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That was the source of lots of our childhood literature. Marjorie Barrows , ed. Mine is a edition, two volumes, dark red-brown covers. Inside the cover is a colorful picture of children dancing in a circle in outfits from all over the world. Joe Bean caught a cloud and thought he'd bring it home and it nearly wrecked his house. His wife was a lot smarter than he was. The Land of Counterpane is one of several Robert Louis Stevenson poems in there, with soft grey-washed pictures.

The one about the baby born to the upside-down-reading parents is "Clown Town". The book is notable for not only having the story about the house that Jack built -- but also the house that JILL built. Childcraft series, s to s. The poem about the "Jolly giant Joe Green" was contained in an encyclopedic style set of books called " Child Craft ". There were something like 20 or more books in the set. There were many stories and poems included, and the targeted age range probably was from 1st grade to 7th grade children.

The books were richly bound in a dark red leather, and as I recall, good quality paper. So there probably are surviving editions squirreled away in many attics waiting to see the light of day. If anybody knows where to find the Childcraft series, and in particular, the specific book with the Joe Bean poem in it, I would appreciate contact information of where to find it. Strangeways, Mark, The Secret Base: A very similar stumper was recently solved on another site.

Sounds like the same book this poster is looking for is that you ElMagnifico?? Alert - it isn't The Secret Base!! I just got it and there was a mix-up of information! Nope, tis Elwyn who posted this - it seems we were only half right about this book. Has half the elements but not all - we are still seeking the Chinese cook among other things!

One Ah Sin I know of is a character from the poetry of the 19th century writer Bret Harte - I believe it's from the narrative poem about California prospectors with a title something like Tales of Truthful James. William Nicholson, The Wind Singer Since your not sure if your plots are mixed I'm going to suggest this one, although it has nothing about astrology, people are segregated into different classes based on testing.

They can only live in their assigned part of the city, wear their assigned color, and are limited on career advancement as well. This tale also features, Mud People, really scary Old Children who steal away youth by touching you , and some kind of prophecy. You may remember remember cities on wheels that sail across the desert, and an evil foe called "the Mora". I hope that's enough information, and I hope you find the right book. It's not quite the same as the description, but could it be The Children of Green Knowe? The main character is a boy, Toseland, not a girl, but it has many of the same elements: However there are non-creepy ghosts.

As a result, Mary becomes the ward of an uncle in England she has never met. As she hesitantly tries to carve a new life for herself at imposing and secluded Misselthwaite Manor, Mary befriends a high-spirited boy named Dickon and investigates a secret garden on the Manor grounds. She also discovers a sickly young cousin, Colin, who has been shut away in a hidden Manor room. Together Mary and Dickon help Colin blossom, and in the process Mary finds her identity and melts the heart of her emotionally distant uncle.

This reminds me of a book I read about the same time.

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I think it was titled The Octagon House. The girl goes into a strange octagonal shaped house to get out of the rain as she walks home from school. She finds a key that opens a doll house that is the exact replica of the house she is in. There is something magic that occurs and she finds treasures.

I think there is an old woman involved and the key was inside a box with a velvet ribbon? Another person brought a stumper within the stumper about an octagon house. A girl named Lorrie? She finds refuge in a strange eight-sided house that has a replica dollhouse inside and I do seem to recall a rocking horse perhaps there's a connection between her riding the horse and magic happening. It isn't a sinister book, and I think at the end the old ladies who lived in the house end up as dolls in the dollhouse? Anyway, maybe this description will help. Most of the things that you described are in this book I have to disagree; this sounds nothing like The Magician's Nephew.

In that book, two children a boy and a girl travel to worlds through a wood full of pools using green and yellow rings invented by the magician of the title. It is a prequel to the rest of the Narnia books, explaining the origins of things such as the White Witch and Lantern Waste, and there are most definitely parts of it that could be considered creepy. Tibby, the main character, is the daughter of the housekeeper at a grand house. Tibby has a friend who comes over, a slightly older boy who works in the stables.

She explores all over the house and gets in trouble for sneaking around. She finds the will that leaves the house to the rightful owners maybe Tibby's mom or the stable owner? I don't know if it will help you find your book, but I can tell you what galoshes are. They are a lot like rubber boots but they are oversized so that your regular shoes can fit inside them. They have no lining inside because if you are wearing shoes inside you don't need one. Perhaps too recent, but it is a horror novel based on the Yeti or Abominable Snowman legend.

No plot description available. Some said a demon resided on the rocky slopes, an unholy thing that periodically emerged from the mist to claim a life. Mark Newman had hiked the trails to the mountain's peak many times. He'd heard the tales, but he didn't believe them - until the day his friend disappeared in a sudden, blinding snowstorm while they were on the mountain. Mark witnessed something he knew couldn't be real - something that would kill again and again. I think this may be the one you're looking for it does have color illustrations.

No it's not wonderful fashion doll. I just found one on e-bay with pics and they are not the same. The doll in my book was more of a baby doll. The end pages were one full page for each outfit in bright colors not pencil and watercolors. The blue I mentioned outfit was a deep velvet blue. I just talked to my sister who is also looking for this book. We brainstormed and here are more clues. I was wrong it was not a baby doll but a young girl doll.

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The was a riding habit among the pictures. They had bustles and hats and shoes. The girl looking for the doll was visiting a relative when looking for the doll. I remember reading a book like this as a child. The girl, Sally, goes to visit her Great-Aunt Sarah.

She doesn't get along with the aunt and somehow she winds up going back in time about 50 years and becomes another girl also named Sally. The "olden times" Sally has a doll with golden hair which is lost. In the end it turns out that the cat had taken it and hidden it in the attic. In the modern time Sally finds the doll because her great-aunt's cat had golden hair in its claw. It turns out that she was the young Sally from the past. I don't remember the title or author but this might give you more to go on.

The last suggestion is the book "Magic Elizabeth"- great story- but I don't think it really matches the request. Mystery involving clues and a doll could be "Missing Melinda"- but no fashion doll stuff at all that I know of. Maybe this is two books being mixed in memory? Twins Cordelia and Ophelia find a valuable antique doll in an attic it's stolen, and they have some scary adventures getting it back.

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The final clue comes, perhaps not unexpectedly, through Shakespeare. This Sounds like the Book. Catherine Woolley, Ginnie and the Mystery Doll. I don't remember much about this book's plot, but I loved reading this book so much when I was a little girl that I've always remembered the title.

Ginnie and a friend find an antique doll that belonged to her great-aunt. Bosworth's White Water, Still Water began with a similar raft incident, and the boy spends the rest of the book trying to walk home through the wilderness. I don't remember the dog, but it's been about 40 years since I read it! I don't know if that has ABC's in it though See if any look familiar on the Anthology Finder.

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This is definitely the book. How long do I get to keep this maddening thing out there? Christine Bernard, A Shiver of Spooks. A collection of ghost stories published by Armada in the s, so possible. Armada, , pp. It's also depicted as the cover art of that anthology. I can't find any indication that the story has been reprinted or appeared anywhere else. Nesbit's Accidental Magic is a short story is about a boy who falls asleep at Stonehenge and ends up in Atlantis.

It doesn't have bracken or fern in it, though. A This is a total shot in the dark because I've never read it, but perhaps the title will ring a bell. There's a book about Atlantis that was published in both London and New York in According to the summaries, there is a prohecy that a boy will destroy Atlantis, and his sister can do nothing to prevent the tragedy. And in case the detail helps, it is the Archer family and they tend saffron. Two races of Atlanteans on islands of another sea beneath the Sargasso Sea.

This could be a possibility. Looks like it's a fairly rare book. Thanks to all of you for these suggestions so far. None of them is the right book yet, but I really appreciate your trying. Any other suggestions would be very welcome. Farmer, Penelope, William and Mary. This was already one of the solved mysteries, but I believe it might be british and there is a boy main character.

Jan Siegal, Prospero's Children. This is more for teens and was probably too late, but it does have a main character named Fern who goes back to Atlantis to search for a way to stop the Atlantean queen. She meets up with a boy who helps her and they fall in love. Elinor Lyon, Hilary's Island , around This sounds like Hilary's Island by Elinor Lyon. Hilary was actually a girl named Amaryllis who pretended to be a boy named Hilary. She named "her" island Atlantis her favorite of several near-by islands and she ran away to hide on it.

Long shot, but this features a girl whose family originally came from Atlantis I remember a crystal ball that shows things and that the family have strange abilities Nesbit, The Story of the Amulet , , approximate. This is a sequel to "Five Children and It. It is a British book, and there very well might be bracken - I can't remember.

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  • Three in a trailer. Holiday in a trailer. Tony for keeps; a story of a house on wheels. The Feather family car pulls a trailer around the western half of the US as father swaps labor and objects for needed cash. Orphan Tina accidentally joins them, is disguised as a boy so there will be no accusations of kidnapping before they can get her back and adopt her. Florence Musgrave, Trailer Tribe. This might be the book. The cover shows a family and their airstream trailer.

    This book sounds a lot like Dr. Seuss's book of ABC's. Although it is common to have a Yak represent Y such a difficult letter! Rey, Curious George Learns the Alphabet.

    It's good for developing some life skills, but there's a deeper purpose as well.

    In this book the Man with the Yellow Hat drew alphabet animals so George could learn the alphabet. The little-h horse rings a bell for me. Rey, Curious George Learns the Alphabet , I have to second the motion for Curious George Learns the Alphabet. I have the book here on my lap, and the illustrations are exactly as the stumper requester remembers. Here is the text for each page: He is happy because he has heaps of hay. George had his own horsea hobby horse. Yaks live in Tibet. If you haven't seen any yaks yet you may find one at the zoo.

    The only word on each page was the spelled-out name of the animal, as I recall. I remember just the large drawings of animals, one on each page. This may have been a book from the fifties or very early sixties. Dorothy Schmiderer , Alphabeast Book: An Abecedarium , Sounds like Schmiderer's Alphabeast Book -- letters morph in a sequence of four drawings into animals.

    My copy shows h becomes a horse, and y, a yak. The only colors used in the book are red, white, and blue, if that helps. James Vance Marshall, Walkabout , Sure, it's not Africa, but the Austrailian outback could be remembered as sub-saharan Africa. Two white teens lost in the outback survive by relying on a young black aborigne who is on a manhood quest, I believe.

    Very popular at the time. This is the exact title of a book I started and never finished; it has quite a lot of description in it but is not a children's book.

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    Makes reference to eating insects and hatchling birds. Sorry I don't know the author; I'm going to guess I read it 10 years ago. Maybe this is the book you are looking for. Lawhead, Dream Thief , It's about a sleep scientist who goes to live on a space colony. He also ends up on Mars and in India before the story is over. It definitely fits the bill of a love story and a christian story. This was by far my least favorite books by Lawhead the author of some of my favorite books of all time, like Patrick, Son of Ireland , but it was ok.

    Thanks for the idea, however, I know this is not it. It was definitely not a Science Fiction. More of a romance. Orson Scott Card author , Ender's Game. I know that Ender's Game isn't the right book, but man, it sure is eerily similar. Samuel Delany, The Fall of the Towers , , reprint.

    I don't remember the helmet, but the part about the government starting a war for the reason you mention Through the Gate of My Bookhouse , c. Might even be called My Bookhouse Through the Gate but, pretty sure this is the book you want. Olive Beaupre Miller, My Bookhouse , - I had this age-appropriate set of books in the s. My set started with a light green cover for the Nursery Rhymes and advanced through shades of green and then blue for older readers. I remember Tipity Witchit! I think he dipped his tail in whitewash.

    Later it must have rained because his tail was revealed to be solid black again. His story was probably in Volume 2 or 3. I remember the Bookhouse books, my mother had a set of them. I do recall the Teeny-tiny women, I think she stole a scarecrow lady's clothes.

    With Tippety-Witchet, I remember that Tippety's white tip was to protect him from being stolen away by the witches. One old witch in particular kept trying to pour a shadow on his tail so she could catch him, after she turned his mother into a porceline sculpture! It was a good spooky story full of ghosts and devils and dancing. I was born in , and I have fond memories of an illustrated book about one of these "aliens.

    He was usually very strong and quite mischievous, but the water had to be replenished periodically or he would become weak and ill. In the tale I remember best, the kappa befriended a little human boy and decided to live with him. He wanted to keep his identity a secret, so he engaged the boy in a playful water-throwing battle and managed to replenish his supply without admitting he wasn't human. I remember more than one story about this kappa, but I cant remember the name of the book or the author, and I dont know if these were multiple tales in a single book, or a series of picture books by the same author.

    I can't even tell you if the author is of Japanese descent many libraries have culled "inauthentic" folktales from their collections. I've found three possible children's books from the correct time period for you. The first is 'Kappa' and other stories by Shigeru Tomiyama , 54 pages. The third is Clinton and the Kappa by Edgar C.

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    Grove-Merritt author and Yasuo Kazama illustrator , 38 pages. I haven't seen any of these and don't know whether the illustrations match your description. When searching for stories, please note that some adult tales feature frightening or monstrous kappa, quite unlike the odd and endearing creature I remember. Good luck in your search! I don't know the specific book in question, but the description of the beings sounds like it must be about the Kappa of Japanese folklore.

    Here's an online description: Deep in the rivers of Japan, as all Japanese children know, there live mischievous little Water Elves called kappas pronounced koppas. They have shells on their backs, webbed hands and feet, and shallow bowls of water in the tops of their heads.

    As long as the bowls are full, the kappas are gay and strong. But should the water spill out, they become very weak and may even die. This is the story of a young Kappa Prince named Kap. One day he wandered too far downstream from his royal palace and was lifted out of the water on the end of a fishing pole. The next thing he knew he had been adopted by a Japanese family, who hid the fact that he was really a kappa from all the villagers. But no one could hide Kap's mischievous nature, and soon he was playing tricks on everyone.

    Kap's pranks will delight American children, who will share his adventure when he tries to find his way back to his river kingdom. It is Kap and The Wicked Monkey another possible solution for you! See more on the Solved Mysteries page. Mary Chase, Loretta Mason Potts. The children do go through the back of a closet and end up by a bridge. When they cross the bridge they become ant-size although they don't realize this at first. They go into a castle and meet a lady who turns out in the end to be bad. She has kept Colin's sister Loretta living away from her family for many years.

    Loretta is finally happy to live with her family after they band together to separate her from the lady by destroying the castle doll-sized if you don't cross the bridge. Chase, Mary, Loretta Mason Potts. They didn't become as small as ants, more the size of dolls in a dollhouse, but the closet was the portal to the farm that led to the small size place.

    I love The City Under the Backsteps, but the children don't have a magic closet--they shrink because they're bitten by an ant. Does the original requester remember actual ants being part of the story? The Indian in the Cupboard. I think this may be the book in question. Are the children named after varities of apples too?

    If so, try Jean McDevitt's Mr. See more on Solved Mysteries. I don't believe it's Mr. The story is more about the house, and I'm not sure if there are any children. Could this be The Little House - the line drawings sound familiar, the main colours are red and green, the house gets battered and bruised but is eventually renovated and at the end a new family find it is just the house for them Hi, I'm the requestor for the above stumper. It is not The Little House by Burton.

    Somewhat similar, but the house is never in the city. There is definitely an emphasis on apples with regard to the house. A pple Tree House Did the stumper ever check out Mr. Apple's Family by Jean McDevitt? Best in Children's Books printed an excerpt from Mr. Could this be Sneaker Hill , by Jane Little? There's an Aunt Miranda, who's studying for a certificate in witchcraft. There are some suspicious other witches, who don't know her niece and son!

    Aunt Miranda can't cook, so I remember some parts about her inedible meals, and the witches meet in the woods. Something to check, anyway Sneaker Hill was written for year olds, so it is not a Young Adult book, and the plot elements don't match the stumper requester's memories.

    Susan Derry spends her spring holiday with her cousin Mathew and Aunt Miranda. There is no witch named Lanie, no magic stone, and Susan discovers that Aunt Miranda is studying witchcraft at the end of chapter 2, when Mathew tells her. Aunt Miranda cooks delicious meals, but because she's an inexperienced witch, they don't turn out exactly as she had planned she conjures fortune cakes instead of cookies.

    The witches meet in a cavern inside Sneaker Hill, not in the woods.

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    Could it be ' Sarah's Unicorn '? Not sure if thats what you were after. It was a storybook from the 50's or 60's. It also had astory about a lady who put her cakes in a hatbox. I've checked all the doubleday books and did not find any of these stories This anthology contains the Van Witsen story about a little boy who will only eat cheese for breakfast, peas for lunch, and chocolate pudding for dinner, nothing else, until while playing like a doggy and rolling around on the floor under the table, someone drops a bit of a new food into his mouth. He chews, he swallows, and he likes it!

    Part of the Sheldon Basic Reading Series for fourth grade level. Includes a glossary and word list. Sorry, can't attest to the other stories. Found this collection by Doubleday on the "Find in a Library" website. Goose's Hatbox Cake, which I've been searching for for years and it also has the cheese, peas, and chocolate pudding story. A search online also turned up several copies for sale! A few more details: The book is from the early 50's.

    I remember a picture of the letter sent to the animal kid from his parents on their trip, propped up on the mantel over the fireplace, unread. The kid s wander through the forest asking each animal "Can you read my letter? I can't imagine why this book is haunting me I wrote originally that the book was yellow. It was actually light purple. I am sorry for the confusion. I'm afraid I don't know the title of the anthology, but perhaps this bit of information might help. We also had this book for my son when he was little. The lion story apparantly was also sold separately and has previously been solved here as Tony and His Friends Golden Book.

    I don't believe this anthology was a Golden Book product, and I'm sorry that I don't remember its title, but perhaps the inquirer could do a search on Tony and His Friends , since that particular title is known - I beleive - and find the anthology's title through publishing records that way. The monkey and the bee, by L. Play ball, by I. Your stories are the first two in the book! Another bird the same, and another-till he is bald! Wilks, Mike, The ultimate alphabet , I'm positive you're thinking of this book - each letter has incredible detailed pictures - with hundreds and hundreds of objects for each letter - i think the "s" page has over I see there is now an "annotated ultimate alphabet".

    Wonder if this is Animalia , by Graeme Base? Grahame Base, Animalia , Extremely detailed illustrations picturing, for example, crimson cats with crayfish, coke cans, candles, cacti, camels, castles and more in the background in an oversize book, along with captions for each page such as "Lazy Lions Lounging In the Local Library".

    This must be Animalia, a beautiful alphabet book by Graeme Base. Graeme Base, Anamalia , Richly illustrated, finely detailed, mysterious in tone, but beautiful to the eye, this book is the first to come to my mind when someone asks for an alphabet book illustrated with paintings. Graeme Base, Animalia , This book has incredibly detailed illustrations for each letter of the alphabet, and each picture features as many items beginning with that letter as possible.

    It sounds like Animalia. I can't find the title. Mary Engelbreit is the illustrator. The concept here is a common one for ABC books, dating back at least a century. But I'm voting for The Ultimate Alphabet as the solution to this stumper, as it is less well known as Animalia , with more objects detailed in the drawings, and no catchy captions that the stumper requester might have remembered. Animalia was published earlier than but it has beautifully intricate illustration. All of the illustrations are associated with a letter of the alphabet. Mitsumasa Anno, Anno's Alphabet , Could it be Anno's Alphabet?

    The letters were carved, I think, and the drawings very intricate. Each letter of the alphabet accompanies a full-page picture puzzle of an object whose name begins with that letter: I've looked into both titles suggested and am reasonably sure neither is the one. I do not recall any words whatsoever on the pages and the paintings were very realistic - like still life.

    The scale of the book was similar to Anamalia , being taller than wide. If you want to rule out Animalia , check your memory of this: But on the "D" page, for Dr. Who fans everywhere, there is a Dalek in the background. No other alphabet book in my memory has that! Leonard Baskin, Hosie's Alphabet , Here's the card catalog description: This is one of her Jo-Beth and Mary Rose mysteries they are sisters. They go looking for their cousin on an island. There is an amusement park involved the cover has them riding in a roller coaster car heading into a mountain cave.

    It was published and I don't remember the main character being with a sister. I think either her relatives or family friends ran the amusement park. The whole mystery wraps up in an amusement park I think there's a theatre production in one of them Some info on the series can be found on Wikipedia. No - I've read the Jenny books, and they're not it. Also, I'm positive these were dressed, upright cats, and that the book wasn't aimed at children. Another forum suggested The Cinematic Cat: A Cat's Guide to the Great Movies by Bob Bruno might be the book I want, as the front cover is very close to what I described, but I need to see the back cover to be really sure.

    Does anyone have copy they can take a picture of for me? Helen Earle Gilbert author , Marge Opitz illustrator. Sheen Life of Christ. Scary stories can give us glimpses of our enemy and his tactics. They can be great cautionary tales. Evil is a part of our common experience, as unavoidable as death and taxes. It can scare us, frighten us, maybe even bring us to a momentary paralysis of terror — then the tale is over. And after all—deep down—we already knew this. Feelings of relief mingle with the fading tenseness of fear. And we have grown a bit stronger. I control the simulation.

    In my stories, evil is scary — but not too scary! And in the end, it never wins. Just like in real life. They foster creativity, originality, inventiveness. Only the good ones live on. So the storyteller has to learn to tell good stories. Posting Quick Reply - Please Wait. View detailed profile Advanced or search site with. Mass 22, posts, read 11,, times Reputation: Advertisements These kindle ebooks can be read on the kindle, but also on your computer with the kindle program , or the kindle app on many different mobile devices.

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