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It coined the phrase among us The book belonged to a cousin and disappeared many years ago but the memory and laughter it brought has lived on. I hope to share it with a new generation. Miller LGB , , but I don't think that's it. The Big Golden Book of the same title is what you seek, written and illustrated by Robert Pierce , I've even got one, ice cream and all. Yellow pictorial cover, worn at corner and edges. With What Katy Did at School to answer the next bit? In the first book Katy has an accident falling from a swing and is paralysed for several years, turning in the process from a hot-headed tomboy into almost a saint and the centre of the family.

It isn't as pious and 'good-goody' as this makes it sound! Clover opens with Katy's wedding and continues with Clover's own romance; In the High Valley tells of an English girl, Imogen, who comes to the valley where Clover and her husband and son, plus Elsie the next sister down and her husband and baby daughter are living. This sounds very much like the Katy-did books by Susan Coolidge. These books first appeared in the 's to 's but have been reprinted often.

The sequel at boarding school is What Katy Did at School. Third volume, What Katy Did Next , takes her to Europe after which the series concentrates on her younger sister, Clover. The early volumes are still in print and highly popular in England. That is exactly it! Even the name of the author sounds familiar, now that I hear it.

Your web page is delightful! I would be very interested in purchasing all books. I can't even be sure the book s was a product of the 19th century. What I remember are bits and pieces of characters and scenes. If you could find the time to think about these bits and pieces and point me in any direction that seems feasible, I'd be very appreciative.

The waffle scene is certainly from this, and I think the other 2 bits are as well. Lily orders the waffles and eats an astonishing number. I'm not certain they constituted a series, and I could be wrong on the publication date, also. In other words, I can't be certain of much. What I remember are these fragments: Daringer , though that isn't a series book and the other scenes described don't occur in it. There are descriptions of the colors and the old-fashioned fabrics such as dimity, chambray, Valenciennes lace. What Katy did next. I think there is an episode in either this or the previous one Katy goes to school when her cousin Lydia?

Previous owner's inscriptions on front inside cover and front free endpaper. Issued as part of Library Classics inexpensively produced series; pictorial cover. Previous owner's inscription on front inside cover. Bottom right of paper cover illustration has been torn off. Some smudging to first few pages. Adshead , illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones. Miranda, by the way, is a cat. What shall I put in the hole that I dig?

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

My parents saved many of my childhhod books in boxes in thier garage. This book was among them and in very good condition. Now, my three year old son is crazy about it and requests i over and over. He even sleeps wih it! In the story, a small boy and girl wonder what would happen to buttons, rocks, whistles and sticks if they plant them in holes.

Will they grow into trees? Then they decide to plant a kernel of corn, watch it grow, and eat corn on he cob at the end. Crosby Bonsall, What Spot? This is an "I Can Read" book. Peggy Parish, Ootah's Lucky Day , I know all the details aren't right, but thought the date was close and there are some similarities: He landed right on Ootah's sled.

I checked the reviews online, and I'm pretty certain that the person who suggested What Spot? I was also delighted to discover that the author, Crosby Bonsall, also wrote another memorable book from my childhood entitled Mine's the Best. This is definitely What Spot? By Crosby Bonsall - we read it to my younger brother so many times that we had it mostly memorized! You made me so happy: I am the one who asked about the puffin book, the answer was "What Spot? Thanks from me and my son who will get to read it now! A Golder Look-Look Book. Just read this last week to a preschool visitor.

Baby Bear hears noises while in bed and runs to get in bed with brother. Brother explains that little mice are getting ready for bed. They both hear noises and swoosh into bed with biggest brother. All three hear more sounds and fly into parents bed which collapses and scares the little mice, spiders and bugs. It was about a girl who's mysterious Great Aunt stored a wardrobe or dresser at her house.

The girl ends up opening it and finding out that the contents are magic. Gloves that help her write the perfect essay as well as flawless sewing skills. Boots that enable her to travel. The girl has many adventures before her Aunt returns to pick up her belongings. This is all that I remember. I hope that you can help. Regarding the inquiry about a wardrobe filled with magical things gloves that help a little girl sew, write essays, etc -- it's a Ruth Chew book, one of the many she wrote about witches.

I think it might be called What the Witch Left. The little girl and her friend find a trunk of items, all of which have magical powers. I think the witchy great-aunt comes for the trunk at the end, and is not surprised that the little girls found all her things! What the Witch Left by Ruth Chew. I also seem to remember some magic fidge that they ate Please help me remember and even find this book!!!!!!! Both books are by Ruth Chew. Those were seven-league boots, and since it was only one pair, the girls traveled together by each wearing one boot and holding hands!

Ruth Chew, What the Witch Left. I'm pretty sure this is right - I remember the book too, and found this solution on another site. I want to find a book I read as a child ? The problem is I don't remember the title, the author, the main character, etc. The only thing I remember about the book is the part of the storyline. The main character gets a new dresser bureau and then can't seem to loose anything. I seem to remember something about a key. Except that lost articles turn up in one of the magical articles in the bureau, not the bureau itself.

It's a locked bureau which is forbidden to the two girls, so when they take the key and lose it, they're in trouble - for a while. More on the plot of this book. This is one of my favorite books and I still have it! I am 37 now! A girl has a bureau in her bedroom whose bottom drawer belongs to her Aunt who is traveling. The bottom drawer is locked.

The girls best friend tempts her into finding the key-her mother has it one a key ring-and opening it. There are many strange items in the drawer. Two boots which are "7 league boots", they take you 7 leagues with each step, a shawl or cape which causes the person wearing it to be invisible, an empty jewelry box where lost things turn up-including the key to the bureau later. The two girls have many adventures discovering what each item does. The aunt eventually shows up for the items. All I had was the sketchiest of details.

Today, on a whim, I typed those details into Google, and your site came up! I typed in "Pilar" and "Seven-League Boots" and they corresponded to a request someone had already made. A long-time mystery solved. These girls find all kinds of magic items in the botttom drawer of a dresser such as boots that allow them to walk a few miles each step. They end up walking to Mexico. This is on the solved mysteries page, I think. On the solved page M It's my favorite book of hers, especially because of her description of the Mexican marketplace and her subtle portrait of Pilar's bargaining tactics - she speaks fast and loudly to the boy who's her age, quietly to the young Mexican man, and she plays dumb with the American man.

They go through either her grandmother's or mother's dresser I think she ends as having been a witch and she finds various magical things. The one I remeber is the boots, I thinks red goloshes? She runs in them and each steps takes her about a mile away. I just sent you a stumper through paypal, in desperation, before looking over your solved mysteries, where I unbelievably found the answer: What the Witch Left. I just want to say that I have been searching for this book for about 15 years and without your site, I never would have found it.

Thank you soooooo much!!! What a wonderful, fascinating site! I thought I'd have a hard time finding this book when all I could remember were the 7 league boots! Thank you, thank you! I particularly remember the magic gloves that really amazed one little girl's piano teacher. They were invisible and helped the girl, who couldn't play piano very well, keep playing harder and harder songs at her lesson. As I am now a piano teacher, I chuckle to remember that. There were also seven league boots in one chapter that took a child far away in just a few steps.

Chew, Ruth, What the Witch Left. I am positive this is the book, by a great author. Here's the online summary: A pair of gloves, a bathrobe, a mirror, and an old metal box--all items left behind by a witch--lead two friends on a fantastic journey. Gloves, seven-league boots and all. Ruth Chew, What the Witch Left book about a little girl who finds things in a dresser drawer, magic galoshes, i think a magic mirror.

She can travel in the galoshes. For some reason she lick jellybeans and paints her face like an indian. I read this as a child in school sometime around There are 2 little girls at one point and they each wear a boot and walk side by side to travel. I hope this is enough information for someone to help. It is driving me crazy. Chew, Ruth, What the witch left, I'm sure you'll get a million solvers for this one This is definitely it. Katy's Aunt Martha a witch, though the girls don't know it has left a bunch of odd stuff with magical powers in a locked dresser drawer.

Katy and her friend Louise have all sorts of fun adventures with the items they find there. The galoshes Seven-League Boots allow them to travel to Mexico, where they befriend another little girl, Pilar. Katy and Louise each wear one Seven League boot, and one regular one, then coordinate their steps so that they can stay together.

There are gloves which allow them to do things like sew, paint, or play the piano extremely well , a tin fruitcake box in which lost items reappear , a tarnished sliver mirror which allows the girls to see what other people are doing, far away and a bathrobe which renders the wearer invisible.

The Indian "war paint" with the jelly beans was for a Thanksgiving school play, in which Louise wears the bathrobe - not realizing that it would make her invisible, and thus appear to be a floating head on stage. The book is currently out of print, but used copies are readily available and affordable. Thank everyone so much!

This is it, the gloves, I had forgotten the gloves! What a great site and a great service. I will check back often to see if I can ever help someone else. Thank you again and again. I read this in the late 's as a seven or eight-year-old. The plot was about these two kids who find a bureau drawer in an attic or something and inside the drawer are a pair of boots, that when you put them on, each step is actually a hundred miles or something like that. They don't realize it until they have put them on and taken several steps.

There is also in the drawer a box that has a magic quality whereby anything that you have lost or misplaced appears in the box. I can't remember what else there was in the drawer--maybe a raincoat or something? I think the characters were a girl and her younger brother, but I could be wrong about that. What the Witch Left by Ruth Chew Please see the Solved Mysteries "W" page for more information. This is the one you're looking for. John Masefield, The Box of Delights. Originally published in , its been in reprint almost continuously since then.

Look under Solved Mysteries for more details. It's on the solved mysteries pages. Very popular Scholastic book! Ruth Chew, What the Witch Left , , reprint. Two little girls have magical adventures with a strange assortment of items they find in a locked drawer. The only detail that I remember is that the children found several magic items I'm not sure where but they didn't work quite like in the fairy tales.

There was a pair of seven league boots that only travelled about half that distance and I think an invisibility cloak that also malfunctioned in some way. I hope this jogs someone's memory Ruth Chew, What the witch left , , approximate. Pretty sure you're thinking of this Ruth Chew book. I haven't read this one, but it comes up so often that I recognize the description! Two girls find an invisibility cloak and seven league boots among other items in a drawer of an old bureau.

It has to be this one! Two friends open the locked drawer of a dresser and find what the witch a friend of the mother's left behind--an invisiblity cloak, seven league boots the half-way part comes because they're each wearing one boot and have to hop a magic mirror and a couple other things. The paperback cover is very dark and has two girls bent beside a dresser, pulling a bright orange glowing cloak out of the bottom drawer. Edward Eager, Half Magic , , copyright.

Requestor would probably also like Eager's later books in the same vein, and those of E. Nesbit, who was a great influence on Eager. The Seven-League-Boots went half as far because the two girls were sharing them - each girl wore one magic boot and one regular one. The problem with the invisibility cloak was that the girl didn't realize what it was until she tried wearing it for her school Thanksgiving play - with the hood down, so that she appeared to be a floating head and frightened her classmates.

These and other magical items were left behind by her aunt, in the bottom drawer of a bureau. Most likely What the Witch Left. Edward Eager, Half Magic. Could this possibly be it? Chew, Ruth, What the Witch Left , This is definitely your book! Katy and her friend Louise have lot of fun playing with the magic things left in the drawer of a dresser in Katy's room by her "Aunt Martha".

Chew, Ruth, What the Witch Left , , copyright. Two girls find items that had been left by an aunt of one of the girls and have adventures with them. There are seven league boots that take them to Mexico after they figure out how they can both travel, a cloak that makes one invisible during a school play, and a box that finds items you're looking for.

They are rushed at the end because they lose the key to the drawer and the witch is coming back! This sounds like Half Magic. Four children find a magic coin that grants wishes, but it's only half magic -- so the magic only half works.


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Two girls find a bunch of apparently ordinary things - like a bathrobe or gloves or boots- that turn out to have magical powers. Not Half Magic ; those children found a magic coin that only did half of what they wished. There was no invisibility cloak or seven league boots. This is definitely What the Witch Left. Daphne Hogstrom, What will we see? I just pulled it off the shelf this week to read to my young son.

Illustrated by Stina Nagel. It was not a golden book. The cover has a girl and a rag doll on it with a green background. The doll's name was Jane. The doll has a dress with an apple print. The doll had black hair. The story is about a girl who moves to new house in the spring and sees trees with blossoms. She does not know what kind of trees they are. All summer she walks out to the trees and talks to her rag doll about them. Then when they are ripe she says: I've never read this book but it's listed as a solved stumper and sounds remarkably like the book you're seeking- here's an excerpt from the earlier posting: One title she cannot remember, but remembers some lines from the book.

It's a children's book and the lines are. Apples, red apples, down meadow and lane. Have a great day! Just an addition to the poster who suggested this book: I've looked up a picture of the cover online, and it's a perfect match. Green cover with a girl looking out the window, holding a rag doll against her shoulder. The girl has straight brown hair, and is wearing a red sweater.

Outside the window are bare tree branches against a blue sky. The book features both photographs of apple trees by James Conklin and art work by Stina Nagel. Thank you for solving my book hunt. I was looking for " What Will We See?

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Thank you for having this web site. The book that you are looking for is What's a Cousin by Helen D. It has 4 chapters about cousins who visit their Grandma and lose the pink wagon that you mentioned. Olds, What's A Cousin? Yes, this is it! I tracked down a second-hand copy, and it was the story I remembered. The distinctive watercolor illustrations of the children by Velma Ilsley for some reason captivated me as a child - the mood evoked by them was bound up in my memory of the book. The illustrator is credited prominently with the author on the cover. Margaret Hodges, What's for Lunch, Charley?

This makes me think of What's for Lunch, Charley? Dial Press, 72 pages. Charley forgets his lunch box and decides to eat at the King Charles Hotel. First printed by Dial in Other characters are Rosabelle and Jane Lane. The Scholastic cover is yellow, though. This is a long shot as I haven't read the book, but the cover is green and shows a boy sitting at a restaurant table, it is an 80 page thin Scholastic book published in , and it's apparently about lunch.

There is a picture of it on half. I think the story is told from the point of view of another little girl whose box lunch isn't nearly so great and then one day she is invited to go to a restaurant to have the tomato soup, chocolate cake lunch, with her father. Illustrated by Aliki, What's for Lunch, Charley? The new girl Rosabelle gets a chicken leg, tomato soup, fruit salad, and chocolate cake. He forgets his lunch one day so goes to a hotel dining room and orders the same lunch that Rosabelle always brings. His dad shows up on a business lunch and bails him out by paying the bill.

This was a stumper a while back - so I'm sure you'll get plenty of responses. He walks past the same several stores every day, including a fancy hotel with a restaurant. One day he goes into each store - and eats lunch at the hotel, ordering the same lunch the girl has each day. What's For Lunch, Charley? Margaret Hodges, What's for Lunch Charley? I remember this book, too! Charley is envious of a girl's lunches.

Each day she brings in a wonderful lunch, spreads a cloth napkin over her desk as I remember it and eats everything daintily. One day, Charley forgets his lunch and decides to go to a fancy hotel. I think that the girl's father works at the hotel, and she's been bringing leftovers. I don't remember the name -- but it was a boy. The little girl sits next to him in class and has the same thing for lunch. One day, he forgets his lunch, so he goes to the local restaraunt and has tomato soup, chicken and chocolate cake for lunch.

The girl who sits next to him is the daughter of the restaraunt's manager. But that's all I remember!! It was a boy. T What's For Lunch, Charley? I haven't read it, but the girl with tomato soup and a lovely lunch immediately made me think of What's For Lunch, Charley? What's for lunch , Charley. He is on his way to school one day and stops to buy chocolates for a gift for either his teacher or mother or classmate.

It may have been a Valentine's gift. I remember he had to settle for a little box of chocolates because he only had so much money. I am 48 now and I read the book in the late 60's or early 70's when I was in grade school. There definitely was a passage in the book about the little boy shopping for a gift on his way to school. I don't think Syd Hoff's book has that passage.

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I would love to hear more book suggestions. It was a wonderful book, and I would love to share it with my grandson. Two possibilities that fall in your time period: He comes up with an ingenious solution for the afternoon. The boy in the story Charlie? A new girl in his class brings very fancy lunch - tomato soup, chicken legs, etc her last name is Riggles or Ruggles? One day when Charlie, again, forgets his lunch, he decides to go out to lunch at the King's Palace Margaret Hodges , What's for Lunch, Charley. When Charley has a good day, it's really good.

And when it's bad, it's really bad. On one of his good days, he buys the little box of chocolates but really doesn't know who to give it to. He just buys it because he's on time, has a little money, is feeling good and organized and on top of things. On a subsequent bad day, he forgets his lunch again and in an attempt to make something good of it, bravely goes to lunch at the King Charles Hotel. The mother of Rosabelle, a new girl in his class, works at the hotel and Charley has often envied Rosabelle's fancy lunches - made from leftovers of the hotel kitchen. While dining, Charley bumps into his father I cannot express how delighted I am!!!

I 21 Interactive Book with Zippers and Snaps I posted this stumper on the Google Group about children's books, and someone knew the answer immediately! It seems there were even plastic disks that had pictures on them of a watch, an acorn, etc and these could be put in the pockets.

I didn't remember them, but I suspect they were all lost by the time the book was passed down to me! And just like you often do, he was able to provide with an online picture. Thanks for your help - and if you ever see a copy, I'm interested! Just a possibility--it's a novel set in Holland.

Frequently mentioned as a pet peeve of mine, because the author seriously flawed an otherwise wonderful story by unnecessarily naming all his characters alike! The lead character is a girl, but the entire plot concerns bringing the storks back to a Dutch fishing village. Meindert deJong, The Wheel on the School. This is about children in a small community Shora in Holland, and their efforts to get storks to return to their rooftops.

DeJong, Wheel on the School. This book is about school kids in the Netherlands who want to get a stork to build its nest on their school. Most people put an old wagon wheel on top of their chimneys to encourage the storks to nest there, so the kids search for a wheel. See the Devlin tribute page.

I defintely think you're looking for How Fletcher Was Hatched although there is no wheelbarrow, the rest sounds like a very accurate description--right down to the purple, spotted egg! I checked my stumper and low and behold there is the answer. My heart skipped as I read your "sounds like: Now just to find a copy to buy When I go to bed I only take, 2 cuddly dolls, 1 teddy bear and me. I loved this book and try to quote it to my 2 year old that takes everything to bed with her! Hal Borland, When the Legends Die , The boy is not half white, but he does go back and forth between the two worlds.

There they took up life as it had been in the old days, hunting and fishing, battling for survival. But an accident claimed the father's life and the grieving mother died shortly afterward. Left alone, the young Indian boy vowed never to retum to the white man's world, to the alien laws that had condemned his father. When Tom is a young adult, he becomes a bronco rider on the rodeo circuit, suffering many broken bones and other serious injuries.

In the end, he returned to the mountains, to the old way of life, for a period of both physical and emotional healing, after which he intended to return to the "civilized" world, but not to the rodeo life. I read this in the late 70's or early 80's, and remember it being an excellent book.

Conrad Richter, The Light in the Forest, The boy isn't half-white, but he does have the conflict between the two worlds. He has since been adopted by the Indians, who named him True Son, and has grown to love the only family he has ever known, as well as the ways of his people.

When he arrives at the Butler home in Paxton, Pa. He soon manages with help from his cousin Half Arrow a dangerous escape and rejoins his Indian relatives. But once back among his people, True Son commits an act of betrayal that forces the Lenne Lenape to disown him forever, leaving him a young man unsure of where he belongs.

Conrad Richter, A Light in the Forest , Richter's classic tale of a boy torn between families and cultures makes for a compelling audio adaptation. Bregy's assured, crisp delivery gives extra resonance to Richter's careful scene-setting, quickly transporting listeners to a distinct, long-ago era. I remember reading a book similar to this my first year of college for a multicultural class. The way I remember it though is that the boy is actually white, and he is kidnapped by the Native Americans as "payment" after a war when he is about 4 or 5.

The boy is raised by them, until he is a teenager, and he somehow returns to the white settlement, but he can't adjust. He ends up back with the Native Americans, but he kills someone, I think and they send him away. Does this sound familiar? It wouldn't be hard for me to track it down. I might actually still have my old copy. Hal Borland author , When the Legends Die, A young boy and his parents flee the reservation when his father kills another man.

They live happily in the wilderness until an accident and its aftermath claims both parents. The boy is sent to a school, escapes, is caught and brought back to civilization where he grows to be a bitter bronco rider on the rodeo circuit. In adulthood, he completes the circle by returning to the wilderness and finding happiness. The clash of cultures and the protagonist's search for his place in the world is the book's primary theme. Hal Borland , When the Legends Die. Thank you for solving my mystery! The title of the book is indeed When the Legends Die. I'm looking forward to rereading it.

I can't believe how quickly you came up with the answer.

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I was racking my brain trying to think of the title and the correct plot. Robinson, published New York, Coward-McCann , "A young orphan girl has always found it difficult to make friends until she is sent to the seacoast where she becomes fascinated by an old house and the mysterious, elusive girl who seems to live there.

There is a later retelling of the Epiminados story called That Noodle-Headed Epiminados , but I no longer have the book in, so can't tell you if he wears a frying pan on his head. There is also a cat, Bendemolena, who definitely wears a pot not a frying pan, though on her head, and thus can't hear very well, causing all sorts of mix-ups.

I do have better citations at work if either of these seems likely. Unfortunately this was was incorrect. But thanks for posting it I am sure someone will come a long that does know! More on the 2d suggestion, and it looks good: That sounds like it. I remember the little girl named "eve". Please do a search for it. I have been looking for this book for over 20 years! Thanks so much for following up on it! I remember this one I think that G12, about a girl in a drum, sounds a lot like Bimwili and the Zimwi: A Tale from Zanzibar by Verna Aardema.

Love your site, by the way! I've seen the book Bimwili and the Zimwi: Although the stories are very similar in fact this is the book that reminded me of the one I read as a child! Think anyone else might have another suggestion? Beating the Drum -- Don't know if it helps, but the story described is a folktale -- there are numerous variants; I think one of them from India? Girl in a Drum? It was published by Parents' Press Magazine.

It is based on an African folktale so there are probably many similar stories floating around, but this is the version I remember reading as a child. Hope you have a marvelous week! Take care, and may God continue to shower you with blessings.

Definitely this book -- "When the sky is like lace and it's going to be perfectly bimulous". Incidentally, in the opinion of myself and several other people I know, this is one of the BEST children's picture books ever written. Illustrated by Barbara Cooney. It is a truly magical book with inventive language and storyline and amazing pictures. Sadly, it is out of print and tends to sell for a LOT. Why they don't reprint this one, I don't know. You remember one of the "rules" for a bimulous night wellthey are: Just saw this on Amazon-- WooHoo!

Happy happy day for readers- This is a picture book that was in my school library in the early to mid 's. I don't know when it was published. The jist of it is that "did you know that if you look at a full moon through a piece of cheesecloth and the man in the moon winks at you it is a this kind of night?

Some of the details of what happens: The grass turns to purple velvet, katydids sing a song to the tune of the Mexican Hat Dance. I don't rember any more specifics, but it is essentially a list of fantastical occurrences that always take place on this particular kind of magical night. This is definitely the book. It mentions that you should wear nothing that is orange, not even underneath! Solved in a day! I remember my sister having a copy when we were little. The illustrations were beautiful, particularly the one in the middle, which was a two-page spread of the girls reading at opposite ends of a rainbow.

The girl who came in the carriage had a pet lion that they played with, and they gave him a dish of blueberries and cream. I remember loving the dresses on the dolls.

I also seem to remember something about a rose. I think it was probably written in the s or s. A little girl playing alone with a doll in her playhouse receives an unusual visitor: When the visitor leaves, she promises to return and the other girl knows that she will, as surely as she knows the sun will rise again. Beautiful, vibrant pictures featuring lots of rose images. The Lion, the tea party, it all fits. I remembered somthing else! The book ends with the kitten finding her mother and saying something like " I was looking for you! Where Did My Mother Go?

Published by Four Winds Press in Little Cat tricycles to the library and businesses all over town, trying to find his mother. He asks the owners if they have seen his mother and if they will help him find her. But they all reply, "Not I, I have work to do. In the end, Little Cat goes home and finds his mother has arrived just before him. As the poster remembered, he says "I was looking for you. Where the Brook Begins My book was about a forest waterway that grew over the picture pages from a tiny spring to a brook to a river. It was from the 50s or early 60s hardback.

F This book alternates black and white drawings with bluish green and brownish orange ones. It is so little you can step across it. Where the brook begins. Let's read and find out series. I really liked the vegetable lamb bush. The illustrations were gorgeous, and the story filled with Pierce's wonderful imagery. All the details match except the cover painting, although there is a picture within the book of the blanket unravelling while the geese carry the girl.

I always liked the idea of the vegetable lamb. And the reindeer who helps her is a nice character. The illustrated edition is long out of print, but the story has been reprinted in a paperback collection of Pierce's shorter works: The adventures being a dream, and a girl's hair being cut during an illness, are reminiscent of The Christmas Angel by Katharine Pyle , but the rest of the details don't match. This is indeed the book I have been searching for! Thank you very much for helping me!

It's a silly rhyming tale about a bumbling detective who can't see the ape that's right in front of him even though he's obvious to the readers. Thank you for the use of your fabulous website. Not only did someone identify the name of the book I was seeking Where's Wallace?

I immediately went out and bought 3 copies. Your little web page that grew and grew is an incredible resource. One distinct character was a girl with ponytails and glasses? I recall a picture with this girl on top of a helicopter while holding on to a blade and having fun. The book had lots of color and nicely drawn busy scenes and I can't recall if it had words. Later, as a teenager, I felt the Where's Waldo books were a rip-off of this book and its style. Hilary Knight , Where's Wallace, It is about an orangutan named Wallace who keeps escaping from the zoo and goes to a department store, the museum, the country, the beach, the circus, etc.

There are several reoccurring characters to find in the pictures, one of whom is a little girl with pigtails, and she's hanging from the helicoptor blades above the baseball game. My family used to read me this book over and over again - they loved it too! Hilary Knight, Where's Wallace. This is the book!! Loganberry is berry berry good. I think this is referring to the Martin Handford books: Don't know about Israel and Egypt, as the query mentions, but the rest match. Bill Peet, The Whingdingdilly. This could be The Whingdingdilly.

A dog is changed by a witch into a strange creature made up of various animal parts - including a giraffe neck. Yes, The Whingdingdilly is the book I've been looking for. Thanks much for helping me find it after all these years. It's already on order and I'll be reading to my children very soon. I have a copy right in front of me. One of my favorites. Thanks so much for finding my book!

Yes, I would love to have you find it for me. How much do you charge? Just let me know what is entailed. Well, this is a tough one. No charge for the search, though. When I find one, I'll quote you the book, its condition, and price. Whirligig House , by Anna Rose Wright , illustrated by the author's children, published Houghton , pages "Whirligig House is the home of the 5 Yates children, their parents and Handy Andy, the cook, who took care of the children the year Mother had to be in the hospital. Same way with children. Some has an ear for 'em, some don't.

Each kid had an identifying color and animal; Cricket's was a purple pig and Sue had a yellow duck. I think the others were Nan blue, John green and Buster red- they had toothbrushes these colors. Episode I remember is that Buster is all upset when he joins the choir because he thinks he will not be able to wear pants under the choir robe something like that!! This was a chapter book and very comical; I read it in 6th grade, I think, so that would be Wright, Anna Rose, Whirligig House.

Bought it for a quarter 35 years ago from the local library. The children's librarian knew I liked it and called me up when it was being discarded. I can't believe I finally have the name of this book after more than 50 years!! I'm thrilled and VERY impressed! Oh, and there was also a rabbit named Ho-Ho in the story Well in that case, try this book. Mary Norton, The Borrowers Afield. In this second book of The Borrowers series, they camp near a stream and find watercress.

Don't recall carillon, tho. Carol Kendall, The Whisper of Glocken, Try this one instead. This time they are threatened once again by the world outside their valley and five new heroes must be found to take the perilous journey to discover what is causing the River Watercress to flood. After enduring many unimagined horrors the five eventually return home in triumph. Sequel to The Gammage Cup. The whisper of Glocken. Once The Borrowers were mentioned I remembered that there was more then one book involved. I love your web site and enjoy reading other stumpers.

It is great to be reminded of happy reads from my youth! Is there any chance you have either of the books in stock? Please let me know as I haven't located them locally, but am willing to order on line.

Jesse F. Bone (Author of The Issahar Artifacts)

Don't know about the train story, though Margaret Wise Brown, The Friendly Book , This is definitely one of the books the requester is seeking, although I think the request actually describes more than one book. Given that all three were written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Garth Williams, they're easy to confuse. I've started with this one because it was, hands down, my favorite book when I was little. The memories the requester has of "I like trains," the hot air balloon, and the little mice all come from this book, although it actually starts with cars: Red cars, green cars, sport limousine cars.

A car in a garage, a car on the road, a car with a flat tire, a car with a load. I think there's a sign at the station for "Mouseville. The hot air balloon is operated by a rabbit and comes up in the verses on stars. I remember the rabbit had a telescope, and I was always slightly unnerved by a little bird standing on top of the balloon who appeared about to peck it.

The verse it's not a story was wonderful, and Garth Williams's illustrations were genius, with lots to look at. I'm not surprised the requester mentions The Sailor Dog, because the illustrations, also by Garth Williams, were done in a very similar style. I was furious when I saw a cut-down version of the book put out several years ago with the name changed to "What I Like," as if Margaret Wise Brown was incapable of naming her own works.

Happily, I think it's in print now, under the real title, and with all the pages, in a slightly oversized edition. I don't think the cover of the book is what the requester recalls, however: Wise Brown, Margaret , The whispering rabbit and other stories , illus. By submitting your email address, you understand that you will receive email communications from Bookperk and other HarperCollins services. You may unsubscribe from these email communications at any time.

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