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Need more help than what the stumper magicians offer here?  You might want to consider joining the newsgroup rec.arts.books.childrens.  This newsgroup discusses many children's books, and its readers may be able to help solve your stumpers too.  There's also a bulletin board on MSN called ExLibris, the Lost Boards (which contains the archives from when Alribis used to have a stumper page).  Yesterdayland.com. has a lot of television memories, but some book ones too.  And it seems that abebooks.com has joined the game too, with Book Slueth.




A11: Adoption
Solved: Understanding Kim

A15: Andersen, Hans Christian. Edition?
Solved: A Gift Book of Fairy Tales 

A16: Anthology with gray cover
Solved: Good Housekeeping Best Book of Bedtime Stories 

A17: Alice and Jerry?
Solved:  Friendly Village 
A22: Anthology, moralistic

Solved: The Children's Gift Book 
A24: All about...

I remember reading and listening to a series called "All About" which came with a book and a record, late 60s, early 70s, but for the life of me, I cannot find it anywhere.  Maybe I got the name all wrong.  It had songs in it, too, like "Let your daddy sleep on Sunday morning", "Everyone makes mistakes", and I'm pretty sure one of the volumes was all about Mother Goose.  Any clues, ideas?

A24: Not much help, maybe, but I definitely remember Big Bird singing a song called "Everybody makes mistakes" on Sesame Street in the 1970s. It could well be part of an album.
I don't know but the Let Your Daddy Sleep on Sunday Morning sounds very Shel Silverstein.
Free to be you and me. Your comments reminded me of this anthology that had a tape as well as a video-very likely a book to go along.  It featured celebrities doing songs and dialogue.  Hope this helps.
A24 all about: there's a series from the '50s called Allabout Books, with titles such as All About the Insect World, by Ferdinand C. Lane; All About the Stars, by Anne Terry White; All About Whales, by Roy Chapman Andrews; All About the Wonders of Chemistry, by Ira M. Freeman, All About the Jungle, by Armstrong Sperry; All About Prehistoric Cave Men, by Sam and Beryl Epstein; All About the Ice Age, by Patricia Lauber; All About Archaeology, by Anne Terry White, published by Random House, for ages 10-14. (HB Oct/59 p.430) Nothing is mentioned about a record though, and the series seems to be strictly factual, so this probably isn't it, but this way no one will go off on a false trail.
not much help, but there is a Wonder Book Easy Reader called Let Papa Sleep, written and illustrated by Emily Reed published Wonder 1963.
I used to listen to a record album with a calendar on the front jacket that told stories meant to teach values, morals, etc. One of the songs was "Let Your Daddy Sleep on Sunday Morning", another was "Your Mouth Is a House Where Your Teeth All Live".  Another segment told the story of the Tortoise and the Hare.  I do not remember a Book along with it, but I listened to the album every day of my life from 1966-1968 or so.  I would love to find a copy of this album for my own children!
Sorry, don't have the title of the book, but I can help the person looking for the album.  It's called A Calendar Of Happy Thoughts: one-a-day for 30 days by Selma Rich Brody (either Tinderbell Records 3314 or Peter Pan 8229).  Contents:  Special expression song -- The milkmaid & her pail -- The honest lumberjack -- The pet song -- When Mother calls -- Your mouth is a house -- Let your daddy sleep on Sunday morning -- The greedy dog -- Be neat -- When you've had a bath -- The bathroom -- You can do most anything -- Kindness & consideration  Do things right -- The donkey salt story -- Your house is a wonderful place -- Yor mother & father are people too -- Your borthers & sisters -- Actions speak louder than words -- Make each meal as happy as a party -- Don't put off tomorrow what you should do today -- Listening shows very good manners -- The mouse & the crow -- When your friends visit you -- The tortoise & the hare -- Do things right.  Maybe you can use this
info to find it on Ebay, etc.  Hope this helps!


A26: Arnold rabbit
Solved: Thin Arnold

A29: Anthology of fairy tales
collected edition of fairy tales:  off white cover hard back had several stories the ones that i remember are tar baby, emperor's new clothes and rapunzel.  it was done by the same people that made the childrens bible of that same year. i wish i could tell you more but i have racked my brain! it seems like it had a longer title than the one above.

This might be the 70's version of  The Better Homes and Garden Story Book.
A29:  I am thinking this might be Young Years, Best Loved Stories and Poems for Little Children.  The cover is off white with a lot of fairy tale characters on the front and back.  The book does include the three stories
mentioned.  The reason I bought it is it has the REAL Billy Goats Gruff story where the Big Billy Goat Gruff tells the troll, "I'll poke your eyeballs out your ears!"  And the story ends with "Snip, snap, snout.  This tale's told out."  This book was published by Parents' Magazine Press, Copyright MCMLX. [1960.]


A31: A is for Apples
I am searching for the title, author and (Please, God!) a decent copy of a book that I once had memorized for my oldest child.  It was a spiral bound, hard board cover and, to the best of my memory, was titled "A" is for Apples.  The first few lines went as follows: A is for apples. / They grow on my bed. / When I am sleeping / They fall on my head.   B is for birds. / They live in my drawer. / They growl and they rumble. / Sometimes, they roar!   This book was utter nonsense - i.e., perfect for the three year old.  Please let me know if you come across this.

Two possibles. I think the second is more likely (check out the sample rhyme) but it is not spiral bound. The first is spiral bound but doesn't seem that close otherwise. Neither title is even close to A for apples, though. Ockerse, Thomas The A-Z Book New York, Colorcraft-Brussel 1969 Square small folio, card covers, plastic spiral binding, in two part box. "A highly inventive alphabet book, using only black and white papers, and cut-outs."  Smith, William J. Puptents and Pebbles NY Little, Brown, 1959, yellow cloth hardcover with black decoration; approx 7.5 x 10 "Out of the ordinary ABC reader with humorous five-line verses for each letter." Charming color illustrations by Juliet Kepes. "a nonsense ABC with a verse for each letter: "X is for X, and X marks the spot, On the rug in the parlor, The sand in the lot, Where once you were standing, And now you are not."
Have to rule out Puptents and Pebbles, and it looked so good, too. A more detailed review states that it begins with "A is for Alpaca", ranges through Cabbage to King, by way of Frog-boy and Inkspot, and on to Z for
Zebra.
I don't have any real idea, but a search at Bookfinder.com shows several books titled "A is for Apple" and several of them appear to be children's alphabet books. Possibles: A is for Apple illustrated by Elsie Darien (no author given). A is for Apple by Lynn L. Grundy. A is for  Apple, W is for Witch by Catherine Dexter.  A is for Apple Pie and Other Learning Rhymes by Fran Thatcher.
could be Q is for Crazy by Ed Leander, illustrated by Jozef Sumichrast, published Harlin Quist 1975, described as alphabet in nonsense rhymes. No more info, but the described verse is strange enough to be from a Harlin Quist book.


A33: Aliens on the moon
I read a science fiction book around 1960 where two boys (aged 12 and 14, more or less) were kidnapped by aliens and taken to the moon as hostages so their scientist father would come and rescue them.  The boys were rendered unconscious by sheets of material placed over their faces, and while they were on the moon, were allowed to go out in space suits to explore, and found caves in the craters with moon people in them!  Any ideas?

A33 might just be one of Hugh Walters' sci-fi
sounds familiar, but I recall the kidnappers as being human, not aliens, and the boys being taken to _a_ moon, not _the_ moon. It seems to me this was a Scholastic-type paperback, and was called something like The Caves of ...
Could this be Lost Race of Mars by Robert Silverberg, published by Scholastic 1960, 1973? It's about two children (Sally and Jim) and their father, a scientist, who visit the Mars colony in the year 2017. There's apparently some hostility to their father's research about the dead civilisation of the original Martians, but I couldn't confirm a kidnapping. There are Martian mummies in caves and the children discover that the civilisation still exists underground.  No plot, but another possible is John Blaine's Caves of Fear 1951, 210 pages, one of the Rick Brant Electronic Adventures, featuring Rick and his friend Scotty, whose fathers are scientists working on Spindrift Island. But no idea if this takes place off-planet.
This is not The Lost Race of Mars.  No kidnapping; it was a brother and sister, not two boys; the family traveled with their family to Mars, not the moon; and the shy Martians were friendly to the children and didn't want contact with adults!
Maybe By Spaceship to the Moon by Gavin Gibbons, illustrated by Denis Mills, published Oxford, Blackwell 1958 "This is a space story out of the usual run - up-to-date and of enthralling interest. Two Venusians in a scout ship visit the earth and take two boys on a visit to the moon." (ads in Junior Bookshelf Oct and Nov/58). No mention of kidnapping though. The line drawing with the first ad shows two boys in middle teens, one blond, one dark-haired, standing in what looks like sand dunes, looking at a bell-shaped UFO in the sky.
I don't know the book, but I do know that it is *not* THE CAVES OF FEAR by John Blaine.  The Rick Brant series was often borderline sf, but the characters never left earth and never (quite) encountered a real alien--they came close in THE EGYPTIAN CAT MYSTERY, where they picked up signals from space from what seemed to be (long-gone) intelligent sources.
Don't know if this it could be one of these, as I can't find further info on them - Caverns of the Moon and Captives of the Moon, both children's fiction by the famous astronomer (he wrote a lot of other books about the moon, but these 2 sound the most likely).



A35: Anthology, gender-bending
Solved: Lots of Stories 

A36: Anthology, 365 bedtime stories
Solved: The Golden Book of 365 Bedtime Stories

A37: Anthology, British
Solved: A Gallery of Children 

A38: Australian girl institutionalized
Solved: Annie's Coming Out

A39: Anthology, fairy tales
Solved:  Grimm's Fairy Tales 

A40: Anthology, another
Solved: Better Homes and Gardens Story Book 

A41: Alcott story about Goddaughter
Solved: An Old Fashioned Girl 

A42: Anthology, yes another
Solved: Anderson's Fairy Tales 

A43: Atlantic City vacation
Solved:  Sophie and Gussie 

A46: Amish Sleepover
Solved: Katy, Be Good 

A47: Apple Annie and the Poisoned Dog
Solved:  Butter and Egg Lady 

A48: Anthology, witch stories
Looking for a big, hardcover book about a compilation of Witch Stories for Children when I was a kid growing up in the 80's. story:  a girl who was a witch trying to get into a school for witches  she made such a good impression on the administrators because she showed a resenblance to one of the most powerful witches.

A48 may be (though '87 seems a bit late for 'in the 80s') Witch Stories, compiled by Jane Launchbury ; New York: Derrydale Books, 1987. First Printing, Hard Cover.  Stories include Edward and Anna by Jane Launchbury; The Magic Island by Elizabeth Waugh; Witch Wurzel by Elizabth Waugh; The Witches Who Came to Stay by Philip Steele; Grumblog by Jane Garrett and Rachel and The Magic Stone by Deborah Tyler.
compiled by Helen Hoke, Witches, Witches, Witches, 1958.  This anthology may be too early to be the book you are seeking.  The cover shows witches around a flaming cauldron with skulls.  Some of the authors are Peggy
Bacon, Rachel Field, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Elizabeth Coatsworth, and Margaret Embry.
A48 anthology witch stories: perhaps Witches Brew: Eleven Eerie Stories about Magic, Witchcraft and the Supernatural, edited by Alfred Hitchcock, published NY Random 1977. If it helps, the Launchbury anthology includes the following: Edward and Anna by Jane Launchbury; The Magic Island by Elizabeth Waugh; Witch Wurzel by Elizabth Waugh; The Witches Who Came to Stay by Philip Steele; Grumblog by Jane Garrett and Rachel and the Magic Stone by Deborah Tyler.



A49: Anthology set of books
Solved: Child's World 

A52: Anthology with magic teapot and hedgehog
Solved: My Bedtime Book of Two Minute Stories 

A53: Anthology; collection of myths and legends
Another book from childhood that was read and re-read.  Collection of Myths and Legends (Tales and Fairy Stories) that had belonged to my Mother.  Book was hard covered and dark brown from memory.  Stores were international and old.  Stories I remember were about St George, Thor, Girl Who lost Her hair in a River, A Glass Mountain and there were many others.  My Mother suggested two titles which I have subsequently found, neither are correct, however there could have been more than one book in the collection - Old Time Tales and Tales from Ebony both have wonderful stories, neither are the right one.  I assume the book was printed in England. Could anyone suggest the title or enlighten re titles above and if there are more books in the collection. Thankyou (at least for reading and considering) and Big Big THANKS if you can pinpoint the book.

Concerning unsolved mystery A53, I ran across a children's story called The Snooks Family in a listserv to
which I subscribe. The person submitting the story says:  "I can't take credit for this one-- in fact, I don't have an author for it, so if anyone knows who to credit, please shout! My photocopy says From Tales of Ebony by Harcourt Williams (Putnam, London)" I also read a version of this on the Storytelling list, so it may be one of those often re-told stories with many variations. I've taken the liberty of making some little changes of my own."
Using google's advanced search I found: Harcourt WILLIAMS (M: 1880 - 1957) Ginger And Pickles [1930] Tales From Ebony [1934] Harcourt Williams was an actor. He was born in 1880 and died in 1957. I found 1 film with Actor containing "Harcourt Williams:" Brighton Rock Directed by John Boulting, GB, 1947. 1 hr 26 min. Thriller/Chiller. Four fairy plays E Harcourt Williams and  The reluctant dragon E Harcourt Williams.  There are many films in which Harcourt Williams played minor roles . . .
A53 anthology myths & legends: well, here's one with Thor, anyway - Old-time Stories, Fairy Tales and Myths Retold by Children by E. Louise Smythe, published by American Book Company, New York, 1896, first  edition, illustrated in b/w and color, 136 pages. Preface reads in part 'This book originated in a series of little reading lessons prepared for the first grade pupils in the Santa Rosa (California) public schools... The spirit of the book may be illustrated by referring to the roast turkey in the story of The Little Match Girl. The story was told as dear old Hans Christian Anderson gave it to the little German children fifty years ago...' and so on. Stories include The Ugly Duckling, The Little Pine Tree, The Little Match Girl, Little Red Riding-Hood, The Apples of Idun,  How Thor Got the Hammer, The Hammer Lost and Found, The Story of the Sheep, The Good Ship Argo, Jason and the Harpies, The Brass Bulls, Jason and the Dragon.



A55: Animal stories
Solved:  Rand McNally book Favorite Animal Stories 

A56: Ant and flood
Solved: Henry's Awful Mistake

A57: Anthology, poetry
I'm sorry I don't have the name or author of this book.  What I remember is it is a story-poetry book.  One of the featured poems is WYKNEN, BLYKEN, AND NOD.  I remember that the illustrations were softly done.  They were not hard colors, but whispy pastels.  The book was hardback with a cloth tecture.  I believe it was blue in color.  If you can find this book for me you are miracle makers.  I am 63 years old.  My mother read to me from this book when I was very young.  That is why I am thinking it might have been published the year I was born.

Wynken, Blynken and Nod is by Eugene Field. Maybe Lullaby Land a collection of his poems selected by Kenneth Grahame, illustrated by Charles Robinson, published by Scribner 1894, containing Wynken, Blynken and Nod, The shut-eye train, etc. There's also his Poems of Childhood illustrated by Maxfield Parrish, published Scribner 1930s in the Illustrated Classics series, which contains Wynken, Blynken and Nod and
The sugar-plum tree. Neither Robinson or Parrish really did wispy pastels, though.
In the 50s I had a book called something like the Tall Book of Make Believe.  It was tall and narrow, and full of wonderful  stories and poems, one of which was definitely Wynken, Blynken and Nod.  It was illustrated by Garth Williams, and had many wonderful coloured illustrations.  The stories included one about Georgie, a little ghost, and there were also lots of poems including the battle between the gingham dog and the calico cat. Does this ring any bells with the inquirer?
Olive Beaupre Miller (ed.), My Bookhouse.Wynken, Blynken, and Nod appears in one of the earlier volumes of the BOOKHOUSE series.  (12 vols in all, + supplements.)  There are various printings, but the edition I grew up on is, indeed, bound in blue, and "wispy pastels" is a fine description of the illustrative style. It dates from the 30's or 40's.  This is a WONDERFUL set.  EVERYONE should have one.
Is it possible that this is the Bumper Book, edited by Watty Piper and illustrated by Eulalie?? Wynken... is the first item in the book. It is presented over four pages with very large elaborate pictures! I'd say the gorgeous illustrations would have tremendous appeal to a child and would certainly be vividly recalled long afterward. While the cover color does not match your recollections, I thought it might be worth a look! Good Luck.



A58: Art, early exposure to
Solved: The Boy Who Could Enter Paintings

A59: Anthology, nursery rhymes
Solved: Dean's Mother Goose Book of Rhymes 

A60: Anthology, fairy tales
I have been browsing the web trying to locate a particular illustrated book of fairy tales which was part of our family's collection but which was lost.  I would appreciate your help very much. As I can best remember, the following are the details pertaining to this book: The book is a hardcover book which has a prince in blue (white?) clothes and a green (blue?) cape carrying a princess in a pink dress on a white (dappled?) horse on its cover.  The stories have beautiful colored illustrations.  The book was probably published in the 1970s. The stories included in the book include Koschei the Undying, Zoulvisia, The Black Thief and the Knight of the Glen, Jack the Giant Killer, and Soria Moria Castle.  If you will note, these stories are all taken from Andrew Lang's Fairy Tale Book Series but they are from different books in the series and not from any single book in the series.  I also remember
that this book included a story on Childe Roland who has to go around the hill in a "widdershins" direction to go to the land of a Goblin King who kidnapped his sister.  I am not sure if this particular story is also one of Andrew Lang's stories.  Finally, I remember a story that tells of a prince who is asked to choose his bride from a number of princesses pictured in stained glass (?) windows.  He looks at all the windows and sees the last one is the only one covered with a cloth.  He removes the cloth from the last window and ends up choosing the princess in the last window.  He then undergoes a number of trials which he overcomes with the help of servants with different magic abilities before he frees the princess. I think that the book was published in the U.K. (as opposed to the U.S.) I am not sure if it was a Hamlyn book.  As to the title, it went something like:  World's Favorite Fairy Tales or My Giant Book of Favorite Fairy Tales or My Golden Book of Favorite Fairy Tales. I am hoping that with the above description of the book and its stories that you can identify it and tell me whether a copy is available for sale.

A60 & A63 There's Fifty Favourite Fairy Tales, selected from the Colour Fairy Books by Kathleen Lines, illustrated by Margery Gill in b/w, 363 pages, stories include Snow White, Snowdrop, and The Ogre. Published by Watts in 1964, Bodley Head in 1973, Schocken 1977, etc. This was followed by More Favourite Fairy Tales in 1967 (etc.), also illustrated by Gill. But the covers vary, so that's not conclusive, and there's no mention of colour illustrations within the books.
Green, Roger Lancelyn (reteller & compiler), My Book of Favourite Fairy Tales, illustrated by Vojtech Kubasta. London, Hamlyn, 1969. I don't have a contents list for this, but I just saw the cover on eBay and it shows a black-haired prince with green cloak and doublet and small gold circlet, carrying a blonde princess in a pink gown before him on a dappled white horse which has red and gold bridle and saddle. The book is 8x11, 125 pages, contains 25 stories.



A62: Anthology, Tomie de Paola illustrations
Solved: 365 Bedtime Stories 

A63: Anthology, fairy tales
I have been browsing the web trying to locate a particular illustrated book of fairy tales which was part of our family's collection but which was lost.  I would appreciate your help very much. As I can best remember, the following are the details pertaining to this book: The book is a hardcover book which has a prince in blue (white?) clothes and a green (blue?) cape carrying a princess in a pink dress on a white (dappled?) horse on its cover.  The stories have beautiful colored illustrations.  The book was probably published in the 1970s. The stories included in the book include Koschei the Undying, Zoulvisia, The Black Thief and the Knight of the Glen, Jack the Giant Killer, and Soria Moria Castle.  If you will note, these stories are all taken from Andrew Lang's Fairy Tale Book Series but they are from different books in the series and not from any single book in the series.  I also remember that this book included a story on Childe Roland who has to go around the hill in a "widdershins" direction to go to the land of a Goblin King who kidnapped his sister.  I am not sure if this particular story is also one
of Andrew Lang's stories.  Finally, I remember a story that tells of a prince who is asked to choose his bride from a number of princesses pictured in stained glass (?) windows.  He looks at all the windows and sees the last one is the only one covered with a cloth.  He removes the cloth from the last window and ends up choosing the princess in the last window.  He then undergoes a number of trials which he overcomes with the help of servants with different magic abilities before he frees the princess. I think that the book was published in the U.K. (as opposed to the U.S.) I am not sure if it was a Hamlyn book.  As to the title, it went something like:  World's Favorite Fairy Tales or My Giant Book of Favorite Fairy Tales or My Golden Book of Favorite Fairy Tales. I am hoping that with the above description of the book and its stories that you can identify it and tell me whether a copy is available for sale.

A60 & A63 There's Fifty Favourite Fairy Tales, selected from the Colour Fairy Books by Kathleen Lines, illustrated by Margery Gill in b/w, 363 pages, stories include Snow White, Snowdrop, and The Ogre. Published by Watts in 1964, Bodley Head in 1973, Schocken 1977, etc. This was followed by More Favourite Fairy Tales in 1967 (etc.), also illustrated by Gill. But the covers vary, so that's not conclusive, and there's no mention of colour illustrations within the books.
Roger Lancelyn Green, Once Long Ago, 1966, reprint.  This could be the book you describe.  My copy has lost the dustjacket, but has a red cloth cover with a golden shield on it.  All the stories you describe are included, the story about the prince falling in love with the princess behind the curtain is called Long, Stout & Sharpeyes.  This book has lavish, colour illustrations.  Some of the other, longer stories are The Brown Bull of Norrawa, The Witch in the Stone Boat & The Dragon of the North.



A64: Anthology, HC Anderson.  Looking for translator.
I actually have this book - I just can't seem to find either the translator's name or the illustrator's
name. The cover says "Han's (sic) Andersen's Stories for the Household Illustrated" in gold letters; the background has faded to gray; the spine has a frontal picture of a stork; the cover has (all marked with touches of red) a stork, a rooster, a girl in a pointed hat and a polka-dot dress on a broom, rabbits,
three fairies on a leaf, a boy in costume sitting, and cat-tails; the illustrator's initials are HBM with the
strokes intertwined; the copyright says "McLoughlin Bros. New York, 1893"; the frontispiece is titled "A Christmas Dream" and shows a child in bed surrounded by cherubs, a swan, a man with a Japanese parasol, toys, and a painting with a Napoleon-like figure in it (I've seen the illustration "ACD" elsewhere too); and, probably most importantly, "The Little Mermaid" is titled "The Little Sea Maid". The book begins with "The Snow Queen" and ends with "The Dryad". It's not complete, but other stories included are "The Ice Maiden", "The Swan's Nest", "A Rose From the Grave of Homer" "The Shadow" and "The Travelling Companion". All the illustrations are in black and white -probably done in pen. **  Also, in this version, "Hans Clodhopper" is named "Jack the Dullard".

A64 anthology, translator.  I checked the LC databases and although this edition is held by a couple of libraries, there's no decent bibliographic information. It may be a pirate edition of a selection of stories from the translation published about the same time - Hans Andersen's Stories, in 2 volumes, translated by Horace E. Scudder, published Houghton Mifflin 1891, Riverside series, no info about illustrations.  Also from 1870 on Routledge published editions Stories for the Household, "the most complete collection that has yet been made" with 137 stories translated by H.W. Dulcken and 220 to 290 illustrations by A.W. Bayes, engraved by the Dalziel Brothers. The first translations into English were made by Mary Howitt in 1846, and illustrated by Lieutenant V. Pedersen, a Danish artist chosen by Andersen himself. I haven't been able to find any illustrator of Andersen whose initials work out to HBM - is there any way the monogram could be read as AWB?



A65: Anthology, goblins and leprechauns
Solved: Lots of Stories

A67: Animals and their dried-up pond
Solved: Little Pond in the Woods

A68: Anthology, Wynken, Blynken and Nod
Solved: Children's Stories selected by the Child Study Association
A70: Albino leopard cub saved by monk

Solved: two books!  White Panther and Black Lightning

A71: Appalachian historical re-enactment
Solved:  Simple Gifts

A73: Aris, Earnest--illustrator
Solved:  Tale of Tiggy Pig 

A74: Astral Projection
Science fiction.  Some children have to battle an enemy and the only way they can reach him is to learn to astral project.  They become a triangle form and travel on the astral plan but learn they must take care for if someone cuts their tail on this plane they will never return to their bodies. This was the first book I ever read that dealt with this subject matter.

A74 astral projection: this sounds something like Diane Duane's Young Wizards series, though I can't place the incident, and would say it isn't one of the first three books. The characters are Nita Callahan, her sister Dairine, and Kit Rodriguez.



A75: Anthology with Mother Goose
Solved:  Young Years

A76: Anthology of fairy tales
I'm looking for a two-volume (at least) fairy tale book set from the mid-to-late 1970s and I don't remember anything except what they looked like.  Both were white, hardcover, and about the height/width dimensions of a piece of paper, depth about an inch?  They had beautiful illustrations on the front and inside.  One had its title printed on an upper corner in blue and the other, in red.  The stories were Rumpelstiltskin, Rapunzel, Little Red RIding Hood, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, the one about the Red Rose/white rose sisters, the one about the girl who spits coins and her stepsisters who spit frogs, the princess and her golden ball, the princess and the pea (I think), Jack and the Beanstalk, the Little Mermaid, Puss in Boots, Snow White, and so on.  I think there were at least 25 stories in all.  The illustrations were wonderful - the wicked queen in Snow White had almost a full page, wearing a dark green or black dress, facing the left-hand side, where the mirror was illustrated. Puss in Boots was a grey cat, I think, with giant dark red boots.  I believe the story about the boy who had to get three hairs from the ogre had a red-haired or light-brown-haired ogre, and the ferryman who left his oar to the king had very long, grey hair that swirled around his body.  Snow White ended up in a crystal coffin, shaped kind of like a prism, and I believe that she was wearing a yellowish fur cape inside the coffin.  I'm not sure on that one.  At the beginning of Aladdin, he is shown hiding behind a pillar(?) as the princess is carried by, the he found a ring in a stone, then found the lamp and he was almost completely bald, with just a ponytail coming out of the middle of the top of his head.  All of these probably were divided between the two books  I doubt they were all in the same volume.

A77: Aunt Cozy-Worth?
Solved:  The Wonderful World of Aunt Tuddy

A78: Adventure Australia Amazon Kidnapping
This is a book of three or four stories, likely they were published in a boys magazine first and were turned into a book. It involved 2 guys, real brawny, ex military, hero types who in the first story set off to rescue a little boy who's been kidnapped in the Matto Grasso area of the Amazon. In the next one I think only one of the guys goes to the Outback of Australia and essentially joins an Aboriginal tribe. The last story may have involved diving but I can't remember. It was shorter than the other two which were about novella length.

A79: Alphabet puppets
 I had a book when I was a boy that was the illustrated alphabet.  It was uncommon, though, in that the illustrations were photographs of elaborate puppets. They looked something like Victorian Christmas tree ornaments.  You know, the kind that look like potpourri pillows with gilded stitching.  I know that's vague, but if you've seen it, I think that will be enough.  Thanks in advance for any help in
finding this lost treasure.

A79 alphabet puppets: might be worth looking at The Ark in the Attic, an Alphabet Adventure, by Eileen Doolittle, photographs by Starr Ockenga, published Godine 1987. "An alphabet adventure for young people with one or two photographs for each letter of the alphabet. Each picture contains a myriad of unusual objects, all beginning with the same letter. Includes pictures of antique dolls and toys and many other childhood artifacts and
treasures with accompanying text." "In the charming text, a young girl, alone on a rainy afternoon, finds an old ark in the attic. Setting about to fill it, she plucks and chooses objects of delight from each letter of the alphabet. Bitten by the collector's bug, she embarks on an exciting adventure."



A80: Angle worms on toast
Solved: Angleworms on Toast

A81: Antique sellers
My mother swears she read a series of novels on the 70's - about a family in England that owns antique shops.  She thinks they were period pieces - maybe 19th century.  Any clue?

A82: Anthology, children's story collection
Solved: 365 Bedtime Stories

A83: Apartment fire, young girl's aunt
Solved: The Truth About Mary Rose

A84: Anthology, chapter, with missing pages
Solved: Lots of Stories

A85: All in the stars
I am looking for a book that was a Sunday school story from the 60's. It was about a family who went out on a star gazing walk at night, and one of the children got lost. I think they found her, and taught her about the North Star... It was a sort of analogy to the parable of the Lost Sheep, I think. The illustrations were lovely sketches of the people. One of the boys' names was Jock(!) It had a navy blue cover. I know this is a long shot, but maybe there are some Sunday school alumni out there with better memories than mine!!  Thanks!

A86: Anthology, multinational
Solved: Childcraft

A87: Animal's daily routine
This may have been in children's classic set World Book 1950-60.  I'm looking for a book I read as a kid circa 1950-60.  The book may have been written before that.  I'm pretty sure the author was male.  The characters of the story were all animals of the woods or forest.  My memory is very vague but I think the main character was a wolf or bear, perhaps a wild dog.  I seem to remember talking squirrels and rabbits.  Basically an everyday animal adventure book with a main character traveling thru daily routine talking to all his neighbors in the forest and their everyday life experiences.  Kind of a Rikki Tikki Tavi style.  It's been driving me nuts trying to remember the title or author.

This poster may be thinking of the animal books by Thornton W. Burgess. There are lots of titles, including The Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel, The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk, The Adventures of Peter Cottontail, Old Mother West Wind, and many more. All of them seem to be in print.
The poster might check the Thornton Burgess books.  Peter Rabbit and his many friends are followed in their daily lives and have many adventures while the reader learns about nature. They were published in the early 1900's and were in most school libraties in the 50's.
A87 animal's daily routine: another writer in the dressed animals genre is Arthur Scott Bailey, whose Sleepy-Time Tales were published by Grosset & Dunlap in the 'teens and '20s. Titles like The Tale of Tom Fox, of Ferdinand Frog, of Frisky Squirrel, of Fatty Coon, of Benny Badger.



A88: Anthology of Fairy Tales/Bedtime Stories
Solved: The Book of Goodnight Stories 

A89: Airplanes personified
My latest query relates to a different book.  My memory recalls  a book about the goings on at a busy airport with  the characters being different types of aircraft all of which are 'personified'.  I am sure you can imagine the story line with the big cargo plane always  being jealous/angry with the fast jets which are always showing off,  and light aircraft wishing for the day when they will grow up into big commercial airliners  etc. etc. etc.  Any thoughts would be appreciated.

A90: Anthology --- Young Adult Short Stories
Solved: Visions 
A91: Autistic child's brother

Solved: Inside Out
A92: Anne of Brittany

Solved: Twice Queen of France 
A93: Annie's Story

Solved: Annie's Coming Out
A94: Apple for jonny?

Solved: Maria, Everybody Has a Name 

A95: Aunt dymphna
Solved: The Growing Summer
A96: Abused mother escapes-creates identity

Mother takes baby runs away from abusive mob husband. Uses dead people's birth cirtificates to create new identity and get new soc security number and driver's license. Husband eventually finds, kidnaps baby and Mother has to drive into husbands forest hideaway and rescue baby in SUV. I think the baby's name was Hannanh. The title had to do with new identity. Published after 1980 before 1990. Out of print. Used to know Author's name but have forgotten. I know she is no longer in print. I think she has one other book. This was a mass market paperback.

Mary Higgins Clark, Where are the Children?, late 70s.  It's certainly possible I'm wrong, since the poster is states "after 1980" and only remembers one child.  I distinctly remember reading this book in high school (class of 79) and there were two sets of two children.  Also, though the mother has taken on a new identity, she is hiding from the suspicion that she murdered her two children from a first marriage,and her abusive husband (the real culprit) has  faked his own death. Her second pair of children disappears, and the woman - Nancy - must try to locate her kids, hidden in the woods and slated for rape and drowning, while her new husband and friends struggle with the evidence that she's a serial child  murderer.  This is not a children's book, but the fact that the
 mother is remembered as the protagonist - a child-in-jeopardy story written for children *must* have a child as a focal character or the kids won't want to read it - indicates that the one sought isn't, either and Clark's style is readily accessible down to junior-high reading levels if no adults try to keep it out of the kids' hands.
This one was not a Mary Higgins Clark  I don't remember author & title, but have a few more details: Wicked husband was a drug lord who kept their baby guarded round the clock. Heroine learned how to escape her husband from a party guest (private detective), who told her all about how to steal identities. Hero was a pilot who she hired to fly her to evil husband's retreat so that she could steal their baby back. They rescue the baby and fall in love. Bad hubbie wants her dead because she knows about his drug activities and because she had the nerve to run away. That's all I remember...it was totally a romantic suspense novel.



A97:  Attic Treasures
Solved: Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Magic 

A98:  Anthology for 6th grade
I am looking for a book I read in elementary in the 1950's. I think it was a 6th grade literature book. Had a grey cover. I used it in Clifton, NJ. Many storied were included. Example: The sun and wind, trying to get the person to take his coat off.. Which one of them could do it. Could you look for me?

I remember such a book:  the illustrations were incredible, the faces on the wind and sun were wide-eyed.  This may be Aesop's Fables collection, though I don't know author. 


A99: Anthology Rhyme Collection
Solved: Better Homes and Gardens Story Book 

A100:  Actor's Daughter
Solved: Stars in her Eyes
A101: Amanda with a mirror triangle in forehead

Solved: The Headless Cupid
A102: Anthology burned in fire

Hello...I need your help in searching for two children's books I had when I was a kid.  I was too young to know the title and author.  They were destroyed in a house fire when I was five.  Anyway, they were two books from the same series.  Each book contained five or six stories. These are the stories I remember: --One was about a woman who lived in the forest and made blackberry jam.  She wouldn't share it with any of the forest  animals... eventually she ate so much jam, she became sick of it and shared it with the animals. --another story was about a little girl's teddy bear that would sneak out at night to join other bears in a teddy bear picnic.  Throughout the story, readers were to chant something like, "If you go out in the woods at night, you're in for a big surprise."  Or something like that. --story was about a tree that would bear gifts wrapped in beautiful packages & paper --another story was about a man who was about six inches tall and he found an old woman who made him clothes I know this isn't a lot to go on.  The covers of the book were gold and one was purple.  One book had the picture of the tree on the front.  If you could find out any information, I would really, really appreciate it.

A102 anthology burned: the first story sounds like Mother Raspberry, by Maurice Careme, pictures by Marie Wabbes, published Crowell 1969. "Very cute story about an old lady who lived in the woods, made raspberry jam in the summer & finally resolved her problem with a pesky old wolf who stole her jam."
A102 anthology burned: the other story described sounds like the song Teddy Bear's Picnic, the chorus is almost exactly the same. Not that it helps.



A103: Airplane fall into magic forest
Solved: Fairly Scary Adventure Book
A104: Astral travelling girl

Solved: Stranger With My Face
A105: Alphabet Hamburgers

Solved:  Me and Fat Glenda 

A106: Antique Doll
Solved: The Wonderful Fashion Doll

A107: Adventures of a jumping man with bells on his ankles
Solved: Mr. Widdle and the Sea Breeze
A108: Animal stories

I remember a book from my childhood that featured a beautiful drawing of a bear catching a salmon in a river. I believe this book was larger sized and featured animal-themed stories. I think it also included a story about a boy who found an animal - maybe a fox - caught in a trap. The boy helps the animal. I remember a drawing of the animal with a bandaged paw. It may have been a Golden Book.

There was an anthology of stories that I read in the 50's as a child (it wasn't a new book then- so was probably published in the 40's). This was a Big Golden Book (I think) and had the illustrations that you described. I am also looking for this book, but I can't remember the name of it. A lot of the stories were animal stories, but there were stories involving people also.One was a story about a clown that had his nose stolen by another clown (stumper C81 talks about this story). There is a Little Golden Book that is an anthology of these stories, but there were many more in the big book. Soe of these stories were"Little Bear's Pet Boy", "A House For A Mouse", "Chatterly Squirrel's Good Day". I am in possession of the smaller book, but I am looking for the larger one - if anyone knows the name of it...


A109: Adam
Solved: The Man Who Was Magic 

A110: Australian Boy Scouts
The second book is about Australian Boy Scouts who went into the outback.  My son and I think one of them was named Jerry.  Along the way they found a man who was lost and dying of thirst, his tongue all swollen and black.  It told how they brought him back into the land of the living again.  This was probably written somewhere around 1910-1920; it was my father's book. 

A111:  Animals with human type expressions and activities
Solved: Caroline and Her Friends
A112: Animal Homes

Solved:  Need a House?  Call Ms. Mouse

A113: Arctic animals uncover buried wagon
Solved: What Spot?

A114: apartment house
This is an apartment house in England (?) and is done is cross section style.  I do not think it even has words. The various people are doing various day to day tasks and somehow in the end there is a flood of the apartment house and all the residents end up meeting each other and having a big party - or something like that!!!  It is quite a large, thin picture book.

Leo Hartas, The Apartment Book: A Day in Five Stories, 1995.  I solved it with the help of Alibris by putting in the subject matter!  At least it was not 3 a.m.!
Ohmygosh!!! I sold this book on eBay sometime during the last year. I think the title is, The Room. If I'm right -- our minds are amazing things. If I'm wrong -- sorry!! I know I sold this. And I'm pretty sure that was the
title!



A115: apples
Solved: What Will We See? 
A116: anthology

My mother had read a book that was an anthology when she was little about Henny Penny and The Pancake Man.  Pancake Man was the first story in the book.  She also mentioned there was a story about a fox? She cannot remember all of the stories, but these two almost three stick out the most in her mind. She was born in 1939, so I am sure the book had to be published around then if not sooner. It was a fairly good size book with many stories.

Jessie Willcox Smith, A Child's Book of Stories.  This collection contains a story called "Pancake", "Henny-Penny", as well as a couple of "Fox" stories.  It was originally published in 1911 and there have been numerous reprints, including one in 1934.  Unfortunately I don't know if "Pancake" was the first story in the collection, but I bet someone else out there can look it up and let us know for sure. [Here's a lengthy contents list, if it will help: Aladdin and the wonderful lamp -- Ali Baba  or, The forty thieves -- The babes in the wood -- Beauty and the Beast -- Blue Beard -- The boy who cried "Wolf!" -- The brave little tailor -- The brave tin soldier -- The cat and the mouse -- Cinderella  or, The little glass slipper -- The crow and the pitcher -- Diamonds and toads -- Dick Whittington and his cat -- The dog and his image -- The elves and the shoemaker
-- The enchanted hind -- The field mouse and the town mouse -- The fir tree -- The fool-hardy frogs and the stork -- The fox and the grapes -- The fox and the little red hen -- The fox as herdsman -- The fox and the rabbit -- The gingerbread man -- The golden goose -- Goldilocks  or, The three bears -- The goose-girl -- Hansel and Gretel -- Hans in luck --Henny-Penny -- Hercules and the wagoner -- The history of the five little pigs -- The history of Little Golden Hood -- How Jack went to seek his fortune -- I don't care -- Jack and the bean-stalk -- Jack the giant killer -- The lambikin -- Lazy Jack -- The lion and the mouse -- The lion in his den -- The little red hen and the grain of wheat -- Little Thumb -- Little Totty -- The magic swan -- The magpie's nest -- Mr. Miacca -- The nose -- The old woman and her pig -- One, two, three -- The pancake -- The princess on the glass hill -- Puss in boots  or, The master cat -- The ragamuffins -- Red Riding Hood -- Rumpelstiltzkin  or, The miller's daughter -- The selfish sparrow and the houseless crows -- The six comrades -- The sleeping beauty in the wood -- Snowdrop -- Snow-White and Rose-Red -- So-so -- The story of pretty Goldilocks -- The story of Mr. Vinegar -- The story of the house that Jack built -- The story of the three little pigs -- The straw, the coal, and the bean -- The sun and the wind -- Teeny-Tiny -- Three billy goats gruff -- The three spinners -- Tired of being a little girl -- Tit for tat -- Tittymouse and Tattymouse -- Tom Thumb -- Tom Tit Tot -- The tortoise and the hare -- The ugly duckling -- The unseen giant -- The water lily  or, The gold-spinners -- The white cat -- Why? -- Why the bear is stumpy-tailed -- Why the sea is salt -- The wolf and the seven young goslings -- The yellow dwarf.]
Childcraft Series - Volume on Tales and Legends. 1970s?  I think this anthology is the one I had from the Childcraft series (I don't know which printing - but I had mine in the earely 70s).  The runaway pancake was the first stroy, and the cover was had a picture of the fox and the stork, which may account for the memory of the fox stroy.
AII6 I think it may be this, which I reproduce from an ad beause it lists a lot of the stories. I can't find my copy to check myself.   Hutchinson, Veronica S.   Chimney corner stories; tales for little children.  Collection of children's stories from: Henny Penny, The old Woman & her Pig, The Pancake, Peter Rabbit, The Three Pigs, Little Black Sambo, Bremen Town Musicians, Cinderella, Lazy Jack, and others. Balch & Company New York, NY 1929



A117: Animal Family
I am pretty sure this book was published by Parents Magazine Press. I belonged to this book club during the 70s for my daughters and this was a book I ordered for them. The story involved a mother, son and daughter beaver, hedgehog, muskrat type animal.  They lived in a little house at the edge of a creek and they had a boat to cross the creek. It was a cute children's story about the brother and sister's life along the creek.  It seems that the title had "Hollow" in it.

Hoban, Russell, Harvey's Hideout. Could you be thinking of Harvey's Hideout?  It's about a brother and sister muskrat who squabble all the time.  The brother has a secret cave and at the end of the book he finds out his sister has a secret cave next door to his.
Hoban, Russell & Lillian, Harvey's Hideout, 1969.  I'm not sure about it, but this one keeps coming up in my WorldCat searches - seems there aren't too many books with muskrats as main characters! "Harvey thinks his big sister is mean and rotten she thinks he is stupid and no-good. As a result, they both spend some lonely hours
refusing to play with each other."  A reader's review on amazon.com mentions "all the things Harvey and his sister were doing, like forming my own club, cooking bacon and eggs over an open fire, and swimming in a lake."
I had this book.  I remember the brother and sister eating cheese, which looked funny.  I keep thinking his name is Eddie.  Maybe these clues will help someone come up with the title.
Glad she remembered "Hollow."   Tales from Fern Hollow series by John Patience, published by Peter Haddock.  Titles include:  Mrs. Merryweather's letter;  Parson Dimly's treasure hunt; Sigmund's birthday surprise;  The brassband robbery;  The floating restaurant; The Secret Hide-Out and Enemies of the Secret Hide-Out.


A118: Aliens Animals Cousins and Stars
I am looking for a book I read in the mid-seventies. The author's name would be in the second half of the alphabet, the cover might have been bright yellow (though I'm not entirely sure) and I think the title had the word "star" in it. The details that I can remember: it's about a family with an aunt, an uncle, a girl cousin, and a boy cousin who live with an extraordinary number of animals. Somehow (I don't remember the details) it turns into a science fiction story, and there's something about the girl being part alien or able to communicate with aliens or something of that nature. I'd really love to find this book -- I've been wanting to re-read it for twenty years!

Alexander Key, ???  Alexander Key wrote a lot of children's books, often with telepathic children growing up with aunts and uncles, frequently with animals.  I'd need more details on this one, but I can easily imagine that it's one of his.
No, this isn't Alexander Key -- I know his books quite well (and don't forget it's the second half of the alphabet).  I have the feeling this is somebody really obscure, because I'm usually the one solving these things!:)
Robert A. Heinlein, The Rolling Stones, 1950s.  There is a rather large family with a lot of little animals similar to tribbles called flatcats.
Not an Andre Norton story is it?? She has a lot of Star titles. Star Born, Wheel of
Stars, Stars Are Ours, Exiles of the Stars, Star Ka'at World, Unchartered Stars. Just a suggestion. (Her stories are all older.)
Madeleine l'Engle, Many Waters.  Or one of her other books e.g. A Swiftly Tilting Planet, etc. I can't think of any *one* book that fits *all* the details, but the combination of family life, science fiction, and animal communication is quite characteristic of l'Engle's books.
No, it's nobody well-known, I'm absolutely sure of it -- I'm very well read in
YA fiction, and I'm also good at tracking down obscure books.  This is something waaaay off the beaten track.  (Plus, not only is the author in the second half of the alphabet, but I'd be reasonably certain they were at least as far down as "R", but I'm not entirely certain).
Louise Lawrence.  Another possibility writes children's books that sometimes interweave mythology, science fiction and animals. At least two of her books do have 'star' in the title: Star Lord, and The Power of Stars.
Henry Winterfield, Star Girl. Yet another possibility. I don't have clear memories of it but know that it did include a girl who was alien or part alien. At least it meets the criterion of the author being near the end of the alphabet!



A119: African-American old man learns to read
Solved:  Life is So Good 
B10: Buttercups

We are looking for a children's story (read at least 60 years ago).  A young girl from a poor farm family is told to pick buttercups and boil them. While she is not looking, a fairy or leprechaun drops gold medallions into the pot, and the family is delivered from poverty.  It is NOT The First Buttercups or The Field of Buttercups.

Any chance this is Enid Blyton's Buttercup Farm Family? Published by Lutterworth in 1952, 95 pages. It could just be a real-life farm story, because I couldn't find a plot description. It's also not quite old enough, but just in case.
The story (or one with similar motif) is in a Victorian-era book titled One Minute Bedtime Stories. I'm not certain of the title and I can't remember the author, but she wrote all the stories in the collection. Story line goes something like this: Young widowed mother has to work and must leave her three year old daughter home alone each day. (Guess things were different then). Nice rich man comes by and little girl is boiling water in a pot because she believes she can extract the gold from them. She does and they boil them up -- girl doesn't seem him slip gold coins into the pot. She calls the buttercups "Cuppity-buts." Hope this helps. Love your site.
How exciting to have a real clue for this! I couldn't find a title similar to One-minute Bedtime Stories from the right time period, though, so these are the best possibilities I found on first search: Kernahan, Jeanie Gwynne & Coulson:Bedtime Stories, published London, James Nisbet 1911 1st edition, 8vo, 187pp, frontispiece, line illustrations and plates by Dorothy Furniss, cover is illustrated pale blue cloth lettered & decorated in gilt.
Byrum, Isabel C.: Bedtime Stories, published by Gospel Trumpet Company 1911, red cloth hardcover with paste-on b/w photo of two children on front. Cowles, Julia Darrow: Stories to Tell, published Chicago, Flanagan 906,  8vo 124pp hardcover has red and black illustration of woman with two children.
this seems to match some of the criteria for the possible anthology - Sandman's Three-Minute Stories, by Abbie Philips Walker, illustrations by Clara E. Peck,  published New York, Harper, 1925, 171 pages, about 50 stories "None are the usual stories, however, and all include animal and/or plants as their heroes and main characters. For example, "The Bee That Didn't Work," "Mr. Fox Goes Calling," "Whitie Kitten Rebels," "The Moon Lady Calls the Fairies," "What The Apple Tree Said," and "Granny Turtle's Tea Party." "Santa Claus and the Sandman," "The Moon Elves," and "Calico Cat Thinks Queer Things?"



B26: Baseball diamond from vacant lot
This book would be from the late 1950's. A vacant, trash-strewn empty lot in a neighborhood is turned into a baseball diamond by the local kids. Very upbeat and civic-minded as I recall. I remember vividly
the description of laying out the foullines. Anyone remember this one?

Not too sure about this, but since no one's got it yet: Clymer, Eleanor Treasure at First Base NY Dodd Mead 1957 "Story of Johnny Burton, who wants to play baseball but there is no field for the younger boys. How he gets the field, a coach and solves a mystery", illustrated by Jean Macdonald Porter. And at least on a similar theme: Faralla, Dana Wonderful Flying-Go-Round Cleveland, World 1965, Black & white illustrations by Harold Berson, "SHANTYTOWN CHILDREN TURN DUMP INTO PLAYGROUND, FLORABELLA FAMILY"
another try, could this be When Carlos Closed the Street, by Peggy Mann, illustrated by Peter Burchard, published New York, Coward-McCann 1969? "How Carlos and his friends try to persuade city hall to close their street for a championship stickball game - and how Puerto Rican and black kids on the block all get together in the common effort. Ages 7-11." (HB Aug/69 p.367 pub ad) This is part of the series including The Street of the Flower Boxes, where the kids get together to make their "crummy street" a prettier place.
B26 baseball diamond: it's basketball and a small town, not baseball and a city, but just perhaps, Basketball Comes to Lonesome Point, by James S. Ayars, illustrated by Bob Cypher, published Viking 1952, 192 pages. "A hilarious story in which one basketball changes the lives of all 350 inhabitants of a village on the Great Lakes. When Tommy, the owner of the famous ball, comes as a new boy to the small school, things began to happen. With nothing but the ball and grim determination on the part of the eighth and ninth graders, a team was formed, rules learned, equipment procured and the whole village drawn into the excitement." (HB Dec/52 p.409)



B27: Big and strong...
Solved: How the Chipmunk Got Her Stripes 

B28: Bird on the wing
Solved: Marilda and the Bird of Time
B33: Brothers are detectives

Your page was so successful in helping me find some long-lost books of my childhood that my husband has asked me to write you about some books he only vaguely remembers.  The books were about two brothers who were detectives, narrated by the younger brother.  The story he remembers the most of
concerned a lion-tamer who was mauled by his lion during a performance.  The boys investigate and discover that the lion had been shot by someone with a pellet gun just before the performance.  My husband says he also remembers a scene in which the younger boy is eating breakfast and his mother is complaining that the older boy and father have already left the house and they aren't all sitting down together and eating breakfast as a family.  I hope someone will come up with the name for these.

Well, if they were brothers, this would look like a decent bet:  West, Nick Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators in the Mystery of the Nervous Lion NY Random House 1971. "Southern California's Jungle Land has a lion to rent to Alfred Hitchcock for his new movie, yet there is a problem: the lion is so nervous!"
the three investigators were not brothers.  they were good friends.  thier "office" was in a junk yard owned by the aunt and uncle of one of the three.   they had many secret entrances to get in and out un-noticed.  i remember one was named pete, and one was on the heavy side.  they were always ready to take on a case for their friend alfred hichcock.
Sounds very much to me like the Hardy Boys Detective stories.



B35: Blue eyes?
Solved: Blue Boy

B36: Bears and kids
Solved: Freddie Bear 

B37: Black Eyed Susan
Here goes, As far as I remember the book was entitled Black Eyed Susan (not the recent version of a girl living on the prairie).    It seems from memory that this little girl had a cave she liked to go to and she had an adult friend who was a painter? maybe.  I read the book when I was in first or second grade and I am thirty one years old now.  If you have any ideas of the book, please let me know as I have always wanted to find a copy of it.  Thank You.

B37, here's a possible : Evelyn Trent Bachman: "Black-Eyed Susan" ; 1968, Viking. Hardbound picture cover, no dust jacket, 159 pages. Illustrated by Lilian Obligado. "Tomboy Susan is the despair of her mother and sisters in rural Missouri during the Depression." Though 160 pages sounds heavy going for a 2d grader.
Phillips, Ethel Calvert Black-Eyed Susan Boston, Houghton 1921, 170 pages, "Susan was a very little girl who lived with her grandparents on a farm. She had no one to play with and was lonely until Philip Vane, a little boy about her own age, came to live next door. Then when some gypsies left a little orphan girl as a present for Susan, her joy was complete."  Gray, Joslyn Black-eyed Susan New York, Scribners 1924, 221 pages, "Sue left her serene New England home, where she was thoroughly spoilt and waited upon, to visit an aunt she had never seen before in Dakota. She was a most extraordinary character, this aunt, and so were the orphans Myrtle and Merton."
The title isn't right, but the plot sounds similar: Blyton, Enid The Children of Willow Farm: a Tale of Life on a Farm Country Life, 1942. Cloth, 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall "Four children move to a farm, where they learn about the countryside from Tammylan, a 'wild man' who lives in a cave in winter, a tree house in summer." 27 b/w illustrations, 5 of which are full page. 152 pages.
A couple of similar points - John and Susanne by Edith Ballinger Price, published by Century 1920s? "Two runaways from a New York orphan asylum find refuge in an artist's country home where they become indispensable members of his family." (Books for Boys and Girls 1927, Toronto Public Library)
Yet another - Susan, Beware! by Mabel Leigh Hunt, illustrated by Mildred Boyle, published Stokes 1937, 243 pages "Susan Merrill who lived in Indiana in the (18)70s went through a succession of scrapes. There were many more chances for a tomboy to collide with authority than there are now. Susan at ten didn't see why she shouldn't have as much fun as the boys (she did, as a matter of fact) or why being a lady was necessary yet." (Book Review Digest 1937 p.509)



B38: Bunny's lunchbox
I am looking for a book I read in the mid-seventies. It was about a bunny who wanted a lunchbox with firetrucks on it. I can't remember if he got the lunchbox of his dreams or not: someone else I asked about the book (who also can't remember the title) seems to think that the bunny didn't get the exact lunchbox he wanted, but he learned to like the one he got (since his mom gave it to him). If you can tell me the title, that would be great: ideally I'd like to buy two copies of this book.

Not exactly firetrucks but... The first story, Wish I May, Wish I Might, in the book Bear's Magic and Other Stories is about a rabbit with an old lunch box.  Everyone else in his class has pictures on their lunch boxes.
So rabbit wishes on a star several nights in a row for a new lunch box.  There's no answer at first, but rabbit reminds himself how far away the stars are.  After three nights (and after his mother overhears him), he gets a new lunch box with "trucks on it -- a dump truck, a garbage truck, a tow truck -- more than ten different trucks!"  The other two stories in the book are about a mouse who makes a birthday wish, and a bear who wishes it would stop snowing.  It's by Carla Stevens, with pictures by Robert J. Lee.  Scholastic, 1976.
It's a boy, not a rabbit, but stories about lunchboxes are thin on the ground. The cover shows a green lunchbox with a bee-type hornet, not the TV character.  Green Hornet Lunchbox by Shirley Gordon, Houghton 1970 31 pages. "Story about a little boy whose mother bought him a new lunch box. His friend did not have a lunch box & ate at school cafeteria." "The story, illustrated charmingly by Margaret Bloy Graham, of Joey, whose friend talks him into buying his lunch and not using his wonderful Green Hornet lunchbox - for a while." another possible:  Goldberg, Martha. illus.by Beatrice Tobias The Lunch Box Story: A Beginning To Read Book Holiday House, 1951. "A lunch box mix-up causes tears and brings a  new friend."



B39: Beware, beware!
Who is the author and can I get the text of a poem that starts "Beware, beware of the green-eyed dragon of Delaware"

Greatrex (Rex) Newman, Performed by Stanley Holloway, The Green-Eyed Dragon, 1950's.  This sounds similar, though, not exact.  This poem was written for Stanley Holloway and has the line "Beware, take care of the green-eyed dragon with the 13 tails".  As I have seen several versions of this poem, it's possible that someone
may have thrown in a line about the dragon being from Delaware.  Here's the link for the text.



B40: Best Friends
Solved: Best Friends

B41: Bethany and Wade
Solved: The Edge of Time

B42: Bedtime stories
Solved: Tibor Gergely's Great Book of Bedtime Stories
B44: Bed runs away

I am looking for some of my father's favorite books from childhood...this one is a book about a bed that runs away because the boy never sleeps in his own bed!

B44 and W48 could be the same. I was combing the used-books stores in downtown San Francisco a week ago
on vacation and I found a very thin book bound with staples that may well have been it! It's Tucked-In Tales by Patten Beard (1924) - you can tell in a flash from the mother's hair, figure and clothes that it was printed in the 1920s. Sorry, I didn't make a note of the store's name, but I'm pretty sure it was on Polk, California, or Sutter St. At any rate, it was east of Van Ness and north of Geary - there's also a copy on sale in abebooks.com in Ohio.
Patten Beard wrote three collections of stories with similar titles - Tucked-in Tales, Pillow-time Tales and Twilight Tales published and reprinted during the 20s and 30s. Each contained about a dozen stories. I don't know if any of them dealt with runaway beds. Here are a couple of books that deal with beds, anyway: Townsend, Elizabeth, Johnny and his Wonderful Bed NY Stephen Daye 1945, 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Green hardback. "Story is about the wonders of the bed and the adventures it brought to Johnny, his Gramp, the furniture man and the cop." 55 pages. Illustrated endpages by Rafaello Busoni. Vorse, Mary Ellen,  Wakey Goes to Bed NY Scott 1941, orange/brown pictorial hardcover, one-color illustrations by Inez Hogan
B44 bed runs away:  going entirely by the title - Bumpkin and the Runaway Bed, written and illustrated by Mary Nunn, published by World's Work 1967, 32 pages. No information on the story, other than that it has "a fair story with an unexceptionable moral ... disreputable hero ..."



B45: Blue parakeet
Solved:  A Bird in the Family 

B46: Bill's house with no windows
This story is of a boy named Bill (?) who lives in a house that has no windows and he tries to "catch" light for it.

Definitely a long shot Nathan's Dark House by Florence Bourgeois, illustrated by Ninon McKnight, Garden City, Doubleday Junior Books, 1942 (Horn Book, Nov-Dec/42 ad p.363) "A Colonial Quaker lad's venturesome endeavours to obtain glass windows to lighten his house."
More plot description for Nathan's Dark House (60 pages, grades 4-6) "Story of a young Quaker boy living near Salem, New Jersey in the 18th century. Nathan's most persistent dream was that he could earn money enough from his various selling ventures to supply his parent's dark house with glass windows. Interesting period detail, especially of early glassmaking and many attractive pictures in colour and black&white."
Not sure of the exact title but I think it was Silly Willy or Silly Willy. He tries to catch sunlight in a pan and carry it into his house.
At last, a decent clue! Maybe this, then - The Adventures of Silly Billy, by Tamara Kitt, illustrated by Jill Elgin, published Wonder Books 1961, 61 pages  "Silly Billy decides to set off to find a boy sillier than he, he
ends up helping a king and getting a gold crown which he takes home to his parents."
B46 bill's house with no windows: I've now seen a copy of The Adventures of Silly Billy by Tamara Kitt. This could be the book, but the match is not exact. The boy's parents call him Silly Billy because he does things like planting popcorn and giving the hens hot water to produce boiled eggs. He leaves home to find someone sillier, and solves the problems of a man trying to carry water in a sieve, ten men who can't count themselves, and lastly a rich man who sends his servants out with pans to catch sunlight and bring it into his windowless house. When he returns home with the gifts the grateful men have given him, he tells his parents to call him Wise William from now on.



B47: Bunny book, maybe Easter themed?
Solved: Three Little Bunnies 

B49: Benjamin, Lost dog
Solved: Benjy's Dog House
B52: Ballerina, red

Solved: Ballerina Bess
B54: Blue Jay

Solved:  Reggie's No-Good Bird 
B56: Blue dishes

Solved: Blue Willow 

B59: Butterball
Solved: Butter Ball

B60: Benjy and the beast
Solved: Bengey and the Beast

B63: Bureau collects lost articles
Solved: What the Witch Left

B65: Boarding school spooky tale
Solved: It's Murder at St. Basket's
B67: Bobby Shafto

Solved:  Bobby Shafto's Gone to Sea 

B68: Balloons Flying Boy
Balloons Flying Boy:  A young boy who dreams of tying a large number of balloons together and floating to a nearby town.  He does this and is given a heroes parade, as it ends, he begins to imagine a few more balloons could get him to the next town... ( this is possibly set in New England or maybe
Europe)  Note: This is NOT The Red Balloon, nor is itThe 21 Balloons

Not really enough information, but maybe Sandy and the Seventeen Balloons by Jane Thayer, illustrated by Meg Wohlberg, published by William Morrow, 1955 "Food for the imagination in this story of a little boy who loved balloons, but got more than he could handle." (ad in Horn Book, Apr/55)
#B68--Balloons Flying Boy:  Around the World With My Red Balloon.  Beers, V. Gilbert, Illustrated by Krisvoy, Juel.  Nashville, TN, U.S.A.:  The Southwestern Company, 1973. This wide, decorative cloth hardcover illustrated story about children  travelling around the world with their red balloon telling all the children of the earth about Jesus depicts a fantasy trip in a hot air balloon featuring animals and characters from around the world in charming color.  This book seeks to build early thoughts about missions in the mind of your child.  It helps him to think of others who need to know about Jesus--and what they need to know.  It talks about children around the world, and those in our own back yard.  The illustrations are shiny and colorful and show children of different parts of the earth.  The boy is dark-haired and travels in a basket beneath a single red balloon (not a bunch tied together) and the illustrations have a very "It's a Small World" look and feel.  The narrative is in rhyme.  An educational book that teaches geography, ethnic culture, sociology, Christian missionary work, and God's teaching all around the world.  The pages are unpaginated but appear to be 25.



B69: Beacon Readers
I'm looking for the Beacon Readers set published by Ginn and Company Ltd., London, Second Revised Edition 1957.  They are thin paper-bound books, and the only titles I know are "Old Dog Tom" and "Little Chick Chick."  The only one I have is "Old Dog Tom."  I need to know, how many books in the
series, what are their titles, and where can I get them.  If I could get tables of contents to further identify those I especially want I'd be even more grateful.

#B69--Beacon Readers:  I've gathered a little more information on these. They were written by James Fassett and appeared in a number of editions.  The version I want was in at least six volumes.  The first two volumes were divided into two books, the third I'm not sure of, and from volume 4 on seem to be in one book each.  Titles are: Book 1, Part 2--At Play Book 2, Part 1--Old Dog Tom Book 2, Part 2--Little Chick Chick  Book 4--Careful Hans Book 6--William Tell

#B69--One more comment on the Beacon Readers:  I find almost no copies listed of the 1950s paperbacks I am after, but an awful lot of the early (1912-1921 or so) hardcover Beacon Readers.  If anyone has these I'd like tables of contents to see if they contain the same materials as the later
ones.
#B69--More on Beacon Readers:  Book 3 is The Pancake.  Animal Folk Tales, a 1916 hardcover Beacon Reader, contains some of the stories I want, so I'd be glad to get it if I can't find the paperback version.
Book 5 is Briar Rose, and I finally acquired lovely copies of the correct editions of all the books except Book 1.  I still don't know the title of Book 1, Part 1, and I need copies of it and Book 1, Part 2, At Play.


B71: Burglar Bunglars
Solved: Clothes Make the Man

B72: Bobbsey Twins, but not quite
Solved: Honey Bunch

B73: Bionic boy
I know it's a long shot but I'm hoping someone out there knows this book: I read it during the 80's, it's a kid's science fiction book about a boy who is involved in a car accident and has his insides replaced with robotics (he performs his bodily functions through his finger..) I have no idea of the author or title, but the cover of the book I read was a yellow brick wall background, with red oozing down from the top. I remember that someone in the book went over Niagra falls in a barrel.. does anyone know this book? HELP!

B73 - I'm sure this is by Roald Dahl - don't think it's The Magic Finger - but he certainly did one where the boy's parents run off and leave him and he's in some kind of accident and a friendly lady doctor puts him back together      with some 'improvements' including the ability to 'go to the bathroom' through the end of one of his fingers! It certainly ends up at Niagara where he or his parents, not sure which, go over the Falls in a barrel. I just can't remember the title at the moment - most infuriating!!
Hi everyone - I'm the original poster and I can't tell you how excited I am that someone knows this book! I'm holding my breath til someone remembers the title /author!! Thank you all so much!
Thanks for your email - some ladies from Alibris and I have been desperately tracking down Roald Dahl to no avail. The info in this post is spot on! It rings even more bells for me and I'm dying for them to repost with the title!!!
Possibly Goldenrod by Jim Slater, illustrated by C. Chamberlain, published by Cape in 1978, 118 pages. I haven't been able to get a decent plot description but it seems to be about William Rod, a boy blind since birth, who is bionically enhanced in some way to give him improved hearing and super sight. His companions are an Indian mystic and a guide dog. After he uses his 'super-powers' he is drained for a while. There's something
about the hijacking of a trans-continental airplane as well.
Hi again! I still can't find the title of this and it's beginning to *really* annoy me! I've looked at all the info on Roald Dahl I can find but can't identify a title. Beginning to wonder if it's someone else after all - but can't think who else writes in this vein... Illustrations almost certainly Quentin Blake - who did most of Dahl's books - spiky line drawings, sometimes with colour, but not, I think, in this one. Have tried looking at list of stuff QB has illustrated in case I can find it that way to no avail so far. Hang in there, poster, I'm not going to let it defeat me - and at least you know it *does* exist!!
I am next to certain this is NOT by Roald Dahl, so I too am looking at other books illustrated by Quentin Blake - perhaps one of Margaret Mahy's?



B74: Bible stories
Solved:  Uncle Arthur's Bedtime Stories 

B75: Brave, his pony and his friend
Solved: Groundhog's Horse

B76: Bee mystery
Solved: Kit Williams' Untitled

B77: Bobwhite quail wins race
Solved: The Bird Foot Race in Follies

B78: Bunny-boo
Solved: Bunny Tales

B81: Bible stories, series, illustrated by Margaret Tarrant?
I am trying to locate books I remember from my childhood, c. 1953. Bible stories for children.  The stories were told by a mother to her three children, Beryl, Derek and Pauline.  Each story had a full-colour facing illustration, I thought by Margaret Tarrant, certainly in her style.  The stories covered the whole Bible, from Genesis to the life of Jesus, and I still remember some of the pictures.  Would have been a UK publication. I beleive I had more than one book, one quite large, and the otheres smaller.
Later...another requester?
When I was a child in Guernsey, some one bought me several books of bible stories.  They were, I thought, illustrated by Margaret Tarrant, but I do not seem able to track anything like that down.  The stories were told by a mother to her three children, Beryl, Derek and Pauline. The stories went right through the bible, from creation right through the life of Christ.  I loved the pictures, and have always wished that I still owned the books.  I do not think they were by Enid Blyton, but that is the author I first thought of when I started my search.  Is there, to your knowledge, a UK site like Loganberry?  I think your website is great - informative and quick to load.  Very efficient  and interesting.

There is a Blyton book like this, but no idea if it has the 3 children or whether it was part of a series: Blyton, Enid, illustrated by Grace Lodge Before I go to Sleep: a Book of Bible Stories and Prayers for Children at Night,  London, Latimer House 1947. 124 pages, quarto, pictorial end papers, coloured plates, line drawings. and another book on the same lines again, maybe not a series: Jones, Mary Alice,  Tell Me About The Bible Rand McNally 1949. "The author has written another beautiful and significant book for children, of vital importance to their religious growth. In the same simple conversational style she introduces small boys and girls to the fascinating story of the Bible that will lead them on to a fuller understanding and enjoyment of the Book of Books. Beautifully illustrated in colour and b/w. Colour frontis. The eps make up a full colour scene of children at play. Illustrated blue and red boards."
I have looked up the Mary Alice Jones books, but I think they are illustrated by Pegalie Doane, and this is definitely not the style of illustration I remember.  So, all you great people out in cyberspace,
please keep your suggestions coming.  Thank you so much for help so far!
Definitely not an Enid Blyton book.  Checked with the official Enid Blyton website and they e-mailed me back.
B81 bible stories: more on one suggested - Before I Go To Sleep, by Enid Blyton, illustrated in 3 colors by Catherine Scholz (US edn different illus), published Little, Brown 1953, 128 pages. "Bible stories, simply and
reverently retold after the King James version - each followed by a short prayer which carries over the meaning of the story into a child's everyday activities." (HB Feb/53 p.3 pub ad) Nothing definite on the Beryl/Derek/Pauline bedtime story structure, though.
Joyce Lankester Brisley, My Bible Book, 1940.  A possibility - not Margaret Tarrant, but similar style and period. Brisley, the author/illustrator, is best known for the Milly-Molly-Mandy books



B82: Ballet dancers dress up as flowers
Solved:  Little Ballerina 

B83: Beaver in a dress
Solved: Harvey's Hideout

B85: Big cheese
Solved: Seldom and the Golden Cheese

B88: Betty June
Solved: Betty June and Her Friends 

B89: Bed of Newspapers
Solved: Not Under the Law

B90: Becca's Book
I am 27 years old. I remember looking at one of my mother's old books when I was a child (about 8 years old or so). I remember the book because I loved the beautiful pictures it had in it. I don't know if the book was hers when she was a child or if it was one she had from teaching 2nd grade. I almost think it was hers from childhood.  Here's what I can remember about the book:  The book was of average size. I think it was divided up into chapters. There were not pictures on every page, but some in each section. The story was about a family. I remember there was a mother, father, and I believe a son & daughter and maybe a baby. Part of the story was about the family moving to a new house. The one part I remember so vividly was a part where the children went to the candy store. There was a picture of the candy store counter. The picture was in color and it was an actual photograph, not a drawing (if I remember correctly). It showed all the different types of candy that they used to sell at the nickel & dime mom & pop stores in the olden days.  I know this isn't much information, but I really can't remember much except those beautiful illustrations.  Any help you can offer will be greatly appreciated.

Not much help, but the book sounds like a school reader in format. I've seen some that were illustrated with photographs. The poster might want to browse through EBay in the Books: Children: Early Readers section and see if any of those ring a bell.



B91: British army officer's wife
Solved: Mrs. Tim 

B93: Bible story book
Solved:  Uncle Arthur's Bedtime Stories 

B94: Bedtime Story Omnibus Dog Long Ears
I'm looking for a collection of children's stories with the words "Bedtime Story Omnibus" in the title.  All I know is that it had a short story or poem about a dog who's ears were too long and had to be tied in a bow under its chin, and another story that involved King Arthur and the Knights of the Round table
(or something similar).  It was a large thick hard cover book, and the boards featured illustrations of characters from the stories within (i think).

B94 bedtime story: one of the stories sounds possible - Favourite Animal Stories,  Sandle Brother 1971 Folio size 12"-15" tall, 63 pgs. "Wonderful color illustrations in this big children's book of charming animal stories." Stories include: Puffles the Teddy Bear, Billy's Long Floppy Ears, a Springtime Fairy Tale, and Tooty Hooty's Family.



B95: Boy falls into pig pen
When I was in kindergarten (1982 to 1983), I progressed through a series of beginning readers (very, very easy), after my class had completed the "letter books" published by the Lippincott company. I don't  now if the readers were part of the same curriculum, but they may have been.  Anyway, the specific reader I remember is about a little boy who disobeys his parents in some way and falls into a pig pen. He gets all muddy, and he's spanked for it. That's about all I remember, as I considered it somewhat shocking at the time. The boy may have had blond hair, but I'm not sure about that.  These were definitely from some sort of educational curriculum, as I remember that all the books looked somewhat alike, although they were different colors. I know that after we'd completed one book (individually), we'd be allowed to go on to another one. They were very thin paperbacks, as I recall.

#B95--Boy falls into pig pen:  Scott, Foresman did a reading program like this, but were perhaps not the only ones in that format.  I remember these, too.  Ours were in different boxes ranked by color for difficulty, but I
have seen them with illustrated covers as well, no doubt done in different formats at different times.



B96: Bonjo
This is part of a collection, I think. The story I remember is about hungry animals and a tree that drops
its fruit only when the right word is spoken - the  animals keep travelling to find out the magic word but
they all forget it on the way home. The downtrodden tortoise is more diligent and simply keeps repeating it as he returns and is lavished with gratitude. I think the word was something like "Bonjo".

How about this - The Bojabi Tree, by Edith Rickert, illustrated by Anna Braune, published originally in 1923, reprinted by Doubleday in 1959, 46 pages "This once-popular picture book 'adapted from an African folk tale' will with its satisfying adventure, repetition of action, humor, and precise, colorful details, give fresh delight to kindergarten storytelling. In the land of All-the-Beasts, the so-HUNGRY animals seek the name of a strange fruit so that they may enjoy eating it. It looked like an APPLEORANGEPEARPLUMBANANA but it smelled like a BANANAPEARPLUMORANGEAPPLE. Four visits to King Leo are required before one of the creatures can remember the name of the fruit. Amusingly illustrated with pencil drawings." (Horn Book Feb/59 p.32)
The Bojabi Tree was published in at least one collection - Told Under the Magic Umbrella, collected by the Literature Committee of the Association for Childhood Education, illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones, published
Macmillan 1939. The first story is Ask Mr. Bear, by Marjorie Flack, and the last one is Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep, by Eleanor Farjeon.
Well, Edith Rickert's version certainly fits the plot - but the one I'm looking for is much less cutesy -
the animals have no names, IIRC, and they certainly don't wear clothes. In all, it's more streamlined. I
remember that one animal forgets because he bumps his head and another because he falls and rolls and bites his tongue too often to pronounce the word properly. The one picture I remember is that of the tortoise looking sadly at the angry wise man.
B96 bonjo: aha! there's another version of this story - The Bojabi Tree: a Folktale from Gabon, written and illustrated by Gerardo Suzan, published Scholastic, isbn 0590728903. I haven't been able to find a publication date or any more information though.
This sounds a lot like a book I spent years looking for... it turned out (in my case) to be an African Bantu folktale commonly known as The Name of the Tree.  I found a nice description of it online about halfway down the page.  One version is The Name of the Tree by Celia Lottridge.  Sun-bleached illustrations by Ian Wallace are intended to convey the shimmering heat and noon-day mirage of the African landscape. In this Bantu tale from Africa, a humble tortoise saves his hungry animal friends. Only those who know the name of the tree can reach its fruit. When haughty Gazelle and Elephant fail to bring the tree's name all the way back from the king, Tortoise attempts the task. On his journey, Tortoise repeats the name over and over until he reaches the foot of the tree, where the branches respond by bending down to the waiting animals. An enjoyable retelling conveying a theme common to folktales - effort and dedication succeed over talent and pride.
B96 bonjo: another version is called The Magic Tree, and is found with other stories in The Magic Horns, by Forbes Stuart, illustrated by Charles Keeping, published Abelard Schuman 1974. "The Hare and the Tortoise
apparently originated with the Hottentots - and it is good to see our old friend Tortoise once again the hero, in a delightful story called 'The Magic Tree', the humour of which is typical of these African tales. Charles Keeping's running lion, prancing ox and snapping alligator add to the delight of this collection." (Children's Books of the Year 74, p.42)



B97: Birthday Party soap
Solved:  Hurray for Captain Jane!

B98: Bunny lost blue ribbon
Solved: Bunny Blue

B99: Betty & Bobby Squirrel
Solved: The Story of Bobby Squirrel 

B100: Baseball switcharoo
Solved: Don and Donna Go To Bat

B101: Blyton-like books
Solved: Lone Pine Series 

B102: Betsy Malone
Hello.  I'm looking for a children's series for my mother.  The information she gave me was the main character was an army brat named Betsy Malone and my mother remembers these books from her childhood.  (She was born in the late '30s so I would imagine it was from the late '30s or '40s but possibly earlier.  I'm sorry I don't have more to go on.

Leonora Mattingly Weber, Beany Malone. sounds like the right series not Betsy Malone
B102 betsy malone: perhaps Beany Malone, but the Malone's father wasn't in the military, but in journalism. Janet Lambert's heroines Tippy and Penny Parrish were army brats, as are the children of the Jordon family in a related series. One of the Jordon children is named Bitsy, but that's as close as the names get.



B103: Bunny doesn't like to eat anything
Solved: Fussbunny

B104: Bear visits grandmother
Solved:  Little Bear's Visit

B105: Bulldozer
Solved: Bulldozer

B106: Beauty and the beast, retelling
Solved: Beauty

B107:  Ballet Dancer / Boy with a scar on his face
Solved: Paquita the Ballerina from Mallorca 

B108: Boy goes on quest
Solved: King with Six Friends

B109: Button Jugs
Solved: Button Jugs 

B110: Bagnold the doll
Solved: The Journey of Bangwell Putt

B111: Bunny as doll
I am 32 years old looking for a childrens book I read in my early years putting it in the early to mid 70's.  The story as I remember is as follows-  a yound girl found a little bunny in the bushes, she dressed it up as her doll, and took care of it, the bunny jumped out of her carriage, some boys has teased her along the way.  When she found the bunny it  turned out the bunny had a family of her own in some bushes.  I am not sure the name of the book - maybe "the dressed up bunny" but that may be way off.  I am not sure where to begin to look.  I donot have a working computer of my own and am using my parents when visiting.  I  would likke any information you can give me on this .  Or a route to
take to try to lacate this book.  I apprecaite any imput you can give.

B111 bunny as doll: this is similar to Push Kitty, by Jan Wahl, illustrated by Garth Williams, published Harper 1968. "Much to Kitty White's dismay, his little mistress dresses him up as her child and takes him for a stroll
in her doll carriage." Of course that's a cat in a doll carriage, not a rabbit, so it probably isn't a match.



B112: Boy and Blocks
Solved: Building Blocks
B113: Boy travelling in wilderness

Solved: The Magic Forest 
B114: Bah, Humbunny!

Solved: Humbug Rabbit
B115: Ballet/Labanotation Girls Novel

Solved: A Dance for Susie 
B116: Bedtime for Edie

Solved: Edie Changes Her Mind
B117: Boy in outer space

Solved: Jed's Junior Space Patrol
B118: Blue truck

Solved:  Rackety-Boom
B119: Boarding school stolen doll(s)

Solved: Nancy and Plum 
B120: Bowlegged knockkneed horse

Solved: So'm I 
B121: Bread book by diPaola

Solved: Tony's Bread
B122: Boy from another planet?

Solved: Dar Tellum: Stranger from a Distant Planet
B123: Birthday Plant

Solved: The Happy Birthday Present 
B124: Boy, Bear and Dog

I had a book which I just loved as a child about a little boy who has a teddy bear he lugs around everywhere.  Page after page the book recalls all the adventures of the little boy with his bear.  The little boy is given a dog at one point in the book and the puppy of course mangles the bear's ear and mom has to stitch him up.  The book continues on with the adventures of boy, bear and dog.  Then, the boy goes to school. The bear is placed in the window to watch when the boy comes home each day. Eventually the boy leaves for college(?) or his own life and the bear is simply left on the shelf. I believe, but not sure, the grown man comes back and gets the bear to give to his child. I remember the illustrations had a lot red coloring.  I want to say there was something red in each picture.  I also believe the story was told from the view point of the bear.

This must be the same book as B136.
B124 boy bear & dog and B136 boy bear & puppy sound like the same book.



B125: Boy finds cat
Solved: J.T.

B126: Beau for Emily?
Solved: Emmy Keeps a Promise

B127: Bassett Hound Kidnapped
Solved: Something Queer is Going On

B128: Bunny wrong color
Solved: Spotty
B129a: Burning man jaunting

Solved: The Stars My Destination

B129b:  Brown Mouse
Solved: Brown Mouse

B130a:  boy sky green different colors
Solved: A Horse of Another Color 
B130b: "blank" The Hideaway Cat

Solved: Hildy's Hideway

B131: baker family
I must have read these series of books hundreds of times and yet all I can remeber is that one of the children my be named Dot. One of the girl's possibly Dot, goes on a diet. She sees her image in a store window and within weeks she stops looking like a "lollipop" and start looking like a "lollypop stick". I also recall that one of the girls wants to take the big cake in the window to the house of a girl friend who is having a birthday. Her father, the baker, says no, but will bake her another. She takes the one in the window only to find out it is made of wood.

B131   Baker Family    The story about the girl who brings a wooden cake to a friend's house is called The Baker's Daughter by Margery Bianco.  ( I think the cake was actually cardboard).   I read this story in The Junior Classics, but it was reprinted there from a book called A Street of Little Shops  , which might have the story about Dot the lollipop girl in it.
Frieda Friedman, ca. 1945 - 1955. Sounds likely that this is one of Frieda Friedman's books, although I couldn't swear which.  Dot appears in a least a couple.  A Sundae with Judy sounds like a good possibility (I think there's definitely dieting in that one), although I don't remember Dot for Short, so might be that.  Family does run a bakery.
Following up my suggestion - I just saw the description of Sundae with Judy in K19: Kubla Khan kids, which specifies candy store rather than bakery.  Hmm. Still might be Friedman, maybe?



B132:  Boy and his elephant Rex
Solved:  Elephant for Rent 

B133:  Bunny in Invisible Bag
Solved: Morris's Disappearing Bag

B134:  Bunchy
Solved: Bunchy
B135: Ballet class with French girl

Solved: Ellen Tebbits

B136:  Boy, Bear & Puppy
I was born in 1972.  When I was around 5 or 6 I had a book about a little boy he gets a Teddy Bear as a gift.  The story is told from the bear's point of view. The bear talks of the great adventures they have sleding and such.  Then one year the boy gets a puppy as a gift and the puppy mangles the bear's ear, but the bear says he didn't mind so much because "mom" sewed it back on.  Finally the boy has to go to school and the bear sits in the window and waits for him and the dog waits by the door.  Then, I believe, the day comes when the bear is put on a shelf because the boy is going away to college.  But the boy comes back and gets the bear and gives it to his little boy.  I think I'm right on the ending..I could be wrong.  I do remember the full page color illustrations having a lot of red in each one.  For example, if the bear and boy are out riding in a toy car, the car is bright red. If they are sledding, the boy has on a bright red coat or scarf.  I believe the dog is an orange/red dog like a retriever.  Also, this book could have been a hand-me-down, as I have a sister 5 years my senior.  My age and the age of the book may very well not coincide.

This must be the same book as B124.
B124 boy bear & dog and B136 boy bear & puppy sound like the same book.



B137:  Blind Boy Rescues Friend
Solved: The Dark of the Cave
B138: Black ballet dancer

Solved: Another Way to Dance
B139:  Bear--search for "ghost" bear

Solved: The Flaming Bear
B140: Byron dragged behind truck, killed

Solved: Between Dark and Daylight

B141:  Boy Who Sprouts Wings
Solved: Black and Blue Magic

B142: Baby who won't come out
Solved: Baby Come Out

B143: boy ran away into forest
Solved: Little House in the Fairy Wood 
B144: Bunny changes color

Solved: The White Bunny and His Magic Nose 

B145: "banquish," egg (stone?), bumblebee
Solved: The Witch Family 
B146: Bobby and Betsy

I don't remember much, but I think this boy and girl were twins.  I thought they were the Bobbsey twins because I read those books.  I found out that wasn't right.  Please help.  Maybe I made them up!

Carolyn Haywood?
There is a Carolyn Haywood book called Betsy and Billy, but the two of them were friends.
Katherine Elizabeth Dopp, Bobby and Betty on the Farm, 1920s or 1930s.  There were two or three books for young children featuring "Bobby and Betty"  the above is one of them.
Carolyn Haywood, the "Betsy" books.  Sounds like Carolyn Haywood to me, but it was "Billy" and Betsy, not
Bobby.  Billy was featured in several of the Betsy books.



B147: Bedtime Stories, with rhymes/poems
For years I have yearned to somehow get a hold of my absolute favorite book from childhood.  It was an anthology of stories along with some rhymes and poems.  What makes my quest a stumper is this:  Neither I nor those in my family who remember my having this book recall its exact title, my father bought it in Tehran, Iran when we lived there from 1975-1977 (but he doesn't recall buying the book or where he bought it from!), at that age (grade school) I didn't concern myself with the publisher's name and location nor the name of the editor or various authors and possible various illustrators, and within a year or so I lost the dust jacket, and don't really recall what it looked like. And then, shortly thereafter, the book was lost in one of our family's moves.  Possibly - and this could just be my imagination - the dust jacket was somewhat glossy and colorfully illustrated and medium blue (possibly from a sky) might have been a predominant color for it.  Being that I got it in the Middle East in the mid 70s, it might have been published somewhere other than the U.S. - London or Amsterdam or the like.  However, there are a considerable number of specifics that I do recall. I'm almost 100% sure had the term "Bedtime Stories" or Bedtime Storybook" was in its title because that's how my sister, mother and I referred to it back then.  It was approximately 9" X 12" and 1" to 1 1/4" thick and had a hunter or pine green cloth (canvassy) hard cover. The pages were of a matte, relatively sturdy texture.  It was full of colorful illustrations throughout, mainly or exclusively watercolors.  My general memory of them is that they were colorful (all full-color) and striking but never overtly so, many of them warm and glowing, some with a more developed use of line than others.   Some of the contents were:  some Aesop'\''s fables such as The Lion and the Mouse (brown tones), The Fox and the Stork (brown tones), The Tortoise and the Hare (probably), the Fox and the Grapes (probably) as well as The Teeny Tiny Woman, Henny Penny (brighter colors), possibly Brer Rabbit (?), a story about a taxicab (a vague remembrance of an illustration of a cab chugging along a highway/freeway), a story about a dollhouse or dollhouse family (I seem to recall a sequel or two of this story within the same anthology and illustrations predominated by pink), One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (double-page spread of small illustrations), A is for Apple (all the way to Z is for ..., double-page spread of small illustrations), The Nut (or Nutmeg) Tree (a soft small illustration of a lone tree bearing one or several golden pears or nutmegs with a light blue sky in the distance).  I think the book also contained Little Red Riding Hood and there might have been a story about a train or an engine (the color red stands out in my mind with this one), and a story about patchwork or a quilt because I seem to recall an illustration of such.  And there were a lot of other stories.   I think many of the stories had double-page spread illustrations and the endpapers just might have been dappled with little illustrations. I'm almost sure that it was written in American rather than British English.  Based on the illustrative style of the book and its availability as brand new at the time my father purchased it, I'd assume it was published in the early or mid 70s (earliest, the 60s, but I doubt this).   Children ages 6-10 could read it on their own. To this day I cannot quite believe that my most cherished childhood storybook is lost in time forever.  Isn't there someone out there who knows of this book, who has ever owned  or still owns it?  I've done different Internet/website and library catalog searches and I don't know where and how else to go. And now I've found your website.  I'd be SO grateful for any leads!

That sounds very much like 365 Bedtime Stories by Nan Gilbert, originally published I think in 1945, by Whitman Publishing in Racine, Wisconsin, and reprinted in 1955 and 1970 and even more recently.  It's heavily illustrated, and there is one story for every day of the year. There is also a newer version (not as good as the older one) called More 365 Bedtime Stories.
The Childcraft set I have at home contains all the rhymes and stories the writer mentions in her request.
Based on the page dedicated to Nan Gilbert that's linked to the "Most Requested Books" page, 365 Bedtime Stories is not the book I'm searching for.  None of the descriptions/characteristics of that book are similar to the book I had as a child,  but I sincerelythank whomever it was who responded to
my query.  My book's illustrations had a late1960s - 1970s style to them and it had traditional rhymes and poems and stories (e.g.,  some Aesop's fables) as well as those that weren't traditional or well-known (it had multiple authors).  The book I had was published 1977 or slightly before (My father
bought it before we left Iran sometime in 1977) and it had a solid, plain, non-decorated canvas or linen dark green hard cover.   I would be out-of-my-mind elated if someone were able to nail this one on the nose!  I'm glad for this wonder of a website.
response #2:  My book was definitely not a Childcraft book, and it was not part of a larger set.  I own a 15-volume Childcraft set (1973 edition) that I've made thorough use of since I was a toddler.  This Childcraft set was my second favorite reading material as a young child, especially Poems and Rhymes, Stories and  Fables, and Children Everywhere, but the book I seek was its own and its style, layout and such were completely different from those of Childcraft (e.g., it had no photographs, no black and white illustrations, completely non-gloss pages, no index, and it came with a dustcover which, to my memory's disadvantage - except what I recall in my original description above - I lost
about a year after my father bought the book).  Some of the stories/rhymes/poems from that book appear in these volumes, but it contained many more that do not.  Over the past few years I've done various searches on the Library of Congress website and no fitting description comes up.  Is there a comparable government service in other countries such as the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, Germany, just in case this book was published outside the US?
My Book House-In the Nursery. At first I thought this was the book being looked for, but on further reflection it may not be. It does have a hard green cover and cute endpapers and it is full of stories and rhymes and beautiful artwork, but it also is the first in a series and has a picture on the front cover. The book being looked for may also be the second one in this series, which is for older children. A few more stories and longer poems. I don't recall that title, however.



B148: Boys' stories anthology, pre-1975
Solved: Giggle Box 

B149: BOY PASSES AWAY/HAND PROPPED UP WITH PILLOW
Solved: Uncle Arthur's Bedtime Stories
B150: blonde/browneyed girl amid whitehaired/blue eyed people

Solved: Tatsinda
B151: Bush pilot fights forest fire

Solved: Young Bush Pilot 

B152: Boy kills best friend gets away with it
This was a short story in my grade school class distributed hardcover book (early 80's)where a boy goes hunting and accidentally kills his best friend.  Most of the story is then about the boys fear that he will be found out and then towards the end he is eating dinner with his friends parents and everyone blames the shooting on either on someone else or it was accidental and he never comes clean but will live with what he's done for the rest of his life.

I don't have a title for this one yet but it's making me crazy;  I think we had the same book!
This sounds like a short story I read in college.  It was called "The Stone Boy."
If it is The Stone Boy, you can read it online.  The story I remember is somewhat different, though.



B153: Bonner, John
Solved: John Bonwell: A Novel of the Ohio River Valley, 1818-1862 

B154:  Briony, Dilys and Rees Young Adult Novel
Solved: A Candle in Her Room 
B155: biologist cracks counterfeit ring

Solved:  Trouble at Clear Lake 

B156: Boy from regular world training to be witch/warlock in enchanted woods
Solved: Rebel Witch 

B157: boys mixed stories, space, lunar
Solved: Stirring Stories for Boys 

B158: Boy, English, timetravels, becomes grandson
Solved: Steps Out of Time 

B159: Boy detective/superhero
Solved: Alvin Fernald, Superweasel 

B160: Boy and Beelzebub
Solved:  Big Joke Game 

B161: Boots the Cat
Solved:  Boots the Kitten

B161a: Birds as clock, scissor, icecream cones
Solved: Ice-Cream Coot and Other Rare Birds 
B162: Boys gets lost in magical forest trees talk and give him things

This is a child's picture book.  Would have been out in the early to mid 1970's (I was born in 1967).  It was about a little boy who goes into an magical/enchanted forest.  I believe he gets lost. The trees can talk and move and each one gives him something along the way. One tree gives him ice cream, another
marbles and other trees give him some other things.  I cannot even BEGIN to remember what the name of the book is.  Does this ring a bell to anyone?? I would love to order it for my son for x-mas this year.

B163: Blyton mystery book- Anytime Tales
I am a reference librarian in Texas but this has me stumped!  I had a book as a child in England, that was published in the late 1940's, probably, as it was a hand-me-down from my older sisters.  Title was
Anytime Tales by Enid Blyton (an anthology).  It is NOT, repeat NOT, that title that was published in the 1970's - nothing like it!  It was a sizable format (the size of a British child's 'annual') and had on the cover an illustration of a little girl, kerchief on head, sitting amongst rolled up carpets and obviously taking a break from Spring cleaning by sitting reading the same book Anytime Tales with her own picture on the cover (sort of a receding mirror image effect - the book with a picture of the book with a picture of the book). This item does not come up in WorldCat database and an authority re: Blyton tells me that even her publisher is not completely sure of all the editions of her stories that were pumped out.  So, this boils down to Have you ever seen one of these?

Enid Blyton, Anytime Tales, 1945.  I don't know if this is it, but there's an Anytime Tales from 1945 (listed without author's name) on this site  -- might be worth going there to see if that's the one.



B164: Betsy or Betty Buttons
Solved:  Betsy Buttons 

B165: bells ring old woman's offering
Solved:  Why the Chimes Rang 
B166: Billy Goats Learn Math

Solved: Arithmetic for Billy Goats 

B167: Bedtime Stories, angel, fire truck
Solved:  Little Lost Angel
Solved:  Number 9 - The Little Fire Engine 
C1: Coal

I was apparently confusing this with Astrid Lindgren's Noisy Village books. This is a children's novel, and I think the author is Scandanavian. It involves a group of kids, and the naughty boy of the group gets a lump of coal in his stocking for Christmas. I remember the line: "The impossible had happened. He got a lump of coal."

Not much to go on, but maybe one of Dikken Zwilgmeyer's books, like Four Cousins? He was writing in Norwegian, translated by Emilie Poulsson, and wrote about mischievous children.
Another possible is Afke's Ten by Ninke van Hichtum (real name: Sjouke Troelstra-Bokma de Boer), translated from the Dutch by Marie Pidgeon, illustrated by Hilda van Stockum, published Lippincott 1936, 256 pages. It's the story of 10 children on a Frisian island through a year. "Mother Afke, Father Marten and their ten children. The story begins with the appearance of a new brother and relates the day to day adventures which make up their lives." Apparently as much of a classic in Holland as Little Women is here.
This is apparently quite similar to the Noisy Village stories: The Hill House by Ragnhild Chevalier Williams, illustrated by Kurt Werth, published by McKay 1966, 160 pages "based on the author's childhood in Bergen,
Norway, has frequent changes of scene and introduces new characters from an enormous circle of friends, relatives and servants. The separate, often suspense-filled episodes re-create the fun and mischief of child play, the sharing of handed-down stories, and the anticipated excitement of special family gatherings and national festivals." (Horn Book Feb/66 p.60)
This doesn't really fit, but I keep wanting to suggest it - Kersti and Saint Nicholas, by Hilda Van Stockum, published by Viking 1940 "Kersti is the seventh, last, and naughtiest daughter of the van Disselens, and she has a way with her. Even Saint Nicholas and his faithful helper Pieterbass find themselves leaving gifts for the bad children on the good Saint's birthday - and it's all Kersti's fault." (Horn Book Dec/40 p.382 pub ad) It's European and involves naughty children and Christmas.
C1 Just verified that Lindgren Xmas at Noisy Village is NOT it


C8: country visit
This web site is just what I have been looking for. The book I am searching for is about a brother and sister who go to visit a relative in the country. They play in a stream, see a frog and a bird house. It is a color picture book for the 4-8 year old range. I was born in 1975, so I'm assuming it was published sometime between 1970 and 1985. That's just a guess. Unfortunately, that's all I remember. Any help would be appreciated.

a couple of possibles, the first sounds good but likely too long: Hope, Laura Lee,  Bunny Brown and his Sister Sue on Grandpa's Farm NY Grosset & Dunlap, 1916, 246 pages, octavo. Illustrated with drawings by Florence England Nosworthy. Light green cloth with pictorial cover label, without dust jacket. Blegvad, Lenore.Moon-watch Summer Illustrated by Erik Blegvad. NY Harcourt 1972, 63 pgs, cloth. "Line drawings of children & cats complement this brief story of a brother's & sister's summer visit to their grandmother living in the country."
C8 country visit: it's two boys, not girl and boy, but perhaps Summer is Fun, by Lavinia R. Davis, illustrated by Hildegarde Woodward, published Doubleday 1952, 48 pages. "This is a beautiful book to look at, with a
story in which the twins, Gil and Tippy, really come to life as sturdy, highly individual small boys, spending a summer on Grandpa's farm. A lost Indian trace, a housewarming party and a present for their lame friend Kenny, provide lively interest both in the text and in the fine three-color pictures." (HB Feb/52 p.26)


C12: Charlie the yellow cat
Solved: Charlie
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C16: Chinese boats & rice cakes

The other book I have a harder time remembering but it was a book set in the orient (probably China) about an oriental boy who rides around in a small boat and he has some rice cakes or rice patties with him. It was highly stylized in its illustration. All the pictures (and the cover) were done in almost entirely (if not entirely) green and black ink and were extremely detailed and intricate, similar to traditional asian painting styles. I also think this book didn't have a lot of words. I think it was sort of wide and short, like an 8.5x11 sheet of paper turned on its side. I'm sure it doesn't help but it always smelled strongly of cheese to me as a young boy. I now know it was the glue used in the binding (I've smelled it in other books).

This might be a book that I think was called Ping, but that involved a duck and his "master."  The duck (whose name is Ping) lived on the Yangtze river in a boat with his master.  One day, as I recall, he goes exploring.  At one point he is lured by a naughty little boy with rice cakes and is trapped under a basket.  I think Ping eventually gets back to his kindly old master.  The book was fairly short and written for first-graders and was in a landscape layout.  I don't remember the colors, but I do remember the boats had exotic looking eyes painted on their bows.
Well now, I did think about Ping, but I'd forgotten that bit about the rice cakes (the good master has no mention of rice cakes!).   But this probably is a match.
Flack, Marjorie.  The Story of Ping.  Illustrated by Kurt Wiese. New paperback available for $6.
Sorry, this is not the book.  I checked out a picture of the cover on Amazon.com.  The illustration style is all wrong.  The book I'm thinking of had very monochromatic drawings, I think just greens and blacks and grays, drawn with thin lines like pen and ink.  Thanks though.  Keep looking.
First, relating to C-16 but not necessarily to be posted (mostly because it wouldn't help any), I remember reading "Ping" as a child. Like all my other favorite childhood books, it got put in the "give-away" box.....  :(
A possible, but no mention of rice cakes: Martin, Patrica Miles The Dog and the Boat Boy color illus. by Earl Thollander, 48 pages, Putnam, 1969 "The adventures of Chung Yong, a boy who lives on a boat in Hong Kong's crowded harbor. Chung Yong wants to keep a dog he has found, but his grandmother wants a cat which will kill the mice on the boat. ... The craggy, almost cartoon-like drawings (in subdued shades of purple, gray, and brown) ... occasional splashes of bright orange ..."
There's also Chinese Ink Stick by Kurt Wiese, Doubleday 1929, which includes a little boy who travels with his father, a tea merchant. It's 199 pages, though, so probably too long. Eleanor Lattimore's Little Pear (Harcourt 1931) falls into the river and is rescued by a man on a boat, but that's 144 pages.
Another written and illustrated by Eleanor Frances Lattimore is Fisherman's Son, published by Morrow, 1959, 128 pages. Small Liang is the oldest of fisherman Liang's children, and the only boy. Horn Book says "their daily life on a river boat in China is told in ten chapters with simplicity and charm. Pleasing, clear type and lively drawings." Size and shape of book not mentioned, but apparently for early readers.
Yet another, but finally short enough - Little Fu, written and illustrated with lithographs by Raymond Creekmore, published Macmillan 1949, unpaginated with map, grades 1-3 "Fu has an eventful trip down the great Min River to Foochow where his father sells his cargo of tea. After an exciting day they go home in a new motor boat with steel sides instead of bamboo leaves. The black and white lithographs are excellent." (Children's Catalog 1956)
C16 chinese boat: well, the shape is right and it's about an Asian boy and boats - Nu Dang and His Kite, written and illustrated by Jacqueline Ayer, published Harcourt 1959, 31 pages, 10x8". "Unusual drawings with splashes of color - orange, cerise, coral and green - give a real sense of the busy life of Bangkok, the river and canals lined with shops and filled with boats: the vendors of lotus and jasmine, curry sauce and chilies; the chick-pea-green-bean boat; the "all kinds of fish" boat. Nu Dang's search for his kite, which the wind had carried away, took him far up the 'long brown river', through the Floating Market, into a small canal, through a herd of lazy gray water buffalo, past shops and a farm house until he finally turned home ..." (HB Apr/59 p.121) There's a sample double-page spread shown, interspersing blocks of text with detailed line-drawings (NOT brush-style) "Out on the big river, he came first to a vendor of sweet cakes and colored water. 'Have you seen my kite?' But the vendor was much too busy to notice a lost kite. Nowhere. Not anywhere. No kite at all."
Meindert deJong, The House of Sixty Fathers,  1955.  This is a novel, not a picture book, so it may not be the right one, but there are enough similarities that it might be worth looking up. There is an Asian boy on a houseboat and a scene with ducks, and the original cover (illustrations are by Maurice Sendak) fits the description you gave somewhat. Look at the library edition cover, not the paperback--both are still in print.


C17: Crafts
Also looking for a childrens craft book which had a bathing scene made out of salt dough or papier mache. There were old fashioned bathing huts and lots of people diving into the water.

C17 crafts: completely whistling in the dark, but maybe The Bread Dough Craft Book, by Elyse Sommer, illustrated by Giulio Maestro, published Lothrop 1972, 128 pages. "with six slices of bread, six teaspoons of white glue and a half a teaspoon of liquid detergent, a child can learn the basics of a centuries-old folk art ... how to mix, color, and work with the dough ... nearly 60 simple projects that children can create as gifts or decorations." The finished projects are apparently only shown as coloured drawings, though, and don't sound like the complex scenes described.


C18: Carosel Horse
I have one that's driving me crazy. It's a teen romance and it's not that old--from the sixties, I think. I used to check it out from the library occasionally, but it has disappeared out of their system. It's about a girl whose grandfather left her a carousel horse. She likes a boy, but another girl likes him too. She gives the other girl the carousel horse to help her win the boy they both like. I remembered the title as "Ride a Wild Horse" or something like that, but it's not right.The book covers a year in her life--her problems with friends, etc. Each chapter is almost like a separate little short story about one of her "gang" (one girl went on a diet with her boyfriend, another girl discovered the "boy next door" wasn't so bad after all), but the stories are all connected.

This sounds like Sheila Hayes, The Gift Horse (Scholastic), originally issued as The Carousel Horse('78).
I was so excited to see an answer to my stumper. And I've been working on confirming if it's right, because the publishing date doesn't match with when I would have read it (I was 17 in 1978 and I think I read it earlier in my teens).  I just now tracked down a plot summary on a library website and it doesn't really sound like the right book. But if you come across a copy I'd be happy to buy it. Who knows--maybe it is the right book. And if not, I'm always happy to be introduced to a book I haven't met. Thanks for your great website.

Got the book--thank you. It's not the one I was thinking of, so I'm still stumped, but I enjoyed reading it anyway. It's always fun to get introduced to an author whose books I haven't read before.  You've got a great service. Thanks again.
C18 online search brought up Carlsen, Ruth Ride a Wild Horse Houghton Mifflin Publishing Co. Boston, 1970 Hardback, 164 pp. Illustrated by Beth and Joe Krush. Couldn't find a blurb or plot description though. Might just be a horse book.
Here's the summary blurb for the Carlson book:  The police thought Julie had amnesia when they left her in the custody of the Suttons, but twelve-year-old Barney Sutton soon discovers she knows perfectly well who she is and where she is from.  (It's classed by LC as Science Fiction, so doesn't sound like a match, but who knows.
Not very confident, because of the scanty plot descriptions, but: Summers, James Gift Horse Westminster Press 1961, 190 pages "A humorous horse story" "Juvenile romance - juvenile coming of age" Sondergaard, Arensa Horse With the Flying Mane American Book Co. 1963 pbk, "RANDY GETS MERRY GO ROUND HORSE FOR BIRTHDAY" B&W&red illustrations by Don Madden.
C18 carosel horse: have to disqualify the James Summers suggestion - it's about an actual palomino and a boy called Alan.
Kate McNair, A Book of Directions, 1970.  Could this be A Book of Directions by Kate McNair?  It's a book of short stories and the last story is about the narrator, a boy she likes very much and a carousel horse that was given to her by an old carnival worker.


C21: Car, out-of-date
I can't remember the title or the author, but the book I am looking for is  about an old car that is out of date. He meets newer cars and trucks along  the way. It is a picture book I had as a child and want to read it to my  infant son. It would be great if you can find it. Thank You.

There's a book by Ingri & Edgar Parin d'Aulairecalled THE TWO CARS that features an old car and a new car who share a garage.  It was published in 1955, so this is all relative.  The old car is boxy and tall and red; the old car is sleek and low and green.  They go along together with the old car lagging in every way until the new car meets the traffic cop, and after that their fortunes change.  When they get home at last, the old car says to the new car: "You won the race, but not the praise.  I still think I am the best car on the road.  But you will be a fine car, too, when you get older..."  This could be it!  But 1st editions are pricey, and I'm not sure how many reprints are available.   On second thought, I do not think The Two Cars is the book being sought here...
I'm wondering is C-21, out-of-date car, could be the Wonder Book All in a Day's Work.  It doesn't match exactly, but has elements in common, and maybe the story will ring a bell.  A "little old car" (looks like a red model-T with a yellow cloth roof) goes down the street.  He meets a "big, new green car" that can't start and gives him a push.  He meets a "great big trailer truck" and brings him gas.  Then he meets a "blue pick-up truck" and helps him fix a flat tire.  None of the others thank him, but he just says "It is all in a day's work."  In winter one day, he's driving along the road and flips off and turns over.  He's convinced he's done for, but along come the three vehicles he helped, and they get him out of the ditch, saying things like "Oh, and I forgot to pay you for the gas."  And the little old car goes off down the road. The story is by Caroline D. Emerson; pictures by Sergio Leone.  The copy I have is c1964 by Wonder, division of Grosset & Dunlap.
Probably too late, and English, but there's The Old Car by Elisabeth Borchers, illustrated by Werner Maurer, published London, Blackie 1967 "The old car is sad and shy because it (or he) is different from the others,
with his old-fashioned horn and high weels. So he goes off alone through seacoast and jungle, into the desert. There the animals speak to him kindly and give him confidence. And when he returns to the town, his owner, Mr. Flups, is waiting to greet him, with two tears in his eyes. With strong yet dreamlike pictures, in appropriate colours." (Best Children's Books of 1967)
Another possible is Little Old Automobile, written and illustrated by Marie Hall Ets, published Viking 1948. "What finally happened to a little old automobile which refused to give anyone or anything time to get out of its way. Marie Ets at her most amusing. Picture Book age." (HB Ju./48 p.231 pub.ad)
C21 car out of date: here's another, though perhaps too long - Mat and Mandy and the Little Old Car, by Ruth Simon, illustrated by Lisl Weil, published Crowell 1953, 110 pages. "Younger children will enjoy reading for themselves this gay account of a family's escape from the summer heat in a battered old car that manages to carry them up the little brown hills and the big blue mountaints of California. Says Mat, 'Our car is not new. Our car is not big. But our little old car can go anywhere it wants!'" (HB Feb/53 p.47)



C24: Clown, Wardrobe, Jousting, Jacket Potatoes, Brussel sprouts
I remember reading this book in Liverpool in the early sixties. Some of the plot elements are similar to other well-known books, but it ain't them: family of children are visiting relative with old house, and sleeping in the same bed in the attic, which has the usual wardrobe. In the middle of the night a (very spooky) clown pokes his head out of the wardrobe and beckons to the children. This image seems to coincide with a remembered illustration that haunted me for years. They eventually venture into the wardrobe which turns out to be a lift (an elevator) with buttons that take you to different places. One place they visit is a medieaval jousting tournament, where they partake of hot jacket potatoes (another illustration springs to mind). At another location they meet a White-Knight sort of character sitting on a Brussels carpet with all sorts of bric-a-brac on it, and he makes a joke about whether, if vegetables grew up through his carpet, they would be Brussels sprouts. Hilarious if you're six, eh?  I seem to remember that the book itself was a paperback, of the same kind of size and format as those students' crib books ("Cole's Notes" in England), and that there was a coloured illustration of a proscenium arch stage with curtains on the cover. I know the wardrobe is a common prop, but the book is neither C.S. Lewis, nor a Glass Elevator. My undying gratitude if anyone can identify it!

#C24:  Clown, Wardrobe, etc.  If such a book indeed exists, I want it for a friend!  If he likes it, I want it for myself!  After hours of keyword searches in all sorts of places, I may have a resource for you.  A site called "Fantasy Finder" has a message board called "The Board Room."   Hopefully this is one of those places where they "know it, or know who knows it," and will be of interest to anyone whose queries involve fantasy.
#C24--This query was also posted on the message board of the British Fantasy Society in February 2001.  As of June, no answers.
This query was also posted on the Alibris list. A number of suggestions were made, but no cigar as yet.
C24---Been a while since I've read it but the clown thing (esp the illustration) sounds a lot like Diamond in the
Window by Jane Langton.
C24 Has customer checked Langton yet? I can ask a friend who has a copy for sale, but I notice there are plenty on the Net so I wonder if someone hasn't checked already.
C24 clown wardrobe: had a look at Diamond in the Window and there's no real correspondance - no clown figure, no elevator/lift in the wardrobe, no tournament, no puns. It might be worth looking at Erich Kastner's Thirty Fifth of May, published 1934, reprinted 1958 and 1961, 192 pages. "If this date isn't on your calendar, you'll wish it were after reading what happened to Conrad. It began at the magic door of a wardrobe, and led to the Land of Cockayne, where fruit salad grows on trees; the the Mighty Fortress of the Past for a hello with Hannibal, Julius Caesar and Napoleon; and on the Electropolis in Topsy Turvy country, notable for its school or unsatisfactory parents to be trained by children! Ages 9-12." At least it starts with a wardrobe and looks episodic and nonsensical, but I haven't read the book so can't confirm more.
Hey, shall I buzz back to Junior Bookshelf for the late 50s early 60s?  My first thought is Enid Blyton, because the structure is reminiscent of the Faraway Tree series ... but this is almost no help at all because she's so prolific and there don't seem to be any annotated bibliographies. And if it is her work, there won't be anything in Junior Bookshelf about it, for sure.I'm pretty sure it isn't E. Nesbit because I think I've read all of hers, including the short stories - though the one with the little girl shut in her room who discovers that the wardrobe/dresser is a magic train station sounds kind of reminiscent.
Doesn't seem like E. Nesbit to me, and I don't think it's Edward Eager or anyone well-known, as I posted it on a couple of fantasy boards and not even a nibble. The only other author I thought of was Margaret Storey, but
couldn't seem to find anything of hers pblished prior to 1965. I hope it's identified--I'm quite intrigued by it.
I'm sorry to say I can't be any more specific. Whenever I try to remember more detail I think I'm just making it up from people's suggestions! The memory of the Coles Notes size and binding may be a completely separate affair too.  Another memory that springs to mind, though again, it may be another book entirely, is a story wherein the "gateway" is the bottom of a helter-skelter. Did you ever come across a helter-skelter? Very old cheap funfare ride, consisting of a lighthouse shaped tower with a slide corkscrewing around the outside. One climbs up the interior stairs, takes a bristly mat and throws oneself onto the slide. They scared the hell out of me, and having read this story where a little girl (I think) continues at the bottom into the earth and ends up in some spooky place, I never did try it.  Thanks again for your help. I'll be looking at the King of Kurio this weekend.
Well, still plugging away at this, though not confident about this suggestion either: The Thirty-fifth of May, by Erich Kastner, illustrated by Walter Trier, published Franklin Watts 1961, 192 pages. "If this date isn't on your calendar, you'll wish it were after reading what happened to Conrad. It began at the magic door of a wardrobe, and led to the Land of Cockayne, where fruit salad grows on trees; the the Mighty Fortress of the Past for a hello with Hannibal, Julius Caesar and Napoleon; and on the Electropolis in Topsy Turvy country, notable for its school for unsatisfactory parents to be trained by children! Ages 9-12." (Horn Book Aug/61 p.302 pub ad) This is apparently a republication, and of course a translation, so it may have been published with various illustrators and in more than one country.
C24 clown wardrobe: I'm wondering now if this wasn't one of the many British children's annuals or "gift books", and this may have been a single or continuing story in it, perhaps along with the helter-skelter story? That would tie in with the memorable illustrations and punning humour, as well as the difficulty in IDing it, as these books weren't reviewed and there were a lot of them. Still, we got Peter Puffer's Fun Book!
C24 clown wardrobe: Not a solution, but perhaps someone looking for the same book - a description found on ABE's Book Sleuth: "This is a book of children's fiction that I read in the 1950s. I am not sure when it was written. It concerns some children who go through an odd door in a wall and find themselves in a magical land. Fairly common theme but distinguishing features are that they can go up and down between parts of this land in a lift. The children make friends with a queen and her children who have been dispossessed of their kingdom - it is now in thrall to a set of 3 monsters - one is called I think the Hobbledee-something or other. Amongst the 'goodies' helping the queen and her family is an Elastic Dog who can walk miles but leave his back legs at home. A memorable monster is a squirrel with an eye in its tail - if it looked at you, you went blind. I would be delighted to find this book - I used to have to check under the bed every night to see that squirrel wasn't there, but I loved the book."



C25: Country mouse cleans up
I have been searching for a child's storybook about a mouse who lives in the country and gets a letter that her cousin (I think) is coming to visit.  The country mouse's house is in terrible shape, dirty, clothes all over, dusty, dishes piled high.  She doesn't know where to begin but all her animal friends pitch in and help her clean house.  The moral of the story was if she kept it picked up each day, clothes hung up, etc., then she wouldn't find her house like that again.  I can still picture her in a red dress all nice and clean with the house all nice and clean.  This was a library picture book and no longer in circulation.  I checked with this library even went through each book in the children's section.  Thank you very much, would love to find this book.

Could it be The Country Mouse and the City Mouse.  That matches the story in that the city mouse calls and is coming to visit the country mouse.  My sister and I had this on a 45 record that came with a book when we were kids. Good Luck!
I will check this out, I know that I went through the City Mouse and the Country Mouse.  I don't remember it being on a record although it might have been but the local library only had the book.  I use to check it out when I was about 6-7 so that was about 1950 - 51.  I did search the website for the
Country Mouse and the City Mouse after I saw the note on the bottom of mine, but I didn't see any that were published that early, so I will have to keep looking.  I even went through the listing of books through the Library of Congress under mouse just to try to find it.  Do you have any idea who would
have written this one, maybe knowing the author might help.   Your website is really fantastic, just reading the others and what they were looking for also brought back some memories.  I thank you for the chance to post it and hopefully someday will locate it.  It was such a cute story with a big moral to it, as I said in my posting I can still see the pictures showing her dirty messy house, the cleaning up (her friends helping) and then the picture of her all dressed up in a clean dress and shoes (red), looking around at her nice clean house, waiting for her house guest. Thank you again for all your assistance.
The Country Mouse & the City Mouse is an Aesop tale; there have been so many versions that your best hope is to simply stumble across the one you remember. There is a Wonder Book from 1947 (Phoebe Erickson, ill.) that contains this tale, Peter Rabbit, & Henny Penny. I've seen this one around; check for it -- maybe you'll be lucky.
Well, if the emphasis is on cleaning for the visit rather than on country versus town, maybe: Van Leeuwen, Nans Spring Cleaning with Mrs. Mouse Amsterdam: Mulder & Zoon, n.d. (ca. 1968), decorated boards, "lovely colour illustrations throughout the book, a real charmer"
There's also Mrs. Mouse Cleans House, by Alison Uttley, published Heinemann 1952 "Spring cleaning always means a day of bustle and excitement for the Brown Mice at the Rose and Crown, but the day that scoundrel Rat came to help was the most exciting of all." No mention of a city visitor, but the date is closer.
M108 mouse wears red sounds like C25 country mouse cleans up. The 1950ish date, special occasion/visit, the red dress and shoes, ...
C25 mouse cleans up and M108 mouse wears red: Another possible is Margie Merry Mouse, written & illustrated by Willy Schermele (Blyton illustrator), published Clifford series 1950, reprint Agfa 1986. A mouse in a red dress cleans house with the help of friends. If it's the earlier printing it's not a bad match, though I couldn't find any mention of a visit as the reason for cleanup.



C26: Crafts
I do not remember the name or author of two childrens books that I had when I lived in Cleveland in the late 40's or early 50's.  I may have gotten them in WV or in Cleveland.   They are oversized books and they contained crafts using simple household items.  One had a green cover and one had a yellow cover.  The covers were hardback and embossed.  They had no paper covers.

I have 2 really old craft books.  One is McCall's Giant Golden Make-It Book.   Copyright 1953 by Simon and Schuster, Inc., and Artists and Writers Press, Inc.The other one is newer McCall's Golden Do-It Book.  Copyright 1960 bye the McCall Corporation and Golden Press, Inc.Both of these are crafts made with at home items.  Perhaps one of these is what they are looking for.
A long shot, but maybe Toys You Can MakeChicago: Popular Mechanics Press, 1953, cloth, 160 pages. "Suggestions and diagrams for dozens, perhaps hundreds of toys you can make for your child. Most are wooden, this book being published before plastic took over the toy market. Hence the toys you can make are much more durable than anything you can buy today."


C27: Christian brothers solve mysteries
The series of books I'm trying to recall involve two teen age brothers who solved mysteries, some what like the Hardy boys. However, the tales of these brothers had some Christian underpinings. The first book I read in the series was sent to me free from a church organization, this would have been in the late 50's. Later when I was probably 11 or 12, I found the series in the Brockton Public Library, Brockton, NY. I further recall that the boys lived in some very remote locale.

Don't know if thisis the series or not, as I don't know when they were first published, but it could be Frank Peretti's Cooper Kids Series.
This just might be the Jack Dawn series by Joseph Coughlin. He wrote a number of titles in the 1940s and one in the 1960s. I have a copy of Jack Dawn and the Vanishing Horses and it is a boys Christian mystery.
C27: Christian Brothers -- Bernard Palmer had a series about Danny & Ron Orliss -- published by Moody Press that was available in the 1950s; that *might* be it
Regarding the Orlis suggestion, I've finally seen one of these and there are some resemblances. The book is very Christian, with more than one conversion and a fair amount of discussion of Christian behaviour, and the Orlis family does live in the boonies, at Angle Inlet, without electricity, television, etc. The title list on the back cover mentions Ron Orlis as well as Danny, but there is no indication in this book whether Ron is an older or younger brother, or adopted, or where he is the rest of the time.
I think this person might be looking for the Danny Orwell series--there was also a radio program that aired on Saturday mornings during the late 1950s featuring these boys.  I hope I'm right about Danny's last name, but the shows (and the books) definitely had a Christian theme.
Could this be the Sugar Creek Gang series by Paul Hutchens? The boys in this series weren't brothers, but the two main characters were a boy named Bill and his best friend, nicknamed Poetry. The other members of the group were Dragonfly, Little Jim, Big Jim and Circus. The other details are similar to what you describe: Christian-oriented mysteries, at least one conversion, etc.



C31: Christmas angels
hi! i'm looking for a book, which i couldn't remember the author or the title. but i remeber the story. it's about a husband and wife who died on the christmas eve because of accident. they were sent to heaven and meet the Gabriel angel, i think. anyway, to earn the angel's wing, each of them must help 3 people to find joy and kindness before christmas day past away. it's a very nice and touching story about joy, kindness, and love. and it's also funny and entertaining. i vaguely remember that the book's cover was white and have those angel's picture and heart shape. anyway, thank's so much if u can find this book. i have been looking for it for quite sometimes.


C32: Camping, unpleasant.  NOT High Trail!
Solved: Secret Summer 

C33: Crocodile eats lady, Sendak book?
Anyone know what this title might be? My customer didn't give me much info, but would like to find this book she read as a child.  She remembers a little song in it: "Oh she said away on a bright and sunny day on the back of a crocodile." If you could help me remember the name I would very much appreciate any help in this matter. At the end of the book the crocodile eats the lady. I'm sure it was printed in the late 60's.  I keep thinking this sounds like a Sendak book.  If it sounds familiar to anyone, please let me know. Thank you.

Could this be the story "Ladies First" from Free to Be You and Me, written by Marlo Thomas and friends in the early 1970s.  I don't remember the exact words, but in that story, a bratty girl (who thinks she should be treated like a lady) is eaten by a crocodile.
C33 is _not_ the story "Ladies First" from Free to Be You and Me -- that one is about a little girl who always insists "ladies first," so she ends up being the first one eaten by cannibals.  I don't know the story that the requestor is asking about, but we sang the song as children: "She sailed away on a happy summer day on the back of a crocodile / You see, said she, he's as tame as he can be / I'll float him down the Nile / The croc winked an eye as she waved them all goodby / Wearing a happy smile / At the end of the ride the lady was inside / And the smile was on the crocodile!"
C33: Just to let you know, in Free to Be...You and Me the girl gets eaten by tigers who are only too glad to treat her as a "tender sweet thing". That story is by Shel Silverstein.
I remember the words to the song. She sailed away on a bright and sunny day on the back of a crocodile. "You see"  said she "he's as tame as he can be.  I'll ride him down the Nile." But the croc winked his eye as she waved them all goodbye, Wearing a happy smile. At the end of the ride the lady was inside And the smile was on the crocodile.
Wow! Thank you. I had thought everyone had long forgotten about me! I will pass this on to my customer and see if jogs the memory a bit more.
---And from another requester---
Do you know a children's book/song, "riding down the nile on a crocodile"? It's been driving my friend NUTZ for years.
C33:  This is probably NOT the book you remember, but that song is reprinted in a book illustrated by Marc Brown (I think that's his name) (of the "Arthur" series fame), along with the tune.  The book had lots of other fun story-songs in it too.
This is a long shot, but I can visualize those drawings--could it be one of the books that Sendak illustrated, called What Do You Say, Dear? or What Do You Do, Dear? both by Sesyle Joslin? Maybe this only sounds familiar because there is a crocodile in one of those books. They are both books on manners.
I have been looking for this book for years!  It was sometime around 1974-1977 (I think).  It was a scholastic book type...we ordered it from school and it came with a plastic record in the back. The song lyrics were the story words in the book.  I can't rember any of the lyrics but "riding down the nile on a crocodile."  I too have asked everyone for years and only my brother remembers it.  I even contacted Scholastic books...they didn't know of it.  It might have been another book company. Is this question or any information still on your website???  Please Help! This is the first I've been able to find of anyone asking or mentioning it in my research.  Thanks!
*later* Ok...so this book from Marc Brown...do you know the name of it? The song that is mentioned in the top of C33 (not reprinted in this email) is not the song that was in the book that we are trying to find.  I remember the book having pictures of a little boy riding on the crocodile (I think he ws in a jungle outfit???) and I think he also rode by the pyramids (???) I also seem to recall that it was done in a sepia color instead of black and white or color.  Foggy, but seem to recall all that...not sure. Ugh, this is driving me crazy!  Let me know if you find out anything further or if you know the name of the Marc Brown book...thanks so much!
This sounds like a song that my children have on one of their tapes that they play in the car, which I think is called "Never smile at a crocodile". I'll try and find it and check the lyrics.
*later* I listened to my son's tape in the car today and it wasn't the same song.
I don't know about the book, but we used to sing the song at camp:  She rode away on a bright summer's day / On the back of a crocodile. / You see, said she, it's as plain as can be / That I'll ride him down the Nile. / The croc winked his eye as the lady waved good-by / Wearing a great big smile./ At the end of the ride the lady was inside / And the smile was on the crocodile!
C33 crocodile eats lady: a long shot, but Beasts and Nonsense: verses and pictures, by Marie Hall Ets, published Viking 1952 contains "Zoo animals - gay nonsense verses and beguiling scribbly pictures. Mrs. Ets delights in the oddest and homeliest: ridiculous hippopotamuses in bonnets, alligators eating ladies, and warthogs at the dentist! Perfect for reciting. Ages 5-10." (HB Oct/52 p.280 pub ad)
Sendak, Maurice, Nutshell Library, 1962.  This is a collection of 4 books by Maurice Sendak. Chicken Soup with Rice, a book of months (I also have a copy of this in a Scholastic paperback version) has a picture for September of a boy riding a crocodile past a pyramid and text: "In September, for a while, I will ride, a crocodile, down the chicken soupy Nile. Paddle once, paddle twice, paddle chicken soup, with rice."  Also included in this collection is Pierre, a cautionary tale about a boy who gets eaten by a lion because he "doesn't care". The other two titles are Alligators All Around and One Was Johnny. Published by Harper & Row. This set has the components Sendak, riding down the nile on a crocodile, past pyramids and being eaten.  I also own a tape of the set of books being read aloud "Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, and other stories by Maurice Sendak, performed by Tammy Grimes, a Caedemon Audio Cassette. Could be that the story was recorded and included with a copy of the book.  I also found the song mentioned in one of the responses, though it appears to be unrelated - try searching on www.kididdles.com under subject index, animals, crocodile: The Crocodile Written By: Unknown Copyright Unknown She sailed away on a sunny summer day / On the back of a crocodile / "You see," said she, "he's as tame as tame can be, / I'll ride him down the Nile."  // The croc winked his eye as she bade them all goodbye / Wearing a happy smile / At the end of the ride, the lady was inside, / And the smile was on the crocodile!


C35: City girl gets a lesson
ID this one, somebody? I heard it read in the early 1970s. A city girl visits the country and whenever she wants to do something the "easy" way, she's told she has to do it some other way because "that's the way it is in the country". When it comes to finding dessert, she can't just go to the store - maybe the nearest one is too far? She knows she can't find cake in the tree or jello in the well. She finds it in the garden - watermelon.

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


C39: Christmas anthology
Solved: The Christmas Book

C41: Crispian the Scottie dog
Solved: Mister Dog

C43: Ceremony goes (grows?) awry
Solved: Speaker for the Dead 

C44: Crocodile raises duck
Solved: Sitting Ducks

C45: Civil War mystery
Solved:  The Riddle at Live Oaks 

C46: Christmas book with Ardizzone-style illustrations
Solved:  Christmas Secrets 

C47: Christmas tree star
I do not have author or title for the book I am looking for It was a Christmas book with several different stories in it. One story was about a poor family who went out to buy a star for the top of their Christmas tree and lost the money, when they got home the tree that was is front of a window was topped by a star  outside.  Another was about a girl who got so upset when they had to take the tree down that they planted one outside. I would be very surprised it you can help, but thought I would try.  I had the book in the 1950's.

I get many requests for a book called a The Shinest Star by Beth Vardon, but I haven't read the book myself.  Might this be it?
I'm quite familiar with the story The Shiniest Star by Beth Vardon, and I'm sorry to say that this great story is not the one described. The Shiniest Star is about three little angels who polish their stars in heaven. The hard working, humble Touselhead's star becomes the Christmas star.



C48: Cornfields
In 7th grade, we read a story contained in a text book type collection of  short stories. (May have been a Lippincott book, but not sure.) Anyway, the first story in the book was called Cornfields I beleive, but am not sure. The first line of the story was,"There was a girl at Cornfields, yes." I remember I loved the story, and would love to re-read it. I was in 7th grade in ...hmmm.. lets see...1974/5?

C48 a long shot maybe Orton, Helen FullerCloverfield Farm Stories NY: Lippincott, 1947 Omnibus of four books: Prince and Rover of Cloverfield Farm, Bobby of Cloverfield Farm, Summer at Cloverfield Farm, and Winter at Cloverfield Farm.



C49: Chinese boy slurps pond
I can't remember the name of a book I read as a child, perhaps you can help. It was a story of a little Chinese boy who had a great talent of holding a whole pond of water in his mouth.  The village people could go into the pond and gather fish and then the little boy would spit the water back in.  Then, one day the village people got selfish, trying to capture more fish than they needed, and the little boy couldn't hold the water any longer and had to spit the water back in before the people got out. I have a 6 year old son who I would like to share this story with, do you have any idea the name of this book?
Looking through your listing, I came across someone who had a similar search and you came up with the name of Five Chinese Brothers, however after investigating further, this is not the book I'm thinking of. Thank you for your time.

Just wanted to say that this book does exist, though I can't identify it yet - several years ago I saw a description of it, and remember thinking it was a knock-off of the Chinese Brothers story.
Five Chinese Brothers.  This one is already listed in your solved pages.
C49 chinese boy: There are at least two other versions of this folktale, one being Six Chinese Brothers: an Ancient Tale, retold and illustrated by Cheng Hou-Tien, published Holt 1979, 32 pages. The story is essentially the same, illustrated with scissor cuts in bright red and black. More recent is The Seven Chinese Brothers, retold by Margaret Mahy, illustrated by Jean Tseng and Tseng Mou-Sien, published Scholastic 1990. "The seven brothers walk, talk, and look alike, but each has his own special power. When the third brother runs afoul of the emperor and is sentenced to be beheaded, the fourth brother, who has bones of iron, takes his place. The emperor then tries drowning and burning but each time a different brother foils his scheme." The illustrations are colourful watercolours.  So I don't think we have to be too sure that it's the Claire Huchet Bishop version ...
C49 chinese boy: the Mahy version can be ruled out. I saw a copy at a thrift shop and the story does NOT include swallowing large quantities of water. Instead the emperor is afraid of the power(s) of what he believes to
be a single man, and tries to execute him in various ways. Six Chinese Brothers, by Cheng Hou-tien, is supposed to have pretty much the same story as Five Chinese Brothers but different illustrations, and is probably worth checking out.



C50: Christmas angel Katie is NOT so angelic...
Patron is looking for this book.  It starts like this: "Its Christmas, its Christmas/That wonderful season/
When children are good/for a very good reason./They've almost got wings/sprouting out of their backs/and that's when their guardian angels relax./Relax, all but one/for one angel is sad/........Katie/
......Katie is bad."   Is this at all familiar to you?'

C50 christmas angel katie: long shot, but Christmas Always, by Peter Catalanotto, published Orchard Books 1991 is about Katie, a young girl who is visited by the Sandman, Jack Frost and the Tooth Fairy on the night before Christmas, until they hear the approach of the most important visitor and quickly leave. Nothing about her degree of badness or whether it's a poem, though. It's also pretty recent.
Sue Carabine, The Angel's Night Before Christmas.  I have not read it, but I know that it is a storybook in rhyme about angels and Christmas, so it's a possibility.



click for image of bookC51: Cone people
I've got a stumper for you.  It was a children's science fiction book, published sometime before 1980.  The plot involved children being flown in a rocket to and from the planet of the "cone people" -- and I have a distinct memory of children getting turned INTO cones by these people.  I'm just about positive "cone people" or "cone planet" was part of the title. Do you have any idea what I'm talking about, or is my 32-year-old brain getting prematurely senile?  Thanks for any help in determining the title/author/etc...

Not that close, but maybe Donald Suddaby's Star Raiders, illustrated by C. Haworth, published by Oxford, 1950, 232 pages. "An artist, a scientist and the pot-boy of a Devonshire inn are projected by means of a meteorite on to the planet Venus. ...innocent imp-like inhabitants and beautiful plants which can transmit thought ... sinister fish-like creatures in the seas, which attempt to trap the adventurers, and the plants try to persuade the earthlings to submit to an operation would transform them into beings like themselves 'timeless and contemplative'."
C51 cone people: well, going only and entirely on the cover art, could be Planet of the Whistlers: Space Science Fiction Stories, by Henry Bammen, published Benefic Press 1970, 72 pages, vocabulary list and study questions included. The cover shows a bald man directing rays at a dark-haired young woman who is inside what looks like a cone-shaped red force-field. Behind her is an opaque white cone. Both of them are wearing 'futuristic' clothes. Another title in the same series is The Bone People, which sounds like Cone People ...



C52: Chinese man and birds
Solved: One Bright Day

C55: Cabin faced west textbook
Solved: Ventures Book 4 

C56: Creepy cover
I never had this book so didn't read it, and have no idea of title, author, or what it's about, but was haunted by the cover.  It portrayed three children in a boat in a swamp at night.  One with a fishing pole had hooked a lit lantern and was drawing it out of the water.  Very scary to me as a child.  Would be a digest-sized paperback of the kind sold at supermarket checkstands between 1967 and 1969.

not that I've ever seen the cover, but there's Ghost Boat, written and illustrated by Jacqueline Jackson, published Little, Brown 1969, 148 pages. "A mysterious boat provides four children with an adventure while they are vacationing at their summer cottage."
C56 Is this a possibility?   Zapf, Marjorie. The Mystery of the Great Swamp.  Same as E1?
C56 creepy cover: after checking pictures on eBay, I have to say that unfortunately the Zapf cover doesn't match, neither does the cover of Ghost Boat, or The Button Boat.
L.M. Boston, The Children of Green Knowe, 1955, reprint.  Athough there is some discrepancy, THE CHILDREN OF THE GREEN KNOW has a dark green dust jacket with a yellow drawing of a creepy looking house. Rather than 3 children, there is an old man with an oar and a boy in the front of the boat holding up a lit lantern. It's a spooky cover!
Strange Monster of Strawberry Cove, late 1960s.  The cover description sounds to me like a Scholastic Press book I read in elementary school -- these were paperback books peddled in the California school system via a newsletter passed out in class. Can't find any record of this book in Internet searches, though there's a (Disney?) movie from the '80s with the same title and plot: some children try to hunt down a sea monster that only they have seen, and it turns out to be a canvas superstructure disguising a smuggler's boat. The lantern lights the monster's eyes, or something . . . hope that's what you're looking for! BTW the title I supplied is that of the movie. The book title was at least similar but may not be completely identical.



C58: Chinese with buffalo and lamp
Solved: Water-Buffalo Children and The Dragon Fish

C59: Cat care manual
Solved: Cats 

C60: Children's crusade
An interest in the Children's Crusade, A. D. 1212, led me to compile a bibliography.  I think I have 53 books listed in six languages.  They can be fiction, non-fiction, French, or German crusade.  The interesting thing is I've only ever found copies of four of these books.  Maybe I'll send you the
bibliography, not so much to search, but in case you just happen across any.  With Book Search engines, I may even be able to add to it.  Okay, here's the "stumper" part of this: One title I'm pretty sure is not on my bibliography of books about the Children's Crusade, A. D. 1212, is a short story.  It was part of a longer collection, and I found it listed under the subject heading "Children's Crusade" in the card catalog of a library where I used to work.  Of course, that was 25 years ago and they've no doubt gotten rid of the card catalog and probably the book as well.  The story concerned a priest who made it to the Holy Land with some of the surviving children, and came back to confront a wealthy merchant.  The priest had information that the merchant had greatly profited through his direct involvement with selling the child crusaders into slavery, so the merchant committed suicide before the priest could reveal it.  I'd appreciate if anyone knows what this is so I can add it to my list.

C62: Cookbook with cat and dog
Solved: My Learn-to-Cook Book 

C65: Chipmunks dressing as humans
I am looking for books I read as a child in the early 1950's.  The characters were chipmunks dressing and living as people.  Their home was in a marvelous, old hollowed out tree.  I went to a small country school so the books may have been old in 1950.  The text was (I think) second, third or fourth grade level as I read them myself (they were not read to me).  I have found possibilities on the internet but none have enough description to help me know if I have found the one that is in my memory.

#C65--Chipmunks dressing as humans:  It's worth having a look at The Little Mailman of Bayberry Lane, by Ian Munn, illustrated by Elizabeth Webbe, Rand McNally Junior Elf Book, 1952.
C65 It doesn't seem to me as if this book quite matches, but here's more info: almost Little Goloden size; chipmunk mailman on yellow cover, putting mail in a mailbox. Inside, he makes deliveries to different animals in human clothes.



C66: Crystal horse
Solved: The Crystal Horse

C67: Civil War-era family story
My grandmother had a book that I loved to read whenever I would visit her.  It was probably written sometime in the early 1900's.  The story was about a little girl and her family.  The father left to fight in the war, and the family was notified that he had been killed.  Then suddenly he returned, and we are told that there was an error made regarding his death notice.  This is a picture book, and it's possible that the text of the book was written as a poem.  I think the cover was a picture of the little girl watching the troops march away.  I also think there might have been a line in the book the said, "He is not gone; he is just away."  I would love to find a copy of this book as it has many memories.  Thanks for any help.

#C67--Civil War era family story:  "He is not gone, he is just away" has been used in a number of variations, most notably in a poem by Walt Whitman, who did write a lot during and about the Civil War era.  Since the poet is
so well-known, you should have no trouble in locating the poem.  Can't say the same about the book.
C67 civil war era: perhaps Nellie's Prayer by George R. Sims, illustrated by J. Willis Grey, published London & New York by Raphael Tuck 1880, unnumbered pages approx 22, with 28 monochrome illos. "The story of a little girl's prayer for her father's safe return from war." The cover shows soldiers marching with a young boy running beside them, a little girl watching and a woman weeping. However, the soldiers are in red with tall bearskins, very English and not at all American Civil War.



C68: Color lands
Solved: The Wizard of Oz 

C71: Confederate treasure mystery
Solved: The Secrets of Hidden Creek

C72: Comic strip Character named Logan
Solved: X-Man Wolverine

C73: Can't Hear Myself think
Solved: The Noisy Clock Shop

C74: Circus
Solved: The Secret of Stone House Farm 

C75: Cookbook for kids
Solved: The Kids' Kitchen Takeover 

C77: Cat story
Solved: Gypsy

C78: Crafts projects
I am looking for a book which is similar in size and format to McCall's Giant Golden Make-It Book, which features creative projects for children--everything from sock dolls,games and wooden toys to holiday decorations and costumes.  I am interested in any similar  titles which would have been published around the same general time period, probably containing color illustrations rather than photographs, and most likely hardbound.

C79: Checkerspot: Uncle Arthur?
A collection of moralistic stories for children.  I used to have a collection of stories for children that had a distinctly moralistic flavor. The book was probably published during the late Depression. It had a red cloth cover (I may be wrong), and the title was, just possibly, "The Children's Hour." Or maybe there was an "Uncle" in the title. I do NOT believe it's "Uncle Mac's Children's Hour," a British book published during the war.  The frontispiece, printed in color on glossy paper, showed the resurrection of the dead. The resurrected folks were climbing sedately out of their graves and having joyous reunions with their families. Everyone was neatly dressed, as for a well-heeled Sunday picnic. It reminds me of those Flemish paintings showing the reunion of long-separated friends, sweethearts, and families in Paradise. Only this scene was set in a cemetery.  There were several illustrations in the book, done in realistic halftones and printed on glossy paper. The one I remember best, possibly the first story, showed a family escaping from a flooded house. They are half-inundated, but are climbing up through a trapdoor in the ceiling. The accompanying story described a flash flood and how the trapped families escaped or were rescued. Another story in the collection, if I recall correctly, focused on the dire consequences of disobeying one's mother. Momma warns her daughter not to play on a certain splintery outdoor stairway. She disregards the warning and of course‹ends up getting a painful splinter in her arm. She's too ashamed to confess to Momma, so she says nothing about it. The splinter remains in the girl's arm, untreated, and she ends up with a nasty, and permanent, scar. Scary stuff for a 4-year-old, no?  There was also a very sentimental story about the resurrection of the dead (keyed to the frontispiece). Actually, it was a sentimental prophecy, ending something like "They will return! They will return! They will return!"  Further than that . . . my memory fails me. I had the book when I was very little, and haven't seen it in many a decade. I was born in 1951, and the book had already seen some years of use before it was given to me.  Of course, I could order "Uncle Mac's Children' Hour" to see what's in it . . . but it'd be a bit costly to find out. And I don't think this was a British book, but a American one, possibly published by some Protestant publishing house. My guess.  A fellow reader on the Alibris message board suggested two possibilities: Isabel Byrum and Uncle Arthur (of "Bedtime Stories" and "Bible Stories" fame. But I'd like to get a closer view. Can anyone confirm?

*the requester's award-winning lost book sob story*
I lost virtually all of my prized books in the aftermath of a fire in 1986. The fire broke out in the apartment directly above the one my parents had been living in since 1947 or so...in fact, it broke out in the bedroom directly above theirs while they were sleeping. Thank Heaven, no one was hurt. Everybody evacuated quickly. But 40 tenants lost their homes. I was at Rochester Institute of Technology at the time, far from Massachusetts where my folks lived, and I'm glad I didn't have to see it. It would have broken my heart. As I understand it, my bedroom was pretty badly damaged by falling furniture and debris (the firefighters chopped holes in the floor of the
third-story apartment and "what was up there came down here," as Mom put it) and water. Most of my papers were soon reduced to mouldering pulp. The apartment building was also visited by professional looters, who cleaned out my mother's closet and carted off all the kitchen appliances...anything of value they could find, they took. Although my favorite books were stored neatly in a sturdy glass-doored bookcase in my room, I never saw any of them again. My father managed to salvage a few possessions and overflow books I had stored in the living room (such as textbooks from my introductory-anthropology class at NYU...a class I disliked), but most of my
cherished things were lost. I miss those lost books terribly, and so when I discovered that there were book searches and lost-book postings on the Net, my heart leaped up!  My dream is to help other readers solve stumpers, so I'll be back. Thanks again!

This is almost certainly Uncle Arthur's Bedtime Stories by Arthur Maxwell. They were originally published in 20 volumes but later editions had 5 volumes (ie 1-4, 5-8, etc.)
Agreed.  But can anyone pin down which volume or confirm these stories?
Not a solution, but it may help to narrow the search to know that the compilation that had vols. 1-4 of Uncle Arthur's Bedtime Stories does *not* fit this description.  Neither the frontispieces nor the stories match the ones detailed in the request.
C79 More Unc Arthur's that definitely do not fit: Vol 5-8; Vol 9- 12; Vol 13-16; Vol 5; Vol 5 



C80: Christian series twins who were pastor kids
Solved: Joy Sparton of Parsonage Hill

C81: Clown steals another clown's nose!
I have a friend that has talked about a book she had.  It was about a clown who had a nose that another clown envied and stole!  She doesn't know the name.  Can you help?

Are you sure this is a children''s book?  I read a short story recently on the same theme in The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror (edited by Datlow & Windling  I think it was last year's edition).  It's a crazy story set in a town populated by clowns that does involve a missing nose (one of the main characters is embarrassed by the fact that his nose is ill-fitting).



C82: Cat pie
all i can remember clearly is a scene where a cat is on the dining room table and the dog is on the floor. the dog is threatening the cat. he says something along the lines as "cat cat i am going to make a cat pie out of you". i read it as a kid. i have looked at all of the seuss (eastman) books available to regular book stores and have not found it but my older sister insists that it was a rhyme-type like that. neither
of us know what it was called nor can we remember much more about it. any help would be greatly appreciated! thanks

C83: Cat doesn't display proper feline behavior
Solved: The Three-Legged Cat 

C84: Candy store alive at night
This was an anthology published in the late 60s. The last story in the book concerned a candy store
 at night all the candy and pastries would come alive and have a big fight or party. I distinctly remember that the store owner lived upstairs, woke up from the noise "but she thought it was probably just a car backfiring." The book would have been softbound, aboutthe size of a coloring book, second-grade level but with few illustrations. 

C85:  El Cid
I recall reading a color illustration and text book (oversized) when I was a child (1975?) that had short renditions of a number of heroes from history and mythology, including the last battle of El Cid, Horatio at the Bridge in Rome, and Gwain and the Green Knight.  I hope to be able to locate this book for my daughter.  Any help is appreciated.

C85 El Cid sounds like I26 stories of heroes
C85 el cid: well, Knights and Champions, by Dorothy Heiderstadt, illustrated by George Fulton, published Nelson 1960, 191 pages, includes stories of "twelve legendary and historical heroes, including St. George, Beowulf, Roland, King Arthur, Richard Lionheart, El Cid of Spain, and Bayard the last knight. Ages 10-14.". I couldn't discover the size or confirm colour illustrations, or any other definite characters beyond Ogier the Dane - nothing certain on Gawain or Horatio.



C86:  Come Over to My House
Solved: Come Over to My House

C87:  Cully and the octopus
Solved: The Pirates in the Deep Green Sea

C88: Carter is a painter's cap
Solved: Carter is a Painter's Cat

C89: Casey
Solved: More than a Summer Love 

C90: Cave children
Solved: The Stone Age Kids Discover America
C91: Cold snap day

Solved: Grandpa's Farm
C92: Collection of poems, speeches, plays

Solved: Treasury of the Familiar 
C93: Child actress in historical role

Solved: Once in a Lifetime
C94: Catacombs

Solved: The Tombs of Atuan
C95: Christmas Story Book

Solved: The Christmas Book
C96: Carroty princess?

Solved: Princess Carroty-Top & Timothy
Solved: The Magic Key
C97: Collection of stories for girls

Solved: Girls' Adventure Stories of Long Ago 
C98: Collection with Mr Leakey story by Haldane

Solved: Golden treasury of Children's Literature: Volume 6: Unfamiliar Marvels

C99: cupola, bees, kidnapped
Solved: Babysitting is a Dangerous Job

C100: Camping trip time travel
I am also looking for a series of fantasy books about a group of kids (family) who go on a camping trip and go into the past.  They go to an island were they plan a survival type (Outward Bound, as their elderbrother went on a trip similar with out his siblings) camping trip and find a figurine. Title might be "the bronze man", there are at least three books in the series.  The children go back to the time of the Celts in one of the books.

sounds slightly like one suggested for another stumper - The Green Bronze Mirror, by Lynne Ellison, published London, Blackie 1966, 124 pages. "Karen is 15 years old, and on holiday with her family at an English seaside resort. Everything is ordinarily nice, until she finds an old bronze mirror buried in the sand and looks into it. Hearing the tramp of approaching feet, she turns to face a company of what appears to be Roman soldiers. They ARE Roman soldiers, and Karen finds herself in the Britain of almost 2000 years before her own time. Her
adventures go on from there ... romance pervades the story after Karen meets Kleon, a handsome slave boy." The author was apparently only 14 when she wrote the book.
C100 camping trip time travel: there is a short series by Meta Mayne Reid, including The McNeills at Rathcapple, published Faber 1959 "combines the family story with the magic of adventures into the past"; Sandy and the Hollow Book, published Faber 1961 "An exciting story of two children in Ireland who relive forgotten episodes from past history"; and With Angus in the Forest, published Faber 1963 "The story of a girl who went back into Irish history during the desparate times of the 10th century Danish raids, and found there an answer to her own problems." One of Elinor Lyon's books, The Golden Shore, published Hodder 1957, is about cousins John and Penelope, who jump a stream while on a picnic, and find themselves in ancient Greece, where they live for almost a year. There is also a short time-travel series by M. Pardoe, involving the MacAlister children and their tutor - Argle's Causeway, illustrated by L. Atkinson, published Routledge 1958, 244 pages "Another excursion in time granted to the MacAlister family who break through a 'thin spot' in the region of Lymington and find themselves in Norman England in the 11th century. While it is a little difficult to believe that the children's kilts enable them to pass without a great deal of commment ... the historical background is extremely thorough ..." (JB Jul/58 p.135) and Argle's Oracle, illustrated by Audrey Fawley, published Routledge 1959, 197 pages "The MacAllister children and their young schoolmaster friend Mr. Burke are forced down in the sea on a flight to Athens and almost immediately find a 'thin spot' where they break through the veil of time and begin to live in the Greece of 415 BC."
C100 camping trip: the first book in the Pardoe series is Curtain of Mist, illustrated by Leslie Atkinson, published Funk 1958, 246 pages. "Three modern children and their tutor in the Scottish Highlands step throught the 'curtain of mist' into Celtic Britain. They remember that they belong in the 20th century and realize that they have  somehow got into the wrong era. They are thrilled by their experience but frightened too, and anxious to get back home." (HB Feb/58 p.38)



C101: Complete Collection
As a child I had a hardback, grey book which I lugged around everywhere. I'm sure it seemed large at the time due to my age, however, I am positive it had a complete compilation of fairy tales which would, in fact, make it a pretty large book.  It had such stories as The Princess and the Pea, Little Red Riding Hood, Princess and the Frog, Puss N' Boots, Babes in the Woods, Hansel & Gretel, Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskins, etc.  It also had The Little Match Girl, which I distinctly remember being the last story in the book.  There were full page illustrations that were absolutely beautiful.  There were several stories which I did not list because frankly, I'd flip to my favorites which I listed above.  I was born in 1972 and I'm unsure when the book was purchased.  I do not remember it being a used book.  There were no marks or damage so I do not believe it was handed down to me.  However, I have no memory of the dustjacket.  Everyone in my family remembers the book but no one can remember the name of it.  It was lost in a house fire years ago.  I have searched all over the internet and have found books that are close but usually they lack a story or two.  I periodically search every  year in hope one will turn up on an auction site.  So far, I've had no luck.  Any information would be nice.  Of course, finding the actual book would be blissful.

Negative answer! C101 is NOT this - at least not this printing of it [tho it does have a very modern 1-page version of the Sun & Wind removing man's jacket]   Bjoland, Esther M, editor    Stories of childhood  vol 1 [of 6-vol set] various illustrators    The Child's World  c1947
I'm remember an anthology that my mother use to read to me when I was a little boy. (72-77) The stories I emember from it were Pinoccio, Puss in Boots, and possibly a story about a fellow who goes to Hell? and buys a
noodle-maker? off the devil, which his wife ends up flooding the town with noodles because she didn't know how to stop it. (Might have been a different book) There were more stories that I don't remember, oh wait there was Beauty and the Beast. The thing I remember most about the book was the illustrations. They were the creepist pictures I had ever seen. (at the time) The illustrations for Puss in Boots were by Dore. The Beauty and the Beast illustrations were by Crane, and I believe the pinoccio illustrations were by Folkard.I also remember the stories being original, not homogenized.In other words they were creepy. I don't remember what color the book was. I hope this helps somebody remember. I would like this book also.



C102: Children scientific experiment
Solved: The House of Stairs


C103: Children disaster aflood england
Solved: Hills End

C104: Coloured pages
Solved: The BIG Story Book 
C105: Catholic series with flood

Solved: This is Our Town

C106a: Cinderella in verse
Solved: Cinderella Retold in Verse

C106b: Children and boats
I remember a book I enjoyed as a child (in the early 70's) that had stories of children and the water (boats?).  One story in the book was called, "The Little Lost Island" and the other story I remember was "Jenny of the Jetty". There were other stories, but I can't remember the names of them.  Can you tell me the name of the book?


C107: Cave Exploration
I also remember about the same time frame reading a book about a group of kids that explored a cave.  The were trapped in the cave and had to go down the underground river to get out.  It was a great adventure and I'd love to read it to my kids now. Thanx for your help. This is a great service.

possibly The Cave, US title Five Boys in a Cave, by Richard Church, published London 1950, New York, Day 1951, 180 pages. "John Walters was visiting his uncle and aunt when he discovered the entrance to the limestone caves near their home. At once he decided to invite four of his friends to explore with him. The effect that danger and fear have on the characters of the boys - bringing out both good and bad traits - is well depicted. For readers of twelve and over." (HB Jul/51 p.249) Not sure about an underground river, though.
another possibility is The Mystery of Mont Saint-Michel, by Michel Rouze, illustrated by Peter Spier, published NY Holt 1955 "The story of four French boys and one girl who, on a summer camping trip, decide to explore the famous abbey at Mont Saint-Michel. Eluding the guides and the regular tours they go underground by themselves and are soon lost in a network of passages and caves. The author combines vivid and realistic descriptions of the ways in which the children meet danger - how they avoid the rising tide, provide themselves with light, fires, food - with their interest in trying to find proof that there is truth in the legend that here once grew the great Forest of Cokelunde. A well-written, exciting and credible tale, translated from the French by George Libaire." (Horn Book Dec/55 p.459) Though it's not an underground river but underground tides.
C107 Have sold this so can't check inside: Wallace, Bill    Trapped  in Death Cave  cover by Don Clavette    Holiday House, 1984; cover art 1987.    Weekly Reader  Just for Boys series
Joyce Sweeney, Free Fall. 1996.  This is about 4 boys who find a cave and go exploring, but they get lost. They find an opening in the cave ceiling, but when one boy attempts to scale the wall, he falls and breaks his leg.  They finally escape by swimming underwater.  Lots of male bonding, kind of like the movie "Stand By Me" but set in modern times.
C107 cave exploration: more on the Richard Church book - "Five boys explore a Severnside cave-complex and find their way out along a subterranean river, after physical hazards and re-alignments within the group. In the sequel (Down River, 1958) they surprise crooks taking contraband down river to a waiting ship." (Growing Point Jan/75 p.2567) There's also one of the books suggested for C94 catacombs: Escape into Daylight by Geoffrey Household. "Carrie and Mike are kidnapped and imprisoned in a dark, damp dungeon beneath a ruined abbey. The only way out is through twisted passages and an underground river."
Could this be The Mystery of the Piper's Ghost by Zillah Macdonald?? Set in Nova Scotia, the story involves an old gold mine with many lengthy tunnels,- it is here that the children get lost.


C108: Cats v Dogs Intergalactic War
Solved: Urn Burial

C109: Computers and kids
Solved: Danny Dunn and the Homework Machine
C110: Children's Map Book

Solved: Authorized Autumn Charts of the Upper Red Canoe River Country
C111: Christmas Stories -Giant golden book size

Solved: The Tall Book of Christmas

C112: crabapple girl plays field hockey
Solved: The Hockey Girls
C113: Circus Baby

Solved: Circus Baby

C114: Children's Poetry Book
Solved: The Bumper Book
C115:  Children's Book about witches

Solved: Witch Family
C116:  Child dies and enters alternate world

Solved: The Brothers Lionheart

C117:  Christmas short stories
Solved: The Christmas Book

C118:  Candy dreams
Solved: Sweet Touch

C119:  Children's Bedtime Story book
Solved: Lots of Stories 
C120:  Chinese Fairy Tales

Solved: Chinese Fairy Tales 

C121: child possessed by doll
This is what I remember about the book:   It is a horror novel about a lonely child named Bryna who finds a doll,and it becomes her friend.  The doll is evil and as Bryna grows up, the doll somehow takes her over. Bryna was an overwieght child and the doll makes her lose weight and she becomes very attractive, and the doll takes control of Bryna's body and takes her out into the world where she is involved in Tantric sex.  I want to say the doll was possessed by some kind of Hindu goddess (It had something to do with Tantra and Hinduism). By the end of the book the doll has taken her over almost completely and has even committed murder.  I think the doll was trying to kill Bryna so her spirit could live in Bryna's body. I know it sounds kind of wierd, but I read this book around 1992 when I was in high school and would like to read it again.  The book I read was a paperback and (at the time) it had a dark cover ( I think black) with the outline of a child's facial profile.  If you can come up with any suggestions for the title of this book I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks for your help.

John Saul?  I don't remember any tantric sex in Saul books, but I do recall a Saul story in which a child's doll gets her to commit murders or something along those lines. The cover for the book The Unwanted sounds like the cover you describe.


C122: candy striper
When I was a little girl. I remember reading a book about a candy striper. I would have read it in the mid 1960's.  This book inspired me to be a nurse.  I remember there was a grandmother who was sick. It also had a little girl who wanted to grow up and be a candy striper nurse.

There is a Scholastic book called Candy Stripers by Lee Wyndham, but I also remember reading a book with a candy striper in it and her name was "Honey."  I don't remember the name of the second book, but maybe that name will give someone else some ideas.  I think the picture on the front of the second book was blue and white with a blonde-haired girl on it.
Lee Wyndham, Candy Stripers, 1958.  This book could be Candy Stripers by Lee Wyndham, published in 1958.
I remember reading a book (and I remember no details whatsoever, but I thought she was a candy-striper-type).  I just remember it was called Cherry Ames
How about Vicky Barnes, Junior Hospital Volunteer: the story of a candy striper by Alice Ross Colver, Dodd, Mead, 1966. Cherry Ames was not a cnady striper but a full-fledged nurse who really got around -- over the course of 20+ books, she was Cherry Ames, Jungle Nurse...Island Nurse...Rural Nurse...Rest Home  Nurse...Dude Ranch Nurse...Army Nurse...etc.
The book Candy Striper by Lee Wyndham is not the book I am looking for.  My book was a preschool age/easy reader.
C122 candy striper: maybe a bit late is Nina Nurse, Hospital Helper, by Joan Potter Elwart, illustrated by Stina Nagel, published NY Whitman 1967, a Peepul Pals Playstory Book, colour illus. 4x5" No plot description.
A little more info on Nina Nurse, Hospital Helper:  I have the "Betsy(?) Ballerina" entry in the Peepul Pals series, and the back cover has photographs of very 1960's-looking dolls costumed as the heroines of all the books in the series (a nurse, a bride, Little Red Riding Hood, etc.)--I believe each book originally came with a matching doll.  The interior illustrations are regular drawings, not photographs, but like the dolls, the drawings have absolutely enormous heads.



C123: CITY NIGHTS, CITY LIGHTS....UPTOWN, DOWNTOWN
I remember checking this book out from my school library over and over again while I was in elementary school, maybe 2nd or 3rd grade (1977-1979) I think the title was : City Nights, City Lights or Uptown, Downtown or something close to it.  I remember it took place in the city and I think the main character was a girl and she walked through the city - I also remember a storm and the girl wearing a rain jacket and having an umbrella.  Hope you can help me - Thank you!

Taro Yashima, Umbrella.  Could this one possibly be Umbrella?  Momo receives boots and an umbrella for her birthday and then has to wait and wait for it to rain. She does walk through the rain in the story, to nursery school.
Could this be the Alice and Jerry reader Day In and Day Out? It has a maroon cover with a girl in summer shorts and light top and an umbrella in rain splashing around in puddles. Like  most reders it consists of many different stories unrelated to one another. The cover and the Title somewhat matched your description!! (You can often find this reader on auction sites with photographs.)
C123 city lights: perhaps this one is too old, but Paris in the Rain With Jean and Jacqueline, written and illustrated by Thea Bergere, published NY McGraw 1963, features a boy and girl with a big black umbrella in city scenes. "Her full-page illustration, using blue, grey, white and just a little red tone. The effect is really pleasing to the eye and consistent with the Parisian tour mood!" 



C124: Christmas Anthology
I have pages 23-100 of a book of Christmas stories and poems which belonged to someone born in the 40's.  Stories in this book include "Mr. Pig's Surprise", "Christmas Through a Knothole", "Susie's Christmas Star", "The Perfect Tree," "Granny Glittens and Her Amazing Mittens", "The Exactly Right Present", "The Christmas Eve Whispers", "The Speedy Little Train", "A Shoe for Blitzen", "Noel's New Birthday", and "The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy."  Poems included are "Winter Morning", "If I Were Santa's Little Boy", "Christmas", "Sortie", "Song", "What Can I Give Him?", "Santa's Workshop", "Christmas Magic", "Secret Lake", and "Good Nicholas Nichol".  I know that it is NOT The Tall Book of Christmas.

C125: Christmas dolls anthology
Solved: Santa's Footprints 

C126: Cow wants to go to moon
Solved: A Rocket for a Cow
C127: coming of age girls book

Solved: The Unchosen 
C128: chain recapitulates mankind's history

an ancient man picks up a chain on a deserted beach and we follow its progress throughout history until it ends up in a case in a museum, wondered at by a modern man. the book came out around 1942.

I do not know  if the device of the chain is used in the book but a very popular history of the world was  Henrik van(von)Loon's History of Mankind--the 1922 winner of the Newbery Award.
Not a lot of help, I'm afraid, but this is NOT the Van Loon - I've just checked my copy, nor is it his Ancient Man - I looked at my copy of that, too!
Gregg, Pauline, The Chain of History, 1958.
the book i am looking for is fictional, so it wouldn't be a history by van loon nor *the chain of history* (1958), which i was able to look at. but i do appreciate the suggestions.  my mother is quite old and this is the one book she keeps talking about. she read it around 1941 so it had to have been published earlier than that. i have already checked out (all) the several fictional works at the library of congress that have "chain" in the title. i have also searched OCLC.



C129: Car crash ghosts
Solved:  Ghosts of Departure Point 

C130: Cooking macaroni for the king with lots of pots
Solved: Strega Nona 

C131: Childrens Bedtime Stories
I remember it being a large hardback book. The illustrations were in black and white but the cover was in color, with a blonde girl/boy on the front. I remember something about a "crooked sixpence?" I also remember a story about a cat named Spot that an old woman would yell at and say, "scat, scat, you old street cat! Scat, scat and never come back!" There was also a story about a pig, a woman, and a style. The woman couldn't get her pig over the style so she asked different animals, things, etc. to help her. One line is, "fire won't burn stick, stick don't beat dog, dog won't bite pig, piggy won't go over the stile and I shan't get home tonight." If you have any information on this book, please let me know. My family has been searching for years! If anyone has a copy they want to sell, even better! Thanks you!

Betty O'Connor, editor, Better Homes and Gardens Storybook, 1950.  The story about the little old lady whose pig won't go over the stile can be found in the Better Homes and Gardens Storybook from 1950, although I don't think any of the other stories described in the stumper are included in this anthology.



C132:  Chicken loses toes, is given boots
Solved: Along Came a Dog 
C133: Cannibal town and other scary stories

I'm looking for a book of scary ghost stories that I remember reading in the late '70s. The book was hardbound, about the same size as a book called _13 Ghostly Yarns_ (but that isn't the book in question). I think the word "Yarns" might have been in the title, or it might have been in the title for one of the individual tales. The book came out around the early 50s, I'm guessing somewhere between '48 and '58. It was illustrated, wonderful old  illustrations in the top page of every story (and there might have been one or two more for each story, but I don't remember if that was the case). One of the stories might have been about an old sea captain. I remember one story vividly: it was about a man who drove out in a car to a coastal New England town. He might have been a detective, traveling out there for a missing persons report. He rented a room for the night from a hesitant proprietor. The house had an old oil painting of the town's founder -- I believe the name was Hanibal, and he gradually came to realize that the people of this odd isolated town were cannibals! I remember that one of the illustrations pictured a speeding black car in the night, one of those old postwar autos with the large back fenders curling back.
[P.S. I've enjoyed looking through all the stumpers and really like this site, have been a visitor for some time-- was surprised to discover now that your bookstore was here in Cleveland! Wife and I will have to stop by and shop sometime!

C133 cannibal town: I think this particular story may be The Children of Noah by Richard Matheson (1957), which I read in Alfred Hitchcock's Stories My Mother Never Told Me, NY Random 1963 (though this probably is too late to be the collction wanted). My recollection is that the main character is a travelling salesman and that he stops in the town because he is caught in a speed trap. The townspeople are friendly in a strange kind of way and invite him to a big barbecue to be held that night. It ends with him realising that his room is getting hotter and hotter. There are various clues through the story - the town's founder was shipwrecked and lived for some years with Pacific Islanders, the creepy portrait in the hotel and so on, but I don't remember if the salesman figures it out or not.



C134: Christmas tree top cut off mouse
Solved: Mr. Willoughby's Christmas Tree

C135: Curse of the MacGregor's Mansion
Solved: The Ghosts of Austwick Manor 

C136: Cashmere sweater
Solved: Fifteen 

C137: Child catches the moon in birdcage
This is a book that I read as a child in the early 50's.  It was about a little boy who saw the moon out of his bed at night and wanted it to stay, but it always went away.  He went around and asked people in his neighborhood how to catch the moon, and I believe they didn't know, but they gave him presents.  Finally someone gives him a birdcage, and he sees the moon in the cage every night before he goes to be and is satisfied.

James Thurber, Many Moons.  This is a pretty unlikely match, but it does have some things in common. It's about a princess who wants the moon, and everyone the king asks explains why this is impossible, until the the court jester comes up with a solution



C138: Christmas Book, 1940s or 1950s
I am looking for a book that belonged to my mother who was born in 1945. It is about 8 1/2 by 11 size and is an COLLECTION  of Christmas stories. I have pages 57-100 which have the stories, The Exactly Right Present, The Christmas Eve Whispers, The poem Merry Christmas, The Speedy Little Train, the song Good Nicolas Nicol, A Shoe for Blitzen, Noel's New Birthday, the poem "Song" and "I Saw Three Ships", and THe Puppy Who Wanted a Boy adn The Elves and the Shoemaker. I am desperate to find this book adn would appreciate any help!!!!

Sounds like it could be THE TALL BOOK OF CHRISTMAS selected by Dorothy Hall Smith, illustrated by Gertrude Elliott Espenscheid, 1954. It is about 12 inches tall and 5 inches wide. It contains "The Christmas Story", "I Saw Three Ships" "Christmas Through a Knothole", "Christmas", "Everywhere Christmas", "The Birds", "Babouscka", "The Story of the First Christmas Tree", "O Little Town of Bethlehem", "Giant Grummer's  Christmas", "The Friendly Beasts", "The Christmas Rose", "For Christmas", Granny Glittens and Her Amazing Kittens", "A Christmas for Bears", "Song", "Long, Long Ago", "Away In A Manger", "Santa Claus", "The Christmas Cake", "The Puppy Who Wanted A Boy", "Words From An Old Spanish Carol", "Patapan", "The Holly and the Ivy", "A Little Christmas Wish", "What Can I Give Him?", "In the Great Walled Country", "Here We Come A-Caroling", "The Night Before Christmas".  There were other TALL BOOK OF... including THE TALL BOOK OF FAIRY TALES which includes "The Shoemaker and the Elves". There was also THE TALL BOOK OF MAKE-BELIEVE, but I didn't find a list of its contents. Perhaps all the stories weren't in one book - perhaps the mother owned more than one of THE TALL BOOK series?  ~from a librarian



C139: Children Walk from FL to GA
Solved:  Long Way to Go 
C140: California girl hates raincoat

Solved: The Luckiest Girl 
C141: Clock adventures with Punch

Solved:  The Sun, Moon, and Stars Clock 

C142: Colonial Girl Drinks Nanny Tea
Question: I am looking for a book that I read in junior high (late 1960s, early 1970s).  I lost the book.  I can't remember the title or the author's name but I have some strong memories of the story line.  I would like to find this book again. I do not know the name of the publisher or the year of publication. Basic storyline:  set in pre-revolutionary or revolutionary time frame.  I believe the location was Pennsylvania.  Female protagonist.  Young, maybe 15 or 16?  Lives with mother and father in a cabin.  She is bathing in a tub before the fire when her brother enters the cabin (he has been gone for years...) and he watches her bathing. Both are so shocked by the event that he stays away (at the end of the book you find out he was not her blood brother, but adopted by the family, and they are able to
marry).  I believe the main character becomes ill and is dosed with "nanny tea" (sheep manure
boiled and strained).  The story contains the recounting of a party where a looking glass is used in a game, and the main character's friend is devastasted to find out that she is not as pretty as the others (smallpox scars?).  Another girl gets pregnant and goes crazy, I think it was after her baby died, and if
memory serves she drowned herself.  There's a lot more to the story but I can't remember all of it... probably wolves and Indians, etc.  I really would like to find this book and employing unusual search keywords like nanny AND tea did not get me the results I had hoped.  Can you help?  Many thanks!

This sounds like it could be one of John Jakes' American Chronicles series...The Bastard (1974), The Rebels (1975), The Seekers (1975), The Furies (1976).  I think those were the four I read before I lost interest  I don't know which one it was, but one of them was very similar to your description.  There's 8 books, total, in the series, following the Kent family through the Revolutionary war era.  A list of all the titles can be found on this website.



C143: Cat named Asher Banipul
Solved:  The Wonderful World of Aunt Tuddy 

C144:  connie and the curious candle
Solved:  Stories for Bedtime 
C145: choirboys adventures, mysteries.  England.

Solved: The Grange at High Force 

C146: Christmas Cookies Come Alive on Christmas Eve to Help Decorate Tree, Finish Dollhouse, and Assemble Bike
My wife has been searching for a particular childrens book, however she does not remember the title, author, or publisher.  The basic plot involves Christmas cookies that are left out on Christmas Eve and come alive to help decorate the Christmas tree, finish a dollhouse, and assemble a bicycle. We are expecting our own little girl in the next few weeks and she would love to have this book to read to her daughter at Christmas.

C147:  Cowboy Poem "A Friend",  Presidential-sounding author
Solved: Ode to a Friend 

C148: Caresse LeClair book stumper
Legend of Caresse LeClair.  Book was set in New Orleans current day.  It was written about 25-30 years ago.  People come to visit a prominent family and are recounted the legend of Caresse LeClair, a granddaughter of Marie Laveau (a voodoo priestess) who was a quadroon that was bought at a quadroon ball by a man in the family many years earlier.  A story is recounted how she was killed in a fire.  Some family members and guests go by pirogue to a voodoo ceremony.  One woman brings traditional offerings to the voodoo gods.  The voodoo priestess hates the woman who she feels is related to the woman who caused Caresse's death and plans revenge thru the voodoo ceremony.  The
ceremony also has an effect on the other guests and family attending.  At some point those people unknowingly start acting out the events that led to the death of Caresse.  Very mysterious.  I can't remember the author and have searched everywhere. Please help.

C138 I checked google for Caresse... and got nothing. When I tried Marie Laveu, there were tons.  Perhaps this is of possible interst to customer:  D'Argent, Jacques.  Voodoo.   Sherbourne Press, c1970.


D5: Detective Book Club
I have been looking since the mid-80's for a book I read that I read in the 1970's (I think).  It was a mystery story bound in one of the Detective Book Club books with 3 titles in the book.  It dealt with a family on vacation in Canada.  They had noticed a car passing them and latter when they stopped for dinner they noticed the same car in the parking lot.  After dinner the daughter (who reads Bartlett's Quotations, her favorite book) got into the backseat of "a" car and fell asleep.  She ended up in the "other car" which was being driven by thieves and ended up being a hostage.  There were 3 bad guys, one about her age.  The younger one eventually helps her escape.  Bartlett's Quotations plays an important part in locating her and the bad guys. Story is told from her viewpoint and that of her parents and the police trying to find her. 
D6: Dress-up baby brother

Solved: James the Jaguar 
D7: Doll & bus

I am looking for the name of a book I read as a young girl in the late 50's. The only thing I can remember of the book was that of a little girl riding a bus with her doll. The child  was going to a relative's home in the country for an extended period of time. I dearly loved this book & would appreciate if anyone can remember the name of this book. I think it may have been a series.

Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher is about a little girl who goes to visit her relatives in the country for an extended period. I don't  remember if she has a doll or if she goes by bus, though.
About the girl on the bus, D-7, I just purchased a book like this one. It is about a girl named Gail who stays with her uncle in the country.  She arrives on a bus to Hopkins Corners with her bear (not a doll) named Roo. The book tells the story of the old farmhouse from its beginnings to the present. It is written and illustrated by one of my favorite authors--Kate Seredy.
D7 might be Peachtree Island, by Mildred Lawrence.  Cissie travels by train and then boat, not bus; her doll, Monica, is notable because she's a bride doll that looks just like Cissie. Cissie has shuttled from relative to relative; on Peachtree Island, she's going to live with Uncle Eben.  Uncle Eben turns out to be a very nice uncle, and red-haired and forgetful to boot, just like Cissie; so she tries to prove that she's as much help with the peach orchard as a boy would be, so Uncle Eben will keep her.
D7 Doll and bus -- I just came across an illustration for the book Penny written and illustrated by Margaret Torrey, published Howell, Soskin, 1944, 126 pages. The book is about little Penny, who travels with her doll Rosmyrelda to visit her aunt Penelope in the country. Her aunt has a poodle called Pouf. The illustration is quite striking, and shows a blonde little girl with a wide-brimmed hat, plaid dress, white gloves, lacey petticoat, high white stockings and button boots, her hands clasped together. She is sitting on the bench of a train? with an umbrella leaning beside her and her painted wooden doll, who wears a checked dress and a little pillbox hat. If this might be the client's book, I can scan and email the illustration if that would help.


D8: Deborah Endicott
Solved: Debbie of the Green Gate
D12: Daydreaming

Here's a stumper:  a man read a book in the 50's sometime about a little boy who spends his time in school and at home daydreaming...about being an astronaut or a fireman or something else.  Each chapter is a different adventure.  Sounds to me like a Disney short, but I can't remember...thanks

This is only a very wild guess but the reader could be thinking about the Bobby Brewster series of books which were around in the fifties and sixties.
You know, it doesn't ring any bells with me or the patron who asked for it, but he was glad to get the
info.  I really appreciate your getting back to me. thanks so much.  p.s. I really enjoy the site and have actually sent in some suggested titles.
Sounds a little bit like Magic Michael written and illustrated by Louis Slobodkin, Macmillan, 1944, about a little boy who's always pretending. "All small boys love to pretend they are 'something or other,' much to the dismay of their sisters and parents! Michael's sister tells how he was a Cow, then a Stork, a Kangaroo, a Rock and 'hard things that you could never tell,' like Electricity, a Mop or a 'deep dark Well.' It seemed there was no stopping Michael's boundless imagination, until one day his father brought home a surprise ... " Nothing much about him being a fireman or anything though, and no idea if it was a chapter book.
A bit closer, but perhaps too late - 26 Ways to be Somebody Else, by Devorah Boxer, published Pantheon 1960, 64 pages, side-sewn "Magically, one small boy changes himself into 26 different personalities, from Acrobat to Zoo-keeper. Ages 4-8." (Horn Book Oct/60 p.343 pub ad)
another possible is The Expeditions of Willis Partridge, written and illustrated by Harvey Weiss, published New York, Abelard 1961, 42 pages. "A small boy's daydreams make up this attractive and very entertaining picture book. When Willis is just being Willis, but poised for a take-off into his secret world, the pictures are in red, black, and white; but when Willis is climbing mountains, reviewing troops, being a master spy, walking tightropes, slaying a lion and leading an orchestra the pictures are in brilliant colors." (HB Feb/61 p.45) May be too short, though.
D12 daydreaming: here's another - Under Christopher's Hat, by Dorothy M. Callahan and Carole M. Byard, published Scribner 1972. "A small boy imagines himself in a lot of different jobs - fireman, hunter, milkman - during the course of a busy day. Ages 3-6." (HB Apr/72 p.104 pub ad)


D13: Doll hand-me-down
help!! I am looking for a little girl's book about a doll that is handed down from one generation to another. It is very old - perhaps 1900s, the name of the doll may have been Rowena or Anasthasia or something like that.  Any ideas?

D13: Possibly it sounds like Memoirs of a London Doll by Richard Henry Horne. It traces the life of a doll and her owners. It is from the 1900s.
Another title tracing a doll through generations is Deborah Remembers.  Unfortunately, I forget the author and our copy is not at hand.
Could this be Hitty ?  I don't remember the author but it is still on the bookstore shelves, it is a Newbery book, I think.  Or, there  is a book by Rumer Godden about a simple "penny" doll who lives in a dollhouse with other dolls and the evil, conceited Marchpane.  I forget the name of this one, but it is certainly by Rumer Godden.
Hitty is by Rachel Field, illustrated by Dorothy Lathrop, 1929.  The doll's name is, of course, Hitty.  Rumer Godden has written several doll books, including Candy Floss, Dolls House, Mouse House, and The Fairy Doll.  But I'm not sure any of these are a match, although from the scant description, it might be hard to pin this down.  Not forgetting the favorite Wonderful Fashion Doll by Laura Bannon.
Probably too late, but from Horn Book again, Nov-Dec/50, ad for children's books published by Thomas Crowell: Angelina Amelia, a Doll, by Henietta Jones Moon. Illus. in three colors by the author. An appealing picture-story of a doll that lived through several generations in the same house. Ages 3-6
Tracy Friedman, Henriette: The Story of a Doll, 1986.  This is just a guess, but it might be Henriette: The Story of a Doll by Tracy Friedman. It's about a French doll named Henriette who belongs to a very old woman on a Southern Plantation just after the Civil War. She was handed down to the old woman's daughter, but she was killed during the war and the granddaughter Amanda (Henriette's rightful owner) is living in an orphanage.  Henriette travels to join her, meeting people, animals and having adventures along the way.
Well, 'Araminta' is the name of Grandmother's Doll in the 1931 book by Elizabeth Bouton Gladwin. Though that doll only goes from Grandmother (who got her from London in 1875) to Betty. Araminta is found in the attic and has 'all her furniture and clothes' and even a diary she wrote herself.
The red poster mentions Deborah Remembers. It's by Lillie V. Albrecht, published by Hastings House 1959. "Deborah is a doll in a museum reminiscing about her 250 years of life for a group of younger dolls. Unlike Hitty, she is merely a device to connect a number of stories of New England life and history, from the Deefield massacre, the Revolution, the Underground Railway, the Civil War, to World War I. The stories are lively and interesting."
#D13--Doll hand-me-down:  An obscure doll story is The Journey of Bangwell Putt, based on the history of a famous early American doll.  Since she was around for many years before ending up in a museum, she may well have gone through several owners, though the same person did possess her for eighty years!
D13 doll hand-me-down: probably way too late, but Little Lottie, by W. Mathiessen, published Burke 1961, 124 pages is about "Little Lottie, a doll which belonged to Ruth's grandmother. This story tells of her adventures
after Ruth acquires her. These adventures are all quite natural and in the course of them the doll has several devoted owners. The interlude with the doll-collector is very charming and will intrigue little girls." (JB Jan/61
p.25) Actually, it would be very helpful to know whether the poster means that the book itself was published in the early 1900s, or whether it tells the story of a doll made in the 1900s!
Mary Fielding Moore, Dorcas the Wooden Doll, 1944.  The other suggestions also sound plausible but here is an additional one, which I remember from my childhood.
D13 doll hand-me-down: another possible is Dorcas the Wooden Doll, by Mary F. Moore, 16 drawings by Peggy Fortnum, published by Sylvan Press, London 1945. "The adventures of Dorcas, the wooden Doll, start in the reign of Queen Anne and go up to the present day." Not much detail though.


D15: Donuts in Cakeville
Solved: Tea Cake from Cakeville 
D16: Dutch Shoes

What a great site!  I'm looking for a Little Golden Book that I loved as a little girl in the early 70's.  I think it was about a girl and her father, who I believe made wooden Dutch shoes??  And there may have been something about shoes from different countries.  I'm not sure, but I would love to get this book again.  Thanks!

Are you sure it's shoes from different countries and not dolls?  Check out the memories about The Surprise Doll on the Morrell Gipson page.
Believe it or not, there's more than one book about Dutch shoes. Couldn't find any LGBs, but these seem to be similar formats at least: Maben Wooden Shoes London and New York: Frederick Warne, 1943, 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall "Sweet little book with full page color illustrations. A "Jimmy Linnet" book. Paper covered boards with color illustration on front." Hardwick, Alice, Little Wooden Shoes  pictures by Francis Brundage, Akron, Saalfield 1917, 14 pages, 12 x 7 1/2", 4 full color illustrations & many 2 toned tinted ills. Color litho wrappers, stapled. "American girl goes to Holland & gets to wear wooden shoes." Brann, Esther, Nanette of the Wooden Shoes NY Macmillan 1929, seven full page illus, three in full color. "Nanette wore the loudest pair of sobots (wooden shoes) in all of Brittany!"
D16 dutch shoes: if it were a boy instead of a girl, it could be Dirk's Wooden Shoes, by Ilona Fennema, illustrated by Georgette Apol, published Harcourt 1970 "Joyous colorful pictures illustrate this delightful story of a small Dutch boy whose father carves wooden shoes - including a 'magical pair.' Ages 5-9." (HB Apr/70 p.200 pub ad)


D18: Doll comes alive
Solved: Dollie Darlings 
D19: Doll solves mystery

This book is about a brother and sister who visit an old perhaps abandoned house and find an old doll. I remember they hide in the window seat from something and the old doll ends up hiding a mystery, perhaps in her china head, a mystery of where gold coins were hidden , perhaps during the war between the states. That is all I can remember, but it was one of my favorite books.

Disney made a movie with the same story line, if that helps, but I don't recall the name of it.  Perhaps it was The Watcher in the Woods?  Actually, upon reading some of the Solved Mysteries on this Web site, I think the Disney movie I was referring to is called The Child of Glass.
Sorry but this does not sound familiar. I think the title had the word house or mansion in it. I remember another bit. The girl or girls in the story were in a wedding and got to wear organdy dresses and were quite excited. Organdy has always held a facination for me because of that story.
I don't remember the tiles but both D19 and M20 sound familiar to me.  I wonder if these could be either Helen Fuller Orton or Mary C. Jane mysteries. I read as many of these as I could find in the 60's and most of them had plots along these lines.
D19--I don't remember the title (although the word "Freedom" may have been in it), but I think the author was Rebecca Caudill.
Some details remind me strongly of The Velvet Room by Zilpha Keatley Snyder.  But that was just a girl.
#D19  The book on which Disney's The Child of Glass is based is The Ghost Belonged to Me by Richard Peck.  It *could* be it.  It involves a young boy and girl, visiting, a doll, and recovering something lost in the Civil War era.  It is absolutely NOT Zilpha Keatley Snyder's The Velvet Room.  I've read that several times and there's nothing about a doll or the Civil War.
D19- This book sounded an awful lot like the Mystery in the Doll Hospital by Elizabeth Honess (what is it about the name Elizabeth!!).  There are twins in the story and the doll that is being restored has sapphire eyes.  The doll belongs to a old neighbor whose father was a ship's captain and he gave the doll to a man on his ship for safekeeping.  Unfortunately, the man was a jewel thief and hid gems in the doll.  He was put in jail without recovering the jewels, died, and told someone else the story.  That man got out of jail and tried to recover the gems. I had been looking for the book for years and found it in a library book clearing.  It was like Christmas!!
#D19--Doll Solves Mystery:  Probably not the right one, but I'd like to share the summary from the back of a book I just picked up:  "Melissa must stay in bed for four months until her broken hip heals.  Time moves
unbearably slowly until Mother brings home a tiny doll family.  From the very first day, Melissa and the dolls understand each other.  Then young Cousin Valerie visits from her family's plantation, nearly ruined during the
recent Civil War.  She tells about a chest of gold that has disappeared from its hiding place.  Without the gold her family home will be lost.  It is up to the dolls to find a clue to the hidden gold--and somehow make Melissa
hear their message."  Summary to "Midnight in the Dollhouse," by Marjorie Filley Stover, published by Scholastic Books in 1990.  By the way, there is also a book by Cora Cheney called "Plantation Doll," published in 1955.
Catherine Woolley.  This is a long shot, but could you be conflating more than one book?  In Ginnie and the Mystery Doll by Catherine Woolley, I think the doll wore a lavender organdy dress.  There's no brother, but Ginnie's friend Peter is in a number of the books and perhaps he's in this one.  And inGinnie and the Wedding Bells, she got to be in a wedding, though her dress was velvet.  There's also a Ginnie and the Mystery House.
online search - I had no idea there were so many books like this: Evatt, Harriet, Secret of the Old Coach Inn b&w illustrations by David Stone, Bobbs-Merrill 1959 "A mystery evolves in an old historical coach inn for Serena and Philip in a town called Seldom Seen in the early 1900s. A doll in the attic has a strange message that begins the adventure!" Cheney, Cora, Plantation Doll illustrated by Jo Polseno, New York, Henry Holt 1955, 8x5.5" 136 pages, red cloth boards; endpapers with illustration of Mamselle. "Aunt Marge is coming to Rose Hill Plantation to visit Mrs. Jefferson and Lucinda. Maybe she can shed more light on the mystery of the disappearance of Mamselle, the doll, which happened years before." This one is a fantasy, though, which may rule it out: Elaine Horseman, The Hubbles' Treasure Hunt Norton 1965, 175 pages, illustrated by John Sergeant.  "Sequel to Hubble's Bubble. When five children find a cryptic message referring to hidden treasure inside an old doll, they use an ancient volume of spells to travel back in time and solve the mystery."
So kind of you to help me with my stumper. Sad to say, none sound familiar.  Now I am almost certain the words "Secret" or "mystery" as well as "Doll" were in the title. I will have to do a search on some of the authors mentioned.  I still have hope!
Another mystery doll - Missing Melinda by Jacqueline Jackson, illustrated by Irene Burns Little, Brown 1967, 142 pages. "When twins Ophelia and Cordelia discover an antique doll in the attic of their new home, they find themselves in the middle of a mystery after someone steals the doll." It's two girls rather than a boy and a girl, though.
D19 doll solves mystery: another mystery doll appears in Mystery in Williamsburg, one of the Meg Mysteries by Holly Beth Walker, published Whitman 1972. The cover shows Meg and a boy in period costume running towards an old building. Inside blurb says: "A hidden chimney door, Miss Mariah's secret, the disappearing of Paris, Miss Mariah's childhood doll, muddy footprints on the back stairs, the missing valuable toys, the clues in the old diary ... these were some of the things that puzzled Meg when she went to Williamsburg with her Uncle Hal and her best friend Kerry Carmody. Working with Kerry as a junior hostess at the Toy Show, Meg soon found that her talent for discovering things was leading them into danger."
D19 doll secret: more on one suggested - Mystery of the Doll Hospital, by Elizabeth Honness, illustrated by Velma Ilsley, published Lippincott 1955, 183 pages. "Judith was happy about visiting Grandmother Hollis, who ran a doll hospital, but living in the city didn't seem exciting to her twin brother Jonathan until the night strange things began to happen. Why, the children wondered, did a midnight visitor ransack Grams' doll hospital, and then not take anything? Judy and Jon decide to find the answer, and before they are through they find mysteries all around them. A shifty stranger lurks outside the hospital and drops a paper with Grams' address on it. Another day he follows Judy. With their new friend Detective Purdy, who is trying to track down the midnight visitor, the children set traps in ash cans and give a Halloween party full of surprises. The end of the story is the biggest surprise of all."


D22: Doctor Visits Peter
Solved: Playmate for Peter 

D23: Daguerreotype and Bicycle
I am looking for a large hard-back book probably from the 50's about a little boy that is the youngest kid in his family and doesn't feel he has anything to call his own.  He finally gets a BICYLE, and at the end of the book they get their DAGUERROTYPE taken.  The last pages of the book show a photographer under an old fashioned-camera hood and there's a little bird on top of the camera.  The last page is a picture of the family and the youngest boy is in the lower corner posing WITH the bicyle.  One thing that really sticks with me about this book is that the word "daguerrotype" was used.  THANKS!

Here is what could be the answer:  There's a book called Lars Peter, about a boy who is approaching his (9th?) birthday, which is on Sunday. His mother takes him on her bike, but all he can see is the back of her coat.  His father takes him on his bike, but he also can't see.  All he wants is his own bicycle for his birthday.  It's a foreign book--Lars Peter keeps asking his parents, "Mor, when will it be Sunday?"  "Far, when will it be Sunday?"  He dreams of being a chimney sweep and a bicycle racer.  Of course, Sunday finally comes and he gets his own shiny red bicycle.  I don't know that it had the word "daguerrotype" in it, but it sounds like a similar book.



D26: Doug's bike
Solved: Lucky Chuck

D32: Death and losing someone close to you
Solved: Memories Live Forever

D33: David
All I remember is that the book was about a little boy.  I think his name was David.  It was a rather long book, and was about his life.   I recall the black and white drawings on the cover of David looking at a bus moving away from him.  I don't expect much, so don't worry!  Thanks for your help.

I read the list and was wondering if D33 a book about David could fit this title Just David by the author of Pollyana I believe.  But I don't remember anything about a bus. Just David is a story about a boy and his father that live on a mountain. The father and son play violins. The father is dying and they go down the mountain.  The father writes a letter to David. They sleep in a barn. The father dies.  The couple decide to keep the boy. He plays the violin and makes friends with people in town. A wonder story.
Thank you so much. I really didn't expect to ever get a reply. I will check out this book soon. Thanks again.
D33 - there was a book translated to portuguese called I am David about a jewish (?) boy who was a refugee. It must have been a well known book to be translated into portuguese but I would not recall the author. If it had to do with refugees maybe UNICEF can help further
D33 - I Am David is by Anna Holm
D33 my suggestion for this one is The Two Worlds of Davy Blount by Thelma Harrington Bell, published by Viking, 1962. Haven't seen the book, so don't know about the illustrations, but it seems to be about 200 pages long. Davy lives with his grandparents on the North Carolina coast and enjoys life by the sea. His grandmother hates the sea (Davy's parents drowned) and eventually sends Davy on a 500 mile bus trip to relatives in the Blue Ridge Mountains for the summer. He is met at the bus stop by Sally, mother of his 4 cousins. Lots of adventures both on the coast and in the mountains, and the question "Which shall it be, mountains or sea?".
I saw the cover of Two Worlds of Davy Blount on EBay, and it's a b/w ink painting of a ship in a storm, so less likely that it's the wanted book.
Anne Holm, I am David, '60s.  I remember the cover of the paperback here in New Zealand was Black background with a white picture of a boy on the cover. It is a story about David who is searching for his family in WW2. He travels right across Europe. (i think- I read this when I was 8) I do have a copy of this book still at my mothers so can double check. tHE SCENE i REMEMBER MOST VIVIDLY IN THE BOOK IS WHEN SOME CHILDREN ARE PLAYING (COWBOYS AND iNDIANS i THINK) in a shed and it catches fire. David rescues a little girl trapped inside
D33 david: long shot, but what about Big Little Davy, written and illustrated by Lois Lenski, published Oxford 1956. "The complete story of Davy's life, from the time he is a very tiny baby to the day he starts school. A unique Davy book, and a wonderful companion to Davy's Day, Surprise for Davy, and A Dog Came to School. Ages 3-6." (HB Dec/56 p.482 pub ad)
Anne Holm, North to Freedom. I just wanted to add that in the USA this book has been called North to Freedom and is still in print.  On the cover, he is looking back at search lights, not a bus!



D35: Dobbin comes back
I have illustrations that my stepfather had. The illustrations were drawn by Walter L. Brown. On a few
of the illustrations on the backs they say, story "Dobbin Comes Back","Easy on the Reins", and "All right & Privileges". They are all of horses. The drawings date form theyears 1941 to 1947. Walter L. Brown was from Ohio that I do know. Do you know anything about him. They are very nice illustrations that is why I could not believe I cannot find anything on this man.Please let me know if you have any information on him. Thank you.


D36: Dognapping Mystery
In this book, probably a drab 1950s cloth-covered hardbound, a sixteen-year-old boy, Andy, loses his black cocker spaniel, Spider, to dognappers in what he previously believed "the safest town in the world." Andy moves to the country and finds Moses, a black dog so named because he was found in rushes or by water. Moses (as I remember) starts out as a puppy, but grows into a huge dog that helps Andy and his dad locate the dognappers. Later they find Spider, who somehow escaped the dognappers to be adopted by some nice people. Not The Black Spaniel Mystery, by Betty Cavanna, or The Cocker Spaniel Mystery, by Hazel Louise Raybold Langdale.

D36 dognapping: there's a stolen terrier in The Dog Show Mystery, by E. Thompson, illustrated by J. Russell, published Abelard 1966, 133 pages. But it's about two children and their efforts to find the dog, and no mention of a boy called Andy or a second dog adopted.
D36 dognapping: not a perfect match, but there is The Dognappers, by Kay Richardson, illustrated by Joe Capozio, published Century 1968, orange hardcover, cover illo of dogs, in the Learning to Read, Reading to Learn series. "Dogs are disappearing from the neighborhood. Nobody seems to know why. Finally, Jeff & Cathy put all the clues together & come up with an answer." Nothing about Andy, though, and the time-span seems shorter. No plot description, but the title is a bit hopeful - Me and Andy, a Boy and Dog Story, by Raymond Ransome Kelly, illustrated by Electra Papadopoulos with 6 colour plates, published Laidlaw 1928, 164 pages, reprinted Whitman 1938, with 2 colour plates.
D36 dognapping: probably not right, because it's from the dog's point of view, but in case - Tarr of Belway Smith by Nan Hayden Agle, illustrated by Barbara Seuling, Seabury Press 1969. "Tarr was a big, black Labrador retriever from Belway Kennels. He thought he was the biggest, blackest, most beautiful dog in the world. Everybody said he was. Then one day the Hooper Dog came strolling up the lane as though he owned the place. And he was bigger than Tarr. The trouble starts when a jealous Tarr jumps on the Hooper Dog and almost wins the fight, except that the Smiths stop the fight and take Hooper Dog inside. That's when Tarr decides to run away and when even bigger trouble starts -- he's taken by dognappers. Also known as That Dog Tarr."
Here's another one it isn't:  Spider Dog, by Priscilla Cumming.  A bookseller sent this description:  "This is the story of Deb and Richard and Dixter, their 'Spider' dog, in their many exciting adventures.  Here we meet the gypsies, Luke and his father Golden, and the weird wise woman, Mother Matty, and join with Deb and Richard in many escapades, finishing with a thrilling midnight round-up of the diddicoys, in which Dixter comes through as no mean hero."  Adding:  "I don't know what diddicoys are, do you?"  (I expect it's another spelling for "diddakoi," a British nickname for Gypsy, and, from what I could tell from the Rumer Godden book, none too complimentary.)  Dixter was the runt of the litter of spaniels and he had a strange brown mark on his head which resembled a spider.  I am guessing that he was brown and white.  Luke saved him from being drown in the first chapter.  Deb and Richard buy him from Luke.  There does seem to be another dog called Misty but without actually reading the whole book I couldn't tell if there was an actual mystery involved in the story or just 'adventures.'



D39: Dobbin the horse
I remember a book when I was a child (that would be 40 to 50 years ago) about a horse on a farm named Dobbin.  The image I recall is he has his front leg lifted and there baby chicks all around him.  I have two ceramic figurines like that and would be interested in obtaining the book. Thanks for any help you can offer.

Possible though not certain: Old Dobbin Akron, Saalfield 1927 Square 8vo linen cloth. 4 black & white and 2 color illustrations of animals. Horse and pigs on cover.  Out in the Country Akron, Saalfield 1923 Square 8vo, pictorial stapled linen cloth, 6pp. + covers, "Color cover shows a boy in riding clothes on a horse + 2 more full color plates of chickens and pigs; other plates are an outline drawing of a collie, ducks, old dobbin a work horse & 2 turkeys."



D40: Doll maker makes clone
Im looking for a book for My Mom. She read it in the 40's or 50's It was a story about a girl who takes  her doll to be fixed. The doll maker makes a doll to look like her (the girl).  Thats all i have to go on.
Hope someone can help me.

Not quite The Surprise Doll or Mystery in the Doll Hospital....
I'm wondering if this might be The Surprise Doll by Morrell Gipson after all? The surprise doll does end up looking just like the little girl, with the features she shares with the other 6 dolls.



D41: Diamond, street urchin in historical fiction
This may be outside your parameters, since it's not a children's book, (though I read it in my early teens). Smaller octavo, cheap printing, possibly a book club or uniform edition, believe it was British. Definitely printed before 1974, possibly early 1960s. Set in the 1700s, plot concerns a young woman with some sort of mysterious inheritance, who enlists the aid of a (rather tough) young barrister/solicitor to help her prove her case, which involved (McGuffin alert!) legal papers in a (metal?) box. They obviously fall in love, there's a rival suitor and assorted bad guys. The really memorable (but minor) character is a pickpocket called Diamond (NOTHING like the kid in Behind the North Wind) who tries to steal from the young lawyer and is caught but not turned over to the Watch, causing him to become a useful ally. Diamond looks angelic and carries a knife, being small enough to get under a man's guard in a brawl. The incident I remember clearly is that Diamond is forced by the main bad guy, who knows him?, to row out to a reef or island to find the McGuffin box. Diamond abandons the guy there and rows away, weeping from the stress and fear, leaving the man
to be drowned by the tide.

D41 - I wonder if this is Leon Garfield's John Diamond. I don't have a copy at the moment to check it, but sounds like what I remember of it.
Unfortunately, though Leon Garfield's books seem so likely, featuring lawyers and barristers, street urchins, mysterious papers and quests in the 1700s, this book isn't by him. He actually started writing after I read the unknown book, and I read most of his as they came out. Sigh. I'm also pretty sure that Diamond did not feature in the title - he was a secondary character, though the most memorable.
Still looking for this myself. A possible author is Sutherland Ross, who was writing in the right time period (early 60s) in England, and wrote stories involving highwaymen, street urchins, London, etc. as well as contemporary mysteries. One of his books is called The Twopenny Diamond Mystery, but I can't find a description, and I'm still pretty sure Diamond wasn't in the title.
as the original poster and continuing searcher, I've finally remembered a small (very small) clue. This book was on the same shelf (mystery section) as A Finger to Her Lips, by E. Berckman. So the author's surname likely began with A or B, making Sutherland Ross and Leon Garfield less likely authors.



D42: Dan, Dan, Fried Egg Man
Another favorite was misplaced and I would like to  find a copy of it.  I thought the title was Dan the  Fried Egg Man.  However, I have done searches on several websites with no results.  I do not know the
author.  I am not certain of the title, but I know a line that was repeated in the book several times was
"Dan, Dan, the Fried Egg Man".  It may have been a  Parents Book Club selection.

D42 sounds an awful lot like someone has based a book on the folksong "Old Dan Tucker".  There is a line in the song that refers to him washing his face in a frying pan---the song also refers to him as "too late to get yer (his) supper"---maybe this is where the fried egg association is coming in.  There are lots of verses, so maybe there is a fried egg in one of them.  The chorus goes something like "Git out the way, old Dan Tucker (repeated 3 times)....yer too late to get yer supper!"  One of the verses has "Combed his hair with a wagon wheel, died with a toothache in his heel".



D43: Doll cleans outhouse!
Solved: Becky Lou in Grandmother's Days 

D46: Diamonds in doll
Solved: Marta Finds the Golden Door 

D47: Dollhouse family comes to life
Solved: The Dollhouse Caper

D48: Doll choices
Solved: Merry, Rose, and Christmas-Tree June

D49: Doll hospital
I'm sorry that all the info. I can give you is from my childhood memories of this book!  It is about a young girl who sets up a doll hospital in, I believe, the base of a large tree.  There are several beautifully illustrated pictures of dolls and stuffed animals coming to the tree on crutches, etc.  She fixes them and makes them well.  This is driving me crazy, because in my mind I can see this book in full detail but can not recall the name or author.  It would be quite old and I believe it may have been one of my mother's childhood books but she does not recall this book either!!!!!!!  HELP!!!!!!!!  I have to have this book again!

This is next to no help at all, but I think I read something very similar in a British annual (not Rupert, another one) in the 1960s.
The annual you are thinking of is Twinkle, which for many years ran a strip about a girl and her Doll's Hospital. I also vividly remember the pictures of teddy bears on crutches!



D51: Deep in the forest
I read the book somewhere between 1964 and '68. It was a small hardbound book with some lovely line illustrations. It was about a young girl who discovers a little cabin deep in the woods and sets up a "secret" home there. In the process she befriends the animals (bears, etc.) and they form a
pseudo-family. I remember that the cabin was small - her size, so to speak which made the story that much more charming.

No chance this is Marilyn Sachs' The Bears' House (1970s), is there? Of course, there is no woods. But
the importance of family is everything in that story. I can't stress enough how good that book is - though one dimwit reviewer in the 1970s called it pointless and too disturbing for kids - as if there were no poor or neglected kids in the world who might identify with Fran Ellen! It's also strange, when you think about it, why the teacher in the book - who has such a modern understanding of how different children can't all make the same kinds of progress - would go by such an old-fashioned system that rewards only the "best" child. The sequel is Fran Ellen's House.
could D51 be a book called Mandy?  It was by Julie Andrews under a pen name which I can't remember--Julie something.  Anyway, it was about a little girl who finds a cottage in the woods and makes it her own.  I can't remember the rest of the details.  If I find the name of the author I'll send it in.
Hi.  I'm emailing again about D51.  The author of Mandy, the book which I thought might be D51, was
Julie (Andrews) Edwards.  I just read the description online and it didn't tell much, except that Mandy was
a little orphan girl.  It didn't say anything about befriending animals though.
Just got out Mandy and verified that it is NOT the right book. The cottage is in the woods next to the orphanage; she fixes it up some and then goes there in a terrible storm when she is very ill. Is taken to the owner's mansion and of course, eventually they adopt her.
D51 deep in the forest: here's a long shot - is the poster positive it was a little girl and not a doll? The plot is similar to Dare Wright's The Little One, where the doll escapes into the forest with toy bears and makes friends with the small animals.



D52: Dorcas and Michael
Solved: The Humming Top

D53: Dora Wheeler and Daisy
When I was very young my great grandmother read to me from a tiny little book about little english girls named Dora Wheeler and her friend Daisy. Grandma said that the book came from a church library early in the 1900's. It was moralistic in tone, but the little girls had lots of fun playing parcheesi in front of the fireplace. They referred to the porch as the veranda and they owned a phaeton (horse-drawn carriage). I would dearly  love to know more about this little book. I have the copy that I
was read to from, but the title page is missing and there are no other identifying marks.

D55: Dragon cries a river
Solved: Tears of the Dragon

D57: Dunkee Teewee
Solved: Outlaws of Ravenhurst

D58: Dance on the donkey
A story about a girl who danced on the back of her donkey to earn money to support herself.  It may take place in South America

D59: Dolls come alive in a playhouse
I remember reading this book as a child (way back in the 70's!), but I think that it must have been written in the late 30's or 40's.  It was about a young girl who had a fabulous (in the eyes of this 7 year-old reader) playhouse that was populated with a group of dolls that would come to life when the girl left.  My memories of the book are very fuzzy, but I remember that they cooked, did dishes, all sorts of things.  I'd love to find out the author/title.  Please help!

D59 Racketty-Packetty House, by Frances Hodgson Burnett? I can answer questions about it from my treasured copy.
#D59:  Dolls come alive in a playhouse--The Story of Live Dolls, by Josephine Scribner Gates, involves dolls coming alive, a fantastic playhouse, and a maid-of-all-work doll who does cooking and dishwashing.
Sounds like it could be THE DOLL'S HOUSE by Rumer Godden, ill. by Tasha Tudor, 1947. It's still available in print, but I think the republished paperback version has a new front cover (the inside illustrations are still by Tasha Tudor)  ~from a librarian
There's the Five Dolls series by Helen Clare (Pauline Clarke's pseudonym) about a family of live dollhouse dolls, but in that their young owner, Elizabeth, can shrink to doll size and enter the dollhouse, where they consider her the landlady and call her Mrs. Small. The dolls are Vanesssa, Amanda, Jane, Lupin and Jacqueline, a 'paying guest'. There's also a monkey that sits on the roof and shouts rude comments down the chimney. The dolls
do fix up the house, hold parties etc., but Elizabeth shares in their activities, so this may not be it. They were published by Bodley Head in the 50s and 60s. (Five Dolls in a House, 1953; Five Dolls and the Monkey, 1956; Five Dolls and the Duke, 1963; Five Dolls and their Friends, 1967)
D59 The person might be thinking of  THE SECRET MUSEUM by Shelia Greenwald, 1974. A girl finds an abandoned playhouse full of dolls and cleans up the house. There is another girl who gets involved. When the rich lady who owns it finds out, it seems like she will take it away. But instead, she turns into a doll museum, with the girs' help. The dolls do magically speak because they are so upset at being neglected.
This is another guess, but it might be Big Susan, written and illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones.  It's about dolls in a dollhouse coming to life on Christmas Eve.  The dolls "live" through the human child, Susan, who plays
with them.  But then they are neglected by Susan during the holiday season because she is so busy.  When they come to life on Christmas Eve, they decide to clean up the dollhouse as a gift to Susan.
Not too likely, but The Doll's Christmas, written and illustrated by Tasha Tudor, published Oxford 1950, 28 pages, "little girls from 4 to 8 will delight in the account and detailed pictures of the party given by Sethany Ann and Nicey Melinda. Their home has something new in doll houses - a conservatory wit tiny potted plants in it." (Horn Book Nov/50 p.478) The doll house shown in the illustration is indeed fabulous, being two stories high, taller than the little girl, opened into an L-shape to show the conservatory with kitchen beneath and master bedroom (including canopy bed) with parlor beneath.
Another possibility is The House in the Attic, by M. McGavin, illustrated by E. Green, published London, Cape 1964, 80 pages "Janet is a lonely child who is convinced that her mother no longer loves her because she has not come home from Canada. In the attic, where she is forbidden to go, Janet finds an old dollshouse. It is much nicer than the new one her mother has just sent. Janet transfers the furniture from the new house to the old one, and uses a new party dress to make curtains for it. She is terrified of her Aunt's reaction when she discovers the damage, bu Janet's mother arrives home just in time to understand and forgive." (Junior Bookshelf Nov/64 p.298)



D60: Doll is left behind when family moves
Solved: Sad Day, Glad Day

D61: Diary of a teenaged girl
Solved: The Year of Janie's Diary

D62: Doll gets magical Christmas makeover
Solved: The Christmas Dolls

D63: Donald the Briton
I am searching for this children's book that my father remembers from his school days in the 1930s

G Henty, Beric the Briton.  Not quite the right title, but one of Henty's most famous books. Originally published in 1892, but reprinted many times up to the 1960s



D64:  Dried Up Sea
Solved:  The Day the Sea Rolled Back

D65:  Dolls, Christmas, Dusty Store Shelf
Solved:  Merry, Rose, and Christmas Tree June 

D66: Drippy and Droppy
I think the book was published in the 1930s. It is a children's book with color plates, each plate opposite a page of text.  The main characters are Drippy and Droppy, two little raindrops, who take the reader on the journey of precipitation and condensation. They start out as rain drops or dew drops and then evaporate and become clouds, then rain and become raindrops, then fall into the ocean--that kind of thing.  The illustrations are in the style of line drawings with beautiful water color, detailed.

This isn't a book solution, but it reminds me of an album I had from the 50's or early 60's. Three stories: "Drippy, the Runaway Raindrop," same story as related in D66, "The Bear That Wasn't (name of the album)," and "Fantissimo, the Musical Horse." First two narrated by Keenan Wynn.  The title story, with great sound effects, was about a bear who's accidently stuck in a factory, and mistaken for "a silly man who needs a shave and wears a fur coat." The bosses and even other bears refuse to believe he's a bear. How I would love to get a copy of this. Sorry for the digression.
It looks like this book may have been re-incarnated (I'm not saying STOLEN, though I may be thinking it).  Check this out.   Drippy the Raindrop gives children an illustrated "introduction to the water cycle"   Rainy and Drippy, Two Raindrops in the Earth's Water Cycle" View the whole "book," which begins, "We are going to learn about a day in the life of two raindrops, Rainy and Drippy. These two raindrops are best friends. They live in a big, white, puffy cloud in the sky. There are lots of other raindrops that live in the cloud with Rainy and Drippy. "



D67: Doll That Was Too Sharp
Solved: The Little Wooden Doll

D68: Dollhouse desired
Solved: Susan's Magic

D69: Dalmation Dally
Solved: Fire Dog

D70: Dauphin, Watteau
Solved: Hummingbird

D71: Dog for davy's field
Solved: Dog for Davie's Hill

D72: Dragon for eating whole fish
This is japanese I think about a woman who is pregnant and is warned not to eat a whole fish by herself but does because she is so hungry. She is then turned into a dragon and has her baby. The baby won't do anything but cry until the dragon gives it one of her eyeballs to suck on/play with and then has to give her the other one too- so the dragon is blind but the baby grows up and finds the lake where the dragon lives and cries on her eyes and she can see again.
D73: Duck, mouse, bear

Solved:  Richard Scarry's Best Storybook Ever

D74: Doll in the attic
Solved: The Little Wooden Doll
D75: Dragon Book

Solved: The Hunting of the Dragon 
D76: Day the Sun Wouldn't Come Up

Solved: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears
D77: Dust off the dominoes!

This Devlin book apparently turned out to be another child's favorite, because my son never was able to get it back after he shared it at school many, many moons ago.  So, even though we were not happy about the book not being returned,  the other side of the coin was that someone took it because they liked it and were probably reading it -- which was a good thing.  I always thought I'd get another through the book club, but time passed, and now I've forgotten which book had the "Dust off the dominoes" phrase.  I'd love to find a reasonably priced copy to give to that now adult son! 

D78a:  Doll Hospital
Solved: The Toy House Dolls

D78b: ducks or swans
This is a long shot I know, but I have to try.  When I was a young child, in the early fifties, in the midwest, I was given a book that I really loved. Unfortunetly my parents home burned and it was lost in the fire.  What I remember most was that it was large, 8 1/2" x 11" or so.  It had swans or ducks, in color, on the hard cover and it was a collection of stories and poems printed in black and white, actually the pages were like that old vanilla looking paper. I have often thought about this book over the years as my kids grew up but really had no way of locating it that I knew of.  Now that I have grandchildren and the web I'm hoping to locate it.  I apologize for the sketchy description but just maybe it'll be found.  Thank you so much.
D79: duke's collections child murder

Solved: Porcelain Dove or Constancy's Reward

D80: dishes in the rain
Solved:  The Man Who Didn't Wash His Dishes

D81: diamond feather
Solved:  Diamond Feather
D82: dolls that talk to each other

Solved: Best-Loved Doll

D83: donuts
Solved: What Happened to George

D84: Dog tries to hatch from egg
Solved: How Fletcher Was Hatched

D85:  Dolls with personalities
I do remember it was about dolls.  There were a dozen different dolls that were all very pretty and dressed very nice.  There was one doll that was older and worn.  I think in the end someone did buy her and bring her home.  The dolls had personalities.  There were pictures in it, my mom thinks that the cover of the book was like a shadow-box with the different dolls in each nook.  A dark cover, something with "dollhouse" in the title.  If not do you know of a place I could look for this book or who might be able to help me?  I'm guessing it might have been published in the late 70s.

This makes me think of Rumer Godden's The Story of Holly and Ivy, for some reason. This includes the villainous stuffed owl Abracadabra, Holly is a doll, and Ivy is an orphan. If this isn't it, try The Peni Doll Page, which lists several doll stories near the bottom.


D86: Doll lost in the woods or the park
Solved: Lizzie's Twins 

D87: Dog's teenaged owner gets shot
Solved: Remember 
D88: Diary becomes real

Solved:  Neverending Story 

D89: Decorating book from 1960's - 70's
Solved: A Groovy Guide to Decorating Your Room 

D90: Dog Theft Camp Razor Blades Swimming
While at a camp(?), two or more children find a white dog who loves to swim with them every day.  Eventually they discover that the dog has been involved in a rash of thefts in the vacation area.  The dog was dyed black, and was trained to stand quietly by until the thief asked for "razor blades, DOUBLE EDGED" and the dog attacked the clerk while they robbed the place.  After each robbery, the thieves took the dog swimming to remove the black dye or paint.  I read a lot of "Happy Hollister" books and "Trixie Belden" books but am not sure if this is one of them.  I graduated from H.S. in 1976, so it was likely well before that.  Thanks for any info. you can help me with!

I don't know if this helps, but this is definitely not a Happy Hollister book.
I love your website, which I just discovered!  For what it's worth, the Stump the Bookseller entry D90 is definitely not a Trixie Belden book.  Or to be more accurate, it's not any of the original 16 titles in the series, and it's not any of the titles up to #28 (as far as I read; I understand there were more after that).
It's a long shot, but could it be Ellery Queen's Black Dog Mystery?  A description and pictures can be found on this website.
D90 dog theft swimming: might be worth looking at The Mystery at Moccasin Bend, by Christine Noble Govan and Emmy West, illustrated by Frederick T. Chapman, published Sterling  1957, 191 pages; beige pictorial cloth boards. "The Cherokee Club rescues a nice Irish Setter when they see him floundering in the swift current of the flooding Tennessee River and their adventures begin."



D91: Dragon and Witch
Solved: Prince Bertram the Bad 

D92: Designs by Suzy
This was a novel about a young woman named Suzy who wanted to be a fashion designer.  She ended up owning her own retail children's clothing shop, specializing in Tyrolean-style designs. I think that she designed and made the clothing herself, and the setting was a ski resort. There was a love interest -- he might have worked at the ski resort. The book was highly descriptive, to the extent that even today -- some 30 years after reading it last -- I have a clear mental image of what Suzy's shop looked like. At the time, at least, it also seemed exceptionally mature in its writing. In retrospect, it reminds me of Rosemary du Jardin's "twins" series (Double Date, etc.), although I don't think she was the author. I'm quite certain of the title of this book, despite the fact that it is not listed in the Library of Congress (I checked the physical card catalogue there -- years ago when they had one -- as well as, more currently, the on-line search). It's probably not at all helpful, but I used to check this book out of the Springfield, VA library.

Could it possibly be Styles by Suzy by Karla H. Wiley, Decorations by Genia.  Published/Created: New York, D. McKay Co., 1965. 250 p. illus. 21 cm.  Found in Library of Congress catalog - using keyword of Suzy in title.  Unfortunately, no description is available, but the call number is one given to works of fiction.
I  found a website with same title as the stumper, but it was a false lead.
Betty Cavanna.  I'm not actually sure, but this rings a bell with me.  The writing style would be correct and I have some recollection of the story.  I hope this can be a lead.
Kathleen Robinson, Designed by Suzanne, 1968.  New York, Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Co. [1968] "A girl just graduated from high school decides to start her own business, designing and making dresses, in order to finance a year in design school."
Robinson, Kathleen, Desined by Suzanne, NY Lothrop 1965.  Just going by the title and subject this sounds likely. "A warm, sympathetic novel in which Suzanne faces the decision of whether to embark on an early marriage or a career in designing clothes. Ages 12-16." (Horn Book Apr/65 p.133 pub ad)
How about Styles By Suzy by Karla H. Wiley (New York: D. McKay Co., c.1965).  I couldn't find any description, but there are 45 copies available in U.S. libraries.  Have your local library interlibrary loan a copy for you to see if it's the right book.
D92 sounds like Styles By Suzy by Mary Carney Thielmann.


D93:  Dog comes with house
Solved: Muley-Ears, Nobody's Dog 
E1: Everglades

As I've gotten older I've enjoyed reading books from my childhood. One of my favorites, which was in several school libraries in the late 50's, was about several kids living someplace like the Everglades or Bayou. They explored in a canoe or similar boat. They discover an Island (I think) in the swamp with an uprooted tree. They discover an old Indian grave which has been exposed when the tree fell over. Some time after the discovery they are camped out there and get scared by the skull. As I remember, a professor or archeologist was trying to scare the kids off. The book may have been a Weekly Reader book club book, I'm not sure. Any ideas how to track this down? Thanks!

E1--Sounds as though it may be The Secret of Crossbone Hill by Wilson Gage.
I don't want to be discouraging, but I also don't want to see someone go off on the wrong track. I read The Secret of Crossbone Hill over the weekend and I don't think it's the solution to the book described. The Secret of Crossbone Hill is about a brother and sister, spending their summer at the beach in South Carolina with their bird-watching mom and researcher dad, who think they've found a pirate's treasure map woven into a bird's nest. They go through a series of adventures before they find out it's actually a map showing where a certain kind of rare bird is nesting. The box they find containing what they think is treasure contains undeveloped film, lost by an old man whose hobby is bird-watching and who has been photographing the birds.
I'n not a 100% sure, but E1 sounds vaguely like one of the Happy Hollister books, The Happy Hollisters and the Sea Turtle Mystery.  All the details don't exactly match, but the time would be right. The six siblings, boys and girls, are visiting in Florida and solve a mystery on Sanibel and Captiva islands. It involves Indians, and criminals who try to scare the children away.  I don't think there were any skulls involved.
Might this be The Secret Raft by Krantz?
A few possibilities to add to the mix: Barbour, Ralph Henry, Mystery on the Bayou NY Appleton-Century 1943, hardcover, 237 pages, illustrated by Thomas McGowan. Sackett, Bert, Hurricane Treasure: the Secret of Injun Key Random House 1945, 298pp. adventure story, juvenile mystery, "novel set in the Florida Keys Novel of a boy trying to save his father's land in the Florida Everglades. Map endpapers" Though the boys here look too old to be frightened off by a skull. Urmston, Mary, Swamp Shack Mystery NY Doubleday 1959 illustrated by Grace Paull, "Further adventures of the Arnold children; Roger, Clayt, Dunc, Red, Mark, Linda and Judy." juvenile mystery
Yet another possibility: The Secret of Mound Key by Robert F. Burgess, illustrated by Vic Donahue, published Cleveland, World 1966 "A hunt for buried pirate's treasure leads two boys into adventure they never expected. The exotic swamplands, shell islands and blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico offer adventures of their own. An unusual story of Florida coastal waters. Ages 9-12." (Horn Book Feb/66 publishers ad p.105) More on The Secret Raft by Hazel Krantz, illustrated by Charles Geer, published by Vanguard 1966, 190 pages "Opens as an everyday adventure story of scatterbrained, impulsive Howie Blake and his friends the Matson twins. Starting with an early morning jaunt to see a sunrise on the river, the 3 children discover what they believe to be a trio of foreign agents. On a home-made raft they trail their quarry up the river into the forbidden, dangerous swampland, only to find that their 'spies' are actually a professor with two medical students engaged in antibiotic research on an uninhabited island. Later the children return and help with some of the chores; they are introduced to the painstaking methods of scientific investigation and the joys of eventual success."
Same as C56?    Zapf, Marjorie. The Mystery of the Great Swamp


E2: elves
I hope someone remembers this book. I read it often at my Gramma's house when I was very young (4-6), and it had originally belonged to my dad, which would make it from the 30's or early 40's. It was about a little boy. One night a little elf came down from the sky and took him up to the moon, and then they spent the night painting the stars. There were a lot of elves, all painting stars--it was their job. Since reading the book, I found the poem that goes "Someone needs to go polish the stars, they're looking a little bit dim" or something like that, but this book is NOT that poem.

I wonder if E2 could be The Garden Behind the Moon by Howard Pyle.
This wasn't a Howard Pyle book.  It was a picture book, and the illustrations were in bright primary
colors.  I remember the boy went to bed, and the elf woke him up.  I *think* they rode a rocket to the
moon, but I'm not positive.  (If not, how did they get there?)  They painted stars all night, and then when morning got near, the elf took the boy back home.  I remember a two-page spread picture of stars, all with elves on them, holding tin pails of paint and little whitewash brushes.  And were they singing?  They might have been singing, too.  Aarrgghh!

The Starcleaner Reunion by Cooper Edens, published by Green Tiger 1979 - if it is a reprint of an earlier book? * Later - nope, doesn't look like a reprint.
Not much to go on but the title - Paul's Trip With the Moon, by E.W. Weaver, published New York, Merrill 1912 (c.1899) 92 pages, blue pictorial cloth cover. This looks too late - The Moon Painters and Other Estonian Folk Tales by Selve Maas, illustrated by Laszlo Gal. It was published by Viking Press, 1971, 143 pages, beautifully illustrated throughout with nicely rendered pencil drawings. 15 tales plus a glossary of terms.
not much to go on, but perhaps Karl's Journey to the Moon, written and illustrated by Maja Lindberg, translated from the Swedish by Siri Andrews, published New York, Harcourt 1927. "A slight but pleasing
modern fairytale. Its illustrations in clear, beautiful colors and interesting design make of it a delightful picture book." (Children's Catalog 1936 p.406)
Something about this description makes me think of an old book I had as a child, Greta in Weatherland. A little girl goes out on a dark windy rainy night, opens up her umbrella and is swept away to magic land where weather is made. One illustration has elves or gnomes hammering out sunbeams.
Twinkletoes.  I'm the original poster of this stumper, and my Mom finally thinks she remembers what book I'm talking about!  She says it was called Twinkletoes, but doesn't have any other information.  I'm sure I would recognize it immediately if I saw it.  How about it, Harriet?  Can you finish the puzzle?
Well, there's a Shirley Temple's Twinkletoes from 1936, and a Tiny and Twinkletoes from 1978 by Audrey Tarrant, and also Twinkletoes by Gwen Evrard, Colleen Moore and Thomas Burke.
E2 elves: going only by the title, maybe Twinkle Toes and his Magic Mittens by Laura Rountree Smith, illustrated with full page plates in colour by F. R. Morgan, published Whitman 1919, thin octavo, pictorial cloth boards, decorated endpapers, 6 colour printed dustwrappers, "from the elusive "For All Children from 5 to 10" series, an exceptionally rare title."


E4-A: Eileen and Eddie
This was something I read when I was very young - about six.  It was about two children called Eileen and Eddie who got into some kind of fairyland.  It was all very modern and they got driven around in a car.  Despite the fact that it was written for children, I remember the humour in it being very dry, but I can’t remember any specific examples.

#E4-A:  Eileen and Eddie.  The only fairy story with cars which comes immediately to mind is The Gnomobile by U. B. Sinclair, only in that one, it was the humans who drove the gnomes around, not the other way.  And if
you read it at six, you're truly a genius:  it's about twelve-year-old reading level.  Disney made a movie of it.  Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber, from "Mary Poppins," played the two kids.
Possibly The Cinematograph Train by G.E. Farrow (once well-known as author of the Wallypug books), illustrated by Alan Wright, published London, 1904. Bobbie and Evelyn go to the cinematograph (the famous first moving picture showing a train rushing toward the audience) and find themselves on the train station platform. This is Dreamland Junction and they take the train to Fairyland, where a they are met by an odd little driver with a
"well-appointed motor-car". He drives them to meet the Queen of the Fairies - they and the car shrink as they go, to fairy-size. The humour is whimsical and could be called dry. "A stuffed Griffin with a cold is such a stupid thing to be" laments one creature from Nightmare Forest. Fairy baking powder is put into cakes which make those who eat them lighter than air so they can levitate and escape from the evil giant Mam-on who keeps his subjects as slaves. The names aren't quite right - but there's a Prince Eddie in another story, who becomes a Fairy Tale Prince for a while, and discovers it's harder than it looks.


E5: Elizabeth doll
Solved: Elizabeth

E6: Elephant dung
Story line. Short story. Man cleans up after elephants in circus. Getting teased by 2 locals. He convinces them that elephant manure has secret properties (I can't remember what). He not only gets them to do his job but sells them the manure as well. Same kind of twist as Tom Sawyer and painting the fence. I read it about 45 years ago. Wasn't new then. Thought O'Henry but couldn't find it under his writings.

McGraw, Eloise, Sawdust in his shoes,1950.  This is not a short story, but the young man here runs off to join the circus and this sounds like one of the chapters.
E6 elephant dung: another possible title is Elephant Tramp, by George Lewis as told to Byron Fish, published Little Brown 1955. "Lewis was only 16 when he ran away from home and got his first job as a pony 'punk' just to be near elephants. His greatest ambitions were realised when he took over, at varying times, the two biggest and meanest tuskers of them all - Ziggy and Tusko. The book is full of elephant lore and experiences funny, dangerous and disastrous." (HB Apr/55 p.132) Again, it's a book, not a story, but it could have been excerpted.



E9: Early American ghost stories
The same aunt who gave me Paulus and the Acornmen also gave us an oversize hardback anthology of Early American ghost stories. I remember specifically there was a story concerning General Wayne and one about Natchez. I think the dust jacket was white with black letters but the words escape me; there was a ?shades of black and grey? watercolor illustration in a square in the center under the title. Usually I remember the image of book covers but I'm not 100% sure of the cover; just Natchez and General Wayne. I'm not even sure it was for children specifically. Kudos to your site and thanks again!

Some possibles - the first doesn't look bad: Harter, Walter, Osceola's Head and Other American Ghost Stories illustrated by Neil Waldman, Englewood Cliffs, Prentice-Hall 1974, 71 pgs ISBN 0-13-642991-2,   "Juvenile. Ten stories present the historical backgrounds of ghosts still haunting Valley Forge, the White House and other places in the United States." Baker, Betty, ed. Great Ghost Stories of the Old West Four Winds Press 1968 "A collection of eight eerie, spooky, mysterious, and terrifying ghost stories for young readers that proclaim that ghosts followed the Westward trails of America." Smith, Susy, Prominent American Ghosts Cleveland, World Publishing 1967 blue cover with black lettering, illustrated by photographs.
Another one is Ghosts that Still Walk: Real Ghosts of America by Marion Lowndes, illustrated by Warren Chapell, published NY Knopf 1941 "Sixteen stories of friendly, famous ghosts that still come back in America." The picture of the cover shows a large bare-limbed tree, with a steep-roofed house in the bush behind it, rather dark.
E9 early american ghost stories: more on one suggested - Osceola's Head and Other American Ghost Stories, by Walter Harter, illustrated by Neil Waldman, published Prentice-Hall. 71 pages. Contents include: THE GHOST AT VALLEY FORGE, BLOODY HANDPRINTS ON THE WALL, JAMIE DAWKIN'S DRUM, OSCEOLA'S HEAD, THE HOUSE THAT HATED WAR, THE ACTOR WHO WOULDN'T STAY DEAD, THE GHOSTS OF FOLEY SQUARE, THE GHOSTLY INHABITANTS OF FORT MONROE, THE WITCH IN THE POND, THE MYSTERY OF THE GOLD DOUBLOONS. I don't know anything about
American ghost lore, so I don't know if these correspond to the remembered stories or not.



E14: Efi
Solved: Where's Wally?


E16: Elevator Operator
I had two inquiries. They were both stories I remember reading in the later 1970's. They were both in scary story anthology books, I believe from Scholastic. One story I believe was called "The Elevator Operator" or was about an elevator operator who used to drag a coffin around.  The other story was about some children who sledded down a mountain, through a gate and landed near a house where there were many happy children  and everything seemed perfect. They later found out that the only catch was that they could never leave. Sort of like The Thief of Always by Clive Barker, but it was a short story. In the end they escaped through the gate and got out.  I was curious if you could find out the name of the anthology book(s) that these stories were in.

#E16:  Could the sled story here be the same one described in #T57?  Thank goodness that was solved so quickly--I'm dying to read it!  Yes, The Haunted House and Other Spooky Poems and Tales is great, and yes The Devil's Pocket is in it, but the others described here are definitely not.
T57 Tobagganing Mystery
My sister, Laura and I loved this book! The book is THE PHANTOM CYCLIST: AND OTHER GHOST STORIES by Ruth Ainsworth, 1974 The story you are thinking of is White-Haired Children. The other stories are Phantom Cyclist; Sunday Child; Cherry Ripe; Whistling Boy; Cat Who Liked Children; Silent Visitor; Mirror, Mirror on the Wall.
Strange but True.  My cousin had a Scholastic paperback called Strange but True:  22 (or some other number) Amazing Stories which contained the elevator operator story, a variation on the old "Room for One More" tale in which the storyteller shrinks back from getting on the lift, only to hear it plunge down to the ground, killing
everybody inside.  The story (especially the illustration of the evil elevator operator) was so terrifying to me that I had nightmares about it, yet when we visited I'd find myself opening the book again.  (Ironically, my cousin's parents owned an elevator company.)  Another story in the same book had to do with a ghost on the roof of a train station.  This was in the mid-70's, so I'd bet it's the one you remember.



E19: Encyclopedia Brown with a twist of magic...pre-Potter!
Solved: Lemonade

E20: Eighteen cousins
Solved: Eighteen Cousins 

E21: Enemy Brother
Solved: Enemy Brother

E22: Elmer
Solved: My Father's Dragon 

E23: Earth, behind-the-scenes
My creative writing professor in community college, many years ago, read a children's book to us and I don't remember any part of the title, or author, but I remember being fascinated with it.  It was a story of how the world/earth runs "behind-the-scenes".  It talked about things like when it became nighttime, the workers hung the moon up, rolled out the sky and turned on the stars, etc.  Then when it became day again, the workers or caretakers would put away the night things and bring out the day things and put them in place.  Like I said, I have a real vague memory of it, but I would be happy if you had any idea about what the book could be.  I don't know for sure, but I assume the book was published sometime in the 80's.

Theodore Sturgeon, Yesterday Was Monday.  Okay, this is a long shot, but Theodore Sturgeon wrote a short story that sounds similar to the description.  Most recently, the story was included in Microcosmic God- Volume 2: The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon.
This sounds similar to a book my mother bought in the early 1990s, called something like The Secret Club.  The members of the "secret club" do the kinds of things you describe (for me, the most memorable one was making sure that people don't step in dog poop!), and the book ends with the line, "Are _you_ a member of the Secret Club?"  The illustrations are more strange than cute (they reminded me of a New Yorker cartoon), and some of them had word balloons apart from the main text. After an internet search, I think it's Shh: It's the Secret Club by John Watson.



E24: Elevator goes back in time
Solved: Time at the Top

E25: Essay Contest Winner wants Bicycle
Solved: Nothing Rhymes With April

E26: Escape Outside
A young girl and her mother live in an underground city. Supposedly the surface is not fit for living on. The girl goes to school where there desks are computers. One day there is a new boy who does not look as if he fits in. She is curious and talks to him. It turns out that he is from the surface. By some accident, he was knocked out or fell down a hole and woke up in the underground city. He convinces her to go with him up to the surface. They start running through level after level of underground city. I think they were being chased by government officials or some other group. They come to some domes where people are living  but the domes are sealed. As they progress they find broken, empty domes. Eventually they ellude capture and find there way out. The girl is shocked by the fact that its so beautiful and green on the surface. They find his family and she stays with him. I read this in 5th grade from my school library and again in 6th grade ('84-85). I would love to find out the name and author of this book. It started my infatuation with Science fiction books.

I think this is Andra by Louise Lawrence. It's about a girl who lives in the future where they are all underground because the surface is "toxic". She finds out that it's not, it's just been used to restrict the people into doing what the authorities want them to do. She leads a rebellion to bring about a more democratic society. I can't remember for sure, but I think that there might have been farmers on the surface that the authorities hadn't told them about.
Other possibilities: Outside by Andre Norton or The City Under Ground by Suzanne Martel.  You might also want to check post O10 in the Stumpers area.  It sounds like it might be the same book.
H.M. Hoover, This Time of Darkness.  In this one, the girl and her mother live in a very small apartment, maybe a single room.  The mother doesn't like her daughter very much and is particularly angry about the fact that she can read, having been taught by an elderly lady whom she befriended.  I think she's worried that having a daughter so abnormal reflects badly on her.  Once the children have decided to head for the surface, they are
pursued by officials because it's forbidden to go above the level you live on - and as they go up the levels, the quality of life improves dramatically.  When they get to the top, they have to be cleaned - they enter little white cubicles with a voice that tells them what to do when - and someone gives them oranges to eat, which the girl has never encountered before, because lower down the food is much worse. Ultimately they escape to the outside, although I don't recall the final ending. I read it for the first time in 1987 or 1988, in a UK paperback edition, but it could have been written any time in the previous twenty years.
Mary Q. Steele, Journey Outside.  I'm not positive that this is the correct title  I haven't read it for years.  But I think it is!



E27: Everything turned to sweets
Solved: The Sweet Touch
E28: Enchanted Valley, Fairies, Goblins

Solved: Shadow Castle

E29: Elf in a jar
Solved: Poppy, the Adventures of a Fairy

E30: Etiquette and grooming for girls
Solved: Betty Cornell etiquette series
E31: English policeman holds childrens hands

REWARD FOR THIS BOOK: red cloth book about 5 x 7-maybe a little larger. On the front is a London policeman holding two childrens hands,a little girl on one side and a little boy on the other. It has several color picture pages in it throughout the book.I think the first picture in the book has a tissue-like paper over it. I think the story is about a widower with two children in London who hires a mean nanny. The children try to run away and meet a policeman who guides them back home.My copy got put in a garage sale when I was a little girl.Now I want the book back to give to my daughter. The book is for older children.THANKS TO ANYONE WHO CAN HELP!!!

Ford, Jenifer, The House in Hyde Park, 1956, illus by Joan Robinson.  I know this is a long shot.


E32: Eloise Wilkin
Solved: A Child's Year 

E33:  English girl, snowstorm brings neurosurgeon
Solved: Zara 
E34:  The Easter Hanky Bunny

Solved: The Tale of the Napkin Rabbit 
E35: elephant in closet, different color

Solved: Pink Elephant with Golden Spots 
E36:  European five chinese brothers

Solved: The King With Six Friends 
E37:  Elephant's career choice

I have a book whose author, title, publisher and date are missing because the cover, undoubtedly a paper one, is missing. It is 10 x 9; some of the pictures of the bear and elephant are flocked [coated with brown or gray fuzz.] The theme of the book raises the question of career choice for the elephant. He decides to be a circus clown. By the way, is this the last page?  And is the first one  "Should I be a policeman?"  Thanks.
F5: father died

Solved: The Haunting of Julie Unger

F7: families across the street
Solved: Robin

F8: fish eyes and glue
Solved: Susannah at Boarding School
F13: farm colors

Solved: The Wild Whirlwind

F17: Forest Fires
Solved: The Forest Fire Mystery

F20: FISH
For older reeaders, it is about a girl called FISH, ,which stands for Felicity Imogen Stanley Holmes.  This might even  have been the title of the book.  She is poor and orphaned and turns out to be an heiress and much of the book is taken up with detailed descriptions of her new clothes and room.

F20 fish: two really long shots - The Magical Cupboard, by Jane Louise Curry, Atheneum 1976, involves an orphan called Felicity in a dreadful 18th c. orphanage run by nasty Parson Grout, who steals a magic wooden cupboard that lets Felicity into modern times. Then there's Fish, also titled A Boy Called Fish, by Alison Morgan, Chatto 1971 about a boy whose birthday, school desk, and even name belong to someone else, and the dog he cares for.



F21: Fairy, tiny
I don't remember much about the book, other than I loved it when I was young!   It was written by a young girl, who apparently disappeared (I'm sure it mentioned that in the preface?)  Anyway, it was about a tiny fairy, was very descriptive and beautiful.  I think the fairy's name started with a "T" and may have been the title, or part of the title, of the the book.  Thank you!

I know one that begins with a "P":  Poppy, or the Adventures of a Fairy by Anne Perez-Guerra.  1931.
Could this be Tatsinda by Elizabeth Enright?
I think that the tiny fairy may be Thumbelina.
This is definitely NOT Tatsinda by Elizabeth Enright
The clue that it was written by a young girl makes me think it's Opal Whitely's The Fairyland Around Us.  The fairy named "Twilight, the child of Day and Night, came and led Liloriole forth in search of the homes of Fairyland."  There's a website with the entire text at http://www.liloriole.net.
I checked out the website, and  The Fairyland Around Us is beautiful, but it's not the book I'm looking for *sigh*.  I remember that there was a description in the story of the fairy/girl waking up inside of a flower which had been covered with ice during the night...it seemed so beautiful to me, the way it was written. Maybe that will ring a bell with someone?  Thanks!
I'm wondering about The House Without Windows and Eepersip's Life There by Barbara Newhall Follett, published by Knopf, 1927 "The story of a little girl who was "rather lonely" and who left home one day to explore the meadows, fields, and woods near by. But she became so enamored of life in the woods that she decided to "live wild" and never go home anymore. She goes to the mountain and she goes to the sea, then back to the mountains, where on one beautiful summer day she becomes a dryad. A rarely lovely book, and the only instance we know where a child has been able to record that longing common to many children under ten to be one with nature. The book was written by the author at nine and rewritten at twelve, as the original manuscript had been burned." There's a book about the young author: McCurdy, Harold (edited by) BARBARA: the Unconscious Autobiography Of A Child Genius Published by University of North Carolina Press: 1966, 146 pages, with b?w photos. "She was educated at home in New England by literary parents, Wilson and Helen Follett, and at the age of four she began to type out her own imaginative stories. By thirteen she had already published a novel and, with the publication of her second novel a year later, she seemed launched on a literary career. Then the events of her inner life and her outer world seemed to conspire against her vivd energy - the separation of her parents, the Great Depression, her own frustrating and unhappy marriage. Finally she fulfilled a prophetic vein in her writings, which sought flight from the human world to an enchanted, unsoiled world of nature. In the winter of 1939, in a mystery that has never been solved, Barbara Newhall Follett disappeared."



F22: Flowers nod
Looking for my third grade grammar book that had a poem:  The flowers nod.  The shadows creep.  A star comes over the hill.  The youngest lamb has gone to sleep.  The smallest bird is still.  (Written by anonymous-- whoever that is!)

F26: Fiona the beautiful
Solved: Fanona the Beautiful

F27: Fairies and where they live
One is for a friend who remembers having a book about fairies read to her when she was a child (around 1960). The book described where fairies lived (in tulip petals) and their houses in general.




F28: Fairy tale figurines
When I was very small my eldest sister (she was born in 1950) had a book that I loved...It had fairy tale figurines right inside!  I think it had the Wizard of Oz crew, three bears, etc...it looked just like a book
from the outside, but when you opened it the inside had all these little cubicles with fairy tale figurines in them.  Any idea what it was called or where I can find one?

Not the same book, but a similar idea - perhaps a series? Dale Payson, Magic Castle Fairytale Book New York, Random House 1978 8vo over 9" illustrated board covers that open up to reveal on the left side - paper pages for the three fairy tales included, which are The Golden Goose, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rumpelstiltskin, and Sleeping Beauty. On the right side the boards unfold again to reveal pop-up castle. In a separate envelope are paper cut-out characters to go along with all the stories. Paper engineering by Ib Penick.
there was a short series of toy/books published in the mid-late 1950s called Playbooks, of fairy tales, including the Three Bears (but not Wizard of Oz, which is copyright) which opened to show a box containing little plastic figures of the characters and some props.
F28 fairy tale figurines: more on the Playbook series - published New York, Playbook 1958, each book being approx 6x4", with the fairy tale in a 12 page front section, and the figures in a box/hollow book after that. Titles
included Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Three Little Pigs, and Hansel and Gretel "with true-to-life playfigures", slogan - "read the books, play with the figures".



F30: Fairy Princess Crystal
A fairy story from well before WWII (I think): The fairy Princess Crystal nearly loses her godmother's
blessings at birth due to her King-father's faux pas. She sprouts wings at some point before adolescence - as do all fairies - and a male fairy tells her: "That's nothing. I cut mine last night." She accidentally destroys a caterpillar's house. He takes her prisoner later on. She is rescued and when they seek revenge on the caterpillar, he's discovered to have already been eaten by a bird. I think it was a red hardcover with glossy black and white illustrations. 

F31: Family adventures at home on rainy days
There was a series of books about a nice family that rearranged their furniture on rainy days to pretend they were going on adventures. A table would become a hut in a desert island, etc. It may have been british.

This possibility The Cherrys on Indoor Island by Will Scott, published by Brock Books in England, 1958 "The 'happenings' in the Cherrys books could be those of any family - and the neighbours join in. On this wet day the house becomes a desert island crowded with incidents!" (Junior Bookshelf Jan/58 ad) Other titles include The Cherrys of River House (1952), The Cherrys to the Rescue (1963), The Cherrys and Company (1953), The Cherrys' Mystery Holiday (1960), etc.



F32: Flying device
I've always had an interest in flying, and I think it stems from a children's book I read  in my early elementary school years (1960-1964?).  I'm trying to remember details, but have very few. It involved I believe a boy and girl and some sort of flying device like a jet pack which an older relative had brought over. The illustrations as I recall were very reminiscent of the 50's, with as many illustrations as pages of text. I believe the ending of the story was that it was just a daydream. Can you or anyone help?

This book sounds like it might be the Furious Flycycle by Jan Wahl. It was published in the 1970's , I think.
F32 flying device: the detail about a relative makes me wonder about The Fantastic Flying Journey: an Adventure in Natural History by Gerald Durrell, illustrated by Graham Perry, published 1987, 140 pages. "The story of Great-Uncle Lancelot and his niece and twin nephews who embark on an epic voyage around the globe in an extraordinary ecological flying machine." It seems to look more like a flying house than a jetpack, though, to judge from the cover picture, and it's too recent.



F33: Flowers taste better than oatmeal
Solved: The Boy Who Ate Flowers

F34: Flying bed and witch--not Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Solved: Timothy and Two Witches 

F35: Flood!
An action/suspense story about a brother and sister whose parents leave them and go to town in a wagon, and the river starts rising, flooding, and traps the children at the homestead on high ground.  And wild animals from the surrounding areas come up to take shelter from the flood waters which are continuing to rise.

#F35--Flood!:  One of Lois Lenski's more obscure titles is "Flood Friday."  Since it is based on a true story which took place in Connecticut in 1955, it is doubtful there's anything about going to town in a wagon.  One story set in rural America in the past was "Our Vines Have Tender Grapes."  This was a movie around 1946, part of which dealt with farm children in a flood.
Another guess, but F35 could very well be An American Ghost by Chester Aaron. I haven't read it, but I have seen the TV version. The plot concerns a pioneer brother and sister who are left alone on the family farm while their father takes their mother into town to have a baby. While they are gone, there is a huge flood and the children't home washes away down river. They still have some animals, and later a cougar takes up residence in/near the house.
F35 flood: a long shot, but could it be Champ, Gallant Collie, by Patricia Lauber, published Random House 1960? Champ is left to guard the farm, the river floods, and a mountain lion menaces the farm animals. No idea if
there are children at home as well, though.
F35 flood: the Chester Aaron title, An American Ghost, has some differences. According to a review, the main character is a boy alone, the story is set in the 1800s, and he is "left in charge of a Wisconsin farm house which is swept away down the Mississippi with him inside it. Alone? So he thought until he discovered a mountain lion caged in by a fallen tree at one end of the house." (Children's Books of the Year 74 p.61)



F36: Fairies take girl to their leader
I remember reading several different books and/or stories about fairies. One involved a girl who falls asleep in the woods and awakens to discover she is as small as the blades of grass upon which she slept. It seems there were fairies or elves who take her to meet their ruler. There were either some
evil fairies along the way, OR the fairies at first thought the girl was an evil intruder and they capture her and take her through the small world in the earth (or fairyland, wherever?). Some of the other queries came sort of close to what I remembered, but not quite (as in, close but no cigar). She
eventually is returned to her normal size and can go home, but I think she is able to return (and does). They sleepi in flowers, drink dew...lots of that sort of stuff. The only other tidbit I'd love to know what the title of this book is, et cetera.

F36 fairies take girl: could it be Joan in Flowerland, hardcover, by Margaret Tarrant and Lewis Dutton, illustrated by Margaret Tarrant, published Frederick Warne, no date, 60 pages. "Joan is a little girl who believes in fairies, and when the gardener tells her that the best place to find them is among the flowers, she goes in search of them. Tinkler the elf acts as guide and Joan makes some wonderful discoveries." The fairies in Annabel and Bryony (Solved List) are military and take prisoners at times, but the children get into fairyland through a flower, not by falling asleep, so it probably isn't that one.



F37: Fortune hunters
Solved: Merlin's Magic

F38: Flying apple
Solved: The Apple 

F40: Full circle house
Solved: The House the Pecks Built 

F41: Future forest cities
It's about a boy who goes into the future and the cities are all like parks or sunny forests, with modest amounts of people and high technology providing a quiet, clean environment.  I think the name of the society began with a "T" or "Th."  I think there was another type of society on the same planet that wasnt' doing so hot.  I wish I remembered more about it.

#F41--Future Forest Cities:  Part of the description reminds me of a chapter from E. Nesbit's The Story of the Amulet and part of it reminds me of  Zilpha Keatley Snyder's Green Sky trilogy but it's probably neither one.
perhaps - A Time to Choose: a story of suspense, by Richard Parker, published Harper 1974 151 pages. "When Stephen Conway, aged 17, borrowed his father's car to transport props and costumes for his school play, he not only dented a hubcap but caught a glimpse of an uncanny, bright vision in the windshield. So began the strange adventure of a youth caught between two words existing simultaneously on the banks of an English river: the 20th century world of overpopulation, traffic and pollution; and a future world of idyllic, communal living and skillful utilization of water and wind power. Stephen and classmate Mary Silver soon found themselves able to leave and enter the 'brave new world' but ultimately had to make a choice - to live there permanently or to stay in a world of indifferent or nagging parents, and school examinations." (HB Aug/74 p.385)
F41 future forest cities: another possible is The Magic Meadow, by Alexander Key, published Westminster 1975 "Five young hospital patients escape to a delightful future. Ages 10-14." (HB Apr/75 p.196 pub ad)



F42: Flood Friday?
Solved:  Hills End

F43: Fog Magic Time reversal
Solved:  A Sound of Crying

F44: Fairy tales
I am looking for an elusive book: a very special book of classic fairy tales that my mother would read my brother, my sister, and I. I remember it was hard bound with a collage of images from the collection of classic stories inside. The book, if I can recall properly, was heavily illustrated, and also trimmed in a dark blue coloring. I remember the various stories recounted were The Owl and The Pussy Cat, The Wood Cutter's Daughter (featuring a wood nymph?), I believe, and many others.  I also think there was a story about a magical wooded place in which all objects were formed from candy, and another story about a little girl who must journey far to fetch water with a special silver bowl, or pan to help her ill mother.  I think Robin Red Breast may also have been part of this collection, but that memory is suspect.

Post #F44.  It seems to be the same book that I am diligently searching for.  The story of the ill mother was about the big or little dipper.  The theme of many stories were of how things "became" like the story of spring (?)or was it the wind and good character or values/morals.   If memory serves me well, Midas and the Golden Touch was included, and there was the story of the little pine tree whose needles became something else.  I can almost see the beautiful illustrations but too vaguely to describe.  It was a favorite book to trace from!  I also remember a story of Anderson's Red Cap.    I just stumbled onto this site which is simply fantastic.  I have been glued here all night and have decided to move in. : )  Back to reading the posts!
I believe it is Folk Tales Children Love...  tadaaaaa. Good night now.  Safe tomorrow



F45: Folk Tales
The next book I am searching for is one that I often read during my first years in the grade school library. In retrospect, I think by the images, and the resurgence of folk tales during the 60s and 70s that this book was printed around then, but I read it in the early 80's.   It was a hardcover collection of fairy tales and folk tales.  It also had a collage of images from the stories held within.  One smallish image on the front always held my attention, because it was a rather shapely female figure composed of either melting gold, flame, or wax...I cannot remember which one. This was a richly, beautifully illustrated book as well.  This book contained many not so main stream tales, but the one that most fascinated me was a story about a princess, or special girl, who is carried off in a special net by a flock of swans who, I am not sure were her brothers, or just magical beings.   Any help you could give me would be very appreciated.  Thank you so much.

I don't know the name of the book, but the story about the swans is The Wild Swans by Hans Christian Andersen  Maybe adding that title to searches would yield some results?
I am looking for the same book.  The book also has a wonderful story about a male spider trying to entice
a shy female fly into his web.  I cherished this book as a child and would also love to find it.   Thanks!!



F46: Frogs
I read this book in the school library during the early 50's.  It was about quadruplets (3 boys and one girl).  They lived in London and whenever it rained they would walk in the rain in their green raincoats.  Their mother nicknamed them "Frogs."  I think "Frogs" may be the title, but not sure.  Would love to find this book.

See Q1
F46 frogs: this reminds me rather of Exactly Alike, written and illustrated by Evelyn Ness, where the girl has 4 younger brothers all alike. It's set in Edwardian or Victorian times, though, so the raincoats don't sound likely.
F46 frogs and Q1 quads: This doesn't look bad - We Four Together, by Helen Weissenstein, illustrated by Egon Weiniger, published David McKay 1947, 191 pages. "Vienna of lovely pastries, charming buildings and old gardens is recaptured in this story of little quadruplets who have an infinite capacity for getting in and out of mischief. Maxel, Poldi, Ferdel and Lisel, three boys and a girl, are fourfold fun, warmth and reqard to their family ... There is a birthday cake too, not four cakes, mind you, a wonderful one with forty candles." (BRD 1948) Is the poster absolutely sure they lived in London?



F47: Fairy-Tale Picture Book Series
Solved:  The Maxton Series 

F48: Funny Animal Poems
This is a children's book purchased in the early 80's.  It was a hard cover "pop-up" book.  i taught my daughter how to read poetry with that book.  She loaned it to a friend and never got it back.  Please let me know where i might find another copy or two.  THanks!!

F48 funny animal poems: I guess My Pop-up Funny Animal Poems, by Ronne Peltzman, published Zokeisha 1985 would just be too obvious?



F49: Fog leads back through time
Solved: Fog Magic

F50: Frances Imposter
Solved: Harvey's Hideout
F51: Family of clothes-pegs

Chapter book for 6-8 year olds, line drawings. Probably UK, written before 1970. Family went to sea.

Enid Blyton, Mary Mouse series. Not 100% sure of this as I don't have any copies to check.  They were
small strip books with thin card covers approx 8 inches long by about 3 inches high with 2 boxed line drawings to a page with text underneath.  The clothes pegs were often dressed in sailor uniforms & Mary Mouse worked for them.  They are very collectible now.
Possibly The Big Book of Pegman Tales by Ella McFadyen.  Plot summary: "Contains favorite stories with an Australian flavor from Pegman Tales and Pegman Go Walkabout.  Carved from clothes-pins, the Pegmen become animated and go on a sea voyage."


F52: Fairy who couldn't fly
Solved: The Fairy Who Wouldn't Fly
F53: Food on trees

Solved: Patrick

F54: Fairy Tale Book
Solved: Dean's Gift Book of Fairy Tales

F55: Frontier brothers' adventures
Solved: The Great Brain 
F56: Family vacation grand canyon

Solved: Henry Reed's Journey
F57: Fairy tale collection

Solved: Great Swedish Fairy Tales

F58: Fairy Stories
Very whimsical with many fairies on the cover - beautiful illustrations One story was about a spider inviting the fly into his web. This is all i remember.  I would love to find this book as i cherished it as a child.

Any chance this is Elves and FairiesCheck it out.
No,  I am afraid that is not the book.  This book had beautiful fairy's on the cover. I believe there is fire in the center with female fairies flying around it .The story about the spider inviting the fly into his parlour is the only story I remember.  I recall it may have been more of  a rhyming book and extremely whimsical. Thanks for the prompt reply!!!
Howitt, Mary,The Spider and the Fly (poem only).  I don't know the exact book the poster is looking for, but the poem about the spider and the fly is in many collections and can be read here.



F59a:  farmer, yellow
Solved: McBroom's Ear

F59b:  fairy tale anthology
Solved: Dean's Mother Goose Book of Rhymes 

F60:  fairytale compilation 1950-60
I am looking for a children's book with a purple cover...  it was about 9 inches by 11 inches with a shiny cover.  it is a compilation of fairytales that I received as a gift in the late 1950's-early 1960's. One of the stories was Puss n' Boots.  The illustrations in the book were large page-size, very colorful and beautifully drawn.
F61:  Fireflies and girl

Solved: The Golden Name Day
F62: Family of entertainers in 1800s west

Solved: Mr. Mysterious and Company

F63: Fairytale anthology
I'm looking for an anthology of fairytales that I read a million times as a child. The name of the book is on the tip of my tongue, but I just can't seem to remember it. The book itself was hard-bound, red, with a picture of a wizard in black robes stirring a cauldron on one cover, and a view of a man riding an eagle on the other.  The stories contained within included "The WonderStone", "Dapplegrim", "Marushka And The Twelve Months", "Farmer Weatherby", "Long, Broad, And Sharpsight", a story of a soldier who gave magic fruit to an evil princess to get back the magical items she had stolen, and a few others. It had relatively large print and seemed, as I vaguely recall, to have the word 'Wonder' in the title... though it may not have. Please help.. I've looked everywhere for this book and am no nearer to finding it than I was when I started.

Andrew Lang, The Red Fairy Book.  Here's the table of contents from the online version at the Gutenberg
site:  The Twelve Dancing Princesses, The Princess Mayblossom, Soria Moria Castle, The Death of Koschei the Deathless, The Black Thief and Knight of the Glen, The Master Thief, Brother and Sister, Princess Rosette, The Enchanted Pig, The Norka, The Wonderful Birch, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Little Good Mouse, Graciosa and Percinet, The Three Princesses of Whiteland, The Voice of Death, The Six Sillies, Kari Woodengown, Drakestail, The Ratcatcher, The True History of Little Goldenhood, The Golden Branch, The Three Dwarfs, Dapplegrim, The Enchanted Canary, The Twelve Brothers, Rapunzel, The Nettle Spinner, Farmer Weatherbeard, Mother Holle, Minnikin, Bushy Bride, Snowdrop, The Golden Goose, The Seven Foals, The Marvellous Musician, The Story of Sigurd.
Nope... not the "Red Fairy Book".. Although there are some stories that are similar in "The Red Fairy Book" to to stories that I am looking for, my quarry had fewer stories, and many of the story names/plots were subtly different. I have remembered that very first story in the book was "The Wonder Stone", and there were approximately a dozen stories in the whole book.
Ruth Manning-Sanders, A book of Wizards,1966.  I don't know if this will help but this was a paperback book reprinted in 1977 by piccolo but first published by methuen in the uk. It has the story Long, Broad and Sharpsight (aparently a Bohemian fairytale) in it along with Aniello, Aladin, Kojata etc.



F64: fish beach suffocate woman
Solved: Walter Fish
F65: Fairy Tales

Solved: Storytime Treasury

F66:  Fairy tales with claymation-like figures
Solved: Puppet Treasure Books

F67: Food
Solved: Cheese, Peas and Chocolate Pudding 

F68: Fair-haired Celt with Sword
Solved: The Sword of Aradel 
F69: Falconry and Genghis Khan

Solved: The Golden Hawks of Genghis Khan 
F70:  Fairytale anthology

I  have an old book of fairy and folk tales that is missing its cover and first few pages. I would like to get a nicer copy but I don’t know the title, editor or illustrators. It is 12 inches tall and 8.5 inches wide, is 304pp long and had beige linen style covers, the back cover has a picture of Dorothy and the Scarecrow (from Oz) in brown.  It has beautiful watercolor (I think) illustrations on every page. Some of the stories include: Jack and the Beanstalk; Little Red Riding Hood; Hansel & Gretel;  Ali Baba; The Magic Kettle, Cinderella, snow White; The Goosegirl; Puss in boots; The Wonderful Tarbaby; The Little mermaid; The Firebird; and many others. (Fifty in all I think.) If anyone can help me figure this out I would greatly appreciate it! Thanks!

F71: Fairy/Robin story
Here are the details of the book I'm trying to find:  It was sort of a children/young adult fantasy story about a girl named Birdie? who suspects that her younger brother is a changeling. So she takes her brother on a trip through the woods to try to find where the fairies live so she can trade her changeling brother with her real one. Another detail I remember is that an older brother or some male relative carves a wooden bird for her (because of her name) and cuts himself while carving it, making a bloody red stain on the breast of the bird to resemble a robin. I think the bird comes to life later on in the story. If anyone knows which book this, I would be extremely appreciative to know and I would love to buy it!

F71 fairy/robin: could be Wild Robin, written and illustrated by Susan Jeffers,  published Penguin and Dutton 1976, pbk edition 1986 "Wild Robin, a lazy and unruly boy, longs for home after he is captured by the fairies, but he must wait to be rescued by his brave and loving sister." The story is based on one from Little Prudy's Fairy Book, and is a reworking of Tam Lin, where a young man is stolen by the fairies and rescued by his pregnant lover, Janet.
Jeffers, Susan, Wild Robin, illustrated by author, NY Dutton 1976.  The names are reversed, but this has a similar story. Robin is a wild and lazy young boy who is stolen by the fairies and rescued by his loving sister. I haven't read it so can't say about the carving, but it sounds worth checking out.
Margaret Greaves, The dagger and the bird : a story of suspense, 1975.  It could be this, but I haven't read it to know for sure.  There is no Birdie, though.  "When Luke and Bridget discover a changeling in their family, they set out for the mysterious fairy world to find their real brother."
The girl's name is different, but maybe this will ring a bell:  The dagger and the bird : a story of suspense / Margaret Greaves  Laszlo Kubinyi, 1975  New York : Harper & Row. "When Luke and Bridget discover a changeling in their family, they set out for the mysterious fairy world to find their real brother."



F72: Frogs, three
the book I am looking for I read as a child (I'm 47 now!) it was about three frogs, one was named Percival. That's all I can remember!

F72: This is a long shot, but I'm reminded of Walter the Lazy Mouse(1937) by Marjorie Flack. He gets accidentally abandoned by his family because he's so slow to follow them at anything they practically forget he exists. He has to fend for himself and takes up with the creatures at a pond, including three forgetful frogs, who inspire him to pull himself together and stop being so lazy (so he won't wind up as backward as them, maybe?) He gives them names, since they have none, and tries to be their teacher. He finds his family eventually.
If you put Percival and frog in Google you get over 1000 items, so I decided not to take the time to see if by any chance it would yield the answer to F72. What other word could we add? {Of course it may be the Flack, but I've sold both my copies.]
FYI, the three frogs in Walter the Lazy Mouse are Leander, Lulu, and Percy.



F73: fiddler
Its a story which takes place in a rural setting.A farmer, I think, is met by a peculiar man with one cloven hoof,justone. This character plays a fiddle.Now I know this sounds like Charlie Daniels "The Devil went down to Georgia" but this was a book in the kids section of our neighborhood library-Schenectady N.Y. Many of our favorite books were on Captain Kangaroo and we then got them out of the library .I think this was one such. The illustrations were of a Thomas Hart Benton Americana style, Pen&Ink.  Remember?

Bill Brittain, The Wishgiver, 1983. "The Devil and ..." stories are prominent in American folklore, however, this description put me in mind of a fantastic story of wishes gone awry.  The original edition of this book features b&W drawings.  I haven't read this book in a long time, so if it doesn't work out, you might also want to try looking for the many variations of Bearskin.
Possibly The Devil and Daniel Webster, by Stephen Vincent Benet?
mean jake and the devils, 1981.
Natalie Babbitt wrote and illustrated THE DEVIL'S STORYBOOK and THE DEVIL'S OTHER STORYBOOK. These are collections of short stories, but the one you're looking for might be in them. (In any case, they're wonderful.)



F74: First Year in Womens' College or Boarding School.
I read this paperback (a Scholastic paperback?) in about 1964-1966 time period.  The principal character is a young woman in her first year of a woman's college or boarding school.  Late in the book, she is Christmas shopping for a present for her younger brother and is excited about buying him a wonderful blue radio when she suddenly realizes she just wants to buy him this extravagant gift so that he will think what a great sister she is and that she would do better to buy something for someone else--who that is or what the other gift is I no longer remember.  There is another character in the book named Meredith (I think) whose father is a politican accused of some sort of corruption. I've wondered for years what this book was and hope that through you I will be able to find it and buy it.  Thanks.


F75: Friends go back in time
Solved: The Summerhouse 

F76: Frog Prince
Solved: Jerome 

F77: furry troll/mystical creature finds safe warm haven underwater
A troll or other (furry? fuzzy?)mystical or made up character finds a pond, or lake that he/she can venture into and breathe, either by magic or a special device. In the water it is safe and warm and dark? I think...the book was light green, hardcover, I believe it was a beginning chapter book. It took more than one sitting for our teacher to read it to us. Pictures, I believe were in green ink, drawings, not colored in, and not many drawings.  This story was read to me in second grade, 1992 copyright at the latest. If you have this book, or know a story similiar to it, please please note it for me.

There is a series of books by Don Arthur Torgersen about Tumble Town and it's inhabitants. One of the titles is The Troll Who Lived in the Lake.  The cover is blue/green and shows the troll sitting in the lake with just his eyes above the water line.  Most of the illustrations are done in a green/blue hue.  It's about a troll who is angry because a group of boys has started fishing in his lake and they've taken all the fish.  The water has turned slimy and the troll isn't happy living in his lake anymore.  Grandma Troll gives him "fifty fresk frisky fish" from her lake to restock his lake, and he returns the bikes and fishing poles that the boys abandoned when he scared them away.  The kids promise not to take too many fish and not to litter, and the troll promises not to scare them anymore.  Could this possibly be the book you're looking for??
The main character, I'd like to say was a troll, but it could have easily been a different made-up creature though. He was pictured on the front of the book too. (Could've been a she too). He or she has long hair or fur all over, and I seem to remember his name might have been something along the lines of Furry,Hairy, or Wuzzy or Fuzzy (yes I am aware of the fuzzy wuzzy books- I don't think those are the same…)  This book already looked old when my teacher read it( early 90's). I remember it was smaller than a picture book- novel size I guess. There were probably only 5 drawings in the whole book. I have a feeling this is going to be a rare story that not that many people know about. I'm pretty sure he was a 'nice guy' he could've been sad too. I remember the story taking place where there is a forest, or nature, and there might have been a gate with a key to unlock it that was given to the "troll"  by a fairy…This gate/key/ fairy part is the most vague info- I'm not sure if I'm remembering that part perfectly clear. And then of course there's the part that I remember the best- (these are the only 2 parts I remember, my whole class loved it when the teacher read it though, which was odd, because usually children, younger ones anyway, need more pictures than what this book had to keep their attention, we loved that book! I remember the whole class would all yell the name of the main character together- if only I could remember what that was?)  ok the part I remember best- This "troll" he or she, goes underwater. At first he was scared, then he finds he can breathe (how this all comes about, I don't remember) The feeling I got each time she read it to us (I love books) was that when the "troll" went underwater it was safe, quiet?, dark - I seem to oddly remember specifically that it was dark underwater- or something black. also it was warm underwater and it's possible that the "troll" could be a bear. my book might be very old, but sometimes good stories get printed again, or rewritten by another author, and the covers of the books change all the time. This was probably an easy reader, beginning chapter book. It's possible that it might be a part of a collection of stories somewhere, not too likely though. Thanks for listening to me!   In response to The Troll Who Lived in the Lake - It's possible that this is my book, …I don't remember any trash or environmental issues…but it's possible. I guess I would have to get the book first and read it through to find out…I know that if I read a whole book and not just an excerpt I would know if it was my book or not. I'll let you know, and thanks soooo much for taking the time out to help me with my stumper!! 



F78: Father/son bears in a kayak
Solved: Pierre Bear 

F79: First Grade Reader Book?
Any help will be forever appreciated. What I know....It is a First Grade Reader Book from the 20`s or 30`s. I believe it contains the words, "First Grade Reader" or something like that in the title. It is a Hardback. I think it had a Gray cover with a Sun and a Rabbit on the cover. It is approx. 1 to 1.5 inches thick and about 8"tall x 6" wide. It is full of short stories with some color illustrations.  Most Important is I know for sure two of the stories were,"The Rabbit that caught the sun" and "Little Black Sambo"  It was my Grandmothers First Grade Reader Book and she used to read me the stories as a child.
I have been searching for it for years!!!!

I couldn't find the specific book referenced, but the Loganberry Most Requested Anthologies page  lists compilations that contain the stories you're looking for. Folk Tales Children Love, edited by Watty Piper, published by Platt & Munk in 1934, has "How Bunny Rabbit Caught the Sun," and Eight Nursery Tales, a 1938 title by the same editor and publisher, has "Little Black Sambo." The 1950 edition of Better Homes and Gardens Story Book, edited by Betty O'Connor, apparently has "Little Black Sambo" as well, though some later reprints do not.



F80: Family Goes on Camping Trip...
Solved: Camping Adventure 

F81: Fish Children Crystal and Wakefield
I remember little of the story, just the fantastic illustrations of the fish-children Crystal and Wakefield... in the late 40's or early 1950's


 
 
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