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Kap the Kappa
Kap the Kapper?  I remember the story started with a little boy who lived in the ocean.  He swam with a school of carp. He was caught in a net by a fisherman and brought to the fisherman's village. He had a little pool of water on his head he had to keep filled.  Initially he was fine in the village, but I recall near the end he falls from a cliff and the water spills out and he becomes ill.  He is eventually returned to the sea.

Lifton, Betty Jean, Kap the Kappa.  NY Morrow 1960.  No plot description, but the title is close. Kappas are a Japanese water-spirit, looking like children but with a depression in the top of the head which holds water. If the water spills out they are weakened. 

Karlson on the Roof
This story is about a little man who can fly and has to press a button in his middle. I remember the illustrations quite clearly. He had black hair with a school boys cap ? For some reason I seem to think he was Belgian or Dutch.

Just in case, check out Paulus and the Acornemn.  It's Dutch, Paulus is teeny tiny, the illustrations are fabulous, and he can fly, at least if he rides on the back of a bird....  Aside from that, no match....
Strong possibility: Astrid Lindgren, Karlson on the Roof  illustrated by Ilon Wikland, published London, Methuen 1975, 120 pages, also published Oxford UP 1958 as Eric and Karlsson-on-the-Roof. "He is a small and very stout and determined gentleman, and he can fly. Karlson has only to turn a knob which is just about in the middle of his stomach and - whoops! - a tiny engine which he has on his back starts up. Karlson stands still for a moment while the engine warms up. And then - when the propeller has got up enough speed - Karlson rises in the air and glides away, as dignified as a bank manager, if you can imagine a bank manager with a propellor on his back." He has a little house on the roof, behind a chimney stack, and says "Heysan hoppsan!" a lot. 

Karius and Baktus
OK, here's a goofy one.  It was one of my brother's favourite books.  It was about two little men with unusual names who lived in peoples mouths, and 'mined' their teeth with pickaxes, causing cavities of course.  At the end of the book, the mouth's owner finally brushes his teeth, washing the two little guys down the drain (from where they emerge to move into someone else's mouth eventually).  It was a hard-cover book with no picture on the front, blue and off-white I think (of course, it may have had a dust jacket once).  The title might have been the names of the two little men.  Any ideas?

This one I'm pretty sure of: Karius and Baktus by Thorbjorn Egner. Published in English twice, first in 1962 by Bobbs-Merrill, then a different translation in 1993 by Skandisk. The 1962 blurb is "Karius and Baktus are Dental Trolls who live in the mouth of a small boy named Jimmy." The later version says "With names derived from tooth 'caries' and 'bacteria', these mischievous, microscopic rascals make life miserable for Erik, in whose mouth Karius and Baktus have made their home." It was first published in Norwegian in 1949.

click for imageKaroleena
First one is probably from the late '40's to mid 1960's. All I can remember of the plot is that a young girl was living at some sort of hotel(?) and she was given a mud bath. She liked it so much, she tried to give a mud bath to her neighbor's dog. But of course, the dog gets sick from the bath. I'm quite sure its not a Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle or Eloise title. And it was a book aimed at younger readers.

M95 mud bath: Let's try this one - Karoleena, written and illustrated by Charlotte Steiner, published Doubleday 1957. "Karoleena has good intentions, but she always seems to get into trouble - like giving someone's lap dog a mud bath, and making friends with a goat who eats her hat. 2-color illustrations. Ages 4-8." (HB Oct/57 p.345 pub.ad)

A book about a little girl named Kate who lived in a brownstone or row home in a big city.  (NY?)  I think there were a series of books with Kate as the the main character.  Second or third grade reading level.  I wish I could provide more information, but second grade was a long time ago.

There was a series called Katie John by Mary Calhoun...
Katie John is set in some midwestern state on the Mississippi River, like in Missouri or somewhere.  She does live in a brown stone house.
Frieda Friedman, The Janitor's Girl,1962.  I bought this from Scholastic or Tab in the early '60s. Kate is pictured on the cover. Her dad gets a job as the superintendent in a brownstone, and they move in. Her sister is aghast that they will become "the janitor's girls" to the snooty folks who live there (and, in fact, do). Kate gets a job sorting and delivering mail in the building, with her father's admonition not to read postcards.
The main character in the Janitor's Girl is Sue Langdon.
Jean Little, Kate, 1960?  I believe that this may be Kate, by Jean Little.  Kate does live in New York.  One of the few details I remember is that she has an uncle named Saul, and asks "Sol as in King Solomon" and he says "No, Saul as in King Saul."  She does definiely live in New York. She's also in Hey World, Here I Am and one other book by Jean Little, but I can't find the title!

Kate and Emma
Eng writer F - Penguin - England 50' to 70's - two female school chums - one becomes a social worker - other marries badly, has children, goes on welfare - social worker is assigned chum's case & discovers child neglect - one child lives and eats tied like a dog in shed - cannot speak.

Monica Dickens, Kate and Emma,
1964, approximate.  A possibility.
Monica Dickens, Kate and Emma. Whoever posted on your site "Monica Dickens, Kate and Emma" provided the correct solution. Thank you very much.

Kate Smith Stories of Annabelle
1950's illustrated book.  Annabelle was a large eyed girl, illus. in soft color, several stories in one large picture bk  including thunder story, with an old man beating his thunder drum, told to allay child's fears  also a tooth under the pillow and showing fairies building castles with the teeth. Seeker remembers this as a large, thin picture book, thinks title was The Stories of Annabell., and she wants it for her grandaughter.  Rainy sky picture and teeth castles are biggest memory of bk. thanks

Kate Smith, Kate Smith Stories of Annabelle, 1951.  I remembered that the book was written by singer Kate Smith, of all things, and I found it in the Library of Congress catalog, with the title listed as KATE SMITH STORIES OF ANNABELLE. They give its LC number as P28.5404 Kat FT MEADE.

I wish I could remember more of the plot of this story--it's another young adult fiction novel I read in the early to mid 70's.  No recollection of title nor author, unfortunately.  The main character is a teenage girl who develops a friendship and secret crush on her new older (older than her, but he's a young man) male neighbor.  I think the story takes place the summer before the new school year, and he is going to be a teacher at her school when school takes up again in the fall.  I remember a big storm, perhaps bad enough that everyone needed to find a basement or cellar, and I believe that in trying to gather her family together to safety she happens upon him and her mother together--it may have been innocent, but turns out the guy (neighbor) is much more interested in the (married) mother.  At some point in one of their talks, she mentions that she wants a whole drawerfull of cashmere sweaters (her older sister, I think, may have had several, while she had none), and at the end of the story he gives her a cashmere sweater as a gift.  I know it's not much to go on, but does this sound familiar to anyone??  I've been thinking about this book for a very long time, and would love to read it again.

I have written you twice already today.  You probably think I am nutz.  But I no longer need the bookstumper service.  I have the title of the book, which is Kathy by Aleda Renken.

Kathy and the Mysterious Statue
It's about four children and their widowed Father who is an artist - possibly sculptor - who's inherited an old house in his native seaside  town, probably in Maine. The eldest daughter makes friends with a lady in an antiques shop and helps her to arrange some lovely old dolls in the  shop window. The girl makes a tea set for these dolls and finds she wants to become a potter. There are probably some minor adventures involving the other children. Father will of course marry the antiques dealer who may have been an old friend! The book could not have been published AFTER 1958.

Your featured stumper is definitely Kathy and the Mysterious Statue by Lee Kingman published by Doubleday in 1952.  I read it just two weeks ago for the first time, and it absolutely fits the plot description--sculptor father with a back injury moves his family to the town in Maine where he grew up in order to start a pottery business.  The daughter Kathy gets acquainted with his old art teacher who runs a furniture store and begins making miniature tea sets and solves a mystery involving a statue.

Katie John
This book is not just singular…it was a series of books about a little girl who lived in the country.  I don’t remember the name of the series nor the author.  The only clues I have are there was either a chapter or possibly the name of one book in the series, entitled Hot Potato Katie and that the little girl had red hair in braids and freckles.  The storyline that beligs to the title above is one day when it’s really cold, her mother puts baked potatoes in her mittens to keep her hands warm, and sends her off to school.  Somehow the other children find out and taunt her, calling her Hot Potato Katie.  It had to be released prior to 1973, because I read it when I was around 6 or 7, and I was born in 1973.  I really wanted to get them for my daughter, but with so little to go one, I can’t seem to find them.  And our local library has relocated twice, so I am sure the age of the books and moving around has assured that they are no longer there.  Any help would be so appreciated!

H9  This sounds very familiar.  Could you be thinking of the Katie John books by Mary Calhoun?  I think the first three (Katie John; Depend on Katie John; Honestly, Katie John!) were all written in the 1960s.  I know I read about the hot potato episode somewhere, and I read the first three books, so maybe it's in one of them.   There was a later book (Katie John and Heathcliff), but I didn't read that one and don't know when it was published.
Isn't that question referring to the Katie John books by Mary Calhoun?  I seem to recall there being a chapter about the potatoes...If so, there were  four of them--Katie John, For Love of Katie John, Honestly, Katie John!, and Katie John and Heathcliff.
We love your web site.  What a great service.  My wife is looking for a series of adventure story books she read in the late 1950's or early 1960's featuring a girl named Karen.  They were sold through her school when she was in the fourth grade or so.  Sorry, but that's the only information I have.  Any help would be appreciated.

Two wonderful books, written by Karen's mother, Marie Killilea. Marie and her husband Jim started the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation. The books are titled Karen, and With Love, From Karen.
I would have to disagree; the Karen books focus on Karen and her family and how they cope with her cerebral palsy.  They are wonderful books, though.
Tizz series, 1970s.  Could this be the Tizz series, about a girl and her horse?  (My sister's name is Karen, and I vaguely remember that she loved this series  for that reason.)  I don't remember the author, but the last name
probably began in the C - F range...
Bialk, Elisa. Tizz & Company.  Childrens Press, 1958.
Mary Calhoun, Katie John series.  I sent you this stumper a while back.  We've found the books my wife was looking for - the Katie John series by Mary Calhoun, the first three books of which were published between 1960 and 1963.  I guess memory plays tricks, since the main character's name was unfortunately not precisely Karen.
I read this in the early 70's I think--about the adventures of a girl(age 10?) who was best friends with a boy, her next door neighbor, and they used a sort of pulley line connected between their houses whenever they wanted the other one to do something. I think there was an overgrown garden somewhere in the story.

Alcott?, Jack and Jill.  I don't know how old a book you're thinking of...but Louisa May Alcott's Jack and Jill is about boy and girl neighbours who both get hurt in a sledding accident, and send each other things over a sort of pulley line between their houses. No garden in that story that I can remember, though.
No, it was a more recent book, similar in style to Beverly Cleary. Thanks anyway!
Hans Christian Andersen, The Snow Queen.  This is a real shot in the dark, but there are two children, boy and girl, who
communicate across flower boxes that link their windows in adjoining houses.  I think the boy's name was Kay.
Katie-John!  There was a series of books about Katie-John about this time.  She was about ten and her best friend was a boy named Edgar, I think.  I think one of the books has her holding the tin can, too.
I think that's it--The Katie John series by Mary Calhoun! Thank you!
Calhoun, Mary, Katie-John books.  I just finished re-reading the Katie John books, and there is nothing at all about a pulley system and messages.  Katie John's best friend is a girl named Sue, who does not live next door or across the street.  In the third book, Honestly, Katie John!, Katie does become friends with a boy named Edgar, but he lives in a cemetery (his father is caretaker) and they never communicate with anything resembling a pulley system.  There is a fourth book, Katie John and Heathcliff  that was written long after the rest of the series (in 1980) and takes place when Katie John is older and in high school that I have not read.
Girl in front of large brick house on cover. Chapter book from the 1970s about a girl who moves into a house left to her family.  Must rent rooms.  Dumbwaiter.
Mary Calhoun, Katie John.This is definitely Katie John, right down to the brick house on the cover.  Sequels are Depend on Katie John  Honestly, Katie John  and Katie John and Heathcliff.
Helen Markley Miller, Beloved Monster, 1968, copyright. Fun young adult romance that I borrowed several times from the library growing up.   The cover of the book was quite attractive, with a young blonde woman in front of a large mansion.
Calhoun, Mary, Katie John.This is it.  It also has several sequels!
Mary Calhoun, Depend on Katie John, 1963. This is the second in the 4-book series about resourceful and rambunctious Katie John.  In this book, she helps find boarders so her parents can manage the financial burdens of the big house bequeathed to them by Aunt Emily.  Katie John helps out her parents in managing the boarders and experiences a lot of mixed feelings about the hard work and the relationships involved.
Mary Calhoun, Katie John. I think this is Katie John by Mary Calhoun. There were several sequels.
Possibly Carol (aka Carol from the Country) by Frieda Friedman, 1950. There's definitely a dumbwaiter involved - it turns out to be very important. According to one source, Carol snubs her new city neighbors because they're not as well off as she is/was, though my (faulty?) memory is simply that she missed her old country friends terribly and felt no one could live up to them as friends, so she unintentionally acted rude to her new neighbors to the point where her mother says sadly "you have no talent for friends." Friedman's books are (now) low-key looks at working-class city kids - and before 1960, she even tackled the issue of prejudice, more than once.
Calhoun, Mary, Katie John, 1960. Katie John's family moves into the house they inherited. She gets stuck in a dumbwaiter at one point. There is at least one cover online featuring a girl in front of a brick building.
Mary Calhoun, Katie John. Followed by "Depend on Katie John," "Honestly Katie John," and then about 20 years later.
Could it be Harriett the Spy? The book shows her in front of a brick building and there's a dumbwaiter in the book.

Mary Calhoun, Katie John, 1960, approximate. I believe this is the book you are looking for.  Mary Calhoun wrote several books about the adventures of Katie John.  "Katie John and her family move into an inherited house in order to sell it, but find they don't want to part with it."

SOLVED Thank you. Was Katie John, and I just ordered it for my daughter.
A young girl is brought to stay with a relative (aunt?) who lives in an old brick Victorian (not sure if Victorian) house. I believe the reason was because her mother was ill. I think that the cover of the book had a drawing of the house and it was somewhat square-ish  and very large. At first the girl hates the house and is very bored. As she explores the house she finds interesting features. One of the features is a speaking tube through which she can hear conversations downstairs. This is an important part of the story for what she hears people talking about. The story also deals with the girl making friends and I think I remember there being problems with that. She eventually loves the house and is sad to leave it in the end.

Mary Calhoun, Katie John. Sounds an awful lot like one of the books in the Katie John series, by Mary Calhoun, perhaps "Katie John" or "Depend on Katie John". In the books Katie isn't sent to live with a relative, but moves into an old Victorian house along with her parents. However, I clearly remember the the speaking tubes in one of the Katie John books, and that she had some issues making friends - I think because she might have been considered a bit of a tomboy.  One of the books in the series may be the one you are looking for.

SOLVED: Thank you! Katie John it is. Yup, yup, red brick squarish house. Story is right.

Katie Kittenheart
A coming-of-age type of story:  A girl, approximately 12, an Anne of Green Gables type of girl, a loner, is unhappily forced to move to Vermont with her parents, possibly to live with her grandfather?  She learns how to tap the sugar trees on his property and make syrup and starts to like her life there.  Just at the ending/finale, a small child is hurt at her school and the teacher has to leave in a huge storm to find help or take care of the child, leaving our heroine alone, in charge of a classroom of small, frightened children.  She entertains them, keeps their fears at bay, and altogether saves the day.  I think she had red hair?  Any help is greatly appreciated.  This is not the well-known sugarbush story that comes immediately to mind.

Sorensen, Virginia Eggertsen, Miracles on Maple Hill, 1956.  Not Vermont but Pensylvannia - could it possibly be this book about Marly and her family who move to her grandfather's farm when her father returns from the war.
What a great service!  I have been trying for years to remember the names of those books and you got them solved in a matter of days.  W178 is Patricia's Secret (I checked on the Internet and they even had one with the cover, which I remember, so I know it's the right one), F204 is The Unchosen and M325 is Marsha, thank you, thank you.   The last one, V40, sounds like Miracle on Maple Hill which I have read, but I don't think it is that one, although I want to get it from the library and double check before submitting a denial, it was a very good guess.  You have made my day, you have no idea!
Mason, Miriam E., Katie Kittenheart, 1957.  Although I can't find my copy to double-check the details, I'm pretty sure that Katie Kittenheart tells the story of young Katie discovering her bravery by helping a class of young children through a fierce storm. She admires her teacher and tries to emulate her behavior.  May be the one?
Jacqueline Jackson, The Taste of Spruce Gum
early 1960s?, approximate.  This is not Miracles on Maple Hill, although that was similar in plot and character.  I think the book I am looking for was more for younger children, not juvenile fiction.  Hope someone will recognize it, thank you!
I just looked at my copy of Katie Kittenheart: Katie has black hair and she's in the 4th grade. She goes to visit her Grandma Buckley in Kentucky, on an apple farm. The teacher at her new school leaves her in charge when a pupil breaks his arm, there is a flood, Katie takes care of the children overnight in the schoolhouse.  Stumper requester might want to look at Understood Betsy, too.
Miriam Evangeline Mason, Katie Kittenheart, 1957.  I think this might be it, thank you so much for your help, but I am going to get a copy of it to double check before I say for sure.  Thank you for getting me this far, I never thought it would be solved!
Miriam E Mason, Katie Kittenheart, 1957.  Katie it is!  Thanks so much for all the contributing suggestions, I love this web site!!
If this isn't Understood Betsy I'll eat my old straw hat. The only thing different is the bit at the end. Rather than being left to tend to the schoolchildren, Betsy and a younger school friend are abandoned at the county fair. They haven't enough money to catch the rural transit that would take them within three miles of home, so they connive a doughnut-seller into paying them to tend the booth while she takes care of some personal business. They are walking the remaining three miles home when Betsy's uncle finds them. 

Katie Rose series
I think this might be from the 1960s. It is a teenage girl focused book. The heroine is a teenaged girl whose family includes her widowed mother & an aunt who were from Ireland, and several siblings, and a paternal aunt how is socially more prominent and is kind to the girl. The father has died, and the mother must work as a lounge singer to earn money. The girl looks at envy on the clique of girls at school and wished she could belong. She also wishes her family and home weren't so shabby, and  that they were all more elegant like her paternal aunt. The paternal aunt gifts her with a velvet collared coat. Girl meets a nice boy, and she really likes him, but is ashamed to bring him to her home. He thinks her home is fine, even the new toilet stored in the hallway. There is some turmoil that bring the girl & boy closer together.  I thought the title of this book was "The Charmed Circle" in reference to the school clique she envied. But I have yet to find it under that title.

Weber, Lenora Mattingly, Don't Call Me Katie Rose/ The Winds of March, 1965.  This sounds like an amalgam of Weber's first two Katie Rose Belford books, with possibly some confusion with another story.  The "aunt", a relative (Liz) from Ireland, is in Don't Call me Katie Rose  the toilet-in-the-hall anxiety is in the sequel.  Katie Rose has a group she eats lunch with, and a best friend, Jeanie, but not a "clique" problem.  Her actual aunt, Eustace Belford, gives her a dress and a fluffy white jacket in the first book, but the cover of the second shows Katie Rose in a winter coat with a collar that might look like velvet.  The five siblings, the mother who sings at "Guido's Gay Nineties", and Katie Rose's dislike of secondhand clothes, messy house and cracked eggs (as largesse from rural relatives) are in both, as are two boys, her crush Bruce Seerie and Miguel, a neighbor, whose real name is Michael Parnell.
This sounds like Don’t Call Me Katie Rose by Lenora Mattingly Weber. This is the first in a series about the delightful Belford family of Denver.  Katie Rose Belford is ashamed of her shabby home and that her mother plays piano and sings nights at an Italian restaurant. Her role model is her socially-prominent Aunt Eustace, her deceased father’s sister. On the morning Katie Rose and brother, Ben, are to start attending the new high school she first asks her family to call her by her given name, Kathleen. Later, before she and Ben enter the school she asks that he not make their mother’s job public.  I think the reader might be combining Bruce Serie, with whom Katie Rose falls in love at first sight the day before school starts, and who would care about the toilet in the hall, with Miguel, who wouldn’t. She meets Miguel a few hours before she meets Bruce, and he helps her clean house and move the toilet out of sight (for her anticipated visit from Aunt Eustace) in exchange for use of a purple pen. He becomes like one of the family and develops a crush on Katie Rose but she only has eyes for Bruce. The toilet in the hall is because mom wants to convert the downstairs closet into a half-a-bath (which happens in the next book in the series The Winds of March) but the project is on hold until she is able to save enough in her tip money for the conversion.
Weber, Lenora Mattingly, Katie Rose series.  I haven't read these books in more than 20 years, but some of the details sound familiar - didn't her mom work in a saloon/lounge as a singer?  And I know her family was Irish...
Lenora Mattingly Weber, Don't Call Me Katie Rose, 1964.  This is the first of the Katie Rose Belford series of books about the Irish Belford family living in Denver with a widowed mother who played the piano at Guido's Gay Nineties, Ben, Katie Rose, Stacy (after the glamorous and wealthy Aunt Eustace), and the littles--Matt, Jill, and a name I'm blanking on. Don't Call Me Katie Rose is followed by The Winds of March, A New and Different Summer, and several other books focusing on Katie Rose and then on Stacy.  The Belford series is scheduled to be reprinted shortly by Image Cascade who has already reprinted the Beany Malone books by the same author.
See the Back in Print page for some more info on Weber.
Thanks so much for all the contributions to solving my mystery. The Weber books about the March family are what I was remembering. Your contributors are absolutely fabulous to help solve this puzzle for me. Thanks again.

Katie The Kitten
I had a Little Golden Book in the late 1940s about a kitten or maybe several kittens. Of course I don't remember the title. It was the first book that I could read all by myself. It had only one or two lines per page. No one seems to remember this book but me! Can you help?

Could this be The Shy Kitten or maybe it is The Shy Little Kitten?  It is a Little Golden Book and it is about a little kitten who gets separated from her mother and littermates and finds a black puppy dog, and a mole and a frog to visit with.  The frog gets a bee in his mouth and the bee stings him and the side of his face swells up and the whole bunch of them jump into a pond to escape the bee.  Then, the kitten gets reunited with her mother.  It is a companion book, more or less, to The Poky Little Puppy and is illustrated by the same artist.
Color Kittens -- coming back into print
Both are Little Golden Books:  Schurr, Cathleen.  The Shy Little KittenIllustrated by Gustaf Tenggren. 1956,  LGB #248  Revised in 1946 as LGB #494.  Brown, Margaret Wise. The Color Kittens.  Illustrated by Alice & Martin Provensen.  1949, LGB #86.   Later reissued with new cover art as LGB #436.
Thanks for the hints!  I can't remember what the story line was, just that I could read the whole book. Will keep my eyes open for both titles.
In the 50's I had a book about 3 kittens.  The gray one hid from its mother in a stone wall; the black and orange one hid in the black-eyed susans; and I think there was a white one which hid in the daisies.  I know it was a Little Golden Book, but I cannot remember the name.
Are K7 and K5 the same book?
I remember this book well.  Of course, I can't remember the name.  It was about a litter of white kittens and one black kitten, and all they want to do is play hide and seek, but when the white kittens hide in the snow, the black kitten isn't hidden, and when the black kitten hides in the dark, the white ones aren't hidden, so they can never play right. Finally, the white kittens all roll in coal so that they will match their brother, but unfortunately, the black one rolls in flour at the same time, so they still don't match.  Ultimately, they all get in a silly wrestling match until they are all black and white and no one can tell anyone apart.  I hope those details help.  It wasn't a Golden Book--it was a tall, flat, white book, I think.
I think that the answer to K5 is The Surprise Kitten.
Thanks again for the infor, but the name of the book is still unknown.  I will recognize it when I see it.  Keep thinkin'/lookin'--I appreciate your efforts.
#K5--Kittens:  This one has jogged memories of probably a different story entirely.  A white mother cat has three kittens:  one pure black, one white, one black with a white spot and paws.  The black-and-white one is self-conscious.  It rolls in coal dust to match the black one and in flour to match the white one, but they wash off.  Then another cat comes to see the kittens and says, "I was so hoping there'd be one like me."  Sure enough, he is the father, and he is black with white paws.  Could this be Socks?  Not the one by Beverly Cleary, but the Little-Golden-sized one?
I couldn't find any listing for a Golden Book or Elf book called Socks....
Take it back!  We have Socks here and it's about one outcast kitten trying to fit in.
K5:  Kittens--Socks by Betty Molgard Ryan, is a Whitman Tell-a-Tale which appears on page 467 of Santi's Collecting Little Golden Books, 4th edition.  What I'm asking, for anyone familiar with the book, is does it in any way fit the description I gave, or can they name a book which does? On the subject of kittens hiding, there's a Rand McNally Junior Elf Book, Mommy Cat and her Kittens, on page 347 and 369, with three different-color kittens, and I would have sworn there was one with the same cover with a title about kittens hiding, but of course I can't find it now.
On #K5, about the kittens hiding, I found the title I was thinking of.  It's The Kittens Who Hid From Their Mother, by Louise Woodcock, a Wonder Book pictured on page 384 of Santi's Collecting Little Golden Books Fourth Edition.  Not the same cover as the Junior Elf book, but does show a mother cat with three different-colored kittens.  The person who sent the stumper in may want to compare this and The Surprise Kitten and see if either one of them is right.
#K5--Kittens:  Socks, by Betty Molgard Ryan, is indeed a book I had as a child about a kitten trying to match the others, but I still haven't found the story which I think had three white kittens and one of another color, where the different kitten meets his father at the end, who says, "I was so hoping there'd be one like me."
This is just a title I came upon, I do not know the story line. Bootsy by Lucienne Erville, illustrated by Mirian Lear.(1959) It
is a Wonder Book.(# 741)
Kathryn and Byron Jackson, Katie The Kitten.  1949.  The reader is thinking of Katie the Kitten, a small tiger cat, is asleep in the hall, in a ball, in a hat.  Golden Books

Katrinka, the Story of a Russian Child
There are two 1947 books which are sequels.  Book one is about a young girl and her brother in Russia after the revolution.  They live with their parents on a collective farm.  Their parents are sent to Siberia and the children end up in Moscow, I think.  The girl learns ballet and is in one of the ballet troups.  In the second book they are more grown up and she continues to dance.  I think Stalin sees her and is impressd but that is all I can remember.

Haskell, Helen EgglestonJust a guess since I don't have the books in front of me, but possibly Haskell's Katrinka series -- Katrinka, the Story of a Russian Child (1915), Katrinka Grows Up (1932), & Peter, Katrinka's Brother (1933).  The subject headings are 'ballet' 'brothers & sisters' and 'Russia' so it sounds like a real possibility.

Katy, Be Good
In a second or third grade textbook was a story about a little Amish girl who went on a visit to the big city.  Running water and everything was strange to her and she was SO glad to get home!  I'd like to know if this was a short story, excerpt from a longer book, or a book in itself.  Older-style (1920s-1940s?) color illustrations.

So far I've found only two really worth checking: De Angeli, Marguerite. Thee, Hannah!  Doubleday, 1940.  Although this concerns a Quaker girl, it seems to me I was going to look at it as a possibility for my "Amish Sleepover" unknown, but never got hold of a copy to see if the pictures and story looked familiar.  If someone who has it could look to see if there's an incident where Hannah goes on a visit and isn't used to running water and so on it could either make or eliminate this as a possibility.
Later, regarding Thee, Hannah!: I found this book online and it's definitely NOT the "Amish sleepover," as it's set in the pre-Civil War era.  The book I'm thinking of took place in modern times, at least in the 1920s or whenever "city folk" had electric lights and running water as a regular rule.
Could be Plain Girl by Virginia Sorenson, illustrated by Charles Geer,  Harcourt Brace 1955, 151 pages (grade 4-6 reading level) "A sensitive, sympathetically told story of a young Amish girl's growing understanding of her people and their religion. Esther faced her first days at school with mingled curiosity and dread." (Good Books for Children 1948-61 Eakin, 1962) It may be at a higher reading level than the reader described, though, and no mention of visiting the city.
#A46--I'm pretty sure I've seen "Plain Girl" and it is not the book I'm looking for.
For a reversal of this, there's Wonderful Nice! by Irma Selz, published Lothrop 1960 "Alison, who lives in a tall apartment house in New York City, speds a day with Katy Zook on an Amish farm in Pennsylvania, discovers that riches are not just a matter of money - and friends are 'wonderful nice!' Ages 4-8." (Horn Book Jun/60 p.183 pub ad)
let's try Katy, Be Good, written and Illustrated by Irma Selz, published Lothrop 1962. "The story of an Amish child who goes to spend an overnight visit with her friend who lives in the big city. Told in rhyme. Text uses the Amish speaking syntax and words like ferhoodled, schnoopduf and schwitz.
#A46--Amish Sleepover:  as "Katy, Be Good" is rather rare, I've been unable  to look at the book so far, but the plot and an example of the artwork online convinced me, so for now I am assuming this is the story I'm after.

Katy Comes Next
In the early 1960's, I had a favorite book about a broken doll being fixed at a doll hospital...anyone
out there know a title?

Any chance this is Mystery in the Doll Hospital by Elizabeth Honess?  There are twins in the story and the doll that is being restored has sapphire eyes.  The doll belongs to a old neighbor whose father was a ship's captain
and he gave the doll to a man on his ship for safekeeping.  Unfortunately, the man was a jewel thief and hid gems
in the doll.  He was put in jail without recovering the jewels, died, and told someone else the story.  That man got
out of jail and tried to recover the gems.
hi. thanks for your response. Your synopsis of that book doesn't ring any bells, but it sounds like a great book. Again thanks for responding.
#D38:  If it's the one I am thinking of, this was one of my all-time favorites.  Amy's Doll, by Barbara Brenner, published in the '60s, illustrated with black-and-white photographs of Amy, her brother, and the doll.  Unfortunately scarce.  I'd love a copy!
D38 - doll hospital - might be Laura Bannon's Katy Comes Next, a favorite of mine, too.  A library catalogue synopsizes it as "Ruth's mother and father own a doll hospital where they are so busy repairing other children's dolls, they never seem to have time to mend daughter Ruth's toy" (but eventually Katy does get a complete makeover).
Katy Comes Next works for time period, here's more info: Bannon, Laura Katy Comes Next Chicago, Whitman 1959 hardcover, "Story ofa little girl whose doll, Katy, needs fixing and her father runs a doll hospital. Beautiful delicate illustrations."
this sounds like it. if you can find a copy ok
I'm actually looking for two books and I don't have very much info. The first was a book about a doll hospital. It described the dolls, their clothes, and the family who fixed them.
the doll hospital book sounds like Katy Comes Next, listed on the Solved Mysteries page.
You and your website are BRILLIANT! Thanks much.
Story about a woman and her little girl.  The Motherhad a little shop where she made and repaired dolls for a living.  One day she locked the door of the doll shop and worked on repairing her daughter's doll that had become very worn and broken.  It was a small book with a navy blue cover (it may have been rebound as it was a library book) with pen and ink drawings scattered throughout of the Mother, the daughter, the broken doll, and the repaired doll.  It was an old book and had an old-fashioned format/feeling at the time we read it in the "60's or 70's".  Fiction.

Sounds like Laura Bannon's Katy Comes Next from the Solved Mysteries page.
Possibly - Katy Comes Next by Laura Bannon, A. Whitman, 1959.  "Ruth's mother and father own a doll hospital where they are so busy repairing other children's dolls, they never seem to have time to mend daughter Ruth's doll."
Child's parents run a doll hospital, but child's doll never gets fixed.  One day they finally fix it!

Bannon, Laura, Katy Comes Next, 1959.  "Ruth's mother and father own a doll hospital where they are so busy repairing other children's dolls, they never seem to have time to mend daughter Ruth's toy."

Katy No-Pocket
I am looking for a book read to me in nursery school, approximately 1963 or 1964. What I recall was that there was a sad or lonely animal who wished s/he had a special quality and liked the pouches on the kagaroo. And so the kangaroo in the story gives this animal an apron with lots of pockets.

Payne, emmy, Katy No-Pocket, 1944.  Katy Kangaroo was very sad because she had no pocket to carry her son freddy.  Katy asks all the other animals carry their babies without pockets and finally end up in the city where she finds an apron with lots of pockets.
Katy No-Pocket.  Your details are a little off but I'm pretty sure you want Katy No-Pocket.  Katy is a kangaroo with no pocket and her little kangaroo has trouble keeping up with her.  The other animals offer solutions but none of those things work for Katy.  Finally she goes to the city and meets a workman wearing a big apron with lots of pockets.  He gives it to her, she puts her baby in one of the pockets, and hops back home.  Since she has so many spare pockets, she becomes a babysitter for a bunch of other little animals.
Emmy Payne, Katy No-Pockets.
Emmy Payne, Katie No-Pocket, 1944.  This sounds remarkably like Katie No-Pocket, although in this book it is Katie who is looking for a way to carry her baby because she has no poch.  After trying to imitate many of the other animals she sees around her she ends up in the city where a kind carpenter who gives her his apron which is full of pockets.
This stumper sounds a little like Katy No-Pocket, by Emmy Payne, but in that book, it is the kangaroo who hasn't a pouch to carry her baby in.  I have''t read Katy No-Pocket in years, but I think the solution to her problem is an apron with pockets.
Emmy Payne, Katy No-Pocket, 1944.  This sounds very similar to the classic Katy No-Pocket, but in that one, it is Katy
the Kangaroo who is sad because she has no pocket to carry her baby in, so she goes to the city in search of one.  She meets a workman who has an apron with lots of big pockets, and he gives it to her.  Katy is so happy that she puts ALL of the baby animals in her many pockets. (from an ex-Children's Librarian)
K51 This sounds like KATY NO POCKET by Emmy Payne, illustrated by H.A. Rey, 1944. Katy the kangaroo has no pouch and cannot carry her son. She goes to the city for help, and a carpenter gives her an apron with pockets.~from a librarian

Katy Rose is Mad
Katie (or Katy) is a tomboy who wants to go outside and play baseball, but is not allowed for some reason. She decides to make her displeasure known by being destructive around the house, but her attempts backfire. Two examples--she tears all the sheets and blankets off her bed, and then her mother comes in and thanks her because she was about to wash the sheets anyway. Then Katie goes into the kitchen and drinks a glass of milk that was left on the counter, and her father sees her and thanks her for drinking her milk. After several of these mishaps Katie is allowed to go out and play. I think a recurring line was "Katie, you are such a good girl." I remember very vivid, cartoon-like illustrations. Katie had very bright orange hair and freckles.

This is just a guess, but it sounds like it could be Katie John (or one of the sequels) by Mary Calhoun.
Could be Katy Rose Is Mad by Carol Nicklaus published by Platt and Munk in 1975.
I remeber this story.  It was my favorite when I was 4 years old.  I do not know the author or title but I think the girls name was Katie Rose.  I remember how mad Katie Rose would get when her mischief would backfire.
Nicklaus, Carol, Katy Rose is Mad, 1975.  Katy Rose is so mad that she threatens to hold her breath until she turns blue. I found this info at the library of congress site.  I would like to thank the person who figured out the correct title and author- posted in blue on your site.
Katie Rose is Mad or Katie Rose Wants to Play,  1976?  I think this is the same book listed as k22 under book stumpers.  I remember the little girl as being Katie Rose.  Katie Rose gets so mad each time she does something destructive and it backfires.  She throws blankets off her bed, drinks the last cup of milk that was supposed to go in a cake, and picks all the her mothers flowers growing in the flower box just to be praised for being so good.

The Katie Rose books are by Lenora Mattingly Weber(see Most Requested Books).   Mary Calhoun wrote a series called Katie John, both in the 60's.
Could be Katy Rose Is Mad by Carol Nicklaus published by Platt and Munk in 1975.
It is about a girl (with freckles) who is trying to get across how mad she is by saying several times that she is going to hold her breath until she turns blue.  I'm sorry I don't remember much more than that!  It is very cute and I used to love saying along with her in the book "I'm going to hold my breath until I turn blue!"

G111  Judy Blume, Tales of a Fourth-Grade Nothing, 1972.  Did freckle-faced Sheila Tubman (who later starred in her own Blume book, Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great) badger the eponymous Peter with this threat?
I thought that the book Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing was a chapter book (?), this one wasn't. The character was talking to her parents (whom you never see).  Does this still sound like that book?
Carol Nicklaus, Katy Rose is mad, 1975.  Is this it?  "Katy Rose is so mad that she threatens to hold her breath until she turns blue."
That sounds right.  I tried to find it online to confirm, but I can't find it anywhere.   I'm going to keep an eye out for it. Thanks!

Katy's First Day
My sister and I remember a book we had when we were kids.  We can remember that it was about a little girl who was going to start kindergarten I believe.  In the beginning of the book they show her at home and what she likes to do.  One thing was to bang a pot with a spoon and pretend she is in a band.  I remember she had a pocket in her dress for school and her mother gave her a pencil to go in the pocket.  I don't remember if she was scared about going to school or not.  But I do remember the teacher had a time with the piano where she passed out instruments and the little girl got the drum and led the "parade" around the room.  I think her name started with a "K"?  Not sure about that.  I think it was a small book. Hope someone can help -- my sister and I would love to see this book again.

Cassidy, Clara, We Like Kindergarten, 1965, Golden Books.  This is a possibility.  If you go to Google Images and enter the title in quotes, you can see two different covers for the book and see if it looks like the right book.
Clara Cassidy, We Like Kindergarten, 1965.  It's a Little Golden Book.  The little girl's name is Carol.  Wonderful Eloise
Wilkin illustrations!
Could this be Almost Big Enough by Jean Tamburine? It doesn’t exactly match, but there are a lot of similarities. A little girl can’t wait until she’s big enough to go to school like her big brother, and is very excited when she gets the chance to visit the kindergarten. The first half shows her playing at home with her duck, cat, and hen, and they do have a noisy tin-pan parade. Then she gets to march in a musical parade at the kindergarten.
You may be remembering a Little Golden Book titled We Like Kindergarten.  It has a black cover with a blonde haired girl holding up a finger painting.  The story is about a girl named Carol who is about to start kindergarten.  She has a little sister named Laurie and a dog named patches.  It shows all the things she does at kindergarten and in the end she comes home and plays the "Good Morning Song" on her piano and Laurie and Patches are her students.
S322 is called Katy Did.  The author's name is Jean Conder Soule.  It was illustrated by Aliki and is a Top Top Tales book.  My copy was published in 1962 by Whitman Publishing Company.
Jean Conder Soule, illustrated by Aliki, Katy's First Day  - A Going to School story.  A Whitman Tell-A-Tale book.  I am certain this is the book.  Katy wears a red dress and has hair the "color of butterscotch taffy".  She marches around the kitchen playing pots and pans. She doesn't want to start school but has to anyway.  Her mother slips a blue pencil in her
pocket as a surprise. She doesn't like school until she gets to lead the kids around the room playing a drum, just like at home!

Katy's Quilt
The story line that I remember involves a family living on the prairie.  The house is in the way of a prairie fire.  They wet down all the blankets and quilts they own and cover their house with them.  One of the quilts is burned, but the house is saved.  They patch the quilt with an embroidered patch with the the date and year of the fire. That's all I remember.  I teach a class in the summer that revolves around quilting and quilts for upper elementary students.  I have looked for this book, but no one has recognized the plot so far.  I hope you can help.

Liebig, Nelda Johnson, Carrie and the Crazy Quilt, 1993. This is the only book I could find that deals with fire and a quilt, but I don't have a copy so I couldn't verify the storyline.  "Carrie's faith in God helps her to overcome her fears during the Great Peshtigo Fire of 1871."  The sequel is Carrie and the Apple Pie.
 In an old third grade reader, Friends Far and Near-Ginn-(1966) there was a story matching this description. The burned corner of the crazy quilt is patched and then embroidered with the words "The Fire of 1868".It is attributed to Ruth Holbrook-Katy's Quilt-1940.This is one old story that matches.Perhaps there is some more recent book as well.
Friend's Far and Near, Katy's Quilt. I think this must be the source of the story I remember.  I grew up in Los Angeles where they used the Ginn series in the schools.  Thanks for solving this for me.

Kay Tracey Mysteries
When I was a little girl, in the early  60's, I read a set of mystery books that I think were written in the 40's.  They were bound cheaply in yellow with the book title pressed into the front cover. The book I remember had an amateur sleuth named Kay. I think her name was Kay Thompson. The story was about finding a map written on old wall paper to a deserted mansion. By following the map, she found jewels under a floor board and also found several other treasures.The most distinguishing part of the story is that they found jars of "ambergris", a whale by-product that used to be used in the production of perfumes. They didn't know what they had found, but after having it looked at, it was discovered what the substance was and that it was worth a fortune. The map is stolen, and Kay has to from memory rewrite the map.  Kay was, I believe, in High School and had a group of friends that helped her solve the mysteries. The next story in this series that I remember is about a line of cosmetics. The cosmetics were found to be very cheaply made with dangerous ingredients and a resulting  mystery to be solved.   I loved these books. Now that I'm turning 50, I desire to recapture a bit of my youth.

Judd, Frances K., The Mansion of Secrets, 1951.  this is the Kay Tracey Mystery Series.  The description fits exactly.  1. Double Disguise   2.  In the Sunken Garden   3. Six Fingered Glove Mystery   4.   Mansion of Secrets  5.  Green Cameo Mystery and 6. Message in the Sand Dunes
Francis K. Judd, Kay Tracey Mysteries.  Maybe it's this series, published in the 1940s? There's a web page that lists the books.
Frances K. Judd, Kay Tracey mystery stories, 1930s and 40s.  There were 18 Kay Tracey mystery stories by Frances K. Judd published in the 1930s and 40s.  Kay Tracey was a teenage detective with friends who helped her solve mysteries.  The volumes published in the 30s had yellow covers with a question mark on the spine.  There is a list of all the titles with plot synopses at this website.
Possibly the Kay Tracey Mysteries by Frances K Judd.  Characters include her mom Kathryn, Cousin Bill (a lawyer), and friends Betty & Wilma Worth.  There are a lot of books in the series, which was published beginning in 1934 and reprinted into the 1980's.  If you do an internet search, you can find lists of all the titles.
K74 Judd, Frances K [Stratemeyer Syndicate]. The lone footprint; a Kay Tracey mystery. Books, Inc, 1952.
I submitted the stumper regarding Kay Thompson, turns out she's Kay Tracey! That little minx. Stumper Solved.  Thank you so much for your efforts. I'm now on a hunt for Kay Tracey.

Looking for children's books relating to a little Indian boy named Kiko or Keiko (not sure of the spelling)....it would be from the 1950's, or thereabouts....larger books with nice pictures...age range preschool or primary school.  Any help would be appreciated!!

There were two books about Keeko that I had as a child.  The one I still have is Chee-Chee and Keeko by Charles Thorson published by Follett in 1952.  The other one was just Keeko or maybe Keeko the Indian Boy.
Yes, this does help, Harriett....I've found several copies of his old Keeko books on the 'net!  Thanks!
Keeko, little indian boy and his forest friends, including an eagle that he tried to take a feather from.
1950s childrens book:  I remember as a child a short story about a little Indian boy who want an eagle feather. He goes into the woods, falling asleep on a log he has a dream and when he awakens he has his Indian headdress.

Charles Thorson, Keeko, 1952.  By the creator of Bugs Bunny, this beautifully illustrated picture book is a sequel to "Keeko and Chee Chee" (1947).  It is about a little Indian boy who gets into all sorts of trouble while searching for eagle feathers for his headdress.
Thorson, Charles, Keeko, 1950s.  This is absolutely the correct book. While he is sleeping, Keeko's animal friends that he is so kind to give him the headress as a surprise. There is a second book titled Chichi and Keeko--Chichi is a bluejay.
Thorson, Charles, Keeko, 1947.  I have had this book since childhood.  Keeko is a little Indian boy who desperately wants to have a big feather headdress.  During his search for feathers, he falls asleep on a log and dreams he is given a headdress by a mother eagle in gratitude for saving her eaglet's life.  Then Keeko falls off the log, waking up from his dream.

Keeper of the Isis Light
I am not sure if you "do" short stories or not...I realize that they would be even harder to track down than books are. But here goes...this story has stuck with me for years, & I'd love to read it again. I don't remember the author or the title, but it was in a science fiction/ fantasy type anthology.  I read it in the early/mid-80's I'd guess, so it had to be around by that time, though of course it could be older. The story was about a human teenaged female who was living on an unidentified planet. Her parents & any other humans who might have been around @ one point were long-dead. Her companion/caretaker was some sort of alien.  All is well, she is happy & well cared for & loved by her companion.  Then, one day, a ship of humans arrives & one of them is a very handsome young man.  It is at this point that she realizes that she does not look like other humans. The atmosphere on this planet is such that her companion had to somehow alter her skin so that it is thick & scaly like a lizards. Otherwise she could not have enjoyed the outdoors, but would have been imprisoned in her dwelling. This, of course, is
devastating to her but the question remains...could there have been any better solution? Would it have been better to be imprisoned indoors her whole life. After all, there was no way of knowing that any other humans would ever come to this planet. That is my recollection of the story. If by any miracle you can track it down, I certainly would be most grateful. Thank you so very much!

S117 isn't a short story, but a book -- Monica Hughes's Keeper of the Isis Light, still in print.
Monica Hughes, Peddlar of Isis and two other books, 1980's?  I am sure the book is by Monica Hughes.  She wrote three books about the planet of Isis, and this girl with the mutated skin wasthe main character.  Hughes resides in Canada, and has written many great books.
Follow up to my e-mail yesterday.  I had a chance to check our library catalogue, and the title in question is Keeper of the Isis Light.  There are two sequels.
S117 This is THE KEEPER OF THE ISIS LIGHT by Monica Hughes. A great sci-fi read. This was one of my own personal stumpers that took me ages to find. Luckily, it was republished in 2000. ~from a librarian
Monica Hughes, Keeper of the Isis Light, 1980.  This has to be the one - down to the scaly UV protective skin her robot companion gives her - only trouble is it's a full-length novel - though not a long one! Unless it was published in an abridged version as part of an anthology of SF stories?
S117 THE KEEPER OF THE ISIS LIGHT by Monica Hughes 1980, 2000 ~from a librarian
I am looking for what is probably a YA SciFi short story or novella, featured in a collection called "The Turning Point" or "The Vanishing Point" or something similar. The story centers on a young girl on an inimical planet. Her scientist parents have died, but previous to their deaths, they had genetically and/or surgically altered her to help her survive on the planet; I remember that her eyes had "nictitating membranes", perhaps to protect her eyes from dust storms. She was in the care of a robotic guardian of some sort, who is now her only companion. She was upset about not fitting in with the other humans (who had since settled the planet) due to the physical differences resulting from the alterations and is basically living in self-enforced solitude.

Monica Hughes, Keeper of the Isis Light.  This is almost certainly your book.
Monica Hughes, The Keeper of the Isis Light, 1980.  This has to be "The Keeper of the Isis Light" but it'\''s a YA novel rather than a short story. Perhaps portions of it were published as a short story. All the details fit, including the "nictitating membranes" (except the main character wasn'\''t nearly as upset about her appearance as the settlers were!)
T280 This is definitely KEEPER OF THE ISIS LIGHT by Monica Hughes~from a librarian.
I'm sure this is an Octavia Butler story, but I don't remember which one.
The Keeper of the Isis Light.  You guys have done it! I must have been confused about it being a short story  as soon as I read the summary of the plot, I knew that was it. Thanks so much!
Looking for a book for teens I read about 1986.  The protagonist is a teenage girl who lived on a planet distant from earth, she's human and ended up alone there because her parents came as space colony researchers, they were alone there and had a child and eventually both died from radiation poisoning, the environment really is too harsh for humans.  She was raised by a somewhat humanoid robot and, we find out later, she was genetically altered by the robot for her own safety so she could live in the harsh environment.  Then, a whole group of humans come to setup a colony.  She lives high up on the cliffs, the humans set up their colony in the valley, it is the only place they can cope.  The robot makes the girl wear a special suit, he says it is to protect her from germs from the humans (she has never been exposed so they could kill her), but we find out later that was just a ruse, the reason for the suit was to conceal her now-alien appearance from them.  I would really like to find this book again to share with my niece, please let me know if you can help!  Thanks.

Monica Hughes, Keeper of the Isis Light. No doubt about it, this is the book.
Monica Hughes, The Keeper of the Isis Light,1980. Details match exactly.

This book was sent to me from the USA, when I was a child in England, in the second half of the 1940s.  It is about girl twins who have been separated and meet accidentally. I particularly remember one/both of them riding on a big ferris wheel, maybe at a county fair. (It is not Erich Kastner's "Lotte und Lise"}

Check the synoposis listed on the Solved Mysteries page for the Mystifying Twins.
T38 twins: could it be the first of The Page Twins series? (generally just called The Twins), written by Dorothy Whitehill, published Barse & Hopkins, and Grosset & Dunlap, 1920s. "It is about Janet and Phyllis Page, identical twins who were separated at birth by their vengeful grandmother, and who don't discover each other until they are 13. The series features locales from Arizona to New York to Europe, and the characters are interesting. Janet and Phyllis both marry in the course of the series. Thelma Gooch is the illustrator for Books 1 - 6." I wouldn't guess The Mystifying Twins because they don't seem to have been separated.
Grove, Harriet Pyne, The Strange Likeness,Saalfield 1929.  Another possible answer. Synopsis says "Classmates in a girls' school in Michigan who look uncannily similar find out they're twins, separated at birth. 236 pages." Nothing about a carnival, though.
From the poster's description, it is not the Whitehill series about the Page Twins. However, there's a good site for that series. Includes complete text of the first 2 books in the series.
Cooney, Barbara, The Kellyhorns.  NY Farrar & Rinehart 1942.  This was reprinted in 2001 in the "Lost Treasures" series. The date (1942) is right, and the plot seems like a good match. "Pam and Penny Kellyhorn are eleven-year-old twins, one living with an aunt, the other with their father and cousin, in small towns in Maine and have just met, but it doesn't take them long to learn to be sisters as together they help bring an arsonist to justice, and try to rekindle the romance between Aunt Ivory and Puppa. About the Author - Barbara Coone''s books for children have been loved by generations. Among the acclaimed books she wrote and illustrated are Eleanor, Island Boy, and Miss Rumphius. Book Description: Anne of Green Gables meets The Parent Trap in this delightful tale set in a small Maine island town. When Penny Kellyhorn meets Pamela at the county fair, she is certain that she's found her long-lost twin sister. Soon they are joyfully reunited. But then scandal hits the town and threatens their newfound family."

Kelpie, the Gypsies' Pony
I read it in the 1950's, and I believe it was written in the '30's or '30's in the United Kingdom. It was the type of tale where a young child bonds with the pony, then loses it, then regains it later in the story.

My research skills are rusty - if only I had pursued the rest of my Google list before I consulted you.  Within minutes of my email to you (stumper - Kelpie
Gypsy Pony), I found it on Pat Barrett's Books.  It was written in 1934 with other editions into the '40s'.  The proper title is Kelpie, the Gypsies Pony.  I thought I would share in case others might be interested.

My Dad, sisters and I have been searching for an old children's book - we think it had the word Kelpies in the title but not for sure but it was an illustrated children's book, it was odd shaped it had a blue or black cover - was 40-50 pages long, they were like sea fairies who lived in the kelp at the bottom of the sea - one sister thought it was called Kelpie Babies but I have been searching and searching to no avail.  Let me know if you have any idea's.  Thank you!

Charles Kingsley, The Water Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby, 1863.  This is a possible, though if you're looking for something more authentically Celtic, disregard this suggestion.  :) Tom, a young chimney sweep, is cruelly abused by his master Mr. Grimes. While cleaning the chimneys at a great house, he happens upon the daughter of the house and frightens/disgusts her - all covered in soot as he is. He runs out of the house and into the country. He then falls into a brook while trying to wash himself, where he is turned into a water baby (drowns). After "teasing the trout" etc, he realises he is lonely and then has various adventures while trying to find his fellow water babies. All very improving Victorian stuff, ultimately leading up to his forgiveness of Mr. Grimes, now also dead, and imprisoned in a chimney. An excellent description of this book is given by R. M. Fisher (Ravenna) in her review entitled "My name is Written in my Eyes" on the unmentionable website.
Charles Kingsley, The Water-Babies, 1863.  Maybe this one? The stumper didn't indicate how old the book might be, but this classic has been reprinted consistantly, even updated by different authors. The 1916 color illustrations by Jessie Wilcox Smith can be seen online here.  The water fairies are more prominantly pictured in the line illustrations, as they are hidden from poor Tom until near the end of his adventures.
My sister was able to get her hands on a copy of the Water Babies and it is not that book.  Nowhere is there any mention of Kelpies in that book I guess...  This would be an older book - my oldest sister is 54 and it was when they were young...  I'm going to talk to all of them again to try to get more details.  Thanks!
Mollie Hunter, The Kelpie's Pearls, 1976.  Not this one, is it? There is also something called Janet Reachfar and the Kelpie but I couldn't find anything more about it.
Hi - thanks for the thoughts - those two books are both too new - I found those when I searched the internet too..   I sure wish my sisters would come up with some more details but so far they haven't...
Janet Reachfar and the Kelpie (by Jane Duncan, illustrated by Mairi Hedderwick, published by Seabury Press, NY) was published in 1976, so if you're remembering an older book, it's an unlikely choice.  The Kelpie's Pearls (by Mollie Hunter (also known as M. M. H. M. McIlwraith), illustrated by Joseph Cellini, published by Funk & Wagnalls, NY, 112 pages) was originally published in 1966, when your eldest sister was about 12 years old.  It was republished in 1976 with drawings by Stephen Gammell (Harper & Row, NY, 134 page).  Here is an online plot summary: "An old woman of the Scottish highlands makes friends with a kelpie, sees the Loch Ness monster, and practices some of her grandmother’s witchcraft."  I haven't seen or read these, and consequently don't know if they're a match, but the Library of Congress lists two older books with "kelpies" in the title: The Kelpies (1924) and The Kelpies Run Away (1930), both written by Etta Austin Blaisdell and illustrated by Clara Atwood Fitts.  The first book is 147 pages long, the second is 156 pages long, and both were published by Little, Brown and Company (Boston).
Could it possibly be Baum's The Sea Fairies?  As I recall, this is a story about a little girl, Trot, who with her bluff ship captain uncle goes to visit the mermaids.  I think perhaps Dorothy (Of Wizard of Oz - same author) also goes along.  It is not part of the Oz series, but same Art Nouveau illustrations and mix of humor (lots of puns) and adventure.  I've seen it reprinted lately.
I have the book printed in 1924, by Etta Austin Blaisdell, illustrated by Clara Atwood Fitts, published by Little, Brown, And Company.  The Kelpies lived down at the botton of the sea, pictured at front of book.  Two chapters on babies. The little baby lost and the little baby found.
Etta Austin Blaisdell, The Kelpies. (1924)  I think this is the book you may be looking for
I had not been on the site in forever.  Can you believe one of my sisters started searching again and she was brought to your site and saw the final message left about The Kelpies by Etta Austin Blaisdell, illustrated by Clara Atwood Fitts and THAT IS THE BOOK WE HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR FOR YEARS!!!!
Yippee!!!  Please thank whoever it was who wrote in with this answer.  My sister was able to find a copy and got it and we all enjoyed reading it last night with my parents.  Thank you so much again!
Etta Austin Blaisdell, Kelpies, 1920s.  Just a comment...there is a book that is the sequel to The Kelpies called "The Kelpies Run Away".  It was a childhood favorite of my mothers and mine.

Kendall's Second Reader
children's textbook from 1900-1945.  All I can remember is characters named I believe John and Mary. They had a club called The Good Times Club, but I don't remember its purpose.  And I don't know if it appeared through the entire book.  The illustrations are black and white.  I know that this is a children's book, but don't know what grade level.  Do know it's more difficult reading than "Run Jane Run"  I would guess this to be a school reader or some other early textbook.  I believe this is the stumper to end all stumpers!!

Thank you for posting this!!  And before anyone mentions it, I don't believe what I'm looking for is the John and Mary British series by Grace James.
I can tell you for sure now that the John and Mary series by Grace James is definitely not what I'm looking for.  I located someone with one of the John and Mary series who was able to send me a scan.  They have black and white line drawings, and what I'm looking for has regular "filled in" pictures.
I am so glad to be able to tell you that you can now transfer my book stumper G296 Good Times Club from the archives section to the solved section!!  I was at a book sale this past Friday evening and found what I was looking for for 50 cents.  It is Kendall's Second Reader written by Calvin N. Kendall and Caroline Townsend, copyright 1917 by D C Heath Company!!

Kentucky Frontiersman
Hope you can help. I remember reading a series of books in the 60's about a young boy who was captured by Indians. His name was Henry and he learned the Indian ways of tracking and surviving in the wild. Eventually he went back to the whites and became a great scout. I can't remember much else so if you can help, it would really be great.

No idea if it was a series, but maybe the right subject: Olive Knox Little Giant (Miss-top-ashish): the story of Henry Kelsey illustrated by Clarence Tillenius, published Toronto, Ryerson, 1951 "Historical novel for young readers about an English boy who came to Canada in 1684 where he joined the Hudson's Bay Company, exploring Northern America, making friends with the Indians."
I22 indian scout henry: besides Little Giant (Miss-top-ashish) the story of Henry Kelsey, by Olive Knox, Ryerson 1951, other books about Henry Kelsey (assuming he is the historical character wanted) include - Little giant of the North: the boy who won a fur empire, by Alida Malku, published Winston 1952; and First in the west:  the story of Henry Kelsey, discoverer of Canadian prairies, by James Whillans, published Applied Arts 1955, but no series.
Eloise Jarvis McGraw, Moccasin Trail, 1952.  This might be a possibility.
Altsheler, Joseph A., Kentucky Frontiersman, 1989, reprint.  This is almost definitely one of the books in the series.
The protagonist is Henry Ware, who was captured and brought up by Indians but returned to an English settlement to warn of an impending Shawnee attack and later became a renowned scout and fighter.  (In fact, the full name of the book is Kentucky Frontiersman: The Adventures of Henry Ware, Hunter and Border Fighter).  I read a bunch of these when I was young
I think there were a total of eight in this series.  I remember in particular a passage from one of the books describing how, just after being captured 9or recaptured) by Indians, Henry was forced to run single-file with members of the tribe with his hands tied behind his back.  At the conclusion of a several-hours run, Henry and the Indian chief were the only ones who had never broken a sweat.

Key to the Treasure
This was a book for middle-school aged kids  a mystery. Some kids are  staying at a house in the country for the summer and they find clues that a treasure of some kind is hidden there. They follow the clues a which include something about a big rock near a river, and they find a  hidden box, I think in the  cornerstone of their house, with an old native american headress in it that is meaningful for some reason.

Parrish, Peggy, Key to the Treasure.  One of my absolute favorites!  Three children go to stay with their Grandparents in the summer.  Above the mantle is a picture with a key an indian headpiece and a pot.  Each of these things in the picture holds a clue of how to find the treasure.  The "key" in the picture opens an old stone in a part of the house.
Sounds like KEY TO THE TREASURE by Peggy Parish, 1966. Siblings Liza, Bill and Jed stay with their grandparents. When their grandfather tells him of a treasure hunt that his grandfather set up and that was never solved, they set out to solve it. I believe one of the clues was found in a secret compartment in a porch column, I think one was found when a feather from a Native American headress was pulled out, and the treasure itself was found hidden in a space under a stone in the old well. I forget what the treasure was though! I'll have to check my copy. And good news - it's still in print. ~from a librarian
Key to the Treasure, by Peggy Parish, illustrated by Paul Frame, published Macmillan 1966, 154 pages. "Liza, Bill, and Jed, spending the summer at their grandparents' farm, are determined to solve the puzzle of an often-told family legend of authentic Indian relics which, a hundred years before, vanished without a trace. Young readers will be immediately involved when the children accidentally stumble upon the first of the coded clues." (HB Dec/66 p.706)
Grandfather starts the children on a treasure hunt around the farm with a clue that leads to other various clues that he has written that send them on to the next clue.  The treasure at the end is a key that unlocks…something.  Possible title, The Golden Key.  I read this book around the year 1967.

I was thinking this might be by Alexander Key, but that The Golden Enemy...  I think I'm just confusing the words together.
Peggy Parrish, Key to the Treasure, ca 1967.  This is probably the right book.  The treasure was hidden by the childrens'
great-great-grandfather in the Civil War, and the three children find the clues and hunt down the treasure while visiting their grandfather, who lives in the ancestral home.  It was a Weekly Reader Book Club selection.
MacDonald, George (1824-1905), The Golden Key.  Could this be George MacDonald's The golden key?  There was a reprint in 1967 (Farar, Strous and Giroux, New York).  The adventurous wanderings of a boy and girl to find the keyhole which fits the rainbo''s golden key. The Golden Key is the story of two children, a boy and a girl, who live (not together) on the border of Fairyland. The boy has been told that at the end of the rainbow he can find a golden key -- it is not to be sold, and no one knows what door it may open, but it will surely lead somewhere wonderful. One day he sees a rainbow, and decides to follow it into Fairyland, where it seems the end of it might be -- and there he finds the golden key. Meantime, the girl, much mistreated, wanders into the forest of Fairyland, following a strange owl-like flying fish. Soon she meets a beautiful, ageless, woman, and she learns that she and the boy must journey together, looking for the keyhole into which the golden key will fit.
Peggy Parish, Key to the Treasure.  Looks like this was originally published in 1967, so the date matches.  Liza, Bill and
Jed are visiting their grandparents and discover clues that lead them to a hidden treasure. I'm pretty certain there's a real key involved, hence the title.
Peggy Parish, The Key to the Treasure.  This sounds a lot like The Key to the Treasure. Three children are staying at their grandparent's house, which is very farm-like (one child gets chased by a goose). They find a clue to an old treasure hunt in an Indian head-dress. The kids' grandfather's grandfather set up the treasure hunt, but the first clue was lost.
Peggy Parrish, The Key to the Treasure.  Just a guess-  the children are Liza, Bill, and Jed Roberts and their grandfather leaves them clues to find a treasure.
Peggy Parish, Key to the Treasure.  Could be "Key to the Treasure"  The first clue is in an Indian headress, and it goes on
with more clues from there.
MacDonald, George, The Golden Key "The adventuous wanderings of a boy and girl to find the keyhole which fits the
rainbow's golden key."
Peggy Parrish, The Key to the Treasure.  This was the answer to a query on Abebooks, but it sounds as if it might be the answer to this one also.
Peggy Parish, Paul Frame, Key to the Treasure, 1960's.  This sounds like Key to the Treasure, which was published in the mid-60's, but in this book I don't think the grandfather made up the treasure hunt himself - it was a family mystery.
Parish, Peggy, Key to the Treasure, 1966.  The plot, the dating, and the approximate title look to me like a very close match for the Peggy Parish book KEY TO THE TREASURE (listed in Solved Mysteries), which I also read as a youngster.  As I recall, there are several sequels as well.
This was the book title I was looking for!  I really enjoyed this book during a summer at my grandparents camp in the mid 60's, but the book disappeared.  I see that it is still in print. Thank you to everybody who contributed to solving the mystery!  This is an awesome site with very thoughtful people.
This is an addendum to my earlier comment.  The correct title was The Key to the Treasure, by Peggy Parrish.  Thanks again to all who contributed.  I'd like to get this book for my niece and possibly the sequels, so this was very helpful.
Children on summer vacation (a girl and two boys?) at grandparents? farm? see painting above fireplace of Indian headdress rubric which starts them out on a treasure hunt that their parents? never solved.  Obstacles include a goose that tries to keep them them out of a field, a wasps nest that needs to be smoked and disposed of so they can unbury a clue.  There's also a treehouse and well with purple stones.  One of the characters may have been named Billy.

Parish, Peggy, Key to the Treasure.  Bill, Liza, and Jed solve a mystery that their family has been attemping to solve for generations.
Peggy Parish, Key to the Treasure, (1966).This book has been reprinted with a horrible cover (see Amazon).  At the end of the book, the children remove a brick and find things inside. What happens is these three children named Liza, Bill, and Jed try to figure a mystery out. This is how there'\''s a mystery to be solved. Their grandpa told them a story one night and he said when his grandfather was a little boy there was a bonnet hanging on the wall and the boy always wished he could try it on. One day he came downstairs and the housekeeper said he could try it on. He was excited. Then one day something happened that made everyone sad. The boy'\''s dad was going to fight in the army. But the dad left a puzzle. The boy had other brothers and sisters so the dad gave them envelopes with clues to a treasure. Their mom by mistake put the envelopes in her apron pocket. When she washed the apron, the envelopes were still in the pocket. So the envelopes got all soggy.  Each summer Lisa, Bill, and Jed visit their grandparents, and they hear the story of the sketches hung above the mantel. The sketches are clues to a hidden treasure, and no one has been able to figure them out for a century. There is a missing first clue, but when the children stumble upon the second clue, they'\''re on their way. Could it be that on this visit they will solve the secret that has eluded so many for more than a hundred years?
My description is VERY vague...it was a series of a few mysteries that I read in the late 70's or early 80's. They were part of my summer book club and were about 3(?) siblings (two girls and their brother) who go to their grandparents house for the summer and "solve" mysteries. I remember them worrying about grandparents house being haunted or scarey. I don't know if maybe a family member planted the mysteries/clues to give them something to do while on vacation. I remember a clue being found in a tree. I DO remember one of these being my first "100+ pager".

Peggy Parish, The Key to the Treasure.  This might be The Key to the Treasure -- the children visit their grandparents and discover a series of clues to a treasure that their great-grandfather had hidden on the farm before he went off to war (perhaps the Civil War?).  There was also at least one sequel.  I don't remember anything about the house being haunted, though, and I don't think that the Key to the Treasure is more than 100 pages.  But it's the first chapter book I remember reading, so it sounds as though it's about the right age bracket.  Good luck!
Except for the description of two girls and a boy, the Peggy Parish mysteries about Liza, Bill and Jed fit the description perfectly.  I think the mystery where they find the clue in the tree is "Key to the Treasure", which is listed on the solved stumpers page.
Peggy Parish, Key to the Treasure. (1966)  This sounds like the Liza, Bill and Jed series of mysteries by Peggy Parish. The first was Key to the Treasure, followed by Clues in the Woods, Haunted House, Hermit Dan, Ghosts of Cougar Island....they've been in print most of the time since 1966 (and I believe are currently in print) so they could easily have been the collection you're thinking of (I know the first was at one time a Weekly Reader book)
Gage, Wilson, The Ghost of Five Owl Farm. (1966)  If it's not the Peggy Parish books, try Wilson Gage (pseudonym of Mary Q. Steele).  In The Ghost of Five Owl Farm, Ted and his twin cousins come to spend the summer at their grandparent's farm.  Ted wants to make the twins believe the farm is haunted, but to his surpise, spooky things do start to happen.  I think there might have been a sequel or series too.
Peggy Parish, The Key to the Treasure. (1966)  This is it!!! Thank you!!! I can't wait to buy these for my children!!!
I'm trying to find a book that I liked as a kid.  I'm sure my neice would love it.  I don't remember the title or author.  I had this book in the 1960's.  Hard bound and illustrated.  Maybe 30 pages long?  The story is about 3 grandchildren visiting their grandparent's home for the summer.  The house has been in the family for many generations.  Over the mantel, the family has an old drawing made by the great grandfather before he left for the civil war.  The drawing is of an indian headdress, a small clay pot and a strange looking key.  The tale behind the drawing is that the great grandfather knew he would be away at war for a long time, so he left a series of clues for his children (which is the grandfather that the kids are visiting in the story) to follow.  The clues would lead to some kind of family treasure.  The drawing was just a teaser that he made weeks before leaving to keep the kids occupied.  The great grandfather gives an envelope with the first clue to his wife on the day he leaves for the army.  Unfortuneately, she puts the envelope in her apron pocket and then washes the apron.  The first clue is destroyed. The treasure remains a mystery.  The grandkids start playing with an old indian headdress that their grandfather has in a glass display case.  It looks just like the one in the drawing.  The bottom most feather comes out.  They go to glue it back in and find a rolled up piece of paper, which they pull out.  The grandkids discover that it is what would have been the first clue.  It is written in a simple code - numbers for letters.  Written on the paper is "All 26.  This is your first clue." This leads to a clue found inside a clay pot just like the one in the drawing.  This in turn leads to a key shaped like the one in the drawing.  This in turn leads to the family treasure.

Peggy Parish, Key to the Treasure
Look at the solved page for full details.  This is definitely the story you are looking for.  There is actually a series of books with the same characters.
Peggy Parrish, Key to the Treasure, 1966, copyright.  "Each summer Lisa, Bill, and Jed visit their grandparents, and they hear the story of the sketches hung above the mantel. The sketches are clues to a hidden treasure, and no one has been able to figure them out for a century. There is a missing first clue, but when the children stumble upon the second clue, they're on their way. Could it be that on this visit they will solve the secret that has eluded so many for more than a hundred years?"
This certainly sounds like The Key to the Treasure by Peggy Parrish. Found under Solved- a much requested book.
Parrish, Peggy, Key to the TreasureSee Solved Mysteries.
Peggy Parish, Key to the Treasure.  I'm positive this is the first of the Liza, Bill, and Jed mysteries. Followed by Clues in the Woods, The Haunted House, Pirate Island Adventure, Hermit Dan, and The Ghosts of Cougar Island.
Parish, Peggy, Key to the Treasure.  Liza, Bill, and Jed Roberts stay at their grandparents' farm  one summer.  The kids' great great grandfather left the clues before going off to the Civil War.  I remember Indian artifacts but not exactly what kind.
Peggy Parish, Key to the Treasure.  Sure sounds like this Peggy Parish book, except you think it was only 30 pages long.
Peggy Parish, The Key to the Treasure, 1966, copyright.
Peggy Parish, The Key to the Treasure, 1966, copyright.  "Each summer Liza, Bill, and Jed visit their grandparents, and they hear the story of the sketches hung above the mantel. The sketches are clues to a hidden treasure, and no one has been able to figure them out for a century. There is a missing first clue, but when the children stumble upon the second clue, they're on their way. Could it be that on this visit they will solve the secret that has eluded so many for more than a hundred years?" The first in a series of Liza, Bill and Jed mysteries. Other titles include: The Haunted House, Pirate Island Adventure, The Mystery of Hermit Dan, The Clues in the Woods, and The Ghosts of Cougar Island.
Parish, Peggy, Key To The Treasure, 1966.  This has got to be it.  It's in the solved stumpers.
Peggy Parrish, The Key to the Treasure, 1966, copyright.  I'm almost positive this is the one... "Each summer Lisa, Bill, and Jed visit their grandparents, and they hear the story of the sketches hung above the mantel. The sketches are clues to a hidden treasure, and no one has been able to figure them out for a century. There is a missing first clue, but when the children stumble upon the second clue, they're on their way. Could it be that on this visit they will solve the secret that has eluded so many for more than a hundred years?"

Parish, Peggy.  Key to the Treasure.   Illustrated by Paul Frame.  Macmillan, 1966.  Hardback.  G+  $10

Kid Sister
A scholastic paperback I read in the early 70's about a girl who visited the home of a boy who kept all kinds of pets in his home.  He had everything from snakes to rabbits to turtles, etc. This girl envied
him, as she was an animal lover, but she was not allowed to have a pet. She ends up sneaking a pet rat into her house, planning to keep it on a temporary basis. It was a "hooded rat" named Rosemary, I'm pretty sure. She manages to hide it until one day when a stuffy great aunt (?) visits for a formal dinner and the rat ends escaping from her cage and showing up at the table!

Kid Sister, 1958, by Margaret Embry. This book works like a karate chop on stereotypes from that period. Not only is Zibby brazenly atypical as a fictional female character, but so is her elderly aunt. On top of that, Zibby's more "feminine" older sisters are nasty and have far less maturity and appeal.
I had this book in 4th grade in the 1970s and it featured a mouse that the family named Rosemary.

Margaret Embry, Kid Sister, 1971. This was one of my favorites! Rosemary isn't a mouse, though, she's a rat, and Zibby, the kid sister of the title, gets all kinds of grief from her siste
Margaret Embry, Kid Sister, 1967. The kid sister in the title names the rat after her favorite teacher.
Kid Sister. Your site is fantastic.  I would have never ever been able to remember the names of the two books I was looking for.  Kid Sister and The Winnemah Spirit covered both of my requests, and so quickly as well.  Thank you to everyone behind the scenes helping to solve the mysteries!

Kidnapers Upstairs
I'm trying to find the title of a mystery novel I read in the early 1980s about a boy, living in NYC.  His parents go on vacation, leaving his grandmother to babysit him.  There are mysterious noises coming from the supposedly empty apartment upstairs and the boy and his grandmother foil a kidnapping plot.  I remember they chased the kidnappers in the middle of a parade, and managed to trap them in the apartment by stringing them up in a chair that was suspended from the ceiling.  Thanks!

Rosenbaum, Eileen, The Kidnapers Upstairs, 1968. This has to be the book you are looking for, the plot is exact!  We happened to pick it up at a yardsale last year.
Read in 70s: plot involves a boy with green & yellow bike painted by artist parents, his no-nonsense grandmother staying with him while parents are away, a woman (a spy at the UN?) with a two-way radio disguised as a feathered hat, and a charming foreign ambassador. Boy and grandma foil plot.

Eileen Rosenbaum, The Kidnapers Upstairs,
1968, copyright.  Definitely this is your book, I have my copy here and the cover shows the boy and his grandmother on a crazy green and yellow bike (funny that is not the detail I remembered) and I specifically remember the foreign ambassador and the lady with the feathered hat.
That's the book--I can still picture the cover art, but have been trying to remember the title for years with no luck. I'm looking forward to reading the book again and discovering why it stuck in my memory! Thanks for solving my mystery, you've made my day.

Kidnapping of the Coffee Pot
I'm taking the liberty of a personal email as I am looking for a long, lost children's book of which I have only the title.  It was called, "The Kidnapping of the Coffeepot."  Sorry, that's all I have to go on.  If you can find it for me I will be one happy person.

The kidnapping of the coffee pot / story by Kaye Saari ; pictures by Henri Galeron.  [New York]: Harlin Quist, 1975.   A coffee pot, a lawn mower, and a pair of old shoes live happily together in the city dump until the coffee pot is kidnapped.
K9 kidnapping of the coffee pot: The suggested author and publisher are correct, and there can't be two books with this title!

Kids' Diary of 365 Amazing Days
books was called something like "a children's almanac", every day of the year had a calender entry and either an activity or a fact. i remember one was about Jack Frost's birthday, and one was about a saint who if you said a certain prayer before you went to sleep, you would dream of your future spouse.  it had a red cover with a white grid pattern and some sort of drawing with the title in white letters.

Dorothy Bennett, The Golden Almanac, 1944. Doesn't have a red cover with a white grid on it but a beautifully illustrated pink cover by Masha.  A Big Golden Book, it has poems (including one about Jack Frost), songs and stories about the months and seasons although I can't find one about the saint that you mention.
Randy Harelson, The Kids' Diary of 365 Amazing Days, 1979, copyright.  I found it! This is the book I was looking for! :)

Kids' Kitchen Takeover
There was this cookbook I had when I was a kid. I got it from a library book sale and it looked like it was from the 1970s, due to the pictures. It was a cookbook, but it also had lots of activities for kids to do. One chapter was devoted to baking your own bread. I think they even profiled a young boy who did just that and set up a business. Other recipes/projects involved decorating eggs with onion skins, so that the shells were all swirled, making rubber eggs, making ice bergs, making melted candle patties, a gross sounding recipe involving spreading bone marrow on toast, pulling your own taffy, and how to grow things in gardens.  The book had lots of photos of kids doing the recipes along with illustrations and diagrams for the projects.

Hi, I have C75. It's called The Kids' Kitchen Takeover and the author is Sara Bonnett Stein. It was published in 1975 and includes all the recipes and activities mentioned, including many more! 

Kids of the Polk Street School
I'm looking for the name of the series (or one of the two specific books I remember) of these very thin chapter books, likely from the early 1980s (perhaps late 70s). The one I remember in greater detail was about a girl who was in some way different (she *may* have been chubby). The beginning of the book takes place in school. One day her class takes a trip to a fire department, and this girl opens up and enjoys the ride on the firetruck. I don't remember anything that happened after that. There were black pen illustrations on the inside and I think the border of the front cover was red and then there was a colored illustration from the book. Another book I remember from the series involved a pool that was above ground--and that's all I can remember.

Patricia Reilly Giff, The Kids of the Polk Street School series. (1984-1986, approx)  Sounds like the first "Kids of the Polk Street School" series by Patricia Reilly Giff, which came out in the mid-80s.  The books are very thin.  Book 4, "December Secrets" has the fire truck scene (two girls ride up front
 Jill, who is chubby, gets to wear the fireman's hat, much to the chagrin of the other girl).  Book 11, "Sunny-Side Up" had a picture of kids playing in an above-ground pool on the cover. The books were recently released with new covers/illustrations, so don't be dismayed if your search turns up unfamiliar covers at first.

Kildee House
A man who goes into the forest and lives in the trunk of a hollowed out tree.

Make it a teenager and this could be My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George.
T42: Sounds like Lloyd Alexander's Wizard in the Tree. The wizard is actually sucked into the tree and
kept a prisoner until an orphaned girl servant lets him out, and she still has to help him until he finds out how to get home. Not as much fun as the Prydain Chronicles, but the message is the same - that magic ultimately isn't what matters in life and that happiness and respect are found through work and acceptance of moral responsibilities, not luck or daydreaming.
Might also be Kildee House by Rutherford Montgomery.  The tree forms the back of a man's house in the woods.  He actually has families of animals living with him.
Kildee House by Rutherford Montgomery, Doubleday 1950 sounds the most likely, "When old Jerome Kildee went to live in his redwood grove, he meant to be a hermit. His odd little dwelling, backed by a giant tree, was set in the midst of his hundred California acres ... a big raccoon thought he owned the tree, and presently a pair of skunks set up housekeeping under the floor ... Emma Lou discovered it and then came Donald Roger ..."
This was a juvenile novel read circa 1955.  It was about a man named Jerome who lived in a hollowed-out tree.  He had a skunk for a friend, and racoon, a deer, and mice.  All the animals in the story were his friends.  There was no plot that I can remember, just that Jerome was friends with these animals, many of whom visited or lived in the tree with him (the mice had their own little door, others came and went).

Montgomery, Rutherford, Kildee House, 1949. I'm pretty sure this is the book you're looking for. It's a 1950 Newbery Honor book.
Montgomery, Rutherford, Kildee House, 1949.

The Killer Brussel Sprouts
Book Stumper ie.children's book about brussel sprouts that ate a US city. May be titled "The Brussel Sprouts That Ate ??????" Not sure what city or maybe a different vegetable???

Kendall Haven,
The Killer Brussels Sprouts. Maybe? 
SOLVED: You solved my stumper! The brussel sprouts book is Kendall Haven's The Killer Brussel Sprouts.

Killer of Death
I had this book on record from our library in the late 70s/early 80s, and don't remember very much.  A young man is hiding in the prairie grass from a band of Comanche Indians.  If I remember correctly, he is an Apache, and it has to do with the conflict between the two tribes.

Killer of Death.  I read a book in the late 1970's, I believe titled "Killer-of-Death", in which an Apache youth is sent on some kind of quest into Commanche territory. Another young man from his village goes with him, some kind of rivalry/dislike between them. There is one scene where the protagonist is hiding as he watches Commanches kill a whole family from another tribe (don't remember if it was grass he was hiding in). As it turns out he has more to fear from his traveling companion than enemy tribes. When he returns safeley home he is given the name "Killer of Death". Don't know the author, haven't been able to find it at my local library.
A233 Someone else posted the answer of KILLER OF DEATH. I found author info to go with it: Betty Baker, published by Harper & Row in  963~from a librarian
Betty Baker wrote Killer-of-Death (c. 1963).
Betty Baker, Killer-of-Death, 1963.
A233 If it is Killer of death, it is by Betty  Baker.

Kincaid's Book of Witches, Goblins, Ogres, & other fantasy
I am looking for a book I had as a child. The words Witches, goblins, trolls, and other fantasy will appear in the title somehow. They were sold in the 70's and 80's, and were vividly illustrated. They had stories like "Yallery Brown" and "My Own Self" in it. I can give you more info about it if you'll e mail me with a return addy. How long to get a response?

I have already found out the book. The title is: Kincaid's Book of Witches, Goblins, Ogres, & other fantasy. 

A Kind of Loving
This book was required reading while I attended high school in Australia during the late sixties and early seventies.  Other books on the list were “Catcher in the Rye” by J. D. Salinger, and “All the Green Year” by D. E. Charlwood. The setting was suburban life in either Australia or England.  The plot was roughly as follows. Two high school kids are dating, and she becomes pregnant.  They marry and move in with her family.  He quits school to get a job in an unsuccessful attempt for them to become independent from her family.  They began fighting over the family dynamics with her mother, and eventually separate.  She miscarries from a fall, and they rebuild a new relationship, independent from her family.  At the time I really loved this story.  Now, I would like to read it again to see if it could be instructional fiction for today’s youth.

H69  This sounds a lot like one of my favorites from high school -- Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones by Ann Head -- but there are some differences from the description above.  The story is told by July, who comes from a wealthy family, about her relationship with Bo Jo, who comes from a working-class family and whom her parents don't aprove of.  The get married when she gets pregnant and live with his family until they get a garage apartment -- I don't remember them living with her parents, though they are very instrusive parents.  July eventually has a miscarriage, but it was because of a medical reason, not a fall.  And after letting their parents keep them apart for a few weeks, they decide that they care enough to make their marriage work  the last page is told three years down the road and we find out they are still together.  I'm pretty sure the story either takes place in or her mother was from the New England area of the US, not Australia or England.  But other than those discrepancies, this sounds like the book you're looking for.
No, I am sure that Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones is not it.  I don't remember ever hearing that title, and I am sure of the details I provided.
My Darling, My Hamburger. 
This is just a suggestion because I don't remember much about the plot. It is about teen pregnancy-I read this in 1977- and I definitely read the book described by the poster, but I'm not sure if it is this one.
No, that one doesn't sound like it either.  I read the first six pages on Amazon and it didn't ring any bells.  I do, however, remember some additional details about the plot.  They only "went all the way" one time before they had to get married.  They were very surprised, assuming that it would not happen the first time.  There was some explanation of how she was weakest in her resolve during the time of her cycle when she was most fertile.  This "time" happened to coincide with a special date, during which they went parking and "went all the way."
Josephine Kamm, Young Mother.
I either haven't read or don't remember the plot of this book  but I know that it was a fairly popular British 1960s book dealing with teenage pregnancy.
Joy in the Morning
by Betty Smith (author of Tree Grows in Brooklyn) Much read in the early 60s. Not sure if the details match!
Felsen, Henry Gregor, Two and the Town, 1964.
Haven't read it, but it's the right subject.  "In this frank but sensitively told story the town's football hero and a shy girl he has dated only once are forced into marriage because she is going to have his child.  He is too bitter and resentful to accept family responsibility."
Cannot be Joy in the Morning: details don't match.
I have requested Young Mother through inter-library loan to see if that is it.  I am not hopeful, as the girl in the book I read did not become a mother during within the timeframe of the book. Two on the Town does not sound like it either as the boy in the book I read was not the town football hero.  Thanks for all the suggestions.  Please keep looking. I was unable to get Young Mother by interlibrary loan, so I purchased one from a dealer in England but found that the plot is not even remotely close.  It is frustrating, especially with one poster mentioning that they had definitely read the same book I described.  But, I will check back from time to time to see if there are any new posts.
I have to say this vaguely reminds me of the old Haley Mills film "Family Way" done in the 60's.(notable for two reasons: Paul McCartney soundtrack and a partial nude scene by Mills ). I have no idea if the film evolved from a novel but this might be a possibility- and worth checking out.
Laing, Frederick, The Bride Wore Braids, 1968.  I hope your poster is still checking on this from time to time, because this one looks very promising!  "A teenage couple runs away to get married and discover that is not exactly what they had bargained for. They married because of a pregnancy which ends in a spontaneous abortion." Another description: "Two teenagers, unhappy with their home life, learn that they must marry and that their new life together is one of problems and decisions."
To add on to my last post, I found out that the book was reprinted under another name: Ask Me If I Love You Now.  Additional description found: "He's 18. She's 16. Each for their own reasons want to escape their homes. All their problems seem to disappear when they find each other and fall in love. Then one reckless night in a parked car turns their tender romance into trouble..."  Doesn't sound quite as likely now, hearing that they don't like living at home...
I purchased Ask Me If I Love You Now (a.k.a. The Bride Wore Braids) from a used book store.  It was a wonderful story with similar themes, however it is not the book I read in high school.  For those who come across this list of posts, please keep looking.
SOLVED: Barstow, Stan, A Kind of Loving. I think I may have sent in this solution before, but as the original poster I would like others to know that H69 is "A Kind of Loving" by Stan Barstow.  It is a wonderful book.

Kind of Summer Love

I loved a book as a young teen.  I got it in about 1975 from Scholastic Book Club.  It's about a girl in her young to mid teens in the 1920s or 30s.  I think it's autobiographical.  Her father was the chaplain at Princeton, but the book is about her summers on Cape Cod at her grandmother's house. They drove up in a Model A or T.  It's a really sweet, funny book.  Her grandmother teaches her all about plants and how to be a lady.  The grandmother has a daughter that lives with her and a son who acts like a 3 year old.  I would love to get a hold of this book.

Janet Gillespie, A kind of Summer Love, 1971.  Abridged from A Joyful Noise The family has an old Dodge called 'The Artful Dodger', and in the first chapter the author reminisces about loading (or overloading) the
car. Her father is a chaplain at Princeton, her grandmother teaches her botany, and her cousin Tink is developmentally disabled. I think that this is the book!
Oops! Tink is her grandmother's son.
Janet Gillespie, A Kind of Summer Love, 1971. Abridged from A Joyful Noise. I sent this in once before, I'm certain that this is the book as I've since reread it. All the details match. 

Kindles Find a Home
The book I'm trying to get the title for probably came out in the mid-to- late eighties. It was a square shaped paperback, of the short, 16  (32?) page variety,and it was about these female creatures (I say creatures  but they were human-looking) that could make themselves look like mushrooms  when they pulled their large, mushroom shaped hats over their heads. They have beautiful voices, and spend their days in happiness, but when night comes they are terrorized by an evil creature (or witch) of some sort, and must resort to their mushroom disguises to avoid being harmed (frozen, maybe?) by this creature. Eventually they set out on a journey to see The Lady of Light (this may have been in the second book...there was the original and one sequel) in a glass-bottomed boat, and she gives them something (don't recall what) that helps them live out their lives in peace. It's entirely possible thatthere was some cartoon/toy tie-in with this book, but all I remember was the book itself. Any help would be much appreciated.

Jolie Epstein, The Kindles Find a Home. (1985, approximate)  I'm pretty sure this is the one you want.  I LOVED the Kindles when I was young.  The witch they hide from is Eyevil (I think that's how it's spelled).  They end up finding a land with a beautiful waterfall inside a crystal dome
Jolie Epstein, The Kindles Find a Home, 1985, copyright.  I'm looking at my copies of both of these books right now! They are, indeed, "The Kindles Find a Home" and the sequel "The Kindles and the Lady of Light," both published in 1985. "Welcome to the magical land of the Kindles! It's a fantasy forest where music makes the honeybud trees grow. The Kindles love to sing with gladness, but now an evil sorceress named Eyevil wants to end their happiness forever. It's up to Sparkli to lead the rest of the Kindles out of danger. They embark on a quest to find the Gloracle, who tells them about the domed Crystal Mountain, an enchanted place where they can live together safely."

King and Queen Who Wouldn't Speak
I'm looking for a book or possibly it's a play - it was done in my 2nd grade class. That was in 1980. I think it's called the king and queen who couldn't speak. There is a queen's maiden who says My Hero. I can't find a thing on line about it!  Thanks so much!

Littledale, Freya, The King and Queen Who Wouldn't Speak, 1975.  It's a play published by Scholastic magazines.

King and the Princess
This is the 1950s story of an Irish setter and a cat with one artificial leg.  The dog rescues the cat during a flood, I think.

Yes.  King and the Princess by Jack O'Brien, illustrated by Robert Doremus.  Whitman, 1938, 1949.  A Cozy Corner Book.  Look, I even have a copy!
THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!  The book arrived and wonderful memories came flooding back.  You have provided a wonderful service and I do so appreciate it.
I am looking for information about a 1950s book, or story- I can't remember, about a black cat and a black dog, possibly a Labrador.  The 2 animals grew up together.  Something happened to the kitten and the owner made a peg leg with a harness for it.  The kitten would ride on the dog's back.  When they played together, or when the cat got mad at the dog, it would smack the dog's nose with the wooden leg. I can still visualize an illustration from the book of the kitten with it's peg leg ready to smack the dog!  This story has stuck with me for so long, and I would like to find the book.  In 1985 we adopted a black cat from the Humane Society and later got a black Lab.  I think I was trying to duplicate the friendship that had so impressed me in the 50's!!     Hopefully, someone out there will remember this story.

O'Brien, Jack.  King and the Princess. Illustrated by Robert Doremus.  Whitman, 1938, 1949.  A Cozy Corner Book.  I think it's an Irish setter.  It's on the Solved mysteries page, but I've already sold my copy...
O'Brien, Jack.  King and the Princess. Illustrated by Robert Doremus.  Whitman, 1938, 1949.  A Cozy Corner Book. Spine paper tattered and corners worn, otherwise VG-.  <SOLD>  

King and the Princess
A peg legged cat and a dog named King? I have been searching for this book for years. My mother read it as a child, and she was born in the late 1940's. It is about an older man, a dog (my mom swears his name is King), and a cat with three legs and a peg leg. The older man rescues the cat and carves it's leg. There are pen/ink illustrations throughout. Two illustrations I remember are one: the cat just after rescue laying in front of a fireplace while the man whittles it a leg. Two: the river near their house floods and the dog carries the cat across on his back. I am at my wit's end.

Jack O'Brien (author),  Robert Doremus (illus), King and the Princess. Whitman, 1938, 1949.  A Cozy Corner Book.  See more on Solved Mysteries.
There is an alternate version of this book: The King and the Princess by Jack O'Brien (author) and Kurt Wiese (illustrator), published in 1940 by Grosset & Dunlap.  On the bottom of the front cover it says, "A STORY PARADE PICTURE BOOK."

King of the Dollhouse
Okay, I thought I might find this book as a solved mystery, but haven't yet and I give up! It is about a girl who finds a little family living in her dollhouse. Somehow the little man is a king and he either finds or she gives him, a ring that he wears as a crown. I think the cover was a picture of him wearing the ring or just the ring. I hope I am remember this correctly! Thanks in advance for your help!

T184  Sounds like KING OF THE DOLLHOUSE by Patricia Clapp ~from a librarian
Clapp, Patricia, King of the Dollhouse, 1974.  I think this is the book you're looking for though the ring/crown detail doesn't exactly match.  Ellie wakes up one summer day to find King Borra Borra and his eleven 'peanut butter' babies have moved into her dollhouse.  The king's family eventually moves out at the end of the summer when Queen Griselda finds them a permanent home inside a tree and Ellie is very sad to see them go.  A few days later Ellie wakes up to find the Queen's crown in the dollhouse with a message that the Queen has taken up scuba diving and finds her crown is a nuisance and they'd like Ellie to keep it as a momento.  Ellie puts the crown on her finger and her mother observes that it looks "rather like a fairy crown" and the two of them decide to write a story about little people who live in a dollhouse.
Patricia Clapp, King of the Dollhouse, 1974.  'The cover looks different than described, but I think this is the book.  Description: "A miniature royal family moves into the dollhouse of an only child and keeps her company the summer her mother is writing a story for children."'
Clapp, Patricia, King of the Dollhouse, 1974.  I checked to make sure this was the title.  This book was one of the reasons I started making my own dollhouse.  I remember she used toothpaste tube lids for trash cans, and cut up something (one of her handkerchiefs?) to make small handkerchiefs for him.  From my local library catalog:   A miniature royal family moves into the dollhouse of an only child and keeps her company the summer her mother is writing a story for children.

King Who Learned to Smile
I had this book as a kid in the mid-60s.  It is about a prince who won't smile even when he is given golden gifts.  The last gift makes him smile, a gold fire engine or carriage.  Have you heard of this book?  Do you know its name?

There is an old English fairy tale with this plot called Lazy Jack that I have read in several different versions but it is usually a princess that doesn't smile.  In the version I have in front of me Jack loses his penny and his mother scolds him and says he should have carried in his pocket.  The next day he gets a jar of milk and puts it in his pocket, so his mother said he should have carried it on his head and next he gets cheese and puts it on his head and so on and so on until he ends up carrying a donkey on his shoulders and the princess laughs and Jack marries her.  I also have read a version where several people and animals are all stuck together and travel in front of the castle causing the unhappy person (princess?) to laugh.
Another possibility is The Frowning Prince, by Crockett Johnson, published by Harper 1959 The prince's frown has the power to break glass and wilt plants. "What happens when a prince with an immovable frown meets a princess with an irresistable smile. Ages 4-8." (Horn Book Apr/59 p.92 pub ad) This does at least have a prince who doesn't smile, rather than a princess. In the usual form of the Lazy Jack story, the (marriageable age) princess smiles because she sees a ridiculous sight, while the (very young?) prince in the questioner's story smiles perhaps because he is given a golden toy instead of golden treasures that he can't play with.
Lazy Jack: I think this may be - The King Who Learned to Smile, by Seymour Reit, illustrated by Gordon Laite, a Golden Book Beginning Reader, published Western 1960. "approximately a 2nd grade level, the story of a young king who had gold everything, but who wasn't very happy. This story tells what made him happy enough to finally smile." "A young king named Harold has all the gold objects you can imagine - shells and bells, skates and plates, even a gold toothbrush. But Harold is still unhappy." The cover shows the young king lying on the grass with animals around him, smiling at one who is wearing his golden crown.
A few years ago, I submitted a stumper.  I basically forgot about it, but today, the book I was searching for came to mind again....I searched on the internet, and lo and behold, there was my answer.  I am ordering the book from another online seller, but the fact is I had no idea as to the name of the book. The answer provided me with even more detail to help me remember my story. I knew it was the book I was looking for then!  What a great service.

King with Six Friends
I don't remember the title of the book, but it had something to do with a king that had to go on a quest of some kind.  Along the way he meets these men, all of whom had magical powers, that end up accompanying this king on his quest.  I remember that one of the men could become smoke and fire, one a swarm of bees, one could become an elephant.  That's about all I can remember.  I don't remember if the king could do anything or not, but it seems to me that he finished his quest with the aid of these magical dudes.

Not 100% sure, but take a look at THE KING WITH SIX FRIENDS by Jay Williams, 1968.
The previous suggestion was exactly right.  I have a copy of The King with  Six Friends by Jay Williams, illustrated by Imero Gobbato.  This copy is  parents' magazine press, 1968.  It's about a good king who loses his kingdom, so he's "out of work" and goes to find a kingdom looking for a  king.  He comes across an axe, an elephant, a fire, a snake, a tree, and a  swarm of bees, all of which turn out to be men.
This will probably be impossible to find but in elementary school in the early 1970s I read a children's book about a young boy on a quest.  Along the way he encountered a number of strange individuals who were misfits and outcasts.  Among their number was a chubby man that could transform into a swarm of bees, a red-haired man that could turn into living flame, a darkly elegant man who could morph into a large serpent and a tall gentleman who could become an enormous tree.  Through the boy's courage and encouragement they overcame their insecurities and helped the boy in his quest.  But of course I do not recall the title, author, publisher, or illustrator.  And it's driving me crazy!  Any help or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Jay Williams, King with Six Friends, 1968.  Illustrated by Imero Gobbato - I loved this one, too, and my copy is somewhere in storage, but you can visit Eric's books read page.
I recall this book from the early seventies.  It was a variation on the five Chinese brothers story, but set in 19th century Europe, with colorful, painterly illustrations.  Five men were enlisted to traverse a mountain pass, a river, etc, and each of them turned out along the way to have a special skill...the man with bright red hair could turn into fire, the man with a large George Washington-like nose could turn into an axe to cut wood.  I seem to recall one man in blue who could turn to ice and/or water.  That's about all I remember.  Any ideas?

Jay Williams, The King with Six Friends, 1968.  This was a Parents Magazine Press book, one of a series you could order by mail.  King Zar loses his kingdom, meets six strange men who can turn into things like fire and axes, and then has to face three tests to win a princess.
Jay Williams, The King With Six Friends,1968.  This sounds like The King With Six Friends to me.  I am sitting here looking at the book in front of me and one friend does turn into a fire, another into an ax.  It is about King Zar, the king with no kingdom going on a "quest" to find one...he is kind to the odd people he meets along the way, and they end up helping him in the end.
The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship.  Maybe?
Jay Williams, The King With Six Friends.  I'm not sure that this is the title you are looking for, but it sounds like what you are describing.  I am a retired elementary schl librarian and had this in my former library.  If more info is needed, I could try contacting that source.
I'm looking for a book I had as a child.  The story was about a prince who had 7 or 9 friends. Each friend has some special or "supernatural" ability.  They go on a quest during which each friend helps accomplish some task by using his ability.  In the end, the prince asks his best friend why he gets to be king since he doesn't have any special ability.  His friend answers something to the extent that we need you to lead us.  I know it's similar to the 7 Chinese Brothers story.  One vivid image I remember is the group trying to cross a gorge.  One friend can transform himself into a snake.  His lower half, still legs, is standing on one side of the gorge; his upper half is stretched across the gorge and his snake mouth is biting into a tree.  The rest of the group use him as a bridge.

M210  Most likely THE KING WITH SIX FRIENDS by Jay Williams, 1968. The description of the illustrations match this book. ~from a librarian
Jay Williams, The King with Six Friends, 1968.  Published by Parents Magazine Press.  This is definitely the one.
This one sounds like The King With Six Friends again.  I helped solve it for someone else awhile back - more details should be on the solved pages.
Illustrated childrens book about a king/prince who left his land and travels with a group of unique characters. Upon returning to his land, he must prove himself by completing tests/trials, he is allowed to use his companions to complete them.  One is he must eat all the food in a banquet room, being told that a king would be able to. His companions can change form, so one turns into an elephant to help eat the food, another turns into a man of flame who burns the rest of the food.  Another trial, he has to cross a chasm, so a companion turns into a snake to make a bridge to cross it.

This is a story that has been told in more than one version.  One is Jay Williams' The King with Six Friends another is Arthur Ransome's The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship.
Parker Fillmore, Longshanks, Girth, and Keen. This is a similar story, found in The Junior Classics Volume I, Fairy Tales and Fables. Supposed to be a Czechoslovakian story.
Jay Williams, the King With Six Friends, 1968.  I bet this is it -- if you are of "that certain age", because it was a Parents' Magazine Press book.  Everyone who was in that book club seems to have very vivid memories of the selections!  It has great watercolor/pen-and-ink illustrations by Imero Gobbato.
Thank you so much for this site.  T231 entry question has been solved correctly.  I found my long lost book Title. Thank you so very much
In the early 1970s, my mother bought an illustrated book through my elementary school for me and my siblings.  The hero was a traveler (Western European, Middle Ages) who comes across various characters with transforming powers (man-to-fire, man-to-rope,) and saves them from predicaments.  They in turn help him complete a task for a king who rewards the traveler.  When someone asks one of the transforming characters why the traveler should get credit when the "transformers" did most of the work, the transformer replied "He lead us".

Williams, Jay, The King With Six Friends.  Apparently THE MOST popular book from the Parents' Magazine Press series.
Williams, Jay. The King With Six Friends.  Illustrated by Imero Gobbato.  Parents Magazine Press, 1968.  Fine.  <SOLD>  

The King's Flower
Book was about a king who liked to have the very best and biggest of everything. instead of a pet fish he had a whale, he brushed his teeth with a huge toothbrush which required a crane. then for his birthday he was given a huge plantpot from which grew a beautiful tiny red tulip.

Anno, Mitsumasa, The King's Flower, 1986. I'm guessing it's the Anno book about the king who always used the biggest of everything. Recall one illustration of him struggling with an immense fork and knife (hung from cables) as he ate his dinner. He decides to grow a flower in a swimming-pool sized pot. The flower itself is normal-sized, but the king is happy anyway. Hope this helps.
SOLVED: Hello. I wrote in with the request for K149: King needs best and biggest - and I checked today and got the solution. The book is indeed The King's Flower by Misumasa Anno. Thank you so very much! Really can't tell you how grateful I am.

King's Stilts
There was a story in a 1950s-1960s elementary school reader I would like to find. It was set in a magical kingdom which was below sea level, and the sea water was kept out by thick rows of hardwood trees like oaks.  There was some sort of threat to the trees which would cause them to fall, flooding the land.  I remember one picture of a landscape showing one tree had already fallen, with water rushing in.  The hero was a young boy who had to convince the king of the danger his land was in.

Dr. Seuss, The King's Stilts, 1939.  I don't know about this being in an anthology, but this definitely sounds like The King's Stilts by Dr. Seuss.  The Kingdom of Binn is below sea level and protected by Dike Trees.  The Dike Trees have to be protected from the Nizzards who will destroy the root system and the kingdom will be flooded.  Eric the Page has to rouse the king to save the kingdom after his stilts have been lost.
Might have been Seuss' THE KING'S STILTS.  Long picture book with a story of the country with dike trees and how the cats defend the trees from the nizzards - birds which would eat them.  THe boy is the king's page who sounds the warning and helps the king by recovering his stolen stilts, which cheers him up and he's kingly again, so he can lead the Patrol Cats in defense of the dike trees.
Dr. Seuss, The King's Stilts, 1939.
Dr. Seuss, The King's Stilts.  Yes, this is the story I was trying to remember.  The stilts brought it all back.  Thanks so much!!

Kings and Queens
was available in Canada, maybe published in England in the 1930s - 1950s ??  There was at least one update to include Queen Eliz. II.  Listed all the kings and queens of England in chronological order- through the current Queen Elizabeth. Marvelous & memorable poems & illustrations about each- such as, (which I remember): "John, John, bad King John.  Shamed the throne that he sat on. Not a scruple, not a straw cared this monarch for the law. Promises he daily broke.  None could trust a word he spoke. Till the Barons brought a deed, down to rushy Runnymead.  Magna
Carta was its hite, charter of the peoples' rights..........etc."

Your memory is right on.  Here it is:
Can you perhaps find for me the words of a poem by Eleanor Farjeon, which begins  John, John, bad King John,  Shamed the throne that he sat on.....
The poem is in Farjeon's Kings and Queens.
Farjeon, Eleanor and Herbert. Kings and Queens.  Illustrated with 38 coloured plates by Rosalind Thornycroft.  London: Victor Gollancz.  NY: E.P. Dutton, 1932.  This early American edition goes up to King George V.  Wonderful color plates.  Inscription on front free endpaper.  Dust jacket torn at top edge and missing a couple chunks from bottom edge, now secure in a plastic dj protector.  VG/P.  <SOLD>  

King's Wish and Other Stories
I lived in Canada (Edmonton, Alberta) in the 1960s.  I'm looking for a children's book with a title like: "King Olav/Oaf and his three sons"  I don't remember the title nor the author.  Hard cover - lots of pictures.  I'm guessing mid to late 1960s.  Story: The king wants a vacation, but doesn't believe his sons can handle the task.  The king tells them that if they can get of jail he'll let them take charge.  While in jail, one of the sons finds a bottle of red ink and paints his face with red dots. The guards thinking he has measles lets them out of the jail.  The king decides they can takeover the castle/town and leaves on a fishing trip.  On his way, the King finds a squirrel caught in a branch and releases it.  Later, while fishing some theives rob the king and tie him up in a net.  Happily for the king, the previously trapped squirrel comes to the aid of the king and chews through the net.  The king sets off for the his castle.  Across the river, the king notices the town is on fire. Using his special "King's Arrow" he shoots at the town bell and hits it, waking up the town folk and saving the town.  The king returns a hero.

Benjamin Elkin, The King's Wish and Other Stories, 1960, approximate.
K39: I love this one, it's so clever for its age level. Benjamin Elkin, Illustrated by Leonard Shortall. The King's Wish and Other Stories. Beginner Books, 1960.
The King's Wish was a childhood favorite.  Thank you.

Kingdom of  Carbonel
I am looking for a book that I read in the mid to late 70's about a girl who finds a cat or cats that understand and listen to her and that have special powers or maybe are witches.  There is a hiding spot in a garden and a flying rocking chair.  The girl might have had a friend with her for parts of the story.  It was an early readers chapter book and had some pictures. I hope this is enough information for you.  Thanks.

Google makes it sound as if the book is Sleigh's The Kingdom of  Carbonel.
Catherine McVicar, The grass beyond the door. (1978)  Just a slight possibility because I can't find a reference to a flying rocking chair in my copy, but the rest sort of fits.  It's a chapter book with black & white illustrations.  Miranda's cat becomes Sinbad and has mysterious powers, acting as her guide.
Barbara Sleigh, Kingdom of Carbonel. (1960)  Darn - the server keeps eating my answers!  Well... maybe 4th time's a charm?  Anyway, this has to be the one you're looking for.  Rosemary and her friend John must guard the royal kittens, when Carbonel, the King of Cats, is summoned away to visit the Great Cat.  This book has both the talking cats and the flying rocking chair.  It is a sequel to "Carbonel, King of the Cats" in which Rosemary acquires a magic broom and a talking cat.  She and John must help the cat, Carbonel, to break an evil enslavement spell, so that he can return to his rightful throne.  There is also a third book in the series, "Carbonel and Calidor," in which Rosemary and John must track down Carbonel's son and heir, Calidor, who has run off with an apprentice witch, in search of adventure.  Rosemary & John must restore Calidor's sense of duty, so that he will return to his kingdom, and then they must also find/rescue his missing father, Carbonel.  Original copies of these books are rare and expensive, but "Carbonel, King of the Cats" is back in print - with any luck, the others soon will be as well.
I think this must be the right one!  I was beginning to think I had made up the detail of the rocking chair! I've so far only located the first and third in the series of three, the second being the one I was searching for, and my children and I are enjoying them very much.  I can't wait to read the second.  Thank you so much.  This website it fantastic and I wish I had found it years ago.

A Scandinavian- I thin a Swedish girl-moves with her pioneer family to settle in a new home. I read this book around 1984 at age 9(It has chapters). The family builds a sauna. The father dies driving the covered wagon while in a snowstorm. It might be a Newbery Award book.

Ann Nolan Clark, All this wild land, 1976.  Saunas are Finnish, so maybe this one? "Arriving in Minnesota in the late 1800's with plans to homestead, a Finnish family is faced with the problems of starting a new life."
#S205--Scandinavian immigrant/pioneer child:  Well, here's a book about a Finnish immigrant:  Kirsti, by Helen Markley Miller.  Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, Inc., 1964.  In this one, it's Kirsti's mother, not her father, who is dead.  Her father doesn't die, but he is gone through most of the book, at work in the mines, leaving Kirsti with a pregnant stepmother and winter coming on.  She doesn't speak English and survives only with the help of Tom Kincaid, an American boy with whom she falls in love.
Thank you for solving a mystery for me.  I've been looking for a book about a Finnish pioneer family. I read it sometime before 1974 and about 5 years ago started looking for it. It's been haunting me ever since. The lightbulb came on when I read the blurb on KIRSTI. Thanks.

Kitten Twins
This was a small book about kittens who couldn't stay out of trouble. The very memorable line, now part of our family heritage:  "They tried to be good and do what was right, but they got into mischief from morning til night."  Since my grandparents had the book, it could have dated from as early as the 1940's.

Winifred Martin, Three Naughty Kittens, 1948.  Another possibility is: A. Macgregor and W. Perrin: Smoke and Fluff.
This was an early Ladybird book (c. 1942) and was a story in verse about mischievous kittens.  Yet another possibility is Lillian Young: Pussy Willow's Naughty Kittens.
Helen Wing, The Kitten Twins, 1960.  This is a Rand McNally Elf Book, called The Kitten Twins. See suggested solution for T168: "There were two little kittens with eyes of blue, One was named Twinkle, one was named Boo They tried to be good and do what was right But they got into mischief from morning till night!"

Wing, Helen.  The Kitten Twins.   Illustrated by Elizabeth Webbe.  Rand McNally, 1966.  "A Rand McNally Elf Book". Paperback.  Cover is well-worn and creased, but interior is clean.  G  $5

Kittens Surprise
Lost Kitten - Whitman or Golden book? 1960's, childrens book.  The story was about a little girl who was looking for a kitten all over the house. I think the house was her grandmothers. She eventually finds the kitten sleeping on the sofa behind a pillow. The physical description of the book: I believe it was a small blue book. The little girl had dark hair and the cat was black. The illustrations were done in a lot of pink and blue - Ex. the sofa was blue and the pillows were pink.

Nina. with illustrator Feodor Rojankovsky, The Kittens Surprise, 1950s.  A Little Golden Book  later reprinted as The Little Lost Kitten. May possibly be the one.
Little Lost Kitten, 1950 - 1962.  I have a Whitman Tiny Tales book entitled Little Lost Kitten.  It's a 3"x 4" cardboard book with no author or copyright information.  The number 2952 is printed above the price tag (5 cents) on the upper right hand corner of the cover.   I was born in 1961, and have had this book as long as I can remember, it may have even belonged to my mother or aunt.   Brother and sister twins, Pat and Prue, go to Grandma Winkies house for a visit. Prue does find the kitten hiding under the sofa. However, Prue is blonde  the kitten is a tabby  and the sofa is blue with pink throw pillows.
Nina    The kitten's surprise    Feodor Rojankovsky    Little Golden Book, 1951
"Nina", The Kittens Surprise.  Little Golden Book, illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsy, first published in 1951. Later re-published as The Little Lost Kitten. Not sure it's the one, but seems likely.

Kittens Who Hid From Their Mother
Looking for children's book about three kitten who didn't want their ears washed.  They would hide in places that matched their fur...grey stone wall, yellow buttercups, and black-eyed susans.  It would have been around in early '50s...probably a Golden Book.  Can you be of any assistance?

Are K7 and K5 the same book?
#K7--Kittens, dirty:  In one of these stories, the mother cat holds the protesting kitten down by the ear to clean it.  Anyone recognize this?
Louise P. Woodcock, ill by Adele Werber and Doris Laslo, The Kittens Who Hid From Their Mother, 1950.  I have a copy if the searching party is interested...

Knee Deep in Thunder
I loved this book when I was a child. I  found it in  a library in the early 70's. I don't recall pictures (there may have been a few scattered at best), it was a longer chapter book. A girl is somehow transported to another world where there is some sort of struggle between bad creatures and good creatures. She helps the good creatures, of whom one is similar to a large, red ant. At the final battle, the ant sacrifices his life to save the others, and then the mooon's markings appear to look like a red ant. After the victory, the girl is transported back to our world. Please help!

This sounds like either City Under the Back Steps by Evelyn Sibley Lampman or Sarah's Nest by Harry Gilbert.
I just caught a longer description of City Under the Back Steps under stumper G117. This does not sound like it at all - there was no male cousin, and she was not "shrunk". But I will still take a look as I am desperate to find this book again!
I do not think it is the Harry Gilbert book, since the publication date is 1981, and I know I read it in the 1970's.  Thanks for the suggestions to date!
Moon, Sheila, Knee Deep in Thunder, illustrated by Peter Parnall.  NY Atheneum 1968.  I think this is it. The main character is a young girl who finds herself in a strange world (apparently based on Navajo mythology, but I wouldn't know) with insect companions, including an ant and a caterpillar. They are as big as she is, but it's never stated whether she 'shrunk' or that's just how it is there. At one point they are captured by a Beast and she has to entertain it by singing, and the caterpillar is used as a footstool.
I just looked at City Under the Back Steps, and that is not the book. The girl was definitely the main character, and the creatures were of different sorts, not just ants. Thanks again! I hope there are more suggestions!
I think Knee Deep in Thunder is it! I have requested a copy from another library, and I will let you know!
I’d appreciate your help in identifying a juvenile fantasy I read some time in the early ’70s (although it may have been published even earlier).  A young girl is transported into a magical world. Unfortunately, I cannot remember any details of the adventures she has there. However, the magical world is presided over by a mystical creature/tutelary spirit called (something like) The Mantis. Despite this title, I seem to recall that he was more like a winged stag, than insectile in form.

Perhaps Mantis by Peter Fox, St. Martin's Press, 1979?
Sorry, no. Mantis by Peter Fox is not it. I don't think "Mantis" was in the title, and 1979 is much to late. I'm sure I read the book in 9th or 10th grade, which would have been '71, '72. Any other ideas? Thanks.
Moon, Sheila, Knee-deep in Thunder.  I checked our library's copy of this, and the girl does meet a sort of tutelary spirit called the Mantid. Several of her quest companions are insects, including an ant and a caterpillar.
Moon, Sheila, Knee-deep in Thunder, NY Atheneum 1967.  I wonder if it might be this one. The unhappy young girl is transported into a world based on Navajo mythology, her companions are insects (she may be shrunk to their size, but it's never made clear) including an ant and a caterpillar. They must battle an enemy called the Beast, who is like a wild boar.
Sheila Moon, Knee-Deep in Thunder: This MIGHT be it!  I originally read the book, over 30 years ago, on loan from the National Library Services for The Blind and Physically Handicapped's Talking Books program. In the intervening years, the recording has been withdrawn from circulation. I'll have to order the book in braille, or find a more detailed plot summary elsewhere, to be sure. But the brief summary in the NLSBPH database rings faint bells. Will let you know if this, indeed, turns out to be the solution. THANKS!
A girl somehow travels or falls into another world, where she helps a group of animal-like creatures battle some other creatures.  I remember in particular an ant-like character who sacrifices himself to save the others.  After that, the marks on the moon resemble the ant's shape. Eventually, the good creatures win and she returns to our world.

Moon, Sheila, Knee-deep in Thunder.  NY Atheneum 1968.  This has to be it. The girl, Maris, falls into another world
where she is the size of insects and other small creatures. With a band of creatures including Exi the beetle, Red the ant, Locus the mouse and Isia the caterpillar, Maris goes on a quest to defeat the Beasts, with some aid and advice from the Mantid. The land has no moon at first as "it will not come until someone has tried" and after Red dies, the moon
rises. Maris looks at the moon and thinks "what was in the moon was an ant, the contours of a wonderful red ant who tried."

Knight's Castle
I'm looking for a series of books by an author I read as a child. In the one I remember best, a young boy is playing with toy knights and soldiers, and finds himself transported to the world of Ivanhoe and Robin Hood. I think the title of the book, or the series of books contained the word Thyme because the magic had to do with the herb. Can you help?

Hello! I am answering my own question! About a month ago I sent you a "stump the bookseller" question about a group of children who have time-travelling adventures involving, among others, Ivanhoe, and the herb Thyme. Thanks to a lucky break on eBay, I have discovered the book. It is Knight's Castle by Edward Eager, and he wrote 6 more books all on the same theme. I now have a list of all the titles. In the meantime could you search for any of his books for me? 

Knitting Grasshopper
I'm looking for a children's book probably from the 1930's or 1940's but possibly earlier about a boy who goes to either the zoo or the circus, I'm not sure which, shrinks the animals and brings them home.

Randolph, Jane, illustrated by Don Freeman, The Circus in Peter's Closet.  NY: Crowell 1955.  This is perhaps too late and not a close enough match, but worth considering. "A lonely sick boy finds friends galore in a new town and a circus that comes out of his closet." "The book is illustrated throughout in black & white and black, red, & yellow drawings in Freema''s rather representational but friendly style. An intriguing story about a little boy in a strange town and the curious inhabitants of his closet."
The Singing Grasshopper(?).  I'm not positive, but I think the title is the Singing Grasshopper, though I'm not 100% sure of that (it's definently The [word here] Grasshopper, however).  It has a yellow cover with red letters, and a picture of the grasshopper on the cover.  The grasshopper is magical and can talk, and it is him who gives the two children in the story the power to shrink the animals in the circus and zoos and carry them home in their pockets.  However, the animals soon start to grow again!
Teichner, Miriam, The Knitting Grasshopper, 1937.  Located a copy of the book I had thought was called "The Singing Grasshopper" - it is in fact called The Knitting Grasshopper. This is 100% the book you're looking for - the book is about two children, boy and girl, who find a magical talking grasshopper who gives them a rhyme to recite - the children recite it, and shrink all the animals in the zoo to tiny sizes, and put them in their pockets and take them home.  The animals soon start to grow back to their original size, however, causing all sorts of problems!

Knobby Boys to the Rescue
Hello- I am trying to find the name of a book I read to my kids many years ago. It was from the Weekly Reeder Book Club and had to do with an orphaned baby bear who was adopted by Gypsies? Soory I don't have more information. Thank you.

Well, if the memories are a bit garbled and it's Parents' Magazine instead of Weekly Reader, it could be: Devlin, Wende and Harry THE KNOBBY BOYS TO THE RESCUE Parent's Magazine Press, 1965, 38 Pages. "Bright full page colorful illustrations highlight this book about Raccon, Fox and Crow [so self deemed as the Knobby Boys 'cause they liked the name] who meet Baby Brown Bear [complete with baby bonnet] who has no mother. Mom was captured by the gypsies. How the Knobby Boys save the bear for a happy ending makes for great reading."
Knobby Boys to the Rescue:   I think is the book they are looking for.
See the Devlin Tribute page for more on these famous authors. 

Title Guess:  A string of painted ponies, Around 1975.  This was a story about a young Indian boy. He was interested in a young Indian maiden, and wanted to marry her. There is another character in the book, an ugly, mean Indian, who is far more wealthy (wealth is measured in ponies), and also wants to marry the girl. The Indian boy must collect 100 (or 1,000) ponies in order to pay the bride price.  The boy is very good with horses. I believe he is a Plains Indian. The girl stuffs her bed with willow leaves and uses a willow twig to brush her teeth. She always smells very nice.  In the end, he is able to gather up enough ponies to pay the bride price.  What I liked about the book was the lack of over-romanticizing this particular culture. It was a book about reaching a goal, and yes it was a romance about two young people, but it wasn't too sugary. The boy was written true to type, that is, he acts like a boy should.

Harold Keith, Komantcia.  The hero of Komantcia is actually a Spanish boy kidnapped by the Comanche, but the episode of stealing the horse herd in order to pay the bride-price for the girl "Willow" (and save her from marriage to the evil "Paunch") is definitely in there!
I wanted to write and thank you so VERY much. All three of the books I sent in as stumpers have been solved. It was so fun to go to your website and check for results - a little like waiting for Christmas.  Your service is wonderful, and I thank you a hundred times over.  The books you found for me were: O67 - "Orphan girl" which was Faraway Dream  I71 - "Indian boy," which was Komantcia And G236 "German boy," which was The Quest.

I read this in about 5th grade in the 1980s; it was assigned reading for another group in our class, but I wanted to read it after the class saw the movie.  A woman (older?) adopts a boy from some sort of factory; he arrives in a wooden crate or box and has to be "rehydrated" with some sort of solution.  The organization that has produced him has trained him to be perfect and emotionless; through living with his new mother, he learns to be more human.  I believe he hatches a plot (either on his own or perhaps with the help of the mother figure) to go back to the factory and teach the hundreds of children there that they do not have to be perfect in order for someone to care about them.  The movie version had far more of a sci-fi feel than the book.  All the children in the factory wore blue-gray smocks and had assigned numbers rather than names.  I also think that the adopted boy was given a bit of an odd name (Oliver?  Maurice?  something like that).  Our classroom edition was probably by Scholastic.

Christine Nostlinger, Conrad the Factory-Made Boy.
A182  This was a Wonderworks production. The book is   Konrad oder Das Kind aus der KonservenbüchseChristine Nöstlinger, but I cannot find anything with regards to an English translation.
A182 This is KONRAD by Christine Nostlinger, translated by Anthea Bell, first American edition, 1977. WonderWorks made the movie. ~from a librarian
I remember this book from an old PBS show with John Robbins. What I remember a woman gets a strange package. When she opens it up there is a small very wrinkled boy. She is told from the boy to add water to him. Then he transforms to a perfect blond little boy. Thanks.

Christine Nostlinger, Conrad: The Factory-Made Boy
  (also just Konrad), 1983. "Mrs. Bartolotti finds a factory-made child, who never does anything wrong, in the post—delivered by mistake. The factory men try to reclaim Conrad but he doesn't want to go."
Christine Nostlinger, Conrad: The Factory Made Boy, 1975. Originally "Konrad", in German. In this clever tale, Conrad is a made-to-order boy who has perfect manners. When he is accidentally delivered to the wrong person, Mrs. Bartolotti, who does not demand perfection from Conrad, the boy bonds with his new family. When the cold and demanding parents who actually ordered the "perfect child" arrive to regain their lost delivery, Conrad must quickly learn how to be naughty so that he can stay with Mrs. Bartolotti.
Christine Notslinger, Konrad
I recall that book too. Seems the boy is programmed to be Perfect: not eat candy, always picks up things, likes vegetables. Over the course of things the woman and boy bond and want to stay together  but the people who sent the boy's canister disagree. Ultimately the woman teaches the boy to be Normal, that is, make mistakes, which convinces the Perfects she's right. Hope this helps.
Christine Nostlinger, Konrad. Definitely Konrad  also published as Conrad: The Factory-Made Boy. PBS (Wonderworks) produced it in 1985: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0167240/
Christine Nostlinger, Conrad, The Factory-Made Boy, 1976. I'm not sure about the "just add water" part, but Conrad (also published in English as Konrad) definitely involves a small boy in a package being delivered to a woman's door.
SOLVED: Konrad or Conrad

Kotick the White Seal
The story of cotic the seal. Cotic grows up and searches for a place where seals will be safe from sealers. After a long search he follows sea cow to a idyllic hiding place. Then he leads the other seals there.

well, i found my story a few minutes after posting my query. I'd misspelled the name. It was Kotick the white seal. Author is Kipling and i found the whole story online. Thanks... my $2 is well spent in any case to support your service.

Kristy's Courage
I am trying to find the title of a book I took out of my school library in the early '80s (1980 or 1981).  It was about a girl who had been hit by a car, maybe when riding her bike.  In the beginning of the story she is in the hospital recovering later she goes home.  I vaguely remember a scene where she was outside of her house, possibly talking with some friends and here head is still bandaged.  Sorry that is all I remember.

Elizabeth Enright, Four-Story Mistake, 1940s.  Near the beginning of this book Randy (Miranda) Melendy collides with the back of a city bus while riding a bicycle, cuts her head on the license plate and suffers a mild concussion.
Babbis Friis, Kersti.  In some translations called Kristy's Courage. A possibility.
I'm wondering if "G195: Girl in Hospital - head injury" could possibly be from Elizabeth Enright's Four-Story Mistake?  Near the beginning of this book Randy (Miranda) Melendy collides with the back of a city bus while riding a bicycle, cuts her head on the license plate and suffers a mild concussion.  Thanks again for your site!
Kristy's courage.  I think this is it.  I am trying to get a copy of it to make sure.  That title sounds vaguely familiar.  thanks I appreciate the effort.
This is a 1960s children's book. All I remember is the book begins with a girl who is very sick.  As she lies in her bed she imagines strange things, like horse hooves growing out of her face (I am not kidding!)  I think the cover was dark blue.  Pencil drawings inside.  Maybe authors name in middle of alphabet. 

I think while the sick girl is dozing in her bed having these strange dreams, she keeps thinking Hickory, Dickory Dock.  Not much more to go on...
Britt Hallquist, Bettinas Secret.Is it possible that this book is BETTINAS SECRET?  Does anybody know how this book begins, if she is in a bed recooperating, having weird dreams?

Britt Hallqvist, Bettinas Secret. This stumper is NOT Bettinas Secret.  I just read the book and she does not hallucinate at all.
Can't find a copy of BETTINA'S SECRET anywhere.  Is it possible that this is the answer to I148?

Kristy's Courage. I think this is it.  Could somebody please confirm?  I saw the cover and thought By George, I think I've got it!"

Is it possible that the title for I148 is KRISTY'S SECRET? 

KRISTY'S COURAGE. Found a copy of the book, read it, SOLVED~~~

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