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March Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia edited by Anita Heiss — This anthology brings together accounts from well-known authors and high-profile identities, alongside newly discovered voices, to reflect on lives of Aboriginal people in Australia today. April The Lost Boys by Gina Perry — The fascinating, true story of one of the most controversial psychological experiments of the modern era.

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February Rebel with a Cause by Jacqui Lambie — A refreshingly candid memoir from the former soldier and senator. March A Wink from the Universe by Martin Flanagan — One of our most beloved sportswriters takes us behind the scenes of a football fairytale. This is her first memoir. April The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted by Robert Hillman — A compelling and heartbreaking tale of grief and memory set in a small Victorian town in the s. April The Wasp and the Orchid by Danielle Clode — The biography of a remarkable woman — Edith Coleman was famous in her life time as an Australian nature writer and naturalist, but has since been largely forgotten.

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July The Power of Hope by Kon Karapanagiotidis — In his first book, the founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre argues that by putting community, love and compassion at the centre of our lives, we have the power to change our world. March Interval by Judith Bishop — This will be the first new collection in a decade from Bishop, who also works as a translator and linguist.

April and my heart crumples like a coke can by Alison Whitelock — A playful and smart debut collection from an exciting emerging voice. April Flood Damages by Eunice Andrada — A fiery collection from the Filipino performance poet which explores themes associated with immigration and inheritance. March Naked for Satan — Features recipes, stories and photographs from the beloved Fitzroy foodie destination.

April Tried, Tested and True by Liz Harfull — Harfull brings together stories and recipes celebrating the traditions of Australian community cookbooks. April Flavours of Australia — A beautiful cookbook that includes dishes from the best restaurants, cafes, producers and hotels across all our states and territories. March Mr Mo Starts to Grow by Laura Stitzel — An adorable story about imagination, friendship and growing up from a new author-illustrator.

By Cynthia Levinson and Sanford Levinson. In delicate, evocative artwork, rendered exclusively in purple with yellow highlights, Walden traces her childhood spent in the competitive figure-skating world, the backdrop for a deeper story about her coming-out and coming-of-age. Twelve Days in May: By Larry Dane Brimner. In , 13 Freedom Riders board buses in Washington, D.

Illustrated with archival photos, this informative book presents a tightly focused, present-tense account of what happened, day by day. A clear presentation of dramatic, historically significant events. The Van Gogh Brothers. An artful account of a fascinating pair of brothers. Top of the List winner—Youth Nonfiction. How to Be an Elephant.

In this magnificent romp through verse rhymed and unrhymed, whispered and shouted, upside down and sometimes invisible , television producer Harris and two-time Caldecott honoree Smith evoke childlike wonder with paeans to dragons, trick riddles, and raucous lullabies. A moving, madcap anthem to language sure to stand the test of time.

This witty, playful compendium spotlights unsung animal heroes, from the southern right whale dolphin to the banded linsang. Thinking with Her Hands. By Susan Goldman Rubin. Less familiar projects and the challenges Lin faced in the architecture world as a young Asian woman are given equal page time in this finely designed and endlessly compelling biography.

By Kwame Alexander and others. So is this beautiful book. Along with his coauthors, Alexander offers 20 poems in tribute to such well-known poets as Maya Angelou, Robert Frost, and Gwendolyn Brooks. Illustrated with glorious collage that tells further stories within the story. A wistful, charming look at the realities of friendship that will resonate with a wide range of readers. Stories of Young Boat Refugees. By Mary Beth Leatherdale. Together, words and images offer an affecting perspective on the plight of refugees and emphasizes that this human-rights crisis is an urgent issue.

Two Truths and a Lie: The authors mix two facts about an aspect of the natural world plants, animals, and even humans with one untruth, and they invite readers to pick out the bogus entry. A brief but savvy guide to responsible research methods. Before She Was Harriet. Moving backward through time, the presentation explores her many names and roles while briefly portraying Tubman at different stages of her life.

An enlightening, inspiring picture book. Top of the List winner—Picture Book. How the Sun Moves Water around the Earth. By Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm. The sun serves as an amiable narrator, explaining how its energy moves water around our planet, enabling its web of life. A beautifully illustrated and richly informative picture book. How They Grow Up. Lamothe collaborated with seven real children living in Italy, Japan, Uganda, Russia, India, Iran, and Peru, and he records their everyday experiences in detailed, painterly illustrations and succinct, descriptive text.

Refreshingly unromanticized, the book reveals intriguing similarities and differences in their lives. The World Is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid. Iranian architect Zaha Hadid is the subject of this fantastically crafted picture-book biography. This sequel to Akata Witch finds Sunny plagued by strange dreams, after which she endeavors to increase her magical powers by studying with her demanding mentor.

The lush world and high-stakes plot are fun, imaginative, timely, and authentic, adding to the magic of the story. All the Wind in the World. In a postapocalypse America, Sarah Jac and James harvest maguey in the desert, hiding their love and scamming other workers. On a cursed ranch, their lives become entangled with the fates of two sisters.

A gripping, fable-like story infused with southwestern folklore and magic realism. Later - there's a French trans of Aunt Hill, and it's called Rose et ses sept cousins. I checked a book report on it that I did which had a few more clues: Eventually, this rich family goes bankrupt. I just checked the solutions to the stumpers that I had submitted. They sound like the correct solutions to me! Thank you so much for helping me solve these mysteries that have been with me since I was a child. Rose is orphaned and her godfather is her uncle. Alcott, An Old Fashioned Girl.

If this is about a goddaughter, are you sure the book is not Eight Cousins? I'm watching your website once a week, hoping someone recognizes the book about quilts. It was probably a paperback, published around My intuition is telling me maybe the title included "four Hands" somewhere. I associate counting and hands with the title.

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Hopefully these adidtional hints will trigger somebody's memory. Thanks so much for this wonderful effort at answering our need to identify books from memory so that we can enjoy those books in hand, not just mind, again. Paul, Eight Hands Round: Illustrated by Jeanette Winter. HarperCollins, , 4th printing. Hogan , illustrated by Beverly Komode. It's 36 pages long, and was published in by Parents Magazine Press E20 eighteen cousins: Hogan , illustrated by Beverly Komoda, published Parents' Magazine Ages , grades K This web site is just what I have been looking for. The book I am searching for is about a brother and sister who go to visit a relative in the country.

They play in a stream, see a frog and a bird house. It is a color picture book for the year old range. I was born in , so I'm assuming it was published sometime between and That's just a guess. Unfortunately, that's all I remember. Any help would be appreciated. Illustrated with drawings by Florence England Nosworthy.

Light green cloth with pictorial cover label, without dust jacket. Moon-watch Summer Illustrated by Erik Blegvad. NY Harcourt , 63 pgs, cloth. Davis , illustrated by Hildegarde Woodward, published Doubleday , 48 pages. A lost Indian trace, a housewarming party and a present for their lame friend Kenny, provide lively interest both in the text and in the fine three-color pictures.

Hogan, Eighteen Cousins, Your description reminds me of a book my family loved, called Eighteen Cousins. It only involves one boy who visits his cousins in the country. It is done in rhyme, and mentions seeing a brook and a frog. The dates certainly match. But when the elephant realizes that the bad baby has forgotten his manners, the chase ends with a bump and tea for everyone. Just used this classic in a storytime last month! This is definitely the book. The elephant offers the ride to the baby and after the baby takes everything from the various merchants without saying please, they are chased "rumpeta rumpeta rumpeta" all through the town.

This was one of the favourite "on the mat" stories from my early school days. There are various covers around as it has been reprinted many times. I loved it as a kid - though one amateur reviewer pointed out recently that it's silly - if not downright annoying - that the baby gets labelled bad just for not saying please, while the elephant shoplifts but doesn't get called bad for that. Or maybe the idea is that even human children know stealing is wrong and animals don't.

This one is in print again. They went on a wild and glorious chase through the town until the elephant decided that the bad baby had forgotten his manners. My children 8 and 6 still enjoy this story, which was a favourite at their pre-school. Still in print in the UK at least, published by Puffin Well, I love learning something new from this site; I didn't know this book before! Reprinted in paperback in and in the UK, but not here. Not hard to find, but not cheap, either. Both the gizmo and elephant books rumpeta rumpeta!

Thanks Harriet, and everyone! One of Cattermole's Best Books of the 20th Century! It is so nice to see that someone else remembers and loves this book also!! I have two children who also love the book, Plus I have 19 nieces and Nephews and one great niece. I have found this book used many times for most of the younger ones and they all love it too!! I think they can all relate to the story. The Elephant and the Bad Baby.

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Illustrated by Raymond Briggs. Penguin Books, , paperback. Jimmy discovers that the Mudges, in whose care his father left him, plan to aid a cruel animal trainer to steal Rex. He and the elephant run away. I think this is the book you're looking for.

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The volkswagen beettle is left outside in a snowstorm. The cat manages to get it brought inside his New York apartment building via the freight elevator. I just read this book! I have a trade Dell yearling copy, don't know if there is a hardback edition. Yes, the cat does save a car, it's a little Fiat named Whitey. Elephi, the cat with the high IQ. Dell Yearling c Base, Graeme , The Eleventh Hour: A curious mystery, Most definitely the book -Someone has eaten the feast that was prepared for elephant's 11th birthday.

One of the guests is the culprit and the reader must solve the clues hidden in the pictures to find out who. Graeme Base , The Eleventh Hour. Sounds like it could be The Eleventh Hour. Horace the Elephant has a party for his eleventh birthday, but which of his guests ate the feast? The clues are hidden in the pictures and the borders to the pictures.

Kit Williams, Masquerade, It seems from the description that this could be Masquerade by Kit Wiliams. It was a picture book puzzle to find a golden hare that was buried somewhere in the English countryside. Each page was a full colour pucture with letters around the edge, finding the correct letters would give you clues to where the treasure was.

This wiki page will tell you more here: Graeme Base, The Eleventh Hour. This is absolutely the book you are looking for: Summary from the Lib of Congress Cataloging Data: An elephant's eleventh birthday party is marked by eleven games preceding the banquet to be eaten at the eleventh hour, but when the time to eat arrives, the birthday feast has disappeared. The reader is invited to guess the thief. Paul Adshead , Puzzle Island. The book you describe does definitely sound like The Eleventh Hour , but I thought I'd throw this one out there as well-- Puzzle Island has full page illustrations and a mystery to be solved with an alphabet with letters missing around each illustration, which describe animals hidden in the picture--the names of all those animals are your key to unlocking the cipher at the end to solve the mystery.

Is this possibly Elizabeth by Liesel Moak Skorpen? Elizabeth is "lost" and eventually found. The book was small, and we got it from the library several times but never found it in a bookstore. It would make a lovely graduation gift for my Elizabeth, who loved it! It is 32 pages long, and 18 cm. But under the tree she found instead a 'soft cloth doll with warm brown eyes and thick brown braids' like hers.

Kate was bitterly disappointed, especially when her priggish cousin Agnes came with her stiffly curled, dressy new doll. After the holiday, Kate gave her nameless doll to James the collie to chew; then smitten with remorse she quickly retrieved her and in a flash of sudden love named her Elizabeth. Now the doll became her silent, perfect companion - understanding, patient, faithful.

I have been trying to remember about this book for decades, having read it in a library as a child and having never seen it since. Seems to be the collector's item now. The aunt is doing research at an old Scottish castle, and the niece time travels to become another person. I have been finding books I loved as a kid for my children to read so now I can share this one.

Jenkins, Elizabeth, Elizabeth the Great.

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P28 - could be Elizabite - a picture book about a man who grows a carnivorous plant - can't remember the author - s or 70s I think H. Adventures of a Carnivorous Plant. A wonderful story introducing young children to carnivorous plants. The text is amusing and young children will giggle in delight Frieda Friedman , Ellen and the Gang, Twelve-year old Ellen is disappointed about not going away to camp and having to stay in the city for the summer.

While her friends are away, she falls in with two teenage boys and a girl who use her as a decoy when they shoplift from the neighborhood stores. I think this was the last of the author's wonderfully evocative books written in the Forties through Sixties about New York City kids. The solution posted is indeed the right book! Thanks so much for whoever solved this for me--I've been trying to remember this title and author forever!

Ellen Tebbits I'm looking for a children's book about a young girl whose grandmother knit her a sweater out of itchy wool. She hated it and even cut a hole out of the center of it so she wouldn't have to wear it. But that's all I remember. I read it in the s. I know that's not much to go on, but I appreciate anything you can do. I remember reading a book when I was young about an itchy sweater, and I think it was in one of the Beverly Cleary books.

SSweater made of itchy wool: I know of two "itchy wool" episodes. In Ellen Tebbits , by Beverly Cleary , her mother makes her wear a union suit. She is furious when found out by another girl Audrey? In Roller Skates , by Ruth Sawyer , Lucinda promises to wear a similar undergarment all winter, but simply can't coordinate it with her stockings, etc. Reasoning that she didn't promise in what condition she'd wear it, she decided to follow the little woman in the song and "cut it round about. The sequel to Roller Skates is Year of Jubilo. It took me fifteen years to find a paperback of Year of Jubilo and I never have seen it in hardcover.

The main girl is American cant remember her name though and she goes to this ballet class with a new girl from France who is very snobby. All the French girl can talk about is "gay, gay Paree" and how awful America is after Paris. Of course she is simply homesick and the American girl finally realizes this and makes friends with her. Our American girl is a klutz and has to keep clutching her long underwear under her ballet costume.

Her mother made her wear it and she is mortified. Jump and clutch, jump and clutch I wish I could remember more but that's it. Perhaps this person is mis-remembering the detail about France. She is in ballet class with Ellen Tebbits and Ellen's woolen underwear keeps slipping, making her "leap clutch". Ellen and Austine become friends by pairing up against Otis Spofford, and Ellen discovers that Austine's mom makes her wear woolen underwear too. Pretty sure about this onenot really a series, but of course Cleary wrote many books in the same vein including the Ramona series.

The long underwear, jump and clutch scene is definitely from Ellen Tebbits , but the homesick French girl part is from one of Lee Wyndham's Susie books. I think it may be from On Your Toes, Susie. Yes, I figured that I might have mixed up two stories as one in my head. I think I'd better go back and read all the Beverly Cleary books again! I'll check out the Lynn Wyndham books, too, because I distinctly remember the "gay Paree" part. Thanks to everyone, and sorry that it was a relatively simple stumper!

I checked this book out of the school library when I was in the third grade, so The story centered on the friendship of two little girls perhaps one new to the neighborhood and of lesser means? The mother of one of the girls sewed them matching outfits from fabric yellow? There were simple illustrations at the beginning of each chapter. I realize this is precious little information to go by, but maybe there is someone my age who remembers this book. Thank you for any ideas. Ellen Tebbits, Beverly Cleary. It was a biennial beet, but everything else in this story matches Beverly Cleary, Ellen Tebbits.

This is definitely Ellen Tebbits by Beverly Cleary. Both the enormous beet and the monkey-fabric dresses are there. Cleary, Beverly, Ellen Tebbitts. The making of the monkey print dresses is a major part of the story line of Ellen Tebbitts. It practically ruins the two girls' friendship. Also, if I remember correctly, it was a turnip plant that had a flower on it, not a beet, that Ellen pulls out of the ground.

This is the one you're looking for, Ellen's class is talking about perennials and she remembers that there's a huge beet growing nearby her school so she goes out to pull it and bring it in to show her class. And she and her best friend have identical dresses made with monkey fabric. Beverly Cleary, Ellen Tebbits, More than enough info to identify this classic. Beverly Cleary, Ellen Tebbits.

Definitely the one--both the beet and the dresses. This book is Ellen Tebbits by Beverly Cleary. Beverly Clearly, Ellen Tebbits. How many millions of people will send in solutions to this one!?


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I''m sure I'm not the only to come up with solution for this clue--classic Beverly Cleary. Ellen finds a large biennial beet plant in a vacant lot and wants to take it to her teacher. She is late to school and gets very muddy because she has such trouble pulling it up. Austine Allen is her kind new friend who helps her. Chapter Five is called, "The Twins" and describes the matching dresses Ellen and Austine have made out of red and white fabric with monkeys and palm trees.

I am sure this is your book. I hope you get to read it again.

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It is such a great picture of all the social struggles of grade school! Definitely the one you're looking for, only the chapter is titled "The Biennial Beet. In an effort to impress her teacher, Ellen pulls a huge beet plant that has gone to seed in a vacant lot, getting herself thoroughly rain-soaked, muddy, stained with beet juice, and tearing her dress in the process.

The matching dresses in the monkey-print fabric are in the chapter called "The Twins.


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Cleary, Beveryly, Ellen Tebbits. Pretty sure this is an Ellen Tebbits chapter title. As I recall, Ellen's class is learning about plants and plant life-cycles in class. Ellen sees a huge beet in an empty lot on her way to school, and decides to bring it in as an example for the teacher, whom she is very fond of, and wants to impress.

She pulls the beet out, falling over and muddying herself in the process. I believe the book you remember is "Ellen Tebbits", which is still in print. Ellen makes a friend in a new girl named Maxine at the start of the book, because they are both wearing wool underwear at ballet class. I remember a search for a beet at some point. Also, she and Maxine pick out fabric with monkeys for matching dresses. The only thing is that instead of one mother making both dresses, each girl's mother makes a dress. Ellen's mother is a good sewer but Maxine's isnt, so the dresses are not at all alike and the girls end up quarreling.

It's the story of third-grade best friends Ellen and Austine, who is new to the neighborhood at the beginning of the book. From each tree a small red monkey hung by its tail. Unfortunately, the friend's mother couldn't sew very well and the dress didn't look nearly as nice as Ellen's. Cleary, Beverly, Ellen Tebbits, This is definitely Ellen Tebbits, one of my favorite books while growing up! Ellen lives in Oregon and befriends Austine Allen, who has just moved there from California. The two become best friends, and at one point, they ask their mothers to sew them identical dresses from material printed with monkeys.

Austine''s mother isn't much of a seamstress, and the unfortunate results lead the friends to quarrel Ellen also pulls a flowering beet from a vacant lot to bring to school for show and tellher class is studying annuals and perennials. Thanks to Austine, Ellen also learns that geraniums, which are annuals in Oregon, are perennials in California. Followed by a sequel, Otis Spofford , also highly recommended, as it is very funny and Ellen and Austine play a prominent role.

I'm sure you'll get this answer over and over again, but this one is definitely Ellen Tebbits by Beverly Cleary, one of my favorite books as a child. The chapter you are thinking of is called "The Biennial Beet," and in a later chapter Ellen's mother and her best friend's mother make them matching dresses out of yellow fabric with monkeys on them, only the dresses don't quite match At some point they decide to dress like twins so each asks her mother to make her a dress out of the same material - a print of monkeys swinging from palm trees - but while one mother is a good seamstress, the other one isn't and her dress looks terrible.

The girls get into a fight and the one with the terrible dress rips the pocket of the one with the good dress. They make up later. Cleary, Beverly, Ellen Tebbits , , approximate. This is it without a doubt. I'm sure you'll get a lot of comments on this one.

Beverly Cleary, Ellen Tebbits , Morrow, , copyright. This is definitely the book you're looking for. Ellen lives in Portland, Oregon, the only child of a single mom who is a Donna Reed, 50s tv-mom type, everything perfect. She has no close friends until Austine Allen moves to Portland from California. The girls become very close and want to do everything together, including start the fourth grade looking like fraternal twins, and that's what leads to the episode you remember.

Austine's mother can't sew and Ellen's mom of course makes a picture-perfect dress so Austine gets jealous. Beverly Cleary, Ellen Tebbits , , copyright. Lots of details about this book can be found in the "solved pages", including this part about the matching dresses of Ellen and her best friend Austine. This book is a classic and you will have lots of responses, I'm sure. The monkey-patterned dresses seems to be a very strong memory for readers of this book. Look in Solved Stumpers. Cleary, Beverly, Ellen Tebbits , , copyright. This is from Ellen Tebbits - Ellen and Austine want to wear the same dress for the first day of school, but Austine's mum can't sew as well as Ellen's.

Austine and Ellen fall out because Austine keeps tugging at the sash on Ellen's dress. The ripping incident doesn't happen until a later moment in the book -when Ellen rips Austine's sash when they are dusting erasers together. The incident leads to them restoring their friendship. You'll get a lot of responses to this one - everyone remembers those monkey dresses! See solved mysteries for more descriptions. It's in Solved Mysteries, too. I remember this scene so well because I longed to have a mom who sewed, but sympathized more with the girl whose mother couldn't sew her dress properly!

The book includes illustrations of the print the girls used for their dresses, complete with monkeys swinging from palm trees. Look under Solved Mysteries for additional details. Beverly Cleary, Ellen Tebbits , , approximate. I'm sure this one is Ellen Tebbits --my favorite Cleary book. The friend is Austine Allen and they meet over the shared dilemma of long underwear at dance class. I still own my paperback copy from 35 years ago. Thank goodness for the Scholastic Book Club! Story of the new girl in school. She makes friends with another girl, one of their mothers makes them matching dresses.

The new girl is teased because she is from Canada? There is a falling out with her friend, but they make up in the end. The part about the new girl and matching dresses sounds like Beverly Cleary's Ellen Tebbits ; but the new girl in that story is from California, not Canada. I loved it so much as a girl Unless that's you, stumper G is looking for the same book.

Ellen and her good friend have a falling out, but at the end of the book they make up when their teacher sends them both outside to clap erasers a special treat. This is the book! But it is the right setting and story. Thank you so much! This book contains the story , "Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep", which may be the story you're looking for. This is only one story by Eleanor Farjeon. Which she let her friends suck. At the end of the story she is a little old lady who has shrunk to the size she can use the fairy skipping ropes again and saves an area of open land from development.

I was the one who originally asked about this, so you can now know the stumper has been solved! It still might be the story collection mentioned here, but the library didn't have that one. Since I only wanted the one story I remembered, I am totally satisfied. Your reader found the story but not the collection. I think it had some black- and-white illustrations.

Another of the stories was called West-something, about a prince who seeks his bride in lands named for the four directions. The northerners were too cold, the southerners too slothful, the easterns too brisk. There might have been another tale, too, about a princess who is bored with the color of her room. She commands her fairy godmother to give her a pink room and is instructed to lie on her bed and kick her toes at the ceiling--voila!

Soon she's bored again and commands another color change. This happens several more times until finally, she wants a black room. After lying on her bed and kicking her toes at the ceiling, the walls fall away, the roof comes off, and she gets her wish for a black room. I don't remember the dust jacket, but the book was smallish and had a light russet woven cloth cover I vaguely remember. Sometimes other book requests help solve the stumpers I already have.

The only thing I remember about this book from my childhood in the '50s is a little rooster who cried, "Cockadoodle-doo, I want my mommy! Little Ray had one puppy, two kittens, three ducks and four chickens??? My memory is old and his is older so this is the best we can come up with. This story is in one of the old childrens' readers I collect. Inside the front cover is stamped "Tulsa City Schools. One night her mother was sick and very thirsty. The daughter took an old tin dipper and went to the well but discovered it was dry. Since she didn't want to return without water for mother she summoned her courage to go into the dark woods and find a spring.

After filling the dipper with water, she first encountered the thirsty dog, and then a thirsty old man. After giving both water the dipper turned to gold like the shining sun. At last she reached home with plenty of water to spare for her mother, who called her "my good little girl," and told her she felt better. Then the golden dipper turned to sparkling diamonds and went up into the sky, becoming seven bright stars. The story ends with "That was a long, long time ago, but the star dipper is still in the sky. It shows how brave a kind-hearted little girl can be.

See more on the Most Requested Page. It was not new then, but I don't know how old it was. It was oversized 18"? It was a collection of stories and poems about fairies and wee folk. I loved this book! My step-mother finally made me get rid of it when I went into high school. I would love to get a copy of it, but I don't even know the name! This may not help much, but I remember the fairy bear in the cannery story from an anthology series, The Children's Hour.

I don't have any volumes available but, all the books were in red covers with full-color endpapers illustrated with story charactes. I just checked my copy of Elves and Fairies. This is David Palmer's Emergence. A detail that might ring a bell -- the protagonist, Candy, keeps referring to her parrot as "retarded baby brother", and it takes a while to realize that it's a parrot. Definitely worth finding and re-reading! It's SF, which might be why it's been hard to find.

There's a review here. Ex-library copy, removed pocket, some smudging, one of the eight color plates missing. A great big YEA! I'll put a check in the mail. My sister came up for a visit last month - though we talk all the time we hadn't seen one another in a year - to find Emily's Voyage [the first book I found for this customer] propped on her guestroom pillow.

She was dumbstruck and then teary-eyed, saying the book brings back cozy memories of the days of Grandma and molasses cookies. I can't believe you actually found the original. We used to joke that if one of us ever located a copy the world as we know it would probably come to an end. Guess it's time to stock up on batteries and potable water. My gal is looking for a book. The title as she remembers it is Emily's Journey. Much searching of the Internet has failed to turn up any book by this title published ever.

The book she remembers is about a small furry animal, she thought it was a hedgehog, named Emily, who must travel through parts of England on some kind of journey. Interpreting Condition Grades Smith, Emma. Emily, the Traveling Guinea Pig. Illustrated by Katherine Wigglesworth. McDowell, An Astor Book, Red cloth, edgeworn, small tear to cloth at bottom of spine. Pages clean and bright, charming. It's actually the mother of one of Emily's friends who was assumed to have run off and is found at the bottom of the well Emily's mother died when she was born, and Emily was sent to live with her aunts after her father's death , but the other details are correct.

Montgomery , Emily of New Moon. This sounds like the lesser known Emily series by the author of Anne of Green Gables. It is Emily's friend Ilse's mother who had disappeared. Emily dreams of the mother falling down an old well and that's where her body is found.

Montgomery, Emily of New Moon. Emily lives with her two aunts - one strict one kindly. The mother in the well story is actually about her best friend Ilsa. But Emily dreams the solution while she has a fever. She tells the family to search the well, but she is only comforted when Aunt Elizabeth the strict one agrees to search the well - because she knows the Aunt Elizabeth will keep her word. Emily Starr is the girl who is raised by two aunts Aunt Elizabeth-strict and Aunt Laura-sweet , falls into a fever and dreams of her best friend Ilse's mother, who has long been assumed to have deserted Ilse as a baby.

Emily dreams that the mother fell into a well and died. This is discovered to be the case, and Ilse's father, formerly a gruff, bitter man, falls to his knees beside the now recovered Emily's bed in gratitude. Brilliant series that includes Emily Climbs and Emily's Quest.


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