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If you look at the picture above, it looks like we're slow dancing. The effect was a deep feeling of affection and connectedness. I'd never quite felt this feeling before. Our group currently has over 70 interested members. It's up in the attic--I just went to check, but it's about degrees up there and I didn't find it immediately and had to leave!! I'll try to check later. I still think I KNOW those illustrations--could you tell me a little more info--what are the dimensions of the book and what was time frame you first had the book?

I looked thru all the books I have here with no luck--but there is a falling apart book of Mother Goose at my mom's that I'll check next time I'm home. Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes. I think we had this book as children too. Those pictures are definately familiar. I would try Mother Goose. Just a suggestion! I have a book called Favorite Nursery Tales that is similar to what you describe. It is smallish- 62 pages long. It has all the stories but Three Little Kittens- but there are some poems along the way. Mine is a edition.

There is an edition from perhaps that resembles your long lost book. I have never been able to pull up your pictures to see what they look like! Sutton, Margaret, The Haunted Attic , I can't remember the entire plot of this Judy Bolton mystery, but this might be the one. This is not the Haunted Attic by Margaret Sutton. You mistakenly classed one of my stumpers as "solved". I have also read that story-a couple of days ago-and it is not the book that I am looking for.

Can you please put it back under "unsolved"? The Allen kids discover a girl hiding in the cabin they're living in. She has been drugged and has amnesia. It turns out she was kidnapped by a man who then drugged her and tried to convice her that he was her father. The kids go in search of the girl's identity and her real father. They travel along a river in a cabin cruiser, pursued by the kidnapper and his gang. In the end she's reunited with her father. Margaret Buffie, The Dark Garden.

Probably not the book you're looking for, but enough of the details match that it's a possibility. Elizabeth Enright, Thimble Summer , circa Thimble Summer is about Garnet, who lives on a farm in the Depression, and her friend Citronella which you may be remembering as Lemon! It includes a visit to a fair. It was a Newbery winner and should be easily available. Elizabeth Enright, Thimble Summer, Could it be Citronella, not Lemon? The other main character, named Garnet, has a pig, which might have led to the association with the name Fern.

The details don't quite fit, but there are both "no-evil" monkey sculptures and very old automatic dolls on platforms. One wrote, one drew a picture of a chalet and one played a harpsichord? I remember begging my mother to find dolls like that. Of course, who knows if dolls like that were ever common even in the 19th century - and there I was, asking for them in the late 's!

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Ruth Sawyer, Rollerskates, s? Rollerskates is about a ten-year old girl living in an hotel or possibly an apartment building with two elderly relatives. It tells of her adventures over the course of a year, and all the unusual people she be-friends. Eloise at the Plaza , children's book series. Goffstein, Daisy Summerfield's Style. I just reunited with this book myself! I'm pretty sure it's the same one you are looking for. What I remember is that somehow this girl is supposed to be going one place, but she switches luggage?

I remember her being in nyc also, and the store with the monkeys is an art supply store. She wants to be an artist and she buys soapstone? She carves figures with moveable parts, and I think in the end she ends up selling them. I also remember that in order to have this fantasy life, she has to carefully budget the money she had for whatever it was she was really supposed to be doing. I can't remember the ending though! Cid Ricketts Sumner, Tammy series. Most of the things you talked about are in this story. Not exactly right but: Craig and his cousin Jill have been reduced to minute size and taken prisoner by an ant colony in punishment for stepping on one of its members.

Down beneath the ground they are herded, down to the city under the back steps, where the haughty and Queen ruled with an iron hand, each of her subjects with a vital task to perform. Craig and Jill are put to work! I agree that this sounds like the story of the princess and her friend Curdie, who followed an invisible magic strand to escape the goblin'' underground lair. Loved that book! Lewis' Narnia series includes a title called The Silver Chair It was originally published around I'm guessing this one rather than The Silver Chair by Lewis , because the latter is easier to find.

What magic powers it possesses she has not yet discovered, but the sudden changes in her life are unmistakable: her house is burned down, her family has disappeared, and a man in a dark uniform is stalking her. Can Ellen ever find her family? Can she use the power of the silver crown to thwart the powers of darkness? What diabolical force hides inside the mysterious castle in the woods? I'm inclined to second the recommendation of The Silver Chair.

I don't recall where the children are when they get pulled into Narnia in this book, but they are sitting on a railway bench when their adventure starts in The Last Battle. Sounds as though the requester may be combining these two titles into one. This is a contemporary fantasy that begins in Central Park, then moves into an odd sort of alternate setting in which teenaged Kevin is both prince and anti-hero.

Rainbow Brite. Wasn't there a big toy merchandise collection of toy unicorns for little girls in the s and early 90s, called Rainbow Brite? Or was that just horses? This sure sounds like a book based on those toys. Thanks for the suggestion, but it was definitely not Rainbow Brite. It was an Apple Paperback book. NY Apple Scholastic Right at the tail end of the possible period, but anyways, the right publisher and topic. Emily Arrow is in the second grade at Polk Street school. Emily has a rubber unicorn, Uni, perhaps an eraser.

Uni accompanies Emily on quite a few adventures. I don't remember much reference to rainbows, but there is definitely a spooky book about an old house in the series, and Emily has a falling out with her best friend, Dawn, in another book. Hope this helps. In Conford's book, the main female character, Carrie, secretly writes an advice column in her school newspaper. The description of the cover also seems familiar as well. Ellen Conford. Girl writes advice column for high school newspaper and tries to impress cute guy who's also on the newspaper staff.

This is incorrect. I have this book and the character is not a girl who was overweight. Beverly Cleary, The Luckiest Girl , 's or 60's? This may be the book that you are looking for. It has to do with a girl writing for her school newspaper, and it takes place in Northern California or Oregon. It has been a long time since I have read it. Suzanne Rand , Ask Annie, This is one of the original "Sweet Dreams" paperback teen romance series.

Irvin S. Cobb, Faith, Hope and Charity, I have a vague memory of this possibly having been done as a 'Twilight Zone' or similar show episode. G This is a shot in the dark, but since no-one else has answered, I figured I'd try. The whole book is posted online. There was a treasure hunt involved. I think I know this book, but of course author and title currently elude me. The spy kid meets some girls who live in the only painted house on the island, and there is a man named Eugene who runs a sort of general store.

The medium of exchange is called krinks, and the children sing a song "Earn krinks for Eugene to drink a-drink drink. Maybe this will trigger someone's memory that's better than mine. Grattan, Madeleine, William Pene du Bois. Jexium Island. Drawn from memories of a childhood near the banks of the Garonne and inspired by tales of the Resistance. The heroes crack a ring of kidnappers who capture children to work on a North Atlantic island of jexium deposits.

An uneven but memorable book. I am sure this is the book you are seeking. It has black and white illustrations by William Pene du Bois, and is the story of Serge, who makes his way from France to the coast of Newfoundland to search for his kidnapped foster sister Angele. There he finds many children who have been captured to work on an island of jexium deposits. Marion Conger illus. This is just a remote guess, depending on how definite your memories are, but your description reminded me of this book, which has Peter and Mary going through the year with the different holidays.

The stove is old-fashioned with a big copper kettle on top. There's a short description in the Solved Mysteries section. Hope this helps Wilken, Elosie, Baby's Christmas. I think all of the Christmas activities take place at "Baby's" home. In the original version of this book the illustrations were absolutely gorgeous! The children are facing the creche, holding hands, with their backs to the reader. I think it probably is Wilkin although it could be Tasha Tudor. I'll find it, it's around here somewhere!

It may be the Golden book Christmas in the Country. Betty strings popcorn and cranberies in the kitchen for the Christmas tree which Bob chops down in the pasture. It was published I think in the late 's the illustrations place the story around the turn of the century. The story ends with imagining the animals in the barn getting ready for Christmas. Marcia Martin, illus. A Wonder Book.

This doesn't match exactly but it's very close. Three children, Bobby, Sally, and Baby celebrate Christmas with their parents. There's a picture of mother taking gingerbread cookies out of the oven and a picture of Sally and Baby looking at a nativity manger under the tree. They also go shopping for ornaments, sit on Santa's lap, and pick out a tree with Daddy. At the end the children say "Oh, we can hardly wait until next Christmas!

Thanks anyway! Okay, this is a long shot but the description of the cover reminded me of this book. The girl is in the snowy woods and there is a fox peeking out from behind a tree. The background is dark green. But the girl and the animals are searching for Christmas because they have never seen one so while the anxiety is there the story doesn't sound the same. Andre Norton, The white jade fox. I know this is the wrong colour, but the psychic elements and the atmosphere described brought this book to mind.

I am sorry to say that neither one of these is the book I am searching for, I really wish I could remember more about it, sometimes I think that something is about to surface, but is gone before it formulate's in my mind. Thank you for trying! The Search Continues! London, Bodley Head This may be a bit early, however Severn's books do sometimes have supernatural or unsettling elements to them. So Phillippa was left to amuse herself, and it was during one of her solitary walks in Wild Valley that she first saw Foxy-boy.

Was he a Fox or a boy? What was he doing in the Valley? And would Phillippa ever be able to get near enough to him to find out? Unfortunatly, Foxy-Boy wasn't it either. If I recall correctly, I think the girl may have become a fox in the end, but I'm not ever possitive about that. Thanks for trying! Chilton, Nightmare , , approximate. Girl is in motorbike accident and gets sent back in time as an old woman in a forest. She finds a fox tail, which she wants to sell to have food for the winter. The fox evil spirit starts haunting her. Frank Herrmann, Giant Alexander series.

One of these? He holds a little friend Timmy in his shirt pocket - if that helps identify the book as one of the series. See T59 for some suggestions. Picture is in dark tones. Scholastic Book Club put out a paperback version. There is a good description under "Solved Mysteries. In the book described, the girl who befriends the hippy girl is very straight laced. She goes to the hippy's house and the girl has an enormous room which she can skate in - but she doesn't have her parent's love.

I know that the description doesn't immediately fit, but I think this is the book you're thinking of. This is not Jennifer, Hecate, MacBeth It sounds more like The Birds of Summer , but in that book the children's mother is the one who is hippie-like and they live with her. Set in the s, the novel tells the story of Summer Mclntyre, who lives with her mother.

Oriole, and her sevenyear-old sister, Sparrow, in Alvarro, California. Oriole harbors romantic visions of getting back to nature and living the simple life, but she depends upon welfare to raise her family. The Mclntyres live in a wooded area in a trailer that they rent from their friends and neighbors, the Fishers.

The Fishers own some greenhouses in which they grow strawberries and tomatoes to sell in town. She learns about runestones from one of the friends too. Wylly Folk St. The girl went to visit family and met the ghost of her half-sister who had drowned. There was an owl figurine which her sister had made that solved a mystery. Rachel Field, Polly Patchwork , ca Polly is a little girl who lives with her grandmother. They are very poor, and the grandmother makes Polly a dress out of an old patchwork quilt, telling Polly stories about family members who contributed squares to the quilt.

When Polly wears the dress to school, the kids make fun of her, but in a spelling bee Polly looks at one of the squares and gets help from an ancestor in spelling Mississippi. That sounds like it should be it, but I don't think it is. I distinctly remember "green," as in a green dress or coat. I don't remember the title or author but the story I'm thinking of was part of a larger book like a reader. The girl's family might have been Quaker or Amish or something like that because she says that her mother knew how to make beautiful dresses without ruffles or trim.

Another family loses their home a fire? Her family is surprised but she actually means to give her everyday dress so she can wear her new green one. Her grandmother makes her fetch her new dress to give away and she grumbles to herself because her everyday dress should be good enough for that other girl. The story had a turn-of-the-century feel like a Laura Ingalls Wilder although it was not the Little House series. Hope this is the story and gives a few more clues. I remember reading a bioliography of Susan B. Anthony that describe that story.

It also had a story about her working in her father's thread mill, and seeing it as unfair that young girls work hard and their father would take their earnings. She had gotten the job after wishing on a star for something excited to do. Also after she gave away her new dress she actually felt happy because she didn't need to worry about keeping her new dress prefect.

It seems that I remember the bioliography as part of a nonfiction series of varies American heros, Presidents, Presidents wives or mothers. Hope this help. Anthony : champion of women's rights. This is the story that I was thinking of but I don't know if the dress was green. The grandmother is the one who tells Susan B. Anthony that she can't give her old dress away. The girl who receives the new dress just had her mother die after a long illness so the mother had not been able to take care of the family for a long time.

At the end, Susan is happy because her old dress is comfortable and she wouldn't have been able to jump across the creek if she had been wearing the new one for fear of getting it dirty. Carolyn Haywood, Betsy and the Circus Make-believe daughter , I'm not sure why this one comes to mind, but you can see a copy of it on this website.

It's about three friends, all named Matilda except they have different nicknames , and I'm pretty sure one of them has some kind of oddball family background such as being circus performers. That sounds so familiar Barbara Chapman, Santa's Footprints , If this is the same book you people solved for me some time ago! It sounds very similar to the short story The Wonderful Mistake.

Thanks for your suggestion, but I just looked up The Wonderful Mistake , and I'm afraid that's not it.


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In the book I'm looking for, the first girl not rich per se, just middle-class is given a beautiful new doll, and invites her friends over so she can show it off. The poor girl is somehow invited also, though I don't think she is liked by the others. Possibly the first girl's mother made her invite the poor girl? Or maybe the girl just invited her whole class and the poor girl tagged along?

Anyway, the doll disappears, and everyone assumes the poor girl stole her - which she may have done, I don't recall. The doll is later anonymously returned to its owner, but the first girl meanwhile gains some understanding of or sympathy for the poor girl. She decides perhaps with some urging from her mother or some other relative? She might even have dropped the doll off anonymously for the poor girl? The story takes place during the winter time, at or shortly before Christmas. I seem to recall the first girl walking home through a light snowfall after giving away her doll. The book itself was fairly small, I think with a blue cloth-covered binding, and the writing on the cover may have been in silver.

It was mostly text, but I think there were small line drawings on the first page of each chapter, above the text. There may have also been some larger line drawings scattered throughout the text, but I don't think there were any color pictures. Despite the choice of keeping the old, well-loved doll, this is not The Best Loved Doll, either. I'm almost positive that the book was a single story, not a collection of short stories. Thanks for your help! This seems too obvious, but could it be Goodnight, Moon?

It's been years since my son and I read it, but maybe? What a wonderful tribute to Goodnight Moon, but the words "I love you" do not appear in the book. Thanks for the reply but unfortunately it is not Goodnight Moon. My daughter did remember that on the page that said "goodnight mother, I love you" was the picture of a little girl in bed telling her mother goodnight. She also remembered that it was not a "Golden Book" it was smaller in size or hard bound book.

Any and all input is appreciated. Starts out "Goodnight Red sun, goodnight stars, goodnight bus goodnight cars I have this book -- it too was one of my favorites as a little girl and it took me a long time to track down a copy. It's about a little girl getting ready for bed and she's saying "Good night" to everything she sees like the sun, the things and people she can see out the window.

Then she says hello to her bed and good night to her stuffed animals and her baby sibling then she says "Good night, Mother. I love you! Just wanted to add that I think the Green Glassy of the story title, which I believe was a snow globe, had inside of it the figure of a bear. I am still hoping someone remembers this story. Mary Grannan, Just Mary Stories. Just Mary was a radio personality in Canada. This book which has both the skating mice and the Bear in the Glassy is a combination of two of her books - Just Mary and Just Mary again.

Try looking at some of Joan Aiken's adult novels from the 's - there was one that seems similar - the girl was a musician or music teacher and there was some kind of mystery subplot. The Greengage Summer. I'm not sure of the author, maybe Penelope Mortimer. I think this could be your book. Flanders, Rebecca, Yesterday Comes Tomorrow. Harlequin I'm dubious about this one, but it's the closest I've found so far.

Then the present and the past merged, and Amelia Langston was back in on the Aury Plantation with Jeffrey Craig, the prime suspect in a murder. There she discovered everything that had been missing from her life Was this a fantasy or a frightening reality? I don't believe that there was a murder and it didn't have a plantation. It was almost from a Victorian time. He made a kind of washing machine and a toilet. As the book unfolds, you learn that the professor had also come through the sundial. He wasn't inventing things, he was re-inventing things.

In the story there were 2 brothers. The hero was the black sheep of the family. When the girl had gone back in time she knew some of the characters and the plot of the mystery regarding the stolen necklace. She was very suspicious of the black sheep brother. I really believe that the word Time was in the title. I thought the name was A Stitch in Time. She brought her best friend. Every other guest for the weekend had a title. She was called the Mysterious Lady. She thought that she was gypped.

It turns out she was playing herself in the mystery. I come home from teaching every day and I look to see if one of your readers remembers. I have faith in your site! It'll happen. My sister is sending a couple stumpers your way, too.

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I just read an interview with the director Lars von Trier who said that all of his movies are influenced by a book called Gold Heart -- I wonder if it's the same one? Grimm, Star Money. This should be in any full collection of Grimms fairy tales. Grimm, The Falling Stars , Illustrated by Eugen Sopko. A beautiful picture book version of Star Money by Grimm. May be out of print as I got my copy years ago. It is a great story for the Christmas holidays.

The story of Star Money is used in many Waldorf schools around that time of year. In this large Golden book of stories the name of which I can't remember exactly, but I have it at home is a story about a little BOY who doesn't want to take a bath. He goes outdoors to see how the cat, the pig, etc.

Might be what you're thinking of. David L. Harrison, The Book of Giant Stories , 's. The book cover is green with a giant on the front. It contains three different stories about three different giants. I also had this book as a child in the 70's I hope this is the one you are looking for! Jessamyn West, Leafy Rivers. Late 70's. It was definitely a witch, and I think she was trying to be a little girl. Anna Elizabeth Bennett, Little Witch.

Maybe the stumper requester could look at Solved Mysteries, to rule it out? I remember this book too, but unfortunately no more details. I think you're right that the witch baked these green and purple cookies for Parent Night or Back-to-School Night. I think the rest of the parents who were there found them very unappetizing they were lumpy and misshapen too.

The witch might have been hiding the fact that she was a witch, and trying to go to school like an ordinary girl -- that might be why she didn't ask her parents to make the cookies, because either they didn't know or didn't approve? I would have read it in the 70's. Timothy and two witches. This book is written for an older age group, but I can't remember the name I think this may be the same as "E Evil witches, good dragon" which seems very similar--right down to the blue pudding. Someone posted there that it was The Mythical Beast.

Worth checking out, I would think.

I don't remember anything about a teenage girl anthology, so this story appears to have been printed in a book of short stories with a different focus. Regardless, it's there. This story is either part of Young Mutants possible or Young Extraterrestrials. Contents at the bottom of this webpage.

Young Extraterrestrials cover big. Young Mutants cover big. It could also be other books in the Young series, but I think it's one of those two. Series listed here, although I disagree with the review content. Brock, No Flying in the House. This story is about a girl who feels different and finds out she's a fairy she can kiss her elbow. There's a little magical dog as well.

Kris Neville: Bettyann This is indisputably the science fiction classic Bettyann. When a "car accident" actually a spaceship crash, I think kills her parents and damages her arm she's adopted by an old couple. As a teenager she has an instinct to heal sick people. Her real family find her and tell her everything. They are shapeshifters and show her how to restore her arm. They take it for granted she will want to come back with them, but she changes into a bird and flies back to her earthly home. It is somber, as you said, but beautiful.

There is a sequel called Bettyann's Children. Thanks to the people who have sent suggestions. The book definitely isn't No Flying in the House. The story I'm thinking of is fairly somber. I'll try to find a copy of the Young They sound promising. The girl's name is Anna Lavinia, she travels on a train and is given, I think, some kind of food by an old woman. Whether or not it's jelly donuts, I can't confirm right now, since my Mom has the book. Do "lavender blue days" a cat named Strawberry and floating down to the ground with an umbrella after jumping off a cliff sound familiar?

Dorothy Canfield, Understood Betsy , 's, approximate. In this book, there is a chapter where Betsy and Molly go to the fair and the people they are supposed to ride home with leave without them. Betsy earns the money for train tickets by running the donut booth so the girl can go to dance with her boyfriend for an hour. When the girl comes back, she hands Betsy a bag of donuts.

Maybe this is your book? Catherine Storr, Marianne Dreams. The link has a synopsis of the story. Doesn't quite match the description in the stumper, but some how it feels like it might be the book being looked for. I read the book a while ago. Our local library no longer has a copy, but wasn't a movie made of it a year or two ago?

Thanks for the feedback, but this book is definitely not Marianne Dreams. I do remember Marianne Dreams though, as it was a TV series in England during the Seventies, and I was disturbed by the rocks with eyes. I also thought it silly that she drew a lighthouse as a light source to aid their escape, instead of a constant source of light. Kate Seredy, The Good Master. Kathryn Worth, They Loved to Laugh. A deluge of ripe apples is Martitia's introduction to the five fun-loving Gardner boys when their father, Dr. David, brings the sixteen-year-old orphan girl to the hospitable Gardner home in North Carolina.

They Loved to Laugh. This is about a young girl, Martitia? Her aunt always says, "Every tub must stand on its own bottom" and the boys make her think she is eating dog meat.

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Daringer, Helen F. Wonderful book about an orphan who goes to stay with an older woman, then stays with a lively family on a farm and has to decide if she will stay there or return to the woman. Thank you. They loved to laugh could indeed be a possibility and it's good to know that it's been reprinted. I had considered Kate Seredy's books before, but the descriptions don't sound right nor the Hungarian setting.

I am very sure this story takes place entirely in the USA. Carol Brink, Caddy Woodlawn. Caddy herself lives on a farm with her siblings however, some cousins from the city visit, and there's a lot of adjustment and "growing up," including "goading" of each other. As I recall, Caddy's a tomboy and the girl cousins aren't, which leads to problems.

The "mood" and time you described seemed right, so I wondered if maybe your memory had inadvertently "reversed" the plot, remembering the more common plot where the protagonist goes to the cousins' farm instead of having cousins come to hers. Since you've tried so many other books with no luck, I thought I'd suggest this. Louisa M. Alcott, Eight Cousins. A long shot -- but perhaps this is it? There is a hoard of cousins Thank you for these additional tips! I will give Adopted Jane a try and take another look at Caddie Woodlawn and also the sequel Magical melons.

I had dismissed "Caddie" for the very reason you stated, but one never knows how memory can play tricks! This is probably a long shot, as it's such a well-known book, but is there any chance this could be Anne of Green Gables or one of its sequels? This one kind of fits. The character is named Julie. She goes to live with her aunt after her mother dies. The book covers her life from age 7 to age 18 or so. Louisa May Alcott, Eight Cousins. This is a far out in left field suggestion but it does involve hoards of cousins. Rose is orphaned and is sent to live with her father's aunts in San Francisco.

She befriends her 7 boy cousins and they have adventures that include sailing, gardening, visiting the country, etc. She spends a great deal of time adjusting to her new life since she has spent most of her life in a girls' boarding school. Thanks for more suggestions. No, it's not Eight Cousins or any of L. Montgomery's books. My sense is that the author is much more obscure and that's one reason I can't pin down this book. Maybe too young, but have the feel that you're looking for. Nine-year-old Nancy is sent to live with her Swedish grandparents for a year. I wanted flowered wallpaper and a sewing basket for years after reading these books.

Elizabeth Witheridge, Never Younger, Jeannie , It's great to have so many possibilities and to re-read and get acquainted with some excellent books. I am working my way through all your suggestions. Unfortunately, I know now that my long lost book is not either of the Caddie books, which are simply wonderful stories. In fact, I am wondering if my unknown writer writes as well as some of these others. I think my adult self may be alot more critical of a very sentimental, sweet, and even overwrought story which I suspect I am looking for.

It may also be written even earlier than I think - two reasons why I am doubtful about Up a road slowly which is next in line. Thank you again to everyone, and I will continue to keep you posted. Jean Webster, Daddy Long Legs. This is a total long shot. Only part of this book takes place on a farm. She did wear gingham uniforms in the orphanage She is older when she is on the farm-- she is sent to college by a mysterious benefactor. Something about your description triggered thoughts of this book. As I said-- a long shot. But a good read anyway!

No, it's not Daddy Long Legs although it was a fun read - skimmed through the online version and want to come back to it later. I'm still waiting for more of your suggestions to arrive in concrete form as ordered books. Alas, need to be reading nothing but school books before too very long, so all this enjoyable detective work will have to be put on hold for awhile!

Never younger, Jeannie just arrived today. There is nothing familiar about the look of it, but just in skimming through the text it certainly has the "right feel", as does Up a road slowly. Alice Lunt, Eileen of Redstone Farm , Probably not it, because this one takes place in Scotland or England, but otherwise it sounds similar. Thank you for continuing to take an interest in my archived post! I will order a copy of Eileen of Redstone Farm - you just never know I have enjoyed reading these books with a similar theme.

I did read They loved to laugh and thought it was a moving and well-written book, with a very similar feel to what I'm looking for, but alas not the one. Of that I am very sure. Frances Salomon Murphy, Runaway Alice. This could be it - Alice is an orphan who goes to live on a farm as a foster child. Might be worth a try This isn't by any chance Bluebonnets for Lucinda , is it?

That is long out of print. One chapter was reprinted in pre Childcraft, the one where Lucinda's been told to stay away from the foul-tempered geese, but she finds that if she plays her music box the geese become interested in the music and calm down. Once again, I do appreciate more suggestions for my post.

It still haunts me and I fear my memories are just too vague. Gates, Doris, The Elderberry Bush. Good luck! Thank you again but it's not " Eileen of Redstone Farm ", although you're right - it's similar, but the setting is wrong. It's not " The elderberry bush " either, published too late. I know I didn't read it any later than I think I need to be hypnotised for this one! The name Pat, Patsy, or Patty seems to ring a faint bell also. She may have been one of the cousins and Julie or Judy was the heroine or vice versa.

Rita Ritchie, Ice Falcon. This sounds very much like the sort of book Ritchie wrote - it's not The Golden Hawks of Genghis Khan , so Ice Falcon may be a possibility, although I can't recall anything about it specifically. The pet falcon with them was a big help. Don't remember any family members being involved, either. Just the falconer. And a bit where he explained 'falco greenlandicus' to a Saracen. S F Welty, Knight's ransom, I think this is what you are looking for. It is a poem, and the refrain repeats the line "An' the Gobble-uns'll git you Ef you don't watch out.

For example, "Wunst they wuz a little boy who wouldn't say his prayers I have no idea which anthologies it's in, but this should help a little. I betcha it's this one. I was looking for this same book, now that I have a two-year-old. The artwork on that page used to scare the bejeebers out of me.

I liked There Once Was a Puffin, especially. See here and search for Werne. James Stephens, The Crock of Gold , s. For the robin redbreast is the particular bird of the Leprecauns of Gort na Gloca Mora, and the Leprecauns retaliate by stealing Meehawl MacMurrachu's wife's washing-board, and Meehawl asks the Philosopher who lives in the center of the pine wood called Coilla Doraca for advice in locating the washboard Unique and inimitable, this is one of the great tales of our century.

It's a great book - well worth a read anyway! I don't know the book, but the story reminds me of the folk tale The King's Highway. A king builds a new road, and decides to have a contest to see who can travel the road the best. The contestants complain that there's a pile of rocks in the road finally one weary traveller comes carrying a box of gold that was hidden under the rocks. He wins, of course, because "he who travels best is the one who smooths the way for others. Margot Benary-Isbert, The Ark.

Definitely the book. There is a circus man with a mustache in this book, but no whale-shaped submarine or land with balloons. However, there was a prequel to this book called Three Little Horses and that might have those things. Otto Whittaker, The true story of the tooth fairy and why brides wear engagement rings , Marlys Millhiser, The Mirror , The night before her wedding, Shay Garrett and her grandmother, Brandy switch bodies, sending Shay back to I hate to disagree with the solution to this stumper, but I know The Mirror well I even have an autographed copy!

The daughter and the grandmother switch places in the stumper story AND in The Mirror , but those are the only two things the two books have in common. Here is what happens in The Mirror. First, the name of the two women who switch places are Shay and Brandy. Shay is the modern girl, just about to be married to a guy named Mark, and she switches places with her grandmother, Brandy, the old fashioned girl, on the eve of her wedding. Second, the grandmother, Brandy, was never raped. The Mirror is very clear on the fact that Brandy was a virgin when she was married.

The doctor comes to examine her on her wedding night, because, by that time, Brady now has Shay's soul, and Shay is a bit dizzy and faint. In comes the doctor, who states very cleary that she is a virgin, and that her new groom has nothing to worry about. Brandy who is really Shay , marries Corwin, a Welsh miner, who is killed in a mining accident. Shay never returns to the present day, and Brandy never returns to the 's. Shay is a modern girl with modern ideas living in the 's but she is not a black sheep, nor an outcast.

Brandy, in the modern time, adjusts to living there, and ends up marrying Mark, the man Shay was originally going to marry. And that is the plot of The Mirror! If the original stumper stongly remembers a rape and an attempted abortion, a black sheep issue, and a return of the charactesr to the right year, then perhaps the stumper is asking about a different story than The Mirror. Are you sure that the Mirror isn't the story? In the story I remember but didn't remember the title of , the grandmother Brandy wasn't raped, but Shay was pregnant when the switch was made, so Brandy had to go through the pregnancy.

Penny was the baby Shay had with the miner. From her 'future' she knew the baby wouldn't live to adulthood, so she tried to avoid getting pregnant with a copper penny. The baby was sickly and died after a few weeks. Shay wasn't sickly then, but later had TB for years. The Mirror possibly.

Your description of the book definitely sounds like the plot of The Mirror to me, but the orignal stumper didn't. I had forgotten about the baby Penny, who died early on.

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It could be that the orignal stumper had remembered the baby being born of rape, even though she wasn't. Maybe the original stumper can shed some light! I'm a Prisoner in the Library!

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Catherine Woolley, Chris in Trouble, This could be Woolley's second book about Cathy Leonard's little sister Chris. One day, she and a friend go inside her school when they're not supposed to and accidentally leave their dolls in a classroom. They're locked in the school and have to climb out a window to get out. Later, when Chris tries to retrieve the dolls without being seen, she tries to avoid the school's janitor.