Could these be historical novels by Ann
H17: The author this person is looking for is Patricia Beatty. The one about the girls needing red material is O THE RED ROSE TREE (not only does the book description match, but I read it as a kid) This is also the answer to the R33 stumper. I can't put a title to the second one, but if the person looks at the titles by Patricia Beatty (or by John and Patricia Beatty) the title or description might ring a bell. Interestingly, the California Library association established the John and Patricia Beatty Award.
The first one of these sounds kind of like Oh, the Red Rose Quilt. I believe that's the title, but I can't remember the author. I'd like to find that book myself. Two or more little girls are working on a special quilt for the fair, and all the roses have to be a different shade of red. They travel all over looking for just the right red material for their quilt.
Thank you very much! That is the right book. The second one (also W45) is called By Crumbs, It's Mine! I was way off on that title and apparently, after doing some checking, on the plot, too. This is a humbling experience--I always thought I had such a great memory for the books I've read. Much appreciated!
The second book is about a group of four or five girls who help an old woman in their town find pieces of red material for a quilt. The old woman is very particular about the shades of red and the quality of the dyes in the material. One of the pieces of fabric was rescued from a shipwreck. One of the girls was named Madge, Midge, Maggie, or something similar. She gets to keep the quilt after the old woman dies. Again, I believe that the words "red" (and maybe "red red") and "quilt" are in the title, but I don't know for sure. Thanks for your help! This is a wonderful site.
O The Red Rose Tree, by Patricia Beatty, illustrated by Liz Dauber, published Morrow 1972, 223 pages. "Set in 1893, in the Peninsula area of Oregon, the story is nostalgically humorous. 13-year old Amanda tells the story of how she and three playmates befriend arthritic old Mrs. Hankinson, an artist-quiltmaker from Kentucky. The girls connive to furnish her with seven kinds of nonbleeding red cloth to make a long-planned quilt with a new design - O the Red Rose Tree. The quilt enters the fair, but because the girls themselves had to finish it, it wins only Second Prize. The activity of the story is stepped up when Portland 'society' is visited (in opera and flood season) by Amanda's whole family ... based on the author's family records and on her research in Oregon history." (HB Aug/72 p.367)
Peppe, Rodney, Odd One Out, 1974. Maybe this one? The cover I
saw online shows a little boy at a zoo. "The reader may
look for the "odd" thing in each picture, as he follows a little
boy's activities during one day."
You've solved it! This is exactly the book she had. Thanks so much for the great detective work!
Koontz, Dean, Oddkins, 1988. Koontz's rarest book, rather scarce
and expensive. I'm positive this is the book you want: "On the
death of the old toymaker, and before the new one - Colleen
Shannon - can take over some evil toys lead by Rex the
Marionette attempt an insurrection." "Living in the shop of Mr
Isaac Bodkins, the old toy maker, are the Oddkins - soft, cuddly
toys made for very special children, those who must face
something difficult in life and need a true friend. But the
Oddkins have to face a danger that threatens not only their
magic, but the magic in us all." "A beautifully
illustrated tale of horror, the 'Oddkins' are soft toys that are
given life by Mr Isaac Bodkins, the manufacturer and owner of
the toyshop. There are good toys and there are bad toys, and the
bad toys are very, very bad - like Rex the evil
marionette." Christmas is involved in the plot, but since
I've only read it once, I can't give you many more
details. However, I'm positive this is what you
Dean Koontz, Oddkins: A fable for
all ages, 1988. I
suggest this one, as seen on the solved O pages. "When the death
of their creator leaves them without protection, a band of magic
living toys must attempt a dangerous journey across the city to
another toyshop, while under attack from evil toys serving the
Dark One." Illustrated by Park.
I was so glad that B500, "battle of the toys!" was solved so quickly!
C147 I tried putting cowboy poetry in
Google and lots came up- sites specializing in it.Customer might
browse a little or just email some of the first ones to see if
they can answer the question. WAIT -I just added words: ode
friend. No presidential name but got this
webpage. 900 other items came up too
This is a wild guess because I haven't actually read any of his books, but Will James wrote a lot of cowboy stuff and we had several presidents whose FIRST names were "James"...
John Dalliston, "Ode to a Friend", 1996. not the name of a president, but fits otherwise:
Abilene Reporter-News Archives, Sunday, July 7, 1996
Legendary Watt Matthews given tribute at Stamford Cowboy Reunion By JOHN STARBUCK, Staff Writer
STAMFORD - Those attending the 7th Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering Saturday at the Texas Cowboy Reunion got a special treat in the form of Watt Reynolds Matthews. Despite a blistering temperature in the low 100s, the legendary rancher, who will turn 98 next February, came from his home near Albany to attend a tribute in his honor. Using a cane and with some assistance, Matthews took his place at a table in The Pavilion in front of a capacity crowd to hear several poets, including Dr. Lawrence Clayton of Hardin-Simmons University and local resident John Dalliston, illustrate some cowboy heritage in words. Dalliston, a longtime friend of Matthews, initiated a standing ovation for the well-known Shackelford County resident after he read a poem, "Ode to a Friend," he had penned for Matthews. "He's the only man I call Mister with his first name," said Dalliston. "That is why I ended it with Mr. Watt. I'm old enough I don't have to call people Mister." A transplanted Australian cowboy, Dalliston has found he can create poetry better with his eyes closed. "I write poems in my sleep, I write poems day and night," he said. "Generally, I do it one night in bed and then get up the next morning and try to remember it and write it down." Matthews, dressed in a multi-colored shirt, red bandana, tan- colored pants and zippered boots, acknowledged the warm reception by raising his cowboy hat. Also showing his appreciation to Matthews was Jody Nix, who enlivened the crowd with fiddle music.
Sounds a little like this but I think this
was more of a mischief job with the kids using bright colors all
over the outside of the house before the parents saw
it. Spier, Peter. Oh, were
they ever happy!
Peter Spier, Oh, Were They Ever Happy!, 1978. I'm not sure about the ending, but this book is about 3 children who painted the house one Saturday. They weren't "allowed" to paint the house, but instead had overheard their parents saying it needed repainting, and then when the babysitter didn't show up.... From what I remember they just used all the paint they found in the garage and kind of spattered it on. Used copies are surprisingly expensive, so you might want to check at your local library first.
Spier, Peter, Oh, were they ever happy!, 1978. "One Saturday morning while their parents are away, the three Noonan children decide to paint the house." I haven't read this in awhile, but it might be what you're looking for.
This sounds right, now if I could only find a picture of the cover just to be sure! Otherwise I'll have to wait a while before I can visit the library (hopefully they'll have a copy.)
Gyo Fujikawa, Oh, What a Busy Day, 1976. This sounds like Oh What a
Busy Day with the beautiful illustrations by Gyo
Fujikawa. It did start out with the good morning pictures
and end with the good night pictures.
C371 I had this book, and it was a Gyo Fujikawa book. I'm pretty sure it was OH, WHAT A BUSY DAY, 1976, 1989, but he also published A CHILD'S BOOK OF POEMS among other books~from a librarian
I believe Gyo is a she!
Thank you so much for solving this! The book that I have been looking for is, in fact, Oh, What a Beautiful Day by Gyo Fujikawa! I am looking forward to sharing this wonderful book with my daughter.
C371 My beat-up [much-loved] copy of Oh what a busy day has children shouting Good-morning and Good-night from the windows of their homes, but no foreign languages. Fuzzy wuzzy is in there and the Eskimo with papoose.
J48 This is a shot in the dark, but
the child on a bear's back made me think of Martha Alexander's
books. The child is a boy, but his hair is a little on the long
side, so perhaps...? Take a look at AND MY MEAN OLD
MOTHER WILL BE SORRY, BLACKBOARD BEAR in which he
runs away (on the bear's back) into the woods. ~from a librarian
Gyo Fujikawa, Oh What a Busy Day!, 1976. This description brought to mind a careworn book in my collection, about 12”-15” tall. It does have incredible illustrations and on one page, a small boy is shown saying: "Turn this page to see a dream come true for some animal lovers." A full color illustration follows, covering both pages, and shows children playing and cuddling with various animals--gorilla, tiger, bear, lion, leopard, giraffe, zebra and crocodile. A boy rides on the back of the bear, while the bear hugs a little girl. There is no plot to speak of, or even page numbers. Every other set of facing pages is in full color and each color page depicts, in the following order, a different adventure that busy and imaginative children might engage in: children saying good morning (inside front cover) ~ a picnic ~ hide & seek ~ tree house in the rain ~ pretending (indoor play) ~ gardening ~ secret hiding place ~ when I grow up (occupations) ~ helping an old woman (and has a cross section of her house) ~ selling lemonade at the beach ~ “a very, very sad story” ~ an Indian squaw with a papoose in a canyon landscape ~ splashing in a huge mud hole ~ watching a man hang gliding ~ fantasy jungle scene(described above) ~ snowy day ~ “simple words that make things nice” ~ a sunset (as seen from inside a house) ~ good night (inside back cover). And that’s only half the book the other half is B/W illustrations. Do any of those ring a bell? (Do I win a prize if I'm right?)
East of the Sun, West of the Moon. This reminded me of a gorgeous illustrated version I had of this Scandanavian fairy
tale, from the correct time frame (late '70s, early '80s) It involves a poor girl riding through the primeaval forest on a bear, many adventures, as well as a princess with a nose three ells long! Could be worth a try.
Oh What a Busy Day is the book!!! THANK YOU!!! Its amazing how my memory, and description differs from the actual book, but it is the one i loved so much as a child. Thanks again for helping me find it, and for now being able to share this with my children.
Jack Finney, About Time. I believe it's the story "Of Missing Persons."
Jack Finney is one of the best time-travel writers out there, in
this world or its parallel dimension counterpart. You're sure to
find many more memorable favorites in this compendium.
Jack Finney, About Time. This is the short story "Of Missing Persons", by Jack Finney. It is in a book of Finney's short stories called "About Time".
Jack Finney, Of Missing Persons, 1955. I'm almost sure this is by Jack Finney and am reasonably sure it's his "Of Missing Persons." If so, it will be most easily findable in his 1998 collection ABOUT TIME.
Jack Finney, Of Missing Persons, 1957. A classic story from Finney's collection THE THIRD LEVEL (reprinted in 1986 in ABOUT TIME: 12 SHORT STORIES).
Yes, it is the story Of Missing Persons. Thank you for telling me the title. That story has haunted me since grade school!
Ginn Basic Readers, On Cherry Street,
1964. This might be the book. It is a basic reader
and has a picture of an organ grinder and a monkey on the front
Mabel O'Donnell, Round About. This might be the one... it's an Alice and Jerry reader published by Row, Peterson, and Company. It contains a section called "The Organ Man and the Monkey". The little monkey dances for his breakfast. There are also some stories about twins, Bobby and Billy and their year Alice, Jerry, and Jack and Mr. Carl the toy mender.
Hi, I solve it myself, dont know if anyone else did, It is On Cherry Street, ginn reader first grade.
On the Other Side of the River
East & West Winlock were connected by a bridge, and the people on both sides were friends. Then the bridge fell down & nobody could cross the river. Over time the two sides went from missing their friends to animosity and all-out war. Somebody build a new bridge to attack the other side--but when the people crossed they met their old friends, and stopped fighting, and lived happily ever after.
Joanne Oppenheim, illustrated by Aliki, On the other side of the river, 1972. 'To a stranger passing through, Wynlock-on-the-River must have looked like a nice, quiet, place to live. But it definitely was not! The people who lived on the east side of the river constantly fought with the people who lived on the west, until one night a blustery storm caused the bridge connecting the two sides of Wynlock to collapse. Suggested level: junior, primary.'
SOLVED: Joanne Oppenheim, On the Other Side of the River, 1971, approximate. Funny how a childhood memory gets tangled...Oppenheim's book is very familiar, but the images & storyline I mentally associated with it (except for the Wynlock name) aren't actually there. My memory holds much darker illustrations and a much deeper river gorge. Wonder what that book was (or if I conjured it)? Thank you for your help.
There is a b&w photo childrens book
that includes eider down gathering: Alida Visscher
Schinn, Sigurdur in Iceland (David McKay, '42).
About 40 pp, 8x10" -- could this be what you're remembering?
Re N1: My favorite library book when I was old enough to check out books (5 years old) showed the life of Sami (Lapp) children, including gathering eiderdown from bird's nests. I think this was Children of the Northlights by Ingri and Edgar d'Aulaire (1935). I'm sure of the authors, but less sure of the title. It has wonderful black and white and color pencil drawings. It believe it does focus on the life of one boy. I remember pictures of him tumbling down a hill on skis, herding reindeer, peering over the cliff at the nests of the eider ducks, etc., wearing the colorful Sami clothes.
Well, I remember the skis! I didn't remember the eider down, but it's in there too. It's Ola, by the Caldecott-winning D'Aulaires, 1932.
|D'Aulaire, Ingri and Edgar Parin. Ola. Doubleday and Company, 1932. 28th printing. Ex-library copy, dust jacket previously glued down, otherwise VG/VG. $20||
HRL: I'd forgotten that particular insult, but it makes sense for a witch who wears polk-a-dots! Must be Old Black Witch by the Devlins; see more on the Most Requested page.
Mildred Pace, Old Bones, the Wonder
Horse. Might be
this one - it's the story of the racehorse Exterminator.
Mildred Mastin Pace, Old Bones: The Wonder Horse, 1960s. This could be the book. It is about Exterminator, nicknamed Old Bones, who was a racehorse in the 1920s. He was first used as a workhorse for another thoroughbred, but when that horse was scratched from the Kentuckey Derby, Old Bones was entered. It goes on to tell of his racing career, for which he is famous. It looks like this book has recently been reprinted but with a new title.
Mildred Mastin Pace, Old Bones, The Wonder Horse, 1955. This could be it. It's another true story. The horse's real name was Exterminator. Like Seabiscuit, his looks weren't impressive. After winning the Kentucky Derby he had a long losing streak before his amazing success. The story alternates between horse's point of view and human point of view. It mentions the horse is successful in any conditions, including mud.
Walter Farley, Flame, and Black Stallion Series, 1940s forward, series. It's possible the poster is combining memories of several books in a series, the Black Stallion Series, especially Flame. The original owner of "the Black" definitely does not appreciate him, but that is only one book, I think "Return of the Black Stallion"? The stallion that the boy Alex calls "the Black" does have a longer more expensive name in that episode. The Black is rarely if ever slowed by a muddy track. In Flame, (same author) part of the story is indeed told from the horse's point of view, because there are no humans to witness all parts of the story - the horse races on an uninhabited island. There is also a bog there, and some mud the horse gets stuck in, but a race track is not involved for Flame until a later book. (Oh, that's a weird one but worth reading how this island horse gets to race the Black). Anyway, even if these are not the stories being sought, they are worth the poster's review. I certainly read all I could get my hands on in the 70s, and now keep a copy of all of them.
Henry, Marguerite, Gaudenzia: Pride of the Palio, 1960s. Not certain if this is the one the person is looking for, but it fits the description of underappreciated horse with an unusual name winning a major race (in Siena, Italy).
Constance Frick Irwin, Jonathan d, 1959. If I remember correctly, Jonathan D is a racehorse with a tendency to get distracted by rainbows. He finally wins his race when he glimpses the wreath of multicolored flowers waiting for the winner at the finish line.
Crockett Johnson/Ruth Krauss comes to mind, although the
protagonist was a little boy in The Carrot Seed.
I'll try to think of one which features animals.
Ok, the hero is a man, but the Dog, Cat, and Mouse help him (along with most of the village) to harvest a gigantic turnip, which he takes to the fair (in a wheelbarrow, of course) and wins a black-spotted cow. I'm sure this is it, and I have two versions!
Morey Sheena. The Old Man and the Turnip. Illustrated by Dorothea Mathieu. John Martin's House, 1948. Tall quarto.
Follett Publishing Company, 1965.
Happy Holidays! First of all let me say that you are amazing to keep up on your request of wanted books. I'm not quite sure how my turnip story goes but I'm almost positive that there were no humans in the book so I think I'll pass. Thank you for doing such a good job.
Here's another version of the same story:
Parkinson, Kathy. The Enormous Turnip. Albert Whitman & Co., 1986. First edition. A Russian folktale retold and illustrated by Parkinson, featuring Grandfather Ivan and his enormous turnip that took Grandfather, Grandmother, Mother, Olga, puppy, kitten, mouse and beetle to tug out of the ground.
I sent a book stumper the other day and I am estatic to tell you I solved it myself...it was for Forest friends.....The series I was trying to remember is Old Mother West Wind. I just kept going through your wonderful site and saw that Thornton W. Burgess just kept catching my eye and I found the answer on your site...I so want to thank you because I want to read those books to my child. I also found my other all time favorite The Rats of Nimh...Thank you thank you thank you.
The book query S15 Superstitious Mrs.
Miller is a book called Old Mrs. Billups and the Black
Cats by Ruth Carroll. I purchased this
book not long ago because the illustrations are so charming, and
it is really a very funny
story about everything this poor woman must go through to avoid the black cats. Then at the end when she winds up in the tree, so do the cats; and she actually falls in love with them when they crawl into her lap and she ends up
taking one home with her. Hope this helps!
Old Mrs. Billups and the Black Cats, written and illustrated by Ruth Carroll, published Walck 1961. "Old Mrs. Billups was superstitious - particularly about black cats. How she achieved a partial cure makes a funny and appealing story. Ages 4-8." (HB Dec/61 p.510 pub ad)
Esther Kem Thomas, The Old Rag
is a long poem about a rag doll who is sad when her owner gets a
beautiful new doll for Christmas, but at bedtime the little girl
wants her old rag dolly because she "slept the best". This poem
is found in The Happy Christmas Story Book,
published by Ideals.
Wow! What a tremendous site! I was delighted to see Old Rag Dolly mentioned on your page here. The author, Esther Kem Thomas, was my grandmother. I have a webpage about her life and works here.Old Rag Dolly was first featured in "By the Way,'' Volume III, by Esther Kem Thomas, published by the Old Swimmin' Hole Press, Greenfield, Indiana, copyright 1946. I have have all four of the books she published in the 1940s
online. However, it is best known from its inclusion in Ideals. Our family still reads the poem from an old tattered Ideals every Christmas. By the way, Ideals is still publishing EKT's poems (they have a large backlog she submitted to them) three years after her passing (in 1999). As far as I can determine, it passed into the public domain in the early 1970s.
Glasgow, Aline, Old Wind and Liu
1966. (Sorry about that last submission that still had a
former solution in it!) This charming vintage book
features dramatic drawings by Bernard Glasgow surrounding an
adventure of a young boy and the wind and nature.
Glasgow, Aline, Old Wind and Liu Li-San. Thank you! This was it! I ordered it in time for Christmas, and he was so touched. He read it to me by the fire after we opened our gifts. Thank you so much for helping to make this great gift possible.
Ida DeLage, The Old Witch and
the Snores, 1970. I think it must be this
one. The old witch finds her privacy disturbed when a
snoring bear hibernates in her cave. How will she get rid of
him? Maybe with some Magic Brew! This is part of a
series of "Old Witch" books by Ida DeLage.
A delightfully ugly old witch selects a cave in which to work her spells that is apparently where a big bear plans to hibernate (we can't remember who got there first). She tries various spells to get rid of him, some of which backfire on her. I seem to recall that the illustrations were sort of jaggedy and smudgy, and the cave was possibly under a hill, I think the witch ultimately loses. DeLage, Ida, The old Witch and the Snores, 1970. This book is similar to your description. The old witch of the hill is in her cave, a bear comes in and goes to sleep. He snores, she tries to get him out (including spells to smoke the bear out and tying up his nose with a vine to stop the snoring) and finally gets the giant from the castle to carry him out in exchange for a pot of delicious brew.
Ida Delage, Old Witch and The Snores, 1970, copyright. Part of the "Old Witch" book series. The old witch finds her privacy disturbed, when a snoring bear decides to hibernate in her cave. See solved mysteries for more details.
DeLage, Ida, Old Witch and The Snores, 1970, copyright. That is it! Oh my sister and I are delighted to find it at last! It is just as good as we remembered! Thank you!
Could this be Frances Trego
Montgomery, On a Lark to the Planets ('22)?
(sequel to The Wonderful Eleectric Elephant).
Bauer, Marion Dane, On My Honor, 1986. This is the book. It is a Newbery
Marion Dane Bauer, On my Honor. This is your book. One boy reluctantly goes swimming in the river with his more adventuresome friend. The friend doesn't swim well and goes under. The boy cannot save him, goes back home and pretends nothing has happened but finally has to come clean. This was a Newbery Honor book.
Marion Dane Bauer, On My Honor, 1986. When irresponsible Tony dares his best friend, Joel, to climb the bluffs at Starved Rock State Park, Joel hopes that his father will not permit him to make the trip. Joel knows the bluffs are dangerous, but won't refuse the dare because he fears Tonys taunts even more than the dangerous climb. To Joels chagrin, his father allows him to bike to the state park, if he promises "on his honor" to be careful. Halfway there, the boys have to cross the Vermillion River, and impulsive Tony decides to go in, even though the river is obviously polluted. Joel, who is angry at Tony, dares him to race to a sandbar and tragedy ensues. Joel tries to pretend that nothing happens, but his guilty conscience makes him smell the polluted river everywhere he goes. A Newbery Honor Book and ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
The dog story is an Aesop fable,
which goes by many names - Dog and His Bone, Dog and the
Shadow, Dog and the Reflection, The Greedy Dog...
I found a book Stories To Remember which has the
fable in it, but none of the other stories looked like the
triplet mump story. Can you remember any other stories
from your book?
The story of the dog who sees his reflection and loses his bone is from Aesop's Fables. That might help you track this collection down
On We Go (3rd ed.), c. 1949, 1957, 1963. Whoo hoo! Just by chance I was looking in this book and saw the story about the triplets Bob, Bill, & Betty (Home With the Mumps) and saw another story with a dog and a bone - a fairy dog grants him a wish - but no reflection, so I thought it was the wrong book. But sure enough, at the end of the book is the story about the dog and his reflection(the Dog and His Bone)! the other stories include: Noodle, Snipp and His Brothers, Seven White Cats, Hurdy-Gurdy Man, Room Enough, Oswald Makes Magic, Bob's Elephant, Story of a Clown, Queer Apron, and Magic Glasses. The book is part of Houghton Mifflin's Reading For Meaning series (2 2 is on the top of the spine.)
This book is On We Go, published by Houghton Mifflin. It was my second-grade reader during the 1963-64 school year and I was delighted to acquire a copy about 10 years ago I found in an antique store. It's out there.
S361 McKee. On we go.
McKee, Paul; et al On we go. Houghton, c1949,1957 mumps; Snipp; hurdy-gurdy; Bob's elephant; dog fairy; 7 white cats; queer apron; others. the 2 stories which were mentioned are in this version.
Here's what I am searching for: A Snipp snapp and snorr story featuring cake cookies and ice cream with beautiful yummy looking illustrations by someone other than the author in a collection of stories. Could be the story about the gingerbread or maybe the rocking horse -because they go to a party for a princess and there is lots of cake and ice cream! The story is in a collection of books and the illustrations are NOT the familiar ones by Maj Linderman but someone else and they were really divine and scrumptious looking and what I remember most about the story! The story was in a book of stories- I dreamt it might in a book with a magic carpet on the cover with characters from the different stories on it- I found out this is Eleanor Johnson's Magic Carpet but I am not sure if the story is in this book or another treasury. ( maybe i just dreamt about it because it was another child hood favorite) I looked on your link to children's anthologies but did not see it listed there.? Does anyone know what children's anthology or treasury form the 40's to the late 60's this could be in?
It definitely isn't in MAGIC CARPET, or in the other three books in that series. And while the book GOOD TIMES TOGETHER from the THROUGH GOLDEN WINDOWS series has "Snipp, Snapp, Snurr and the Red Shoes," illustrated by Lisl Weil, it doesn't have any yummy looking cake pictures, and there aren't any Lindman stories in any of the other THROUGH GOLDEN WINDOW books.
Houghton Mifflin, On We Go, 1949, copyright. This is probably not the anthology you are looking for, for it's a school reader from the Reading For Meaning series, but I will include it anyway. It contains the Gingerbread story on page 42, re-titled Snipp and his Brothers (adapted for second grade, but not credited). The illustrations are not the originals, and are rather small, but in the copy I own, reprinted 1957, they are bright and vibrant even after all these years, the boys drenched in golden batter, and the princess dressed in white with golden hair, eating cakes and cookies and pink ice cream from golden dishes. The anthology also includes an adaptation of Noodle, by Munro Leaf.
Maj Lindman, Snipp, Snapp, Snurr and the Gingerbread. The story you are looking for is definitely Snipp, Snapp, Snurr and the Gingerbread. Now to find the anthology that contains it... "One day, a kindly neighbor gave Snipp, Snapp, and Snurr some money to spend. The three little boys went straight to the bakery to buy some gingerbread - and fell into the batter! Now they looked just like three gingerbread boys who had come to life. A beautiful princess picked them up in her coach and took them to her palace for a party. And when the party was over, Mother knew just what to do about her gingerbread children - scrub them clean again!"
Houghton Mifflin, On We Go Reader "Snipp and his brothers (the gingerbread story)", 1949, copyright. Wow!- I think this very well may be the book as I remember my mom bought me a lot of school texts recommended by my aunt who was a second grade teacher! The title now sounds familiar! I am looking on the Net for a copy and I noticed an edition from 1966 that had a man on a flying carpet on the cover so maybe that's why I thought it might have been Magic Carpet... I will let you know after I order the book (will get a couple of different editions too) Thanks for the input!
Gibbs, Margaret, Once in a blue moon, illustrated by C.L. Doughty. Hollis
& Carter 1948. I don't have a plot description, but
this is listed as a children's book, and the author also wrote The
Man who Caught the Wind: stories from the Children's
Hour (1936) which sounds like the right sort of author.
Maybe the C.L. Doughty style of illustration will ring a bell?
It is definitely Once In A Blue Moon. My mother & her siblings had this in a "wartime rationing" paper. I last saw their copy in the 1970s - I will check round the family. There are about 6 gargoyles and a statue. They get a month free & then have to race up the river to get back to their spouts. I remember one grumpy one who always thought it a bad idea.
Possibly one of the Blue Doors
series of books by Pamela Brown - I'd try Golden
Pavements or Maddy Alone - I
remember in one of them that Maddy gets a role in a film as the
teenage lead playing a historical person (I think).
Kassil, Lev, Once in a Lifetime, 1970. Also: Translated from the Russian by Anne Terry White. I was the original querent on this title, and can confirm the above title/author is the one sought. Found it by searching in the NYPL catalog, using LEO's "Children's (keyword)" index searching (pretty nifty!). The abstract reads "After starring as a heroic serf girl in a movie about Napoleon'\''s invasion of Russia, a typical Moscow girl must readjust to ordinary life." Sure enough, Russian history. Aside from that, some similarities to "Maddy Alone," although very, very different in tone (what a difference 25 years makes in children's stories!) Sima and Maddy are very different girls, and an interesting contrast. Although not the item originally sought, I do appreciate the pointer to Pamela Brown, as I'd not read any of her works before.
A60 & A63 There's Fifty
Favourite Fairy Tales, selected from the Colour
Fairy Books by Kathleen Lines, illustrated by Margery
Gill in b/w, 363 pages, stories include Snow White,
Snowdrop, and The Ogre. Published by Watts in 1964, Bodley
Head in 1973, Schocken 1977, etc. This was followed by More
Favourite Fairy Tales in 1967 (etc.), also illustrated by Gill.
But the covers vary, so that's not conclusive, and there's no
mention of colour illustrations within the books.
Green, Roger Lancelyn (reteller & compiler), My Book of Favourite Fairy Tales, illustrated by Vojtech Kubasta. London, Hamlyn, 1969. I don't have a contents list for this, but I just saw the cover on eBay and it shows a black-haired prince with green cloak and doublet and small gold circlet, carrying a blonde princess in a pink gown before him on a dappled white horse which has red and gold bridle and saddle. The book is 8x11, 125 pages, contains 25 stories.
Retold by Roger Lancelyn Green, Once Long Ago: Folk and Fairy Tales of the World, 1962. I have this book, and you remembered it well. It contains all the stories you listed the one about the prince choosing the princess from the stained glass window is 'Long, Stout and Sharpeyes'. The book was first published by Golden Pleasure Books Ltd. (Westbook House, Fulham Broadway, London) my copy came from Leland Publishing Co. in Toronto. Unfortunately, it's not listed by Amazon and I'm not willing to sell my copy (it has sentimental value), but now that you have the details, I hope you
can find it somewhere. Good luck.
A60 & A63 There's Fifty Favourite Fairy Tales, selected from the Colour Fairy Books by Kathleen Lines, illustrated by Margery Gill in b/w, 363 pages, stories include Snow White, Snowdrop, and The Ogre. Published by Watts in 1964, Bodley Head in 1973, Schocken 1977, etc. This was followed by More Favourite Fairy Tales in 1967 (etc.), also illustrated by Gill. But the covers vary, so that's not conclusive, and there's no mention of colour illustrations within the books.
Roger Lancelyn Green, Once Long Ago, 1966, reprint. This could be the book you describe. My copy has lost the dustjacket, but has a red cloth cover with a golden shield on it. All the stories you describe are included, the story about the prince falling in love with the princess behind the curtain is called Long, Stout & Sharpeyes. This book has lavish, colour illustrations. Some of the other, longer stories are The Brown Bull of Norrawa, The Witch in the Stone Boat & The Dragon of the North.
This stumper has already been solved. See A60---the stumper request is identical! It looks like the stumper submitted the same information twice. Different people answered each query, but both sets came up with the same title: Once Long Ago: Folk and Fairy Tales of the World, retold and compiled by Roger Lancelyn Green.
Would love to find a copy of a book I recall from my childhood -- it was an oversized book of Folk or Fairy Tales featuring the stories "Bones of Djulung" and "Why the Sea is Salt" in the same volume. Seems like the cover of the book was mostly dark orange (though it's not one of the Lang colored fairy tale books) with a beautiful illustration. I don't recall what the illustration was about. I believe the book was called "Once Upon A Time," or something similar. Was probably published in the mid- to late-60s, as it was a Christmas present when I was very young. Would appreciate any help locating this book! I loved it, and would like to have a copy now. Thanks for any help!
F148 is NOT an orange
volume of Childcraft. It's odd he happens to
mention it is not an Andrew Lang, because Google has gobs
of entries for it in Lilac one. In fact the story itself
is printed many times on the Net. I know the query includes
other stories, though.
Haven't gotten any good leads on this search. Any other suggestions as to how I might find this book, and find out if it is, in fact, titled as I had thought? I know there were wonderful illustrations in the book, especially the story "Why the Sea is Salt." I remember little black devil creatures grinding salt -- it was either on the cover or inside the book itself. Thanks for any help you might be able to give!
Roger Lancelyn Green, Once Long Ago: Folk and Fairy Tales of the World, 1966. After diligent but sporadic searching, found this book! Am so excited! Have ordered it and can't wait to have it in my hands!
Roger Lancelyn Green, Once Long Ago, 1962. I have this book right in front of me. It has Koshchei the Undying from Russia and Zoulvisia from Armenia. It is a collection of 70 folk and fairy tales from around the world. It is printed in Czechoslovakia and has illustrations by Vojtech Kubasta. Published by Golden Pleasure Books.
Tarrant, Margaret, Joan in
1935. Could it be Joan in Flowerland, with
Margaret Tarrant's gorgeous full-page illustrations? I don't
know whether Joan falls asleep, but she is welcomed into
Flowerland by an elf named Tinkle (or similar) and swims with
water-lily fairies and so on. It does have chapters. I have some
jpgs of pages, which I could send if that would help. More
obscure is Christine's Fairy Friends, by Joan E. Evans, in the
Early Reader Series by Hampster Books (n.d.) I haven't seen this
and don't know about the illustrations, but it does have
chapters - The Garden Fairies, Heath Fairies, Cornfield Fairies,
The Fairies in the Rose Garden, etc.
Don't know the correct title - my mother called it Pamela's Birthday - I have been trying to find it without any luck - it sounds very much like the description of G183. At the end of the book she wakes up and her present is a beautiful dress with wings on the back like the fairies in her dream. Does this help anyone to name the book. It had beautiful illustrations. We had the book in the 1950's and 1960's.
Groom Arthur, Once upon a birthday.
The original stumper requester would love to see scans of Joan in Flowerland to confirm the solution....
ARTHUR GROOM, ONCE UPON A BIRTHDAY, 1950. Also illustrated by Groom, published by Birn Brothers
A copy of Once Upon a Birthdayis up for auction on eBay right now. The listing includes scans from the book. This may help the submitter determine if it is the book they are looking for.
Groome, Arthur, Once Upon a Birthday, London, Birn 1950. After talking with someone on ABE who has a copy of this
book, it sounds more likely than Joan in Flowerland. "It is about a girl named Pamela who fall asleep and wakes up in a garden where the fairies are small and dressed like flowers I think and at the end of the book when she wakes up, her father has brought her a dress that has a tulip looking bottom and wings on the back like in her dream." "It's called Once Upon a Birthday and was written and illustrated by Arthur Groom. The copy I have is dated 1951. My mother bought it for me because the little girl, Pamela, is sad because her daddy was away on her birthday and my father was away in the forces and didn't share my birthday till I was five, so I identified with it. She goes to Fairyland and the pictures are all of fairies in flower dresses - real little girl material! Probably today children would be very scornful of such fantasy - but it's good to see some of us still remember with happy nostalgia! Hope you manage to find a copy somewhere! Cheers, Nell."
Margaret Mahy, The Pirates' Mixed Up
Illustrated by Margaret Chamberlain. Other possibilities include
The Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate (illustrated by
Margaret Chamberlain) and 0 (illustrated by Quentin Blake). Some
of Mahy's books were in fact illustrated by Steven Kellogg,
though I don't think any of her pirate ones were.
Thanks for the attempt, I checked these titles out and I don't think they are what I'm looking for. The search continues.....
Just a comment. I just noticed that #P156 seems to resemble my stumper which I just submitted [P227]. Does that help?
Mircea Vasiliu, Once Upon a Pirate Ship, 1974. I got it!!!! I've been seaching for the name of this great book for years. Just last week I submitted a stumper for it. The name just came to me, out of nowhere, in the middle of the night! I'm so excited to track it down! So this this the solution for at least two stumpers!!!
I am in search of a childrens book that I had as a child. Probally published in the seventies. Large size. Aqua color on cover. What I loved most about it was the unusual text format. Every illustrated character had their own comments around their head (somthing like a comic) and the illustrations were incredibly detailed so there was so much to take in on every page. I recall that there was no standard typed texed storyline. This is what I remember: Some young, spirited, kids in a seaside village pack a picnic hop into a rowboat and take off for a day of adventure. They row through a ocean cave and on the other side they discovery a pirate ship. They are welcomed on board by friendly pirates. Two of them however, wish to do the kids harm or at least throw them off the ship. I recall the names of two pirates. One was "smiley" (he wore a yellow smile face tee shirt) and another was "Sneaky" who wore sneakers. I also recall a cook pirate. They show the kids a great time but eventually are exhausted by the curiuos, precocious, bold nature of them. I remember that even the mermaid figure head of the pirate ship would speak. The details of the illustrations was such that you could see all of the events happening in the ship. It may have been a cross sectioned view of the ship. Eventually, the kids get back into their own rowboat and say their farwell to the pirates. Its the end of the day. They row back to the village dock where their mothers are waiting for them. They might now have pirate treasure, jewels, hats etc. Again, happy tone, detailed illustrations, fun adeventure theme. A delightful book.
Just a comment. I just noticed that #P156 seems to
resemble my stumper which I just submitted. Does that help?
Mircea Vasiliu, Once Upon a Pirate Ship, 1974. I got it!!!! I've been seaching for the name of this great book for years. Just last week I submitted a stumper for it. The name just came to me, out of nowhere, in the middle of the night! I'm so excited to track it down! So this this the solution for at least two stumpers!!!
Gabriele Eichenauer Naomi Lewis, Once
Rainbow, 1981. Anna and
her teddy bear magically visit the seven lands that are found in
the seven colors of the rainbow.
This book stumper has actually been solved for me - horay. I think that the book stumper that I posted is the same as the book stumper R78 so please could you make sure that they have the solution too? thank you enourmously for all your help and your patience.
I got this book from the library when I was little, the early or mid-eighties. It's a picture book about a child who takes a journey over or through the rainbow, and comes to a land colored each of the colors of the rainbow. The illustrations were beautiful, and I can't remember whether there were even any words or just the pictures to tell the story. I think possibly the child goes home in the end with some sort of gift.
I'm not sure this is right, but it came to mind: If
You're Afraid of the Dark, Remember the Night Rainbow,
by Cooper Edens, Green Tiger Press, 1979.
Advice about making the best of life with charming full-page color
Gabriele Eichenauer Naomi Lewis, Once Upon a Rainbow, 1981. Anna and her teddy bear magically visit the seven lands that are found in the seven colors of the rainbow.
Edward Fenton, Once Upon a Saturday,
Jonathan Littman, Once upon a time in ComputerLand : the amazing, billion-dollar tale of Bill Millard, 1987.
Rose Selarose, Once Upon A Time In
The Meadow, 1982. This is actually my own
bookstumper! After having my bookstumper on your site for a
few months, I finally found this book I was searching for in a
local used bookstore. It is a Golden Storytime Book but
was originally published in Italy as Chiara E Le Sue Amiche.
I'm so glad to have found it! Thanks for your help!
Children's book about a group of little girls that live alone on the prairie. They are preparing for an outdoor picnic and each girl has certain responsibilities in preparation of the event. I remember the pictures being in color and with a lot of detail. I read this book in the mid-80's. It was paperback, more advanced than a Little Golden Book.
Selarose, Rose, Once Upon a Time in
the Meadow, 1982.
Six little girls who live alone get ready for a picnic and
I saw the post on the website and YES!! That has to be it!! You are the most wonderful person in the world! This was well worth $2.00!
There's a very similar story by Pearl
Buck, about herself and her two daughters in a park in
Japan, and the elderly man who keeps the little girls amused.
Not on a boat, and no purse missing, though.
The Pearl Buck story is "One Bright Day", collected in the book of the same title, Methuen 1952, 136 pages. The story is described "two little girls and their mother returning to America from Shanghai, and of a wonderful day they had with a Japanese gentleman when the ship docked at Kobi." The other stories are "Yu Lan, Flying Boy of China", "The Water Buffalo Children", "The Chinese Children Next Door", and "The Dragon Fish".
If it is the Pearl Buck story, this was published in a French translation: Un jour de bonheur / par Pearl Buck, traduit d'anglais par Andre Bay et Marcelle Verite, image par Marcel Marlier, published Tournai, Casterman
1960, 58 pages, with colour illustrations, in the series 'Plaisir des contes'. The LC description says "On the way home from China by sea, an American mother and her two daughters spend a very pleasant day in Japan sightseeing with an elderly Japanese gentleman. Text in French."
Dyer, Turkey Trott, 1942. I had to locate wht may be the same
story for a library patron just this week. What an interesting
coincidence, finding it on Loganberry's stumpers! The following
website has 5 full-color illustrations that might help the
Put "Turkey Trott" in search box.
I believe that the answer to stumper B290 is One Christmas Eve by Langston Hughes. I cannot answer the publication information as the story is in a compilation I have. The book I own with this story is called Norman Rockwell's Christmas Book, an oversized coffee table type book of stories, poems, and Christmas Carols illustrated with Norman Rockwell paintings. The story is about a black maid who takes her son shopping with her on Christmas Eve. She and her son are separated as he decides to go into the "white" theater to see Santa Claus. He is scarred by the Santa, and her mother tells him that the Santa he saw is for "white folks" and only a man in a suit. The story ends here, but it does not appear to be the end. Perhaps the story was published fully on its own? Sorry for the longwinded explanation. Thanks!
Kate Gambold Dyer, Turky Trott and the Black Santa, 1942. I have this book and have not been able to find out anything about the author or the book.
F15: sounds to me like One Fine Day by Nonny Hogrogian (1971)
Jane Flory, One Hundred and Eight
Bells, 1963, copyright.
I can't believe that someone found this out so quickly! It has been driving me crazy for so many years. Everyone I asked (I am in library school and work in a library) had no idea. Thanks so much.
I know this book, and I'm drawing a blank. I believe it's a
Little Golden Book, and I'm sure it's a boy. I'll keep
Adelaide. Holl, One Kitten for Kim. This was a Weekly Reader club book--I have a hardcover from my childhood in the early 1970's--I'm not sure when the book was originally published. The main character is a boy named Kim, whose cat has kittens. His parents tell him that he may keep the mother and ONE kitten, but the rest need homes. So he takes off with them in his wagon, going around the neighborhood. He "trades" them for other animals--a puppy, a parrot, goldfish, etc. He thinks his parents will be soooo happy when he comes home with no kittens. Cute little book--my 4 year old daughter just loves it.
The answer to your K65 stumper is One Kitten for Kim by Adelaide Holl.
Incredible - my request was posted Monday and solved Tuesday! Count me among the fans of your Stumper Service. I will be sure to tell my friends about your website. I can't wait to get my hands on One Kitten for Kim and read it to Julianne ... do you have it?
A children's book about a little girl named Millicent May (or Mae). Was read to me in the 1980s. Millicent is a bratty little girl who wants all kinds of things and when she doesn't get them she throws a crying tantrum. She has an orange cat.
M96 It could be ONE MONSTER AFTER
ANOTHER by Mercer Mayer, 1974. But the story
is about Sally Ann sending a letter to Lucy Jane (not a
grandmother), and monsters keep getting hold of the letter.
My guess would be One Monster After Another, by Mercer Mayer (whose art style is quite similar to Maurice Sendak's), published by Golden, 1974. In it, Sally Ann sends a letter to her friend Lucy Jane. The letter is promptly stolen by a Stamp-Collecting Trollusk, who loses it to a Letter-Eating Bombanat. The Bombanat flies over the Blue Ocean of Bubbley Goo where he is caught by a Bombanat-Munching Grumley which is itself
caught by a fishing boat. The boat is struck by a Furious Floating Ice-Ferg and sucked up by a Wild-n-Windy Typhoonigator ... and so on. Lucy Jane eventually gets the letter, which invites her for a visit because "Nothing exciting ever happens around here".
This is a childrens picture/story book from the mid to late 1970s. It starts with someone writing a letter to a friend and then mailing it. The rest of the story is about the perils and hazards the letter must endure to get to its destination. These take the form of various monsters (for example, one of the monsters wants to eat the stamp). Another one of the monsters is a huge storm cloud that sucks an ocean dry and leaves a fishing trawler stranded. At the end of the book the letter reaches its destination. My memory is hazy but it seems the illustrations were pen and ink.
HRL: I think this one is One Monster After Another,
by Mercer Mayer, Golden Press, 1974.
Yup! You pegged it! Thanks so much!
I50 I no longer have this book, but could
it be Hall, Marjory. One perfect rose.
Funk and Wagnalls, 1964
I think this is it. I'm 90% sure, will be 100% sure when I've managed to re-read it. Thanks!
This is definitely it: Many thanks!
Hofmann, Ginnie, Who wants an old
teddy bear?, 1976,
1978, 2003. Maybe this one - it doesn't sound exactly like
the plot you describe but there are a lot of similarities.
Andy receives a package but is disappointed that it is an old
teddy bear. That night he dreamed that he was carried to teddy
bear land and given to a small bear, Arthur, who did not want
him at first but began to play with him. Andy's dream ended but
he learned from his dream that he could really care for an old
Ginnie Hofmann, One teddy bear is enough!, 1991, Random House. "When Andy receives a second teddy bear, his first teddy bear plots to get rid of the new arrival."
Ginnie Hofmann, One Teddy Bear is Enough. I found the book the day b4 I got any answers, but wanted to order it to make sure it was the right book! Thx everyone
|Hofmann, Ginnie. Who wants an old teddy bear? Random House, 1978. 1st paperback printing. slightly soiled and creased; child’s name on stickers on endpaper; pages good. G. [WQ 3926] $6||
Darby, Ray, Oomah, 1945. John Phillips, illus. / Winnipeg,
Contemporary Publishers / 39 pgs. "in verse" / Subjects:
Canadian poetry, children's poetry
Roz Abisch, Open Your Eyes, 1964. This has to be the book you're
looking for. Two boys play an inside game with the
colors red, blue, and yellow. At the end of the story, the yellow sun is shining, so they can play outside with the rings hanging from the tree.
Here's my stumper: I believe this was a set of 3 or 4 small books from the late 1960's or early 1970's. The books were about colors. I thought they were called "A Book of Red", "A Book of Blue", etc. but I can't find anything with those titles anywhere. They had black and white line drawings, but in the "blue" book the pictures were colored blue, in the "red" book the pictures were colored red, etc. I think in the red book there was a kid named Ned or Ted. I'm pretty sure the text rhymed, like "This is Ned. His bed is red", or something like that. Everything in the red book was red, the blue book was blue and I think there was a yellow book as well. This is not a Dr. Suess book. It was most likely ordered through a book club in the early 1970's because most of the books we had were from Parent's Magazine Press or Scholastic book clubs. I have been searching for these books for years so any clues would be appreciated!
Roz Abisch, Open Your Eyes, 1964. I think the book is called Open
Your Eyes. It is just one book about two boys Tim
Small and his brother Ed. They can't go outside on a rainyday and don't know what to play. Tim says let's play red. What is red? asks Ed. "That's the game. Just what you said. It's all the things we know are red." It then goes on to list in rhyme and pictures all red things. Then the boys play blue and finally they play yellow. The book ends with "Look, the Yellow sun is shining. We can go out and play!" It was published by Parents Magazine Press like you mentioned.
Abisch, Roz, Open Your Eyes. I am the original stumper requester for C238. This one is SOLVED. Thank you to the person that recognized this book from my vague description. I would have never remembered the title, but I checked into this and this is definitely the book. Thanks!
Science fiction book? for 10
to 12 year olds about smart skunks living under the porch of an
old man's house who turn out to be visitors from another planet.
Pamela F. Service, Stinker from Space, 1988.
In the middle of an outerspace battle, space warrior Tsynq Yr is
forced to land on earth and switch into the body of a skunk. But
earth is no place for him. Thank goodness Karen stops by. With
her computer-whiz friend Jonathan, the three of them hatch a
hair-raising scheme involving all the local skunks and even the
space shuttle to get their new friend back into orbit!'
Pamela F. Service, Stinker From Space, 1988. From School Library Journal: Grade 3-6 In this lively science fiction romp, Karen, who dreams about space adventure, is contacted by Tsynq Yr, an alien trapped in the body of a skunk. While Tsynq Yr (or Stinker, as Karen dubs him) finds earth civilization primi tive, he is powerless to escape without the help of Karen and Jonathan, anoth er young space nut. Stinker hatches a plan to hijack a NASA space shuttle and adapt his destroyed ship's booster rocket to give it the power to send him home. The plot thickens when Stinker is skunknapped and when enemy aliens attack but Stinker not only triumphs, he also discovers the weapon to destroy his people's enemiesskunk spray. Service's story is brief and breezy, yet she has nicely conveyed the budding friendship of two lonely children sud denly plunged into adventure and forced to depend on each other to help their new friend. Children will enjoy references to the popular Star Trek and Star Wars series which give the story a contemporary feel.
Stinker from Space" isn't it. I read the book I'm looking for in the late 1950's or early 1960's.
Clifford Simak, Operation Stinky, April 1957. This is a short story which is included in some of his collections among them The Worlds of Clifford Simak (Simon & Schuster, 1960 (a story collection)
Solved: "Operation Stinky" by Clifford Simak is it! Your site is amazing. A thank you to the anonymous responder who solved this for me. I've turned to this site with three stumpers over the years and you've found every one of them.
Is this the Lonely Doll
series by Dare Wright?
Maybe one of the Shoe Shop Bears books by Margaret J. Baker? In one of them the bears are put into window displays.
T55 teddy bear tea party sounds like T94 teddy bear tea party. The described size is similar and the mention of a picnic or tea party (Teddy Bear's Picnic?)
Dare Wright, The Little One, 1959. This is by the author of the Lonely Doll books, but the doll in this one
is not Edith. Her name starts with "P" but I can't remember what it is. She is in an old abandoned house, and there's a picture/photo of her sitting in the window. Some turtles find her there and rescue her from being alone. At some point she meets some bears and has tea with them.
Might these be the Little Bear books? By E.Minarik
Michele Durkson Clise, Ophelia books. Clise wrote several books which were illustrated by photographs of her own vintage bears dressed up and posed in various scenes. The main character was Ophelia Bear who ran a shop in Paris. Titles included: Ophelia's World: Or the Memoirs of a Parisian Shop Girl, Ophelia's Voyage to Japan: Or the Mystery of the Doll Solved, Ophelia's English Adventure or: The Haunting of Bruinyes House.
O4: Oregon Trail. This is probably Seven
Alone, which was made into a movie by (I think)
Disney in the early 1970s, but was originally a book.
O4 book she is talking about sounds like On to Oregon by Honore Morrow. Based on a true story about the Sagar family whose parents died on the trail leaving behind seven children including a baby. Was also made into a Disney movie called Seven Alone..
Is this On To Oregon by Honore Morrow (1954) ?
And O-4 -- This is The Children on the Oregon Trail by A. Rutgers van der Loeff. The baby that the children keep alive through the book is named Indepencia, I believe. I read it as a kid in a Puffin paperback edition. Great story.
The book which was guessed as being On to Oregon! (movie paperback title Seven Alone) by Honore Willsie Morrow, then correctly identified as Children on the Oregon Trail (British title, which I do have. American title, which I don't have, is Oregon at Last!) by A. Rutgers van der Loeff. Yes, they are both inaccurate versions of the same true story. Rutgers van der Loeff may have been the better writer, but Morrow merely twisted and perverted the facts (to which she did have access) while Rutgers van der Loeff completely fabricated them. Another false version of the same story is For Ma and Pa: on the Oregon Trail, 1844, by Wilma Pitchford Hays, which I don't have and would very much like. I know more about this subject than YOU WOULD POSSIBLY WANT TO KNOW, SO DON'T ASK. I'll simply send you a copy of the book I wrote, which speaks for itself and saves pointless gnashing of teeth.
Sorry, I can't see where the book stumper # is (what am I missing?) ... but one of the "solutions" listed has another answer. Listed as solved is "Oregon at Last" but I'm not so sure. The person looking for the book about children whose parents die on the way to Oregon, and the stumper said it was "Oregon at Last." I think from the description it may be "Bound for Oregon" which is the fictionalized, but true story of the Todd family (relatives of Mary Todd Lincoln) travelling by covered wagon to Oregon. This is a great book illustrating the hardships of traveling this way and it has been recently reprinted.
F98: Fuzzies: a Folk Fable?
See Solved Mysteries.
Claude Steiner, The Original Warm Fuzzy Tale, 1983. The description doesn't mention a town, but it's the only story I know of with warm fuzzies. Here's a excerpt: "Once upon a time, a long time ago there lived two very happy people called Tim and Maggi with their two children, John and Lucy. To understand how happy they were you have to understand how things were in those days. You see, in those happy days everyone was given, at birth, a small soft Fuzzy Bag. Anytime a person reached into this bag he was able to pull out a Warm Fuzzy."
F98 Steiner, Claude. The original warm fuzzy tale. illus by JoAnn Dick. Sacramento; Jalmar Press, 1977, 1980. legend about warm fuzzy feelings interrupted by a witch.
|Steiner, Claude. The Original Warm Fuzzy Tale: A Fairy tale. Illustrated by JoAnn Dick. Jalmar Press, 1977, 3rd printing, 1980. Paperback, minor wear to corners, Warm Fuzzy Club ad in back. VG-. <SOLD>|
you're so close.... but James Whitcomb Riley liked
to play with spelling in this book, and so Orphan has an extra T
on it.... you'll find reprints titled simply Little
Orphant Annie, but the original was titled The
Gobble-Uns'll Git You Ef You Don't Watch Out!
1890s or so (and reprinted under that title in 1975)
I'm sorry, but I don't think that James Whitcomb Riley is the author of the work being sought. Little Orphant Annie (also known as The Gobble-uns 'll Git You Ef You Don't Watch Out!) is a poem, not a story. During the course of the poem, Annie tells brief cautionary tales about two children who came to a bad end: a boy who wouldn't say his prayers, and a girl who mocked others. There is no story about a magician, old woman, troll and peanut. You can read the poem here.
Johnny Gruelle, Orphant Annie Story Book, 1989, reprint. Could this be the book? It was originally published in 1921 by the author of the Raggedy Ann books who happened to be a neighbor of James Whitcomb Riley who wrote the Little Orphant Annie poem. It does have a story about a selfish little gnome who ends up being in the middle of a peanut in punishment for being so selfish. This reprint may still be available from the Guild Press of Indiana our library acquired it in 2003.
Not Charles Kingsley's Water Babies (just
Ken Jones, Orphans of the Sea, 1970. "A family sanctuary for seals in distress on the Cornish coast with a description of
their habits and intelligence. A 'happy' book about these endearing animals. It describes he authors first experience of caring for a washed up seal pup, and the subsequent several hundred that he cared for and returuned to the wild."
I believe I recognize this one. Everything
described fits Orphans of the Sky by Robert
A. Heinlein. A very large, slowly spinning spaceship
has been on a voyage for many generations. It had been on it's
correct trajectory, when, years before the opening chapter, a
mutiny occurred. At that time, some of the mutineers were
exposed to radiation so that their offspring began to have
strange mutations. This led to some of the passengers later
being branded as "Muties," meaning either mutant or
mutineer. Hugh Hoyland climbed above the farmland where he
had always lived to explore the upper reaches of his world. This
involved moving inward toward the spinning axis of the ship, up
where the mutants lived, where weight decreased to practically
nothing. On one such journey he encountered Joe-Jim, a mutant
man with two heads, each with its own personality. A
friendship formed and soon Joe-Jim opened Hugh's eyes to the
real shape of his world. In time the two learn to navigate the
ship and escape to a planet around a nearby star.
It think this is Orphans in the Sky by Robert Heinlein. It's about a boy who finds out that his world isn't actually a planet, but a spaceship that they all live inside. He makes his way through tunnels to the top where there is a control room where their navigation went phooey so long ago that people don't remember that they were originally on their way to colonize a new planet because their old one wasn't holding up.
Robert A. Heinlein, Orphans of the Sky,1941. Hugh Hoyland climbed up (or inward) away from his farmland home to discover the inner reaches of a spaceship, which is populated not only by the farmers he had always known but a menagerie of "muties." These were mutated people, exposed to radiation for many years. They were descended from a band of mutineers who sabotaged the orignal flight plan of what turned out to be a generational spacecraft bound for a nearby star. They were now adrift. Hugh and Joe-Jim, a two-headed mutant, eventually manged to learn the operation of the ship, and some of the crew made it to the surface of a planet.
Greene, Joseph, The Forgotten Star,late 1950s. This is almost certainly NOT the book in question, but it has a very similar scenario. A boy searching for his missing father, along with two friends, stumbles across a civilization that has been living inside an "asteroid"-- really a huge spaceship -- for thousands of years. This was one of the first sf books I ever read, and I remember it fondly. I believe it was the initial book in a series, but I never found any of the sequels.
#S114--Science Fiction: Check out A Sense of Wonder on the Solved page and see if that could be it.
Harry Harrison, Captive Universe. I'm pretty sure there's a Harry Harrison with this storyline. I think the book I'm remembering was about an Aztec civilisation that turned out to be inhabiting a spaceship, much to their surprise. And I'm fairly sure that Captive Universe is the title of the book in question. However, I haven't
got the book to hand, so I can't check. Try others by Harrison if Captive Universe isn't about a civilisation aboard a starship. The book I'm thinking of, I read in 1989 or thereabouts, but it could have been written a long
time before that.
Robert A. Heinlein, Orphans of the Sky. A short tale of a starship community that has existed for generations and has lost grasp of the fact that it is traveling through space. You can find a thorough synopsis here.
Sci-Fi book I read in 1978 in a Sci-Fi course in high school. A whole civilization of people are on a huge spacecraft, but they've been on it for generations, so most of them don't realize they are on a spacecraft. Someone tries to convince the others that they are moving through space, but the others think he's crazy--the people believe the "rules" they abide by came from the "god"--there are lots of "laws" that have become "religious beliefs".
Robert A. Heinlein, Orphans of the
Sky, 1964. Sounds
like this one - Heinlein being such a well-known sci fi author,
it could easily have been used in a school class.
Yes, I believe this is the book. I looked up the synopsis on a Heinlein website and it sounds like the book I remember.
I've finally figured out your wife's book stumper, AND I have two
available copies for sale! Valentine's Day is just around
Morgan, Henry. O-Sono and the Magician's Nephew and the Elephant. Illustrated by Spanfeller. Vanguard Press, 1964. Copy one: in great shape with dust jacket, $30 postpaid Copy two: in good shape, lacking dust jacket, $18 postpaid
Wow! Thank you so much but I found another copy not long ago and bought it (for more than you are offering, shucks!) and then subsequently my mother-in-law found the original. Thanks again for continuing to look and I'm sorry I did not let you know i had found a copy but I looked so many places I just couldn't remember them all!
Syd Hoff, Sammy The Seal, 1959.
Try this I Can Read book - it
has colorful illustrations.
Irma Wilde, Mr. Wishing Went Fishing, 1952. Just a guess, because I can't remember the story either (it mostly takes place at sea in a rowboat), but we had this book and there may have been a seal in it I know the pictures were very colorful. You can find this online to see if the cover looks familiar.
M430 Could it be this? Palazzo, Tony The great Othello, the story of a seal illus by Tony Palazzo Viking 1952
Mabel Neikirk, various, 1940's. Could it be one of the Oscar the Seal books by Mabel Neikirk? Mr. Zabriski, the owner of Oscar the trained seal, definitely has a bald head with a fringe of black hair (also a rather large nose).
I was the one who originally sent in the request for this book. My mom and I looked at pictures from Oscar the Trained Seal, and she said that's it! Thank you!
C40 almost certain this is The Other
Cinderella a play by Nicholas Stuart Gray,
published in England in 1958, reprinted in 1977. The stepsisters
are "very nice indeed" and make allowances for Cinderella (who
demands that they call her that instead of Ellen) because she's
lost her mother and needs time to grieve. The fairy godmother is
quite startled to find the stepmother and daughters pretty and
Well, I finally read it, and I'm sure this is the one I heard of years ago - I'd be surprised if anyone else tried to write a similar play after this one, which is very good! I have to wonder, though, if Gray happened to see the movie musical made three years beforehand - "The Glass Slipper" (1955). The stepsisters are not quite as sweet as in his play, but Cinderella (Leslie Caron) is definitely a grouch. The show-stealer, however, is the adorable, quirky Latin-quoting, thieving godmother, played in Quentin Crisp style by Estelle Winwood! Thank you very much.
I have no idea what this is, but you might
like 'The Story of the Amulet' by E. Nesbit,
which has a somewhat similar idea. Good luck, I hope you find
Murray Leinster, The Other World, 1949, copyright. Only likely candidate from the lengthy bibliography of sf/f on ancient Egyptian themes at 'http://www.egyptomania.org/aef/EgyptSFF.html#SF-Mod' is this one: Leinster, Murray "The Other World" [found in:] 1949: Startling Stories (November), 1954: 6 Great Short Novels of Science Fiction, ed. Groff Conklin: Dell (pp. 119-216), Book of Alternate Worlds, ed. Robert Adams. [Description:] "A parallel world, devoid of human inhabitants, is discovered by ancient Egyptian priests, who also discover "our" world, from which they steal."
Murray Leinster, The Other World, 1949/1954. It's a little hard to use this form, since I didn't solve this - your second anonymous respondent found it. I'm using this form to confirm that the solution is indeed book I was searching for. You have solved the stumper magnificently! Thanks so much!
Goult, Joan, Otherborn, 1980. Maybe this one: "A
boy and his sister, separated from their boat, come ashore on a
Pacific island inhabited by a race of people with a radically
different conception of birth, aging, and death." From
another description, the kids' names are Mark and Leggy.
I think that's it!! Thank you!! Oh, this is fantastic! I'll check to make sure, but the name rings a bell for sure!
Otherborn by Joan Goult was the correct solution to my bookstumper. I purchased it and read it with delight; thank you so much for this great service!!
G76 ghost called Chloe: This matches most
of the details - The Otherwise Girl, by Claire
Keith, published London, Blond & Briggs 1976, Fontana
1977 (pbk) "Be friendly to my daughter, Chloe's father tells
Matt, but never ever, let her take you swimming by the weir. Who
is Chloe?" "beyond life ... and death, a love story like you've
never read before ..."
Keith, Claire, The Otherwise Girl., London, Fontana 1977. The blurb says "Be friendly to my daughter, Chloe's father tells Matt, but never let her take you swimming by the weir. Who is Chloe?" and something about a love story "beyond life and death". If Chloe drowned by the weir and is a ghost, this would match pretty well.
The story takes place in a small town. The protagonist is heading to a summer art program. She (he? I can't remember - I think it was written in the first person and I remember the protagonist as a she but maybe it was a he) will be studying with a famous local reclusive artist. As she gets off the bus, she meets a lovely young girl. The girl's name is Chloe. Chloe leads her to the artist's home and then disappears. She sees Chloe frequently but not everyone does. She finds out Chloe is the artist's daughter and she died by drowning. The death ripped apart the artist's marriage (his ex-wife lives nearby) and destroyed his life. I think he hasn't painted since the death. Chloe is basically haunting the town because her spirit can not settle. I cannot remember all of the details but I remember the climactic scene. The protagonist accompanies Chloe on a hike. They have a wonderful afternoon. But the protagonist finds out they are heading to the place that Chloe drowned. Everytime Chloe appears she must "go back" by re-creating her death. She climbs up to the river above the train bridge and "drowns". Chloe tells the protagonist to stand on the bridge and let her drown. The protagonist can't do it. She jumps into the river and pulls Chloe out as she is about to be swept downstream (over a waterfall?). This action is what Chloe needed. Now she can rest in peace and she leaves (disappears) for the final time. That is all I remember. I know the book was paperback with a blue cover. I read it in the late 1970's or possibly the very early 1980's. Any clues will be much appreciated! As usual I lent the book to a friend and never got it back.
Keith Claire, The Otherwise Girl, 1976, copyright. It sounded like "The Sea" by John Banville for a minute but I found references to it in the solved section page O as "Otherwise Girl" by Keith Claire. It has a good review on Amazon. Hope this helps.
Keith Claire, The Otherwise Girl, 1976, copyright. The book you're remembering is definitely The Otherwise Girl by Keith Claire. Published first in the UK by Blond and Briggs, it had US printings in hardcover from Holt, Rinehart and Winston, and in paperback from Berkely. The protagonist is male, the girl who drowns has had unresolved anger about the fact that her parents didn't save her...anger she didn't realize she was harboring. When the boy pulls her from the river, she understands her feelings at last, and in doing so, also knows that those feelings are unwarrented, as her parents were away at the time, and couldn't possibly have saved her. Letting go of her anger finally frees her, and she is able to move on.
Keith Claire, The Otherwise Girl. I really never thought this one would be solved. Thank you for all of your help.
Possibly Otter Swims
by Derek Hall (San Francisco: Sierra Club New York:
Knopf, 1984). Series: Growing Up. "With his mother's
help, a young otter overcomes his fear of the water and
discovers the pleasures of swimming."
Ottie and the Star, 1980. Young Otter and a Starfish- Ottie sees stars reflected on water's surface, wants one and dives in. Swims to the bottom and fetches a starfish---- a Weekly Reader Book around 1979-80ish.
O6 is a series by William Pene du Bois,
called the Adventures of Otto. The one I
have, Otto in Texas, is Viking Press, 1959, and
it definitely has the picture described: "Otto was covered over
by a canvas marked 'DANGER' and made to look like a secret
rocket." But later in the trip he gets uncomfortable, and
you can clearly see his nose and tail. This is the only
one I've seen, but the web lists other titles (don't know if
that illustration is common to all of them) such as Otto and the
Magic Potatoes, Otto in Africa, Otto at Sea, and, possibly,
William Pene Du Bois wrote several books about a giant dog named Otto. Otto & the Magic Potatoes; Otto at Sea; Otto in Africa; Otto in Texas.
This wouldn't be one of the many Clifford books, would it? I seem to vaguely remember him being on a flatbed covered with a tarp.(You can see by my many e-mails that I'm staying up late perusing your site--shame on me!)
William Pene du Bois. Otto at Sea, Otto in Texas, and others
William Pene duBois wrote several books about a giant dog named Otto- Otto in Texas, etc.
The Otto book in which he rides on a flatbed trailer is actually Otto in Txas, not Giant Otto. There are actually two separate versions of Otto at Sea. Giant Otto takes place in Africa.
This was a picture book of the sort that also had words, so for K-3 type readers. I read it in the late 70s but don't when it was published. It was about a giant dog, Norfolk terrier type, in a medieval sort of town. He was about three times as high as the houses. I think he got poked with spears by the soldiers. But then the town caught fire and he got a potato (baked, not raw, I think) that was proportional for him and carried it in his mouth to the fire and bit down and water squirted out and put out the fire and saved the town. It seemed straightforward at the time.
William Pene du Bois, Otto and the
This sounds like OTTO & THE MAGIC POTATOES by William Pene DuBois, 1970. Otto is a giant dog, and he does put out a fire with a giant potato. They were also other books about Otto. ~from a librarian.
|Pene du Bois, William. Otto and the Magic Potatoes. Illus by William Pene du Bois. Viking, 1970, 1st printing? Ex-library; laminated jacket, soiled, mended; library binding, corners worn; some pages torn at inner margin; some finger soil - a well-loved book from this well-loved series. G- $7||
Provensen, Alice and Martin, Our
Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm. Pretty sure this is it- a book about all the
animals at a farm- one page is a montage of the Siamese cats,
and one is sick several times. I loved this book when I was
little - pored over it for hours.
Alice and Martin Provensen, Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm, 1974. This is it! Here is the text you remember: "Eggnog is a Siamese cat. She is very, very old and she is never warm enough. Eggnog has a sweet nature, though she throws up a lot and hates to go out-of-doors. She is cross-eyed and has a lumpy tail." There are four cats, but Eggnog is the only Siamese. Fortunately, there are NO illustrations of Eggnog vomiting! :-)
Alice and Martin Provensen, Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm, 1974. Five horses (Ibn Rafferty, Chaos, Ichabod, Comanche and Lucky) and four cats (Eggnog, Willow, Gooseberry and Max)live at Maple Hill Farm, along with a pig, some geese, lots of chickens, a few cows, a few goats, and several sheep. There is a two page spread showing the cats going about their daily activities: Eggnog (the Siamese) is shown using the cat pan twice. She also eats an umbrella plant, looks out the window and explores a brown paper bag.
Read it in mid 70's. Book about farm, tells names of animals, mostly horses and cats. One cat was always in the catbox
Provenson, Our Animal Friends at
Maple Hill Farm.
Believe this is it. Same as F216?
Alice and Martin Provensen, Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm, 1974. Five horses (Ibn Rafferty, Chaos, Ichabod, Comanche and Lucky) and four cats (Eggnog, Willow, Gooseberry and Max)live at Maple Hill Farm, along with a pig, some geese, lots of chickens, a few cows, a few goats, and several sheep. There is a two page spread showing the cats going about their daily activities: Eggnog (the Siamese) is shown using the cat pan twice. She also eats an umbrella plant, looks out the window and explores a brown paper bag.
This has got to be Our Story Book. Akron: Saalfield, 1942 Partial Contents: Tea Cake from Cakeville, Lavendar Alligator, What Did the Bee Say? Check out the comments on the Solved Mysteries page for Tea Cake from Cakeville.
Emma Smith, Out of Hand. Sounds like it could be the one, though I think the relatives were slightly more distant cousins, rather than aunts.
Emma Smith, Out Of Hand. This is it! Thanks so much - I'm thrilled to have this info.
There is a Little Golden Book called Out Of My Window by Alice Low. This sounds like the right one.
Sounds like the 1960s movie "I Saw What You
Did," with Joan Crawford as a secondary charatcer. Check
www.imdb.com for more info - maybe it was a book too.
I found a video titled I Saw What You Did And I Know Who You Are! that says it's based on a book by Ursula Curtiss. "When two teenagers make prank phone calls to strangers, they become the target for terror when they whisper 'I saw what you did' to a psychopath who has just murdered his wife."
Edith Maxwell, Just Dial a Number, 1971. Maybe this one: "A prank phone call she made turns into a nightmare for a high school senior who was just trying to show the crowd she knew how to have fun." Another reviewer wrote: "A prank phone call inadvertently causes the deaths of two people and orphans a teenage girl. This terrible secret is kept by four friends as one of them befriends the girl and guilt and fear erodes the friendships of the four."
Any input on when the book was either read or published? Sounds like a premise for a Christopher Pike book, but if it predates the late eighties, that's not possible.
I know there is a 1965 film called, "I Saw What You Did (and I know who you are)." It has the exact same plot. It was based on the book, Out of the Dark , by Ursala Curtiss. Hope this helps.
T180 is (I believe) I know what you did last summer by Lois Duncan. The movie was loosely based on the book but was
very much altered.
Sister M. Imelda Wallace, S. L., Outlaws of Ravenhurst, 1950. This is one of the best, most exciting books I have ever read, and I regret that I didn't know about it until I was an adult! This is definitely the book this person is referring to, and it is still being reprinted, I'm not sure offhand by who - try Catholic homeschooling catalogs/websites.
#O10: Outsiders. Journey
Outside was a 1970 Newbery Honor Award book by Mary
Q. Steele, published by Viking. This list of Newbery
Honor books has proven most useful. An unknown title which I
inquired after for years turned out to be a Newbery Honor
book--which NONE of the "literary experts" I consulted had ever
O10: Outsiders -- This one reminds me of The Guardians by John Christopher, but I'm not placing any bets:
"The Conurb and the County--the one a seething mass of humanity living on synthetic food and ready-made entertainment, the other a stretch of rural countryside, stately homes, and horse-drawn carriages. An impenetrable barrier divided one from the other, a barrier that neither side could, or even wished to, cross."
O10: first, to clarify -- The book I know, Outside, takes place in the future - the pollution became so bad that all the major cities were covered with huge domes. A disease has killed off all adults, and the machinery that keeps the dome's air clean, generates power, etc. is all breaking down. The children have been told 'outside' is a wasteland, but a mysterious man in a clown costume appears and begins luring the children out with songs. In the end, those that follow him find that the world outside has regenerated. My copy recently disappeared, so I don't know the author.
Could O10 be Journey outside (by Mary Q. Steele)? Library catalogue summary: "The Raft People live in darkness and travel a circular journey on a underground river. One boy finds his way outside and tries to learn as
much as possible so he can ultimately lead his people there to the Better Place."
o10 sounds like one I know - see if this matches: this book is set in the future-the world is so badly polluted that all the major cities have been domed over and everyone lives inside. Machinery generates clean air and power within the domes. All the adults have recently died from some horrible disease and all the machinery is breaking down. A mysterious man in a clown outfit begins appearing to the children and luring them "outside" - a place they have been warned is a wasteland. Eventually a group makes it outside the dome to find that the earth has regenerated itself. This book is simply titled Outside - sadly, my copy was borrowed by one of my students last year and never returned so I don't know the author. It was published in the mid-seventies, and I believe most libraries still have it.
O10 Andre Norton wrote a book called Outside, published by Avon in 1976. Blurbs include "Kristle and Lew need to escape from the giant dome in which they are sealed" and "A fast paced imaginative tale of a brother and sister trapped within a dome, after the Earth has become plagued with pollution and sickness".
#O10--Outsiders: It looks as though you've identified your title, but in case the description reminded anyone of another book, there is one similar, The City Under Ground, by Suzanne Martel.
Stoutenburg, Adrien, Out There, 1971. This is an alternative answer for the poster. Blurb on the inside flap reads: "Out There is a story set in the future, in the twenty-first century, when the world has become so despoiled by wars and environmental destruction that people have been forced to abandon the contaminated and polluted countryside, and live instead in cities covered by plastic domes. Outside these sterile cities the treeless mountains and barren spaces are deserted, and only the older generation remember the wildlife that once covered them. Yet, suppose that somewhere 'out there' birds still sang and foxes hunted? This was the vision that inspired five children and an eccentric old lady to set out on an expedition into the wilderness of the Lost Lakes region of the Sierra Nevada in search of animals and other long-forgotten wildlife. This exciting adventure story presents a horribly convincing picture of what the world would be like if squirrels and hummingbirds, fawns and butterflies ever disappeared from the earth and were remembered only as mythical animals like the unicorn and the flying horse." My copy is a 1979 reprint of the first British edition of this American book and was published by The Bodley Head, ISBN: 0-370-01235-6.
Adrien Stoutenburg, Out There, 1971. This is about a group of kids exploring in the aftermath of an
How about Tasha Tudor's Around the
year (1957). This date would fit the
It's not Tasha Tudor, but it's nice to know someone is still looking!
Over and Over I think. By Charlotte Zolotow, Pictures by Garth Williams.
Could W12 be a very early Holly Hobbie one? I have one that seems to fit this description - holidays, seasons, etc. in 2-page layouts with beautiful illustrations - I'll look for it and check the title if this seems familiar.
The book *is* Charlotte Zolotow's Over and Over, with illustrations by Garth Williams. I tracked down a copy via interlibrary loan and it is, it is, it is!!!! And I think it's still in print. Yaaaaaaaaaay!
Over in the Meadow. The
nursery rhyme is definitely Over in the Meadow. There are
several versions of it however, including one by Ezra Jack Keats
published in 1971 and one by John Longstaff published in 1957.
Various, Over in the Meadow. This will be some variation on the childrens' song "Over in the Meadow," but there are several possibilities for the edition you want. A good library will probably have at least some of these: illustrations by Paul Galdone illustrations by Ezra Jack Keats John Langstaff/Feodor Rojankovsky Louise Voce.
Olive Wadsworth, Over in the Meadow. Don't know the specific book you are looking for, but I do know the poem.
Win Braun & Carl Braun Illustrated by Jeff Reading, Readers Theatre - Scripted Rhymes and Rhythms' (1959) The poem is called "Over in the Meadow". Each paragraph is about another animal & in each paragraph the number of children that answer the mother increases by one. The second paragraph is about fish & contains the lines - Swim" said the mother/"We swim" said the two/So they swam all day/Where the stream runs blue.
Olive A. Wadsworth, Over In The Meadow. The poem/rhyme that the poster is seeking in stumper #A296 is called "Over In the Meadow" by Olive A. Wadsworth. I can't report the title of the book/poetry collection in which it appeared, but if the stumper simply Googles "Over In The Meadow" the text of the poem is there.
One of my very, very favorite childhood poems. My mother read this to me when I was a little girl and that was a long time ago. I loved hearing all the names of the forest/meadow creatures and their activities.
Over in the Meadow. The rhyme is caled "Over in the Meadow". There are numerous versions of it out there. There's a version by Olive Wadsworth and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats that was first publsihed in the 70s. That might the one you are looking for.
Olive A. Wadsworth, Over in the Meadow. This is a poem attributed to Olive A. Wadsworth. It can be found in collections of poetry, e.g., "Poems to Read to the Very Young." There are also a few books with that title.
This is definitely the song "Over in the Meadow" which has been published as a picture book many many times. Each version has the same title, slightly different verses and completely different illustrations. If you're certain of the date, try one of the following: Over in the Meadow (1957) by John M. Langstaff, illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky or Over in the Meadow (1971) illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats.
Over in the Meadow (an old counting rhyme) has been illustrated several times. Both Ezra Jack Keats and Paul Galdone have a version
Miss Read, Over the gate, 1964. This is a collection of Fairacre
stories, the one about losing weight (not size!) is the chapter
Strange, but True?, while the copycat neighbour is Mrs
Another one solved! Been trying to find this one for decades. I had the 1960's edition with the illustrations by JS Goodall. But that was quite awhile ago. Will look for that particular edition again...Thanks.
Hank Searls, Overboard, 1977. It was also made into a movie
starring Cliff Robertson & Angie Dickinson.
Thanks so much for finding this. However, I put two different books together, thinking they were one. Searls' book, Sounding, deals with the whale story, and how he helps a Russian submarine in trouble. I never would have gotten onto this if you hadn't given me the title, Overboard.
Arnold Lobel, Owl at Home. There are 5 or 6 stories in this
beginning reader -- Owl and the Moon is the last one.
Strange Bumps is the other you remembered.
Lobel, Arthur, Owl at home, 1976. An I can read book. This is definitely the book. Like others of Lobel's books, Owl at home has 5 short stories in one small picture book. One of the stories is Strange Bumps, where owl tries to figure out what the bumps at the end of his bed are. The last one is the Owl and Moon story, Where owl is sad as his friend moon can't fit inside the house after following him home. The other three stories are The Guest, Upstairs Downstairs and Tear-water tea.
Arnold Lobel, Owl at Home. This may be the one, if it was an easy-reader style book. Check out this site which gives more details about the bumps at the bottom of the bed (which are his own feet).
O73 Definitely OWL AT HOME by Arnold Lobel~from a librarian
Lobel, Arnold, Frog and Toad. This sounds like one of the "Frog and Toad" books by Arnold Lobel. I don't recall an owl being involved, but I think both the storylines mentioned are from Frog & Toad. These are "easy reader" books, with several very short stories in each book.
Lonely Owl story. I've seen other types of stories like this one, but the only things I can remember are the things the owl can't do with others, because they're all asleep. There's a bowl of pea soup and none to share it with; a spoon stuck behind a refridgerator he can't reach, etc. I also think it had a winter setting, but I'm not sure. Thanks, sorry there isn't more.
Arnold Lobel, Owl at Home, 1970s. A family favorite! My
teenaged nephew and niece love this book...I gave them each a
copy last Christmas so there would be no fight over who got the
original copy when they leave home.
Sam McBratney, Guess How Much I Love
You, 1996. The
description sounds like Guess How Much I Love You,
with the Nutbrown Hares.
Actually, I think this was first published in 1994, so it could indeed be the book.
Mike Thayler, Owly. Oh, I love this book! It came before Guess How Much I Love You, but never got as much publicity. The original edition came out in the early 80s, it was reprinted within the last couple years with new, brighter illustrations.