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I4: Ice Maidens
I'm usually good at answering stumpers, but I've got one that's so vague I'm hopeful that someone else will know more -- or maybe the answer.  This book was available in the early '50s (no idea whether it was new), & was an anthology of Folk tales, either all Russian, or Russian & North European. It certainly included a version of the ice maiden/snow maiden tale. It was fairly large trim (may seem bigger to me than it was, since I was very small), off-white cover (no dust jacket) matte finish. May even have been leather, because I remember it as "squishy." The cover had a small inset, I think it black & midnight blue, may have been a stylized version or silhouette of an ice mountain, vaguely pyramid-shaped.  This is one of those cases in which it's the color, shape, feel of a book that lingers, & no details at all of title or author. This was my "fever" book, read to me only when I was ill. (Normally, I didn't tolerate fairy/folk tales, except for Greek myths, which were entrancingly violent.) There is some chance that this wasn't even in English, as I had a Viennese-born babysitter who was quite capable of translating from German, French, & heaven knows what else.  I've never really tried to track this down (I spend too much time tracking down everyone else's books), but, if someone recognizes it, I'd be delighted to know.  Come to think of it,  it might have been a translation of Kornei Chukovsky -- anyone know of such an edition?

It's my own query, but I now wonder whether this was an edition of Ransome's Old Peter's Russian Tales. Anyone recognize it?
I don't know this, but just to be sure, you do mean "snow maiden," right? Because that Russian(?) story - about a childless couple that builds a child of snow which comes to life - is very different from The Ice Maiden, which is a long Hans Christian Andersen story about a spirit of the Swiss glaciers who furiously pursues Rudy, a handsome young man saved from her three deadly kisses as an infant. (Sounds like "The Snow Queen," doesn't it? Given the portrait of Rudy's shallow, fickle fiancee, you can't help but wonder if Andersen thought of the ending as a "happy" one, even though it was supposedly based on a true story at Lake Geneva.)
Zvorykin Boris, ill.. Boris Zvoriykin illustrated a book of russian fairytales, including the snow maiden. the book I am thinking of is too late to be yours, sometime in the 70s I think, but he may have done other editions. see if his illustrations look familiar.

I5: Indian chief restored by magic popcorn
I am searching for one of the books my 4th grade teacher read to us (1971). I have a vague memory of this book having a blue 1" cover with a canoe sketch?  The part I remember most is the dying Indian Chief who had lost interest in life, recovering because the magic food popcorn is discovered and he regains his will to live.  It is this excerpt that compels my search. I think there may have been something about the Hudson Bay Company mentioned.  The story involves a boy captive?  I have called my former teacher, who is now retired, she remembered me, but not the book.  The school donated all the old library books elsewhere (Ferndale, WA).  I have gone through national library searches, but without a title or author, no luck.  Can anyone help?  This has become an obsession.

There are several books about young boys, Indians, canoes and the Hudson's Bay Company. But I don't think any of them feature popcorn because corn doesn't grow anywhere the HBC operated and canoes were used. Could the requester be mixing two books together? Possibles - 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." Ronald Syme Bay of the North: the story of Pierre Radisson published London, Hodder, 1951, 125 pages "Pierre Radisson was captured by Iroquois Indians when he was a boy and became a great explorer and hero of the Canadian wilds."William O. Steele  The Far Frontier published New York, Harcourt 1961 (Weekly Reader) "Story of a young white boy from Philadelphia who is taught the ways of the Indians and living off the land." Olive Knox (again) Black Falcon published Toronto, Ryerson 1954, 192 pages "Story of a boy kidnapped by Indians in Ohio in 1789 who went on to become the first white boy to live on the prairies of Manitoba."
On the corn side of the story, there's Runner in the Sun: a story of Indian maize by D'Arcy McNickle, illustrated by Allan C. Houser, published Winston 1954, 234 pages, Land of the Free series. "The story of Salt, a teen-age boy being groomed to lead his people, who as he grows into manhood, is accepted into the tribe and makes a life-and-death trek to the opulent cities of the ancient Aztecs in search of a hardier kind of Indian maize."  Also, more on the Hominy story cited elsewhere - Hominy and his Blunt-Nosed Arrow by George and Doris Hauman, published Macmillan 1950, 145 pages "... and whose skill won him a real reputation with the tribes and a beautiful silver arrow. Almost best of all - he discovers popcorn!" (Children's Catalog 1956 ed.) Actually, that sounds like a good possibility.

I8: I made you look
I can't for the life of me remember how this nursery rhyme continues:  "I made you look, I made you look..."  Nor can my grandson's teacher.  And I can't find it in the internet. Help....

I8 may be the following: "I made you look, you dirty crook, you stole your mother's pocket book.  You turned it in, you turned it out, you turned it in to sauerkraut."
My dad always said -"Made you look, made you look, made you buy a penny book."
Iona and Peter Opie's Lore and Language of Schoolchildren (Oxford University Press, 1959) includes several variants of an English children's rhyme, "Made you look; made you stare"; the commonest seemed to be:  Made you look, made you stare, Made the barber cut your hair, Cut it long, cut it short, Cut it with a knife and fork.
I always knew this one as 'Made you look, made you stare, made you lose your underwear'.
When I was growing up, the rhyme was "made you look, made you stare, made you lose your underwear"!

I10: Imaginary Friend Monster
Solved: Gary and the Very Terrible Monster

I11: Island Teacher
Solved: The Magus

I14: Indian and silver arrow
Solved: Hominy and his Blunt-Nosed Arrow

I15: Ice cream portal...
Solved: The Tutti Frutti Connection

I16: Indian bunny
Solved: Indian Bunny

I17: Island of airplane crash survivors
Solved: Strangers on Forlorn 

I18: Istanbul elevator mystery
Solved: Mystery of the Golden Horn 

I19: Indian boy plucks eagle's tailfeather
One of my friends sent me an email today and told me that she is looking for a favorite book from her childhood.  I would love to help her.  This is how she described it "...........I have a favorite book I have never been able to find either.  I can still see the pictures.  This book was about an Indian Boy and in the end he climbed a mountain and plucked an eagle's tail feather to make a headdress."

Keeko, written and illustrated by Charles Thorson.  The illustrations are wonderful-a charming picture book from the early 50's.
#I19--Indian boy plucks eagle's tailfeather:  Not Indian Two Feet and His Eagle Feather, by Margaret Friskey, to save you the trouble of even trying that one.
On #I19, Indian boy plucks eagle's tailfeather, by far your best bet is Eagle Feather, by Clyde Robert Bulla.  Originally published by Thomas Y. Crowell in 1953, it went through a gazillion Scholastic printings and is by
far the most common of such titles.  Here, however, are some other possibilities:  "Eagle's Feather," by Emily Post.  Dodd, Mead, 1910. "The Eagle Feather Prize," by Lyla Hoffine.  McKay, 1962. "The Eagle Feather," by Clide Hollmann.  Hastings House, 1963. "Eagle Feather for a Crow," by Alice Durland Ryniker.  Persimmon Hill, 1980. "Eagle Feather--an Honour," by Ferguson Plain.  Pemmican Publications,  Winnipeg, 1989. "Quest for the Eagle Feather," by John Duncklee.  Rising Moon, Arizona,  1997. "Eagle Feather," by Sonia Gardner.  Writers Press, 1997.
Thanks so much for the reply about the book about the little Indian boy and the eagle feather.  I am forwarding the email to her and will let you know if that is the book she was looking for.  I can't tell you how much I enjoy visiting your website.
#I19--Indian Boy plucks eagle's tailfeather: Running Fox, The Eagle Hunter.  Shannon, Terry, Illustrated by Charles Payzant.  Chicago:  Albert Whitman & Co., 1957.  Hard Cover.  ISBN:  57-7755.  48 pages.  This story of a Hopi Indian boy in Arizona is not the one described.  In this, the boy steals an eaglet from the nest, not a tailfeather.

I20: Irish setter helps girl cope with loss
Solved: Pattern for Penelope 

I21: Interactive book with zippers and snaps
Solved: What's in My Pockets? 

I22: Indian scout Henry
Solved: Kentucky Frontiersman

I24: Indian's Massacre family, boy's revenge

Clifford Lindsey Alderman, The Vengeance of Abel Wright. It's eerie that I happened upon your quest for this particular book. I read it when I was very young and I decided that I wanted it for my sons, so I did a search and tripped over your plea. Is this the book that you are looking for?
Not a solution, but a comment: Death Wind was the Indian name given to Indian fighter/killer Lewis Wetzel, who was an ancestor of mine. His story has been fictionalized many times. The poster can do a google search for Lewis Wetzel and will come up with several good web sites about him, including several that list books about him. Wetzel was from just outside of Wheeling, West Virginia, where his remains are now buried. However, Wetzel's family wasn't massacred--though several were killed over the years by Indians. He and his brother Jacob were abducted by Indians when Lewis was thirteen. He was shot, but survived, and the boys later escaped. From that day on, he dedicated himself to revenge. Later his father and brother were killed by Indians on the Ohio river. Hope this is helpful.

I25: I am Sam
Solved: I See Sam

I26: Illustrated Stories of Heroes
When I was a very young child I had an oversized hardcover illustrated book, which had the stories of various heroes from history and legend.  I specifically remember that it had the story of Horatio's defense of the Bridge from the Carthaginians, El Cid's last battle and Sir Gwain and the Green Knight. I am hoping for author, title and availability information so I can acquire it for my own daughter.

I remember something just like that...
I've seen a book by Enid Blyton which seems similar, a large-ish book like a children's annual, called something like Stories of Famous Heroes, with a coloured picture on the cover. Unfortunately I haven't been able to pin down that title or a date for it.
C85 El Cid sounds like I26 stories of heroes

I27: I love you deeper than
Solved: Owly

I 28: Indian and her horse
Solved: The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses

I29: Impossible 4d geometric shape
Solved: The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag
I30: Indian headress mystery flat rock

Solved:  Key to the Treasure
I31: Infanta short story

Solved: The Birthday of the Infanta

I32: I'm a lonely lightship
Solved: Blinky the Lighthouse Ship
I32: If you want to go in the cave, turn to page 50

Solved: Choose Your Own Adventure
I34:  I only remember a few sketchy details...

Solved:  The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I Mean, Noel) 

I35: Inn with a tower
Solved: Really Weird Summer

I36: Inventor
Solved:  The Marvelous Inventions of Alvin Fernald

I37:  Island with father
Solved: Pippi in the South Seas

I38: indian kids series
Solved: The Bleeker Indian series

I39: ice cream birds
Solved: The Ice-Cream Cone Coot and Other Rare Birds

I40: ice crystals
Solved: Peter Crystal Tales

I41: island with dangerous things and beings on it
I'm looking for a book I read in a college course about great kids books. The course was 15 years ago and the book was out of print then. I don't remember the title, but it was about an island with lots of dangerous things on it (it was not Dangerous Island--it did not sink). There were creatures on it that were dangerous I think too--like very pointy, for instance. I think it was on the Banned Books list at some time. Thanks for any help--I'd love to track it down!

Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are.  Couldn't possibly be? Max sails away and becomes King of All Wild Things. But he is the only child among them.
Where the Wild Things Are has really never gone out of print...
My Father's Dragon. This may be it, there's 3 of them, I ordered them for my daughter in paperback from Scholastic last fall. I can't remember the author's name, but she wrote them and her daughter illustrated them. I hope this is it.
William Steig, Rotten Island (AKA The Bad Island), 1969 & 1984 (revised). Summary:  (from Library of Congress)  Rotten Island has always been a paradise for nasty creatures, until one awful day a beautiful flower begins to grow, threatening to spoil the island forever.

I42: Iowa Teenagers Killed Playing Chicken
Solved: Hot Rod
A paperback book written in the mid-fifties about Iowa teenagers racing their cars on roads and highways.  Good description of what things were like then.   I've been looking for the last 15 years for the book.  Have visited the University of Iowa Library and closest I came was the author was probably a contemporary of Henry Gergor Felson who wrote similar stories.  Story ends when they play chicken on the highway and there is a head-on crash and battery acid drips into the passenger compartment of a '37 Chevy.

Henry Gregor Felsen?, Hot Rod?  This is only some information that may help you get further along.  It sounds as if you're certain your book *isn't* one of Felsen's, and I'm not sure either.  (I read several, 35 years ago, but they were always too graphic and gory to read more than once!)  But I checked Google using search words "Henry Gregor Felsen" and "hot rods", and on a website called thecarplace, in a safety discussion of a 2001 car,  I found an extremely grisly description from one of Felsen's books (or so says the discusser) of just such an accident, including dripping battery acid (no info on type of car) and names of victims.  If you recognize the excerpt, that could help.  Then, at another site,  is a description, with photos, of the actual area in Iowa where the accident supposedly took place, and the names match.  (Frustratingly, neither site gives an exact book title (unless it is Hot Rod), and I can't quite tell whether the second one is fact or some kind of "fan fiction", but it clearly relates to Felsen's novel.)  Finally, another writer of similar stuff was William Campbell Gault, if that's any help.
Henry Gregor Felson, Crash Club, late 50's.  The cover of theis book had cars painted with Playing Card synbols  I read it in high school in Virginia years ago.  I have looked for a copy for years  would love to have one someday.  Hope this helps someone else.
Felsen, Hot Rod.  This is DEFINATELY Hot Rod!  I have never forgotten the horrifying image of battery acid dripping into the dead girl's eyes after the crash.

I43: in my pocket
Solved:  A Rocket in My Pocket

I44: Ilgamoot the Groundhog
We pleaded with my father daily to read this book...and he obliged.  The story concerns a huge forest tree which houses many animals and is threatened by a beaver.  Ilgamoot the Goundhog is an underappreciated member of the group and it is he who saves the tree.  Early 40's.

I45: Isthmus
Solved: The Amazing Vacation

I46: Indian search for buffalo
Solved: White Buffalo and Tah-Tank-Ka

I47: Illustrations made of fabric/embroidery
Solved: A Child's Garden of Verses

I48: illustrated fairy tale book
contained"Cinderella", "Rumplestiltskin", a story about Leprechauns and others. beautifully illustrated in color. glossy hard cover approx 9"x12".  1948.

C225/I48: Same book perhaps?

I49: Indians of the Americas
Solved: National Geographic on Indians of the Americas

I50: Interior Decorator
Solved: One Perfect Rose

I51: indian magic feather
It had a yellow dust jacket and was about two Indian spirits (Native Americans nowadays), one evil and one good, and the search for a magic feather with the "good" symbol which would counter the evil.  I vaguely recall one of the symbols being a moon, but that could also be a red herring (I mean a false clue, not that the symbol was a red herring).  Several line drawings, I'd estimate the reading age was about 3rd grade to 5th grade.  I read it in my school library in about 1963.

Bennett Wilson, The Magic Feather.  A possibility.
The Magic Feather is not the book; the one I remember had to have been written no later than 1964, and probably before that.

I52: InternationalStories-BigGoldenBook
Solved: Walt Disney's Surprise Package 

I53: I take back my wool!
Solved: Golden Book of Nursery Tales

I54: Incest study
probably has Incest in title; probably Dr. somebody? A dispassionate and clinical study of incest. Unlike most other books on the subject, it is directed not at the victim, but rather discusses the history of incest, the variations on the laws, and the sociological implications. It is quite clinical. I recall the cover was white.

I54 I found it but it is dark red, not white, and I am afraid the emphasis IS on the victim: Meiselman, Karin C Incest; a psychological study of causes and effects with treament recommendations   Jossy-Bass c1978
Revised/Expanded Stumper Description:
I saw this book in paperback at a bookstore. It was in a psychology/self help section. I only got to browse it a little bit. It was a book about incest, but it treated the subject in a very clinical, non-judgemental, and objective way. It went into the history of incest,  the psychology of incest,  the multitude of different legal positions on incest,  the multitude of different social attitudes about incest, etc.  I think that the solution presented is not the book I am searching for.  I clearly recall that the book was NOT about the victim but a dispassionate clinical study of incest as a social condition.
Could this be Robin Fox's The Red Lamp? I read it a few years ago while  working on a paper about the Westermarck effect, and it certainly meets the description ("dispassionate and clinical"). Fox, Robin.  The red lamp of incest. New York: Dutton, 1980.
I am the original submitter of this request.  I browsed the Red Lamp of Incest, and it did not appear  that this book was the one I was searching for.  In the original book, the author explores incest as, in some cases, natural and normal and acceptable.  It also goes into great depth as  to how different societies treat incest and in many cases encourages it.
Hamer, Mary, INCEST, A NEW PERSPECTIVE, 2002, copyright. This is a great book!  It explores among other things, the cultural and taboo aspect of incest.  The cover is not white, though. It's of a black and white still from the 1959 film "Suddenly Last Summer", with Elizabeth Taylor, with purple lettering.  If this isn't the book, I would still recommend it to anyone interested in the subject

I55: India, monkey, necklace, girl
Solved: The Stolen Necklace

I56: italian guy with wheel on his fake leg
Solved: The Hat

I57: in the orchard
two children in the orchard...It was a hard cover book, I think it was an orange cover, but not sure...I believe it was a chapter in a children's book or possibly a primer...the title of the chapter was ? and ? in the orchard

I58: Indian Necklace
Solved:  That Barbara

I59: icarus a children's story
Solved: The Darkangel

I60: Indian Girl Journeys Down River
Solved: The Talking Earth

I61: Italian Immigrant family
I am looking for a book written for kids about an Italian family of immigrants who moved to America but had no money so they had to live under a table that was covered with a tablecloth.  That's all I remember. I read this a little over 40 years ago in 5th Grade and always wondered what the name was.  Thank you for your help.

I62: India during the Mutiny
Solved: Tiger Burning Bright

I63:  Island blasted free
Solved: Jane's Adventures on the Island of Peeg

I64:  Imaginary Friend
The book was a children's book probably written in the mid 1970's.  The book had a girl in it who had an imaginary friend who was a monster.  Mostly I remember that they were out on a tree swing.  I always thought the name of the book was Geraldine but after looking for many years for the book I now think that be a character's name and not the title.  The following bit of information may not be as accurate as my 4 year old mind remembers but it may be helpful.  I think the book was orange or peach in color; at the end of the story I remember the girls mom in the backdoor.  The story line could be that the girl thought her family forgot her birthday, I remember something about a move and of a little sibling.  I also think she had a baseball cap on but as I said before I don't remember exactly.

Hendrich Paula, Who says so?, c. 1972.  GK Hall, Boston.  Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman. A girl loses her best friend, an imaginary creature, at the end of a fun-filled summer but gains a new flesh-and blood friend who seems very familiar
The book was a short book...  Who Says So is 176 pages but thanks anyway.  I think I remember the book being smaller like the size of a Junior or Tiny Elf book.  The book was purchased at a discount store in Memphis, TN in the late 1970's.  I sort of remember the monster had spots???
I've read Who Says So? and I don't think it's a match with what the reader describes.  Some of it is vaguely reminiscent of A Birthday for Frances by Russell & Lillian Hoban, but there is too much that doesn't match for that to be right...
Lystad, Mary, Millicent the monster, 1968. Doesn't fit exactly but as the requester was only four at the time...it does not
actually have a monster, Millicent is the one who is the monster.  There is a swing in it which is why I thought of it, she has a little baby brother, and she decides to be a monster. Cute story even if it isn't the right one.
I don't think it is Who Says So.  When I looked that book up it's main characters were animals as far as I could tell.  Thanks for trying.  It would be so nice to find this book as I would love to get it for my children.  The one thing that I am sure of is that a character in the book was named Geraldine.
Francis and Zenobia has several elements that are the same as the I64 query: a little girl, a birthday, an unusual friend. Her friend is an owl, so the feathers may have been spotted.  The publication timeframe of mid-1970s is the same. The girl's birthday may have been forgotten also.  There is a birthday cake in the story. At least part of the action takes place in a tree or on a tree limb. This book is out of print and I think it was written by Edward Gorey, but it was not illustrated by him. I know the name Geraldine is missing, but so many other elements were similar that I thought I'd make the suggestion.
I am still looking for this book if anyone has suggestions please post.  Perhaps it was a Tell-A-Tale book if anyone is familar with those books during the 1970's.
John McInnes, Have You  Ever Seen A Monster?  I remember the book, she was sitting in a swing on the cover. I think this is it, one of the lines is Have You ever seen a monster? I have. My monster is... All the copies I could find on various sites had no photo and just condition descriptions.
This sounds like the book I am looking for, except I thought the girl's name was Gertrude.  It was about a little girl, with a friend who was a monster, and I remember a tree on the front but I thought her and the monster were near a forest. It had a picture that filled most of the cover and then an orange or yellow border.
I am looking for the very same book.  That was my favorite book.  Her name was Geraldine.  She loved to swing and one day a yellow and orange monster came out of the woods to swing on her swing because he loved to swing too.  In the end they learned to share the swing and her mom was looking out the back door at Geraldine swinging with the monster.  The sad thing is - I don'\''t remember the name either!  Somebody please help!
I am searching for this book also!  My dad used to read it to me as a child.  I do remember this line from the book and I believe it was repeated several times:"I love to run. I love to swing, but most of all I love to sing." I can still hear my dad singing this line from when he read it to me as a child and yes, the girl's name is Geraldine.
Carolyn Joyce, The Marvelous Monster. This was my favorite book as a child. I'm glad I fianlly remembered the name.

I65:  Invisible at Halloween party
Solved: Suddenly -- A Witch!

I66:  Imps or elves
A book I read when I was in 3rd grade -- about 1976 or so.  It was oversized and involved a little girl and imps or elves or some creatures that came out of mouse holes, perhaps?  It might also have been a compilation of stories and I'm just remembering the first.

Coombs, Patricia, Dorrie and the Witch's Imp, 1975.  That's just a guess, but it's the only book I could think of with an imp.
I66 It's too cold and dark to check this now in storage to see if if matches: Will and Nicolas, pseud of William Lipkind    Perry the imp.   illlus by William Lipkind    Harcourt    1956 

I67: Indian boy
Solved: Keeko


I68: Island historical fiction
Young adult.  This book was about life on an island - possibly north Pacific since they had some cold weather.  The time was somewhere before contact with westerners, I think.  I remember some scary parts, battles with people from other islands.  The main characters were a girl and her family.  Life was hard and somewhat primitive.  It may have been published in the 80s.  (not Island of Blue Dolphins)

Vague possibilities:  Montgomery, Rutherford. Amikuk.  illus by Marie Nonnast.  World, 1955.  polar regions; Aleutian Islands; sea otters; Alaska.  Finney, Gertrude E.  Stormy winter. illus by Don Lambo.  Longmans, 1959. San Juan Islands - Canadian- American border dispute; Haida Indians.  McCracken, Harold.  Caribou traveler. illus by Rod Ruth.  Lippincott, 1949.  polar regions; caribou; Barren Grounds, Arctic Islands. Catherall, Arthur.  The strange intruder [former title The strange invader]  Lothrop, Lee and Shepard, 1965.  Faroe Islands; Faroes; polar bears; rescues.

I69: Ice cream boy
Solved: Favorite Stories Old and New

I70: I love you like salt
Solved: Cap o' Rushes (and other titles)

I71: Indian boy collects ponies
Solved: Komantcia

I72: Indian Mound Mystery
I read this book in 1984, checked it out from the library.  It is about some kids, I believe the main character was a girl around 12 years old. They have either moved or are spending the summer at a new house and I distinctly remember the house being described as looking like a “milk carton.”  The kids find some arrowheads and there is some sort of mystery and at the climax of the story there is a tremendous rainstorm and the river rises and one of the kids almost drowns but they discover an untouched Indian mound.  I have been looking for this book for years and any suggestions would be very helpful.  It is definitely NOT:  The Secret of the Indian Mound by Wilson Gage or Indian Mound Farm by Elizabeth Coatsworth.

Lavinia R. Davis, Buttonwood Island.  I'm not sure if this is the correct book, but there are some similaries - finding arrowheads, finding an untouched indian mound, and a big storm at the end. The children involved are all interested in horses and have a riding club on Buttonwood Island, which is near the farms where they live in Connecticut. The father of one of the boys trains horses for a living.
Hi!  I am the original poster of this stumper and appreciate the suggestion I received that the book might be Buttonwood Island.  I have purchased this book and read it and although it is somewhat similar, it is not the book I am looking for.  Any further suggestions would be so helpful, I have been trying to find this book for over 20 years.  Thank you!
I am the original poster and wanted to thank you for the suggestion but the book I am looking for is not Buttonwood Island I read the book and it was similar but not them same story.  Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated, this has been bugging me for over 20 years.....   The book seemed very like a Trixie Belden story but it is definitely not one of that series, I don't think it was a series book at all, just the style reminds me of Trixie Belden.

I73: Indians capture young girl
Solved: Ghost Fox

I74:  India, escape from
Solved: Merlin's Keep

I76: Izzy
Solved: Call Me Heller, That's My Name

I75: Inspector, monsters, and his dog
Solved: The Inspector

I77: incredibly illustrated fairy tale collection
A hardcover collection of fairy tales (two of which I remember distinctly - Little Red Riding Hood and Rip Van Winkle) from the 1970s or 1980s. The illustrations are what set this book apart - each page is a veritable scene of life, with not only the main character illustrated, but with a little mouse or little creature in every treehole and crevice imaginable. The illustrations were very busy - with more going on than just the main character's plight. I don't remember the title. Thank you for your help!

This sounds like it could be Fairy Tales and Fables by Gyo Fujikawa, or one of his other books.
The book you describe is definitely NOT Fairy Tales and Fables by Gyo Fujikawa.  Rip Van Winkle is not in the Fujikawa book.  The edition that I have (c. 1970) does not have the rich illustrations you describe (e.g., I saw not one mouse peeking out from a tree in the book).
Did you look at the Ponsot/Segur The Golden Book of Fairy Tales?  There's a reprint available.  See the Anthologies Page.
I don't think the book described is The Golden Book of Fairy Tales, translated by Marie Ponsot and illustrated by Adrienne Segur, original copyright 1958 (reprint available).  In the Ponsot book, Rip Van Winkle does not appear.  The illustrations are beautiful and detailed, but not exactly as described.  Some of the illustrations are in black/white/pinkish tones, rather than color and even so there are not pictures on every page. I searched through my (reprinted) copy and never saw scenes with as much detail as described.

I78: Ironic Tales
Solved: Mystery and More Mystery

I79: itinerant farm girl
I read a paperback in jr. high, '78 or '79 but not sure how old the book already was. The main character was a girl from a family of itinerant farmers, probably dust bowl era. I think her mom may have been dead because there seemed to be a budding romance between her dad and the town librarian. I think she was a librarian. There was a scene in which the girl observed that the lady was very prim and tidy, but when she got up the back of her skirt was wrinkled, and she made an observation that we are all like that, with hidden faults/secrets or something. The story seemed to center around the girl coming into adolescence and her hopes and dreams for a normal home life. I think she was also a good student. It's all a little fuzzy! Thanks so much!

Constant, Alberta, Those Miller Girls, The Motoring Millers and Does Anybody Care About Lou Emma Miller, c.1979.  These take place around the turn of the century and are about Lou Emma and Maddie Miller who live with their father in Gloriosa Kansas. I know in one of them one of the girls starts a lending library, and their father has a romance with a woman he later marries. I believe she owns a hat shop though.
No, I am sure this is not it. The period is too early, and they didn't really live anywhere, which is part of why she was so unhappy. She was hoping they could settle down and have a home. They traveled, picking other farmers crops, etc. I don't believe the main character had a sister, and the woman his father has an interest in is either a librarian, or one of the girls teachers.
Doris Gates, Blue Willow.  This is a longshot as there was no romance involved but it does tell the story of a little girl who is living the life of an itinerant farm worker during the dust bowl.  She travels with her father and stepmother from farm to farm.  They stay in one place until the work runs out then they move on.  The title refers to a blue willow plate that used to belong to her mother.  There is something about a school teacher and a librarian but no romance with the dad.  You might check it out as it should be very easy to find, even if only to rule it out.
Zilpha Keatley Snyder, The Velvet Room, late 60s/early 70s.  I think the mother in this book was alive, but the girl (who's family are migrant workers) finds an abandoned mansion with a library, where she goes to hide out.  There is some kind of puzzle about who owns the home, and I think a semi-romantic resolution.  Not involving the parents though, but the home owners.  Maybe something to check out?
It's neither Blue Willow nor The Velvet Room. Written for an older audience than Blue Willow. I'm sure the main character is at least 13--she' coming of age. I'm pretty sure she experiences a kiss with a boy around her age, with all that angst and joy stuff. I think he was also an itinerant worker.  Definitely a bit more bitter and cynical than Blue Willow. She really wants better for herself. I think her father's meeting with the teacher/librarian has to do with that--perhaps getting her more schooling, or into a special program, something like that.
Sue Ellen Bridgers, Home Before Dark.  A long shot- Teen girl (Stella) and migrant family return to father's family farm (tobacco). She longs for a permanent home, family moves into cropper's house. Mother(Mae?)dies and father begins to court spinster lady (Maggie?) who owns a clothing store. Stella refuses to leave her first real home when father marries Maggie. Stella dates rich Rodney, but is also courted by poor boy.  Link to excerpt.
Lois Lenski, Judy's Journey. (1947) I haven't read this book, but found the following summary here and was struck by the possible similarities:  Ten-year-old Judy longs for a permanent home as her family goes from sharecropping in Alabama to Florida, where they become migrant workers. The family follows the crops north up the coast to New Jersey. The hardships of the lives of migrant workers and their children are realistically portrayed.  Ten seems a little young for a first kiss, but I don'\''t know how much time the book covers, so maybe she gets old enough during it?

I80: ink bottle babies
My Uncle is looking for a book that he remembers as a child from the 1920s and all he remembers is "Ink Bottle Babies".  I don't know if that is the title or just the subject.  His 80th birthday is this November and I would like to get it for him!

Eulalie Osgood Grover, The Sun-Bonnet Babies Collection, 1900s.  " The inside cover of the books shows three small babies beside a huge ink- well, while two more are carrying an immense quill pen." I found this info on the web. Its the closest I could find to ink-well babies and since they are the size of one it sounded like it may be it. Its also about the right time frame. Hope this helps.
Ruth Dyer, Adventures of the Ink Spots, 1916.This might be the one your uncle is seeking. The ink spot people are drawn in red and black. Cute stuff. I hope this helps.
You might try The Adventures of the Ink Spots by Ruth O. Dyer (Lothrop, Lee and Shepard, 1923). The characters are ink spots, and the illustrations are in red and black.
I too remember reading that book.  I'm 54, but we had the book in our house in the late 50s/early60s .  The title is "the Ink Bottle Babies" and the babies were fat drops of ink.  I don't know the author though, and I'm still searching
Laura roundtree Smith, Farie Babies, 1924.  This book has ink bottle babies "We all farie babies what do you think we came out of a bottle of ink"- very cute and sweet. several stories seems to be part of a series but I am no expert.

I81: ice planet
I read a book sometime in the late 80's, sort of sci-fi type, characters were on a fictional planet, i remember them talking about how beautiful the landscape was, there was ice/icebergs everywhere, wintry and pretty. they were having to leave the planet for some reason. the main character's nemesis, was kidnapping homeless/abandoned kids off the street and using them for experiments, kind of like the tv show dark angel, making them an army of sorts. the main characters rescued 1 or more of the kids and were hiding out with them.  Anyone that can ID this, THANK YOU! I've been trying to find it for 20 years!

Sounds a lot like The Golden Compass, except that it was published in the 90's, not the 80's. Here is the synopsis: In this first part of the "Dark Materials" trilogy, Lyra's friend Roger disappears. She and her daemon, Pantalaimon, determine to find him. Their quest leads them to the bleak splendour of the North where a team of scientists are conducting unspeakably horrible experiments. This book is readily available in bookstores and libraries if you want to check it out.
Sorry, The Golden Compass is not correct.  I am positive I read it during the 80’s, because I was still in school at the time. But thanks for the suggestion.

I82: I can stand up tall
"I can stand up tall...I can sit up straight in my own little chair" are some of the words in the book that my Mother remembers.  I remember it being blue or a light color with a little girl on the front and in the illustrations throughout.  It would have been between 1975 and 1980 when I carried this book around with me everywhere I went.  PLEASE help me find it!

Phyllis Krasilovsky, The Very Little Girl.  There's at least 2 editions, with slight updating.  There's also The Very Little Boy.  It's about a little girl who is getting older, just in time to take care of a new baby brother.  She does sit at her own little table in the book.
Can't be The Very Little Girl because that was written in third person, not first person. "But one day, she could reach the doorknob," and so on.
Not much help, but I've seen somewhere a series of books I Am Three, I Am Four, and so on.  Could it be one of those?

I83: I Do My Best
Solved: I Do My Best


I84: Inspirational Stories
Solved: The New Reader's Digest Treasury For Young Readers

I85: Indoor forest
The book I'm looking for is from the 60's-70's era.  The story involves 2(3?) children who go and visit their Aunt/Neighbor.  Her house has plants, trees and vines growing all over the inside.  They have tea sitting on tree stumps.  There is also a part about them shelling peas.  The children go into a garden/forest.  They have to navigate some brambles at one point.  They meet up with a witch and have some sort of trouble/adventure.  Alot of her brew/potion items are named in this book. I've found 2 titles on your site and am thrilled.  I hope someone can help me remember this one.

Margaret Storey, Timothy and the Two Witches, 1966.  It sounds like this one. Lots of people seem to remember this book! See the Solved Mysteries for more info.

I86: If I was big...
Solved: Much Bigger Than Martin

I87: International series
Solved: Stories from Old China

I87: Isolated boy lives by schedule
Published b-4 c. 1970 The protagonist is a little boy who lives in some sort of isolated situation:  a house or on an estate or in a tower or some similar (walled I think) place in which he is basically alone.  He has a guardian of some sort but the most distinctive feature of his life that I recall is that he has to live according to a very strict time-table.  His entire day is relegated to time intervals, in which he has to do whatever it is that he does. this describes the opening of the story as I did not get to learn what happened.  Thank you for any leads

Ray Bradbury, Jack-In-the-Box.  Sounds a lot like this short story by Bradbury, which is included in his anthology The October Country.  A boy lives in an isolated castle and abides by very strict rules, until one day he discovers that all the people in his life (his tutor, etc.) are really an elaborate series of costumes donned by his mother.  She dies and he gets released into the outside world for the first time.
Ray Bradbury, Jack-In-The-Box.  I suggest this one- it can be found in the collection "The October Country"
William Pene Du Bois, Lazy Tommy Pumpkinhead. (1966)  Amazon did not have a review or a description, but the stumper's question sounded like good old Lazy Tommy. I was always fascinated by this character's inability to dress himself and comb his hair. The illustrations only add to the weirdness - definately a classic!
Regarding I87, they sounded like they might be the story (and are clearly very entertaining in themselves) but, alas, neither are the one I seek.
H. G. Wells, Love and Mr. Lewisham,
1900, copyright.  Could it be the novel Love and Mr. Lewisham by H. G. Wells?  It's not a children's book, but the first chapter of the book describes the 18 year old Mr. Lewisham is his attic room at the school in England where he is an assistant master and his life is completely ordered by two lists he has taped to his wall: a Schema and a Time-Table.  You can read the first chapter on this website http://www.online-literature.com/wellshg/love-and-mr-lewisham/1/ .  Ever since I read this book I have never forgotten the description of the schema and sometimes whenever I get very romantic about how I'm going to get all organized, I'll title whatever I write down on paper as my schema (just like Mr. Lewisham did!).

I88: Island blasted back in time
I'm looking for a science fiction book about residents of an island that is blasted back in time by a bomb. One of the details I remember is that they decided to use bottle caps as their currency.

Stirling, S.M., Island in the Sea of Time I haven't read it, but possibly this first book in a trilogy about the island of Nantucket that gets sent back 3,000 years?
S.M. Stirling, Island in the Sea of Time.  A cosmic disturbance transports the island of Nantucket and its inhabitants ovewr three thousand years back in time to the shores of stone age America. In addition to coping with the day-to-day problems of survival and the trouble with losing all connection with the modern world, the residents of the time-stranded island find their lives complicated by the presence of native tribes across the water.
I don't think this is it...Island in the Sea of Time seems to have been written in the 80s or 90s. I'm looking for a book I read in the 60s or 70s.

I89: Irish fairy story
Solved: The Woman Who Flummoxed the Fairies

I90: Indian boy adventure
I read this book in the Takoma Park Maryland public library in about the mid 1950s.  It was an adult or young adult book about an American Indian boy who had to complete his manhood ritual to become a man in his tribe.  There were no whites in the story - everything was American Indian.  He built a birch bark canoe, he made his own weapons and killed a deer.  No illustrations.  That's all I remember except the warm feeling that the story gave me - not harsh or brutal or upsetting.  I know that's not much, but would appreciate any suggestions that anyone could give me.

Edith Lambert Sharp, Nkwala.
Parker, Red Streak of the Iroquois.  This is a comming of age novel of a young Iroquois boy named Red Streak because of a streak of color in his hair I think.  It was set in a pre-european contact time I think, and had a lot of detail of the manhood initiation rites, and daily life of the people who lived in long houses.
I didn't dig out my copy of Nkwalato check the story because my  computer record says it has illustrations.

I91: Isabel, red haired witch
Solved: The Witch who Wasn't

I92:Identured boy-servant
Solved: Dorp Dead

I93: Immigrant short story
I am trying to locate the title and author of a SHORT STORY that I recall reading as a youth (in the early 1960's). I believe it was in a gradeschool text book. The story is about a couple of boys who think they are playing a gag on a couple of immigrants (father/son?) who are fishing in a small pond. The immigrants have a tub of fish they caught and the boys put a bar of soap into the tub, killing the fish. When the boys father finds out, he requires them to replace the fish by catching the exact number and type of fish they killed. The moral is that the immigrants depended on these fish for food and the boys actions showed that they lacked respect for the basic decency of the immigrants. The boys fishing for replacements is on a very hot and steamy day and the fishing is so slow that the fun of fishing becomes a laborious chore, constantly causing the boys to re-think their actions. (ps - the Library of Congress recommended attempting to locate this info on Loganberry as they were stumped!)

That story appeared in either Projection in Literature or  Counterpoint in Literature (Scott, Foresman: America Reads series) in the 1970s. This is back when junior high and high school English textbooks had some substance and presented stories which dealt with adult themes, inviting thoughtful discussion. My copy is in storage, and I can't remember the name of the story, but I remember it vividly.
Flack, Ambrose, The Strangers That Came to Town.  I think this may be the one.  It dates from the '50s.  I'm pretty sure "The Strangers That Came to Town" was also dramatized for a 1959 episode of "The Loretta Young Show."

I94: Impoverished knight joins troop of traveling actors
I read this book as a child, but I'm not sure if it was a childrens' book since no such distinctions were made in our household.  At any rate, an impoverished knight (or possibly a baron who WAS a knight) lives in his dilapidated castle with one retainer, his squire.  One day a traveling troop of actors comes to town and the knight decides to join them, since life on the road can't be any worse than starving at home.  The actors accept him and his squire and they go off.  After many adventures (during which the knight proves his nobility of heart to his new friends) they all return to the castle. With so many willing hands, the castle is soon repaired and all settle down there comfortably and live happily ever after.

Theophile Gautier, Captain Fracasse
.  By the description, it has to be "Captain Fracasse," all the mentioned details match this book.

I95: Irish immigrant family, nine children
Solved: A Reason for Gladness
Cunningham, Julia.   Dorp dead.   illus by James Spanfeller.   Pantheon, 1965.  exlibrary; glossy heavy boards, missing ffep.  G [AQ11628]  $6

I96: Indian plays hookey with bears
Solved: The Mighty Hunter

I97: Italian-American
Solved: Love and Pasta

I98: Ice cream
Book (possibly scholastic) about an explorer and Ice Cream.  He is on an Island maybe or with a tribe of sorts… and tutti frutti ice cream.  I remember a Rhino with a lot of scoops stacked one on top of another????

Is this a picture book or a chapter book?  If it's a chapter book, you might be thinking of The Ice Cream Heroes by Judy Corbalis." Delivering an ice pick to his mountaineering mother in the Himalayas, Oskar and his friend Henrietta (a girl dressed as a gorilla-gram) meet a tribe of abominable snowmen and find themselves captives in a palace made of ice cream."  There's no rhino in it that I remember though.


I99: Imaginary, Naughty Friend with Girl
I am looking for a children's book that I used to get from the library as a child in the early 80's.  I may be wrong but I believe it was a small, square pink book. Although my memory may be failing me here.  It was about a little girl who had an imaginary friend.  The imaginary friend would do all sorts of naughty things and the little girl would get in trouble because of them (I think her mother used to scold her).  I wish I could remember some of the things the imaginary friend did, but for some reason I think there was something about a stick of butter.  I have been searching for this bbook for years and would be so grateful if somebody was able to figure out the title!

Brewster, Patience, Nobody, 1982.  Whenever something happened and mom asked who did it, 'Nobody' always got blamed.  "Although Sarah frequently claims "Nobody did it," no one is more surprised than she when Nobody is finally revealed to be somebody."  I don't remember it being pink, I remember the pages as mostly white.  I think Nobody resembled a stick figure with curls - but I could be remembering incorrectly - so this may not be the right book.
Greenfield, Eloise, Me and Neesie, 1975.  While I cannot find any references to sticks of butter, I believe this is the book.  The child's imaginary friend is constantly getting her into trouble  the copy I have is "squarish" and red which could easily have faded to pink in the copy you remember.  A sample of the dust jacket blurb:  "Neesie was Janell's best friend and they had fun all the time.  Before Neesie came, Janell didn't have anybody to play with.  Neesie got Janell into trouble, too--especially when Aunt Bea arrived."  I hope this helps.
Zolotow, Charlotte, Three Funny Friends, 1961, 2003.  I am positive that this is the book you are looking for.
Zolotow, Charlotte, Three Funny Friends, 1961.  It is the 1961 edition of this book, illustrated by Mary Chalmers."A little girl moved to a new town. She didn't know any children there, but she wasn't lonely because she had three funny friends. Guy-guy, Bickerina, and Mr. Dobie."   (and its Guy-guy who puts the butter on top of the stove where it melts)

I100: Ice cream and animals
I'm searching for a children's book published in the 1960's or early 1970's about a new friendship between two animals.  One animal was large (I think it was a bear), and the other animal was small (I think it was a mouse).  They tried to find something in common that they could do together.  They would think of something that they both liked to do (such as riding bikes), but then realize that one liked to ride slow and one liked to ride fast, so they would get discouraged and say they didn't think they could be friends.  The last part of the book was about eating ice cream.  Even though they liked different kinds of ice cream, they realized that "Every day at 3:00 (??) o'clock, we can eat ice cream together!"  (I'm not sure about the exact hour of time.) I think one of the characters might have been named 'Sam'.  It might have been the bear.

Beatrice Schenck de Regniers, How Joe the Bear and Sam the Mouse Got Together.
Beatrice Schenk de Regniers, How Joe the Bear and Sam the Mouse Got Together. I'm pretty sure this is the book.  I've seen a couple of versions as far as illustrations go, but the text matches your description.

I101: Indentured Servant - story of a teenage girl
Solved: The Iron Peacock

I102: injured animals serch for utopia
Solved: Sandeagozu

I103: illegal medicine
It's a book I was reading about 20-25 years ago when I was home sick from school with the chicken pox and I didn't finish reading it, I do not remember the title, author or characters name.  A young boy/man lives in the future where medicine is illegal and it's illegal to treat anyone that is sick or injured. He finds a computer of some sort in an old ambulance was lost/buried(?) in an old part of a city. The computer will give a diagnosis based on the symptoms that are entered into it (I remember something about purple splotches). Later in the book, he is recruited(?) into a group who's purpose is to help people die at a time and place of their choosing. Part of the recruiting process is that he was given something that caused temporary amnesia, placed in some type of enclosed pool where it was pitch black and he had to figure out how to get out of it.  I hope someone will know this book as I'd reall like to find it and finish reading it.

Alan Nourse, The Bladerunner,1974. I think this may be Nourse's The Bladerunner, from memory of reviews I'd seen (I've not read it).  At least Nourse's premise is the same -- idealist fights against system in a future where medical care has been forbidden.  The Nourse novel should not be confused with the movie "The Bladerunner," which was based on a Philip K. Dick novel (though as I recall the film company did buy rights to Nourse's novel, just so they could use the title).
Unknown, POSSIBLY Deathwatch or Death Watch.  I know EXACTLY the book you are talking about, but am unsure of the title. I remember it being "Deathwatch" but can't find any book by that title that fits my memory (I came across this stumper whilst searching for it by keywords). The plot summaries for the suggested match, Bladerunner, do not match. I do recall that it was in the juvenile fiction section of my library, that it was already old when I read it probably in the early 1990s, and that the illegal doctors borrowed names from mythology, such as a varient on Asclepius, Greek god of medicine.  I also recall the dark, sealed water-filled room scene - but I think that is actually a scene from Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein.

I104: Ice Cream Mystery
Solved: The Chocolate Chip Mystery

I105: Ice cream man, ice cream shop
Solved: The Little Store on the Corner

I106: Indians with spoons chasing Indian with Ice Cream
Solved: Hilary Knight's ABC
I'm looking for a ABC book I had as a child, so it was out in the 1960's, early 70's at the latest.  Someone said it may be a large golden book but I'm not sure.  I just remember the "I" pages, had Indians with spoons chasing another Indian holding a bowl of ice cream.  If I see the picture I'll know it.  I've been looking for it for about 10 years now.

 The Little Golden ABC, 1951. I have a 1951 Little Golden Book version.  The picture for the letter "I" is of an Indian sitting on an iceberg eating ice cream.  The cover of the book features a dancing alligator, bear and clown.  Originally, inside the back cover there was a jig saw puzzle of a zoo.
That's not it, but thanks.  It's definitely like the picture I described.
Someone told me that it could be a Rand McNally book by Dean Shirley.
Faustina H Lucero, Little Indians' ABC, 1974, approximate.  Could it be Little Indians' ABC?  I don't have a copy of the book, but Indian children from different native American tribes use different items for every letter of the alphabet.
Hilary Knight, Hilary Knight's ABC, 1961, copyright.  I found it!  Thanks for everyone who took the time to look.

I107: I can count
It is a tall book with a black hardcover. There may be a joker and/or a crown on the cover. My mom thought the title was "I can count", or something similar. On each page there is a picture of an item for a kid to count (example 10 lady bugs). On the last page it asks if you can count the stars and there are hundreds of stars. It must have been published somewhere in the 1960's.

I108: Invisible princess wishes to go home
Solved: Good Charlotte

I109: Indians and horses picture book
1930 -1950. Read this book in 1952.  Could be along the lines of The Dun Horse,  as a story.  Illustrations of many different colored horses could be by Native American artist, but not Ledger Book style exactly.  Quest or migration/buffalo involved?  Was a 2nd Grade library book. Not Whistling Two Teeth. Probably not a long or complex book.  Don't think it was a Little Golden. I've considered hypnosis.

I110: Irish Protestant and Catholic Marriage
Solved: Sadie & Kevin series

I111: Irish Dancing
The story is in the "olden days" because a character, maybe the brother, had a job lighting gas lamps.  A girl wants to win a prize doing Irish dancing.  The family is poor, the father has died.  The girl and her brother live with the mother and the grandfather.  I have an idea they lived in San Francisco.  I read it during the mid 1970's so it was definately written before then.

1970. Many details are different, but this sounds a little like Molly Weir's three volumes of memoirs of growing up in Glasgow titled Shoes Were for SundayBest Foot Forward, and A Toe on the Ladder.
I looked up Molly Weir's books and it is not what I am looking for.

I112: I have a turtle
Solved: I Have a Turtle

I113: Irish Maeve sees the future in metal mirror
This is a romance novel, I think, about a woman named Maeve who is supposedly descended from the same named Queen, in Ireland. Her father is a local doctor, I think. She has a metal mirror that she can see the future in,  and she sees her first husband, named Joel(?) in there. Joel is an American. He dies of some fever or something soon after they get married, and Maeve come to the U.S. and finds out she is pregnant with Joel's kid. Joel's family at first ignore her, but then take her in once they realize she is pregnant. They act nice to her until the child is born, a girl Maeve names Nora but they call Deborah. They scheme to take Nora away and falsify records to show Maeve is a woman of loose morals. Maeve allows them to do this, marries a doctor in the nearby town, has another daughter named Patty and the rest of book deals with her trying to win Nora back and all the various prophecies she sees in the mirror.

I read this book, too, and now I need to know the name of it!  I was thinking it was a Phyllis A. Whitney book, but I couldn't find one that fit the description.  I seem to remember it having the word "sea" in the title.  I believe it was a sea town they lived in.

I114:  Illustrated Mum
The book is an illustrated children's book in a cartooish style in bright colors. It is about a mum with tattoos and possibly piercings. It is not Mommy has a Tattoo or The Illustrated Mum.

Graham, Bob, "Let's Get a Pup" Said Kate, 2000, approximate.  A long shot, but Graham's picture book is done in colorful, cartoon style and the mother has tattoos and piercings.  The book is about a family (Kate and her parents) adopting a puppy and a large older dog.

I115: Ireland time-travel, brother/sister duo
Looking for a book, maybe a short series that was in a K-4 library in the early 80s.  basic plot that i can remember there was a brother/sister duo, that somehow went back in time to ireland.  somehow related was a deer/stag/fawn.  boys name i believe was brian, which changed to brann when he went backwards.  not much to go on, and i am not holding my breath, as i recall they were an enjoyable read for an advanced reading class, possible 5-6th grade level reading.  any ideas, bounce them around and maybe i can recall more?

Mary Tannen, The Wizard Children of Finn.  This is a book about Fiona and her brother Bran who go back in time and meet Finn McCool and the Fianna.  There's a mysterious family connection- perhaps their father is out of the past?  There's a sequel- "The Lost Legend of Finn".
Mary Tannen, The Wizard Children of Finn.  Possibly The Wizard Children of Finn? A brother and sister go back to the time of the legendary Irish hero Finn MacCool, and discover he was an ancestor of theirs.
Nancy Bond, The String in the Harp.  This is probably The String in the Harp, by Nancy Bond, which was a Newbery Medal honor book in 1977. There were a couple sequels though, so it could be one of those.
Tannen, Mary, The Lost Legend of Finn, 1982. New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, ISBN: 0394852117 / Determined to find out the truth about their father, Bran and Fiona use their uncle's magic book and go back in time to ninth-century Ireland. Sequel to "The Wizard Children of Finn."

I116: Illustrated 1970's fairy tale book
My grandmother gave me a hardback book of assorted fairy tales, containing, as i remember, at least 20 stories.  i believe that they were from different authors (grimm, andersen) and included a story about snow white and rose red, beauty and the beast (i believe), the swan prince.  the book was illustrated, in color, and probably was published in the 1970's, as that is when i received it.

Ottenheimer Publishers, Inc., My Giant Storybook, 1972,1973, copyright.  This might be the book.  It is on the found pages (my original post : ) ).  It has Snow White and Rose Red and Beauty and The Beast but not The Swan Prince.  But it has a lot of other common fairy tales from Grimm and Anderson, etc.

I117: illustrated fictional animals in jungle or forest 1970s hardcover
Solved: Ratsmagic

I118: Indian Boy brings first Appaloosa horse to his tribe
Young native boy (Nez Perce I think)has vision of strange four legged animal with a spotted rump.  He leaves his tribe to go follow his vision, meets white men for the first time, eventually steals two horses, a mare and an Appaloosa stallion, and struggles to bring them back to his tribe.  On the journey the stallion dies, but the boy puts the stallion's skin on the mare so his people will believe him when he returns home.  He makes it back, the mare has an Appaloosa foal, and the Nez Perce horse dynasty begins.

Glenn Balch, Spotted Horse.  The solution to stumper #I118 is, without a doubt, Glenn Balch's Spotted Horse.  I read this book over and over again when I was young (although I don't recall the Native American putting the stallion's skin on the mare), checking it out many times from the school library.  I loved every single Glenn Balch book I could get my hands on- oh, the thrill of discovering new Glenn Balch books at the library!  Simply terrific writing.  Many happy hours spent reading them, many happy memories.
Glenn Balch, Horse of two Colors.  Hi, I'm the person who sent in the solution to Stumper # I118 as being Glenn Balch's Spotted Horse.  But after deciding to do a Google search on Balch as a trip down memory lane, I have found out my own memory was not as good as I thought it was.  Apologies... it turns out that the book is called Horse of Two Colors, not Spotted Horse, as I thought.  Apologies to the poster!

I119: Illustration
Hi, this is a tough one. I'm looking for a particular children's book illustration. I think the name of the illustration is "the land of nod" but I'm not totally sure about that. The image is of 2 children in a tiny boat and there is a huge goldfish next to them. I think the children are wearing nightgowns. It is a vintage illustration, prob from the 1900's -1920's. It's very charming. Also, the illustrator MAY be "Margaret Evans Price", I know she illustrated a book called "land of nod" but I don't know if this image is in it. She also illustrated many other books of fairy tales, poems, etc so it could be an illustration from one of those. Any help appreciated. Thanks!

Field, Eugene, Winkin Blinkin and Nod.  It sounds like it could be an illustration for Field's poem--there have been so many illustrators:  Cooney, Dutton, Johnson, Westerman, Jeffers, Berg, Parrish...
Gertrude Elliott, illustrator, The Golden Book of Poetry.  I think this is from my mother, Gertrude Elliott's illustration for the Land of Nod, probably in the Golden Book of Poetry.  I always loved it too.  I'm unable to find my copy, perhaps someone else can check this.  I seem to remember it was on the endpapers.  A deep blue sky-sea with a big golden fish, night clothes, a sail, perhaps.  It's one of the illustrations I would love to have in the original.  I have so few - the Oh Ball, The Gold Fairy Book, Jamie and the Fire Engine, her first book, in 1940.
Gertrude Elliott, illustrator, The Big Golden Book of Poetry, 1940's.  You may mean Wynken Blinken and Nod, by Eugene Field, in the Big Golden Book of Poetry.  The illustration is a wooden shoe afloat in a skylike sea, with three children in nightdress, and a big golden fish.


I120: Illustrated children's activity book
I'm looking for an illustrated children's activity book that I received in the sometime between 1972 and 1978.  I don't know the title, but the book was an oversized hardcover. The dustjacket was mostly white on the cover with a yellow and white checked border on the edge. The fabric of the book was a dusty yellow, and I believe the book was over 12 inches tall and approx 3/4 to 1.5 inches thick. All the illustrations were ink and there were no photographs. There weren't a lot of colors used for the illustrations, and I remember them being mostly black or rust colored; no full color.  This activity book was full of songs, stories, riddles and crafts. Some specific items I remember from the book are as follows: the "I once met a man coming from St. Ives" riddle with the full-page illustration on the left page, and the riddle written out on the right page. Besides a recipe for playdough, I also remember a craft where a doll could be made by just folding a handkerchief or washcloth. One side of the doll is a woman (has a skirt) and the other side is a man (pants).  Thank you in advance for searching for this wonderful childhood memento!

Eleanor Graham Vance, The Everything Book, 1974, copyright.  The cover is just as the requestor describes, an oversized hardback book with a yellow checked border.  On page 74 is the rhyme, "As I was going to St. Ives" and the opposite page is a full page illustration of the rhyme.  It also contains instructions for making Mr. and Mrs. Hanky Panky, a boy doll and a girl doll made out of a hankerchief, and a recipe for play dough.

I121: I like to see...
Solved: I Like to See: A Book about the 5 Senses

I122: Illustrated adventure/mystery
Solved: The Path of Peril

I123: Illustration - kids with old lady
Solved: Gone-Away Lake

I124:  Indian Brave Befriended By Young Pioneer Girl
Solved: Bread-and-Butter Indian

I125:  Ice Skating Silver Seven
Solved: The Silver Seven

I126: Illustrated children's songbook packaged with recording
I am looking for an illustrated songbook that went with a recording we had in the 1970s. It had lots of the typical nursery rhymes including: Polly Put the Kettle On (the book had a picture of two little girls having tea), Little Tom Tucker (picture of a boy singing under a window), London Bridge (picture of the bridge burning/in flames), Dance to Your Daddy, Dame Get up and make your pies, Old King Cole (picture of the birds coming out the pie), Little Jack Horner (picture of him pulling out a plumb on his thumb).  This book also had Ride a cock horse to banbury cross and there was a great picture of the woman with rings on her fingers and bells on her toes (and I can hear the woman's voice singing the song in my head!).  It seems like it might be a reworked version of LITTLE SONGS OF LONG AGO by Alfred Moffat b/c I've looked at the 1912 version and the illustrations aren't quite right though many of the songs are.  I can remember following along in the book with the recording (which was most likely a record album/vinyl). Any ideas?

I127: Indelible blue india ink
Solved: "The Blue Nose", Treat Shop

I128: Indian boy, toy canoe
Solved: Paddle-to-the-Sea

I129: Imaginary Zoology
Solved: After Man: A Zoology of the Future

I130: India?
Read it not too long ago, but totally forgot the mans name in the book or the book title.  About some guy that revolves around india?  Bangledesh? that 're appears' at different times around a fortress or temple in the hills in the far east somewhere.

Rudyard Kipling, Kim.
  This is a bit of a long shot, since although it involves a holy man there are not many temples described, but could this possibly be Rudyard Kipling's classic book Kim? Kim is the son of an Irishman who was brought up more or less as an Indian native. The book details his travels around India and Bangladesh with a Tibetan lama and his  involvement with "The Great Game," as the British called the spying they did during the colonial era.

I131: Investigator, missing Russian ballerina, teleporter system
The book concerns an investigator who is looking for a missing Russian (I think) Ballerina who was traveling with her luggage via a teleporter system that is world wide.  The system has sending stations, and receiving stations.  Before transport they weight the person, and the cargo that will be transmitted to determine how much power to push them into the system with so they will arrive at their destination.   Without accurate measurements they will overshoot, or undershoot the destination. Later in the novel the investigator is in one of the "relay" rooms.  They have large metal spheres that somehow boost the signal as it moves along.  They ping, or ring, when a person or signal is transmitted.  The plot revolves around the Russian Ballerina who goes into the system but never comes out of the teleport system.  It runs very much like a murder mystery, the investigator looks into other deaths related to the system.  One of which was the death of a linemen, the persons who get into a suit with a power supply of its own and coils on it that allows them to flow in the system, to pull people and items out.  The linemen have a job where they are paid very well and retire only after a few years of svs due to the high hazard level of the work.  This lineman had been retired a few years was living in a posh California home, when he fell into a depression.  He took his life by putting a pistol to his head and pulling the trigger, twice.  Linemen who live develop very fast reflexes.   The setting is very 1950s to 1960s.  The cars, they cold war… all still a factor in the system.  They treat the teleport stations very much like an airport of today, making a point that the system is expensive and not used for short trips.  They depend on a recovery drug that is taken to assist with the transport shock, a pill.  One trip, with the drug is fine, a few more and it starts to catch up with you, and you really start feeling poorly.

Lloyd Biggle, All the Colors of Darkness.
  It's been a long time since I read it, but this description reminds me of All the Colors of Darkness, one of Biggle's novels featuring the detective Jan Darzek.
Sorry, not "All the Colors of Darkness", but it sounds like a good read.  Thanks for the effort.  Still looking.
SOLVED: Gary K. Wolf, The Resurrectionist, 1979. Investigator, missing Russian ballerina, teleporter system The Resurrectionist (July 20, 1979) (ISBN 0-385-13141-0) Thank You and the Site for keeping my hope alive of locating this book.  I know it is Sci-fi, not what the site was for... But it helped keeping me looking.  Best part is that today while talking over brunch with other readers, I was able to give your site out for a stumper for another child's book!  She may be asking soon, or searching the past answers!  Thanks again!

I132: Intruder encounters grandma, she loses finger(s), he flees
Solved: Gift From the Mikado

I133: Ice cream shop
I am looking for a book from the mid-70's that we got at a school book fair I think.  A boy gets a job in an ice cream shop but he does not know that the owner puts a tiny scoop in the bottom of each cone.  Customers are upset until the new guy learns the trick.

Little Store on the Corner
by Alice Miller. There are two differently illustrated editions. See Solved Mysteries.
Isn't this the same as S594?
Yes, this definitely sounds like the same book as stumper S594, based on the descriptions given, and Little Store on the Corner by Alice Miller seems to be the consensus on that one.

I134: Istanbul, Constantinople, children's picture book
I remember reading this book in the 80's. It was an illustrated picture book that showed Istanbul changing through the ages, from Constantinople to Byzantium to Istanbul. The background was the changing cityscape, and the foreground, I think, was daily activity around the docks, the sea, etc.

I135: Illustration of naked boy outside at night
Solved: Silly Will

I136: Inked Patterns that Produce Magic
Solved: The Barbed Coil

I137: Identical twin girls
Solved: The Mystifying Twins

I138: Irish girl and wolfhound in time of Queen Elizabeth
About an Irish noble girl (time of Elizabeth I) whose father is killed and her wolfhound is taken and she becomes a ward in England.  She is reunited with the wolfhound at a bearbaiting where he is being fought, and the dog is friendly to Elizabeth I, who gives the girl the dog back.

Patricia Beatty.
  This is definitely a book by Patricia Beatty...I read it and loved it as a kid. I just can't remember which one!  I *think* it's  Rufus, Red Rufus; but since I can't find a description anywhere, I'm not sure.  Some other titles it could be are Holdfast, Master Rosalind, or King's Knight's Pawn.  Good luck!
John and Patricia Beatty, Holdfast.  "An Irish orphan, separated from her wolfhound when they are captured and taken to England in the reign of Elizabeth I, yearns for her dog and native land."
John and Patricia Beatty, Holdfast.  I replied yesterday, but I wasn't sure of the title, although I knew the author!  I kept looking, so I can now say positively that it's "Holdfast".  The summary I found says: An Irish orphan, separated from her wolfhound when they are captured and taken to England in the reign of Elizabeth I, yearns for her dog and native land.  Great book.

I139: Illustrated fairy tale books
I am looking for a set of illustrated Fairy tale books from the 1960's or early 70's. They were oversized and had 2-?3 fairy tales per book. Beautifully illustrated. Some of the stories were Puss 'n Boots, Rapunzel, The Frog Prince. My mom thought they might have come with encyclopedias or food store[...]

Your mother is right--they were oversized hardcovers, with lovely illustrations, and sold in supermarkets around 1971.  I know this was solved, if not on this board, then on another stumper board several years ago--and I'd love to be able to nail it down for you, but I'm not hitting any of the right titles.  I'll keep trying though.

I140: "It was a dark and stormy night" spiral book
Solved: Arm in Arm


I141: invisibility cloak, seven league boots don't work properly
Solved: What the Witch Left

I142: Indian Folk Lore & Legends - illustrated children's book
I read this in the mid 50's - illustrated book on indian legends & folklore - for example "How the fox got its tail" "How the eagle got its wings" etc.

I143: ice cream man dishes out large scoop on top
a childrens book about a ice cream man who dishes out a large scoop of icecream on the bottom and a small scoop on top then a different man comes and does the opposite and disappoints everyone.

Alice P. Miller, The Little Store on the Corner
, 1961, copyright.  This has been solved before, I know. "This is the story of a kind man who runs the kids' favorite ice cream store -- he gives out free toys, and is generous with the ice cream and peanuts. One day his son comes home from college, and takes over the store -- skimping on the ice cream, toys, and the fun -- because that is what they taught him in business school. At first the kids boycott the store, then, feeling bad, teach him how to run the store as a store, and not necessarily a business. Overall a kind story, with simple, fun illustrations. (From a reviewer)"
I recall that book, seems the original owner served ice cream in large scoops with a "ruffle", and would add extra peanuts to an order. When he got ill, his son? nephew? took over, served smaller scoops of ice cream sans ruffle, and removed peanuts instead of adding them. Customers stopped coming until the neighborhood kids (who missed the old owner) showed the young man what to do, convinced him this was the way to do good business.

Solved: Island of Fog

I145: Iris and Rose (is this the title?) - A UK novel about two women
Solved: Iris and the Ruby

 I146: Interactive Little Indian Children's Book Hardcover

 About a nat. amer. boy who goes out & you do the motions w/ him. It was originally bordered in pink? Remember things like, "he ran and juuuumped over the river" & you do what he does-run or jump. It illustrated the actions & also, you or he did the actions n reverse 2 get him back home. 70s or80s?
 I147: Irish/Celtic/Welsh Man Dog Elves
 This was about a man and his dog.  I believe one of their names started with a C, and it had a Welsh/Irish/Celtic flavor to it.  There were elves/fairies chasing them, and I think the two escaped from inside a mountain or a hill. There may have been a flute (maybe the elves were after it). Pre-1985.
Susan Cooper, The Grey King. This certainly sounds like the book in question, there is a description on the solved mystery pages.

I148: Ill girl in sick bed
 Solved: Kristy's Courage

I149: Island Jungle childrun B&B
  I am searching for a purple hardcover book I read at 9 or 10 in the mid 70s from the Library. It was about several kids who converted a house/building into a B&B & ran it. I don't think it was Boxcars. I think it had Island, Jungle & Urban in the title. Can you help me find it? Thanks.

This is a longshot, but could it be one of the books by John Rowe Townsend? He had stories about British children in a run-down, gritty urban setting. In one of the books, the kids got together and cleaned up the neighborhood where they lived. I don't remember them having a bed and breakfast, but I also read them a long time ago, and people remember different details.  :)
As an addition to the comment I just sent--the reason I thought of John Rowe Townsend was that the title of the book is Trouble in the Jungle-and looking it up online, the cover is purple.

I150: Insect families tucking their kids into bed
Perhaps a cricket family, grasshopper family, and another one.  They all lived in the same little building (perhaps a mushroom?) and sometimes they would hear one of the other families dropping their shoes on the floor as they prepared for bed. Very cute illustrations, smallish sized book, maybe purples and greens.  I was reading it in the early 80s as a child; it didn't seem much older than that. That is all I can remember, but I'd love to find it.  Thanks for your help!

N.M. Bodecker, The Mushroom Center Disaster. A possibility? I read this in the 1970's. It was a small hardcover book, with a primarily green dustjacket with several mushrooms on it. There was a ladybug landlady who rents out one of her mushroom houses to a cricket (or grasshopper).The illustrations were pen and ink (black and white).
I151: Illinois White Horse Buffalo Sod
A white horse is injured and left by his owner with a farm family in IL (late 1800s). The family moves west (probably to the Dakotas) and starts a new farm. Descriptions of how hard it is to plow and plant the prairie soil (they plow lengthwise and crosswise and it comes up in squares) and of the steam threshing equipment. The children explore in a buggy drawn by a lame horse, finding places where the buffalo once passed through and tore up the soil. At the end of the story , there's a horse race (county fair?) and the lame horse wins.
I152: illustrated nursery rhymes
Solved:  Traditional (Illustrator Wallace Tripp), A great Big Ugly Man Came Up and Tied his Horse to Me

I153: Interacting Portraits
I am looking for a flip book (items on pages appear to move as pages are quickly flipped with thumb).  No words.  Published 1970-80's?  Portraits hung on a wall come alive and interact with each other and with a young girl in Victorian dress as she looks at them
I154: Infant Marooned on  an Island

Infant marooned on island grows up alone people come to find him and he hides from them to stay on island

Don't recall the title, but the plot sounds familar. The "infant" is a boy whose very wealthy parents have no time or attention for him  when the family yacht sinks he is marooned on a deserted island along with several trunks of theater costumes. Once he settles down on the island, the boy befriends the local animals, learns to enjoy his peaceful life. He fools people searching for him by dressing up in the various costumes, the story ends with him and his animals happy on his island. Hope this helps.

Tomie de Paola, Nicholas Bentley Stoningpot III , 1982, copyright. A bored little rich boy is shipwrecked on a faraway island where he is happier than he has ever been before.From the Horn Book..."amusing, fanciful tale of a poor little rich boy happily cast ashore on a desert island when the cruise ship he is vacationing on sinks in a storm. Also washed ashore are interesting bits of flotsam and jetsam, which keep him occupied and provide him with disguises to fool possible rescuers, as he is determined not to leave until he is good and ready"
Possibly Rosalie K. Fry's The Secret of the Ron Mor Skerry (the basis for the movie "The Secret of Roan Inish").  First American ed. 1959. Previously published as Child of the Western Isles in the UK, 1957.

I155: Illustrated, Interactive Mystery Book

1970s book.  Kid sleuths in London solve mysteries.  Reader sees full page illustrations and looks for clues.  For one, sleuths must find a secret entrance and careful reader can see a manhole cover was slightly raised and eyes were peering out from under it

Hans Jurgen Press, The Black Hand Gang, 1975, approximate. Could you be looking for The Black Hand Gang?  They're translated from the German, so I don't think they took place in London, but I think the police are drawn to look like bobbies, so someone might remember it that way.  I think there were several titles, most included the word "adventure".

I156: Island
I remember reading this in the late 80's but was it an older book at that time.  it was about 3 children, 2 of whom were siblings who built a raft and ended up on stranded on an uncharted island that, as legend had it, only appeared out of the sea every so often.  they cooked sea gull eggs and fished and made a home on the island.  then the waves started coming up and they realized the island was going to disappear again. ends with them getting safely off and they have discovered gold bars that were hidden in the cave on the island.  My copy was hardcover and yellow.

Helen Mather-Smith Mindlin, Dangerous Island. I'll try again since my previous answer didn't appear after the last two updates.
Helen Mindlin, Dangerous Island.
Mindlin, Helen Mather-Smith, Dangerous Island, 1956, copyright. This Weekly Reader Book Club selection is the one you're looking for.  It has illustrations throughout, and a map at the beginning.  Frank, his sister Dorothy, and their new-found friend Pug build a raft, and then get swept out to sea.  They discover the island that sinks and then reappears, and yes, there are gold bars hidden there.
Helen Mather-Smith Mindlin, Dangerous Island.This one was a Weekly Reader Book Club selection in the late 50's or early 60's, and still gets asked about fairly frequently!

I157: Immigrant House

Solved: Mabell Shippie Clarke Smith, Ethel Morton at Rose House.

 I 158: Inkwell, boy falls into

Solved: Drescher, Henrik, Simon's Book. 1983.

 I159: Imaginary animals, poems about them, slightly menacing, grinning cat and loch-ness type monster
A book of poems about imaginary animals, longer than it was tall, a sequel was made, maybe illustrated by edward gorey, about imaginary animals, there was some slightly dark humor, one animal looked like a giant cat, grinning, another looked like a loch ness monster.


I160: imaginary beds
I read a book when I was little about all kinds of imaginary, fantastical beds.  I remember that my favorite one was the flying bed, but I know there were other kinds, too.  I was born in 1967, so would have read it some time in the 70's, but I have no idea of the date it was published or the author.  It is a kids picture book with lots of illustrations.

William Pene DuBois, The Twenty-One Balloons. Could you be thinking of the classic "Twenty-One Ballons"?  It describes a number of fanciful labor-saving inventions, including a self-making bed and beds that rise on pedestals through the roof.
Plath, Sylvia, The Bed Book. A poem by Sylvia Plath - with all sorts of beds including a submarine bed and jet-propelled bed.  Note that the US version and the UK version (both published in 1976) have different illustrators - the UK version was illustrated by Quentin Blake and the US version was done by Emily Arnold McCully.  You can see both covers at the LibraryThing page http://www.librarything.com/work/170679/covers/'
At Loganberry we currently have 2 copies of  Plath's The Bed Book (1976 US edition) in stock. Let us know if you'd like to order a copy from us!
Mary Norton, Bedknob and Broomsticks. Bedknob and Broomsticks had a bed that would fly when the a bedknob was twisted.

I160a: Ivy who shoots ivy from her fingertips
It's a book about a character who somehow gets trapped by a mean jealous character named Ivy who shoots Ivy out of her fingertips.  There may be a character named Violet? it's a large thin book with a maybe blue or purple cover. Her friends have to rescue her from Ivy and her evil cohorts...

Lisa Norby, The Herself the Elf Storybook,
1983, approximate. This is The Herself the Elf Storybook. It features Herself, her friends Snowdrop, Meadow Morn, Willow Song, and Woodpink.  In working to defeat Ivy they meet a male sprite named Wilfie, who wears a caterpillar as a hat.
I161: Irish boy finds family living underground
Irish boy discovers family living underground. They have been there since potato famine and have no idea it's the mid 20th century.

I161a: Italian family: sheep manure, love and ashes
Book from late 60's/early 70's about an italian family (the son) pre WWII, he plays piano in NYC or Jersey, makes a "fakebook" to help him play current songs he doesn't know, grandfather grows roses and I THINK the title has the words "sheep manure, love and ashes" in it but I can't find it! If I remember correctly, it was autobiographical and I THINK the man's name was "frank" - I hope we find it!

This wouldn't by any chance be Joe Vergara's Love and Pasta (1968), would it? Was there a father who played a card game with a queenless deck, refused to use a cash register at his business, and insisted that dandelions were food and not weeds?
You mentioned a book, Love and Pasta -- I don't think this is THE book I'm looking for but am not sure.  I think I did read this and its possible I've confused 2 books in my memory....  I wouldn't mind checking it out to see if it is the one I'm thinking of but at any rate, I'd enjoy having it.

I162 "I died on"
Looking for an adult book from the 30's/40's. Very first line in the book began..."I died on..." story told in 1st person by the deceased.  Her spirit was drawn back to the living whenever any of her loved ones were thinking about her.  As time went on she was drawn back less and less.

Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones. Just a wild guess, based on seeing the trailer for the film!

Although it sound similar, it's not The lovely bones. Beginning of that is - My name was Salmon, like the fish, first name Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on Dec 6th 1973 It was published 2002, so much later than 30s-40s.

I wonder if this is something by Marie Corelli or Sarah Orne Jewett. There were a lot of women in that period who wrote stories about ghosts, the afterlife, etc.


I163: Insects, crickets, fairy ball
Oversized with insects, reason for crickets making cricket noise because of fairy ball beautiful illustrations forest garden maybe very large linen maybe over 18 inches long

I164: Illustrated book of dark tales
I read this in the early 90s. Children's book, but not childish. It was a full color illustrated book of either short stories or long poems. Dark, twisted stories with fantastic artwork. Bold coloring. Hardcover book with dust jacket. I remember a long staircase and a box with a heart in it.

I165: Island Treasure Mystery
SOLVED: Barbee Oliver Carleton,
The Secret of Saturday Cove.

I166: Ice cream parlour
I used to read this every time I went to the school library starting in the mid to late 70's.  It was about an ice cream parlour run by an old man and was illustrated completely in pink and yellow.  I haven't been able to remember anything else about it, but it might have had a boy and girl in it as well, maybe as brother and sister.

Alice P. Miller, The Little Shop on the Corner, 1961. You might be thinking of this one, but note that it has been issued with illustrations by two different artists. 1961, by John Lawrence, and 1973, by Lisa Weil. A popular ice cream shop owner retires and his son takes over, but the local children are unhappy with the way the new owner runs things.
Little Store on the Corner by Alice P. Miller? See Solved Mysteries. There were two editions with different illustrators - and the child who saves the day is a boy in the first edition, but a girl in the second!

I167: Inspirational Stories - A collection of faith inspired stories
Date: 1940's - 1950's ? My family had this book when I was young (born in the 1950's).  This may have been a juvenile book, but may also have been adult non-fiction.  It was a collection of stories, that were inspirational or religious based. One story was of a mother who was walking along a dike (I'm thinking in Holland), pushing her baby in a buggy. A strong wind blew the buggy down into the water.  Someone jumped in & saved the child.  Another story was of a house fire, where the only thing that didn't burn was a Bible.  I can't think of any other stories, no idea of author, or even what the book looked like.  This seems pretty random, and not your basic childhood book, but I'm taking a chance someone may know of it.

Arthur S Maxwell, Uncle Arthur's Bedtime Stories Vol 5, 1951. This was from a set of Children's religous bedtime stories. My mother said her mother bought them from a door to door book salesman when she was young. It has the pictures and stories you describe.
Arthur Maxwell, Uncle Arthur's Bedtime Stories, 1920's. These have been reissued, in paperback.  The website says they have the original illustrations, You can google Uncle Arthur to find them.

I168: Illiterate Prince Ola Witch
When I was a boy in the mid-1970s, my teacher read us a story.  I don't know the title or author, nor can I describe the book cover.  But the story was very unusual and remains with me to this day.  It went like this: 

There was a young prince who did not like to study and preferred to spend his days wandering around the forest.  As a result of these bad habits, he never learned how to read.  One day while walking in the forest, he meets a beautiful girl named Ola.  He quickly falls in love with her and meets her every day in the forest.  However, she doesn’t approve of his not having learned to read.  She tells him that if they are going to spend time together, she will teach him how to read.  She begins to teach him the alphabet. At some point, for reasons I can’t remember, an evil witch abducts Ola.  The prince sees the witch running off with Ola, and pursues them.  The witch tries to thwart the prince by throwing obstacles in his way.  She creates a river or a sea of melted butter, but the prince courageously crosses it.  I think (but am not certain) that the second obstacle is a giant mountain of whipped cream or ice cream.  In any event, the witch uses her magical powers to create a number of these colorful obstacles, but the prince overcomes each one. Finally, the witch, exhausted from the chase, confronts him and makes him the following offer:  She will create two rooms.  In one room will be Ola.  In the second room will be a ferocious tiger (or lion).  All the prince has to do is pick the door leading to Ola and the witch will let them both go and never bother them again.  However, if the prince picks the room with the tiger (or lion), he will be devoured, and Ola will remain the witch’s prisoner forever.  The witch sweetens the offer by promising to put a sign on the door to each room indicating what lies behind it.  The prince agrees, but then has to figure out how to select the right door, even though he only knows a few letters in the alphabet.  This children’s story has elements similar to the famous short story “The Lady and the Tiger” but it is very different both in the backstory and the conclusion.  If anyone can identify this story and its author, I would be very, very grateful.

I169: Imperial intrigue, science fiction
SF, Hardback, >=1970s, Far Future, Imperial Intrigue: Thought named "Lords of Space".Confirmed not War Lords of Space by Dennis Hughes. Don't think Space Lords (Cordwainer Smith) Characters:Victor (Viscount of Regalia), Imperial Agent Mourne, Lady Katrina,Princess Isabelle, Julane (hooker), Duelist.

The book as I thought I remember it was named "Lords of Space". Note, I have confirmed it is not the similarly named War Lords of Space by Dennis Hughes and I don't believe it is Space Lords by Cordwainer Smith. I don't know the author's name. I believe it was a standalone novel as I could never find another related book.

Though I cannot remember the author, I remember the story line in some detail and have sketched it out below. I am hoping one or more of the key words/scenes/phrases/characters might trigger a memory of what the book might be.

Note, I have checked through several popular pulp authors of the time (Lin Carter, R.L. Fanthorpe, Alan Nourse, etc.) Though I can't swear to it, I don't think those three at least were the writer. Though, with Fanthorpe, he has so many pseudonyms, it very well could have been. But, the novel was longer. A hardback, not a pulp paperback, so not in the type of format of these authors.)

Far future during a galactic empire. Society a monarchial structure with Barons, Counts, Viscounts, etc. Citizens go heavily armed and duels of honor are common (think L. Neil Smith Probability Broach). Professional duelists double as assassins. Simply hire a prominent gunmen to challenge the high-ranking person you want to kill and you can do so freely. Multiple alien species involved. Royal court intrigue, vying for accession to the throne, etc.

Victor (Viscount of Regalia) and Lady Katherine
Duelist/Assassin > and ladyfriend Julane
Empire Agent Mourne and Princess >

The book told the story of three protagonists and their interaction during an attempted coup of the empire's succession.

In the opening scene, the Duelist/Assassin is eating in a restaurant. He is approached to challenge/assassinate a person. He is not immediately interested, so names a figure that is more than double his usual fee with half paid immediately up front. Surprisingly, it is accepted. When asking "Who am I supposed to duel, the Emperor?" "No," replied the hiring figure. "Merely a minor figure in the court hierarchy of little account. The Viscount of Regalia".

The duelist accepts and returns to his meal, wondering at why the amount of money is set so high. His meal is interrupted when a group of boisterous youth begin disrupting other diners. When asked to be quiet the youth replies he is wearing a blue band on his arm (denotes he is carrying weapons) which makes him as much a man as anyone there. Though a wife begs her husband to not do it, in a challenge duel, one of the other patrons seriously wounds the young man, causing the others to leave.

In the next scene we meet the Victor, Viscount of Regalia. He is with his bodyguard (alien, blue skin, 4 arms, with the upper as large as most men's legs, in addition to blasters, is carrying a sword along his back). As a military commander, the Viscount is carrying a standard blaster and a military rapier. ("Neither weapon was strictly ceremonial"). The Viscount and his bodyguard head over to the regional military HQ. Other background information is discussed.

In scene three, on their way, they are met by the duelist character and challenged. As a matter of honor, the Viscount cannot refuse. A duel is setup. However, just as they are facing off, the alien bodyguard cries out and fires. Believing it is a trap, the duelist turns "and nearly puts a full clip into the furry chest, when he realizes he is not aiming at him." Instead the alien spotted a sniper. The combined fire of the three kills the sniper. Then we learn the sniper was not aiming at the Viscount but at the duelist. The consensus is that the aliens who hired the duelist wanted to erase any possible connection to the alien who hired him. The duelist and Viscount part ways.

Lady Katherine. Love interest to the Viscount, they meet at a court ball. We learn that she is related by blood to the current Emporer. They leave together for his home planet and learn more about his background. We meet the Viscount's chief amourer (from a planet called Tranth). Lady Katherine is kidnapped by the corrupt Baron in a bid for power. The Viscount goes after her with his bodyguard.

In parallel, we are introduce to Mourne. He is an Imperial agent authorized to pretty much be a fixit person with broad discretion to kill as needed (think James Bond 00 designation). Mourne is very short, but very broad and very strong. In his opening scene, he is currently in some trouble with the service (think James Bond in License to Kill).

Being brought back in, he is tested by the service (sneak attack by the guards bringing him in) and promptly clobbers them, ripping away the kibustani wands they are carrying and knocking them about. Kibustani wands are a non-edged martial arts weapon with a flared end (2-3 cm in width) tapering to 1-2 cm at the other end with a hook. They are light, non-metallic and perfectly balanced, yet practically indestructible.

(side note. I have a martial arts weapons background and searched for kibustani wands on the net, but could not find any reference. The seem to be a cross between a short staff a "jo" and a Japanese nunte staff).

Mourne finds out he is being brought back to serve as bodyguard to the Princess. He is given his personal ship back and goes to meet her. After some initial scenes in which the princess dismisses Mourne's capabilities (he is almost as short as she is), eventually, the princess and Mourne are also kidnapped by the Baron. We find out his intent is to force the Emperor to name him as successor by marrying Katrina (hence establishing a claim to the throne) and removing the princess as the most direct in line to ascend. The princess has no other siblings. The Viscount turns out to be an unknown next closest blood relative and was a decorated military commander, hence a threat to the succession plans and why the original assassination attempt.

The Baron removes their Mourne's and the princess' clothing, locks them in an enclosed room and moves on to his next step. Mourne starts teaching the princess how to attack/defend while trying to figure out a way to escape.

Cutting back to the Duelist. While the other stuff is going on, after sitting in a bar dring zlith and turning down a proposition from a green, fur-patched waitress, he ends up meeting his love interest (Julane) when he rescues her from some local toughs (Being about 10 when I read it, I don't know for sure, but remembering back in context, I think they were probably her pimps). The duelist finds Julane struggling with them in an alley. They draw and he promptly blows them away, taking Julane to his hotel room.

Julane is thrilled at he luxury, taking long hot showers, eating as much as he did (including "even old-fashioned Terran spaghettti") and generally enjoying life. As part of the story backdrop, we find that our Duelist's unarmed father was killed by another professional duelist who had insulted his mother. Though unarmed, his father attacked the man and was killed. As it was in self-defense, the assassin was released.

Our duelist was only 9 or 10 and began practicing to get revenge. "By the time I was 15, nobody on the planet could touch me." He left and started chasing after the assassin, financing his way in duels. He falls in love with Julane and wants to take here with him to Donizaria (where he has a lead on the assassin).

Interesting side notes. Instead of laser blasters, he carries a pair of Rorvko-Jenkins cartridge firing guns. They force him to be more accurate than a beam weapon and he can load them with various types of rounds. He is skilled enough to know how many cartriddges are there based on the weight of the gun. We also find out that he is only 20 years old.

Somehow, in a twist, the Baron's men find out he survived and come after him. Just before he is ready to leave for Donizaria, he comes back to the hotel room to find Julane is dead, murdered by the Baron. Vowing revenge, our Duelist sets out to find the Viscount as he believes that to be the connection to the murderers.

The Viscount and the Duelist take off after Katrina and Julan's murders. Eventually, they found out about the kidnapping of the princess. Meanwhile, Mourne and the princess have engineered an escape (the princess gets in a throat jab on the guard coming in with food and then Mourne beats the living crap out of him) and are running through the halls .

The duelist is killed by the Baron's men after breaking through the outside wall and killing the Baron.

The Viscount and his alien bodyguard meet up with Mourne ("Mourne thought, "What a sight I must make. Nude, bloody, blaster in hand".) and the princess. Finishing off the Baron's men is completed, all is well and the Empire is safe.

I170: Islands / Atlantis-like
Two nearby islands. One quite industrial, one not so. I recall the industrial one sinks or meets a bad end. It was a hardback, big, landscape book (about a foot wide). I think it was fully illustrated. Dates from pre 1990. I think it was aimed at young teens.

I171: Indian tribe adopts girl and names her Sunflower
Indians kill settler & wife, 2 daughters survive, taken by tribe & walk for days. Adopted by tribe, older girl witnessed killing, hates Indians, younger girl assimilates, receives Indian name Sunflower, marries brave and single arrow kills them both while riding horseback, read in 1960's.

Benjamin Capp or Capps, A Woman of the People

I172: "it will Beano good," mouse kidnappers
SOLVED: The Church Mice in Action

I173: Illiana (?) Teenage Girl Detective
A trilogy? Might have been yellow or white. I think the girl's name was Illiana, a teenage detective? Anthropology Mysteries? I remember she visits Greece or Italy, gets lost or locked in an ancient underground ruin, might be searching for (or finds) a piece to a chess set that is a clue. JuvFiction.

Lloyd Alexander, The Illyrian Adventure, 1986.
The main character in this series is actually named Vesper Holly, I think you may be getting the Iliana from the "Illyria'' of the title. Vesper Holly, the orphaned daughter of a wealthy archeologist, solves mysteries and has adventures despite the ''help'' of her bumbling guardian, Uncle Brinnie. There are a total of six books in the series: The Illyrian Adventure, the El Dorado Adventure, the Drackenburg Adventure, The Jedera Adventure, The Philadelphia Adventure and the Xanadu Adventure.

I174: Identical Monsters
SOLVED: Lucretia Fisher, Thomas Jardine (illus), Two Monsters - A Fable, 1976.

I175: Itching powder keeps giant's slippers warm
I vaguely recall a picture book from my childhood (1980's). There was heat or itching powder or dust on some slippers. One picture had the dust being blown off the slippers. The end had the giant (i think), his feet up and a big smile on his face, the last of the dust keeping his feet warm.

I176 Indian Boy, father, stolen horse
1950's vintage-story about a young Indian boy and father who try to recover a stolen horse (red?) from an enemy tribe.  The father is captured, made a slave and the soles of his feet were burned(on purpose so he would not try to escape.)  His son comes to rescue him.  Thank you.

I177: Italian Romance Masked Man
Solved: Wings of a Falcon

I178: Internet Boom
Fiction book about a guy who sees people making money in the Internet boom and makes a company to take advantage. It is a play on commentary of how messed up the markets were back then. A key plot point was buying an italian warehouse to be boost revenue.

I179: Imperial Russia story featuring author's ancestors as girls
Looking for series of books set in Imperial Russia about the author's ancestors as girls. Author's name was like Almedeing, and books had a single name as title. I read these books in the early/mid '70's. final book had the girl & governess fleeing to England.

I think you must be looking for something by E.M. Almedingen.  I remember seeing her name on book spines in the library.  The Wikipedia article on her lists some of her books, and there are more on goodreads.com. I hope your books are among them.

E.M. Almedingen  was a Russian living in exile who wrote numerous novels, biographies, and memoirs of her life in Russia before the Revolution.  She is probably the author you are looking for.

J4: Jemima and the kitten
Solved: Joan Wanted a Kitty

J6: Journeying kids make animal friends
Solved: A Long Way to Go 

J9: Jenny
Solved: The Jennifer Wish 
J12: Jason and the golden fleece, a variation thereof

It was a novel based on the myth "Jason and the Golden Fleece", in the book a girl, she was either a
Princess or at least from a wealth family.  She was on board the ship with Jason, I think she ran away.  I do remember that she was trying to escape her parents plans for her, possible an arranged marriage.  Does this ring any bells, I do not remember either the title or the author.

J12 jason and fleece variation: perhaps The Dawn Palace: the Story of Medea, by H.M. Hoover, published Dutton 1988, 244 pages. It's a novel about Medea and Jason.
J12 jason and medea: there's Strangers Dark and Gold, by Norma Johnston, published Atheneum 1975, but it looks like more the complete Argonaut story "Jason, Medea, the Argonauts, the quest for the golden fleece, and the final tragedy that rose from the unequal love between Jason and Medea. 12 up." Another possible is Witch Princess, by Dorothy Johnson, illustrated by Carolyn Cather, published Houghton 1967. "Told from the point of view of Daphne, a handmaiden to Princess Medea, the author takes her turn at interpreting the mystery and legend of the Witch Princess. Ages 12-up." (HB Oct/67 p.535 pub ad) Was the novelization for young adults or for adults? For instance, did it include or hint at Medea's murder of her young brother while escaping with Jason (throwing his body into the sea to delay her father's ships pursuing them) or at Medea's later murder of her own children by Jason?

J14: Journeying girl finds eggs
Solved: Nobody's Girl

J15: Judge, fair and wise
the second book was an oriental book with a large green lion looking statue on the front.  It was about a fair judge.  The story was a bunch of short stories, the first story was about a poor man that stole the
scent of chicken from a restaurant to make his plain rice taste better and he was taken to court by the cook. The judge in turn had the poor man pay him with the sound of money.

J15: One of my all-time favorites. It's The Case of the Marble Monster by I.G. Edmonds, 1950s, originally
known as "Ooka the Wise". BTW, the proper pronunciation is "oh-oh-ka"! There are 17 stories about the cases undertaken by the clever but unconventional early 18th-century Japanese judge. Back cover:   "If you were a judge, would you: -punish a man for stealing a SMELL? -call in a WILLOW TREE as a witness to a crime? -order a barber to give an OX a shave?  "Judge Ooka does all these things. And when Ooka commands, let the thief and the cheat beware!"
The Case of the Marble Monster and Other Stories is the version I have which is a Scholastic paperback that I got from a school book order in '67-'68 and does have the illustration described. The judge is named Ooka and
always makes wise and fair judgements.  This version is not a complete collection; I saw a large hardback at a bookstore which contained more stories.
I checked my copy of The Case Of the Marble Monster and the author is I. G. Edmonds and Ooka the Wise is listed as the original title.
This sounds like I.G. Edmonds The Case of the Marble Monster and Other Stories (original title: Ooka the Wise), illustrated by Sanae Yamazaki, published by Scholastic in 1967. I have the Scholastic edition and it does
have a picture of a green statue in front, of a lion-dog, if I remember rightly.
One further note: For those who like accuracy, the stories in COTMM are taken from two older collections of the 1950s - Solomon in Kimono and Ooka: More Tales of Solomon in Kimono. Each book has at least a dozen stories in it. The afterwords make it clear that many stories the Japanese attribute to Ooka are actually fictional Japanese folk tales - or sometimes not even Japanese, as in the Aesop-derived tale of the Stronger Stick! However, the stories in COTMM which DO seem to have a direct connection to Ooka are: Marble Monster,
Terrible-Tempered Tradesman, Tosuke's Tax, Willow Witness, Wasted Wisdom, Suspect Statue, First Two
Sons, and Death Decree.

J16: Julie and Tim
My junior high school library had this book in the mid '70s.  It takes place in the '50s after the Korean War.  The main character is (I think) Julie, and she is in college and by the end of the book discovers that her true love is Tim, a disabled Korean vet, and fellow college student.  I've searched all kinds of "malt shop" romance authors and can't find this one.  If all else fails, I'll make a trip to my hometown and talk my way into the school library.  Unfortunately, these old books get discarded.  Thanks for your help.

J16 julie and time: a long shot, and I haven't read the book, but perhaps The Day and the Way We Met, by Mary Stolz, published Harper 1956, 250 pages. It's a sequel to Ready or Not, and the main character is Julie Connor. "The book opens with Morgan's marriage and it is Julie's turn to take over. Far less successful than her sister at homemaking and mothering, Julie has to struggle with problems that never bothered Morgan. ... at first in her own dreamy  adolescent world, in love with Geoff, her much older brother-in-law; and breaking away at last toward maturity and a realization of the world around her." (HB Aug/56 p.274) On the other hand, this is a fairly well-known book, so if it were correct someone would probably have already suggested it.
Craig, Margaret Maze, Julie, (1950's). Same as J73 which I answered. I own the book and read it recently. :)

J17: Jesus makes soldiers out of clay
i am looking for an older book which contained stories of Jesus as a child. One was where he made soldiers from clay and brought them to life.The book I read originally belonged to a  minister (retired). Thank-you.

This isn't much help, but there are several stories from the Apocryphal Gospels (the writings removed from the official King James Bible) about the childhood of Jesus. Two or three deal with him playing in the clay by the
river, either making dams or figures of birds etc. These stories were popular in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and some became carols (Withy Tree Carol, Cherry Tree Carol etc.) I have not heard of any being made into
modern children's books.
The Infancy Gospels or The Mysterious Stranger.  There are two possibilities. The first is the Infancy Gospels. Jesus is portrayed as innocently using his miraculous powers in play, also doing a lot of damage when he has a tantrum. He's a bit of a brat. This is online, and also in "The Lost Books of the Bible & the Forgotten Books of Eden" -- we had that in the house when I was real little, and I used to read the Infancy Gospels all the time. The second possibility is a wonderfully tragic book by Mark Twain, "The Mysterious Stranger". In medieval days, a child angel (named Lucifer, after his Uncle Satan) comes to earth and plays with human boys. He makes birds, animals and people out of clay and brings them to life. When his clay people make too much noise he squashes them. A girl asks him to make her father happy and he makes him a lunatic, because only crazy people are really happy. Shows Mark Twain'\''s sour view of God! I'd recommend it for older kids, maybe 11+ as I read it at that age and loved it. Hope this helps.

J18: Jerry and his cat Penny
Solved:  Surprise in the Tree

J19: Joey Kangaroo
Solved: Whoa Joey!

J20: Janetje jan VanMeter Eldon
Solved:  The Phantom Treasure

J21: Jumping beans
Solved: Jumping Beans

J22: Juvenile SF
Solved: Venus Boy
J23: Jelly Beans

It was a picture book and involved a large jar of jelly beans.  I think a child wanted to get at the jelly beans but they were on a shelf and he/she couldn't reach them...

Jelly Beans for Breakfast?

J24: Jenny's Adventure
Hi there - I love your site!  It was highly recommended to me for my problem.  I am looking for a children's book that was a favourite of mine when I was a young girl.  I believe it is called "Jenny's Adventure."  If I remember correctly, the story was about a little doll named Jenny who goes on an adventure through town. She encounters many different situations and characters but (I think) makes it home safely again.  This book would be fantastic to give to my parents right now as I just finally accomplished my greatest adventure!

I had some further memories surface about the stumper I had sent to you a few weeks ago.   It is a thin, children's picture story book.  I believe that the doll in the story (Jenny) first encounters the mailman and gets a lift with him in his mail sack.  She then wanders along and I think then meets up with forest creatures.  She finds herself in a bit of trouble in a bush of thistles and ends up getting a few cuts and bruises.  I also remember that Jenny meets a badger, who I think is not very kind to her.  I know that she gets home again safely - maybe by one of her friends from the forest or maybe on the back of a dog?  I can't quite remember.  I don't know if that is any more helpful - but the stumper has been on my mind since I sent it.   Thanks again.

A quick search at Bookfinder.com shows two books entitled Jenny's Adventure.  The most likely one is by Jean Gilder.  The other author is Ursula Ridley.
J24 jenny's adventure: more on the suggested book - Jenny's Adventure, written and illustrated by Jean Gilder, published Medici Society 1979. "The delightful adventures of a day in the life of a rag doll named Jenny. Illustrated beautifully by author with full page color illustrations on every second page as well as small black and white illustrations on the pages with writing."
Jenny's Adventure by Ursula Ridley is definitely not the one required. It concerns a girl in a middle-class family in Northumberland, England. With the help of her father and some old miners she opens up an old drift mine in a field near her home. The last few chapters concern her adventures with a boy on the run who chooses the mine to hide out in.

J25:Japanese dollshouse
Solved: Miss Happiness and Miss Flower
J26: Jungle Bad Luck

This is a rather hard-hitting book I read in the fifth grade in the late sixties/early seventies.  It involves a white (English?) boy and an older (African?) man on a trek through the jungle.  During the trip the boy shoots a monkey in the stomach with an arrow, something the old man tells him is a terrible thing to do and which will bring bad luck.  His prediction comes true when he steps into a trap which severely injures his leg.  The boy has to try to care for his injury and get him back to civilization alive (something he ultimately fails to do, as I recall, although he makes it back himself).

Theodore Taylor, The Cay.  This does not fit the "jungle" setting, but it is a survival story of a young British boy and an older black man.  The boy is shipwrecked, I believe, during WWII and the old man helps him to survive.  The boy eventually makes it home.
I certainly know the story - I thought it was a short story not a book. The boy (no name I can remember) is taken by a old family retainer into the jungle (India?, Burma?), against the mothers wishes. They make a bow - which the boy uses to shoot the monkey. The rest is as posted.
Sherman D.R., Old Mali and the Boy.  Jeffrey, a 12-year- old fatherless boy, loves listening to the stories told by his mother's gardener, Old Mali.

J27: Jelly babies get their legs stuck together
Solved: Peter Puffer's Fun Book

J28: Jennifer never cleaned her room
Solved: The Big Tidy-Up

J29: Jonathan Wonathan Higgins McGee Yellow Cat Purple Ears
Solved: Yellow Cat 

J30: Jump Rope Tales
Solved: Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep 
J31:  Jackie and Jennie Bunny

The third book was a story we found is a school primer, I think.  It was about little Jackie and Jennie Bunny.  My daughter remembers that they were in the moonlight on a ridge and that some one of their community was eaten.  I seem to remember that Jackie was rather naughty.    Is this kind of information sufficient to manage a search?    I will appreciate your help.  Thank you.

J32:  JoJo the Monkey
Solved: Tony and Jo-Jo 
J33: Jewish Family with several children

Solved:  All-of-a-Kind Family

J34:  Jinx
Solved:  Jinx, the Alaskan Husky

J35:  Jewish Inspiration
I am looking for a book, that is either Jewish or Inspirational catagory...I am fairly sure the book is written by a Rabbi, I thought his name was Duboise( or something like it)  He talks about over coming  lifes stressful situations and starts off talking about his home buring to the ground in California.   I read it in 2000, lent it to a long gone friend, and now can't remember the name of the book.

Lionel Blue.  Rabbi Blue has written many books of thoughts and inspirations  it could be one of his.
When Bad Things Happen To Good People by Harold S. Kushner

J36: Junket Is Nice
Solved: Junket is Nice

J37: Jewish Holocaust Book-Short Stories
Solved: Hasidic Tales of the Holocaust

J38: junior genius
Solved: The Fabulous Flying Bicycle

J39: Jewels in teddy bear
Solved: The Teddy Bear Habit

J40: Japanese Folk Tale?
Solved: Kap the Kappa

J41: Jump to conclusions
Solved: The Phantom Tollbooth

J42: japanese? illustrated picture book
Solved: Umbrella

J43: Jerusha the duck
Solved: "Quack," Said Jerusha

J44: Judy, Junior Nurse
Solved: Judy, Junior Nurse

J45: Japanese dolls owned by English girl
Solved: Little Plum

J46: jewish tailor on lower eastside nyc
Solved: All-Of-A-Kind Family

J47: Julick's old books
Swedish or Scandinavian, 1950 or earlier?  Story about  a visit to the man in the moon.  Illustrations were black and yellow line drawings.  One picture was having tea in a yellow tulip flower.   Might be a foreign author from Scadinavian country.  Book was in English.

john cotton, Tommy's Trip to the Moon,1950s.This sounds like Tommy's trip to the moon with original illustrations by Elisabeth Halfdaner and english text by john cotton. Printed by helsingborgs litografisks ab, sweden. Really rare book with beautiful illustrations. 

J48: jungle picture book -girl riding on bear
Solved: Oh What a Busy Day


J49: June is the month of the Barefoot Moon
Solved: Going Barefoot

J50: Joanna's Fairy Queen's Birthday
Solved: A Day in Fairy Land

J51: Japanese survivor of Atomic Bomb
Solved: My Japan 1930-1951

J52:  Jody's Adventures?
The story was in a thick red book with 3 other stories, 1920-1940..  I think the title on that was Mystery and/or Adventure stories for girls.  The book I am looking for is about a girl named Jody (I'm sure this is correct but you know how faulty memories are!) who is kind of a tomboy.  The only two things I remember are: 1) She is out camping and gets caught in a huge downpour and manages to make a meal in her dutch oven.  And: 2)That whover she is living with (and I don't think it's her parents) teaches her to can.  They can tons of stuff and I believe she enters some into a fair.

This is just to eliminate a possibility -- EVERY GIRL'S MYSTERY AND ADVENTURE STORIES is "a thick red book" in the right time period (1935), and since it contains MIMI AT CAMP by Anne Pence Davis, I thought that might be the story asked about.  But I've just skimmed it and find no downpour, no Dutch oven, no canning scenes, and no Jody.  Mimi (who is described as a tomboy) lives with her parents also.  (And the book contains only three stories in all, not four.) So I'm sending this message to indicate this is not the book sought, and perhaps save someone's else time.
Agnes Miller, Mystery stories for girls, 1934.  A possibility for J52.  four books in 1 volume:  Titles include The mystery house, The valley feud, Their golden quest, and The Whispering Charm.  The title, date, and the four stories all seem about right.
Just a thought that maybe you are mixing up the Jody story with part of  Elizabeth Enright's Then There Were Five.  There is a chapter in that book where the oldest sister, Mona, goes on a canning spree while their housekeeper Cuffy is away.  She gets into some trouble but their neighbour Mr. Titus shows up to help, and they end up making all kinds of jams and relishes in time for Cuffy's return.
A couple of comments have been made about my stumper but I don't think any of them are what I am looking for.  I would like to find out what the stories are about in the Agnes Miller Book (again I don't think it is the one).  How do i do that? Thank you.


J53: Jerusalem tomb opens
Solved: Revelation

J54: Jiggs
Solved: Everyday Story Book

J55:  Jack and Jill in the Moon
The book I was looking for was a middle school age book. I read it serveral times in the late 60's. The story is about 3 (or 4) children who spend the summer with their grandparents on their farm. The couple of things that I can remember that mark it as unique is the story the grandfather told about Jack and Jill in the moon, as opposed to the man in the moon. It had black and white plates of the moon to show how you could see Jack and Jill. Also there was a side story about a fairy circle on the farm, and how the children saw the fairies putting on a sort of play in the barn.

J55 Thought  I had it- I had just learned abt the Jack and Jill legend from this book, but it isn't fiction about a family:  Branley, Franklyn M.   The moon; Jack and Jill and other legends.  illus by Jane Teiko. Oka:  Ginn c1972.  explanation of old beliefs about the moon; legends; Jack and Jill; juvenile nonfiction picturebook by an award-winning author; many colorful illustrations by Jane Teiko Oka.

J56: Jerome
Solved: Kildee House

J57:juvenile girls' mystery series
Solved: Augusta Huiell Seaman mysteries

J58: Jake, Jake for goodness sake
Solved: Jake

J59:  jealousy, school play, switched identities/magic
Solved: Fifth Grade Magic

J60:  jumper, jumper
Solved: Here and Now Story Book: Two-Through Seven-Year-Olds

J61: Juvenile Science Fiction Story - Anthology
Solved: The Anything Box

J62:  jeweled owl
Solved: The Ghost Next Door

J63: John Ware
My father-in-law is looking for a series of children’s books about John Ware as a pioneer woodsman. Circa 1940.

Altsheler, Joseph A.  Could it be Henry rather than John?  I found this on the solved pages -- "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."
Altsheler, Joseph A., Kentucky Frontiersman, 1989.  I bet this is one of the books in the series.  I think there wree a total of eight.  The protagonist's name was Henry Ware, not John Ware, but this otherwise fits.  See Solved Mysteries.

J64: Junk Yard
Solved: The Three Investigators series

J65: John Hollis
Solved: The Wyndcliffe


J66: Jenny, plants and hominy grits
Solved: Jenny, Sam, and the Invisible Hildegarde

J67: Jestors, young man & royal baby
Solved: Taash and the Jesters

J68a: jumped out of his shoes/bump in the woods
Solved: Little Bear's Visit

J68b: Jeep desert hunter hunted mesa
Solved: Deathwatch

J69: Japanese doll
I read a book in the early 1970s while growing up, about a Japanese doll belonging to a little girl. There were full color illustrations, including that of a teahouse and a Japanese calendar on a scroll. The little girl gets sick or they move or something and the mother throws the doll out. Father goes to the dump and gets the doll back for the girl. NOT Rumer Godden or Best Loved Doll.

J70: Jack or John
Solved: Who Fears the Devil

J71:  John Scott WWI Iowa Ace
When I was a kid – about 10 (1920s-30s) – I read a novel set in France in  WW One with the leading character one John (Jon?) Scott from Waterloo, IA.  He was an aviator.  Can’t remember if he first goes over with the Lafayette Escadrille, or later with the American Expeditionary Force (AEF).  (Coincidentally, "Falcons of France" by James Norman Hall (of Mutiny on the Bounty fam) is the same genre and Mr. Hall is one of our alumni from the class of 1910)  Anyway, I have a Grinnell reason now to figure out the name of this “book for young boys” (it was in the children’s section) and see how I might locate a copy.  It was an old book when I found and read it, and I doubt it has ever been republished.

J72:  Jack gets caught
Hello!  I am trying to find a book for a friend. This is the description he gave me--I realize it's a little hazy, but if I find the book I'd like it to be a surprise, so I can't really ask for more information. It was probably published before 1990.  It was about a boy's grandfather, who told him bedtime stories in the manner that stories ought to be told: the central conceit is that stories never happened the same way twice, and I remember the book centering around Jack and the Beanstalk  (sometimes the harp screamed a little too early and Jack was caught, etc.).   Thank you so much for any help you can provide!

J73:  Julie
I am looking for a book that I think is called Julie, a teenage romance that I read when in high school in the mid 60s. I had a copy of this book that I bought from a library, but it was severely damaged beyond repair and I had to throw it out.  The main character, Julie is a college student, at Byrn Mawr I believe, and she meets a young man named Tim who limps from a war injury. She meets him by jumping up to dance with him when the first girl he asks refuses him because of his limp. Julie had a strange roommate whose name I cannot recall, and a good friend name Cynnie. She also has a friend from her home town, Petey Orcutt. She had a crush on another guy...Greg? maybe?  Tim lives with one of the professors. He likes Julie and they go out a few  times. At Christmas, he writes in the snow,"Merry Christmas Julie, my very dearest."  There is also a minor subplot involving another student named Violet Moore who gets in trouble staying  out all night with a boy from the town. Julie's brother comes to visit her and she tries to set him up with Cyn, but he falls for her roommate instead. Eventually Julie comes to realize she wants to be with Tim and leaves him stranded on the phone as she runs over to his place and tells him, "Merry Christmas, Tim, my very dearest" even though it is June.  Any ideas about this book, if this is the correct title and  where I can get a copy?

Margaret Maze Craig, Julie, 1952.  J73 might be Julie by Margaret Maze Craig.  She wrote several books with girls' names as the titles:  Marsha, Trish, and she also wrote Now That I'm Sixteen.
craig, margaret maze, Julie.  Just confirming that this is definitely the right title since I own a copy. The college is Briarton and her roommate is Fran.If you like that one, try Marsha by the same author. It's equally wonderful! Julie is pretty expensive unless you get lucky, so I recommend talking to your library about an interlibrary loan.
Afraid I don't have a solution for you, just a suggestion. If all else fails, and you're SURE the book was set at Bryn Mawr, try e-mailing the college and asking nicely if they can help. There's a chance the school may have a list of fictional works set at the college. It's sort of thing a PR, admissions, alumni, or student life office, or maybe even the library, might keep for fun - especially at a tradition-conscious place like Bryn Mawr.  Can't hurt! 

J74:  Johnnie Mae
I remember reading this book years ago.  I'm pretty sure it's out of print.  I think the girl is Johnnie Mae.  Her friend in the story is a boy.  I distinctly remember this girl blaming her first menstrual period on eating too many strawberries.  It's a coming of age type story.  I'm pretty sure it isn't Rivers, Cross my Heart.

Robbie Branscum, The Adventures of Johnny May. Could possibly be this or the sequel Johnny May Grows Up?
Robbie Branscum, Johnny May, 1976.  This is alost certainly Johnny May. There are two other books by the same author, The Adventures of Johnny May and Johnny May Grows Up, which I haven't read but which appear to be sequels (search reveals that they were published in 1984).  I still have my copy of the original title, if you have any more questions to narrow it down.

J75:  Just a minute Janet
Solved: Uncle Arthur's Bedtime Stories


J76: jewels buried in grave
Solved: Safe as the Grave

J77: Jewish girl in Pennsylvania Dutch town
Solved: The Closed Circle

J78: Jenny, neighbor boys, lost puppy
Solved: Jenny

J79: Jack the giant slayer
Jack the giant slayer and other tales, or something like that, 1900-1940 could be slightly earlier.

A.L. Burt, New York, NY (publisher), Jack the Giant Killer and Other Stories, 1927, copyright.  There are probably lots of old books with this (or similar) title.  The 1927 edition published by A.L. Burt has a blue cover, with "Jack the Giant Killer" in big green letters at the top, "and other stories" in smaller black print at the bottom.  Left center of cover shows a black-and-green art deco floral motif atop a green circle which contains a black line-drawing of the giant, club on his shoulder, wading knee-deep in a lake or ocean.  To the right of this is a full-color illustration of the giant, wearing a red coat and holding a spiked club, leaping over some large boulders in pursuit of Jack, who is in the foreground, wearing a purple coat, green tights, and a red hat. 118 pages with many illustrations. I've found other copies online listed as published in 1905 or 1918, so it may have been reprinted several times. On some of the older editions, the cover is brownish instead of blue, though the lettering and pictures remain the same. Henry Altemus also published an edition around 1900, but I haven't been able to find a picture of the cover online.
Richard Doyle, Jack the Giant Killer, 1850, approximate.  This version of Jack the Giant Killer has been reprinted in an Everyman's Edition, so shouldn't be difficult to find to check.  In some stories, Jack uses various items to help him overcome the giants, including Shoes of Swiftness, Cap of Knowledge, invisibility cloak, etc.  He also meets King Arthur towards the end.  I haven't looked at it for a few years, but maybe this fits...good luck!

J80: Japanese girl wants to be an artist
Solved: One Hundred and Eight Bells


J81: Japanese WWII carriers frozen, thawed in modern day
I am looking for a novel paperback I believe about a group of WWII japanese carriers which are frozen in the arctic and then thaws to attack modern US carriers it might be called "6th Battle" or at least have the word 6th.

Albano, Peter, Seventh Carrier,
1983, copyright.  This sounds like The Seventh Carrier, as you thought, about a Japanese aircraft carrier that is frozen in a glacier for about forty years. When it thaws out the Japanese airmen are still determined to carry out their mission against the US. Actually this is the first of a series, but the subsequent books are very different in tone, with the Japanese now allied with the Americans against the Middle East. Hope this helps.

J82: Japanese tea garden, little girl, name starts w/ a K?
I remember something about a beautiful garden which was very peaceful.  The graphics on the book were very, very engaging as a child.  I read the book as a little girl in approx 1977, in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades (I LOVED IT), and would be so very, very excited if you know what it is!

Eleanor Lattimore, Happiness for Kimi,
1958, copyright.  When Kimi's parents and brother move to the city temporarily, she has to stay behind in her Japanese village with her traditional aunt who insists on teaching her to be a "real Japanese girl."  She learns the "old arts" of properly making and serving tea and also arranging flowers.  Although there's no mention of a tea garden, among Lattimore's great illustrations is a two-page spread of Kimi and her friend, in kimonos, walking in what could be such a garden.

J83: Jewish couple adopt black girl
A jewish couple in late thirties adopt a 8year old black girl. Parents are Rebecca and sam. The daughter helps her dad get torah back after they were stolen. Book spanned from 30's to 60's.

Rebecca was the mothers name sam was not the fathers name. couple couldnt adopt the girl but raised her as there own. The girls name was elvira and she was raised in both cultures.
Henry Denker, Payment in Full, 1991.  I found this online, I think this sounds right: "When it becomes clear to Rebecca and David Rosen, a young immigrant couple struggling to survive in New York, that they will not be able to have children of their own, they decide to open their home to an orphaned black girl. Even though the eight-year-old Elvira Hitchins is going to be raised in a Jewish household, the Rosens vow that they will make her aware of her own culture and heritage."

J84: Jeffy's new hammer
This is a book read to  me as a child in the late 60's/early 70's.  A little boy is home with his Grandma while his Mom is at the hospital having a baby.  He has received a present  (maybe from his Dad?) - a new toy hammer.  He proceeds to joyfully hammer everything in sight.  When he begins to hammer his mom's new coffee table, Grandma asserts a firm, "No."  Jeffy responds, "But my hammer wants to hit the table."  Grandma explains that Jeffy has a will and can choose, while the hammer does not - Jeffy must choose for the hammer. I think this must have been published by a Christian publisher, as I remember Grandma talking about how God is the one who gave Jeffy the ability to choose.  Thanks very much for your help.

J85: Jeanie Wallace, mountain nurse with psychic gifts
Gothic novel published in the late 60's or 70's about a rural nurse [Jeanie Wallace] who has psychic gifts that help her solve a mystery which also involves a romance with a widower whose wife died mysteriously. I think the villainess was named Kate. The evildoers haunted and gaslighted the heroine with mechanical devices.

The Gift.  
Hi, I don't know if the film is based on a book but this sounds like the plot of the film "The Gift".

J86: Jerry, rocket, metal from space ship
60's childrens science fiction, boy finds a metal sheet in junkyard and uses it in building play rocket in garage.  Metal turns out to be from real space ship, one of two pieces needed by space traveler to make real rocket work.  "Jerry" may be in title.

Eleanor Cameron, The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet
This popular children's book is about two boys who meet an alien who is looking for someone to build him a spaceship.  They find a piece of sheet metal to make part of the outer skin.  The alien  (Mr. Bass) later provides equipment to make the ship functional.  You may have it conflated with another book because the metal isn't from another rocket, and neither boy is called Jerry.
Evelyn Sibley Lampman, Rusty's Space Ship, 1955, approximate.  Rusty is building a spaceship in his garage, and uses a piece of metal he found.  An alien shows up looking for the metal, which is the mate to one he carries and is part of his own ship.  Rusty, the alien and the girl next door use the spaceship to travel to several planets trying to find the alien's home.

J87: Junkyard, metal pieces lead to other dimension
Young adult book in 1984 (about). A brother and a sister that had lost their parents (?). They lived in a junkyard (dump) and discovered metal pieces (outlines -- e.g. stars) that they could toss onto the ground and it would open a portal to another dimension. Different pieces lead to different places.

J88: Joke, poem, story book all-in-one
I am looking for a children's book that contained many different kinds of jokes. I cannot remember the title, but I know it was purchased before 1994. I believe I had it in the late 80's, early 90's, possibly bought from a school catalog book (Scholastic?). I'm pretty sure it was a hard cover book, yellow (my mother says it might have been black and soft cover, though), and it had at least 100 pages; it was a thick book. It came with a sleeve jacket possibly also yellow or white with a drawing of children on it. I'm not sure, but the same picture may have also been outlined in white on the cover of the book itself.  It was more than just a joke book; it also had activities like how to make shadow puppets (I remember a swan, a dove, and a rabbit). There was also a rebus puzzle story and one of the sentences was "a door was left" and then a picture of a glass jar so that it was supposed to be read "a door was left ajar." It contained a section on knock-knock jokes. Some seemed Halloween related. I think there was a picture of a haunted house on one of the pages.  The only one I can remember is: "Knock, knock / Who's there? / Banana. / Banana who? / Knock, knock / Who's there? / Banana. / Banana who? / Knock, knock / Who's there? / Orange. / Orange who? / Orange you glad I didn't say banana?" and a joke about "What do you call a horse at night? A night mare." There was also a joke about soap and knowing a song, I believe with a picture of a bathtub. The response to the question was something like "I don't know but hum a few bars."  There were also poems in the book. One was a piece of Lewis Carroll's "Hys Nouryture" (I found this out later, I don't think it was written in the book), "'Three little Ghosteses were set on posteses, you know, and ate their buttered toasteses" with a crosshatch illustration of ghosts sitting on fence posts, eating buttered toast. Another poem was "Upon/Oh/On this page of pearly white, it looked so good I took a bite."  There was also a story about a weather forecast in which it began to rain meatballs (although I don't think it's "Cloudy with a chance of meatballs"). All of the pictures were plain line art or crosshatching. There were no color pictures that I remember.


J89: Jenny is the title
Solved: Rebecca's World: Journey to the Forbidden Planet

J90: Jonathon Wonathon Higgins McGee
1964, childrens.  The book starts out: Jonathon Wonathon Higgins McGee jumped out of bed in a 1, 2, 3.  He put on his coat, his hat and his spate ...  I used to read this to my little girl and almost had it memorized back then.  Now I really would like to find it to read to my great grandchildren or any other children for that matter.

Wright, Betty Ren, Yellow Cat
, 1952, approximate.  This is on the solved mysteries page as Betty Ren Wright's Yellow Cat (Whitman Tell-A-Tale, 1952).

J91: Jonathan Percival Pinkerton Jr.
A child's book about a boy named Jonathan Percival Pinkerton Jr who went hop, hop, skip, skip over the cracks in the sidewalk.

Perhaps this is Five Pennies to Spend by Miriam Young?
Louise Lawrence Devine, A Penny For Candy, 1946, copyright.  I still have my childhood copy of this one!  It was a Junior Elf Book. Jonathan Percival Pinkerton Junior and his friends keep finding pennies on the sidewalk, but when they get to the candy store they discover they've all found the same penny.

J92: jester
Book I got in 1980s, don't know date of publication.  Red canvas cover, approx 8.5" x 11" dimensions, pale watercolor / simple line drawings illustrations, mostly pale blues and reds.  Story was of a poor jester or harlequin who traveled across "the land" to make a princess laugh?  His clothing had diamond pattern (typical jester).  He made lots of friends along the way, may have been animals.  In the end I think he married the princess and was bequeathed the kingdom.  The pages were fairly heavy and glossy and had a distinct smell, like a print shop!

Jules Feiffer , A Barrel of Laughs, a Vale of Tears
1995, copyright. Despite the obvious date difference, could this be it? They have similar-sounding plots (man travels across land to find princess  has to do with laughing).  The illustrations in this book are quite charming  but I don'\''t recall a red canvas cover.  Hope this helps!
Brothers Grimm, The Princess Who Never Laughed. I have a very faint memory of having read a single-story book about a kingdom where the princess would be given in marriage to the man who could make her laugh -- she may have been dying or wasting away.  I dont know whether the winner was a jester.  Google search says there was a video version of a similar story which was adapted from Grimm.  Hope this helps.

J93: Jackson Hole WY, romance novel, time travel
Looking for a romance novel I read in the 90's.  1993 or 94.  Named my son after the hero, Colton.  Contemporary setting.  Jackson Hole WY.  A woman who is a travel agent travels back in time to early Jackson Hole by touching a multi-colored rose under a tree on the mountainside.

Bonita Clifton, Time of the Rose
, 1994, copyright.  Maybe - the summary I found says: "Beautiful Madison Calloway follows an old man into a violent thunderstorm and travels back in time to the Old West, where she captures the heart of Colton Chase, a notorious gunslinger."
J94: Japanese Submarine in a Lake
Looking for 1960s(?) book about teenage boys who buy war surplus Japanese submarine and use it to explore local lake(?); got into it in school library in 1970 last week of school couldn't finish(we were xferred overseas); bleve it was Scholastic(?) paperback(?), maybe a series

Bertrand Brinley, The New Adventures of the Mad Scientists' Club, 1968, copyright. It sounds like the short story The Cool Cavern in this collection. The 7 boys in the club buy a midget Japanese submarine from WWII at an auction to explore Strawberry Lake. Check out www.madscientistsclub.com and see if the series looks familiar.
Bertrand R. Brinley, The New Adventures of the Mad Scientists' Club, 1968, copyright. You are almost certainly thinking of "The Cool Cavern," a short story in "The New Adventures of the Mad Scientists’ Club," a sequel to "The Mad Scientists'Club."  The stories are rather dated now, but were way cool back in the 1960s when I read them.  They're about seven junior geniuses and their crazy ideas:  outwitting the grownups by haunting a house, creating a lake monster, competing in a balloon race, adding a lot of laughs to the Founders' Day ceremony, and lots more.  The grownups come across as awfully dumb, but no one gets hurt, and you can't help cheering the little maniacs on.  Also see "The Big Chunk of Ice" and "The Big Kerplop" by the same author.  Not as good, but still worth reading

J95: Japanese  Girl Gets Paint Set
Looking for childrens book about a japanese girl who gets a paint set from her grandfather and paints the world around her.

Jane Flory, One hundred and eight bells. This was suggested to me as I searched for something similar on another site.  I remembered different things but I bet it is the same book.


J96: Juvenile novel from the 60's
Two little girls become friendly.  One just moved from California.  They take ballet together.  They are in school together.  They get in an argument.  One little girl pulls a beet plant out of a vacant yard to bring it into school for show and tell and gets beet juice all over her dress.

Beverly Cleary, Ellen Tebbits,
1951. I bet you'll get a lot of responses to this stumper.  Your book is Ellen Tebbits, by Beverly Cleary.  I actually just listed to the audiobook last year - it was a great nostalgia trip!
Cleary, Beverly, Ellen Tebbits, 1951. Pretty sure this is Ellen Tebbits by Cleary.
Beverly Cleary, Ellen Tebbits.
Beverly Cleary, Ellen Tebbits. This is definitely Ellen Tebbits.  Ellen and Austine are the friends, and Ellen is the one who picks the beet and gets dirty in the process.
This book is Ellen Tebbits by Beverly Cleary.
Beverly Cleary, Ellen Tebbits, 1951. Definitely this one! Ellen and Austine meet in ballet class, where they are both desparate to conceal the fact that their mothers make then wear long woolen underwear. When the dance teacher's son is teasing Ellen - and about to reveal her secret - Austine intervenes. When Ellen ruins her dress - not only stained, but also muddy, soaked, and torn - Austine helps her scotch tape the tear and loans her a long sweater to conceal the damage. The girls fight after they have their mothers make them dressed out of matching fabric, with monkeys on it. The idea was to look like twins, only Audine's mother was not a good seamstress, and her dress didn't look or fit good, and didn't have a sash. Jealous, Audine pulls Ellen's sash, untying it, repeatedly - until Ellen has had enough and slaps her. The girls eventually make up and are friends again.
Beverly Cleary, Ellen Tebbits, 1951. You'll get lots of responses to this one, I'm sure. It's a classic and has been reprinted many times.
Beverly Cleary, Ellen Tebbits, 1951. "Ellen Tebbits has a secret that she'll never share with anyone. That is, until she meets Austine—and discovers that Austine has the same secret! Soon the girls are best friends who do everything together—attending dance class, horseback riding, and dodging pesky Otis Spofford. But then Ellen does something terrible, and now Austine isn't speaking to her. Will Ellen be able to prove how sorry she truly is?" This is definitely the book you're looking for.
Beverly Cleary, Ellen Tibbets. Details match exactly.
Cleary, Beverly, Ellen Tebbits, 1951.This is my favorite of all Beverly Cleary's books. I reread it many times as a child, and also as an adult!

J97: Jeweled clockwork animals talk when no one is around....
I think I got this book from Scholastic in the mid seventies.  Wind-up animals socialize at night while their owner sleeps.  I think that at least one of them can fly.  A beautiful jeweled dog is the prize of the collection.  I THINK the cover showed this dog perched on it's owner's shoulder. THANKS

Betty Brock, No Flying In The House, 1982. Sounds like this is probably your book. "Most little girls have parents to take care of them, but not Annabel Tippens.She has Gloria, a tiny white dog who talks and wears a gold collar. Annabel never thought it was strange that she had Gloria instead of real parents. Until one day a wicked, wicked cat named Belinda comes to tell her the truth -- she's not just a little girl, she's a half-fairy!"
Brock, Betty, No Flying in the House. I remember the cover, with the little dog on the girl's shoulder, and it might just be No Flying in the House. The little jeweled dog is taking care of a little girl who has lost her parents, who have been banished. The dog, Gloria, and a golden toy cat, Belinda, each talk to the girl about family and magic, and the fact that the girl's mother is a fairy. In the end, Gloria makes a magical sacrifice to help the girl recover her family. Hope this helps.
Brock, Betty, No Flying in the House. Parts of this story sound like jumbled memories of No Flying in the House by Betty Brock, and the original paperback cover is exactly as described. So...maybe worth checking out!

 J98: Jocko, Monkey, Train, Chairs, Orange
SOLVED: Frances Horwich, Suitcase with a surprise, 1953.

J99: Japanese girl wants to be modern
SOLVED: Thank you so much! The book I was trying to remember
is Myeko’s Gift by Kay Haugaard. 

J100: Journey for group of kids that might involve the Olympics
Set in ancient times, I think. Two kids are supposed to get married. They find a mirrored shard and it lights a sacred torch, so instead of getting married they run away on a journey to take the torch someplace (Olympics?). Other kids join them, including a really fast runner. Narrator is a girl. Updated More information about the book: During the journey the kids come across a storytelling contest, with people from many different cultures participating. There is an old man there who is sad because he is the last of his people, no one left speaks or understands his language. The kids sit down around him and listen to his storytelling anyway, and the man becomes happy again. At a couple points during the journey the torch goes out. One of the kids figures out that doing good and heartfelt things for others (or maybe spreading happiness) is what makes the torch re-light itself.

Jill Paton Walsh, Torch,
1987. Book description from jacket: "The parents of young Cal and Dio have decided the two will marry. When they visit the Old Man for his blessing, he reveals a secret: that he was the guardian of the last Olympic torch, and now Dio must be the guardian in his stead. Cal and Dio set off on a journey, along with their friends, to take the torch to its home. As they travel they learn about the past, when wonderful inventions were obliterated by a catastrophe that has sent the world back to ancient ways."


J101: Junge grows in family's house
YA book from the 70s or very early 80s.  A little tiny sprout starts growing in a the family's house.  They let it go, the house turns into a jungle inside.  There is an alligator/crocodile living in the house.  The city comes to tear it down but kudzu pulls cover the plow and machinery.

J102: Jars of pickles, old woman, elephant
SOLVED: Jerry Smath, But No Elephants, 1979.

J103: Jane rides train alone
My mother (born in 1931) remembers a book when she was "little" (6? 7?) about a girl named Jane who goes for a train ride alone. She remembers an African American "Redcap" helping her on the train.  Any idea what book that might be?

Lawrence, Josephine, Adventures of Elizabeth Ann,
1923, approximate. It's a long shot, but if there's a chance the girl's name is Elizabeth Ann instead of Jane, The Adventures of Elizabeth Ann begins with seven-year-old Elizabeth Ann taking a long train ride to her aunt's.  On the train, she's befriended by several of the African-American attendants -- and by the president of the raiload company.  (The opening chapters, which include part of the train ride, are online at http://readseries.com/joslaw/adv-ea1.html )
It is NOT Adventures of Elizabeth Ann - my mother's name is Jane and that was one of the reasons the book stuck with her - thanks for the try, but this one is still unsolved!!
Helen Daringer, Adopted Jane, 1947. Could the book your mom remembers be Helen Daringer's classic "Adopted Jane"?  Jane has been in an orphanage for many years and finally one summer she is chosen to visit two prospective homes whose inhabitants might adopt her.  I remember that she goes on a train by herself to visit one of the homes and is befriended by a redcap. This book is an all-time favorite.
Date: 1936-37, approximate. Oh, I wish it were "Adopted Jane"!  It was definitely 1936-37 and it was a large picture book with a title something like "Jane Rides A Train". She had her dog with her on the train  slept in an upper berth and the Redcap helped her onto the train and closed the curtains for her so she could go to sleep... ANY other ideas?!?!
Clara Ingram Judson, Mary Jane--Her Visit
. This is a really old book about a train trip, not a picture book, but if it could be a "Mary" Jane, there definitely is a porter in the story.  Here's an excerpt:
Mary Jane put on the rest of her clothes  then she took her little bag, just as her mother had told her to, and went into the dressing room and washed her face and made herself neat and tidy. She got back in time to see the porter make up her bed and she was glad of that because bed-unmaking on a train by daylight seemed even more wonderful and interesting than bed-making the night before.She sat down on the seat across the aisle while he worked, so she could see everything he did.

"My mother and I don't make beds that way at home," she announced suddenly.
"Sure not," agreed the porter, and then by way of keeping up the conversation, he added, "Like to ride on a train?"
"Deed I do," said Mary Jane happily, "and I like to go see my grandmother—it's my Great-grandmother Hodges I'm going to see, you know. And my mother isn't going and my daddah isn't going because he works and my sister Alice isn't going because she's in school and anybody isn't going but just my Dr. Smith and me 'cause I'm five and that's a big girl.""Well!" exclaimed the porter, and he actually stopped making beds to look at such a big little girl. Mary Jane liked him and started to tell him about Doris and the birthday party and the pretty things in her trunk, but Dr. Smith came back just then and there was no more time for talk.
"Got your coat?" he asked, "and your hat and your—everything?"
"He put 'em there," said Mary Jane, pointing to the next seat where she had seen the porter put her things, "and my gloves are in my pocket and my bag's all shut." "That's good." said Dr. Smith. "You'd better put your things on now. Here, I'll hold your...

J104: Jeff, a dog
A Tip-Top-Elf or Tell-a-Tale type book (not Little Golden) from the mid-late 1960s.  Realistic color illustrations.  A boy and his dog named Jeff.
J105: Janie, Hugo, Maine, shoes
SOLVED: Dorothy Simpson, A Matter of Pride, 1959.

J106: Jewish family in late 1800s, young girl
Searching for a book possibly set in late 1800's about a Jewish family particulary a little girl maybe named Hannah or Sarah also had siblings.  May have been set in San Francisco as they travelled to the seaside by trolley car with extended family. Featured Jewish celebrations - Passover etc.

This must be Sydney Taylor's  All of a Kind Family, the first in her wonderful 5-book series about the Jewish sisters Ella, Sara, Henny, Charlotte and Gertie who live on the Lower East Side of New York.  Throughout the series, the girls celebrate many Jewish holidays with their loving parents and extended family.  Near the end of All of a Kind Family, the girls are taken by trolley to Coney Island to escape the summer heat. 
This may be All of a Kind Family by Sidney Taylor. Though definitely not set in San Francisco, there were plenty of siblings (including Henny and Sarah) - and a trip to the seashore on a trolley.
I tried to send this solution to you via an e-mail last week but It doesn't appear to have reached you or you haven't had time yet to update your solutions.  In case it never arrived, I'm sending it to you again.  The solution is Sydney Taylor's All of a Kind Family, the first in the 5-book series about Jewish sisters Ella, Henny, Sarah, Charlotte and Gertie.  They live on the Lower East Side of New York.  They celebrate many Jewish holidays with their extended family who live nearby.  And near the end of the book, their mother takes them by trolley car to Coney Island to escape the city's heat.

J107: Jolly Baker, beggar
Solved: Mr. Snitzel's Cookies

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