mysteries—and ghosts. Soon Peggy becomes involved with the spirits of her own Colonial ancestors and witnesses the unfolding of a centuries-old romance against a backdrop of spies and intrigue and of battles plotted and foiled. History has never been so exciting—especially because the ghosts are leading Peggy to a romance of her own!"
Elizabeth Marie Pope, The Sherwood Ring.  Definitely!
Elizabeth Marie Pope, The Sherwood Ring,2001, reprint.  It was the Revolutionary War, but all the other details match. The present-day girl is Peggy Grahame, living with her Uncle Enos at the family home, Rest-and-be-thankful.  She meets Pat
Thorne the ghosts are Barbara and Richard Grahame (her relatives) and a British officer, Peaceable Sherwood.  I remember that "waiter" gig too!
Dear Wonderful BookFinder:  I'm so pleased to have "found" this book again--I'm looking forward to reading it with my daughter.  Thank you all so much!


Ship that Flew
Sometime during the late 50's, I read a fantasy about a family of 3 or 4 children who came across a small Viking (?) ship that would magically grow large and take them all on adventures.  any ideas?

The Ship that Flew by Hilda Winifred Lewis. Critierion Press, 1952.
The book I was looking for did turn out to be The Ship That Flew by Hilda Lewis...thanks so much for coming up with the title!  I got the book interlibrary-loaned through my local library and after reading the story, found it to be as satisfying as it was 40 years ago!  Thanks again!
More on the title - The Ship that Flew, by Hilda Lewis, illustrated by Nora Lavrin, published Oxford University Press 1939, 320 pages (frequently reprinted). Peter, Sheila, Humphrey and Sandy Grant live in a seaside village in England. Their mother is ill and in a nursing home, their father is a doctor. Peter sees a beautiful little model ship in a dark little shop and buys it from an old man with an eye-patch for "all the money you have in the world - and a bit over." He soon discovers that if he wishes, the ship grows to whatever size is necesssary and flies through space and time. The children use it to visit their mother, to travel to a bazaar in Egypt (where they almost lose the ship to the governor of the town), to a Norman castle (and later they bring the Norman daughter to their own time), to ancient Egypt, to medieval England where they help Robin Hood save one of his men, and to Asgard, where they discover that their ship is the one made for the god Frey. At the end of the book they give the ship back in return for their heart's desire.


Siegfried, Dog of the Alps
What a great site. I hope you can help :) Of course I have no title or author, but here is the plot... There is a St. Bernard who is very afraid of the cold. He tries to be other types of dog, i.e., a lap dog, but it doesn't work. He loves to sit by the fire or watch the children go to school. One day the children go on a hiking trip and the St. Bernard is very nervous. Soon there is a blizzard and the children do not return. Even though he hates the cold he goes out after them and happily he rescues them :) I read this book in the early 1970s, it was a hard cover library book. The only thing I know is that it is not "Barry the Story of a Brave St. Bernard" I have that one. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Talk about weird.  After searching for this book for years, I found your site and e-mailed you a "stumper" about a cold St. Bernard. Then, just for fun, I decided to check the Library of congress. After scrolling through many pages I actually found my book. The book is Siegfried, dog of the Alps by Syd Hoff published by Gosset and Dunlap in 1970.  Well now that I know the name I am hoping you can help me to find it.   I am so excited to find your site I have flagged it on my favorite list. 



Silly Book / Silly Record
This concerns a recording I had as a child. The name of it was "The Silly Nothing Record", and had all sorts of nonsense songs and stories, including "The Silly Nothing Song". Have you heard of this? Any additional information?

Silly Record / Silly Book.  There are a lot of people out there looking for this record, too. A forum I belong to has had a thread on this title for several months, and some people have gathered info on this record.  Here's what they've found: The Silly Book has the songs from the record.  It's by Stoo Hample (aka Stuart Hample), published by Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York, 1961, LC 61-15153.  The Silly Record performed by Frank Burton, music composes & conducted by George Kleinsinger, Columbia Records, 1962.  Per Stoo Hample's son, the book is set to be reissued by Candlewick in Fall 2003, and his father's working on getting the record reissued. Hope this helps!


Silver Chief, Dog of the North
1930-40.  This book is one my mom read and all she remembers is it was set in Canada with the Mounties and this dog worked with them. We aren't sure about the title DOG OF THE ? but that's all she can remember.  She did say it was her favorite book as a child and she is 74 yo now!

There was a boys' series about the Mounties, but I certainly wouldn't know which book would be the one...
Jack O'Brien, Silver Chief, Dog of the North, 1933.  Jack O'Brien wrote four Silver Chief books:  1. Silver Chief, Dog of the North. 1933;  2. Silver Chief to the Rescue. 1937; 3. Return of Silver Chief. 1943;  4. Silver Chief's Revenge. 1954.  The first three books feature Sergeant Jim Thorne of the RCMP and his husky. At the end of the third book, Jim Thorne is promoted to inspector and assumes a desk job. The fourth book features Silver Chief III, the grandson of the original Silver Chief, with Mounted Police Sergeant Pete Thorne as his human partner. Pete Thjorne and Silver Chief III also appeared in the book Royal Red, which is mainly about a Mountie's horse.  There is also a fifth Silver Chief book by Arthur G. Miller, called Silver Chief's Big Game Trail (1961).  I haven't read Royal Red or Silver Chief's Big Game Trail, but I loved the original four books when I was eight.
I read these! Canadian Mountie Jim Thorne & his brave husky dog, Silver Chief. O'Brien, Jack. Silver Chief: Dog of the North Grosset & Dunlap, 1933, 182 pages. O'Brien, Jack. Silver Chief to the Rescue Philedelphia, Winston 1937 "This is the 2nd book in "The Silver Chief Series" and is a heartwarming dog story about Sergeant Thorne and the heroic lead dog, Silver Chief, at a snowbound diphtheria-stricken outpost in the Far North." O'Brien, Jack. Return of Silver Chief Grosset & Dunlap 1943, 211 pages "Jim Thorne & his leader of the dogs winter at Cameron River Post in Hudson Bay country." O'Brien, Jack, Silver Chief's Revenge New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1954 reprint 213 pages.
Another Canadian Mounties book is Campbell, William's Knight of the North, pub. Bruce c1943
Thank you for your help with this search for the title to this book.  However, my mom (who this search was for) is content to have a paperback copy to read.. so we will not be buying your hardcover copies.


Silver Curlew
I am looking for a book I read when I was a child, probably published in the 50s. It's a variation on the Rumpelstiltskin story. I remember the girl who was supposed to spin straw into gold was beautiful, but rather stupid, and with a voracious appetite- set to watching the bread bake and instructed by her mother to remove the rolls from the oven when they've "come again" she eats all of them thinking they'll reappear. ("why not? Mam sez they'll come agin in an hour.")  There was some danger and she was helped by her clever younger sister. The Rumpelstiltskin character was named Tom Tit Tot. "An'
that twirled that's tail.." He was a pretty seriously nasty creature! I remember at the end when the Prince discovered she'd eaten all that bread he was majorly impressed that anybody could eat that much! Anyway- do you know that book?

Don't know if it's the one described, but there is a version of Rumpelstiltskin called Tom Tit Tot, illustrated by Evaline Ness, written in a colloquial style.
With R-35, though, it's not Evaline Ness' "Tom Tit Tot."  This was a book I read in childhood and was probably published in the 50s. Oh well, I'll keep looking!
R35 Rumpelstiltskin:  Not a complete match, but Eleanor Farjeon's The Silver Curlew, illustrated by Ernest Shepard, Oxford Univ Press, 1953, 182 pages. Retelling of Tom-tit-tot, makes use of Norfolk dialect in the dialogue. Lazy Doll eats the dumplings because her mother said they'll 'come agen' in a half hour. Her mother is bewailing the fact when the King of Norfolk arrives, and hears it as spun twelve skeins in a half hour. Doll marries
the king, Nollekens, who is nice or nasty depending which foot he gets out of bed with. The Spinning Imp's name is discovered by little sister Poll, with the help of Charlee Loon, during a perilous adventure in the Witching Wood. Doll explains her bargain "I were shut in with my spinning-wheel and up pops this little black imp and that twirls that's tail and bargains to spin the flax ..." When Nollekens discovers that Doll had eaten twelve dumplings "without getting a stomach-ache" he hugs her and says "Oh you wonderful, wonderful girl!", bursting with admiration.
YESYESYES!  That's it!  Thank you!
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This is a hardcover version of the story that I enjoyed reading at my public library back in the 70s.  It is *not* the Evelynn Ness version.  This was a version for young adults with black and white line drawings, and possibly a few colour plates.  This version of the fable had 2 or 3 sisters living with their mother in a windmill. One of course ends up marrying the prince and has the wqhole spinning straw into gold thing going on.  She is eventually saved by her younger sister, who learns about the problem with having to guess the goblins name and, after finding a goblin skin in an old boat, uses it as a disguise to spy on the goblins mettings (I think there was a colour plate of the goblins meeting, though that might be a false memory).  The style in which the goblins were draw was all jaggety draggled and dark, the trolls from the opening ceremony of the Lilliehammer winter olympics reminded me very much of them.  Been trying to find a copy of this version of the story for years now!

Farjeon, Eleanor, illustrated by E.H. Shepard, The Silver Curlew.  Oxford OUP 1953.  This is on the Solved List, and I think might be the answer. This retelling has the older daughter saved by her sister, and is illustrated by memorable line drawings (and coloured endpapers) by Shepard, who illustrated Winnie the Pooh.
These sound like the Meg mysteries by Holly Beth Walker. Titles include: Meg and the disappearing diamonds, Meg and the Ghost of Hidden Springs.


Silverfoot
Maud Lindsey - Sheffield, Alabama, 1938-1940's. Story about a horse with one silver foot.

Just a small spelling error.  It's Silverfoot, by Maud Lindsay ; illustrated by Florence Liley Young. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1924.  Alas, it's a hard one to find.  I did find one ex-library copy for $50.  Let me know if you'd like me to pursue that.


Silver Nutmeg
I hope you can help, as trying to remember what this story was called has been driving me crazy for some time now.  I probably read it some time in the mid-seventies. What I remember is this:   The main character is a boy, I think he is visiting a family member (for the summer?).  Either that or he has moved somewhere new. Somewhere there is an old, or older man- this may be the relative he is visiting, or a neighbour.  He discovers a pond, and finds out that there is another world on the other side (or through) the pond- he finds this out because he is throwing paw-paws (I never knew what those were!) into the pond, and then one comes back out at him!  He meets a young boy who lives in the other world.  Various adventures ensue- and it turns out that this older relative or friend is originally from the other side of the pond- you can tell because he is bandy-legged. (I think that means bow-legged.) He also has an old sweetheart who still lives on the other side of the pond- the story ends with them getting back together (somehow the boys help orchestrate this.) Also, the book MAY have been illustrated, as I keep seeing pictures in my head, but I may be thinking of The Phantom Tollbooth. ( SUCH a great book!)  If it WAS illustrated, it was like that- in pen and ink drawings.  I think! Can you help??

?Elizabeth Enright, ?Gone-Away Lake & Return to gone-away, 1957 & 1961. i'm not sure this is a match.  Some of the facts don't match up, but this description sounds a bit like one of my favorite books--Gone Away Lake.  In the book, Portia Blake and her brother Foster visit their aunt, uncle, and cousin, Julian, for the summer.  They discover a swamp, and past that a row of wrecked old houses.  They meet an old lady, Minnehaha Cheever and her brother Pindar Payton. They have some wonerful times in thold town-starting a club, exploring the  houses, escaping the swamp.  It has wonderful pen and ink drawings inside by Beth and Joe Krush.  Gone-away Lake has been reprinted at least in 1985, and Return to Gone-Away in 92.
O17 It's not GONE-AWAY LAKE
O17 other world through pond: Almost certain about this, except that it's a girl, not a boy - The Silver Nutmeg, written and illustrated by Palmer Brown, sequel to Beyond the Paw-paw Trees (the first book about Anna Lavinia) published Harper 1956. In this one, Anna Lavinia jumps through the dewpond on top of Dew Pond Hill (without getting wet) to another country where she meets the boy Toby and strange and magical things happen. Palmer Brown's artistic style is quite distinctive, and I can send a jpg of an illustration if that helps.
Palmer Brown, The Silver Nutmeg, Beyond the Paw-Paw Tree, 1956.  Yes!!  As soon as I saw the title The Silver Nutmeg, and the name Anna Lavinia, it all came back to me.  I wonder why I thought the main character was a boy?  Anyway, Thank You!  I loved these books, and can't wait to re-read them. Now to FIND them....


Silver Pencil
see Secret Pencil

Silver Pennies
I was so happy to see your web site I screamed!  I have been searching for a specific mother goose book for my mother for 4 years. There are so many . The only way she can distinguish her's from the many books is that in her book there is a beautiful color picture of Fairies and the saying " I'm as big for me as you are big for you"  She thinks it was published sometime around 1940's and no later than 1967.  Any information would be greatly appreciated. My mother is a wonderful person who hasn't gotten many breaks in life .  Thank You for you time.

M145: I can't help much, but that poem sounds like The Little Elf by John Kendrick Bangs. You can read it online. I first read it in Louis Untermeyer's Golden Treasury of Poetry, which I think was originally from the 1950's.
Are you sure this was a Mother Goose book?  The line you quoted is from "The Little Elf", by John Kendrick Bangs, so it's doubtful it would be in a book only of Mother Goose rhymes.  The poem goes like this:  I met a little Elf-man, once/ Down where the lilies blow / I asked him why he was so small,/ And why he didn't grow. / He slightly frowned, and with his eye/ He looked me through and through./ "I'm quite as big for me," said he,/ "As you are big for you." In my Golden Treasury of Poetry, the poem on the same page with this is "Fairy Days" and there is a line drawing of two fairies looking at a baby in a cradle.  Any possibility that's what you remember?
I don't know the book, but I do know this nursery rhyme, so maybe it will help you narrow down the search!  It's called "The Little Elf".
I don't have a solution, but perhaps a clue to further identification. In The Golden Picture Book of Poems To Read and To Learn (Simon & Schuster, 1955) -- which isn't a Mother Goose book but a collection of poems such as "Mr. Nobody" and "Fog" -- there is a poem, "The Little Elf", by John Kendrick Bangs: "I met a little Elfman once,/ Down where the lilies blow./ I asked him why he was so small,/ And why he didn't grow./ He slightly frowned, and with his eye/ He looked me through and through--/ 'I'm just as big for me,' said he,/ 'As you are big for you!' Incidentally, on the opposite page, illustrating Rose Fyleman's "Have You Watched the Fairies?", there is a color illustration of fairies dancing in a ring.
Thompson, Blanche Jennings, Silver Pennies, 1920's?  "The Little Elf" was one in a collection of poems in the marvelous and loved poetry book Silver Pennies, which was apparently used as a school reader in earlier years.  It is timeless and I am delighted it has just recently been reprinted... it has black and white illustrations, however, not color... perhaps the color was in the memory's delighted imagination?


Silver Pony
This is a beautiful picture book I remember from my childhood.  It didn't have any words just pictures of the story.  It had a child who somehow rode a unicorn (or a white horse) at night and then returned home.

This is The Silver Pony; a Story in Pictures, by Lynd Ward,  Houghton Mifflin, 1973.  Recounts without words the adventures of a boy and his winged horse. Beautiful story told entirely through black and white woodcuts by the great Lynd Ward.


Silver Snaffles
Children visit a magic land where ponies talk.  I read this book when I was about 9 years old (1954) but I remember it had a well worn look even then.  It was a "chapter book" rather than a picture book.  Somehow, I remember the name Silver Spurs, but that could be all wrong.  I've done searches under that title, but have only pulled up Westerns.  This book does not fall under that category.

#H64--Horse Stories:  Silver Snaffles, by Primrose Cumming.  England:  Blackie and Son Ltd., 1937.


Simple Gifts
This is a young adult novel I read around 1995-97. A family living in the South, maybe Appalachia? They are down on their luck, and sign up for a government program where they enact the "olden days" in complete detail (no electricity, no running water, etc) in exchange for a stipend, in order to show visitors how farming used to be. Of course it's really hard, and the mom keeps sneaking things, like using the electric iron, and the gov't program sends an inspector out to make sure they are complying with the rules so they can keep receiving the stipend. They also have to hide the fact that the father is a narcoleptic. I think the son ends up having a fling with the woman inspector. I don't even remember *liking* this book that much, but it's driving me nuts that I can't think of the title or author; sometimes I think I made it all up. I guess we'll see! Thank you!

Greenberg, Joanne, Simple Gifts, 1986.  This is definitely the book.   The father's narcolepsy was a major aspect of the plot.
Solved! Many thanks to the person who submitted Simple Gifts. I mis-remembered some key details; it's set in Colorado, not the South. I'm enjoying it much more the second time around. I guess it lodged itself in my psyche for a reason....  Thank you Harriett!


Sinbad and Me
I read this book many times about 30 years ago when I was about 10 or 12. It was a mystery about a boy and his dog named Sindad who was a bulldog.  I don't remember anything about the mystery except that I really enjoyed it and would love to read it again and introduce it to my 11 year old daughter. I couldn't find it under any out of print listings and have no idea who the author was.  I seem to remember it was a rather thick book.

#S86--Sinbad and Me:  In The Robber Ghost, by Karin Anckarsvard, the boy is named Knut, the dog is a boxer named Ramrod, not a bulldog named Sinbad, and the story is a mystery set in Sweden.  That far enough off for ya?
Sinbad and Me by Kin Platt
It must be the book by Kin Platt, as the book was definitely called Sinbad and Me.  Great to get the info.  Thank you very much.  Great website.


Sing a Song of Ambush
This is a book I read in the early 70s, but it may have been older.  The cover illustration style looked very 50s-ish. The story was about two teenage boy scouts who were receiving some kind of award, and were backstage at a tv show where they met a "rock-and-roll star" their age.  Kidnappers came in to get the rock star, but took all three of them because the boy scouts thought that by confusing the kidnappers, they could rescue the other boy.  (Obviously, it didn't work.) All three were taken in a small plane to a cabin in the Alaskan wilderness.  The answers to the kidnappers demands came over the radio--depending on whether the ransom came or not, they would hear one of the star's songs. The boy scouts end up escaping, and dragging the protesting rock star along with them.  They canoe through the wilderness until they are rescued.  I think it takes about a week, with the boys being pursued the whole time.  When they reach safety, the rock star starts to take all the credit...but looks at the two others and admits that they rescued him.  The scouts decide he wasn't all that bad. I thought the title was something like "Escape in Alaska", and I sort of remember that it was in the E-F shelf in the library (although I could be wrong about that).  I've been trying to track this one down for years!

This book is by K. M. Peyton, and I'm pretty sure it's her 1959 novel North to Adventure. She's a great British author; really glad to see that others have developed obsessions around her books!!! Thanks for your great service! It's so fun to drop by every now and then and see the new mysteries and what has been solved in the meantime.
Wow. Thanks, Harriet. It just might be the right one...the title sounds right. Although I always liked K.M. Peyton, so I would have thought I'd have come across it earlier. I'll see if I can get a copy through my library, then, if it IS the right one, I'll try to find one to purchase! I'll let you know when it's a definite yes.
I just got the KM Peyton book, and it is NOT the right one. (Nary a Boy Scout in sight--not even a kidnapper! It does, however, take place in Alaska.) Oh well, maybe someone else will recognize it...
Okay, so I muffed it last time by suggesting North To Adventure; all my books are in storage and I couldn't double-check!  Try this one; judging from how the University of Washington has it catalogued, it looks hopeful:
The Hard Way Home / K.M. Peyton London : Collins, 1962  SUBJECTS: Wilderness survival -- Juvenile fiction  Kidnapping -- Juvenile fiction  Ontario -- Juvenile fiction
Third time's the charm! Found this online:
Peyton, K. M. Sing a Song of Ambush.  Platt & Munk, (1964).  "A Junior Adventure." Nick and Rob, visiting Sea Scouts from England, adventure in the Canadian north as they try to solve the kidnapping of a young rock singer.
Hi, I'm the one who sent in all the suggestions for this stumper. I was at the University of Washington library last night, and sat down with The Hard Way Home. It's definitely the right book, but I think Sing a Song of Ambush is the SAME book, with titles differing between the US and the UK (as is the case with several of her other books). Thought this info might come in handy for the person looking for it.



Sitting Ducks
I'm desperately trying to remember the title of a book I saw a few years ago.  It was a story about a crocodile (or maybe an alligator, I can't remember, but we'll call him a crocodile for arguments sake) who works with all the other crocodiles in some sort of duck factory, where ducks are made to be eaten.  One day a duck egg falls off the conveyor belt, and this particular crocodile takes the egg home, and ends up raising the duck.  He keeps the duck very sheltered, so that it won't find out the
truth about ducks and crocodiles, but of course the duck does eventually find out. In the end, both the duck and the crocodile end up going to the land of ducks, where they live happily ever after.  I hope you can help.  I'm starting to think this book was a figment of my imagination.

This person is not crazy! Such a book exists! Actually, it's a fairly new book (1998) SITTING DUCKS by Michael Bedard. Very cute illustrations. It's actually an alligator (which explains why the person may have had trouble finding it)
More on the suggested title - Sitting Ducks by Michael Bedard, published New York, Putnam 1998 "The story begins at the Colossal Duck Factory where alligator workers oversee the hatching of duck eggs (carried by conveyor belt through a giant incubator). The ducks that emerge are destined for dinner tables until, one day, one duck falls off the assembly line and is befriended by an alligator worker. In due time, the liberated fowl liberates his fellow hatchlings by teaching them to fly. They all wing their way south to The Flapping Arms Seaside Resort. The oddball alligator who started it all takes a plane to join them, and they live happily ever after." 


Six Robbens
I am trying to find someone who knows the name of this book that I read in the early 60's.  It was about a family who renovated an old school and moved into it.  I think the family had been broken up for a time (the book was ahead of its time), but they were reuniting and the father and son were doing the work on the school themselves.  I remember they left the chalkboards on the walls, and I thought how neat it would be to live in an old renovated school with blackboards on the wall.  I think one chapter in the book may have been called "Pink Monday" because when the father did the laundry, he threw something red in there which bled on the rest of the clothes.  Any ideas?  Thanks.

I would be interested in finding S22 as well.  I think the name of the family was Robin's (spelling) and I thought that the name of the book was Robin's Nest but I have never been able to find it under that title.
It could very well be the title of the book:  I have no recollection whatsoever--only the story line.  I have begun trying to locate books by that title, but so far no luck.
If #S28 is indeed "Robin's," and not some other kind of bird's, "Nest," it  is not "The Robin's Nest," by Frances J. Gassaway, published in New York in 1958, as the only bookseller with a copy currently listed online says, "This is the story of a Navy wife, Frances J. Gassaway."  A jolly good thing, too,
as it was printed by Vantage Press, a notorious vanity house (which is why I don't use the term "published") so was no doubt an extremely limited print run and would be hard-to-find and expensive.  There is another book titled "The Robins Nest," by Sara J. Eddy, listed in the Library of Congress,
couldn't find a publication date or any way to make a summary come up.  (Anyone know and want to tell me?)  There were also two other books by that title which couldn't be it as they're so old they were written before the schoolhouse would have been built.  I also tried variations such as "Robbins" and "Robinsons" without success.
Later...
Hi.  I am the one who posted S-22--the one about the family that renovated an old schoolhouse and moved into it.  I have found the book, thanks to one of your readers who thought it was named Robin's Nest.  That's not the title, but it is similar and that's how I was able to find it (thanks!). The book is The Six Robbens by Marion Barrett Obermeyer.  I'm very excited.
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[was listed under Trolley Car Family]
I am trying to find someone who knows the name of this book that I read in the early 60's.  It was about a family who renovated an old school and moved into it.  I think the family had been broken up for a time (the book was ahead of its time), but they were reuniting and the father and son were doing the work on the school themselves.  I remember they left the chalkboards on the walls, and I thought how neat it would be to live in an old renovated school with blackboards on the wall.  I think one chapter in the book may have been called "Pink Monday" because when the father did the laundry, he threw something red in there which bled on the rest of the clothes.  Any ideas?  Thanks.
I'm not sure if it's the same book or not, but the pink laundry rang a bell.  I thought the family were living in an old
railroad car and the title was Boxcar Family or something like that.  I've looked for it often, but am always offered the Boxcar Children or the Nesbit book, neither of which is correct.  There was a scene where father talked with nails in his mouth, and mother told him to take them out, even though she had just agreed he was the boss -- and they decide mother is the boss about things that go in your mouth!  Also, one of the girls buys a glass egg at the store for a joke, and doesn't know it's a nesting egg... so they have to decide whether to raise chickens.  Same book?  **Later...
I just had a brainstorm.  I think the book I'm remembering was called the Trolley Car Family, and shows up online with the author as Eleanor Clymer.  I found this summary elsewhere, and it doesn't entirely sound right, but the children's names do: "When the trolley company switches to buses, Mr. Parker refuses a job driving a 'new-fangled bus' so he is out of a job. Then Pa and Ma Parker, Sally, Bill, George and Little Peter go to live in an old trolley at the very last stop on the old trolley line."  I'm going to look for a copy, and if I get one, I'll let you know if there's pink laundy!  Thanks for the memories (so to speak).
In Stumper S22 School house, someone posted a message on the end asking about a family living in a boxcar. I'm pretty sure this person is looking for The Trolley Car Family by eleanor Clymer, 1947 (although I think there was a later paperback publication)
In S22 the book with the nails in the mouth and the glass egg is The Trolley Car Family by Eleanor Clymer it is not the same one as the school house.  The father loses his job driving a Trolley car and he takes the Car to the end of the line and he and his family live in it.
Yes, you are all correct:  there is no pink laundry in the Trolley Car Family (I just got a copy in the mail and re-read it).
You have this description listed under solved mysteries as the Trolley Car Family.  A lot of people did think is was the same book but it is definitely not.  I have been keeping an eye on it because I remember reading it and have been looking for it too.
Book listed under Trolley Car Family in Solved Mysteries about the family moving in to the school house and remodeling it to live in is The Six Robbens by Marion Obermeyer Barrett, 1950.  I remember thinking it
was the Robin's Nest and looked for all varations of the spelling for Robin except Robben.  Was browsing through another message board and saw it mentioned.



Skeleton Cave
I read a children's book in the early 1970's that involved these details: rural boy (about 12?) finds a skull in a cave and secretly travels to the "big city" in a truck to speak with an authority (professor?) on the skull or something like that.  Along  the way, he eats cold tomatoes he'd put in his sweater pockets.  Once in the city, the professor takes him to a restaurant. The boy is fascinated by the menu and mistakenly thinks he has to eat all of the food listed! The only other detail I remember is that the boy wanted to buy his grandfather a "rolling chair" (wheelchair).  This book made quite an impression on me as a pre-pubescent and I would love to read it again and own it, too.

This is Skeleton Cave by Cora Cheney.(Scholastic Book Services) Published 1954. My copy is the 5th printing, 1964. Love your site!
Possibly Treasure Cave written and illustrated by Sanford Tousey, published Whitman, 1946 "On a big ranch Jack Simms and his Indian friend White Buffalo discover a prairie dog town, see a rattlesnake, and dig a fine cave. Jack unexpectedly uncovers an old chest of drawers, a skull, and a sizeable amount of old money. The author has created a fine western story full of wholesome adventure. Ages 8 to 10 years." (Horn Book Sep-Oct/46 publ ad p.327)
Cora Cheney, Skeleton Cave.  Truly, it is Skeleton Cave! All the details match! (I have two copies).
Another quote from the Alibris list, with more plot detail (from the cover) to aid memory - SKELETON CAVE, BY CORA CHENEY. TX150. Paperback. Illustrated by Paul Galdone. A Tab Book. Published by Tab Books, NY, 1958. 91 pages. "It couldn't be- but it was! There in the cave lay a human skeleton. How did it get there? What did it mean? Davy could hardly wait to go back to the cave with his grandfather to solve the mystery. But sadly, Davy has to promise his Ma that he won't go back to the cave alone. Pa is away. Grampy is sick and can't use his legs. if only Davy could think of a way to get Grampy to the Cave! He does. And at the same time he learns the answer to the riddle of the skeleton in the cave." 


Slake's Limbo
Hi. I am looking for a scholastic book I read in grade school. It was about a kid who runs away from a neglectful family and makes himself a home in the subway tunnels of New York City. I remember that the girl working in a diner in the subway station gives him a job sweeping up and gives him food in return.

I believe the book you are looking for might be Slake's Limbo by Felice Holman. I think it is still in print.
Yes! That's the book I was thinking of. Thank you!!!!



Sleep
Where do you sleep?  This book was full-color illustrated and showed people going to sleep around the world.  Some in bunk beds, some on mats, some in huts, some on the ground, etc.  It was really cute.  I think there was a boy and a girl in every type of sleeping situation, or maybe it alternated.  I want to say that in Africa there were jungle animals too.  I don't remember much about it but the joy it gave me.  Any help in finding this book would be appreciated VERY MUCH.

Perhaps Sleepy Time for Everyone, illustrated by Martha Castagnoli, a Wonder Book, published 1954, 18 pages? No story description, though.
author unknown, Sleep, 1972. I have a book right in front of me (one of my son's) that looks to match the description of this one very closely.  It is called "Sleep" and is a "Wonder Starters" book, copyright 1971, first printing 1972.  There is no author credited, but the illustrations are by John Mousedale.  It does not feature a boy and girl alternating in the illustrations, but does have people sleeping in a variety of places, including the ground, 4-post beds, hammocks, in space (astronauts), and on beds of nails!  There is also a section about sleeping animals, including jungle animals.  At the end is a short section on dreams, and a vocabulary section for beginning readers.  Hope this helps!  It really does sound a lot like the book being described.


Sleepy Book
I am searching for a Sleepy Time Tales compilation I had as a child - around 1963 ish. Blue cover - Brown tree - Green leaves. Several stories   -  one about a Rabbit? that swallowed a bee - also one about a fox that went hunting for rabbits and ended up joining them for vegetable stew. Many Grateful Thanks in anticipation of your assistance -

I also have a book similar to the SLEEPY TIME TALES mentioned in #S26 among my children's books in the form of a "little golden book", c.1948, this edition 1975. Author is listed as Margaret Wise Brown, illustrator Garth Williams and it does have the story of the bunny who swallows the bee as well as several other poems, songs and stories. Only thing is mine is called THE SLEEPY BOOK. It has a yellow pictorial cover with a picture of a sleepy little bear getting into bed. Is this the one?


Slim
Title is "Slim"...has nothing to do with cowboys or losing weight.   Came out in pprbk in late fifties or early sixties.   Story of Slim who is a young man (18 or so) in one of the Carolinas or Georgia who walks to a crew building a tower to carry high voltage wires and asks for a job.  He's hired, is taken in hand by "Red" who teaches him his job and becomes his friend in the process.   Slim grows and matures and continues to learn from Red and others and also survives a knife attack by an enemy.   Red is eventually killed in an accident involving both the loss of his arm and a fall from a tower.   Slim continues to mature and eventually changes the direction of his career to that of installing and maintaining the wiring for train yards and trains that run via electricity fed from the wires overhead.   This may seem a bit dry but I assure you it is not.   It is a tremendous "coming of age" story.   The cover of the book had a drawn picture of Red in his safety belt working high up on a tower.   Thanks very much for any help.   It has been about thirty five years since I've read it.

Sirs & Mesdames:  Looks like S 65 is Slim by William Wister Haines.   Published in 1934 by Little, Brown at 414 pages.   He also wrote High Tension.   I am looking for both books.
I found this one (confirmed by poster over on Alibris) it's "Slim" by William Wister Haines, published Little, Brown, 1934, 414 pages. "A story of the life of linemen on high-power electric construction work. Particularly it is the story of young "Slim" Kincaid, southern ploughboy and his adventures after he leaves the farm and gradually rises through various grades to the position of lineman."


Slovenly Peter
I have a xerox copy of a book tittled Slovenly Peter. It includes poems four times more then the original book by Heinrich Hoffmann. The drowing (illustrations) are very close to the original ones but yet different, immitating the stile. Still it includes much more poems then the original and I know for sure Hoffmann didn't write them. What I'm asking is who wrote those extra poems, who illustrated them and what's the story behind them. That info does not apear in the book. All what's written is After Heinrich Hoffmann.  Thanks.

I believe that Slovenly Peter is a translated title for Hoffman's Strewwelpeter.  There were probably many translations, some authorized and some bowlderized.  Mark Twain translated it for the Limited Editions Club in 1935, and Mary Perks had a version out in 1940.  W.W. Denslow also included a version of at least one of these poems in his bowlderized Oz book Scarecrow and Tin-Man (that's a whole other copyright struggle story).  My best guess is that you have an unauthorized translated version of Strewwelpeter with amplifications and additions.  No wonder the author/translator didn't put a name on it.



Sly Little Bear and Other Bears
My exhusband burned all of my childrens books from when I was a child and all the ones that we purchased for our children. That was 14 years ago and now I'm going to be a grandmother at the age of 45.  I would like to locate books that I had as a child.  I am looking for a book with a bear that possibly had 3 bedtime stories in it.  I'm not sure but the bear went fishing with his dad and got into some poison ivy when he was eating berries.  Could you please tell where I could find either of these books?

Berenstein Bears, perhaps?
Sure sounds like the Berenstain Bears to me! I'm sure I had the same one and wore it out.
B23 is definitely Sly Little Bear and Other Bears, a Little Golden Book by Kathryn Jackson,  1960  The 1st story is about a little bear who only pretends to take a bath.  The 2nd story  is about a bear who picks poison ivy leaves and brings them home to his mother.  The 3rd story is about a bear who wants to go fishing with his brother.
I wonder if B23 might not be one of the Little Bear books by Else Holmelund Minarik and illustrated by Maurice Sendak.  I know there was one in which Little Bear goes fishing with his father.  Lovely books, much superior to Berenstains.
Also, for B23: this is definitely not in the Little Bear series.


Small One
Hi!  I would appreciate your help locating a book.  I remember it was talked up on the LIVE with Regis and Kathie Lee show a few years ago (more than 2 years less than 5 years ago i believe).  It is about a child that gives his donkey (I believe) to a poor couple on a journey and at the end of the story you find out the couple is Mary and Joseph.  I remember she would give it away to the people who called in to answer trivia questions.  Any help will be greatly appreciated.  I was hoping to get it for our children's Christmas eve party, but the librarian and the bookstore owner didn't know what the book was, and my on-line searches haven't found anything.  Thanks!

THE SMALL ONE by Alex Walsh, 1997. It gained a lot of attention when Kathie Lee Gifford talked about on her show.
D36 is The Small One, a traditional story (I thought), but most recently reprinted by Disney Press and credited to Alex (or Alec) Walsh.
#D36 is almost certainly The Small One, by Charles Tazewell, who seemed to write almost exclusively Christmas stories!  The Littlest Snowman's Christmas Gift and the wonderful The Littlest Angel.  Does anyone know of any books by Charles Tazewell which are NOT about Christmas?  The Small One was a short subject (not feature-length) Disney cartoon.


Smartest Bear and His Brother Oliver
The book I am looking for was published in the late 1970's or early '80's (I think).  It's about a bear family that is getting ready to hybernate by eating alot of food.  One of the bear children doesn't want to eat all of the food, and his mother is always having to talk him into eating. There is a scene where she puts apples into his porridge hoping that the red color of the apples will make him want to eat.  My sister and I loved this book and we have never been able to find it!

Alice Bach, The Smartest Bear and His Brother Oliver, 1975.  Does this sound familiar?  I don't have it so can't check the apples in porridge detail.  "A young bear is determined to stay awake during the winter while his family sleeps so he can finish reading the encyclopedia and thus be recognized as a separate identity from his non-bookish twin brother."
B218 Bach, Alice. The smartest bear and his brother Oliver.  illus by Steven Kellogg,  Dell Yearling,  1975 IT IS THE RIGHT BOOK.
I wanted to thank you for solving my book stumper.  i have ordered the book and I will have it in time for my sister's birthday.  I can't tell you how excited I am-- we have been looking for our book for 10 years!


Snipp, Snapp and Snurr
Snip, Snap and Snurr or at least I thought it was.  They fly a rocking horse to candy land, eat until they can't eat anymore..fall off the horse back into bed and wake up sick to their stomachs and their Mom is there.

There's a whole series of Snipp, Snapp, Snurr books. Maj Lindman penned them originally in the 1930's, but they're back in print:  see the Back in Print page for a picture and a list of titles available for sale.  I didn't see any with a flying rocking horse though.
S181  Maj Lindman, Snipp, Snapp, Snurr and the Magic Horse.  This is one of the fantasy Snipp, Snapp, Snurr's.  The boys receive a large rocking horse for their birthday  it takes them to Candyland for a magical adventure.
Snipp, Snapp, Snurr and the Magic Horse, Lindman, Maj.  Albert Whitman & Co., 1935.  "The story is about Snipp, Snapp, and Snurr, 3 little Swedish boys who get a rocking horse on their birthday.  Climbing aboard, they discover the horse is magic when he takes them to Candy Land."


Snow Ghosts
I've kept up with children's literature over the years, and have had little trouble finding all the books from my childhood.  I was a voracious reader, but always memorized the name of the book and the author.  However, I've always been nagged by the memory of a book I checked out of the school library around 1980. It was probably at least ten or twenty years old at that point.  It was a juvenile novel with (I believe) a picture of a sleigh with a woman and a girl in it with an old mansion in the background.  The cover was dark and typical of the artwork done for the gothic novels that were popular in the late sixties and seventies, but it was definitely a children's novel.  I believe the plot had to do with the girl coming to the mansion and typical gothic mystery ensues.  I have since done much study on gothic novels of the 20th century, but  was never able to figure out what this was.
I don't think there are any overtly supernatural elements in the plot, but I think snow and cold weather was an important element.  Also, I remember its placement in the libray and the author must have had a name that was somewhere in the B-G range (approximately).  Sorry to not provide any more details than this, but I am very resourceful and if my memory were any better of this book I wouldn't need to ask! By the way, it definitely isn't Joan Aiken's "Wolves of Willoughby Chase" or anything nearly that well know.  I am fairly certain the author was not a prolific novelist.  Any help would be much appreciated--I remember enjoying this book, and I'd love to revisit it!

Re. S95 ("Snow- Sleigh")- this might just possibly be Cold Christmas by Nina Beachcroft.
Could this be The Snow Ghosts by Beryl Netherclift?  My copy is a Scholastic paperback circa 1973, and the cover (now missing, thanks to my kids) showed a girl in a snowstorm, perhaps in a sleigh, superimposed over a forbidding-looking mansion.  The plot has three English children (twin girls and a boy, Caroline, Kit, and Richard) moving to a great-aunt's decrepit namor, where they solve the mystery of the family's missing treasures through time travel facilitated by a snowstorm paperweight.  The time travel isn't presented as supernatural in the occult sense-  more from a scifi-ish, other dimensions angle.  A huge blizzard leads to the climax of the story.  Book was originally titled The Snowstorm.


Snow Queen
A fantastic site, congratulations! The magic bullet, or the silver bullet - the title (I think) of a short
story. It is set in lap land, there is lots of snow. A boy is a hunter but the only thing which will kill the wolf is a silver bullet. This memory is associated with a memory of The Little Fir Tree, so maybe they were in the same book.

M54 could this be part of Gerda's adventures on her search for Kay in the Snow Queen? - as this is also by Hans Andersen it may well be in the same volume as the Little Fir Tree. Gerda meets a little Robber Girl and I'm fairly sure a silver bullet is invlolved.
Again, I have to wonder about this. There is no silver bullet episode in the Andersen story. Could this have been an anthology containing The Little Fir Tree and other non-Andersen stories, perhaps a selection of stories from the North, or Scandinavian countries?


Snow Treasure
Original Title: Rescue of the Hidden Gold
My 4th grade teacher read this book to our class in 1959.  The story  I recall takes place in Nazi occupied Norway during World War II.  To keep Norway’s gold from falling into German hands, children hide gold bars under the padding on their sleds and transport the gold directly past Nazi soldiers.  I recall the father of one of the main characters was a fisherman. I would like to purchase a copy of the book if anyone can come up with a title.

S186 Sounds like SNOW TREASURE by Marie McSwigan ~from a librarian
#S186--Sledding gold bars past the Nazis: Snow Treasure, by Marie McSwigan, original title The Rescue of the Hidden Gold.
McSwigan, Marie, Snow Treasure.  This is it.
Marie McSwigan, Snow Treasure
By Secret Railway.  The title of the book in which I remember kids putting gold bullion in the bottoms of their sleds and sledding it past the Nazis was called By Secret Railway.  I'm not sure of the author.
This is definitely Snow Treasure, which I think was published under another title originally.
Marie McSwigan, Snow Treasure


Snow Angel
This book may have been a re-issue of an older book, but I saw it about five years ago.  The story is about a little girl who goes into the woods. Somehow she befriends an angel and I distinctly remember them playing and making snow angels together.  I really can't remember the rest of the story, but I wasn't too impressed with the illustrations (although I liked the story).  I believe the illustrations looked "old" perhaps 50's/60's style and it wasn't too colorful. Your Stumper-site has helped me find TWO childhood books so far.  I think it is excellent and I hope someone can help me this time.  Thanks!

H13 since it was read only 5 years ago, how about Snow Angel by Jean Marzollo,  Jacqueline Rogers (Illustrator) When school closes early because of a blizzard, Jamie is accidentally left behind as her mother picks up all of the other children in her car pool. While waiting for her mom to return, the little girl makes a snow angel. As she gets up, a real angel (just her size) ``wearing a long silver dress and Jack Frost wings'' takes her hand.  Less likely, but a bit older is Boone, Debby - The Snow Angel  Rose and her grandfather seem to be the only people left in theirvillage who know how to dream and experience the beauty of the world,until a snow angel
comes to life and creates a wondrous event.
H13 how girl befriends: now that I've been able to see the covers of both suggested, the Debby Boone title Snow Angel, illustrated by Gabriel Ferrer, published Harvest House 1991, seems more likely. The illustrations are very simple, and rather resemble Louis Slobodkin's drawings for the Moffat stories in the 1940s. The illustrations for the Marzollo book are much more detailed and realistic. Also, the cover of the Boone book shows little Rose in the woods, looking at the angel, while in the Marzollo book, Jamie seems to make her snow angels right in the schoolyard.


click here for imageSnowball
I work for a school district (personnel dept.) and am attempting to locate a book for a co-worker. She cannot remember the title nor the author but does recall the gist of the story. It is evidently a children's book (fiction) regarding a big black poodle who lives in an apartment above a millenary shop. At times he goes down into the hat shop and ends up with various hats on his head. I believe she told me that on one occasion, the dog caused some chaos by running through the shop and scattering the hats in all directions. Almost reminded me of the book, The Diggingest Dog which I often read to my boys when they were little. My friend is to turn 60 soon and recalls reading this as a child so it was probably written around the 1940's (maybe earlier). She said that there was some fabric on the cover which you could feel and envision petting a dog's fur coat. She also said that it was a large book (indicating with her hands to be something like 12" x 16" or there about). Would love to locate this book and purchase it from you if you can help. (P.S. Got your website from one of our school librarians!) I hope to surprise her with a copy of this book.

There's a Fuzzy Wuzzy book and another about a black poodle named Woofus... but I'm not sure either is the culprit.
My Mother has a book called Miss Sniff.  It was definitely written around the 1940's because she is the same age as the woman that wants the book.  It is the size of the poodle book, too.  The cat on the front was fuzzy so you could pet it.  They made several of these books that were called "Fuzzy Wuzzy Books."  Maybe if somebody had one of these Fuzzy Wuzzy books some of the other books they printed  would be listed on the back cover.
Wright, Betty Ren.  Snowball.  Whitman, A Tell-A-Tale/Fuzzy Wuzzy Book. 1952.  Snowball is a black & white toy poodle, whose black fur is fuzzy to touch on cover & inside.
Another book about a big black poodle in an apartment is Hodie by Katharine and Bernard Garbutt, published by Aladdin 1949, 42 pages, 10x7". I don't know if he causes havoc among the hats, but he has to be sent to the country because of the trouble he causes, where he becomes a good work dog, to the farmer's surprise. It's not fuzzy, but the seeker may be interested in it too.
Snowball is a fuzzy book about a small white poodle who constantly gets dirty, with wet tar, etc. A fuzzy book about a large black poodle is The Woolly Dog, by Jane Curry, illustrated by Florence Sarah Winship, published Whitman 1944, a Fuzzy Wuzzy book with the drawings of Woofus & the little black cat, Tar Baby, done in a felt-like texture throughout. "The book is fully color illustrated in delightful 1940s vintage drawings. It measures over 8 x 11, has great illustrated endpapers which are conventional color drawings of Woofus in various poses. The adorable children are named Bobbie & Jean."
Okay, I think this fits much better: Pom Pom The Fuzzy Dog by Virginia Cunningham, illustrated by Catherine Barnes; published 1947 by Whitman Publishing; Pom Pom is a fuzzy dog and this is the story of his life with "Mamzelle Mimi" and her French Hat Shop." The cover shows a black poodle, the endpapers show Pom Pom in the park, a standard, not toy, black poodle and it actually involves a hat shop. Jpg attached.
Hi I have the answer as well as the book that is about a large poodle.  The questioon is in here under, Snowball It is called Pantaloon, about a large black poodle who tries many jobs and ends up working in a bakery which he ends up making a mess of.  It is a Little Golden Book by Kathryn Jackson, 1951.


Snowman the Cinderella Horse
I'm looking for a book whose title I'm not sure of. I think it was called Snowman: The Show Jumping Horse, or something to that effect. It was about a white horse that became a famous show jumper. It was a kids book that I read when I ws around 11 or 12 (around 1970 or so). I'm thinking that it might even have been made into a Disney movie or tv special, though I don't know if that helps any. Thanks for a great web site!

I think I recognize the book about Snowman the Show Jumping Horse. I think the horse's name was SNOWBALL, not Snowman. I know this isn't much help, but you never know. Thanks!!
I have a book called Snowman the Cinderella Horse. It's written and illustrated by Tony Palazzo, published in 1962 by Duell, Sloan, and Pearce (New York). It's a first edition library edition... what is a library edition?
I went to grade school in the early to mid 1980's and loved checking out a book about a boy and his white horse that kept jumping fences. The horse became a jumper and the boy named him Snowman ( I think). I thought the title had something to do with the name of the horse..I remember the cover had a picture of this white horse on it. Any ideas on what it was?
Here's a bit more on Snowman.  There's a photo on the dw of this, not the usual R. Montgomery size.
Montgomery, Rutherford.  Snowman. NY: Duell, 1962, 1st; 131 pp.  The biography of the famous jumper Snowman, for two years the "horse of the year" at Madison Square Garden.  Tells his story from his plowhorse
beginnings to his final days. Definitely one of my heroes in 1958!  Many photos.
In response to Snowman cinderella horse. There was a disney movie called  The horse in the Grey Flannel Suit. Hope it helps.



Snuggle Piggy and the Magic Blanket
Snuggle Piggy and the Magic Blanket, 1980s?  I think this was from a children's book club.  Picture book.  Characters from a dream-like night time adventure appear on Snuggle Piggy's blanket in the morning.

Stepto, Michele, Snuggle Piggy and the Magic Blanket, 1987.  "The creatures sewn onto snuggle Piggy's magic blanket, who come alive at night and dance with him in the moonlight, are endangered one stormy night when the blanket is left outdoors after being washed."
Michele Stepto, Snuggle Piggy and the magic blanket, 1987.  "The creatures sewn onto Snuggle Piggy's magic blanket, who come alive at night and dance with him in the moonlight, are endangered one stormy night when the blanket is left outdoors after being washed."
Steptoe, Michele, Snuggle Piggy and the magic blanket, 1987
Michele Stepto, Snuggle Piggy and the Magic Blanket. Published by Unicorn Books.


So'm I
In the early 1960's I had a childrens book that had the story of a horse that couldn't find a home because nobody wanted a bowlegged knockkneed horse. Then along came a set of twins, one bowlegged, one knockkneed. They understood the horse and adopted him.

Is this possibly a book called So 'M I?  I found a description that reads "There once was a horse named So 'M I who lived with his mother and brother at the famous Whoopshire Stables." So 'M I was knock-kneed in front and bow-legged in back. Does this sound familiar?  I cannot find the author.
Key, Theodore, 1912- ., So'm I, illustrated by Frank Owen. NY, Dutton, 1954, 67 pages. More on this suggested title "The creator of Hazel has produced a picture-story book about a knock-kneed, bow-legged horse who after adventures with a number of masters finally wins the championship in a steeplechase race. (BRD 1954
p.492) Both Key and Owen were well-known cartoonists, and several reviewers comment on the cartoony style and suggest that the book could be a bridge from comics to books for reluctant readers.


Something Queer series
Can't think of the name..... it was my favorite book. Fletcher the dog ( a lazy bassett Hound) sat on the steps every day waiting for his girl to come home from school. One day he wasn't there. Gwen, the girl's friend, who is also a fan of mysteries, cooks up a tale of Fletcher's being kidnapped by the new guy down the street- Fiedler Fernbach. They search high and low for Fletcher until they finally sneak in to Mr. Fernbach's house where they are using Fletcher to pose for a dog zfood commercial. Can you help??? I was enjoying this book in the late seventies.

This is Elizabeth Levy, Something Queer is Going On (Delacorte, '73)
Definitely right. Thanks! I could remember nearly EVERY detail but the title! please let me know if you have this book, or if is it still in print, how can I get a copy??? Your website is awesome. I have already recommended it to several friends.  Thanks again.
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I am looking for a book from my childhood. Unfortunately, I can't remember the title or author, but I remember much of the subject matter. There were two little girls, one named Gwen, who liked to solve mysteries. Gwen liked to tap on her dental braces when she was concentrating. They had a dog named Fletcher. The storyline I remember is a mystery about who destroyed a library book. There had been pictures cut out and drawings of a dog in the margin. I fell in love with this book in grade school, I probably discovered it around 1983-84. If any of this sounds familiar, or you know what book this is, I would greatly appreciate any help.

This is Something Queer at the Library (a Mystery), by Elizabeth Levy. It's illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein. Delacorte Press, 1977.  We have a >copy for $9 + $3 (domestic) shipping.  Interested?
Yes!! I would love to purchase the book. Do you have any other titles by Elizabeth Levy? In particular, I'd be interested in any of her other books with these characters.
I've set aside Something Queer at the Library for you; we also have Frankenstein Moved In On the Fourth Floor, which is for a few grades above the Queer books.  It's a smaller format and still has Mordicai Gerstein
illustrations; this is also part of a series.  It doesn't feature the same characters.  That's all we have in right now.   Other titles, for your records and future book buying needs!  Something Queer at the Ball Park. Something Queer at the Birthday Party. Something Queer at the Haunted House.  Something Queer at the Haunted School.  Something Queer in Outer Space.  Something Queer in Rock 'N' Roll. Something Queer in the Cafeteria. Something Queer is Going on.
Thank you very, VERY much for your help.
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This book is about a dog (bassett hound, i believe) who never leaves his front step.  One day he's is gone and his kids (owners) discover he's been kidnapped. They do some detecting and find him and catch the kidnappers.  I can't remember anything else about it.

Elizabeth Levy, Something Queer Is Going On. This description sounds like this title the first in the series.  There were several other Something Queer titles by this authir featuring Fletcher, the basset hound.
B127: Something Queer is Going On by Elizabeth Levy, the first(?) of the Something Queer series in the 1970s. Fantastic, humorously illustrated mystery story about two smart modern girls who figure out who took the dog and why - and when the mother of one is called in to help, she's no sissy naif herself, which, even as a kid, I knew was a break from the usual female generation gaps in current fiction!
I'm sure several other people will respond to this stumper, but this is most definitely Something Queer is Going On by Elizabeth Levy. Two girls (Jill and Gwen) track down the kidnapper of Fletcher the Bassett Hound.



Something Short and Sweet
It's a short story about two young English women (1940's? 50's?) who leave city life to start their own herb farm in the countryside.  Their little farm prospers, though the young women endure much hardship and illness.  A man appears to court the fairer of the young women, threatening both their bond and their farm.  There was a gorgeous BBC production of this short story in the 1980's, which I thought might be called, The Herb Farm.  I could have sworn that the original story was written by Nevile Shute, but no amount of searching has turned up the story, and a Shute expert I corresponded with said it was not his.  I am quite certain that the title of the  story is a woman's name (one of the characters).  I know that it was one of the most beautiful little stories I have ever read.  Please help!  Many thanks!

D. H. Lawrence, The Fox.
I am the seeker of Book Stumper H68.  I see that someone has suggested the solution is D.H. Lawrence's The Fox, but while this is a good guess, it is not correct.  Since I sent you my original stumper, I have actually located the correct title and author of the book I seek, but now I find that the book is well out of print, and can only be had for a very dear price from a Rare Book dealer in London.  Here's what I know:  Author:  H.E. Bates  Title:  Something Short and Sweet (Short Stories) 1937.  The specific short story is within this volume and MAY be called "Breeze Antsey" but may also have another title, which as I recall is an unusual woman's name.  At any rate, I am now going to see if I can find the book in the Library of Congress, and at least photocopy that one blessed story.  I am also still open to purchasing this book if you can help me find it for sale at a reasonable price.  Many thanks for the wonderful service you provide.


Sophie and Gussie
About a female creature (weasel? squirrel? otter? I completely forget. I don't believe the character was human.)  who goes on a summer vacation to a boardwalk, perhaps Atlantic City. While there she get saltwater taffy and has a ride on a rickshaw. In one of the pictures she is packing her suitcase. The "illustrations" were distinctive: like photos of paper cutouts perhaps? It was probably from the late 60s/early 70s. Not much text, it was more of a picture book.

#A43:  Atlantic City Vacation.  Despite some differences, it keeps sounding to me like Mrs. Duck's Lovely Day, a Rand McNally Jr. Elf Book by Vivienne Blake.
A43 atlantic city vacation: just guessing, but could this be The Trip, and Other Sophie and Gussie Stories, by Marjorie Sharmat, illustrated by Lillian Hoban, published Macmillan 1976, 64 pages? "IN FOUR HILARIOUS EPISODES, THE INGENUOUS SQUIRREL-LADIES CREATE CONFUSION OUT OF SUCH MAJOR UNDERTAKINGS AS PACKING FOR A TRIP, CLEANING THE HOUSE, CONTENDING WITH A LEAKY CEILING, AND SHARING A FLOWER. THIS IS THE HAPPY SEQUEL TO SOPHIE AND GUSSIE." Nothing much about the actual trip, though, and there are two furry female animals, not one.
From the Library of Congress:  Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman. Sophie and Gussie. Pictures by Lillian Hoban. New York, Macmillan [1973].  Two squirrel friends spend the weekend together, exchange presents, plan a party, and trade hats. Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman. The trip, and other Sophie and Gussie stories.  Pictures by Lillian Hoban. New York : Macmillan, c1976.  Two squirrel friends prepare for a trip, clean house, listen to the rain, and care for a  flower.


Soul Catcher
A Native American Man abducts a young caucasian boy.   I don't remember why, but there is a threat of harm or death to the boy by the man.   Most of the book is dialogue between the two of them, a developing of a relationship.  At the end, the man does kill the boy.  This book has haunted me for over twenty years.  I believe the word "catcher" is in the title...perhaps "Sun Catcher" or "Star Catcher"?  But I may be way off on that.

Frank Herbert, Soul Catcher.
Frank Herbert, Soul Catcher, 1972.  "The story revolves around the kidnapping of a young boy who happens to be the son
of a prominent politician. He is kidnapped by a Native American living in the California coastal mountains because the 'Indian' has been given a vision by Bee, his spirit creature. He has to find out whether this boy is worthy of what destiny says the 'Indian' must do. And what is that I hear you asking? Well we can't tell you everything now, can we. But rest assured the ending is well worth the length of the novel itself."


A Sound of Crying
A young girl connects to a past time possibly by living in the same house as another young girl who had been sent there as an orphan or servant or both. The girl in the past was keeping a kitten without permission, possibly calling it Gray Eyes. The male figure in the household was tyranical. There was something about a nearby village, possibly fishing based, where the girl finds an ally or love or a home. The present day girl views all this or channels this inner viewing when a certain type of fog occurs.

Rodie Sudbery, A Sound of Crying, 1972, Scholastic.  I just read this, and am fairly certain most of the details match... but I of course cannot find the book right now!
#F43--Fog Magic Time Reversal:  Most of the plot described is of a book by Rodie Sudbery, published in England as The House in the Wood and in America as A Sound of Crying.  Part of it is at least one other book, possibly Fog Magic by Julia Sauer.  The fog and fishing village seem to fit with this book.  Neither story takes place in America. A Sound of Crying is in England and Fog Magic is in Nova Scotia.
Sounds like it could be FOG MAGIC by Julia L. Sauer, 1943, 1971, 1986 and still in print. Greta can see and go into the past when there's fog, and he does near the sea. ~from a librarian
Julia Sauer, Fog Magic, 1943.  I'm pretty sure this is Fog Magic, although there's no tyrannical parents. Girl living in Nova Scotia fishing village can go back in time when the fog rolls in. When she turns twelve, she can't go back any longer but is given a kitten to take with her.
Sudbery, Rodie, A Sound of Crying, 1970.  I wrote before thinking this is the book, and have found my copy now. Almost all the details match, except for the fog.  Polly comes to stay in a house and has dreams about a girl who used to live there, Sarah.  Sarah Gray is living with her uncle Simon, who treats her as a servant.  She finds a cat and keeps it secretly, naming it Gray One.  She has a friend in the housekeeper, Mrs. Piper.  No fog, but
there is a mystery related to a pool and waterfall.
Please thank your readers for me for solving this lost book puzzle. It would have been so difficult for me to find A Sound of Crying since I obviously had it mixed together with Fog Magic in my memories! Now I'll have to find both because they both  clearly made a big impression on me as a child. I wish I'd never thought I'd be so grown-up someday, that I would never want those hundreds of children's books I once possessed.


South of Heaven
Do not know either title or author.   Came out in pprbk during the mid sixties.  Must have been in hardback first.    Hero comes from poor background and gets a job as the lowest of the low in the oil fields and gas fields in Texas.   He works hard and learns and works his way up and is finally able to strike out on his own and be very successful.   Then he loses it all and I don't remember if he ever is able to make a comeback.   I remember the story of his early years best because of some of the things he had to overcome and deal with.   At one of his first jobs where he has to live with the crew he is on in the fields, he is bullied unmercifully by one fellow and his lowlife sidekick.   Hero bides his time and catches the bully alone and uses a baseball bat to get the bully to change his ways..........it is a  scene that is engraved in my memory.  (You don't suppose it's because I was often bullied myself do you?)     Almost as memorable as the baseball bat scene is a subsequent scene in which the hero finds the bully and two other men dead from inhaling unscented natural gas and comes close to succumbing to it himself.   Also, right after the hero used the baseball bat on the bully,  they return to their barracks and the hero takes the bully's foul and filthy clothing out of his own locker where the bully had forced him to store it and dumps it in the middle of the barracks floor.   The lowlife sidekick says something like, "Hey Bully, you see what the kid just did?   Are you gonna let him do something like that?"   To which the bully snarls, "Shut up!"   It was a very good book.   I read it only one time that I recall and have remembered it all these years.   I'd love to read it again and own it.   Thanks much for any help.

Dear Sirs & Mesdames:  It looks like O12, the story about rough necking and wildcatting for oil in Texas, is a book entitled; South of Heaven by Jim Thompson.   Many thanks to Barbara-MLG for turning it up.   I have been looking for it for roughly thirty five years and am tickled to have found it.   Thanks to you all.



Space Ship Under the Apple Tree
Ok, the book I keep trying to remember was a thin book I'm sure that I got from my Catholic grade school library,that featured a teenage-ish boy who had an apple orchard and a space ship landed it.  I can see the picture of the boy in the orchard, but that's all I remember, but the book at the time and in memory, made me homesick. Hmmmm.  I've been thinking about this for probably 40 years.  I'm not too hopeful, but I love that you have this service.  Congratulations and peace!

Hope restored!  This is Louis Slobodkin's The Space Ship Under the Apple Tree.
 Interpreting
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Slobodkin, Louis.  The Space Ship Under the Apple Tree. Macmillan, 1952, 2nd printing.  Ex-library in library binding with usual marks.  G.  $30

Slobodkin, Louis.  The Space Ship Returns to the Apple Tree. Collier, 1958, 1972.  Paperback copy.  Previous owner's name in 2 colors on endpaper.  G.  $15


Speaker for the Dead
Just the person I'm looking for. Quite some years ago (about 10?) I was listening to the CBC and the had an author reading his work. Of course, either I didn't have a pen and paper handy or they didn't repeat the title, but I have been trying to find this book or short story for yonks. The plot is: An anthroplogy student is studying some remote tribe in the jungle (African or South American, I do not know...). He thinks that he is on the ins with them and they are going to reveal a secret ceremony and invite him along. It appears that he is to be "part of the ceremony" in ways he never imagined! They tie him down on the floor of the jungle, cut slits in his skin and insert soil and seeds. Bear with me.... Over the next few days and weeks he finds himself more and more "part of the jungle as the roots begin to grow in him. He is eventually rescued against his own wishes......I have tried every search I know, and I WORKED in a bookstore for many years and have never come across it. PLEASE, PLEASE, before this drives me mad, can you find the title for me??????????

This stumper has been nagging at me since I first read it, and it finally clicked.  There's a scene in the science fiction novel Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card (a sequel to the famous Ender's Game) in which a character is staked to the forest floor, cut so roots can grow in his body, and finally becomes part of the forest.  It isn't exactly as remembered in the request- it doesn't involve anthropology, and there's no rescue-  but I thought I'd submit it just in case.  Copyright date is 1986, so it could easily have been read from on the radio ten years ago.
Orson Scott Card, Speaker for the Dead, 1986. Here's the relevant passage:
    Rooter lay spread-eagled in the cleared dirt. He had been eviscerated, and not carelessly. Each organ had been cleanly separated, and the strands and filaments of his limbs had also been pulled out and spread in a symmetrical pattern on the drying
soil. Everything still had some connection to the body -- nothing had been completely severed.
    Libo's agonized crying was almost hysterical. Novinha knelt by him and held him, rocked him, tried to soothe him. Pipo methodically took out his small camera and took pictures from every angle so the computer could analyze it in detail later.
    "He was still alive when they did this," Libo said, when he had calmed enough to speak. Even so, he had to say the words slowly, carefully, as if he were a foreigner just learning to speak. "There's so much blood on the ground, spattered so far --
his heart had to be beating when they opened him up."
    "We'll discuss it later," said Pipo.
    Now the thing Libo had forgotten yesterday came back to him with cruel clarity. "It's what Rooter said about the women. They decide when the men should die. He told me that, and I--" He stopped himself. Of course he did nothing. The law required
him to do nothing. And at that moment he decided that he hated the law. If the law meant allowing this to be done to Rooter, then the law had no understanding. Rooter was a person. You don't stand by and let this happen to a person just because
you're studying him.
    "They didn't dishonor him," said Novinha. "If there's one thing that's certain, it's the love that they have for trees. See?" Out of the center of his chest cavity, which was otherwise empty now, a very small seedling sprouted "They planted a tree to mark his burial spot."
    "Now we know why they name all their trees," said Libo bitterly. "They planted them as grave markers for the piggies they tortured to death."
It's possible that Card read from a story that preceded, or was inspired by, Speaker for the Dead. He's a native of Alberta, a frequent radio guest -- seems a likely candidate.


Speedy Digs Downside Up
Children's book, read in the late 60s/early 70s. Brother and sister living in Pennsylvania decide to dig a hole through the earth and come out in Tasmania.

Kumin, Maxine.  Speedy digs downside up.  Illus  Ezra Jack Keats. Putnam 1964. Pennsylvania boy digs thru earth to Tasmania; Australia 


Special Year
Hi - I am looking for a book I read in the 1960's.  It's a young adult novel, and the main character was a girl named Marly.  She might have lived in Wisconsin.  If anyone knows the author or title, please let me know!  Thanks

Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen, published in 1956. Marly and her family move to her grandmother's old place, Maple Hill in northern Pennsylvania.  Marly's father was a prisoner of war and needs to get away from the city.  The family loves the outdoors and helps with the maple syrup business and Marly's dad gradually regains his health (that's the miracle).
Could this be Miracle on Maple Hill by Virgina Sorensen?  It was a Newberry Award winner in 1957. Marly's family moves into Grandma's house in Somerset Country, PA after WWII has left her father withdrawn and bitter. Wonderful picture of sugaring time.  HTH!
Hi Harriet.  Unfortunately this isn't the book - I've checked it out before.  The one I'm looking for is about a teenager, and as I recall it's a fairly standard teen romance.  So my search continues!
M70 marly: this was also posted on the Alibris board, and identified there as The Special Year by Laura Nelson Baker, 1959. "In it, the main character's name is Scott, but his girlfriend's name is Marly. Just glancing through it, it looks like the book takes place over the space of a year starting with Marly's sixteenth birthday and ending when she is about to turn seventeen. It looks like things start to go wrong for them, something about Marly possibly being involved in a car accident."


Spell Me a Witch
Here's my childhood book memory:  It's about a witch school where most of the girls have spice names (Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, etc.)  The woman who runs the school has an assistant named something like Bethany, who isn't supposed to be a witch, but at the end she is proven quite powerful, and her tears from when she was a baby are used to prevent some catastrope.  I believe the author's last name started with W, and the book is about a fifth-sixth grade reading level.  I've been wondering about this for ages, and any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated!

Suggesting Spell me a Witch by Barbara Willard, illustrated by Phillida Gili, published London, Hamish Hamilton, 1979. Inside flap "Belladonna Agrimony is worried. For years now she has run The Academy for Young Witches, ... but something is going wrong. After a long and successful career she seems to be losing some of her witchiness. Word comes that The Three, the most powerful, important and terrifying of the Sisterhood, are on their way to inspect Belladonna's famous academy. The whole establishment is thrown into panic and turmoil at the news. Belladonna, her assistant, the mysterious Betony, and all her pupil witches start making plans and working out spells to display to the alarming visitors."  Witch pupils are named Angelica, Tansy, Borage, Marjoram, Spurge, Caroway, Chervil, Tarragon and Camomile. Betony was found as a baby and her tears were stored in a glass jar.
I submitted this one -- I think this is it!  Thanks for all your help (interesting to see which details I had correctly remembered).


Spook
Okay Harriet, heres one for you. I read this book in , I think, 1981-1983. One of those years. I'm guessing it was written in the 70's. The book was about a LITTLE BLACK DOG  who was a mean witches "familiar". On Halloween night, he and the witch were on their way to a witches meeting but he fell off. Some kids that were trick-or-treating came across him and wanted to keep him but they had to meet with the witch first. I believe it was a paperback book with uncolored illustrations If you can come up with something on it, please let me know. I'm interested in buying it.

This sounds like it might have been a book called Spook (also the dog's name).  I read it in the late seventies.
Here's an answer to W13 Witch's Dog SPOOKby Jane Little, illustrated by Suzanne Kesteloo Larsen, 1965 (repub. in 1990?) A little dog falls off the witch's broom, and finds a happy home with some children. He doesn't want to live with the mean witch anymore, but in order to keep the dog, the children must win a contest against the witch. There's a little black dog on the cover, with the witch (and I think a cauldron) and lots of orange in the cover.


Spotty
When I was a child in the late forties, we checked out books from the Bookmobile.  One that I read over and over was about a family of white bunnies that had somehow gotten one black bunny. The other bunnies treated him terribly.  Eventually they found a family with the opposite problem and traded.  As a small child, I was never satisfied with that ending  I wanted them black bunny to be treated kindly.  Does anyone know anything about that book?

yikes,  let's hope this one is long out of print.
Margaret and H.A. Rey, Spotty. This book is actually very charming, and the bunny isn't black, he's brown spotted.  The whole rest of his family is white, and while they don't exactly mistreat him, his feeling of "differentness" has him sitting alone a lot. One day when the rest go to their great-aunt's birthday party, they leave him home so he won't be noticed by the dignified matron.  He runs away and ends up meeting a brown spotted bunny like himself, and they go home together.  At the brown spot house, there is a solid white bunny who is also an introvert, passed over by his family.  The two families meet and realize they've been acting horribly, and then they all get along.
I submitted the original query about this book and am revlieved to find it has a name.  The book made a profound impression on me.  Even though I was only about 4 or 5 years old, I remember crying every time it was read to me. But I checked it out over and over and made my mom and aunt read it to me over and over.  Something about the ending never really satisfied me.


Squawk to the Moon, Little Goose
Gosh, I hope you can help me.  When I was a little girl i read a book about a duck who was always chasing the moon - I believe he thought it was cheese.  That is all I remember - if you can give me a title... that would be a miracle.  It must have been published circa 1968 - 1979. It's me again.  The book cover was a navy blue - and the duck was on the front cover.  I am interested in writing myself - children's  books and spiritual novels.  finding this book will be the link to the missing puzzle.

Could it have been a goose? Preston, Edna Mitchell Squawk to the Moon, Little Goose Viking, 1974. Large 8vo, isbn 0140505466 "As a bright, full moon sails overhead a gosling leaps out of bed and goes outside, heedless of a waiting, hungry fox. Lilting text by Preston and superb color illustrations by Cooney create a joyous combination."
M17 moon made of cheese: more on the suggested title Squawk to the Moon, Little Goose - "A curious and naive gosling sallies forth on a forbidden nighttime excursion. As she splashes happily in a pond, she fancies that she sees a white fox swallow the moon but after she wakens the farmer with the alarming news, the moon reappears and the goose waddles away in shame - until she sees the moon apparently struggling in the weeds at the water's edge. Once again she squawks for help, and onece again the farmer dismisses her by pointing to the moon safely riding in the sky. Lost in embarrasment the goose fails to see a predatory fox; and having twice responded to her alarms, the farmer pays no attention to her cries. Luminous, hauntingly beautiful watercolor illustrations." (HB Feb/75 p.41) The gosling in the illustration shown does look more ducklike than gooselike.


SRA Cards
I would like to know if you have any recollection of a reading program used 30+ years ago, that I will describe as best I remember:  It was a program that I had in my first grade class at a private school. The set was color coded cards and the container box was tiered so you could see the different levels and colors.  I don't remember how many  levels/subjects there were but I think at least 16 or 20.  I always called it by its initials, my mother seems to think "SAE".  I think the S may have stood for "scholastic", but can't really recall the initials myself.  Each learning card was about 4 x 5 inches, and had a bit to read about a given subject, and then a quiz at the end.  I remember fill-in-the-blanks.  We weren't allowed to write on the cards, of course, because the whole class used them.  I remember a story about dinosaurs, and turquoise as one of the colors, also purple and red - the colors were on the headers of each level or subject card.  I think maybe the colors represented subjects, and possibly there were numbers to indicate the level you were reading at.  I went through these while the teacher taught the other students who could not already read.  Sometimes, though, I got bored and antsy and she had to tell me to go sit in the bathroom.  I would then sneak out slooooowly to reach the learning cards or toys.  I wonder if any teachers remember or use these cards today?

The reading program described sounds like the SRA program I remember as a child in the early '70s.
Science Research Associates cards.  They were published by Science Research Associates, and we called them SRA cards.  I remember using them in the '70's.
SRA cards.  You can read more about the creator of the cards online here.
This was a reading program called SRA, and I think it's still used today.  You can still order these if you look it up on the internet, but they are expensive.  I, too, used these in elementary school, and loved them.  Good Luck
This description fits the SRA reading program that I had in school in the 60's.  I can still remember the thrill of moving up to the next color card set in the box.  You can check out their website at www.sra-4kids.com , although I have a feeling that it's a little bit different than we remember it!
I believe those cards were called SRA.  I remember them too.  I have no idea what SRA stands for, perhaps
Scholastic Reading Assessment.
R59 is the SRA reading program.  I can't remember what the initials stood for--Scholastic Reading ?
Just my remembrance on the SRA reading cards.  They must've been around for a while since I used them about 20 years ago.  I loved the green-colored one about Pompeii--my teacher was annoyed that I kept going back to that one when I was capable of reading the higher levels!


Star Dog
I read this juvenile science fiction paperback when I was in jr. high school, circa 1975.  It was about a boy who befriends a dog, (a big black one it think, like a lab?) But the dog is really an alien and has an extra set of paws coming out of its chest, like arms almost. That is all I remember, thanks in advance
for any information.

Maybe Star Dog, by A.M. Lightner (pseud. of Harry Harrison?) published McGraw-Hill 1973, 179 pages. "During the confusion that reigns over the supposed appearance of some kind of UFO outside Holt's home town, his collie, Mitzi, who has escaped purdah while in heat, somehow manages to mate with a strange six-legged dog found dead later by Holt and a friend. Mitzi's pup turns out to be capable of telepathic communication with its master. Scientific examination of the strange corpse of Rover's father inevitably leaks out and brings down upon Holt, family, friends and teachers the whole ballyhoo of the American media and the interference of the forces of law and order as well as the skulduggery of the unscrupulous criminal fringe ..." (Junior Bookshelf Apr/75 p.122)
Again! I THANK YOU!!!   # S 109 Sci Fi Dog is Star Dog!  I am sooooo happy I can't stand it!  One
more important one to go...  (G-54)  Thank you thank you thank you.


Star Girl
This book is more of a science fiction children's book where some brothers and sisters befriend a little girl who is really from Mars. I do remember that the children thought she was magic before they discovered her origin.

sounds a bit like one suggested for another stumper - Star Girl, by Henry Winterfeld, published Lutterworth 1963, 168 pages, illustrated with line drawings by R. Ackermann-Ophuls. It's about Little Mo, from Venus, who falls out of her spaceship, is befriended by children and protected from officious and greedy adult humans.
G61 girl from mars: more on Star Girl, by Henry Winterfeld, illustrated by Fritz Wegner, translated by Kyrill Schabert, published Harcourt 1957. "It tells, almost entirely in conversation, how some German children discover a little girl, wearing a diamond necklace, who has fallen into their woods out of a space ship from Venus. As they take her into their town, help her in a wild escape from unbelieving adults, and finally with difficulty get her back to her father, they and the reader learn much about her fabulous home star. There children age slowly (she is 87 years old) and have fun with their own little airplanes, submarines, and speedboats." (HB Dec/57 p.490) A similar book, but with an alien boy, is Down to Earth, by Patricia Wrightson, published Harcourt 1965.


click here for imageStars My Destination
Science fiction about a man who could "jaunt", or send himself across the universe.

The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester.  Alluded to quite meaningfully in Hollow Man by Dan Simmons.  Classic sf.  Keep in the part about Dan Simmons; God forbid he get more readers or something.
 Interpreting
Condition 
Grades
Bester, Alfred. The Stars My Destination.  The New American Library, 1956. Third Signet paperback printing, 1961.  Cover worn and soiled.  G.  $15


click here for imageStars in Her Eyes
A girl of 14 tries to sing at her father TV show and fails. She will eventually come of age in a beach area (Rhode Island?) and when she tries again to sing in the TV show, at 16, she succeeded. The story happened in the USA.

I believe that S-59 is Stars In Her Eyes by Betty Cavanna.  In that book, 14-year-old Maggie Page has a
humiliating experience performing on her father's television show.  She gains a lot of self-confidence after spending
time working on Cape Cod, and at sixteen, once again performs on her father's show--this time to great applause!
Marvelous! It is the right book! I remember the name Maggie Page! Thank you so much, Harriett! And yes, please find me the book. Maybe you can also find out if the author published any other books.
Under the "Solved Mysteries," Stars in Her Eyes, someone asked whether Betty Cavanna wrote any other books.  Well, she wrote PLENTY!  I can get you a copy of one called The Black Spaniel Mystery, I think must be rare as it's the only one I've seen.  (I saw it once in hardcover and once in paperback--that's it--this is the hardcover.)  I was very annoyed at it for not being my dognapping mystery.  Also,  The Secret of Turkeyfoot Mountain.
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This book was probably published between 1955 and 1965.  It is about a teenage girl whose parent (or parents) are actors.  She is somewhat of an underachiever, (I think she has a weight problem also),  and finds it difficult to be the daughter of famous people. At some point in the book, she goes to England, and falls in love with a boy there.  I can't remember the title or the author, but I loved this book!

A100 (once again) is Stars In Her Eyes by Betty Cavanna.  This has already been on here once before. Maggie Page is the plump daughter of television personality Peter Page, and definitely an underachiever.  It's France she goes to--not England.  Gee, this must have been a much-loved book.
 Interpreting
Condition 
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Cavanna, Betty.  Stars in Her Eyes.  William Morrow and Co., 1958, fourth printing.  Ex-library in library binding with usual marks and pocket removed from front free endpaper.  G/G.  $15


Step on a Crack
Yet another shot-in-the-dark stumper...great site, by the way.  My mystery book is:  The protagonist, probably a 12-or-so-year-old girl, learns that her mother is not the woman she has grown up with, but another woman, whose name was Kat.  Kat is an artist.  One of the girl's strongest early memories from that time is being in some sort of cage (maybe in a park?) and poking a stick through the bars, messing up the wet paint on Kat's canvas.  I think she called her "mommikat" at the time.  The book has something of an Alice in Wonderland theme because the girl keeps dreaming about the Red Queen, which is partly what leads her to the discovery of her real mother.  The girl's best friend is the daughter of a psychologist and gets into trouble at the end of the book for having been an amateur psychologist about the whole thing. This is all that I can dredge up.  I must have read this book between 1975-1985.

Step On A Crack by Mary Anderson. It isn't a memory the main character has, it's a dream. She would dream she was skipping rope, then she would be behind bars, she would see her mother and then use the rope to tie her mother to the bars. After the dream she was compelled to shoplift, she saved all the items she stole in a bureau drawer and they proved to be clues to what the dream meant. Great book!

Thank you so much! I'm sure this is the right book. At the moment, I'm living in Romania, so I'm afraid I'll have to pass on your offer to look for the book for me. (I'm trying to get rid of most of my books here in preparation for moving....) But again, thanks for finding this, and keep up the good work! 



Steps Out of Time
A boy and his father are new in a rundown house, maybe newly mother- and wifeless. They lay new linoleum in the kitchen, the first room they reconstruct. The boy starts his new school and it doesn't go well. Somehow he becomes (wakes up as? goes through the front door?) another boy who lives obviously in the future. He kind of watches out of that boy's eyes, a dual consciousness so the future boy doesn't flub anything up. The future boy can draw, and the now-boy learns to draw through him. He draws the mother from the Swiss Family Robinson for a school project, and a view from a cliff that's recognizable but inaccessible as well as illegal in his own time. He's working on a complicated portrait of the future-boy's sister as he realizes who the future family is, and that for time-continuity (?) he has to put the portrait in the chimney (he and his father are now working on the fireplace) and not submit it as the school project he intended it for. The final scene in the book might be the future-family  discovering this portrait in their own chimney, and the future-father is mystified and haunted because his father, the now-boy, died before either of these grandchildren (the futureboy and his sister) were born, yet here is a wonderful portrait of the girl. It's set in England, was published in the late '70s to late '80s (I'm guessing early '80s), and the cover has a boy opening the door into a rowhouse, yet through the door is not an interior but a lightly clouded blue sky.

B158 boy entlish timetravels:  Houghton, Eric, Steps Out of Time, UK title Boy Beyond the Mist, NY Lothrop 1979, UK publication 1960s.  This is one of my long-losts, and the UK edition is nearly impossible to find. I finally found the US edition, with a different title, which complicates matters by never admitting that there was an earlier publication! The seeker remembers the plot quite closely. The boy and his father have moved to a new house and town, and he has to take on many responsibilities at home. School doesn't go well because he is shy and doesn't want to invite the other children home. On certain misty evenings he goes home and his home is different, he gradually works out that he is travelling in time and that the family are his descendants. The future boy is a talented artist and the boy learns how to look at something and draw it accurately. I remember the incident where he draws the forbidden view, and his present-day schoolmates think he has trespassed. The portrait of the future sister is what he does as part of a class project to show your hobby. I don't recall the Swiss Family Robinson picture. Points that may confirm the memory - he notices that the future children say "masterwork" instead of "masterpiece"  he borrows the future boy's art portfolio and has to hide it at school because the fabric and fastening method are not of his time  he makes friends with a present-day schoolmate over his hobby of netting and raising small fish.


Stevie and His Seven Orphans
I cannot remember the author or the title, but it concerned a boy (and perhaps his sister) who discover an abandoned box of seven puppies.  The boy takes it upon himself to find homes for the pups and is ultimately successful.  It's a very modest little story, in novel form, but the storyline appealed greatly to me.  The most telling detail I can remember is that the boy names the puppies after the seven days of the week, matching each pup to the description of the day given in the old nursery rhyme (you know, Monday's child is fair of face, Tuesday'schild is full of grace, etc.)  I believe he keeps the seventh pup himself, which he names Sabbath.  Any bells ringing?

The name of this wonderful book is Stevie and His Seven Orphans by Miriam E. Mason.  Stevie ends up keeping one of the puppies, but it's NOT Sabbath!  (Grin)
I think this is Miriam Mason, Stevie & his Seven Orphans (Houghton Mifflin, '64). This was a Weekly Reader book.


Stirring Stories for Boys
boys mixed story book (approx 10 stories) pale blue cover, at least 20 years old prob more. One story called - See Lunar & Die  picture of spaceship with story... spaceship crew talking of journey into space and described rain coming down from leaden skies.  Book was originally purchased in UK - poss had Dust jacket. book was hardback but not huge.  hope you can help, this book is very important to a  friend of mine. Thank you

John Keir Cross, Stirring stories for boys. This is my own book stumper, I am just posting the info I have managed to find in case anyone else is interested. Thank you to all the booksellers who helped me trace this book when I had such vauge information!!


Stolen Years
I have a stumper for you. I can tell you just about everything but the title.  the story takes place during WW2. This is a young adult book by the way. The main character is a girl I believe is named Sara or Sarah. Not sure of the spelling. She and her father hide from the Nazis for a while in the upstairs room of a house until her father dies. She and her brother are separated and put in concentration camps. I remember one scene where a campmate of Sara's shares apple peelings that she finds in the trash with Sara. At the end of the story Sara meets her husband who turns out to be the author of the book and asks her to become Sara---- I want to say the last name is Zyskind but I'm not sure. Can you help me find this title? Any help is appreciated. I used to love this book. The characters were so brave and so real to me. I think the husband's first name was Alex or Alexander.

Could this be one of Sara Zyskind's books?Stolen Years or Struggle?
You got it Harriet! Stolen Years is it! Thanks. I've been trying to find it for a long time. I work in a bookstore and have been trying to find it. I stumped all our booksellers.  Thanks again



Stone Age Kids Discover America
Boy, my memories of this book seem to be fading more and more with each year, but here's what I remember:  I would have read it (or had it read to me, I should say) in the early 70's.  It was an oversized hardcover book with colored, cartoon-like illustrations. I remember it featuring caveman children and large animals, although I can't remember if they were real or imaginary animals.  There was something about a race, perhaps, with a bunch of animals harnessed together and pulling a large wooden cart with the children on top?  Seems like the animals were horse-like, but not quite horses.  I don't have much hope of anyone coming up with an answer to this stumper - I'm pretty familiar with children's lit, and I'm sure this must have been just a "flash-in-the-pan" type of book/author.  But boy, would I love to see this book again, just to relive the memories!

I don't have the answer, but this site has a huge list of "prehistoric fiction" with thumbnails of jackets. If you scroll
through it, you may recognize the style. Be patient  it takes forever to load.
I checked out the link you gave under my bookstumper request, and what a lucky break!  I found what I'm almost positive is the book I remember, and it was one of the first books on the first page!  Here's what I think is the solution to my stumper:  Almqvist, Bertil [1902-1972]. (1948) 1962. The Stone Age Kids Discover America. translated from the Swedish Barna Hedenhös upptäcker Amerika by Gerry Bothmer. comic, col. ill. 24 pp. 28 cm, New York. Macmillan Co.  Thank you, thank you, thank you - now I just have to FIND the book!  :-)
The Stone Age Kids Discover America, written and illustrated by Bertil Almquist, published New York, Macmillan 1962 "The madcap adventures of a prehistoric family who sailed into New York harbor 4,000 years ago. Ages 8 up." (HB Dec/62 p.570 pub ad)


Stonewords: A Ghost Story
We don't know title, author, etc. of the book.  But we know that it's about a girl who goes to live with her grandma or aunt.  She has a playhouse and there are rosebushes in the woods near the house.  They were planted by the mother of a girl who died many years ago in a fire. (in the same house) The ghost of the dead girl visits the living girl.  sometimes she's mean, and steals or breaks things, and
sometimes she's nice.  The girl has a dog. Sometimes near the end, the living girl will go into the dead girls world and be a ghost there.  she saves the girl from the fire.  The rose bushes then turn into rasberry bushes. One possible cover looks like this: The two girls are in a dusty, attic-like room.  The ghost is in the background and looks old-fashioned.  The living girl is standing closer and is looking at her hand which she is holding up to the light from a window. The hand is transparent and you can see the bones in it.  she looks shocked.

G20--Could this be one of  Ruth Arthur's books?  It sounds a little like After Candlemas or Miss Ghost.
This one sounds an awful lot like The Ghosts by Antonia Barber, published by Archway Paperback in August 1975.  In the book, Lucy does go back in time and save the "ghosts," a young victorian girl and her younger brother from a fire.  When she goes back in time, she becomes a "ghost" herself.  In the end, it turns out that the children she rescued are her ancestors.  It's a great book.
G20: Ghost Girl -- sounds very much like the plot of Pam Conrad's Stonewords: A Ghost Story
G20:Ghost Girl I went and checked our library's copy of it. At the end of the book, the site where the roses in memory of the dead girl were no longer there. There were raspberries instead. So I just wanted to second whoever suggested it (it was not my stumper though)



Stories About Sets
I'm looking for a book on mathematics, in particular on infinity, transcendental numbers, and aleph-null. It may have been written by a female French mathematician, and may have been originally written in French and then translated to English. It had a series of line drawing illustrations in black and white, and for some reason they remind me of the "Little Prince". It was oriented towards children, but I think it was in the adult part of the circulating library. I probably took it out back in the 1960s, early 1970s. I think the author had written more than one book: I seem to recall reading two books.

N.I. Vilenkin, Stories About Sets.  I think this *might* be the book, as the subject matter is as you describe it did contain some black-and-white drawings and it was intended for both adult students, and teenagers with an interest in mathematics. The author was, however, male and Russian.


Stories of Hans Christian Anderson
I don't know who wrote it, but there was more than one story with a record. One of the songs   had to do with her sailing down a stream. I KNOW this sounds so stupid. I had this around  1976-1977. I think one of the other story's had something to do with a frog or mouse. I have a feeling this will be one of your UNSOLVED.

Hans Christian Anderson, Hans Christian Anderson Tales (i think).  Includes stories such as Thumbelina (including floating down a river and meeting the fairy people) The little Mermaid, The little match girl,The little tin soldier and the snow queen.
This has the right date:  The Walt Disney Company.  The Stories of Hans Christian Anderson. Disneyland Records, 1967.  A Record of  4 stories with music and illustrated booklet.


Story of Bobby Squirrel
1920's primer.  This book features Bobby and Betty Squirrel and Mother and Father Squirrel, along with other neighbors, such as Mrs. Bushytail, etc.  The stories contained within this reader all deal with etiquette and proper social graces, etc. I remember the cover being a brown cloth and it was illustrated.  I would love to be able to know the name and to find a copy of this old favorite.

Doens't quite sound like Thornton Burgess...
B99 betty and bobby squirrel: perhaps one of these? The Story of Bobby Squirrel and Other Bedtime Stories; and, Fluffy Tail's Adventures and Other Bedtime Stories, both by Mrs. Frank Sittig, in the series of Bed-time Story-land Books  published Platt & Peck New York 1916, unpaginated, hardbound pictorial boards, illustrated with color frontispiece, b/w line drawings and green illustrated endpapers. "Main story entitled Fluffy-tail's Adventures features Bobby Fluffy-tail, a squirrel. Other stories are Madam Mouse and Heart's Desire." "Most animal or flower themes (one has a caterpillar hero)"


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This is a book from the 1950's about a bear named Horace who lives with a family in or near the woods. Every day the family goes out hunting (with Horace) and every day one less family member comes home. The remaining family members  want to get rid of Horace but every day "Horace took on so, they just couldn't do it." The book ends with "Horace went out hunting"  - apparently cause he's
dispatched everyone in the family.  I don't remember if this is a picture book or not - I recall it only hazily. My sister has been looking for this book, so I thought I'd help out.
From another requester...
The story was of a family which lived in or by the woods. Horace, the bear, lived with that family. Every day several of the family members went out hunting. Horace accompanied them. But each evening one less family member returned, Horace, apparently, having eaten (or killed) him. Each night the remaining family members threaten to oust Horace from the family. What I remember best is the refrain, which was repeated after each evening's return: 'But Horace took on so that they didn't have the heart to do it.' The last page of the story was: "The next day Horace went out hunting!" (Horace having eaten the last family member-) This sounds quite macabre, I know. But this was a picture book which so tickled me as a child, that its memory has lasted a lifetime! I would be so grateful if I could find it again!
and another!
We are looking for a book to delight a favorite aunt who remembers from her childhood (1940s and 1950s) a book which featured a character named Horace the Bear. We don't have any author or title information, just Horace's name as a lead. We would appreciate hearing from anyone with more information about Horace the Bear in children's books, especially if they have a copy of such a book for sale.

I found an answer to H28. It's THE STORY OF HORACE, written and illustrated by Alice M. Coats; London, 1937. The summary matches exactly!
You guys are super, and perform a wonderful human service! And thank you so much again.


Story of Lengthwise
I remember a book from my childhood where a caterpillar (or maybe an inch-worm) doesn't know how to read so he decides to eat his way through the entire dictionary in an attempt to learn.  I can't remember the title or author.  I think the book was in color because I seem to remember these interestingly simple illustrations that depict the caterpillar (or whatever) outside in the purple night looking up at the stars out in the garden. I remember him getting sick at some point and just lying there all stuffed with words and letters.  The only concrete word I can remember is "zounds" because that was the first time I'd heard that word.  I want to own this book and need to know something about it so I can try to find it. Thanks!

Could this possible be Wally the Wordworm? It's by Clifton Fadiman with illustrations by Arnold Roth.  I don't remember the night scene but the business about "zounds" sounds familiar.
The premise sounds familiar - I believe the word "Bookworm" is somewhere in the title.
There is also a book called The Hungry Caterpillar (not sure of the author) where there are holes in the pages as the caterpillar eats his way through the book. Hope that helps
I'm pretty confident about this one: The Story of Lengthwise by Ernestine Cobern Beyer, illustrated by Don Madden, published by Follett, 1967. Lengthwise is a bookworm who lives in a dictionary. "He began life among the A's and started nibbling right away." After learning all the A words he crawls outside and meets an ant, but he can only speak in A words, so he goes back to eat and learn more words. After he eats to M there's a coloured picture of him outside at night looking up at the sky. He eats to the Z's and there's a picture of him curled up with stomach-ache under a blue flower. An elf asks him what's wrong and he says "Zounds! I've lost my zest."


Story of Little Kettle Head


Story of Live Dolls
Am looking for a book that was read to me by my 1st grade teacher around 1943-44.  Have never forgotten this wonderful little book about dolls that come to life on a certain day.  I want to say the title is "Live Dolls", but have searched that title unsuccessfully.  As I recall, a little girl finds a leaflet one day that states the following  day all the dolls will come to life for one day.  She runs to her playroom the next A.M. to peep into her dollhouse and find that, indeed, her dolls are alive.  One particular memory is that she noticed the dolls were having pancakes for breakfast, and the pancakes were the size of a penny.  I remember this as a small book, maybe 5" x 7", not very thick, and in my mind's eye, after nearly 60 yrs., I see it as rusty, reddish-brown.  in color.  Don't recall colored pictures, but seem to recall pencil drawings. This book was sheer magic to me as a little girl, and I'd love to find it to share with my granddaughters.

Sounds like Josephine Scribner Gates and her series of Live Dolls Books:  The Story of Live Dolls (1901), The Story of the Three Dolls (1905),  More About Live Dolls (1906), The Live Dolls' House Party (1906), The Live Dolls' Busy Days (1907), The Secret of the Live Dolls (191?), The Live Dolls' Playdays (1908), The Live Dolls in Wonderland (1912), The Book of Live Dolls: an Omnibus (1957).


Story of Madame Curie
I'm searching for the name of what I think is a Scholastic Book Services book about Marie Curie,
starting with the scene where the teacher is illegally teaching her and the other young students in Polish, the Russian inspector makes one of his surprise visits, and "Marya", as she is known, begs silently that the teacher won't call on her, but she knows she will since she's the smartest girl in class. After  cross-examining her Russian, the inspector leaves and the teacher kisses her in gratitude. The book goes on to cover her life, her marriage, her discovery of radium and her death - of radium poisoning. This was written before 1980, I think.

M74: You might be thinking of The Story of Madame Curie by Alice Thorne.  I have an edition published by Scholastic in 1971 but the book was written in 1959.  I loved this book as a girl, and I recently found a used copy which I purchased for my daughter, who also enjoyed it very much.
M74 - another contender is Eleanor Doorly's Radium Woman, which won the Carnegie Medal (UK equivalent of Newbery) in 1940s.
After perusing my copy of The Story of Madame Curie by Alice Thorne, I am positive this is the book you are looking for!
Yes, that's it, thanks.


Story of Mrs. Tubbs
I am looking for the title of another story my mother read to me in the early 50s--about an old woman whose wicked nephew took over her home and threw her out.  She was cared for through the cold and night by her animals, a dog, cat, pig (who kept her feet warm) and others.  The mice/rats helped the loyal animals drive the nephew away, allowing the old woman to return home for her remaining days.  I remember a picture of her on a "park bench", with the animals all around her--she is lying down.  I don't know if this is a mind picture or one from the book.  The illustrations were reminiscent of Beatrix Potter's style, but were apparently not done by her.

just maybe The Story of Mrs. Tubbs, by Hugh Lofting, published Stokes 1923, 95 pages. "A short tale of an old woman and her devoted pets. Attractive to little children." "How Peter Punk, Polly Ponk, and Patrick Pink rescue the kindly Mrs. Tubbs from an unhappy fate. A picture book and entertaining animal story for very young
children." On the other hand, Lofting's drawings wouldn't look anything like Beatrix Potter's detailed watercolours.
Eleanor Farjeon, Mrs Malone Just a thought - some elements of this very similar to Mrs Malone - not
sure about the nephew, though! Might be worth the poster checking?
more on the suggested Lofting title "A dear little old lady 100 years old, and the efforts of her friends - a pig, a duck, and a dog who try to look out for her when she is turned out of her home to make way for her landlord's son." (JB Feb/69 p.28) Which looks pretty close.


Story of the First Christmas Tree
A Christmas tale, probably a traditional story from a european culture, that was in a Christmas Ideals magazine in the 1960's. It was read to us many years in a row. It was called something like THE FIRST CHRISTMAS TREES and there are many tales like this, but this was about a girl named Anis. I remember the name distinctly. The trees lit the way home through a snowstorm by lighting up one by one in the direction of home and when you'd get to the next one the lights on the one behind would fade away. Sound familiar to anyone???

Rose Fyleman, The Story of the First Christmas Tree, appears in The Tall Book of Christmas, Harper & Bros, ed. Dorothy Smith.  This story is about a poor woodcutter with a daugher named Annis. He gets lost in the snow one night, and the fairies put lights on fir trees to guide him home. "And always after that he used to put lights on a little fir-tree on Christmas Eve in memory of the time when the fairies saved him from being lost in the forest." It appears in the anthology The Tall Book of Christmas, which was one of my all time favourite books as a child, ed. Dorothy Hall Smith, pub. Harper & Brothers, NY, 1954
The acknowledgement page on The Tall Book of Christmas credits Doubleday & Co. and The Society of Authors for the Fyleman story, but I haven't been able to track down a book with solely this story.


Storytime Treasury
I just found your site and think maybe you could help me.  I had these fairy tale books as a child they were quite large hardcover books.  I have  seen on your website people mentioning similar books and you said they were The Fairy Tale book but I don't think it's the same one.  This series had two stories in each book and the one story I remember the best was Bluebeard and there were beautiful pictures which were like oil paintings.  There was also Donkeyskin and a story about a boy who was born in his
nightshirt and had to go on a quest to get three golden hairs out of the head of a giant.  They were excellent and I would love to get copies of them again.  My father bought them new in the 70s but I don't know when they were originally published.  Do these sound familiar?

Fratelli Fabbri (illustrator), Storytime Treasury series, 1969.  This was a series published by The McCall Publishing Company in 1969. They're described as "Elephant Folio - over 15" - 23" tall. Clean, tight, crisp.
Beautiful glossy pages as well as sweet,big illlustrations of the world-wide favorites."


Strange Light
I wonder whether you could help me track down a book I read in about 1970.  I believe it is British.  It is about a girl named, I think, Christina, who is staying for the summer with her Uncle John, who is a writer.  She goes behind a hedge in his yard and discovers that this is where book characters live before they are put into books.  When a writer starts writing about them, they are "called," and their faces turn purple.  Then they have to go away and be in the book.  A boy called Eggy who lives there
starts a rebellion because he doesn't want to go off and be in a book.  One of his confederates is a giant rabbit.  Christina is worried that there will be no more books, so she foils the rebellion by asking her Uncle John, who has always promised to write a book for her, to write a book about Eggy and his confederates so they will be "called."  I think the book is called something like "Beyond the Hedge" but I have never been able to track it down under that name.  The book's author may be named John, like the uncle in the book.

James Reeves, The Strange Light, 1964.
more info on the suggested title The Strange Light by James Reeves, illustrated by Lynton Lamb, published London, Heinemann 1964, 122 pages "Christina, the niece of a writer of children's stories, climbs through a
hedge into a land occupied by the raw materials of fiction. All the people are waiting to be summoned by an author." (Junior Bookshelf Oct/64 p.235)
What a wonderful service!  I've been looking for this book for about 25 years.  Yes, I'd appreciate it if you would search for a copy.  Thank you.  I bet you hear this all the time, but I never thought I'd find that book!


Stranger from the Depths
The second occurs near a beach I think. It involves someone finding a small statue of an alien-like being, some type of excavation ( I think), and a tunnel to another city under the sea. I don't know if it was flooded and had been in a large underground cavern, or if it was a city of water people. The
people that lived in it had been a very advanced people. The tunnel that was used to get to the city was flooded by the sea. I realize it's not much to go on, but from looking at your site, I'm very hopeful.

A50 is Stranger from the Depths, by Gerry Turner.  Doubleday, 1967  The statue uncovered in the cliff leads Jordan and Gary to a "Lizard Man" who in turn leads them to an underground abandoned underground city.
They have further adventures in the center of the earth trying to find others of the same race.
That's it!! They are both correct. Your site is fantastic. I didn't think I would ever know the names of these books so that I could pass them along to my kids, who also love to read. Thank you ever so much.



Stranger Than Science
This may have been an adult book I read as a child.  It had a green cover and I think the title had something about XXXXX is Stranger than XXX (may have been fiction).  It had stories about strange happenings - the Shanti Devi reincarnation, the Oak Island treasure pit, a story about an albino boy (Hauser?) who mysteriously appeared in England? in the snow and spoke no English, and then was mysteriously stabbed before he learned enough English to tell people his story, Mary Reeser's human combustion story, a story about a girl who lived with wolves and slept curled up in a ball.

In the meantime, I know of a book called Stranger Than Science by Frank Edwards, (1959 Lyle Stuart, Inc., 1973 Bantam Books, Inc., 181 pgs. ) that sounds like it could be the book described in query X-1. I stumbled across this book a year or so ago while going through some of my dad's old things. The one I found isn't green, but it's possible it's just a different printing. It does indeed contain a version of the Mary Reeser story. Not sure about the other ones, though. It's worth a shot.
I believe that both these stumpers have been solved! Thank you so much - this helps me tremendously!!!! So many books to re-read, so little time!



Stranger With My Face
I am so glad someone told me about your site! I am looking for a chapter book that I read in the late 1980s (age range 11-13?). The subject matter makes me believe it must have been written during the 1980s...but I could be wrong. There is a female protagonist and I seem to remember no other major characters besides what I think was her dead (at birth) twin sister. The story takes place in the U.S (west coast - california - I think) and much of it takes place at night. What I think happens is the protagonist discovers she can astral travel (leave her body while the is sleeping). At some point in time she meets her dead twin and the twin tries to take the protagonists place in her body while she is astral travelling. Did that make sense? The general mood/feel of the book is of darkness/loneliness/fear (in relation to the protagonist) in an otherwise sunny and safe world (in relation to the setting of the book). hmmmmm. I think that is all I remember. This book left a lasting impression in my mind and I'd LOVE to find it. I found/find the subject of astral travel in a children's novel quite intriguing. I am not sure if the book actually calls it astral travelling though... Thanks for your help!

This sounds a lot like a Lois Duncan young adult novel called Stranger With My Face, (1984) in which the main character does have a evil twin, but the twin did not die at birth - they were adopted by different parents.  The evil sister does try to steal the good sister's life.  I think this is probably the book you're looking for.
A104--Stranger with my face--Lois Duncan
Hi.  I wrote the stumper for A104. Just a quick note to let you know that I am almost positive (short of rereading the book) that this is the right book so I guess you can move it to the solved list. I got the book the other day and flipped through it and it seems very familiar. I thought it would take longer to be solved but I see that Lois Duncan appears to be a well known author (I have only read this one book by her).  Thank you for your service. Recently I have been collecting favorite children's books from my past and this one has been on my mind. Your site was recommended to me by a tiny bookseller in Toronto.


strawberry book of shapes
The first book I read was a rhyming book and I think the cover matched the page that went...three bears in three chairs (with the page showing the backs of the chairs and the tops of the bears' heads) and the next page... one round, one square, one wearing pink underwear (with the page  now showing the front of the bears) and then a few pages later... a girl in a deli saying 'I'd like one pound of ground round for my round hound, please' That's all I clearly remember from it.  I think it was around 1976-78. I just had a baby and I'd love to fine this book for her. Thanks :)

Richard Hefter, the strawberry book of shapes, 1976.  Yes, the title is all in lower case lettering.  The person remembering this book described it very well.  The only difference is that my copy of this book has a picture on the front cover showing an arial view of bears square dancing in a square shape.  But this is definitely the book.  The book starts out with the page that says "Here are some bears sitting in chairs" showing the backs of three chairs and the tops of the bears' heads. The next page says "One bear is round, one bear is square, and one bear is wearing pink underwear" now showing the front of the bears.   Then a few pages later a girl in a deli says "A pound of ground round please, for my round brown hound."  My copy is a Weekly Reader Edition and the author/illustrator is Richard Hefter who also authored and illustrated the Sweet Pickles series of books.


Strawberry Thumb
I belive it was about a little girl who sucked her thumb, and perhaps her parents are trying to get her to stop??  We would have read it in the mid-70's, but I have no idea how old it was.  My mother and I have almost convinced ourselves that we made this story up, although we both remember checking out of the library on numerous occasions.  I've searched for it under this title for years now, with no success.

I am sure that the book is called Straw Peter. Will check with my mum and find out for sure as she recently found a new copy. I think it originally came out in the C19th. Definitely before WW2 as my aunt was read it as a child and she was born 1927.It is a collection of cautionary tales for children (German or Dutch originally- think it was then called Struwzel Pieter. Used to scare me witless as a child. There was a story about a child who sucked their thumb and a man (Johnny Suck-a-Thumb?) came and chopped them off with a pair of scissors. Also stories about what happens if you swing on your chair or play with matches and other things in a similar vein. Basically the idea was to scare children out of bad habits
Barbara Klimowicz, The Strawberry Thumb, 1968.  My father knew the author when he was a child and we read this book many, many times. The book actually has a cutout thumb form so that you can make for your child's thumb. We read it because *I* sucked my thumb. I have the book infront of me. It starts : "Her eyes were the blue of the skies at morn..." The little girl's name was Anna-May. It's a wonderful story.
I remember a book (but not the name) about a little girl who was trying to quit thumbsucking at the same time that her mom was trying to quit smoking.  [I know that one -- it's The Quitting Deal by Tobi Tobias, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman, 1975.]
S113 strawberry thumb: I am going to disagree with the suggestion that this is Struwwelpeter (English title: Shock-headed Peter), the famous collection of poems by Heinrich Hoffmann, first published in German in the 1800s and translated into many languages, not to mention parodied and imitated. The thumb sucking child in Struwwelpeter is a boy, and his thumbs are cut off by the Scissors Man while he is alone in the room - his parents do not feature in the story. Given that the child in the story wanted is a girl and her parents are trying to find ways to prevent thumb sucking, and that it is described as a single story from the 1970s, perhaps it is The
Quitting Deal, by Tobi Tobias,  illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman, published Viking Press 1975, 28 pages. "Jenny agrees to quit sucking her thumb if her Mom will quit smoking- they try many various cures, like talking and holding hands."


Strega Nona
This is a book which was around in the 70s/80s, had a blue cover with several pans of overflowing macaroni (spaghetti?). The story involved a boy/young man who wound up in the kitchen of a palace cooking macaroni (or spaghetti) for the king. There was pots and pots of the stuff, and he had great difficulty finding enough receptacles to put the pasta in. He even had to use a dishwashing pan. For the life of me I can't remember what it is! Any ideas?

Tomie de Paola, Strega Nona
Tomi de Paola, ? The Pasta Pot, 1960s/70s.  Can't remember the exact title but this is certainly a story that Tomi de Paola did as a picture book.


String Bean
I am looking for a book I had about 20 years ago. The only thing I remember is Harold Bean or "Have you seen Harold Bean...who's smile is wide and hat is green." That is all I can remember.

This is Charlotte Herman, String Bean('72). Harold aka String Bean.
A bit more on the suggested answer: Herman, Charlotte String Bean New York, Young Reader's Press 1973 "Everyone told Harold that he was too skinny, and called him String Bean. Harold tries to gain weight without much success." Doesn't say whether it's in rhyme.


Stripey, a Little Zebra
I want to find a book as a surprise for my wife. It was her favorite book as a child (in the 1930's). All I know about the book is that it is about a Zebra whose name is Stripy or Stripie of some similar spelling.

Hamilton Williamson, Stripey, a Little Zebra, 1939.


StruwwelHitler
Have you ever seen a copy of the wartime propaganda version of Struwwelpeter printed in England adn titled "StruwwelHitler" which depicted all the German leadership of the time in the same style?  I used to have both at home when a kid, but can't find them now that I have a youngster in need of such light-hearted horror!

S51 - Sruwwelhitler is one of a number of parodies of Struwwelpeter that were published in the early to mid 20th century


Sudbery, Rodie
Hi there.  I own (and love) the children's book "A sound of crying" by Rodie Sudbery.  I have only recently discovered that it's part of a series of books about the character, Polly Devenish - does anyone know the names of the other books, and perhaps the order they come in?  I have searched in
many places using the author's name and haven't had much luck, so I don't like my chances of finding anything, but I'd like to know exactly what I'm looking for!  Thanks a lot.

I found Rodie Sudbery searching the Library of Congress Catalog.  Her book Sound of Crying was originally published as House in the Wood, in 1968.  There are several other titles listed in the Library of Congress.  According to the book I found in our library the Polly Devenish stories are as follows. THE HOUSE IN THE WOODS; COWLS; RICH AND FAMOUS AND BAD WARTS AND ALL; DUCKS AND DRAKES
They were printed in Great Britian by the Adre' Deutsch Limited.
S55--Sudbery, Rodie.  I loved A Sound of Crying (British title:  The House in the Wood) so much I listed all of Rodie Sudbery's books, though I never found copies of any of the titles and wasn't aware that Polly was in
any others.  The titles are: Cowls (1969), Rich and Famous and Bad (1970), The Pigsleg (1971), A Curious Place (1973), Inside the Wells (1973), Ducks and Drakes (1975), Lightning  Cliff (1975), The Silk and the Skin (1976), Long Way 'Round (1977), Somewhere Else (1978), and A Tunnel With Problems (1979.)


Sugar and Spice
I've spent years trying to locate a book for which I have, unfortunately, no title.  It was a book of somewhat unconventional nursery rhymes, probably published by Whitman Press of Racine, WI, about 8" x 10" on crummy paper, with gorgeous silhouette illustrations.  Some of the poem titles included "Tom Thimble Lives in the Whitethorn Tree" and (my very favorite) "Widdy Widdy Wurkey Was the Name of My Turkey".  Would very much like to find a reading copy of this. Published in boards but not really what I'd call a hardcover.

I'm pretty sure this is Rose Fyleman, Sugar & Spice (Whitman,'35), ill. Janet Laura Scott  "Color illustrated paper over boards. No DJ. 81/8 x 11 1/4. 61 pages. Illustrated with black & white silhouettes and border designs." Fyleman included "Widdy widdy wurky" in other collections.
#W28--The Rose Fyleman book published as Widdy-Widdy-Turkey or Widdy-Widdy-Wurkey in 1934 was republished in 1971 as Nursery Rhymes from Many Lands.  A search under that title should produce a copy.
W28 widdy widdy wurkey: the first suggested title, Sugar and Spice, fits the publisher, size, author and illustration style. Whitman books have never been noted for the quality of their paper, either. A match?


Sugar Mouse Cake
I have a final book I've been seeking.  I don't know the title, author, or publisher, although it was read to me some time in the 1970's or early 1980's. I can describe the plot in minute detail.  It's about a baker with a pet mouse named Tina who can perform countless delightful tricks.  One night the baker makes a beautiful, multi-tiered cake for the king and queen's cake contest.  The cake is a
stunning masterpiece showing little white mice playing instruments, dancing around, and honoring the king and queen mice atop the highest tier.  On the day of the contest, a mishap breaks the delicate queen mouse on top of the cake, and the baker ends up putting Tina there instead, telling her, "Hold, Tina, hold!"  She performs the trick and freezes so perfectly still that everyone is fooled -- all except the royal cat ...

Could this be Sugar Mouse Cake by Gene Zion?
Oh, wow!  I can't tell you how excited I was to get your message.  In the middle of a dull, ordinary day, this unexpected, glorious info dropped out of the sky like a tiny thunderbolt.  Hooray!  I hardly dare to hope, but the book probably is Sugar Mouse Cake, by Gene Zion.  I looked up a description in the Library of Congress, and although the description is a little vague, it sounded quite possible that this is the same book.  I'm trying to see if any libraries have this book to loan to me, so I can make sure. Or did the person who posted info about this book know for certain it was the one?  (Was the mouse named "Tina"?)  If they're sure, I would definitely love to put in an order for a copy of this book, if one can be found!  Actually, I'm almost positive this is the book -- so if this book is out there anywhere, please let me know!  Thank you so much, Harriett, for creating this wonderful site -- I can't tell you how overjoyed I am!  (And if you have the time, would you tell the respondant thanks, too?)
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I'm searching for the name of a book I read as a child about a white mouse.  At one point, a baker is involved in a contest to design a cake.  He puts white sugar mice all over the cake.  When one breaks, the real white mouse takes its place and tries to hold completely still to fool the judges.  Havoc ensues when the deception is discovered.  Any ideas?

This is Sugar Mouse Cake by Gene Zion.  Would you like me to look for a copy for you?
Thanks for responding so quickly.  I laughed when I read the title Sugar Mouse Cake.  It seems so obvious.  I would appreciate it if you could look for a copy for me.
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This was a childrens book from the late 60's or early 70's. I think it was called "Tina the Mouse".  It was about a mouse named Tina who was friends with a Chef who made a wedding cake.  On top of the weddding cake were a sugar mice bride and groom. The bride mouse is broken and the real mouse, Tina, takes her place and stands very still on the cake.

#T62:  sounds like one of the solved mysteries, Sugar Mouse Cake.
T62 Tina the mouse on cake:  This is THE SUGAR MOUSE cake by Gene Zion, and it is listed on your solved stumpers page



Sugarplum
I have been searching for a book from my childhood, but so far have had no luck finding it since I don't know the title.  When I was about six years old in the mid 1970s, my mother would take us kids to the library and I always requested the same book over and over again.  The book was about a fairy who was very small and lived in someone's kitchen cupboard.  The book was all about her adventures.  There were a lot of pictures (as with any young child's book), and I think there was one of her sitting inside a teacup.  For some reason I have it stuck in my head that the fairy (or whatever she was) was called the sugar plum fairy.  Since it was so long ago, I just can't be certain.  I know this is so little to go on, but I would be immensely grateful to you if you could help me find the book.  It was a beloved part of my childhood and I just know that if I were to see a copy of the book again, all of the pictures and the story would instantly come back to my memory.

Finally, S49 is one of my favorite childhood books.  It is called Sugarplum and is by Johanna Johnston.  Sugarplum is actually a tiny, tiny doll who is scorned by her owner's larger dolls because she is "a gimcrack, a gewgaw."  She is always being lost, because she is so small.  Eventually she falls into the jelly that the little girl's mother is making...there is a wonderful illustration of what the cellar looks like through the curved side of the jelly jar.  Sometime later the little girl falls ill and the mother gets a jar of jelly for her tray and discovers Sugarplum inside.  The little girl gets better and she (or her mother) makes Sugarplum a real dress with a great big bow so she won't get lost again.  And Sugarplum gains the respect of the other dolls because she helped the little girl get better.
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I remember a book about a tiny doll - I think she had short black hair and rosy cheeks. She was so small that Mother (or was it the maid?) vacuumed her up into and old fashioned vacuum cleaner. Eventually after looking all over the house, the vacuum is inspected and the tiny doll is found. I hope I
don't stump you! My memory is hazy, but I remember pinkish hues and colored pencil (or watercolor painted?) illustrations. One more thing..... I think the story is told from doll's point of view. Yes, I am almost sure of it!!!

L23 - Is Sugar Plum by (I'm pretty sure) Joanne Johnson.
Sugarplum.  I can't really take credit for remembering it. The tiny doll and vacuum cleaner sounded familiar, but I had to ask a book goddess for the title. :)
Yes, PLEASE search. Something about that title is coming back to me (or is it wishful thinking?) Can you tell me who replied or why they think that is the answer? What does having you do a search require from me? Thanks SO MUCH for your site!
The book is actually by Joanne JOHNSTON--good to know!--and there's another book called Sugarplum &
Snowball, about the doll and the cat.  Here's what one of the descriptions of Sugarplum has to say: Wonderful story of a tiny doll that keeps getting lost- in the vacuum cleaner, in a jar of jelly, etc.   Does this sound right?  Unfortunately, I can't find a copy right now that's not over $100...


Summer at Buckhorn
A family of children--2 older (pre-teen) and I think 2 younger--at least one younger brother, Frederick? --were sent to spend the summer at a relative's in Georgia. They were sent on the train and spent the night in sleeping berths. They pinned "Frederick's" pjs to the sheet so he would not fall out of the upper berth and he got scratched by the pin and the older sister put toothpaste on the scratch as medicine. The rest of the book was their adventures during the summer in the HOT countryside. I think I was 8-10 years old when I read this book.

First of all, is it possible that T21 is a Bobbsey Twins book?  Older twins were Nan and Dave and younger twins were Flossie and Freddie.
BOBBSEY TWINS TREASURE HUNTING By: LAURA LEE HOPE, 1929.  GOOD BOOK ABOUT 2 SETS OF TWINS (NAN BERT FLOSSIE FREDDIE) AND THEIR ADVENTURES.
Wright, Anna Rose, Summer at Buckhorn, 1956.  Reading through some old S t B's and came across this one.
From Summer at Buckhorn: "She and Dick boosted Hickabus aloft.  Then they clawed their way up to a point where the could reach to pin her.  They took a large saftey pin and moored the rear of her pajamas to the mattress." "...  Hincabus bus is scratched by the pin and Maria smooths something cool into the scratch to make is stop hurting.  "What did y ou rub on her?" whispered Dick, when the elder two had retired again to their lower bunk. Sssh! TOOTHPASTE! Don't tell her," Maria Answered."  Their is also a brother Frederick.  It's a oldy but I hope it helps.


Summerhouse
The book I am looking for is about girls who have been friends since they were young. When they are a little oler (about 40, I think) they get together and the topic of discussion is, "If you could change a decision you made in your life, what would it be?" They then go back in time and have a chance to actually change their destiny. They have three days to decide whether they want to stay in their new changed world or go back to they way things were before.  Has anyone ever hear of this book? I would appreciate any help.

Jude Deveraux, The Summerhouse.  Not sure, but this sounds an awful lot like the plot of The Summerhouse to me.  If it isn't, I'd love to know which book it is!
My friend read this book at her cottage this summer. She recalled it to be The Summer House.


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The first one was a picture book I received as a gift around 1970, when I was about 8.  It had sophisticated enough text that it didn't feel babyish. I'm pretty sure it was a translation of a Swedish (or somewhere in that part of the world) story. It was all about Miss Sun and Jack Frost and the North Wind and was basically a story of the seasons. What made it really special was that it had the most beautiful illustrations. All sponge paintings, I think, with incredibly vivid colors. The background color on the cover was red, I think.

Possibly The Sun by Helga Mauersberger, illustrated by Klaus Winter and Helmut Bischoff, published by Edmund Ward, 1961, 44 pages, 13x10in. "A large and gorgeous picture book for small children ... the story of the seasons, the elements and their Queen, the Sun ... in a blaze of rich purples, fuschia and gold we are introduced to dazzling Miss Sunshine, sharp-nosed Jack Frost, wild-haired, noisy Mr. Wind, gay Mr. Rainbow, and many other 'elemental' characters. It will enthrall the young child with its bold colouring and simple story." (ad from Junior Bookshelf, Nov60). It's somewhat early for the book remembered, but the illustration with the ad, though b/w, looks as if it could be sponge-printing combined with pen-and-ink.
S40 seasons story: a bit more on the suggested title by Mauersberger - "This is Cockadoodledo's story of how Miss Sun does her work of making the seasons revolve. It is a picture-book on a grand scale, with no restriction of colours and with an uninhibited vigour which is reminiscent of Swedish work." (JB Mar/61 p.80) Since the Sun is more usually personified as male, this may be distinctive enough a detail to ID the book.


Sun, Moon, and Stars Clock
On the first page of Savery's "In Apple Alley," a small boy named Punch (Richard) Westerby tells friends that he has had adventures with "a sun-moon-and-stars clock... a clock that struck thirteen... a clock that ticked too much... clocks that couldn't tick... a clock that came home from a house under the sea... and a one-o'clock adventure."  "The Sun, Moon, and Stars Clock" was reprinted by DC Heath & Co. in "Luck and Pluck"  (1942, revised 1950), with copyright permission from Longmans, Green & Co.  I'd like to know where the clock series appeared originally and of any other reprints of the individual stories.

I posted the original stumper.  I have had a chance to review Constance Savery's work notebooks and found that The Sun, Moon, and Stars Clock was printed in the Oct. '36 issue of the "Junior Red Cross News."  She declined an offer from the Oxford University Press for one or two of the others, because she wished to publish them all as a set.  Two, at least, of the stories were broadcast by the BBC in Feb. '35, [there were six "Little Dragon" stories by Savery broadcast in 1935 and 1936.] probably as part of the "Uncle Mac Children's Hour."  It is possible that these stories were reprinted later in Uncle Mac collections.


Surprise Doll

Surprise in the Tree
I am looking for a book about a boy named Jerry who has a cat named "Penny".  The illustrations as I remember them are pen and ink line drawings with yellow color ink accent (Like the cat for instance)  There is a picture of an old rich lady walking a french poodle in it.  That's all I can remember. But I am certain the boy is Jerry and cat is Penny. This was a favorite of mine when I was a toddler.  Can you find if from a description like this?

Maybe this one - Surprise in the Tree, by Sara Asheron, illustrated by Susan Perl, published Wonder Books 1962, illustrations in b&w and yellow. "When Jerry's new kitten Penny goes up a tree and can't get down, his
mother calls the fire department but Jerry climbs up the tree and then he can't get down either!"


Surprise for Mrs. Bunny
It was about a family of bunnies-just the mother and several children, as far as I can remember. The mother's birthday came up (Easter, I believe). All of the little bunnies decided to take and egg, and each would paint it a different color for the mother, putting them all in a basket as a gift. One painted his blue like the sky, one yellow like the sun, one green like the grass, etc. The two distinctive ones were these - one bunny was sitting on a desk pondering over what color to paint the egg, and accidentally spilt black ink all over it. The last one spent the whole time thinking, and couldn't come up with anything. So he put his in the basket white, very worried about disappointing his mother. Conclusion of the story was that she was extremely happy with the gift, and liked the white egg most of all.

Not positive, because I don't have the book any more, but I think this is A Surprise for Mrs. Bunny by Charlotte Steiner, Wonder Book #601 first published in 1953.  I had the book when I was little, though I didn't remember it until I read the stumper.  The last picture was the one that got me, of the beautiful basket with all the vividly colored eggs in it!


Surprise House
A 10-year-old girl who loves to read inherits a large library from her aunt or grandmother. Since her relative was very wealthy, it seemed strange to the others in her family that a collection of books was all she was left, but the girl is happy with her inheritance. In her will her grandmother sets her a task: to read the plays of Shakespeare from a particular edition in the library -- the pages of which she has marked with clues that involve her niece in an ongoing treasure hunt.  I loved it, but cannot remember the name or the author.   Any help would me much appreciated.

S76 Squeak and S83 Shakespearean treasure hunt sound similar (can you say that 5 times fast?)
Maybe ... Brown, Abbie F. Surprise House New York, Houghton 1917, 110 pages, illustrated by Helen Mason Grose. "The eccentricities of a maiden aunt are manifested in the house which she bequeathed to her nephews and nieces, especially in her Shakespeare library where the interest of the story centres."
I've just read Surprise House byAbbie Farwell Brown, and I feel sure it must be the solution to  this stumper.  The eccentric aunt has left the contents of her library to 15 year old Mary.  She finds a letter from her aunt with instructions to read Shakespeare's plays in a certain order.  When she does, she finds that certain passages have been underlined which are clues leading to the treasure.  Eventually she discovers that a volume titled "Gems from Shakespeare" is not actually a book, but a box designed to look like one...  but even though real treasure is found, the moral is that the real gems from Shakespeare are found in his writing.  Other memorable details include the trick door bell of the house, which instead of ringing produces a stern voice saying "nobody home", and the aunt's black cat, Caliban, who Mary also inherits.


Susan's Bears
The book was light blue with a family of bears on the front.  The story was that a child discovered them living behind the closet door in the hall upstairs in his house.

This isn't exactly the book described, but it's the first book that jumped into my mind -- The Bears Upstairs by Dorothy Haas (Scholastic, 1978).  The cover is light blue and shows the bears dressed in clothes, along with the girl who discovers that they are alien bears living upstairs in her apartment building trying to get back to the planet Brun.
Mildred Lawrence, Susan's Bears, 1945.  This might be it.  "Although Susan wasn't afraid of the bears in the zoo, she was
very much afraid of the bears she could not see-those imaginary ones that lived behind the upstairs hall door at Aunt Marian's house. With humor and understanding Mildred Lawrence tells how Susan overcame her fear of the bear family and become friends with them instead."  This is also anthologized in The Tall Book of Makebelieve.


Susan's Magic
This was a chapter book I read in the mid-70's, maybe fifth- or sixth-grade level.  No memory of the exact plot, but there was a dollhouse the main character wanted, some sort of shop (antique or junk?), and-  this detail stuck with me-  an orange cake figured in at some point, deliciously described, being sold at some kind of bake sale or fundraiser.  I also associate the names Joyce (an unpleasant character?) and Susan (the heroine or maybe the author) with this book.  I think the setting was contemporary.

Solved my own stumper and figured I'd post it in case this description rang a bell with anyone else-  it's Susan's Magic by Nan Hayden Agle, 1973.


Susannah at Boarding School
As a child, I read a book about a little girl in a french school. The little girl was about 9 or 10 and was episode was called fish eyes and glue.  It concerned how she was forced to eat all she took and was busy talking and missed not refusing the dessert of grapes in a paste called fish eyes and glue.  Her favorite teacher, mamselle, taught her how to eat it with a bit of sweet candy. It was a very good book.  Does it ring any bells?

I do not know if this is the book you are referring to.  In the book Susannah at Boarding School, there is an episode about the students eating tapioca pudding, which they called "fish eyes and glue".  This book does not
take place in France, but in England.  It is the third book in a series by Muriel Denison, about a girl who before being sent to England lived on the Canadan praire and in the Yukon.
I pulled out our library's copy of Muriel Denison's Susannah at Boarding School New York, Dodd Mead, 1941, 344 pages, and it's looking like a good match. Susannah is at school in England, not France, but in a French school it seems likely that ALL the teachers would be addressed as Mamselle, not just the French mistress. In the chapter "Settling Down" Susannah is, yes, busy talking and forgets to refuse 'fish eyes and glue' which is tapioca pudding. The school rule is that any food accepted must be finished. She has to stay at the table until she eats it, after everyone else has gone. She finally agrees to eat it when the 'old girl' Rosemary arrives for a
visit and gives her a little cake and then a chocolate to 'take the taste away'. Rosemary is not French, but has just come from Paris, has French frocks, and smells of 'violette de Parme' perfume.


Suzi, a Shy Little Mouse
My favorite!! Susie was a Shy Mouse who said "Squeekety, Eekety, squeekity,  EEEK !!"  I think the cover was orange, and it could have been published in the 30's, but it was read to me in the 40's.

Wittner, Ruth W, Suzie, a shy little mouse.  Illus. by Erma Jane Wittner.  The Harter Pub. Co., 1934.


Suzuki Beane
Girl named Suzuki Bean  a free spirit , lives lives in a loft with bohemian artist parents Marsha and John?  befriends a conservative kid from rich family.  I'm looking for this book for a friend, who read it in the 1970's.

Suzuki Bean is exactly the title, written by Sandra Scoppettone and illustrated by Louise Fitzhugh (of Harriet the Spy fame).  It's getting harder to find these days...
Hi, just writing to make a correction.  What's listed as Suzuki Bean is really Suzuki Beane, Doubleday, 1961. That extra E was what made me able to actually find sellers with copies after months of confusion. Cheers!


Swan Song
There was a young adult book I think was called Swan Song, about a girl’s first love.  I remember it being somewhat tragic, and involved her boyfriend’s unhappy family life.  I also read this one in the late 80’s.  Hope you can help!  If you can give me any clues, I’ll be forever in your debt, because I’ve been searching for these books for years!

Hi. Just read through the unsolved section and I have a few ideas. On #S17 could it be SWAN SONG by Helen Robertson, 1960 a British book also titled something like the Chinese Goose (in Britain).
I'll check it out!  Love your site! :)


Swarm in May
I too would like some help finding a book. I cannot recall the title or the author, but it is a story of a boy who belongs to a Cathedral School in England and revives an old church ritual involving bees. The book is full of interesting information on bee-keeping. The most memorable scene occurs when the boy leads a procession through the cathedral holding a swarm of honey-bees aloft at the end of some sort of mitre.

Another book dealer just told me that the Cathedral School story is William Mayne's fabulous Swarm in May.
Swarm in May - this is the first of 4 titles in the Choir School series by William Mayne. Set in Canterbury
Cathedral. The others are: Chorister's Cake, Cathedral Wednesday and Words and Music.


Sweet Pickles series
I am thrilled to have found you.  I am a new mother to a 4-month-old son and reading is a part of our daily routine.  For several weeks now I have been trying to recollect a series of animal books that I read to children I cared for in the early 1980’s.  Their mother received the books through a book-of-the-month club and I remember eagerly awaiting their arrival.  All of the characters were animals and they taught great lessons about manners, friendships, etc.  I am at a loss for any character names or titles but hope you may be able to help.  I have never seen any of the books in a bookstore so maybe you know about some of the book clubs that existed in the 1980’s.  I appreciate any information you might have.  Thank you for providing the world with such a wonderful service!!

Oh, oh, oh, I remember reading these!  My mom got them for me.  They were cheaply made small hard cover books with no dust jacket.  I never liked the illustrations (simple line drawings colored in) but I really enjoyed the stories.  There was one in particular about an Iguana who wanted to look like everyone else and ended up in a ridiculous costume.  I'm positive it was called Me Too Iguana.  This was a whole series, one for each animal, Walrus, Dog, Pig etc.  Sorry - can't remember author, illustrator or publisher, but there was a (logo?) Pickle on every cover.  Now, somebody help me with my stumpers (C11 & D14)!!!!
Now there's a clue I know what to do with! How 'bout the Sweet Pickles series?  They were indeed book club books and fit all the descriptions I've read so far. 



Sweet Smells of Christmas
This was a scratch and sniff book, probably a board book but I can't remember, that had a Hershey's chocolate bar on one page and I believe spearmint gum on another. I can't remember the other scents but maybe leather? Thanks for your help!

S176 Sounds like THE SWEET SMELL OF CHRISTMAS by Patricia Scarry (a bear family, and you scratch and sniff different things like the mug of cocoa, the candy cane, the pine). And good news! I wrote to the  publisher recently to ask them to consider re-issuing it, and they told me they already had plans to republish it and will bring it out Fall 2003! ~from a librarian


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I'm trying to find a book for my sister. She remembers reading it in the late seventies. It was about a little girl who has a dream that everything in her bedroom turns to candy. Her bed posts become candy canes and a chocolate syrup river flows through her bedroom and sweeps her away on her bed.

I am searching for the same book as the above listed person.   I have been searching for this book for years, and am so excited to finally find someone else who is familiar with this book!!!!  Also, if you find any information
on this book, please let me know.  I do remember that the girlat the end wakes up and has been trying to eat her pillow b/c she thinks it is cotton candy.  I thought the book had the word "magic" in the title...
I have found the book.  I got in touch with one of my old elementary teachers and she found out the
title!  It is Sweet Touch by Lorna Balian.  I checked it out at Barnes & Noble and they do have  the hardcover available.
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I remember a book in which the little girl wished that everything that she touched turned to sweets.  When the wish came true, she began to eat everything in sight.  After a while, she became sick and learned that it wasn't a good thing to always eat sweets.  Do you have any idea what the name of that story is?  I remember very colorful pages, but not much else. I could recognize the book by seeing it, but I can't think of the name.

E27 *might* be Lorna Balian's picture book, The Sweet Touch.
Erik Kraft, Chocolatina, April 1998. Tina's health teacher is always admonishing her students, "You are what
you eat!" But all Tina likes to eat is chocolate. One day she wishes Mrs. Ferdman's favorite saying were true, and the very next morning she wakes up a completely chocolate girl! How is she going to become an un-chocolate girl?
Lorna Balian, Sweet Touch
The Sweet Touch, written and illustrated by Lorna Balian, published Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1976 Pictorial Hard Cover. "To Peggy's great surprise, there stood oliver, a genuine [but inexperienced] genie! He had
been summoned when Peggy rubbed the genuine plastic gold ring that she got outof a gumball machine. Oliver, who's just getting started in the genie business can only grant Peggy one wish due to his youth and inexperience. Why not make everything that Peggy touches turn into something sweet? But then Peggy and Oliver have another problem, Oliver doesn't know how to turn the wish off!!"
E27  Could this be THE SWEET TOUCHby Lorna Balian, 1976, 1994 ~from a librarian
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This book is probably from the early 70's. It's about a little girl who falls asleep and dreams all the items in her room turn into candy (i.e. her pillow turns into cotton candy, etc, jump rope turns into licorice.  I think something else turns into taffy. The last time I read this was probably 1977.  If memory serves, the book was pale yellow w/ black type.
 

Could this one be The Sweet Touch by Lorna Balian?  This is on the solved mysteries page, too.
Balian Lorna, Sweet Touch.  Abingdon, 1976.  The little girl is visited by a very young inept fairy who gives
her the "sweet touch" and comic candy mayhem insues until his mother finds him and undoes the sweet spell.  One of Balian's best!



Swing in the Summerhouse
I believe there are two books.  I remember that there was a gazebo in a garden, and perhaps a swing, and two children, perhaps brother and sister, and they would travel in time.  The book itself was hard back, and the cover was purple and had a pen and ink drawing of the swing and gazebo on the front.  I believe there may have been pen and ink illustrations in the book.  I heard about this site on NPR, and believe it or not, I have been racking my brain trying to remember the title of the book that was mentioned on the NPR segment, All of a Kind Family.  Thanks so much for this website!

Jane Langton, The Swing in the Summerhouse.  See S179 below.
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I pulled this off the library shelf during the summer of 1972 or 1973.  I was 12 or 13 at the time and it was a chapter book.  It is about a brother and sister and a gazebo in a backyard.  There is a swing in the center of the gazebo and above each side of the gazebo is a carved inscription.  If the children jump off the swing and go through one of the sides of the gazebo, they land in an alternate reality that has something to do with the inscription.  I know at one point, the brother (or sister) turns into a statue.  There are also strange things that happen in the house that involves a dollhouse, someone sewing something white, pricking a finger and a tiny drop of blood....I would love to read this book again and share it with my 13 year old daughter.  I remember it gave me goosebumps and had a good ending.

#S179--Swing in gazebo sends children to alternate realities:  Langton,  Jane, Illustrated by Erik Blegvad. The Swing in the Summerhouse.  New York:   Harper & Row, 1967.  First Edition, 185 pages.  A swing in a summerhouse leads Edward, Eleanor, and Georgie on a series of strange and fantastic adventures.  Hall Family Chronicles, Book 2, sequel to The Diamond in the Window and companion to The Astonishing Stereoscope, all three of which should appear under "Solved Mysteries."
Jane Langton, The Swing in the Summerhouse.
Jane Langton, The Swing in the Summerhouse.  1967.  Part of a series of 6 books in the Hall Family Chronicles.  Back in print!
Jane Langton, The Swing in the Summerhouse.
Jane Langton, The Swing in the Summerhouse, 1967.  This is the first sequel to "The Diamond in the Window", though there are several Hall family chronicles that follow it:  "The Astonishing Stereoscope", "The Fledgeling", "The Fragile Flag", and most recently, "The Time Bike".  "When Prince Krishna is called away, he leaves behind some strict instructions for the Hall children about one of the openings in the mysterious summerhouse: Keep Out! As Eddy and Eleanor swing through each of the other openings, they refuse to break the rule, even as their temptation grows. But when Oliver and little Georgie disappear through the forbidden archway, Eleanor and Eddy know that they must either break their promise or risk never seeing their friends again."


Sword of Aradel
A girl and a young boy (a fair-haired Celt, thus destined to become a great leader) travel forward in time to a modern library on a quest to retrieve a legendary sword.  I was going to have to ask about another book as well - A young witch and "spelling bee" (bumblebee) named Malachi who lives under the porch - but your site identified Witch Family for me  already. Thanks!

Alexander Key, The Sword of Aradel, 1977.  This sounds like one of my favorite books.  A medieval boy and girl travel through time 1000 years to New York City to find a legendary sword in a museum. Turns out the boy is the lost heir to the throne.
F68 fairhaired celt: sounds rather like The Sword of Aradel, by Alexander Key, published Westminster 1977, 144 pages. "A medieval boy and girl travel through time to present-day New York in search of a magic sword." From the dustjacket: "Brian's only real friend at the medieval abbey is Brother Benedict, a burly blacksmith who teaches Brian history, quarterstaff, and sword-handling. Only a peasant serf boy, Brian is mysteriously called on for a special mission - a search for the true sword of Aradel. Escaping from the abbey by a secret route, Brian finds himself in a magical forest. There Merra, the strawberry girl who is half Dryad, comes to his aid and uses her special powers. The two magically whirl through time - and land in modern, midtown Manhattan - pursued by the evil monk Albericus, who has also traveled from medieval times. Merra and Brian find themselves in all sorts of situations. They try buying hamburgers with a twelfth-century gold piece and have trouble explaining their  "costumes" to the gang-busting New York City police. Finding refuge in the Tate Museum, they discover that there are two swords, almost alike. Tension rises. The sword lends its supernatural strength to the evil monk. Shall they escape through time, or stay to pit human skill against black magic?".


Tailypo
I told my sister about you and she wants a book looked up for her. This is gonna be hard cause it wasn't a story by itself. Its a collection of short stories. But heres the main one she can remember---- it was called, I'm not sure about the spelling, " TALYPOE " . All she can remember is the saying that was mentioned numerous times in the story which is -------  " TALYPOE, TALYPOE, ALL I WANT IS MY TALYPOE!! " How's that for a stumper!

Tailypo by Galdone.
The book is TAILYPO by Joanna Galdone, illustrated by her father, Paul Galdone.
Hi.  "Tailypo" (T12) is a story called The Peculiar Such Thing, in a collection of stories called The People Could Fly, by Virginia Hamilton. It's a marvelous collection of African-American folk tales that is sold with a tape of the stories read by Hamilton and by James Earl Jones. Hearing Virginia Hamilton groan, "Tailypo, tailypo.  Give me back my tailypo" is absolutely blood-curdling!
T12  There was a wonderful book that came out in the late 1960s called Gwot: Horribly Funny Hairticklers by George Mendoza.  It consisted of several stories, one of which featured the words "Give... me... my... hairy... TOE!!"  It had some strange illustrations that fascinated my siblings and me because they were grotesque and scary.  The stories were scary and funny, but mostly funny.  This might be the book you're thinking of. 



Taka-chan and I
Thank you for your time. I am looking for a book I read as a child (1960-1965). The pictures in the book were black and white photgraphs. I can't remember the names of the characters but the two main characters were a little girl and a large dog (yellow labrador). I believe the dog "dug" to China or Tokyo and found this girl. I can still see some of the pictures in my head. Little girl looking down a hole, dog digging, girl and dog walking through a busy city (Tokyo or another oriental city). Any assistance you could give me would be greatly appreciated. I wrote to Captain Kangaroo aka Bob Keeshan because I remember seeing this book on his show. He remembered the story but could not remember the title of the book. I thank you for your time and assistance or guidance.

You didn't mention a dragon, but possibly Taka-chan and I: A Dog's Journey to Japan by Betty Jean Lifton (Norton, 1967).  "A dog digs a hole in the sand, all the way to Japan, where he meets a little girl held captive by a dragon and helps her to find the most loyal person in Japan."
D114 Lifton, Betty Jean. Taka-Chan and I.  I used to half-heartedly look for a copy of my daughter. Just checked the Net and thre is just one - 79.95 +s & h.


Tal, his Marvelous Adventures with Noom-Zor-Noom
My teacher read us this book in 6th grade. A man is going to see a king whose son is locked up somewhere and will only come out when the right story is told. If the wrong story is told it is death to the storyteller. This man is traveling with a young boy and he tells him all the different stories he is thinking about telling to get his opinon of which will be the story to set the kings son free. Well it turns out the boy the man is traveling with is the son of the king. It had many magical stories within the story.

Cooper, Paul Fenimore, Tal, his Marvelous Adventures with Noom-Zor-Noom, Purple House 2001, reprint.  The story teller is Noom-Zor-Noom, and he travels with a donkey and a boy named Tal. Tal is the King's son, who has been lost, and can't be identified/found until the right story is told. I think.
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Cooper, Paul Fenimore.  Tal, His Marvelous Adventures with Noom-Zor-Noom. Illustrated by Ruth Reeves.  Purple House Press, 1929, 1957, 2001.  New hardback edition.  $20


Tale of Corally Crothers
Carolee Carouthers, had no sisters or brothers, 1925--1935.

Gay, Romney.  The Tale of Corally Crothers. Grosset & Dunlap, 1932. and a sequel:  Come Play with Corally Crothers.  Grosset & Dunlap, 1943.
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I am looking for a book my parents read to me in the mid to late 1940s.  It was about "Cora Lee Cruthers, She had no brothers." The book about Cora Lee Cruthers or maybe Carrothers was all in verse.


Tale of Custard the Dragon
The first lines of this book/story were: "Melinda lived in a little white house with a little brown dog and a little grey mouse." The story went on to talk about a buglar and a crocodile and possibly an island, but I have never been able to remember enough to find the book again. My First Grade teacher, Ms. Lucas, always read it to us after lunch/recess. That was back in 1959-1960.  At one point I had the entire thing memorized.  Any help is greatly appreciated.

M115: Well, the details are not consistent, but it DOES sound like Ogden Nash's Tale of Custard the Dragon.  I first read it in Louis Untermeyer's 1970s Golden Treasury of Poetry.
Ogden Nash, The Tale of Custard the Dragon. "classic Nash story of Belinda and her pet dragon is illustrated by Lynn Munsinger."
Ogden Nash, Custard the Dragon or the tale of.  I'm pretty sure the rest of the line is something about a little yellow dog, and a little red wagon and a realio, trulio, little pet dragon.
Ogden Nash, The Tale of Custard the Dragon.  Most anthologies of classic children's poetry include this poem. Also posted on a lot of personal web sites.
M115 "Belinda lived in a little white house, With a little black kitten and a little gray mouse, And a little yellow dog and a little red wagon, And a realio, trulio, little pet dragon" from CUSTARD THE DRAGON by Ogden Nash. There is a newly illustrated copy out, but the copy you probably remember was published in 1959 with illustrations by Linell (Ogden Nash's daughter)  ~from a librarian
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This was a book but it read like a very long poem/prose.  It had a hard cover, tall (11") but not wide, maybe six inches.  I think the cover was white.  It started with: "Melinda lives in a little white house, with a little brown dog and a little grey mouse."  It goes on to talk about the house being on a island, a robber at the window and the dog, mouse and Melinda out smart him, perhaps a crocodile in there somewhere.  My First Grade teacher, Mrs. Lucas read it to us every day after lunch.  At age 6, I could recite the entire prose but now can only remember the first line.  Please help. I have been looking for this for over twenty years.  Thanks!

Why does everyone forget the dragon? This is Ogden's Nash's Tale of Custard the Dragon.


Tale of the Napkin Rabbit
This was a hard cover book approximately 8"x12" and about 1/4" thick.  It was sold with a handkerchief.  As far as I remember,there was someone telling the Easter story while twisting and folding a handkerchief on her lap.  At the end of the story the folded handkerchief resembled a bunny.  I first saw it at a Meijer store in the early 1990's and it sold for about $15.00.

A.J. Wood, The Tale of the Napkin Rabbit, 1993.  I'm almost positive this is what you are looking for - it comes with a napkin to fold into the bunny.  It might also just be called "The Napking Rabbit". We have a copy at my store, but it doesn't have the napkin with it anymore. I'm not sure if it's still in print or not.


Tale of Tiggy Pig
Drawings by Earnest Aris dated 1920 appear in the 1989 Brambledown Book Hoppity Hare’s Adventures which appears to be based on an Uncle Toby Tale, by Ernest Aris titled The Story of Ginger Hare published about 1937.  What was the name of the book that featured the original drawings??

A73 spelling shld be Ernest. I found this 1920 bk  in a list of pig bks  when I used "Ernest Aris"  on search engine Google.   Ernest Aris: The Tale of Tiggy Pig (1920)  Seeker might want to look  - I didn't go thru all 20 or so articles.


Tall Book of Christmas
Seeking a a collection of Christmas stories-Granny Glittens and Her Amazing Mittens, The Penny Walk (flipping a penny to decide which way to walk),  The Perfect Tree (with Mary Berry---) this is NOT the Gertrude C book you see on Ebay all the time. I know because I accidentally bought it! It was the size of a Giant Golden Book.  From the mid to late 1950's is my best guess....??? Great Big Book of Christmas Stories??---???Big Santa CLaus Book???? Thanks for helping me. I remember my mother reading them to me and she passed away a year ago.  I would love to have this for Christmas

Dorothy Hall Smith, The Tall Book of Christmas, 1954.  Granny Glittens and her Amazing Mittens is in this book, as is Christmas Through a Knothole and many more. Not sure about the other stories mentioned.



Tall Book of Make-Believe
The book I am looking for, as I remember it, is a collection of childrens' verses. My mother read it to me in the early 1960's.  My favorite was about a crooked man who had a crooked house, a crooked cat, etc.  I believe Puss 'N Boots was in it also. The book was tall and narrow.  The illustrations in the book and on the cover were wonderful.  The cover illustrations may have included elves.

Be sure you look at the Most Requested Anthologies page to see if anything there looks familiar.
The Tall Book of Make-Believe.  Sounds like it, anyway. Hard to find and pricey, too. :-)
Of course.  See also Most Requested Books.



Tapestry Room
I'm looking for a book I would have read in the early to mid 60's. I have a feeling it may have been a bit older even then. It was about 2 (I think) children who found a magical world behind a tapestry in their home. I remember part of the magic world had a lot of crystal. The rest isn't very clear anymore. Thanks!

Mrs. Molesworth, The Tapestry Room: A Child's Romance, 1879.  Without much more to go on it's hard to say if this is the book, but there's a link to the full text at this site.
Mrs. Molesworth, The Tapestry Room.


Tatsinda
I'm not sure, but I think the book was "Tatsinda" or something similar. It's about a girl whose parents have died, the house is made out of a type of colored crystal, she has her mother's necklace made out of the same stuff.  She goes to see the old woman on the hill who will answer only one question from each person (and she keeps chickens) and the girl wins the love of the prince at his birthday celebration.  Vague, I know, but this is what I remember. Oh -- there is also a dog-like creature with really long fur and more than four legs, so when it walks it looks sort of like a walking carpet (?)'

Is this similar to F21: Fairy, tiny?
This IS definitely Tatsinda by Elizabeth Enright. A childless couple find a child being carried off by an eagle and they adopt her, but she is a brown-eyed, golden-haired child in a land of blue-eyed, silver-haired people.  She is, however, very good at weaving the traditional rugs and so is tolerated.  She weaves the very best for the prince's birthday in hopes he will notice she has grown up and marry her, but in the midst of the birthday celebration, an evil giant appears to steal the crystals which are so prevalent that everyone uses them to build roads and houses, but are precious in the giant's land. Tatsinda and the prince defeat the giant and do marry.  The wise woman does have chickens and answers one question per person, and aids in the defeat of the giant.  The "dog" is not part of the illustrations in my edition but there is a picture of a "tim-tik," drawn as a tallish, long-haired goat  type creature which Tatsinda rode upon.  The ISBN is 0-15-284280-2
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My third grade class read this book together. The title was the protagonist's name, which may have begun with a "t". It was about a blonde haired brown eyed baby raised amid a race of white haired blue eyed people who regarded her as ugly. Eventually she married their prince. I've questioned lots of people about this book over the years and apparently myself and fellow classmates are the only people who've ever read it!

Elizabeth Enright, Tatsinda, 1961.  This sounds similar to a summary I read for Elizabeth Enright's Tatsinda today!
Tatsinda--Elizabeth Enright
Enright, Elizabeth, Tatsinda, illustrated by Irene Haas, NY Harcourt 1963.  I'm sure I won't be the only one with this answer - Tatsinda is a young girl in the wonderful kingdom of Tatrajan. She is not native, but arrived in the kingdom as a baby, rescued from an eagle by an old huntsman.  "The trouble was that her hair was golden and her eyes were brown. All the other Tatrajanni ... had glittering white hair like snow crystals and eyes ... a cool greenish-blue. That was the way people were meant to look, they thought, and they considered Tatsinda handicapped and were sorry for her." There's more plot of course. Tatsinda loves the prince Tackatan, who defended her from teasing when they were children. The wise woman Tanda-nan gives her enough magic for one wish. Tatrajan is attacked by one of the Gadblangs, troll-like giants with leather clothes and stone shoes, who mine the precious mineral gleb.
Stumper C150 certainly sounds like Tatsinda from the solved list, although I haven't read it!
I just wanted to send in the answer to stumper B150. The answer is TATSINDA by Elizabeth Enright, 1963. It looks like it might still be in print.
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I'm trying to find a book that my Sixth Grade teacher read to our class in the mid-1960s that involved a journey to a distant land where streets were paved with something of no value in one land but that was as valuable as gold in the other--some kind of ore or rock used as paving material.  That's about all I can remember of the story.  Ring any bells?

Elizabeth Enright??, Tatsinda??  1963.  This is a really long shot, but the way you phrased it, that something of no value in
one land was like gold in the other, reminded me of the giant in Tatsinda who starts grabbing up the paving stones and cobblestones of the Tatrajanni, crying that now he'll be rich, because in the giants' land the "greb" that the paving is made of is very valuable. ??
Enright, Elizabeth, Tatsinda. NY Harcourt 1963.  Kind of a longshot, but the story is about a strange country, and the giants who invade it are after "greb ore" which they value but which is used in Tatsinda's country as gravel or to pave streets. Of course, the "streets paved with gold" trope is so common as to be a cliche, so there are many other possible answers, I'm sure!
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Enright, Elizabeth. Tatsinda.  Illustrated by Irene Haas.  Harcourt, Brace & World, 1963, first edition.  Ex-library copy with rear pocket removed, and small "J" sticker on dj spine, a few interior pages soiled, otherwise clean and bright.  Color illustrations are luminous.  VG/VG.  $20
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Tea Cake from Cakeville
I was 5 in 1948 when we moved into a house in Los Angeles, and a book of stories had been left behind by the tenants before us. The book was very thick and made of newsprint. One of the stories was about the donut. I don't remember any other stories because this one was my absolute favorite. One day the king decided to visit the people of Cakeville. Well, they were so excited that they baked all their favorite cakes in honor of the king. Needless to say, the people were a hefty lot since all they ate was cake. The king sampled all the cakes and fell in love with them, so much so that he decreed no one except he was allowed to eat cake. The people had to bake their cakes and bring them to the town square for the king. If they were caught eating cake they would be put in prison. Well, as time went by the people of Cakeville got thinner and thinner and Dame Peters was worried for her son. One day she decided to cut out the center of her best cake. Pretty soon her son began to get fat again, which made her quite happy. All the people wanted to know how she managed to fatten up her son, so she told them. Soon all the townspeople were cutting the centers out of their cakes and everyone was happy again. Everyone that is except the king who became quite angry. He believed someone was stealing cake from him. He called all the people together and demanded to know why there were holes in his cakes. Dame Peters came forward and told him that by removing the centers, the cakes were better to eat. [something like that] and the king believed her. She told him she was removing the donut. So the king gave his approval and everyone in Cakeville lived happily ever after and that's how the donut got its name and hole. I would be most appreciative if anyone could find this story if not the entire book. Thank you.

No real proof this is it, but since there's no other guesses, maybe: Anon. Make-Believe Stories McLoughlin Brothers 1942 24mo, illustrations by Sari, some in colour
I was browsing EBay and I think I may have found the Cakeville story.  I got a little excited, since I never expected to find this stumper. Our Story Book.  Akron: Saalfield, 1942  Partial Contents:  Tea Cake from Cakeville, Lavendar Alligator, What Did the Bee Say?
Dear Harriett: Thank you so much for continuing to look for the story for me. I checked the eBay title and sent the seller an email. Unfortunately the story is not in Our Story Book. The other title, Make Believe Stories is a possibility so I'm requesting it through Interlibrary Loan. Once again, thank you. How long has it been since I requested that title? I'm guessing 2-3 years.
Various authors, Our Story Book, illustrated.  Akron, Saalfield 1942.  I have a copy of this book now, and I'm going to make the pitch for it again. The book matches in date and description. The first story is The Tea Cake from Cakeville, by Elaine Baldridge. It takes place in a town called Cakeville, where the people like to eat nothing but cake. "The funny little women all wore large white caps and they grew so fat they began to look like little sailboats." They compete with each other to make the largest and richest cake, until the king happens to ride through town in his golden carriage on the way to the castle. Smelling something delicious, he sends his Prime Minister to Dame Peters tiny green cottage. She has just made "a huge marshmallow cake with pink candies all over it" for her little son Peterkin, to be his first cake, but thrilled to have the king interested, she brings the cake to him, and the other dames bring out their cakes. The king and his servants eat all the cake, "getting frosting over their gold and purple robes" and he orders his men to gather up all the cakes in Cakeville and take them to the castle. "From now on no one must eat any cake or he will be put in prison. You must make the biggest, richest cakes you ever made or you will go to prison." says the king, and so it is. Every day the soldiers fill 15 large carts with cakes from the village, not letting any of people come near the pile of cakes "as high as a house." The people make do with bread and begin to forget what cake tastes like. Dame Peters regrets that Peterkin has never tasted cake (the king having eaten his birthday cake) and at night she sneaks past the soldiers and steals back a chocolate cake she has just baked. "She very carefully cut the middle out and hurried back to the cottage." The next day the castle servants eat all the cakes before the king has a chance, except the holed cake. When the king demands his cake, that's the only one left. The cook, to appease the king, says "Please, your Majesty, it is supposed to be that way. It is a tea cake." Because the king is so hungry, the "tea cake" tastes better than ever, and he decides that all his cakes shall be tea cakes from now on. The people of Cakeville "cut all the centers out of the cakes and became very fat and happy once more. ... That is the reason why so many tea cakes are made round with a hole in the center."  Other stories are: Squeak, by B.H. Hand  The Gift of Spring, by Myrtle Barbre  The Lavender Alligator of the Purple River, by Jeanne Opie  The Legend of the Ginseng, by Ruth Irwin The Windmill and the Tulips, by Margot Jackson  Tommy's Teeny Tiny Pig, by Ida Danziger  What Did the Bee Say, by I.L. Reisler Crocks of Gold, by Carol Ryrie Brink Sylvia's Autumn Gift, by Myrtle Barbre  and several poems.


Tears of the Dragon
I recently learned that books that I had as a child were accidentally thrown away. I am hoping to replace them. So far I have located that titles and authors of four books, Harvey's Hideout by Russell Hoban, Miss Suzy by Miriam Young, The Cookie Tree by Jay Williams and Never Tease a Weasel.  My mother got me these books through Parents Magazine Press when they first came out. The other books I cannot find because I don't have the titles and authors. I know they came from Parents Magazine. One book was about a boy and a dragon. In the story, the dragon cried and his tears created a river. The dragon transformed into a boat and the little boy sailed away in the dragon boat. The front cover was a picture of the oriental boy and the dragon.

Maybe too recent ... Ming Ming and the Lantern Dragon, by J.E. Edwards, illustrated by P. Aitken, published Methuen 1981, 110 pages. "Ming Ming is a Chinese boy living in a village. When all the people are starving because of a drought, Ming Ming determines to get the river to run again. He becomes involved with a river spirit, a giant Panda and the Sun Dragon. The Sun Dragon seems to reign supreme until Ming Ming gets the idea of turning all the people in a riverside village into the Dragon of the Thousand Eyes. They, together with the unknowing help of another river spirit, defeat the Sun Dragon. The rain clouds come in, the rivers fill again and all ends happily ever after. This is a Read Aloud book that should be welcomed by children everywhere." (Junior Bookshelf Feb/81 p.17)
D55 dragon cries river: well, after finally having the wit to do a search with dragon and parents mag as keywords, would suggest - Tears of the Dragon, by Hirosuke Hamada, illustrated by Chihiro Iwasaki, published Parents Magazine Press, 1967  unpaginated. Translated from Ryuno Me No Namida, originally published by Kaisei Sha, Tokyo. "A little boy wants the dragon who lives in the mountains nearby, to come to his birthday party despite warnings that the creature is very wicked. The little boy and dragon become friends and the hatred drains out of the dragon and turns to love; he cries tears and makes a river."
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This book is about an Asian (country?) boy who lives in a small village. Everyone is afraid of a dragon who lives on a mountain (or far away place) above the village.  One day the boy decides to go visit the dragon and he learns that the dragon is quite lonely.  They become friends.  The version of the "book" that I remember is actually on large (place mat sized) picture cards with words on the back for the reader.

Kenneth Grahame, The Reluctant Dragon.  This plot sounds exactly like The Reluctant Dragon (excerpted from, I think, The Golden Age)--except that the boy there is not Asian. Maybe a retelling?
B184 Hamada Hirosuke, translated by Alvin Tresselt, Tears of the Dragon, illustrated by Iwasaki Chihiro. NY: Parents Magazine Press 1967.  Well, this one involves an Asian country boy and befriending a dragon. It's on the solved list. "Akito was the only boy in the village who did not believe that the great monster dragon that lived in the mountains would carry off bad children. He decided to find the dragon and invite him to his birthday party. His kindness made the dragon cry a river of tears that carried the boy on the dragons back down to the village and the dragon miraculously turned into a dragon boat for all the children to enjoy forever."


Teddy Bear Habit
The book I am looking for was read by me in grade school in the early 1970s. It was considered a late grade school / early teen book by our grade school librarian. I remember the cover of this soft bound book to be pink or purple, and the rough subject matter was as follows:  something about growing up as a child in the family of an abstract painter dad who produced his paintings by hurling paint or other substances through the air at the canvas. I belive that the dad used spoons to lob the gobs of paint. for some reason I believe that it was set somewhere in New York City. I know this is not much to go on but hopefully someone out there will recognize the story. thanks to any or all who can help.

#A126--Abstract painter dad:  In the Georgie Stable books, The Teddy Bear Habit and Rich and Famous, by James Lincoln Collier, Georgie and his father live in Greenwich Village.  Georgie's father draws comic books for a living but longs to be an artist like Jackson Pollack or Andy Warhol.  I believe Rich and Famous appears on the "Solved Mysteries" page.
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The book I'm looking for is a mystery/adventure with a definate comical tone concerning a teddy bear that has jewels stashed inside it. The hero is a boy, and the bad guy wears a fez. I think it was illustrated with black and white line drawings, was probably published in the 1970's, and was geared toward middle school ages.

#J39--Jewels in a teddy bear:  The Teddy Bear Habit, by James Lincoln  Collier.  Its sequel Rich and Famous is on the solved page and, since I seem to remember solving this one before, I'm pretty sure it is, too.
Collier, James Lincoln, The Teddy Bear Habit.  NY Grosset 1967.  This is on the solved list, and seems like a reasonable match.
James Lincoln Collier, The Teddy Bear Habit.  "Twelve-year-old George Stable wants to be a rock star someday,
but he gets horrible stage fright - unless he has his old teddy bear with him. Hiding the teddy in his guitar seems like a brilliant idea until George discovers that someone has hidden jewels in the stuffing of his beloved bear. Quirky yet believable characters and a funky setting make this one a winner all around."
I submitted the stumper J39 Jewels in teddy bear, and I  believe it has been solved with "the Teddy Bear Habit". I had forgotten about the guitar but knew that was the one as soon as I read it. I looked at the solved mysteries entry and was struck by what different people remember - I had no recollection of the artist father, and they didn't mention the teddy bear! (I tried searching the solved section before submitting, but didn't realize I needed to search each section individually.....) I'm looking forward to sharing this book with my kids - especially my daughter who wants to be a rock star!


Teddy Bear of Bumpkin Hollow
I'm looking for a book about the "teddy bear of bumpkin hollow". It was a largish size book (12X12 or so) and I swear it had flocked pages to feel the bear's fur. But maybe that was my imagination? I had it as a child in the early 70's, but suspect that it might be older.

I found T31 in the LC online catalog.  Teddy Bear of Bumpkin Hollow, by Sharon Boucher, Rand McNally, 1948
Teddy Bear of Bumpkin Hollow is always late coming back from errands, because he stop and plays.  So his mother sends him on an errand, tells him to be sure to come back right away, and then plans a trip to his grandma's house to start promptly at the time Teddy Bear is supposed to come home.  Well, he comes back late again, and finds a babysitter there.  He cries big tears. The next morning, Mama gives him cookies from grandma (these are what impressed *me* the most, they looked like giant iced plates!), and he learns his lesson and is on time henceforth.
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A young bear misbehaves and goes to his Grandmother's house through the woods.  He was told not to.  If he did, he would miss out on some kind of treat.  The last page was the young bear and his Grandmother with a plate full of pink cookies.

I sometimes confuse stumpers for this book for Little Bear's Visit by Else Homelund Minarik, illustrated by Maurice Sendak(An I Can Read Book)But I think this one is Teddy Bear of Bumpkin Hollow by Sharon Boucher, illustrated by Dean Bryant, published Rand McNally Elf Books 1948. The little bear misses out on a visit to grandma because he is always late, then is consoled by having her visit him and make giant cookies for him.


Teddy Bear Twins
Hi! I hope you can help me, I'm looking for a book, and I don't know the name, and I'm not sure of the publisher!  I'm 32 and I remember the book as a child being about the same size as a Golden Book, not positive it was though.  The story was about two teddy bear brothers who go to town (for a vacation, maybe?) and run into a series of misadventures. I vaguely remember a picture of them in a taxi! And I believe one of the teddy bears was named Hal.  Any info would be appreciated!

For T56 the name of the book is The Teddy * Bear Twins and it was published by Rand McNally Elf book. The copy I have was published in 1965.  The bears' names were Floppy and Flip.  They go to town on a train and get a haircut, ride in a taxi that has a flat, ride in a canoe that tips over then go back to the hotel to have a shower.  I love this book and so do my children!
Wing, Helen.  The Teddy Bear Twins.  Illustrated by Marjorie Cooper.  Elf Book #8453, #8637, & #8722.  1965.

the story is about Floppy and Flip   two bears   a rhyming story   they go on adventures That is all I have??
The Solved Mysteries page has Teddy Bear Twins featuring Flippy & Flop, a Rand McNally Elf book.  Close enough?


Teeny Tiny Woman
As a child I had a favorite book.  It was about a lady (maybe Old Mother Hubbard) and she went to her cupboard to get her poor dog a bone, but in the meantime the story goes on and that part I can't remember.  But the very ending is she starts, oh, I just remembered--- she goes to her cupboard to get herself something to eat and there's nothing there.  She goes out and steals the dogs bone from his dish outside.  Then at the end of the story she starts hearing at first quietly and then louder and louder.  "Give me my bone, give me my bone, my bone, my bone, my bone!  And she's hiding in the closet
(one of those old wardrobe type) and the dog opens the door hollering this at her, or something like that.   I have been looking and looking for this book.  I sure hope you can help me.  Thank You.

The folk tale is The Teeny Tiny Woman.  Our copy is illustrated by Margot Zemach and is printed in a teeny tiny format.  Many other authors and illustrators have attacked this creepy tale, including Harriet Ziefert and Paul Galdone.  This has also been published under slightly varied titles, such as The Little Tiny Woman.



Tell Us Your Secret
A friend recommended this site as a way to track down the title of a book I would like to re-read.  The information I remember is very vague, but here goes: a it was arelatively recently published book (probably sometime in the 1980s), about a girl going to a weekend writer's conference for teens.  Her parents don't want her to go but she does anyway.  Her parents are Holocaust survivors, and part of the book deals with that.  I had thought it was by Eve Bunting, but when I checked on a list of titles she had written, none sounded familiar.  I hope this is enough info to track down the title; I would really liketo find it and read it again.

I think this is Barbara Cohen, Tell Us Your Secret (Bantam,1989)
Hello.  I was the person who asked about W24, the book about the Writers' conference. I just wanted to let you know that the answer was absolutely right!! Thanks so much for your help; this is a wonderful site for book-lovers.



Ten Kids, No Pets
This book is probably still somewhere in my library, but I can't seem to locate it. I read it in 1990 or 1991 and it was fairly new then. It's about a young girl (I want to say her name is Calandra) who discovers a secret room in the house her family has recently moved into. In the room, she discovers a diary of a girl who lived there 100 years earlier. I seem to remember she enters the room through a closet of some sort. Anyway, she reads all about this girl's life, and at one point she makes old-fashioned valentines like the kind the girl describes in her diary. I think she also keeps the room a secret from the rest of her family and wants it for her own private space.

This sounds like The Four-Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright.  Check out other comments and memories on the Solved Mysteries page to confirm.
Thanks very much for your response!  Unfortunately, the book I'm looking for is definitely not The Four Story Mistake. Those details don't ring a bell, although some parts do sound similar.  Additional details: I think the name of the girl who wrote the diary was Celia or Cecily. I think the main character (Calandra?) was a part of a large family, and that the bit about the secret room and the diary may have been just a small part of a much larger story. I also seem to remember something about Christmas, having a country Christmas, an orphaned deer, a Halloween party and possibly hiding a rabbit in the secret room. Love the site!
G51 Girl finds secret room in new house sounds like M107 Millowner's daughter's diary
Hi there, I'm the original searcher for G51. Curiosity got the better of me, and I went looking through my old bedroom for this book. I eventually found it packed away with the Baby-sitters Club series. It's called Ten Kids, No Pets and it's by Ann M. Martin. Interestingly, the secret room doesn't figure that prominently in the book! Thanks very much for posting my query and giving suggestions as to what it might be. :o)


Ten Tales Calculated to Give You Shudders
I stumbled on your Stump the Bookseller page this morning and am hoping you can lend me a hand with a short story I'd like to find again. In the book that we had, one of the other stories was The Monkey's Paw. This other story featured a boy who lived in near a cemetery with his grandmother. He plays with some children in the cemetery. For reasons various and sundry, the social workers come and take him away from his grandmother. At the end of the story, he comes back, all grown up, and you find out his playmates were really ghosts. It was a sweet story, and I'd like to read it again. Any ideas? I know The Monkey's Paw has probably appeared in any number of anthologies, so it might not be a helpful clue. Thanks. Love your site. I suspect I'll be spending more money than I should pretty soon.

G17 this one for sure - the story is Floral Tribute by Robert Bloch, first published in Wierd Tales in 1949, and probably anthologised umpteen times since. My copy is in The Devil's Generation, edited by Vic Ghidalia, Lancer, 1973. Eddie is raised by his grandmother Hannah Morse, who lives "right in the back of the cemetery" and sends him over the fence to get flowers for the table. His friends are Joe and Susie, and his grandmother's visitors include Sam Gates, a Civil War soldier. Eddie comes back after being invalided out of the army (WWII) and finds his grandmother the same, till she sends him to get flowers again, from her grave. Sweet sad story.
Can I suggest in the same vein a children's book The Gathering Room by Colby Rodowsky, about Mudge, a little boy whose father has a caretaking job at an old Victorian cemetery. Mudge plays with Dorro, a little girl who died at age 10. Other ghosts are the Captain, the Butterfly Lady who recites poetry, and the Judge.
Ross Olney (editor), SHUDDERS (a.k.a. TEN TALES CALCULATED TO GIVE YOU SHUDDERS)'
from 1972. The *story* sought in G17 has already been identified, but in case questioner also wants to refind the original book, the only anthology which contains *both* Bloch's "Floral Tribute" and Jacobs' "Monkey's Paw" is the Whitman hc juvenile anthology SHUDDERS ed. Ross Olney (1972), so presumably that'\''s the one where the questioner read the Bloch story.  (Match found via THE SUPERNATURAL INDEX by Mike Ashley and William Contento  Greenwood Press, 1995).
This may be the anthology wanted - Ten Tales Calculated to Give You SHUDDERS, edited by Ross R. Olney, published Whitman 1972. Cover picture in blue/green tones shows teenage girl and boy looking back apprehensively at old wooden house with lit window above porch, ominous shadow in window. Stories are Sweets to the Sweet; Waxwork; Used Car; Inexperienced Ghost; Whistling Room; Last Drive; Monkey's Paw; Second Night Out; Hills Beyond Furcy; Floral Tribute.
Floral Tribute
Forgive me if I may have sent part of this information before, but I have something to add, so am sending it all.  "Floral Tribute" never appeared in ANY Robert Bloch collection, including The Complete Stories of Robert
Bloch, which seems to me to be really false advertising.  How can anything be "The Complete Stories" if it doesn't contain ALL the author's published stories?  It appeared in only three anthologies which I could find, The
Devil's Generation, edited by Vic Ghidalia, Legends for the Dark, edited by Peter Haining, and Shudders, edited by Ross R. Olney, so is not as well-known as the solver assumed.  Without this forum, I'd NEVER have known about it!


Tenggren's Cowboys and Indians
I had a book in the early 1950's, which was 8 1/2 X11 size, cream colored hardback, with both text and illustrations about cowboys and Indians.  It took place on a ranch, and I recall one of the stories was about a young boy who was afraid of Indians, and who thought he saw them attacking one night, took a shot at them, only to find out that he had shot a cactus.  Do you know what this book is?  Thanks,

"The Cactus Indian" is one of many little stories. Jackson, Kathryn; Byron Jackson Tenggren¹s cowboys and Indians  illus by Tenggren Simon and Schuster  1948
This is Tenggren's Cowboys and Indians, illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren, and written by Kathy and Byron Jackson.  I think it was originally published in1948, but has been reprinted many times.


Terrible Churnadryne

Thanksgiving Treasure
I know this was turned into a TV movie, because there was something to that effect on the front cover.  Probably a 1970s publication as it was inherited from my cousin.  Awkward teenage girl makes friends with crotchety old man; a bike figures prominently in the story.  I think she's laughed at because her bike has thin racing tires rather than thick dirt-bike tires.  She invites him to her family Thanksgiving; when he doesn't show, she gets concerned and goes over to his house to discover that he's died and left her the bike she coveted. The relationship is very reminiscent of that in A Summer to Die, but it's not that.  I'm 99% sure the word Thanksgiving is in the title.

T156: The Thanksgiving Treasure by Gail Rock, 1974? She actually gets a horse at the end, though! Rock wrote at least three other books about Addie, including The House Without a Christmas Tree, which I love, especially for the author's sense of humor.
Gail Rock, The Thanksgiving Treasure, 1974.  An Addie Mills Story from the Television Special starring Jason Robards. Addie's Thanksgiving gesture toward a crochety old man enriches both their lives. Maybe?
Gail Rock, The Thanksgiving Treasure (A Dell Yearling Book), 1974.  This story sounds like The Thanksgiving Treasure by Gail Rock who also wrote The House Without A Christmas Tree. The latter was on TV and caught my interest so I read these other books by her including A Dream for Addie. The stories revolve around Addie from Nebraska in the 1940's. She lives with her widowed father (played by Jason Robards) and her grandmother.  They are relatively poor and full of pride and are very private. Addie is so opposite by being an outgoing,disarming and clever pre-teen who unbeknownst to her Dad, befriends this old man and his horse in The Thanksgiving Treasure. Addie learns that her father and the old man have had an on-going feud for years which she helps heal as the wise peace-maker. The old man dies and leaves his horse "Treasure" to her and this fulfills a lifelong dream of of hers to own a horse.  I hope this helps.


That Jones Girl
the book begins on the day WWI ends. A lonely unpopular high school girl lives alone with her father (her mother is dead). When her father's sister comes to visit, the girl learns that her aunt is a famous actress and discovers that she too has a flair for acting. She ends up with the most popular boy in high school.

The title is That Jones Girl, by Elisabeth Hamilton Friermood, published in 1956.  Holds up well to reading today -- in fact I reread it not long ago.  Just discovered your site today and glad I could help!



That Makes Me Mad!
This was a book I had when I was about 6...(I'm 22 now). I remember the story being about a girl who was getting in trouble all day, when she thought she was just "helping", (such as giving the dog a bath, changing her little brother's diaper, etc.) She makes a mess no matter what she does and her mother gets mad at her. Everytime, the little girl says, "That makes me mad!" I thought the illustrator was Hilary Knight, but I cannot find this book listed as one that he did. Please help!  :)

you had all the info right, but for some reason it's a hard one to find!  I did find an ex-library copy though.
Kroll, Steven. That Makes Me Mad! Illustrated by Hilary Knight. New York: Pantheon Books, 1976. First edition, ex-library with library markings.  <SOLD>


That's Not Chester!
Chester was a cat.  The family left the cat at Aunt Maude's house when they went on a vacation. Every where they went the kids remarked that characters looked like Chester.  But the parents responded.  "Don't be silly.  That can't be Chester. Chester is at Aunt maude's house--where he was indeed when they returned.

Carol Nicklaus, That's not Chester!, 1975.  Chester, the family cat, is left behind at vacation time but the Smith family sees his face everywhere during their trip.


There Once Was a Puffin
My mother remembers a book from her childhood in the 1950’s.  It was a small picture book, perhaps published by Whitman, about a puffin on an island.

How ‘bout a penguin?  I have a Rand McNally Junior Elf book here called Little Penguin.  It’s written by Carrie Rarick and illustrated by Vivienne Blake DeMuth in 1955 and features a little penguin on the cover.  There's also a famous, and early, Little Golden Book about a penguin named Pablo.  It's one of the first Disney LGB books.  Um, you said Puffin, didn't you?  Oh well.
Could P25 be an illustrated version of the Poem that goes:
There once was a Puffin / Shaped just like a muffin / And he lived on an island / in the deep blue sea./ And he ate little fishes / That were most delicious / and he had them for supper /  and he had them for tea...
I think it might be Edward Lear.  If this sounds like it, I'll check my poetry books to be sure, as I know we have several copies.  The Puffin is sad because he has nobody to play with, and the fish offer to play iwth him if he'll stop eating them.  He agrees and has pancakes instead.
I love your site! Some of the requests brought back childhod memories of stories read long ago, especially The Phoenix and the Carpet. Thanks!!   But my problem is searching for the poem "There Once Was A Puffin" referred to in P25 of your website. It was written by Florence Page Jaques- this much I have found out. I would like the whole poem. In third grade the teacher read it to our class and I have never forgotten it, but could never locate it. Can you find a website where the whole thing is written out? It seems it is not available since the publisher is out of stock (boo hiss). Thanks for a great site.
I am happy to say I finally found it! It was in the library as a children's picture book. The publisher is Dutton Children's Books, the ISBN # is: 0-525-45291-5. The author as I wrote last time is Florence Page Jaques, the illustrator of this book is Laura Mcgee Kvasnosky. And here is the poem (ta- daaaaaaa!)

There Once Was A Puffin
Oh, there once was a Puffin/ Just the shape of a muffin,/ And he lived on an island/ In the bright, blue sea!/ He ate little fishes/ That were most delicious,/ And he had them for supper/ And he had them for tea./ But this poor little Puffin/ He couldn't play nothin',/ For he hadn't anybody/ To play with at all./ So he sat on his island/ And he cried for awhile, and/ He felt very lonely,/ And he felt very small./ Then along came the fishes/ And they said, "If you wishes,/ You can have us for playmates/ Instead of for tea!"/ So they now play together,/ In all sorts of weather,/ And the Puffin eats pancakes/ Like you and like me.

I hope you and everyone else enjoy this. I had to memorized this poem in 3rd grade in a little elementary school in Maine back in 1960. I love your site and will return often just for the memories and the smiles. Thanks so much!

My Mother used to read to me from a book that she received for free after ordering a set of encyclopedias (as I remember)  There was a poem in it about "The Pirate of Dundee" as well as a poem about a Puffin
There once was a Puffin / Who sat on his Tuffin / out in the deep blue sea / He ate little fishes / That were most delicious / He had them for lunch / And he had them for tea.  It goes on from there but those are the only stanzas I remember.  Can you find me the title and author or publisher of this book?  I'd like to have a copy again.
I noticed on your solved mysteries page, you've an item about "there once was a puffin". this poem also appears in the big golden book of poetry (another of your solved mysteries); it is on the last page of the book.
the last red query mentions a book that came free with encyclopedias, containing "The Pirate of Dundee" plus the puffin poem, and asks for its title/author.  Doesn't say how old that book was, but in case this person is still looking, there is One Hundred Best Poems for Boys and Girls, compiled by Marjorie Barrows (Whitman, 1930).  It contains the Puffin and also "Pirate Don Durk of Dowdee" by Mildred Plew Merryman.  (If this is the right pirate poem, it starts Ho, for the pirate Don Durk of Dowdee! / He was as wicked as wicked could be / But oh, he was perfectly gorgeous to see! / The Pirate Don Durk of Dowdee.)  It's a small book (5x7), orange with white polka dots and a black spine, with cardboard covers and low-quality paper  the illustrations are silhouettes.


There Was Timmy
Your site is definitely on my list of Way Cool Web Sites!  My mother used to read us a book about a dog (I'm fairly certain it was a dog) who wasalways getting into difficult situations and causing huge messes.  No one in the family can remember the name of the dog, or the book for that matter, but the book had the oft repeated line; "And there was_____?_____, right smack dab in the middle of everything"  It was probably published in the 50's or 60's.  I would love to be able to get a copy of this book for my mom for Christmas.

D29: Wouldn't be Clifford, the Big Red Dog by Bridwell?
The book I'm looking for is definitely NOT a Clifford book.  I'm the youngest child in the family so may remember it the least.  I've asked my siblings for more details but have yet to hear from them.  The book was hardcover, probably clothbound.  It had black ink drawings.  I vaguely remember the dog being black.  It had mostly text with  a picture every 2nd or 3rd page.
Think I read this in an anthology when I was small.  The dog was a Scottie and his name was Tammie There was Tammie  just looked at abebooks.com and they list the author as Marguerite and Dorothy Bryan.  Hope this helps....
Got a call from a sister.  She said the book was probably a Weekly Reader and would have been purchased in the mid to late 60's.  The story is about a bunch of raccoons who cause trouble for which the dog is blamed.  The dog ends up in the middle of everything as he tries to warn the family about the raccoons.  In the end, he is finally able to show the family exactly who it is that's making all the messes.
D29 The answer COULD be the Mishmash books by Molly Cone. The first one came out in 1962 and there were seven different ones. He was a black dog that caused lots of trouble (I don't remember that specific phrase
repeating, but I haven't read it since my childhood) One word of warning. The illustrator you would remember is Leonard Shortall (think of the illustrations in the classic Encyclopedia Brown books, or the illustrations for the original The Bully of Barkham Street)  The re-issue copy has a new cover (I can't speak for the pictures inside, although Shortall is still listed as the illustrator)
I FOUND IT!!!!!!!  Thanks for all your help.  I've confirmed that the book is There Was Timmy by Sally Scott.  It was published in 1959 by Harcourt Brace & Co. for Weekly Reader.  But if you have it I'd prefer to buy it from you as a Thank You for your help and your wonderful site.   God Bless and Merry Christmas Mom!
Alas, I do not currently have There Was Timmy.  I do appreciate your asking, however, and am grateful that I could help solve he mystery for you.  Please visit Loganberry again!



They Loved to Laugh
An orphaned girl lives with a family with 4 sons just before the Civil War.  She raises silk worms.  She is engaged to the eldest son who is killed in the war.

I believe this one is They Loved to Laugh by Kathryn Worth.
Here is the summary for They Loved to Laugh, from the LC record: "Summary: In 1831 in rural North Carolina, sixteen-year-old Martitia, newly orphaned and timid, comes to live with a large, boisterous Quaker familywhose five sons delight in teasing and laughter. "
Perhaps - They Loved to Laugh by Kathryn Worth, published in 1942 by Doubleday. An orphan girl is adopted by a Quaker family in the 1830s. There are 5 sons, including Jonathan and Clarkson. The girl's name is Martitia.There is also a daughter, Ruth, who tells Martitia that "every tub must stand on its own bottom". Her aunt and uncle, in Richmond, try to take her away because they disapprove of the Quaker's religious beliefs. She raises silkworms to help pay for Jonathan's education. Clarkson falls in love with her but dies of yellow fever. 


Thin Arnold
I'm looking for a children's book about a rabbit named Arnold, who was always late.  I'm sorry, that's all I remember.  I read it over and over to my son about 26 years ago, and he absolutely loved it.

A26 might be Thin Arnold by Joan Chase Bacon, published by Golden in 1970.  There is a webpage with the text at http://www.streetcarmike.net/thinarnold.html/
The suggested title Thin Arnold seems to match pretty well, since it is about a rabbit called Arnold who is always late (is thin because his family eats before him) but eventually saves the day, and the publication date works.


Thing in Delores' Piano
The Thing in Delores's Piano (maybe I've spelled Delores wrong) is about a little girl who plays the piano but always plays off-key.  Whenever she plays, all the neighbors put cotton balls in their ears and her mother tells her to "go outside and play jump rope or something."  Delores, frustrated by her bad playing goes inside her piano to find out who is responsible for her being off-key.  She meets  several interesting creatures named Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol,  La, and Ti.  This is where the story gets a little fuzzy  for me.  I think she discovers the source of the bad key (some sort of sour note monster)and has to find the good key. Then she leaves her piano and can play beautifully. I've searched a lot of out-of-print search engines but with no luck.  Can anyone help?

This is most definitely The Thing in Dolores' Piano by Robert Tallon.
Robert Tallon, The Thing in Dolores' Piano, 1970.  Published by Bobbs-Merrill.  "Summary: The notes in Dolores' piano have had enough of her horrible piano playing, but Dolores finds something with which to fight their rebellion."


Thingumajig Book of Manners
It was a hard cover book of manners with the characters being troll like. The name of the book was The Thingamajigs. It was a childrens book i used to read my kids, now that i have granchildren my children ask me about it all the time. However i lost it in a fire in 1982. I would guess we received the book around 1980. Hope you can help, i heard about you on NPR.

Beverly Cleary wrote a book called Janet's Thingamajigs, but the characters are fairly human.
Irene Keller , The Thingumajig book of manners, 1981.  "Thingumajigs are ugly creatures who slurp their soup, slam doors, scratch where they itch, and all talk at once."


Thinner
I read this book around 1977 as a teenager.  I believe the name is Translation, but, I don't know author. It was not a children's book. It's about a young girl who finds her Gypsy relatives diary and as she translates she becomes thinner and thinner.

Stephen King as Richard Bachman, Thinner. This sounds similar but in "Thinner" a gypsy curses a man and he keeps getting thinner and thinner.


Thirty-one Brothers and Sisters
This is probably a pre-teen book that I read myself in the early 70's.  It is about a young african girl, and her village life.  The village was not modern but I think there was an occasional visiting nurse and the girl might have wanted to be a nurse. She had a younger somewhat spoiled brother that she had to watch.  He went thru some ceremony once where women were not allowed but she snuck somewhere (a roof?) and watched.  Or maybe the brother watched a secret women's ceremony?  Her name might have started with an "N".  I kind of think the title had "Three" in it, Three Mothers, Three Aunts?  I thought the book had a gold award on the front but nothing in Newbury looked familiar.

Debbie says this sounds like a book called Ndzinga, but neither one of us can spell it.
Reba P. Mirsky, Thirty-one Brothers and Sisters,  1969.  This is the first of a series featuring Nomusa.( All the details match, but the nurse appears in a later volume)
Reba Paeff Mirsky, Nomusa and the New Magic, late '50s-early '60s.  Actually, there are three books in this series: 1) Thirty-one Brothers and Sisters, 2) Seven Grandmothers, and 3) Nomusa and the New Magic. The first two have numbers & relatives in the titles--and as I recall the third is about the visiting nurse.
The book that Debbie and Harriett are thinking of is Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba, Angola, Africa, 1595 by Patricia McKissack, but it's part of the "Royal Diaries" series that are very popular now---I don't believe they were around in the seventies.  One place the requester might want to check is the complete list of Reading Rainbow books (available at readingrainbow.com), since they have a gold decal that looks similar to the Newbery Medal sticker.
Thank you!!!  The books I was looking for are Reba Paeff Mirsky's Thirty-one Brothers and Sisters series.  Thanks to your wonderful contributors for solving this mystery that has been driving me crazy for years!


This Dog for Hire
I read a mystery a couple of years ago about a woman living in Greenwich Village who lives in a small cottage behind someone else's house and owns a pitt bull. One of the other characters in the story owned a Basenjii (the barkless dog). Can you tell me what this book might have been please.

I believe there's a book called Benji,the Barkless Dog by Hardie Gramatky.
This Dog for Hire, a 1996 mystery by Carol Lea Benjamin. The pit bull is Dash and the Basenji is Magritte. It's first in a series about Dash and his owner.


This is Our Town
Hi!  Great website a lot of the titles brought back memories.  I'm looking for a series of books that I read while at Incarnate Word Academy in Parma in the 1960's.  The books were of course, Catholic themed, but the main characters were children who experienced things such as a flood, moving to a new town, etc.  The books were hard cover and were used until sixth grade.  Any ideas as to the titles or where I can search?  Thanks!

#C105, the Catholic reader about a flood, could be This Is Our Town, originally written in the '40s by Sister M. Marguerite and later revised by Sister M. Bernarda.  It was published by Ginn and Company.  The version I remember contains poems and saints' biographies in addition to the central plot about the flood.  The main characters, three grade-school boys, call themselves the "Three Eagles." 


This Room is Mine
Story about two sisters that share a bedroom.  One sister uses a jump rope to divide the room in half.  Neither sister can use the other sisters side of the room.  The one sister that does not have the bedroom door on her side uses the closet as an elevator!  In the end, both sisters decide that it is a silly idea to divide the room so they end up sharing again.

#M87--My side of the room:  I remember seeing a story a lot like this, I  think in the "Children's Digest" no later than mid-1970s.  Two sisters have  a fight and the one tells the other not to come on her side of the room,
which happens to be the side with the door leading downstairs.  The other  sister imagines life with her food and other things being raised and lowered by a basket from her window.  Then their mother calls them for supper, the
sisters forget their quarrel and both leave the room by the door.
Betty Ren Wright, This Room Is Mine
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This was a large book about two sisters arguing over having to share a room.  They decide to split the room in half with a rope on the floor and the rule that neither can cross the rope.  They didn't realize that this split the room with the door on one side and the window on the other.  The one sister could not leave the room, but she figures out a way with a laundry basket and the rope out the window?

Betty Ren Wright, This Room is Mine, 1966.  Illustrated by Stang, Judy. Wi: Whitman Publishing, 1966 Glazed Pictoral Boards. "Fun book of possession of sisters' room, Chris and Mary! Using a jump rope they divide the room and the "fun" begins. "Don't breathe My air, said Chris. "I'm breathing MY air,' said Mary! If you ever shared a bedroom, you will understand!"


Those Miller Girls
I'm hoping you can help me find this book.  Of course, I can't remember the title or the author (sorry, I've been racking my brains for years), but its about two girls and their widowed father who move to Kansas in the late 1800's.  He's a science professor at a small college.  It's about the two girls getting used to the new town, etc.  There's a couple of chapters on a Chataquea experience and making a lens for the telescope for the college and there was a miliner in the story who, I think, married the father at the end of the book.  If you can give me any information on this at all, I would greatly appreciate it!  I read it in the late 60's, early 70's, and I have a feeling it was published either in the late 50's or 60's.  Thanks so much!  You have a great site!

Happy 2001, and thanks for all your hard work! Wish you and your shop were in Seattle.  K14: Kansas college town, 1800's -- This one is Those Miller Girls! by Alberta Wilson Constant. There are two more delightful books about this family: The Motoring Millers; and Does Anybody Care About Lou Emma Miller?
More on the suggested title Those Miller Girls by Alberta Wilson Constant, illustrated by Joe and Beth Krush, published NY Crowell 1966, 304 pages "In a satisfying story set in a Kansas college town in 1909, 11 year old Maddy and 12 year old Lou Emma, motherless daughters of Professor Miller, have adventures enough for two books - camping at the annual Chataqua, furthering their father's work on a much-needed telescope, and acquiring helpful Kate as a beloved stepmother. Drawings project the period flavor and liveliness of the story." (Horn Book Feb/66 p.57)
The book arrived in perfect condition!  I was so excited to have a copy of this in my personal library.  Thank you for all your help in locating this book! Many thanks!
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Constant, Alberta Wilson. Those Miller Girls!  Thomas Y. Crowell, 1965.  Ex-library copy with usual markings.  Wear to head and foot of spine and edges of book; wear on bottom goes through to boards.  Book is solid but not very pretty.  G/G+.  <SOLD>  


Those Plummer Children
I am helping someone look for a book that was read in the 1940s.  We are pretty sure that it was a children's book based in the south and we know that the brother's names were Sears and Roebuck.  It's a beloved book so I hope you can help!

My guess would be Those Plummer Children by Christine Govan, illustrated by Alice Caddy, published by Houghton in the early 1930s. It's about the adventures of the five Plummer children and their Black friends - Emily and the twins Sears and Roebuck.
More on the suggested title - Those Plummer Children, by Christine Noble Govan, illustrated by Alice Daddy, published Houghton 1934, grades 5-7 "shows vividly and engagingly the relationship between Southern white people and the Negroes who are members of their household. The background of a small Southern town is authentic, and a delightfully understanding relationship between children and adults is suggested." "The five Plummer children and their friend Chris Ellery skylark though a summer vacation with the adequate assistance of three small darkies; Emily, who had 'eyes like brown and white marbles' and Sears and Roebuck, twins. Mrs. Govan has handled Negro dialect skilfully."


Three Billys Go to Town
I am so glad you have done this site.  I had a book as a child in the sixies that we read so often the cover came off.  Since than it has been lost.  It was about 3 opossums named Billy (I think) and they are going to town with their mother in an old car thats falls apart.  Each of the boys is very different, with one afraid that the people in town will have rings their noses, one just wants to play with his toy tractor and one can't wait to go to town and see something new.  They do make it to town and all have ice cream.  The premise is that even though the boys look alike and are all named the same they are very different and the mother can tell them apart.  I would like to find a copy to give to a friend with three young boys. Hope you can help but thanks for trying either way.

This book is Three Billys Go to Town by Nancy Howard published by Parents Magazine Press in 1967.  The premise was that there were three little identical opossums all named Billy who were really quite different and only their mother knew how much.
That is the book, but what do you think the possibility of finding one is?  Please let me know.
Just did a search and found one!
Howard, Nancy.  Three Billys go to Town.  New York: Parents Magazine Press,  1967. Pictorial Cover HB,
Very Good/None, Light wear at spine ends. <SOLD>
Bad news on Three Billys go to Town.  The copy I ordered has been sold, so I am still looking.  I'll let you know what turns up. Sorry for the false lead (I hate it when that happens)
I certainly appreciate all your effort and am sorry the book you found didn't pan out.  I plan to check a couple of used book stores in Chattanooga (now that I have the author and correct title) this week and if I don't happen to find one I will let you know.  Again thank you very much for all your help.
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I don't know a lot about this book because i was a very small child when it was in my family but i know i loved it and i want to find it for my son. it was about a family of possums and they all got together in a car and went into town for the day. i remember the moma possum had on a big hat and they were in a topless vehicle and her hat was blowing in the wind. please find it for me.

This isn't The Four Billies again, is it?
P76 possums go topless: The Four Billies does seem like a good match - it has possums, a trip into town and an old-fashioned car.
I have to confess to a very careless error on my part. I suggested the title Four Billies for the possums go topless query, without actually looking at the Solved list to check the data (and I work at bibliographic checking online - shameful). The correct title as on the Solved List is of course Three Billys Go To Town. My apologies - no excuse for this, just plain carelessness.



Three by Three
i read a colorful rhyming nonsense book endlessly to my son in the late 60's, early 70's. i think that it was called "two by two" and was perhaps printed in germany, though the text was in english. it was about hunters chasing dogs chasing foxes chasing mice, etc., etc., in and out of a house. i would love to buy this for my granddaughters.

Mike McClintock, A Fly Went By, 1958.  The poster's description made me immediately think of A Fly Went By. My parents read this to us repeatedly so that 20-plus years later when they had grandchildren they could still recite it from memory.  Animals are all running from each other and each thinks the other is chasing them when they're actually running from someone else. The hunter brings up the end of the chase but is actually running
from a strange noise. Here's a line from the text: SO..The fly ran away in fear of the frog, who ran from the cat, who ran from the dog. The dog and the pig and the cows--they all ran! And then came the fox, who ran from the man. They came to a house, and ran down the hall.
Hi. I don't know who posted the solution to  my request but I am going to check out the suggested A Fly Went By. I am so thrilled to have some place to start.  If this is not the answer that I am looking for I shall return!!!  Thank you for a wonderful service!!
I checked out A Fly Went By by Mike McClintock and this is not the book that I am looking for. With the help of a local librarian, I may have solved the mystery. I now think that the  book in question is Three by Three (only incrementally different from Two by Two). I will let you know when I am certain so that you can search for it for me.
James Kruss, Three by Three, 1963. This colorful counting rhyme book was a favorite of my son when he was
little. My local library located it in a college library. It was amazing to me how quickly the years fell away when I began to read it. I could see my son and me, thirty years ago,  cuddled up on his youth bed, content and entertained. Now, I would love to buy it for my toddler grandaughters.
Maybe this - Three by Three, by James Kruess, illustrated by Eva Johanna Rubin, translated from the German by Geoffrey Strachan, published Macmillan 1965, 24 pages. "The morning sun shines gold and red, and the merry chase is on with three after three: three hunters, three dogs, three foxes; three foxes, three cats, three mice. In and out and round they go: three hunting, three hunted, three chasing, three fleeing, until the sun is out of sight, the roosters crow a last goodnight. ... pronounced design and geometric pattern, vivid color and facial expressions ... exuberant picture book for preschoolers." (Horn Book Oct/65 p.495)


Three-Legged Cat
A woman had a orangish brown cat who didn't behave as she thought a cat should. She also had a brother who traveled the world, and upon visiting had a hat that looked just like the cat. Brother takes leave with cat on his head, sister is content that cat now behaves as expected. It's an easy reader. (NOT Seuss, or Mrs. Lovewright & Purrless, this has been bugging me for almost 2 years now.)

Definitely Margaret Mahy's Three-Legged Cat, illustrated by (I think) Jonathan Allen.
More on the suggested title - The Three-legged Cat, by Margaret Mahy, illustrated by Jonathan Allen, published Viking 1993. "A fortuitous mistake brings happiness to nearsighted Mrs. Gimble who wishes her cat didn't eat so much, her cat Tom who dreams of roaming the wide world, and Mrs. Gimble's drifter brother who wants to keep his head warm."


Three Little Bunnies
I'm looking for a book that I had as a child.  I can't remember the title, but the pictures are vivid in my mind.  It was a bunnie book (maybe an Easter theme?).  It had real rabbits dressed up and doing everyday things.  Although I can see the pictures I can't remember whether or not they were B&W or color.  Maybe the cover was color.  One picture was of a rabbit pushing a wheel barrow, I think with Easter Eggs in it.  I seem to remember that it was a large book.  I would love to have it again.  Can you help me?  Thanks so much

(Oh, and I think B47 is the same as B50: Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes by Dubose Heyward. Pow!)
I've seen this book. It's a Giant Golden Book or similar, illustrated (I think) by Margaret Wise Brown, with bunnies painting Easter eggs. Couldn't find a citation, though.
Not that there aren't lots of books on the subject, but how about - Mr.Bunny Paints the Eggs, by Lee Maril, illustrated by Irena Lorentowicz, published Roy, 1945, 24 pages "The pictures give the book its distinction,
for they captivate with their color and decorative grace. The story is a simple one, telling how Mr. Bunny painted eggs for Johnny and where he got his glowing rainbow paints. A few short songs with music are scattered through the pages." (Horn Book Jul/43 p.273) Then again, does 'real rabbits dressed up' mean photographs of dressed rabbits? That would narrow it down a lot!
If it is photographs of real rabbits in clothes, then try Four Little Bunnies by Frees.
Ruth Dixon, Three Little Bunnies, 1954.  I think this might well be the book.  It has real rabbits dressed up and posed.  The photographs are by Dale Rooks.  My copy of it was put out by Elf Books (Rand McNally & Company), and, if I'm reading my Roman numerals correctly, was published in 1954.  The photos appear to me to have been taken in black and white and then "colorized," which could account for the uncertain memory as to whether the pictures were color or B&W.  There is no Easter theme and there are no Easter eggs, but there is a wheelbarrow.  In fact, the cover photo depicts the three little bunnies standing in a row, and the middle one has a wheelbarrow that appears to contain either roses or carnations.  The story line basically is that Mr. Bunny comes home one day and his wife surprises him with three bunny children: Hippy, Hoppy, and little Maximillian.  They go for a walk, and Hoppy takes the wheelbarrow.  A dog shows up and they all run.  Maximillian ends up falling down a hole and is lost for awhile but then reunited with his family.  They end up having a party at home.  My version of it isn't large, but it's possible at some point is was published in a bigger format.  Anyhow, it's a wonderful book.
Perhaps The Three Bunnies, published by Rand-McNally Elf 1950.  "A story about three bunnies, features real photographs of live rabbits dressed up in clothing."
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Dixon, Ruth. Three Little Bunnies.  Illustrated (with photographs) by Dale Rooks.  Elf Book, Rand McNally & Co., 1953.  G-.  $8
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Three Little Horses
I am looking for a children's book that I read when I was young - in the 70's.  It was about three horses named Blackie, Brownie, and Whitey that wanted to be humans.  They taught themselves how to walk on their hind legs and dressed up in clothes so that they could go into town.  I hope someone can help me with this one...it has been driving me crazy for a couple of years now!!!

Also on the Solved Mysteries page, listed under Dandelion Library. The title is THREE LITTLE HORSES - BLACKIE, BROWNIE & WHITEY.  Worm, Piet. (1958).
Piet Worm, Three Little Horses.  I think this is a series.
I am looking for a children's book that I read when I was young - in the 70's.  It was about three horses named Blackie, Brownie, and Whitey that wanted to be humans.  They taught themselves how to walk on their hind legs and dressed up in clothes so that they could go into town.  I hope someone can help me with this one...it has been driving me crazy for a couple of years now!!!
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In the late '50s or early '60s I had a hardcover book, tall, with I think a brown dustcover. Very well illustrated. Story is three horses, I think it took place in France, but can not be certain. The horses may have been named Blackie, Brownie and Whitie. There may have been a young girl in the story as well. I remember the horses wore hats with flowers on them. There was at least one meadow scene. And maybe something about the horses growing old and being put out to pasture. Perhaps being turned into dog food (perish the thought!)

You remember the names correctly, and that's the title of the book! Piet Worm. Three Little Horses: Blackie, Brownie and Whitey.1958.  See more on Solved Mysteries.


Three Little Pigs
I would love to find a copy of the three little pigs circa 1960s where the pigs are black and white.  The first chapter begins with, "Once upon a time there were three little pigs.  One was black, one was white, and one was black with white spots, or white with black spots, whichever you prefer".  They all end up in the brick house and roll the wolf down the hill in a butter churn.  I found the right text - only with PINK pig illustrations.  Does anyone have a lead on the black and white pigs? thanks -

I pulled out my old childhood copy of The Three Little Pigs from the 1960's.  It's a Whitman Tell-a-Tale
book.  It starts out "Once upon a time there were three round, happy, little pigs.  One was black, one was
white, and one was white with black spots--or black with white spots--it was hard to say which."  The
illustrations show a black pig, a white pig, and a black & white pig.  However, in this book it's the pig who rolls
down the hill in the butterchurn.  The wolf ends up in a kettle of boiling water after coming down the chimney.
Yes, that must be it - thanks for letting me know the publisher's name.



Three Sillies
I was wondering if you know the title to a story I remember. It was about a family who got upset because there was an axe stuck in the beam of their house and it took a stranger to come in and laugh at them and then take the axe out. Remember this?

This is the beginning of the fairy tale called The Three Sillies. It's published in several different formats, including a nice one by Paul Galdone. But there's also a brand new version out now:
Kellogg, Steven. The Three Sillies. Candlewick Press, 1999. New copy, $16.99 plus $3 shipping.   IN PRINT AND IN STOCK. Order! 


Three Wishes
I am looking for my favorite book from my childhood.  I find myself at a loss for the title, however.  The book was a Little Golden Book... circa 1970s....  The story was about how a little old man and a little old woman squanderedthe wishes that were given to them.  I also recall something about one of the wishes having to do with sausages... Does this ring a bell?

Don't know the book, but the classic element of wishes & sausages from folktales is the couple with three wishes; one (or both) of the couple end up with a sausage on the nose (due to the other's wish), and they have to use the last wish to remove it.
W-11--This is a fairy tale.  I think it is normally called The Three Wishes.  The man takes a wish, the woman takes a wish, and they get in a fight over who should take the third wish and what it should be.  In the end, she impulsively says, "Well, I wish your nose was a sausage!"
There is a version of this which is a Rand McNally Junior Elf Book, rather than a Little Golden Book. It's retold by Wallace C. Wadsworth with illustrations by Esther Friend, copyright 1945 but probably reprinted. The
little old man helps a stranger who has been robbed, and in return is given a magic nut with three wishes. He accidentally wishes for a pan of sausages, and the little old woman angrily wishes the pan of sausages was
fastened to his nose (which it is, with a chain and a brass ring through his nose). They use the last wish to unfasten the pan, and decide that they were happy before wasting three wishes, so they can be just as happy afterwards.



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Your web site has given me some faint hope of finding a book from my childhood that I have been looking for many years. Like many of your customers, my recollections are not very detailed. I believe the book is a version of Thumbelina which I had around l950 +/-. The illustrations are more memorable than the text. There were lovely pastel pictures of fairies dressed in filmy ballerina type clothes dancing on the water or on lily pads. Elves and fairies fly on the backs of dragonflies. There is some sort of celebration in the story. I think there was something to do with a frog. I know Thumbelina was written by H.C. Anderson but I think the book I'm seeking was perhaps a 're-telling' as I don't recall lots of words (I couldn't read at the time though). Do you have any idea what the book might be? I did see it in a small Ontario library about twenty-five years ago. Unfortunately I did not contemplate that one day I would want to have it in my possession once again. Thank you for any assistance you might be able to provide.

TO T2 I AM PRETTY SURE THE BOOK YOU ARE SEARCHING FOR IS CALLED  A DAY IN FAIRY LAND  BY SIGRID RAHMAS, IT WAS PUBLISHED BY RAMBORN CORP LITTLE NECK N.Y, LATE FORTIES OR EARLY FIFTIES. THE BOOK I AM THINKING OF IS A LARGE OVERSIZED BOOK WITH THE PASTEL WATER COLORS YOU SPOKE OF IT HAS THE LILLY PAD ETC., AND IS A BEAUTIFUL BOOK. I AM LOOKING FOR THIS BOOK ALSO HOPE THIS WILL HELP YOU.
The book I am looking for sounds very similar to your T2 listing, though  I do not recall it being called Thumbelina.  I think it had the words "Fairies, or Fairy tales" in the title.  I recall the title being in script or 'fancy' print.  The cover also had an illustration of fairies.  The book was an Oversized book of Fairies, Lily pads, Dragonflies, etc.  The illustrations were in pastel watercolors.  This book may have been published around 1948.  Any help would be appreciated.
Just received your message.  I sent a request for a book that I thought was a 1950's version of Thumbelina.  You have suggested it might be A Day in Fairyland written by Sigrid Rahmas.  I'm frankly not sure if you are correct but would be interested in persuing this.  How can I confirm this is the right book before committing to a purchase?  Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.    Many thanks.
Harriett's Note:  we keep searching until the book sounds like the right thing.  Since there's another cyber doubt about the first suggestion--from a browser, above in blue--then we'll keep hunting.
Another Note:  I just saw a copy of A Day in Fairy Land at a book fair.  It was a folio sized book (read: huge) with beautiful watercolor illustrations.  It was about fairies, but not Thumbelina.  The reader listed in blue above knows what she's looking for (alas, the one I saw was more than $150), but I don't think it's the same as the  Thumbelina stumper.  Close, but...
I read your description of the book you are looking for when trying to find more info about a book that I have. It happens to be A day in fairy land, but I don't think it is what you are looking for as it has quite a lot of words, set out in 3/4 paragraphs per page. Also the story is not about a frog but The fairy Queens birthday celebration
Maybe this edition of Thumbelina by Andersen? New York, Scribner 1961, American Library Association Award. "Adventures of the tiny girl no bigger than your thumb. Beautiful, delicate illustrations in full color and two-color throughout by ADRIENNE ADAMS. Small 4to, green pictorial cloth, color pictorial dust wrapper."
A similar book but recent is The Enchanted Woods, words and pictures by Shirley Barber, published Australia, Five Mile Press 1995, 32 pages. "There is much excitement in Fairyland, for the fairy princess is about to be married. Shirley Barber's breathtaking paintings capture the wonder of her story, and will take readers of all ages on their very own trip to Fairyland."
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Anderson, Hans Christian.  Thumbelina.  Illustrated by Adrienne Adams. Charles Scribners Sons, 1961, early copy, nice condition.  VG/VG-.  $20
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Tibor Gergely's Great Big Book of Bedtime Stories
I am looking for a large red book full of bedtime stories.  I believe it was from the 1970s.  I remember there was a lion in a rocking chair on the cover reading the book to cubs, I think.  I am not sure if it is a Golden Book or Richard Scarry.  If you can help me find one please let me know.

Hi, I remember that book.  I think it was by Richard Scary and it was also a Golden Book.
This looks like a possible. The cover shows a lion in striped pyjamas reading to a lion cub and a bear cub. It's an armchair rather than a rocking chair, though. Gergely's work has some similarities to Scarry. Tibor Gergely's Great Big Book Of Bedtime Stories: 32 Favorite Tales. A Golden book. 384 pages,full of colored pictures, Copyright 1967 (cover picture attached)


Tide in the Attic
It is a story about a family in Holland. A dike breaks causing the waters to rise higher and higher until they end up on the roof.  I enjoyed it greatly as a child. I would have sworn the title was Water in
the Attic, but can find no reference to that title.  I would love to find the book again to share with my two kids.

I remember this book as well, under the title Water in the Attic, however I seem to remember that this was a "Translation or originally published as" version put out by a book club. Two possibilities are The Little Ark  by Jan de Hartog or The Sea Broke Through by Ardo Flakkeberg.
Is this one of the versions of A Hole in the Dike? Mary Mapes Dodge is the classic (it was originally a chapter in Hans Brinker; or, the Silver Skates); Norma Green retold it (with illustrations by Eric Carle) more recently (Crowell, '75).
F23    You're very close to the title, it's called The Tide in the Attic and it was written by Aleid Van Rhijn. It was first published in Holland under the title Een Helicoter Daalde.  It was then translated into English and the first US publication was 1962.   It's about farm family in Holland and how they survived a terrible flood. All six end up on the roof of the house.  The boy's name is Kees Wielemaker and his little sister's name is Sjaantje.  Their mom and dad are there and so are the farmhand Jacob, and the maid Trui. Super book, It's in my collection!!!!
Tide in the Attic, by Aleid Van Rhijn, illustrated by Margery Gill, translated by A.J. Pomerans, published Criterion 1962, 127 pages. "When the dikes broke and the water rose higher and higher, Kees, his parents and little sister, their maid and hired man moved up and up in the house until the only place they could escape from the rising water was the roof. There the six, with the dog and the cat, crouched for a day and a night until they were rescued by helicopter. There are no heroics in this story of the disastrous 1953 flood in Holland; the writing is simple, realistic reporting." (Horn Book Apr/62 p.174)



Tikki Tikki Tembo
This is probably misspelled.... When I was in 2nd and 3rd grades, our  librarian read to us a book that had the phrase, "cherry berry rushi, pip perry pimbo." I think it was about an asian boy. I hope you can help.

Tikki Tikki Tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo has fallen into the well!
Greetings!  I think you're looking for Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel.
Wow! That was fast and embarrassing. Look at my spelling...well I was only a babe.  Thanks so much. I will say Nay to the book. I was just looking for the name.
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Im looking for this book, which was an illustrated children's book probably from the 1970s.  It was about an asian family that proundly named their first born son with an extrememly long name.  the boy fell in water and was submerged, and the second born child ran for help.  The parents wouldn't let the child shorten the brother's name, so the out of breath second child had to try to say the whole long name.  This slowed everyone down in rescueing the boy.  They did rescue him, and although it sounds morbid, the book implies that the boy with the long name is brain damaged from being underwater so long.

Wonderful book.  Mosel came to read to my elementary school and apparently the publisher made her condense that long name by half!  It made for an excellent children's participatory reading.
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Mosel, Arlene.  Tikki Tikki Tembo.  Illustrated by Blair Lent. Henry Holt, 1968, 1989.  New reprint edition.  New hardback, $16.95.  New paperback, $6.95



Tim and the Hidden People
I read a children's book many times when I was about 10, I guess back in about 1979.  It was a book about some magic cats, the leader called Sebastian, who had great adventures with a small boy.  I'm afraid that's  all I can remember - any idea??

Not positive, but it could be WINTER MAGIC by Eveline Hasler. Came out in 1984, 1985 and is 32 pages long.
I'm wondering if s33 is Time Cat by Lloyd Alexander.
S33 Just checked a copy of Alexander's Time Cat. "Only Gareth, Jason's magical cat had the power to transport the two across time...."
There's a series by Sheila K. McCullagh about a boy named Tim  who has magic cats named Tobias and Sebastian. It's apparently a very difficult series to locate, and there are at least 36 titles. Some of them are: Tim and Tobias, Tim and the People of the Moonlight, Tim and the Witches, Tim and Sebastian.
Sheila McCullagh, the suggested author, is very prolific but hard to find in North America. She has written extensively for the Ladybird Puddle Lane series of short original fantasies. The Tim series referred to was written for E. Arnold Publishers 1974-77, and is a school reader series called Tim and the Hidden People, each book being 32 pages and illustrated by Pat Cook. Titles include Tim and the Witches, Tim and the Smugglers, Magic in the Yard, On the Night of the Full Moon, Tim in Hiding, At the House of the Safe Witch, Watchers in the Yard, Mandrake's Castle, Tim Rides on the Ghost Bus, Three Fires on the Dark Tower, etc. I could find no plot or character descriptions.


Time at the Top
Author's last name started with an O, long last name and foreign sounding.  Male.  Title had the word "time" in it.  This sounds crazy I know.  When I was a little girl, this book left an impression on me.  It was about a little girl who goes back in time in an elevator.  In the end her father ends up going back with her and staying there.

Ormondroyd, Edward, Time at the Top, 1963.   This is definitely Time at the Top...the elevator goes higher than the building and lets off 100 years before.
Time at the Top is the first book, with the sequel being All in Good Time.
This has got to be Time at the Top by Edward Ormondroyd. Summary: Susan travels back in time on the elevator in her apartment, and, surprisingly, elects to stay.
Edward Ormondroyd, Time At The Top, 1963.  I've read the book (which I ran upstairs and pulled off my bookshelf just now!), and seen the movie adaptation.  I'd recommend the book, but definitely not the movie.  No suprise, though, right?
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This is a children's book I read as an adult, but I still can't remember the correct title or the author. It involves a family of children who live with their widowed father (?) in a large house. There is either an elevator in the house, or they discover an elevator. When they ride the elevator to the top, the door opens and they are back in the  1800's. The house that they are in then is owned by a single (or widowed) woman. They enjoy living in a simpler time, in a more rural area. In the end, I believe they convince their father to "go to the top" with them, and the inference is that he and the lady will marry. If was a wonderful and heartwarming story and I'd love to know the title and author so that i could try to locate a copy. Thanks for any help!

Ormondroyd, Edward, Time at the Top. Possibility?
Edward Ormondroyd, Time at the Top.R51 sounds extremely like Room at the Top.  The synopsis is the same except that it's a girl who goes back in time.  She meets and makes friends with other children and ends up taking her father back in time with her to live.
#R51--Room at the Top:  You're close, it'sTime at the Top, by Edward Ormondroyd.
R51 Sounds like TIME AT THE TOP by Edward Ormondroyd, 1963 ~from a librarian
Edward Ormondroyd (sp??), Time at the Top


Time Gate
This is one that's been driving me wild for YEARS. Vague plot-line memories: boy from present day somehow contacts girl from (bleak) future. She is bald, "genius-rated", and thus rather annoying to boy. They team up to prevent whatever disaster caused bleakness of girl's time. After succeeding, girl is no longer bald and (yep, it was the 1960's) no longer "genius-rated" nor as annoying to boy. I think the elevator association I have is related to the means of time travel... Help?! Thanks!

John Jakes, Time Gate, 1972.   One of my favorite books.  I don't remember an elevator, but the bald girl was definitely in this one.  John Jakes went on to write adult historical novels.


Time Tangle
The book I am trying to remember is a time travel one, and unfortunately, I remember very little about it.  The main character was a teenage girl, and I think the setting MIGHT have been a boarding school.  I'm not sure if she went back in time, or was somehow just able to "meet" people from that
earlier time, which was the Elizabethan era, I think.  I think she had a romantic attachment to a boy from that era,  and I vaguely remember her having to meet him somewhere at just the right time, or she'd never be able to get back to him again, and she didn't make it.  For some reason, I keep thinking it was a green house or a gazebo where she was supposed to meet him....

Any relation to S63?
T67 - Could this be Alison Uttley's Traveller in Time - in this story Penelope Taberner Cameron finds her way back into the past of the farmhouse, 'Thackers' she is staying in and gets involved with the Babington family
(famous for Babington Plot to try and save Mary Queen of Scots) over the years she makes several visits to the
16th century and falls in love with Francis Babington though both know that because they belong to different
times their romance has no hope of leading anywhere.
T67 -  Thanks, but it's not the Uttley book.  I actually own (and love!) that book, and should have realized someone might think it was that one.  I checked S63, too, and it's no relation, either.  Thanks to you both....I'll keep checking!
a possible title: Time Tangle by Frances Eager, published Hamish Hamilton  1976, 125 pages. Jacket design by Gavin Rowe. From the dust jacket : "It had begun with the telegram, which had banished her to the Enclosure where the nuns lived, for the whole of the Christmas holidays. It had ended with her mad dash down the staircase in the Chapel after a vanishing dream. Beth was convinced though, that it was no dream. Adam with his beautiful voice, his missing hawk, and his silver cross had really existed, hadn't he and entrusted her with a vital message that would save the life of a fugitive priest? In the quiet of the Enclosure where time seemed to stand still it was easy to believe you could reach across four hundred years to Tudor England. But Beth was given to daydreams and flights of fancy, and when proof of Adam's existence had gone, how could she even convince herself that it had really happened?"
Eager, Frances, Time Tangle.  Oh my gosh....I'm almost positive this is the book I was looking for!!
Thank you, thank you!


Time to Go Back
After I read "Charlotte Sometimes" and "Tom's Midnight Garden" and "A Wrinkle in Time" I was really in to time travel-type sci-fi books and I remember reading a book about a girl (mid teens I think) living in London who travels backwards and forwards in time to the Second World War.  I remember her being very concerned at one point because there was an air raid warning and she spend the night in an air-raid shelter (it may even have been an underground tube station) and she was worried she'd get stuck in the past, or even be blown up and die in the past.  I think there was some sort of romantic element to the story - she had a male friend in the past perhaps, and I have memories of lamp posts and a red scarf being involved, but that's about it.  It might have been the front cover, with her wearing a red scarf standing next to a lamp post, but I think the lamp post was involved in the actual ability to time travel in some way. I also have vague feelings that Thursdays were somehow important but this is really vague! I've often wondered if it was by Penelope Farmer (Charlotte Sometimes) or even Penelope Lively, but can't find anything in their back catalogue, unless this particular book has never been reprinted.  I must have read it when I was twelve or so, so it would have been published any time before the early seventies.  Any help would be really brilliant!

COuld this be Traveller in Time by Allison Uttley?
T29 is definitely Mabel Esther Allan'sTime to Go Back.
By the way, T29- could it be Tale of Time City by Diana Wynne Jones?  A girl two boys from the future think is wrecking time is pulled from the middle of WWII into Time City with them, and when they realize their mistake it is too late to put her back, so the three of them have to travel around time fixing it.
Well, having looked up the suggestion Time to go Back by Mabel Esther Allan, I found a copy that had recently been for sale on Ebay, and the cover had a girl in a headscarf with a city backdrop - all very familiar!  It was published in 1972 which would also tie in very well.  Can't be completely sure until I get my hands on a copy, but it certainly looks very hopeful - thank you very much!  It didn't honestly think anyone would be able to help, but I shall now recommend you to everyone I know!


Timmy Mouse
All I can remember about this book was the title (Timmy Mouse) and the story was about a little mouse whose parents left to find food for the baby and timmy had to take care of his little sister. He ended up searching for his parents and rescued them from being trapped under a bucket. I've been looking for this book for many years because my father used to read it to me when I was very young. Thank you and I will aprreciate any help.

I have a Little Elf Book titled Mr. Mole's House by Linda Heath.  Dickie Mouse is  taking his baby sister for a ride in a wagon and decides to go to Mr. Mole's house.  Along the way, he looks under a bucket for Mr. Mole and feeds the baby a strawberry. They fall asleep at Mr. Mole's house and their parents find them the next morning.  I know the details aren't exactly right but it is a little mouse and his baby sister who are away from their parents and he looks under a bucket so it's worth a look.
I have the answer to T47: Timmy Mouse. The book is called Timmy Mouse and is part of the 'Rand McNally Super Book' series. The year is MCMLI (I think that's 1960?) The author is Miriam Clark Potter and the
illustrator is Tony Brice. I have a copy... it was one of my favourites when I was a little girl. The best part is how the baby insists on bringing the little red umbrella and that's what Timmy uses to free his parents from the pail!
Yes to all that, except it's 1951.


Timothy and Two Witches
I think it's called Timothy and Two Witches.  Timothy(?) goes to stay with a woman who turns out to be a witch.  In her back garden, he finds a gate that leads him to a wicked witch's garden.

I found one under that very title (and only one!).  I believe I can get it for you from England, a paperback.  Let me know if you are interested, and I'll pursue it.  In any event, here's the author's name you were seeking:  Margaret Storey.
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A small boy goes to visit his Aunt for the summer.  She is a young, "good" or "white" witch.  She can open the door to her house by just placing her hand on the door-he eventually learns to do the same. He speaks of how the soap just slips into his hands when he is washing them and not out like most soap does.  There is an aquarium full of fish as the bathroom floor.  His bed rocks him to sleep at night like a small boat.  Somehow he ends up in a forest fighting off a bad witch and his Aunt does not know where he is.  Part of his defense against the bad witch is a white thread stained red from his blood which is wrapped around a twig...maybe a witch hazel twig?  His Aunt eventually finds him and I believe they return to her home on a flying bed.  Not "Bedknobs and Broomsticks".  I read this about 15-20 years
ago...any help would be appreciated!

This is Timothy and Two Witches by Margaret Storey. I love this book, and all her books! She's British, and
her titles for younger readers are hard to find in the US, but this one and a sequel (The Dragon's Sister and
Timothy Travels) were issued as Dell Yearling books in the early 70's.
If this is the Timothy and Ellen series, by Margaret Storey, there are several books in it. The Dragon's Sister, and Timothy Travels Faber 1967, illustrated by C. Stewart, 139 pages Timothy and Ellen are menaced by the sister of the witch they turned into a dragon, and aided by the white witch Melinda, then Timothy is stranded in the Open Country where he teams up with the 'cockroach children'. A War of Wizards Faber 1976, illustrated by J. Ede, 134 pages "Timothy and his friend Ellen have access to the Open Country where magic belongs. The enchanters and magicians who live there are charming if scatty people. The children get caught up in a magical struggle for power ..." The Double Wizard Faber, 1979, illustrated by J. Jackson, 113 pages takes place in our world and in the Open Country, involves the Ice Dragon, a lazy magic carpet, a stranger with no memory who looks like the bad wizard Ogaday
Well, it certainly could be it!...now I just have to locate Timothy and the Two Witches to see!  Thanks for the email.  I can sleep at night now!
#F34--Flying bed and witch:  The book The Bed that went Whoosh! to New York, by Bernard Share and William Bolger, Dublin:  Allen Figgis, 1965, is described as one of a series about flying beds.
F34 flying bed: more on Timothy and Two Witches, by Margaret Storey, illustrated by C.W. Stewart, published Faber 1966, 76 pages. "When Timothy goes to stay with Melinda, life takes a new turn. The garden comes into the living room; his bed is like a boat, and orange trees grow when anyone wants an orange. All this is due to the fact that Melinda is a white witch. The black witch tries to interfere but is unsuccessful. Melinda, with the help of Timothy and his friend, soon defeats her." (JB Apr/66 p.118) There's a line drawing showing Timothy warding off the black witch with a small bunch of (rowan?) twigs or flowers while his friend Ellen crouches behind.


Timothy the Little Brown Bear
#T31:  Teddy Bear of Bumpkin Hollow--was this the book about the little bear who got into such trouble for refusing to learn how to read?  He got into wet paint and missed a birthday party invitation.  If it was not this book, does anyone know what book I am describing?
On T31, the later question (in brown) about whether the bear doesn't learn to read -- that must be a different book (start a new query!).
#T31--Teddy Bear of Bumpkin Hollow:  the book about the bear cub which couldn't read turned out to be Timothy the Little Brown Bear, Rand McNally Junior Elf Book by Jane Flory.
Timothy Titus
How about a book children's book from the mid 40's that starts out with the sentence.  Timothy Titus Buttery Jill who lived in the house at the foot of the hill. The hill rose up all green and brown like an ice-cream cone turned upside down. I would really like to have this book.  Actually, I will need 5, one for each of my siblings who grew up reading this and it has been lost.

"Timothy Titus Butteryjill had a red-roofed house at the foot of a hill, and the hill rose up all green and brown like an ice-cream cone turned upside down. And Timothy's house had a rosebush rack and a porch at the front.  And a porch at the back."  I'm typing this from a story collection, Read Me Another Story, compiled by the Child Study Association of America, and published in 1949 by Thomas Y. Crowell Company.  Timothy Titus is by Blanche Elliott, and the acknowledgments give Doubleday & Company, 1937, as the publisher granting permission for this reprint.
The original book is indeed simply called Timothy Titus.  Written by Blanche Elliott,  Illustrated by Ruth Holbrook, Garden City: Doubleday & Company, 1937.


Tiny Family
IT IS A CHILDRENS BOOK FROM THE 60'S/70'S ABOUT A TINY FAMILY  (A FAMILY OF LITTLE PEOPLE) WHO LIVE IN A GARDEN.  THE FAMILY CONSISTS OF MOM DAD SISTER AND BROTHER.  THE STORY WAS ABOUT HOW THEY LIVE THERE AND WHAT CHORES THEY DO.  I VIVIDLY REMEMBER THE LITTLE BOY CARRYING A BIG PEA POD.  I THOUGHT THE NAME MIGHT BE THE TEENY TINY FAMILY OR THE SMALlS. I KNOW THAT THERE IS A SERIES CALLED THE LITTLES BUT I DON'T SEE THE SAME STORY AND THE CHARACTERS LOOK TO REAL  COMPARED TO THE ILLUSTRATIONS IN THE BOOK I REMEMBER.  LET ME KNOW IT YOU COME UP WITH ANY THING.

It sounds like A TINY FAMILY by Norman Bridwell, available through Scholastic Book Services in the 1970s ~from a librarian
Could this be The Borrowers?  I think this series was written by Mary Norton.
I'm pretty sure this was a Scholastic book.
Mary Norton, The Borrowers.  Not sure about this one- it seems too easy to be true. There's also a book called Papa Small, by Lois Lenski, but I don' t know anything about it.
Norman Bridwell, A Tiny Family
Sounds like Tiny Family (1972) by Norman Bridwell, author of the Clifford series! (Also the author of The
Witch Next Door, which has four sequels.) They live in a garden and a tiny umbrella gets caught in the "giant" dog's paw. The dog's owner, the big girl, takes the umbrella back to the big house and the tiny girl/narrator goes to the house in the dead of night to get it back. They finally become friends.


Tiny Little House
Hello!  I read a book when I was young (during the late 60's or early 70's) about a tiny house in the city with large buildings being built around it.  The little house is going to be moved or taken down and a group of kids along with an elderly woman decide to bake cookies to try to save the little house.  At the end of the book there is a recipe for Sugar Cookies.  I believe that I ordered this book through Scholastic book program (Weekly Reader).  I do not know the title or author.  Can you give me any help with this book?  If you can supply the title/author or the book that would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you for your help.

Well, the beginning sounds like The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton, but there's nothing in there about cookies...
I was browsing in a forum on kid's books and someone was discussing this book.  He/she didn't mention an author but described this book (complete with recipes) and referred to it as The Tiny Little House.  I checked
Bibliofind and didn't find anything with that name, but perhaps it'll jog the requestor's memory.
It sounds like the questioner is mixing up some books.  Obviously, the first part of her/his question refers to Virginia Burton's The Little House book.  The part about the sugar cookies is probably from another book.  So many of those Weekly Reader books had recipes in the back.  I wish I could remember one that had sugar cookies. I know that this is not a complete answer but just .02.
I did find this book a few days after I sent you my request. It is called The Tiny Little House by Eleanor Clymer.  Thanks for your help.
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I am hoping that you can help me.  I am looking for a book I had as a child that I think was called The Little Cookie Shop, but I am not sure.  It was about an old lady who lived in a small house that was sandwiched between two large apartment buildings.  She was about to lose her house to developers when two little girls from the neighborhood discovered that she made the most delicious cookies.  They encouraged her to bake cookies while they went door-to-door selling them.  The cookies were so popular that she was able to start a small business and, of course, saved her house.  I am having a hard time finding this book because I am not sure of the title and have no recollection of the author's name.  I'm hoping that someone in the book business may remember this book.  At the end of the story there were several cookie recipes.  Any help that you can give would be greatly appreciated. PS  I had this book in the 1970's

L22 is on your solved page: The Tiny Little House by Eleanor Clymer. A book I was so happy to find on your site before I sent it in as a stumper for myself! I had wondered for years if I would ever stumble across it again.
The Tiny Little House by Eleanor Clymer.
Eleanor Clymer recently passed away.  For a short bio on her, please visit In Memoriam.
What a wonderful service you provide with you Stump the Bookseller page.  I have been trying for such a long time to find this book, and I doubt I would have ever found it without your webpage.  It's amazing how you can't remember a title for 25 years and then as soon as you hear it you remember and know it to be correct.  I would like you to search for a copy for me, but please let me know the price before you purchase it.
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It may have been published as early as the late 60's. It was a book about a tiny little house squeezed in between two tall buildings in a city. The house is unoccupied and neglected and is eventually discovered by a little girl. I remember the reading about very dirty windows that the girl cleans to let light into the house. The house becomes well-cared for, and the girl and her mother use the house to sell cookies from, like a shop. The illustrations, I think, were pen and ink with a watercolor wash. They remind me of Garth Williams. If you could help me find the title for this book, I would be very grateful!

Eleanor Clymer, The Tiny Little House, 1964.  I think this is the book.  There are two little girls who clean up the house and the lady who starts the cookie shop is a neighbor named Mrs. O'Brien. It's a cute story.
Thank you so much for finding this book! I found it at the public library and read it again. Despite the fact that its been almost 30 years since I last read it, I was amazed how familiar the illustrations seemed to me! I shared this book with my child who enjoyed it as well. Thank you for providing the forum for such book searches and for giving back wonderful childhood memories!
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Clymer, Eleanor. The Tiny Little House.  Illustrated by Ingrid Fetz.  Atheneum, 1967.  Second printing.  VG+/VG+.  $50
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Tiny Tots 123
First of all... great site!  I have been searching for the title of a short book  I read in the 70's as a
child (I read it at my grandmother's so it may be even older).  If I recall correctly, it was small maybe 6"x6" and the cover was green.  The colors were bright and the characters had round heads if I'm not mistaken. The main character was a little girl and the illustration I remember most is a large ice cream cone with many different colored scoops.  I know this is vague, but any ideas would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much!

This sounds like Tiny Tots 123 Illus. by Marjorie Murray, 1958, Whitman Tell-a-Tale This book has the children, the ice cream cone picture(first page), and beautiful pictures of robin's eggs, lollipops, etc.
Roundheaded girl and multi colored icecream,
I am wondering if this book is about the little girl who befriends a snowman, and he ends up eating all kinds of different flavored icecreams, because there is no snow, and then climbs up a tree and the wind whips him into multi colored and flavored snowflakes?  A golden book, but I can't remember the title....
I think that's it!  Thanks sooo much!  You've made my day!



Tistou of the Green Thumbs
My teacher in possibly first through fourth grade read to us, and one book she read (ca. 1962-1966) was about a kid who, as he grew up, turned out to have a green thumb--literally. He would stick his thumb in places and bountiful plants and flowers would grow there. He ended up using it in his dad's munitions factory, which jammed up the works. He died at the end, still a little kid, and the last words of the book were, "(name) was an angel." I'm curious what this book was and if it's still available somewhere.

While looking for something else, I ran across this:  Thayer, Jane.  Little Mr. Greenthumb.  William Morrow, 1968.  Illustrated by Seymour Fleishman.   "...even a gardener with an ordinary thumb can earn the name of Mr. Greenthumb if he works hard enough..."; Jane Thayer pen name of Catherine Woolley.
Two possibilities:  The Boy With The Green Thumb by Barbara Euphan Todd (119 pgs., H. Hamilton, 1956, 1968) or The Green Thumb Story by Jean Fiedler (38 pgs., Holiday House, 1952 & Scholastic, 1964).  Sorry, no descriptions.
Maurice Druon, Tistou of the Green Thumbs, 1957.  This is it.  I just found a copy today. The last line is "Tistou was an angel".
G121 is Druon, Maurice,  Tistou of the Green Thumbs.  Charles Scribners Sons, 1958. Translated by Humphrey Hare.   "Tistou used his green thumbs in mysterious and astonishing ways-even on the cannon made in his father's factory. The secret of who Tistou really was is held to the last page, with its surprise ending. An unusual, thought-provoking story of great originality; a story that stays in the mind."


Toby Lived Here
I thought I was remembering a scene from The Great Gilly Hopkins but then I realized no, it's another book about kids in foster care (and it's not Betsy Byars' The Pinballs). Two girls' mother goes round the bend or permanently loopy or whatever, and someone or other shows up and they pack their belongings in grocery bags and are brought to a foster home. The older sister, the protagonist, is about 12 and the younger is maybe 8 or 9. They are brought to foster parents who surely are too perfect to exist, nice grandparently people with a pair of canaries. There are two books in the older girl's room, an arithmetic book with all the problems worked out and Jane Eyre, which their mother used to act out very dramatically. (This might be meant to get a child reading Jane Eyre, but it also points out that the woman had Bad Relationships with Men.) The girl gets her period when no one's home but luckily a previous foster daughter who's very close to the couple shows up in time to help her. The girl is disgusted when her younger sister seems to forget their mother, but is reassured when the sister releases the canaries (in the house) because their mother told them nothing should live in a cage.

Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping.  Though "Housekeeping" is for adults, it sounds awfully similar to this
description---the mother of two sisters commits suicide, girls go to live with their slightly oddball aunt.  One of the sisters is quite disciplined academically & very concerned about appearing "normal", while the other is more offbeat.
Hi. Someone suggested Housekeeping as the title I was looking for, but that's not it.
Hilma Wolitzer, Toby Lived Here, c. 1978.  This is about 2 sisters who wind up in foster care, Toby (the older sister) and Ann (Anne?), the younger sister. I remember the canaries, and a young woman, Connie or Constance I think, who used to be a foster child in the same place and was still a close friend--she is the one who came over when Toby got her period. Toby makes a friend named Susan, and in the end the mother partially recovers and they go back to live with her again. The foster father's hobby is bowling and he has lots of bowling trophies. Toby carves her name into a piece of furniture, just as Constance had done earlier.
S121: Sisters in Foster Care. Absolutely the book I was looking for was Toby Lived Here. Thank you and your contributor so much!


Tomas Takes Charge
I think I've asked before but do you "sleuths" recognize this one:  Orphaned or abandoned brother and sister (pre/early teens), Cuban or Puerto Rican perhaps, hiding out in New York City (?) in an abandoned apartment/storage room.  The sister is afraid to go outside; very shy and afraid to get caught and sent to a foster home or orphanage.  So the younger brother plays scavenger to find items to eat, read, furnish their "home".  I think he tries to teach her to read as she didn't go to school much.   He eventually is befriended by an artist or teacher.  I think he or the sister gets sick and the lady helps them, perhaps takes them in herself.  I read this in the early 70's and it was pretty current then, so it's probably from 60's or very early 70's.  I've checked and it's not It's Like This, Cat.

Tomas Takes Charge  (title later changed to Children in Hiding) by Charlene Joy Talbot 1966


Tomboy
I would have read this book around 1973 about a young girl growing up on the street with a rough crowd.  It would be in a your readers catagory.  The name is Tomboy, but, I don't know author.

Norma Klein, Tomboy, c.1978.  One possibility.
Ellson, Hal, Tomboy, NY: Scribner 1950.  I believe I read this in high school. The description is "novel of teen-age gangs in the slums of Manhattan." It was also published by Bantam in 1951 and reprinted into the 60s.
Hal Ellson, Tomboy.  It is the one by Hal Ellson.  Thanks so much.


Tommy Visits the Doctor
I'm looking for a Little Golden Book about a child going to the dentist or doctor and a bunny going through the same events at the bottom of each page.

Lo and behold, I was pricing some LGB's one day, and flipped through one I didn't remember and it was unmistakably this story! It's called Tommy Visits the Doctor, and is illustrated by Richard Scarry. When I called the customer to tell her the good news, she was ecstatic and told me that she was on her way to Russia to pick up her newly adopted child. Wow.

And then there is the little Golden book in which a child is visiting the doctor for a checkup.  At the same time, running parallel with the story, a little rabbit is going to the rabbit doctor.  Very cute. 



Tomorrow's Children
I have been trying to figure out the name of an anthology of stories that I read in elementary school (or junior high, but I think it was in fifth or sixth grade) during the 1970s.  I believe it was a book that we read in reading class, with a series of science fiction stories.  I recall two of the stories: the first is about a child who lives on another planet where it rains all the time.  The child is from earth and misses the sun.  On this planet, the sun comes out only once every seven years or something like that, and on the day when the sun is to come out, in jest, several of the child's classmates lock the child in a closet.  Then in the excitement of the sun coming out, they forget to let the child out again.  The second story had to do with a boy and a girl who travelled in time, and a sibling who was concerned they would not be able to return, but I don't remember the details.  I would love to find a copy of this book, and if anyone can help, I'd appreciate it!  Thanks.

I don't know if it from a Ray Bradbury book or just a sci-fi anthology but I do know that the rain story in A18 is by Ray Bradbury.
I taught 5 & 6th grade during the late 70's and early 80's and used an anthology that included the story of the planet (Venus) where the sun only appeared for a few brief hours every seven years. I do not remember the time travel story; the other story, All Summer in a Day, is by Ray Bradbury and probably can be found in one of the collections of his short stories.  This story always greatly impressed my pupils; even when they were in high school and college students sometimes came back to look for that particular selection in the reading book. Unfortunately, I do not know the name of the reading series that published that anthology, but could probably find out by doing some backtracking at the school.  I do not have a copy of the anthology, which is no longer in use, and I am sure is out of print, but wish I did!  (The school has no more copies either.)
I have also been looking for this book for years!  I loved this as a child in the 70's.  I do remember one thing about this story.  The little girl that was locked in the closet's name was MARGOT.  Could that be in the
name of the story?  Maybe that will help the reader with the title.  I remember the last line was the children "opening the door and letting MARGOT out."  I would love to read this story again.
Sorry, I didn't realize that A18 had listed the name of that story.  I thought the person meant the second story.  Now I can probably find it if it's by Ray Bradbury. THANKS.
My mystery is solved!  The anthology is called Tomorrow's Children edited by Isaac Asimov (according to the reviews of this book on Amazon.com, apparantly I was not the only 5th or 6th grader to become enchanted with this anthology of great science fiction stories about children).  Originally published in 1959, it is now out of print.  The other story I reference in my original stumper request is called "Star Bright" about two children who can transport themselves throught time.  Anyhow, as it is out of print, I would certainly be interested in locating a copy.  Any help you can provide would be appreciated.  Thanks for everyone's help!

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When I was in Jr. High School 1982-1983, I did a book report on a series of science fiction stories from various authors. All of them were about children with special gifts. One story was told from a Father's point of view (diary style) when he realizes that his daughter has figured out how to travel through time. He tells her not to, but she disappears anyway and he suspects that she found a way to travel to a new dimension, but in this actual time. Another was from the point of view of a boy who had an empathic little sister. The book may have had the word "star" or "children" in it.

#S88--Star Children:  This is Tomorrow's Children, edited by Isaac Asimov, which appears on the "Solved Mysteries" page.


To Nowhere and Back
This was a library book I read in the late seventies/early eighties, so I'm not sure when it was published.  It was set in England and it was about a girl who traveled back in time and actually became another girl called Ann.  The girl named Ann was very poor and lived in a tiny cottage with her family.  At the end of the book, the girl from present times traveled back one last time and Ann had died (of some kind of fever, I think).  That's all I can remember about it.

Could this be Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer?
Charlotte Sometimes is the sequel to two previous books, The Summer Birds 1962 and Emma in Winter 1966.
Thanks for getting back to me!  No, unfortunately, the book isn't Charlotte Sometimes (although reading a description of *that* book made me want to read it, too!)  Still searching!
T14  I'm almost sure I read this book--there's a recurring theme of  Greensleeves.
I think the blue poster is thinking of A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley, where young Penelope Taverner goes back in time to the Elizabethan period (at the old farmhouse of relatives) and becomes involved with the
Babington family and their (historical) plot to help Mary Queen of Scots. The tune "Greensleeves" does recur in that story, being sung by one of the Babingtons, and by Penelope when she's lost in the mine tunnels. However, I don't think it's the book the original poster wants. Penelope does not become another girl, there's no one named Anne, neither Penelope or the Babingtons are poor, and no one dies of fever, though some come to other bad ends. Timeslip fantasies are fairly common, at least in England. In 1975 alone there was The Other Face by Barbara Freeman, where Betony Dovewood goes back 2 centuries after lighting incense in a china cottage
ornament, and works as a servant for her own ancestor; Robinsheugh by E. Dunlop, where Elizabeth goes back to the 18th century by means of a strange looking-glass in the cottage where she's staying with her scholarly Aunt and undergraduate Kate; Ruth Arthur's On the Wasteland with another Betony who sees visions of Viking times and identifies herself with Estrith, a girl of the Viking settlement.
Janet Lunn, Twin Spell.  In Twin Spell by Janet Lunn, twins named Jane and Elizabeth start having time-traveling episodes when they find an old doll and move to their great-aunt's house in Ontario.  Eventually they realize that the cottage they're seeing is a small part of the big house, and that the memories they're experiencing are those of two of their ancestors, twins Melissa and Anne   the last time they travel, Anne dies in a fire.  I believe this is a 60'\ book which I read in the 70's. It's not quite the same, but....
Margaret J. Anderson, To Nowhere and Back, 1975. After more than a year, I solved my own stumper just this week!  Found the book in the children's section of my local library.  Thank you to everyone who made suggestions and tried to help out!
Well, shoot, I was so proud of finally finding the answer to a stumper about a girl who goes back in time and becomes Ann, and I see the asker solved it him/herself!  To Nowhere and Back, Margaret J. Anderson, Knopf, 1975, 141 pp. "On a path near her home, Elizabeth travels 100 years into the past and becomes a girl named Ann."



Tombs of Atuan
I use to check out a book from the Bookmobile as a kid that I'd love to find. It was about a young girl who is taken from her home to live in monastary type place with miles of catacombs.  All I can remember is the vivid description of the catacombs - the darkness and coolness.  I think there was some sort of mystery involved in which she has to go into the catacombs alone and that she leaves with a young man in a boat at the end.  This was a very strange story and I would love any clues to what the possible title/author would be.

Two possibilities for C94: I found them in the August 1978 volume of Cricket magazine in "Cricket's Bookshelf." One is Escape into Daylight by Geoffrey Household. "Carrie and Mike are kidnapped and imprisoned in a dark, damp dungeon beneath a ruined abbey. The only way out is through twisted passages and an underground river." The other is Ursula K. LeGuin's The Tombs of Atuan.
Ursula K LeGuin, The Tombs of Atuan. Sounds like it might be The Tombs of Atuan.  It's about a girl named Tenar who's taken at a young age and dedicated to the service of "The Namless Ones" and sent to guard the tombs of Atuan, which are extensive  catacombs.  A young thief enters the catacombs and encounters Tenar.
Elizabeth Marie Pope, THE PERILOUS GARD, 1974.  I think THE PERILIOUS GARD might be the book. The girl is sent to an old Keep, and ends up underground in the passages occupied by the last of the Folk (or Druids). There's a vivid description of the claustrophobic attack that the darkness and stone walls causes. It's a really great read. And I just read that it is being re-published this year. ~from a librarian
C94 catacombs: I know a dozen other people are going to answer this, but it has to be The Tombs of Atuan, by Ursula K. Leguin, first published London, Gollancz 1972, second book in the Earthsea Trilogy. The girl is called
Arba, the Eaten One, taken from her family to be a priestess in the mazelike tombs. The young man she goes away with at the end is Ged, hero of the first and third books. She finds him lost underground and must decide
whether to sacrifice him according to her duty as priestess, or abandon it and save both of them.
C94 catacombs: I pulled out my copy of The Tombs of Atuan to make some comparisons, and it's a good match, as follows: It is about the girl Tenar, who in the first chapter is taken from her home (aged about 6) to the Place of the Tombs, for the ceremony of the Remaking of the Priestess, because she has been chosen as the Priestess Ever Reborn, and renamed Arha, the Eaten One. The Place of the Tombs is a convent, with girl novices who will become priestesses, and eunuch servants. When she is 15, she first enters the Undertomb, the "lesser maze, which is beneath the Throne" and begins to learn the paths within the Labyrinth, which must be followed by touch. "The spiderweb of stone-walled tunnels underlay all the Place and even beyond its walls; there were miles of tunnels, down there in the dark." While she is exploring the Labyrinth (by touch), she is startled to see light - the young wizard Ged has come seeking the broken ring of Erreth-Akbe. She first keeps him prisoner and then hides him in the Labyrinth until the Nameless Ones become angry. They escape as the Labyrinth collapses in an earthquake, and they leave Atuan in Ged's boat, which has eyes painted on it and a red sail.


Tony and Jo-Jo
HelloMy special aunt has told me about reading books about JoJo the Monkey as a child.  She was born in 1935, so you can figure where her grade school years would be.  I have searched the web some.  My aunt does not know any more details that that.  I thought it would be interesting to find her one of the old books if I could.  It would make a great gift. Thanks for any help.

Arthur L. Gates, Alice K. Liveright and Irene Esterline, Tony and Jo-Jo. Illustrated by Cyrus Leroy Baldridge, Charles B. Falls.  Macmillan 1940.  This looks possible. The book is a paperback, about 8" tall. "Story is about a Man named Tony who buys a monkey and  calls him Jo-Jo. The book tells about all the mischief that Jo-Jo gets into." Don't know whether it's part of a series, though. For what it's worth, Curious George is called Zozo in England.


Tony's Bread
Hi.  I'm trying to find a children's book illustrated by Tomie DiPaola that ends with a recipe for bread.  It has a great line that goes something like:  "Be Happy.  If you are grumpy or sad the bread won't come out right." I had thought it was "Watch Out for chicken Feet in Your Soup"  But that's not it.
Can you help?  Thanks.

Make that Tomie de Paola.
Tomie de Paola, Tony's Bread, 1989. New York: Whitebird Books, 1989.


Tooth Fairy
The book was about the tooth fairy and described why she collected teeth. In the end it turned out that she had no teeth of her own.  I believe the colors to illustrate the book were  mostly pinks, white and black.

Anita MacRae Feagles, The Tooth Fairy, 1962.  I believe the Feagles book is the one sought the illustrations--pen and ink with pink wash--sound right.  This was a personal stumper for me, as well, oddly inspired by the South Park "Tooth Fairy" episode!
Possible - The Tooth Fairy, written and illustrated by Anita Feagles, published Young Scott 1962, 32 pages. "Everybody knows there is a Tooth Fairy, but what DOES she do with all the teeth she collects every night from under children's pillows? Like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy means a great deal to young children. Here is a profile of this little-known celebrity. Grades K-2, 2-color illustrations." (Horn Book Apr/62 p.206 pub.ad)
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The story of the toothfairy and what she does with all those teeth-- example she uses some of them to pave the sidewalk.  It is at least 40 years old, has a pink cover wiht the toothfairy dancing on the cover (I think)

I can't think of the author or lay my hands on my copy of the book, but I believe this one is just called The Tooth Fairy.  The illustrations  are all in black & white & pink, with pink and a picture of the tooth fairy on the cover like the poster says.  Also it does talk about what she does with teeth, including paving her sidewalk.  In the end it turns out that she loves to collect teeth because she has none of her own.
Anita MacRae Feagles, Tooth Fairy, 1962.  I'm betting this is the same as Anita MacRae Feagles' Tooth Fairy, already in Solved the description matches, both story and color/illo. (I'm one of the ones who suggested this title for the previous request)


Torten's Christmas Secret
Children's Christmas book 50s-60s where heroes are a polar bear and one of Santa's elves who thought Santa wasn't going to deliver toys so the two of them gathered broken toys, fixed them and attempted to deliver them to children, with problems, only to find Santa doing his job.  He has compassion for these two well-meaning helpers, etc.   It was  large picture book with good illustrations, esp. of the polar bear.

could be Torten's Christmas Secret, by Maurice Dolbier, illustrated by Robert G. Henneberger, published Boston, Little, Brown 1951, 64 pages. "An imaginative tale of the things that happen at the North Pole when the gnome, Torten and his good friend Drusus, the polar bear, set out to do something about the bad children whose stockings might not be filled at Christmas." (HB Dec/51 p.415) The illustration shows the polar bear poking his head in the window where the gnome sits at a table painting a toy train while a calico cat and little mouse look on. More mice and small birds perch on the window shutters.
S107 santa's helpers: looking at our library's copy of Torten's Christmas Secret.   It was published 1951. Santa's elves are called gnomes. The gnome Torten makes toys at home out of scraps from the workshop, not as good as the workshop toys (train with mismatched wheels etc) but he plans to give them to the 'bad children' who wouldn't get toys at all. This is his secret mission and there are many setbacks. First is that Santa is taking more reindeer than usual, so there are none left for Torten's little sleigh. However, the polar bear Drusus is convinced to try flying (turns out he can), though his first landings wake everyone up. Eventually Torten and Santa meet up in Hackensack, New Jersey at the home of a little girl who won't brush her hair, and Torten finds out that even bad  children get presents. Santa appreciates Torten's work and asks him to help next Christmas. The book is profusely illustrated throughout.


Tough Enough
As a little girl my favorite book in our school library was about a boy whose  little dog got lost in the forest and wandered around all night in the scary darkness finally finding his way home safe and sound. The dog's name and I think the title was Tough Enough or Tuff Enuf.....not sure about the spelling.  It was in the 60's when I read this book.  Any help would be appreciated!  Love your website.

This may be Ruth Carroll, Tough Enough ('54). I think this a sequel to Beanie (Henry Z Walck, '53): Beanie's dig is named Tough Enough. Or it may be the same book, resissued with a different title. Set in the Smokies -- mountain boy & his dog..
Just stumbled on your site.  Awesome! I picked up one of Ruth and Latrobe Carroll's books at a second-hand store called Runaway Pony, Runaway Dog, in which Tough Enough and the family's pony Sassy run away.
Other books in the series as listed in the book are:  Beanie,  Tough Enough,  Tough Enough and Sassy,   Tough Enough's Pony,  Tough Enough's Trip,  Tough Enough's Indians.


Toward Freedom
This may have been a citizenship-type textbook.  I read it in the early 60's, but it may have been written in the 40's.  Two girls live in Germany.  I believe one was named Barbara.  One of the girls does not show up for school one day and is never seen there again.  Sometime later the other girl travels to America.  I think she went by boat.  She ends up meeting up with the girl who disappeared.  It turned out the girl's family had fled Nazi Germany.  At least one of the girls was Jewish; both may have been.  No one seems to have read this book but me.

Well, I now know its title.  It is Toward Freedom, and it is a title in the Democracy series, 1941.


Toy House Dolls
In the early 70s when I was about eight years old I read a book about two young sisters whose house burns down. They lose all their possessions, including their dolls. Their mother (I think) takes them to what I remember to be a doll hospital where they can each take a doll home with them but have to bring it back and get a new doll every few weeks. Any help appreciated!

On the Solved Mysteries page, there's a story about a doll hospital called Katy Comes Next.  It doesn't sound like the same one, but you should read the comments under it to see if other guesses for that stumper might be your book.
It's OPEN THE DOORS & SEE ALL THE PEOPLE by Clyde Robert Bulla, 1972. If the title doesn't sound familiar, it's because it was republished under another name (The Toy ***, I can't remember the exact title, I'll check my copy at home). And I'm pretty positive this is the right one - it was a stumper of my own a few years back! ~from a librarian
Getting back to you with the other title that this book was published under. Scholastic Book Services published it as THE TOY HOUSE DOLLS in 1974. Mama, teeny and Jo Ann lose their house to a fire. They move to the
city with nothing to their name. The girls miss the dolls they lost. They find out about The Toy House. It's a lending library for dolls and toys. They take worn out and broken dolls and make them as good as new (book has a scene in the toy repair shop). The girls borrow dolls. They find out they can adopt the dolls, if they can prove that they can take good care of them for 6 weeks. ~from a librarian
Yes! The book was called The Toy House Dolls. Thank you for helping me remember the name of this wonderful book. The name struck a chord right away because Bulla is also the author of another of my favorite books The Ghost of Windy Hill. I remember ordering both these books from the Weekly Reader bookclub around 1973. Thanks also for this great site and for the tips about using the Library of Congress system to look things up.


Toy Party
The book is probably from the 50s and is about Stevie and Todd - upside down nursery (keywords) Some of the text goes:   "Once on a time there were two little boys. Stevie and Todd were their names. Their nursery had dozens of wonderful toys, Soldiers and paintbooks and games. After a long happy day full of play These tired little boys went to bed. Each said his prayers, then closed his eyes tight And pulled the quilts over his head. A little while after the sandman had come And the boys were in lullaby land The nursery awoke and thought it a joke And turned everything upside down. The horns began tooting, the soldiers saluting, The shovel hopped into the pail..."

Til B. Christopher, The Toy Party (Stevie and Todd Have a Dream), 1948.  "Tell-A-Tale" Book No. 878.


Toy Trumpet
Title may include the words : Toy Trumpet.  Probably published by Bobbs-Merrill since my dad used to work for and get books through them. 1960's. I remember the trumpet was pink. Setting was poor home, maybe urban? Kid wants to play trumpet like he sees older people (in his family?) doing, and gets a toy trumpet as a gift.

Grifalconi, Ann, The Toy Trumpet: story and pictures,  1968. Bobbs-Merrill.  "When everyone tells  him that he must wait to  get a trumpet, a young Mexican boy works to earn enough money to buy one for himself--a bright pink one that is just right."


Trailer Tribe
I read this book in the 50's and I think it was a new book at that time.  It was a book written for preteens.  It was a story about a family that took a trip through the United States in a trailer (I think). The one part of the book that I remember best was when they visited the Amish country.  I was fascinated by the description of the way the Amish lived.  I don't think they traveled to all the States but primarily stayed in the mid-West and Northeast. I think the family consisted of a father, mother, sister and brother.

F92 Florence Musgrave, Trailer Tribe, 1955.  This is about a family that travels in a trailer throughout the United States.  In one chapter, they visit the Pennsylvania Dutch (or Amish).
F92 sounds like Trailer Tribe by Florence Musgrave.  In it a family--father, mother, sister, and brother--travel around and
they do visit Lancaster County, PA.


Treasury of the Familiar
A Treasury of the Familiar/various,  1940's? This book contains poems speeches parts of plays excerpts from the bible  songs, etc.  It belonged to my mother and I use to read it as a child.  The cover is gone, so I don't know the publisher. Both my sister and I would like to keep this book, so I was wondering if there is another copy somewhere.

Woods, Ralph, editor. This is probably one of the Ralph Woods volumes: Treasury of the Familiar, Golden Treasury of the Familiar, Second Treasury of the Familiar.  They were published and reprinted in various editions but various publishers (including book club editions and as part of sets with "Treasury of Essays" and suchlike).  There are quite a few on the web... perhaps one of those vendors would be willing to match contents for you.


Tree Toad
The book is the story of a minister's son growing up.  It has a couple of memorable stories, such as one where the older brother convinces the younger one that he can hide from his dad by climbing a tree naked where he will be invisible like a tree toad.  There is also one about praying for a pocketknife and the dad answering the prayer by throwing a knife over the barn (though I think it hits one of the kids).  I think it is called Tree Toad or Tree Frog or something like that.  Pre-1960.

Tree Toad.  Adventures of the Kid Brother by Robert Hobart Davis, illus. by Robert McCloskey (Frederick A. Stokes Co., 1942).


Tree Wagon
Regarding O9 - Oregon Trail.  Funny thing, one of the books I came here to find was about a girl who traveled with her family on the Oregon Trail.  They traveled in covered wagons, and one of the wagons was full of the saplings that her father was going to plant when they reached Oregon.  There are great descriptions about landmarks on the trail, and also about how to graft an apple tree.  I would love to know what this book was....
#O9--Oregon Trail Story:  Yes, I can identify the query in green, and just about any other Oregon Trail novel EXCEPT this one, which I am STILL looking for!  The green one is Tree Wagon, by Evelyn Sibley Lampman, which I've read twice.  Word of warning:  Lampman was a terrific entertaining writer,
but didn't care much for historical accuracy.  Don't take the book seriously when it says that Indians "killed Dr. Whitman and all the children at his mission."  They did no such thing and not even close.  The only juveniles killed were a boy of 16 (an adult for that day and place) and 14 (practically adult by the standards of that tribe.)  About 60 other kids present were all let go.  I'd venture to say the only people who know more on this subject than me were those present--the last of whom died in 1933--and it's a shame that some people write such things and other people print them.  Another book by the same author, Cayuse Courage, is a great idea but unforgivably inaccurate in places when so much written material is available on this subject.
Lampman, Evelyn Sibley, Tree Wagon. The story of a orchid man and his family bringing their nursery stock by wagon to Oregon.  The little girl is given her own gooseberry bush to care for and has lots of adventures along the way.
Tree Wagon = Lampman.  Thank you - that's it - the gooseberry bush was the clincher.  I'm glad to know more about the history behind it, too, thanks for the update.

click for imageTrolley Car Family
Approximately 1959, I read a paperback children's book to the best of my memory was titled:  The Trolley Car Family. I believe there was at least one sequel, but don't know the title. Don't know the author. It was a chapter book geared to age 9 -12 (?). A family, with several children lived in a trolley car that they converted into a home.  It was parked at the end of the line, in the country. A local spring served as their refrigeration.  Have you heard of this book?

You've got the title right. It's Trolley Car Family by Eleanor Clymer.  I don't know if there was a sequel, but Clymer did write a lot of books... Check out her recent obituary.Thank you, thank you!!!  Found a used copy to buy.  You've made my day.


Trouble at Clear Lake
I've searched for years for a book written before 1963 about a recent college graduate in biology who accepts a government job investigating a fish kill in a small lake. He lives in a small cabin, befriends the local people, and eventually discovers that a counterfeit ring is flushing chemicals into the lake. I used to think it was called "Mystery of Spirit Lake," or something like that, but searches under those words and variations always come up empty.

Isn't there a Madeleine L'Engle story along these lines? The details I am coming up with sound like they must be from a separate book (old portrait proves to be valuable, boy goes to South America to donate it to a museum, gets kidnapped, ends up fulfilling the prophecy by returning to the lake his ancestor (whom naturally, he resembles) left over a hundred years before... But L'Engle often has repeating characters, so maybe one  will lead you to the other.  Good luck!
Not a solution, but I don't think that this is a L'Engle book, as suggested by the previous person.  Many of her books do include marine biology (The Arm of the Starfish, etc.)  The book mentioned with the ancestor's painting is Dragons in the Water.
Edward C. Janes, Trouble at Clear Lake,1956.  This one drove me crazy because I thought I'd looked at
something like this at the library this summer.  I finally found it tonight.  The main character is a young biologist who moves to a cabin on a lake to find out why fishing has gone down.  He finds a gang of counterfeiters who are polluting the lake and killing the fish.  Could this be what the poster is looking for?
I can't thank you enough for having a web site which solved a 30 year mystery of mine concerning the name of a book. My submission B-155 (Biologist cracks counterfeit ring) was recently solved by someone as Trouble At Clear Lake.  I then found the book. Thank you again. I have three other books posted, and hopefully await solutions.


Trouble with Jenny's Ear
ESP girl and Twins with A / V system.  The book starts off about 2 brothers (twins?) who are given an Audio/video system and help their bedridden school teacher to continue teaching their class from her home.  The book then shifts to the twin’s sister who has an amazing case of ESP.  She goes on quiz shows and reads the mind of the questioners etc.....

This sounds like Oliver Butterworth's The Trouble with Jenny's Ear .  Two brothers who like to fiddle with various types of sound equipment, gradually wire their house; their sister, Jenny, is increasingly unhappy with this, and, along the way develops ESP.  (This is loosely tied into the idea of the sound equipment producing voices from unseen people/far off locations).   After the boys' teacher is injured, they set up a closed-circuit tv system so she can teach from home.  Interspersed with this is a romance between the boys' uncle and another schoolteacher, aided and complicated by Jenny's ESP, along with the plot about Jenny going on various quiz shows, etc., to earn money to keep a nearby hill from being turned into a subdivision.
YES YES YES!!!!!   PLEASE YES!!   :)  WOW!!  Thanks for the web site Harriett!!!  YEEE HAH!!
I got the book several days (weeks) ago.  Hey, I thought you said the book was used!!  AWESOME
condition!  Thanks!!



True Story of the Tooth Fairy
Hi, I'm a librarian, and I am using e-mail instead of the search form because I do not have an author or title.  Our patron is looking for a story that was in a book of fairy tales (or the like) back in the late '60s. The story was concerned with a little girl who loses her first tooth.  Later in the story, the lost tooth becomes the diamond in her engagement ring.  The patron's been looking for this story for 10 years, so any help that you can give will be greatly appreciated.  TIA

Maybe ... Whittaker, Otto The True Story of the Tooth Fairy (and why brides wear engagement rings) illustrated by Anne Goetzman, published by Droke House, 1968, 32 pages "Story of two children, the good fairy King Bonnyful and the link between lost baby teeth & engagement diamonds."
Thanks for getting back to me.  I just about gave up on this request. I did mention the title you found to our patron. I was wondering if there was anything else.  I guess not.  Thanks, again.


Truth About Mary Rose
I remember reading this in the early 70's.  It's about a girl who worships her aunt that died in an apartment fire when the aunt was young.  The girl keeps a cigar box (I think) of mementos of her aunt, because her mom told her that her aunt had saved everyone in the building from the fire.  Then she finds out that her aunt was the one that actually set the fire and her mom was really the one who rescued the tenants.  Please tell me somone knows what I'm talking about?

This was one of my favorites in the 70's, The Truth About Mary Rose by Marilyn Sachs.  The mother in the book is the Veronica Ganz of Sachs' earlier books such as Amy and Laura and Peter and Veronica.  My sister and I copied Mary Rose's hobby of cutting pictures of jewelry from catalogs and adding paper bands or chains so we could "dress up" in them.


Truth About Stone Hollow
The front of the book was: Green cover with a pink rectangle on the front with a haunting drawing of a boys face. It was a book about two boys. One befriended the other who had no friends. They used to get together and explore. They found an old cabin that a family used to live in. The family had a little boy that died of lock jaw. It was a eerie story but also interesting and suspenseful. Sorry thats all I remember. I was in fourth grade. Thanks!

On the basis of almost nothing, let's try - The Ghost Hollow Mystery, by Page Carter, illustrated by Fred Collins, published Lippincott 1951, 156 pages, ages 8-12 "A new junior mystery writer makes her debut with a very delightful story of boys and girls solving a mystery in a country village." (Horn Book Dec/51 p.371 pub ad) Cover not shown, unfortunately. And it's a boy and girl, not two boys, but maybe - The Truth About Stone Hollow, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, illustrated by Alton Raible, published New York, Atheneum, 1974, 211 p. "The new boy at school introduces Amy to the secrets of Stone Hollow where the circles of time converge"
the hardcover of Truth about Stone Hollow does have a green cover with a pink rectangle, but the picture in the pink is like a Victorian family photograph with 3 young girls (I think). More on the plot "In 1938, at Taylor Springs, California, Amy Polonski becomes friend and defender of an English boy, Jason Fitzmaurice, who is an odd-man-out in her sixth-grade class. Together they visit the supposedly haunted Stone Hollow, which their classmates slavishly avoid. There they sense the presence of ghostly shapes ... Jason sees Indians, and a small piece of stone he gives to Amy enables her to bring something magical to view in her attic at home." (HB Aug/74 p.380)
H38 hollow: looking at a copy of The Truth About Stone Hollow, Atheneum 1974. The dustjacket is olive green, with a pink rectangle, showing an old-fashioned family 'photograph' not a boy's face. There is an illustration of a boy's face on p.9, though. The main characters are a tomboyish girl, Amy Fairchild Polonski, and a new boy, Jason Ulysses Fitzmaurice. Amy does befriend Jason, although she thinks he's a crazy person. They do explore, particularly Stone Hollow, and the ruined cabin that the Ranzonis, an ill-fated Italian family, built. "They had a little girl die of the lockjaw and not long afterward the father died too, in an accident. They say someone from the town went up and found the man dead, just outside the barn, and the woman was missing. They found her later wandering in the Hills, and sent her away to an asylum. They say she was mad as a March hare." (p.29) "A cut on the foot ... That's what happened to Lucia ... The mother wanted to take her to the doctor, but the father wouldn't. When she was dead the father buried her under the tree." There are some differences, but the lockjaw seems like a good identifier.


Tryst
This was a story about a teenage or preteen girl who had to go live with another family due to some misfortunefor the summer. WHile she is there she meets the ghost of a young man in the attic or her room and they fall in love. She is leaving at the end of the summer and they are completely and utterly dejected that they can not be together. She leaves the house, gets into the waiting car and it crashes right outside the house and she dies! Yippee! She runs back to the house and they are reunited for all eternity.  I thought it had Ghost in the title but everything I look at is not it. I would dearly love to see this book again.

I thought this was on the Solved Mysteries pages, but the closest I could find was "Faithful Jenny Dove" (read under Haunting Tales).
Elswyth Thane, Tryst, 1939.  This sounds like Elswyth Thane's romance, Tryst, originally published in 1939 and republished several times.  It's definitely a ghost romance.  I'm sorry I'm very vague about the plot.  I'll have to locate my copy and reread it.
G57 ghostly love: doesn't really fit, but The Wyndcliffe, by Louise Lawrence, published Collins 1975, is about the love between "Anna Hennessy, lonely in her new Gloucestershire village home, and the ghost of John Hollis, a young poet who died in 1823. Gradually he begins to take over her whole personality until Anna's sister and brother find out what is going on and break his hold, sending him firmly back to the past before he ultimately drives Anna to suicide." Closest I've found so far.


Tubby the Tuba and Other Stories
I'm looking for a children's record from the 1950's that had four stories on it: Tubby the Tuba, Peter Churchmouse, the 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, and a story about a boy who made a fiddle out of a cigar box. This was our favorite story record and I'd love to find a copy to give my sister.  Thanks for any help you can give!

I remember listening to a record when I was young that had Tubby the Tuba on it, the others you listed I can't
remember but there was also a song about Hans Christen Anderson.  The record, which included stories and songs, was by Danny Kaye (from UK).
This second memory is surely Hans Christian Anderson: The Musical (see Solved Mysteries), but I don't believe the original stumper here is Anderson.
Danny Kaye, Tubby the Tuba and other stories.  At home I have a Tape with stories about Tubby the Tuba, and songs such as Thumbelina, Inch Worm, Hans Christian Anderson - it is NOT the musical.


Tuckers, The Cottage Holiday
I was in elementary school in the 1960's and I'm fairly certain I got this book at the library.  I believe the main character was a girl who suffered from poor health so she often missed school.  The family is somewhere (at Christmas time?) where there is snow outside. At the very end, the girl is outside and almost attacked by a cougar.  I think that it is shot by her father.  She vividly describes the beauty of the cat in full leap before it is hit.  Or maybe she is the one who kills the mountain lion?

Sounds like The Tuckers: The Cottage Holiday by Jo Mendel. Penny the youngest daughter is frequently ill. She suggests going to the lake cottage for Christmas and there is a cougar roaming around. Her father and a farmer friend finally kill him.
C192 Mendel, Jo. The Tuckers; the adventures of Plum Tucker. illus Jackie Tomes.  Whitman, 1961 


Tweedles Be Brave
I read and re-read (had read to me, actually--at age 4 or so, in the mid-1940s) a book or story titled "Tweedles Be Brave." I don't know whether this was the title of the book, or of a story in a larger collection. The hero, Tweedles, was a little monkey in the jungle who had a cockatoo as a pet. The villain was a pompous large monkey with a name/title like the great high mogul, the grand panjandrum, or some such title--who tried to oppress the rest of the animals. He stumped around wearing a crown and putting his nose in the air. (Good illustrations! b&w, looked like charcoal or soft pencil, if I remember correctly.) Would love to get a copy.

T64 Tweedles be brave:  I don't think there's any doubt about this one (for once!) Tweedles Be Brave! by Wolo, author of The Secret of the Ancient Oak and Amanda. (Horn Book, Nov-Dec/43) "Another big bright picture book filled with Wolo's delightful illustrations. In this story, Tweedles, a courageous little monkey, saves his friends from danger and rescues them from the dreadful schemes of Sassufras, a wicked fox who calls himself a magician. 40 pages, profusely illustrated, ages 6 to 8."
This has got to be the book, Harriett! Thanks.I don't remember the fox as villain, but then I was 4 years old when I experienced the book (my wonderful aunt would read it any number of times I asked).Could I be on a mailing list in case you get the book?
More plot information: "Story of a monkey colony ruled by a lazy king named Mogus. A little chap named Tweedles called the king's bluff and Mogus went to a fox magician for help. That was the wrong gesture entirely. But Tweedles, with the aid of a chastened king, made everything right." Which backs up the questioner's memory nicely!


Twelve Dancing Princesses
I recall reading a children's book in the mid 1950s about a princess who disappeared at night and her father offered the man who could find out where she went her hand in marriage.  They would always fall asleep (a potion the princess gave them) until one clever man put a sponge in his shirt and poured the liquid in there...so he stayed awake and followed her to an underground world with diamonds, rubies and emeralds hanging on all the trees, flowing rivers (of gold, I think).  So he got her hand in marriage.  I can't think of the title nor the author, nor have I seen the book since.  Any help would be appreciated!

It sounds like you're talking about The Twelve Dancing Princesses, a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm.  The king desperately wanted to know where his daughters went at night and why their shoes were always worn out in the mornings!  The emphasis is usually on the youngest daughter and not on all twelve girls.  Could this be it?
If so, there are many, many editions of this book.  I only have one in stock right now, and it's not the edition you asked about, but it is a pretty book.  Here's the information:
Mayer, Marianna (as told by), The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Illustrated by K.Y. Craft.  Morrow Junior Books, 1989.  Ex-library copy with usual markings.  VG/VG.  $10
Incidentally, Robin McKinley published an young adult collection of short stories/novellas called The Door in the Hedge which included her excellent version of The Twelve Dancing Princesses.

Yes, I looked it up and that's the story!  Thanks very much!  Now I need to find the particular version I'm remembering with the trees all glistening with gems...I remember that particularly.  Great service you provide!!  Thanks again.


Twenty-one Balloons
Two children live on/near the volcanic island of Krakatau prior /during its violent explosion in 1883.  The chrildren's father must have been an inventor as the children's bed would raise up through a sky light which would open for the rising bed at night. 1960's.

#K42--Krakatau:  This is the Newbery Award winner The Twenty-One Balloons, by William Péne du Bois.
William Pene Du Bois, The Twenty -one Balloons
William Pene DuBois, The Twenty-One Balloons, 1947.  This Newbery Award-winning tale describes the adventures of Professor William Waterman Sherman on the volcanic island of Krakatoa, full of fantastic inventions (such as the bed you remembered) and fabulous wealth--courtesy of the island's diamond mines. I recall being captivated by extraordinary details like the ethnic restaurant-based, alphabetically-organized "Gourmet Government." Imaginative story-telling at its best!
William Pene Du Bois, The Twenty-one Balloons.  Professor William Waterman Sherman intends to fly across the Pacific Ocean. But through a twist of fate, he lands on Krakatoa, and discovers a world of unimaginable wealth, eccentric inhabitants, and incredible balloon inventions. Winner of the 1948 Newbery Medal, this classic fantasy-adventure is now available in a handsome new edition.
William Pene du Bois, The Twenty-One Balloons, 1947.  I'm pretty sure this must be the one.  It won the 1948 Newbery Award.
William Pene du Bois, The Twenty-One Balloons, 1948.  This might be it:  "Professor William Waterman Sherman intends to fly across the Pacific Ocean. But through a twist of fate, he lands on Krakatoa, and discovers a world of unimaginable wealth, eccentric inhabitants, and incredible balloon inventions. Winner of the 1948 Newbery Medal."
The Twenty-One Ballons is an awesome book!  My dad bought it for me in the late 70's and I still read it every few years.


Twice Queen of France
My junior high school library is the only place I've ever seen this book.  It is a biography of Anne of Brittany, but for children, but it read more like fiction, if you know what I mean.  It is revealed in the story that Anne and her sister were supposed to marry the two little British princes that were kept in the Tower of London (can't think of their names!) but then they died and everyone believed they were murdered by their uncle, so Anne's parents were very worried about the safety of their daughters, having been betrothed to them.  I'm pretty sure the actual title is "Anne of Brittany" but I have no idea who wrote it, or how to find a copy.  As I said, I've looked around quite a bit and can't find it anywhere.  Do you know who wrote it?  Thanks!

I found four books with the words Anne of Brittany in the title.  Three of them are juvenile biographies: Little Duchess Anne of Brittany by Emma L. Brock, Twice Queen of France: Anne of Brittany by Mildred Allen Butler and Anne of Brittany by H. Winnett Orr.
A92 Anne of Brittany: probably too old is Little Duchess, written and illustrated by Emma L. Brock, published Knopf 1948, 198 pages. "Anne of Brittany even now is fondly remembered by Breton folk. The story covers the troubled years before she was sixteen when she became Queen of France. It was a time of ambitious conquests, of wars with foreign armies, of battles between fortified towns and castles, of intrigue and grasping counselors. Anne's strong character, her love of country and maturity of judgement will endear her to girls." (Horn Book Sep/48 p.465)
Thanks once again!  Twice Queen of France sounds sort of familiar, so I think that might be it.  Do you have a copy for sale?


Twig
Now for my dilemma, I am looking for a book that my aunt owned at one time. My aunt is in her 60's so I believe the book was either published in the 30's or 40's. I think it had a brown cover and that the main characters name was "Twiggy" (I am not sure if that is the right name though) The story focused on her shrinking in size and going to her backyard. The whole story took place in the backyard were she mets an elf (or perhaps he was a fairy) and they become friends. I am not sure if there are other people in the backyard as well. I think that in one part of the story they are having dinner and use bottle caps for their plates or something like that. If you could help me find this book I would really appreciate it! In any event you have a wonderful site!

T-8 Is definitely Twig by Elizabeth Orton Jones.
The book, now out of print, is Twig, by Elizabeth Orton Jones.
Could this be Miss Hickory?
T8--Twig, by Elizabeth Orton Jones 


Twin Spell
I am eager to find a YA book I read probably in 1982 or 3.  Unfortunately I remember very little except: It had a supernatural element (probably time travel); the protagonast was female (teen); there may have been two parallel plots, one set in the 1800s and one in the present; it may have taken place in Boston or Philadelphia; there was some key to the time travel based on a decorative stone lintel over the front door of the house, depicting a rose; one of the characters may have been sent to live in the house with an aunt due to tragic crcumstances.  There may also have been a doll involved.  I read the description of A  Pattern of Roses on your site; it sounds very familiar (particularly the looking out of the window part), but I'm absolutely sure there was no main male character in the book I'm thinking of.  I'm pretty certain it was paperback.  It was spooky and is haunting me still!  I'd appreciate any thoughts anyone has on the matter...Thanks.

T28 - Could this be The Root Cellar by Janet Lunn?  First published in 1981. It don't recall a magic lintel but the girl has to move to an aunt's house in Canada.  She goes to the root cellar and is transported back in time to the Civil War and travels to the U.S. (New York, Washington, D.C., and VA)  The girl's name is "Rose Larkin" so that may be the rose the person remembers.
Sorry, I don't think The Root Cellar is it--I looked it up on the Internet (there are several reviews) and it just doesn't ring a bell.  The book I'm looking for had a darker, more supernatural feel, like one of Ruth M. Arthur's.  Thanks a bunch for posting, though.
T28 is Twin Spell by Janet Lunn 1968. (Published in Canada as Double Spell.)  It is a very eerie book about twin girls, Jane and Elizabeth, who go into an antique shop and spot a doll that for some reason they feel drawn to. They buy the doll and  visit their Aunt Alice at her huge old house on Lake Ontario.  While there,  Elizabeth-- who's holding the doll-- falls down the stairs and breaks her leg.  Exactly one week later Aunt Alice breaks her hip falling down those same stairs, and gives the house to the twins family.  The twins start having odd dreams from the 1800"s--dreams that they share.  The also have visions of things--like a small brick house with a peak in front trimmed with wood in a "double rose" pattern.  They search the older areas of Toronto for this house.  The double rose pattern comes up a few times in this book.  Ghostly things happen--the doll is moved, items are strewn around that the girls are blamed for but didn't do, ect.  A pretty scary book!  Published both in hardcover and paperback.
That's it! That's it! That's it!  Bless you! I've been wondering for eons about this book.  Harriett, do you have it?
I thought for sure that Phyllis Whitney wrote this book, Twinspell.  But I cannot find it on her website, or under her name on Amazon.com, hmm.  I usually can find ANYTHNG on the internet!  Help!  I would love to have this book again.  (Why do we ever get rid of books?!?  We always want them later.


Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
About 9 years ago my daughter had a hardcover twinkle, twinkle, little star book that played the song at the very end of the book - when you turned to the last page. She absolutley loved the book but she was only 1 and it got thrashed. I would like to find it for her to as a keepsake. I remember it had a vivid dark blue cover with start all over the front and back.

I have Jingle Bells, listed as an Aladdin book,published in 1990 by Macmillan Publishing Co. It is blue, 8" x7", plays Jingle Bells with a flashing light when you open the last page.  Other books listed in the series are Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, This Old Man, Lullaby and Goodnight, and Silent Night.  It is illustrated by Carol Ewing.  I might have gotten this at Sam's.
There was an Aladdin/Macmillan edition as noted in the previous answer.  It was published in 1987 with illustrations by Jannat Messenger and paper engineering by Rodger Smith.  It's Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star:  A Lullaby Book with lights and music, and it has lights that twinkle through holes in the pages, some pop-up elements, and music that plays when you pull a tab.  It's oblong folio, don't know the cover color.


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'Twixt Foyle and Swilly
I am trying to find out about a book with the title "Twixt Swilly and Lough Foyle".  If anyone can help with the author it would be most helpful as I wish to buy one to give to my brother as a present.  Lough Swilly is in Donegal in the north west coast of Ireland and the River Foyle separates Co Donegal and Co Derry/Londonderry in the North of Ireland. I assume that the book was written circa 1900 but I am only guessing.

I found nothing under this title in the Library of Congress or in American or international used book data bases...
Harry Percival Swan, 'Twixt Foyle and Swilly: panorama of Ireland's wonderful peninsula a guide book and conspectus of information relating to the Barony of Inishowen, County Donegal, Dublin: Hodges Figgis, 1949.
British Library has a record for this.  Full title they give is 'Twixt Foyle and Swilly... a Guide Book... relating to the Barony of Inishown, County Donegal.  Dublin, 1949, Hodges Figgis & Co., xix and 247 pp., octavo, with illustrations.


Two Boys and a Tree
I'm looking for a book I read in 1960/61 as an intro to reading for first graders (it was a school book).  It was about two boys living in the country, who spent alot of time around a big apple tree.  Lots of fun memories.  Then it progresses 20 years later and a highway was built around it -- they saved the tree -- and a city around it as well.  The two boys, now men, come back to visit with their kids.

Similar to The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton, but that's really the story of a house and the city that grows around it, not about two boys.
I think the book name was something like: Two Boys and an Apple Tree or something like that.
This sounds like the Shel Silverstein  book whose name escapes me (could it be The Giving Tree?) about the tree that serves a different purpose for each stage of a boy's (man's) life.
B171 Gates, Arthur; Huber, Miriam Blanton; Salisbury, Frank Seely.  Two Boys and a Tree. NY: Macmillan, 1951, reprinted to 1960.  A school reader, no plot description, but date and title are close.
B171 Gates, Arthur I; Huber, Miriam Blanton; Salisbury, Frank Seely.   Two boys and a tree. Macmillan,  1951.   {In the box where this  book was stored, I found a similar reader: Under the apple tree by Odile Ousley. Kids playing cowboy
under it. But the Gates one is the right one.]


Two for the Price of One
This story was about a man (chinese or japanese) who had just bought a heifer (I specifically remember the word "heifer") and he leaves it tied at a shop that makes sandals. when he comes back, it is missing, but they offer to sell him another exactly like it. He buys it, and on his way home he finds a sandal in the road. He ties the heifer and goes to look for the matching one. Meanwhile, the sandalmaker's apprentice goes and steals back the cow. When the man returns to tell them of his bad fortune....I don't remember whether they manage to go another round or not, but eventually he catches on. Pics were in color. Probably from the 70s.....dunno exactly. It was already old by the time I got it in the early 80s.

Maybe One for the Price of Two by Cynthia Jameson, published by Parent's Magazine Press, 1972 "An old Japanese man brags so much about his fine heifer, the master clog maker and his assistant decide to teach him a lesson."
S67 sandals and clogs: more on the suggested title Two for the Price of One, by Cynthia Jameson"Wonderful, full color illustrations, with an oriental flavor, accompany the text. A retelling of a Japanese folktale about an old Japanese man who brags so much about his new cow that a Master clog maker & his apprentice decide to teach him a lesson."


Two Little Miners
1947. Story of two male miners who lived together. Showed them working in the mine, coming home dirty, cleaning up and having dinner at a cheery table, eating potatoes I think.

Brown, Margaret Wise, Illustrated by Richard Scarry. TWO LITTLE MINERS.  Simon and Schuster, 1949.  Little Golden Book #66


Umbrella
story of a rainy day, pictures of a child w/ an umbrella-- lots of yellow, early '60s.

J42: Umbrella by Taro Yashima, 1958? I adore this one, the blurred watercolors make me very nostalgic for my own brief first six years in NYC.
#J42--japanese? illustrated picture book:  Here's the only japanese umbrella book of which I know: Lifton, Betty Jean.  Illustrated by Fuku Akino.  New York, Atheneum, 1968.   One day a Japanese boy sees a strange one-legged creature fly over the mountain.  All the villagers gather around it but no one knows what it is.
You didn't mention a title.  I think you're referring to Betty Jean Lifton's The One-Legged Ghost.
Could this be James and the Rain, by Karla Kuskin?  It's not Japanese, but does tell about James and his adventures with an increasing number of animals.   "What do you do in the rain? said James. Have you any excellent rainy day games?"
Taro Yashima, Umbrella.  This was one of my own childhood favourites.  Momo receives an umbrella for her third birthday but has to wait for a rainy day to be able to use it.
Taro Yashima , Umbrella, 1958.  This was a Caldecott Honor Book.  The cover is predominantly yellow.  "On her third
birthday, Momo (whose name means "Peach" in her parents' native Japan) receives rubber boots and an umbrella. Impatiently she waits for a rainy day so she can try out her new apparel."


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Uncle
please and thank you in advance. here we go....what i know/remember (i think) the vivid memories of the book are an uncle who is a fierce elephant, who lives in a castle...someone goes to stay with the uncle (his nephew/neice) and they fight off evil somethings....at some point they rub a certain fish oil on the window glass to make it unbreakable....there ya go...as for the physical book...i seem to remember an illustration at the beggining of chapters but that was it....standard hardback size (maybe a
little smaller) these are the things i remember

This suggestion is so obvious that it probably isn't right.  What about the Babaar books? There was an uncle in those books I believe.
#E11--Arnold Lobel wrote Uncle Elephant, but leafing through it I didn't find anything about being fierce or using fish oil.
E11 Elephants, fierce, who use fish oil -- There's a series by J.P. Martin about "An elephant of eccentric benevolence rules a castle kingdom so vast that he is still exploring its byways, while carrying on a sporadic war with disagreeable neighbours. Comic fantasy." The series includes Uncle (1964), Uncle Cleans Up (1965), Uncle and his Detective (1966), Uncle and the Treacle Trouble (1967) and Uncle and Claudius the Camel (1969).
I think I can confirm that this is the Martin book. On page 32 of Uncle Uncle asks "Have the windows been well rubbed with Babble Trout Oil?" "Babble Trout Oil is a special preparation made from the babble trout, a small fish, difficult to catch. It renders glass tough, so that it is impervious to crossbow bolts and other missiles. Uncle often has his lower windows rubbed with it when trouble is threatening." Uncle's brother Rudolph arrives to help him with attacks from the Badfort mob.


Uncle Arthur's Bedtime Stories
Looking for a set of children's books that were sold door to door (maybe in stores also, unsure) in the 1950s. The covers were orange red and I am fairly certain most of the illustrations were by Besse Pease Gutmann (at least they looked like her art). I cant remember if any of the volumes contained fairytales, I mostly remember true-life short stories that contained morals, one I remember about a mother that had been in the hospital ill and the first thing the child asked when she came home was if she brought a present for her, another something about a child getting hit by a car and riding in an ambulance.etc.etc. Would like whole set or even one volume. Thanks.

I know that the Childcraft books are orange-red and were probably sold door-to-door. They had various illustrators, though, and I'm not sure that they were as moralistic as the set you describe.
S-10--Uncle Arthur's Bedtime stories?  The early ones had orange-red covers, but it's been awhile since I've examined the art.  They were definitely sold door-to-door and were all stories-with-a-moral. They were issued as paperback "volumes" and then as orange red books with four "volumes" per book.
Sure!  Uncle Arthur... Written by Arthur Maxwell.
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I am looking for a book I read as a child. I am 48 y/o, so it had to have been published before 1951. It was a collection of children's stories, black and white print, shiny stock, large printing. The only story I remember from it is "Georgie and the Policeman". It also had black and white pictures. Don't have aclue of the title or author and don't know if I would recognize it by title - butI would know it if I saw the book.... Thank you.  There was another story in it Iremember (but not the name) about a boy in the hospital who is afraid to die and theother children tell him that Jesus comes through the hospial every night to take thechildren who are very sick and he just has to keep his arm up so Jesus will see him.
He is too sick to do that so the other children prop up his arm with pillows and hedies that night. Even though it sounds so, I do not remember it as a sad story. Thanks, again.

The optrician I went to when I was a kid had this book!  I clearly remember the story about the boy and the arm.  It was a religious publication, and was called something like Favorite Children's Stories of Courage
Both stories are from a book called Uncle Arthur's Bedtime Stories.  There were a couple of volumes of the books.  They are all stories with a moral, and there were also Bible stories at the back of each book.  And the boy in hospital wasn't afraid to die, he wanted to because he was very sick (I think he'd been in a fire) and wasn't going to get better - that's why it wasn't a sad story. They must have been pretty popular books because we had them as kids here in Australia too.  Hope you can find them! **Later...
In addition to what I sent previously..........the books are by Arthur S Maxwell, and I think they were published in book format and in magazine format. Georgie and the Policeman has to be in either Volume 1 or 2 of the books, because I remember the story and they were the only volumes we had at home.
Uncle Arthur's Bedtime Stories.  I had this series as a child, and I definitely remember the story about "Jesus coming through the hospital ward and 'taking' children who had their hand raised, to Heaven to live with him."  This particular story really frightened me, and for many months I slept with my arms underneath the covers so that God wouldn't think that I wanted to die, and make a mistake and take me to Heaven accidentally. (Okay, so I wasn't a particularly bright child!)
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THE BOOK I'M LOOKING FOR WAS READ TO ME BY MY MOTHER WHEN I WAS YOUNG (A LONG TIME AGO!) I WAS A COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES ABOUT CHILDREN WITH A MORAL OR AN EXAMPLE OF THE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE A PARENT HAS FOR THEIR CHILD. ONE STORY IS ABOUT A LITTLE GIRL NAMED JUNE WHO TORMENTS HER YOUNGER BROTHER, MAKES HIM CRY, AND TELLS HER MOTHER, "HE LIKES IT".  SO THE MOTHER DOES SOMETHING TO HER, I THINK SHE SQUIRTS HER WITH THE WATER HOSE, JUNE CRIES AND ASKS HER TO STOP.  HER MOTHER SAYS, "BUT JUNE, YOU LIKE IT". ANOTHER STORY IS ABOUT A YOUNG SINGLE OR WIDOWED MOTHER WHO HAS TO LEAVE HER SLEEPING BABY ALONE FOR JUST A FEW MINUTES TO BUY MEDICINE OR MILK AND RETURNS TO FIND THE APARTMENT IN FLAMES. SHE RUSHES IN TO SAVE HER BABY, BUT IS LATER FOUND DEAD WITH THE BABY IN HER ARMS.     I THINK THE FIRE WAS STARTED WHEN HER CAT KNOCKED OVER A KEROSENE LAMP. I HOPE YOU CAN HELP ME!!!  I THINK THE BOOK WAS PUBLISHED BETWEEN 1935 AND 1955.

Arthur Maxwell, Uncle Arthur's Bedtime Stories 1966.   I don't remember the June story, but the mother/baby/fire one sounds a lot like "Mother's Hands".  In that story, a mother leaves her baby to talk with a
neighbor and returns to rescue her from a fire.  Years later, the girl comments on the mother's ugly hands, scarred in the fire.  This story appears in volume 13.
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I AM 45 YRS OLD AND REMEMBER THIS BOOK FROM WHEN I WAS UNDER THE AGE OF 10 YRS OLD (1962). I REMEMBER THE CLOTH COVER BEING A BURNT OR DARK ORANGE COLOR. IT WAS PLAIN ON THE FRONT AND BACK. IT MAY HAVE HAD SOME KIND OF DRAWING ON THE FRONT. TWO THINGS STAND OUT. WHEN YOU OPENED THE HARD COVER OF THE FRONT OF THE BOOK AND THE BACK OF THE BOOK THERE WERE WHAT YOU MIGHT CALL PENCIL DRAWINGS OF A WHOLE BUNCH OF DIFFERENT SCENES. EX: BOY FISHING, BOYS SWIMMIMG IN WATER HOLE, ETC... THE ONE AND ONLY STORY I REMEMBER IN A BOOK WITH ALOT OF DIFFERENT STORIES IS THE ONE OF THE SICK LITTLE BOY THAT WAS GOING TO PASS AWAY. HE WAS I BELIEVE AT HOME AND BED RIDDEN. IT WENT SOMETHING LIKE THIS....HE NEW HE WAS GOING TO DIE, AND I BELIVE IT WAS AN ANGEL THAT CAME TO HIM. HE WANTED TO KNOW HOW HE WAS GOING TO GET TO HEAVEN. I THINK IT WAS THE ANGEL THAT TOLD HIM IF HE RAISED HIS HAND, GOD WOULD SEE IT AND TAKE HIM TO HEAVEN. BECAUSE HE WAS SO SICK AND WEAK HE HAD THE ANGEL OR HIS MOTHER PROP UP HIS HAND (ARM) AT NIGHT WITH A PILLOW. THAT EVENING HE PASSED AWAY. THIS COULD HAVE BEEN A CHRISTIAN BOOK BUT I'M NOT SURE. IF ANYONE CAN FIGURE THIS ONE OUT I WILL BE MORE THAN THANKFUL AND SIMPLY AMAZED. THANK YOU!

I definitely remember this story. But I read it in a book that used to be present in every pediatrician's office or dentist office. It was a Christian book. It was blue on the cover and had "Bible" in the title and was a collection of stories (not all bible stories). I know that's not much, but this was such a COMMON book, perhaps you know the book I mean, and from there can find the author of this particular story - I'm guessing the book your customer remembers was a different printing since his book cover is different from the one I remember.
#B149--Boy passes away--hand propped up with pillow:  Almost certainly an  Uncle Arthur's Bedtime Stories story, "Jesus Understood."  The boy in the  story was hit by a car and was in the hospital with most of his bones broken, in too much pain to live.  A boy there told him Jesus walked through the hospital wards at night and to raise a hand to attract his attention.  The boy explained that with two broken arms he was unable to raise a hand, so the other boy propped his hand with a pillow.  In the morning, there was the bandaged boy, dead, his hand still propped up, and people said, "Jesus Understood."  To this day the sight of a hand protruding from a cast or an arm propped on a pillow causes me to utter these words.
a story from Uncle Arthur's Bedtime Stories...
I've read this book as well, but can't tell you the title.  I recall it as 1950's in style, and was an anthology of Christian stories with morals.  As I remember, the boy was injured in an accident and was sent to hospital, where the boy in the next bed told him about the hand trick.  Late one night, the next bed boy asked the protagonist to help him put up his hand  in the morning, he was dead, but with a beatific smile.  The anthology also included
another winner about a boy who had a friend his mother (?) considered a bad influence--she showed the protagonist how one bad apple can turn all the apples around it bad, warning him that his evil friend would do the same to him.
The Uncle Arthur Books are put out by the Seventh day Adventists . If you check with the pastor of a church near you they can help you get them.
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this was a set of Bible stories that had a cardboard case. Each book was large and hardcovered with a dark maroon color and a photo on the front. I loved these Bible stories! There were (I think) 4 books in the set and each contained many bible stories. I don't quite remember which illustrations were on the covers but I THINK one was that man being lowered from a window in a basket. Each book had tons of beautiful color illustrations to go with the stories.

I have a four volume set in a cardboard case.  No photo on the covers, but books contain many illustrations, including coloured pencil sketches by Rafaello Busoni, and engravings by Gustav Dore among others.  Is this
what you were looking for?  Mine was published by Educational Book Guild, New York, 1956, and was edited by Turner Hodges.  Sorry, not for sale, but maybe the info will help?
This may be Uncle Arthur's Bedtime Stories. I just saw a copy of one yesterday and the cover was marroon. The part about the man being lowered in a basket was probably a story about Paul from Acts 9:25 in the Bible. This was one book of a several volume set. Hope this helps!
This could be Uncle Arthur's Bedtime Stories. I've seen it with marroon covers. The story about the man in the basket is probably about Paul from the Bible - Acts 9:25.
Kenneth N. Taylor, The Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes, 1950's.  I am holding a reprint of part of this book.  It has a coloured picture for each story.  Each story is very short and simple, but the picures are full colour and realistic.  The one of St Paul being lowered in the basket is particularly striking.  Only one volume, but who knows how many different formats these works take over the years?
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As a child in the early 50's we had an orange hardback bible story book with our names printed on the front of it. It was approximately 7 inches by 10 inches and about an inch or a little more thick. There were colored and  black and white illustrations in it. The one I remember the best was a black and white illustration of people in the water with very  frightened looks on their faces. This was a scene from the story of  the flood. I think the title of the book might have had the word "bedtime" in it. I just am not sure.

Maybe one of the Uncle Mac's Bedtime Stories series? Some had orange covers, and they definitely included religious stories.
I think you mean Uncle Aruthur?
Yup, I meant Uncle Arthur. The Uncle Mac series was British (BBC?) and not religious. But hey, I've never actually seen either series myself.
Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, My Book of Bible Stories  I have a book that is 7 1/2 by 9 1/2, orange with red title on the front (stamped title, so names could have been added to match.)  It is hardback and about an inch or so thick.  Black and white and color pictures, but the flood picture is color.   THis one was printed in 1978, but it's a reprint edition and says that more than 23,000,000 copies had been sold, so an earlier edition could have been yours.  There are 116 Bible stories, grouped in eight parts.  The first part goes from Creation to Flood, then from Flood to Deliverance from Egypt, etc.  The endpapers are dark red orange, the cover more yellow orange.  In the flood picture, there are two elephants standing on a rock, lightening in the background, a mother and child, a man clinging to a tree and a woman on the rock, along with lizards. There is a man reaching out of the water screaming, a cow in the water, and a lion or tiger on a log in the water.  It is raining in the picture.  On the next page, there is a little picture of a dove with an olive branch in his mouth in the upper corner. On the page before, there is a black and white picture of Noah gathering animals and people laughing at him, however, to a child it might appear that the people are crying and screaming.  Noah is pointing his staff at an elephant, other animals are lined up 2 by 2.  I picked this book up at an auction a few months ago in a boxlot, and kept it when it didn't sell on ebay.  The orange color reminded me.


Uncle Remus
This was a Disney movie about Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby featuring the song Mr. Blue Bird's on my Shoulder. I would like to try and find a copy of the original stories in book form. Thank you.

I am interested in finding a copy of a book from my childhood. Unfortunately I do not remember the title.  It could be something like Disney’s Folklore.  It containted storys about Brer Rabbit, Uncle Remus, and Mike Fink.  It was a slightly oversized book, with a yellow cover w/pictures?  And probably published in the 50’s (I’m thinking later 50’s).  If this rings a bell and you can find a copy in good to vg condition without a lot of effort, let me know.

There are many book versions of the Uncle Remus stories before Disney got their hands on the stories, and then there are many Disney versions based on the movie "Song of the South," and then there are modern reinterpretations. Here's what I have in stock:

Harris, Joel Chandler. Uncle Remus. Selected and introduced by John Tumlin. Savannah: The Beehive Press, 1974. Discretely ex-library. Tall 8vo. VG/F. $18 postpaid.
... Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings. Foreword by Marc Connelly and woodcuts by Seong Moy. NY: The Heritage Press, 1957. Excellent condition. F in F box. $26 postpaid.
... Palmer, Marion, adapt. Walt Disney's Uncle Remus Stories.Adapted from the original stories by Joel Chandler Harris. Pictures by Al Dempster and Bill Justice. NY: Simon & Schuster, 1947. A Giant Golden Book. First Printing. Large 4to format, 92 pages. Gorgeous full color printing. Minor edge wear, retaped spine with cloth binding tape. A gem of a first edition Disney book! <SOLD>
... Walt Disney's Brer Rabbit and his Friends. NY: Random House, 1973. From Disney's Wonderful World of Reading (a beginning reader book). Slick pictorial boards, some wear to edges of spine, otherwise VG+. $12 postpaid.
... The Adventures of Brer Rabbit. Illustrated by Frank Baber. NY: Rand McNally, 1980. Pictorial boards, 4to. VG. $15 postpaid.
... Jump! The Adventures of Brer Rabbit. Adapted by Van Dyke Parks and Malcom Jones. Illlustrated by Barry Moser. NY: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986. Beautiful condition. F/F. $16 postpaid.
... Jump Again! More Adventures of Brer Rabbit. Adapted by Van Dyke Parks. Illlustrated by Barry Moser. NY: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1987. Beautiful condition. F/F. $16 postpaid.



Underdog
I'm looking for a book for a thesis I'm writing for graduate school. It is a book I read when I was younger - the mid to late eighties or early nineties, and it was probably purchased from one of those scholastic book clubs where students buy books mail order. It is about a young girl whose mother has recently died. Her pet Scottie was the cause of the accident and so this girl's father gives the dog away. A while later, the girl wants her dog back and starts trying to find him. She finds a scottie at the animal shelter that she believes is her dog, but slowly comes to realize that this is a different dog. This one is shy and withdrawn where the other one was lively and playful. She adopts this dog anyway and they help each other heal. I am almost 100% certain that the dog in this story is a scottie. I can visualize the
cover of this book very clearly (just not the title). The dog might be a dark cairn terrier too. If you know the title of this book, or can figure it out, I will be eternally grateful to you.

Jean Little, Mine for Keeps. This has a similar plot line and a Scottie dog.  Sally has cerebral palsy and moves back home from an institution. Her parents buy her a dog to help her adjust to going to a regular school and make friends.
This is definitely NOT Mine for Keeps.  That dog is a Westie (West Highland Terrier) and the mother is alive and well.
no luck so far, but Lynn Hall wrote some books with similar themes.
Marilyn Sachs, Underdog. This is the story of a 12 year-old orphan girl who searches for her long-lost dog. There is a Scottie on the cover.


Understanding Kim
I've looked for this book for years, but still don't recall title or author.  It's a children's book I read in grade school, which would have been somewhere between 1960 and 1967. It was about a white family who adopted a child who was a different nationality. The children in the family seemed to be having a difficult adjustment to their new family member, who was in awe of all our U.S. modern conveniences.  I remember specifically something about using soap for the first time. It wasn't a chapter book, more a story book, as I recall. I'd very much like to know what the title of this is and whether I could obtain a copy, if it's not too expensive.  Thanks very much for any help you can offer.

Maybe - Doane, Pelagie Understanding Kim Philadelphia, Lippincott 1962. "Having a Korean orphan as a sister poses a problem for Penny." Less likely - Warren, Mary Pharner Walk in My Moccasins illustrated by Mays, Victor. The Westminster Press, Philadelphia 1966, which seems to be about adoption of an Indian child.
More on one suggested title - Understanding Kim, written and illustrated by Pelagie Doane, published Lippincott 1962. "Penny learns to accept her newly-adopted sister Kim, a Korean war orphan. Ages 9-11." (Horn Book Oct/62 p.422 pub.ad)


Universe Between
I would like to find the name of a couple of my favorite books from my childhood. They both would be considered science fiction, I guess. The first is about a girl that can "turn a corner" into another dimension and travel that way. She has a troubled past and is recruited by scientists, I believe. They have failed in the past because the other dimensional travelers had been unable to handle it. They "smelled" the color blue, or saw circles with 4 corners - that kind of stuff. Anyway, her interdimensional travel upsets the people in the other dimension for one reason or another, causing interdimensional trouble. In the end, I think she is kind of an ambassador to the other dimension, which turns out to be ours. She actually is from the other dimension, and not our own.

Oh what a wonderful site! Just discovered it today and will be back frequently. O11 is unquestionably The Universe Between by Alan E. Nourse. It was published in book form in 1965, but parts of it had been published as short stories in the 50's. I have a copy and re-read it frequently.
That's it!! They are both correct. Your site is fantastic. I didn't think I would ever know the names of these books so that I could pass them along to my kids, who also love to read. Thank you ever so much.



Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag
In middle school (in the mid 70's) I read a short story told in the first person about a man caught in a peculiar "house".  Every time he entered a room, he caught only a glimpse of someone else leaving that room through one of its other doors.  In the end it turned out to be himself!  This impossibility idea has fascinated me ever since and I would love to read it again as an adult. I don't know if the story was published on its own - I saw it in a collection of stories (I think mostly science fiction) geared toward middle school and possibly high school children.  Now that I have children of my own who love to read as much as I do, I would like to dig up some of these old stories for them as well as myself!

"—And He Built a Crooked House", Robert A. Heinlein, 1941.  This short story by Heinlein was first published in Astounding magazine in February 1941. It was reprinted in his book The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag in 1959. It has also appeared in numerous anthologies. You can see a list of them here:  (Just use the "Find in Page" function to search for "Crooked House".)
Robert Heinlein, And he Built a Crooked House, 1941. This is the name of the story - I think it is also the name of the anthology.
I29 impossible 4d shape: This should be the story "And He Built a Crooked House" by Robert Heinlein, from the anthology Fantasia Mathematica: being a set of stories, together with a group of oddments and diversions, all drawn from the universe of mathematics, edited by Clifton Fadiman, published New York, Simon & Schuster 1958, 298 pages. Quintus Teal builds a tessaract house for his friend Homer Bailey, but an earth tremor collapses it into a cube. Teal and the Baileys go in, but can't find a way out again, except for going through one of the windows, which leads off the roof. One door opens to another planet. At one point the three people see themselves from the back in another room.


Until Proven Guilty
I am trying to remember the author and title of a mystery/detective book with a female killer.  I think it was from the mid 80's.  It starts with a mysterious woman showing up at a child's funeral.  There is also a detective there trying to solve murders.  He's attracted to the mysterious lady.  The mysterious lady from the funeral, I believe turns out to be the killer he's looking for.  I think she lost a sister or relative when she was younger.  If I remember correctly, she is avenging her sisters death by killing anyone who harms or kills a child.  I believe the lady and detective become romantically involved before he realizes she's the killer. Please help me remember the title and author.  Thanks.

Jance, J A, Until Proven Guilty From AudioFile:  A little girl is murdered, and a mysterious woman in red comes to the funeral. Both events unalterably change the life of Homicide Detective J.P. Beaumont.


Untitled
I am looking for a book I had as a child.  It was fully illustrated, solve the ancient mystery, where's waldo sort of book.  It had to do with bees and was black and gold I think.  This was sometime in the late 70's, early 80's. There were very few words and  I remember believing that it was a true mystery. Thanks for any iinformation you might have.

Not quite, but this made me think of Kit Williams.  Is Masquerade the only book by this author?
Kit Williams did have another book -- usually appears as "Untitled" or "Kit Williams".  I think the price was a golden and jewel bee.  The cover illustration was of bees, and the story was about Ambrose the bee keeper.  It's Knopf 1984
B76 - This is almost certainly Kit Williams. He did a book after Masquerade which when published had no title,
the competition was to guess what the title should be. The cover was a marquetry honeycomb with a jewelled golden bee (the prize) on it. The title was eventually revealed as The Bee on the Comb
This has got to be the second find-the-treasure book by Kit Williams (the first being the find-the-golden-hare book). It has no title, (that's part of the puzzle) but has been called The Bee on the Comb, Bee on Honeycomb
and The Bee Box Book among other titles. It was published by Jonathan Cape in England and Alfred Knopf in the USA, in 1984. The American isbn is 0-394-53817-X
I had a book written by Kit Williams about bees, but there was no title to the book.  That was what the mystery was . . . you were supposed to solve some sort of mystery in the book that would reveal what the title was.  If
you did it, you would get a prize.


Unwilling Vestal
The protagonist of this historical book is a young Roman girl, who through bad luck ends up being chosen to be one of the Vestal Virgins.  She is already engaged (or at least in love), but if she breaks the chastity vows she will be buried alive or something horrible.  However, she is only obligated for
thirty years, and at the end of that time she ceases to be a VV and marries her devoted lover, who's waited all that time for her.  I am certain that the author's last name is White, because I remember it being next to T.H. White's books (but it turned out not to be written by him).  I read this in 1985-6 or so, and I'm sure it was published before that year.  Thanks!

V6 has to be Unwilling Vestal: A Tale of Rome under the Caesars by Edward Lucas White.  It was published by Dutton in 1937.
THE UNWILLING VESTAL: A TALE OF ROME UNDER THE CAESARS by Edward Lucas White, 1918.
Thanks!  Sorry for the delay in responding.  This has to be it!



Up and Away
Hello:  I attended first and second grades in 1963/64.  I remember reading a children's book about a mom who took her six children to the beach and she gave them each a different colored hat so she could keep track of them.  She had seven hats when she started and when she did a head count she came up one short.  She then discovered it was on her head.  I can't remember the name of this book but would very much like to track it down.  Thanks for any help you can give me.

This sounds like Mrs. Toosie? Tootsie? and her family.  Oh, goodness, is this the same family who lived in an old trolley car in the country?  I definitely remember the hat episode and can picture the illustration, and I'm sure the name was something like Toosie because that struck me as amusing as a child.
Ha ha!  Got that one!  It's an old old school reader called Up and Away with a pic of a little blond boy waving to a man riding a circus elephant on the front.  Remember the stories "What about Willie" a calico cat that didn't have a home and was out in the rain, "P is for Paint", a girl wants to win paints at a birthday party, "Wait for William" - the little boy who was slow because he had to tie his shoe, and because of it got to ride the circus elephant in the parade and so on?!  Love it!  And I won't part with it (sorry).  It was Mrs. Toosey who had the violet hat on, and they went for a boat ride in a rowboat that sunk.  Beautiful pictures.  That particular story is adapted from The Tooseys by Mabel G. La Rue published by Thomas Nelson and Sons.  But you're probably looking for the reader Up and Away, Reading for Meaning - Thomas Nelson and Sons (we have the Canada edition printed in 1958, Toronto Canada) copyright 1957.
H4 hats of different colors: has the original poster ever confirmed this? The suggested solution looks pretty good.


Up the Hill
Title:  probably Up the Hill.  Author:  first name possibly Angelica or Angela.  date: 1944 or before.  I remember a beautifully illustrated book, with detailed drawings in pale colors.  This was the first book I ever took out of a library and I would love to see it again.

Marguerite de Angeli, Up the Hill
Marguerite de Angeli, Up the Hill,1940s
de Angeli, Marguerite, Up the Hill.  Doubleday, 1942.  "A Polish American family lives in a Pennsylvania mining town and keeps the ways of the old country."


Upright Hilda
My sister has a friend who is looking to find a certain chidren's book to give her mother for Christmas. This is a book that her mother used to read to her as a child (my sister's friend is about 25 years old). She remembers only the last line of the book, and the name of the main character. The character is Hilda Kolakowski. The last line in the book is "there among 500 dead with only Hilda on her head". The book is about this thrifty lady who skimps on everything, including her funeral...and she ended up with only 1/2 of a casket or burial plot, and so had to be buried on her head. Has you ever heard of a book that sounds like this? Thanks for your help
Later the same day...
I have been looking for this children's book for years!  We read it when we were young and my mother has wanted a copy for the last several years.  We borrowed the book from our bookmobile when I was a kid, maybe around the last 70's early 80's.  I was born in 1975.  The book was about a lady named Hilda Kolakowski (I'm unsure of the spelling.) She was really cheap. She was so cheap that she only bought half of a grave plot then when she died they buried her on her head: "And here among 500 dead, with only Hilda on her head."  I have no clue who the author is or the name of the book.  Any ideas? Thanks for the input... I have search ALL OVER and have had no luck... so thanks for the opportunity to check it out!

Hutter, Donald, Upright Hilda, illus. Barbara Byfield, NY Bobbs-Merrill 1968.  Plot description from eBay copy "A cute story about a little girl who things that anyone who stands on their head is a fool. When she dies her family buries her vertically on her head." LC record says "Hilda grew in somber fashion, knew no fun and little passion. Succumbing to a minor illness, no one now disturbs her stillness." Name matches, rhyme scheme matches, burial matches. No confirmation of thriftiness, except in emotions.


Urn Burial
Young Adult sci fi.  Background - Unknown to Earthlings, each animal has evolved to become the superior creature in its own galaxy. An intergalactic war rages between Cats (good) and Dogs (bad - considered the scum of the galaxy).  Plot - Human boy finds a spaceship and a helmet in a cave, both of which belong to a long-dead cat warrior. On putting on the helmet, he triggers an alarm (or something like that) that alerts both the cat and dog armies that the helmet and spaceship have been found (the two items are in some way really important to either army). Both armies then come looking for the items. The boy (and his mailman) is captured by the Dog army; there's a creepy part with some sort of green fungus that eats away at the mailman (who's locked in a cabinet or closet on a dog spaceship).  Most likely published before 1990 (but also not much before the 80's, either).

Andre Norton, Star Ka'at, 1976.  I'm guessing, but this sounds close.
C108 cats v dogs: Star Ka'at is about Jim Evans and Elly Mae Brown and their two cats who reveal themselves as being alien super-cats and ask for their help in a rescue mission. The star ka'at world is called Zimmorrah and they travel to it in the sequel where killer robots show up as villains. Couldn't find anything about a mailman or fungus. The plot device of a boy finding a spacesuit belonging to an alien race involved in a war was used in a juvenile sf film not long ago, but I don't know whether it was based on a book.
Robert Westall, Urn Burial, 1990.  I'm pretty confident about this.  It was a fairly short book (closer to novella than novel).  The cats and dogs were bipedal and human-sized.  I remember the fungus particularly vividly, as I found it very disturbing.  Definitely YA rather than children's.
C108 cats vs dogs: the movie mentioned doesn't seem to have been based on a book, otherwise it wouldn't seem a bad lead. Its production title was The Warrior of Waverly Street, but it was released as Star Kid in 1997. The opposing forces are the Trelkin (good) and the Broodwarriors (bad). A meteor lands in a junkyard where shy Spencer finds the "Trelkin Phase 1 Cyber Assault Suit in need of a bio-organism to interface with", which would be him. The Broodwarriors are also after the suit, for their invasion plans. But no mailman, no capture in ship, no fungus (though the Broodwarrior's weapons are creepily organic-looking).


Value of Believing in Yourself
I have been in search for a book from a friend's childhood.  However, he neither remembers the title of the book nor the name of the author, therefore making my search incredibly difficult.  I thought, perhaps, that if I emailed you with a sketch of the plot, you might recognize the book or could direct
me to someone who might. The book was probably written in the 70s or early 80s and all my friend can offer is that a child is bitten by a dog and a doctor/scientist then traces how the boy's body reacts, in terms of white blood cells and such. He claims it is a children's picture book.  Again, he read this as a young boy so his memory of the storyline may not be exact. I've been searching various rare and
out-of-print children's books websites and am unsure as to where to go from here. If you recall this book or have any suggestions on how to find it, I would greatly appreciate it.  Thank you for your help.

I'm almost positive I know this one -- there was a series of books I had and my school library had (early-mid 80's) about responsibility, perserverance,etc., the titles were something like Let's read about or Let's Find Out About and then the lifeskill in big, colored letters.  The illustrations were cartoon-y.  Each book featured a famous figure that exemplified that quality - the dog bite one was my favorite - featuring Louis Pasteur, and had a boy bitten by a dog, with great detail about how the bite was affecting his body and how the rabies vaccine worked.  I don't remember which quality Pasteur exemplified, however.
I know the title and author of the book described by the person who gave the first suggestion in blue, but I'm not sure it is the correct book.  The Value of Believing in Yourself: The Story of Louis Pasteur, a ValueTale by Spencer Johnson M.D.  There was a series of these published in the late 70's-early 80's.  This one was the "free sample" they sent you in the mail to induce you to purchase the set. There isn't an actual physical description of the dog-bite reaction.  It is more of a fairy tale desciption where the "Magical Soldiers" (the vaccine) battle the "Terrible Germs". The illustrations are very cartoonish and the text gives very little scientific/medical description.
If the blue poster's suggestion is correct, this may be: Johnson, Spencer The Value of Believing in Yourself : The Story of Louis Pasteur.  Pileggi, Steven; illustrator, ValueTales Series, San Diego, Oak Tree Publications 1976 ISBN 0916392066 Couldn't find a plot description, though.


Vegetable Children
I would like to know about a book probably from the 30's called Mother Nature's Children, or something like. The old-timey illustrations depicted radishes and eggplants , etc. as kids and the verse was about the food. Such as , "The mustard kids are here to play..."Thanks--

I think you're thinking about Vegetable Children by Elizabeth Gordon, published by Volland in the 1930's.  She also did books called Flower Children, Butterfly Babies, and Wild Flower Children, all depicting kids as those respective plants and animals, beautifully illustrated!

I am looking for 2 books that I remember reading when I was a child.  I don't have much information except the following: they were cloth covered - one in yellow and one in a brownish color (could've been red originally) I believe the illustrations in both were by Cicely Mary Barker.  One book was about Flower Fairies and in particular there was a page that featured "Hollyhock" with a corresponding pome The other book was pictures and poems of vegetable children...same premise as above.  I am guessing that the books were new around the 1930's or 40's.


Vegetable Thieves
A mouse couple works very hard in a vegetable garden. Every evening they come home from the garden exhausted from their labors.  On one memorable page the "husband" falls asleep in his bowl of mashed potatoes.  This is a picture book with lovely illustrations.  I read it to my son (born in 1979) many times in the local public library, but  we never owned the book.  I would love to have my own copy, or at least be able to enjoy it again at the library.

Possibly The Vegetable Thieves by Inga Moore (Viking Press, 1983).  "Proud of their vegetable garden, two mice try to track down some thieves that are stealing their wares."


Ventures Book 4
A fourth grade textbook (1971 or earlier) of ours contained "The Cabin Faced West," by Jean Fritz, with beautiful charcoal drawings of the girl in the story and her friend.  The only version I could find in a textbook was an excerpt in "On Story Wings."  Jean Fritz says that although various versions of "The Cabin Faced West" have appeared in textbooks, she KNOWS the entire text has never appeared in a textbook.  If this wasn't the whole text, it was pretty close:  it had chapters and everything.  She could not identify this textbook.

Ventures.  I distinctly remember this textbook (containing what seemed like a full, chapter-by-chapter version of "The Cabin Faced West") because I "read ahead" when I wasn't supposed to and got in trouble. If it wasn't the complete book, it was some kind of Reader's Digest condensed version, but definitely not only one excerpt.  I remember Ann's tea party and the special blue shoes that no longer fit. It was the fourth-grade reading text in my Catholic school in 1972-3, and it was called "Ventures" (fifth grade had "Vistas").  It had a blue cover with some sort of abstract design, if I remember right, and I think it was a specifically Catholic series in which some of the stories were religious..."New Cathedral Basic Readers" comes to mind.
On my query "Cabin Faced West Textbook," the notes I made the day I went to look at old textbooks say I did see "Ventures" but did not find this story.  Possible explanations are that "Ventures" was the third grade book in the series while "The Cabin Faced West" was in the fourth grade book, which I have not found--in all my searches I've only turned up one of the New Cathedral Basic Readers--or that I was looking at an earlier edition of "Ventures" filed in the book room, while the more recent edition was still in classroom use, meaning it would have had to be new when I was in fourth grade, which I doubt, as we got another new textbook that year, a relatively rare event I remember well.  (In fact, the next year the school levy failed--but that's another story.)  I can hardly have looked at the book it was in and missed it, as this story took up a large section.
The original full-lenght version appears as The Cabin Faced West. by Jean Fritz,  Coward-Mccann, 1958. It was later reprinted in paperback by Scholastic.  And the various textbooks listed above contain the story as well....  I'm filing this under the original story name, since it's the full story that the requester was after....
#C55--Is not solved, doesn't belong under "Solved Mysteries," and should be moved back to the unsolved section.  I was not looking for the book The Cabin Faced West, by Jean Fritz, which I know about, and have, but for a specific fourth grade textbook containing this story.  The Cabin Faced West took up a good part of the textbook, but was not the whole book, and I don't remember what other stories were in it--it's one of those that "I'll know it when I see it."
The Scott Foresman reader-Ventures-(1965)-Book 4 in the New Basic readers series has The Cabin Faced West by Jean Fritz as the last story in the book. Page 396 has a letter from the author and then the story runs from p. 397-489, followed by a postscript from the author.The story has eight chapters and it is illustrated by
Feodor Rojankovsky. It is very lengthy! I do not have another book copy to do a comparison and see what may have been cut from the original. Note: I do from time to time see Ventures featured in auctions on-line, you could locate a copy. My 1965 edition definitely has the Jean Fritz story. Good Luck.
To add to my previous answer regarding Ventures Book 4 reader- the teacher's manual section of my book states in several places that this is THE COMPLETE TEXT! Viola! That should help!!!


Venus Boy
I'm trying to remember the author and title of a juvenile sf book (50s to late 60s) about a colony on Venus, which was depicted as a forest or jungle planet inhabited by bear-like creatures which the humans believe are animals, but which turn out to be the native intelligent life-form.  The main character is a boy who has another name but is called Johnny by everyone because one of the "bears" was raised by his family as a pet, and the cry it made when it called for him sounded like "Johnny."  I believe the author was male.

I know this isn't it, but the basic plot is quite similar to Star Beast, by Robert Heinlein. The boy's family has what they think is an alien pet, called Lummox, brought back from space by an explorer in a previous generation. It turns out that Lummox is intelligent and a member of the alien royal family, and from her perspective she has been raising generations of the family as her pets. The aliens are very long-lived and take a long time to reach maturity - she was very small when the explorer picked her up but has grown to immense size and this causes problems with the family's neighbours etc.
J22 juvenile sf: somewhat closer is Venus Boy, by Lee Sutton, illustrated by Richard Floethe, published Lothrop 1955, 182 pages. SF story set in "the colony New Plymouth, established on Venus by pioneers from Earth ... relationship between the little boy Virgil Dare (named for Virginia Dare, but called Johnny) and Baba, his rare pet bouncing bear cub with the valuable blue claws and teeth. Their understanding of each other through a clicking kind of speech introduces Johnny to other Venusian species who, recognizing his friendliness, cooperate to save him from colony enemies. A bizarre world made strangely acceptable." (HB Aug/55 p.260)
Lee Sutton, Venus Boy, 1955.  As the original inquirer about this book, I wanted to say that  the second answer is definitely it!


Very Best Day for Every Little Girl
There is a young girl who is trying to figure out what her favorite day of the year is.  She goes around asking everyone she knows what their favorite day of the year is.  One person likes Valentine's Day, someone else likes the 4th of July, and another likes Halloween. (these are not necessarily in order of the book, but most of the holidays are mentioned).  Anyway, the girl still can't figure out what her favorite day is.  She grows up, falls in love, gets married, and has a baby.  That is when she figures out what her favorite day is, when her baby is born. I don't remember the girl's name. It did not take place in any particular town or city. I was born in 1961 so I'm assuming that it was printed before 1970. A local library searched and came up with A Very, Very Special Day by Frances DeArmand, but that is not it.  Would love to pass this on to my girls!!!!  Thanks!!!

Here's a possibility from WorldCat:  Best day for every little girl, by Kathryn Kohnfelder Murray, drawings by Allianora Rosse, published New York: Simon, 1960, unpaged (probably a picture book).  The subject heading is "Holidays -- Fiction."  Sorry, I couldn't come up with a plot summary.
Hello!!! Thank you to whomever responded with The Very Best Day For Every Little Girl by Kathryn Murray... that's it!!! I am so excited!!!  This is a wonderful Christmas gift to me!!! Now I have to see where I can get a copy!!! Thank you very much!! 


Village of Hidden Wishes
Hi.  My sister and I have been looking for a book we had years ago in the mid-sixties.  My sister thinks maybe it was a book club book ordered from school in the early sixties.  Our memories are pretty sketchy, but this is what we remember.  It's about two girls and their two dolls that look like them.  They end up switching places with the dolls--I think maybe the dolls tricked them-- and the dolls lock the girls (who are now the dolls) in the doll cupboard.   There is a bald headed man involved in the switch, his name perhaps was Mr. Moon.  I remember the illustrations were black and white and at least one of the drawings showed the back of the bald mans head.  It's a rather dark story for kids, but I remember loving this book! I long thought the title was "The Valley of the Dolls" but it obviously IS NOT, but maybe something like it.  My sister seems to think that maybe "Mr. Moon" was in the title, but that seems unlikely to me. (I already looked up Mr. Moon books, and they don't seem to be the book I'm looking for).

As for D11: Dolls and Kids switching places, I remember this book, but not the name, so that's not very helpful. I believe Mr. Moon had a doll store/hospital, and the dolls had been custom made or repaired there. He was definitely the bad guy. If I stop trying so hard, maybe I'll remember more.
I think the answer to book-stumper D11 is The Village of Hidden Wishes by David Fletcher.  Fun site! :)

Thank you and the reader who replied with the title--that IS the book!!! What a wonderful Web Site this is!   My sister  would love to get this book (she was the one that Emailed you earlier, and would like to know if you have a copy of it, since it was because of your web site that we know what the book is!!)


Village of Normandy
Possible Title: A Little Village of Normandy.  Probably published by Bobbs-Merrill, since my dad used to work for and get books through them. I remember painted illustrations, and possibly French along with the English text. 1960's was when it may have been published.

A Village in Normandy.  Published in 1968 by Bobbs-Merrill,  French and English text.  Author's name is given as  Laurence--no idea whether that's the first or last name.


Visions: nineteen short stories by outstanding writers for young adults
Recently, I've also been wondering about a book that I borrowed from the library back in 1990 or 1991. It was anthology of young adult short stories, some by well-known authors (I think). They all had teenage protagonists. One story is about a young girl who lives in the South with her aunts. She is visited nightly by a ghost named Seth. He grows up along with her and eventually stops coming to see her at night. I think he may have been killed in the Civil War. Another story is about a poor girl  who lives in the rural South and teaches dance to six and seven year olds at a ballet school. She is beaten and raped by her father, but tells no one until she suspects one of her own students of suffering abuse as well. I think the little girl's name is Patsy-Warren. Another story is about a teenage boy (Dave?) who is always imagining great adventures for himself. He is working at Burger King one day when armed robbers enter and tie up the employees. Yet another story was about a girl named Fan who almost loses her virginity in a cemetery and whose father is dying. There's also another story about a teenage boy that wants to impress another boy who's always doing dangerous things. That's pretty much all I remember. Does anyone know what this might be?

Donald R. Gallo (editor), Visions: nineteen short stories by outstanding writers for young adults, 1987.  Except for the Burger King story, this seems to be the book you're decribing (amazing memory, by the way!) The stories you mention are "Shadows" by Richard Peck, "Good Girls" by Fran Arrick, and "What Happened in the Cemetery" by Norma Fox Mazer.
Hi, I'm the original poster for A90. I was just periodically checking the site and I am so happy to see someone has identified this anthology for me. It is, indeed, Visions by Donald Gallo. Thanks so much! 


Visit to the Children's Zoo
Even though I am a school librarian I cannot think of the title of the book I am looking for.  I hope you can help.  It was a Golden Book about a girl and her dad who spend the day at the zoo.  Now of course I recognize it as the Central Park Zoo in New York City.  I would dearly like to find a copy.  Thanks so much!  Love your web page--Thanks to the Detroit News for publishing it!

Could this be Leo Mero's, Jack & Jill Visit the Zoo (Whitman Publishing,'40)?  Check out the comments on the Solved Mysteries page.
Barbara Shook Hazen, A Visit to the Children's Zoo.  I still have this one somewhere-  a Little Golden Book with a yellow cover.  The zoo featured is definitely that in Central park, before it was revamped in the 80's.  My copy was from the early 70's, but it wasn't the first printing.


Voyage of Luna 1
I  just encountered your site this morning - and let me add my voice in its praise!  The reference that led me to you is an ongoing discussion at www.salon.com called Your favorite kids' books, those of us born before 1970.  I've been looking for some time for an English kids' science fiction book that I read in the 1950s.  Its name was The Voyage of the Luna I  but I don't remember the author.  The plot was technically preposterous, but it was in the vein of "ordinary spunky, imaginative children who are rewarded with remarkable adventures" that I really loved.  I read a lot of Edith Nesbit, by the way.

Would that be David Craigie's The Voyage of Luna 1 about the first flight from earth to the moon?
The Voyage of the Luna I, by David Craigie (pseudonym of Dorothy Craigie), published London, Eyre 1948, 252 pages "The account of the flight through space by a rocket ship, the wonder of the night sky - its beauty and terror - and breathless adventures at the termination of its journey - the moon. Those who like the thrills and adventure of this kind of fiction will enjoy the story of two young stowaways, Jane and Martin Ridley on a rocket ship to the moon. Mad as the story is there is scientific fact behind it and the story is clear and credible." (BRD 1949)


Waggy and his Friends
BunBun leads a nursery of toys on adventures.  One of the toys gets caught under the bed, one falls in a toybox, I think. It was a smallish book - maybe 4x6 or 4x5  I bought it used from the library here and read it to my boys "millions" of times.  I have a granddaughter I would like to read it to now, if anyone can help me find it.  Thanks!

B204: Sounds like one of two books by Patricia M. Scarry - 1)Waggy and his Friends 2)More about Waggy (1973). There is a rabbit doll named Bun Bun, plus Lion and Lumpy. Sticky-sweet. 


Wait for What Will Come
Girl inherits house from Aunt in maybe Maine or upper US, but no money. Finds barrels and barrels of old dishes in Attic.  Eats scones, clotted cream and jam all the time.  Romance going on.  Turns out dishes are worth a fortune.  I do not know the author or title.

Possibly Wait for What Will Come by Barbara Michaels. The heroine inherits an old house on the Cornish coast. I was looking for my copy last night so I could check whether it's the one where she finds valuable
furniture and china stored away in the attic, but couldn't locate it. That does definitely happen in one of her books, though. And scones & clotted cream sounds a lot more like the UK than Maine. If it is this one, there's a mystery connected with the disappearance of a girl in the past and a selkie/merman creature.
Well this might by a stretch but it sounds almost like Wait for What Will Come by Barbara Michaels.  Carla inherits an old house in Cornwall from her Uncle.  She travels there and is served Scones and clotted cream by the old housekeeper.  Romance comes in the form of the friendly doctor, the mysterious housekeeper's grandson and a lawyer.  There is a mystery surrounding an ancient curse about mermen.  She finds a couple of barrels of old dishes in the attic that raise enough money to let her stay in England a bit longer.  She ends up staying intending to turn the house into a hotel or B&B and with the housekeeper's grandson who was a famous ballet dancer.
G38 girl inherits house: I found my copy of Wait for What Will Come, by Barbara Michaels, pbk edn 1990 (original copyright 1978). Carla Tregallas, American, inherits the ancestral house in Cornwall - not Maine, but similar rocky stormy coast with fishing villages. The house and estate are very rundown, paintings and furnishings have been sold off, staff let go and so on. In between dealing with the mystery and ancestral curse, Carla looks
for ways to keep the house. On p.197 "she attacked the attic with magnificent energy ... remembering the vogue for secondhand clothes, Carla saw silver, if not gold, in the trunks of old-fashioned garments." On p.202 she gets into an attic room that's been boarded up "filled with objects, every inch of it ..." and opens a barrel that contains "a cup of heavy earthenware, with designs in blue on a white background ... another cup and a small plate with similar patterns." (p.205) This turns out to be Delftware. "The antique dealers arrived bright and early the following morning, and for several days she sweated and strained in the dusty attic, making money hand over fist - or so it seemed to her." (p.220). Sample scones and clotted cream episodes are on pp. 14, 52, 94, and 146, by which time "she was really getting very tired of clotted cream."


Walt Disney's Goliath II
Hi! I am trying find a copy of a book published by Little Golden books.  I do not remember the full title but it is about a little elephant, named Goliath the second.  He was a very small elephant and he wanted to be a giant elephant like his father. If you can help me I would greatly appreciate it.

G23: Goliath II -- I'm not sure of the title, but I *think* Bill Peet illustrated this and refers to it (along with a picture of Goliath II) in his autobiography (Bill Peet:  An Autobiography)
G23- Goliath II (Walt Disney Little Golden Book #D83)
Not much more information, but here's a citation for the suggested title: Bill Peet Walt Disney's Goliath II New York, Golden Press 1959 "Goliath Was an Elephant"


Walt Disney's Little Man of Disneyland
My husband was born in 1954.  At some point when he was pretty small (5 or 6) he had a book that he THINKS was called Patrick Begorra visits Disneyland  Or something like that.  It was about a Scot who visited Disneyland.  Any hints as to what this book might have been?  Apparently he loved it so much that he completely wore the book out!  It would make a great (and special) gift for him, since we've looked for it for years with no luck.  Hope we are as successful with this one as we were
with Artie the Smartie!!

Because the title you recall indicates an Irishman rather than a Scot, I'll venture to suggest  Annie Bedford, Walt Disney's Little Man of Disneyland (NY:Simon & Sshuster,'55), about a leprechaun named Patrick.
Pretty sure about this one: Bedford, Annie North Walt Disney's LITTLE MAN OF DISNEYLAND New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 1955. unpaginated, "A Mickey Mouse Club book. Book introduces Patrick Begorra, an inhabitant of Disneyland." "Patrick the leprechan wakes up one morning and finds BIG PEOPLE all over the place. What does he do now?" "A Leprechaun lives right where Disneyland is being built, he eventually moves in, but no one knows where he lives. DO you?" And I have to say, Patrick is NOT a Scottish name, and Begorrah is NOT a Scottish exclamation (try Sandy Hoots Mon or something).
Little Man of Disneyland. This is a Disney Mickey Mouse Club Little Golden Book with Donald Duck and
a leprechaun on the cover.



Walter Fish
Sometime in the mid 70's our school librarian read us a very odd and disturbing story. A fish accidentally beaches itself and despite trying long and hard, it cannot make it back into the water and gets progressively weaker. A woman walking along the beach stops to talk to it, and the fish begs her to help it, but the woman insists that she is sure that the fish is not trying hard enough and it could make it if it really tried. She leaves, and the fish dies. The tide comes in and eventually carries the dead fish away. Later, the woman checks back and seeing that the fish is no longer there, says to herself that she knew the fish could do it. All it had to do was try hard enough. What an odd storyline for a children's book. I'm hoping to find it, so I can reread it and see if it makes any more sense to me
now than it did then, or if it even exists. (I don't think I could be imagining it.)

This sounds like Walter Fish, which is a book that is not exactly for children, but more to make a point.  All of the people in the story "try to help" Walter get back into the water by empowering him to do it himself, instead of giving him the practical help that he needed by simply picking him up and putting him back into the water.  I worked at a home repair ministry camp where we used this book to illustrate that some folks really need practical help to move forward in their lives.


Watchbird
Waatchbird books,  1940s.  a series of books about manners training with a "watchbird" stickfigure as the theme carrier

Try Munro Leaf's Manners Can Be Fun, 1936.
Also by Leaf -- Fly Away, Watchbird! : a picture book of behavior, Munro Leaf, Frederick A. Stokes, 1941.
From the foreword from Flock of Watchbirds:  "This Flock of Watchbirds was rounded up from old favorites that first flew through the pages of The Ladies Home Journal.  They were put together before the war in three separate books Watchbirds, More Watchbirds, and Fly Away, Watchbird, but here they are now all in one flock to watch some of the regulars who are always with us -- like the Thumb-Sucker, the Show-Off, the Bed-Bawler who screams at bedtime, the Nail-Biter, Won't-Wash, and thirty-one others that could be removed to advantage from every home."
#G116--Good Manners Watchbird:  Evidently "This is a watchbird watching" appeared as a series of newspaper cartoons published around 1945-1950, as when my mom babysat she used the phrase to terrorize one of her young charges.
 Interpreting
Condition 
Grades
Leaf, Munro.  A Flock of Watchbirds. J.B. Lippincott, 1946, first edition.  Dust jacket has some small rips and tears, including at top of spine.  Front hinge reglued.  Looks a lot better than it sounds, and feels like the real McCoy (because it is).  G+/G.  $25


Water-Buffalo Children and The Dragon Fish
There were 2 Chinese themed stories in this book.  One of them had to do with a water buffalo and the other had to with a Chinese family stuck in the dark with a jade lamp.  Thanks for your help!

C58 Could it be this? I have sold mine. It has just 2 stories. I've just searched Lib Cong and "Buck Dragon fish" in Google to see if I could find out what story  no 2 is about. Doesn't sound like jade lamps. Buck, Pearl S.    The water-buffalo children and The dragon fish; two stories.  il by Esther Brock Bird. Dell Yearling, 1943. 


'Way Down in Tennessee
Dear Loganberry,  What a great site. I just found the Detroit News article and logged on. I have been looking for years for a book from my childhood. I am pretty sure is was called, Way Down In Tennessee. What I remember is that it was a  story of two (?) little girls, one white and one black and spilled lemonade at a party. By today's standards you would have to say it was NOT politically correct eg. the black girl was the servant. But I remember sitting in my mother's lap and loving the beautiful pictures. Any help would be appreciated. Ah yes, when was I a little girl??? bd. 1945, it was probably published in the late 40's. As I look back on it, the book certainly portrayed the racial attitudes of the time, but I was blissfully unaware of these aa a little child.  Thanks so much for your help.

I've found a book by the title you name, 'Way Down in Tennessee.  It's by Elvira Garner in 1941.  Tends to be expensive, but I'll let you know when I can find a reasonable copy.  Here's a short description I found:
scarce title by this author/illustrator known for her distinctive style. Red boards, yellow illustrated endpapers,  colored pages alternating with black & white pages. The adventures of two little girls whose proper life in a big grey farmhouse contrasts vividly with the time they spend in a cabin with Aunt Rildy, Uncle Neal, and their ten children.
Dear Harriett, I am thrilled to hear the news that you may be able to find copies of Way Down In Tennessee!! Can't believe it. I have been looking for years. Keep me updated and thanks so much!!!!



We Shook the Family Tree
I saw this story in a old (pre-1970?) textbook - it presumably takes place in the 1950s, but may have been written later. The story is told in the first person. A sullen girl named Hildegarde despairs of being invited to the prom, and when she is, it's by the clueless, class brain/nerd (whom her parents like and who always wears shorts). She wants to wear something sexy and Spanish-looking "like the other girls" but her mother only says "I can't imagine what the other mothers are thinking". Her date shows up at her house, and when he does, she's tempted "to push him down the steps" because he's in shorts. Naturally, he's not the best dancer. His gorgeous male cousin (in long pants)shows up at the prom and she manages to spend as much time with him as politely possible. (She's so dazzled by him that she thinks at one point "if he'd told me he'd just slain a dozen dragons, I'd have accepted it without question".) She makes it clear to him that she never wanted to come with her date. At the end of the story, she refers to other dates in later years - her mother would always annoy her by asking about each one: "Dear, do we know his family?" The girl would think: "...If he wore long pants and liked Guy Lombardo, what more could she want?"

This sounds like it was excerpted from Hildegarde Dolson's delightful autobiography, We Shook the Family Tree.  One chapter is titled "The First Prom's the Hardest,"  and fits the description:  after Freddie -- who
always wears short pants -- invites Hildegarde to the dance and she's unable to refuse, her mother fixes her dress and (to quote from the book) "listened unmoved to my wild-eyed descriptions of what the other girls were
wearing.  'I don't know what their mothers can be thinking of,' she'd say firmly, making it clear that my chances of getting a pleated red crepe and high-heeled satin slippers to match were as remote as Judgement day." Hildegarde does get to wear a Spanish shawl (formerly decorating the piano), resists the urge to push Freddie off the porch when he calls for her, and, at the dance, meets Fred's tall, handsome cousin.   The chapter concludes with the comment about knowing the boy's family and the reference to Guy Lombardo and long pants.
I'll assume that's it - thanks.


Wedding Procession of the Rag Doll and the Broom Handle and Who Was There
Hello. What a wonderful web site! I am searching for a children's book that I used to borrow from the library in the mid 60's.  I don't know the author or title.  It was about two things that got married.  I believe one was a doll, and the other was a broom handle. The doll had lost her eyes and the broom handle found some for her, and they fell in love.  The rest of the book is about their wedding.  There was a big wedding procession, and all sorts of household items were in it, marching.  It struck me that many of the books people are searching for on your site are fantasy.  Thanks for helping all of us dreamy souls find our memories again.

D2--The Wedding Procession of the Rag Doll and The Broom Handle and Who Was There by Carl Sandburg.
Yes!!!  That's it!  oh, thank you!



Wednesday Witch
The only thing I remember about this other book was a witch that rides a vacuum cleaner instead of a broom ( this would have been around in the 70s)

The answer to W30 WITCH ON A VACUUM CLEANER is The Wednesday Witch by Ruth Chew, 1969, 1972.
Obvious to you, but..."Wednesday Witch" by Ruth Chew.
Thank you Harriett!  Mystery solved!  The book is now on it's way to me. I can't wait to read it again and share it with future generations!  What a great idea you have on your site!
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I just discovered your site...It is fantastic! I've been searching for a book which I probably read during the early to mid-1970's.  Its about a tiny little witch who rides a miniature vacuum cleaner.  I believe she also has a tiny cat and goes to live in a girl's dollhouse.  I vaguely recall-  so this may not be accurate - that the girl made the witch tiny by cutting  a small picture with her scissors. It was a paperback and most likely purchased through the Scholastic Book Club Sales at my elementary school.  Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

This is definitely The Wednesday Witch by Ruth Chew.
THE WEDNESDAY WITCH by Rith Chew. Double-checked illustrations, and there was the tiny witch in the dollhouse, doing things like putting a chair in the bathtub so she'd feel more at home!
W54  is definitely Wednesday Witch by Ruth Chew.  A little girl, Mary Jane, meets a witch named Hilda who rides a vacuum cleaner named James.  Hilda is not very nice, so her cat, Cinders, hides out at Mary Jane's house.  Hilda comes back and makes the cat small with magical scissors and later the witch herself is made small and lives in Mary Jane's dollhouse for a while.


Weeny Witch
I'm also looking for a children's book entitled Windy Witch, (or perhaps Wendy Witch.) It was a book I read some time in the 1980's.  It's about a young kind-hearted witch who foils the plan of her evil peers to capture the beautiful star fairies.

W34: Weeny Witch by Ida DeLage, 1968. (Also the author of Beware! Beware! A Witch Won't Share!)
I've been looking for this book everywhere!  I think it is entitled Windy Witch, or perhaps Wendy Witch. It is about a young, kind-hearted witch girl who is scorned and worked as a drudge by her evil witch guardians.  She doesn't fit in; she can't get excited about their wicked schemes or learn to hate the beautiful winged star fairies (moon fairies?) who live up in the heavens.  Sometimes the star (moon?) fairies fly down to earth, (perhaps descending in the moonbeams or in the starlight.)  One evening the jealous hags hatch a plot and manage to capture the star (moon?) fairies in thick
nets of cobwebs.  Windy (Wendy?) Witch sees the plight of the fairies and cannot bear it.  She cries, "I'll save you, star fairies!" and uses her ever-present broom to sweep away the cobweb nets.  As the fairies escape, the enraged witches charge at Windy Witch -- but the fairies grab her hands and fly away, taking her up into their ethereal home.  There, before the queen of the fairies, Windy pleads to be allowed to stay with them forever.  Regretfully, the queen tells her it is not possible, since only those born of star fairies may live there.  Then the queen notices the moon-shaped (heart-shaped?) birthmarks on Windy's palms.  The queen exclaims aloud and announces that Windy is not a true witch, after all, but a fairy child who had been stolen at birth by the witches.  Windy is given a pair of wings
and beautiful fairy clothes, and the fairies joyfully welcome their long-lost relative back to her true home in the skies.
This is a shot in the dark because I'm only going by the book's description, but it really sounds on target. It could be WEENY WITCH by Ida DeLage, 1968, 48 pages Witches capture the night fairies, but Weeny Witch helps them escape (and finds out she is really a fairy)
Wow!  I am overwhelmed.  Today, after sending my last e-mail to you, I stumbled upon the very book I'd just described to you.  (I was resignedly entering the same old keywords into the same old places, just like I have so many times -- I have no idea why it worked this time!)  Two "miracle answers" in two days!
Author:        DeLage, Ida.
Title:            Weeny Witch / by Ida DeLage ; pictures by Kelly Oechsli.
Published:    New York : Chelsea Juniors, [1991], c1968.
Series:         The Old witch series
Notes:          After the witches capture the night fairies, Weeny Witch helps them escape
                    and discovers that she too is a night fairy, stolen years before by the witches.
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DeLage, Ida. The Witch's Spell.  Garrard Publishing Company, 1966.  Paperback ex-library copy.  Solid.  VG.  $25
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Westing Game
The word "Towers" may be in the title.  '70s.  The characters all live in an apartment complex. There is an abandoned house up on the hill. Turtle, the pre-teen girl, wears her long hair in a braid, and kicks people in the shin if they tug the braid. There is a boy confined to a wheelchair who birdwatches out of his window, and therefore sees things that add to the mystery, but can't communicate what he sees. There's an Asian wife, who longs for her childhood home. The plot revolves around a mystery, which has to do with the mansion on the hill. Each character is given clues to solve the mystery  the winner gets the money left by the owner of the house. Turtle is always watching the stockmarket--she's convinced the answer is to be found in stock quotes.

Ellen Raskin, The Westing Game. Definitely The Westing Game.
Ellen Raskin, The Westing Game, 1978.  This is a great book that won the Newbery Award.  (And if you liked this, try a newer one called Holes by Louis Sachar!)
Ellen Raskin, The Westing Game.  One of my favorites! All the details match.
This is definitely The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. Sunset Towers is the apartment complex in the book and Tabitha-Ruth "Turtle" Wexler is the main character.
#T127--turtle:  You'll get a lot of solutions to this, at least, I hope so, as the title is a Newbery Winner!  The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin.
Hi, I sent in a stumper after hearing about the site on NPR. My brother, taking this as a challenge for himself, solved the mystery for me. My clue word was "Turtle" and I described the book as being about an apartment complex and its residents who were trying to solve a mystery. The book is The Westing Game. Thanks for getting my brother motivated!


Whales Go By
A friend of mine and I were discussing books from our childhoods and she remembered a book about a mother whale and her baby and the adventures they had.  This friend is about 50 years old, so I have to assume the publication date was  1960 or earlier.  An idea what book she might be talking about?

Keep finding more as I get a chance to read the list.  W26 sounds like Whales Go By by Fred B. Phleger and illus. by Paul Galdone.  it's a Beginner Book published by Random House in 1959  I got it from the book club when I was a kid.  Can't remember all the details but a whale is born and he and it's mother travel down the coast
to the winter feeding ground.
Oooo, good find.  Yes, please search for one.


What Happened to George
There’s a Little Golden Book called What Happened to George about a pig who eats too many donuts
one day and floats away into the sky.

Actually, it’s not a Little Golden Book, but it’s about the same size:
Engebretson, Betty.  What Happened to George.  NY & San Francisco: Rand McNally & Co. 1947 12mo.,
cloth, pictorial endpapers. George, the practically perfect pig, has only one fault. What happens to him when he
eats a whole platter of doughnuts? very good in very good dust jacket. <SOLD>

Thank you so much! It was my husband's favorite as a child.
Hi, I am trying to find a copy of a story  about a pig named George who ate too much,  way way too much.  This
would have been out approximatly 30 - 35 years ago.  He ate so many donuts one day that according to his
grandfather, he beleives George just  plain burst.  Thank You
Hello,  I am searching for a childrens book about a pig who eate too many donuts and at the end of the story he floats up into the air and then explodes. I am 44 years old so I'm asumming the book to be 1950's. can't tell u much more than that, but if anyone else was ever read this book I hope they remember more than I do.  I want this so bad!!!!!! please help. if u can.
This is a memory I've been searching for!!! I was read the book anywhere from 1958 thru 1963. It is about a pig and I belive his name is george. he loves donuts, at the end of the story he actually drifts up into the sky and then he blows up! I can't drive by a donut shop and not think of this book. I tell my kids about it but they look as though I must be nuts. I'mm 45 and my youngest are teens now. Please try to help me find my memory!!!!
mother pig bakes all the time. Puts cakes, pies, doughnuts on window sill to cool.  Son pig steals and eats same.  Mother always says, "someday you'll eat too much and explode."  Final pages, pig eats doughnut, explodes, ends up floating on cloud with halo.
You are Spectacular!
I remember it was a small book like a little golden book. It was about a pig who ate too many donuts and exploded through the roof of his house. There was a picture of the pig flying into the air as the house is in pieces like sticks in the air. I am not sure I have the right title. It would mean so much to have this book to rad again and to share with my kids. I had a terrible childhood and this story is a sweet memory for me. Thank you so much!
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I read this book a while back, about a pig who ate TONS of donuts, so many that he exploded!

Engebretson, Betty.  What Happened to George.  NY & San Francisco: Rand McNally & Co. 1947.  Already on Solved Mysteries.



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There is this girl maybe called Catherine who falls ill and has to stay in bed forever. At first she hates the world but slowly she organizes her life so that the family and also friends seek consolation and friendship at her bed. By one literary miracle, she finally recovers. There was a second book where she went to boarding school. The story could have happened in the USA or Europe.

Could the answer to C53, on Stump the Bookseller possibly be What Katy Did?  With What Katy Did at School to answer the next bit?  By Susan Coolidge.  Just a thought.
C53 - Probably What Katy Did and its sequels by Susan Coolidge (pseud. Sarah Chauncy Woolsey). In the first book Katy has an accident falling from a swing and is paralysed for several years, turning in the process from a hot-headed tomboy into almost a saint and the centre of the family. (It isn't as pious and 'good-goody' as this
makes it sound!). Book 2 What Katy did at School has a recovered Katy and her next sister Clover spending a
year at boarding school and What Katy Did Next  is an account of Katy's trip to Europe and meeting the man
she will marry. For a long time I thought that was it, but there are 2 other titles, Clover and In the High Valley.
Clover opens with Katy's wedding and continues with Clover's own romance; In the High Valley tells of an
English girl, Imogen, who comes to the valley where Clover and her husband and son, plus Elsie (the next sister
down) and her husband and baby daughter are living. Imogen marries Katy/Clover/Elsie's brother and Imogen's
brother marries the fourth sister.
This sounds very much like the Katy-did books by Susan Coolidge.  In What Katy Did, Katy falls from a swing and is bed-ridden for quite a while;  gradually her sickbed becomes the center of the household as everyone comes to her for comfort and help.  Other books are What Katy Did at School, What Katy Did Next, and Clover.  These books first appeared in the 1870's to 1880's but have been reprinted often.
C53 sounds like What Katy Did, the first of five stories about Katy Carr, by Susan Coolidge.  Katy, originally a tomboy, injures her back and is confined to bed; she's miserable until  (after a visit from an invalid aunt she adores) she learns to adjust, and gradually her room becomes the heart of the household.  The sequel at boarding school is What Katy Did at School.  Third volume, What Katy Did Next, takes her to Europe (after which
the series concentrates on her younger sister, Clover).  The early volumes are still in print (and highly popular in England).
That is exactly it! Even the name of the author sounds familiar, now that I hear it. Your web page is delightful! Thank you so much!  I would be very interested in purchasing all books.
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When I was about 10 - I'm 60 now- I read at least one book - there may have been several - that I'd love to see again. I can't even be sure the book(s) was a product of the 19th century. What I remember are bits and pieces of characters and scenes. If you could find the time to think about these bits and pieces and point me in any direction that seems feasible, I'd be very appreciative.
*several girls are traveling together - one orders the waiter to bring more waffles- she seems more experienced or worldly-wise than the others, accustomed to having her whims satisfied
*a bedroom (sitting room?) is described in great detail - Chinese screens, lavish furnishings- it may belong to a girl who is an invalid
*the girls are dressing for a party - there are detailed descriptions of dresses - lace, silk, ribbons, various colors of sashes

G56 girls' series sounds the same as W71 waffles & other memories
W71 (and G56?) Susan Coolidge, What Katy Did at School.  The waffle scene is certainly from this, and I think the other 2 bits are as well. Katy & Clover are being taken to boarding school by their father and meet their cousin Lily (and family). Lily orders the waffles and eats an astonishing number. During a holiday, rather than going all the way home, K & C go to Lily's and the room description and party dress bits that the poster remembers happens there.
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I read these books when I was about 10 (50 years ago). I'm not certain they constituted a series, and I could be wrong on the publication date, also. In other words, I can't be certain of much. What I remember are these fragments: several girls are traveling together and one of them, who is more worldly-wise or experienced than the others, orders waffles to be brought to their table again and again  a bedroom/sitting room is described in great detail, containing Chinese screens and perhaps wicker furniture one or more girls is given a large selection of dresses from which to choose - the dresses are of various colors and fabrics and many have satin sashes.

G56 girls' series sounds the same as W71 waffles & other memories
The selection of dresses sounds like an episode in Adopted Jane by Helen F. Daringer, though that isn't a series book and the other scenes described don't occur in it.  Jane's hostess for her holiday from the orphanage takes  her to choose new clothes at a department store, but Jane refuses them when she hears the cost then the hostess throws a party for Jane, at which all the other girls are wearing white dresses with silk sashes of many colors finally a seamstress comes to sew and "happens" to have enough material to make Jane several dresses.  There are descriptions of the colors and the old-fashioned fabrics such as dimity, chambray, Valenciennes lace.
What Katy did next.  I think there is an episode in either this or the previous one (Katy goes to school) when her cousin Lydia? orders waffles
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Coolidge, Susan M. What Katy Did.  Children's Press, 1968.  Previous owner's inscriptions on front inside cover and front free endpaper.  Issued as part of Library Classics (inexpensively produced) series; pictorial cover.  VG-.  $15
Coolidge, Susan M. What Katy Did.  Little, Brown, 1928.  Previous owner's inscription on front inside cover. Bottom right of paper cover illustration has been torn off.  Some smudging to first few pages.  Nice copy.  VG.  $28
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What Miranda Knew
this book is about a little old man and lady.  Angels gathered the couple and took them to heaven, and then came back and got the cat, whose name is Miranda. Really wonderful illustrations.

This is What Miranda Knew by Gladys L. Adshead, illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones. Plot summary: "A strange little tale of 2 old people who wish for grandchildren & are given 2 babies by a group of angels who eventually take the babies & the old people back where they came from. Miranda, by the way, is a cat."


What Shall I Put in the Hole that I Dig?
Please help find a childrens book written probably in the early 1960's. It has simple, colorful pictures of a girl planting objects that grow, I remember one object she planted was buttons.

What shall I put in the hole that I dig?  I don't remember the author, but I do remember this book, in which the girl plants
various things and the plant bears "flowers" that are the same as the item planted - rocks and buttons were the two I remember.  A great book.
Great.  I came up with this refernce: Thompson, Eleanor, Illustrated by Aliki.  What Shall I Put in the Hole That I Dig?
Whitman, 1963 A Whitman Top-Top tale #2496.  A little boy and girl contemplate what they should plant in the hole they are digging and what they plant, what will it turn out to be?


What Spot?
This book was read to me in the early seventies. The main characters are two arctic animals. I'm not absolutely certain what animals they were. One was a large adult animal who I think was a polar bear. The other was a smallish child, perhaps a baby seal. The seal spots a small black dot on the snow and asks the nearby polar bear what it could be. The polar bear barely looks and responds that it is nothing. The seal starts digging around it and bit by bit exposes more and more of what eventually turns out to be a child's wagon. The first part to be uncovered is the black handle. The seal keeps asking what it is, and the polar bear, not wanting to admit he was wrong, continues insisting that it is nothing. Eventually, both animals somehow end up together in the wagon, and it starts moving faster and faster downhill until finally the polar bear loudly admits that it is definitely something,  whereupon the wagon comes to a gentle stop and the animals are able to get off.

Crosby Bonsall, What Spot?, 1963.  This is an "I Can Read" book.
Peggy Parish, Ootah's Lucky Day, 1970.  I know all the details aren't right, but thought the date was close and
there are some similarities:  NY: Harper & Row, 1970 Pictorial bds. children's arctic tale of a small "hunter-to-be."  "Then suddenly the walrus popped out of the hole. He landed right on Ootah's sled." (Why? Read and see.)"
Crosby Bonsall, What Spot?, 1963.  Thank you. I checked the reviews on Amazon, and I'm pretty certain that the person who suggested "What Spot?" is correct. I was also delighted to discover that the author, Crosby Bonsall, also wrote another memorable book from my childhood entitled Mine's the Best.
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Bonsall, Crosby.  What Spot? NY: Harper & Row, 1963.  Stated First edition.  An I Can Read Book.  Weekly Reader edition.  Blue pictorial cloth.  VG.  $10
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click here for imageWhat the Witch Left
...but here goes.  I was probably reading this book around age 8-10 (1978-1980).  My copy was a paperback book with a navy cover if i recall.  The was a picture that I don't recall.  The story was about a girl who found some interesting items (i think in a dresser).  The main item that i remember are some magig galoshes or boots that when she took one step she went many miles.  I seem to remeber her visiting some sort of mexican village square or pueblo at pne point in the story. that's about all i've got.  it would be really wonderful if i HAVENt stumped the bookseller!  What a great service!

What The Witch Left by Ruth Chew
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I'm looking for the title of a book I read as a child.  It was about a girl who's mysterious Great Aunt stored a wardrobe (or dresser) at her house.  The girl ends up opening it and finding out that the contents are magic.  Gloves that help her write the perfect essay as well as flawless sewing skills.
Boots that enable her to travel.  The girl has many adventures before her Aunt returns to pick up her belongings.  This is all that I remember.  I hope that you can help.

Regarding the inquiry about a wardrobe filled with magical things (gloves that help a little girl sew, write essays, etc) -- it's a Ruth Chew book, one of the many she wrote about witches. I think it might be called What the Witch Left. The little girl and her friend find a trunk of items, all of which have magical powers. I think the witchy great-aunt comes for the trunk at the end, and is not surprised that the little girls found all her things!
W58: What the Witch Left by Ruth Chew.
Probably What the Witch Left by Ruth Chew
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I am DYING to find this book that I remember from my childhood--but unlike most other books from that time, I can't remember the title or author. It was a chapter book about a girl and her friend who find a pair of magic books in a closet  when they put the boots on, every step they take takes them to a different country around the world (and I think they collect souvenirs from the counties they visit). I
also seem to remember some magic fidge that they ate...but can't remember much more. Please help me remember (and even find) this book!!!!!!!

M116 sounds like  a mix between What the Witch Left (magic seven league boots carry children to different countries) and No Such Thing as a Witch (twochildren eat magic fudge). Both books are by Ruth Chew.
Ruth Chew, What the Witch Left, Early 1970s.  Those were seven-league boots, and since it was only one pair, the girls traveled together by each wearing one boot and holding hands!
Ruth Chew, What the Witch Left.  I'm pretty sure this is right - I remember the book too, and found this
solution on another site.
M116  This sounds like two Ruth Chew books. The seven league boots are in WHAT THE WITCH LEFT and the magical fudge is in NO SUCH THING AS A WITCH. ~from a librarian
#M116--Magic Boots:  Know I saw this on an inquiry that's gone to the solved  page, something like "Nancy goes traveling with boots from her aunt's magic wardrobe and has to return them before her aunt comes home" or something, but can't remember the answer.  All I could come up with was The Magical Cupboard, by Jane Louise Curry, and that's not right.
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Here's a stumper (I hope not!) for you.  I want to find a book I read as a child (9-13?).  The problem is I don't remember the title, the author, the main character, etc.  The only thing I remember about the book is the part of the storyline.  The main character gets a new dresser (bureau) and then can't seem to loose anything.  Everything he/she thinks is lost, ends up in the bottom drawer.  I seem to remember something about a key.

What the Witch Left By Ruth Chew? Except that lost articles turn up in one of the magical articles in the bureau, not the bureau itself. It's a locked bureau which is forbidden to the two girls, so when they take the key and lose it, they're in trouble - for a while.
Ruth Chew, What the Witch Left.  More on the plot of this book. This is one of my favorite books and I
still have it! (I am 37 now!) A girl has a bureau in her bedroom whose bottom drawer belongs to her Aunt who is traveling. The bottom drawer is locked. The girls best friend tempts her into finding the key-her mother has it one a key ring-and opening it. There are many strange items in the drawer. Two boots which are "7 league boots", they take you 7 leagues with each step, a shawl or cape which causes the person wearing it to be invisible, an empty jewelry box where lost things turn up-including the key to the bureau later. The two girls have many adventures discovering what each item does. The aunt eventually shows up for the items. Hope this helps!
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What a god-send this site is.  I have been trying to locate a favorite childhood book for over 15 years  now.  All I had was the sketchiest of details.  Today, on a whim, I typed those details into Google, and your site came up!  I typed in "Pilar" and "Seven-League Boots" and they corresponded to a request someone had already made.  So now I have finally learned the book's title, What The Witch Left.  THANK YOU SO MUCH TO YOUR TALENTED BOOK-SELLERS!  A long-time mystery solved.
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looking for a book that Ireadas a young girl. These girls find all kinds of magic items in the botttom drawer of a dresser such as boots that allow them to walk a few miles each step. They end up walking to Mexico

Ruth Chew, What the Witch Left
Ruth Chew?, What the Witch Left. This is on the solved mysteries page, I think.
Ruth Chew, What the Witch Left
Ruth Chew, What the Witch Left. On the solved page
M149: Definitely What the Witch Left by Ruth Chew.  It's my favorite book of hers, especially because of
her description of the Mexican marketplace and her subtle portrait of Pilar's bargaining tactics - she speaks fast and loudly to the boy who's her age, quietly to the young Mexican man, and she plays dumb with the American man.
M149 Sounds like WHAT THE WITCH LEFT by Ruth Chew (appears on Solved Mysteries page) ~from a librarian
M149 is "What the Witch Left" by Ruth Chew.
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Other titles you might like:
Chew, Ruth. The Hidden Cave.  Scholastic, 1973.  Softcover.  First printing.  Small sticker removal mark to bottom of spine, one torn page (does not affect text) and homemade pocket on inside of back cover.  Else, VG-.  $15
Chew, Ruth. The Magic Coin. Scholastic, 1983.  Softcover.  Previous owner's name on inside of front cover.  Remainder mark to top of text block.  VG-.  $15
Chew, Ruth. Magic in the Park. Scholastic, 1973.  Softcover.  Second printing.  Small sticker removal mark to bottom of spine and homemade pocket on inside of back cover. Small tear to top of front cover. VG-.  $15
Chew, Ruth. No Such Thing As a Witch.  Scholastic, 1971.  Softcover.  Fourth printing.  VG.  $15
Chew, Ruth. The Wednesday Witch.  Scholastic, 1972.  Softcover.  Fourth printing.  Small sticker removal mark to bottom of spine, else VG.  $15
Chew, Ruth. The Witch's Buttons.  Scholastic, 1974.  Softcover.  First printing.  Small sticker removal mark to bottom of spine, else VG.  $15
Chew, Ruth. The Witch's Broom.  Dodd, Mead, 1977.  Hardcover, second printing.  Ex-library copy.  VG/VG.  $20
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What Will We See?
Hi there- Now that I have a daughter, my Mom keeps remembering books  she read to me as a child.  One title she cannot remember, but remembers some lines from the book.  It's a children's book and the lines are  . . . "Apples, red apples, I cry out to Jane.  Apples, red apples, down meadow and lane." Anything? Have a great day!

Daphne Hogstrom, What will we see? 1968.  My childhood favourite! I just pulled it off the shelf this week to read to my young son.  "Father and Mother / And Janie and I / Have moved to a farm / Where trees touch the sky..."  It's by Whitman Publishing Division, Western Publishing Company. Illustrated by Stina Nagel.


What's for Lunch, Charley?
Funny book about boy who wants better life, regular lunch is boring (green cover?) Okay...this is very rambly...but I cannot remember the name of this book! It seems (in my memory) it had a green cover with an illustration...it was a thin paperback. Might have been scholastic book...I remember this boy had this ideals of a better "lunch" (life?) and it seems he also liked a little girl. He ended up at a fancy restaurant eating (from what I remember) fried chicken, tomato soup...the same lunch (I think) his mom always packed for him. Somehow, the title word "half" is in my head...but I may be confusing it with "Half Magic," another favorite childhood book of mine. My mom was convinced we had it in the attic but I have torn the boxes up and no book! (Of course, she was a second grade teacher until recently, so I suspect it was <ahem> "borrowed" at some point ::grin::). I'm 40 years old and I acquired the book around 6-8 years old if that helps. Thank you so much for this service!! I've been looking for a place that did this!!!!

Margaret Hodges, What's for Lunch, Charley?, 1961.  and yes, the cover is green!
This makes me think of What's for Lunch, Charley? by Margaret Hodges, illustrated by Aliki Brandenberg. NY: Dial Press, 1963 72 pages.  Charley forgets his lunch box and decides to eat at the King Charles Hotel. (If
that's the same Margaret Hodges who edited the exciting Japanese story The Wave, I'm surprised, to say the least!)
Hodges, Margaret, illustrated by Aliki, What's for Lunch, Charley? Scholastic 1967, reprint.  First printed by Dial in 1961. Charley forgets his lunch box and decides to eat at the King Charles Hotel. Other characters are Rosabelle and Jane Lane. Ring any bells? The Scholastic cover is yellow, though.
Margaret Hodges, What's for Lunch, Charley?1961.  This is a long shot as I haven't read the book, but the cover is green and shows a boy sitting at a restaurant table, it is an 80 page (thin) Scholastic book published in 1961, and it's apparently about lunch.  There is a picture of it on half.com.


click here for imageWhat's in My Pockets?
The chances of finding this book still in existence are probably slim, but if I could at least get a title and/or author for it, I would be grateful.  It was a book made of cloth, and was interactive in that you could open zippers and snaps.The big thing I remember is that the book contains a secret pocket - which is either hidden in the outside seam of the cloth pages, or between two pages. It may have had a boy as the main character, and it may have even been about all his pockets and what he kept in them. It was from my childhood, so it would have been published earlier than 1980 - more likely it was sometime in the early 1970's, although it could have purchased in the mid to late 1960's for my older sisters. Thank you.
 

I 21 (Interactive Book with Zippers and Snaps)
I posted this stumper on the Google Group about children's books, and someone knew the answer immediately! It's WHAT'S IN MY POCKETS? A SURPRISE CLOTH BOOK that was put out by Fisher Price. It seems there were even plastic disks that had pictures on them (of a watch, an acorn, etc) and these could be put in the pockets. I didn't remember them, but I suspect they were all lost by the time the book was passed down to me! And just like you often do, he was able to provide with an online picture.  Thanks for your help - and if you ever see a copy, I'm interested!


Wheel on the School
This book was read orally (a chapter each day) by our teacher in the sixth grade.  I remember laying my head down on my desk after coming in from recess and our teacher would read to us.  This book brought vivid images of large storks sweeping down on their chimney top nests.  I believe the main character was a boy probably about my age then.

S193  Meindert de Jong, The Wheel on the School.  Just a possibility--it's a novel set in Holland. S193: Well, there's Hans Christian Andersen's story The Storks, which includes a good boy named Peter and a bad boy or two....
S193 Sounds like it could be THE WHEEL ON THE SCHOOL by Meindert DeJong, 1954, a Newbery Award book. ~from a librarian
#S193--Storks building nests on chimneys:  Another Newbery Winner, The Wheel on the School, by Meindert DeJong.  Frequently mentioned as a pet peeve of mine, because the author seriously flawed an otherwise wonderful story by unnecessarily naming all his characters alike!
Meindert De Jong, The Wheel on the School, 1954.  The lead character is a girl, but the entire plot concerns bringing the storks back to a Dutch fishing village.
Meindert deJong, The Wheel on the School. This is about children in a small community (Shora) in Holland, and their efforts to get storks to return to their rooftops.
DeJong, Wheel on the School.This book is about school kids in the Netherlands who want to get a stork to build its nest on their school.  Most people put an old wagon wheel on top of their chimneys to encourage the storks to nest there, so the kids search for a wheel.


When I Go to Bed
don't have an author or title book is a childrens book I remeber from the late 60's it is a counting book that includes the words: "10 tin soldiers to march across my pillow.... 6 oatmeal cookies in case I get hungry.... 3 bouncing balls 2 cuddly dolls 1 teddy bear and me" any help would be greatly appreciated.

#C69, Counting book, and #W59, When I Go to Bed, are both When I Go to Bed, a Whitman Tell-a-Tale book by Margaret Yerian, illustrated by Ruth Ruhman, 1967.
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I am looking for a book, possible a little golden, or whitman tell-a-tell.  It is called When I Go to Bed
It is a story of a child that takes everything to bed. It starts  "When I go to bed I only take, 1 teddy bear and me.  When I go to bed I only take, 2 cuddly dolls, 1 teddy bear and me. " and on until the number 10 and there is no room for the child.  I loved this book and try to quote it to my 2 year old that takes everything to bed with her!

I was unable to find this wonderful book under it's original title, When I Go To Bed, but recently found it retitled and available as My Little Counting Book.


When Marnie Was There
Thank you so much for your site- I now know the titles/author  of 2 books I have been looking for but here is another: The book was about a girl who goes on holiday to the coast, possibly in Norfolk (UK) She meets another girl who i think is called Marnie who is a ghost. There was also something about a boat. 1980s.

This is almost certainly When Marnie Was There by Joan G. Robinson.
I think that this is When Marnie Was There by Joan Robinson.
I'm sure I'm not the only one who'll suggest this, but - When Marnie Was There, by Joan G. Robinson, published New York, Coward-McCann 1967, "A young orphan girl has always found it difficult to make friends until she is sent to the seacoast where she becomes fascinated by an old house and the mysterious, elusive girl who seems to live there."


When Noodlehead Went to the Fair
The main character, Noodle Head, wore a pan upside down on his head.

There is a later retelling of the Epiminados story called That Noodle-Headed Epiminados, but I no longer have the book in, so can't tell you if he wears a frying pan on his head.  There is also a cat, Bendemolena, who definitely wears a pot (not a frying pan, though) on her head, and thus can't hear very well, causing all sorts of mix-ups.  I do have better citations at work if either of these seems likely.
This is Kathryn Hitte, When Noodlehead Went to the Fair (NY:Parents Magazine,'68)
Kathryn Hitte, When Noodlehead Went to the Fair



click here for imageWhen the Babysitter Didn't Come
I am pretty certain the title of this book is " the day the babysitter didn't come"  but I was very small when I read it so I could be confused.  The book is about two little girls that have to go shopping with their mother because the babysitter does not come. The smallest of the little girls is " challenging" for her mother and ends up getting lost.  They find her by following a trail of her clothes through the store.

Is this  Beverly Keller, The Night The Baby-sitter Didn't Come (Scholastic, 1994)?
Unfortunately this was was incorrect.  But thanks for posting it...I am sure someone will come a long that does know!
Bs:  On "Babysitter didn't come," there's a book called When the Baby-Sitter Didn't Come, 1967, by Jacqueline Chwast.
More on the 2d suggestion, and it looks good: Chwast, Jacqueline When the Babysitter Didn't Come NY Harcourt, Brace 1967 "A cute story about how Pam and Eve went shopping with their mother and the adventures they all had."
Yes! That sounds like it. I remember the little girl named "eve". Please do a search for it. I have been looking for this book for over 20 years!  Thanks so much for following up on it!



When the Drum Sang
The children's book I'm looking for is a picture book set in Africa. It's basically about a little girl who is kidnapped by a man and is forced to live in a drum. The man travels around from village to village playing his drum for the people. When he beats the drum, the girl is supposed to sing so that the listeners think he owns a special, singing drum. One day the man visits the village where the girl's family lives. They recognize her voice, rescue the little girl from the drum and live happily ever after with her. I'm pretty sure my grandparents bought this book for me when I was child (which means it would be somewhere around 30 years old); and although I can remember what some of the illustrations looked like, try as I might, I can't remember the book's title or author.  Does any of this sound familiar
in anyway?

I think that G12, about a girl in a drum, sounds a lot like Bimwili and the Zimwi: A Tale from Zanzibar by Verna Aardema.  (Love your site, by the way!)
I've seen the book Bimwili and the Zimwi: A Tale from Zanzibar by Verna Aardema; and, I'm sorry to say, that that's not the book I'm thinking of. Although the stories are very similar (in fact this is the book that reminded me of the one I read as a child!), in the book I remember, the girl is kidnapped by an actual man - not a zimwi. Thanks though! (Think anyone else might have another suggestion?)
B29: Beating the Drum -- Don't know if it helps, but the story described is a folktale -- there are numerous variants; I think one of them (from India?) is titled Magic Drum (and isn't this the same query that's listed under G12: Girl in a Drum?)
I don't know the picture book but this is a Bantu story "The Singing Drum and the Mysterious Pumpkin" and can be found in Kathleen Arnott's African Myths and Legends.
Just thought I'd let you know that I found the answer to the book question I asked you several months ago (B29 & G12 on your book stumpers page). The name of the book is When the Drum Sang and the author was Anne Rockwell. It was published by Parents' Press Magazine. It is based on an African folktale so there are probably many similar stories floating around, but this is the version I remember reading as a child.  Hope you have a marvelous week! Take care, and may God continue to shower you with blessings.


When the Sky is Like Lace
I am looking for a childrens book about "bimulus nights".  It tells about things you can and cannot do on a "bimulus night" - you can't wear orange for example (bimulus nights are when there are lots of puffy little clouds)

Horwitz, Elinor Lander, When The Sky Is Like Lace, Lippincott, 1975.  "Describes the strange and splendid things that can happen on a bimulous night when the sky is like lace."
Elinor Lander Horwitz, When the sky is like lace, 1975.  '"Describes the strange and splendid things that can happen on a bimulous night when the sky is like lace."
Elinor L. Horwitz, When the Sky Is Like Lace.  Definitely this book -- "When the sky is like lace and it's going to be perfectly bimulous".
Elinor L. Horwitz, When the Sky Is Like Lace.  Definitely this book -- "When the sky is like lace and it'\''s going to be perfectly bimulous".
Elinor Lander Horwitz, When the Sky is Like Lace, 1975.  This is without a doubt "When the Sky is Like Lace" by Elinor Lander Horwitz.  Incidentally, in the opinion of myself and several other people I know, this is one of the BEST children's picture books ever written.  Illustrated by Barbara Cooney.  It is a truly magical book with inventive language and storyline and amazing pictures.  Sadly, it is out of print and tends to sell for a LOT.  Why they don't reprint this one, I don't know. You remember one of the "rules" for a bimulous night well---they are: *Never talk to a rabbit or a kissing gourami *If your nose itches, don't scratch it *Wear nothing that is orange, not even underneath.


When the Sun Rose
A picture book that I read for a children's lit class in college about 10 years ago.  It's the story of a little girl who is lonely.  She hopes for a playmate.  As the sun comes up, a carriage arrives with a little girl in it.  Both girls play with each other and their dolls.  At the end of the day,the visitor leaves, taking her doll with her.  The impression is that she is "the sun", who came to play with the other girl.  The noticeable thing is that at the end, the girl's had exchanged their doll's clothing, and it stays that way as the visitor leaves.

Barbara Helen Berger, When the Sun Rose.  This is definitely When The Sun Rose by Barbara Helen Berger. I remember my sister having a copy when we were little. The illustrations were beautiful, particularly the one in the middle, which was a two-page spread of the girls reading at opposite ends of a rainbow.  The girl who came in the carriage had a pet lion that they played with, and they gave him a dish of blueberries and cream. I remember loving the dresses on the dolls.


When We Were Very Young
Thank you so much for finding fish eyes and glue.  I will treasure your gift forever.  It would mean everything if you could find for my best friend her illusive memory concerning  the text of a poem probably found in a textbook or weekly reader beginning "I have sand in my shoes and can't get it out." Rewards for this site can not be found in gold or jewels, but lie in the rich memories of all who have been helped by you.

S74 - This may be A A Milne again - in his When we were very young, ills E H Shepard (First pub 1924 and in print ever since - note the entry for Now We Are Six) is a poem called Sand-between-the-toes.


Where's Wallace
I just stumbled across your web page and must commend you on your efforts.  What a great service!
Perhaps you can help with this one.  I am looking for a children's book from the early 60s about a monkey that would run away (from the zoo?) and the whole book would chronicle his adventures.  The turn of each page would reveal a two-page spread of a scene involving the monkey and a host of characters who would be repeated in each scene.  The fun was locating each of the repeating characters (and, of course, the monkey!) in each scene. I think that there was more than one book and one of the books might have involved a chase through a museum.  Does anybody remember the name of the books or, at least, the name of the monkey?

WHERE'S WALLACE by Hilary Knight, 1964 and just republished in 2000.
A possibility for this is Detective Bob and the Great Ape Escape by David L. Harrison.  It's a silly rhyming tale about a bumbling detective who can't see the ape that's right in front of him even though he's obvious to the readers.
Thank you for the use of your fabulous website.  Not only did someone identify the name of the book I was seeking (Where's Wallace?) , they let me know that it had finally been republished after 36 years.  I immediately went out and bought 3 copies. Your little web page that grew and grew is an incredible resource.  Thank you again.



Where's Wally
Please could you tell me the character in English childrens book who is callef Efi in Israel, Aref in Egypt, Waldo in USA and Charlie in France?

I think this is referring to the Martin Handford books: Where's Waldo? et al.  In the US and Canada, he's Waldo; in Germany, Walter; France, Charles; in UK and Australia, he's Wally.  Don't know about Israel and Egypt, as the query mentions, but the rest match.


While Mrs. Coverlet Was Away
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Whirligig House
Hi.  This site is great! Okay, here goes.  When I was young, I checked a book out over and over from my library.  I think it was called Whirlygig House, or something like that.  It was about a family, and their mother was very ill, and it was holiday time.  That's about all I remember of it, but I loved it.  I have checked used book stores on-line, but my search always comes up empty.  Maybe I don't have the right title.  I would love to have this book for my daughter.  Can anyone help me?

The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Edwards, perhaps?
I have a copy right in front of me.  Whirligig House  by Anna Rose Wright.  Pub. 1951 by Houghton Mifflin Company Boston.  One of my favorites.
Thanks so much for finding my book!  Yes, I would love to have you find it for me.  How much do you charge?  Just let me know what is entailed.  Thanks again!
Well, this is a tough one.  No charge for the search, though.  When I find one, I'll quote you the book, its condition, and price.
Whirligig House, by Anna Rose Wright, illustrated by the author's children, published Houghton 1951, 280 pages "Whirligig House is the home of the 5 Yates children, their parents and Handy Andy, the cook, who took care of the children the year Mother had to be in the hospital. "Some folks has an ear for music," said Andy, "some hasn't. Same way with children. Some has an ear for 'em, some don't." Luckily Andy did, or he might not have been able to handle the lively crowd."



Whisper of Glocken
I think the main characters in the book were "little people". I remember a very vivid discription of them searching for watercress from a very clear flowing river.  There was something to do with carillon bells and being in a hidden valley and there was some outside threat to their peaceful existence.  I think the book was older then 1960. I read this when I was middle school in the 1970's.

Mary Norton, The Borrowers Afield. In this second book of The Borrowers series, they camp near a stream and find
watercress. Don't recall carillon, tho.
Carol Kendall, The Whisper of Glocken, 1965.  Try this one instead.  "Another story of the Minipinns. This time they are threatened once again by the world outside their valley and five new heroes must be found to take the perilous journey to discover what is causing the River Watercress to flood. After enduring many unimagined horrors the five eventually return home in triumph."  (The main character is the bell-ringer of the village).  Sequel to The Gammage Cup.
C172 Spent an hour with this book but didn't see anything about a carillon, which doesn't prove anything-  Norton, Mary    The borrowers afield    illus by B Krush; J Krush.  Harcourt, 1955.  tiny people who "borrow" objects.
C172 Kendall, Carol. The whisper of Glocken. illus by Imero Gobbato. Harcourt, 1965.  sequel to Gammage Cup.
Hi!  I think you are right on with The Gammage Cup and The Whisper of Glocken. Once The Borrowers were mentioned I remembered that there was more then one book involved. I love your web site and enjoy reading other stumpers. It is great to be reminded of happy reads from my youth! Is there any chance you have either of the books in stock? Please let me know as I haven't located them locally, but am willing to order on line. Thanks a lot! 


White Bunny and His Magic Nose
I remember a children's book I used to read to my brother that featured a bunny that changed colors. I believe it happened when he banged his nose.

B144 Lily  Duplaix, The White Bunny and His Magic Nose.  1945. He changed the other animals pink and blue, right?  This was reprinted in 1991 as The Little Bunny's Magic Nose.


White Mountains
Here is one I can barely remember but would like to read again. It was probably young-adult sci-fi or fantasy and I read it in the mid 1970s. All I can remember is it takes place in the future and in the beginning two kids are walking along a highway exit. They have no idea what it is because there are no cars, and they wonder why the roads (they didn't call them roads) were built. They might have referred to our society as the "ancients" but I don't remember. I think they were hiding or running away from something trying to kill them.  Not much to go on!

Hoover, H. M., Children of Morrow, 1973.  Tia and Rabbit flee from their village to escape from the Major who wants to kill them because of their special powers.  The follow "the path" that leads through abandoned cities on the way to the ocean.  They are guided to other telepaths, who live in Morrow.
H65  Wyndham, John, Re-Birth.This book features a young male protagonist (a child as he remembers earlier events, a
teen during the time of the main story), who lives in Canada following a nuclear holocaust-type world war.  Any form of
mutation is looked on as being something loathsome and must be destroyed, whether it's a crop, a farm animal, or a newborn baby.  There are old paved roads near his house, but no one is sure how the ancients built them or why.  He and his female cousin are two of a handful of telepathic young people, and later during the book they must escape from authorities who are pursuing them for being "mutants" and "unclean."
John Christopher, The White Mountains, 1967.  This is a bit of a long shot, but there's not a lot to go on here.  this is the first book of a trilogy including The City of Gold and Lead and The Pool of Fire. "Long Ago, The Tripods -- huge, three-legged machines -- descended upon Earth and took control. People no longer understand automation nor machines, and unquestioningly accept the Tripods' power. But for a time in each person's life -- in childhood -- he is not a slave. Will still has time to escape." For the most part, people don't travel in these books, though I don't recall a specific discussion about the roads.  When the Tripods Came is a latter prequel to the books.
H65  John Christopher, The White Mountains, 1967.  I remember this one because I had the same sketchy memory of it when I was trying to find it to read to my children.  On a tip from an itinerant "lunatic" (recruiter), the hero of the story and a friend leave their village to escape being "capped" (a mind control device) at puberty by the Tripod "Masters".  Early in their journey to the White Mountains (a refuge for free men) they walk along an old railroad bed.  They did not know what it was, but they knew it had been built by the "ancients".


White Panther
I have been looking for this book, or story for quite a while, for a while I thought it might be Kipling, but I haven't run across it there.  A mother leopard has her cubs, and then there is a flood, and the cubs are washed away, and the albino cub is rescued by a monk and raised and then set free.  For some reason I also seem to recall a similar story about a black leopard cub, so maybe there were two stories, and or books.  This is really beginning to bother me, as I can't seem to find a clue anywhere.  If you could help that would be great!

Possibly White Panther by Theodore J. Waldeck, illustrated by Kurt Wiese, published Viking 1941, 193 pages "account of the education of a white panther, Ku-Ma, the swift, savage, stealthy beast of prey. The book follows his adventures as he stalks the beasts of the jungle; eventually he is caught by an Indian cage trap, but with his exceptional strength and cunning, he escapes. Set in the jungles of British Guiana." "Ku-Ma is a baby panther learning the ways of the wild from his mother when the events of a storm prove that he may be left on his own as he has learned to use his senses to help himself." Nothing about a monk, though. On the other hand, Black Lightning: the story of a leopard by Denis Clark, illustrated by C.Gifford Ambler, published by Viking 1954, 144 pages, is a story of a black leopard. "A beautiful tale once told to the author many years ago by an old Buddhist monk in Ceylon." No idea about floods.
A fuller description of one title - Black Lightning, by Denis Clark, illustrated by C. Gifford Ambler, published Viking 1954, 144 pages. "Sensitively written story of a leopard in Ceylon, unusual because of his all-black coat. Separated from his mother when he was still a cub, he had to fend for himself in the jungle; was captured and became part of a circus, but escaped with the sympathetic help of a small boy, and returned to his native haunts to mate and raise a cub of his own. Once he unknowingly saved the life of a monk who lived in a cave in the jungle, and in turn, the holy man was able to give protection to the leopard. It was this monk who told the story of Black Lightning to Mr. Clark." (Horn Book Jun/54 p.184)
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My stumper is Kooma of the Jungle, a childrens story about a mother jaguar with several cubs, a hurricane, a tree blows down and everyone is lost except for one white jaguar who has adventures on its own and opposes a black jaguar.  Probably published in the 1950's.  Thank you!

Theodore J. Waldeck, The White Panther, 1943.  Googled to get this one.  The animal's name is spelled "Ku-ma"


White Ruff
I was born in 1942, and one of my favorite books was about a come-home collie (not Lassie).  This collie was white with lemon tipped ears.  Of course, I remember neither author nor title, but since I'm writing, I thought I'd throw it out there.

Could it be called CHAMP GALLANT COLLIE by Patricia Lauber, 1960?
There is also a collie book called Laddie, but I don't know the storyline.  [Author is Gene Stratton-Porter.]
There's an old book about a collie called White Ruff.  Could this be it?  I have this book and the picture on the cover has a picture of a collie with a yellow tint to it's ears.  The author is Glenn Balch.
Not sure, but Albert Payson Terhune wrote LOTS of collie books -some in a loose series, and several unrelated books.
I'd go with White Ruff by Glenn Balch. I just picked up a copy of this, and White Ruff is stolen and must find his way home. There are adventures with a circus on the way.


White Archer
It sounds as if you've been able to help other "lost souls" in search of books they remember but can't identify by title or author. Well, mine is a boy's adventure story that I remember reading somewhere around 1965. It's a story of a Cree Indian boy in northern Canada who's family (mother, father, sister) is kill by a group of Eskimos while he is away from camp. He goes to live with two wise, old hunters who teach him to live in the wilderness and to hunt. He learns to make weapons, makes a very powerful bow and becomes an expert hunter. He names the bow Kigavik (as best as I can remember) and that name has some special meaning. All the time he has been learning these skills, he has been hoping for a chance to revenge his family. The older hunters try to dissuade him but fail. At some point he finds an Eskimo camp and plots to kill them. Somehow, one of the Eskimo women sees him and starts to speak to him in Cree. It is his sister and she explains that the Eskimo did not raid their family's camp but came along later and took her in. All ends well. NOW, I COULD have the two tribes mixed-up -- it might be an Eskimo boy who is seeking revenge on the Cree. Any ideas??

It might be ( maybe by the title the person will identify it ? ) Red blanket  - by Helen Dickinson first edition in 1939.
C4 reminded me of a title about a Cree boy called Cree Finds the Way but all I recall is the title, none of the plot.
Thanks for your message. My! We talked about this so long ago (at least it seems that way) that I didn't understand what you were talking about at first.  Thanks for keeping the search alive!  To clarify, the boy is eskimo and his elderly mentors are eskimo.  He is afraid of the Cree indians who, he believes, have killed his parents.  The mentors take him in as an orphan and teach him how to be an expert caribou hunter and, especially, to make his own bow and arrows.  At the end of the story, he meets a group of Cree indians and prepares to fight them when his sister, in Cree dress,  greets him.  She was taken in by the Cree and raised by them.  My guess is that the book was published between 1950 and 1965.  Neither of the two you mention sound like a match but I'll take a look. Good luck to both of us!
This is James Houston's The Falcon Bow (1986)
Eureka!  You found it!!  My heartfelt thanks to you and your "helpers" for the good work.  While "The Falcon Bow" isn't the exact book I had in mind, it is its sequel.  I found a long list of books by Houston in "Falcon Bow"  and my guess is that "The White Archer" is book I remember.  I don't know any of the other Houston titles -- they seem like a rich vein for my son to mine.  Thanks again!
White Archer, written and illustrated by James Houston, published Harcourt 1967, 96 pages. "the Eskimo boy Kungo, determined to avenge his parents' massacre by Indians from the Land of Little Sticks, goes to the island of a renowned ancient hunter, who teaches him "to shoot the bow and arrow with the power of ... thoughts." There Kungo listens to the wisdom of an old woman and acquires the hunting skill of the old man's dwarf servant. Throughout the training his hatred of the Indians remains like "a core of hard ice." After four years he is ready to seek out the Indians - an archer clothed in white with a white dog team against the white snow. At the climax of the hunt, he suddenly understands the futility of revenge." (HB Oct/67 p.589)



Whitey, the Bunny Whose Wish Came True
This is a story about a rabbit, I think named Whitey, who just dreams of having all the candy he can eat.  His wish comes true, he eats too much candy, and he gets sick.  It's a small children's book that I found in my Grandma's attic back in the early 1960s.  I believe my mother had the book when she was a child in the 40s.

Lydia Scott, Whitey, the bunny whose wish came true, 1939.  I don't know the plot, but you might try checking this one. 55 pp., color illustrations, 18 cm. tall.


Who are You

click here for imageWho Needs Donuts?
In my elementary school library there was a book entitled "who needs doughnuts when you've got love." I remember very little of what the book was about, i just remember that the title is repeated throughout and it was heavily illustrated with the most intricate and chaotic line drawings I have ever seen. Probably published in the 1980s as a larger-sized floppy paperback. I have tried several times to look it up but nothing has ever come up. I recall it having an illustrated orange cover...Thank You

Not 100% sure, but sounds very likely. WHO NEEDS DONUTS? by Mark Alan Stamaty, 1973. Description says that a boy ends up having adventures because of his love of donuts.
Who needs donuts? Story & pictures by Mark Alan Stamaty. New York, Dial Press [1973], [40] p. illus. 24 x 26 cm.  Summary:A young boy's passion for doughnuts leads him into interesting adventures.
W50 who needs doughnuts: More on the suggested title - Who Needs Donuts? Written and illustrated in bw by Mark Alan Stamaty, published Dial, Pied Piper 1973. "Sam leaves home to go in search of donuts and ends up working with Mr. Bikferd collecting thousands and thousands of donuts." I saw pages from the suggested book on EBay and indeed, the illustrations are chaotic and detailed line drawings.
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somewhat macabre pen and ink drawings of a little boy and girl (?) adventuring about the city.  the boy loves  doughnuts.  every time they walk past a particular basement apartment an old lady yells the following query out to him:  "Who needs doughnuts?"  At a certain point there is a flood in the old lady's basement, and the boy just happens to be passing by with a shopping cart full of doughnuts.  He dumps the doughnuts through her window, soaking up the flood waters and proclaiming:  "You need doughnuts!"  I hope you are able to find this book.  My older sister and I have essentially the same recollections, and we would love to have it to swhare with our own kids.  We would have enjoyed this book in the late 70s.

Mark Alan Stamaty, Who Needs Donuts?  1973.  This book is scheduled to be republished in October 2003 by Knopf.  Used copies are hard to find and seem to be quite expensive!
Stamaty, Mark A., Who Needs Donuts?  NY Dial 1975.  This is on the solved list, I think. The title matches, and it does seem to involve a doughnut seller with a pushcart.


Who Was That Masked Man Anyway
I have been looking for this book for about 8 years or so. It came out in paperback and it was on the Borders "new arrivals" table. I read the back and the synopsis was this : A young boy growing up in the 1950's in a remote desert town spends his time listening to old time mystery serials. It is a sci-fi/ mystery. It is  mostly green colored . I seem to remember that it was quite thick ( 500 pages?). When I went back to buy it, it was gone. I would swear it was titled "tune in tomorrow" but every search I have run comes up with nothing, so it may have been on the front or back cover as a teaser. If you have it I will buy it. Any ideas? Thank you very much!

Avi, Who Was That Masked Man, Anyway.World War II is just background noise for Frankie Wattleson. His life revolves around action-packed radio dramas like "Buck Rodgers" and "The Lone Ranger." Suspense, heroism, thrills -- what more could an American boy want? Frankie's mom can't stand her son's hobby, though, and neither can his teacher, MissGomez. It all spells doomsday for Frankie -- unless he, disguised as radio detective Chet Barker, can cook up a plan to save the day.  Tune in tomorrow to find out how this hilarious drama unfolds!


Whoa Joey!
It begins-"When Joey Kangaroo was small he could hardly jump at all,".  My parents used to quote it instead of reading it to me they knew it by heart. Now I have two children of my own and cannot find this book in any used book store.  We cannot remember the author or the exact title, please help.

J19 is NOT Patricia Scarry's Hop, Little Kangaroo - if that's any help.
I remember a book about Joey Kangaroo - don't know if it's the same one. This was a small book - probably a Tell-a-Tale or an Elf book, and would have been probably printed in the late-60's to early 70's. Mine had very bright, kind of cartoony illustrations - would this have been the same one?
Daphne Hogstrom,  Illustrated by Charles Bracke, Whoa Joey!, 1968.  I love this book and am not about to part with my copy but perhaps the title and author would help you to find a copy.  It was a "Tell-A-Tale" book.  Good Luck!
Maybe - Joey Kangaroo, by Patricia Miller, illustrated by Ed Renfro, hardcover, 6.5 x 9.25 inches Little Owl Book, Holt-Rinehart 1963 "This is an early-reader type of Kangaroo story with lots of pictures."


Why Are There More Questions Than Answers, Grandad?
My sister remembers a book from our childhood (I'm 26, she's 29, so it would have been in the mid to late 70's) in which one or two children find a musty book in their uncle's (or older male relative's) library/study. When the book is opened, creatures pour out. Things only go back to normal when the child/children vacumm up the creatures. She remembers the illustrations had lots of detail, and thinks that the book in the story may have been an encyclopedia. Does this ring any bells? Maybe you post this, so maybe someone out there in cyberland will stumble upon it. Thank you!

I solved my own stumper! The book is WHY ARE THERE MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS, GRANDAD? by Kenneth Mahood, 1974. The memory was slightly off- it was an attic not a study/library that the boy was in. And he does vacuum up, but the vacuum sucks up EVERYTHING, causing more problems. Finally, a magician comes out of the book and cleans everything up.
Why are There More Questions than Answers, Grandad?, written and illustrated by Kenneth Mahoody, published Bradbury 1974. "One question too many lands Sandy in a messy attic with orders to clean it. A talking parrot and a magical dictionary help Sandy with hilarious results. Then it's Grandad's turn to ask questions. Full color illustrations. Ages 4-7." (HB Oct/74 p.17 pub ad)



Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears
There were several books my grandmother had for us when we went to visit her. Most were from Parent's Press - but don't know if this one was.  It is a story about a day when the sun didn't rise and the animals were trying to find out who was at fault.  Every action caused another action - it turned out that a fly had landed on a tree that was dead and it fell over making the fly think he was incredibly strong - so he buzzed around 2 boys, causing them to shoo it away, causing other animals to scurry - each bothering something else till eventually it broke 3 birds eggs - which caused the mother bird to not sing because she was heartbroken - which in turn caused the sun to not rise. After finding out the cause they asked the fly what happened  but he refused to speak - so he was destined to always buzz and never speak again. The illustrations were really neat and I loved the story as a young girl and would
love to share it with my son.

D76  It's not a fly but a mosquito. It's WHY MOSQUITOES BUZZ IN PEOPLE'S EARS; A WEST AFRICAN TALE retold by Verna Aardema, illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon, 1975. ~from a librarian
There is a version of this folktale with a fly - Why the Sun Was Late, by Benjamin Elkin, illustrated by Jerome Snyder, published New York, Parent's Magazine Press 1966, unpaginated. It starts with the fly landing on a dead
tree, which topples with a crash. The fly thinks he did it, and tries to push two boys out of another tree. When a boy swings at the fly, he instead knocks three squirrels out of the tree, which startles four snakes, who slither off into a herd of five elephants, who rush madly into a hill, knocking six eggs out of a nest. The mother bird says "Now my heart is broken, too. Never, never, never shall I sing again." Without the bird's song, the sun is not awakened. The Great Spirit has to look into it, and retrace the story, until he comes to the fly, who is too embarrassed to answer and just buzzes.
There is still another version of this story with a fly - Why Flies Buzz, retold and illustrated by Joanna Troughton, published Blackie 1974, 30 pages. "In this Nigerian cumulative tale a fly buzzing round a boy gathering palm nuts in a tree sets off a series of reactions that ends with the guinea-fowl neglecting to call up the Sun. Obassi, Lord of All Creatures, decrees that the fly shall lose its power of speech as a punishment." (Growing Point May/74 p.2410) It doesn't seem to have the counting aspect of the book described, though.


Why the Chimes Rang
based on the New Testament story of the widow's mite, this Christmas story is about steeple bells that woudn't ring until the poor woman placed her offering in the plate.

Why the Chimes Rang.  It's online here and a Google search turns up several other mentions and adaptations of the story.  This version has a small boy putting the offering on the plate, but there is an old woman in the story too.
Why the Chimes Rang was written by Raymond Alden in 1909.


Wicked Enchantment
Okay, this is REALLY sketchy and I apologize, but I've tried to find this on my own and cannot get anywhere.  The most frequent thing that comes up is Victoria Holt's The Legend of the Seventh Virgin, but that isn't it (although possibly the legend she used was also the inspiration for this).  All I can remember is that there was a black and white illustration somewhere in the book or on the cover of a statue in the middle of town (and I think it was an Italian city, possibly Florence) with a certain number of women ("virgins", like in a sculptural fresco) facing outward, and one of them disappears mysteriously.  I have NO idea what she goes to do but had a very magical sense about the story, and now that I'm a feminist, I'm determined to find out what this precedessor of superheroines managed to accomplish!!!  She does eventually reappear in her place in the queue after having accomplished what she needed to! Don't worry if you can't help, just thought I'd give it a shot. Thank you so much.

This sounds to me like The Wicked Enchantment by Margot Benary Isbert.Does that sound right?  If not, I'll post your stumper and see what comes in...
Thanks!  I was elated to have a possibility--I spent HOURS yesterday trying to check to see if this was right, but could not get a description of the The Wicked Enchantment's plot anywhere online.  I did go by our local library after work, and was able to find only one title by Benary-Isbert, Under the Shadow Moon, but on looking at it, it seemed unlikely that she was the author of the book I am remembering, since the library book was packaged somewhat like a Regency romance, and the book I remember had more the flavor of a simple legend/fantasy, or perhaps it was simply written for a younger audience than the Shadow Moon one.  I have burned up the Internet trying to find any clue, so I'd appreciate it if you would post the query.  In the meantime, I'll see if I can order The Wicked Enchantment via Interlibrary Loan and look it over.  Thank you so much.
I'll post it on the next go-round.  Wicked Enchantment is a slim paperback; cover shows a number of stone virgins, and the one in the middle has come to life and is looking out at the reader.  Story involves subplots of a wicked sorcerer, a young girl escaping a potential wicked stepmother, and a strong feminist character who lives above the town and sells specially decorated eggs.  It's a long shot, but it's worth an ILL...hopefully someone will
post an answer to your stumper soon!
This actually sounds more likely than before, since I also had a vague sense that Easter was connected with the story (painted eggs).  But the cover still sounds unfamiliar, so if it's indeed the book, then I might have read another edition.  What I remember from the inside is  what must have been a pen and ink etching of the virgins on a round carousel sculpture, and one was missing out of the niche. Thanks very much; I hope mine is not the vaguest request you've ever had!!!!  I really appreciate it.
Later...
Dear Harriett,    I know you're on vacation, but I hope you'll read this when you get back--your assistant correctly identified from my vague description of a missing stone maiden this book by Margot Benary-Isbert.  I was delighted to find that it was exactly the book I had read when in about third grade.  What was uncanny is that SEVERAL elements of the plot I have incorporated into my own life
without consciously remembering them--the artistic feminist aunt who has a menagerie is pretty close to what I am now at 43 (and although my parrots do not say on hearing a knock at the door, "Come in unless you're a man," I think that's funny and the idea appeals to me!).   So thank you so very much; I had been trying to find this for twenty years and no librarian was ever able to name the author or title from my description.  I love your website and will recommend it to others.
The Wicked Enchantment, by Margaret Benary-Isbert, illustrated by Enrico Arno, translated by Richard and Clara Winston, published Harcourt 1955, 181 pages. "The inhabitants of Vogelsang were used to having spooky things happen. They had an old cathedral with statues and gargoyles, tombs and vaults - what could they expect? But the mysterious happenings never affected their lives much until the statue of the Foolish Virgin and the gargoyle above it disappeared. Then everything in the town began to go wrong; tyranny took the place of good will; the trouble grew until it culminated in "the Great Vogelsang Rebellion, or, as some chroniclers call it, the Battle of the Easter Eggs." Fun, suspense and fairy tale truths are blended ... much of the action centers around eleven-year-old Anemone and her dog, Winnie-the-Pooh." (Horn Book Oct/55 p.375)


click here for imageclick here for imageWicked Pigeon Ladies in the Garden
. . . I can't remember the title or author of this book, and the plot may even be sketchy: It's about a young girl who doesn't have the nicest demeanor and doesn't get along with her family very well, either - she goes into an empty house that she's been told to stay away from where large pigeons with menacing stares watch her every move. In the stairwell are pictures of beautiful ladies - turns out the ladies are all sisters who are cold-hearted and cruel and who became birds (the pigeons) and gained immortality. The girl gets entwined in their past life (?) but then the sisters also come into her present-day life. The sisters had very old-fashioned names. I think the book may have changed names along the way, but it seems like it was The Weird Bird Sisters or something along those lines. I read it in the early 70's and it was probably a Scholastic Book Club book. Help!! It's driving me crazy, and I would love to own a copy - thanks:)

Lo and behold, it's by Mary Chase, The Wicked Pigeon Ladies in the Garden.  Just thought you'd want to know if you hadn't found it yet.
I don't know if the reader is still looking for this book but I now have the title. It is called The Wicked, Wicked Ladies in the Haunted House... it was originally published as The Wicked Pigeon Ladies in the Garden. It was written by Mary Chase and illustrated by Don Bolognese and published by Scholastic Book Servies in 1968. I hope this helps.
What a fabulous site! I have a couple of answers to some of your stumpers. The first one concerns a book about a girl who explores a house with strange pigeons. I am almost certain that it's The Wicked Pigeon Ladies in the Garden (later renamed The Wicked Wicked Ladies in the Haunted House) by Mary Chase. I, too, have been looking for this book for years, but coudn't think of the title. "Pigeon" was the key word for my research!
First may I say that your website is wonderful! A reader wrote you asking about a book with a girl with an unpleasant demeanor that she believed was called the Weird Bird Sisters. I do know the book she is talking about, however it is at my mothers house at the moment and I don't remember the name of it off the top of my head. I am going to my mother's this weekend though, so I will find out the name and email you back with the information.
Omigosh I read that book too! The one about the pigeon ladies! I think it was called The (Stone) Court/Garden of the Pigeon Ladies. I can remember what section it was in in my childhood public library, so I'm guessing the author's name began with a "C." Hope this helps!
I was telling my sister about this website, what it does, and she said, "you know what book I would love to find? Wicked Pigeon Ladies in the Garden. What a coincidence! Now that the mystery of the weird bird sisters is solved, how can I find it?
Hello! I think I can identify a book for you. The one about the little girl, an empty house, pictures of ladies and pigeons sounds a lot like The Wicked Pigeon Ladies in the Garden by Mary Chase. The little girl was named Maureen Messerman.
I knew this was a great site when I checked the "Solved Mysteries" page and found the answer to a stumper I'd been trying to remember for about fifteen years (The Wicked Pigeon Ladies in the Garden--all I could recall was an unpleasant girl, a garden, and old ladies).  Wow!
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I hope somebody out there can help me find this book from my childhood. Here's what I remember of it:  It was about pirates and was profusely illustrated with detailed yet odd and cartoony drawings.  I remember that my grade-school had this book in the library and I would check it out all the time during my kindergarten through about second grade range (1975-1977).  I don’t think the book was very new then, but it certainly was not OLD.  I do remember the drawings in the book were in black and white with a lot of yellow highlights as the only other color.  I also remember liking it because it was kind of creepy (I think it was the illustrations not the story that I found creepy).  I know that’s not much to go on but, I swear if I saw even one picture from it somewhere I would know it in an instant.  I of course have no idea who the author is or even if this book is still in print. Thanks to anyone who can help with this.

I am sure that P82 is, once again, The Wicked, Wicked Ladies in the Haunted House.  Also, printed as The Wicked Pigeon Ladies in the Garden.  I read this book about the same time the reader did, and absolutely loved it.  It was a Scholastic selection, and there was definitely somebody named Mauve in it.
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You have a great site. I have been trying to find the title/author of a book I remember reading in camp 30+ years ago. It might have been a Scholastic selection. There is a young girl who finds herself in an old mansion (a relative's, perhaps?)and there are several portraits n the walls. They are all of women, with old-fashioned names. I remember one name-Mauve. The pictures either come to life or the women do, or the girl is able to go into the portraits. I vaguely remember it as scary, but them I was young. I hope this is enough information for someone to recognize it.

Appears on the Solved Mysteries page. It is the WICKED PIGEON LADIES IN THE GARDEN also entitled THE WICKED, WICKED LADIES IN THE HAUNTED HOUSE
P82 sounds like The Wicked Pigeon Ladies in the Garden, (or The Wicked, Wicked Ladies in the Haunted House) by Mary Chase.  Alone in the dark spooky house, Maureen stares in horror at the pictures on the wall. Those wicked ladies--they've moved.  One of the pictures is of Maude.

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I read this book over and over when I was about ten or eleven years old (1978-79), but it may have been older than that.  I think I got it from either my school library or the local public library, but I can't find anything like it there now.  It was about a girl who passed an abandoned old mansion on her way to and from school daily, and she sometimes would sit by the gates of the estate, hiding behind a bush or rock or something, imagining the people who lived there.  One day she went in, and found seven (?) paintings of sisters who had once lived there, and I remember very vivid descriptions of their appearance and their dresses in the paintings.  After the girl (I can't remember her name) sees the paintings, she can't stop thinking about them, and goes back, hiding and imagining again, and somehow she imagines so hard that she goes back in time to when the sisters were alive, and for some reason they take her in and then either won't let her leave, or she can't figure out how to leave.  She finally goes home by getting out of the house and back to the rock/bush she always hid behind, and imagining that she was back home.  Please help!  This was a great book!

H34 is most definitely The Wicked, Wicked Ladies in the Haunted House.  It used to be called The Wicked Pigeon Ladies in the Garden.  I read it around the same time the person who wrote did, and there are seven sisters, one whose name is Maude.  (Not Mauve).  I looked it up in my copy at home, and I'm sure this is the one.  I kept it because it was one of my all-time favorite Scholastic books when I was in elementary school.  It's on the solved mysteries page because someone else was interested in this one, too.
I know about 5 other people are going to answer this one, but anyway - The Wicked Pigeon Ladies in the Haunted House / The Wicked Wicked Ladies in the Garden again.

I remember reading a book when I was about 10 years old (in the early 1980's), but I can't remember the exact title. I do seem to remember that it was "also published as..." The Wicked Wicked Ladies of the Haunted House, or something like that.  The story was about a little girl who was sort of a class bully, who somehow breaks into an old Victorian house.  At the top of the stairs are (I think) seven portraits of women, the sisters who used to live in the house. Somehow the little girl goes back in time to the late 1800's, and finds the seven
sisters there in real life, they are the daughters of the family in the house but they are wicked and are using magic to keep her trapped there so she can't go home.  Eventually the little girl gets home, but I can't remember how, and when she gets back she realizes that she should be nicer to people, not like the wicked ladies.  I know this is pretty vague, but if you could help me locate this book or at least figure out the title or author, I would appreciate it.
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I read this book in the early 1980s, but it looked at least 20 or 30 years old then.  The title was something like "Those Wicked, Wicked Girls", and was a juvenile book  involving time travel to the Victorian period.  I remember something about paintings on the walls that watched her, and these possibly had something to do with the time travel.  I checked it out from the Punxsutawney, PA, library once, and could never find it again to reread it.  I'm not sure of the title, but I know it had "Wicked, Wicked" in it because I thought that was very melodramatic.

Mary Chase's The Wicked Pigeon Ladies in the Garden.  The British title was The Wicked, Wicked Ladies in the Haunted House.
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This was a Scholastic paperback.  I think the story involved an old house haunted by the ghosts of several (six?) little girls who were sisters from the nineteenth century.  One of the sisters was definitely named Lucrece. The sisters were very proud of their fine clothing. There was also a modern (living) child who solved a mystery with the help of the ghost girls.  The living girl pronounced Lucrece's name "Lucreeky".

Chase, Mary, Wicked, Wicked Ladies in the Haunted House or Wicked Pigeon Ladies in the Garden. See Solved Mysteries.
Wicked Pigeon Ladies in the Garden?  Going off my own vague memory here because I don't have the book with me.  I think the "lu-creeky" mispronunciation is from this one though.  And it's about 6 or 7 sisters from an older time.
Thanks so much for posting my bookstumper.  I had been wondering about the title of that book for years! Now I know its Wicked Wicked Ladies in the Garden!
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Chase, Mary.  The Wicked, Wicked Ladies in the Haunted House.   Illustrated by Don Bolognese.  Knopf, 1968.  First Scholastic paperback printing,1971.  Pink cover with owl.  VG+.  <SOLD>

Chase, Mary.  The Wicked Pigeon Ladies in the Garden.   Illustrated by Don Bolognese.  Knopf, 1968.  Ex-library copy in clean library binding.  Light blue cloth with collage of faces, hats and pigeons.  VG.  $75

Chase, Mary.  The Wicked Pigeon Ladies in the Garden.   Illustrated by Don Bolognese.  Knopf, 1968.  Ex-library copy in clean library binding.  Black cloth with collage of faces, hats and pigeons.  Corners bumped.  VG-.  $60



Widget, The Wadget, and Boff
The Widget and the Wodget--I know the title but don't know the author.  It's a science fiction short story about two aliens who come to earth and run a boardinghouse to observe Earthlings.  I think the title refers to some product they supposedly sell.  Each person in the boardinghouse has a specific hangup about something but they all manage to overcome them on the night the boardinghouse is set of fire by the aliens (to see what the Earthlings will do).  The aliens pack themselves up into two suitcases labeled "widget" and "wodget" and go back to wherever they came
from.

Theodore Sturgeon, The Widget, The Wadget, and Boff.  Famous story about the aliens running a boarding house and trying to find out whether humans can think clearly under stress.  It's in many anthologies.


Widow's Adventures
The book was about 2 sister who were widowed.  One was blind and  the other drank too much.  They decide to drive across the country to get out of their declining neighborhood.  The blind one drives.

Charles Dickinson, The Widows' Adventures


Wild Baby
This is children's book where the main character is Baby Ben.  I thought it was titled "The Wild Child" but can't find it under that name.  Baby Ben is a handful of a little guy who swings from the chandelier and falls in the toilet.  My daughter had it in the 1980's.

I remember sending this off to a friend who acquired a Baby Ben.  Wonderful book.  There's a series.
Barbro Lindgren and Eve Eriksson.  The Wild Baby. adapted from the Swedish by Jack Prelutsky.  Greenwillow Books, 1980.  Sequels:  The Wild Baby Goes to Sea (1982), The Wild Baby Gets a Puppy (1988).
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Lindgren, Barbro and Eve Eriksson.  The Wild Baby Goes to Sea. adapted from the Swedish by Jack Prelutsky.  Greenwillow Books, 1982.  Ex-library with usual marks.  G+/G+.  $15


Wild Cat
When I was around 9 years old (1986-1987), I read a book about a kitten who had been born alone in the city. This was a chapter book, fairly thick, with a plain red hard cover (the kind librarians sometimes use to recase books). The only part I remember with any great detail is a particularly gruesome scene when a dog finds a group of kittens in an alley (the main cat's littermates?) and ends up devouring them. This is NOT "The Abandoned" or "Thomasina"  by Paul Gallico OR "Abandoned: A children's story: the moving story of a kitten abandoned on Dartmoor" by G.D. Griffiths.

Maybe The Last Little Cat by Meindert de Jong, illustrated by Jim McMullen, published Harper 1961 "A blind old dog befriends the little kitten, last of a litter of seven." "The last little cat is ... born in a barn which houses cages of dogs of all descriptions, and so, neglected by his family, he finds a home with a big old blind dog. But even this cannot last, and one day the kitten finds himself locked outside the barn and compelled to search for a new home." Meindert de Jong's books can have rather harsh storylines, but this doesn't mention any kittens being eaten, so far from a definite answer.
Possibly Tweeney, by Harvey Foreman, illustrated by Cedric Rogers, published Lothrop 1959 "A deserted mother cat fights for her five kittens, born in an alley during a storm, and finds homes for them all." (Horn Book Oct/59 pub ad p.427) It doesn't sound as if any get eaten by a dog, though.
Thanks very much for your replies. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be either of those two books. I got The Last Little Cat out of the library and there is nothing there about kittens being eaten by a dog, so it's definitely not that one. My local library system doesn't have Tweeny, but the description doesn't sound right. This wasn't a happy story and I don't remember any illustrations either. Any further suggestions welcomed!
could be Nobody's Cat, by Miska Miles, illustrated by John Schoenherr, published Atlantic-Little 1969, 43 pages. The text begins "Born in an old box in a narrow alley, the cat knew many things about the city ... He knew when to run. And he knew when to walk without fear." Description says "He hunts for food, survives the thundering traffic, challenges an over-fed enemy, vanquishes a snarling dog, finds love and nourishment in a school, and returns in dignity and contentment to his alley home." (HB Jun/69 p.296) It may be too short, but the description suggests it's fairly gritty.
K21 kitten in alley: another try - Wild Cat, by Robert Newton Peck, illustrated by Hal Frenck, published Holiday House 1975. "From the moment of birth a female calico is thrown into a cold world of abandoned warehouses and rank alleyways. Ages 9 and up." (HB Apr/75 p.104)
I'm the original poster for K21 and wanted to let you know that the book turned out to be "Wild Cat" by Robert Newton Peck. I can't tell you how excited I was to read the book again 15 years later!  The kitten-devouring scene was just as gruesome as I remembered too <shudder>. I'd like to thank everyone who responded to my stumper. Your suggestions were very much appreciated! Thanks also to
Harriett for running a great site!


Wild Whirlwind
I've thought about this book a few times and haven't a clue about the title or author. From what I recall, it's about these different farms where everything on a specific farm is one color. The pigs, chickens, cows, tractor, barn, everything is blue on one farm, red on another and yellow on another. I think there were more colors. Then somewhere in the story, a big storm (I believe) mixes them all up. I read it in elemetary school when I lived in Arizona so it would be pre-1979.

F13 farm colors: could it be The Wild Whirlwind, written and illustrated by Dahlov Ipcar, published Knopf 1968? "Everything on Mr. Red's farm matched his name, until a whirlwind filled the barn with animals of all different colors. K-3." (HB Oct/68 p.514 pub ad)


Wilderness Bride
A girl named Corey/Cory whose father is away, fighting as a soldier in a war (maybe the Civil War), is compelled to join a Mormon family as a promised bride to the English stepson of the Mormon head of the family's second (third?) English wife. Being Mormon, there's a first wife with a son and other children(?). She travels with them to Utah, and along the way, unknowingly meets Brigham Young, whom she  tells her opinion of the practice of taking all her father's pay to buy goods for the Mormon store but does not leave the family with anything to buy them, and discovers his identity when he sends her a basket of food. She also gradually learns more about her betrothed, whose father was a doctor and whom he wants to be one too, but the Mormon religion forbids such practices. She gradually falls in love with him, but when her hand becomes infected, she finds out that her betrothed's father died from a similar incident. Her fiance has to use medical techniques to heal it and is caught during the process by her Mormon guardian. Since her betrothed draws a weapon on her guardian so that he could finish, he's expelled from the family and she is forced into another betrothal with her guardian's son, who already has a wife. Since she discovers that she loves her first fiance, she runs away with the help of  the first wife, who tells her that she did the same thing at her age.

This sounds like Annabel & Edgar Johnson, Wilderness Bride (Harper & Row, '62).
Yes indeed, it does! I just noticed it on your Web site; thanks for telling me, and thank whomever came up with the answer for me please!


Willful Gaynelle
I have a friend who was named after the female character in this book. She was born in 1920 and was told the book had the name Gaynelle in th title along with a descriptive phrase such as "the lovely". Thanks

Gaynelle might have fun putting her name into a search engine such as  www.google.com  There are  2,660 articles there with that name in them.  Who knows? one of them might mention a book.
I hit Book Review Digest and checked the title index from 1910-1920 for titles beginning Gaynelle with no luck whatsoever. Haven't been able to find anything beginning "Gaynelle" in the LC catalog either.
I have had a feeling that this character is from one of the Oz books by L. Frank Baum. I hestitated to send in this suggestion because I could never verify it and the poster felt sure that Gaynelle was in the title.  I glanced thru all of my "Oz" books, but couldn't find any reference to a character named Gaynelle so I am probably way off base but the time frame would be correct  all of his books were published before 1930. Baum also wrote several other books  most of which I have read so I could be thinking of one of those.
Libbey, Laura Jean, The Lovely Constance?, or THE LOVELY MAID OF DARBY TOWN? early 1900s.  I couldn't find a site for "Book Review Digest" to make a search for just "The Lovely"... but anyway - I started doing all kinds of other searches and found some old fashioned romances by Laura Jean Libbey, two of which are the titles here.  I couldn't find any descriptions, or references to a "Gaynelle" but thought this might be a start.  Hope you find it!
Laura Jean Libbey, Willful Gaynelle, 1890.  How about Willful Gaynelle?  The subtitle is "The Little Beauty of the Passaic Cotton Mills."


William and Mary: A Story
a book about a teenage girl whose father(?) teaches(?) at an all boys boarding school. over holiday break she and one of the male boarders are the only children left in the school.  they are both social outcasts as i recall, she because she's a girl and he i can't recall.  they find a magic shell which alows them to enter into impossible settings through paintings, i beleive.  they go into a painting of the destruction of pompeii right before mount vesuvius blows and another painting of the ocean which allows them to go under water.  i swear their names were william and mary and that that was the title of the book, but i can't find it anywhere.  i read it in jr high, it was in our school's k-8 library in the young adult section between 1980-1983.  walt disney's "mr. limpett" movie reminds me of this book somehow.  this has been driving me crazy for years, help me!

Penelope Farmer, William and Mary : a Story, 1974.  Transported into strange underwater worlds by the half a sea shell William owns, Mary and William conduct a seemingly hopeless search for the other half of the shell."
#M161--Magic Shell, William & Mary?: William and Mary:  A Story.  Penelope Farmer.  New York:  Atheneum, 1974.  Stated First Edition, 160 pp.  ISBN: 068950005X.  Subjects:  Fantasy.  Summary:  Mary was the headmaster's daughter and the only girl at a boys' boarding school!  Most of the boys paid her no attention until the Easter holidays when she made friends with William and his special shell that he kept in his pocket!  During the holidays, when the boys went home, life changed greatly for Mary.  This holiday was different.  William, a bright though generally aloof boy, had to stay on at school because his family was away, and he expected Mary to be his companion.  Mary and William found that a rare shell had the power to carry them into an aquarium and back to the fall of Atlantis.  Transported into strange underwater worlds by the half a sea shell, Mary and William conducted a seemingly hopeless search for the other half of the shell.
I read this book in Junior High--some 27 years ago--and all I remember is about Mary being the headmaster's daughter and only girl at a boys' boarding school.  She did not feel at all special as the only girl, but misfit and outcast.  I remember the scene when William first ate dinner with Mary's family.  He recited a poem beginning "William and Mary" of which Mary knew the last line to render the whole thing obscene.  He then stopped and said, "I don't remember the last line, do _you_, Mary?"  Mary became totally flustered, making her parents think she was rude and weird.  The only one of their adventures that made any impression was their going to see a Disney movie similiar to "Bedknobs and Broomsticks," and a relative of Mary's disapproving because "she disliked movies, Disney movies in particular," which I found very strange.  They then find themselves in an underwater cartoon sequence with fish of a much more sinister nature.  The fish are angry because people eat fish and William says his uncle was eaten by a fish--"he was a marine biologist"--at which the most belligerent of the fish accuses him of lying.  From the front cover and the one part I remember, you couldn't prove it by me that all their adventures weren't underwater, which obviously they were not.  I also remember near the end when Mary bursts into tears, "Oh, I _wish_ I was a boy!" startling her father.  Her parents had never realized she was unhappy at the school.  I honest to God remember all this from reading the book once, that long ago, and it is all I remember.  I didn't remember William bringing the sea shell as opposed to them finding it, or even the fact that he HAD a sea shell!  Guess in this case the sea shell was the real "McGuffin" in the story!
you can file this one away in solved, too!  that's 3 out of 4 for me.  now if somebody could tell me how to get a hold of a copy of this.  i've been looking under the title "william and mary" for years to no avail.  i finally had decided i was crazy and that that wasn't the name of the book.  thank you so much for reaffirming my memory.


Williams, Kit
see Masquerade and Untitled
Williamsburg Series

Hi, I'm afraid this might be a lost cause because I don't have the title or the author's name, but here goes. Several years ago I read a series of books that started (I believe) in the late 1700's or maybe the early 1800's and goes into the 20th century. The books take place in the South starting with the founding members of the main family. It starts out with a young girl of about 14 being married to an older man (maybe in his 20's) and continues with their lives as they make their fortune and eventually become rich plantation owners. The books continue with the lives of this family and a second family and how the lives of the two families are intertwined and even though there is severe enmity in the beginning, 2 of the descendents fall in love with each other. I think the series stops at World War II. Oh, and I think it was a woman author. I'm sure I have given you a huge challenge but if you come up with anything I'd really appreciate hearing from you. Thank you very much.

The books are called the Williamsberg Series and were written by Elswyth Thane. Books in the series include: Dawn's Early Light, Homing, Yankee Stranger and Ever After. Fun historical fiction!
While browsing your web site I found a request for the name of an author and book titles for a series of books about the south and entertwined families. The author is Gwen Bristow and the three books were Deep Summer, The Handsome Road and This Side of Glory. Hope you can help your customer out. (I think the answer given was wrong I have every one of her books and have read them a million times). 



Willie Mouse series
I have two requests--the first is a series of books I read as a child in the '50s about a mouse named Willy (sp?).  Some of the titles were Willy Goes To The Seashore, Willy Goes To School, Willy Goes To The Hospital.  He was a cute little rascal, grey in color, and didn't wear any shoes (don't know why this stuck in my mind, but it did).  I have looked on various websites but no luck.  I don't remember the author's name.

W53 Willy Mouse:  Try this series (spelling makes such a difference!) Pauline Vinson, author and illustrator
Willie Goes to the Seashore (Macmillan, 1954)  Willie Goes to the Hospital (Macmillan, 1956) Willie Goes to School (Macmillan, 1958)  'The adventures of an enterprising mouse.'  There may be more, that's what I found online.
A bit more on one of these - Willie Goes to the Seashore, written and illustrated by Pauline Vinson, published Macmillan 1954. "A color picture book about a happy little mouse who spends a vacation at the seashore and discovers many new adventures. Ages 3-6." (HB Jan/54 p.67 pub.ad)


Willy Woo-Oo-Oo
years ago, my mom read to my brother, sister and i a book about a fire engine called "willy woo". we've been trying to find 6 copies every since...can you help? i'm not sure if that's the title, or was just the main character's name. thanks for any help!

#W64--Willy Woo:  Wright, Betty Ren.Willy Woo-Oo-Oo, Wonder Books, 1951.


Wind on the Moon
I agree, your site is terrific! I have been looking for 3 books for several years without much success: 1.  A book from the late sixties, for pre-teens to teens, I think, called A Ring Around the Moon as far as I recall. The main characters were two girls. I've found lots of books, plays, even movies by this name, but none of them were THIS one. It was available in the same groupings of books at the library as many of Madeleine l'Engle's books, and somewhat similar in tone.

There is a  later Madeleine L'Engle book called Ring of Endless Light...
Ursula LeGuin's books are usually in the same section as L'engle's, and they are somewhat similar in tone.  I'm not sure about this title, but it sounds possible.
Thanks for your email! The Madeleine l'Engle book doesn't sound familiar, but it COULD be the one I'm looking for. In any case, since I've never read a book by l'Engle that I didn't like, I'm sure I'd enjoy it even if it wasn't the right one. And I'm almost positive that it isn't by LeGuin. Anyway, if you have this one, could you let me know?
Ring around the Moon is by Eric Linklater. It describes the hilarious adventures of 2 girls who run afoul of a witch.  She swells them to the size of balloons and they blow around the street.At one point they release several animals from the zoo, after hearing the animals talking to each other.  Their father is a prisoner in a mysterious Ruritanian-type country. they set out to rescue him. It is extremely funny. I think it was published around the 1940s.
It sounds to me that the reader is looking for the Madeleine L'Engle series about the Austin family.  The books deal with the coming of age of the oldest daughter, Vicky, who wants to be a writer.  She has a sister (thus
the two girls) and also two brothers.  The first book is called Meet the Austins, the second, The Moon by Night, and the third one, A Ring of Endless Light. The reader may have combined the titles of the last two.  I
love these books about the Austin family almost more than the Wrinkle in Time trilogy.  They are excellent books!
The Eric Linklater book may be the one, or it could be one of the 'Austin' series.
Is Ring Round the Moon the same as Wind on the Moon?? Perhaps the title was changed for US. Certainly in
Linklater's Wind on the Moon the 2 girls get changed into kangaroos.
The Wind on the Moon, by Eric Linklater, illustrated by Nicolas Bentley, published by Macmillan 1944 and 1958, 364 pages. "It concerns two children, Dinah and Dorinda, and their amazing adventures in the villaged of Midmeddlecum. Amongst the astonishing inhabitants of this village are Mrs. Grimble, who can brew a magic draught better than most people; Sir Lankester Lemon and his private zoo, where Dinah and Dorinda meet Mr. Parker the Giraffe, who is also a very remarkable detective; Miss Serendip, the Governess; the Golden Puma and the Silver Falcon, with whom Dinah and Dorinda share their greatest adventure, that of rescuing their father from the hands of that abominable tyrant, Count Hulagu Bloot." (from the dust-jacket) It's an episodic nonsense fantasy, and the two girls grow immensely fat and then terribly thin; terrify their governess by bringing the pigeons on her wallpaper to life; turn themselves into kangaroos and infiltrate the private zoo, from which they release the puma and the falcon, (with the aid of magic potions from Mrs. Grimble); make Mr. Justice Rumple release the Members of the Jury from Prison by stinking up his house; and travel to Bombardy in a furniture van to rescue their father. Among other things.


Windmaster's Bane
I read a book years ago and I'd like to read it again but I can't remember the title or author. What I do remember is the cover and a little about the plot. The plot was about a teenage boy who's younger brother was kidnapped by people from another universe (or something along those lines) and he went to save him. He had a ring that he wore around his neck and an iron knife because iron was the only thing that could hurt creatures in the other universe. The cover was the boy and two friends walking past two of the creatures who looked like large lizards. Can you help me?

Isn't this something by Heinlein, from the 50's?
Thank you for the information but i already found the book. It was Windmaster's Bane by Tom Deitz.



Winged Watchman
Here's one for Stump the Bookseller: I am looking for a book that I read in Jr. High in 1971 or 72; I think it was fiction; it was set during WWII and was the story of a family in Holland or the Netherlands (I think) that hid a Jewish person or persons in a windmill.  Any suggestions? Thank you!

There's a very fine film, "Jacoba," about Jacoba Omvlee, who hid the ten Brink family in a windmill in a Netherlands village. The book you remember probably was based on their story.
I believe the book about the windmill during World War II is The Winged Watchman by Hilda Van Stockum.
Thanks so much for your wonderful service. The two "mysteries" that I had posted were solved correctly by you or your readers, and I have now re-discovered 2 old favorites: The Doll of Lilac Valley and The Winged Watchman. I will certainly recommend your site to others searching for long-lost favorites!
Winged Watchman, written and illustrated by Hilda Van Stockum, published Farrar 1962, 192 pages. "The Verhagen family lived at the mill, the Watchman, one of the few nonelectrified polder mills in all of Holland, where the father, who was the miller had a chance to prove the value of the wind-driven mill in times of crisis. Mother kept her family fed and clothed by the utmost exercise of her ingenuity, fed countless starving refugees, and took three homeless little girls as her own. One was a Jewish child whose family had hidden her in the garden when Nazi officers had taken them away. An uncle was active in the Underground, and the two boys, Joris and Dirk Jan, found ways, often dangerous, of helping." (HB Oct/62 p.485)



Winter Cottage
In this book there is a family (just a dad and kids, I think) stranded in the woods because of a snowstorm.  The dad makes pancakes for the kids that he gives funny names such as 1.  sockdollars (I think) 2.  golwholligars 3.  whales (these are the giant pancakes that he makes)   I remember reading the book aroung 1971 or 1972, but don't know when it was written. HELP, and thanks :)

Carol Ryrie Brink, Winter Cottage
Carol Ryrie Brink, Winter Cottage.  I'm pretty sure this is the book, though I think they had to stay at the cottage because their car broke down.  I might be confusing it with "The Velvet Room," though.  I think one of the girls was called Egg.


Winter of Enchantment
I’m seeking a book, read in childhood, which must have been published (in the UK) no later than the mid to late 1970s.  I can’t remember many of the details, but I’d love to find it again!  The main character was a child (probably a boy) who had a mirror on the wall in which he sometimes saw the image of another person.  Then he found that he could go through the mirror into another land.  Different parts of this land were subject to different seasons (or maybe the season had changed each time he went through the mirror?).  There were characters in this strange land called Hiems (winter), who was male, and Ver (spring) who I think was female.  I think there were also characters representing autumn and summer, too.  There was also a palace with elaborate gardens.  I can’t remember who lived in the palace, or what the boy had to accomplish in this strange land, but the atmospheric writing in this book left a big impression on me!  Does this ring any bells with anyone?

This is just a guess, but possibly The Winter of Enchantment by Victoria Walker, first published in 1969. Plot summary: "Sebastian resolves to free the girl he meets through the magic mirror when he learns she is imprisoned by a wicked enchanter."
I wanted to respond to the person who posted the solution to this stumper : I posted the query originally, and I just want to say many, many thanks to whoever posted the suggestion of The Winter of Enchantment.  Yes – this is the book!  A quote from another webpage I found : “A great fantasy tale of a young boy who must undertake a quest to free a girl from the eternal prison of the Enchanter, aided only by the Silver Teapot, Mantari the cat (who ate the Silver Fish and so inadvertently took its power), the Seasons, and their own courage.” I never expected to find the answer so quickly.  Many thanks for running this greatwebsite! 


Winter of Fire
There's a book that I read sometime in elementary school and since then I've wanted to look it up again and reread it, but I can't remember the title or author, unfortunately. It's a fantasy book that takes place in another world where there's a group of elite people and slaves, known as the Quelled. The main character is named Elsha (I think), and she's a Quelled who was beaten as a child so her nose and eyes are crooked. The Quelled aren't supposed to look at their masters directly, but because of her disfigurement, she can look at them out of the corner of her eye. Through some circumstance, she becomes the servant for the lord of the elite people, who was chosen for his ability to divine for coal. Elsha discovers that she also has this ability, but the priests are very resistant to letting her, female and Quelled, rise to so high a position. They design a test for her, where she has to walk across a large area of land in which is hidden one piece of coal. She has one day to find it, but try as she might, she can't. Finally, as she returns, past the row of four (?) hundred smug priests, she discovers that one of them had it in his hand, and that each of the others had a plain rock, trying to further trick her. One detail I really clearly remember is that during the search, she was walking along and suddenly felt cold and liquid, and she realized that she had walked over an underwater stream. This is the kind of "intuition" people used to divine for coal. I can remember many other little details from here and there, if needed. Thanks, and you have a great site concept, by the way. :)

Sherryl Jordan, Winter of Fire.
Yep!  That's the one. Thank you so much.  What a great site concept you have, too.  :)



Winter People
This is not a children's book.  It may be a romance novel.  I read it in the early 70s.  A woman marries a man who has a twin sister and the twin makes her life miserable.  I remember that the twins had matching necklaces and there was a mansion and a lake with a big rock next to it.  There may also have been a big dog, perhaps belonging to the sister.  I remember it as the scariest book I ever read in my life.

Phyllis A. Whitney, The Winter People.  Bernardina marries a dashing artist who takes her to his family mansion in New Jersey. The house is on a lake, and the artist's evil, jealous twin sister torments Bernardina. The twins are given similar necklaces for Christmas.


Wishing-Fairy's Animal Friends
I'm helping my mother locate a book she remembers called Stella the Wishing Fairy.  I've been unable to locate any reference to the book, so I'm wondering if it might be a story in a collection of tales instead of a book.  Any information or help would be appreciated.

Was this definitely a story, or could it be a poem? There is a book called The Wishing Fairies by Madge Bigham (NY, 1915): a poem for each month, illustrated by Fanny Cory.
Could this be the same as the series IDed under The Elephant and the Wishing Fairy? If so, it looks as if the whole series (Cottontail and the wishing-fairy, The peacock and the wishing-fairy, The zebra and the wishing-fairy, The elephant and the wishing-fairy, ...) may be collected in The wishing-fairy's animal friends by Corinne Ingraham, published by Brentano's, 1921. It is 140 pages, while the others are about 40 pages each.
Well, yes, I think you're probably right.  I'll move that other stumper over here....

I remember the book Stella the Wishing Fairy from my childhood. My mother read it to us probably around 1929 to 1930. It was a series of stories about how the various animals got their unique features: all from Stella, of course. How the elephant got its trunk, the giraffe its long neck, the zebra its stripes, the peacock its raucous voice, etc., etc.

Corinne Ingraham had a series of books published by Brentano's in 1921 of animal legends.  I know of four, illustrated by Walker: Cottontail and the wishing fairy, Elephant and the wishing fairy, Peacock..., and
Zebra....  Each was about 40 pages long.  There was also a collection, about 140 pages long, called The wishing-fairy's animal friends.  I saw a copy online the other day for almost $400.


Wishing Star
I found your website and since I am trying to find some lost books for a friend, I knew that I found the right place. I am trying to find the title for this book - all that can be remembered is as follows: This book might be titled The Wishing Star and takes place in a Victorian house with a turret during the 1900's. The mother of the little girl in the story is a gypsy and the mother gaver her a gypsy amulet which the little girl later loses in a frozen lake while iceskating. The little girl has a best friend named Ginny (whose mother is mentally ill) and she also meets a boy named Ambrose. I found 2 titles called The Wishing Star by Maysie Greig (copyright 1942) and Virginia Louise Hamilton (copyright 1946), but I don't know if either of these books is the correct one.

This may be Mabel Widdemer, The Wishing Star: A Mystery of Old Tarrytown ('48)
W7 could also be the book The Wishing Star by Norma Johnston, copies of which I have seen for sale on Ebay.  I have not read it, but the dust jacket description is "Life for a sensitive young girl back in 1900 was no bed of roses, anymore than it is today... Sixteen-year-old Julie Forrest, shy, dazzled by her beautiful mother's glamour, longs for some magic that will make her 'belong,' make her exactly like everybody else. She is too old now to believe still in the miraculous powers attributed by legend to The Wishing Star, the exquisite brooch which was her mother's good-luck piece during her years onstage, but all the same she feels that perhaps, if the brooch were hers..."



Wishing Tree
I have never been able to find this, but I am almost positive that it is a children's book by William Faulkner. I had it in the 60's or 70's, but then gave it away (stupid! stupid!)  I think it was called the Wishing Tree or something like that.  A family finds this tree that grants wishes in a very literal way.  The one detail I remember clearly is that a little boy wishes for something to eat, and right away his mouth fills with some kind of food.  The others ask him what kind of food it is, and he doesn't know - he says it just tastes like "Something".  Does anyone else remember this?

Your memory is absolutely right, it is called The Wishing Tree by William Faulkner, and I remember having a copy here not long ago.  Of course, I don't have one now, but I looked it up and it was published posthumously by Random House in 1964.  Most of the copies available are pricey, but I can get you an ex-library copy for $40 if you're interested.
Oh, good!  I was hoping at least part of the memory was right!  I may wait on buying this, though - there are so many books I want...  Thanks very much!  You have a wonderful website!


Witch in the House
I don't remember the title or author of this book, or what the book looks like.  It is dated in the 1980s or earlier (my guess is 1970s or 1980s).  It is written for young adults.  The story begins (I think) with a girl going to her swing set outside and finding two swings intertwined so one seat is above the other.   She untangles them, but every time a new day starts, she finds them tangled again. Finally, she decides to wait and watch to see who is doing this to her swings (I think).  Anyway, she eventually discovers that it is a witch who is stuck upside down, but who also happens to like to swing.  Since the witch is stuck upside down, she can't cast any spells.  The girl agrees to help the witch get unstuck.  The witch has her collect all sorts of ingredients for the spell, including a jellyfish and some wolfsbane.  In the meantime, the girl has to hide and feed the witch.  The witch eats nasty things from the garbage disposal like coffee grounds (her favorite) and orange rinds.  The only other thing I remember about
the story is that the girl has to go to public botanical gardens to get the wolfsbane.

W21 is A Witch in the House by Ruth Chew (swings, wolfbane, botanical garden, and all!)
W21 about the witch and the upside down swing is definitely a Ruth Chew book but I can't remember which one - I vividly remember her liking to eat coffee grounds . . . kind of made me fond of them myself;)  Try any of the Chew books with the word "Witch" in the title, I think.
This one is mine.  Looks like it's solved!  How do I go about making a purchase?  I'd love to have this
around for my nieces to read.
More on the suggested title - Witch in the House, written and illustrated by Ruth Chew, published Scholastic 1975, Hastings House 1976, 112 pages "Girls Laura and Jane get involved with a witch and a flying carpet" - not much of a plot description!


Witch Family
I am so excited about your booksite! What a great idea! Anyway, I know of two books that I really loved as a child, but I can't remember their titles or their authors. One was about a glass mountain, and I think there was either a witch or a mermaid or something in it, too. At the end of the book the person in the glass mountain I think got to come out.

I think I remember seeing a movie in the 70's called The Witch from Glass Mountain, but I could be confused. Let me do some research.
How about The Witch Family by Eleanor Estes? Witches, mermaid, glass mountain that turns real at the end so the mermaids swim out... Cool book.
The book is The Witch Family by Eleanor Estes, which wonderfully has recently become available again - it is about Old Witch who is "baquished" to the glass hill by 7 year old's Amy and Clarissa, but they feel bad for her and allow her to have a Little Witch girl to keep her company, and then a baby witch, too. It does involve a mermaid and a baby mermaid named "Bebe" who live inside the glass hill. Other characters are Malachi the Magic Bumblebee and Old Tom (the cat) and Young Tommy (the kitten).
About a little girl whose name I can’t remember (sheesh, this could test you!).  It’s all to with witches: I think she becomes a little witch and it’s a very life-enhancing experience for her.  God, I can’t remember *anything* about it except that I loved it and she invented the word “banquish”: a combination of “banish” and “vanquish”.  It was a brilliant book.  Oh well.
its about a young girl who goes to live on top of a glass hill/mt with two witches, there were more in the series, maybe with a baby, then to witch school. It's been bugging me to read it again after 20yrs or so. *sigh* I suppose you're used to this feeling by now.
Here it is:
Estes, Eleanor. The Witch Family. Illustrated by Edward Ardizzone. NY: Harcourt Brace & World, 1960. Ex-library copy, stickers removed from title and copyright pages, otherwise clean. VG-/VG+. $15ppd.
AND, it's still in print, so I can get you a paperback copy for about $6.
I had one other book which I found on your site-- The witch family. All I could ever remember was the 'glass mountain' and mermaid. I cant even tell you how cool it is to finally know what book that was! I loved that book!  Thanks so much for ending years of frustration!!!
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This book is a fantasy book where two little girls, who are best friends, meet another little girl who is somehow magical. They live in Washington, DC and one has hair the color of sunlight, the other moonlight. Their magical friend takes them to a cave where the water reflects beautiful colors on the walls of the cave and mermaids live there.

This is Eleanor Estes' The Witch Family.  The magical friend is the little witch, who lives on top of a
glass mountain with the mean old witch...the two little mortal girls have "banquished" the old witch there.
This is The Witch Family by Eleanor Estes. The two little girls with hair the colour of sunlight and moonlight are Amy and Clarissa, and in one of their adventures they visit the mermaid cave, as described in the stumper.
H48 THE WITCH FAMILY by Eleanor Estes, 1960 (but recently republished). Amy and Clarissa are 2 friends - one has hair the color of moonlight, one sunlight. ~from a librarian
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I'm looking for a children's book for my 3rd grade daughter.  I remember reading a book when I was in third or fourth grade (around 1969-1970). The characters were children, at least one of whom was a witch, and there was a threat that the witch would be "banquished" (instead of banished).  Any recollection?  it was very popular among my classmates at the time.  Thank you.

Yeah, it's true.  Some queries I solve without the stumper fee.  Couldn't resist asnwering this one: it's Witch Family by Eleanor Estes.
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Sorry, I have very little to go on here. I remember very little specifically about this book: no title, author, or characters' names. I'm fairly certain the main character was a girl. The story was "magical," in both senses. I believe there was a witch? The keywords are the main things that stick in my mind. I remember the main character defining "banquish," as a cross between banish and vanquish. The stone egg was some kind of talisman or other magic device. The bumblebee? Don't remember! I do seem to recall that part of the story took place in a small clearing in the woods, the grass there perfectly clipped (as if by deer?). The only other thing I remember, despite what my sketchy description implies, is that I LOVED this book. To this day I carry around a remnant of the terrific, sunny -- yes, magical -- feeling it gave me. Help!

banquish plus witch equals The Witch Family by Eleanor Estes.


Witch of Blackbird Pond
Maybe "Witch of the Glens" or similar  I read it ~1965-66. Fiction of teenage girl arriving in early America who developed friendship with local "witch" woman with healing/herbal powers, and also fell in love with sailor on the ship she traveled to New England on.  The "witch" was a good woman  she was about to be persecuted by superstitious townfolk near the end of the book, and the girl and sailor helped her escape to another place.  The girl thought she wouldn't see either of them again, but
the sailor came back because he loved her.

LC has Witch of the glens / by Sally Watson ; drawings by Barbara Werner.  New York : Viking Press, 1962.  275 p. With subject headings Gypsies--Fiction, Witches--Fiction, and Scotland--Fiction.  Those headings
don't necessarily look like a match, but maybe the author's name will ring a bell.
W41 sounds just like WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND, by Elizabeth George Speare.  This should still be in print as its a Newberry Winner.
There is a book called Witch of Glensby Sally Watson.  It was recomended to me, but I haven't read it yet, so I don't know if the plot matches.
W41 (Witch of the Glen) sounds a lot like The Witch of Blackbird Pond.
W-41  Sally Watson wrote Witch of the Glens, which definitely takes place in Scotland.  The rest of the story sounds similar to the stumper though.
Elizabeth George Speare, Witch of Blackbird Pond. This is the book that you want.  Witch of the Glens, by Sally Watson, takes place in Scotland in 1644 and is about a gypsy who becomes involved in the conflict between 'covenanters' and 'loyalists'.  The plot described in W41 is the plot of Witch of Blackbird Pond, where a young woman comes to Massachusetts, befriends the local 'wise woman' who is supposed to be a  witch, and gets embroiled in the witchcraft trials.  Both Witch of Blackbird Pond and Witch of the Glens are excellent. Witch of Blackbird Pond is still in print  Witch of the Glens is not--the copy I have came from a library sale.


click here for imageWitch with the Long Sharp Nose
I am looking for an old book - early to mid 1970's - from my childhood.  This book is about a little girl who is left to watch an old woman's house - an old woman with a long pointy nose - and she is told not to look up the chimney!  She does and a long feather bag falls out - a feather bag stuffed full of money!  The old woman finds out a pokes her with her long, pointy nose.  I am desperate to find a copy of this book.  I now have kids of my own, and would love to share this with them.  Please help!

I have this book! Trouble is, it's still in one of my 40 boxes from the Lansing Book Fair, and won't be unpacked until after the Akron Book Fair April 13.  Can you wait?  I'm positive it's there, I actually sat down and read it when I was supposed to be working....
THANK YOU, THANK YOU!  Yes, I can wait.  This is a really good lead for me, and I appreciate such a quick response.  I have going crazy trying to locate this book!  Thank you for checking.  I think the little girl's name was Jenny Marie  or Jenny Maria?  Does that sound like the book?
Yes, her name is Jennie Maria.  Here it is-- (sorry for the delay)--
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Faulkner, Nancy.  The Witch with the Long Sharp Nose.  Illustrated by Ronald M. Lehew.  EP Dutton, 1972, first edition.  Ex-library but fairly clean in nice dust jacket.  Edgeworn.  G+/VG <SOLD>  


Witches and the Grinnygog
Hi, I've got a "memory jog" question for you!  About a book I'm trying to find for a dear friend as a present, which she vaguely recalls yet seems to have found no one ever who has heard of it or read it.  It was a childrens or young adult text called something like The Witches of Grinnagog? I have searched all variants on the various "book in print"  databases and found nothing even close.  So, the plot is about some children  who go into a town and there is a local church, in which several ancient artifacts are excavated.  When this happens, these three? women come into the town, and it turns out that they are three witches from the 16th century, somehow connected to these artifacts! This is all that I know, and I regret to say the author remains nameless in memory, but that it was a woman with a somewhat "bland" name!  (Sorry, to the nameless author, I only report what was told me!)

The book is probably Witches and the Grinnygog, by Dorothy Edwards.



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This is a book featuring Amy and her friend Jean.  They find a magic broom that flies.

Witch's Broom by Ruth Chew.
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Chew, Ruth. Witch's Broom.  Dodd, Mead and Company, 1977.  Ex-library copy with usual markings and clipped dj flaps.  VG-/VG-.  $18
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Witch's Egg
About the book I'm looking for:   I think the title of the book is "The Witches Egg". I had it during the 70's or 80's. It is the sroty of a witch that lives in an old eagle's nest where she watches T.V., eats Oreo cookies, and drinks Coca Cola. While she is away from her nest one day a cuckoo bird lays an egg in her nest. The witch decides to call the bird, Witchbird, and raise him herself, against the advise of the bird community. It is rather humorous how the witch flys off in search of worms for the bird. Then it's time for the baby bird to leave the nest and fly south to Florida. The witch is broken hearted, but Witchbird comes back in the spring to spend the summer in the north and the winter in Florida. I used to read it to my students at school and they loved it! Hope someone is able to help me.

I found the book I was looking for, Witch's Egg, in theLibrary of Congress. I got the idea after reading through many of your stumpers. Thanks ever so much!!!!
I have an answer for you! W54 is most definitely called The Witche's Egg" I remember seeing this book at my library, it was a very thin early readerish beginning chapter kind of book with a green border around the picture of the Witch on the front cover.  This is by Madeline Edmonson BTW.  Thanks for your site!
Edmondson, Madeleine.  The Witch's Egg. Illustrated by Kay Chorao.  Seabury Press, 1974.
A strong possibility from Junior Bookshelf, August 1975: Edmondson, M. "The Witch's Egg", illustrated by K. Chorao, 40 pages, 237x185cm, Macmillan "Witch Agatha is not an attractive witch, being intent upon mischievous and malicious errands. One day she finds a cuckoo's egg in her nest and determines to hatch it out herself. The bird finally emerges and the two become great friends, Agatha teaching him her witch secrets so
that they can cooperate in the work of scaring and annoying people. At autumn time however, the cuckoo decides that he with the other birds must migrate, and he leaves a very sorrowful witch behind. Spring however brings
him back and thereafter he spends the summer with Agatha and the winter in Florida." An ad in the June 1975 issue for Macmillan says "The Witch's Egg, Madeleine Edmondson, illustrated in black and white by Kay Chorao. How bad-tempered Witch Agatha hatched a cuckoo's egg and produced Witchbird who made scaring people much more fun." There's a line-drawing which I can scan and send if it helps.


Wizard Children of Finn
I remember loving this book that I read at the school library when I was in elementary school (1980-1985), but I have no idea what the title was. It was about two children (I think a boy and a girl) who ended up accidentally going back in time to ancient Ireland. The book is about their adventures as they try to figure out how to get back home. For a while they're lost in a forest, and I think there's someone who saves them from a wild boar. Anyway, when they get back home, they discover that they left behind a flashlight. When they read about an Irish god or hero with a sort of "light saber", they think it's the man they befriended with the flashlight they left behind.

Mary Tannen, The Wizard Children of Finn, 1981.  Thanks to a magic book, two children travel back in time to the Ireland of two thousand years ago, where young Finn McCool is struggling to become leader of the Fianna, a famous band of
warrior heroes.  There is also a sequel, The Lost Legend of Finn.


Wizard of Earthsea
I was a teenager when a teacher made our class read a book that was not typical of the books I like.  What I remember is this.  It was either a set of three books or 1 book divided into 3 sections within the book and I believe it had something to do with a trilogy.  Their was some sort of magician type figure and he did a lot of traveling which you could turn to the front of the book and follow his journeys with maps.  I thought it would be a classic because a teacher made us read it but when I go to a bookstore and look in the "classics" section it isn't there.  Any help would be great!   Thank you.

Have you checked the Wizard of Earthsea trilogy by Ursula LeGuin?  The wizard does travel a lot and there are maps in the book where you can follow his journey.  Plus, they're sort of considered to be classic fantasy books and I know I had to read them when I was in school.
J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings.
JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings.  I hesitate to even submit this because it seems so obvious and therefore seems like it could not POSSIBLY be the book the poster is looking for...but maybe the Lord of the Rings trilogy? It is 3 books and contains maps.  It is oftentimes required reading in the secondary grades.  Gandalf the wizard (magician figure?) does travel a lot (along with many other characters). It seems to fit, but I would think it would be readily available in any classics section!
Ursula LeGuin, Earthsea Trilogy, 1968 onward.  I'd tend to weigh in on the side of the Earthsea trilogy, if for no other reason than that with the LOTR movies coming out the poster would probably have caught on to that possibility.  The books consist of  A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, and The Farthest Shore (later additions include Tehanu, The Other Wind, and Tales from Earthsea, but the first trilogy stands alone).  There are certainly maps in the beginning of the books. "Often compared to Tolkien's Middle-earth or Lewis's Narnia, Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea is a stunning fantasy world that grabs quickly at our hearts, pulling us deeply into its imaginary realms. The books tell a tale about a reckless, awkward boy named Sparrowhawk who becomes a wizard's apprentice after the wizard reveals Sparrowhawk's true name. The boy comes to realize that his fate may be far more important than he ever dreamed possible. Le Guin challenges her readers to think about the power of language, how in the act of naming the world around us we actually create that world. Teens, especially, will be inspired by the way Le Guin allows her characters to evolve and grow into their own powers."
Patricia McKillip, The Riddle-Master of Hed, 1976.  This is only a possibility, because I don't remember whether or not there were maps, but McKillip wrote a fantasy trilogy (the other books are The Heir of Sea and Fire and Harpist in the Wind) about a prince with magic powers who has to make his way home following a shipwreck. A good plot description can be found here.
T134-  I believe that the first respondent is correct with the book I am looking for.   The Title and author seems right.  I'll email you again after I check out the book.  I know for sure it is not Lord of the Rings.  Thanks for your help!


Wizard of Oz series
Hi - My mom remembers a series of books she read as a child in the 1930's about "purple land", "yellow land", etc. where everything in that land was the same color.  That's all she remembers, but they were her favorite childhood books.  Any ideas?  Thanks!

I wonder if these are The Wizard of Oz books by L. Frank Baum.  There are four countries in the land of Oz and they are all different colors with everything in each land in that color.  The land of the Munchkins is blue, the land of Winkies is yellow, the Quadlings are red and the Gillikins are purple.  Baum wrote 14 Oz books from 1901 to his death in 1914.  The series was continued on by others and there are about 35 official Oz books.
#C68--Color lands:  Sounds a little like L. Frank Baum's Oz books.  In the book of The Wizard of Oz, the Emerald City was only emerald as long as the characters were wearing emerald-colored glasses.  When they removed them, all was white.
Not the Oz books?  Each quadrant of  Oz had a different colour, as well as the Emerald City where everything was green.  The colours are emphasized more in some books than others.  I remember reading one in the 50's called Purple Prince of Oz.  It would have been written by one of the people who took over after Baum's time.


Women
i'm looking for a hardcover book called Women. i don't know much about the book. only that the hardcover is ALL black and it's out of print...sorry I'm not much help. i'm trying to find this book for my friend. she liked it a lot and it was stolen from her. if you know what book i'm looking for or any information about it please let me know, i would greatly appreciate it.

Well, it's a shot in the dark, but a fairly good one: I have a small black book called WOMEN. The title is in gilt on the spine, but black on black on the front cover, making it rather inconspicuous. No author is listed, but it was published by Knopf in 1919. The chapter headings are: The Women are Splendid, Characteristics of Women, Why Men Love Women, Women in Love, and The Best of Both Worlds. The copy I have is a second printing, 1919, in good shape with wear to the spine head and corners. Yours for $20, postage included. 


Wonderful Fashion Doll
I am searching for a chapter book that I read about 1962.  The story is about a child who acquired an antique doll and the diary of the doll's original owner.  This was a Barbie type doll, and the book had some descriptions of its clothing.  I remember a reference to a 'reticule' and 'kid gloves', and also that the doll came in a trunk.  In the diary the girl talked about playing on the nursery floor with the doll, and she also described a blizzard taking place. This book is not "Hitty", "Ginnie and the Mystery Doll", "Grandmother's Doll" nor "Plantation Doll".

#A106 sounds like The Wonderful Fashion Doll by Laura Bannon.  In it, a little girl finds an old doll with a trunk full of beautiful clothes, including a reticule.
Norma Kassirer, Magic Elizabeth. 1966. The "Antique Doll" stumped sounds like it COULD be Magic Elizabeth.  There is a trunk, and a long-ago girl's diary, and the antique doll is eventually found.
Sheila Greenwald, The Secret in Miranda's Closet?  Miranda finds the antique doll in her babysitter's attic, but I always pictured it as bigger than Barbie-size. I'm not sure, but I think there might be a scene where she's playing with the doll during a snow storm.  If I remember right, Miranda's doll doesn't have a trunk, though, she has a hat box.  The doll had old-fashioned clothes, which is what made me think of it when you mentioned "kid gloves."


Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet
Mushroom people--this is a jr hi level or so science fiction series--there's a character, or character, who's somehow part mushroom, or related to mushrooms--he lives in a cellar or basement and the human children of the neighborhood are his friends.  In one book they go to the moon and save the lives of the moon people by leaving their pet hen who can lay eggs for the moon people who need a little sulphur in their diets but can't get it any more for some reason--the eggs have a trace of sulphur in the yolks.

Eleanor Cameron's Mushroom Planet series.  See more on Most Requested Books.
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Cameron, Eleanor. The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet. Illustrated by Robert Henneberger.  Little, Brown, 1954, 1988. New paperback, $8


Wonderful Magic-Motion Machine
This was my favorite book as a child. I remeber the first few lines by heart.  "When Herbie McNally was seven or so he lived in a climate that never had snow.  By golly said Herbie, I know how it looks, I've often seen pictures of snow in my books.  But I wish I could see it and watch it come down,  I'd like a great snowstorm to cover this town".  The book also had holograms (I think that's what they are called).   I would love to locate this book.  Thank you for your help!

The Wonderful Magic-Motion Machine by Albert Miller


Wonderful O
I don't know the title or author of this book only that it was a witty comment on the usage of the letter "O" and the totalitarianism of a dictator who refused to allow the letter "O" in his kingdom. At one point, he is attacked by all the things and animals he sought to ban from his world. When some bats appear, he cries out that there is no "O" in bat. But the creatures hiss "Chiroptera" and divebomb him. Obviously, this is a very clever book (i.e., not just for kids) and I'd really like any information you have on it. Please tell me the title, author and whether you have it in stock. Thanking you in advance.

O-3 -- Sounds like it could be The Wonderful O by James Thurber. Bad pirates forbid the use of the letter "o" on a small island....leading to all sorts of misery. Including poor Ophelia Oliver having to resort to seclusion out of embarrassment.

Of course.
Thurber, James. The Wonderful O. Illustrated by Marc Simont. Simon & Schuster, 1957. First edition. F/F $45
... another copy. Also a first edition, but lacking the dust jacket. $18



Wonderful Tree
This is a children's book about a boy (my mom said a boy and a girl) who plants a winged seed.  Overnight it grows into a big tree.  An elevator comes down... I remember an old fashioned kind and it had a plushy seat in it.  It takes him up into the tree where there is a house.  The boy lives in the house all year.  He sweeps leaves and/or snow off the porch... he skis on the branches.. I think maybelions come to visit in the summer?  I don't remember how it ends.   I believe it would have been published in the late 60's or early 70's.  The book was fairly large, not thick.  All we know of the title is that it wasn't called "The Winged Seed". (Why don't libraries keep better records of the books they buy?!)

Ulf Lofgren, The Wonderful Tree, 1969, 1970 (1st American ed.). After all these years I found it!!!  Thank God for Ebay!!


Wonderful World of Aunt Tuddy
This is a request for a friend. I'm usually pretty good at this and it does ring a bell, but I'm afraid I can't get any farther.  "Children are being bullied  an aunt comes to their rescue. The aunt has a long interesting name, like Cozy-Worth. She is fierce and even takes on the local community commander general. The  illustrations are outragious - like a cross between James Marshall and Ogden Nash."
My first thought was of a Mrs. PiggleWiggle story, but I don't think so. Any help is appreciated.

Jeremy Gury, and illustrated by Hilary Knight, The Wonderful World of Aunt Tuddy, 1958.  You're so close, you must have seen the book at some time! "Aunt Tuddy" is illustrated by Hilary Knight, who also illustrated most of the "Mrs. Pigglewiggle" books. "There was a feud between Aunt Tuddy and Major Dexter / which dated back forty years or more / When he was lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps / And she was a sweet, young frivolous thing, / A debutante of the preceding spring. / And one evening when he came to call, / The proudest young officer of all, / She managed to put in his new Army hat /Several fresh eggs--and that was that."  The illustrations are priceless, and the rhyming story is a hoot!
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There was an Aunt Tuttle character and a house with many cats, all of which were named, ending with the name Ashurbanipal. Then there was an old guy named Dexter P. Dexter. For some reason I am thinking that she was rich and was going to leave her money to the cats and Dexter P. Dexter was trying to stop her from doing so.  The illustrations are reminiscent of Hilary Knight's (the illustrator of the Eloise books and certain Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books), but I've checked the Library of Congress catalog and Hilary Knight apparently didn't illustrate the book (perhaps I'm mistaken? or perhaps the illustrations are "in the style of" Hilary Knight).

I suggested Hilary Knight because I was thinking of The Wonderful World of Aunt Tuddy, written by Jeremy Gury and illustrated by Hilary Knight in 1958.  Maybe not, but worth a shot, at any rate...
Hi -- I'm the one that sent in that stumper and you were right  I do think it is The Wonderful World of Aunt Tuddy.  That does sound exactly like the book that I wanted -- could you please look for the book for me.  I need one copy, and may take two if you find two.  Thank you so much for your suggestion.
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This book was about an excentric old woman (maybe named Tilly, but I'm not sure).  She had a number of cats.  The king of the roost was named Asher Banipul.  The woman went to a department store in a raincoat and galloshes.  She took a ride on a motorcycle, and if I remember correctly, ended up in a river.  I also remember one of the cats looking at a picture of this woman as a baby, and the cat having a very funny look on its face.  I think the book may have had a picture of a Victorian style house on the front.  The whole thing was done in detailed line drawings.

I don't know the title of C143, but Ashurbanipul was the name of an Assyrian king. Perhaps that spelling will yield more results?
Gury, Jeremy, illustrator Hilary Knight, The Wonderful World of Aunt Tuddy. NY: Random 1958.  This is on the Solved list, and one of the descriptions says that Aunt Tuddy has a series of cats, each named Ashurbanipul (a Biblical character who "scattered his enemies" I think. Hilary Knight's illustrations are distinctive and may help ID the book.


Won't Somebody Play with Me?
I'm looking for a book that I used to love when I was about 8 years old, in the mid/late- 70's. I used to get it out of our school library all the time, and now I'd love to get a copy. Unfortunately (there's always an unfortunately, isn't there...), I can't remember the name of the book or the author. I remember that the illustrations were very detailed and reminded me of Maurice Sendak, but I'm fairly certain that it's not him. The book was about this little girl who was having a birthday and no one showed up to her house, so she decided that she didn't need any of them. The book went on to explore all of the scenarios she dreamed up to show her good-for-nothing friends what a great time she could have without them. In one scene, she had a roller coaster inside of her house and she would walk around, dressed like a queen. When her retched little friends would come knocking on her door because they were cold and hungry, she would tell them to beat it. In the end, it turns out they were having a surprise party for her and she felt bad for harboring all of the ill feelings about them. She must have learned some sort of lesson about needing friends or something, but when I was a kid, all I wanted was that indoor roller coaster. Have you ever encountered such a book? It was a hardcover and the drawings were incredibly detailed, it seems like they were drawn in fine ink. For a while, I thought that the girl's name might be Rosie, or something similar, but I may have been getting confused with "Really Rosie". Anyway, if you think you may know anything about this book, I'd appreciate it immensely and then my inner child could stop moping around.

Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present by Charlotte Zolotow illustrated by Maurice Sendak.
Hi - B7 is definitely not Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present, which is a story about a little girl looking for the perfect birthday present for her mother.
I am holding this wonderful little book in my lap as I type!  It is Won't Somebody Play With Me?  Story and pictures by Steven Kellogg, Dial books for young readers, Copyright 1972 by Steven Kellogg.  ISBN 0-8037-9612-9  (Where do I redeem my brownie points?)
WOW!!! I mean WOW!!!!!  I was just perusing your website and found a request I had made quite a while ago (gotta be a year). I think I remember just sending in an email, so I don't think there was a place to check back. Or maybe there was (see, my lousy memory still hasn't gotten any better . . .). ANYWAY, I was looking at a message board I frequent and someone was looking for another long-lost book. One of the other members suggested she check here. I was just looking through your "Solved Mysteries" on the off chance someone else might have been looking for this same book I was and voila! There it was!! (I was doing a search on the word "birthday") At first I didn't even remember writing the original request and was amazed that this person also thought the girl's name might be Rosie (I've really got to start taking ginko-baloba or something).  So I guess my question is "Who is this fabulous person typing in brown who has my book and is it still around??" Also, to whom do I present the truckload of brownie points?  So if you're the mystery-solver, let me say THANK YOU!! That has been driving me crazy for years (I'm not kidding. I wish I was.)! Now, how can I get my grubby little hands on this book? :)  Thanks and WOO-HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Woody Woodpecker Shoots the Works
I think this was a Golden Book, but I'm not sure.  One of the two main characters (I think Wood Woodpecker) had a job as a night watchman in a factory. When he made popcorn as a birthday surprise for his friend, he accidentally set off the fireworks which the factory made.  The book concludes with his friend ducking from shooting fireworks and telling Woody that this was his best birthday ever.

Looks like Woody Woodpecker Shoots the Works by the Walter Lantz Studios, illustrated by Fran and Armstrong McSavage, Whitman Tell-a-Tale, 1955.  There's a picture of the factory on the cover, and Woody is holding a lantern, as a night watchman might.


Worst Witch
Hello:)  I had a favorite book when I was a young child and I'm hoping you can help me in finding the name and author and/or availability.  It was about a young witch who was sent off to witch school (I think), but who wasn't very good at being a witch.  I remember that she had a fake nose that she wore because her really one was cute and not very witch-like, but that's all I remember about the story itself, other than being able to picture some of the pictures in my mind. I also know that it was hardbound and was covered in fabric.  I believe the inside of the covers had a spiderweb design, but I could be wrong.  Do you know this book???  It's been driving me crazy for years now, although I know the book HAS to be somewhere in my mom's attic - but finding it would be like finding a needle in a haystack.

is this Witch Dorrie?  byCoombs
The Witch Family by Eleanor Estes - my absolute favorite childhood book - I used to pretend I went to school with the witch girls.
Nope:(  Unfortunately, after reading some of the summaries of this book on the web, it's not the one I had.  The book I had was about just one little witch - it was almost a Cinderella-type story - one little misunderstood witch - the kind of story that's always appealed to me, lol.  I'm afraid I'll never find out who it was by or what it was called unless I find the cop