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Taash and the Jesters
I checked this book out of the local library several times in the 1970's.  It is novel, not a picture book.  I remember no pictures on the cover or the pages.  I do remember a good bit about the story: a young boy is given to the local "good witch" (of whom the townspeople are afraid).  She teaches him, among other things, mathematics.  At some point he finds himself hiding while some sort of ritual is being performed on a baby.  He recites the multiplication tables in order to avoid being pulled into the bad magic of the ritual.  He rescues the baby and travels with two jesters.  It turns out that the he and the baby are related and part of the royal family.  I remember that the book started with the boy's foster father slamming his hands on the table and telling him to sit down.  It ends with him unable to sleep in his soft bed in the castle and going to join the jesters in their simpler room.

McKenzie, Ellen Kindt, Taash and the Jesters, 1968.  "An orphan boy who lives with a witch becomes involved in a dangerous adventure from which he eventually emerges as the brother of a king."
Taash and the Jesters, McKenzie, Ellen, 1970.  Oh, I loved this book too!  It's Taash and the Jesters, and was originally pulished in the late 60s/early 70s.  Taash was a royal prince, who was stolen to protect him from an evil witch, only there was some mix-up and he was lost--nobody actually knows he's a prince.  The baby is actually his nephew, although he doesn't find that out until later.  The jesters are sons of two sets of identical twins--Kashka and Pip, and they're almost identical as well, only one has blue eyes and the other brown.  There's a sequel called Kashka, which is even harder to find.
McKenzie, Ellen, Taash and the Jesters.  Thank you!!!  That is it!  I almost put in the description that one of the main characters had two A's in his name. Odd the things that stick in one's mind.  Now if I can only find a copy...

I told my sister about you and she wants a book looked up for her. This is gonna be hard cause it wasn't a story by itself. Its a collection of short stories. But heres the main one she can remember---- it was called, I'm not sure about the spelling, " TALYPOE " . All she can remember is the saying that was mentioned numerous times in the story which is -------  " TALYPOE, TALYPOE, ALL I WANT IS MY TALYPOE!! " How's that for a stumper!

Tailypo by Galdone.
The book is TAILYPO by Joanna Galdone, illustrated by her father, Paul Galdone.
Hi.  "Tailypo" (T12) is a story called The Peculiar Such Thing, in a collection of stories called The People Could Fly, by Virginia Hamilton. It's a marvelous collection of African-American folk tales that is sold with a tape of the stories read by Hamilton and by James Earl Jones. Hearing Virginia Hamilton groan, "Tailypo, tailypo.  Give me back my tailypo" is absolutely blood-curdling!
T12  There was a wonderful book that came out in the late 1960s called Gwot: Horribly Funny Hairticklers by George Mendoza.  It consisted of several stories, one of which featured the words "Give... me... my... hairy... TOE!!"  It had some strange illustrations that fascinated my siblings and me because they were grotesque and scary.  The stories were scary and funny, but mostly funny.  This might be the book you're thinking of. 

Taka-chan and I
Thank you for your time. I am looking for a book I read as a child (1960-1965). The pictures in the book were black and white photgraphs. I can't remember the names of the characters but the two main characters were a little girl and a large dog (yellow labrador). I believe the dog "dug" to China or Tokyo and found this girl. I can still see some of the pictures in my head. Little girl looking down a hole, dog digging, girl and dog walking through a busy city (Tokyo or another oriental city). Any assistance you could give me would be greatly appreciated. I wrote to Captain Kangaroo aka Bob Keeshan because I remember seeing this book on his show. He remembered the story but could not remember the title of the book. I thank you for your time and assistance or guidance.

You didn't mention a dragon, but possibly Taka-chan and I: A Dog's Journey to Japan by Betty Jean Lifton (Norton, 1967).  "A dog digs a hole in the sand, all the way to Japan, where he meets a little girl held captive by a dragon and helps her to find the most loyal person in Japan."
D114 Lifton, Betty Jean. Taka-Chan and I.  I used to half-heartedly look for a copy of my daughter.

Take Me to My Friend
early 70s. A girl and her grandmother are on a car trip and they pick up two teens (they think are boys but one turns out to be a girl).  The teens take over the car and put the girl and grandmother in peril.  They hide their travelling money in a knitting bag and the teens don't know it is there and spitefully throw it out of the car and then they have to go back for it when it is revealed about the money.  The girl ties a red scarf on the car antenna to allow the car to be spotted by rescuers.

Jordan, Hope Dahle, Three Desperate Days, 1967.  I think this is the book you are looking for.  There is an alternate title, Take Me to my Friend which is in reference to the sign the hitchhiker had.  Julie is the name of the girl and she has to drive her grandmother from Florida to someplace up north.  I remember that she doesn't like to drive and is afraid of crossing a bridge.  She hides her grandmother's rings in a ball of yarn so the hitchhikers can't get them.  Her boyfriend was supposed to meet them on the way home by putting a red ribbon on the car's antennae.  So that's how they get rescued.
Hope Dahle Jordan, Take Me To My Friend
Yes, It is Take Me to My Friend.  Thank you so much.

Taking Care of Carruthers
The book I'm searching for is a children's fiction book which I *think* may have been published in the '70's because of the style of the drawings.  There were three main characters: a pig, a bear and an alligator (or crocodile). They all go on a boat trip down a river or canal (somewhere narrow and dark anyway) and along the way meet other creatures. I'm not certain but I think they met a bird and a dog.  One of the three main characters may have been called Cuthbert or Hubert as I remember them having old-fashioned names.  The front cover of the book was white and had a central picture of the three character sitting in a boat. Possibly under an umbrella too. The cover colours were very simple. The rest of the illustrations in the book were just ordinarily printed on the page. I'm sorry that's so vague. It's all I can remember and even most of that is a bit iffy in my memory. Please help me!

P243 This is most likely a book illustrated and maybe even written by James Marshall. It could be one of the FOX books (like FOX AND FRIENDS). Fox does have a pig and alligator/crocodile among his friends. Take a look online at some of his illustrations. His style is simple, but distinctive, and you'll probably know right away whether he's the right illustrator.~from a librarian
James Marshall, What's the Matter With CarruthersHi, I solved my own book stumper when I recognised the style of drawing from the cover on the of the books on the 'back in print' pages! The illustrator turned out to also be the author, James Marshall. Then I found the book and it was called What's The Matter With Carruthers. I'm so pleased. Much thanks to you and your website!
James Marshall, Taking Care of Carruthers.  Oops, I got it wrong, it isn't What's The Matter With Carruthers?, it's Taking Care of Carruthers instead. And it's not an alligator, it's a turtle instead. Thanks for the help!

Tal, his Marvelous Adventures with Noom-Zor-Noom
My teacher read us this book in 6th grade. A man is going to see a king whose son is locked up somewhere and will only come out when the right story is told. If the wrong story is told it is death to the storyteller. This man is traveling with a young boy and he tells him all the different stories he is thinking about telling to get his opinon of which will be the story to set the kings son free. Well it turns out the boy the man is traveling with is the son of the king. It had many magical stories within the story.

Cooper, Paul Fenimore, Tal, his Marvelous Adventures with Noom-Zor-Noom, Purple House 2001, reprint.  The story teller is Noom-Zor-Noom, and he travels with a donkey and a boy named Tal. Tal is the King's son, who has been lost, and can't be identified/found until the right story is told. I think.
Cooper, Paul Fenimore.  Tal, His Marvelous Adventures with Noom-Zor-Noom. Illustrated by Ruth Reeves.  Purple House Press, 1929, 1957, 2001.  New hardback edition.  $20

The Tale of a Monkey
A children's book, possibly Canadian in the late 50's was about a monkey whose tail wouldn't curl.  They tried various solutions that didn't work: tieing a cane to it, which slipped off and he fell into something like cake batter.  The final solution was to put his tail in the pretzel baker.

Alice Sankey, Rosemary Buehrig (illus), Marcus - The Tale of a Monkey, 1950. A Cozy Corner Book, published by Whitman in 1950, about a young monkey named Marcus (after his great uncle) whose tail won't curl, leading him into all sorts of adventures. The book is squarish with a green cover, showing Marcus (from the shoulders up) wearing a little red hat with a green plaid hatband, a yellow turtleneck shirt, and green plaid suspenders.
Alice Sankey, Marcus - The Tale of a Monkey. You may set my stumper to solved!  Thank you so much!

Tale of Corally Crothers
Carolee Carouthers, had no sisters or brothers, 1925--1935.

Gay, Romney.  The Tale of Corally Crothers. Grosset & Dunlap, 1932. and a sequel:  Come Play with Corally Crothers.  Grosset & Dunlap, 1943.
I am looking for a book my parents read to me in the mid to late 1940s.  It was about "Cora Lee Cruthers, She had no brothers." The book about Cora Lee Cruthers or maybe Carrothers was all in verse.

Tale of Custard the Dragon
The first lines of this book/story were: "Melinda lived in a little white house with a little brown dog and a little grey mouse." The story went on to talk about a buglar and a crocodile and possibly an island, but I have never been able to remember enough to find the book again. My First Grade teacher, Ms. Lucas, always read it to us after lunch/recess. That was back in 1959-1960.  At one point I had the entire thing memorized.  Any help is greatly appreciated.

M115: Well, the details are not consistent, but it DOES sound like Ogden Nash's Tale of Custard the Dragon.  I first read it in Louis Untermeyer's 1970s Golden Treasury of Poetry.
Ogden Nash, The Tale of Custard the Dragon. "classic Nash story of Belinda and her pet dragon is illustrated by Lynn Munsinger."
Ogden Nash, Custard the Dragon or the tale of.  I'm pretty sure the rest of the line is something about a little yellow dog, and a little red wagon and a realio, trulio, little pet dragon.
Ogden Nash, The Tale of Custard the Dragon.  Most anthologies of classic children's poetry include this poem. Also posted on a lot of personal web sites.
M115 "Belinda lived in a little white house, With a little black kitten and a little gray mouse, And a little yellow dog and a little red wagon, And a realio, trulio, little pet dragon" from CUSTARD THE DRAGON by Ogden Nash. There is a newly illustrated copy out, but the copy you probably remember was published in 1959 with illustrations by Linell (Ogden Nash's daughter)  ~from a librarian
This was a book but it read like a very long poem/prose.  It had a hard cover, tall (11") but not wide, maybe six inches.  I think the cover was white.  It started with: "Melinda lives in a little white house, with a little brown dog and a little grey mouse."  It goes on to talk about the house being on a island, a robber at the window and the dog, mouse and Melinda out smart him, perhaps a crocodile in there somewhere.  My First Grade teacher, Mrs. Lucas read it to us every day after lunch.  At age 6, I could recite the entire prose but now can only remember the first line.  Please help. I have been looking for this for over twenty years.  Thanks!

Why does everyone forget the dragon? This is Ogden's Nash's Tale of Custard the Dragon.

A Tale of Stolen Time
Ok, everyone insists I've made this up:  A young boy lives in a village and goes to school.  One day he gets lost in the woods and finds a cottage with a grandfather clock in it. Since it's late, he goes to sleep, but is awakened when he hears chanting?  Several weird children are dancing in a circle and the clock hands are going backward.  Scared, he runs off and finds his way home.  The next day, he's very old.  No one recognizes him.  He sees an old woman on a park bench crying and after talking to her, realizes she's his classmate, and they've been aged overnight.  They figure out that there are other children who are in the same plight, and they go back to the cottage and dance, turning the clock forward.  As they're dancing, the weird children burst in, screaming at them to stop, but the boy and his classmates are getting younger as the weird children (fairies?) are getting older.  This is an illustrated book, there's a picture of a red double-decker bus in it, so I think it's British.  I have no idea when it was written, but I would be SO greatful if anyone has a clue!

No solution unfortunately, but it looks like this might be the same as O79.
Evgeny Schwartz, A Tale of Stolen Time, 1966, copyright. I almost fainted when I got this book in the mail (thank you Amazon!).  I have been looking for this for twenty years, and as soon as I saw the illustrations, I knew I'd found it.  Thank you so SO much for having this service -- you have solved a mystery that has haunted me for most of my life.

Tale of the Napkin Rabbit
This was a hard cover book approximately 8"x12" and about 1/4" thick.  It was sold with a handkerchief.  As far as I remember,there was someone telling the Easter story while twisting and folding a handkerchief on her lap.  At the end of the story the folded handkerchief resembled a bunny.  I first saw it at a Meijer store in the early 1990's and it sold for about $15.00.

A.J. Wood, The Tale of the Napkin Rabbit, 1993.  I'm almost positive this is what you are looking for - it comes with a napkin to fold into the bunny.  It might also just be called "The Napking Rabbit". We have a copy at my store, but it doesn't have the napkin with it anymore. I'm not sure if it's still in print or not.

Tale of Tiggy Pig
Drawings by Earnest Aris dated 1920 appear in the 1989 Brambledown Book Hoppity Hare’s Adventures which appears to be based on an Uncle Toby Tale, by Ernest Aris titled The Story of Ginger Hare published about 1937.  What was the name of the book that featured the original drawings??

A73 spelling shld be Ernest. I found this 1920 bk  in a list of pig bks  when I used "Ernest Aris"  on search engine Google.   Ernest Aris: The Tale of Tiggy Pig (1920)  Seeker might want to look  - I didn't go thru all 20 or so articles.

Tales of Magic
I'm looking for a 1950's children's book about time travel through a pond or lake to King Arthur's time. There were two or three children and I think they may have gone more than once. At the time I thought it was a little like A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. Thanks!

Sounds like a combination of Magic By the Lake and Half Magic by Edward Eager--the children visit King Arthur's time in the latter and time travel via a lake in the former.  His characters do interrelate  I can't recall if the same set of characters are used in these two titles or not.
Edward Eager has two books that, combined, could fit this stumper. In Knight's Castle the children travel into the Ivanho story. In Magic By The Lake they do a lot of time-travelling via lake-water. Both books have an irreverent humor that might remind the reader of Connecticut Yankee.
Edward Eager's time-travel adventures are grouped together under the group title Tales of Magic.  The series includes Half Magic, Knight's Castle, The Time Garden and Magic by the Lake. 

Tales of Mr. Pengachoosa
i remember a beautiful weekly reader book club edition about a little girl with rhuematic or scarlet fever. she couldn't go out to play so her hamster amused her by telling stories. this was not a picture book. i think it had chapters.

what a great idea, I think we all need a story-telling hamster...
Caroline Rush, Tales of Mr. Pengachoosa,1973.  '"While recovering from a long illness, a little girl is entertained by her pet hamster who tells her stories about his adventurous grandfather."
caroline rush, tales of mr. pengachoosa, 1973.  Wow! Thank you, thank you thank you! This was so fast. It posted on Monday and was solved on Tuesday! Now to find that book!
And let's not forget Further Tales of Mr Pengachoosa (Crown, 1973).  "Hammy the hamster continues to entertain the little girl who owns him with stories of his grandfather's adventurous exploits."
Rush, Caroline.  Tales of Mr. Pengachoosa. Illustrated by Dominique M. Strandquest.  Crown, 1965.  Weekly Reader Children's Book Club edition.  Fine.  $8

Tales of the Resistance
The main character was a boy who had a scar (from a burn?) on his cheek. It embarassed him so he'd cover it with his hand when he talked to people. He may have been known as Scar. He was an orphan, I think.-There was some evil corporation or something that made orphans (or maybe just kids) work in the sewers and waterworks of the city. They might have lived down there as well.  -There was a garbage dump (landfill) where there was a magical doorway to another place, a kingdom of sorts, where social outcasts and people with deformitie became beautiful and lived together in peace. This place had a king and I think he had bright red hair.  -When the boy with the scar went to that place he didn't have a scar. At one point in the story, he and a girl passed through fire and become regal.  -I read these books in the 1980s. The two books I had were thin and hardbound with dustcovers. One of the books (sans dustcover) was purple and the other was blue. The dustcover had illustrations on the front. The books themselves were richly illustrated.

Mains, David R. and Karen, Tales of the Resistance (Kingdom Tales).  I'm pretty sure this is what you're looking for. The boy is called 'Hero', but he does have a scar, and he does pass through fire. He does have a female friend, though I can't remember her name. My copy of the book was hard cover, purple/blue and had the elaborate illustrations you mention. The stories in the book are Christian allegories.
Mains, David R. and Karen, Tales of the Resistance.  Stay away from the edition that was put out in 2000 -- it only has B&W pictures apparently.  I JUST bought these after a long search myself!  I bought these online -- each one was $22, but they were brand-new and had never even been opened.  I've soaked them in, re-reading them!!! Not only are they just as beautiful, the stories are rich and I have cried several times -- the correlation between faith and the King / Kingdom of the Restoration is absolutely encouraging and uplifting.  I don't think I'll ever be too old for these.

Tales from Shakespeare
This book is titled "Favorite Stories from Shakespeare," or "Favorite Tales from Shakespeare," or suchlike.  1910-ish.  It is NOT "Tales from Shakespeare" by Charles and Mary Lamb. Different author(s). The summaries of the plays (including "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Taming of the Shrew," "Romeo and Juliet," "Hamlet," "King Lear," and "The Tempest") are retold very simply. It has a dark-violet cover with decorated gilt title (as I recall). The copy I once owned lacked a jacket. It features charming black-and-white illustrations, especially at the end of each chapter, and several full-color plates: watercolor paintings on glossy white stock. One of these plates depicts Hamlet responding to the Ghost's summons on the battlements. He's at the left foreground, in profile, wearing a black cloak. The Ghost stands in right background. Another color plate shows Petruchio arguing with the haberdasher, pointing to some imaginary fault in the lacy peach-satin dress he has just received while Kate stands (or sits) confounded, helpless, and the tailor stands with his back to the viewer, stooped over, and very upset. There's a color plate of Romeo and Juliet in the balcony scene, too. I think there's also one showing Titania with Bottom (ass's head and all). The b/w pen-and-ink illustrations have a charming Art Nouveau quality. There's one showing a perplexed Miranda meeting Ferdinand for the first time, and one showing Lear holding the dead Cordelia in his arms, his eyes full of grief and fury. I recall another one showing Petruchio pulling the sheets from a bed while Kate sits in profile, protesting (rather calmly). I am eager to locate a replacement copy of this book.

Bernard Miles, Favo(u)rite Tales from Shakespeare. ill Victor Ambrus.  various editions (UK & US). Not quite the set of tales included by the querier, but otherwise, sounds like the book in question.
Thanks for the suggestion, but the book I'm looking for dates to the World War I or Edwardian era. I'm familiar with the work of Victor Ambrus (and like it, and am curious to check out this book)...but it's a completely dfferent one I'm after.
E. Nesbit, The Children's Shakespeare, 1938.  My copy of this contains all the retellings the seeker mentioned, but only b/w illustrations by Rolf Klep, and sounds like it is from a later time period than the book in question.  But I thought I'd mention it anyway, just in case.
E. Nesbit, Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare for Children, 1907.
check out the images at this site.   these are Max Bihn's illustrations for E. Nesbit. Table of Contents: Brief life of Shakespeare -- A Midsummer night'\''s dream -- Tempest -- As you like it -- Winter's tale -- King Lear -- Twelfth night -- Much ado about nothing -- Romeo and Juliet -- Pericles -- Hamlet -- Cymbeline -- Macbeth -- Comedy of errors -- Merchant of Venice -- Timon of Athens -- Othello -- Taming of the shrew -- Measure of measure -- Two gentlemen of Verona -- All's well that ends well
S98 shakespearean stories: From about the right date is Children's Shakespeare, retold by Alice Spencer Hoffman, illustrated by Charles Folkard, published Dutton 1911 (reprint 1936). Contents are Tempest,
Midsummer Night's Dream, Much ado, Merchant of Venice, As you like it; Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, Winter's Tale, King John, King Richard II, King Henry V, Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Cymbeline, Coriolanus, Pericles. There's also Shakespeare Story Book, retold by Mary Macleod, illustrated by Gordon Browne, published Barnes 1905, reprint of 1902 ed. No contents list available, a retelling of 16 of the plays using "as much as possible of the dialogue". Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch published his retellings in 1900, but he only covered the history plays, so that can't be the one wanted.
Lang, Jeanie, Stories from Shakespeare Told to the Children.  Perhaps it is from the "Told to the Children" series? They
are small hardcover books with yellow dustjackets and a mostly red cover underneath with gilt writing. They have colour plates, but I don't remember any black and white. The series contained famous Western Classics (Homer, Chaucer, the Bible, etc) retold very simply. My father had these growing up in England (1950s), but I think they might be from much earlier. They are very much treasured in my family.
SOLVED: Margaret Christian, Tales from Shakespeare, 1917. The book I was looking for is Margaret Christian’s "Tales from Shakespeare" (Children’s Classics series, M. A. Donahue & Company, 1917). It includes six full-color illustrations by A. M. Turner and numerous pen-and-ink illustrations by A. T. Weston. (I recalled five of the Turner illustrations, having forgotten only the frontispiece, showing Rosalind, Celia, and Touchstone.) I checked around online and saw a photo of the dustjacket, which shows Titania and Bottom. It resembled the illustration that I remembered, and I took a leap, and now have a copy.

Tales of Terror
Cannot remember title, publisher, date for ghost story collection read in elementary school circa 1984-1988 that had a story about a family eating possum and discovers possums have eaten uncle ned's corpse and possibly story about a man on snipe hunt falls into river and snakes engulf him. May have been a child's recollection about picking rocks every year so the father can plow. It had a folklorish nature, maybe mountain folk. May have had a story about disembodied voices from a hole in ground or abandoned mineshaft. I think book was about 8"x10" and about an inch thick, was illustrated.

Ida Chittum, Franz Altschuler, Tales of Terror, 1975.  I remember this book-- there was a story of a "snipe hunt" (involving a bunch of snakes), a woman turning to paper, children picking rocks on a farm... The cover art was of people in rural garb, with swirls of green fog instead of faces.  (I checked it out in elementary school back in the 70s, and forgot to return it, so my parents had to pay for it!)
I would like to thank the wonderful person who replied to G301 stumper. My husband was ready to sign papers to have me commited to an institution because I was so obsessed with this book. God bless you all. 

Tales Told in Holland
1975.  This is a picture book, and I think the title has the word "precious" or "golden" in it. A port in Holland is rich  its ships bring in rich textiles, glass goods, fancy dolls.  Then the port (?) falls on hard times.  Or something falls on hard times, and the people are starving.  A ship brings in wheat, but the captain's somehow insulted or infuriated by the ragged crowd, and he dumps all the wheat over the side.  The town dies, the port silts in, and the wheat grows, golden as the precious whatevers ships had once brought.  Boy, does that sound hokey.  I sure loved it, though.

Miller -- Book House for Children, Tales Told in Holland, 1926.  This story appears in a children's book of mine.  The title of the story is "The Lady of Stavoren."  I am sure the story has been anthologized or retold in many other books.  The lady is a rich widow whose ships sail everywhere.  She commands her best captain to sail all over the world and bring her back the most precious cargo that can be bought for gold.  He brings back a shipload of wheat.  She is outraged and commands him to dump the cargo in the harbor.  So he dumps it at the mouth of the harbor, which causes the mouth to silt up to the point that no ships can enter or leave.  The rich lady is reduced to poverty and finally understands that her ship's captain was right all along.  And the sand bar that formed is called Vrouwenzand, or Lady's Sand.
Some of the stories in Tales Told in Holland have authorial credits, most have regional credits, others have title translations. "The Lady of Stavoren" is credited as "A Tale from the Province of Friesland."  I suspect you did indeed have this collection.  Perhaps you remember a trio of tall books: Tales Told in Holland, Nursery Friends from France and Little Pictures of Japan?  Look under the Anthology Finder for My Bookhouse.  These three books were issued as companions to the set of My Bookhouse.
http://www.aaronshep.com/stories/017_legend.html  does this help?
I sent in the first solution.  My grandmother gave my sisters and me all three of these books.  My oldest sister got the French book, my second sister, who was born in Japan, got the Japanese book, and I got the Dutch book.  I always loved the careful illustrations, often adapted from masterpieces by Dutch artists.  I was sorry to learn that these were the only three books in this series.

Just discovered your website and am hoping you can help me out. I've been searching for a book called, 'The Talisman' and so far no luck.  It doesn't help that I don't remember the authors name, all I do remember is that it was one of my favorite books which I read as a child in the mid to late 70's???  (I'm sure it was written well before this time but I really have no idea)  The story was of a group of children who found this coin (the talisman) and I believe they could make wishes on it or some such magic.  (as you can see my memory of it is a bit fuzzy)  It was a wonderful, magical tale of their  adventures with this coin and also had nice illustrations.   It's a book I'd love to have on the bookshelf for memory sake and to also share with my niece.

Edward Eager, Half Magic, 1954.  This sounds like Edward Eager's amazing children's classic Half Magic, which is wonderfully and whimsically illustrated by N.M. Bodecker. Here's a synopsis: Edward Eager has been delighting young readers for more than 40 years with stories that mix magic and reality. Half Magic, the most popular of his tales about four children who encounter magical coins, time-travel herb gardens, and other unlikely devices, is a warm, funny, original adventure. The "Half Magic" of the title refers to a coin that the children find. Through a comical series of coincidences, they discover that the coin is magic. Well, it's not totally magic--it's only (you guessed it) half magic. That means there's a certain logic to the wishes one must make to generate a desired outcome. Imagine the results emerging from inaccurate efforts: "half" invisible, "half" rescued, "half" everything!
E. Nesbit, The Story of the Amulet, 1906.  This is just a suggestion  it doesn't match exactly. A group of children have half an amulet which allows them to travel in time.  If they find the other half, they will receive their heart's desire.  A classic, in print for nearly a century.
There could be a different book called The Talisman, but this does remind me of Nesbit's book The Amulet.
T98 Could be HALF MAGIC by Edward Eager, 1954 ~from a librarian
Stephen King And Peter Straub, The Talisman

Talking Earth
I don't remember much about the book, but it was about an indian girl traveling down a (river?) She travels in a canoe and there's something about an otter that she befriends in it. I also remember her staying in a cave at one point and meeting up with a mountain lion (or some other large cat) which I belive shows up later in the book to help her. I'm not having any luck trying to find this book because I don't remember much about it. It was probably published before or around 1995.

George, Jean Craighead, The Talking Earth.  Billie Wind, a Seminole teenager, goes out into the Everglades alone to try to understand her people's beliefs in earth spirits and talking animals. She befriends an otter, a turtle, and a panther cub. She crawls into a sand cave towards the end of the book when her animal friends alert her to a coming storm.
Jean Craighead George, The Talking Earth.  This sounds a lot like what you describe -- Native American girl in Florida goes on a journey into the Everglades to learn to listen to the land and understand her people.  She does meet an otter and a panther in the course of her journey. I loved this book when I was younger! Hope it's what you're looking for!

The Talking Parcel
Girl named Penelope. I read this book around the mid to late 70s and can not remember much. It involved magic, a phoenix and possibly a railroad? It was not a typical children's book, it seemed kind of mystical, along the lines of 'A Wrinkle In Time' possibly.

Gerald Durrell, The Talking Parcel aka The Battle for Castle Cockatrice.
Three kids have adventures, one is named Penelope. All the other elements you mention are present.
Gerald Durrell, The Talking Parcel (later republished as The Battle for Castle Cockatrice), 1974. This might be a bit of a longshot... Penelope and two other children are recruited by a talking parrot to go to Mythologia, a  world of fantastic animals by means of a magic train, in order to save the land from marauding cockatrices. They meet many creatures, such as mooncalves, werewolves, a sea serpent, phoenix, and more. The author is much better known for his amazing (and very funny) books for adults about his adventures in animal tracking and collecting. You can definitely see the influence in this work: each of his fantastic creatures has its particular habitat, diet and needs. This book was later made into a very odd animated film!
SOLVED: Gerald Durrell, The Talking Parcel aka The Battle for Castle Cockatrice. This is it!!! Thanks, that was quick!!! Now if I can find it....Can't wait to read it again!!!

Tall and Proud
Looking for a book from my elementary school library, so would have been published before 1979.  The story is of a girl who loves horses and gets polio and is confined inside.  I think there was a burglar and she somehow uses the horse to ride to safety??  Can't remember much more than that. Thanks

Vian Smith, Tall and Proud, 1966.  This is definitly the book!  Its about a girl named Gail who contracts polio, her desperate father gets her a horse to motivate her to learn to walk again. In the process she and the horse, Sam, catch an escaped convict.
Smith, Vian, Tall and Proud, 1968, Pocket Books (reissue Doubleday 2000).  Sounds like "Tall and Proud," in which a girl contracts polio and gradually rehabilitates both herself and a lame racehorse.  I'm pretty sure the book was British.  I recall the heroine at the beginning playing in a stream with her dolls she'd named for the Beatles, and rescuing Ringo first "because he was the most important"!!!  When she's dxed with polio, all of her treasures and toys are burned.  Her parents get her the sick horse to help her connect with the world again.
Vian Smith, Tall and Proud.  I loved this one and I was just thinking about it the other day! The heroine's parents buy her an injured racehorse as she's recovering from polio -- she learns to walk again because of her desire to take care of the horse.
A girl ends up in the hospital with, perhaps, polio.  She has a painful recovery and must learn to walk again.  When she is sent home there is a horse who is also lame and recovering.  At some point the girl must get on the horse at night to ride for help or to safety because something has happened at her home.  She is hoping they will both make it.  I read this book in the 60s so it is at least that old.  Older if the girl had polio I suppose.  Thanks for any help.

Vian Smith, Tall and Proud
, 1966, copyright.  This is Tall and Proud by Vian Smith (UK title King Sam)...one of my favorites growing up (I still have my copy!). Gail is recovering from polio, but is falling behind in learning to walk again, due to the fear of the pain involved in her physical therapy. Her parents buy her Sam, a steeplechaser injured and retired from the track, hoping that the desire to ride will inspire her to push herself to walk again. All the characters, Gail, her friend Roddy, her parents, are very well drawn, as is the location, Dartmoor. Smith wrote a number of horse books, all well worth checking out, all had both US and UK printings. Tall and Proud was printed by Doubleday in hardcover and Archway in paperback, as King Sam it was printed by Constable Young.
C. W.  Anderson, Afraid to Ride, 1957.  Maybe this one?  The details aren't exactly the same--the girl is injured in a riding accident, and is too scared to ride; the horse is badly treated and skittish, too.  Otherwise, the plot is almost the same as you describe.
Dorothy Lyons, Dark Sunshine, 1951, copyright.  "Two years before, horse-loving Blythe Hyland would have been thrilled with the news that the family was moving back to an Arizona ranch, but now - what difference did it make to her?   What could a thin, listless girl, crippled by polio, do on a ranch? Then Blythe found Dark Sunshine, a magnificent wild mare that had been trapped by a landslide.  From the moment she learned it was possible to rescue the buckskin, Blythe determined that, crutches or not, she would train and ride her. It was slow, often painful work for the crippled girl but when an endurance ride offered Blythe her only chance to win athletic honors toward a scholarship, both horse and rider were ready for the grueling test."
Vian Smith, Tall and Proud.  This must be it. The plot is just what the poster remembers. Its listed on the solved mystery pages.
Vian Smith, Tall and Proud, 1966, approximate.  I think this is the book you're looking for.  The girl has polio, the horse was lame, she doesn't think she'll ever get better.  I think either robbers or someone with a grudge against her father breaks into her home, and she escapes, manages to get on the horse, and rides for help.  Tall and Proud might have been the an alternate title--I think it was one of those books that when it ended up in the Scholastic book order, it was given a different title.
Mystery ALREADY solved from further research on your site.  Tall and Proud by Vian Smith. : )

Tall Book of Christmas
Seeking a a collection of Christmas stories-Granny Glittens and Her Amazing Mittens, The Penny Walk (flipping a penny to decide which way to walk),  The Perfect Tree (with Mary Berry---) this is NOT the Gertrude C book you see on Ebay all the time. I know because I accidentally bought it! It was the size of a Giant Golden Book.  From the mid to late 1950's is my best guess....??? Great Big Book of Christmas Stories??---???Big Santa CLaus Book???? Thanks for helping me. I remember my mother reading them to me and she passed away a year ago.  I would love to have this for Christmas

Dorothy Hall Smith, The Tall Book of Christmas, 1954.  Granny Glittens and her Amazing Mittens is in this book, as is Christmas Through a Knothole and many more. Not sure about the other stories mentioned.
Mrs. Smittens and Her Christmas Mittens, Nov. 1954?   This was part of a treasury of Christmas stories.  Mrs. Smittens used colored licorice to dye wool for Christmas mittens.  Mrs. Smittens might be a cat.  This is all I can remember.

Smith, Dorothy Hall, The Tall Book of Christmas, 1954. This is almost certainly right.  The book is an anthology that  includes, among other stories, "Granny Glittens and Her Amazing Mittens."  The name's a little off (Granny Glittens vs. Mrs. Smittens), and I don't think she was a cat, but everything else checks out. 

Tall Book of Christmas
A story my parents read to us when my sister and I were children featured a giant in a castle made of limberger cheese (?).  I remember this story being read to us around Christmas, but I'm not sure whether or not it was a Christmas story.  My recollection is that it was contained in a collection / anthology of children's stories.  This was in the late 1960's - early 1970's, so the book had to be published before then  I'm guessing pre-1950 (?).  Any help in finding this would be appreciated.

Dorothy Hall Smith, The Tall Book of Christmas, 1954, 2006 reprint. My family just received this as a Christmas gift.  This is a brand new reprint from Gramercy Books and it contains the story "Giant Grummer's Christmas" by William Dana Street.  This story is about a giant who lives in a castle made from limburger cheese. Now when are they going to reprint the rest of the "Tall Books"?
Giant Grummer's Christmas.  The giant is Giant Grummer, and he does live in a castle made of limburger cheese.  The story is in the Tall Book of Christmas.

Tall Book of Make-Believe
The book I am looking for, as I remember it, is a collection of childrens' verses. My mother read it to me in the early 1960's.  My favorite was about a crooked man who had a crooked house, a crooked cat, etc.  I believe Puss 'N Boots was in it also. The book was tall and narrow.  The illustrations in the book and on the cover were wonderful.  The cover illustrations may have included elves.

Be sure you look at the Most Requested Anthologies page to see if anything there looks familiar.
The Tall Book of Make-Believe.  Sounds like it, anyway. Hard to find and pricey, too. :-)
Of course.  See also Most Requested Books.
I am looking for a childhood book, I am 44 years old. This book was a reader or fairy tale book of some type I believe, it contained several stories in it. The stories I most remember  and want to find  is a story about The  Everlasting Lollipop and also a story about  the Magic Kettle, I think  they had to speak to the kettle to stop it from boiling over and say "stop, stop" or something like that.  I am not sure what the  exact title of these stories are. I believe these  stories were both in the same book. We were thinking it was in that Tall Book of Fairytales, but I found a 1947 edition of that book on ebay and won the bid to find out that neither story was in there. I don't know if they have several editions of that book or if I have it confused with the book these stories are really in. I have been on a search for this book for years. Can anyone help me??

Porter, the Magic Kettle, 1979 Franklin Watts, NY, reprint.  Found this description online of a book by "Porter" called "The Magic Kettle":  "A rusty, dusty, magical kettle brings good fortune to two men" But that was all it said. Another site called it a Japanese folk tale. Another search produced: Rainy Day Stories: Sixty-four Pages of Selected Stories  Racine WI: Western Printing & Lithographing Co. 1922. Stunning color illustration on front board of genie figure rising out of flames and reaching toward frightened old man in a feathered turban. Full color and black and white illustrations. Includes Sinbad the Sailor and stories of his seven voyages, The Magic Tea Kettle, The Fisherman and the Genie and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Endpapers have black and white fairy tale figure illustrations. One more: The Magic Kettle and other folk-stories of the North American Indians.  London: George G Harrap and Co Ltd, 1931. Illustrations by Joyce Lankester Brisley, 55p, 4 coloured plates.
Jane Werner, Editor, The Tall Book of Make-Believe, 1950.  The version of this anthology that appeared in 1950 contains The Everlasting Lollipop, but not the other story.
Magic Porridge Pot or Wonderful Porridge Pot.  Perhaps you mean the Magic Porridge Pot (aka Wonderful Porridge Pot)?  In this story, a kind man repays a good deed by giving up a magic pot that if you say "Cook, little pot, cook", it will cook a nice potful of porridge, but you must stop it by saying "Stop, little pot, stop".  The old woman forgets the right words to make it stop, and the pot keeps pumping out porridge until it floods the old woman's house.
Well, based on the memory that it might be a Tall Book... and the inclusion of The Everlasting Lollipop, I'm going to mark this one solved as The Tall Book of Make-Believe.  My copy also does not have Magic (or Wonderful) Porridge Pot.  Perhaps that was part of a separate book memory?
This picture book is about a naughty mouse who lives with a girl and her mother. The mouse never helps with chores (ie. never brings in the morning newspaper) and is very messy (never wipes feet at front door and doesn't clean up the milk (or o.j.?) that he frequently spills. Finally, the girl's mother is tired of cleaning up after the mouse and she ties him to an umbrella during a rainstorm. The mouse that eventually finds his way home is a very reformed mouse who always brings in the newspaper, wipes his feet, and cleans up the spilled liquid. I loved this book as a child and my parents still call me "Bad Mousie" although I don't remember that being a part of the title/book? I remember reading it in the early/mid 80's. It was a library book (that I checked out a lot and always had to pay overdue fines!) that wasn't in the best of condition, so maybe published in the 60's or 70's??

Martha Dudley, Bad Mousie, 1947.  "Donica's story, written by her mother, illus. by Trientje Engelbrecht."  If you can find a copy of Books Before Five, by Dorothy White (check a library), the book is mentioned in it (it was a favourite of Dorothy White's small daughter).
Dudley, Martha, Bad Mousie.  I've never read it, but I think this is it.  Bad Mousie "is the story of a little girl who has a pet mouse that is constantly making messes and getting in touble." (quoted from the Jane Werner Waton page under "Most Requested Books.")
Bad Mousie.  This story was also in the book Tall Book of Make Believe, 1950.
Dudley, Martha, Bad Mousie, 1947.  This is anthologized in The Tall Book of Make-Believe, copywright 1950.
Thank so, so, so much for providing your Stump the Bookseller service!  I am astonished that a solution was found so quickly, especially since I've been trying to find out the title of this book for years!  On a side note, I now realize that I was thinking of the version of Bad Mousie that is in The Tall Book of Make-Believe.  I'm beginning to remember some of the poems and other stories in that collection.  Now I'm searching for economic copies of that book...why are these books so expensive??? I want my children to be able to use them and not worry that they are harming a "collector's" item!
supply and demand is the answer to all pricing questions...  in this case, it's very scarce, and in hot demand....
Dudley, Martha.  Bad Mousie:  Donica's Story.  Illustrated by Trientja Engelbrecht.  Chicago: Children's Press, A Star-Bright Book, 1947.  Similar to a Little Golden Book in format, this book has a red taped spine, and is worn along all its edges.  Very scarce.  VG-.  $50

Tam the Untamed
This is a series of books I read in the 60s set in Australia. A girl has various adventures with her pets, which include a horse named Tamberlaine and a dog (I think a bulldog) named Algy. She has another dog, I believe a German Shepherd. I think one book's title is "Tam the _____(something)."

Mary Elwyn Patchett, Tam the Untamed, 1954.  The particular book mentioned is Tam the Untamed, which centers mainly on the horse....its part of the "Ajax" series, which also includes Ajax, Golden Dog of the Australian Bush, Ajax and the Haunted Mountain, Ajax the Warrior (Algy, the bulldog, and Ben, the Australian Terrier, are two more dog characters in the book).
Patchett, Mary Elwyn, Tam the untamed, 1954.  This is it.  By the same author of the brumby books.  About a girl, her dog and the taming of the horse Tam
Mary Elwyn Patchett, Tam the Untamed This is one of a series of autobiographical novels by Mary Elwyn Patchett about her childhood on an Australian outback station.  Lacking other children to play with, she concentrates on her pets, Algy the bulldog, Ajax the dingo/cattledog cross, Tam the horse, etc.  Other books in the series are Ajax: Golden Dog of the Australian Bush, Ajax and the Drovers, Ajax and the Haunted Mountain, Ajax the Warrior and The Call of the Bush

Tamarack Tree
Hi- I am looking for a book that I read in school (probably middle or early high school, which would have been in the late 1980s, early 1990s) about a British girl who emigrated or visited the US during or just before the Civil War and ended up living in Vicksburg during the Civil War and the seige of Vicksburg.  I recall something about her and the people she was living with hiding in caves to escape the shelling of the city and them not having much food or clothing after a while, she ended up wearing a pair of Wellington boots from England because her other shoes had worn out and they couldn't get anything new because of the siege. thanks

The tamarack tree : a novel of the siege of Vicksburg / Patricia Clapp.  1986 1st ed. English  Book : Fiction : Juvenile audience 214 p.  22 cm. New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, ISBN: 0688028527 An eighteen-year-old English girl finds her loyalties divided and all her resources tested as she and her friends experience the terrible physical and emotional hardships of the forty-seven day siege of Vicksburg in the spring of 1863.

Tapestry Room
I'm looking for a book I would have read in the early to mid 60's. I have a feeling it may have been a bit older even then. It was about 2 (I think) children who found a magical world behind a tapestry in their home. I remember part of the magic world had a lot of crystal. The rest isn't very clear anymore. Thanks!

Mrs. Molesworth, The Tapestry Room: A Child's Romance, 1879.  Without much more to go on it's hard to say if this is the book, but there's a link to the full text at this site.
Mrs. Molesworth, The Tapestry Room.

I'm not sure, but I think the book was "Tatsinda" or something similar. It's about a girl whose parents have died, the house is made out of a type of colored crystal, she has her mother's necklace made out of the same stuff.  She goes to see the old woman on the hill who will answer only one question from each person (and she keeps chickens) and the girl wins the love of the prince at his birthday celebration.  Vague, I know, but this is what I remember. Oh -- there is also a dog-like creature with really long fur and more than four legs, so when it walks it looks sort of like a walking carpet (?)'

Is this similar to F21: Fairy, tiny?
This IS definitely Tatsinda by Elizabeth Enright. A childless couple find a child being carried off by an eagle and they adopt her, but she is a brown-eyed, golden-haired child in a land of blue-eyed, silver-haired people.  She is, however, very good at weaving the traditional rugs and so is tolerated.  She weaves the very best for the prince's birthday in hopes he will notice she has grown up and marry her, but in the midst of the birthday celebration, an evil giant appears to steal the crystals which are so prevalent that everyone uses them to build roads and houses, but are precious in the giant's land. Tatsinda and the prince defeat the giant and do marry.  The wise woman does have chickens and answers one question per person, and aids in the defeat of the giant.  The "dog" is not part of the illustrations in my edition but there is a picture of a "tim-tik," drawn as a tallish, long-haired goat  type creature which Tatsinda rode upon.  The ISBN is 0-15-284280-2
My third grade class read this book together. The title was the protagonist's name, which may have begun with a "t". It was about a blonde haired brown eyed baby raised amid a race of white haired blue eyed people who regarded her as ugly. Eventually she married their prince. I've questioned lots of people about this book over the years and apparently myself and fellow classmates are the only people who've ever read it!

Elizabeth Enright, Tatsinda, 1961.  This sounds similar to a summary I read for Elizabeth Enright's Tatsinda today!
Tatsinda--Elizabeth Enright
Enright, Elizabeth, Tatsinda, illustrated by Irene Haas, NY Harcourt 1963.  I'm sure I won't be the only one with this answer - Tatsinda is a young girl in the wonderful kingdom of Tatrajan. She is not native, but arrived in the kingdom as a baby, rescued from an eagle by an old huntsman.  "The trouble was that her hair was golden and her eyes were brown. All the other Tatrajanni ... had glittering white hair like snow crystals and eyes ... a cool greenish-blue. That was the way people were meant to look, they thought, and they considered Tatsinda handicapped and were sorry for her." There's more plot of course. Tatsinda loves the prince Tackatan, who defended her from teasing when they were children. The wise woman Tanda-nan gives her enough magic for one wish. Tatrajan is attacked by one of the Gadblangs, troll-like giants with leather clothes and stone shoes, who mine the precious mineral gleb.
Stumper C150 certainly sounds like Tatsinda from the solved list, although I haven't read it!
I just wanted to send in the answer to stumper B150. The answer is TATSINDA by Elizabeth Enright, 1963. It looks like it might still be in print.
I'm trying to find a book that my Sixth Grade teacher read to our class in the mid-1960s that involved a journey to a distant land where streets were paved with something of no value in one land but that was as valuable as gold in the other--some kind of ore or rock used as paving material.  That's about all I can remember of the story.  Ring any bells?

Elizabeth Enright??, Tatsinda??  1963.  This is a really long shot, but the way you phrased it, that something of no value in
one land was like gold in the other, reminded me of the giant in Tatsinda who starts grabbing up the paving stones and cobblestones of the Tatrajanni, crying that now he'll be rich, because in the giants' land the "greb" that the paving is made of is very valuable. ??
Enright, Elizabeth, Tatsinda. NY Harcourt 1963.  Kind of a longshot, but the story is about a strange country, and the giants who invade it are after "greb ore" which they value but which is used in Tatsinda's country as gravel or to pave streets. Of course, the "streets paved with gold" trope is so common as to be a cliche, so there are many other possible answers, I'm sure!
This was a library book I read in grade school in the early 1960's.  An eagle (?) steals a baby and drops it on a mountain in the distance.  The girl is adopted by a family who weaves carpets.  There is an old wise woman who lives at the top of the mountain, and she grants each person in their lifetime 3 questions or something similar. When the girl becomes a young woman, she however is also granted a gift of magic from the old woman because she has been kind to her.  The young woman has fallen in love with the prince of the mountain and asks for a gift to make him fall in love with her, which she will give him at his upcoming birthday party.  However, as the party is taking place, trolls or ogres storm in and I believe they take the young woman with them.  After the men of the mountain rescue her and she is riding back with the prince, he of course tells her he is in love with her.  And then she asks him how he liked the present she gave him, whereupon he states that in the chaos he has not had time to open any of the presents yet.  Therefore, he loved her without the need of magic.

Elizabeth Enright, Tatsinda.  I'm pretty sure this is Tatsinda, especially if the poster remembers wonderful illustrations in feathery pastels.
The book is in fact Tatsinda!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I can't tell you how many years I have wondered about this book!  This was the best 2.00 I ever spent!!!!  And after posting, I realized I had forgotten to mention the part about the people on the mountain all having white hair and blue eyes!  Thank you to the solver of this mystery!!!!!!!!!! Thank you, thank you!!!
An eagle steals a blonde, blue-eyed little girl from a farm in the valley and takes her to a mountain kingdom where everyone has the same color hair and eyes (gray eyes/silver hair I think) and she's the only blonde one.  Kids tease her but the young prince pities her and tells them not to tease her for being different.  That's the first chapter, it continues on as the girl grows, she's a peasant, he's a prince, I read it in the 70's.

Elizabeth Enright, Tatsinda. Again! See Solved Mysteries.
Tatsinda. Sounds exactly like the one that was just solved called Tatsinda. The poster should check out the solved pages under T and see if it's the same book.
Elizabeth Enright, Tatsinda. This is on the Solved pages under TATSINDA by Elizabeth Enright.
Elizabeth Enright, Tatsinda. It's Tatsinda again  :) !  See the Solved Mysteries.

Tea Cake from Cakeville
I was 5 in 1948 when we moved into a house in Los Angeles, and a book of stories had been left behind by the tenants before us. The book was very thick and made of newsprint. One of the stories was about the donut. I don't remember any other stories because this one was my absolute favorite. One day the king decided to visit the people of Cakeville. Well, they were so excited that they baked all their favorite cakes in honor of the king. Needless to say, the people were a hefty lot since all they ate was cake. The king sampled all the cakes and fell in love with them, so much so that he decreed no one except he was allowed to eat cake. The people had to bake their cakes and bring them to the town square for the king. If they were caught eating cake they would be put in prison. Well, as time went by the people of Cakeville got thinner and thinner and Dame Peters was worried for her son. One day she decided to cut out the center of her best cake. Pretty soon her son began to get fat again, which made her quite happy. All the people wanted to know how she managed to fatten up her son, so she told them. Soon all the townspeople were cutting the centers out of their cakes and everyone was happy again. Everyone that is except the king who became quite angry. He believed someone was stealing cake from him. He called all the people together and demanded to know why there were holes in his cakes. Dame Peters came forward and told him that by removing the centers, the cakes were better to eat. [something like that] and the king believed her. She told him she was removing the donut. So the king gave his approval and everyone in Cakeville lived happily ever after and that's how the donut got its name and hole. I would be most appreciative if anyone could find this story if not the entire book. Thank you.

No real proof this is it, but since there's no other guesses, maybe: Anon. Make-Believe Stories McLoughlin Brothers 1942 24mo, illustrations by Sari, some in colour
I was browsing EBay and I think I may have found the Cakeville story.  I got a little excited, since I never expected to find this stumper. Our Story Book.  Akron: Saalfield, 1942  Partial Contents:  Tea Cake from Cakeville, Lavendar Alligator, What Did the Bee Say?
Dear Harriett: Thank you so much for continuing to look for the story for me. I checked the eBay title and sent the seller an email. Unfortunately the story is not in Our Story Book. The other title, Make Believe Stories is a possibility so I'm requesting it through Interlibrary Loan. Once again, thank you. How long has it been since I requested that title? I'm guessing 2-3 years.
Various authors, Our Story Book, illustrated.  Akron, Saalfield 1942.  I have a copy of this book now, and I'm going to make the pitch for it again. The book matches in date and description. The first story is The Tea Cake from Cakeville, by Elaine Baldridge. It takes place in a town called Cakeville, where the people like to eat nothing but cake. "The funny little women all wore large white caps and they grew so fat they began to look like little sailboats." They compete with each other to make the largest and richest cake, until the king happens to ride through town in his golden carriage on the way to the castle. Smelling something delicious, he sends his Prime Minister to Dame Peters tiny green cottage. She has just made "a huge marshmallow cake with pink candies all over it" for her little son Peterkin, to be his first cake, but thrilled to have the king interested, she brings the cake to him, and the other dames bring out their cakes. The king and his servants eat all the cake, "getting frosting over their gold and purple robes" and he orders his men to gather up all the cakes in Cakeville and take them to the castle. "From now on no one must eat any cake or he will be put in prison. You must make the biggest, richest cakes you ever made or you will go to prison." says the king, and so it is. Every day the soldiers fill 15 large carts with cakes from the village, not letting any of people come near the pile of cakes "as high as a house." The people make do with bread and begin to forget what cake tastes like. Dame Peters regrets that Peterkin has never tasted cake (the king having eaten his birthday cake) and at night she sneaks past the soldiers and steals back a chocolate cake she has just baked. "She very carefully cut the middle out and hurried back to the cottage." The next day the castle servants eat all the cakes before the king has a chance, except the holed cake. When the king demands his cake, that's the only one left. The cook, to appease the king, says "Please, your Majesty, it is supposed to be that way. It is a tea cake." Because the king is so hungry, the "tea cake" tastes better than ever, and he decides that all his cakes shall be tea cakes from now on. The people of Cakeville "cut all the centers out of the cakes and became very fat and happy once more. ... That is the reason why so many tea cakes are made round with a hole in the center."  Other stories are: Squeak, by B.H. Hand  The Gift of Spring, by Myrtle Barbre  The Lavender Alligator of the Purple River, by Jeanne Opie  The Legend of the Ginseng, by Ruth Irwin The Windmill and the Tulips, by Margot Jackson  Tommy's Teeny Tiny Pig, by Ida Danziger  What Did the Bee Say, by I.L. Reisler Crocks of Gold, by Carol Ryrie Brink Sylvia's Autumn Gift, by Myrtle Barbre  and several poems.
Stories We Like, 1942.  I found this book on E-Bay and purchased it.  It contains "The Tea Cake from Cakeville" and "The Lavender Alligator" Published by Saalfield in I believe 1942.  I searched so long to find this book.  Having this book read to me was one of the delights of my childhood.  It has a picture on the front and back of a Lady Goose Wearing a hat & scarf and carrying an umbrella, looking into the window of a hat shop

Tears of the Dragon
I recently learned that books that I had as a child were accidentally thrown away. I am hoping to replace them. So far I have located that titles and authors of four books, Harvey's Hideout by Russell Hoban, Miss Suzy by Miriam Young, The Cookie Tree by Jay Williams and Never Tease a Weasel.  My mother got me these books through Parents Magazine Press when they first came out. The other books I cannot find because I don't have the titles and authors. I know they came from Parents Magazine. One book was about a boy and a dragon. In the story, the dragon cried and his tears created a river. The dragon transformed into a boat and the little boy sailed away in the dragon boat. The front cover was a picture of the oriental boy and the dragon.

Maybe too recent ... Ming Ming and the Lantern Dragon, by J.E. Edwards, illustrated by P. Aitken, published Methuen 1981, 110 pages. "Ming Ming is a Chinese boy living in a village. When all the people are starving because of a drought, Ming Ming determines to get the river to run again. He becomes involved with a river spirit, a giant Panda and the Sun Dragon. The Sun Dragon seems to reign supreme until Ming Ming gets the idea of turning all the people in a riverside village into the Dragon of the Thousand Eyes. They, together with the unknowing help of another river spirit, defeat the Sun Dragon. The rain clouds come in, the rivers fill again and all ends happily ever after. This is a Read Aloud book that should be welcomed by children everywhere." (Junior Bookshelf Feb/81 p.17)
D55 dragon cries river: well, after finally having the wit to do a search with dragon and parents mag as keywords, would suggest - Tears of the Dragon, by Hirosuke Hamada, illustrated by Chihiro Iwasaki, published Parents Magazine Press, 1967  unpaginated. Translated from Ryuno Me No Namida, originally published by Kaisei Sha, Tokyo. "A little boy wants the dragon who lives in the mountains nearby, to come to his birthday party despite warnings that the creature is very wicked. The little boy and dragon become friends and the hatred drains out of the dragon and turns to love; he cries tears and makes a river."
This book is about an Asian (country?) boy who lives in a small village. Everyone is afraid of a dragon who lives on a mountain (or far away place) above the village.  One day the boy decides to go visit the dragon and he learns that the dragon is quite lonely.  They become friends.  The version of the "book" that I remember is actually on large (place mat sized) picture cards with words on the back for the reader.

Kenneth Grahame, The Reluctant Dragon.  This plot sounds exactly like The Reluctant Dragon (excerpted from, I think, The Golden Age)--except that the boy there is not Asian. Maybe a retelling?
B184 Hamada Hirosuke, translated by Alvin Tresselt, Tears of the Dragon, illustrated by Iwasaki Chihiro. NY: Parents Magazine Press 1967.  Well, this one involves an Asian country boy and befriending a dragon. It's on the solved list. "Akito was the only boy in the village who did not believe that the great monster dragon that lived in the mountains would carry off bad children. He decided to find the dragon and invite him to his birthday party. His kindness made the dragon cry a river of tears that carried the boy on the dragons back down to the village and the dragon miraculously turned into a dragon boat for all the children to enjoy forever."

Teaser and the Firecat
Looking for a picture book I had as a child sometime in the 70's.  In the story the moon falls from the sky and lands flat like a shining pancake on the ground.  Then a group of owls come along pick it up and fly away with it then, throw it back up into the sky.  Excited to see if you can find it!

Cat Stevens, Teaser and the Firecat,
1972. I just saw this book in a post at Vintage Kids Books My Kid Loves.  The moon falls on a roof instead of the ground, but I think it's the one you're looking for.
Cat Stevens, Teaser and the Firecat.  Hey, Just took a peak and you found my book!! Thank you for doing what you do.

Tee-bo and the Great Hort Hunt
Book (late 70s, early 80s) that featured a brother and sister and their dog that talked to them after all of them(?) ate special berries.  The kids had saved a couple of berries just in case the effects of the first berries wore off.  No one else can understand the dog.  I think there was a series, but the book I read had them discover fairy-like people who had a special egg shaped rock made out of lapis laluzi.  The dog was embarassed because he was making sarcastic comments and didn't realize the fairy people could understand him.

Whitcomb, Mary B., Tee-Bo on the Trail of the Persnickety Prowler. (1975)  This is the book. There is also a sequel, Tee-bo and the Great Hort Hunt.
Whitcomb, Mary Burg, Tee-bo and the Great Hort Hunt. (1978) This is it!  "With the stone they are also able to discover the magical land behind the waterfall where the Horts - a small elf-like people - live."  Thanks so much!

Teddy B.B.
Description:  A soft cover book from the 1950's about a teddy bear who falls out of a car window on an outing.   He runs into several adventures trying to find his way back home but finally does.   Remember a cute picture of him trying to climb up huge front steps.  The cover is black & white with a picture of the bear.

SOLVED: Lebeck, Oskar, Teddy B.B. This is kind of funny but I solved my own bookstumper! I thought the book was lost but was going through some old boxes & actually came across it. It is called Teddy B.B.  & was a Surprise Dell Book published in 1950 by Western Printing & Lithographing Co. An original story by Oskar Lebeck. Illustrated by Dan Noonan. It cost 10 cents! I would be curious to know if there are any reprints available as a couple of the pages are half torn out.    I'm guessing not, but you never know. Just wanted to let you know this is solved. That's all I needed to do to find the book was to list it as a bookstumper! Thanks for all your help. You have a great service.

Teddy Bear Habit
The book I am looking for was read by me in grade school in the early 1970s. It was considered a late grade school / early teen book by our grade school librarian. I remember the cover of this soft bound book to be pink or purple, and the rough subject matter was as follows:  something about growing up as a child in the family of an abstract painter dad who produced his paintings by hurling paint or other substances through the air at the canvas. I belive that the dad used spoons to lob the gobs of paint. for some reason I believe that it was set somewhere in New York City. I know this is not much to go on but hopefully someone out there will recognize the story. thanks to any or all who can help.

#A126--Abstract painter dad:  In the Georgie Stable books, The Teddy Bear Habit and Rich and Famous, by James Lincoln Collier, Georgie and his father live in Greenwich Village.  Georgie's father draws comic books for a living but longs to be an artist like Jackson Pollack or Andy Warhol.  I believe Rich and Famous appears on the "Solved Mysteries" page.
The book I'm looking for is a mystery/adventure with a definate comical tone concerning a teddy bear that has jewels stashed inside it. The hero is a boy, and the bad guy wears a fez. I think it was illustrated with black and white line drawings, was probably published in the 1970's, and was geared toward middle school ages.

#J39--Jewels in a teddy bear:  The Teddy Bear Habit, by James Lincoln  Collier.  Its sequel Rich and Famous is on the solved page and, since I seem to remember solving this one before, I'm pretty sure it is, too.
Collier, James Lincoln, The Teddy Bear Habit.  NY Grosset 1967.  This is on the solved list, and seems like a reasonable match.
James Lincoln Collier, The Teddy Bear Habit.  "Twelve-year-old George Stable wants to be a rock star someday,
but he gets horrible stage fright - unless he has his old teddy bear with him. Hiding the teddy in his guitar seems like a brilliant idea until George discovers that someone has hidden jewels in the stuffing of his beloved bear. Quirky yet believable characters and a funky setting make this one a winner all around."
I submitted the stumper J39 Jewels in teddy bear, and I  believe it has been solved with "the Teddy Bear Habit". I had forgotten about the guitar but knew that was the one as soon as I read it. I looked at the solved mysteries entry and was struck by what different people remember - I had no recollection of the artist father, and they didn't mention the teddy bear! (I tried searching the solved section before submitting, but didn't realize I needed to search each section individually.....) I'm looking forward to sharing this book with my kids - especially my daughter who wants to be a rock star!
Book about an old teddy bear dated before 1970. The cover had just as drawing of a teddy bear missing and eye, hardcover not jacket. The story was about the teddy and a little boy in an apartment, I think the Teddy Bear might have gotten lost. It's not "Charles"or "Courdory"

James Lincoln Collier, The Teddy Bear Habit, 1967. There's a missing teddy bear and an apartment in this one.  Check it out in Solved Mysteries to see if its the one you're looking for.

Teddy Bear of Bumpkin Hollow
I'm looking for a book about the "teddy bear of bumpkin hollow". It was a largish size book (12X12 or so) and I swear it had flocked pages to feel the bear's fur. But maybe that was my imagination? I had it as a child in the early 70's, but suspect that it might be older.

I found T31 in the LC online catalog.  Teddy Bear of Bumpkin Hollow, by Sharon Boucher, Rand McNally, 1948
Teddy Bear of Bumpkin Hollow is always late coming back from errands, because he stop and plays.  So his mother sends him on an errand, tells him to be sure to come back right away, and then plans a trip to his grandma's house to start promptly at the time Teddy Bear is supposed to come home.  Well, he comes back late again, and finds a babysitter there.  He cries big tears. The next morning, Mama gives him cookies from grandma (these are what impressed *me* the most, they looked like giant iced plates!), and he learns his lesson and is on time henceforth.
A young bear misbehaves and goes to his Grandmother's house through the woods.  He was told not to.  If he did, he would miss out on some kind of treat.  The last page was the young bear and his Grandmother with a plate full of pink cookies.

I sometimes confuse stumpers for this book for Little Bear's Visit by Else Homelund Minarik, illustrated by Maurice Sendak(An I Can Read Book)But I think this one is Teddy Bear of Bumpkin Hollow by Sharon Boucher, illustrated by Dean Bryant, published Rand McNally Elf Books 1948. The little bear misses out on a visit to grandma because he is always late, then is consoled by having her visit him and make giant cookies for him.
A little bear lived with his Mama and Papa Bear and was always misbehaving. His parents kept warning him that he should mind them.  One day they told him to be in from playing at a certain time or he would be sorry.  He returned late and found that Mama and Papa had gone over on another mountain to visit Grandma and Grandpa Bear.  He was heartbroken because he loved going to their house.  Cousin Amanda Bear was at his house to babysit while Mama and Papa were gone.  He cried himself to sleep he was so sorry and disappointed.  When Mama and Papa came home they brought cookies from Grandma.  This is a precious book with beautiful word pictures.  It was about the size of a Golden Book. It also had pretty pictures, too.  I used it in my kndergarten class over 30 years ago.  I have a feeling it was printed much earlier.  Help me, please.

I think this one is Teddy Bear of Bumpkin Hollow by Sharon Boucher, illustrated by Dean Bryant, published Rand McNally Elf Books 1948 (similar to Little Golden Books). The little bear misses out on a visit to grandma because he is always late, then is consoled by having her visit him and make giant cookies for him. I sometimes confuse stumpers for this book for Little Bear's Visit by Else Homelund Minarik, 1961, illustrated by Maurice Sendak (An I Can Read Book).
Richard Scarry, Richard Scarry's Best Story Book Ever.  The Richard Scarry book with the Pierre the Bear story that I inherited from my grandfather and still have has 4 stories inside this book.  It has a drawing of Pierre on the cover reading a book in front of the fire same as the first picture in the beginning of his story. The first story in this book is the City Mouse and the Country Mouse, then a story about a female crow with a piece Swiss cheese and a fox finally sweat talks her out of the piece of cheese, then the Pierre the Bear story, "In a wind swept cabin way up North lived brave Pierre the Bear.  He lived all alone."  And the last story is about a Duck that didn't like water until he had to rescue his friends.  My favorite book as a kid and probably the reason I think bears are to human to hunt.
My sister remembers this book being read to her when she was in preschool in the early 1970's.  Her recollection is a story about a little bear who runs an errand for his mother.  His mother tells him to take the long path, not the shortcut.  He gets into trouble when he doesn't listen to his mother and takes the shortcut.  He may have fallen in a stream or gotten stung by a bear, but my sister is uncertain about these details.  Thanks so much for your help!

I don't remember the title or the author, but I do remember that the bear gets into poison ivy.  He gathers an armful of what he thinks are beautiful leaves and ends up with poison ivy all over himself.
Kathyn Jackson , The Golden Book of 365 Stories, 1998, reprint.  After doing some Google research on a bear and poison ivy, I'm wondering if this may be the book.  It is illustrated by Richard Scarry. There is a story about Hasty Bear who doesn't listen to his mother and picks a bouquet of poison ivy instead of flowers.  Does anyone know if the bear takes a short-cut, though?  The name "Hasty Bear" does imply that he is in a hurry.
Kathryn Jackson, Hasty Bear,
1955, copyright.  This is in "The Golden Book of 365 Stories" by Katheryn Jackson, illustrated by Richard Scarry.  It's the story for October 14th.  His mother asked him to pick some pretty leaves for her.  Hasty Bear was in such a hurry, he never heard her say "but don't pick the shiny, red, three leaved kind, because they are poison ivy and will make you itch".  Of course, that's what he brings home.  At the end of the story, he waits a whole minute to make sure he hears everything she says.
Sharon Boucher, Teddy Bear of Bumpkin Hollow, 1948, copyright.  I showed my sister the story of Hasty Bear in The Golden Book of 365 Stories, but it wasn't the one she remembered.  Then I contacted the granddaughter of my sister's nursery school teacher, and she came up with Teddy Bear of Bumpkin Hollow.  That was the one!  My sister had misremembered about the bear taking the long path (he was actually supposed to take the short-cut), but the mystery is solved.  Thanks for the help - it's a great website!

Teddy Bear Twins
Hi! I hope you can help me, I'm looking for a book, and I don't know the name, and I'm not sure of the publisher!  I'm 32 and I remember the book as a child being about the same size as a Golden Book, not positive it was though.  The story was about two teddy bear brothers who go to town (for a vacation, maybe?) and run into a series of misadventures. I vaguely remember a picture of them in a taxi! And I believe one of the teddy bears was named Hal.  Any info would be appreciated!

For T56 the name of the book is The Teddy * Bear Twins and it was published by Rand McNally Elf book. The copy I have was published in 1965.  The bears' names were Floppy and Flip.  They go to town on a train and get a haircut, ride in a taxi that has a flat, ride in a canoe that tips over then go back to the hotel to have a shower.  I love this book and so do my children!
Wing, Helen.  The Teddy Bear Twins.  Illustrated by Marjorie Cooper.  Elf Book #8453, #8637, & #8722.  1965.

the story is about Floppy and Flip   two bears   a rhyming story   they go on adventures That is all I have??
The Solved Mysteries page has Teddy Bear Twins featuring Flippy & Flop, a Rand McNally Elf book.  Close enough?

Tee Vee Humphry
Adventures (or misadventures) of a young boy who would love nothing more than working for a TV station (or something close to that).  I read this in the 70s when I was in grade school.  Once the boy was given the assignment to find an empty milk bottle, instead of drinking a bottle of milk to obtain an empty bottle, he took a long long cab ride in search of a milk bottling factory...  When he was given the role of someone shot by a bullet, he got up and dust himself when the camera was still rolling...  I also remember that he became the co-host of an animal/pet show at one point.

A188 Lewellen, John [Llewellyn]  Tee Vee Humphrey    illus by Kurt Werth Knopf    c1957    Weekly Reader edition 1958    television broadcasting - juvenile fiction

Teenie Weenies
old illustrated childrens book about a land of little people. illustrated childrens book with exceptional photographic style illustrations. The book is about a group of small people who live in a shoe and I remember one scene of them lounging around an old fashioned sink and trying to pull up the chain of the stopper.

Mary Norton, Borrowers Series, 1950s-1960s.  This sounds like the Borrowers series.  The borrower family lived in a shoe in The Borrowers Afield, and something similar to the sink incident happened in The Borrowers Afloat. The illustrations by Beth and Jo Krush in the US editions were verey detailed, though I wouldn't call them photographic.
Donahey, William, Adventures of the Teenie Weenies. Chicago, Reilly 1920.  The illustrations for these are closer to photographic, being very detailed, not scribbly (like the Krush illos) and coloured & shaded. "This is the first of the large Teenie Weenie books and we are introduced to these folks who live in a shoe-house under a rose bush, in a neat little village hidden away in the midst of a thicket."
John Peterson, The Littles.  Your description sounds a lot like a series of books I read to my daughter when she was little.  "The Littles" by John Peterson and illustrated by Roberta Clark. Published by Scholastic. I am not sure of the exact first printing date, but you could probably find that out on your own. Hope this helps!!
Although the Clock family lives in a boot during The Borrowers Afield, the Borrowers series by author Mary Norton is probably not the one being sought.  Beth and Joe Krush's black and white line illustrations are detailed, but not photographic, and there is no illustration matching the stumper requester's description in any of the five books in the series.  The "similar to the sink incident" in The Borrowers Afloat is an illustration of the family sliding down a cord suspended in the drain in the floor of the wash house, while a friend hoists the drain's metal grating aloft.  Also, the first book, The Borrowers, was written in 1952, so the series may not be "old" enough for the stumper requester.
The Littles series by author John Lawrence Peterson and illustrator Roberta Carter Clark is also probably not "old" enough, since the first book, The Littles, was published in 1967.  I have not read every book in the series (at least eleven titles by Peterson, followed by at least five "Littles first readers" adaptations by author Teddy Slater and illustrator Jacqueline Rogers), so I don't know if the illustration described is in any of the books, but I do remember one interesting fact about the Littles that may help the stumper requester decide if this is the sought series.  The Littles have TAILS covered with fluffy, luxuriant fur.  If your little people don't have tails, they're not the Littles.
William Donahey, author/illustrator, The Teenie Weenies (and nine sequels) 1916-1945.   I've never read William Donahey's Teenie Weenies series, but you can see examples of his work (and covers from his books) on this website.  The illustrations are certainly detailed, vividly colored, carefully shaded, and nearly photographic in quality.  If you scroll down the page, you can see an illustration of the shoe house on the cover of the book Teenie Weenie Town and in the map of the town just a little further down the page.  The first book, The Teenie Weenies, was published in 1916, and the last book, Teenie Weenie Neighbors, was published in 1945, so this series is definitely "old"!  I think this may be the series you're looking for! 

Teeny Tiny Woman
As a child I had a favorite book.  It was about a lady (maybe Old Mother Hubbard) and she went to her cupboard to get her poor dog a bone, but in the meantime the story goes on and that part I can't remember.  But the very ending is she starts, oh, I just remembered--- she goes to her cupboard to get herself something to eat and there's nothing there.  She goes out and steals the dogs bone from his dish outside.  Then at the end of the story she starts hearing at first quietly and then louder and louder.  "Give me my bone, give me my bone, my bone, my bone, my bone!  And she's hiding in the closet
(one of those old wardrobe type) and the dog opens the door hollering this at her, or something like that.   I have been looking and looking for this book.  I sure hope you can help me.  Thank You.

The folk tale is The Teeny Tiny Woman.  Our copy is illustrated by Margot Zemach and is printed in a teeny tiny format.  Many other authors and illustrators have attacked this creepy tale, including Harriet Ziefert and Paul Galdone.  This has also been published under slightly varied titles, such as The Little Tiny Woman.

Television Book of Hesperus
I can't remember the title or the author, but the book I am looking for is  about an old car that is out of date. He meets newer cars and trucks along  the way. It is a picture book I had as a child and want to read it to my  infant son. It would be great if you can find it. Thank You.

There's a book by Ingri & Edgar Parin d'Aulairecalled THE TWO CARS that features an old car and a new car who share a garage.  It was published in 1955, so this is all relative.  The old car is boxy and tall and red; the old car is sleek and low and green.  They go along together with the old car lagging in every way until the new car meets the traffic cop, and after that their fortunes change.  When they get home at last, the old car says to the new car: "You won the race, but not the praise.  I still think I am the best car on the road.  But you will be a fine car, too, when you get older..."  This could be it!  But 1st editions are pricey, and I'm not sure how many reprints are available.   On second thought, I do not think The Two Cars is the book being sought here...
I'm wondering is C-21, out-of-date car, could be the Wonder Book All in a Day's Work.  It doesn't match exactly, but has elements in common, and maybe the story will ring a bell.  A "little old car" (looks like a red model-T with a yellow cloth roof) goes down the street.  He meets a "big, new green car" that can't start and gives him a push.  He meets a "great big trailer truck" and brings him gas.  Then he meets a "blue pick-up truck" and helps him fix a flat tire.  None of the others thank him, but he just says "It is all in a day's work."  In winter one day, he's driving along the road and flips off and turns over.  He's convinced he's done for, but along come the three vehicles he helped, and they get him out of the ditch, saying things like "Oh, and I forgot to pay you for the gas."  And the little old car goes off down the road. The story is by Caroline D. Emerson; pictures by Sergio Leone.  The copy I have is c1964 by Wonder, division of Grosset & Dunlap.
Probably too late, and English, but there's The Old Car by Elisabeth Borchers, illustrated by Werner Maurer, published London, Blackie 1967 "The old car is sad and shy because it (or he) is different from the others,
with his old-fashioned horn and high weels. So he goes off alone through seacoast and jungle, into the desert. There the animals speak to him kindly and give him confidence. And when he returns to the town, his owner, Mr. Flups, is waiting to greet him, with two tears in his eyes. With strong yet dreamlike pictures, in appropriate colours." (Best Children's Books of 1967)
Another possible is Little Old Automobile, written and illustrated by Marie Hall Ets, published Viking 1948. "What finally happened to a little old automobile which refused to give anyone or anything time to get out of its way. Marie Ets at her most amusing. Picture Book age." (HB Ju./48 p.231 pub.ad)
C21 car out of date: here's another, though perhaps too long - Mat and Mandy and the Little Old Car, by Ruth Simon, illustrated by Lisl Weil, published Crowell 1953, 110 pages. "Younger children will enjoy reading for themselves this gay account of a family's escape from the summer heat in a battered old car that manages to carry them up the little brown hills and the big blue mountaints of California. Says Mat, 'Our car is not new. Our car is not big. But our little old car can go anywhere it wants!'" (HB Feb/53 p.47)
I remember a book from childhood that I think had a similar theme. I thought it was a Little Golden Book called Hesperus yetI could never find it in any searches! Now it turns out it was a Bonnie Book called The Television Book of Hesperus. I wish I could find a copy to verify my memories of this story-it might match your inquire.
Bonnie Books had a series of "Television Books", so named for the moving wheel that changed pictures on the front cover. Hesperus is from this series, NY: John Martin's House, Bonnie Book, 1949.

Television Book of Hesperus
Possibly Golden Book - title "Hesperus" (sp) about a huge family and a run-down Model-T type car. The car w/ family is on the cover, I think. Thank you.

Walsh, Morris.  There are several titles - don't know if they're all the same or different:  Hesperus (1947) / Hesperus Was An Automobile (1948) / Hesperus (1968) / Hesperus: The Story Of A Jalopy (1966) "A tired old jalopy gets a new lease on lfe with a new owner."
The Television Book of Hesperus, 1949, approximately.  A Bonnie Book, not a Golden Book, this one is about a junkyard car named Hesperus and the big family that drove around in him. I haven't read it since I was little, so the memories are fuzzy, but the cover had a wheel you could turn and change the pictures in a screen over top of the car. This is also in Solved Mysteries under T.

Tell Me, Cat
There was a book I adored as a child. I had this book in the 60's or early 70's. I was around the age of 8-12. It was hardcover with not many pages, maybe 30 maximum but that is one detail I am very unsure of. Each page contained a different fictional story about a cat. There was an actual photo of each cat and embroidered illustrations that went along with the story. I remember an orange persian with tufts of hair between his ears. But the main story I remember was a black cat named Cap't Jack who sailed to Zanzibar and back. I also remember a kitten who got in trouble because it played with yarn...it might have been two kittens. I also remember a cat who climbed a tree and the embroidered illustration was a tree with claw marks. It was an easy reading book.

Possibly TELL ME, CAT (A Big Golden Book) by Ellen Fisher, Stitchery by Virginia Tiffany. I have Two Kittens with embroidery, stitched by Tiffany, and photographs very much like description so possibly she did several with other authors.
Esther Averill, Jenny Goes to Sea, 1957.  This doesn't sound exactly like the stumper, but it does have cats and there is a
trip to Zanzibar.
To the person who first guessed at this, I would like more info about the book you listed...Two Kittens who is the author and I'm wondering if you would possibly email me a photo or scan of your book. It is a book I'd be interested in purchasing if I can find a copy
Here's what I found on that: Marjory Schwalje, Two Kittens.  Whitman, Racine, 1966.  Tell-A-Tale Book #2525.  28 pages. Stitchery by Virginia Tiffany. Photographs by ZFA, Duesseldorf.  Tell-a-Tale books are even smaller than Little Golden Books.  I can find you a good copy for $20 if you'd like.
I agree with the first suggestion that this might be Tell Me, Cat.  It's an oversized book with poems, embroidery and photographs of cats.
Ellen Fisher, Tell Me Cat.  Solved!! It is Tell me Cat. I found the book on ebay!! Thanks to you who helped.

Tell Me a Mitzi
A book that is probably from the 70's/80's. It goes through a huge description on how the small child gets the younger sibling ready because he wants to go to a relative's house? Very descriptive and goes through each step, put on right sock then left, put on right shoe, feed baby. Landscape and in color.

Lore Segal, Tell me a Mitzi.   
Definitely the one.  "So Mitzi lifted Jacob out of the crib and put him on the floor and she put on his shirt and his overalls and his socks.  She put on his right shoe and his left shoe an dhis snowsuit and his mittens and tied his hat under his chin and said, 'NOW let's go.'"'
Lore Segal (Harriet Pincus, Illustrator), Tell me a Mitzi 1970
. This might be it... the book contains 3 stories, and in the firsst, Mitzi and her little brother Jacob decide to go to Grandma's house before her parents get up: the descriptions of feeding and dressing Jacob are very detailed. The illustrations are very bright-colored, but it is set in the city, not the country. You can see a picture of the cover here: http://www.librarything.com/work/45497/covers/.
Lore Segal, Tell me a Mitzi. Maybe this one?  In one of the stories a child wakes up the baby, dresses hims completely, takes him downstairs to the front of the apartment building, and tries to take a taxi to grandmas house, all without the mothers knowledge.  When they cant get a taxi she has to go back upstairs and reverse the proceedings, putting the baby back in bed.  The mother is surprised at how tired they both are that day!

I have been looking for this for YEARS!!! Your readers out there have solved it!! I can now purchase this book and feel like my book collection will be complete.  Tell me a Mitzi is the correct book!! Thank you so much!!

Tell Me, Mr. Owl
I'm looking for a Halloween book I constantly checked out of my elementary school library (to the point of embarassment as 6th grade approached) in the mid  60's. All I can recall is that it was dark blue or purple, probably published in the 50's or early 60's, and was about a boy who had to walk through the woods at night to get to a Halloween party. I think one of the illustrations at the end of the book was of the boy looking through a window at the other kids attending the party. I also think there may have been an owl somehow involved. I would love to find a copy of this book so I can get back to obsessing about more important things like the impending war...or Meg Ryan. Okay...just Meg Ryan. Thanks.

Doris Van Liew Foster, Tell Me, Mr. Owl, 1957.  Could this be it?  The HALLOWEEN ADVENTURE OF LITTLE BOY & MR. OWL.
My stumper has been solved.  Tell Me, Mr. Owl isn't exactly as I remembered it, but it's been over thirty years. Still, I'm really glad you found it for me and I've been telling all my friends about your site. Now that I've achieved my final goal, I realize I should've set the bar a tad higher goalwise.

Tell No One
Doctor searching for lover he wrongly believed was murdered years previous. 1st chapter is sad couple at private cabin on lake,swimming at night and get attacked.He believes her dead as her father,a cop, identifies her body.Years later he gets email telling him to log on to website and he does and sees a street.At certain time he sees her looking at camera before running away.Book is about him searching for truth and her whilst getting in trouble with police etc.Her dad faked her death as she had witnessed a murder committed by either someone in power or a son to someone who was. Please help!

The book is TELL NO ONE by Harlan Coben. It came out in hardback in 2001 from Delacorte Press, but is now available in paperback. TELL NO ONE was the first book by Coben that was NOT part of his Myron Bolitar mystery series.
The book stumper number is D168 and its been solved thanks! I lent my mother-in-law the book and she lent it to someone else because she forgot it was mine so now I know what it is called she can buy me another copy. Thank again.

Tell Us Your Secret
A friend recommended this site as a way to track down the title of a book I would like to re-read.  The information I remember is very vague, but here goes: a it was arelatively recently published book (probably sometime in the 1980s), about a girl going to a weekend writer's conference for teens.  Her parents don't want her to go but she does anyway.  Her parents are Holocaust survivors, and part of the book deals with that.  I had thought it was by Eve Bunting, but when I checked on a list of titles she had written, none sounded familiar.  I hope this is enough info to track down the title; I would really liketo find it and read it again.

I think this is Barbara Cohen, Tell Us Your Secret (Bantam,1989)
Hello.  I was the person who asked about W24, the book about the Writers' conference. I just wanted to let you know that the answer was absolutely right!! Thanks so much for your help; this is a wonderful site for book-lovers.

Ten Kids, No Pets
This book is probably still somewhere in my library, but I can't seem to locate it. I read it in 1990 or 1991 and it was fairly new then. It's about a young girl (I want to say her name is Calandra) who discovers a secret room in the house her family has recently moved into. In the room, she discovers a diary of a girl who lived there 100 years earlier. I seem to remember she enters the room through a closet of some sort. Anyway, she reads all about this girl's life, and at one point she makes old-fashioned valentines like the kind the girl describes in her diary. I think she also keeps the room a secret from the rest of her family and wants it for her own private space.

This sounds like The Four-Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright.  Check out other comments and memories on the Solved Mysteries page to confirm.
Thanks very much for your response!  Unfortunately, the book I'm looking for is definitely not The Four Story Mistake. Those details don't ring a bell, although some parts do sound similar.  Additional details: I think the name of the girl who wrote the diary was Celia or Cecily. I think the main character (Calandra?) was a part of a large family, and that the bit about the secret room and the diary may have been just a small part of a much larger story. I also seem to remember something about Christmas, having a country Christmas, an orphaned deer, a Halloween party and possibly hiding a rabbit in the secret room. Love the site!
G51 Girl finds secret room in new house sounds like M107 Millowner's daughter's diary
Hi there, I'm the original searcher for G51. Curiosity got the better of me, and I went looking through my old bedroom for this book. I eventually found it packed away with the Baby-sitters Club series. It's called Ten Kids, No Pets and it's by Ann M. Martin. Interestingly, the secret room doesn't figure that prominently in the book! Thanks very much for posting my query and giving suggestions as to what it might be. :o)

Ten Tales Calculated to Give You Shudders
I stumbled on your Stump the Bookseller page this morning and am hoping you can lend me a hand with a short story I'd like to find again. In the book that we had, one of the other stories was The Monkey's Paw. This other story featured a boy who lived in near a cemetery with his grandmother. He plays with some children in the cemetery. For reasons various and sundry, the social workers come and take him away from his grandmother. At the end of the story, he comes back, all grown up, and you find out his playmates were really ghosts. It was a sweet story, and I'd like to read it again. Any ideas? I know The Monkey's Paw has probably appeared in any number of anthologies, so it might not be a helpful clue. Thanks. Love your site. I suspect I'll be spending more money than I should pretty soon.

G17 this one for sure - the story is Floral Tribute by Robert Bloch, first published in Wierd Tales in 1949, and probably anthologised umpteen times since. My copy is in The Devil's Generation, edited by Vic Ghidalia, Lancer, 1973. Eddie is raised by his grandmother Hannah Morse, who lives "right in the back of the cemetery" and sends him over the fence to get flowers for the table. His friends are Joe and Susie, and his grandmother's visitors include Sam Gates, a Civil War soldier. Eddie comes back after being invalided out of the army (WWII) and finds his grandmother the same, till she sends him to get flowers again, from her grave. Sweet sad story.
Can I suggest in the same vein a children's book The Gathering Room by Colby Rodowsky, about Mudge, a little boy whose father has a caretaking job at an old Victorian cemetery. Mudge plays with Dorro, a little girl who died at age 10. Other ghosts are the Captain, the Butterfly Lady who recites poetry, and the Judge.
from 1972. The *story* sought in G17 has already been identified, but in case questioner also wants to refind the original book, the only anthology which contains *both* Bloch's "Floral Tribute" and Jacobs' "Monkey's Paw" is the Whitman hc juvenile anthology SHUDDERS ed. Ross Olney (1972), so presumably that'\''s the one where the questioner read the Bloch story.  (Match found via THE SUPERNATURAL INDEX by Mike Ashley and William Contento  Greenwood Press, 1995).
This may be the anthology wanted - Ten Tales Calculated to Give You SHUDDERS, edited by Ross R. Olney, published Whitman 1972. Cover picture in blue/green tones shows teenage girl and boy looking back apprehensively at old wooden house with lit window above porch, ominous shadow in window. Stories are Sweets to the Sweet; Waxwork; Used Car; Inexperienced Ghost; Whistling Room; Last Drive; Monkey's Paw; Second Night Out; Hills Beyond Furcy; Floral Tribute.
Floral Tribute
Forgive me if I may have sent part of this information before, but I have something to add, so am sending it all.  "Floral Tribute" never appeared in ANY Robert Bloch collection, including The Complete Stories of Robert
Bloch, which seems to me to be really false advertising.  How can anything be "The Complete Stories" if it doesn't contain ALL the author's published stories?  It appeared in only three anthologies which I could find, The
Devil's Generation, edited by Vic Ghidalia, Legends for the Dark, edited by Peter Haining, and Shudders, edited by Ross R. Olney, so is not as well-known as the solver assumed.  Without this forum, I'd NEVER have known about it!

Tenggren's Cowboys and Indians
I had a book in the early 1950's, which was 8 1/2 X11 size, cream colored hardback, with both text and illustrations about cowboys and Indians.  It took place on a ranch, and I recall one of the stories was about a young boy who was afraid of Indians, and who thought he saw them attacking one night, took a shot at them, only to find out that he had shot a cactus.  Do you know what this book is?  Thanks,

"The Cactus Indian" is one of many little stories. Jackson, Kathryn; Byron Jackson Tenggren¹s cowboys and Indians  illus by Tenggren Simon and Schuster  1948
This is Tenggren's Cowboys and Indians, illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren, and written by Kathy and Byron Jackson.  I think it was originally published in1948, but has been reprinted many times.

Terrible Churnadryne

Terrible Game
In high school I read a book about a kid and his dad who were very athletic. They went into competition as a team in a far away land against the 'bad guys'  to win the favor of the land's leader (king?). The competition was deadly, literaly, using bows and swords from horseback. Naturally the good guys won.  After all, it was a book in a school library.  The USA  and the 'REDS' were competing for political advantage in a foreign 'backwards' country. The country's leader decided that their national miltary competition rules would be used to decide the better, more powerful country with which to align themselves.  So our hero (the kid of course) and his dad are chosen to travel and
compete against a team from the RED side. The rules allow a competitor to kill an opponent under certain circumstances.  I want the author of this book, and the correct title.  I have not been able to find a copy of it any where in the years since. Of course, I have not made a serious effort all that time. The title is 'the dangerous game' or 'The most Dangerous game' or something like that.   (It HAS been a long time.)  And I have no idea who the author is/was.  There is more than one book with this title or one like it. It is not  “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Edward Connell, published by Colliers on Jan 19 1924. Also not The Most Dangerous Game   by Gavin Lyall,  (The main character was not a pilot, and no treasure or Messerschmits were involved.)

Dan Tyler Moore, The Terrible Game. This was made into a terrible movie called "Gymkata", with former Olympic  gymnast Kurt Thomas.  I haven't read the book by Dan Tyler Moore, but it was called the Terrible Game and if the plot was like the movie, this is the book.

Terrible, Horrible Edie
I would love to find this book, but my memory is very dim on details. I don't even remember if it included text or only illustrations. I do recall it as an incredibly harrowing series of episodes in which the main character, a skinny girl of about 10 yrs who had straight black hair in a pony tail, gets herself into Very Scary Situations that she cannot get herself out of. I don't recall there being any resolution to her predicaments. The one episode that I do recall involves her riding downhill on a bicycle (or perhaps roller skates?) and realizing she has no brakes. The illustrations were probably pencil (perhaps black and white, but perhaps also red), and they had a Edward Gorey-type creepiness about them. I probably would have read this in 1972. Help!

Elizabeth C. Spykman , Terrible, Horrible Edie. Poster doesn't say what era, but the "Edie" book series is like this. This is the onlt title I remember --which doesn't have the bike (in this one she doesn't lots of bad things including locking a hated cousin in the boathouse. I loved these books when I read them in the early 60s.

I wrote to Loganberry books years ago (2004 or 2005) looking for a book that described harrowing situations. The suggested book was "Terrible, Horrible Edie." I just wanted to let you know that I finally found the book I have been remembering. (I have not spent all these years searching!) It's "Some Things are Scary" by Florence Parry Heide, illustrated by Jules Feiffer, originally printed in 1969 and reprinted in 2000. The timing jibes, as my recollection is that I would have read it in 1972. I haven't seen the actual book yet, but there is apparently very little text, mostly captions that set the scene.

The Terrible Truth: Secrets of A Sixth Grader
Book I read in elementary school in the late 1980's. Began with main character (elementary school aged girl) talking about having lot of different clothes and wearing different outfits to school, including some madras plaid.  Discussed her home and school life, fitting in, friends (boy), parents...

SOLVED: Stephen Roos,
The Terrible Truth: Secrets of A Sixth Grader, 2/1/1984. After much digging on my own, I finally figured out the title of the book I was looking for!

Terror by Satellite
This was a sci-fi book that takes place on a space station orbiting Earth. I think the main character might have been named Tony. He had just gotten a ham radio and smuggled it aboard the station when he was called for duty there. The person in charge was insane and had some evil plot in mind with some kind of giant ray gun. Tony and one of his friends were trying to stop him and contacted Earth with the radio. I remember one part where they had to do some kind of repair work on the station, but the captain wouldn't let them turn the power off and they got electrical burns on their hands. Another incident happened when they were locked up in a cabin and Tony's friend pretended to attack the guard to give Tony time to hide the radio. I probably read this in the late 60's. Any ideas on this one? Thanks!

Hugh Walters, Terror by satellite, 1964, copyright.  Tony Hale smuggles a transceiver aboard a satellite, and the powermad commander of the satellite threatens the Earth. The only way they can communicate is by Tony's device.
Wow, this is the one! I've been wondering about this for ages. And I didn't know there was a whole series! Thank you!

a purple paperback of fair length.  The protagonist was a teenage black girl who had a best friend named Floe.  She gets to go to a white school and gets cast in the play as a maid. At a sleepover she flatirons her hair with butter.

Jesse Jackson, Tessie, 1968. This is almost certainly the book this stumper is about - I checked the copy at my workplace and it has all the remembered elements. Jesse Jackson, Tessie, 1968. Tessie, who comes from a working-class family in Harlem, wins a scholarship to a prestigious private school on the Upper East Side.  Her adjustment to her new school is difficult and while she makes new friends, her old friendships suffer including that with her best friend Flo or Floe. And she does straighten her hair.  Jackson, not to be confused with the same-named activist/reverend, was one of the first Black writers to publish kids/YA novels about the struggles of smart Black youths being fully accepted by society.  His "Charley" books are classics.  And there is a 1979 sequel to "Tessie" called "Tessie Keeps Her Cool" which is hard to find.

Solved: Jesse Jackson, Tessie. This is it!  This has been driving me crazy for years, truly.  Thanks, book lovers!

Thanksgiving Treasure
I know this was turned into a TV movie, because there was something to that effect on the front cover.  Probably a 1970s publication as it was inherited from my cousin.  Awkward teenage girl makes friends with crotchety old man; a bike figures prominently in the story.  I think she's laughed at because her bike has thin racing tires rather than thick dirt-bike tires.  She invites him to her family Thanksgiving; when he doesn't show, she gets concerned and goes over to his house to discover that he's died and left her the bike she coveted. The relationship is very reminiscent of that in A Summer to Die, but it's not that.  I'm 99% sure the word Thanksgiving is in the title.

T156: The Thanksgiving Treasure by Gail Rock, 1974? She actually gets a horse at the end, though! Rock wrote at least three other books about Addie, including The House Without a Christmas Tree, which I love, especially for the author's sense of humor.
Gail Rock, The Thanksgiving Treasure, 1974.  An Addie Mills Story from the Television Special starring Jason Robards. Addie's Thanksgiving gesture toward a crochety old man enriches both their lives. Maybe?
Gail Rock, The Thanksgiving Treasure (A Dell Yearling Book), 1974.  This story sounds like The Thanksgiving Treasure by Gail Rock who also wrote The House Without A Christmas Tree. The latter was on TV and caught my interest so I read these other books by her including A Dream for Addie. The stories revolve around Addie from Nebraska in the 1940's. She lives with her widowed father (played by Jason Robards) and her grandmother.  They are relatively poor and full of pride and are very private. Addie is so opposite by being an outgoing,disarming and clever pre-teen who unbeknownst to her Dad, befriends this old man and his horse in The Thanksgiving Treasure. Addie learns that her father and the old man have had an on-going feud for years which she helps heal as the wise peace-maker. The old man dies and leaves his horse "Treasure" to her and this fulfills a lifelong dream of of hers to own a horse.  I hope this helps.

That Archer Girl
That Archer Girl, 1960s.  Book is about a wealthy high school girl named Anne (Ann?) Archer and her romantic relationships.  I believe this was published sometime in the 1960s.

You've got it.  Anne Emery, That Archer Girl, Westminster Press, 1959.  Anne is beautiful, wealthy, and secure in the knowledge that she always gets what she wants. But ultimately her selfish games cost her not only her boyfriend, but her best friend. 

That Barbara
I am a 42 year old mother who read a book back in the 70's about a girl who was trying to prove to her mother that she was grown up enough to be given an indian necklace that is passed on from mother to daughter. The necklace was given to her great grandmother during the pioneer days by an indian for bravery.  Some of the things I recall the girl doing to prove she was grown up enough was trying to sew a green dress, going out on her first date and wearing a bra. Part of the date was to include a swim at the country club and she went into the steam room where she almost fainted. She did faint after dinner and was very embarrassed when her dates father secretly handed her bra (that fell out of her pocket) to her at the end of the date. She also refuses to go to church with her family when they all are wearing red polka dot clothes. She does stand up for her grandfather when he buys her candy at the store in front of all her friends. Finally, at the end, while she is alone, she saves her relatives son and house during a terrible snow storm on Christmas Eve. This book is set in the days when cars had to be hand cranked to start. I just can't remember the name of the book. Any help finding this book would be appreciated.

That Barbara by Wilma Thompson! Barbara's homemade dress falls apart when she wears it. This is a delightful, old fashioned,coming-of-age story with a funny heroine. Charming!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping me find the name of this book and the author! I have already ordered the book and can't wait to get it for my daughter.  (Although I might read it first)! I highly recommend it to anyone who has a "coming of age" daughter and for their mothers who would like a comical "trip down memory lane".

That Crazy April
I remember almost everything about this book except the title and author! It would have been published sometime around 1972 to 1974. The main character is a 10-year-old girl named Cress. Her mom is really involved in the women's movement and decides to take back her maiden name, even though her parents are still married. Cress is torn between her admiration for her mom and her desire for a more traditional mother. Cress has two friends, a child model named Monique and a chubby boy named Davey. Cress also has a cousin, Xandra, who quits college to get married and put her husband through medical school. Cress has problems trying to get into the metal sculpture club at school because the teacher doesn't want to teach "shop" courses to girls. Toward the end of the book, Cress models in a bridal fashion show where she's asked to play the part of the ringbearer. She ends up splitting her pink satin breeches and quitting the fashion show--at the very end, she's preparing to go to an Outward Bound-type summer camp. You'd think with all of these details, I'd remember the name of the book, but no!

Jessamyn West, Cress Delahanty, 1950's.  possibly?
Lila Perl, That Crazy April.  I'm sure this is the one.
Lila Perl, That Crazy April, 1974. Sounds like this is definitely the right book.

That Donkey
Book from the 60's about a donkey that belonged to the farmer and the farmer was not nice to him. A little girl used to come and visit him. She would have mittens on and the donkeys ears were always cold so she would rub his ears to warm them up. The girl wanted to make the donkey a gift of mittens for his ears but only had pieces of different yarns to use so the mittens were all different colored stripes going up the donkey's ears.  The donkey would have to pull the cart into town and people would laugh at him and his funny colored ear mittens so he took them off.....  I believe that at the end, the girl made him mittens to match his fur/coat.

Georgiana, That Donkey, 1954.  No one understood "that donkey" had cold ears, until Laura came to live on the farm.  First, she made him a pair of brightly-colored mittens for his ears, but everyone laughed at him and made him sad.  So Laura made him a pair of brown ear-mittens, just the color of his own ears.  The author, Georgiana (a pseudonym, but I don't know her real name), is listed on this site under "Most Requested Books" (although it does not mention this title).
I requested the name for this and it indeed was solved. Thank you very much...

That Donkey
I am looking for a small (maybe Wonder of Elf - not Golden) book from late 50s or early 60s. The book cover had a picture of a donkey with a yellow knitted mitten like (no fingers) cover on each ear. The "mittens" looked like bananas in the picture. I don't recall the short story but I am sure it included the ear covers !

the book is in fact THAT DONKEY by Georgiana - you solved it already for someone else. Thx !
That Donkey by Georgiana (pseudonym of Dorothy Grider), 1954.  Please see the Solved Mysteries "T" page for more information!

That Jones Girl
the book begins on the day WWI ends. A lonely unpopular high school girl lives alone with her father (her mother is dead). When her father's sister comes to visit, the girl learns that her aunt is a famous actress and discovers that she too has a flair for acting. She ends up with the most popular boy in high school.

The title is That Jones Girl, by Elisabeth Hamilton Friermood, published in 1956.  Holds up well to reading today -- in fact I reread it not long ago.  Just discovered your site today and glad I could help!

That Makes Me Mad!
This was a book I had when I was about 6...(I'm 22 now). I remember the story being about a girl who was getting in trouble all day, when she thought she was just "helping", (such as giving the dog a bath, changing her little brother's diaper, etc.) She makes a mess no matter what she does and her mother gets mad at her. Everytime, the little girl says, "That makes me mad!" I thought the illustrator was Hilary Knight, but I cannot find this book listed as one that he did. Please help!  :)

you had all the info right, but for some reason it's a hard one to find!  I did find an ex-library copy though.
Kroll, Steven. That Makes Me Mad! Illustrated by Hilary Knight. New York: Pantheon Books, 1976. First edition, ex-library with library markings.  <SOLD>

That's Not Chester!
Chester was a cat.  The family left the cat at Aunt Maude's house when they went on a vacation. Every where they went the kids remarked that characters looked like Chester.  But the parents responded.  "Don't be silly.  That can't be Chester. Chester is at Aunt maude's house--where he was indeed when they returned.

Carol Nicklaus, That's not Chester!, 1975.  Chester, the family cat, is left behind at vacation time but the Smith family sees his face everywhere during their trip.

Thee, Hannah!
Wonderful Site! I have been thinking about this book for ages. It is very old--possibly from the 20s or 30s, even, and it was beautifully illustrated, with a blue cloth cover, kind of oblong, if I recall correctly. It involved, insofar as I can remember, a girl named Hannah (and I think that Hannah is part of the title) who wanted a fancy bonnet for a special occasion, and admired the trimmed bonnets of other young ladies. In the end, I think because she was "Plain" (Quaker?), she ended up accepting her unadorned bonnet with good grace. I adored this book--particularly the illustrations (colored). Any hints or thoughts will be received with great excitement.

De Angeli, Marguerite. THEE, HANNAH!  Doubleday Doran & Co., 1940. Adventures of young Quaker girl and her family during Quaker Week. They help a slave woman and her little boy to escape.

Their First Igloo on Baffin Island
1940-1950.   illustrations - vivid blues against snow and ice story - child (boy?) gets lost in a snow storm, builds an igloo as taught by elders. He may have dogs & sled

Pipaluk Freuchen, Eskimo Boy, 1951.  A possibility.
E44 Freuchen, Pipaluk [daughter of Peter Freuchen]  Eskimo boy.  ilus by Ingrid Vang Nyman. Lothrop, 1951. Greenland
eskimos - juvenile fiction; coming of age
Lorraine Beim, The Little Igloo. This could be The Little Igloo, in which an Eskimo boy is learns to build an igloo for his dog, and is teased for it. When he and the dog get lost in a storm, however, he is able to build them both an igloo and survive until they are found.
This might be it!! Their First Igloo on Baffin Island by Barbara True and Marguerite Henry. 1943 Illustrated by Gladys Blackwood Rourke. I found it excerpted in an old California State Reading Series-book called Along the Sunshine Trail. Two eskimo children, Nuka and Palea (a girl)- I think brother and sister, get lost in storm. 

Theodore and the Talking Mushroom
A little boy finds a blue mushroom that goes "querp" they go on a quest to find the mushrooms' (home/family?) At the end of the story they come to a valley filled with blue mushrooms that go "querp". This children's story was read about 30 years ago (1970's ?) The reader was about 8 years old or a little older, so probably written on about a 3rd - 6th grade reading level.

Lionni, Leo, Theodore and the Talking Mushroom, Pantheon, 1971.  "The blue mushroom says only one strange word but Theodore the mouse convinces his friends that it means nice things about him."
Leo Lionni, Theodore and the Talking Mushroom, 1971.  Theodore the mouse lives in an oak stump with his friends, a lizard, frog and turtle.  The other three seem special, while Theodore feels ordinary and is easily frightened.  One day, he finds a blue mushroom that says, "Quirp!"  He tells his friends that he has discovered the Mushroom of Truth and that he alone can understand its language---and that it is saying that the mouse should be venerated above all other animals.  All of the animals believe Theodore, and his life is pretty cushy until the day that he and his friends discover a valley filled with blue mushrooms that say, "Quirp!"  Theodore's charade is over, and he runs away from his angry friends and is never seen again.  In 1997, this story was reprinted in Frederick's Fables: a treasury of 16 Leo Lionni stories.

There and Back Again
Childrens story - always thought it was called There and Back Again- c.1940/50? UK? Two children are left with their Housekeeper looking after them. She regularly goes away on her days off. The children follow her. They end up in a strange place - with strange experiences: visiting the sky-menders shop - they were repairing the clouds....walking through a village and getting stale bread thrown at them...tending their wounds in a small stream...ending up at Christmas Pudding mountain watching the elves make toys...getting back home again on a hot-air balloon....

Mary Crosbie, There and Back Again, The Story of a Family, 1927.  Could be -- I've never read the book, but it fits the title and timeline.
Evelyn Davey-Collins, There and Back Again.  Illustrated by M W Whittington.  Published Arthur H Stockwell, no date but probably 1930s/1940s.  Decorated blue cloth boards.  Size 16 x 21.5cm approx., 143 pages.  While their parents are abroad, the twins, Jerry and Joan accompany Rosy Liza (a devoted DUTCH DOLL) to the enchanting land of There-and-Back-Again, where they enjoy a most exciting holiday with Uncle Pumpkin, at Cucumber Cottage.  The twins visit Toy Village where they are mistaken for Jack and Jill and put in the Nursery Rhyme Book, attend Dame Gingerbread’s School, meet Sammy The GOLLIWOG-MAN, The Star Keeper, and the Sky Fairies and many other intriguing characters.
Thank you so much - At long last I know know the author....I'm so grateful

There Once Was a Puffin
My mother remembers a book from her childhood in the 1950’s.  It was a small picture book, perhaps published by Whitman, about a puffin on an island.

How ‘bout a penguin?  I have a Rand McNally Junior Elf book here called Little Penguin.  It’s written by Carrie Rarick and illustrated by Vivienne Blake DeMuth in 1955 and features a little penguin on the cover.  There's also a famous, and early, Little Golden Book about a penguin named Pablo.  It's one of the first Disney LGB books.  Um, you said Puffin, didn't you?  Oh well.
Could P25 be an illustrated version of the Poem that goes:
There once was a Puffin / Shaped just like a muffin / And he lived on an island / in the deep blue sea./ And he ate little fishes / That were most delicious / and he had them for supper /  and he had them for tea...
I think it might be Edward Lear.  If this sounds like it, I'll check my poetry books to be sure, as I know we have several copies.  The Puffin is sad because he has nobody to play with, and the fish offer to play iwth him if he'll stop eating them.  He agrees and has pancakes instead.
I love your site! Some of the requests brought back childhod memories of stories read long ago, especially The Phoenix and the Carpet. Thanks!!   But my problem is searching for the poem "There Once Was A Puffin" referred to in P25 of your website. It was written by Florence Page Jaques- this much I have found out. I would like the whole poem. In third grade the teacher read it to our class and I have never forgotten it, but could never locate it. Can you find a website where the whole thing is written out? It seems it is not available since the publisher is out of stock (boo hiss). Thanks for a great site.
I am happy to say I finally found it! It was in the library as a children's picture book. The publisher is Dutton Children's Books, the ISBN # is: 0-525-45291-5. The author as I wrote last time is Florence Page Jaques, the illustrator of this book is Laura Mcgee Kvasnosky. And here is the poem (ta- daaaaaaa!)

There Once Was A Puffin
Oh, there once was a Puffin/ Just the shape of a muffin,/ And he lived on an island/ In the bright, blue sea!/ He ate little fishes/ That were most delicious,/ And he had them for supper/ And he had them for tea./ But this poor little Puffin/ He couldn't play nothin',/ For he hadn't anybody/ To play with at all./ So he sat on his island/ And he cried for awhile, and/ He felt very lonely,/ And he felt very small./ Then along came the fishes/ And they said, "If you wishes,/ You can have us for playmates/ Instead of for tea!"/ So they now play together,/ In all sorts of weather,/ And the Puffin eats pancakes/ Like you and like me.

I hope you and everyone else enjoy this. I had to memorized this poem in 3rd grade in a little elementary school in Maine back in 1960. I love your site and will return often just for the memories and the smiles. Thanks so much!

My Mother used to read to me from a book that she received for free after ordering a set of encyclopedias (as I remember)  There was a poem in it about "The Pirate of Dundee" as well as a poem about a Puffin
There once was a Puffin / Who sat on his Tuffin / out in the deep blue sea / He ate little fishes / That were most delicious / He had them for lunch / And he had them for tea.  It goes on from there but those are the only stanzas I remember.  Can you find me the title and author or publisher of this book?  I'd like to have a copy again.
I noticed on your solved mysteries page, you've an item about "there once was a puffin". this poem also appears in the big golden book of poetry (another of your solved mysteries); it is on the last page of the book.
the last red query mentions a book that came free with encyclopedias, containing "The Pirate of Dundee" plus the puffin poem, and asks for its title/author.  Doesn't say how old that book was, but in case this person is still looking, there is One Hundred Best Poems for Boys and Girls, compiled by Marjorie Barrows (Whitman, 1930).  It contains the Puffin and also "Pirate Don Durk of Dowdee" by Mildred Plew Merryman.  (If this is the right pirate poem, it starts Ho, for the pirate Don Durk of Dowdee! / He was as wicked as wicked could be / But oh, he was perfectly gorgeous to see! / The Pirate Don Durk of Dowdee.)  It's a small book (5x7), orange with white polka dots and a black spine, with cardboard covers and low-quality paper  the illustrations are silhouettes.

There Was Timmy
Your site is definitely on my list of Way Cool Web Sites!  My mother used to read us a book about a dog (I'm fairly certain it was a dog) who wasalways getting into difficult situations and causing huge messes.  No one in the family can remember the name of the dog, or the book for that matter, but the book had the oft repeated line; "And there was_____?_____, right smack dab in the middle of everything"  It was probably published in the 50's or 60's.  I would love to be able to get a copy of this book for my mom for Christmas.

D29: Wouldn't be Clifford, the Big Red Dog by Bridwell?
The book I'm looking for is definitely NOT a Clifford book.  I'm the youngest child in the family so may remember it the least.  I've asked my siblings for more details but have yet to hear from them.  The book was hardcover, probably clothbound.  It had black ink drawings.  I vaguely remember the dog being black.  It had mostly text with  a picture every 2nd or 3rd page.
Think I read this in an anthology when I was small.  The dog was a Scottie and his name was Tammie There was Tammie  just looked at abebooks.com and they list the author as Marguerite and Dorothy Bryan.  Hope this helps....
Got a call from a sister.  She said the book was probably a Weekly Reader and would have been purchased in the mid to late 60's.  The story is about a bunch of raccoons who cause trouble for which the dog is blamed.  The dog ends up in the middle of everything as he tries to warn the family about the raccoons.  In the end, he is finally able to show the family exactly who it is that's making all the messes.
D29 The answer COULD be the Mishmash books by Molly Cone. The first one came out in 1962 and there were seven different ones. He was a black dog that caused lots of trouble (I don't remember that specific phrase
repeating, but I haven't read it since my childhood) One word of warning. The illustrator you would remember is Leonard Shortall (think of the illustrations in the classic Encyclopedia Brown books, or the illustrations for the original The Bully of Barkham Street)  The re-issue copy has a new cover (I can't speak for the pictures inside, although Shortall is still listed as the illustrator)
I FOUND IT!!!!!!!  Thanks for all your help.  I've confirmed that the book is There Was Timmy by Sally Scott.  It was published in 1959 by Harcourt Brace & Co. for Weekly Reader.  But if you have it I'd prefer to buy it from you as a Thank You for your help and your wonderful site.  God Bless and Merry Christmas Mom!
Alas, I do not currently have There Was Timmy.  I do appreciate your asking, however, and am grateful that I could help solve he mystery for you.  Please visit Loganberry again!

There's an Elephant in the Bathtub
A boy finds an elephant in the alley and takes him home. The boy's parents, who are busily involved in their own lives, are oblivious to the elephant's presence in their home. The boy tells them what he and the elephant are doing (going upstairs, taking a bath) and the parents say fine, fine. The boy goes on his way, humming "dum de dum de dum de dum." Eventually the elephant is discovered to have strayed from a circus and is returned there, and the boy, still humming, returns to his oblivious parents. The boy's name might have been James.

Jolly Roger Bradfield, There's an Elephant in the Bathtub, 1964.  This sounds similar to Jolly Roger Bradfield's very first picture book, There's an Elephant in the Bathtub.  He later wrote two more books with very similar themes (Benjamin Dilley's Thirsty Camel and Benjamin Dilley's Lavendar Lion).  You can read all about Jolly Roger Bradfield and his books on this very site, under "Most Requested Books"

Theresa Follows the Crops
Story / excerpt 1972-84 elementary school reader? Poor Mexican migrant girl starts school in the US (maybe Texas). Admires blond girl with wonderful dresses.  Migrant transforms sack dress by painting it with little red polka-dot using bottle of red iodine.

Patricia Miles Martin, Trina's Boxcar
, 1967, copyright.  A favorite childhood book.  Trina is Hispanic and poorer than other kids in town.  Her family  lives in a boxcar.  She decorates a feedsack or floursack dress by painting a design on it with red iodine.  The popular Scholastic paperback is titled "Trina".
Thank you for posting a reply however I think this response is incorrect. I finally found a copy of Trina by Patricia Miles Martin and it is makes no reference to Trina painting a dress with iodine. Your recollection about the story is correct so maybe it is another book perhaps... Thank you for helping.
Guy Bond & Maria Cudy, Meeting New Friends - classroom edition,
1953, copyright.  This story (actually two short stories, "Theresa follows the crops," and "Theresa Goes to School," written by Clara Lambert) briefly  tells of Theresa, a child of Mexican crop workers, who transforms a flour sack dress into a Mex-American work of art.  She uses a bottle of Mercurochome (a big word for a child's reader!) to paint flower designs on her school dress, and thus wins the admiration of a fellow student.  My copy of this reader is red, with a sketchy outline of a young Mexican boy against a craggy mountain scene (complete with cactus) on the cover.  This edition is the "classmate edition," which, according to the appendix, is the simplified version of this fourth grade reader. According to the acknowledgements in the back of the book, the story "Theresa follows the crops" (by children's author Clara Lambert) was adapted from "We're All Americans," manual of the Council Against Intolerance in America.
I'm the poster of the Trina's Boxcar solution and have just re-read the book and see too that there is no iodine-painted dress in the story.  Sorry, I must have gotten it confused with the Clara Lambert stories.
Guy L. Bond and Marie C. Cuddy, ed., Meeting new friends, 1953, 1956, copyright.  The second person who posted in blue is correct. The story I remember is "Theresa Follows the Crops" by Clara Lambert in the Lyons and Carnahan's The Developmental Reading Series reader. I was very happy to find this book. I was thinking about it for over 25 years. Thank you so much!

They Loved to Laugh
An orphaned girl lives with a family with 4 sons just before the Civil War.  She raises silk worms.  She is engaged to the eldest son who is killed in the war.

I believe this one is They Loved to Laugh by Kathryn Worth.
Here is the summary for They Loved to Laugh, from the LC record: "Summary: In 1831 in rural North Carolina, sixteen-year-old Martitia, newly orphaned and timid, comes to live with a large, boisterous Quaker family whose five sons delight in teasing and laughter. "
Perhaps - They Loved to Laugh by Kathryn Worth, published in 1942 by Doubleday. An orphan girl is adopted by a Quaker family in the 1830s. There are 5 sons, including Jonathan and Clarkson. The girl's name is Martitia.There is also a daughter, Ruth, who tells Martitia that "every tub must stand on its own bottom". Her aunt and uncle, in Richmond, try to take her away because they disapprove of the Quaker's religious beliefs. She raises silkworms to help pay for Jonathan's education. Clarkson falls in love with her but dies of yellow fever.

I read this book several times when I was in junior high in the 60's.  It was about a young girl who was orphaned and sent to live with a country family who had 4 or 5 older sons who always teased her.  I think there was a daughter also, who thought the girl was kind of useless since she didn't know how to do anything.  She learns weaving and other household chores.  In the end, she falls in a well, or is trapped somewhere and almost dies, but one of the sons finds her.  You get the impression she had been falling in love with the one who finds her, but it is a different brother's name she is calling out in delirium.

Kathryn Worth, They Loved To Laugh.
  This one's often asked about on book search boards.  It's based on the author's family history and tells the story of Martitia, a young orphan who goes to live with a Quaker family.  The incident you refer to takes place in a springhouse or icehouse, where Martitia is stranded with a broken leg.
Worth, Kathryn, They Loved to Laugh.  Don't know about the well, but here's the description of this book: "In 1831 in rural North Carolina, sixteen-year-old Martitia, newly orphaned and timid, comes to live with a large, boisterous Quaker family whose five sons delight in teasing and laughter."
Worth, Kathryn, They Loved to Laugh.  I don't remember the well, but other details match.  The family were Quaker, and the girl, Martitia, ended up falling in love with one of the sons, Jonathan.  In print from Bethlehem Books (1996), but I know it's much older  - I read it in the late 60s-early 70s.
Kathryn Worth, They Loved to Laugh.  This was recently reissued by Bethlehem Books.  Their description:  "16-year-old orphan Martitia Howland has been transplanted into a Quaker farm family of five intimidating sons and one disapproving daughter.  As Martitia runs their gauntlet [sic], she begins to bloom.  Valiantly she acquires the skills they expect of her, and discovers other gifts all her own.  Her achievements earn respect in the end and more, her heart's true love."
Kathryn Worth, They Loved to Laugh, 1942, copyright.  I love this book and I'm sure it's the one!
Kathryn Worth, They Loved to Laugh, 1959, copyright.  Sounds like this one, one of my favorites of all time.
Kathryn Worth, They Loved to Laugh, 1942, approximate.  Thank you so much for helping me with this!  I don't know how I would have figured it out!

This is young adult fiction, story took place in the U.S. I'm thinking in the mid-19th century. A girl (probably recently orphaned) is sent to live with her cousins. I think it was a large family of boys -- though I remember only two of them -- and one girl. The protagonist was a city girl who had to be taught to do the work of a farm household. There was one scene I remember where she's caught by her girl cousin sweeping dust under a rug. Protagonist wore her dark her short and used a ribbon for a head band, and I remember I eventually cut my long hair short because of this book. She falls in love with the middle brother, who is kind and friendly to her from the beginning. Then he dies and in the end she learns to care for the oldest brother, who has always loved her. He's much more serious and is studying to be a lawyer -- I remember thinking of him as sort of a Lincoln kind of character. This is all I remember!

Perhaps this is They Loved to Laugh by Kathryn Worth?  I haven't read it, but it's shown up as a stumper before, and Loganberry has a copy for sale!
Kathryn Worth, They Loved to Laugh, 1942, copyright.
Kathryn Worth, They Loved to Laugh, 1942, copyright.  Definitely this is the book - I have read this many times over!  "In 1831 in rural North Carolina, sixteen-year-old Martitia, newly orphaned and timid, comes to live with a large, boisterous Quaker family whose five sons delight in teasing and laughter."
Kathryn Worth, They Loved to Laugh, 1942.  This is it! I'm pretty certain, since I remember the names Ruth and Jonathan. So they weren't cousins after all -- interesting that this is a true story too. I can't believe how easy this was; I've been trying to find this book for probably 20 years. I'm so delighted!

 Worth, Kathryn.  They Loved to LaughIllustrated by Marguerite de Angeli.  Doubleday & Co., 1942.  DJ hardback.  F/VG.  $25.

Worth, Kathryn.  They Loved to Laugh.  illus by Marguerite deAngeli.  Doubleday & Company, 1942.  Ex-library edition with the usual marks and rear pocket, dust jacket in library mylar protector; pages soft and clean.  G.  $18

They're Torturing Teachers in Room 104
It was a children's book about a troublemaking class who had a knack for getting rid of teachers.  I think they were in 5th grade.  Then they get this magic teacher who's name may or may not have been Ms. Merriweather.  There's a mysterious door standing in the middle of the classroom.  And most of the kids start behaving except one, until she turns his hair blue and curly.

Piasecki, Jerry, They're Torturing Teachers in Room 104. (1992)  Definitely the book you want. The kids in Room 104 have a reputation for going through more teachers than any other class in school when Ms. Merriweather arrives and with the help of her talking door Sidney she shows the kids how awful their futures will be unless they get their acts together.
They're Torturing Teachers in Room 104.  Yes, that's the book!  Thank you very much.

Thief of Always
This book in question was about a child who ended up going to a boarding school (it may well have been a harry potter style rescue through the window, but i may be mistaken) weird things start to happen at this school, kids going missing. I also remember there was a wall/bush? bordering the school which im sure had some kind of enchantment on it where you couldnt get through it.Anyway I remember there being some sort of pond/lake with fish in it, basicly it turned out the kids were turning into fish and the main character managed to escape through the wall in the end! I read this book about 8 yrs ago and unfortunately have no idea how old it is prior to that.  I have tried to find out what it was for years, and I am hoping someone knows what on earth I am talking about!!

The book you're looking for is The Thief of Always by Clive Barker (1992).  When ten year old Harvey Swick wishes to be delivered from a boring February afternoon, the grinning and mysterious Rictus invites him to Mr. Hood's Holiday House.  This wonderful place has four seasons every day, with lovely spring mornings, summer afternoons, Halloween evenings, and Christmas every night.  Harvey befriends the other children who inhabit the house, but is puzzled when the children disappear and the number of fish inhabiting the pond increases.  A favorite at our house!
Thank you so much, that is most certainly the book I was looking for, I cant thank you enough for finding me the book! What a fantastic site, the best $2 ive ever spent!

Thin Arnold
I'm looking for a children's book about a rabbit named Arnold, who was always late.  I'm sorry, that's all I remember.  I read it over and over to my son about 26 years ago, and he absolutely loved it.

A26 might be Thin Arnold by Joan Chase Bacon, published by Golden in 1970.  There is a webpage with the text at http://www.streetcarmike.net/thinarnold.html/
The suggested title Thin Arnold seems to match pretty well, since it is about a rabbit called Arnold who is always late (is thin because his family eats before him) but eventually saves the day, and the publication date works.

Thing in Delores' Piano
The Thing in Delores's Piano (maybe I've spelled Delores wrong) is about a little girl who plays the piano but always plays off-key.  Whenever she plays, all the neighbors put cotton balls in their ears and her mother tells her to "go outside and play jump rope or something."  Delores, frustrated by her bad playing goes inside her piano to find out who is responsible for her being off-key.  She meets  several interesting creatures named Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol,  La, and Ti.  This is where the story gets a little fuzzy  for me.  I think she discovers the source of the bad key (some sort of sour note monster)and has to find the good key. Then she leaves her piano and can play beautifully. I've searched a lot of out-of-print search engines but with no luck.  Can anyone help?

This is most definitely The Thing in Dolores' Piano by Robert Tallon.
Robert Tallon, The Thing in Dolores' Piano, 1970.  Published by Bobbs-Merrill.  "Summary: The notes in Dolores' piano have had enough of her horrible piano playing, but Dolores finds something with which to fight their rebellion."

Things to Know
I am looking for a set of books I had as a child, probably about the mid-1980s. My mother couldn't remember this set at all, and my sister and I were only able to remember these vague details:
It was a boxed set of two hard-cover volumes of what we think would fall in the category of nursery rhymes/poems. The "box" was completely open on one side and it looked like a red brick building. I think the books' covers also had the same brick design on them. I know it isn't much to go on, but I remember loving that set and would love to find it to share with my children.

SOLVED: Richard Scarry, Things to Know, 1971. I found it! Using a magnifying glass with an old polaroid that happened to have one of the volumes in the background. One of the books is Things to Know by Richard Scarry. There were also two others--Going Places and Best Stories Ever. I found that the collection may have been titled Look and Learn Library. So I was wrong about there being two volumes  there were three. Thanks so much for your service, though!

Thingumajig Book of Manners
It was a hard cover book of manners with the characters being troll like. The name of the book was The Thingamajigs. It was a childrens book i used to read my kids, now that i have granchildren my children ask me about it all the time. However i lost it in a fire in 1982. I would guess we received the book around 1980. Hope you can help, i heard about you on NPR.

Beverly Cleary wrote a book called Janet's Thingamajigs, but the characters are fairly human.
Irene Keller , The Thingumajig book of manners, 1981.  "Thingumajigs are ugly creatures who slurp their soup, slam doors, scratch where they itch, and all talk at once."

Thinking Book
Please help! PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICHES PILED UP TO THE SKY. I am searching for a yellow, hardcover, horizontal, children's picture book my mother purchased in the late 1960's or early 70's. It may have had a blue butterfly on the cover. One of the lines was something like "when I get up in the morning first I put my socks on, then I put my shoes on".  Another line was" I was thinking I love you more than peanut butter sandwiches piled up to the sky." "I was thinking" is repeated several times throughout the story. My mother bought the book at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC but when I called they had no recollection of it. I remember the illustrations were brightly colored and may have looked as though a child had drawn them. This has driven me crazy for years....:)

I don't have a solution for you, but I definitely remember this book.  I had it as a child, and it was in a horizontal format, yellow, with a blue butterfly on the lower right cover drawn as two triangles for wings.  My first thought was it was I Like You or another title by Sandol Stoddard Warburg, because that has a similar line about first putting your socks on, then your pants on, but I couldn't find my copy to check it.  I don't remember the peanut butter sandwiches, but I definitely remember "I was thinking..."  It is absolutely a book from the early to mid 60's. Good luck!
Sandol Stoddard Warburg, The Thinking Book, 1960. She also wrote, as you surmised, I Like You, available in reprint. The Thinking Book was illustrated by Ivan Chermayoff at age 28! It is as wonderful as you remember.

I read this book around 1977 as a teenager.  I believe the name is Translation, but, I don't know author. It was not a children's book. It's about a young girl who finds her Gypsy relatives diary and as she translates she becomes thinner and thinner.

Stephen King as Richard Bachman, Thinner. This sounds similar but in "Thinner" a gypsy curses a man and he keeps getting thinner and thinner.

The story takes place sometime in the 1960s. I don't remember the main character's name but her best friend is named Gretchen, I think. Gretchen is in a car accident with her older brother and she's left with a scar. Her best friend, the main character, is left to enter school without her best friend, who is pulling away from her. I know that in one part of the story, the main character goes shopping and buys a record of "Mr. Tambourine Man," even though she doesn't own a record player. Her parents buy her a record player for Christmas.

Candice F. Ransom, Fourteen and Holding, 1987 (may be a reprint).  There are several books in this series by Candice F. Ransom about Kobie, her friend Gretchen - the car accident actually happened in the book Thirteen, but Fourteen and Holding covers Kobie going back to school to start 9th grade without Gretchen.
Candice F. Ransom, Thirteen, 1986.  Thirteen is definitely the book I was looking for! I didn't even know there were others. I just ordered the entire series: Almost Ten and a Half, Going on Twelve, Thirteen, Fourteen and Holding, and Fifteen at Last.

Thirty-one Brothers and Sisters
This is probably a pre-teen book that I read myself in the early 70's.  It is about a young african girl, and her village life.  The village was not modern but I think there was an occasional visiting nurse and the girl might have wanted to be a nurse. She had a younger somewhat spoiled brother that she had to watch.  He went thru some ceremony once where women were not allowed but she snuck somewhere (a roof?) and watched.  Or maybe the brother watched a secret women's ceremony?  Her name might have started with an "N".  I kind of think the title had "Three" in it, Three Mothers, Three Aunts?  I thought the book had a gold award on the front but nothing in Newbury looked familiar.

Debbie says this sounds like a book called Ndzinga, but neither one of us can spell it.
Reba P. Mirsky, Thirty-one Brothers and Sisters,  1969.  This is the first of a series featuring Nomusa.( All the details match, but the nurse appears in a later volume)
Reba Paeff Mirsky, Nomusa and the New Magic, late '50s-early '60s.  Actually, there are three books in this series: 1) Thirty-one Brothers and Sisters, 2) Seven Grandmothers, and 3) Nomusa and the New Magic. The first two have numbers & relatives in the titles--and as I recall the third is about the visiting nurse.
The book that Debbie and Harriett are thinking of is Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba, Angola, Africa, 1595 by Patricia McKissack, but it's part of the "Royal Diaries" series that are very popular now---I don't believe they were around in the seventies.  One place the requester might want to check is the complete list of Reading Rainbow books (available at readingrainbow.com), since they have a gold decal that looks similar to the Newbery Medal sticker.
Thank you!!!  The books I was looking for are Reba Paeff Mirsky's Thirty-one Brothers and Sisters series.  Thanks to your wonderful contributors for solving this mystery that has been driving me crazy for years!
I saw that someone was interested in Thirty-One Brothers and Sisters by Reba Paeff Mirsky. The author, my grandmother, won a Follett award for the book which was the first in a series of three. I am thinking about re-issuing these books. I wonder if there's any way to know how interested the public would be...  Any interest?

This Boy Cody
Written before 1985. Probably set in the Ozarks.   A boy, possibly named Cody has a perfect day planned; his plans are altered when he has to take his sister along. The activities he has planned include: following a bee to a honey tree, swinging on a rope swing, and visiting a friend who likes to give him riddles.  The bee episode involves catching a honey bee and daubing it with flour paste so that it can be more easily seen and followed.  The riddles include these two: "A man without eyes saw plums on a tree; he neither took plums nor left plums, how could this be?" and "in a marble hall as white as milk,lined with skin as soft as silk, within a fountain crystal clear,a golden apple, doth appear, no doors there are to this stronghold,yet thieves break in to steal the gold..."  The boys grandfather likes a dish called "leather britches", which are green beans prepared by first drying them and then boiling them for a long time.  The story is set recently enough that a photographer is supposed to take a picture or film of the boy being a country  boy--he is suppposed to pose as if eating an apple. He isn't able to take a bite from the apple that satisfies the photographer, though, so the photographer takes out his pocketknife and cuts a satisfactory bite from the fruit. The boy privately thinks that he'd have to be a horse to take that kind of bite from the apple.  At the beginning, the boy thinks his perfect day is ruined because his sister has to tag along, and she won't be able to do all the things he has
planned. At the end, the day turns out to have been okay.

Leon Wilson, This Boy Cody.  Or a sequel? About a young boy Cody in the Tennessee mountains. I don't remember the details.
Elizabeth Enright, Spiderweb for Two. I can't find my copy of the series, but it sounds like an episode in possibly Spiderweb for Two or Four Story Mistake.  The youngest boy's name is Oliver, and it sounds like an adventure he had one day.  I seem to remember the riddles, but don't ask me the answers!
Leon Wilson, This Boy Cody, 1950.  I looked around to find a picture of the cover of This Boy Cody it looks familiar, so this seems to be it. And there are copies to be bought, so I'll get to revisit a favorite pretty soon thanks to the solver!

This Can't Be Happening At MacDonald Hall
I read the short series in fifth grade.  It was about two boys in school who were always getting into trouble.   I remember the books as being very funny.  The principal played some role in the books - I do remember that the boys were always trying to escape punishment from him, and I may be wrong but I think his name was Mr. Fish.  I seem to remember something about a pool (maybe a swim meet?) in one book, too, but I may be wrong on that one as well.  Thanks so much!

Sounds like The Great Brain series by Fitzgerald, but I didn't find reference to Mr. Fish.
Gordon Korman, This Can't Be Happening At MacDonald Hall.  "This Can't Be Happening At MacDonald Hall" is the first of the Bruno and Boots books, others include "Beware of the Fish" and "Go Jump in the Pool!" Bruno and Boots are roomies at boarding school, they constantly get in trouble, and the call their headmaster The Fish.
Gordon Korman, This Can't Be Happening At MacDonald Hall.  This is the 'Bruno and Boots' series. It is set in a Canadian boarding school, where two best friends get into all sorts of trouble (helped out by the girl's school across the road). The headmaster's name was Sturgeon, and the students had nicknamed him 'The Fish'. The books were tremendously funny, and I remember being especially interested because the author was only in seventh grade when he wrote the first of them.
It's not The Great Brain, although the mischeviousness level sounds right. I didn't think to mention that I read these books in the early eighties, and at the time the setting seemed modern, as did the book covers.
You are looking for Gordon Korman's books about MacDonald Hall. There are several titles, including Beware of the Fish, This Can't be Happening at MacDonald Hall, and Go Jump in the Pool.
Gordan Korman, Macdonald Hall series, 1978-1994.  I'm sure that this is the series that you're thinking of. There are seven books in this series, all about two boys named Bruno and Boots, and their friends, at a Canadian boarding school.  Their headmaster's name is Mr. Sturgeon, but they all call him "The Fish". All of the books involve many outrageously funny situations that the boys get themselves into, and yes, they are constantly getting into trouble for it.  The one about the pool that you're thinking of is "Go Jump in the Pool", about their many attempts to raise money to buy a swimming pool for their school.
Gordan Korman, The MacDonald Hall series.  Thank you, thank you!  I'm quite sure this is the right series!  It's all coming back to me now.  I can't wait to dig in! Didn't I say I wanted them for my fifth grader??  He's going to have to wait in line!

This Dog for Hire
I read a mystery a couple of years ago about a woman living in Greenwich Village who lives in a small cottage behind someone else's house and owns a pitt bull. One of the other characters in the story owned a Basenjii (the barkless dog). Can you tell me what this book might have been please.

I believe there's a book called Benji,the Barkless Dog by Hardie Gramatky.
This Dog for Hire, a 1996 mystery by Carol Lea Benjamin. The pit bull is Dash and the Basenji is Magritte. It's first in a series about Dash and his owner.

This Family of Women
The book is young adult historical fiction about six generations of women from the same family whose stories are told with major American historical events as the background.  I remember one part set in San Francisco during the 1906 earthquake, and another set during the gold rush in a mining town. Thanks!

May be worth looking at THIS FAMILY OF WOMEN by Richard Peck. Although it is an adult book, he has written YA and children's so... Anyway, it follows the generations of a family (perhaps 5 instead of 6), one does involve the Gold Rush, and some of the women's names were Lena, Effie, Constance and Rose (in case it helps) ~from a librarian
Richard Peck, This Family of Women, 1983.  Thank you to the librarian who figured it out! So excited to finally be able to get my hands on one of my favorite childhood books again!

This is Our Town
Hi!  Great website a lot of the titles brought back memories.  I'm looking for a series of books that I read while at Incarnate Word Academy in Parma in the 1960's.  The books were of course, Catholic themed, but the main characters were children who experienced things such as a flood, moving to a new town, etc.  The books were hard cover and were used until sixth grade.  Any ideas as to the titles or where I can search?  Thanks!

#C105, the Catholic reader about a flood, could be This Is Our Town, originally written in the '40s by Sister M. Marguerite and later revised by Sister M. Bernarda.  It was published by Ginn and Company.  The version I remember contains poems and saints' biographies in addition to the central plot about the flood.  The main characters, three grade-school boys, call themselves the "Three Eagles."
A book maybe from the 1950's called Our Town or something about Town. Story collection about kids who live in the same town. Color illustrations. Might have had Christian/religious messages.

Two possibilities:  All Around the Town / stories by Helen E Scheffley, Anna M Johnston, Grace G Mitchell , Chicago: Lyons and Carnahan, 1943, 47 pgs.   ---   In and Out and Roundabout: stories of a little town / Eve Garnett / London : F. Muller, 1948, 239 pgs
This is Our Town, Faith and Freedom Series Grade 3.
Sister M. Marguerite, This is Our Town. Hi--this was my stumper and This is Our Town was the book I was looking for. Thanks!

This is a Recording
1970s, A girl, possibly orphaned, goes to live with her aunt, a former opera singer or actress, on a Western ranch. Becomes interested in a Native American boy, dyes hair black accidentally.

Barbara Corcoran, This is a Recording, 1971.This book is This Is a Recording by Barbara Corcoran.  Marianne spends the summer in Montana on her grandmother's ranch.

This Quiet Lady
I believe the book is titled:  "The Lady in the Photograph" or the "Woman in the Photograph" (or picture) and maybe both have ". . .is my mom" in the title.  It's about a little girl looking through a photoalbum of pictures of her mom when she was little.  I remember there was a picture of the mom dressed in 60s hippie clothes and a wedding photograph and then the mom pregnant.  My daugther remembers it being a soft cover but I remember it being a hard cover - regardless, it was over sized and suited for a child 3-6 with lovely art.  We rented this book from the library 1994 to 1996.  Thank you for any help you might lend.

Charlotte Zolotow, The Sky is Blue, 1963, copyright.  Part of this book matches your stumper, as it is about a girl looking at her mother's photo album, but it does not show the mother in hippie clothes or pregnant.  The girl then goes on to see that her mother's mother and her mother's mother's mother all had similar lives...and that is the lovely continuity of the story.  The sky was blue for all of them, even though their clothes and homes and transportation changed.  Any hope this is really it?  It does have lovely illustrations and would be good for ages 3-6 as you described.  Earlier copyright, but Zolotow books stay in libraries for a long time...and rightfully so!
Zolotow, This Quiet Lady.  Found it!  Thank you for your help!

This Room is Mine
Story about two sisters that share a bedroom.  One sister uses a jump rope to divide the room in half.  Neither sister can use the other sisters side of the room.  The one sister that does not have the bedroom door on her side uses the closet as an elevator!  In the end, both sisters decide that it is a silly idea to divide the room so they end up sharing again.

#M87--My side of the room:  I remember seeing a story a lot like this, I  think in the "Children's Digest" no later than mid-1970s.  Two sisters have  a fight and the one tells the other not to come on her side of the room,
which happens to be the side with the door leading downstairs.  The other  sister imagines life with her food and other things being raised and lowered by a basket from her window.  Then their mother calls them for supper, the
sisters forget their quarrel and both leave the room by the door.
Betty Ren Wright, This Room Is Mine
This was a large book about two sisters arguing over having to share a room.  They decide to split the room in half with a rope on the floor and the rule that neither can cross the rope.  They didn't realize that this split the room with the door on one side and the window on the other.  The one sister could not leave the room, but she figures out a way with a laundry basket and the rope out the window?

Betty Ren Wright, This Room is Mine, 1966.  Illustrated by Stang, Judy. Wi: Whitman Publishing, 1966 Glazed Pictoral Boards. "Fun book of possession of sisters' room, Chris and Mary! Using a jump rope they divide the room and the "fun" begins. "Don't breathe My air, said Chris. "I'm breathing MY air,' said Mary! If you ever shared a bedroom, you will understand!"
S236:  Two sisters share a bedroom and fight over which half is whose.  They end up putting a jump rope down the middle of the room to divide it between the two.  They then realize one sister doesn't have access to the door.  I think they kiss and make up in the end.  It did have pictures, and is probably geared toward 6 - 8 year old girls.  I would  have read it in 1975 probably.

Betty Ren Wright, This Room is Mine. see Solved Mysteries.
S311: The book is about two sisters who share a room.  They get into a fight and decide to divide their room using a jump rope or chalk?  Each has to stay on her own side of the room.  Only one sister has the door on her side of the room and the other has a window.  They eventually realize that they need each other and end up removing the divider and being "friends" again.  It's a chldrens book that I remember reading as a child back in the early 1970's.  Any ideas?

Betty Ren Wright, This Room is Mine, 1966.  Whitman, 1966. See Solved Mysteries for more.

This Star Shall Abide
I'm trying to find a young adult sci-fi book written before 1973 in which a girl lives on a planet which has almost no metal.  Metal items are thus enormously prized. The society is somehow strickly regulated (I can't remember how) but she is outspoken and her punishment is actually a reward: she is brought into an inner circle of the elite for education and to be a leader.  I think that captures it but there is also a whole storyline that I can't remember.  thanks so much!

Sylvia Engdahl, This Star Shall Abide.  G324 and G325 both sound like books by Sylvia Engdahl. G324 might be Engdahl's trilogy.  I don't remember all the titles, but one of the books is called This Star Shall Abide, and I think that the overall trilogy is called Children of the Star.  The main character is a boy, not a girl, but otherwise it sounds right.  Good luck.  Engdahl is a wonderful writer.
Sound a lot like THIS STAR SHALL ABIDE by Sylvia Louise Engdahl, 1972, but the main character is Noren, a boy.~from a librarian
Solved: Yes!!! I recognize the titles.  Thank you so much!  I beleive that you are right about the protagonist of G325 being a boy rather than a girl.  Many thanks!

This Time of Darkness (H.H. Hoover)
A young girl and her mother live in an underground city. Supposedly the surface is not fit for living on. The girl goes to school where there desks are computers. One day there is a new boy who does not look as if he fits in. She is curious and talks to him. It turns out that he is from the surface. By some accident, he was knocked out or fell down a hole and woke up in the underground city. He convinces her to go with him up to the surface. They start running through level after level of underground city. I think they were being chased by government officials or some other group. They come to some domes where people are living  but the domes are sealed. As they progress they find broken, empty domes. Eventually they ellude capture and find there way out. The girl is shocked by the fact that its so beautiful and green on the surface. They find his family and she stays with him. I read this in 5th grade from my school library and again in 6th grade ('84-85). I would love to find out the name and author of this book. It started my infatuation with Science fiction books.

I think this is Andra by Louise Lawrence. It's about a girl who lives in the future where they are all underground because the surface is "toxic". She finds out that it's not, it's just been used to restrict the people into doing what the authorities want them to do. She leads a rebellion to bring about a more democratic society. I can't remember for sure, but I think that there might have been farmers on the surface that the authorities hadn't told them about.
Other possibilities: Outside byAndre Norton or The City Under Ground by Suzanne Martel.  You might also want to check post O10 in the Stumpers area.  It sounds like it might be the same book.
H.M. Hoover, This Time of Darkness.  In this one, the girl and her mother live in a very small apartment, maybe a single room.  The mother doesn't like her daughter very much and is particularly angry about the fact that she can read, having been taught by an elderly lady whom she befriended.  I think she's worried that having a daughter so abnormal reflects badly on her.  Once the children have decided to head for the surface, they are pursued by officials because it's forbidden to go above the level you live on - and as they go up the levels, the quality of life improves dramatically.  When they get to the top, they have to be cleaned - they enter little white cubicles with a voice that tells them what to do when - and someone gives them oranges to eat, which the girl has never encountered before, because lower down the food is much worse. Ultimately they escape to the outside, although I don't recall the final ending. I read it for the first time in 1987 or 1988, in a UK paperback edition, but it could have been written any time in the previous twenty years.
Mary Q. Steele, Journey Outside.  I'm not positive that this is the correct title  I haven't read it for years.  But I think it is!
The above poster is probably correct. This Time of Darkness by H.H. Hoover is almost certainly the title. See U21 on this same site. I tried to find this, too, and finally did.
I'm suddenly seized by a desire to find a book that I read as a kid, but I can't remember the author or title, only a little bit about the plot. First, a little background.  Throughout most of the past 40 years, but especially in the 60's and 70's, the theme of undergound cities was very popular. Usually as the result of a war or environmental destruction, humanity was forced to retreat underground and live, usually a life of ignorance and superstition, until some sterling hero emerged to save them.  The classic example of this is Outside by Andre Norton, and The City Under Ground by Suzanne Martel, but it's neither of these.  The story I'm thinking of has humanity confined to one underground city, organized in levels, kind of like a gigantic underground building. Reading is prohibited, and water is in short supply. The main characters are a boy and girl maybe about 10 years old. The girl's name might be Anne. The city is, for the most part, cramped, dirty and generally boring. Anne's school teaches them with talking computers and pictures, which she can't stand and views as stupid and boring. Anne, however, has a secret.  An old woman who shared her family apartment had forbidden books, and taught her to read.  Legends tell of "level eighty", at the top of the city, where everything is wonderful and beautiful. When she meets the boy, who claims to have been born outside in Medford County Hospital, they decide to go for it. Since water is in scare supply, Anne's mother is paranoid that the boy might have drunk some or flushed the "sanit", as they call it. They ascend the levels quite easily. I think that there were just stairs or ramps going up and down. I seem to remember some trouble at level 48, but they managed to keep going. Eventually, the levels are uninhabited, and they get to something called "Sub basement 2" or some such, where a strange woman appears out of nowhere and...

H.M. Hoover, This Time of Darkness, 1980.  Unless the date is too late, I think this has to be right. Last time I suggested this as a solution, I said the following: "In this one, the girl and her mother live in a very small apartment, maybe a single room.  The mother doesn't like her daughter very much and is particularly angry about the fact that she can read, having been taught by an elderly lady whom she befriended.  I think she's worried that having a daughter so abnormal reflects badly on her.  Once the children have decided to head for the surface, they are pursued by officials because it's forbidden to go above the level you live on - and as they go up the levels, the quality of life improves dramatically.  When they get to the top, they have to be cleaned - they enter little white cubicles with a voice that tells them what to do when - and someone gives them oranges to eat, which the girl has never encountered before, because lower down the food is much worse. Ultimately they escape to the outside, although I don't recall the final ending." The girl's name is Amy, and the boy is Axel.  And if this is the one, good news: it's just been reprinted!
H.M. Hoover, This Time of Darkness, 1980.  The book is almost undoubtedly THIS TIME OF DARKNESS, by H.M. Hoover. This is my stumper, and somebody just e-mailed this to me. This book has a webpage.  This book has recently been reprinted and I ordered it. I'll come back and confirm it, but I'm 99.9% sure.

This Year's Girl
Don't know the name of the book, author, or publisher -- which is not much to go on -- but I know the plot!  It was written in the 1980s (early), and it features two women friends growing up in the early 70s and 80s, and go through various fashion trends and cultural trends during the 60s, 70s, and 80s.  One is a straight and narrow woman, while the other was a wild one -- but through it all - they were friends -- has text and lots of illustrations (sort of like paper dolls type).  Help!

This wouldn't be Beaches, would it?  Not a children's book, of course, but my children read it as early teens.
Sara Davidson, Loose Change, 1977.  The story about the women growing up through the sixties and seventies mught be this one - there was a lot of emphasis on what they wore.
Sally Edelstein, This Year's Girl, 1985.  This has to be what you are looking for.  It is set up like a paper doll book, but aren't meant to be cut out.  It has outfits and trends and tidbits of history from the 50's when Robin & Judi were little to the 80's when they are adults.  I have mine right here, I got it when it first came out in '85 and I'll never part with it!

Thomas Retires
Looking for a book circa 1941 (maybe earlier) about a milk horse  who pulls a milk wagon which delivers milk.

Margaret Van Doren, Thomas Retires, 1939.  Maybe this one. If I remember this story correctly, old Thomas doesn't want to retire in this story, he's too used to his route.
Hoke, Helen, The Horse That Takes the Milk Around, 1946.  I'm wondering if this is the book you're thinking of.
Some possibilities:  Skags the Milk Horse by Miriam Blanton Huber (1931, 112 pgs.)  /  The Horse That Takes the Milk Around by Helen Hoke (1946, 28 pgs.)  /  The New Milk Horse by Wilson Morris (1937, NY Board of Education, W.P.A. project)
Moore, Lilian and Adelson, Leone, Old Rosie the Horse Nobody Understood. Another story about a milk horse put out to pasture, but I think it wasn't written until the 50's or 60's.
'Thomas Retires' ...  That's the right book! and my mom is thrilled!  She truly believed this book was never to be found, gone forever.  What a wonderful tool this site is and thanks to it my dear mom has a piece of her childhood again!  Thank you very much!

Those Children: Case Studies from the Inner City School
Adult book on child/adolescent psychopathology. Read it in 1975 or 1976. Case studies (with photos!) of young people with a variety of "problems" (e.g., one little boy might have been gay).  The most memorable chapter was on the two high school sophomores (one an Asian-American)  who wrote fan fiction centering on the THRUSH enemies from "The Man from UNCLE". They also roleplayed as these characters. Supposedly a symptom of their "mental disturbance" was that when a much-liked character died in the THRUSH game, they wore black mourning armbands to school.  I know this sounds like "Heavenly Creatures" and I wonder if authorities over-reacted because they knew of the case and feared something similar.  This was years before fan fiction was known to the general public. It was not porn as much of it is today but could often be very serious, thus misunderstood. There was a sizeable Man from UNCLE fan fiction community in the late 60s-early 70s and I always wondered if the girls ever found it.

Donald Clark, Arlene Goldsmith and Clementine Pugh, Those Children: Case Studies from the Inner-city School, 1970, copyright.  This is the book, without a doubt.  The two girl's names are Sarah and Susan.  Here's the section about the armbands: "Susan and Sarah study together in Sarah's room with the door closed, but sometimes they talk about other things.  Once, they invented the idea of "THRUSH" after watching "The Man from UNCLE" on television.  It was Sarah's idea, but Susan tried to get into the spirit..." "Mr. Manero told him that other teaches had also expressed concern about both Susan and Sarah.  "They seem overinvolved in their fantasy life.  They invent stories about a secret club they call "THRUSH" and once came to school wearing black arm bands in mourning over the death of an imaginary character..." Fasinating stuff, isn't it?  I've been a writer of fan ficton myself for a few years, so it's interesting to see what early people thought of it!
Donald Clark, Those Children: Case Studies from the Inner City School.  YES! I obtained a copy through interlibrary loan and this is DEFINITELY it. The case histories are really very extensive.  Today, this kind of coverage would not be permitted due to privacy laws -- they'd have to change all the names, and obviously no photographs! I will add all these children to my prayers and hope they are all right today. Thank you so much for restoring this memory from my college days. I'd never have found it without you!

Those Miller Girls
I'm hoping you can help me find this book.  Of course, I can't remember the title or the author (sorry, I've been racking my brains for years), but its about two girls and their widowed father who move to Kansas in the late 1800's.  He's a science professor at a small college.  It's about the two girls getting used to the new town, etc.  There's a couple of chapters on a Chataquea experience and making a lens for the telescope for the college and there was a miliner in the story who, I think, married the father at the end of the book.  If you can give me any information on this at all, I would greatly appreciate it!  I read it in the late 60's, early 70's, and I have a feeling it was published either in the late 50's or 60's.  Thanks so much!  You have a great site!

Happy 2001, and thanks for all your hard work! Wish you and your shop were in Seattle.  K14: Kansas college town, 1800's -- This one is Those Miller Girls! by Alberta Wilson Constant. There are two more delightful books about this family: The Motoring Millers; and Does Anybody Care About Lou Emma Miller?
More on the suggested title Those Miller Girls by Alberta Wilson Constant, illustrated by Joe and Beth Krush, published NY Crowell 1966, 304 pages "In a satisfying story set in a Kansas college town in 1909, 11 year old Maddy and 12 year old Lou Emma, motherless daughters of Professor Miller, have adventures enough for two books - camping at the annual Chataqua, furthering their father's work on a much-needed telescope, and acquiring helpful Kate as a beloved stepmother. Drawings project the period flavor and liveliness of the story." (Horn Book Feb/66 p.57)
The book arrived in perfect condition!  I was so excited to have a copy of this in my personal library.  Thank you for all your help in locating this book! Many thanks!
Girls' "novel" takes place early 1910s-1920s.  Two sisters, one named Maddie/Madeline, & their widowed professor father move to small town with car, a novelty.  They befriend pretty, young milliner who is also new.  Eldest daughter has reciprocal crush on grocer's son (George?)  Some b/w drawings.  The only quote I remember is when the dad is teaching someone how to start his new-fangled car:  "Hark!  Hark!  Retard the spark!"

Alberta Wilson Constant, Those Miller Girls!
  I'm pretty sure it's this book, the sisters names are Maddie and Lou Emma Miller.  Everything fits--the father ends up marrying the milliner, and they have a baby boy. There are at least two other titles about the family--Does Anyone Care about Lou Emma Miller? and The Motoring Millers.
Alberta Wilson Constant, Those Miller Girls! 1965, approximate.  This is it!  I am so thrilled to reconnect with this book.  Many thanks to the mystery solver :)

Constant, Alberta Wilson. Those Miller Girls!  Thomas Y. Crowell, 1965.  Ex-library copy with usual markings.  Wear to head and foot of spine and edges of book; wear on bottom goes through to boards.  Book is solid but not very pretty.  G/G+.  <SOLD>  

Those Plummer Children
I am helping someone look for a book that was read in the 1940s.  We are pretty sure that it was a children's book based in the south and we know that the brother's names were Sears and Roebuck.  It's a beloved book so I hope you can help!

My guess would be Those Plummer Children by Christine Govan, illustrated by Alice Caddy, published by Houghton in the early 1930s. It's about the adventures of the five Plummer children and their Black friends - Emily and the twins Sears and Roebuck.
More on the suggested title - Those Plummer Children, by Christine Noble Govan, illustrated by Alice Daddy, published Houghton 1934, grades 5-7 "shows vividly and engagingly the relationship between Southern white people and the Negroes who are members of their household. The background of a small Southern town is authentic, and a delightfully understanding relationship between children and adults is suggested." "The five Plummer children and their friend Chris Ellery skylark though a summer vacation with the adequate assistance of three small darkies; Emily, who had 'eyes like brown and white marbles' and Sears and Roebuck, twins. Mrs. Govan has handled Negro dialect skilfully."

Three and Many Wishes of Jason Reid
This was a book I read probably when I was in elementary school (early 1980's) but I don't know when it was written, the title, or the author.  The premise was a boy that was terrible at baseball somehow gets a Leprechaun (actually, don't quote me on that, though I'm 95% sure it was a Leprechaun) to grant him 3 wishes. His first wish is for a magic baseball glove that will allow him to catch any ball. His second is for everyone to think the magic glove is perfectly normal. And the third is for another three wishes. The Leprechaun grants the first two and claims he can't grant the third because it violates the rules. The boy insists and the Leprechaun leaves trying to get into what sort of amounts to Leprechaun heaven (where they go after granting their wishes). The gate is closed and the unlucky Leprechaun discovers the boy has found a loophole in the rules. He returns to earth and grants the boy another three wishes. At first the boy continues in this manner, the first wish for something amazing, the second for everyone to think it's normal, and the third for another three wishes. Eventually the boy gets increasingly lazy and wishes for useless things, like waking up the Leprechaun in the middle of the night to turn off a light in the shed that the boy left on. The Leprechaun is getting weaker and weaker during this, using his powers far more than was expected. Meanwhile the ball diamond that the boy uses at the park is in danger of being destroyed as the road next to the park is being expanded and the ball diamond will soon be under pavement. The boy makes the Leprechaun a deal, if he saves the park the boy will let him go. He makes his biggest wish ever, wishing for a tunnel under park for the road, that everyone will find this normal, and as the third wish that the Leprechaun can basically retire. He gives back all his wishes in order to keep the Leprechaun alive (the final three wishes drains his power almost completely). Once the Leprechaun is gone and the park is saved he finds he can still catch the baseball even though his glove is no longer magical.

Hazel Hutchins, The Three and Many Wishes of Jason Reid
.  details match almost exactly.
The Three and Many Wishes of Jason Reid is it! I've been trying to figure that out for years, and here it's solved in less than a week! Thank you so much to whatever kind soul took a moment out of their day to read the page and solve the mystery :-D

Three Billys Go to Town
I am so glad you have done this site.  I had a book as a child in the sixies that we read so often the cover came off.  Since than it has been lost.  It was about 3 opossums named Billy (I think) and they are going to town with their mother in an old car thats falls apart.  Each of the boys is very different, with one afraid that the people in town will have rings their noses, one just wants to play with his toy tractor and one can't wait to go to town and see something new.  They do make it to town and all have ice cream.  The premise is that even though the boys look alike and are all named the same they are very different and the mother can tell them apart.  I would like to find a copy to give to a friend with three young boys. Hope you can help but thanks for trying either way.

This book is Three Billys Go to Town by Nancy Howard published by Parents Magazine Press in 1967.  The premise was that there were three little identical opossums all named Billy who were really quite different and only their mother knew how much.
That is the book, but what do you think the possibility of finding one is?  Please let me know.
Just did a search and found one!
Howard, Nancy.  Three Billys go to Town.  New York: Parents Magazine Press,  1967. Pictorial Cover HB,
Very Good/None, Light wear at spine ends. <SOLD>
Bad news on Three Billys go to Town.  The copy I ordered has been sold, so I am still looking.  I'll let you know what turns up. Sorry for the false lead (I hate it when that happens)
I certainly appreciate all your effort and am sorry the book you found didn't pan out.  I plan to check a couple of used book stores in Chattanooga (now that I have the author and correct title) this week and if I don't happen to find one I will let you know.  Again thank you very much for all your help.
I don't know a lot about this book because i was a very small child when it was in my family but i know i loved it and i want to find it for my son. it was about a family of possums and they all got together in a car and went into town for the day. i remember the moma possum had on a big hat and they were in a topless vehicle and her hat was blowing in the wind. please find it for me.

This isn't The Four Billies again, is it?
P76 possums go topless: The Four Billies does seem like a good match - it has possums, a trip into town and an old-fashioned car.
I have to confess to a very careless error on my part. I suggested the title Four Billies for the possums go topless query, without actually looking at the Solved list to check the data (and I work at bibliographic checking online - shameful). The correct title as on the Solved List is of course Three Billys Go To Town. My apologies - no excuse for this, just plain carelessness.

Three Blondes in a Honda
When I was in 3rd grade (I'm in 10th now), I read an amazing book. The problem is, I can't remember the name, author, or ISBN # of the book, I just remember what it was about.  Three sisters (two? I'm almost positive it's three...) lived with their father or step-father (I can't remember which). Their mother either lived with them, died, or was divorced (I can't remember that either). Their father/step-father molested them. One day they left (this story is set in the summer, I think) in a car. I remember a scene about a public swimming pool, but other than that I can't remember a thing. Oh yeah, the cover had a picture of a red car (the girls were either in it or not, I can't remember).   If you think you know anything at all about this book, or a book similar to this, please let me know. Thanks!!!

Griffin, Peni R., Hobkin. (1992)  Could #S440 be Hobkin, by Peni Griffin? Two sisters run away from an abusive stepfather and settle in an abandoned house in Texas.  They are helped by a brownie named Hobkin.  Supposed to be an interesting mix of realism and fantasy.
Re: "Hobkin." I read a summary of the book, but I don't think it's the one. I doubt there were animals in the book I read, and if there were, they weren't central to the plot (eg. Hobkin is the name of the dog, apparently). Thank you, anyway!
Bobbie Montgomery, Three Blondes in a Honda. (1993)  I found it through another book search, but thank you for all your help, anyway!

Three Boys in a Tree
It was a story in an issue of Children's Digest, late 1960's.  This IS the correct title. The illustrations were pen and ink, with perhaps one (brownish) color. They looked almost like something Joan Walsh Anglund would draw, that sort of a face. I forget if they had a tree-house, or were just up in the tree because of some event. Children's Digest was a soft-cover book, like Reader's Digest.
--another stumper--
"Three Boys in a Tree" (one of a collection of children's stories) -- Deadeye Dick, The Shadow & Fierce Fred do battle with the Guggly-Ugly, Piggimossum, and the Roaring Snerk. Another story about a Little Bear who won't comb his hair.  Very stylized illustrations, published no later than 1973-74.

Check out B171 Gates, Arthur; Huber, Miriam Blanton; Salisbury, Frank Seely.  Two Boys and a Tree. NY: Macmillan, 1951, reprinted to 1960.  A school reader, no plot description, but date and title are close.
Still searching.  I thought this was in Children's Digest, but had a brainstorm that it may have been in Humpty Dumpty Magazine.  Does this help anyone? I still can't find anyone who has these old periodicals.
Barbee Oliver Carleton, Three Boys in a Tree, 1961.  short story in More Bedtime Stories to Read Aloud, published by Wonder Books (NY). Acknowledgement says Three Boys first appeared in Story-a-Day magazine, all other stories first appeared in Highlights for Children (1951 to 1960). Illustrated by Crosby Newell.  "We're off to find a Snack (BOOM!)"

Three by Three
i read a colorful rhyming nonsense book endlessly to my son in the late 60's, early 70's. i think that it was called "two by two" and was perhaps printed in germany, though the text was in english. it was about hunters chasing dogs chasing foxes chasing mice, etc., etc., in and out of a house. i would love to buy this for my granddaughters.

Mike McClintock, A Fly Went By, 1958.  The poster's description made me immediately think of A Fly Went By. My parents read this to us repeatedly so that 20-plus years later when they had grandchildren they could still recite it from memory.  Animals are all running from each other and each thinks the other is chasing them when they're actually running from someone else. The hunter brings up the end of the chase but is actually running
from a strange noise. Here's a line from the text: SO..The fly ran away in fear of the frog, who ran from the cat, who ran from the dog. The dog and the pig and the cows--they all ran! And then came the fox, who ran from the man. They came to a house, and ran down the hall.
Hi. I don't know who posted the solution to  my request but I am going to check out the suggested A Fly Went By. I am so thrilled to have some place to start.  If this is not the answer that I am looking for I shall return!!!  Thank you for a wonderful service!!
I checked out A Fly Went By by Mike McClintock and this is not the book that I am looking for. With the help of a local librarian, I may have solved the mystery. I now think that the  book in question is Three by Three (only incrementally different from Two by Two). I will let you know when I am certain so that you can search for it for me.
James Kruss, Three by Three, 1963. This colorful counting rhyme book was a favorite of my son when he was
little. My local library located it in a college library. It was amazing to me how quickly the years fell away when I began to read it. I could see my son and me, thirty years ago,  cuddled up on his youth bed, content and entertained. Now, I would love to buy it for my toddler grandaughters.
Maybe this - Three by Three, by James Kruess, illustrated by Eva Johanna Rubin, translated from the German by Geoffrey Strachan, published Macmillan 1965, 24 pages. "The morning sun shines gold and red, and the merry chase is on with three after three: three hunters, three dogs, three foxes; three foxes, three cats, three mice. In and out and round they go: three hunting, three hunted, three chasing, three fleeing, until the sun is out of sight, the roosters crow a last goodnight. ... pronounced design and geometric pattern, vivid color and facial expressions ... exuberant picture book for preschoolers." (Horn Book Oct/65 p.495)

Three Investigators series
I remembera series from early 70's which featured a group of young boys, one of whose father had a junk yard. They used a series of tunnels through the rubbish to get to an old bus/vehicle where they made a clubhouse and solved mysteries.

Robert Arthur, The Three Investigatorsseries -- Jupiter Jones and his friends have a clubhouse in the middle of the junkyard.
Robert Arthur, The Three Investigators Mystery series involving three boys, Jupiter, Pete and Bob. Jupiter's uncle owned a junk yard, where they had their headquarters in a buried trailer. Some of the books in the series were edited by Alfred Hitchcock, and later in the series they were written by different authors.
Robert Arthur, Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators, 1950s.  This is definitely the right series.  They were written in the 1950s with Hitchcock as a minor character who gave the three boys advice from time to time.  They were reprinted awhile back without the Hitchcock references.  Two of the books were Secret of Terror Castle and Mystery of the Green Ghost.  They were published as hardbacks in the 1950s, and Scholastic reprinted them as paperbacks in the 1960s.
Arthur, Robert and others including Carey, Three Investigators.  This has got to be the series the Three Investigators with Jupiter, Pete and ?.  Jupiter's uncle owns a junk yard were they keep their clubhouse hidden.
Is this stump about a book specifically?  There was a UK television series called The Double Deckers that was almost exactly as described by the stumper.  This link has more information and pictures.
Robert Arthur, The Three Investigaters Series, 1964 to 1987.  The Three Investigators: We Investigate Anything!Jupiter Jones was the brains behind the trio, and bluffed his way into Alfred Hitchcock's studio office in the first book to ask his advice on solving a mystery. They create a secret hideaway "office" in a junkyard. Some of the titles are The secret of Terror Castle, The Mystery of the Stuttering Parrot, and The Mystery of the Whispering Mummy. Created by Robert Arthur.
Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators.  Jupiter Jones, Pete Crenshaw and Bob Andrews are three friends who convene in an "office" hidden in a junkyard to solve mysteries. I don't know why Alfred Hitchcock's name is attached to this series, but the titles were usually "Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators in the Mystery of..." or "...the Secret of...". The first one I ever read was the "Mystery of the Stuttering Parrot." ("To-to-to be or not to be!") The boys used their respective strengths -- intelligence, athleticism and... whatever the other one was good at... to solve crimes and debunk enigmas. Jupiter often came up with a lot of cool gadgets as well. Really ingenious and fun stuff!
Various authors, The Three Investigators series.  This must be "The Three Investigators" series.  Three boys - Pete Crenshaw, Jupiter Jones, and Bob Andrews - solve mysteries in and around their hometown of Rocky Beach, California, mid-20th century. Jupiter is an orphan, and lives with his uncle who owns a salvage yard.  Mr. Jones lets the 3 boys use an old trailer hidden in the midst of the junk as headquarters for their club, which they access through concealed tunnels through the junk.  I think the series had a bunch of authors, but Alfred Hitchcock's name was actually used at one point - ie, Alfred Hitchcock's Three Investigator's Series, or something.
various authors - Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Three Investigators Series.  This is the Three Investigators Series, a 43 volume series that ran from 1964 to 1987. There were various authors, the primary ones were Robert Arthur, William Arden and M.V. Carey. There are a number of online fan/collectors sites, with great info re editions, printings, authors bios, etc. (one is threeinvestigators.com).

Three-Legged Cat
A woman had a orangish brown cat who didn't behave as she thought a cat should. She also had a brother who traveled the world, and upon visiting had a hat that looked just like the cat. Brother takes leave with cat on his head, sister is content that cat now behaves as expected. It's an easy reader. (NOT Seuss, or Mrs. Lovewright & Purrless, this has been bugging me for almost 2 years now.)

Definitely Margaret Mahy's Three-Legged Cat, illustrated by (I think) Jonathan Allen.
More on the suggested title - The Three-legged Cat, by Margaret Mahy, illustrated by Jonathan Allen, published Viking 1993. "A fortuitous mistake brings happiness to nearsighted Mrs. Gimble who wishes her cat didn't eat so much, her cat Tom who dreams of roaming the wide world, and Mrs. Gimble's drifter brother who wants to keep his head warm."

Three Little Bunnies
I'm looking for a book that I had as a child.  I can't remember the title, but the pictures are vivid in my mind.  It was a bunnie book (maybe an Easter theme?).  It had real rabbits dressed up and doing everyday things.  Although I can see the pictures I can't remember whether or not they were B&W or color.  Maybe the cover was color.  One picture was of a rabbit pushing a wheel barrow, I think with Easter Eggs in it.  I seem to remember that it was a large book.  I would love to have it again.  Can you help me?  Thanks so much

(Oh, and I think B47 is the same as B50: Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes by Dubose Heyward. Pow!)
I've seen this book. It's a Giant Golden Book or similar, illustrated (I think) by Margaret Wise Brown, with bunnies painting Easter eggs. Couldn't find a citation, though.
Not that there aren't lots of books on the subject, but how about - Mr.Bunny Paints the Eggs, by Lee Maril, illustrated by Irena Lorentowicz, published Roy, 1945, 24 pages "The pictures give the book its distinction,
for they captivate with their color and decorative grace. The story is a simple one, telling how Mr. Bunny painted eggs for Johnny and where he got his glowing rainbow paints. A few short songs with music are scattered through the pages." (Horn Book Jul/43 p.273) Then again, does 'real rabbits dressed up' mean photographs of dressed rabbits? That would narrow it down a lot!
If it is photographs of real rabbits in clothes, then try Four Little Bunnies by Frees.
Ruth Dixon, Three Little Bunnies, 1954.  I think this might well be the book.  It has real rabbits dressed up and posed.  The photographs are by Dale Rooks.  My copy of it was put out by Elf Books (Rand McNally & Company), and, if I'm reading my Roman numerals correctly, was published in 1954.  The photos appear to me to have been taken in black and white and then "colorized," which could account for the uncertain memory as to whether the pictures were color or B&W.  There is no Easter theme and there are no Easter eggs, but there is a wheelbarrow.  In fact, the cover photo depicts the three little bunnies standing in a row, and the middle one has a wheelbarrow that appears to contain either roses or carnations.  The story line basically is that Mr. Bunny comes home one day and his wife surprises him with three bunny children: Hippy, Hoppy, and little Maximillian.  They go for a walk, and Hoppy takes the wheelbarrow.  A dog shows up and they all run.  Maximillian ends up falling down a hole and is lost for awhile but then reunited with his family.  They end up having a party at home.  My version of it isn't large, but it's possible at some point is was published in a bigger format.  Anyhow, it's a wonderful book.
Perhaps The Three Bunnies, published by Rand-McNally Elf 1950.  "A story about three bunnies, features real photographs of live rabbits dressed up in clothing."
This full-sized (maybe oversized) book is from the early 1960's (late 50's?), I had it in Tucson.  It has pictures of Bunnies dressed in people clothes and there is one bunny who gets in trouble with an owl and falls in a mud puddle.  I believe the book was in full color.  (I've seen small B&W bunny in clothes books, but that isn't it.)

Heyward du Bose, the country bunny and the little gold shoes, as told to jenifer.  1974?  Illustrated by Marjorie Flack.
I've got a couple of possibilities here: Down Easter Bunny Lane by Van B. Hooper (editor), 1962. "Profusely illustrated with gorgeous photos of dogs, cats and bunnies dressed up in clothes."  or possibly: Three Little Bunnies by Ruth Dixon, 1950.  "Real live bunnies have their pictures taken dressed in doll clothes."
That Ruth Dixon one is a Rand McNally Elf book, about the size and feel of a Little Golden Book.  I used to have a copy here, but I can't find it right now.  It matches the color photography of bunnies in clothes part, but not the size part.
None of the guesses listed is correct.  I may have been wrong on the date.  My mom thinks I had it in Chicago in the mid-50's.  Its definitely an oversized book, in color and the only  animals other than the rabbits is the scary owl.  It wasn't a golden book.
Ruth Dixon, Three Little Bunnies, 1950.  Have you looked at the cover of this book?  Some of the Elf books were made into oversized books.  I have one of The Seven Wonderful Cats with the exact same cover as the small Elf book, only it's an oversized book.  Here is a picture of the cover.
Yes Yes Yes, that is my bunny book!!!    Do you have it, can I purchase it. This is so exciting.
Adventures of a bunny named Maximilian. Late 1940's, early 1950's children's book. Story line quite similar to Peter Rabbit.

Ruth Dixon, Three Little Bunnies, 1950.  Rand McNally Elf Book. "Three Little Bunnies" features a rabbit named Maximilian. The illustrations are actual photos of real rabbits wearing costumes. Answer obtained in less than 12 hours from researcher at Google Answers [for $35].
HRL:  It's on the Solved Mysteries page already, with two detailed requests and a copy for sale for $8.  Typing "Maximillian" into Loganberry's website search would have taken you right there; or adding the clues you gave with the solution would have surely solved this quickly, too.

Three Little Chipmunks
Large picture book with lots of greens and browns. Can't remember why chipmunk is being  punished, but punishment is no supper. Somehow mother brings strawberry ice cream into his/her room and all is forgiven.

I believe this is the same book as Solved Stumper M104.  I had this book as a child (and still have it) and the illustrations are just beautiful and most memorable.
Margaret Torrey (author and illustrator), Three Little Chipmunks. (1947)  I didn't solve this, but just to clarify because M104 has four titles listed---the previous stumper magician probably meant Three Little Chipmunks, which is described like this: "Chuffy, Chirpy and Cheeky get into trouble for frightening Mr. Wren's chicks.  Cheeky is wrongly accused and is sent to bed without supper.  When the truth is learned, Cheeky's mother brings him a big bowl of ice cream, and he is later asked to "babysit" the Wren chicks."  I've seen photographs from this book online, and the book is illustrated in lots of greens and browns.
Torrey, Marjorie, Three Little Chipmunks. (1947)  Thanks so much for helping find this lost treasure!  I use the suggestion to review M104's solution and found it. Thanks again.

Three Little Horses
I am looking for a children's book that I read when I was young - in the 70's.  It was about three horses named Blackie, Brownie, and Whitey that wanted to be humans.  They taught themselves how to walk on their hind legs and dressed up in clothes so that they could go into town.  I hope someone can help me with this one...it has been driving me crazy for a couple of years now!!!

Also on the Solved Mysteries page, listed under Dandelion Library. The title is THREE LITTLE HORSES - BLACKIE, BROWNIE & WHITEY.  Worm, Piet. (1958).
Piet Worm, Three Little Horses.  I think this is a series.
I am looking for a children's book that I read when I was young - in the 70's.  It was about three horses named Blackie, Brownie, and Whitey that wanted to be humans.  They taught themselves how to walk on their hind legs and dressed up in clothes so that they could go into town.  I hope someone can help me with this one...it has been driving me crazy for a couple of years now!!!
In the late '50s or early '60s I had a hardcover book, tall, with I think a brown dustcover. Very well illustrated. Story is three horses, I think it took place in France, but can not be certain. The horses may have been named Blackie, Brownie and Whitie. There may have been a young girl in the story as well. I remember the horses wore hats with flowers on them. There was at least one meadow scene. And maybe something about the horses growing old and being put out to pasture. Perhaps being turned into dog food (perish the thought!)

You remember the names correctly, and that's the title of the book! Piet Worm. Three Little Horses: Blackie, Brownie and Whitey.1958.  See more on Solved Mysteries.

Three Little Pigs
I would love to find a copy of the three little pigs circa 1960s where the pigs are black and white.  The first chapter begins with, "Once upon a time there were three little pigs.  One was black, one was white, and one was black with white spots, or white with black spots, whichever you prefer".  They all end up in the brick house and roll the wolf down the hill in a butter churn.  I found the right text - only with PINK pig illustrations.  Does anyone have a lead on the black and white pigs? thanks -

I pulled out my old childhood copy of The Three Little Pigs from the 1960's.  It's a Whitman Tell-a-Tale
book.  It starts out "Once upon a time there were three round, happy, little pigs.  One was black, one was
white, and one was white with black spots--or black with white spots--it was hard to say which."  The
illustrations show a black pig, a white pig, and a black & white pig.  However, in this book it's the pig who rolls
down the hill in the butterchurn.  The wolf ends up in a kettle of boiling water after coming down the chimney.
Yes, that must be it - thanks for letting me know the publisher's name.

Three Mice and a Cat
My dad talks about this book that my great aunt used to read to him...I would love to find a copy of it for him. I have tried bookstores but since I don't have the title or author it is near impossible.  This is all I know....It may be named "Stanislov the cat" or "Sally skip under the bed" It is about 3 mice. (I think) One of the lines in the book goes something like this...."One was named Robert, one was named Ned the other was Sally-skip-under-the-bed"

I think I found what it is called.  Three Mice and a Cat. It was a Golden Book published in the  1950's. Now that I know what it is called...any idea where to find it?

Three Minutes to Midnight
Title is ___ Minutes to Midnight (I can't remember the number; something like "5 Minutes to Midnight." YA mystery about a family with 4 or 5 girls, all with boyish names (Blake or Brooke is the only one I remember). There's an explosion on a ferris wheel; their mother is killed and their father injured. The girls have to find out who set the bomb and why before they're killed too.

Mildred Davis, Three Minutes to Midnight, 1971.
Mildred Davis, Three Minutes to Midnight, 1971.  Blurb found online:  Yesterday she was a lovely, unspoiled girl of twenty-one, with a future as unclouded as her past. That was before she sees her mother killed and her father mentally destroyed in a weird, inexplicable accident. That was before she has to become guardian to her three younger sisters. Before she begins to receive looks of pity from the neighbours, and unwelcome attentions from a brutal yet fascinating young man. That was before she realizes that someone in this cheerful, comfortable community wants her and her sisters dead.  Three Minutes to Midnight. New York, Random House, 1971.  London, Hale, 1973.    cover art depicts a ferris wheel...

Three Sillies
I was wondering if you know the title to a story I remember. It was about a family who got upset because there was an axe stuck in the beam of their house and it took a stranger to come in and laugh at them and then take the axe out. Remember this?

This is the beginning of the fairy tale called The Three Sillies.It's published in several different formats, including a nice one by Paul Galdone. But there's also a brand new version out now:
Kellogg, Steven. The Three Sillies. Candlewick Press, 1999. New copy, $16.99 plus $3 shipping.   IN PRINT AND IN STOCK. Order! 

Three Wishes
I am looking for my favorite book from my childhood.  I find myself at a loss for the title, however.  The book was a Little Golden Book... circa 1970s....  The story was about how a little old man and a little old woman squanderedthe wishes that were given to them.  I also recall something about one of the wishes having to do with sausages... Does this ring a bell?

Don't know the book, but the classic element of wishes & sausages from folktales is the couple with three wishes; one (or both) of the couple end up with a sausage on the nose (due to the other's wish), and they have to use the last wish to remove it.
W-11--This is a fairy tale.  I think it is normally called The Three Wishes.  The man takes a wish, the woman takes a wish, and they get in a fight over who should take the third wish and what it should be.  In the end, she impulsively says, "Well, I wish your nose was a sausage!"
There is a version of this which is a Rand McNally Junior Elf Book, rather than a Little Golden Book. It's retold by Wallace C. Wadsworth with illustrations by Esther Friend, copyright 1945 but probably reprinted. The
little old man helps a stranger who has been robbed, and in return is given a magic nut with three wishes. He accidentally wishes for a pan of sausages, and the little old woman angrily wishes the pan of sausages was
fastened to his nose (which it is, with a chain and a brass ring through his nose). They use the last wish to unfasten the pan, and decide that they were happy before wasting three wishes, so they can be just as happy afterwards.

Three Without Fear
4th grade student teacher read this book in class. It is about a boy and his sister(I think), who are seperated from parents. They start walking ....meet another boy. I remember a beach trek, finding water containers, thingswashed up on shore. They were used for survival. Not sure if these children were in an airplane crash,boat sinking. Also they were headed for Grandmothers house. Could be Mexico?

James Vance Marshall.  Walkabout.  Maybe? It takes place in Australia, with a brother and sister who meet up with a young Aboriginal boy who is on his Walkabout.
Can't recall title or author, but I remember a similar story, and these details may help. One anglo boy, 2 Mexican children (Pedro and Maria?)on a beach, swim to a wreck (may be a wreck they survived) to salvage what they can. One of the kids rescues a (bird? sandpiper or roadrunner?) by putting it inside his shirt. They escape as the boat finally sinks. Of the items
salvaged, they use a hose and containers to distill fresh water.
Robert C. DuSoe, Three Without Fear, 1947.  Boy and girl in plane crash at sea, wash up in Baja California, meet runaway Mexican boy and make their way to his grandmother's house.  Hunt rabbits with slingshots, make sandals out of old tires. Had an odd alternate spelling of  "okay" throughout... "okeh" or something like that.  There was a Disney show loosely adapted from the book in the 60's also.
Maybe Boundry Riders by Joan Phipson (1963)? Takes place in Australia.
Robert C. DuSoe, Three Without Fear, 1947.  Thankyou so much. This is the book that was read to me in the 4th grade,1958. I have acquired a copy and have enjoyed reading every page....again. Harriett, you are a gem!

Through A Brief Darkness
The book takes place in the modern day but before the internet and after WWII probably in the 1970s or 1980s.  The main protagonist gets in trouble in either England or France and somehow finds and goes to see another character, a student at Eton.  She is the main one embroiled in a mystery involving people chasing her/and or trying to keep her silent or get information from her.  Maybe there is something about a tweed coat or skirt  and/or pills as part of the plot.  Also there is a car crash but I'm not sure if the heroes are involved.  The main plot of the book is when the girl is in England (and France?), not when she and the other character (the guy) are young.  The part I remember best, however, is written  describing how she knows the guy and how she is not quite sure that he'll be receptive when she approaches him in England.  The main protagonist young woman, when she is young meets  a boy during the summers at some type of summer place (I think for rich people).  The girl and boy stay in touch and at some point she gets his address at Eton where he is attending school. He is American and has rich parents and that is why he is there.  She has gone to school in the U.S. I think.  I think he's a senior because a minor character has the role to attend him in some kind of old-fashioned ritual.  The senior Etonite is receptive to her and he helps her, and at some point along the line she meets his parents.  I think the two characters are romantically interested in each other but I think it's all innocent.

Could it be Through a Brief Darkness by Richard Peck? It was published sometime in the 1970s. The main character is named Karen, and her dad has mob connenctions, if not an actual mobster himself. She did know a guy at Eton, though I'm not sure about any ritual. At one point, she did wear tweed, so she wouldn't stand out as an obvious American. Hope this helps!
Richard Peck, Through A Brief Darkness, 1973.  Yes, that is the book I was thinking about.  I was right about quite a few things although the reason she was being kidnapped/chased wasn't what I said it was.  The 'ritual' would be better phrased as a tradition.  There was a tweed suit mentioned and pills.  Thanks!

Through Golden Windows
I need info on an old book series that was a collection of short stories and fairy tales.  Each book was hardback and each was a different color, the one with the American Stories was brown, classic fairy tales was pink (I think) etc.  They were probably published in the 70s or early 80s, maybe late 60s.  I'm desparate, my mother got rid of them or something and she has no idea what I'm talking about.  HELP! I want these for my children to enjoy as well.

Best in Childrens' Books.Here's a link with a photo could this be the series?
Nope, that's not it.  One of the books, blue or pink had stories like, "The Tinder Box" about a witch, a soldier, and a magic tinder box that the soldier was able to get copper, silver, and gold coins with.  They fairy tales had their original endings, i.e. the wicked queen from Snow White was placed in hot shoes and danced to death, etc.  I don't remember what stories were included in the brown American book, except that the cover was a light brown. Thanks
I'm almost positive that it's from this series, Through Golden WIndows.  But it's NOT the one from 1958.  Were they reprinted in the late 60s or early 70s?  Thanks SO much for your list of anthologies, it was EXACTLY what I needed.
Andrew Lang, [Color] Fairy Book, ca. 1890-1910.  This certainly sounds like Andrew Lang's classic series of books which collect fairy stories from many sources. Each book is named with a color which is repeated in the book's cover. there are about 10-12 of them, and I believe they should still be available in some form. Lang was Scottish.  Additional information: The story "The Tinder Box" is by Hans Christian Andersen.
I couldn't find any later editions of Through Golden Windows - 1958 looks like the only pub. year.  However, it was published both by Grolier and E.M. Hale & Co. so there may be some differences in the appearance of the two editions.  The titles of the books are: [1] Mostly magic--[2] Fun and fantasy.--[3] Wonderful things happen.--[4] Adventures here and there.--[5] Good times together.--[6] Children everywhere.--[7] Stories of early America.--[8] American backgrounds.--[9] Wide, wonderful world.--[10] Men and his world.
Olive Beaupre Miller, editor, My Book House, perhaps volume 2 - Story Time.  late '60s-early '70s.  In print from 1920-1971, My Book House was (later) a 12 volume set featuring a wide variety of authors, Hans Christian Anderson included.  My husband had a set of the later volumes, and although the covers were white, each volume number was highlighted by a different color.  Here is a link to a website that describes the contents of each volume.
I can't help with the anthology, but this is probably NOT Andrew Lang's Color Fairy Book series.  There are twelve of these: Blue (1889), Red (1890), Green (1892), Yellow (1894), Pink (1897), Grey (1900), Violet (1901), Crimson (1903), Brown (1904), Orange (1906), Olive (1907), and Lilac (1910).  They were reprinted by Dover in paperback in the 1960s. Although Hans Christian Andersen's "The Tinder-Box" is on page 265 of The Yellow Fairy Book, I can't find "Snow White" in any of the books except page 259 of The Blue Fairy Book---and it's the tale of "Snow-white and Rose-red" which is a different story altogether.  There is a story called "Snowdrop" on page 329 of The Red Fairy Book which is identical to the "Snow White" story the stumper requester describes ("...but red-hot iron shoes had been prepared for the wicked old Queen, and she was made to get into them and dance till she fell down dead."), but ALL of the books in this series contain fairy tales, not just the pink or blue one, and according to the Brown Fairy Book Preface, "The stories in this Fairy Book come from all quarters of the world"---therefore, it cannot be the "American" book the stumper requester is seeking.
Through Golden Windows.  SOLVED and I now own them again!  Thank you everyone for your help.  I would recommend this website to anyone.  You do not know how wonderful it is to be able to enjoy something from my childhood and to be able to pass it on to my children.  Thanks again.
I’m pretty sure that these are Andrew Lang’sFairy Books (most of which are folk tales from many international sources, not fairy tales). The Brown Fairy Book is primarily tales from American sources, and the Pink Fairy Book is more traditional European tales, although it includes tales from other lands. Snowdrop’s wicked step-mother forced to dance in red-hot iron shoes in the Red Fairy Book (except for the name, this is the Snow White story exactly). The Tinder Box is in the Yellow Fairy Book. Dover published these books in trade paperbacks, with appropriately colored covers, but I think the library copies were usually hardbound. Several Internet sources provide lists of the stories in each volume.

Through the Years with Henrietta
I'm looking for a book I read in the early 70's (it was an old book then) about a china doll named Henrietta. The book was from her viewpoint. I remember there being a fire, very vivid descriptions of her wardrobe, and the addition of a boy doll, but I don't remember his name.

rumer godden, the doll's house
Rachel Field, Hitty, her first hundred years.  It was published in the 40's sometime, and I remember the detailed  descriptions of the doll's clothes. I believe it is in print now in an updated version.
Irene Turnbow, Through The Years With Henrietta.  Publisher: Chicago: Follett Publishing, 1966. Henrietta, a china doll, was given to five-year-old Emily for Christmas in 1879. She and her companion doll, Billy Boy, watched Emily grow up and increase her many interests and responsibilities.
Thank you so much!!!!  Through the Years with Henrietta is the right book!!!!  Now if I can find it.....I'll be sure to recommend your service to everyone, and if you ever run across a copy of the book- I'm interested! Thank you!!!
I also could not remember the title of this book.  I read it in the 1970's in about 2nd or 3rd grade.  It had a purple cover and was told from the point of the dolls.  I remember the fire and the clothes and the companion boy-doll.  I also remember the dolls riding in a carriage and seeing a doll on the side of the road.  I'm so glad to know the title so I can try to find it! So glad I found your web site!

          here for imageThumbelina
Your web site has given me some faint hope of finding a book from my childhood that I have been looking for many years. Like many of your customers, my recollections are not very detailed. I believe the book is a version of Thumbelina which I had around l950 +/-. The illustrations are more memorable than the text. There were lovely pastel pictures of fairies dressed in filmy ballerina type clothes dancing on the water or on lily pads. Elves and fairies fly on the backs of dragonflies. There is some sort of celebration in the story. I think there was something to do with a frog. I know Thumbelina was written by H.C. Anderson but I think the book I'm seeking was perhaps a 're-telling' as I don't recall lots of words (I couldn't read at the time though). Do you have any idea what the book might be? I did see it in a small Ontario library about twenty-five years ago. Unfortunately I did not contemplate that one day I would want to have it in my possession once again. Thank you for any assistance you might be able to provide.

The book I am looking for sounds very similar to your T2 listing, though  I do not recall it being called Thumbelina.  I think it had the words "Fairies, or Fairy tales" in the title.  I recall the title being in script or 'fancy' print.  The cover also had an illustration of fairies.  The book was an Oversized book of Fairies, Lily pads, Dragonflies, etc.  The illustrations were in pastel watercolors.  This book may have been published around 1948.  Any help would be appreciated.
Just received your message.  I sent a request for a book that I thought was a 1950's version of Thumbelina.  You have suggested it might be A Day in Fairyland written by Sigrid Rahmas.  I'm frankly not sure if you are correct but would be interested in persuing this.  How can I confirm this is the right book before committing to a purchase?  Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.    Many thanks.
Harriett's Note:  we keep searching until the book sounds like the right thing.  Since there's another cyber doubt about the first suggestion--from a browser, above in blue--then we'll keep hunting.
Another Note:  I just saw a copy of A Day in Fairy Land at a book fair.  It was a folio sized book (read: huge) with beautiful watercolor illustrations.  It was about fairies, but not Thumbelina.  The reader listed in blue above knows what she's looking for (alas, the one I saw was more than $150), but I don't think it's the same as the  Thumbelina stumper.  Close, but...
I read your description of the book you are looking for when trying to find more info about a book that I have. It happens to be A day in fairy land, but I don't think it is what you are looking for as it has quite a lot of words, set out in 3/4 paragraphs per page. Also the story is not about a frog but The fairy Queens birthday celebration
Maybe this edition of Thumbelina by Andersen? New York, Scribner 1961, American Library Association Award. "Adventures of the tiny girl no bigger than your thumb. Beautiful, delicate illustrations in full color and two-color throughout by ADRIENNE ADAMS. Small 4to, green pictorial cloth, color pictorial dust wrapper."
A similar book but recent is The Enchanted Woods, words and pictures by Shirley Barber, published Australia, Five Mile Press 1995, 32 pages. "There is much excitement in Fairyland, for the fairy princess is about to be married. Shirley Barber's breathtaking paintings capture the wonder of her story, and will take readers of all ages on their very own trip to Fairyland."
Anderson, Hans Christian.  Thumbelina.  Illustrated by Adrienne Adams. Charles Scribners Sons, 1961, early copy, nice condition.  VG/VG-.  $20
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Tibor Gergely's Great Big Book of Bedtime Stories
I am looking for a large red book full of bedtime stories.  I believe it was from the 1970s.  I remember there was a lion in a rocking chair on the cover reading the book to cubs, I think.  I am not sure if it is a Golden Book or Richard Scarry.  If you can help me find one please let me know.

Hi, I remember that book.  I think it was by Richard Scary and it was also a Golden Book.
This looks like a possible. The cover shows a lion in striped pyjamas reading to a lion cub and a bear cub. It's an armchair rather than a rocking chair, though. Gergely's work has some similarities to Scarry. Tibor Gergely's Great Big Book Of Bedtime Stories: 32 Favorite Tales. A Golden book. 384 pages,full of colored pictures, Copyright 1967.
I read this book as a child in the early 80s.  We had a used copy so it may have been older than that.  The cover was RED and it was a fairly thick book (maybe an inch or so), oversized.  I think the lettering of the title was yellow.  The picture on the cover was an animal (a bear, I think) in a bed or armchair, reading a book to other animals.  However, the book he was reading was the same book -- so that the cover of the book that the animal was reading had a picture of the same animal, in the bed/armchair reading the SAME book to others, and so on and so on -- I remember this distinctly because I loved this, it was the same "infinity" feeling I got from looking in a three-way mirror!  The only story I recall was at the end of the book -- but it may not have been the "true" end of the book because the back cover and possibly several pages were missing -- and had to do with a family enjoying the seasons of the year.  I am pretty sure that at one point in the story they were at an aquarium and saw a whale.  (I know, how vague can you get!)  This book is NOT a Richard Scarry book -- it is NOT Nan Gilbert's "365 [etc]" book -- it is NOT Burgess' bedtime stories book -- it is NOT any of the storybooks listed on this website's anthologies page -- but it is definitely a bedtime anthology.  I think it had some vague title like "My Book of Bedtime Stories" or something to that effect.  I have pored over websites for hours and I'm going crazy, I have to find this book!!!  Thanks so much!!!

A239 Pretty sure this is GOLDEN BOOK OF 365 BEDTIME STORIES by Kathryn Jackson, illustrated by Richard Scarry. It's not on the Anthologies page, but you do have it under your Solved pages, and the picture of the cover is there, so the  person can check whether it matches the memory.~from a librarian
Kathryn  Jackson (author), Richard Scarry (illustrator), The Golden Book of 365 Stories: A Story for Every Day of the Year, 1955.  If the stumper requester is absolutely sure that the book was red and Richard Scarry didn't illustrate it, then this CAN'T be it, but if the stumper requester isn't completely positive, this may be worth checking out! This book was originally published as The Golden Book of 365 Stories: A Story for Every Day of the Year.  The front cover shows a boy and girl, in separate beds that are pushed together, surrounded by animals wearing pajamas.  The boy and girl are reading a book that has a cover picture of them reading a book, etc.  A later reprint of this book has a cover picture of a clothed bear in an armchair surrounded by similarly clad animals.  The bear is reading a book that has a cover picture of him reading a book, etc.  The only difference between this cover and the stumper requester's description is that the background is BLUE, not red.  This book was reprinted at least once more with the bear cover as Richard Scarry's A Story A Day: 365 Stories and Rhymes.  Unfortunately, there is no story near the end of the book about a family that visits an aquarium and sees a whale.
HRL:  aha, I've got it!  Tibor Gergely's Great Big Book of Bedtime Stories.  Golden Press., 1967.  Stories included are by Margaret Wise Brown, Kathryn and Byron Jackson, Peggy Parish, etc.
Tibor Gergely's Great Big Book of Bedtime Stories
I read this book as a child in the early 80s.  We had a used copy so it may have been older than that.  The cover was RED and it was a fairly thick book (maybe an inch or so), oversized.  I think the lettering of the title was yellow.  The picture on the cover was an animal (a bear, I think) in a bed or armchair, reading a book to other animals.  However, the book he was reading was the same book -- so that the cover of the book that the animal was reading had a picture of the same animal, in the bed/armchair reading the SAME book to others, and so on and so on -- I remember this distinctly because I loved this, it was the same "infinity" feeling I got from looking in a three-way mirror!  The only story I recall was at the end of the book -- but it may not have been the "true" end of the book because the back cover and possibly several pages were missing -- and had to do with a family enjoying the seasons of the year.  I am pretty sure that at one point in the story they were at an aquarium and saw a whale.  (I know, how vague can you get!)  This book is NOT a Richard Scarry book -- it is NOT Nan Gilbert's "365 [etc]" book -- it is NOT Burgess' bedtime stories book -- it is NOT any of the storybooks listed on this website's anthologies page -- but it is definitely a bedtime anthology.  I think it had some vague title like "My Book of Bedtime Stories" or something to that effect.  I have pored over websites for hours and I'm going crazy, I have to find this book!!!  Thanks so much!!!

A239 Pretty sure this is GOLDEN BOOK OF 365 BEDTIME STORIES by Kathryn Jackson, illustrated by Richard Scarry. It's not on the Anthologies page, but you do have it under your Solved pages, and the picture of the cover is there, so the  person can check whether it matches the memory.~from a librarian
Kathryn  Jackson (author), Richard Scarry (illustrator), The Golden Book of 365 Stories: A Story for Every Day of the Year, 1955.  If the stumper requester is absolutely sure that the book was red and Richard Scarry didn't illustrate it, then this CAN'T be it, but if the stumper requester isn't completely positive, this may be worth checking out! This book was originally published as The Golden Book of 365 Stories: A Story for Every Day of the Year.  The front cover shows a boy and girl, in separate beds that are pushed together, surrounded by animals wearing pajamas.  The boy and girl are reading a book that has a cover picture of them reading a book, etc.  A later reprint of this book has a cover picture of a clothed bear in an armchair surrounded by similarly clad animals.  The bear is reading a book that has a cover picture of him reading a book, etc.  The only difference between this cover and the stumper requester's description is that the background is BLUE, not red.  This book was reprinted at least once more with the bear cover as Richard Scarry's A Story A Day: 365 Stories and Rhymes.  Unfortunately, there is no story near the end of the book about a family that visits an aquarium and sees a whale.
HRL:  aha, I've got it!  Tibor Gergely's Great Big Book of Bedtime Stories.  Golden Press., 1967.  Stories included are by Margaret Wise Brown, Kathryn and Byron Jackson, Peggy Parish, etc.  See Solved Mysteries for a picture of the cover.
Hi!  Just wanted to let you know that your solution to my stumper (A239, anthology of bedtime stories) was exactly the book I had been looking for!  As soon as I saw the picture of Tibor Gergely's book I knew that was it.  Thank you so much!!!!

Tide in the Attic
It is a story about a family in Holland. A dike breaks causing the waters to rise higher and higher until they end up on the roof.  I enjoyed it greatly as a child. I would have sworn the title was Water in
the Attic, but can find no reference to that title.  I would love to find the book again to share with my two kids.

I remember this book as well, under the title Water in the Attic, however I seem to remember that this was a "Translation or originally published as" version put out by a book club. Two possibilities are The Little Ark  by Jan de Hartog or The Sea Broke Through by Ardo Flakkeberg.
Is this one of the versions of A Hole in the Dike? Mary Mapes Dodge is the classic (it was originally a chapter in Hans Brinker; or, the Silver Skates); Norma Green retold it (with illustrations by Eric Carle) more recently (Crowell, '75).
F23    You're very close to the title, it's called The Tide in the Attic and it was written by Aleid Van Rhijn. It was first published in Holland under the title Een Helicoter Daalde.  It was then translated into English and the first US publication was 1962.   It's about farm family in Holland and how they survived a terrible flood. All six end up on the roof of the house.  The boy's name is Kees Wielemaker and his little sister's name is Sjaantje.  Their mom and dad are there and so are the farmhand Jacob, and the maid Trui. Super book, It's in my collection!!!!
Tide in the Attic, by Aleid Van Rhijn, illustrated by Margery Gill, translated by A.J. Pomerans, published Criterion 1962, 127 pages. "When the dikes broke and the water rose higher and higher, Kees, his parents and little sister, their maid and hired man moved up and up in the house until the only place they could escape from the rising water was the roof. There the six, with the dog and the cat, crouched for a day and a night until they were rescued by helicopter. There are no heroics in this story of the disastrous 1953 flood in Holland; the writing is simple, realistic reporting." (Horn Book Apr/62 p.174)

Tiger Burning Bright
children's book about an English girl in India during the Mutiny.  I thought the title was Tyger! Tyger! Burning Bright! but couldn't find a book with that title that matched that description.

"Tyger Tyger Burning Bright" is the first line of a famous poem by William Blake (1794).  There's a brilliantly illustrated children's picture book titled The Tyger featuring some of these lines and some new lines by Neil Waldman in 1993.  There may be other versions too, and of course the original, which is contained in Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience.  Not much narrative about the English girl in either of these two versions.
Theodora Du Bois, Tiger Burning Bright.  This was a "young adult" level book about the 1857 Mutiny.
now that sounds more like it!  thanks.

Tiger Called Thomas
I have been trying to remember the name of a book that I loved as a child. I can remember so little about it that I wasn't even going to write you, but I figured it was worth a try. It was a picture book, I think about Halloween, the cover and most of the pages had a picture of the full moon, kind of an orange-y coloured moon. I think that one of the trick-or-treaters was a girl dressed up as a black cat, but I can't be certain. What I remember best is the moon, I think it was mentioned in the story, and I found the picture very appealing. I frequently borrowed that book from the library, but had outgrown it by the time I was in first grade and I never thought of it again until a few years ago and now I can't find it at the library or anywhere else! I do hope that you have an idea of what book it is, but I know I haven't given you much to go on. Thanks for your time.

Not too helpful, since I haven't seen any of these books, but maybe one will ring a bell: Slobodkin, Louis, Trick or Treat NY Macmillan 1959 "There's a big surprise for the children on Willow Street when they ring the doorbell of the haunted house and a black cat answers the door!" color illustratrions, last page has directions on how to make THE MAGIC PAPER PALM TREE TRICK Zolotow, Charlotte, A Tiger Called Thomas illustrated by Kurt Werth, NY Lothrop, Lee & Shepard 1966. "Little boy fears people might not like him, but when he dresses like a tiger for Halloween, he discovers they do like him."  Pictorial cover, color illustrations. Preston, Edna Mitchell, One Dark Night also illustrated by Kurt Werth, NY Viking Press, 1960 "A spooky Halloween story for children"
Adrienne Adams, a Woggle of Witches, 1985. Could this be A Woggle of Witches? by Adrienne Adams? The witches go out on Halloween but get frightened by children trick-or-treating  I seem to remember a very large moon in at least one picture. Super book.
Charlotte Zolotow,Over and Over, circa 1950.  This may not be right, but Over and Over by Charlotte Zolotow has beautiful watercolor illustrations by Garth Williams, and one of them is of four trick-or-treaters (no cats, but one is a tiger) at an open door, and there's a full moon in the background.  But it's not a Hallowe'en only book -- instead, it tracks all the major holidays as a little girl who doesn't understand about time encounters each.  (Garth Williams also illustrated Wait 'Til the Moon is Full by Margaret Wise Brown that has some full-moon pictures, including on the cover.)
the cover of A Tiger Called Thomas, by Charlotte Zolotow, illustrated by Kurt Werth, does show a bright full moon and trick-or-treaters including the boy in a striped tiger costume.
Could this be Old Witch Rescues Halloween (1972) by Wende and Harry Devlin?? While the moon is not present in most of the pictures there are several night scenes with black silhouetted buildings against a dark blue dusky sky and a large yellow moon-all very evocative of autumn! Great illustrations!
Mary Calhoun, Wobble the Witch Cat.  Could this be it?
Charlotte Zolotow, A Tiger Called Thomas.  Thank you so much! I can hardly believe that someone was able to figure out which book I was talking about - especially since I thought it was a girl dressed as a cat rather than a boy dressed as a tiger.

Tiger's Chance
I am looking for a children's book, pre-1980s and probably earlier, about a girl who had a magical tiger skin rug from India.  She called him Roger (Rajah) and he came to life and flew her on adventures.  This is NOT "The Tiger Skin Rug" or anything recent, as I read it in elementary school pre-1978.  I have been dying to find it again!

Jan Henry, Tiger's Chance.  I searched for this book FOREVER!  But I finally found it, and it is named Tiger's Chance.  Ma'am, I hope you check back here to see the solution!
Jan Hanry, Tiger's Chance, 1957, copyright.  A photo of the book cover, not jacket, can be seen on Amazon. It was illustrated by Hilary Knight.
Jan Henry, Tiger's Chance, 1957.  Tiger's Chance it is!  I would never have remembered it on my own.  I posted this stumper and deeply thank whomever solved it for finding my book!

Tikki Tikki Tembo
This is probably misspelled.... When I was in 2nd and 3rd grades, our  librarian read to us a book that had the phrase, "cherry berry rushi, pip perry pimbo." I think it was about an asian boy. I hope you can help.

Tikki Tikki Tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo has fallen into the well!
Greetings!  I think you're looking for Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel.
Wow! That was fast and embarrassing. Look at my spelling...well I was only a babe.  Thanks so much. I will say Nay to the book. I was just looking for the name.
Im looking for this book, which was an illustrated children's book probably from the 1970s.  It was about an asian family that proundly named their first born son with an extrememly long name.  the boy fell in water and was submerged, and the second born child ran for help.  The parents wouldn't let the child shorten the brother's name, so the out of breath second child had to try to say the whole long name.  This slowed everyone down in rescueing the boy.  They did rescue him, and although it sounds morbid, the book implies that the boy with the long name is brain damaged from being underwater so long.

Wonderful book.  Mosel came to read to my elementary school and apparently the publisher made her condense that long name by half!  It made for an excellent children's participatory reading.
Mosel, Arlene.  Tikki Tikki Tembo.  Illustrated by Blair Lent. Henry Holt, 1968, 1989.  New reprint edition.  New hardback, $16.95.  New paperback, $6.95

Tim and the Hidden People
I read a children's book many times when I was about 10, I guess back in about 1979.  It was a book about some magic cats, the leader called Sebastian, who had great adventures with a small boy.  I'm afraid that's  all I can remember - any idea??

Not positive, but it could be WINTER MAGIC by Eveline Hasler. Came out in 1984, 1985 and is 32 pages long.
I'm wondering if s33 is Time Cat by Lloyd Alexander.
S33 Just checked a copy of Alexander's Time Cat. "Only Gareth, Jason's magical cat had the power to transport the two across time...."
There's a series by Sheila K. McCullagh about a boy named Tim  who has magic cats named Tobias and Sebastian. It's apparently a very difficult series to locate, and there are at least 36 titles. Some of them are: Tim and Tobias, Tim and the People of the Moonlight, Tim and the Witches, Tim and Sebastian.
Sheila McCullagh, the suggested author, is very prolific but hard to find in North America. She has written extensively for the Ladybird Puddle Lane series of short original fantasies. The Tim series referred to was written for E. Arnold Publishers 1974-77, and is a school reader series called Tim and the Hidden People, each book being 32 pages and illustrated by Pat Cook. Titles include Tim and the Witches, Tim and the Smugglers, Magic in the Yard, On the Night of the Full Moon, Tim in Hiding, At the House of the Safe Witch, Watchers in the Yard, Mandrake's Castle, Tim Rides on the Ghost Bus, Three Fires on the Dark Tower, etc. I could find no plot or character descriptions.
I would dearly love to find these?(I'm sure it was a series of) books. I read them in about 1988 they were in the school library(UK) All I remember is there was a black cat called Tobias I think or one of the charcters was called it. The cat and a boy(?) went on adventures at night. That's all I remember!! Oh they were so so good and I want to find them for my children.  Thank you for any help!

Sheila McCullough, Tim and the Hidden People (series).  Could the reader be remembering Tobias the magical talking cat from the Tim and the Hidden People series.  These were school reading books in the UK.  These books also appear in your solved pages, where the requester remembered Sebastian who was Tobias' son.
McCullagh, Sheila K., Tim and the Hidden People series, 1974.  This is on the Solved List, I think. The first volume is Tim and Tobias. Tobias and Sebastian are cats. Tim is a boy. I can supply the details of the entire series if anyone really wants!

Description: I remember this book from when I was in school in the '60's, but it was probably an old book already. A family made of boards or planks lives near a river. The little plank boy was warned to stay away from the river, but he fell in and got warped. He had to lay in the sun with rocks on him to get straightened out! Strange story, I know! Also, I went to school in Canada, if that might help.

Sounds like one episode from The Timbertoes, the cartoon in Highlights magazine, which was about a little wooden family. Originally they was just a mom, dad, and little boy, later they added a little girl. The boy, Tommy, was often running off and getting into mischief, and then getting spanked.
The Timbertoes.  Thank-you to the kind reader who provided the right answer. There is actually a book called the Timbertoes (which I was looking for) as well as the Highlight magazine cartoons, which I hadn't heard of, but led me in the right direction!

Time at the Top
Author's last name started with an O, long last name and foreign sounding.  Male.  Title had the word "time" in it.  This sounds crazy I know.  When I was a little girl, this book left an impression on me.  It was about a little girl who goes back in time in an elevator.  In the end her father ends up going back with her and staying there.

Ormondroyd, Edward, Time at the Top, 1963.   This is definitely Time at the Top...the elevator goes higher than the building and lets off 100 years before.
Time at the Top is the first book, with the sequel being All in Good Time.
This has got to be Time at the Top by Edward Ormondroyd. Summary: Susan travels back in time on the elevator in her apartment, and, surprisingly, elects to stay.
Edward Ormondroyd, Time At The Top, 1963.  I've read the book (which I ran upstairs and pulled off my bookshelf just now!), and seen the movie adaptation.  I'd recommend the book, but definitely not the movie.  No suprise, though, right?
This is a children's book I read as an adult, but I still can't remember the correct title or the author. It involves a family of children who live with their widowed father (?) in a large house. There is either an elevator in the house, or they discover an elevator. When they ride the elevator to the top, the door opens and they are back in the  1800's. The house that they are in then is owned by a single (or widowed) woman. They enjoy living in a simpler time, in a more rural area. In the end, I believe they convince their father to "go to the top" with them, and the inference is that he and the lady will marry. If was a wonderful and heartwarming story and I'd love to know the title and author so that i could try to locate a copy. Thanks for any help!

Ormondroyd, Edward, Time at the Top. Possibility?
Edward Ormondroyd, Time at the Top.R51 sounds extremely like Room at the Top.  The synopsis is the same except that it's a girl who goes back in time.  She meets and makes friends with other children and ends up taking her father back in time with her to live.
#R51--Room at the Top:  You're close, it'sTime at the Top, by Edward Ormondroyd.
R51 Sounds like TIME AT THE TOP by Edward Ormondroyd, 1963 ~from a librarian
Edward Ormondroyd (sp??), Time at the Top

Time for the Stars
I'm looking for the name of a young adult book about using twins for esp experiments.  Twin brothers are so good, one goes into space where time stand stills and returns to find (and fall in love with??) his great, great, great, great granddaughter?  Read it in the 1960s.  Great site.  Cool cats.

Robert Heinlein, Time for the Stars, 1956.  This has got to be the book.  Pat and Mike are twin brothers who have a special twin ESP that will enable them to communicate even when one of them joins other twins in the first space ship that will go beyond radio range.  One of Heinlein's terrific juvenile books.
I agree with the previous poster - this sounds like Heinlein's Time for the Stars.
That's the book.  Thank you very much!

A Time for Tenderness
Book about a red-haired girl named Kit who travels to Puerto Rico and falls in love with Carlos (but he's sort of promised to his cousin).  Nostalgic book probably written in the 60s. A teenage girl travels to Puerto Rico with her parents because her dad is transferred there for a year.  I think her name was Kit (Katherine).  She has red hair and causes quite a stir.  She meets Carlos and falls in love, only to find out that he's spoken for--an arranged marriage with a distant cousin.  They part their ways and she returns to the mainland.  This was probably written in the 50s or 60s.  I would love to see it again.  Please help!

k75 sounds an awful lot like a betty cavanna book...i just can't think which one ...does that help?
I found this book by searching some authors of that period.  I finally found a complete list of works by Betty Cavanna and remembered it by the title--I knew it was something silly.  I must be losing it because I had the main character's name wrong (Peggy, not Kit) and it was based it Rio not Puerto Rico.  I think I may have been combining two different books.  Thanks for looking! PS: I did find it on several websites--I ended up buying it from a gal from Texas through Amazon.com.
Betty Cavanna, A Time for Tenderness, 1962. A Time for Tenderness by Betty Cavanna is about a girl named Peggy from the American south who goes to Rio in Brazil with her mother, father, and little brother when her father is transferred there.  She falls in love with Carlos, and when his family realizes that the feeling is mutual, they announce his engagement to his distant cousin Cleo.  A few of the details in the original description are off, but this is definitely the book in question.

Time Gate
This is one that's been driving me wild for YEARS. Vague plot-line memories: boy from present day somehow contacts girl from (bleak) future. She is bald, "genius-rated", and thus rather annoying to boy. They team up to prevent whatever disaster caused bleakness of girl's time. After succeeding, girl is no longer bald and (yep, it was the 1960's) no longer "genius-rated" nor as annoying to boy. I think the elevator association I have is related to the means of time travel... Help?! Thanks!

John Jakes, Time Gate, 1972.   One of my favorite books.  I don't remember an elevator, but the bald girl was definitely in this one.  John Jakes went on to write adult historical novels.

Time Keeper
I read a book in late elementary or junior high that had something to do with two kids finding a pathway or stepping stones that transported them through time.  at first they were brought to the past and when they tried to return they were brought into the future where it was a crime to travel through time and they were captured.  I don't remember the rest.  I would really like to know the name and author of that book.

Bartholomew, Barbara, The Time Keeper, 1985.  The "stepping stones" reference makes me think of this book and its sequels (CHILD OF TOMORROW and WHEN DREAMERS CEASE TO DREAM), all Signet/NAL paperbacks from 1985.  Hard to be certain based on the handful of details provided, but definitely worth investigating.
I put in a request to find a book and the one response I received was correct.  Once I saw the name I knew it was right.  Thanks a lot

Time Machine to the Rescue
I don't remember much about this book.  I believe it was one of a series. The only clear memory I have is that the kids were able to take the time machine an hour into the future and watch the bad guys trying to find them in the present.  The time machine may also have been a space ship -- but I'm not sure of that.  I read the book in the mid-70s, and I doubt it was too old.

Donald Keith, Mutiny in the Time Machine,1963.  This book is about two Boy Scouts finding a time machine hidden in a canyon in the Southwest.  They go first to the future and pick up a Scout named Kai, then into the past and pick up a Spartan youth named Dion.  There is at least one other title about these characters, as I remember incidents that this book does not include, like meeting Teddy Roosevelt after performing mouth to mouth resuscitation on a drowning child.
Donald Keith, Time Machine to the Rescue, 1967.  I haven't read the book yet (again?), but I have a feeling it may be Time Machine to the Rescue bu Donald Keith.  I located and read Mutiny in the Time Machine by the same author, and it definately seems like the same series, but it doesn't have the key scene that I put in the stumper.

Time of Darkness, A (Sherryl Jordan)
Unfortunately, I do not have any memory of what the title may be like or who the author may be.  Can't really remember the characters' names either.  Year must be before 1995, as I read it in elementary school.  Plot Synopsis: A young man somehow finds himself on an unfamiliar Earth living with primitive people not unlike ancient hunter-gatherer tribes.  At first it seems as if he has somehow traveled back in time, but as he adjusts to his new hunter-gatherer life without TVs, cars, and fast-food, he begins finding anachronisms.  For example: a broken watch.  Gradually he realizes that he has not traveled back to ancient times, but instead has traveled forward into a post-apocalyptic future, presumably caused by a major world war.  He meets the tribe's old wise woman (whose name begins with 'A' I believe) and, over the years, integrates himself into their society.  He even finds love with one of the women.  Near the end of the novel, the man suddenly wakes up one day and finds himself back in present-day society (I believe unaged from his years in the post-apocalyptic Earth).  He learns that he has been in a coma, and everything he experienced was a dream.  But was it really?  He finds in his possession an object that he acquired in the "dream", and commits to writing letters to the governments of the major countries in an attempt to prevent the war that would create the post-apocalyptic future.  His efforts meet with little success, until he learns that he has a new niece who has the same name as the old wise woman from his "dream."  He writes a letter to his niece, and afterwards finds that the object from his post-apocalyptic future disappears, indicating that he has successfully prevented it from occurring.  This was a very engaging, can't-put-it-down science-fiction/fantasy children's novel (no illustrations).  Of course, I gave away the most important plot twists in the synopsis, but I really would like to read it again and would greatly appreciate any help trying to remember what the book is called.  Thanks!

Gary Paulsen, The Transall Saga, 1998, copyright.  Sounds a lot like this one, but it was published later than the one you're looking for.
Jordan, Sherryl, A Time of Darkness, 1990, copyright.  Thank you so much for the suggestion for The Transall Saga!  Unfortunately, when I skimmed its plot synopsis on Wikipedia, it had enough details for me to conclude that it is not the one.  However, through amazing blind luck on a Google search for "The Transall Saga coma dream", I found a Google cached page from the Auckland City Libraries.  The page actually doesn't exist any more on the ACL site... it has to be viewed using Google's "Cached" link.  From viewing the cache, "coma" matched a review of Eva by Peter Dickinson... not related.  "dream" matched Dream Bite by Ken Catran, also not related.  It was starting to look grim, but just for kicks I glanced at the review for The Transall Saga... lo and behold, "This book is similar to Rocco by Sherryl Jordan."  Rocco didn't really ring a bell, but when I clicked the link, it revealed an alternate name in the library catalog info: "Time of Darkness".  Wikipedia search: nothing, but... Amazon search - Editorial Review: THAT'S THE ONE!  Apparently a little known diamond in the rough... only 10 reviews on Amazon, but all of them 5 out of 5.  I am getting a copy and never letting go of it again for the rest of my life.  Thank you so much again!

Time of Wonder
Recall this from the early 70's, book is probably older. Family spends vacation on the coast, Maine perhaps. Lovely illustrations remind me of Edward Hopper. Storm depicts, a rowboat tied to shore, strainging against wind & surf. Kids explore under a tree, find shells.
Robert McCloskey, Time of Wonder, 1957. Pretty sure this is the book you're remembering. I can see how the pictures might remind you of Edward Hopper. They are quite different from the illustrations in Mr. McCloskey's other books. The family spends the summer on an island in Maine. There is a hurricane, a tree is knocked down, and the girls explore the exposed roots and find "an Indian shell heap." There is also an illustration that matches the picture you describe of the boat in the storm, straining against its mooring.
Robert McCloskey,
Time of Wonder, 1957. This is the book I was looking for.
Time Tangle
The book I am trying to remember is a time travel one, and unfortunately, I remember very little about it.  The main character was a teenage girl, and I think the setting MIGHT have been a boarding school.  I'm not sure if she went back in time, or was somehow just able to "meet" people from that
earlier time, which was the Elizabethan era, I think.  I think she had a romantic attachment to a boy from that era,  and I vaguely remember her having to meet him somewhere at just the right time, or she'd never be able to get back to him again, and she didn't make it.  For some reason, I keep thinking it was a green house or a gazebo where she was supposed to meet him....

Any relation to S63?
T67 - Could this be Alison Uttley's Traveller in Time - in this story Penelope Taberner Cameron finds her way back into the past of the farmhouse, 'Thackers' she is staying in and gets involved with the Babington family
(famous for Babington Plot to try and save Mary Queen of Scots) over the years she makes several visits to the
16th century and falls in love with Francis Babington though both know that because they belong to different
times their romance has no hope of leading anywhere.
T67 -  Thanks, but it's not the Uttley book.  I actually own (and love!) that book, and should have realized someone might think it was that one.  I checked S63, too, and it's no relation, either.  Thanks to you both....I'll keep checking!
a possible title: Time Tangle by Frances Eager, published Hamish Hamilton  1976, 125 pages. Jacket design by Gavin Rowe. From the dust jacket : "It had begun with the telegram, which had banished her to the Enclosure where the nuns lived, for the whole of the Christmas holidays. It had ended with her mad dash down the staircase in the Chapel after a vanishing dream. Beth was convinced though, that it was no dream. Adam with his beautiful voice, his missing hawk, and his silver cross had really existed, hadn't he and entrusted her with a vital message that would save the life of a fugitive priest? In the quiet of the Enclosure where time seemed to stand still it was easy to believe you could reach across four hundred years to Tudor England. But Beth was given to daydreams and flights of fancy, and when proof of Adam's existence had gone, how could she even convince herself that it had really happened?"
Eager, Frances, Time Tangle.  Oh my gosh....I'm almost positive this is the book I was looking for!!
Thank you, thank you!

Time to Go Back
After I read "Charlotte Sometimes" and "Tom's Midnight Garden" and "A Wrinkle in Time" I was really in to time travel-type sci-fi books and I remember reading a book about a girl (mid teens I think) living in London who travels backwards and forwards in time to the Second World War.  I remember her being very concerned at one point because there was an air raid warning and she spend the night in an air-raid shelter (it may even have been an underground tube station) and she was worried she'd get stuck in the past, or even be blown up and die in the past.  I think there was some sort of romantic element to the story - she had a male friend in the past perhaps, and I have memories of lamp posts and a red scarf being involved, but that's about it.  It might have been the front cover, with her wearing a red scarf standing next to a lamp post, but I think the lamp post was involved in the actual ability to time travel in some way. I also have vague feelings that Thursdays were somehow important but this is really vague! I've often wondered if it was by Penelope Farmer (Charlotte Sometimes) or even Penelope Lively, but can't find anything in their back catalogue, unless this particular book has never been reprinted.  I must have read it when I was twelve or so, so it would have been published any time before the early seventies.  Any help would be really brilliant!

COuld this be Traveller in Time by Allison Uttley?
T29 is definitely Mabel Esther Allan'sTime to Go Back.
By the way, T29- could it be Tale of Time City by Diana Wynne Jones?  A girl two boys from the future think is wrecking time is pulled from the middle of WWII into Time City with them, and when they realize their mistake it is too late to put her back, so the three of them have to travel around time fixing it.
Well, having looked up the suggestion Time to go Back by Mabel Esther Allan, I found a copy that had recently been for sale on Ebay, and the cover had a girl in a headscarf with a city backdrop - all very familiar!  It was published in 1972 which would also tie in very well.  Can't be completely sure until I get my hands on a copy, but it certainly looks very hopeful - thank you very much!  It didn't honestly think anyone would be able to help, but I shall now recommend you to everyone I know!
This book begins in modern-day England (70's).  A girl who doesn't get along with her mother must go stay with her grandmother in Liverpool.  Somehow (I've forgotten) she is transported to the same house during the Axis bombing where she meets her mother as a teenager, and a heroic older aunt.  I recall vivid descriptions of blitz bombing and
the time travel element most clearly.  I am a school librarian, and I remember the book on the first shelf of fiction, so the author is an A  (Allen?  Alexander?)  Anybody remember it?

Mabel Esther Allan, Time to Go Back, 1972.  A rebellious teen-ager goes back in time to Liverpool during World War II and views her own mother's adolescence and her aunt's tragic romance.

Timeless Passion
I listened to this book-on-tape about 11 years ago.  There are two sisters.  One is married with a new baby.  The other is single and traveling by car to be the baby's godmother.  Her car crashes and she dies but she is also transported thru time to another generation.  She is unconcious and is rescued by a man who lives on a plantation.  She retains her previous memory and it takes a long time to reconcile to the fact that she is now living in another time and can't return to her sister.  She falls in love with her rescuer and they marry and have children.  At the end of the book the first married sister moves into a new house where there is a trunk in the attic.  In the trunk are pictures and letters from her sister who lived in the house on the plantation with her family and knew that someday her sister would live there too.

Constance O'Day-Flannery, Timeless Passion
I found it and it's been solved.  I can't wait to get the book-on-tape from our library and listen to it again.

Timmy Mouse
All I can remember about this book was the title (Timmy Mouse) and the story was about a little mouse whose parents left to find food for the baby and timmy had to take care of his little sister. He ended up searching for his parents and rescued them from being trapped under a bucket. I've been looking for this book for many years because my father used to read it to me when I was very young. Thank you and I will aprreciate any help.

I have a Little Elf Book titled Mr. Mole's House by Linda Heath.  Dickie Mouse is  taking his baby sister for a ride in a wagon and decides to go to Mr. Mole's house.  Along the way, he looks under a bucket for Mr. Mole and feeds the baby a strawberry. They fall asleep at Mr. Mole's house and their parents find them the next morning.  I know the details aren't exactly right but it is a little mouse and his baby sister who are away from their parents and he looks under a bucket so it's worth a look.
I have the answer to T47: Timmy Mouse. The book is called Timmy Mouse and is part of the 'Rand McNally Super Book' series. The year is MCMLI (I think that's 1960?) The author is Miriam Clark Potter and the illustrator is Tony Brice. I have a copy... it was one of my favourites when I was a little girl. The best part is how the baby insists on bringing the little red umbrella and that's what Timmy uses to free his parents from the pail!
Yes to all that, except it's 1951.
Children's book early 1960's. Story of a mouse family. The father goes searching for food/better home but doesn't return and family worries. A young mouse goes looking for him, has an adventure, eats a large strawberry along the way. Finds father stuck under a tea cup, family reunited.

Miriam Clark Potter, Timmy Mouse.
  This is a junior elf book- it doesn't match the description exactly but it's close enough to mention.  Timmy is left to watch his baby sister when his parents go out.  When they don't return he goes in search of them.  His little sister insists that they bring along her red umbrella.  He finally finds his parents who have been trapped under a bucket and uses the umbrella to rescue them.
Don and Audrey Wood, The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear, 1989, copyright.  I don't know if this is the right book, but I thought it was a possibility. Hope this helps!
Miriam Clark Potter, Timmy Mouse, 1951, copyright.  The first person that commented correctly identified the book. Thank you.

Timothy and Two Witches
I think it's called Timothy and Two Witches.  Timothy(?) goes to stay with a woman who turns out to be a witch.  In her back garden, he finds a gate that leads him to a wicked witch's garden.

I found one under that very title (and only one!).  I believe I can get it for you from England, a paperback.  Let me know if you are interested, and I'll pursue it.  In any event, here's the author's name you were seeking:  Margaret Storey.
A small boy goes to visit his Aunt for the summer.  She is a young, "good" or "white" witch.  She can open the door to her house by just placing her hand on the door-he eventually learns to do the same. He speaks of how the soap just slips into his hands when he is washing them and not out like most soap does.  There is an aquarium full of fish as the bathroom floor.  His bed rocks him to sleep at night like a small boat.  Somehow he ends up in a forest fighting off a bad witch and his Aunt does not know where he is.  Part of his defense against the bad witch is a white thread stained red from his blood which is wrapped around a twig...maybe a witch hazel twig?  His Aunt eventually finds him and I believe they return to her home on a flying bed.  Not "Bedknobs and Broomsticks".  I read this about 15-20 years
ago...any help would be appreciated!

This is Timothy and Two Witches by Margaret Storey. I love this book, and all her books! She's British, and
her titles for younger readers are hard to find in the US, but this one and a sequel (The Dragon's Sister and
Timothy Travels) were issued as Dell Yearling books in the early 70's.
If this is the Timothy and Ellen series, by Margaret Storey, there are several books in it. The Dragon's Sister, and Timothy Travels Faber 1967, illustrated by C. Stewart, 139 pages Timothy and Ellen are menaced by the sister of the witch they turned into a dragon, and aided by the white witch Melinda, then Timothy is stranded in the Open Country where he teams up with the 'cockroach children'. A War of Wizards Faber 1976, illustrated by J. Ede, 134 pages "Timothy and his friend Ellen have access to the Open Country where magic belongs. The enchanters and magicians who live there are charming if scatty people. The children get caught up in a magical struggle for power ..." The Double Wizard Faber, 1979, illustrated by J. Jackson, 113 pages takes place in our world and in the Open Country, involves the Ice Dragon, a lazy magic carpet, a stranger with no memory who looks like the bad wizard Ogaday
Well, it certainly could be it!...now I just have to locate Timothy and the Two Witches to see!  Thanks for the email.  I can sleep at night now!
#F34--Flying bed and witch:  The book The Bed that went Whoosh! to New York, by Bernard Share and William Bolger, Dublin:  Allen Figgis, 1965, is described as one of a series about flying beds.
F34 flying bed: more on Timothy and Two Witches, by Margaret Storey, illustrated by C.W. Stewart, published Faber 1966, 76 pages. "When Timothy goes to stay with Melinda, life takes a new turn. The garden comes into the living room; his bed is like a boat, and orange trees grow when anyone wants an orange. All this is due to the fact that Melinda is a white witch. The black witch tries to interfere but is unsuccessful. Melinda, with the help of Timothy and his friend, soon defeats her." (JB Apr/66 p.118) There's a line drawing showing Timothy warding off the black witch with a small bunch of (rowan?) twigs or flowers while his friend Ellen crouches behind.
I am hoping you can help me locate a certain book.  It takes place in London.  A brother and sister go to visit a relative, who lives next door to a good witch, most likely named Belinda.  The children go to her house, and enter another dimension.  I believe they fight off a dragon, and fly away on a giant eagle.  There are at least 2 books in this series.  And the author makes a big deal that the good witch has golden eyes.    The writer is most likely British born, because she refers to the subway system as the tubes. I had this book as a young girl, and traded it back and forth many times with my best friend.  I will be seeing her at our 20th  (YIKES!!!) high school reunion, and would like to give her 8 year old daughter the book that charmed us so much.  By the way, she doesn't remember the title either.  I have searched this book down for many years, and appreciate any clues you can offer.

Margaret Storey, Timothy and the Two Witches. US Publisher:  Dell Publishing. Original UK date: January, 1966.  UK Manufacturer: Faber. Witch's name is Melinda. A couple of other books in the series are The Double Wizard and A Quarrel of Witches
Margaret Storey, Timothy and the Two Witches.  See the listing for G164 (I think that's the number) posted just above this one on your website--this is the same book.
Thank you so much to the person who answered this one.  It has haunted me for years!!
I am looking for a childrens book, most likely from the early seventies. It takes place in London.  A brother and sister go to London to visit a relative. They stay in a house next door to Belinda(?) the golden witch.  I believe she is named that because her eyes are gold.  They have some adventures in a different dimension with a dragon.  It is  a book aimed at the 10 year old set, I believe, and may have been written by a Brit, because I remember being stumed by some terms, like "the tubes".  THere wre at least two books in this series.  Thanks so much!!!

Margaret Storey, Timothy and the Two Witches.  See the listing for B275 (I think that's the number) posted just above this one on your website--this is the same book.
Storey, Margaret, Timothy and the Two Witches.  Please see stumper B275.
I read this series of books when I was at school in the sixties. All I remember is a boy sent to stay with a relative (I think) called Miranda who was young and a witch. Her hair rose up off her shoulders when she was casting a spell. At one point he is chased by an old, evil witch through the woods but escapes because he has learned a spell to stop witches which involves tying a red thread round a twig of rowan berries and saying 'Rowan berries and red thread, Stop a witch in her speed.' That stuck in my head but I don't remember anything else! I think it was part of a series of books because I'm sure I read more than one.

Storey, Margaret, Timothy and two witches, 1966.  Again! - The witch is Melinda not Miranda but the detail about her hair is correct.  See more on the Solved pages
Margaret Storey, Timothy and the Two Witches.  I think this is the answer and I worked it out myself from looking at other postings on here. The witch is Melinda not Miranda but I'm pretty sure it's the right book. (Unless someone else knows better!)
Margaret Storey, Timothy and the Two Witches.  Again! The witch's name is Melinda. See Solved Mysteries for more info.

Timothy the Little Brown Bear
#T31:  Teddy Bear of Bumpkin Hollow--was this the book about the little bear who got into such trouble for refusing to learn how to read?  He got into wet paint and missed a birthday party invitation.  If it was not this book, does anyone know what book I am describing?
On T31, the later question (in brown) about whether the bear doesn't learn to read -- that must be a different book (start a new query!).
#T31--Teddy Bear of Bumpkin Hollow:  the book about the bear cub which couldn't read turned out to be Timothy the Little Brown Bear, Rand McNally Junior Elf Book by Jane Flory.
Timothy Titus
How about a book children's book from the mid 40's that starts out with the sentence.  Timothy Titus Buttery Jill who lived in the house at the foot of the hill. The hill rose up all green and brown like an ice-cream cone turned upside down. I would really like to have this book.  Actually, I will need 5, one for each of my siblings who grew up reading this and it has been lost.

"Timothy Titus Butteryjill had a red-roofed house at the foot of a hill, and the hill rose up all green and brown like an ice-cream cone turned upside down. And Timothy's house had a rosebush rack and a porch at the front.  And a porch at the back."  I'm typing this from a story collection, Read Me Another Story, compiled by the Child Study Association of America, and published in 1949 by Thomas Y. Crowell Company.  Timothy Titus is by Blanche Elliott, and the acknowledgments give Doubleday & Company, 1937, as the publisher granting permission for this reprint.
The original book is indeed simply called Timothy Titus.  Written by Blanche Elliott,  Illustrated by Ruth Holbrook, Garden City: Doubleday & Company, 1937.

Timothy's Travels
I'm trying to remember the name of a Ruth-Chew-like book, but I don't think it is by Ruth Chew.  My most vivid memory of the book is a scene early in the book when a boy and his mother (or aunt?), and maybe a girl cousin, go to a store and a witchy old woman in the store accuses him of shoplifting and describes what she says he took (a chocolate bar and a toy fire engine and maybe something else).  He is indignant, but when he turns out his pockets to prove his innocence, for the most part the items are in the pockets she said they were in.  One of his pockets does not have the stolen item the woman said was in it, all it has is a pebble.  The boy later figures out that the pebble is magic/charmed and that the woman is a mean witch.  He (and I think a girl cousin/friend) then have a series of adventures.  Later in the story (or in a sequel?), he somehow wins a phoenix feather, which has some kind of power, and meets up with the phoenix from which it came, who was terrifying but ultimately helpful I think.

Oh, thanks much, but I finally found the answer elsewhere on your fabulous web site--seems to be Timothy's Travels by Margaret Storey, and part of a sort-of trilogy (Timothy and the Two Witches and The Dragon's Sister).  Hard to find, though, especially at reasonable prices.  Thanks for the great web site!

Tim's Friend Towser
The illustration shown at http://sites.google.com/site/battidau/ is from a birthday card my young son received. It really reminds me of a children's book from when I was young, but for the life of me I can't remember the title, the author, or illustrator?

Edward Ardizzone,
Tim's Friend Towser, From a Tineye search on the image provided. I wonder if the card publishers have permission to use the image?
Edward Ardizzone. I looked at your picture, thought "That reminds me of Edward Ardizzone", did a Google search to find a sensible page to point you at, and lo and behold, one of the search results I got was a picture of that very card.  So I'm now pretty confident in my guess. Anyway, here's a useful website, including a list of books currently in print: http://www.edwardardizzone.org.uk/  I think the picture on your son's card must be from one of the Tim books, though I don't know which.
Edward Ardizzone, Tim's Friend Towser, 1962. It's from the title page of Tim's Friend Towser. One of the Tim series.
Edward Ardizzone, Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain...or possibly one of its sequels.  I don't have the books handy and can't check.
Edward Ardizzone. I recognized Ardizzone's sytle immediately! I don't know which book this particular drawing is from: he was a very prolific illustrator. If you do a google image search of his name, you will find this same illustration.
Edward Ardizzone, Tim and Lucy go to Sea. Ah Ha! A little more image searching and I think I found the source! Try Tim and Lucy go to Sea.
Edward Ardizzone, Tim in Danger. The illustrator is Edward Ardizzone and it's almost certainly from one of the Tim books (there are several.)  Bet you get a lot of responses to this!
I am quite sure the artist is Edward Ardizzone. I believe this comes from one of his "Tim" books. He is both author and illustrator. Hope this helps.
Well, that is unmistakably Edward Ardizzone's work... Maybe it's from one of the Little Tim books.
Ardizzone, Edward, Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain. It may not be this particular book but it is from this series about little Tim.  There are 4 or 5 other books.
Edward Ardizzone. Looks like the illustrations of Edward Ardizzone. Maybe Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain or one of the other Tim stories.
Edward Ardizzone?,  Illustrations looks rather like Edward Ardizzone - maybe one of the Little Tim books?
Eleanor Estes or Louis Slobodkin, When I looked at the picture, it made me instantly think of Eleanor Estes' books.  The Wikipedia entry for her name showed that she did some of her own book art and Louis Slobodkin did some.  They both have a very similar look to each other and to the picture you displayed.  The Wikipedia entries for both of them have a bibliography at the end.  So, that might be a starting point for a search.
This illustration is definitely by Edward Ardizzone.  It may be from one of the Tim books...perhaps Tim and Lucy Go to Sea. 
Edward Ardizzone, Tim's Friend Towser, 2008, reprint. The title page from Tim's Friend Towser. Thanks very much to all for your help.

This is a short story with color illustrations in a larger compilation book such as a bedtime story tales book.  A fair maiden or princess of some kind is in her bedroom (or imprisoned somewhere), possibly in a tower, and one night a dog "with eyes the size of teacups" flies in the window to bring her news of some kind, (or something).  The next night a dog "with eyes the size of saucers" visits her, and the next night the biggest dog has "eyes the size of dinner plates" as my memory serves.  (no mention of luncheon plates so they must not have the same place settings I do)  I looked through my 365 bedtime stories, but it does not appear to be there, nor is it in Treat Shop.  I cannot guess a date, as many of my books belonged to my grandmother, who taught kindergarten in the 30s and onward.  My mental image is of one of the dogs flying in the window, (on a color illustration)on the left side of the page, and the girl in a princess-type gown on the right.  I believe the dog looked like a tan cocker/pug mix with those bulging eyes, almost like chinese-illustrated dragons. I hope to find out how right I am....

D135: The Tinder Box by Hans Christian Andersen?
D135 I know the name of this story is The Tinderbox by Hans Christian Andersen. Unfortunately this may not narrow down your search as it's probably in many collections. ~from a librarian
Hans Christian Andersen, The Tinder Box.  This is the story in question.  A witch hires a soldier to climb into a hollow tree to take money which is guarded by three dogs, one with eyes the size of tea cups, one with eyes the size of mill wheels, and the third with eyes the size of towers.  The soldier can take all the money he wants, but must bring the witch an old tinder box that is in the tree.  The soldier takes the money and the tinder box and kills the old witch.  He keeps the tinder box and finds that it will summon the dogs.  He uses them to get money, then hears of a beautiful princess who is locked away in a copper castle.  He uses the dogs to bring the Princess to him every night.  The Princess tells her mother about the visits, and the Queen tracks down the soldier and has him imprisoned. The soldier uses the tinderbox to summon the dogs, who kill the King and Queen.  The soldier becomes King and marries the Princess.
Hans Christian Anderson.  This story is The Tinderbox. My edition is a two story anthology which includes The Swineherd and was actually published in Odense, Denmark. The illustrations are by Gustav Hjortlund and are very similar to what the poster describes but is probably not the anthology the poster read. At least I can provide the name of the story.
Hans Andersen, The Tinderbox.  I'm pretty sure this is the story you want - the bogs with big eyes are certainly from there.
Hans Christian Anderson, The Tinder Box. This is the story.  The phrases about the three dogs with eyes of different sizes such as "eyes the size of dinner plates" are in this story. It is about a soldier and a tinder box and I'm pretty sure there's a princess involved.
Hans Christian Andersen, The Tinder Box.  Those three dogs with big eyes are probably from this story.  A soldier uses the dogs to get rich and, of course, to win the princess.
Hans Christian Andersen, The Tinder-Box.  I can't help you with the particular anthology or translator, but the story is probably The Tinder-Box by Hans Christian Andersen.  Please note that the descriptions of the dogs' eyes vary according to how literal or liberal the translation is---in my copy, the dogs have eyes as big as breakfast cups, mill-wheels, and the Round Tower in Copenhagen.
Hans Christian Andersen, The Tinder-Box. One version of this story can be found in The Tasha Tudor Book of Fairy Tales, edited and illustrated by Tasha Tudor.  The pictures are wonderful, with an eighteenth-century look, if I remember correctly.
This is a bit like a Hans Andersen story - The Tinder Box. The treasure is guarded by 3 dogs, with "eyes as big as teacups" "eyes as big as saucers" ad "eyes as big as cartwheels", but the rest of the story doesn't fit. Wonder vif the psster is confusing ekements of m ore than 1 story?
Wow.  What a wealth of information your stumper-solving readers have posted!  I'll have to find and read it again, but this sounds right. I did not remember all the elements of the story.  I think "teacups", "saucers", and "cartwheels" are what I had.  Wonder which book this translation is in?  Here I go on another book search, at least this time armed with story title and author! Illustrator to be researched.  I am pretty certain it was in a collection of tales.  Thanks!
Thanks to all who submitted solutions!  Armed with the title and author, I looked through my crumbling old storybooks AGAIN, and found it!  The eyes in question are teacups, mill wheels, and round towers.  (Wonder where I got "saucers"? Guess it just seemed right).  Book is a very aged and brittle copy (that I hardly handle due to that) of Bedtime Tales:  A treasury of favorite stories.  128 pages in full color.   Pictures by Corrine Malvern.  I will attach a scan of the page I was trying to describe, don't know if that can be posted with my comments.  The dog does look like I remember - in the style of a "chinese" dragon!  Thanks again!  Hmmm, I guess I better carefully go through the rest of the book before submitting any more stumpers.....

Tiny Animal Library
As a young child in the early 1950's I had a miniature boxed set of animal books.  Each book was small--about 4" x 3"--and there may have been about six books in the entire set, each one containing a story about a different animal.  The spines on the books were each beautifully coloured with a different colour--peach, aqua blue, sky blue, etc.  I'd love to know if anyone can identify these books.

Kunhardt, Dorothy, Tiny Animal Library, 1948.  This was put out by Simon and Schuster and illustrated by Garth Williams. It had 12 volumes and came in a beautifully illustrated box. You can expect to pay $50-150 in todays market if you can find one.
Kunhardt, Dorothy, Tiny Animal Library.  Thank you so much for solving my stumper and for the photograph of the boxed set on your web site.  It really brought back a lot of memories.  You're wonderful!

Tiny Family

It sounds like A TINY FAMILY by Norman Bridwell, available through Scholastic Book Services in the 1970s ~from a librarian
Could this be The Borrowers? I think this series was written by Mary Norton.
I'm pretty sure this was a Scholastic book.
Mary Norton, The Borrowers.  Not sure about this one- it seems too easy to be true. There's also a book called Papa Small, by Lois Lenski, but I don' t know anything about it.
Norman Bridwell, A Tiny Family
Sounds like Tiny Family (1972) by Norman Bridwell, author of the Clifford series! (Also the author of The
Witch Next Door, which has four sequels.) They live in a garden and a tiny umbrella gets caught in the "giant" dog's paw. The dog's owner, the big girl, takes the umbrella back to the big house and the tiny girl/narrator goes to the house in the dead of night to get it back. They finally become friends.

Tiny Little House
Hello!  I read a book when I was young (during the late 60's or early 70's) about a tiny house in the city with large buildings being built around it.  The little house is going to be moved or taken down and a group of kids along with an elderly woman decide to bake cookies to try to save the little house.  At the end of the book there is a recipe for Sugar Cookies.  I believe that I ordered this book through Scholastic book program (Weekly Reader).  I do not know the title or author.  Can you give me any help with this book?  If you can supply the title/author or the book that would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you for your help.

Well, the beginning sounds like The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton, but there's nothing in there about cookies...
I was browsing in a forum on kid's books and someone was discussing this book.  He/she didn't mention an author but described this book (complete with recipes) and referred to it as The Tiny Little House.  I checked
Bibliofind and didn't find anything with that name, but perhaps it'll jog the requestor's memory.
It sounds like the questioner is mixing up some books.  Obviously, the first part of her/his question refers to Virginia Burton's The Little House book.  The part about the sugar cookies is probably from another book.  So many of those Weekly Reader books had recipes in the back.  I wish I could remember one that had sugar cookies. I know that this is not a complete answer but just .02.
I did find this book a few days after I sent you my request. It is called The Tiny Little House by Eleanor Clymer.  Thanks for your help.
I am hoping that you can help me.  I am looking for a book I had as a child that I think was called The Little Cookie Shop, but I am not sure.  It was about an old lady who lived in a small house that was sandwiched between two large apartment buildings.  She was about to lose her house to developers when two little girls from the neighborhood discovered that she made the most delicious cookies.  They encouraged her to bake cookies while they went door-to-door selling them.  The cookies were so popular that she was able to start a small business and, of course, saved her house.  I am having a hard time finding this book because I am not sure of the title and have no recollection of the author's name.  I'm hoping that someone in the book business may remember this book.  At the end of the story there were several cookie recipes.  Any help that you can give would be greatly appreciated. PS  I had this book in the 1970's

L22 is on your solved page: The Tiny Little House by Eleanor Clymer. A book I was so happy to find on your site before I sent it in as a stumper for myself! I had wondered for years if I would ever stumble across it again.
The Tiny Little House by Eleanor Clymer.
Eleanor Clymer recently passed away.  For a short bio on her, please visit In Memoriam.
What a wonderful service you provide with you Stump the Bookseller page.  I have been trying for such a long time to find this book, and I doubt I would have ever found it without your webpage.  It's amazing how you can't remember a title for 25 years and then as soon as you hear it you remember and know it to be correct.  I would like you to search for a copy for me, but please let me know the price before you purchase it.
It may have been published as early as the late 60's. It was a book about a tiny little house squeezed in between two tall buildings in a city. The house is unoccupied and neglected and is eventually discovered by a little girl. I remember the reading about very dirty windows that the girl cleans to let light into the house. The house becomes well-cared for, and the girl and her mother use the house to sell cookies from, like a shop. The illustrations, I think, were pen and ink with a watercolor wash. They remind me of Garth Williams. If you could help me find the title for this book, I would be very grateful!

Eleanor Clymer, The Tiny Little House, 1964.  I think this is the book.  There are two little girls who clean up the house and the lady who starts the cookie shop is a neighbor named Mrs. O'Brien. It's a cute story.
Thank you so much for finding this book! I found it at the public library and read it again. Despite the fact that its been almost 30 years since I last read it, I was amazed how familiar the illustrations seemed to me! I shared this book with my child who enjoyed it as well. Thank you for providing the forum for such book searches and for giving back wonderful childhood memories!
I am looking for a 1950s book that is about a little house that gets dwarfed by all the big city buildings that go up around it.  The house becomes very dilapidated, and some children discover it and decide to clean it up ("sweeping away the cobwebs", etc.)  They then find a little old lady who agrees to live in the house and start a cookie-baking business.  This book is NOT The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton.  The plot is similar, but the house in the story I am looking for does not go back to the country.  It stays in the city (there is a nice illustration of two towering buildings with the tiny house in between, and warm lighting emanating from the house, with the little old woman and the children inside.)

I know I've seen this before and I'm just drawing a blank...  I've got 26 more stumpers to post today, so I'll work on posting the queries first!  Then I'll look again -- unless one of those wondrous Stumper Magicians comes to the rescue!
Eleanor Clymer, The Tiny Little House
L122  TINY LITTLE HOUSE by Eleanor Clymer, 1964~from a librarian

Tiny Pin
I am looking for a book that my mother read to me during the 1960's, probably mid 60's, about a porcupine called "Tiny Pin."  In the story, Tiny Pin, was always afraid of "losing" his mother. Each time she would leave him, Tiny Pin would say, "mommy, mommy, mommy, wait for me!"  That's all I remember about it! Hope you can find it, would love to read it to my toddler!

Massie, Diane Redfield, Tiny Pin. Harper & Row, 1964.  subject ="Porcupines, legends and stories of"'
Diane Redfield Massie, Tiny Pin, 1964.
Massie, Diane Redfield, Tiny Pin, NY Harper 1964.  "Tiny Pin is a little porcupine who didn't want to leave his mother's side." Hard to find, and pricey when you do, though.

Tiny Tim: Verses for Children
I am looking for a specific children's book.  I had it when I was little, sometime between the years of 1982 and 1988.  It was a thin picture book with rhyming children's poetry.  I am having trouble locating it as I do not know the author or title.  I remember there was a poem about a pirate named something like "One-Eyed Jack". In the picture, I think he had a black wooden peg-leg.  There was a poem about shoes... "stomp-em-on-the-mat-shoes".  I think the illustration for the shoe one was mostly brown and showed a jumble of old shoes by a door?  Maybe.  There was one about "a dark, dark, box that was in a dark, dark cupboard.  And in the dark, dark box there was a GHOST!"  This picture was also very dark and brown I think.  Also maybe a poem about a very small old lady, who "one day wouldn't be there at all".   And there was one about Tiny Tim who was taking a bath and "he ate up all the water and he ate up all the soap and he died last night with a bubble in his throat".  I think there was a picture of him laying on his back in a big old-fashioned tub and he had a big, pink bubble coming out of his mouth, but I could be wrong. It's hard to piece it together from bits of old memories.  If anyone can think of what poem book I could possibly be remembering, I would be SO grateful.

Lead clue comes from poem "Choosing Shoes" by Frida Wolfe. Of all the shoes to choose from: Buckle shoes, bow shoes/ Pretty pointy-toe shoes/ Dandy dance-by-night shoes/ ultimately sensible shoes will be chosen:Flat shoes/fat shoes/ Stump-along-like-that shoes/ Wipe-them-on-the-mat shoes/!  Found this in The Big Golden Book of Poetry (ed. Jane Werner) While I don't see the other referenced poems, having the title of one may help in checking indexes! Good luck!
Helen Oxenbury, Tiny Tim: Verses For Children, 1981. I e-mailed my local children's librarian to find this.  She wrote back saying that she was going to have to think about it and ask around, but that evening, she was pulling titles for a display case and Tiny Tim was one of them!  I managed to buy a copy and it's awesome!

Tiny Tots 123
First of all... great site!  I have been searching for the title of a short book  I read in the 70's as a
child (I read it at my grandmother's so it may be even older).  If I recall correctly, it was small maybe 6"x6" and the cover was green.  The colors were bright and the characters had round heads if I'm not mistaken. The main character was a little girl and the illustration I remember most is a large ice cream cone with many different colored scoops.  I know this is vague, but any ideas would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much!

This sounds like Tiny Tots 123 Illus. by Marjorie Murray, 1958, Whitman Tell-a-Tale This book has the children, the ice cream cone picture(first page), and beautiful pictures of robin's eggs, lollipops, etc.
Roundheaded girl and multi colored icecream,
I am wondering if this book is about the little girl who befriends a snowman, and he ends up eating all kinds of different flavored icecreams, because there is no snow, and then climbs up a tree and the wind whips him into multi colored and flavored snowflakes?  A golden book, but I can't remember the title....
I think that's it!  Thanks sooo much!  You've made my day!

Tiny Toosey's Birthday
One of my favorite books as a child was found in my school library.  For being one of my favorites, you would think I could remember more about it!  I believe it had a hard cover and was a chapter book.  There were colored pictures that I vaguely remember that lead me to believe it was probably published in the 40's or 50's.  All I recall is a young boy, possibly named Timmy or Tommy, was taking a trip on a train with his mother.  When the conductor came around to take tickets Timmy/Tommy couldn't find his anywhere.  His mother searched all his pockets and, I think, even asked him if he had eaten it!  They ended up finding the ticket in his tightly clenched fist.  Something tells me that the mother was a widower with several children and Timmy/Tommy was the youngest.  This is a long shot, but hopefully somebody out there knows something!

Mabel G. LaRue, Tiny Toosey's Birthday,1950. This is a chapter book for young readers about the Toosey Family.  There are 7 kids and the youngest one is called Tiny.  The mother is in the story but there is no mention of the father.  They get on a train and Tiny can't find his ticket.  His mother asks if he ate it.  Then she shakes him so the ticket will fall out.  Finally Tiny looks in his left hand and there is the ticket.
I submitted B482 Boy on Train.  I thought I would check this morning for a response and there was one already!  I'm so excited!  I believe that is the correct book!  Thank you, so much, Loganberry!  I have been trying to figure out that book for 4 years!  This is one of the BEST websites I've ever been on!  I'm definately going to share it with the school librarian where I work.  She and I are always discussing favorite books that we can't remember!

Tiny Tree: A Christmas Story for Children
mid 50's, childrens.  A children's book, probably called Tiny Tree, published in the mid-1950's by Augsburg or Concordia Publishing.  Author's name may be Gustav ___.

Gustaf A. Wickland, Tiny Tree: A Christmas Story for Children
, 1959.  Published by Augsburg (Lutheran publisher).
Gustaf A. Wickland, Tiny Tree: A Christmas Story for Children,
1959, copyright. Augsburg Publishing House.
Gustaf Wickland, Tiny Tree: A Christmas Story for Children, 1959, copyright.  From Augsburg Publishing House, illustrated by Evelyn Selim. A picture of the front cover can be found on Amazon. Cover is light green with a large red patch at top left (looks a bit like the outline of a huge tree?) and dark green outlines of a clump of 4 large-ish trees to the right, then the tiny tree in dark green at the front, slightly off-center. There are snowflakes falling.
Gustaf A Wickland, Tiny Tree: A Christmas Story for Children, 1959, copyright.  There are some on sale online right now.
Wickland, Gustaf A, Tiny tree: a Christmas story for children, 1959, copyright.

Tistou of the Green Thumbs
My teacher in possibly first through fourth grade read to us, and one book she read (ca. 1962-1966) was about a kid who, as he grew up, turned out to have a green thumb--literally. He would stick his thumb in places and bountiful plants and flowers would grow there. He ended up using it in his dad's munitions factory, which jammed up the works. He died at the end, still a little kid, and the last words of the book were, "(name) was an angel." I'm curious what this book was and if it's still available somewhere.

While looking for something else, I ran across this:  Thayer, Jane.  Little Mr. Greenthumb.  William Morrow, 1968.  Illustrated by Seymour Fleishman.   "...even a gardener with an ordinary thumb can earn the name of Mr. Greenthumb if he works hard enough..."; Jane Thayer pen name of Catherine Woolley.
Two possibilities:  The Boy With The Green Thumb by Barbara Euphan Todd (119 pgs., H. Hamilton, 1956, 1968) or The Green Thumb Story by Jean Fiedler (38 pgs., Holiday House, 1952 & Scholastic, 1964).  Sorry, no descriptions.
Maurice Druon, Tistou of the Green Thumbs, 1957.  This is it.  I just found a copy today. The last line is "Tistou was an angel".
G121 is Druon, Maurice,  Tistou of the Green Thumbs.  Charles Scribners Sons, 1958. Translated by Humphrey Hare.   "Tistou used his green thumbs in mysterious and astonishing ways-even on the cannon made in his father's factory. The secret of who Tistou really was is held to the last page, with its surprise ending. An unusual, thought-provoking story of great originality; a story that stays in the mind."

It's about 20 inches square, circa 1975.  It is the illustrated story of a little devil that is sent to earth to collect all unnecessary or useless verbiage.  The book had a picture of the little devil with a huge sack on his back of the words he had thus far collected.

Ayrton, Michael, Tittivulus, or, The verbiage collector, 1953.  London, M Reinhardt & Co  The novel charts the progress of Tittivulus - a demon who was given the task of collecting all the World's verbiage in sacks - whilst he contends the expedient bureaucracy of hell, and as his job becomes increasingly difficult with the growth of civilisation.

Tizzy comics
This was a young adult paperback of one-page comics about a teenaged girl named Tilly or Tizzy, probably mid-late 1950's.  Reminded me of Gidget, etc; seemed to spend all of her time listening to records and talking on the phone (set a model for my teenaged years...).  Any help on this warm memory from my 70s childhood would be appreciated!

Calling All Girls magazine.  The Tizzy comics used to appear in Calling All Girls magazine, which became Young Miss,
which became YM.  I don't know if they were ever published in book form, though.
Kate Osann  (illustrator), Tizzy series of books.  Addition to my Tizzy response:  yes, there are different Tizzy paperback titles listed on the used book site I checked.  A search by Kate Osann should bring up the ones you want.
Marty Link , Emmy Lou, 1944-79.  This sounds like a comic strip that ran from 1944-1979. It was originally called "Bobby Sox" and was later renamed "Emmy Lou" after the main character, a teenage girl. There was also a paper back book of these strips, maybe titled The Life and Times of Emmy Lou. I used to have it, and I remember she was always lying on the couch with her feet up, talking on the phone.

To Dance, to Dream
This was a book I read as a child, that told the history of ballet via chapters on notable dancers.  There was one about the male dancer who was the first to do some kind of complicated choreography, the first woman to dance ballet publicly, the first woman who stopped interrupting ballets to bow to the audience, the first dancer to use toe shoes, etc.  Two of the later chapters were about Anna Pavlova and Isadora Duncan.  Since I never outgrew my love of ballet, I'd be thrilled to get the book again.

Maxine Drury, To Dance, to Dream, 1965, approximate.  Link to cover image: http://www.librarything.com/work/1153905.  Michel Fokine,Maria Tallchief, Jean Baptiste Lully, Margot Fonteyn, Anna Pavlova, Marie Taglioni, Isadora Duncan...
This is the book, thanks!

To The Ends Of The Earth
I read this book a while ago all I remeber is the the woman love interest was a photographer who lived on the beach. I dont remember how the couple met but he had past women troubles. I think his girl friend aborted their baby. The couple fall in love and she ends up pregnant and he leaves. She is extremly skinny and forgets to eat so she is having trouble with the baby. Her next door son gets swept up by the ocean and she goes to save him. The love interest male comes back just in time save both the love interest girl and the little neighbor boy. when they get to safety she misscarries the baby. Love interest man trys to win her back but nothing works unitl he gets her back on his boat and give her cameras.

Elizabeth Lowell, To The Ends Of The Earth, 1998. Contracted to work on a photography assignment, Catherine ("Cat") Cochran tries to keep from falling in love with the mesmerizing Travis Danvers. The emotional turbulence of growing love and physical attraction between Cat and Travis becomes the center of Merlington's performance."

To Market To Market
I sure hope you can help me.  I was born in 1964 and my brother in 1959. It would be published somewhere in the 50's, 60's, or early 70's (?).  It is a thin, medium sized book.  The subject deals with a lady Goose who gets up one morning and heads out of her house to go to the market.  Her coat gets caught in the door so she is "stuck"  in her front door.  Her friend the Hen walks by and chastises the silly Goose for not just taking her coat off and getting her key to unlock the  door.   Being the silly goose that she is, she says, "Well, I'd rather be warm and in one place than cold and running around."  Mrs. Hen helps her out, but by the end of the story, the silly Goose is so exasperated that all these things keep her from going to the market that she just closes the door and stays home.  I vividly remember the last picture being the goose in her rocking chair with a cold compress on her head.

Well, she's got the pride of Duvoisin's Petunia, and there were sequels, but I don't know this one...
I don't know much but it sounds like a story my mother used to read to me that was one of her favorites.  The one I had was a Little Golden Book but I don't know if an anthology exists for all of the Little Golden Books. I was born in 1970 and I remember having it around when I was really small so definitely published before 1975.
Little Golden Book, To Market To Market, 1961.  This is so funny that I'm the one who found the answer, and also the one who requested the stumper. Found the title after an exhaustive 6 month long search on Ebay!!!
This is a Little Golden Book Im almost certain.  It is about a goose(I think)that gets her coat caught in a door as she's walking out. I don't remember all the details but somehow she gets out (neighbor?)but at the end of the book she ends up back in the door and stuck again.  One of my mother's favorite books to read to me when I was little and I'd love to get it for her. Thanks for any help you can give me on this.

Im the original poster: just noticed, this bears a vague resemblance to O45 in the archives, but there was no monkey or organ grinder and it was almost definitely a goose (or a duck, not a human woman at any rate). I forgot to say that I was born  in  1970 so this was read to me mid seventies. thanks.
It sounds like one of Petunia's misadventures in the series by Roger Duvoisin.
Little Golden Book, To Market, To Market, c.1961.  Hi, I'm the original poster and I found it on your site! I was looking through the solved category and saw a message from someone saying how she had checked your site after a year and found an answer to a stumper she had requested. I thought I should check on mine just in case, although its been a few months so I didn't think it would be answered.  Then I saw that it was solved, I was so excited!  But what's funny, when I went to the title I saw the request was not mine but defintely the story was the same.  Even funnier, I had answered that original poster (don't even remember doing it but I could tell it was me) with the same vague information I had, only adding that I thought it was a Little Golden Book.  The poster him/her self found it on Ebay after a 6 month search.  I went back to the G stumper page and found out the one answered was G158.  I knew mine was G200+ so I went until I found it.  So another one solved, thank you sooo much!  This is the third book your site has helped me find that I thought was lost forever to me. Thanks again!!!

To Nowhere and Back
This was a library book I read in the late seventies/early eighties, so I'm not sure when it was published.  It was set in England and it was about a girl who traveled back in time and actually became another girl called Ann.  The girl named Ann was very poor and lived in a tiny cottage with her family.  At the end of the book, the girl from present times traveled back one last time and Ann had died (of some kind of fever, I think).  That's all I can remember about it.

Could this be Charlotte Sometimesby Penelope Farmer?
Charlotte Sometimes is the sequel to two previous books, The Summer Birds 1962 and Emma in Winter 1966.
Thanks for getting back to me!  No, unfortunately, the book isn't Charlotte Sometimes (although reading a description of *that* book made me want to read it, too!)  Still searching!
T14  I'm almost sure I read this book--there's a recurring theme of  Greensleeves.
I think the blue poster is thinking of A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley, where young Penelope Taverner goes back in time to the Elizabethan period (at the old farmhouse of relatives) and becomes involved with the
Babington family and their (historical) plot to help Mary Queen of Scots. The tune "Greensleeves" does recur in that story, being sung by one of the Babingtons, and by Penelope when she's lost in the mine tunnels. However, I don't think it's the book the original poster wants. Penelope does not become another girl, there's no one named Anne, neither Penelope or the Babingtons are poor, and no one dies of fever, though some come to other bad ends. Timeslip fantasies are fairly common, at least in England. In 1975 alone there was The Other Face by Barbara Freeman, where Betony Dovewood goes back 2 centuries after lighting incense in a china cottage
ornament, and works as a servant for her own ancestor; Robinsheugh by E. Dunlop, where Elizabeth goes back to the 18th century by means of a strange looking-glass in the cottage where she's staying with her scholarly Aunt and undergraduate Kate; Ruth Arthur's On the Wasteland with another Betony who sees visions of Viking times and identifies herself with Estrith, a girl of the Viking settlement.
Janet Lunn, Twin Spell.  In Twin Spell by Janet Lunn, twins named Jane and Elizabeth start having time-traveling episodes when they find an old doll and move to their great-aunt's house in Ontario.  Eventually they realize that the cottage they're seeing is a small part of the big house, and that the memories they're experiencing are those of two of their ancestors, twins Melissa and Anne   the last time they travel, Anne dies in a fire.  I believe this is a 60'\ book which I read in the 70's. It's not quite the same, but....
Margaret J. Anderson, To Nowhere and Back, 1975. After more than a year, I solved my own stumper just this week!  Found the book in the children's section of my local library.  Thank you to everyone who made suggestions and tried to help out!
Well, shoot, I was so proud of finally finding the answer to a stumper about a girl who goes back in time and becomes Ann, and I see the asker solved it him/herself!  To Nowhere and Back, Margaret J. Anderson, Knopf, 1975, 141 pp. "On a path near her home, Elizabeth travels 100 years into the past and becomes a girl named Ann."

To Spoil the Sun
I read this young adult novel back in the mid-80s, and I'm guessing it was written around that time. As I recall, the story involves a young Native American girl who marries an older man, then falls in love with a young man around her age. Smallpox devastates the tribe, and her husband dies. There is a reunion scene between the girl and the young man at the end. In one scene that I remember, the girl cooks a particular kind of grain for the evening meal, with the understanding that if she hands the bowl of grain to the older man she has agreed to marry him. The setting is woodland, rather than desert. I thought that the title had the word "sun" in it, but I could be wrong about that! I believe that the cover of the paperback copy that I had showed a Native American girl standing on a rock, with her arms lifted up toward the sky.

Scott O'Dell has written several books about young Native American women  you might check some of his.
Scott O'Dell, The Island of the Blue Dolphins.
Joyce Rockwood, To Spoil the Sun, 1976. I've solved my own stumper, but I was only able to with the help of your web site! I was browsing through the Solved Mysteries and I came across a description of one of Joyce Rockwood's other books. It sounded like she wrote the type of book that I was looking for, so I did a little searching on the web for her other titles. I came across To Spoil the Sun and it sounded similar enough that I ordered a copy. Sure enough, this is the book I've been looking for all these years!! It's so great to rediscover it - it really is a wonderful story.

To Take A Dare
This was a young teen fiction book that I would have read between in the 80s.  A young girl enters puberty early, her classmates consider her a slut because of her development, and her parents don't seem to notice.  She decides if people are going to treat her like a slut, she'll look like one, and starts wearing tons of makeup, Candies, and tight jeans.  When her parents give her sweet innocent girl clothing for her birthday (proving that pay no attention to her and the changes she has been through), she decides to runaway.  She hitchhikes and makes friends with other girls at the truck stop or bridge.  She ends up getting really sick or passing out and is taken in at a cheap hotel.  After she recovers she starts working there cleaning rooms or something.  She takes in a very young boy runaway and mothers him, but he keeps betraying her trust.  She falls in love with someone who works at the hotel.  She gets sick again and turns out to have severe reproductive organ issues and is told she can never have kids.

Cresent Dragonwagon, To Take A Dare, 1982.  Read it myself and was thrilled to see someone else had and remembered it.  Not really a book for kids, more young adult.
Paul Zindel and Crescent Dragonwagon, To Take a Dare, 1984.  This was one of my favorite books, I think it's still wandering around the house somewhere.  I'm 100% sure this is the one you're looking for. The girl is called Chrissie by her parents, she takes the name Chrysta, her mom gives her a frilly white dress for her birthday and Chrissie pours ketchup all over it.

Toby Lived Here
I thought I was remembering a scene from The Great Gilly Hopkins but then I realized no, it's another book about kids in foster care (and it's not Betsy Byars' The Pinballs). Two girls' mother goes round the bend or permanently loopy or whatever, and someone or other shows up and they pack their belongings in grocery bags and are brought to a foster home. The older sister, the protagonist, is about 12 and the younger is maybe 8 or 9. They are brought to foster parents who surely are too perfect to exist, nice grandparently people with a pair of canaries. There are two books in the older girl's room, an arithmetic book with all the problems worked out and Jane Eyre, which their mother used to act out very dramatically. (This might be meant to get a child reading Jane Eyre, but it also points out that the woman had Bad Relationships with Men.) The girl gets her period when no one's home but luckily a previous foster daughter who's very close to the couple shows up in time to help her. The girl is disgusted when her younger sister seems to forget their mother, but is reassured when the sister releases the canaries (in the house) because their mother told them nothing should live in a cage.

Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping.  Though "Housekeeping" is for adults, it sounds awfully similar to this
description---the mother of two sisters commits suicide, girls go to live with their slightly oddball aunt.  One of the sisters is quite disciplined academically & very concerned about appearing "normal", while the other is more offbeat.
Hi. Someone suggested Housekeeping as the title I was looking for, but that's not it.
Hilma Wolitzer, Toby Lived Here, c. 1978.  This is about 2 sisters who wind up in foster care, Toby (the older sister) and Ann (Anne?), the younger sister. I remember the canaries, and a young woman, Connie or Constance I think, who used to be a foster child in the same place and was still a close friend--she is the one who came over when Toby got her period. Toby makes a friend named Susan, and in the end the mother partially recovers and they go back to live with her again. The foster father's hobby is bowling and he has lots of bowling trophies. Toby carves her name into a piece of furniture, just as Constance had done earlier.
S121: Sisters in Foster Care. Absolutely the book I was looking for was Toby Lived Here. Thank you and your contributor so much!

Tom Fox and the Apple Pie
I am looking for a story about a fox who goes to (the county fair?)   His sister can't go because she is sick?  It is one of their  birthdays.  He gets a cake and a balloon shaped like a fox.  On the  way home, he eats the cake instead of saving it for her, so her gives  her the balloon instead.  I think the illustrations are sparse -  Doonesbury meets Crocket Johnson meets Quentin Blake

Watson, Clyde & Wendy, Tom Fox and the Apple Pie, 1972.  This is just a suggestion. I don't know if there is a sick sister and a balloon in the story, but it sounds close: "Tom Fox goes to the Fair to bring back an apple pie for his family."
Yep, it sounds like Tom Fox and the Apple Pie.  Small book, black pen-like illustrations with a touch of blue.  Tom and his 13 brothers and sisters hear the sounds of the fair and are excited.   Tom and his 'special sister Lou-Lou' have a bag of pennies hidden in a hollow tree and plan to get a big blue balloon and an apple pie at the fair -- but their father makes them all work in the garden instead of letting them go to the fair.  So Tom takes the pennies and sneaks out to the fair and buys his pie and the big blue balloon with the face on it for his sister.  But as he walks home, he worries about cutting his pie into 16 pieces to share with everyone and figures he'll wait till some of his brothers and sisters go out to look at the stars and then he'll only have to cut the pie in eight pieces.  But the pieces still won't be that big, so he'll wait till they all fall asleep and share it with only Lou-Lou, Ma and Pa.  Then he figures he'd just share with Lou-Lou if she were there.  Then he opens the box, smells the pie, and gobbles it down himself.  He gets home and the family just finished dinner and there's none for naughty Tom.  But he doesn't mind being sent to bed without dinner because he's FULL from the pie. 

Tom Swift series
Tom Swift and His Repelatron Skyway
Science fiction book read in england in 1978 or so +/- 2 years. Book had a male hero and was bound in a yellow hardback there were probably 5-7 books in the series and the only real plot line I remember was that in one book they built a floating roadway above the planet they were on. these books were aimed at teenagers, I would have been 13 or so at the time.

Just a guess, but could this be the Tom Swift series of books by Victor Appleton?
I'm afraid it's not tom swift as the stories are set in the future and are definately science fiction thanks for trying.
Victor Appleton II , Tom Swift and His Repelatron Skyway, 1963.  I read this book growing up.  I think it is what you are looking for.
It must be the book I read, funny how that is the only story I remember but it does match my memory. I remember that I had to get most of the books specially ordered and really enjoyed them thanks for all your help.

Tomas Takes Charge
I think I've asked before but do you "sleuths" recognize this one:  Orphaned or abandoned brother and sister (pre/early teens), Cuban or Puerto Rican perhaps, hiding out in New York City (?) in an abandoned apartment/storage room.  The sister is afraid to go outside; very shy and afraid to get caught and sent to a foster home or orphanage.  So the younger brother plays scavenger to find items to eat, read, furnish their "home".  I think he tries to teach her to read as she didn't go to school much.   He eventually is befriended by an artist or teacher.  I think he or the sister gets sick and the lady helps them, perhaps takes them in herself.  I read this in the early 70's and it was pretty current then, so it's probably from 60's or very early 70's.  I've checked and it's not It's Like This, Cat.

Tomas Takes Charge  (title later changed to Children in Hiding) by Charlene Joy Talbot 1966
In the mid-1970s I read a book about a brother and sister who somehow became orphaned. I think they lived in NYC and ended up living on a rooftop.  The boy went out to look for food and found plantains in the garbage, and the girl fried them on the roof.  At some point the boy met an artist who wanted to paint him.  I read this book many times, I would love to find it!

Talbot, Charlene Joy, Tomas Takes Charge, 1966.  Tomas and Fernanda have not heard from their father for weeks, not knowing he is dead.  They can no longer pay the rent on their apartment, so they sneak out one night and move into an abandoned building.  Fernanda is afraid to go outside.  Although the term "agoraphobia" is never used, this is what she has.  This book was reprinted in 1971 by Scholastic as Children in Hiding (which is when I bought it and read it).
Talbot, Charlene, Tomas Takes Charge/Children in Hiding.  This is absolutely the book, as already noted. I actually have both editions because I enjoyed it so much! Tomas also finds a gas stove that they cook on, t hey adopt a cat that Fernanda names McCall (after the magazine) and everything goes well until Tomas severely sprains his ankle climbing down the fire escape.
help! I'm looking for a book that was published by Scholastic in the late 1970's/possibly even early 80's about a brother/sister team who were orphaned in NYC and squatted in an apartment, decorating and scrounging as best they could. I remember them going to Far Rockaway (?). They were eventually discovered and adopted, and what I remember most is their apartment being decorated with yellow and green plastic chairs and plastic ivy tacked to the walls. I want to say the little girl's name was Fernanda.

I was right about Fernanda and should have searched before I posted - found what I was looking for by searching Fernanda. Great service anyway!! DO you have any copies of Elizabeth, Elizabeth?
Could the submitter be merging two books here? There are a lot of similarities to Tomas Takes Charge/Children in Hiding B342, where the sister is named Fernanda and the children hide in an old apartment building.
The book with Fernanda is actually Tomas Takes Charge, aka Children in Hiding - so that should be marked solved as such.  As for Elizabeth, Elizabeth, it was (badly expressed by me), a totally different book but another one that I want...

I would have read this book around 1973 about a young girl growing up on the street with a rough crowd.  It would be in a your readers catagory.  The name is Tomboy, but, I don't know author.

Norma Klein, Tomboy, c.1978.  One possibility.
Ellson, Hal, Tomboy, NY: Scribner 1950.  I believe I read this in high school. The description is "novel of teen-age gangs in the slums of Manhattan." It was also published by Bantam in 1951 and reprinted into the 60s.
Hal Ellson, Tomboy.  It is the one by Hal Ellson.  Thanks so much.

Tombs of Atuan
I use to check out a book from the Bookmobile as a kid that I'd love to find. It was about a young girl who is taken from her home to live in monastary type place with miles of catacombs.  All I can remember is the vivid description of the catacombs - the darkness and coolness. I think there was some sort of mystery involved in which she has to go into the catacombs alone and that she leaves with a young man in a boat at the end.  This was a very strange story and I would love any clues to what the possible title/author would be.

Two possibilities for C94: I found them in the August 1978 volume of Cricket magazine in "Cricket's Bookshelf." One is Escape into Daylight by Geoffrey Household. "Carrie and Mike are kidnapped and imprisoned in a dark, damp dungeon beneath a ruined abbey. The only way out is through twisted passages and an underground river." The other is Ursula K. LeGuin's The Tombs of Atuan.
Ursula K LeGuin, The Tombs of Atuan. Sounds like it might be The Tombs of Atuan.  It's about a girl named Tenar who's taken at a young age and dedicated to the service of "The Namless Ones" and sent to guard the tombs of Atuan, which are extensive  catacombs.  A young thief enters the catacombs and encounters Tenar.
Elizabeth Marie Pope, THE PERILOUS GARD, 1974.  I think THE PERILIOUS GARD might be the book. The girl is sent to an old Keep, and ends up underground in the passages occupied by the last of the Folk (or Druids). There's a vivid description of the claustrophobic attack that the darkness and stone walls causes. It's a really great read. And I just read that it is being re-published this year. ~from a librarian
C94 catacombs: I know a dozen other people are going to answer this, but it has to be The Tombs of Atuan, by Ursula K. Leguin, first published London, Gollancz 1972, second book in the Earthsea Trilogy. The girl is called
Arba, the Eaten One, taken from her family to be a priestess in the mazelike tombs. The young man she goes away with at the end is Ged, hero of the first and third books. She finds him lost underground and must decide
whether to sacrifice him according to her duty as priestess, or abandon it and save both of them.
C94 catacombs: I pulled out my copy of The Tombs of Atuan to make some comparisons, and it's a good match, as follows: It is about the girl Tenar, who in the first chapter is taken from her home (aged about 6) to the Place of the Tombs, for the ceremony of the Remaking of the Priestess, because she has been chosen as the Priestess Ever Reborn, and renamed Arha, the Eaten One. The Place of the Tombs is a convent, with girl novices who will become priestesses, and eunuch servants. When she is 15, she first enters the Undertomb, the "lesser maze, which is beneath the Throne" and begins to learn the paths within the Labyrinth, which must be followed by touch. "The spiderweb of stone-walled tunnels underlay all the Place and even beyond its walls; there were miles of tunnels, down there in the dark." While she is exploring the Labyrinth (by touch), she is startled to see light - the young wizard Ged has come seeking the broken ring of Erreth-Akbe. She first keeps him prisoner and then hides him in the Labyrinth until the Nameless Ones become angry. They escape as the Labyrinth collapses in an earthquake, and they leave Atuan in Ged's boat, which has eyes painted on it and a red sail.

Tommy and Julie
I'm searching for the title of a book that I believe was published in the mid-1950s. Children from a village have been disappearing in a forest.  All are  warned not to enter, but they continue to vanish.  A brother and sister (the boy quite rebellious) have to cross through part of the forest anyway.  They find a message left in the path, perhaps written out in pebbles:  "Larry Laura Lost."  Becoming lost themselves, they stumble into a clearing and what looks like a beautiful garden with a crystal ball hovering in the center.  A man who appears to be kind beckons them.  At some point, the garden disappears and the man is revealed as a sorcerer who is luring children into the forest to work for him.  The two children now see the other children, dressed in rags and chains.  A pit of some sort is in the center of the space, with a Smoke Giant hovering above it.  The children told that the smoke giant will pull them into the pit if they disobey.  At some point, the boy disobeys so impertinently that he and his sister are hurled down into the pit--but in another twist, they find that the Smoke Giant is actually welcoming, and in some way they are able to free themselves and rescue all the lost and enslaved children.  The book was a bit bigger than 8 1/2 x 11 and was illustrated with what I recall as pen and ink drawings.

James Wallerstein, Tommy and Julie.  I'm very sure this is the right title since this was always one of my favorites as a child.  It's an odd, dark book, but a great read.
Wallerstein, Tommy and Julie, 1952.  Thanks!I think this IS the title,and I have ordered the book via inter-libary loan from the only library in the state that still seems to have a copy. I'll post again when I know for sure that the title is correct--and then search for a copy to purchase.The book WAS dark--but intriguing. This Loganberry site is amazing.
Wallerstein, Tommy and Julie, 1952.With the suggested title, I was able to locate a copy of the book via inter-library loan, and Tommy and Julie is indeed correct.  Now I'\''m looking for a copy to purchase.  Thank you

Tommy Visits the Doctor
I'm looking for a Little Golden Book about a child going to the dentist or doctor and a bunny going through the same events at the bottom of each page.

Lo and behold, I was pricing some LGB's one day, and flipped through one I didn't remember and it was unmistakably this story! It's called Tommy Visits the Doctor, and is illustrated by Richard Scarry. When I called the customer to tell her the good news, she was ecstatic and told me that she was on her way to Russia to pick up her newly adopted child. Wow.

And then there is the little Golden book in which a child is visiting the doctor for a checkup.  At the same time, running parallel with the story, a little rabbit is going to the rabbit doctor.  Very cute. 

Tomorrow's Children
I have been trying to figure out the name of an anthology of stories that I read in elementary school (or junior high, but I think it was in fifth or sixth grade) during the 1970s.  I believe it was a book that we read in reading class, with a series of science fiction stories.  I recall two of the stories: the first is about a child who lives on another planet where it rains all the time.  The child is from earth and misses the sun.  On this planet, the sun comes out only once every seven years or something like that, and on the day when the sun is to come out, in jest, several of the child's classmates lock the child in a closet.  Then in the excitement of the sun coming out, they forget to let the child out again.  The second story had to do with a boy and a girl who travelled in time, and a sibling who was concerned they would not be able to return, but I don't remember the details.  I would love to find a copy of this book, and if anyone can help, I'd appreciate it!  Thanks.

I don't know if it from a Ray Bradburybook or just a sci-fi anthology but I do know that the rain story in A18 is by Ray Bradbury.
I taught 5 & 6th grade during the late 70's and early 80's and used an anthology that included the story of the planet (Venus) where the sun only appeared for a few brief hours every seven years. I do not remember the time travel story; the other story, All Summer in a Day, is by Ray Bradbury and probably can be found in one of the collections of his short stories.  This story always greatly impressed my pupils; even when they were in high school and college students sometimes came back to look for that particular selection in the reading book. Unfortunately, I do not know the name of the reading series that published that anthology, but could probably find out by doing some backtracking at the school.  I do not have a copy of the anthology, which is no longer in use, and I am sure is out of print, but wish I did!  (The school has no more copies either.)
I have also been looking for this book for years!  I loved this as a child in the 70's.  I do remember one thing about this story.  The little girl that was locked in the closet's name was MARGOT.  Could that be in the
name of the story?  Maybe that will help the reader with the title.  I remember the last line was the children "opening the door and letting MARGOT out."  I would love to read this story again.
Sorry, I didn't realize that A18 had listed the name of that story.  I thought the person meant the second story.  Now I can probably find it if it's by Ray Bradbury. THANKS.
My mystery is solved!  The anthology is called Tomorrow's Children edited by Isaac Asimov (according to the reviews of this book on Amazon.com, apparantly I was not the only 5th or 6th grader to become enchanted with this anthology of great science fiction stories about children).  Originally published in 1959, it is now out of print.  The other story I reference in my original stumper request is called "Star Bright" about two children who can transport themselves throught time.  Anyhow, as it is out of print, I would certainly be interested in locating a copy.  Any help you can provide would be appreciated.  Thanks for everyone's help!

When I was in Jr. High School 1982-1983, I did a book report on a series of science fiction stories from various authors. All of them were about children with special gifts. One story was told from a Father's point of view (diary style) when he realizes that his daughter has figured out how to travel through time. He tells her not to, but she disappears anyway and he suspects that she found a way to travel to a new dimension, but in this actual time. Another was from the point of view of a boy who had an empathic little sister. The book may have had the word "star" or "children" in it.

#S88--Star Children:  This is Tomorrow's Children, edited by Isaac Asimov, which appears on the "Solved Mysteries" page.

Tomorrow's Sphinx
This young adult reader was available around 1987?  No/few pictures, paperback.  The story is centered on a cheetah who lives dual lives through a time travel portal.  In one life he/she has a family and lives in the wild.  In the other life, it is the protector and companion of King Tutenkamen.  The cheetah may also be the narrator, or at least can share its thoughts.

Tomorrow's sphinx by Clare Bell, 1986. "Two unusual black cheetahs share a mental link, one cat coming from the past to reveal scenes from his life with the young pharaoh Tutankhamen, and one struggling to survive in a future world ravaged by ecological disaster."

Tom's Tower
Young boy (maybe named Tom) keeps finding notes written in his handwriting that say "the castle is there". He doesn't remember writing them, but since they are in his handwriting he keeps getting in trouble at school for writing them. Ends up having to stay after school to write lines, then sees the castle.

Janet McNeill, Tom's Tower.  I am certain this is the right answer. Tom gets into trouble on the first page because his teacher, Mr Ovid, finds a note in Tom's handwriting saying "The Castle is there". Tom can't remember anything about it, finds more notes, then suddenly sees the Castle.
[McNeil,  MacNeil, MacNeill]  Tom's tower.  illus by Mary Russon.  Little, c1965.

Tony and His Friends
This book stumper is for my friend.  We've been looking forever for this childhood book in the 50's/60's about a lion who loses his hair/mane? and his forest friends (birds)?  help him by bringing straw/grass, etc to replace his hair.  Any help is appreciated.

Bill Peet, Huberts Hair Raising Adventure, 1959.  In print.
Hubert's Hair-Raising Adventure was my guess, too for this book.  My friend saw my copy of this book and says that's not the book she's looking for.  She thinks her book might have been a Little Golden Book (definitely not Tawny Scrawny Lion).  The Lion gives his hair/mane to birds and they give him something in return.  Thanks again to all who are searching.
Ken Wagner, Tony and his friends, 1969.  Maybe this one, then?  "Tony the zoo lion is so generous he gives the hair from his mane to the birds who need it to build their nests."  It was published by Golden Press as a Golden Beginning Reader.
Wagner, Ken, Tony and his Friends,1969, Golden.  This is at the outer edge of the time period you gave, but the description sounds promising:  "Tony the lion is so generous he gives the hair from his mane to the birds who need it to build their nests."
Yes, yes, yes - THIS is the book - Tony and His Friends. Thank-you all so much for your help in finding this great kids book! This is the greatest website!

Tony and Jo-Jo
HelloMy special aunt has told me about reading books about JoJo the Monkey as a child.  She was born in 1935, so you can figure where her grade school years would be.  I have searched the web some.  My aunt does not know any more details that that.  I thought it would be interesting to find her one of the old books if I could.  It would make a great gift. Thanks for any help.

Arthur L. Gates, Alice K. Liveright and Irene Esterline, Tony and Jo-Jo. Illustrated by Cyrus Leroy Baldridge, Charles B. Falls.  Macmillan 1940.  This looks possible. The book is a paperback, about 8" tall. "Story is about a Man named Tony who buys a monkey and  calls him Jo-Jo. The book tells about all the mischief that Jo-Jo gets into." Don't know whether it's part of a series, though. For what it's worth, Curious George is called Zozo in England.

Tony's Bread
Hi.  I'm trying to find a children's book illustrated by Tomie DiPaola that ends with a recipe for bread.  It has a great line that goes something like:  "Be Happy.  If you are grumpy or sad the bread won't come out right." I had thought it was "Watch Out for chicken Feet in Your Soup"  But that's not it.
Can you help?  Thanks.

Make that Tomie de Paola.
Tomie de Paola, Tony's Bread, 1989. New York: Whitebird Books, 1989.

Tony's Hard Work Day
A little boy decides he's going to build a house. So he goes into woods and cuts down trees (?) and builds a log(?) house, then goes and has a meal because he's hungry. Builds it for his family (?). Sorry for lack of details. Book is maybe from 60s.

The giving tree
James Stevenson, Tony's Hard Work Day. If it's a picture book, this might be a possibility.
SOLVED: Alan Arkin, Tony's Hard Work Day, 1972. Thanks! I think that's the answer.

Too Many Kittens
Little girl wants a kitten for her birthday? Lots of people come and give her kittens.  Describes different kinds of kittens she gets. She is overwhelmed with kittens and has to give them away.  At the end she thinks she gave them all away, but finds one kitten hiding. 1980s? "A Kitten For (Karen)"?

Mabel Watts, Too Many Kittens,1963, approximate.This might be your book.  It was a Whitman Tell a Tale (find pictures on the internet).  The little girl is named Carol and she wishes for a kitten, but winds up with so many that she must give some away and winds up with one kitten named Boots. Illustrated by Suzanne.
Mabel Watts, Too Many Kittens.This is a Whitman Tell-a-Tale book.  A girl wants a kitten so her Dad puts an ad in the paper.  Soon many kittens are dropped off at her door.  She can't keep them all so they put a new ad in and soon all the kittens are gone, her mother accidentally giving away the last one.  She's sad until she finds her favorite kitten had hidden away and was still there. 

Solved: Too Many Kittens
I can't believe it, you solved my mystery!  This is such a wonderful feature on your site!  As a little girl this book embodied my longing for a kitten, which my parents would never allow me to have. This little book was my child-like idea of a little slice of heaven.  Now that I'm grown and I finally have my kittens that I was never allowed to have, I wanted to revisit this little book that charmed me as a little girl.  Thank you!!

Too Many Pockets
This book is about a kangaroo who gets in a mail truck and starts throwing all the mail out as in- What's this? and we don't need that, all the while the truck is moving. I think the kangaroo gets in more trouble but I can't remember the rest. May have been ab early reader-about Dr Suess size. This is a wonderful site. You found a book I had given up on. Please help.

How about a baby kangaroo that escapes his mother's pouch to see the world and finds his way into a mailman's big bag- throwing out mail saying " We don't need this-and This is no good" etc. Maybe?!? Wonder Book Easy Reader, Too Many Pockets by Dorothy Levenson (1963)

Tooth Fairy
The book was about the tooth fairy and described why she collected teeth. In the end it turned out that she had no teeth of her own.  I believe the colors to illustrate the book were  mostly pinks, white and black.

Anita MacRae Feagles, The Tooth Fairy, 1962.  I believe the Feagles book is the one sought the illustrations--pen and ink with pink wash--sound right.  This was a personal stumper for me, as well, oddly inspired by the South Park "Tooth Fairy" episode!
Possible - The Tooth Fairy, written and illustrated by Anita Feagles, published Young Scott 1962, 32 pages. "Everybody knows there is a Tooth Fairy, but what DOES she do with all the teeth she collects every night from under children's pillows? Like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy means a great deal to young children. Here is a profile of this little-known celebrity. Grades K-2, 2-color illustrations." (Horn Book Apr/62 p.206 pub.ad)
The story of the toothfairy and what she does with all those teeth-- example she uses some of them to pave the sidewalk.  It is at least 40 years old, has a pink cover wiht the toothfairy dancing on the cover (I think)

I can't think of the author or lay my hands on my copy of the book, but I believe this one is just called The Tooth Fairy.  The illustrations  are all in black & white & pink, with pink and a picture of the tooth fairy on the cover like the poster says.  Also it does talk about what she does with teeth, including paving her sidewalk.  In the end it turns out that she loves to collect teeth because she has none of her own.
Anita MacRae Feagles, Tooth Fairy, 1962.  I'm betting this is the same as Anita MacRae Feagles' Tooth Fairy, already in Solved the description matches, both story and color/illo. (I'm one of the ones who suggested this title for the previous request)

Top Secret
I read an excerpt of this book in a sixth grade reading textbook about eight years ago.  The textbook was called Rare As Hen's Teeth and published by Houghton Mifflin.  I was so impressed with the excerpt that I checked the book out of the library and read it.  The story was about a boy who wanted to try and turn himself into a plant for a science fair project.  His teacher thought it was a ridiculous idea and told him to do it on lipstick instead. The boy (Peter, maybe?) went ahead with his original idea, and, by drinking a concoction of liver and peanut butter (among other things), succeeded.  He turned green and drank only water.  He also got aphids.  The book ends with the government taking away his formula and explaining that the food industry would go bankrupt if the formula was made public. To apologize, the President of the United States sent him a science fair project to hand in, all about lipstick.

John Reynold Gardiner (ill.Marc Simont), Top Secret, Boston: Little, Brown (1984).  NB: Little, Brown pb still in print -- the book shows up on lots of reading lists (BTW, the boy's name is Allen Brewster)
John Reynolds Gardiner (author), Marc Simont (illustrator), Top Secret, 1984.  This is definitely the right book!  Allen Brewster, a fourth grader, decides to discover human photosynthesis for his school science project.  His irritable teacher, Miss Green, declares his idea ridiculous and assigns a lipstick project instead.  His parents are equally nonsupportive, but his grandfather encourages him.  Allen discovers that the biggest difference between hemoglobin and chlorophyll is that the former contains iron while the latter contains magnesium, so he decides to ingest foods that contain high levels of magnesium.  He mixes salt water from an aquarium with peanut butter, Coco-Puffs, raw liver, and Mexican refried beans, runs the mixture through a blender, and drinks it.  After some experimentation with the proportions, he discovers that his skin has turned green, his taste buds have disappeared, he doesn't need to eat, and he craves sunlight.  He also gets aphids and starts sprouting roots.  Once the government confirms that Allen has succeeded in discovering human photosynthesis, they return him to normal with a pill, classify his discovery as top secret, and give him a lipstick science project that wins a blue ribbon.  On the other hand, crabby Miss Green gets her comeuppance!  A fun book, still in print.

Torten's Christmas Secret
Children's Christmas book 50s-60s where heroes are a polar bear and one of Santa's elves who thought Santa wasn't going to deliver toys so the two of them gathered broken toys, fixed them and attempted to deliver them to children, with problems, only to find Santa doing his job.  He has compassion for these two well-meaning helpers, etc.   It was  large picture book with good illustrations, esp. of the polar bear.

could be Torten's Christmas Secret, by Maurice Dolbier, illustrated by Robert G. Henneberger, published Boston, Little, Brown 1951, 64 pages. "An imaginative tale of the things that happen at the North Pole when the gnome, Torten and his good friend Drusus, the polar bear, set out to do something about the bad children whose stockings might not be filled at Christmas." (HB Dec/51 p.415) The illustration shows the polar bear poking his head in the window where the gnome sits at a table painting a toy train while a calico cat and little mouse look on. More mice and small birds perch on the window shutters.
S107 santa's helpers: looking at our library's copy of Torten's Christmas Secret.   It was published 1951. Santa's elves are called gnomes. The gnome Torten makes toys at home out of scraps from the workshop, not as good as the workshop toys (train with mismatched wheels etc) but he plans to give them to the 'bad children' who wouldn't get toys at all. This is his secret mission and there are many setbacks. First is that Santa is taking more reindeer than usual, so there are none left for Torten's little sleigh. However, the polar bear Drusus is convinced to try flying (turns out he can), though his first landings wake everyone up. Eventually Torten and Santa meet up in Hackensack, New Jersey at the home of a little girl who won't brush her hair, and Torten finds out that even bad  children get presents. Santa appreciates Torten's work and asks him to help next Christmas. The book is profusely illustrated throughout.

Touch of Magic
A young Quaker girl and her mother work as dressmakers for Peggy Shippen's family in Philadelphia during the Revolutionary War.  I believe this covers Peggy Shippen's romances with both Major Andre and Benedict Arnold, as the family entertains first the British and then the American officers.  The girl is able to pass information on to the American forces through a young male friend.  If I remember correctly, the climax happens during an extravagant ball or other celebration, where the young man and other soldiers infiltrate by disguising themselves as servingmen or something on that order.  This is NOT "Finishing Becca" by Ann Rinaldi, or "Peggy" by Lois Duncan.  I probably read this in the mid-70's and it was an oldish library book then.  Any ideas?

Betty Cavanna, A Touch of Magic, 1961. This is a historical romance by one of the best 50s-60s "maltshop book" writers.  I'm sure it's the book being sought.  Fifteen year-old Hannah Trent is a Quaker in Revolutionary-War Philadelphia who befriends Peggy Shippen's sister Nancy.  Hannah and her mother are hired as seamstresses by the Shippen family.  And Hannah is drawn into war intrigue by her friend Mark who's on the side of the Rebels.
Betty Cavanna, A Touch of Magic. It's about a Quaker seamstress Hannah, who is friends with Nancy Shippen, cousin of vain Peggy Shippen

Tough Enough series
As a little girl my favorite book in our school library was about a boy whose  little dog got lost in the forest and wandered around all night in the scary darkness finally finding his way home safe and sound. The dog's name and I think the title was Tough Enough or Tuff Enuf.....not sure about the spelling.  It was in the 60's when I read this book.  Any help would be appreciated!  Love your website.

This may be Ruth Carroll, Tough Enough ('54). I think this a sequel to Beanie (Henry Z Walck, '53): Beanie's dig is named Tough Enough. Or it may be the same book, resissued with a different title. Set in the Smokies -- mountain boy & his dog..
Just stumbled on your site.  Awesome! I picked up one of Ruth and Latrobe Carroll's books at a second-hand store called Runaway Pony, Runaway Dog, in which Tough Enough and the family's pony Sassy run away. Other books in the series as listed in the book are:  Beanie,  Tough Enough,  Tough Enough and Sassy,   Tough Enough's Pony,  Tough Enough's Trip,  Tough Enough's Indians.
Tough Enough and Sassy
Very sketchy memories of this chapter book!  A family is living in the country, can't remember if they moved there recently.  I think they need to earn money to remain in the country, and the family creates a little roadside store to cater to tourists.  I think they sell wild strawberry jam from berries the children gather, and perhaps cake, but the  one thing that I remember with absolute certainty is that the mother successfully sells something that the father initially dismisses as rubbish.  She finds interesting pieces of wood, carves or burns hollows into them, and plants ferns or other native plants obtained from the woods in the hollow spaces. I can't remember much else about the book, except that for the longest time, I thought the title was On The Banks of Plum Creek.  (No, I never read the Little House books when I was a child!)  It isn't, so it is possible that the title contains the name of a fruit and/or a body of water, or maybe the author's last name starts with a "W" and the two books were shelved together, or maybe this is a red herring!  I loved this book and read it over and over. I probably read it before 1970, though it may have been published earlier.

Could this be Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski?
No, sorry, this isn't Lois Lenski's Strawberry Girl.  It's a fine book, but I've read it recently and know it's not the one I'm looking for.
Ruth Carroll, Tough Enough and Sassy, 1958.  Possibly this one -  "In a summer of drought, Beanie and the rest of his family make "pretties" out of twisted wood, acorns and cones to sell to the tourists, and Tough Enough and Sassy get lost when the dog encounters a wild boar."  (Thanks, Pugcat, for reminding me where I saw this stumper!)
Ruth (co-author and illustrator) and Latrobe (co-author) Carroll, Tough Enough and Sassy, 1958.  YES!!! Thank you so much, this is absolutely correct!  This is book five in the seven book series about the Tatum family: Beanie, Tough Enough, Tough Enough's Trip, Tough Enough's Pony, Tough Enough and Sassy, Tough Enough's Indians, and Runaway Pony, Runaway Dog.  Tough Enough and Sassy is not a chapter book, but a picture book with lots of text.  Ma and Pa Tatum have five children and numerous pets.  (Their youngest child, a boy called Beanie, has a dog named Tough Enough and a pony named Sassy, hence the title of the book.)  The Tatum live in The Great Smoky Mountains and fall on hard times when their crops fail due to a drought.  Ma makes the planters (called "woods pretties") for Mrs. Gudger's store, which caters to tourists.  Mrs. Gudger is interested in buying Beanie's pony Sassy, and Pa owes so much money to the general store that he has to seriously consider her offer.  Besides gathering wood and plants for the planters, the children pick blackberries, harvest wild strawberries that Ma makes into jam, gather acorns and hemlock cones that Ma makes into necklaces, and make ornaments from sheets of mica that Beanie finds.  Mrs. Gudger sells the planters, fresh fruit, jam, necklaces and ornaments, and the money the family earns is enough to keep them going until the drought ends, and the current year's crops are sold at a good profit.  A lovely book that warmly but accurately depicts Appalachian life.  For more information on this series, visit this excellent web site.

Toward Freedom
This may have been a citizenship-type textbook.  I read it in the early 60's, but it may have been written in the 40's.  Two girls live in Germany.  I believe one was named Barbara.  One of the girls does not show up for school one day and is never seen there again.  Sometime later the other girl travels to America.  I think she went by boat.  She ends up meeting up with the girl who disappeared.  It turned out the girl's family had fled Nazi Germany.  At least one of the girls was Jewish; both may have been.  No one seems to have read this book but me.

Well, I now know its title.  It is Toward Freedom, and it is a title in the Democracy series, 1941.

Tower of Geburah
This is a thick children's book that I read in the early to mid 80s, and if I remember correctly, it was a paperback with a white background under the title and cover picture. I found this book on the bottom shelf of our church's library as a child, and would check it out every so often.  The story was about a group of children, possibly brothers and sisters, who somehow find themselves in another realm/world/dimension, and they go on these adventures that ultimately prove their worth.  It seemed like a Christian analogy to me, sort of like the Narnia chronicles.  I remember one of the children ate a bunch of chocolate (I swear this is a different story from Lion, Witch and Wardrobe) when he or she wasn't supposed to, and the bathroom that he or she was in was fake, so the mess never got cleaned up until later, when the child walked into a pool that cleaned up more than just physical messes.   There were two wizards, or characters like that, that were battling for control over the children.  I think I remember the word "Tower" or a crystal castle being involved in the plot, but I'm not sure.  I also seem to remember the children having to climb under some thorn bushes at one point.  Thanks for any help you can give me!

Andre Norton, Steel Magic.  3 children, 2 brothers and 1 sister, buy a picnic basket and go on a picnic on an island on their uncle's property.  The ruin on the island is a gateway to another realm.  They are involved in a Merlin/King Arthur adventure where each is sent to find a different object and they are only armed with a piece of silverware (a knife, a fork, a spoon) because the items are made from iron/steel which the fairy folk can not touch.
I'm sure this isn't Steel Magic (aka Grey Magic).  Steel Magic does not have a Christian slant, and I'm pretty certain there's no bathroom scene in it.  The "children going to another world" scenario is one of the most common in children's fantasy, and there are dozens of books it could be.
Dan Millman, Quest For The Crystal Castle, 1992.  Could this be it?  I know the date is later than what you stated, but it's the only thing I could find.  It's the second in Dan Millman's Peaceful Warrior series.  The first, Secret Of The Peaceful Warrior, was written in 1991.  Here is a short description:   Danny's wish for adventure comes true as he finds himself on a quest for a crystal castle, high on a distant mountain in a land he's never seen. Before he can reach the castle, he must pass through a mysterious forest, where he will encounter unusual challenges and receive help from unlikely allies. His adventure ends with a surprising discovery.  Another description: Unappreciative of what he has in life, Danny travels with the magical old man Socrates into another world, where his quest for the crystal castle teaches him that it is the journey itself
that makes a warrior, not the reward.
John White, The Archives of Anthropos. This is a series of books with various titles (The Tower of Geburah, Gaal the Conqueror, The Sword Bearer more) that are very similar to the Narnia books and were published in the early 1980s.
Ed Wicke, The Muselings, or Screeps.  Reminds me of The Muselings, or its sequel Screeps, though not sure of publ. date (can't find my copy, orginally from church bookstore).  "One day three scruffy children from an orphanage in an English village have a surprise. Rachel, Robert and Alice fall UP a tree into another world! Why have they been brought into the land that scheming Queen Jess calls her own? The Queen and the children would both like to know, and as they try to
find out, they stumble into hilarious and hair-raising adventures. Here we meet Lord Lrans, mad about fox-hunting
 the Reverend Elias, beloved but misunderstood vicar  Ballbody, a round, bouncy fellow. . . and the Muselings - kind, furry
creatures whose world the children have fallen into. And there is Queen Jess's husband Ahab, transformed into a flying bird-like and rat-like creature, blood-red and sharp-clawed, as high as a large shed and as long as two cars.  Then Reverend Elias faces Queen Jess on a hilltop, and everything changes."
One of the people that wrote in to my question had the right book.  My request was C173, Children in another realm.  The author is John White, and the book is The Tower of Geburah.  Could you email me back and let me know if you can order the book, and also the price?  Thank you! Your website is a great idea!
Three kids, staying with an uncle,  find 3 TV's:  girl falls into one showing a prisoner.  Brothers follow her through the other two.  The girl escaped dungeon  following a tunnel with blue light.  Long book, lots of quests.  Paperback with pictures from the series, mostly  blue.  1st of a Trilogy?

David Mains, Karen Mains, Tales of the Kingdom,
1983, approximate. Maybe this series--this is the first book.  "Summary: Twelve stories centering on the adventures of two orphaned brothers who escape a polluded city ruled by an evil enchanter to seek their exiled king in the place whre trees grow."
SOLVED: John White, The Tower of Gerburah, 1978. I'm the requestor of this one. I actually found it the day after I sent the request in.  It's the start of the Archives of Anthropos series  I suddenly remembered the publisher and from there was able to find it!  It's still in print too.  Amazing.

Towers of February
I read this book in the school library between 1988-1989. It's a young adult fiction that centers around a boy that wakes up in an abandond apartment building by the sea. Next to him is a chest full of journals; the rest of the book is about those journals. In the journals, he discovers that he has traveled to another place, in which he met a girl and her father (and a dog?). He has amnesia of any time spent in the other place (so there, he has no memory of here). They spend time together, and he grows closer to the girl. In the end, he discovers the way home hidden in a pattern on the great oriental rug in the girl's living room. The ending is bittersweet, but this story has been bugging me for some time.

This book could very well be Tonke Dragt's Towers of February. There is a parallel universe accessible only if you know the right word and have the right mindset and only on first and last days of Leap Day. A boy who cannot remember his name (or anything else) awakens or comes aware on a beach. He is clutching certain things, including a journal whose writing he cannot make out, and shards of glass that have cut his hand. The parallel universe is a mirror image of his own, kind of--the glass was a mirror to read his journal with--but not quite: there are differences, like in electricity and schools. The boy takes refuge with a girl who has a father and a dog, but the dog and the girl, whose hair and fur are the same color, are never in the same room at the same time. The way back home does have something to do with a rug, though I don't remember what, something about its complex pattern and color making the boy think and make connections among what he's seen and can just remember to realize how he can get back. I loved this book and bought it from a library sale, but I figure it's quite rare.
Dragt, Tonke, The Towers of February, 1975.  I believe the book sought may be Tonke Dragt's The Towers of February, which has subtitle "a diary by an anonymous (for the time being) author with added punctuation and footnotes." The elements mentioned -- the sea, abandoned building (tower), old man and girl, time travel &/or parallel universe -- all fit.  This is the English translation of Dragt's De torens van Februari (Dutch).

Toy House Dolls
In the early 70s when I was about eight years old I read a book about two young sisters whose house burns down. They lose all their possessions, including their dolls. Their mother (I think) takes them to what I remember to be a doll hospital where they can each take a doll home with them but have to bring it back and get a new doll every few weeks. Any help appreciated!

On the Solved Mysteries page, there's a story about a doll hospital called Katy Comes Next.  It doesn't sound like the same one, but you should read the comments under it to see if other guesses for that stumper might be your book.
It's OPEN THE DOORS & SEE ALL THE PEOPLE by Clyde Robert Bulla, 1972. If the title doesn't sound familiar, it's because it was republished under another name (The Toy ***, I can't remember the exact title, I'll check my copy at home). And I'm pretty positive this is the right one - it was a stumper of my own a few years back! ~from a librarian
Getting back to you with the other title that this book was published under. Scholastic Book Services published it as THE TOY HOUSE DOLLS in 1974. Mama, teeny and Jo Ann lose their house to a fire. They move to the
city with nothing to their name. The girls miss the dolls they lost. They find out about The Toy House. It's a lending library for dolls and toys. They take worn out and broken dolls and make them as good as new (book has a scene in the toy repair shop). The girls borrow dolls. They find out they can adopt the dolls, if they can prove that they can take good care of them for 6 weeks. ~from a librarian
Yes! The book was called The Toy House Dolls. Thank you for helping me remember the name of this wonderful book. The name struck a chord right away because Bulla is also the author of another of my favorite books The Ghost of Windy Hill. I remember ordering both these books from the Weekly Reader bookclub around 1973. Thanks also for this great site and for the tips about using the Library of Congress system to look things up.

Toy Party
The book is probably from the 50s and is about Stevie and Todd - upside down nursery (keywords) Some of the text goes:   "Once on a time there were two little boys. Stevie and Todd were their names. Their nursery had dozens of wonderful toys, Soldiers and paintbooks and games. After a long happy day full of play These tired little boys went to bed. Each said his prayers, then closed his eyes tight And pulled the quilts over his head. A little while after the sandman had come And the boys were in lullaby land The nursery awoke and thought it a joke And turned everything upside down. The horns began tooting, the soldiers saluting, The shovel hopped into the pail..."

Til B. Christopher, The Toy Party (Stevie and Todd Have a Dream), 1948. "Tell-A-Tale" Book No. 878.

Toy Rose
A picture-chapter book for 5-8 year olds, perhaps.  I checked it out many times in the Coventry, CT, library in the mid-60's.  Probably published between 1955 and 1962?  It had a pink cover.  It was about twin girls who received twin dolls for their birthday, as I recall.  One twin was unhappy and was led by talking dolls and stuffed animals to a magical land under a bush in her yard (?) with tea parties, etc.  It was seminal (as was the orginal STAR TREK around the same time) to my life-long obsession with science fiction and some types of fantasy.  I would so love to read it again.  Thanks for any help!

Bianco, Pamela (author and illustrator), Toy Rose, 1957, copyright.  Wow!  I can't believe anyone else remembers this book!  A big favorite of mine when I was growing up, it took me years identify it and obtain a copy!  Here's a synopsis: Joy and Jessica are six year old twin sisters.  They get along well until Jessica befriends an imaginary playmate, a beautiful living doll named Toy Rose.  Joy can't see Toy Rose, and feels jealous and irritated when her beloved sister constantly talks to and plays with this invisible friend.  Joy is cruel to Jessica, who sadly decides to abandon Toy Rose.  Joy apologizes to the now unhappy Jessica and discovers that she can now see Toy Rose.  When Joy tells Jessica, she discovers that Jessica can no longer see her former friend.  Jessica believes Joy is continuing to torment her, and runs away crying.  Toy Rose explains that because she has been abandoned by Jessica, she must attend a party where she will be forced to play musical chairs.  Joy can't understand Toy Rose's reluctance to attend the party, but agrees to help the little doll.  Toy Rose can be saved from this fate if Joy refrains from doing one particular thing while fetching her special supper...  While fetching the special supper in the garden, Joy meets Petercat and Joseph, two white plush bears clad in suits of olive green satin.  They invite Joy to attend the party without Toy Rose.  It is a splendid and magical afffair hosted by a tall porcelain doll, Miss Alicia Violet, and attended by stuffed animals and dolls dressed in their best clothing.  The refreshments are an immense cake with white icing, candied violets and silver balls, and rose-petal wine.  To her horror, Joy discovers that the dolls who participate in the game of musical chairs vanish, one by one, because the children who imagined them have stopped playing with them.  Can Joy save Toy Rose from this fate?  You have a good memory---the cover of the book is pink, and at the end of the story, Joy and Jessica receive twin dolls for their seventh birthdays.
Pamela Bianco, Toy Rose, 1957.  The person who commented is almost certainly correct that this is the book.  Thank you soooooooo much!  I have looked for years and it took your site two weeks!  Thank you and your poster very much!  I will keep looking for a copy, though, because the only one on Amazon is $325!

Toy That Flew
My dad used to read me this book in the late 70's (maybe very early 80's) when I was 4 or 5.  We remember the title as "The Kite that Flew" but I haven't been able to find any mention of this book online.  It isn't "The Flyaway Kite." I can vaguely picture the illustrations-- an Asian boy and his grandfather flying a kite, maybe on a beach- (maybe the kite flew away? my dad thinks it might have been a Chinese HAT that flew away?)

Allen Say, perhaps?
K57  Not too possible --  Herrmanns, Ralph.  Lee Lan flies the dragon kite.  colored photos Harcourt, 1962
K57 Smaridge, Norah.  The toy that flew.  illus by Herta Depper.  Whitman Tell-a-Tale c1974.  supposedly the invention of the kite - after a Chinese boy's hat blows off 

Toy Trumpet
Title may include the words : Toy Trumpet.  Probably published by Bobbs-Merrill since my dad used to work for and get books through them. 1960's. I remember the trumpet was pink. Setting was poor home, maybe urban? Kid wants to play trumpet like he sees older people (in his family?) doing, and gets a toy trumpet as a gift.

Grifalconi, Ann, The Toy Trumpet: story and pictures,  1968. Bobbs-Merrill.  "When everyone tells  him that he must wait to  get a trumpet, a young Mexican boy works to earn enough money to buy one for himself--a bright pink one that is just right."

Trailer Tribe
I read this book in the 50's and I think it was a new book at that time.  It was a book written for preteens.  It was a story about a family that took a trip through the United States in a trailer (I think). The one part of the book that I remember best was when they visited the Amish country.  I was fascinated by the description of the way the Amish lived.  I don't think they traveled to all the States but primarily stayed in the mid-West and Northeast. I think the family consisted of a father, mother, sister and brother.

F92 Florence Musgrave, Trailer Tribe, 1955.  This is about a family that travels in a trailer throughout the United States.  In one chapter, they visit the Pennsylvania Dutch (or Amish).
F92 sounds like Trailer Tribe by Florence Musgrave.  In it a family--father, mother, sister, and brother--travel around and
they do visit Lancaster County, PA.

Traveller in Time
I had a favorite book I checked out of the library so often I think they finally made me quit. I only remember one thing about it. The little girl's name was Penelope.  Somehow I think this was set in another country but don't know.   I was very young so it was probably in the little country library about early to mid 1940s. Any help?

Has P29 tried the lead in P17 regarding Penelope? [The author is the English cartoonist Thelwell; his books about horses include Penelope, A Leg at each Corner, and Angels on Horseback.]
Hi Harriett,  Thanks for writing.  No, I don't think this is the same.  The one I'm thinking of was hardback and there was just one book, no series.  Also, it wasn't a cartoon.  Somehow I think the cover may have been green with a drawing of a girl on a hill (or the side of a mountain). And there was a boy also. The reason I even remember it is I went to school with a girl name Penelope and my Dad called her Penny lope. I don't even really remember the story any more but would love to find the book.  If I ever run across it, I know I'll remember it. Thanks for writing.
No good information, but the date is right: Parton, Ethel Penelope Ellen: Three Little Girls of 1840 NY, Viking 1936, 300 pages. It's another time rather than another place, and it may be too long a book for the age
Does your Penelope book involve time travel? If si, it could be Alison Uttley A traveller in time. The heroine is called Penelope.
Joan Nichols, Penny Nichols and the Nob Hill Mystery, 1939.  If the girl is not a little girl the book might be Penny Nichols and the Nob Hill Mystery (1939) by Joan Clark. I read this years ago when I was small and I
called her Pen-a-lope all through the  book- and I wasn't kidding! I kept thinking what an odd name! Shortly after someone spoke of a Penelope and then the light broke! Penny Nichols was a series, another book is Penny Nichols and the Lost Key. She was about the age of Nancy Drew, if my memory serves. I don't know if she was termed an amateur sleuth like Nancy Drew but she gets involved in mysteries.
Marjorie Torrey, Penny, 1944.  Might this book be Penny, by Marjorie Torrey? The main character is named Penny, not Penelope--but she travels by train from New York City to the country, where she visits her Aunt Penelope. She makes friends with a boy named Caleb. There's a poodle named Pouf and a doll named Rosmyrelda. The book is from 1944, so fits the date described. There's a picture in the book of Penny asleep on a hillside.
Alsion Uttley, A Traveller in Time, 1939. I'm sure this book is a Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley, as somebody said. It was published in 1939 and was set in England. Penelope Taberner stays in her aunt Cicely's old manorhouse (Thackers Farm) in the countryside and somehow manages to step through a door into the manor's Elizabethan (16th century?) past. She meets a boy called Francis Babington. The cover is indeed green and there's a picture of a girl in a bright green dress next to a boy on horseback in front of a manorhouse. I can scan the cover if you want, or scan a couple of pages from it, see if it jogs your memory? I had the same thing happen, read it when I was little, and then was looking for it for years and finally discovered it in my uncle's bookshelf!

Travels of Marco
I'd gladly pay 10 times the $2 for this one! I am looking for a children's book.  I think it was read on Captain Kangaroo's show in the 60's.  I always thought it was titled, Marco and the Pigeons.  That is probably incorrect.  I want to find the book for my mother.  Here is the story: Marco (?) is a kid in New York who owns some pigeons, and for some reason is looking for something to feed them.  Marco run into a series of ethnic folks who offer various things to feed the birds.  A German or Yiddish woman offers kougelhopf (maybe), a black guy offers honeydew melon ("I'd sell my shoes for a slice of honeydew melon!"), a Chinese man offers fried rice, a kid offers frozen peas.  There are a few more.  Spaghetti, too, I think.  I must be getting something wrong, because I can never find the book on Google on other search engines.

Merrill, Jean, The Adventures of Marco, 1956.  This must be the book that the person is thinking of though some of the details are a little confused.  Marco is a homing pigeon who, fed up with his roof top flies allover New York city having adventures and trying all sorts of food.  The front endpapers are illustrated with the little boy who feeds him the peas.
Jean Merrill, The Travels of Marco, 1956.  Just throwing out a possibility here.  The Travels of Marco by Jean Merrill is described as the adventures of a pigeon in New York City.  Food is listed as one of the subject headings for it in the LC catalog.
Merrill, Jean, Travels of Marco

Treasure Code
This was a children's mystery that I read sometime in the mid-80s.  It involved a group of smart kids that solved a series of puzzles in Philadelphia in order to find a ring or a piece of jewelry used in a contest.  This may have been part of a series.

HRL:  Not the picture book Masquerade by Kit Williams?
Milton Dank & Gloria Dank, The treasure code, 1985.  Maybe? "Six junior-high-school friends embark on a search for the dragonring, a valuable treasure buried somewhere in the city of Philadelphia by a local author who has written a book containing clues to the treasure's hiding place."
Thanks a million!  The Treasure Code is the book I was trying to remember.

Treasure in the Little Trunk
This is a pioneer story, but maybe more Cumberland Road and Ohio than Oregon Trail and California.  The young main character must finish her sampler before her next birthday (9th? 11th?), and her grandmother will give her a string of gold beads.  The family is heading west - I seem to remember a flatboat, but maybe not.  I do remember a turnpike - a long log over the road that was turned aside after they paid the toll.  I remember it as an AHA moment - So that's where they get the word "turnpike."  All my cyber-booklover-buddies are 4-for-4 with my requests.  I hope somebody remembers this one.

Colver, Anne, Bread and Butter Journey Unfortunately, I don't remember the details, but "Bread and Butter Indian" and "Bread and Butter Journey" might be possibilities.
This isn't a solution.. I'm afraid I don't know the book you're seeking but I do know that it is not Bread and Butter Journey.  I read that one recently and there was nothing in it about a necklace, a sampler, a turnpike, or travelling on a raft.  Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but it's helpful to rule things out sometimes on the quest to find the right book.
You are right - it isn't Bread and Butter Journey.  I just got it through InterLibrary Loan, and knew almost at once it wasn't the right one.  I did, however, enjoy it, and the wonderful illustrations by Garth Williams are always a delight.  So the search goes on....
Helen Fuller Orton, The Treasure in the Little Trunk, 1932. This is definitely the book in question.  Patty's family moves from Vermont to upstate New York in a covered wagon in the 1820's.  Her grandmother promises her a gold-beaded necklace if she completes the sampler she's been working on by her 10th birthday.  The origin of the word "turnpike" is in here.
Helen Fuller Orton, The Treasure in the Little Trunk,1932.This was one of my favorite Orton books.  It's about 9-year old Patty in 1823 Vermont who needs to finish her sampler before she turns 10 so she can earn the heirloom string of gold beads from her grandmother.  Patty's family decides to move to Western New York and travels there by covered wagon. They go on a turnpike and through a tollgate.
Helen Fuller Orton, The Treasure in the Little Trunk.   Yes, Yes, This is IT!!  When I read the name "Patty" I knew it.  Thanks so much for solving another memory-itch.  Thank you all so much for not giving up on this older stumper.

Treasure is the Rose
I'm looking for a book I read in 5th or 6th grade (1980-ish).  It was a period piece about a woman whose husband was a knight, away on the Crusades or something similar.  He always called her his "damask rose" but she never knew why.  She was under pressure to ? give up her home ? marry someone else ? give up the family fortune?  Not sure exactly.  She walked in her rose garden every day, despite the weather, and one day realized (somehow) that a chest of gold was buried under the damask rose plant in the garden. This was the reason for her husband's nickname, and it solved the ? problem that she faced.  I would be grateful for any ideas on the title of this book.  Thanks in advance!

D144 Sounds like THE TREASURE IS THE ROSE by Julia Cunningham, 1973. Ariane is a young widow living in Mon Coeur Castle. Three men come along and try to find treasure there. She figures out that the treasure is buried under a rose bush, and also finds a new love. ~from a librarian
Cunningham, Julia, The Treasure is the Rose, 1973.  I have a copy of this book.  It matches the description exactly.  What a lovely story! Amazon books appears to have some used copies, although it is out of print.
Julia Cunningham, The Treasure is the Rose, 1973.  I love this book!  Ariane, the Countess de Mon Coeur, is a widow living with her old nurse, Moag, in a small castle that is going to ruin. There is no money to save it from the neighboring baron who wants it.  Meanwhile, her home is invaded by three young men, drifters and possibly criminals, who have heard that there is a hidden treasure and threaten dire things if they are not given it.  (They are using the names Ragwort, Toadflax and Yarrow!) Through the sweetness of her spirit, Ariane tames them, and through her memories of her husband she finds the
Julia Cunningham, illustrations by Judy Graese, The Treasure is the Rose, 1973.  So glad to be able to help again! This book is one of my favorites from my childhood years. The edition I have is from Scholastic, but according to the copyright info it was originally from Pantheon. It is the story of Ariane, a young widow whose husband was killed in the Crusades, leaving her pretty much penniless. She lives with one servant in a very small castle that is pretty much falling apart. The plot is pretty much as the submitter remembers it, with the addition of a trio of thieves. It all ends happily. What is also very interesting is that in the illustrations, Ariane is pretty much a dead ringer for Princess Leia from the first Star Wars movie - the dress and hair are identical. Since the book predates that movie, I always wondered about that.
Julia Cunningham, The Treasure is the Rose,1973.  Ariane is desperately poor after the death of her husband. She grows damask roses in the garden of "Mon Coeur", the small castle where she lives with her sevant-woman, Moag. Ariane and Moag are menaced by a gang of rogues, also by a wealthy baron- local rumor tells of treasure at the castle -her husband's last message was "The Treasure is the Rose". 

Treasure Magazine
I read this as a series in the early 1970s in an old British kids' magazine called "Treasure", but I suppose it's a book too - I hope. (Does anyone know where I can find collections of the magazine?) It's about the long-running British family that lives in an old house in the 16th century (I think). The interesting thing was that the stories were narrated by the house itself! I think the house was named "Gabrielles" or some such. Three stories I remember are: 1) a young man is found with a wounded leg, either from being shot or from being thrown from his horse, he gets carried into the house and they recognize him as some political rebel, and he later has to meet with Queen Elizabeth, who possibly pardons him. 2) The father has to leave and his not-yet grown children have to look after themselves for a while.  They see soldiers coming, a cannon is fired at Gabrielles and they defiantly raise a flag on the roof. A soldier bursts in, demands to know from Mary if they raised it (she says "My father is on the side of the King!"), he takes it down and tries to burn it, but young Will snatches it away and then chases off the soldiers' horses. 3) A selfish young man who is related to the family moves in (Gabrielles says: "I did not like him"). He's a gambler and eventually orders that the family jewels be sold to cover his debts. The jewels are not enough and Gabrielles' ownership is threatened. He owes the debts mainly to Edward Poole, who offers to let the debts go if Sarah (from Gabrielles) will marry him. She runs a race on horseback with him and though he cheats (by using his whip) she wins, so she doesn't have to marry him and he has to drop the debts. The house rejoices.

T48 treasure magazine: perhaps Bless This House, by Norah Lofts, published Doubleday 1954. "The story of Merravay, a house in Suffolk, England, told through a series of exciting and dramatic episodes inthe lives of the people who built it and lived in it from the days of Elizabeth I until the reign of Elizabeth II." (Basic Book  Collection for High Schools, ALA 1957 p.111) Doesn't say if the story is narrated by the house, though. I'd like to suggest it for H29 house goes through transitions, but it's only one book, not a series. A longer shot is The Snowstorm, by Beryl Netherclift, published Hutchinson 1967, 183 pages. "With parents overseas on a business trip, Kit, Caroline, and Richard are on their way to an aunt, who lives in Farthingales, the ancient and beautiful house of the Faraday family. Farthingales is falling into ruins and nothing can be done to stop it - unless the lost treasure is found. With the help of many children from the house's past, it is, and all ends happily. ... fairly stock characters, Farthingales itself comes to life, however, and saves the book from mediocrity ..." (JB Aug/67 p.256)
It's not Bless This House - none of the names matches. BTW, I forgot to make clear that Edward Poole cheats by using his whip - against Sarah's horse!
The Old Book Company, a shop in the UK, has about 80 issues of Treasure Magazine from the 1960s for sale. Their email is Sales@Oldbook.co.uk The issues are USD8.00 each, and they have 2 from 1963, 37 from 1964, 26 from 1965, 5 from 1966, 10 from 1967. I asked about a serial involving a family and a house called Gabrielles or similar but they're not eager to poke through all the issues on spec, which I can understand. They asked if I could pin down a year, which of course I can't.  It's possible, I guess, that the seeker will want a bunch of them anyways, or will have a closer idea which year it might be, so maybe you could pass this information on? Sorry to dump this in your lap, but I have had no luck at all finding an index or contents list for the magazine, and this is the best lead so far.
T48 treasure magazine: just a question, could the house have been called something like "Gables"? That sounds like "Gabrielles" and is an architectural feature. Treasure Magazine was published by Fleetway in the 1960s, so old copies might be found from used bookshops in the UK or Australia, or from ebay.co.uk.
T48: Thank you for your kind efforts! I'm not eager to spend that much on magazines (though if I were in the UK and not the US and could see them myself, I'd probably break down and buy one or two). I WILL contact them. In the meantime, I can't pinpoint the year, but those years sound likely - plus, the BACK COVER always featured episodes of long-running stories from "Marigoldland" with King Florian and Wicked Wizard Weezle, and the stories I remember from that (WHY did I ever let go of them?) included those two characters switching bodies - and places - through evil magic; little Princess Rose and her nanny being kidnapped by Weezle and freed by Prince Strongbow - plus, a magical violin is used; Weezle makes the forest trees come to life and march to Florian's palace; and little Prince Rupert gets lost, finds Weezle's lair, steals his thinking cap, finds himself in the ocean chased by Weezle and gets picked up by the king's ship. Too many examples already, I'm sure! WITHIN the mags, the other long-running stories I remember were the life of St. Francis, Gulliver's Travels, Worzel Gummidge, and Galldora.
Captain Marryat, Children of the New Forest, 1847.  This is a long shot as I don't think the names match, but other aspects of the story sounf familiar.
I have a few copies of Treasure Magazine from 1965 and 1966 (it was published weekly and was the younger version of Ranger, and Look and Learn magazines). There is no long running story of Gabrielles or any storyline close to that described. The Tale of Princess Marigold Land however is in every copy.  None of the stories or comic style portrayals are credited to any author.
Treasure.  I have just retrieved a large collection of Treasure magazines from my attic. My 10 year old daughter is now enjoying such tales as Princes Marigold Land, Robin Hood, Galdora and Gabriels, which is, as suggested, the story of a house. I also have a couple of annuals, which would be the Big Red Book previously mentioned. My magazine range seems to run from No 216, dated March 1967, to 417, January 1971. At some stage after this, Treasure was replaced with the dreadful and disappointing World of Wonder.  I am delighted someone else remembers Treasure with affection  they are wonderful, informative (Mr Answers and Wee Willie Winkie etc), a delight... And not for sale! However, some details which may help you: Comics were published by Fleetway and then IPC Magazines, as were the annuals (just found them - I have 1970, '71 and '72.)
Following on from my last posting: If you are particularly interested in the editions including Gabriels, they run from No 326 (The first "New" Treasure in a reduced (now standard) format), dated April 12th 1969 to No 338 dated July 5th 1969. 

Treasure of the Padres
I'm looking for a book I read as a child.  I think it was one of the Scholastic Books series, similar to "Mr. Mysterious and Company" – same folio-sized hardback, and came out at about the same time (late 1960s or early 1970s). This book is about three teens – two boys and a girl who is either the sister or cousin or a good friend, can't remember – who are following a legend about an old Spanish mission bell and a treasure that were hidden somewhere up in the mountains - Arizona or New Mexico.  People in the area say they still hear the bell ringing softly in the canyons, but no one has ever found it. The three children find an old map hidden in a small cubbyhole in the roof of an adobe house.  They spend quite a bit of time studying it.  One story detail I remember here is that one of the drawings on the map is a saguaro cactus pointing in a particular direction, and another drawing is three circles with hash marks inside them.  One of the boys identifies these as faces of Indian women with tattoos on their faces – the girl is shocked and horrified at this!  The drawing represents "Three Women" or "Three Sisters" which is the name of a rock formation that gives them an important clue as they start their treasure hunt. I don't remember much more about the book except for two details.  The girl in the story keeps repeating that she hopes they find a ghost and it "scares Tim blue."  At one point they are sitting around a campfire.  There are bats, and she pulls a blanket over her head.  Tim (or whatever his name is) says, "he thought he heard her say something about 'Tim' and 'blue,' but he wasn't certain…" or something like that. The other detail is near the end of the book, when they actually find the lost bell.  Tim goes into the cave first.  He hears the bell ring, and for a moment he actually DOES get "scared blue," but then he summons up his courage and keeps going forward.  He finds the bell at the back of the cave.  The ringing is caused by mice runing.
the sound is being caused by mice running back and forth across a rock ledge and knocking off pebbles to strike the bell.  NOTE:  This book is NOT Gordon Shirreffs' Mystery of the Lost Mine - I have already checked that book, and it's not the one I am thinking of!

Gordon Shirreff, The Secret of the Spanish desert, 1964. This was the sequel to Mystery of the Haunted Mine, and while it doesn't match all of your details it is very similar.
I have checked out The Secret of the Spanish Desert, and it's not the book I am thinking of either.  I am beginning to think that the book I am looking for is not by Gordon Shirreffs at all, because I don't recognize his writing style.  As for the details - I am dead certain about the treasure map being found in a cubbyhole in the roof of the adobe house I'm certain about the symbols on the map, including a saguaro cactus and either two or three circles that represent Indian women with tattoos on their faces and I am absolutely certain about the main character discovering the mission bell and realizing that mice have been knocking off pebbles onto the bell inside the cave, which is what has created the ghostly ringing that people have been hearing for years.  I also specifically remember the scene around the campfire where the girl has a blanket wrapped around her head, and the main character hears her muffled voice saying something about "ghost" and "blue."  That's her theme throughout the story - "I hope we do find a ghost, and I hope it scares you blue!"  Any book that doesn't have those specific details is definitely not the book I am looking for.  But thank you for the help and suggestions!
"Timothy Bowdy, you make me so mad"', shouted Debbie. "I hope you do find a ghost and I hope it scares you blue." p. 91. The Treasure of the Padres by Betty Baker-1964.
Betty Baker, Treasure of the Padres, 1964. Treasure of the Padres is definitely the book.  Thank you so much!  I looked up that title on line and someone had posted a photo of the book cover - exactly what I remember.  It was like getting struck by lightning!  It wasn'\''t a Scholastic Press book - it was a Weekly Reader Book Club release.  I can'\''t wait to get a copy of the book.  Thank you again!

Treasure Trap
I read it in the early 80's I believe(give or take).  I remember a boy and a girl.  The girl is new to the neighborhood (possibly moved from England).  She moves in next door I think.  Earlier an old miser had lived there who walked stooped over and was supposed to have had a million dollars.  I think what happens is that they find a map or clue or something and decide to try to find the missing money.  Some other details I remember are that the kids had their friends help them dig a trench between a tree and the house and that someone had chocolate covered ants.  In the end they discovered an entrance to a secret tunnel through a chifferobe in the basement and a room under the tree.  They end up getting trapped and rescued and of course found the money in the underground room. Oh and I think I also remember that they lit matches while trapped underground because they thought it would conserve/make more O2.  Also I believe the old man's body/skeleton was also in the underground room. Thanks for any help.

L174 This is definitely THE TREASURE TRAP (also published as THE HAUNTED MANSION MYSTERY) by Virginia Masterman-Smith (I'm so sure because it was a book that I had childhood memories of and I hunted it down a few years back). You might be interested to know that ABC Weekend Specials made a mini-movie (43-50 minutes long) based on the book, starring a very young Christian Slater.~from a librarian
Virginia Masterman-Smith, The Treasure Trap, 1979.  It could be this one.  A lot of the elements are the same...a girl named Angel moving to a new house, a boy named Billy living next door who helps her, and an Old Man Waterman who died and supposedly left a treasure somewhere in the house.  There is something about a trench, but I don't remember friends helping to dig.  I don't remember the old man's body turning up, but there was a sequel, called The Great Egyptian Heist where there's a mummy involved...
That is it exactly. I knew it as the Haunted Mansion Mystery.  Thank you so much for your help.  I would love to dig up that old TV special. LOL.

Treasure Trap
Book from the 70s or 80s; may have been a Scholastic Book Club book.  A boy and a girl are intrigued by the haunted house next door to the boy's house.  The girl's name is Angel.  The house was formerly inhabited by a mean old man who was a miser.  Toward the end of the book, the boy and girl are exploring the house, find a secret tunnel in the basement, and get trapped down there with the skeleton of the old miser.  They escape by tapping on the roots of a tree and someone hears them.  There is also an annoying neighbor kid named Junior, against whom the two kids get revenge by feeding him chocolate covered ants.

Virginia Masterman-Smith, The Treasure Trap, 1979.  Sounds like The Treasure Trap, or maybe its sequel, The Great Egyptian Heist.  The kids are Angel Wilson and Billy Beak and there's a Junior running around who eventually becomes their third friend.  Angel's just moved into the house next door, where there's supposedly a missing treasure...she enlists Billy's help to find it.
Virginia Masterman-Smith, The Haunted Mansion Mystery, 1983, approximately.  My own memories of this plot stem from watching the movie version during a library summer reading program.  Angel Wilson and her family move into a house haunted by Old Man Waterman, a mean, baseball-swiping miser who hid a treasure under the house.  Angel and her neighbor, Billy, end up digging in the backyard and falling into a basement room where they find the old man's skeleton.  I found a paperback version of this book with a publication date of 1979, and another published in 1983, the same year that the movie was released.
Just for clarity, THE TREASURE TRAP (Atheneum, 1979, Aladdin Paperbacks, 1992) and THE HAUNTED MANSION MYSTERY (Scholastic, 1983) are the same book. It's listed under your Solved pages under THE TREASURE TRAP~from a librarian
Virginia Masterson-Smith, The Haunted Mansion Mystery.  Thank you!  This is solved.

Treasury of Animal Stories
I am searching for a book of stories that I read sometime between 1980 and 1993.  The story I recall most clearly was about a woman who was baking bread.  Her cat, named Mog (or perhaps she just called the cat a "moggy" as they do in England) may have gotten into the yeast and grew to an enormous size.  Mog ended up as large as the building, and I remember it was raining at some point and the cat was too big to come inside.  I believe that this same anthology contained a story about a bull walking on the seashore.  He meets an Italian man selling ice cream who offers him some, and I remember the ice cream seller calling the bull "a nice-a bull-a".  Lastly, there may also have been a retelling of Dick Whittington and his cat somewhere in this book - there may also have been a retelling of the story of the Black Bull of Norroway (but I'm not sure).  It was a large hardcover, with color illustrations.

For what it's worth, there are Mog stories by Judith Kerr, also the author of When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit and widow of Nigel Kneale (The Quatermass Experiment).
Joan Aiken, A Necklace of Raindrops.  The story about the cat Mog is a short story by Joan Aiken called "The Baker's Cat."  I have a copy of this published in a collection of Joan Aiken's short stories titled A Necklace of Raindrops in large hardcover format with colour and black and white illustrations.  The other stories in the book are more of Joan Aiken's fairy tale-type stories.
Thank you for the suggestion, but unfortunately the rest of the stories in Joan Aiken's book don't match my recollection.  I was talking to my brother, who couldn't remember the title either, but he did remember an additional story from this book.  It was about a man (maybe God?) who found a little eggplant-like creature growing in his garden.  It gets bigger and bigger - at some point the man pokes his finger into its back, creating a blowhole - and of course it turns out to be a whale.  I'm sure this was in the same book as the baker's cat...maybe this new clue will help!
Okay - I've found out that the story my brother remembers is "How the Whale Became" by Ted Hughes.  And I'm sure that the suggestion above is dead on about Joan Aiken's story "The Baker's Cat".  Now I just need to find an anthology where both of these stories were published together!
Linda Yeatman, editor, A Treasury of Animal Stories.  I managed to track this book down at last - this anthology contains the Aiken story, the Hughes story, Dick Whittington, the Black Bull of Norway, and a ton of other stories that I now remember.  Thanks!

A Treasury of Bedtime Stories
 I am looking for a collection of children's short stories that I bought sometime between 1993 and 1996.  The stories were written by different authors; the artwork accompanying the stories was done by different artists. The one story whose artwork I really enjoyed was that of a brown rabbit who uses scissors to shear off his fur.  Then his mother has to make him a fur coat to wear to school.  He looks so angry walking to school in a fur coat while the other animals laugh at him. I know this is a shot in the dark--I do not recall the book's publisher, nor any of the authors/artists, nor the title of the book itself. Thanks for your help!

Hilda Offen, A Treasury of Bedtime Stories. I was looking through some old photos the other day and one was a picture of me ten years ago standing in front of a bookshelf.  There I saw a book with the blue spine I remember, and after much squinting made out the words "Bedtime Stories".  After searching on line, I discovered that the book I was seeking is A Treasury of Bedtime Stories by Hilda Offen.  The short story I loved so much was "Tim Rabbit and the Scissors" by Alison Uttley.

Treasury of Children's Stories
9x11 hardback book of beautifully illustrated stories about fairies, including one about changing feet size in a magic pool, and an adventure into a magic realm inside the fire of a small fireplace. Originally found it in England about 1972.

I don't know the exact book this person is looking for, but I do know that the fairy tale about changing foot size is Frances Browne's delightful "The Story of Fairyfoot", a favorite of mine. Hope this helps in the search.
Frances Browne, Granny's wonderful chair, 1920.  I think Fairyfoot is one of the tales in this book.
As someone else has said, the story about pools and growing feet is The Story of Fairyfoot. This is from Frances Browne's book, Granny's Wonderful Chair. See Solved Mysteries under G. Frances Hodgson Burnett also wrote a version based on Browne's, as you'll see. However, I suspect readers are just as likely to remember the Fairyfoot story from the My Book House series, edited by Olive Beaupre Miller, since that series, even though it started in 1920, is relatively more recent. See Solved Mysteries under M, or look in the Anthology Finder at http://www.loganberrybooks.com/most-anthologies.html under M. In my 1925 dull-green-cover edition of MBH, it was in Volume 3, Through Fairy Halls.
Frances Hodgson Burnett, Racketty-Packetty House and Other Stories.  The story with the magical realm behind the brick in the fireplace is "Behind the White Brick." Also contains "The Story of Prince Fairyfoot" (with the pool that changes the size of the feet), "The Proud Grain of Wheat," and the title story, "Racketty-Packetty House" about a once-grand dollhouse and its inhabitants. If not this volume, then definitely one of Frances Hodgson Burnett's short story collections.
The title Fairyfoot sent me on a google search, with a couple of really good leads.  Thanks, and I'll let you know if the leads get me to where I can REALLY say thank you.
Hilda Boswell, Treasury of Children's Stories, 1971, copyright.  This delightful treasury of children's stories has stayed in my heart for 35 years.  Just the little note about the name of  one of the stories being Fairyfoot by Frances Browne allowed me to romp through the internet, and ended with finding a copy in very good condition.  I have it now, and feel very much like a little girl again.  Thank you so very much!

Treasury of Little Golden Books
a collection of LGB stories, includes The New Baby, Daniel Boone, The Sailor Dog.  Hardback, bound with blue cover.  Published in 50s or 60s.  About 2 inches thick, 6"x8"?  I loved this as a child, I think my daughter would too.  Thanks

The Treasury of Little Golden Books- 48 best-loved stories, selected and edited by Ellen Lewis Buell. It has Sailor Dog and New Baby. While it has no Daniel Boone story, it has The Little Trapper by Kathyrn and Byron Jackson, illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren- little boy wears coonskin cap- maybe this is what you mean! My copy is not blue but I think this has been produced a number of times. Hope this is a match!

Treasury of Poetry
A Childrens book that i read in the late 70's early 80s It had winkien blikin and nod on two beautifully illustrated pages. Im sure it had a story about a wizard (purple pages) and wee willie winkin. (Illustraion was town at night)

Hilda Boswell, Treasury of Poetry, 1960s.  I have a copy of Hilda Boswell's Treasury of Poetry which has the Wynken Blynken and Nod poem as you describe, across two pages and beautifully illustrated. It's from the 1960s and is probably the one you have in mind.

Treasury of the Familiar
A Treasury of the Familiar/various,  1940's? This book contains poems speeches parts of plays excerpts from the bible  songs, etc.  It belonged to my mother and I use to read it as a child.  The cover is gone, so I don't know the publisher. Both my sister and I would like to keep this book, so I was wondering if there is another copy somewhere.

Woods, Ralph, editor. This is probably one of the Ralph Woods volumes: Treasury of the Familiar, Golden Treasury of the Familiar, Second Treasury of the Familiar.  They were published and reprinted in various editions but various publishers (including book club editions and as part of sets with "Treasury of Essays" and suchlike).  There are quite a few on the web... perhaps one of those vendors would be willing to match contents for you.

A Treasury of the World's Greatest Fairy Tales
I'm looking for a two-volume (at least) fairy tale book set from the mid-to-late 1970s and I don't remember anything except what they looked like.  Both were white, hardcover, and about the height/width dimensions of a piece of paper, depth about an inch?  They had beautiful illustrations on the front and inside.  One had its title printed on an upper corner in blue and the other, in red.  The stories were Rumpelstiltskin, Rapunzel, Little Red RIding Hood, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, the one about the Red Rose/white rose sisters, the one about the girl who spits coins and her stepsisters who spit frogs, the princess and her golden ball, the princess and the pea (I think), Jack and the Beanstalk, the Little Mermaid, Puss in Boots, Snow White, and so on.  I think there were at least 25 stories in all.  The illustrations were wonderful - the wicked queen in Snow White had almost a full page, wearing a dark green or black dress, facing the left-hand side, where the mirror was illustrated. Puss in Boots was a grey cat, I think, with giant dark red boots.  I believe the story about the boy who had to get three hairs from the ogre had a red-haired or light-brown-haired ogre, and the ferryman who left his oar to the king had very long, grey hair that swirled around his body.  Snow White ended up in a crystal coffin, shaped kind of like a prism, and I believe that she was wearing a yellowish fur cape inside the coffin.  I'm not sure on that one.  At the beginning of Aladdin, he is shown hiding behind a pillar(?) as the princess is carried by, the he found a ring in a stone, then found the lamp and he was almost completely bald, with just a ponytail coming out of the middle of the top of his head.  All of these probably were divided between the two books  I doubt they were all in the same volume.

We are looking for the exact same books!  Some titles we can add to her list include: The Lion and the Carpenter, The Nightingale, Thumbelina, The Pied Piper, Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves. Some of the illustrations that stand out are: Thumbelina:  The mole that rescues her wears spectacles and a vest.  Her mother tucked her into a bed made of a walnut shell. Aladdin:  He was in cave filled with trees that had fruit made of jewels. He was plucking grapes made of sapphires, etc. The Nightingale:  The mechanical nightingale was made of gold with jewels on it.  Some stories that we recall "sans title" include:  *A girl whose 6 naughty brothers were turned into ravens. *The lazy fisherman who meets a magic gold fish who grants him 3 wishes. He had a wife who berated him, yet was not satisfied with each granted wish - even when she became queen.  The fourth wish returned them to their original status and pleasant life. Our impression of the book is that it was not designed for young children, as the quality of illustrations was phenomenal.  The book was filled with full page, colour pictures.  They were realistic illustrations, kind of like Norman Rockwell -- not cartoon-ish at all.  Thank you for your amazing web-site!
Helen Hyman (publisher Danbury Press), A Treasury of the World's Greatest Fairy Tales and A Second Treasury of the World's Greatest Fairy Tales, 1972.  I sent in the secondary comments regarding this "stumper" and then proceed to spend about 30 hours stubbornly hunting down these books...and SURPRISE..I managed to find them.  The titles in this 2-volume hardcover (no jackets) set include:  Volume 1:   THE UGLY DUCKLING, PUSS-IN-BOOTS, HANSEL AND GRETEL, THE WILD SWANS, SEVEN IN ONE BLOW, SNOW WHITE AND ROSE RED, THE FROG PRINCE, THE THREE LITTLE PIGS, RAPUNZEL, ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES, THE THREE DWARFS IN THE WOOD, PRINCE KAMAR AND PRINCESS BUDUR, HANS IN LUCK, THE THREE MUSCIANS.  In Volume 2:  CINDERELLA, SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS, ALADDIN AND THE MAGIC LAMP, SLEEPING BEAUTY, LITTLE RED RIDINGHOOD, THE LION AND THE CARPENTER, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE SEVEN RAVENS, THE LITTLE GOLDFISH, THE LITTLE TIN SOLDIER, THE EMPEROR'S NIGHTINGALE, THUMBELINA, THE THREE
HAIRS OF THE OGRE, THE PIED PIPER.  Both books contain approx 300 pages each, with beautiful colour illustrations.  The front covers are just as the original "stumper" person stated.  In addition to the blue and red titles set in the corner of each volume, the books are white with pictorial images of the story of Cinderella.  One Cinderella image is her running down long descending stairs from the prince's castle to her carriage below -- you can see prince running after her down the stairs in the background.  The other volume has an image of the carriage with white horses pulling away from a grand castle.  Enjoy...
I stumbled onto your site to see if anyone knew whether a third book for this set had ever been published.  (Sadly, no.)  I completely sympathize with the person who wrote in trying to find these books - I spent almost fifteen years searching (had no title, no author, all I could tell people was the stories in it, and describe some of the artwork).   FINALLY, I found them both online in pristine condition (I cried when I got them in the mail).  It was like being seven years old again as I curled up on my bed and read them from cover to cover.

Treat Shop
This was a collection of stories that was used in Elementary schools at least 35 years ago.  The book included the stories "Creamed Angleworms on Toast", "Seven Flies with one Blow", "Never Worked and Never Will", and "Silly Jack" among others.

Yes! Here it is- Treat Shop selected and edited by Eleanor M. Johnson and Leland B. Jacobs. Charles E. Merrill Books, Inc. (1954,1960) Your stories and many others. It resembles a school text. It is one in a group called: Treasury of Literature- Readtext Series.
1950s-60s.  This book is a collection of short stories similar to Childcraft.  Three stories I remember:  1. Creamed angelworms on toast  2. A story about a child counting the freckles on her face by marking them with ink.  3. A poem starting "A diller, a dollar, a ten o'clock scholar/Why do you come so soon?/You used to come at ten o'clock/but now you come at noon."  Then the student explained to Miss Black, his teacher, all the events that made him late.  She then asks "Did all those things really happen to you?"  He replies, "Not all, but I did see a worm."

The Ten o'clock scholar's teacher's name was Miss Block, not Miss Black.  Thanks and I can't wait for a solution.
The story about creamed angleworms (not angelworms)was published in a grade school anthology called Treat Shop.  Please see the "T" Solved Mysteries pages for the editors, copyright date and publishers of this book.  I don't know whether it's the one you're looking for---I remember the stories you've described, but when I've looked at online photographs of Treat Shop, the cover doesn't look familiar.  The story may have appeared in more than one anthology: good stories often do!
Found it! It is ,indeed, Treat Shop- by Eleanor Johnson and Leland Jacobs-Treasury of Literature- Readtext Series. Freckle story is The Blue Nose by Emma L. Brock. Angleworms on Toast is by MacKinley Kantor and Marco Comes Late is written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss. They are all there. I do not see the Dillar Dollar thing happening, though! This series of texts keeps cropping up!!
This is a book giving to me in my childhood during the mid 1970's it was pre-owned and has a stamped "St. Mary's School" in the middle of the book. I still have this book but it is missing the origional binding and covers. It is also missing several pages from the front and back of the book. I am looking for the title to purchase a completed copy...  The first page of my book is page 23 it starts with the Story of "The puppy who wanted a boy" Topsy-Turvy Tales on page 27 there is a poem "Animal Parade" By Dorthy Hall pg. 28 Story "The Boss of the Barnyard" Then pg. 36 "Tammie and That Puppy" (more animal stories) Next Section is a poem -Old Magic Tales-Dorothy Hall then more stories pg.74 "The elves and the Shoemaker" Next Section Foolish Folk and Funny Fellows pg. 114 "The Old Man and the Monkeys" The next section Hurrah for the Circus! with "Minnie and the Lion" pg.150 The Next Section Sing and Say with poem "Husky Hi" on page 178 the next section People Near and Far with "The little cooks reward" pg 198 Next Section Everyday adventure with "A blue Nose" pg 222 The last page I have in this book before it is torn away is pg 238 "Angle worms on Toast"

Treat Shop, 1954, 1960, 1966. Treasury of Literature Readers - Banned Edition.  Selected and Edited by Eleanor M. Johnson, Editor-in-Chief My Weekly Reader. I have the '66 edition and it matches your description ALMOST exactly, so I'm sure you have either the '60 or '54 ed.  The chapter titles are the same and most of your titles are on the same pages as mine, but mine doesn't have "Husky Hi" or "A Blue Nose."
edited by Eleanor M. Johnson, Treat Shop, 1954, copyright.  Oddly this is the book that I originally placed a stumper for only a few weeks ago.  I purchased it easily online and my copy matches your description exactly.  It is amazing to me how many people have focused on this book (read through the many requests for the stories on the stumper lists).
This was a story in an anthology of juvenile stories (like Angleworms on Toast) with an amusing twist.  A young girl has a face full of freckles and gets very tired of people asking her how many there are, she tries counting them covering the counted ones with her fingers but eventually she runs out of room so she decides to mark them with "indelible blue india ink".  Of course she cannot get the ink off even though they scrub her nose with lye soap etc.  I have been looking for this anthology for ages and I did think it included "Angleworms on Toast" but I am beginning to wonder if I merely had that story at the same time.  I have recited the story to my daughters many times and would like them to be able to read it to my grandchildren.

Last night I mailed you a check for a stumper regarding a girl with freckles.  Today I found it on your solved site. 
The story was "The Blue Nose" in an anthology called Treat Shop which also included "Angleworms on Toast".  I found a copy online (you didn't have one listed).  How exciting - I am all agog.  I have been looking for this book for at least 40 years and have never known how to conduct a proper search. THANK YOU!  I spent most of today looking over your sight, this is the most fun I have ever had online - I look forward to going back every week.

Tredana Trilogy: The Broken Citadel, Castledown, The Great Wheel
2 books set in England ??  girl never fits in with her family - they are all blonde and she is small and dark haired.  enters alternate world through an abandoned building.  Falls in with a prince who is going to rescue witch's daughter from tower/prison ??? Turns out girl is witches daughter switched because of prophecy/curse.  2nd book goes back as teen takes a ship and drinks love potion by mistake and fall in love with ship captain.  marries prince and has a daughter gets sent back with no memory of event.  could be third book, thanks.

This story sounds like Tristan and Iseult.
Joyce Ballou Gregorian, The Broken Citadel, Castledown, The Great Wheel, mid 1970s, approximate.  Got to be these:  In this trilogy Sibby, who is dark and doesn't get along with her mother, while her family is blond gets to another world and falls in with the prince rescuing the blond princess/daughter of the wicked sorceress in the tower.  The princess reminds Sibby quite a bit of her mother, and it turns out the kids were switched at birth.  Sibby goes home at the end of the first book. Comes back in teh second, is going to marry the questing prince - and does - but in the meantime, before the wedding drinks a love potion with the desert king.  Ooops.  She also in this world marries the villain of book 2, who also came from our world, but is of a family (bad) in the other world of Tredana.  In Book 3, in this world she's divorced.  Goes back to Tredana, but on the other side of the world, and her daughter born there is a major character.
Gregorian, Joyce Ballou, Broken Citadel, Castledown, The Great Wheel, 1970s, approximate.  Pretty sure you're looking for the trilogy by Joyce Ballou Gregorian, that started with The Broken Citadel.  Dark haired girl Sybbie, in a blond family, swapped by her enchantress mother.  Gets from our world to her native world, helps rescue the blond swappee who reminds Sybbie a lot of her 'mother' in our world.  Book 2:  Marries the prince.  Drinks love potion with wrong guy.  Has kid - not to the prince, to the other guy.  Goes home, marries the villain of book 2 in our world (he also came from a family originating in the world of Tredana and goes there in Book 2).  Every time she goes home she forgets everything that happened in Tredana.   Long after the first two were published the third came out which featured Sybbie again, her late teen daughter, the prince, the other guy....
Well this has to be it !!!  Thanks for all your help, have books on order.  Have been looking for these forever, should have found this site a long time ago.  Thanks!!

Tree for Peter
A man tells another man the story of a young boy who is lame, polio maybe? who plays with a backhoe, or dumptruck or something like that.  At the end of his tale, he comes out from behind the desk.  He is limping a bit, and it is obvious that it was his own story he told.

Kate Seredy, A Tree for Peter, 1941.  The original stumper requester is not sure what type of digging toy is involved.  I think it is "a little toy spade with a red handle from the five-and-ten-cent store" and the book in question is A Tree for Peter by Kate Seredy, published by Viking Press in 1941.  The story begins when six year old Tommy Crandon, who is riding a train to the city, sees a lame boy standing alone in the rain near Shantytown.  Tommy grows to adulthood, but never forgets the dark, sad, ugly town and the ragged little boy in the rain.  He becomes a builder and decides to build sturdy homes for poor people.  He then rides the train to the city for the second time in his life to meet a famous builder, Peter Marsh, who has transformed Shantytown to Peter's Landing, a beautiful community.  Mr. Crandon meets Mr. Marsh in his office and describes the lame boy in the rain years ago.  He asks what sort of magic Mr. Marsh used to renew Shantytown.  Mr. Marsh tells him a story about a lame little boy named Peter, who lived in Shantytown with his mother following the death of her husband.  They hadn't always been poor, but Peter's hospital bills had driven the family into debt.  (Peter's illness or injury is not specified---he remembers "a lot of hurt where now his foot was lame.") Mom had to work six days a week, and Peter was alone and afraid until he met an elderly tramp, King Peter.  King Peter took the lame boy fishing, gave him a toy spade, and introduced him to a stray dog, Pal, who became the boy's companion.  He encouraged little Peter to befriend the local police officer, Pat, who helped little Peter plant a garden.  Finally, King Peter brought little Peter a tiny live Christmas tree decorated with candles.  The poverty-stricken neighbors unite around the tree and begin cleaning up the town and repairing the houses.  Soon Shantytown is beautiful.  That's the end of the story Peter Marsh tells Thomas Crandon, but it's not the end of the book.  "Peter Marsh rose from behind his desk...He was limping a little.  From the cupboard he took a little spade, a toy spade, old and worn."  Thomas Crandon and the reader find out that the poor lame boy in the rain and the great builder are the same person, and Peter Marsh reveals that King Peter may have been the King of Heaven in disguise, as no one but little lame Peter ever saw him.  The book is out of print, not hard to find, but nice copies tend to be expensive.
children's book from 1960's--it starts in an office and a lawyer (i think) is teling the story of a young boy, i think named peter, who is very poor--maybe homeless--also has some problem with his leg and limps--and is befriended by an old man i think near a dock or wharf--the man is very kind and helps the boy to grow through their friendship--eventually the old man doens't ocme any more but by then the boy is okay--at the end it tunrs out the man telling the story is the boy, grown up and doing very well and helping others as he was--i thought the name had peter in the title but that may not be correct--but the plot basics are what i remember--it was in my church library but was not a specifi ally religious book--thanks!

Seredy, Kate, A Tree for Peter.  See solved mysteries under "T" for more details but I'\''m pretty sure this is the book you want- a young fatherless boy (with a limp) named Peter lives in a shanty town and is helped by a mysterious vagrant whom no one else sees.  There is the suggestion at the end of the book that the vagrant was Christ but it's never spelled out.  With the help of the stranger Peter sees the latent beauty in his surroundings and plants a garden and a tree, bringing together all the 'residents' of shantytown and building a community.  At the end Peter is a famous architect and builder and has had the shanty-town renamed in his honor.
Seredy, Kate, A Tree For Peter, 1941.  Just got this book in the mail as part of your thank you for solving stumpers.  By the way thank you.   Have to admit I haven't read it through yet, but glancing through I'm sure that is the one.  Peter Marsh a little lame boy meets a tramp named Peter King, Police man named Pat, his dog finds a spade, he digs in the sunshine everyday, cleans up Shantytown and grows up to become a builder.
1940-80.  A teacher friend has been searchging for years for a book she used to read to her classes.  It is about a little disabled boy who uses a red shovel, eventually grows up to be an architect and helps build homes for others wih problems.  She recalls there is a picture at the end - of the architect at his desk, with the little red shovel leaning against it.

Definitely A Tree for Peter by Kate Seredy.  Please see the Solved Mysteries "T" pages for a detailed synopsis.  Currently in print, published by Purple House Press.
Seredy, Kate,  A Tree for Peter.  Thank you so much!  This is the right book - my friend is ecstatic!
Seredy, Kate. A Tree for PeterPurple House Press, 1941, 2004.  New hardback, $19.95 

Tree That Sat Down
At the beginning of the book there was a part about taking a jar out at midnight to catch three weeping willow leaves. If you did this, you would get three wishes. The rest of what I remember is spotty. The main character was a young girl. She lived near a magic forest. There was something about plugging a vacuum cleaner into a tree to clean the forest floor. The animals in the forest could speak. I think there was a boy named Sam. There was an evil witch. At the end of the book, Sam possibly got turned into a beaver and fought the evil witch and somehow destroyed her or ran her off. There was another part where the young girl met a prince and fell in love, but the evil witch turned them both into fish...also something about magical masks made of lilly pads that let them breathe under water. When the Prince and the girl put on the lilly pad masks they turn into fish, but the witch makes it so that they can't remove the masks and revert back to humans. While they're fish, a pike tries to eat them. The book was divided into two distinct parts. The first was in the magic forest and the second was outside of the forest. Once the girl leaves the forest the bad witch tries to destroy her, especially after she meets the Prince and falls in love with him. Perhaps the witch wanted the Prince for herself. I probably read it sometime between 1970 and 1974.

Beverley Nichols, The tree that sat down. I'm pretty sure the first book is The Tree that Sat Down, in which a young girl and her grandmother keep a shop in a magic forest with talking animals as customers and face competition from a nasty rival establishment operated by a Sam and a witch.   She marries a prince at the end.  The second story is probably (I don't have a copy of this one) The Stream that Stood Still, the second book in the series, which has been published in a single volume with the first story.
Thank you! I believe that The Tree That Sat Down and The Stream That Stood Still single volume is the book that I've been looking for. You don't know how excited I am to have found out the name of this book after all of these years! If Loganberry has it in stock, please let me know.
My parents don’t remember this book, so I must have been old enough to read to myself – I was born in 1974, so mid-80s.  It was about animals who live in a wood, and (I think) a nice girl who did things with them – she may have been called Deborah? There was also (I think!) a nasty boy, and three toads called Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Clearest memory is of the boy (with someone else?) setting up a stall in the wood selling empty boxes to the animals. He said they contained things like ‘rien’ (nothing in French) and similar in other languages, and the animals bought them. May well have been an English book.

I have just submitted two paypal 'stump a bookseller' and was browsing your site to see if I could help anyone else, when I have come across the answer to one of my queries!  M333 (Beverley Nichols - The Tree that Sat Down) is the answer to a favourite book I have been desperate to remember for at least 5 years now, and I am absolutely thrilled to have found it again after all this time!  Thank you so much for a brilliant site - and feel free to 'solve' my query immediately when you receive it!

Tree Toad
The book is the story of a minister's son growing up.  It has a couple of memorable stories, such as one where the older brother convinces the younger one that he can hide from his dad by climbing a tree naked where he will be invisible like a tree toad.  There is also one about praying for a pocketknife and the dad answering the prayer by throwing a knife over the barn (though I think it hits one of the kids).  I think it is called Tree Toad or Tree Frog or something like that.  Pre-1960.

Tree Toad.  Adventures of the Kid Brother by Robert Hobart Davis, illus. by Robert McCloskey (Frederick A. Stokes Co., 1942).

Tree Wagon
Regarding O9 - Oregon Trail.  Funny thing, one of the books I came here to find was about a girl who traveled with her family on the Oregon Trail.  They traveled in covered wagons, and one of the wagons was full of the saplings that her father was going to plant when they reached Oregon.  There are great descriptions about landmarks on the trail, and also about how to graft an apple tree.  I would love to know what this book was....
#O9--Oregon Trail Story:  Yes, I can identify the query in green, and just about any other Oregon Trail novel EXCEPT this one, which I am STILL looking for!  The green one is Tree Wagon, by Evelyn Sibley Lampman, which I've read twice.  Word of warning:  Lampman was a terrific entertaining writer,
but didn't care much for historical accuracy.  Don't take the book seriously when it says that Indians "killed Dr. Whitman and all the children at his mission."  They did no such thing and not even close.  The only juveniles killed were a boy of 16 (an adult for that day and place) and 14 (practically adult by the standards of that tribe.)  About 60 other kids present were all let go.  I'd venture to say the only people who know more on this subject than me were those present--the last of whom died in 1933--and it's a shame that some people write such things and other people print them.  Another book by the same author, Cayuse Courage, is a great idea but unforgivably inaccurate in places when so much written material is available on this subject.
Lampman, Evelyn Sibley, Tree Wagon. The story of a orchid man and his family bringing their nursery stock by wagon to Oregon.  The little girl is given her own gooseberry bush to care for and has lots of adventures along the way.
Tree Wagon = Lampman.  Thank you - that's it - the gooseberry bush was the clincher.  I'm glad to know more about the history behind it, too, thanks for the update.

Trick Or Treat
A story about Halloween and kids going trick or treating.  They end up at an old couple's house where they are all invited in and the old man shows them magic tricks.    The parents realize the kids are not around in the neighborhood anymore and become worried.  They get their treats and all end up at the old couple’s house where they have a neighborhood party, so to speak.  The old man said he performed one of his magic tricks for the crowned heads of Europe or something similar to this.  The book was orange with black writing and was from my childhood, during the 1960s.  Thank you!

Slobodkin, Louis, Trick or treat.
  I remembered this one right away. I'm pretty sure it's this book, I know for sure it's one that is illustrated by Slobodkin.
Trick Or Treat!  Yes!  That is definitely the book I was looking for.  Thank you so much for your input, I surely appreciate it.

Trigan Empire
All I remember about this hardcover comic-book was that an alien spacecraft crashed on Earth.  The alien's were dead, but there was a book which, once translated, detailed the history of a war on their planet that wiped-out everyone.  The translator was obsessed with the book for years, eventually loosing everything, including his family, due to his obsession.

Don Lawrence & Micheal Butterworth, The Trigan Empire. This was a hard covered collection of stories. The beginning is the finding of the spaceship in the swamp. The other stories are all about The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire.
The Trigan Empire.   I read this once as a kid, twenty years ago, and I've remembered bits and pieces of it ever since.  Thanks so much for helping me to re-connect with it!

Trina Finds a Brother
story I read probably in the mid 70s about a little girl whose father is the captain of a large passenger ship (I think they're European or Norweigan) and while they are docked in Africa they find a little orphan boy named Tamar who is living in cardboard box on the quay & they take him home with them.

Braenne, Berit, Trina finds a brother,
1963, copyright.  Translation of the Norwegian novel Historien om Tamar og Trine.  Trina goes to Africa with her father and sees orphan Tamar in the streets.  There is a sequel - "Little sister Tai-Mai" (1964) in which Trina and Tamar find their Korean baby sister.
Thank you so much!! One of my mystery requests was solved! I am so excited. O136; Orphan named Tamar in Africa. The real title is Trina Finds a Brother.

Trip to Lazibonia
I think this book is from the 70’s or older.  Two kids, a boy and a girl are supposed to be in bed.  Maybe they were sent to bed without dinner? Somehow, they travel to the outskirts of a town.  They are dropped off just outside the city wall. It is made of rice pudding, and they eat their way through to enter the town.  The entire town is made of food – the chain link fences are made of link sausages, the roof tiles are fried eggs, the rivers flow with milk and cooked fish and rolls.  Whole pigs and chickens run/fly by that are fully cooked.  The girl even finds a forest of trees that are full of jewelry, hair ribbons and money. I’m not sure how it ends, but I think they are back in bed by the end of the story.  My sister remembers this book too, and thinks maybe the author’s name was Swedish or Norwegian sounding.

A Trip to Lazibonia by H.M.Denneborg aka Heinrich-Maria Denneborg, translated by Anne Rogers, illustrated by Horst Lemke, published in London by Kaye and Ward Ltd. (1971).  Here's an online description: "The children are awoken by the dream boat that takes them off to the magical land of Lazibonia!  Through the pyramid of rice pudding to the only place where roast chickens fly straight into your mouth, cheeses are scattered like stones and gingerbread cottages really exist so that the residents can simply lie around. Cooked fish swim in the milk river, honey roast hams run around ready to be carved for lunch. Fountains abound to deliver your favourite drink on a whim.  Need to loosen your belt? Clothes grow on trees and the grass is made of every imaginable colour of hair ribbon. Activity of any kind is frowned upon but if you want to learn you can start at the top and work your way down to kindergarten where you can just have fun all day!"
Someone posted this solution, and it is the book I have been searching for (for 3 years!). Thank you to whomever posted it, and thank you for this website - it's fantastic!

Tripods Trilogy
Story (series?) about some boys who are on an alien world, where there are spider-like huge robot sentinals, and dome cities where aliens live with tentacle arms and they have one cyclops-like soft spongy eye.

John Christopher, The Tripod series.  Sounds very much like the Tripod series by John Christopher, which contains The White Mountains, The City of Gold and Lead (which is the one which features the domed city and the true shape of the aliens), and The Pool of Fire. A prequel, The Day the Tripods Came, is also available.
Christoper, John, When the Tripods Came this was a trilogy with the prequel When the Tripods Came. Trilogy books are White Mountains, City of Gold and Lead and Pool of Fire.  FROM THE PUBLISHER:  Will has escaped from the City of the Tripods to deliver terrifying information to the colony of free people: The Masters are planning to change the earth's atmosphere to that of their own planet, exterminating the human race. There isn't much time to stop them, but Will and the others have no alternative but to try. Will they succeed in freeing the world from the control of the Tripods? And if they do, what will a free world be like after centuries of domination? Thirty-five years after its original publication, we are proud to offer this anniversary edition of The Pool of Fire, featuring a new preface from John Christopher, as well as the author's fully revised text, available in the United States for the first time.  FROM THE CRITICS [Publishers Weekly]: Now in 35th-anniversary editions, John Christopher's Tripod trilogy, about a race of three-legged machines who rule the planet, appears with a new introduction from the author and revised texts. The White Mountains introduces 13-year-old Will as he flees the capping ceremony, a rite of passage in which the Tripods enslave their subjects by fitting them with metal headgear, and heads to Switzerland's White Mountains in search of the world's only remaining community of free people. The follow-up, The City of Gold and Lead, finds Will and friends living in Switzerland and training to overthrow the Tripods. But he must travel to the City of the Tripods, from which few return, to acquire vital information. In the final installment, The Pool of Fire, Will and friends fight against time to defend the human race from extinction, the end result of the Tripods' scheme.
A possibility - at least it has giant space spiders. The Crystal City by Nancy Etchemendy.  "When they accidently encounter intelligent giant spider beasts during a copperdust storm, William and Maggie must convince the skeptical leaders of the New Genesis colony of the aliens peaceful nature."
John Christopher, Tripods Trilogy.  I think the poster is remembering the Tripods trilogy (The White Mountains, City of Gold and Lead, The Pool of Fire), although that took place on a future Earth.  The aliens had tall three-legged walking vehicles and lived in domed cities. In City of Gold and Lead, the hero escapes by hitting his alien owner in the spongy part of its head and killing it.
Margaret Mahy, Aliens in the Family.  This begins sort of how you've outlined, but was published in the mid 80s.
Christopher, John, Tripods Trilogy, 1969.Yep, sounds like Tripods to me.  The books were also serialized as a comic strip in Boys Life magazine (Scout magazine) and the first two books became a TV series by the BBC in the 1980s.  I have a website about Tripods that might also ring some bells:  www.thetripods.org

I am looking for a young adult book probably printed in the 40's or 50's. It is the story of an unpopular girl meeting a popular, rich boy. They meet at lunchtime, she is eating a sandwich that contains tomatoes and drid beef. In the story he invites her to the big dance and she sees a dress downtown she wants. It is white with black patent leather bows. I think she may have wanted it for Christmas and when she opens the box Christmas morning thinking she got the dress it turns out to be one her mother made her because they couldn't afford the dress downtown. At the end she meets a
sophisticated college boy who seems to like her and you wonder if anything will come of that. Someone in the story is named Ann. I think it might be her boyfriend's sister who is in college. I can't remember anymore but I loved the book and would love to find it for my granddaughter. Thanks for your help.

This is definitely Trish by Margaret Maze Craig.  I have a paperback copy somewhere, and I think the copyright date is 1951.  Pat is the quiet girl, the rich popular boy is Dick, and Anne is Dick's sister, the sophisticated "coed" who's dating a boy named Jeff.  I remember the sandwiches of tomatoes, cheese and dried beef well-  I grew up in the 70s and wondered what dried beef could possibly be!  The dress with black patent leather bows on the pockets is in the window of an expensive boutique, and Pat asks for it for Christmas, but her mother makes her a white dress instead, and she cries.  At the end she gets a letter from Jeff telling her not to change, and there's a suggestion that they will end up together.  Hope you find a copy!  I went to Catholic school, so the library was full of these proper 50s books, and I loved them.

click for imageTrolley Car Family
Approximately 1959, I read a paperback children's book to the best of my memory was titled:  The Trolley Car Family. I believe there was at least one sequel, but don't know the title. Don't know the author. It was a chapter book geared to age 9 -12 (?). A family, with several children lived in a trolley car that they converted into a home.  It was parked at the end of the line, in the country. A local spring served as their refrigeration.  Have you heard of this book?

You've got the title right. It's Trolley Car Family by Eleanor Clymer.  I don't know if there was a sequel, but Clymer did write a lot of books... Check out her recent obituary.
Thank you, thank you!!!  Found a used copy to buy.  You've made my day.
children's mother/grandmother runs cafe in train car.

Rachel Field, The Yellow Shop.
  A long shot, I know...but if the "train car" wasn't actually on a train, you might be thinking of this story.  Two children who live with their elderly aunt decide to help out financially by resurrecting her old shop, putting it on wheels and moving it to the town crossroads so they get more business.  They sell lemonade, candy and cookies, so it could be remembered as a cafe.  At the end of the story, a wealthy customer notices their beautiful antique ginger jars, and pays enough money for the jars to get the roof fixed etc. etc.
Joan Bauer, Hope Was Here.  Possibly Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer?  A young girl works in a diner for her Aunt.
Could it be a cable car instead of a train?  "The Trolley Car Family" by Eleanor Clymer is a story  about a family in the 30s who live in an old cable/trolley car the father (who was a conductor or engineer or something) brought home. I vaguely remember either a restaurant or the family entertaining guests.  Anyway, it might be worth looking into!
Eleanor Clymer, Trolley Car Family, 1958, reprint.  Yes, that's it! I was able to buy a used copy. Thanks so much!

Trouble at Clear Lake
I've searched for years for a book written before 1963 about a recent college graduate in biology who accepts a government job investigating a fish kill in a small lake. He lives in a small cabin, befriends the local people, and eventually discovers that a counterfeit ring is flushing chemicals into the lake. I used to think it was called "Mystery of Spirit Lake," or something like that, but searches under those words and variations always come up empty.

Isn't there a Madeleine L'Engle story along these lines? The details I am coming up with sound like they must be from a separate book (old portrait proves to be valuable, boy goes to South America to donate it to a museum, gets kidnapped, ends up fulfilling the prophecy by returning to the lake his ancestor (whom naturally, he resembles) left over a hundred years before... But L'Engle often has repeating characters, so maybe one  will lead you to the other.  Good luck!
Not a solution, but I don't think that this is a L'Engle book, as suggested by the previous person.  Many of her books do include marine biology (The Arm of the Starfish, etc.)  The book mentioned with the ancestor's painting is Dragons in the Water.
Edward C. Janes, Trouble at Clear Lake,1956. This one drove me crazy because I thought I'd looked at
something like this at the library this summer.  I finally found it tonight.  The main character is a young biologist who moves to a cabin on a lake to find out why fishing has gone down. He finds a gang of counterfeiters who are polluting the lake and killing the fish.  Could this be what the poster is looking for?
I can't thank you enough for having a web site which solved a 30 year mystery of mine concerning the name of a book. My submission B-155 (Biologist cracks counterfeit ring) was recently solved by someone as Trouble At Clear Lake.  I then found the book. Thank you again. I have three other books posted, and hopefully await solutions.

Trouble for Trumpets
I used to read this book in my local library as a child around 1993. It was a fantasy fiction with these great illustrations that were so detailed and full of activity. The image I remember is of these two tribes of tiny human like creatures in a forest setting, one tribe in red the other in blue..

Peter Dallas-Smith, (Peter Cross, illustrator), Trouble for Trumpets, 1984.
Perhaps you are thinking of this book, lavishly and beautifully illustrated by Peter Cross. The good Trumpets (mostly wearing red) are at war with the evil, wintry Grumpets, (who wear dark-green uniforms). You can see a reproduction of some of the illustrations here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/16735390@N00/3920391949/
SOLVED: Peter Dallas-Smith, (Peter Cross, illustrator), Trouble for Trumpets You solved it - you're amazing! Thank you so much :)

Trouble with Jacob
this book is called "what happened to Jacobs bed" or "Jacobs bed" or something like that. It is a chapter book about a little boy who died in the 1800's. some robbers stole his body and put their loot in his grave.they reburied his body elsewhere. the little ghost appears to various people who he thinks could help him find his grave. the story picks up with two siblings who eventually crack the case and get Jacob back to his original grave. written in the 1980's.

McGraw, Eloise, The trouble with Jacob, 1988.  Twelve-year-old twins Andy and Kat think they are in for a dull summer at a remote resort in western Oregon, until the ghost of a nine-year-old boy appears demanding restitution for a crime committed over 100 years before.
May Nickerson Wallace, The Ghost of Dibble Hollow, 1971, reprint.  I don't know if this is the book.  There are a lot of similarities but the name of the ghost was Miles Dibble not Jacob.

Trouble with Jenny's Ear
ESP girl and Twins with A / V system.  The book starts off about 2 brothers (twins?) who are given an Audio/video system and help their bedridden school teacher to continue teaching their class from her home.  The book then shifts to the twin’s sister who has an amazing case of ESP.  She goes on quiz shows and reads the mind of the questioners etc.....

This sounds like Oliver Butterworth's The Trouble with Jenny's Ear .  Two brothers who like to fiddle with various types of sound equipment, gradually wire their house; their sister, Jenny, is increasingly unhappy with this, and, along the way develops ESP.  (This is loosely tied into the idea of the sound equipment producing voices from unseen people/far off locations).   After the boys' teacher is injured, they set up a closed-circuit tv system so she can teach from home.  Interspersed with this is a romance between the boys' uncle and another schoolteacher, aided and complicated by Jenny's ESP, along with the plot about Jenny going on various quiz shows, etc., to earn money to keep a nearby hill from being turned into a subdivision.
YES YES YES!!!!!   PLEASE YES!!   :)  WOW!!  Thanks for the web site Harriett!!!  YEEE HAH!! I got the book several days (weeks) ago.  Hey, I thought you said the book was used!!  AWESOME condition!  Thanks!!

Trouble With Thirteen
I read a book in middle school (late 80s to early 90s) about two girls who were best friends. I'm guessing the girls are 12 or 13 years old. Their names might be Rachel and Annie? Anyway, one of the girls is moving away. At the end of the story they're in the city, visiting an aunt and they buy matching dresses in different colors. The book cover shows a slumber party scene: a girl with long, red (?) hair is wearing a lavender nightgown with a strap sliding off her shoulder, looking embarrassed. I seem to remember her mother not wanting her to have such an adult looking nightgown. But she wears it to the slumber party anyway. I also remember her saying that she hates when people refer to breasts as "boobs." LOL

Betty Miles, The Trouble With Thirteen.  I'm positive this is it. (This one was making me crazy all day yesterday I could remember exact lines of dialog but not the author or title. Walked into a used bookstore today and there it was!)
Blume, Judy, Just as Long as We're Together, 1991.  This was my absolute favorite book when it came out and I was about 12.  Some of the details seem to be a bit different: It is actually about three girls - Rachel, Stephanie and Allison, and I don't think anybody moved away, but Allison moved to town at the beginning.  But the nightgown thing and the matching dresses thing are both spot on.
Betty Miles, The Trouble With Thirteen, ~1979.  I looked up the title and this is definitely the book I was looking for. I can't believe I even had the character's names right, it's probably been 15 years since I read the book. Thanks for the help!

Trouble for Trumpets & Trumpets in Grumpetland
All I remember is that they were very beautifully illustrated stories of tiny yellowish creatures with large noses, who used the complexity of nature to create intricate little weapons to wage war with tiny bluish creatures with large noses who for some reason, remind me of nazis (wearing armbands with the "evil" insignia.  The illustrations were often numbered and labeled to let you explore the intricate gadgets and weapons. I read them in the early 90's.

Peter Cross, illus. Story by Peter Dallas-Smith, Trouble for Trumpets, 1982.  (Dragonfly Books, Alfred A. Knopf, in case it turns out to be the right book) This description sounds a lot like an odd paperback book I have, very thin (1/8") and 10x12" or so.  The creatures have faces shaped like hippos', and are the Trumpets ("We..live in a summer world of warmth and sunshine...in winter we go down into our warm homes underground") and the Grumpets ("They live in the dark, frozen mountains...a sharp, pointed, cross-looking lot") who want to take over the Trumpets' country.  The Trumpets are helped in their military defense by wrens, owls, snails, mice and other creatures.  The Grumpets wear pointy helmets and invade using submarines and helicopters (the rotors are made of seed pods).  There are the numbered charts and lists the poster describes.  The whole thing is like a takeoff of British military lore, in the midst of fields and hedges!  You said "them" -- are there more Trumpet stories?
T198: There was a sequel to Trouble for Trumpets:  Trumpets in Grumpetland / Peter Cross ; story by Peter Dallas-Smith. Random House, 1985. Summary: Livingstone the lute-player and the beautiful Kim are brought together by their love of music, while fierce Havoc the Grumpet and his Grumpicats are repelled, at least temporarily, by the Trumpets and the Borderers.  The Grumpets are orange, not blue, but their uniforms do look sort of Prussian (dark green belted leather jacket over black tunics with gray stripe/skeleton design, jackboots, and pointy helmets like the previous respondent said).

Trouble for Trumpets
A children's picture book possibly published in the 1980's that showed very intricate illustrations of moomin like creatures that lived underground.  Many of the illustrations were cross sections that showed all their different living quarters.  My nephew remembers there were characters that were good and evil, and that some had rifles/guns with flowers out of the end of the gun barrel.  Also one of the creatures holding a device to harness the sun to shine into the underground.  We don't know the author or the title, please help!

Have you looked at the various Moomim books by Tove Jansson?  Or perhaps Annette Tison's Barbapapa series?  (Jansson's books are juvenile novels, Tison's are picture books, neither with particularly intricate illustrations).
Thanks for your suggestions, it is not an Annette Tyson book, and I should have said the creatures LOOK a bit like moomins but they aren't, we have looked at the moomin website. My nephew remembers the creatures having big noses!
Peter Dallas-Smith, author, Peter Cross, Illustrator, Trouble for Trumpets.  An amazing childrens book, with extremely detailed illustrations showing the war between the peaceful summer-loving Trumpets (they do look a little like moomins) and the evil, wintry Grumpets. And yes, the Trumpets use a magnifying glass to focus sunlight on the Grumpets to gain their victory. There is also a sequel (not quite as good) Trumpets in Grumpetland.

Trudy Phillips series
I read this paperback in the mid-1970s, but judging from the descriptions in the story I would guess it was written in the 1950s or early 1960s.  It may have been a scholastic book.  I can’t remember the main character’s name, but she made friends at her new school; one of them was a boy named Stephen and they went to a party (Halloween?) together (I remember hoping that something romantic would develop between them). She also got a dog she named Tuck.  There was a wealthy, snobby girl at the school who was very threatened by this new girl, but it turned out that the rich girl was very lonely and I think the main character broke through and made friends with her after the rich girl was caught stealing from lockers. Very sketchy I know; hopefully someone will recognize some of these details.

Barbara Bates, Trudy Phillips, New Girl, 1953.  I'm positive this is the book. The plot is exactly as the Poster described. Trudy, her little brother Johnny and their parents move from the familiar Eastbrook to adjust to their new life in Tylertown. She tries to befriend Gloria, the most popular (and richest) girl in class but only ends up alienating her. She also buys a golden retriver and names it Tuck.
Thanks so much, this is definitely the book!

True Colors
I believe" Remember" was in the title.The Romance book ,I believe is from the late 80's/early 90's.The two main characters names are Cy and Meredith.Cy was from a well off family and Meredith was poor.The two dated and Meredith became pregnant.Cy's mother finds out and frames her of stealing and tells her the only way she can avoid jail is to get out of Cy's life,while she tells Cy ,Meredith stole from them and ran off. A pregnant Meredith runs and ends up in Chicago where she's almost run down by a wealthy businessman.The man seeing the predicament Mere is in takes her in and marries her.A few years later Mere returns home,I believe it was to settle a property that was left to her,but she also there to finish what her now deceased husband set in motion,and that was to take over Cy's family company as revenge for what was done to Mere.After Cy finds out the real reason she's back and that the son he believed belonged to another man is actually his, he becomes upset and has a serious car accident.Mere puts the take- over on hold and moves in to take care of Cy.They work things out and live happily ever after.

Diana Palmer, True Colors,12/01/04, reprint. Not a children's book, but a romance by Diana Palmer that has been reprinted at least once. ISBN-10: 0373770154

True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
Girl runs away to become a pirate, is hard work but she becomes stronger until she can do it just as well as the men.  I believe there wasone man whom she became friends with.She returns home, decides to sneak back to the ship in the middle of the night, right before it sails away again.

I continued to search, however, and found the name: The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi.   I guess you can go ahead and put this right on the Solved page!  Love the site by the by!

True Story of the Tooth Fairy
Hi, I'm a librarian, and I am using e-mail instead of the search form because I do not have an author or title.  Our patron is looking for a story that was in a book of fairy tales (or the like) back in the late '60s. The story was concerned with a little girl who loses her first tooth.  Later in the story, the lost tooth becomes the diamond in her engagement ring.  The patron's been looking for this story for 10 years, so any help that you can give will be greatly appreciated.  TIA

Maybe ... Whittaker, Otto The True Story of the Tooth Fairy (and why brides wear engagement rings) illustrated by Anne Goetzman, published by Droke House, 1968, 32 pages "Story of two children, the good fairy King Bonnyful and the link between lost baby teeth & engagement diamonds."
Thanks for getting back to me.  I just about gave up on this request. I did mention the title you found to our patron. I was wondering if there was anything else.  I guess not.  Thanks, again.

True to You
I am trying to find a fairly cheesy book I read in the late 1970s about a high school girl who moves into a new house and befriends the girl next door. The newcomer -- I think her name was Lenore ??? -- was sophisticated beyond her years, owned some killer sweaters that were the envy of her neighbor, and might have been a cheerleader.  Toward the end of the book, the less-glamorous girl watches from her bedroom window as "Lenore's" dad's barn/garage is raided by the authorities for some sort of illegal gambling operation or some such.  I keep thinking the title is, "Be True to Your School" or, simply, "True to Your School."

I am also trying to find this book!  You have jogged my memory a little, so I thought I would add my information to yours.  I think the main girl is called Sally and she returns from holiday to find that her school district has been divided in two.  She has to attend the new school, but is determined to remain loyal to her old school, where her best friend goes still.  Lenore is her neighbour, and her father is arrested after an investigation that includes Sally's(?) sister who spys on him for the authorities.  Her sister is younger than her and pretends her bike is a horse. Sally eventually grows to love her new school, and consequently looses her best friend.  Thats all I remember!!  If only I knew the name of the book!!!!
I don't know the solution, but I have been looking for this very same book!!!  I am SO FRUSTRATED!  I have some further plot details which may help.  A girl and her family return from holiday to find that the high school district has been split in two.  The girl (Sally??) has to leave her beloved old high school, including her best friend, to go to the new school.  Its all new, and she hates it.  Meanwhile, an amazing girl called Lenore moves in next door.  Sally? is jealous of her, but is friends with her.  Sallys little sister is horse mad, and has a tricycle that she pretends is a horse (horace??).  She even has a whip for it that she got for christmas.  Sally thinks she is crazy!!  In the end, Sally falls in love with her new school (I think the old school colours were orange and brown, and she has a little enamel owl brooch in these colours that she wears to school to show she is still loyal to the old school) and becomes loyal to that school, thereby losing her best friend from the old school.  I think Lenores father is involved in illegal activity and at the end he is raided.  It turns out Sallys crazy little sister has been spying on the place for the authorities!!  Also, I think in one part, Sally gives Lenore a present of a red vinyl clutch purse (lovely) for christmas because Lenore has given her an expensive cashmere sweater.  I hope this helps, and I will be as excited as anyone if this one gets solved!!  I tell you, I've been looking for the title for AGES!!!!
This is a shot in the dark, but one search turned up Children in the Wind by Bernice Grohskopf, (1977). It might be worth a look. The main character's
name is Lenore, and Chris Rivers is the beautiful new girl at school. One of the summaries said that Lenore is worried about an upcoming move. But it did say that Lenore is mysterious about her father and that they move a lot. One summary also mentioned a girl named Marah.
Viola Rowe, True to You 1964,  Found the title at last.  It is readily available
Viola Rowe, True to You,1964. This is the book you're looking for.  All the mentioned item are in this book.  The girl's name is Sally, her best friend is Sue.  The 9 year old  sister, Lucia, likes to pretend that her bicycle is a horse.  They have a new neighbor named Lenore.
Viola Rowe, True to You, 1964.  Found the title at last.  It is readily available.
Rowe, Viola, True to You.(1964)  That's it! Thanks SO much!
Just wanted to add that Viola Rowe was also the author of Practically Twins and Freckled & Fourteen. The latter still has some shock power to it - pity she didn't live long enough to write more books with more lasting power and contemporary feeling.

Farmer Friendly  Little Dog Trumpet.  Golden Book, late 1950's.  Opening sentence may have been "On Farmer Friendly's farm, every one worked." Extols virtues of family team work via Little Dog Trumpet's adventure. Would like to purchase book if possible.

Could it be?  Trumpet by Lynn, Patricia 1953 Whitman Tell-a-tale book. Illustrated by Bernice Myers

Trumpeter of Krakow
I read this book back in grade school, probably in the mid 90's. It is a young adult book with a very descriptive cover picture (lots of people/things). The story takes place in the Middle ages-ish. In the beginning the main character and his family are going to a castle. His father is wheeling a pumpkin which we later find to contain a much sought after alchemy stone. After much action, the stone ends up at the bottom of the moat/lake. Thanks for the help  :)

Kelly, Eric P., The Trumpter of Krakow
Medieval tale revolving around an alchemy stone. Probably The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly, illustrated by Janina Domanska.  It won the Newbery Medal in 1929 and has been reprinted many times.
Kelly, Eric P., The Trumpeter of Krakow.  Well, that's it. Thank you very much! :)
Kelly, Eric P., The Trumpter of Krakow

Trumpets in Grumpetland
Book from the 80s.  Lute playing hero rescues a princess/lady from a villain with an underground lair and army.  Characters are small creatures of some kind.  Everything drawn with a face, i.e. train and cat faced zeppelins.  There was a silver ball hidden on every page, and very intricate borders.

Peter Dallas Smith, Peter Cross - Illustrator, Trouble for Trumpets
.  The amazing Peter Cross also hid many hidden faces and animals in the intricate illustrations. Your description might also refer to the less-well-known sequel, Trumpets in Grumpetland.
Trumpets in Grumpetland.  That's it!!!  I lost my copy in 1993 and have been looking for it ever since.  I only had Trumpets in Grumpetland, not the first one.  Thank you so much.

Truth About Mary Rose
I remember reading this in the early 70's.  It's about a girl who worships her aunt that died in an apartment fire when the aunt was young.  The girl keeps a cigar box (I think) of mementos of her aunt, because her mom told her that her aunt had saved everyone in the building from the fire.  Then she finds out that her aunt was the one that actually set the fire and her mom was really the one who rescued the tenants.  Please tell me somone knows what I'm talking about?

This was one of my favorites in the 70's, The Truth About Mary Rose by Marilyn Sachs.  The mother in the book is the Veronica Ganz of Sachs' earlier books such as Amy and Laura and Peter and Veronica.  My sister and I copied Mary Rose's hobby of cutting pictures of jewelry from catalogs and adding paper bands or chains so we could "dress up" in them.

Truth About Stone Hollow
The front of the book was: Green cover with a pink rectangle on the front with a haunting drawing of a boys face. It was a book about two boys. One befriended the other who had no friends. They used to get together and explore. They found an old cabin that a family used to live in. The family had a little boy that died of lock jaw. It was a eerie story but also interesting and suspenseful. Sorry thats all I remember. I was in fourth grade. Thanks!

On the basis of almost nothing, let's try - The Ghost Hollow Mystery, by Page Carter, illustrated by Fred Collins, published Lippincott 1951, 156 pages, ages 8-12 "A new junior mystery writer makes her debut with a very delightful story of boys and girls solving a mystery in a country village." (Horn Book Dec/51 p.371 pub ad) Cover not shown, unfortunately. And it's a boy and girl, not two boys, but maybe - The Truth About Stone Hollow, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, illustrated by Alton Raible, published New York, Atheneum, 1974, 211 p. "The new boy at school introduces Amy to the secrets of Stone Hollow where the circles of time converge"
the hardcover of Truth about Stone Hollow does have a green cover with a pink rectangle, but the picture in the pink is like a Victorian family photograph with 3 young girls (I think). More on the plot "In 1938, at Taylor Springs, California, Amy Polonski becomes friend and defender of an English boy, Jason Fitzmaurice, who is an odd-man-out in her sixth-grade class. Together they visit the supposedly haunted Stone Hollow, which their classmates slavishly avoid. There they sense the presence of ghostly shapes ... Jason sees Indians, and a small piece of stone he gives to Amy enables her to bring something magical to view in her attic at home." (HB Aug/74 p.380)
H38 hollow: looking at a copy of The Truth About Stone Hollow, Atheneum 1974. The dustjacket is olive green, with a pink rectangle, showing an old-fashioned family 'photograph' not a boy's face. There is an illustration of a boy's face on p.9, though. The main characters are a tomboyish girl, Amy Fairchild Polonski, and a new boy, Jason Ulysses Fitzmaurice. Amy does befriend Jason, although she thinks he's a crazy person. They do explore, particularly Stone Hollow, and the ruined cabin that the Ranzonis, an ill-fated Italian family, built. "They had a little girl die of the lockjaw and not long afterward the father died too, in an accident. They say someone from the town went up and found the man dead, just outside the barn, and the woman was missing. They found her later wandering in the Hills, and sent her away to an asylum. They say she was mad as a March hare." (p.29) "A cut on the foot ... That's what happened to Lucia ... The mother wanted to take her to the doctor, but the father wouldn't. When she was dead the father buried her under the tree." There are some differences, but the lockjaw seems like a good identifier.

Try Again, Sally
I'm not sure if this is a Little Golden Book or not. The cover of the book, I believe, had a little girl holding a skate key and had a pair of rollerskates. I'm not sure if the skates were a new pair or if she was just learning to wear them. It was approximately from the 1970s.

Not Roller Skates, Ruth Sawyer
Florence Laughlin, Try Again, Sally, 1969.  Published by Whitman.  I hadn't thought of this book in years, but I can picture the cover--my little sister had a copy from around that time.
Florence Laughlin, Try Again, Sally! This is a Whitman Tell-a-Tale book.  The pictures are exactly as you describe including the skate key.
It is not Not Rollerskates by Ruth Sawyer. The book has a little girl sitting on the front cover with her rollerskates on. She has a ponytail and I believe her hair is reddish-brown. The book has to do with Sally learning to rollerskate and something to do with a skate-key.

This was a story about a teenage or preteen girl who had to go live with another family due to some misfortunefor the summer. WHile she is there she meets the ghost of a young man in the attic or her room and they fall in love. She is leaving at the end of the summer and they are completely and utterly dejected that they can not be together. She leaves the house, gets into the waiting car and it crashes right outside the house and she dies! Yippee! She runs back to the house and they are reunited for all eternity.  I thought it had Ghost in the title but everything I look at is not it. I would dearly love to see this book again.

I thought this was on the Solved Mysteries pages, but the closest I could find was "Faithful Jenny Dove" (read under Haunting Tales).
Elswyth Thane, Tryst,1939.  This sounds like Elswyth Thane's romance, Tryst, originally published in 1939 and republished several times.  It's definitely a ghost romance.  I'm sorry I'm very vague about the plot.  I'll have to locate my copy and reread it.
G57 ghostly love: doesn't really fit, but The Wyndcliffe, by Louise Lawrence, published Collins 1975, is about the love between "Anna Hennessy, lonely in her new Gloucestershire village home, and the ghost of John Hollis, a young poet who died in 1823. Gradually he begins to take over her whole personality until Anna's sister and brother find out what is going on and break his hold, sending him firmly back to the past before he ultimately drives Anna to suicide." Closest I've found so far.

Tsar and the Amazing Cow
This was a children's picture book I got from the local library in the late eighties.  It was about a Russian (I think) peasant family who had three daughters.  All the daughters died, one in the forest, one in the river, and one vanished into a flowery field.  The daughters had dresses of green, red, and yellow. The mother and/or father did something good and magically all the girls came back.  I have no idea what it was called.  It was a haunting little story and I would love to find it again.  Thanks for your help!

Lewis Wilson, The Tsar and the Amazing Cow, 1988.  Searching through the library catalogue, on page 37 of children's fairy tales I found it.  Magic milk was the main theme of the book, something I had forgotten about completely.

Tubby and the Lantern
This book is about an Asian boy that uses a lantern to fly.  The book has really nice art work of pictures of the boy flying in the air looking down below at such scenes as boats on the river, etc.  The book is at least 35-40 years old.

Kurt Wiese, Fish in the Air,
1948, copyright.  I'm wondering if this might be Fish in the Air.  It's actually a fish-shaped kite that carries Little Fish up into the air, but it does look something like a lantern.  And the pictures are good enough that it was a Caldecott Honor Book.
Possibly Tubby and the Lantern (1971) by Al Perkins?  "For his owner's birthday Tubby, the elephant, constructs a huge paper lantern which carries them on a long trip." They also have to escape pirates. It happens in China.
Thank you so much.  After years of searching for this book you have helped me find it.  The correct answer is "Tubby and the Lantern" (1971) by Al Perkins.  Mystery Solved :)  Once again -- Thanks and take care.

Tubby the Tuba
see Hour of Favorite Stories for Children

Tucked-In Tales
W48: The bed ran away when Willie refused to go to bed. i have been looking for this book from my childhood . I am 61 . Never actually had the book but was told the story by my mother who had the book as a child. Could the story be that old? Thanks. a little boy named willie who hated to go to bed, kicked his bed and it hopped out of his bedroom window and ran away until he was very tired and cried that he missed his nice warm bed and was sorry. The bed then returned to his room.  My mother said that she had the book as a child.

B44 and W48 could be the same. I was combing the used-books stores in downtown San Francisco a week ago
on vacation and I found a very thin book bound with staples that may well have been it! It's Tucked-In Tales by Patten Beard (1924) - you can tell in a flash from the mother's hair, figure and clothes that it was printed in the 1920s.
The Little White Bed that Ran Away.  This is a story in an anthology of bedtime stories - although it may well appear elsewhere.  My mother's copy (which is now with one of my siblings) had the story with color illos and was published sometime before the 1940s.  I loved this story, too.
Patten Beard, Tucked-In Tales, 1924 & 1935.  Also a possible solution for W48.  I found a reference to a "book" called "The Little White Bed That Ran Away" in Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's autobiography.  In it she quotes from the book: "Thump, bumpity, bump, bump down the stairs came the little white bed."  A google search on "The Little White Bed That Ran Away" brings up your site and one other, a bookseller describing a copy of Patten Beard's TUCKED-IN TALES, illus. by  Clarence Biers. Size approx. 6x8".  The cover shows two children, and stories include "Little White Bed That Ran Away," "Little Town of Upside Down," and "The Browns' Little Brownie."
B44: I am looking for some of my father's favorite books from childhood...this one is a book about a bed that runs away because the boy never sleeps in his own bed!

B44 and W48 could be the same. I was combing the used-books stores in downtown San Francisco a week ago
on vacation and I found a very thin book bound with staples that may well have been it! It's Tucked-In Tales by Patten Beard (1924) - you can tell in a flash from the mother's hair, figure and clothes that it was printed in the 1920s. Sorry, I didn't make a note of the store's name, but I'm pretty sure it was on Polk, California, or Sutter St. At any rate, it was east of Van Ness and north of Geary - there's also a copy on sale in abebooks.com in Ohio.
Patten Beard wrote three collections of stories with similar titles - Tucked-in Tales, Pillow-time Tales and Twilight Tales published and reprinted during the 20s and 30s. Each contained about a dozen stories. I don't know if any of them dealt with runaway beds. Here are a couple of books that deal with beds, anyway: Townsend, Elizabeth, Johnny and his Wonderful Bed NY Stephen Daye 1945, 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Green hardback. "Story is about the wonders of the bed and the adventures it brought to Johnny, his Gramp, the furniture man and the cop." 55 pages. Illustrated endpages by Rafaello Busoni. Vorse, Mary Ellen,  Wakey Goes to Bed NY Scott 1941, orange/brown pictorial hardcover, one-color illustrations by Inez Hogan
B44 bed runs away:  going entirely by the title - Bumpkin and the Runaway Bed, written and illustrated by Mary Nunn, published by World's Work 1967, 32 pages. No information on the story, other than that it has "a fair story with an unexceptionable moral ... disreputable hero ..."
Patten Beard, Tucked-In Tales, 1924 & 1935.  Also a possible solution for W48.  I found a reference to a "book" called "The Little White Bed That Ran Away" in Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's autobiography.  In it she quotes from the book: "Thump, bumpity, bump, bump down the stairs came the little white bed."  A google search on "The Little White Bed That Ran Away" brings up your site and one other, a bookseller describing a copy of Patten Beard's TUCKED-IN TALES, illus. by  Clarence Biers. Size approx. 6x8".  The cover shows two children, and stories include "Little White Bed That Ran Away," "Little Town of Upside Down," and "The Browns' Little Brownie."

The Tuckers series
The book I'm looking for would have been published around the 1940s, maybe -- it was a series of short stories about the kids in one family, all in one book.  I remember that their car was one of those old rounded station wagons (that looked kind of like today's PT Cruisers) with the wood paneling on the side. The only time I remember them being in that car was during an adventure toward the end of the book when they were going to visit someone in the country, and one of the kids got lost in the woods when playing hide-and-seek or something. There were definitely twins involved, and the little girl twin's name was either Claire or Clara. The other twin was a boy, and his name also started with a C. They had some older siblings, at least one sister and one brother.  The only story from the book that I remember with any clarity was when the twins wanted to bathe their dog (the dog's name MAY have been "Toots"), but they accidentally used blue dye instead of shampoo to wash the dog, and he came out blue. They thought they were going to get in a awful lot of trouble.  I  wish I could remember more of that book -- I read it several times when I was little. I would like to find it again, if only I can figure out what it was called or who wrote it!!

Jo Mendel.  Sounds like the series of books about the Tuckers. 5 children, Tina, Terry and Merry (the twins), Penny, and Tom.  Dog Toby and Sugar the cat.   They rode in a station wagon. Titles include:  The Wonderful House, The Special Secret, Adventures of Plum Tucker, Trouble on Valley View, The Cottage Holiday, Tell a Tale of the Tuckers, The Turn-About Summer, Here comes a Friend, and That Kitten Again.
I remember this book from the 60's, 2 or 3rd grade.  It was our Catholic School Reader - the kids were named, Mark and Joan, Carl and Claire and Baby Tom and Toots the dog.

The Tuckers series: The Cottage Holiday
I was in elementary school in the 1960's and I'm fairly certain I got this book at the library.  I believe the main character was a girl who suffered from poor health so she often missed school.  The family is somewhere (at Christmas time?) where there is snow outside. At the very end, the girl is outside and almost attacked by a cougar.  I think that it is shot by her father.  She vividly describes the beauty of the cat in full leap before it is hit.  Or maybe she is the one who kills the mountain lion?

Sounds like The Tuckers: The Cottage HolidaybyJo Mendel. Penny the youngest daughter is frequently ill. She suggests going to the lake cottage for Christmas and there is a cougar roaming around. Her father and a farmer friend finally kill him.
C192 Mendel, Jo. The Tuckers; the adventures of Plum Tucker. illus Jackie Tomes.  Whitman, 1961
Thanks so much!  I'm sure you have the right book because I recognized the cover art when I searched for it at booksellers.  I'm thrilled!  It is amazing what heartstrings get pulled with these memories... 

The Tuckers series: Trouble on Valley View
a loud, noisy family moves into a quiet neighborhood and neighbors object to them.  But in the end the neighborhood wants to be like them

Sounds like The Araboolies of Liberty St, maybe. I saw this title in a list of "back-to-morals" books from 1989. They were: Christmas on Exeter St (by Hendry, generosity), No Star Nights (Smucker, poverty), The Araboolies of Liberty St (Swope, tolerance of childhood and different people in general), The Same But Different (Tessa Dahl, differences), Loving Ben (Laird, having a retarded baby brother), Landing on Marvin Gardens (Zable, homelessness) and Thee, Hannah (vanity - 1989 was Marguerite DeAngeli's 100th anniversary).
N20 noisy family: more on the suggeted title: The Araboolies of Liberty Street, by Sam Swope, illustrated by Barry Root, published Potter 1989, reprinted Farrar 2001. "A large, colorful, boisterious family moves onto a drab boring street and nothing remains the same." "The General and Mrs. Pinch rule the residents of Liberty Street, prohibiting all laughter, activity, and games. Joy and the other youngsters who live there are unhappy but there is nothing they can do about it, as the General threatens to call in the army for the least infraction of his orders. Then the Araboolies, who speak no English and who change skin color on a daily basis, move in ... Life becomes chaotic, exciting, wonderful, and fun - until the General calls in the army to remove the house and the Araboolies because they are different ... Ages six to twelve." (Booklist)
Enid Blyton, Those Dreadful Children.  just another possibility for this stumper.
Jo Mendel, The Tuckers - Trouble on Valley View, 1961.  This is the second book of the Tucker series. The Tuckers
believe that their neighbors in their new town are bothered by their large and noisy family and pets. They finally decide they must move away, but then the neighbors all come to tell them that they like the Tucker family and want them to stay. A lovely childhood favorite of mine, and easy to find them on ebay!

Tumithak of the Corridors
I am looking for a science fiction book I read in the 1980's, although I think it may have been written earlier. The premise of the book was that an advanced race of aliens had taken over the Earth and were treating humans in the same way we currently treat animals: some were bred for food, some were kept as pets, and others were left in the wild and hunted.

L Ron Hubbard, Battlefield Earth
A122 could have been City Of Gold and Lead of the Tripods series by John Christopher.
Thomas M. Disch, The Puppies of Terra, 1966.  The date would fit.
Tanner, Tumithak of the Corridors.  Written in the 1930's, it's about a world taken over by spider-like aliens who keep some humans as pets, fatten some up for food, and hunt the remnants living in tunnels beneath the surface.  Some of the "pets" are "mogs" (humans who act like tracking dogs) who hunt down the tunnel-dwellers if they come to the surface.
Tanner, Charles, Tumithak of the Corridors, 1932.  The aliens keeping humans as pets, breeding them for food, and hunting them sounds like two stories about Tumithak, written in the 1930's.  One was Tumithak of the Corridors, and the other its sequel, Tumithak in Shawm.  I read the first one in Isaac Asimov's collection, "Before the Golden Age."

Tune is in the Tree
i read this as a child in elementary school [ca. 1980] and thought of it as old then.  a young girl is to be taken care of for a good long while by a neighbor who breaks her leg.  the little girl is crying and is overheard by a sympathetic robin.  he and his wife take the little girl in [there's some magic about shrinking her and allowing her to understand bird talk].  when she turns up her nose at worms for food, they get her "butter 'n' eggs" [a flower] from the meadow.  there's something about a "bad" bird who leaves her egg in someone else's nest, and a bird ball is the grand finale before the little girl must return home.

R119 Could this be TWIG by Elizabeth Orton Jones?~from a librarian
Lovelace, Maud Hart, The Tune is In The Tree, 1950.  About 95% certain this is the book you're looking for - about a girl who is shrunken down and lives with the birds.  Very rare though.
Lovelace, Maud Hart, The Tune is in The Tree, 1950.  Did a bit more research, and I can verify that this IS the book you want - the detail about the girl having to live with neighbors is present, as well as the ending "bird ball".  The girl, Annie Jo, has to live with neighbors while temporarily separated from her own parents.  She is not happy with this arrangement, though, and is shrunk down and taught bird language through magical means.  At the end of the book, after a party, she returns home to her actual parents.
Two children accidentally left without an adult are befriended by two birds who tweak their shoulders reducing their size and giving them wings and take them to the trees to live until the adults return.  Nice children's adventure.  Back in 50's or 60's was when I read it.  Similar to the book "City beneath the steps" which was about ants befriending kids.  Don't know title or author.

If you're certain your synopsis is correct, then this can't be it, but your description reminded me of The Magic Finger (1966, reprinted many times) by Roald Dahl.  Here's an online description: "The Gregg family loves hunting, but their eight-year-old neighbor can't stand it. After countless pleas for them to stop are ignored, she has no other choice -- she has to put her magic finger on them. Now the Greggs are a family of birds, and like it or not, they're going to find out how it feels to be on the other end of the gun."  Even if you're sure it's not the right book, it's worth checking out!  Try to find a copy with the original illustrations by William Pene du Bois (the author/illustrator of Newbery Medal winner The Twenty-One Balloons).
I just thought of another "kids turn into birds" book (besides The Magic Finger)---perhaps Magic in the Park (1972) by Ruth Chew?  But the publication date is probably too late on that one...
I think the title had something to do with Trees such as the Song in the Trees.  However, since I find NO book on internet with that title, I assume I am wrong.  I know it is not Magic as part of the title.  It was similar to the Book "City Under the Steps (not beneath)" and just as enjoyable.
Lovelace, Maud Hart, The tune is in the tree. (1950)  A rare Maud Hart Lovelace book and illustrated by Eloise Wilkin.  Published by Crowell in 1950.  It tells the story of Annie Jo.  Apparantly in  Betsy Tacy's Wedding, Betsy says she will write a story about a little girl who lives with the birds and Lovelace later wrote that book as A tune in the tree.  Maud Hart Lovelace was awarded the Spring Book Festival Award for The Tune is in The Tree in 1950.  Rare and expensive!
Maud Hart Lovelace, The Tune is in the Tree. (1950)  THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!  THAT IS IT!  I knew it had something to do with music and trees but could never figure out the answer.  YOU DID IT!  I am Extremely grateful.  Now to find a copy reasonably priced.  It might take awhile, but now I know what I am looking for.  Thank you Loganberry and thank you whoever knew the answer.  You have made me VERY happy!
Just to do an ending to this...Kept searching with my Dogpile.com and came across a copy for $75!  It also turned out to be located a 100 miles from where I live.  Go figure!  Needless to say I bought it immediately and they say they are shipping it today!  From the bottom of my heart I thank Loganberry for this website as well as the person who was able to answer my query.
I read this book between 5-10 years ago.  It's about a little girl who is waiting for her babysitter and is made small and joins the birds in the trees.  She lives with different ones.  I remember the perfidious Mrs. Cowbird.  I think it ends with a ball and she has a dress made for her by the birds out of their feathers.

Maud Hart Lovelace, The Tune is in the Tree. By the author of the Betsy-Tacy books.  See solved stumpers for more details.

Tuned Out
I am looking for a book that I found in my Junior High Library in 1995 about two brothers living in New York (I think...I remember a big city).  I believe the book was set in the sixties.  It was told from the perspective of the younger brother who witnesses his older brother experiment with drugs (LSD and Marijuana).  The younger brother wants the older brother to stop, but first he too tries drugs (he believes it will give him more of a foundation to convince his older brother to stop).  I think the book might have been published sometime before the 90s. (I remember the book seeming "old")

Tuned Out, Wojciechowska, Maia, 1968.  The description sounds like Wojciechowska's Tuned Out, about brothers Jim and Kevin.
Hinton S.E., That was then this is now, 1971.  Possibly this one?  About Byron and his friend Mark who lives with Byron's family.
Maia Wojciechowska, Tuned Out, 1968.  A young man witnesses the older brother he worshipped become a drug addict.
The Book Stumper has been solved!  Thank you!  The book is Tuned Out by Maia Wojciechowska.  It has been almost ten years that I've been trying to find it.  Thank you for solving my book stumper!
Wojciechowska, Maia, Tuned Out , Harper, 1968, exlibrary; laminated dust  jacket, library binding and pages all good        [W34938]
Wojciechowska, Maia, Tuned Out,  Harper, 1968, exlibrary; laminated dust  jacket, library binding and pages all good        [W 34939] 
Wojciechowska, Maia, Tuned Out , Dell 9139,1968, 2d Dell Laurel  printing, Dec 1969, paperback, good       [W34940] 

Tunnel Through Time
I'm searching for a book that I read in my grammar school library in Shelton, CT probably between 1960 and 1965.  It was a story about some children, boys I'm thinking, that somehow travelled back in time to the age of the dinosaurs, and had adventures, and problems coming back to their own time.  I remember it being a hardback, perhaps with a picture of the world of years ago with dinosaurs, and perhaps the young people standing around the time machine. Thanks for any leads you may have.

Lester Del Rey, Tunnel Through Time.  It could be this one.
I also think it is Tunnel Through Time, by Lester del Rey, 1966.  From the dustjacket: “Go backward through space-time into prehistoric history! The fantastic time machine, invented by Bob’s father in connection with research on the interrelation of time and gravity, is ready to launch its first explorer, and Bob and Pete are anxious to be the first to visit the era of the dinosaurs. Overruled, they watch Pete’s father, a famous paleontologist, step into the shimmering ring—and disappear into the past. But when he does not return on schedule because the machine jams, they decide to follow him with a message from the scientists. In twenty-five seconds they arrive in the Mesozoic era, eighty million years ago—in time to witness a ferocious battle between an Ankylosaurus and a Triceratops. Their ingenuity and resourcefulness are tried to the utmost as they encounter all sorts of fearful former creatures and the hazards of prehistoric life. Even armed with modern weapons, it takes all their skill to survive until Pete’s father finds them. The return trip is even more exciting. Before they reach home through the time tunnel they must land in the Ice Age among the mammoths and then in the Recent Life era of twenty thousand years ago, where they encounter primitive man. This thrilling story—science fiction in reverse—mixes fact and fiction in a way that will fascinate adventure-minded boys and stir their interests to prehistoric times.”
Lester Del Rey, Tunnel Through Time, 1966.  I LOVED this book!  I was 12 and adventurous-minded. The solution commenter was wrong about one thing: I was never a boy. Still am not one, so far.

Turned On
This is an adult (or college-level) nonfiction book, published in the late 1960s, about drugs, mostly LSD and cannabis. It is not "The Drug Scene", "The Pleasure Seekers", or "Mind Drugs" but with some general resemblence to those. It is also not "The Hippie Trip", "Tuned Out" or "The Peter Pan Bag." It might be "The College Drug Scene". Seemed to promote the attitude that the desire to even try drugs was itself a sign of mental illness.  It contains a few narratives, possibly made up. I believe one was about a young man who feared he was gay (and later joined the Army? Can't remember). I most clearly remember is Celeste. A high school girl already somewhat "bizarre"-acting (she embroidered her slip in class, wore her skirts shorter than anyone else, and once came to school with all her eyebrows shaved off), her use of drugs and her subsequent death were portrayed as inevitable.

SOLVED: Dick Schaap, Turned On, 1967. Celeste began acting in the manner described only after she became a heavy drug user. Before that, she just wrote poetry and was a "bohemian". Parents weren't really there for her, especially her flighty, glamorous mother. She probably had depression and it was unrecognized by anyone. But that her death was "inevitable" was just a quote from a friend, his opinion. I'm kind of glad my memories turned out to be wrong.

Dick Schaap, Turned On, Signet, 1967. Celeste was Celeste Crenshaw and the book is mostly about her life and death, and about upper-class or upper-middle-class people who got into psychedelics and other drugs. Her friend Robert Friede -- one of the Annenberg heirs -- unintentionally killed her with an overdose of heroin. Thanks to family influence and a corrupt judge Friede served only 19 months and moved to Seattle where he became the manager of KRAB community radio.Dick (or Richard) Schaap was a prolific writer with many books and articles to his credit. He wrote for Newsweek and the New York Herald Tribune and was a well known figure on ESPN and ABC News where he won awards for his in-depth interviews. He died in December 2001 and was given a beautiful tribute on Charlie Rose. His son Jeremy is also a writer and sportscaster.

Turtle's Flying Lesson
Date: probably between 1960 and 1970.  Description: This was a nicely illustrated color picture book featuring a hedgehog/muskrat/otter?? type animal who goes around visiting his other animal friends (grouse/pheasant, turtle, etc.). When he visits, his friends are always just about to eat a meal. They say that they would like to invite him to join them, but they don't have enough for two. He tells them that he doesn't eat very much, but then he always eats more than he says. Eventually he confesses "Actually, I eat tremendous amounts!" or something along those lines. All of my family members remember this much of the story, but none of us remember the title, author, or even how the story ends. We do remember some of the food items, specifically berries and watercress. This may have been a Weekly Reader Book Club Selection.

Diane Redfield Massie, Good Neighbors, 1972.  I know we had the book you're describing when my daughter was little.  But we donated back to the Friends of the Library lots of books after she outgrew them, and this must have been one as we don't have it now.  I did some sleuthing by typing in Weekly Reader Book Club into Yahoo, and I think this is the book you're looking for.  I know we had several books by this author, and I think I remember that the "Actually, I eat tremendous amounts" was one of them.  Hope this helps!
I am pretty sure that the book was NOT Good Neighbors. The plot does not sound similar at all and I don't think that any of the events took place underground.  Any other suggestions?   I remember the illustrations being very colorful and well done. Also, eating seemed to be the main thing that the animals involved were doing.  Perhaps the title was something about being greedy?
Diane Redfield Massie, Sloth's Birthday Party.  I sent in the solution of Good Neighbors, but I think it's wrong, actually.  I think it might have been Sloth's Birthday Party, instead.  Fairly sure of the author, though.
Diane Redfield Massie, Turtle's Flying Lesson, 1973.  I finally found it!!! It is a book by Diane Redfield Massie, but not Good Neighbors.  I googled "Weekley Reader Book Club Selection" and pond and watercress and got Turtle's Flying Lesson.  It didn't sound right at first but it turns out that in the beginning all of the stuff about eating berries and watercress is the introduction to the main story.  I am so happy to have found it - finally!!!  Thanks for the suggestion that got me going in the right direction!

Tut Tut Tales
This was either a Little Golden Book or more probably a Tip Top Elf Book. The characters were Mahetable Madaline Maryanne Moss - a beautiful child but a terrible boss.  Imogene Maybe who was a crybaby. Timothy Tabber, a terrible grabber. And another little boy, I forget his name, but he wouldn't eat his vegatables - in the end he became so weak - the only thing he could say was "spinach please".  Each story was self contained and ended with a lesson in how NOT to do what each child was doing.  For example - Imogene Maybe, the crybaby - cried so much that one night she forgot to stop and when she awoke her bed and all her toys were floating away.  Her father had to rescue her.  She learned not to be a crybaby.   You get the picture.  It was a great "lesson" book and I'd LOVE to have a copy.  The problem is - I can't remember the name of it for the life of me. PLEASE HELP!!! I think, but I can't swear that on the front cover there were four boxes - one with a picture of each character doing his/her thing (grabbing, crying, etc...).  This isn't definite though - just a fuzzy picture, in an even fuzzier brain.

Barrows, Marjorie, Tut tut tales, 1965. Michael McGrew Always Said Boo! Imogene Mabie Was a Cry Baby, Timothy Tabber Was a Grabber, Angelica Jones was skin and bones, Dickory Dowell hated soapsuds and towel and Mehitable Moss was a terrible boss.  It was a "Bonnie Book"

Tutti Frutti Connection
For a couple of years now, I've been trying to remember the name of a book I read sometime between ages 10 and 15 (1980-85, although the book might have been written before then). It was in the science fiction category and involved a boy (maybe 2) who traveled to either the future OR a parallel universe. I seem to remember the portal to this universe being an ice cream shop where the ice creams were unusual in the sense that they were all very brightly colored. I specifically remember a description of blue ice cream with gold stars, purple ice cream with a lightening bolt in it, etc. The only other thing I can remember for sure is the fact that, in the parallel universe, the boy(s) traveled on a conveyor belt/moving sidewalk of some kind. I also seem to remember that there was a chance that he/they could get stuck in this place, but I'm not sure about that.

Alan Cameron, The Tutti Frutti Connection, 1980.  I loved this book as a kid!  A boy and his sister go through some sort of time/dimension portal in or near an ice cream shop.
I posted a stumper on your site app. 2 years ago about a book that has been in the back of my mind for MANY years! It was number I-15 under the heading "Ice Cream Portal." Imagine my surprise when I visited your site today (as I do about once a month or so) to check on my stumper only to find that it has been solved! Wow!!!! I really can't believe it. This book was pretty obscure and I was sure, after all this time, that I'd never find out what the name of it was. Thank you, thank you to both you (for offering this service) and the person who answered my stumper. I can't tell you what a relief it was to FINALLY find the answer to my question!
This was a chapter book that I read in the early 80's about two children (maybe a brother and a sister?) who somehow travelled to the future. In the future, everyone was bald and wore shiny suits. I think there was a picture of the bald future people on the cover. To get back to their time, I think the children had to use a dollar bill to activate a time machine in a pyramid- I know that the symbology of the dollar bill was involved somehow.

Alan Cameron, The Tutti Frutti Connection, 1980, approximate.  It turns out I did not remember the most significant detail that would have yielded the title- that the story began in an ice cream parlor. This one is already in your "solved" archives.
Alan Cameron, The Tutti-Frutti Connection.  This one was listed before in your "solved mysteries" section.

TV Bandstand
This is a really great website!  What memories from the questions about old basal readers and some of my favorite chapter books!  My "Stumper" is a young adult book probably written in the late 1950's.  The setting was Philadelphia, PA.  The story was about teens from a local high school that went to the American Bandstand studio after school. Some were the dancers.....some the audience.  The dance couples changed as the relationships changed.  I am sure that the heroine eventually got the nicest guy.  I can't remember any characters...except maybe Dick Clark!  I hope that someone can help!

Frances Priddy, TV Bandstand, 1959.  This sounds like TV Bandstand by Frances Priddy.....which, unfortunately, is unbelievably scarce.
Frances Priddy, TV Bandstand, 1959.  Thank you to the person who supplied the title to my "stumper!"  I found a copy and am about half-way through the book.  It is, indeed, the book that I was searching for.  I never used "TV" in front of the word "Bandstand" when I searched!!!  A million thanks!  And to Ms Logan....what an awesome website and what invaluable knowledge you have about books!  I don't live too far from you bookstore.  I MUST make a trip to visit it soon!

Twinkie Town Tales
My mom was given a book when she was a little girl (1930's).  It was a large book (color illustrations) with a paper jacket.  It was about the stars (Cupid type babies with pointy caps with a star on it, clothes and pointy shoes) who wanted to visit Earth and their adventures once they arrived.  So they slid down the moon beams (sun beam?) to explore.  The stars were named after their occupations (like: Tinker Tad and Tailor Todd or Tom).  Mom remembers specifics about the illustrations:  one is a star baby with a paring knife (very large compared to the tiny star baby) slicing a peach onto a plate.  Another was a big robin and butterflies with lanterns on their antennae.  The book cover showed the moon and it's beam with a star baby sliding down.

Emery Carlyle, Twinkie Town Tales, 1932.  A friend has identified this as Twinkie Town Tales, which includes several beautifully illustrated stories previously published separately: Origin of the Twinkies,  The Twinkies First Home,  The Building of Twinkie Town,  Twinkies at Work,  Thinker-Tad Goes Hunting,  Tinker-Tum is Found,  The Feast in the Market Place.
Babies use moonbeam to reach Earth
Solved on another site (and confirmed by querent!) as Twinkie Town Tales by Carlyle Emery.

Tweedles Be Brave
I read and re-read (had read to me, actually--at age 4 or so, in the mid-1940s) a book or story titled "Tweedles Be Brave." I don't know whether this was the title of the book, or of a story in a larger collection. The hero, Tweedles, was a little monkey in the jungle who had a cockatoo as a pet. The villain was a pompous large monkey with a name/title like the great high mogul, the grand panjandrum, or some such title--who tried to oppress the rest of the animals. He stumped around wearing a crown and putting his nose in the air. (Good illustrations! b&w, looked like charcoal or soft pencil, if I remember correctly.) Would love to get a copy.

T64 Tweedles be brave:  I don't think there's any doubt about this one (for once!) Tweedles Be Brave! by Wolo, author of The Secret of the Ancient Oak and Amanda. (Horn Book, Nov-Dec/43) "Another big bright picture book filled with Wolo's delightful illustrations. In this story, Tweedles, a courageous little monkey, saves his friends from danger and rescues them from the dreadful schemes of Sassufras, a wicked fox who calls himself a magician. 40 pages, profusely illustrated, ages 6 to 8."
This has got to be the book, Harriett! Thanks.I don't remember the fox as villain, but then I was 4 years old when I experienced the book (my wonderful aunt would read it any number of times I asked).Could I be on a mailing list in case you get the book?
More plot information: "Story of a monkey colony ruled by a lazy king named Mogus. A little chap named Tweedles called the king's bluff and Mogus went to a fox magician for help. That was the wrong gesture entirely. But Tweedles, with the aid of a chastened king, made everything right." Which backs up the questioner's memory nicely!

Twelve Dancing Princesses
I recall reading a children's book in the mid 1950s about a princess who disappeared at night and her father offered the man who could find out where she went her hand in marriage.  They would always fall asleep (a potion the princess gave them) until one clever man put a sponge in his shirt and poured the liquid in there...so he stayed awake and followed her to an underground world with diamonds, rubies and emeralds hanging on all the trees, flowing rivers (of gold, I think).  So he got her hand in marriage.  I can't think of the title nor the author, nor have I seen the book since.  Any help would be appreciated!

It sounds like you're talking about The Twelve Dancing Princesses, a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm.  The king desperately wanted to know where his daughters went at night and why their shoes were always worn out in the mornings!  The emphasis is usually on the youngest daughter and not on all twelve girls.  Could this be it?
If so, there are many, many editions of this book.  I only have one in stock right now, and it's not the edition you asked about, but it is a pretty book.  Here's the information:
Mayer, Marianna (as told by), The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Illustrated by K.Y. Craft.  Morrow Junior Books, 1989.  Ex-library copy with usual markings.  VG/VG.  $10
Incidentally, Robin McKinley published an young adult collection of short stories/novellas called The Door in the Hedge which included her excellent version of The Twelve Dancing Princesses.

Yes, I looked it up and that's the story!  Thanks very much!  Now I need to find the particular version I'm remembering with the trees all glistening with gems...I remember that particularly.  Great service you provide!!  Thanks again.

Twenty and Ten
I'm looking for a book I read around 1980.  It took place during WWII in one of the Scandinavian countries.  All I recall is that the children helped to smuggle gold out of their village to help the Resistance.  They accomplished this by placing gold bars on their sleds and then lying belly-down on top to hide them. They rode their sleds through the town under the very noses of the Nazis. Another memory (perhaps from this book or perhaps from another stumper-worthy book?) is of a number of children hiding in a cellar sharing their chocolate rations with Jewish children and having to keep absolutely silent.  I'd be grateful for any ideas as to the title(s?).  Thanks so much in advance!

Must be Snow Treasure again...
I think the second book is Twenty and Ten (aka "The Secret Cave") by Claire Huchet Bishop.  You can read more about it under stumper #W85:  Woman & Children escape Germany.
The second part of this query, about the Jewish children and chocolate rations, is Twenty and Ten, by Claire Huchet Bishop.  It was reprinted in a Scholastic paperback as The Secret Cave in the early 1970s.
Thanks for two quick solutions!  D144 was my other stumper.  I can see that I will be spending my free time reading through the solved stumper files to find all of  my old favorites.  I read about your website  in the New York Times... it's just a wonderful service for all of us bookworms who stayed in at recess instead of being picked last to play kickball.
Bishop, Claire, Twenty and Ten.  The second part of the stumper is probably Twenty and Ten.  Ten Jewish children are hidden by children at a school run by a nun.  Part of the time the children are hidden away in a secret cave while the Germans search the school.
This book is about how a group of school children helped hide some Jewish children in a secret room below the floor of their classroom.  I remember vividly that it's almost Christmas and they were rehearsing the manger scene when the soldiers came searching for the Jewish children.  One soldier asked the youngest child whether he had seen any Jewish person. The child gleefully pointed out that he along with 2 other kids were Jewish.  When asked what his name was, he said, "Jesus," and then he told the soldiers, "And he is Joseph, and she is Mary."  That's pretty much  all I remember.

Bishop, Claire, Twenty and Ten,1952.  See new Stump the Bookseller S285  This is definately the right book.
Claire Huchet Bishop, Twenty and Ten or The Secret Cave.  This is Twenty and Ten, or The Secret Cave as it was renamed in a Scholastic paperback. The Jewish children were hiding in the cave outside the school, I believe.  Some of the Jewish children helped put on a Nativity play, which is where the Jesus, Mary and Joseph reference fits in.
Claire Hutchet Bishop, Twenty and Ten, c1960s?
Bishop, Claire Huchett, Twenty and Ten, 1952.  I am sure this is the book that the writer is seeking, although it is actually a hidden cave under a rock that the Jewish children hide in.  But the scene with the little boy identifying his classmates as "Mary" and "Joseph" is right on.
My mom and I have been searching for a book that we read when I was young.  (1987-1988)  My mom thinks it was a scholastic book.  It was about a children's home/orphanage during the Holocaust that hid some Jewish children.  The thing that we remember most about the book was at the end, Nazi's came to search for any Jews.  It was Christmastime and the children were hungry, but were acting out the Christmas story.  The Nazi's tempted the children with food to get them to reveal where the Jewish children were hidden.  One little one said that he/she could tell where they were.  Everyone was nervous until he/she pointed to the children that were playing Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus.  The soldiers left in such a hurry that they forgot the oranges that they were using to tempt the children!  Any idea what the name of this book is???

Claire Huchet Bishop, Twenty and Ten.  This is the book.  It was republished as The Secret Cave by Scholastic sometime in the early 1970s.  Its in Solved Mysteries, too.
H160: Twenty and Ten, aka The Secret Cave, by Bishop, illustrated by William Pene du Bois. See Solved Mysteries.
Bishop, Claire Huchet, Twenty and Ten, 1952.  "During the occupation twenty French children were taken to a refuge in the mountains by a wise sister.  To their school came ten refugee children who had to be hidden from the Nazis.  To way Siser and the children hide their guests and outwit the Nazis makes a mous convincing tale of courage and kindess."  Book includes food scene mentioned.  Chlldren were hidden in cave part of time.  I believe it was also published under a different title later.
Claire Huchet Bishop, Twenty and Ten (retitled The Secret Cave), 1952.  Sounds like this one!  Please see the Solved Mysteries T page for more information.  She also wrote The Five Chinese Brothers!
Claire Huchet Bishop, Twenty and Ten, 1952.  This is no doubt the book. The school-children had to share their food with the Jewish children because they couldn't get them ration cards. The Nazis come looking for the children and when they leave, they are so angry at not having found them they forget to take away the case of oranges and chocolate they were using as a bribe. The copy of the book I remember reading had an alternate title - The Secret Cave, or something similar.
Claire Huchet Biship, Ten and Twenty (The Secret Cave), 1970, reprint. I'm sure that this is the book you are looking for. It rang bells for me right away, and I was all day mulling about it. I entered "nativity chocolate orange nazi children's book" in Google, and got, amazingly, a link to a previously solved stumper on Loganberry Books very own site! This book is currently available on the internet, which, when I looked at it, contained a copy of the cover, with a drawing of a young French boy going down into a cave.
This is definitely Twenty and Ten by Claire Bishop.
Claire Huchet Bishop, The Secret Cave (original title: Twenty and Ten), 1952.  My mom literally just gave me a box of my childhood books for my kids, and coincidentally, this was at the top of the box! I'm sure this is the book -- the book ends with the exact story of the nativity scene and the oranges, as you describe. The book has a 1952 copyright, but I have a 1969 Scholastic book version.
H160 Shot in the dark, but could this be TWENTY AND TEN (also published as THE SECRET CAVE) by Claire Hutchet Bishop?~from a librarian

Twenty Four Robbers
 My husband had this book when he was a child.  His mom saved his sister's old books, but not his.  For his 30th birthday I wanted to track down this book.  All he remembers is that there was a line in it that spelled out hot, so it was H O T hot peppers.

Audrey Wood, Twenty Four Robbers. (1980)  Check out stumper #H19 for a book description that also mentions H-O-T hot peppers...could this be a match?
Audrey Wood, Twenty Four Robbers. (1980)  Based on a popular children's jump-rope rhyme, "Not last night, but the night before, twenty-four robbers came knocking at my door." The robbers return repeatedly to the same house, asking for various items, including flour, corn, and "H-O-T Hot Peppers." As they learn that sharing is better than stealing, they reward the homeowner's generosity with a feast. This fun book is now back in print (reissued in 2005). Hope this answer comes in time for your husband's 30th birthday!

Twenty-fourth of June
I am looking for a book that may be called something like The Twenty-First of May.  The heroine's name is Roberta and she plays the cello.  This book would have been around in the 1910's or 1920's.

Grace Richmond, Twenty-fourth of June, 1914.  This book was reprinted by a Christian publisher a few years ago so it shouldn't be too hard to track down, though it is out of print.
T165 Richmond, Grace.  The twenty-fourth of June [a wild hunch pretty much verified in Google]

Twenty-one Balloons
Two children live on/near the volcanic island of Krakatau prior /during its violent explosion in 1883.  The chrildren's father must have been an inventor as the children's bed would raise up through a sky light which would open for the rising bed at night. 1960's.

#K42--Krakatau:  This is the Newbery Award winner The Twenty-One Balloons, by William Péne du Bois.
William Pene Du Bois, The Twenty -one Balloons
William Pene DuBois, The Twenty-One Balloons, 1947.  This Newbery Award-winning tale describes the adventures of Professor William Waterman Sherman on the volcanic island of Krakatoa, full of fantastic inventions (such as the bed you remembered) and fabulous wealth--courtesy of the island's diamond mines. I recall being captivated by extraordinary details like the ethnic restaurant-based, alphabetically-organized "Gourmet Government." Imaginative story-telling at its best!
William Pene Du Bois, The Twenty-one Balloons.  Professor William Waterman Sherman intends to fly across the Pacific Ocean. But through a twist of fate, he lands on Krakatoa, and discovers a world of unimaginable wealth, eccentric inhabitants, and incredible balloon inventions. Winner of the 1948 Newbery Medal, this classic fantasy-adventure is now available in a handsome new edition.
William Pene du Bois, The Twenty-One Balloons, 1947.  I'm pretty sure this must be the one.  It won the 1948 Newbery Award.
William Pene du Bois, The Twenty-One Balloons, 1948.  This might be it:  "Professor William Waterman Sherman intends to fly across the Pacific Ocean. But through a twist of fate, he lands on Krakatoa, and discovers a world of unimaginable wealth, eccentric inhabitants, and incredible balloon inventions. Winner of the 1948 Newbery Medal."
The Twenty-One Ballons is an awesome book!  My dad bought it for me in the late 70's and I still read it every few years.

Twice Queen of France
My junior high school library is the only place I've ever seen this book.  It is a biography of Anne of Brittany, but for children, but it read more like fiction, if you know what I mean.  It is revealed in the story that Anne and her sister were supposed to marry the two little British princes that were kept in the Tower of London (can't think of their names!) but then they died and everyone believed they were murdered by their uncle, so Anne's parents were very worried about the safety of their daughters, having been betrothed to them.  I'm pretty sure the actual title is "Anne of Brittany" but I have no idea who wrote it, or how to find a copy.  As I said, I've looked around quite a bit and can't find it anywhere.  Do you know who wrote it?  Thanks!

I found four books with the words Anne of Brittany in the title.  Three of them are juvenile biographies: Little Duchess Anne of Brittany by Emma L. Brock, Twice Queen of France: Anne of Brittany by Mildred Allen Butler and Anne of Brittany by H. Winnett Orr.
A92 Anne of Brittany: probably too old is Little Duchess, written and illustrated by Emma L. Brock, published Knopf 1948, 198 pages. "Anne of Brittany even now is fondly remembered by Breton folk. The story covers the troubled years before she was sixteen when she became Queen of France. It was a time of ambitious conquests, of wars with foreign armies, of battles between fortified towns and castles, of intrigue and grasping counselors. Anne's strong character, her love of country and maturity of judgement will endear her to girls." (Horn Book Sep/48 p.465)
Thanks once again!  Twice Queen of France sounds sort of familiar, so I think that might be it.  Do you have a copy for sale?

Now for my dilemma, I am looking for a book that my aunt owned at one time. My aunt is in her 60's so I believe the book was either published in the 30's or 40's. I think it had a brown cover and that the main characters name was "Twiggy" (I am not sure if that is the right name though) The story focused on her shrinking in size and going to her backyard. The whole story took place in the backyard were she mets an elf (or perhaps he was a fairy) and they become friends. I am not sure if there are other people in the backyard as well. I think that in one part of the story they are having dinner and use bottle caps for their plates or something like that. If you could help me find this book I would really appreciate it! In any event you have a wonderful site!

T-8 Is definitely Twig by Elizabeth Orton Jones.
The book, now out of print, is Twig, by Elizabeth Orton Jones.
Could this be Miss Hickory?
T8--Twig, by Elizabeth Orton Jones
My mom remembers a book called Twiggy  - late 40s early 50s?  about a little girl in London - we cannot find any reference to it anywhere....

How about Twig?  It's by Elizabeth Orton Jones, originally published in 1950.
Jones, Elizabeth Orton. TwigIllustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones.  Purple House Press, 1950,  2001.  New hardback, $18.95 

Twilight of Magic
I read a children's fantasy novel in the early to mid seventies when I was nine or so that haunts me with the mystical and wistful mood it evoked, but I can't remember enough of it's specifics to identify it.  I checked it out of the library at the same time I checked out The Velvet Room by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, and since I moved through the library with the precision of an army ant stripping a cow carcass, I have a feeling the two books were probably from the same shelf.  So it's possible the author's name may have started with an R, S, or T, if it isn't actually Zilpha Keatley Snyder.  The book was hardback; plain, purple, fabric, library binding with silver lettering, and I think it had a simple line drawing on the lower half of the cover, also in silver ink.

Hugh Lofting, The Twilight of Magic. There's a magic sea shell in The Twilight of Magic by Hugh Lofting. I think it gets warm when there is something that the holder should hear. It's about the dying of magic and the beginning of science.
This isn't a solution, but I couldn't resist.  Anyone who has such a delightful way with words (My mental image of the army ant and the cow carcass made me laugh out loud!!) deserves a round of applause.  Good luck with your search.
British book, old when I read it in the early 80s - maybe 1930s or 40s? Siblings on a magical journey through a forest, lots of allusions to Good King Wenceslas carol/story - I remember St Agnes fountain, for example. At the end of the book they create/save magic in the world - through a seashell? I remember the title as "Dawn of Magic" but can't find it in any catalogue.

Hugh Lofting, The Twilight of Magic, 1930. This must be the one you're looking for, by the author of Dr. Dolittle.  Lois Lenski provided the original illustrations, while the 1993 edition was illustrated by Tatsuro Kiuchi. "Set in Medieval history, the story chronicles the childhood search of brother and sister, Giles and Anne, for proof of magic. It is a time in history when the boundaries between fledgling science and ancient magic are blurred and it is here that Giles and Anne meet Agnes the Applewoman and her Whispering Shell. Agnes is a witch - or is she? The Whispering Shell is magic - or is it? These are the questions which follow brother and sister through a series of adventures with philosophers, ghosts , black cats and Kings. Beyond, into adulthood they go with Agnes and The Whispering Shell weaving in and out of their lives,constantly leaving them to ponder if magic or science hold the answers."
Hugh Lofting, The Twilight of Magic. 'Possibly The Twilight of Magic by Hugh Lofting (author of the Dr. Dolittle series)? There is a sea shell featured in it, which allows the holder to hear things that are said about him/her, but it's more about the dying of magic in the world than the birth of it...
Susan Cooper, The Dark is Rising, I'm not familiar with the Hugh Lofting book suggested, but is it possible you're combining details from it with some from The Dark is Rising?  In one scene from TDIR, Will and his siblings are carolling (singing Good King Wenceslas) and during the song he is taken out of time and contacts the other "Old Ones"--then he comes back and the song is just finishing.
I think my stumper has been solved -- there was not much to go on, so I'm seriously impressed! I will wait to get the book suggested before I mark it as finally solved, though. Thank you!!

The Twilight Realm
This is a sci fi / fantasy book about the 5 teens who enter a portal to the world where they are playing a role playing game in order to save one boy's father, who has gone missing. They each get a special power but it also brings put a character flaw in each one. In the end they are changed by their experiences in this other realm. There were 2 girls and 3 boys in this group. One girl, Teresa, got magic bracelets that allowed her to fly like a butterfly. Kate got a magic cloak that protected her but made her cold and calculating. One boy got a hammer that gave him great strength but while using it he could barely talk.

Christopher Carpenter, The Twilight Realm. I am happy to write and tell you that my book stumper has been solved. My book is "The Twilight Realm" by Christopher Carpenter.

Twin Kids
late 30s early 40s.  book about twin goats, one white and the other black, and their adventures in Arabian countries and aboard ship.

Hogan, Inez, Twin kids, 1938.  J.M Dent & Co, London.  Last reprinted 1966.  Part of the twin animals series. 

Twins Series [Perkins]
Series of books from the 1940s (possibly earlier). Each one was a different country and told story about set of twins detailing their life (customs, food,holidays etc.) in that country. Teacher in grade school used this series as springboard to learn and to discuss countries around the world. Remember in particular there was a story about Dutch twins. I know there were several other countries also.

Lucy Fitch Perkins, Twins series. Here's one online site about the Twins series:  http://www.angelfire.com/az/ladybecca/twins.html. Also, several of them are available as e-books on Project Gutenberg.
Lucy Fitch Perkins, The Twins series. See here: http://loganberrybooks.com/juvcat-perkins.html  Here are descriptions of most(?) of the books:
http://www.angelfire.com/az/ladybecca/twins.html  Also see The Cave Twins in Solved Mysteries for some comments by one Canadian critic.
Lucy Fitch Perkins, The Twins series, 1920s - 1930s. Sounds like The Twins series by Lucy Perkins (1865 - 1937)  I think many of them were reprinted in the 50s and 60s.  Usually the twins were a boy and a girl, but occasionally, both were boys.  Some of the titles I remember were The Spartan Twins, The Scotch Twins, The American Twins of 1812, The Cave Twins, The Swiss Twins...
Lucy Fitch Perkins (1865-1937), The Dutch Twins, 1911. I have not read this, but the Florida State University has a well-known children's literature collection in their rarebooks and special collections division, and their catalogue lists this 1911 book, The Irish Twins (1913), and The Chinese Twins (1935).  I have seen a listing of titles in an ad in the back of another book from this publisher--not sure of the publisher--that listed many, many titles.  I think some might have been historical, too--like "The Revolutionary War Twins" or some such title.  Perhaps the series was continued by another author after the death of Lucy Fitch Perkins?
Lucy Fitch Perkins, The Dutch Twins, late 1900's through 1940s. Sounds like "The Dutch Twins" by Lucy Fitch Perkins. There are many "Twins" titles, including Dutch, Swiss, Japanese, Belgian, Eskimo, Scotch, etc.  They were published by Houghton Mifflin in the US and Jonathan Cape in the UK.  They are still quite available, many in dustjackets.
Thank you so much. Was able to acquire one of this authors books and indeed this is the series of books from my childhood.

Twinkle Annual
I read this story during the early 80s and/or late 70s. I can't remember if it was part of a collection or a story on its own. The main character, a girl, stood under a rowan tree and said "Rowan tree, rowan tree, shake your berries down on me." and this magically converted her ragged dress into a beautiful white gown with red berry-like decorations. However, either her sisters or stepsisters (I think) tried the same thing, and they just got splattered by the berries instead. I have a vague idea that it might have been called "The Rowan Tree" but I honestly cannot remember much else about it - just that I have been looking for it online for the last 10 years without success.

Rowan Tree Berry Cinderella-like Dress. These websites may have Cinderella folk-tale variants that my have the "rowan-tree" refrain in the cinder maid's song to the birds:

Published D.C.Thomson, Twinkle Annual,1982, copyright. About the Rowan berry dress: This is a story published in the Twinkle 1982 annual, Twinkle was a British comic for little girls published over several decades. The story is called 'A Reward for Rosalie', bit like Cinderella. An old woman asks for something to eat, the Stepmother and Stepsister refuse but Rosalie gives her some bread. As a reward Rosalie is told to chant the rhyme mentioned. The berries fall, she ends up with a lovely sparkling ruby dress, the Stepmother and stepsister end up covered in red spots, the handsome prince rides past on a white horse, falls in love with Rosalie, and takes her away to live happily ever after. I was looking for this story for years and found it recently!

A book about angel children and what they do each day of the week.  It begins "Angel children are little things with fairy ways and fairy wings" The last line is "And if you'll look when the sky is real blue, maybe you'll see one winking at you".  It has beautiful illustrations and was probably about 1950 when it was read to me.

I was just going through your A/B archived stumpers page, and I totally recognized one!  A228, the book about "angel children," is called Twinkle-Tots.  I'm pretty sure about the title, but my copy is buried in a box and I can't get to it, to confirm for you.   There are listings for a similar title by Frances Wosmek.  I'm sorry I can't say for sure, but I can give you some more description though: It's something of a "shaped" book, tall and not wide, very thin, and not stiffened by cover--that is, printed on heavy stock but the covers aren't any tougher I don't think.  The top is cut in a soft arc, I think.  The most distinguishing detail is that it has a cut-out star in the upper right corner, leading to a bit of cheap mirror on the inside back cover.  Thus the reference to seeing a "real live Twinkle Tot winking at you" at the end. The Twinkle Tots are little cherubic kids.  The illustrations are in color, mostly a muted palette--lots of pale yellow stars.  The story is in poem form and talks about what activities they do on which days of the week.  Washday, for example, is followed by ironing "with a half a star on the quarter moon," standing around on clouds.  There is a day when they come down to Earth for a picnic.  They have a baking day (angel food cake, of course).  They wear their Sunday best at church and sing in the choir.  The closing couplet is something about whether at work or whether at play, "Twinkle Tots always have HEAVENLY DAYS." (Yeesh!  But I adored it as a toddler, around 1970.  I even tried to mimic the schedule as described, in my play, but my mother objected to my attempted enforcement of washday and baking day.)   It must have been published somewhere in the mid-to-late 1960s.  My mom had a small shop of consignment clothing and other children's items, and I often wound up with stuff from there.  I had a similarly shaped, but  hardbound, A-Z book, and others, from the same time.  I'm so delighted to be able to "give something back" to your site! 

Twins, The
A golden book about identical twin girls, blond hair, blue eyes, Eloise Wilkins-style illustrations.  At first they dress alike and both have long braids.  They have an unusual S-shaped rocking chair in which they each face opposite directions.  By the end of the book, one sister has cut her hair shorter.  I read this in the 1950s.

There is a Little Golden Book from the 50's called The Twins by Ruth and Harold Shane, illustrated by Eloise Wilkin.  My copy does not have an S shaped rocking chair, and at the beginning of the story, both girls have long blonde hair, but not in braids.  The story is about how the twins are always mistaken each for the other, so they decide to change their appearances, and at the end of the story, one girl's hair is cut short.
Ruth and Harold Shane, The Twins: the story of two little girls who look alike, 1955.  A little golden book.  Before my request even got posted, I found this title under T160 (twins hair styles). It is definitely the book I'm looking for. You also have a picture of it on your "most requested books" page under Eloise Wilkins. I found a copy and eagerly await its arrival! I am SO excited to have this website!! I've been looking for a source like this for years!!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!

Twin Spell
I am eager to find a YA book I read probably in 1982 or 3.  Unfortunately I remember very little except: It had a supernatural element (probably time travel); the protagonast was female (teen); there may have been two parallel plots, one set in the 1800s and one in the present; it may have taken place in Boston or Philadelphia; there was some key to the time travel based on a decorative stone lintel over the front door of the house, depicting a rose; one of the characters may have been sent to live in the house with an aunt due to tragic crcumstances.  There may also have been a doll involved.  I read the description of A  Pattern of Roses on your site; it sounds very familiar (particularly the looking out of the window part), but I'm absolutely sure there was no main male character in the book I'm thinking of.  I'm pretty certain it was paperback.  It was spooky and is haunting me still!  I'd appreciate any thoughts anyone has on the matter...Thanks.

T28 - Could this be The Root Cellar by Janet Lunn?  First published in 1981. It don't recall a magic lintel but the girl has to move to an aunt's house in Canada.  She goes to the root cellar and is transported back in time to the Civil War and travels to the U.S. (New York, Washington, D.C., and VA)  The girl's name is "Rose Larkin" so that may be the rose the person remembers.
Sorry, I don't think The Root Cellar is it--I looked it up on the Internet (there are several reviews) and it just doesn't ring a bell.  The book I'm looking for had a darker, more supernatural feel, like one of Ruth M. Arthur's.  Thanks a bunch for posting, though.
T28 is Twin Spell by Janet Lunn 1968. (Published in Canada as Double Spell.)  It is a very eerie book about twin girls, Jane and Elizabeth, who go into an antique shop and spot a doll that for some reason they feel drawn to. They buy the doll and visit their Aunt Alice at her huge old house on Lake Ontario.  While there,  Elizabeth-- who's holding the doll-- falls down the stairs and breaks her leg.  Exactly one week later Aunt Alice breaks her hip falling down those same stairs, and gives the house to the twins family.  The twins start having odd dreams from the 1800"s--dreams that they share. The also have visions of things--like a small brick house with a peak in front trimmed with wood in a "double rose" pattern.  They search the older areas of Toronto for this house.  The double rose pattern comes up a few times in this book.  Ghostly things happen--the doll is moved, items are strewn around that the girls are blamed for but didn't do, ect.  A pretty scary book!  Published both in hardcover and paperback.
That's it! That's it! That's it!  Bless you! I've been wondering for eons about this book.  Harriett, do you have it?
I thought for sure that Phyllis Whitney wrote this book, Twinspell.  But I cannot find it on her website, or under her name on Amazon.com, hmm.  I usually can find ANYTHNG on the internet!  Help!  I would love to have this book again. (Why do we ever get rid of books?!?  We always want them later.

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
About 9 years ago my daughter had a hardcover twinkle, twinkle, little star book that played the song at the very end of the book - when you turned to the last page. She absolutley loved the book but she was only 1 and it got thrashed. I would like to find it for her to as a keepsake. I remember it had a vivid dark blue cover with start all over the front and back.

I have Jingle Bells, listed as an Aladdin book,published in 1990 by Macmillan Publishing Co. It is blue, 8" x7", plays Jingle Bells with a flashing light when you open the last page.  Other books listed in the series are Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, This Old Man, Lullaby and Goodnight, and Silent Night.  It is illustrated by Carol Ewing.  I might have gotten this at Sam's.
There was an Aladdin/Macmillan edition as noted in the previous answer.  It was published in 1987 with illustrations by Jannat Messenger and paper engineering by Rodger Smith.  It's Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star:  A Lullaby Book with lights and music, and it has lights that twinkle through holes in the pages, some pop-up elements, and music that plays when you pull a tab. It's oblong folio, don't know the cover color.

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'Twixt Foyle and Swilly
I am trying to find out about a book with the title "Twixt Swilly and Lough Foyle".  If anyone can help with the author it would be most helpful as I wish to buy one to give to my brother as a present.  Lough Swilly is in Donegal in the north west coast of Ireland and the River Foyle separates Co Donegal and Co Derry/Londonderry in the North of Ireland. I assume that the book was written circa 1900 but I am only guessing.

I found nothing under this title in the Library of Congress or in American or international used book data bases...
Harry Percival Swan, 'Twixt Foyle and Swilly: panorama of Ireland's wonderful peninsula a guide book and conspectus of information relating to the Barony of Inishowen, County Donegal, Dublin: Hodges Figgis, 1949.
British Library has a record for this.  Full title they give is 'Twixt Foyle and Swilly... a Guide Book... relating to the Barony of Inishown, County Donegal.  Dublin, 1949, Hodges Figgis & Co., xix and 247 pp., octavo, with illustrations.

Two Are Better Than One
I am looking for a book, set before the turn of the last century, about two girls in their teens, best friends, who write stories or a book about their little dolls.  I seem to recall that they get enormous Easter hats, misspell the word "cocoanuts" in one of their chapters (to the merriment of one of their brothers), and end up marrying young men who appear in the book as a teacher and maybe a boarder at one of the girls' homes?  I think that there is a frame story with one of the girls as an old woman getting a letter from the other, and remembering back to their girlhood.  Thanks.

Sounds exactlly like Two are Better Than One by Carol Ryrie Brink.  One of my childhood faves! A young girl receives two tiny dolls, and she and her best friend spin fantastic, awful gothic stories of the dolls' adventures.  My best friend and I started co-writing awful stories as a result (of course, we thought they were splendid)   Love the site!  Thanks for all the work!
G157 This is TWO ARE BETTER THAN ONE by Carol Ryrie Brink ~from a librarian
Brink, Carol Ryrie, Two Are Better Than One  is the book.  Begins when an old woman gets a package with two dolls (frame story), which sets her to reminiscing about the year she and her best friend were twelve (and were writing an hysterical story about the dolls: the first chapter has the two  doll babies being switched and the nurse not knowing which was which -- though one's a boy and one' a girl).  The dolls' story was continued throughout the book, and brought on some teasing from boys when they discovered it one day.  The two girls  married names indicate they wed two of the boys from the story.  (And, judging by the author's name & dedication, some elements are vaguely autobiographical.)
Brink, Carol Ryrie, Two are Better than One, 1968.  New York, Macmillan [1968] Louly is a sequel
Carol Ryrie Brink, Two are better than one.  I believe this is the book you are looking for, two best friends write stories about two miniature dolls.
This book was put out in the 1970s, through one of those Scholastic book ads. It's about two best friends who were writing a book together, and the book was part of the story. The sharpest memories I have of this book is that they used the word "romantical" and they'd set their book in Europe and the Rhein River was flowing the wrong way.

Carol Ryrie Brink, Two are Better Than One. This is definitely the book.  Two girls are best friends and do lots of fun things together.  One girl receives two small dolls for Christmas and the girls both spend a lot of time on the dolls.  They write a melodramatic story involving the dolls (they alternate writing the chapters) and it does involve the Rhein river.  I believe an evil baron figures in the story as well!  I can't remember the girls names- I think it was something like Chrys and Cordy but that may not be exactly right.  There was a sort of sequel called Louly but the girls were more secondary characters in that one.
Carol Ryrie Brink, Two Are Better Than One, 1968, copyright. That's it!!! I'm so excited to find it again!! Thank you!!!!!!!
I read this book in the 80s and I think it was from the 60s or 70s. I believe there were two little girls; one was poor and lived in a small house at the bottom of a hill, and the other lived in a big, old house at the top of the hill. There could have been a grandmother-type figure in the book as well. The girls created homemade dolls and separate lives for the dolls. I want to say that the book went back and forth from the girls' lives to the dolls' lives, but I am not sure on that part. I also think they created a beautiful doll house out of a box with fabrics and such. The girls had great imaginations and I distinctly remember wanting to create dolls like theirs. I think there was a male doll and a female doll (but I'm not sure). I think that it was set in winter - I remember a lot of darkness in the book. This has been bothering me for YEARS so I really hope someone knows the title. Thank you so much!

Brink, Carol Ryrie?  Your description brings back vague memories of a book that I think was written by Carol Ryrie Brink.  Can't remember a title though...
Carol Ryrie Brink, Two are Better than One.  This is definitely the book.  There is a sort of sequel called Louly.
Someone solved it!!! I am so excited that I could just cry. I was also able to find it online and ordered it (it was pretty expensive for a paperback but hey, it's a great childhood memory).  THANK YOU SO MUCH for your site. You can now add T411 to your solved list! :)  And if there is any way to thank the person who solved it...i would love to do that!
T508: Two best friends have dolls that they make up adventures about

Unless mistaken , the beginning of the book starts out with an older lady receiving a package and in it are dolls (or one of the dolls) that she and her friend used to make up stories about. The story continues to tell about all the adventures the girls and the dolls had throughout their friendship.

Carol Ryrie Brink, Two are better than one. This comes up as a stumper quite often. It's Two are better than one, by Carol Ryrie Brink. The two friends are called Cordy and Chrys, and the dolls are Lester and Lynette.

SOLVED:  Two Are Better Than One. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! i knew it was something like this for the title but could never get it exactly and always came up with disappointing results...as soon as i saw this title, i KNEW it was the right one...you have made my day :D thank you sooo sooo very much :D

Two Boys and a Tree
I'm looking for a book I read in 1960/61 as an intro to reading for first graders (it was a school book).  It was about two boys living in the country, who spent alot of time around a big apple tree.  Lots of fun memories.  Then it progresses 20 years later and a highway was built around it -- they saved the tree -- and a city around it as well.  The two boys, now men, come back to visit with their kids.

Similar to The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton, but that's really the story of a house and the city that grows around it, not about two boys.
I think the book name was something like: Two Boys and an Apple Tree or something like that.
This sounds like the Shel Silverstein  book whose name escapes me (could it be The Giving Tree?) about the tree that serves a different purpose for each stage of a boy's (man's) life.
B171 Gates, Arthur; Huber, Miriam Blanton; Salisbury, Frank Seely.  Two Boys and a Tree. NY: Macmillan, 1951, reprinted to 1960.  A school reader, no plot description, but date and title are close.
B171 Gates, Arthur I; Huber, Miriam Blanton; Salisbury, Frank Seely.   Two boys and a tree. Macmillan,  1951.   {In the box where this  book was stored, I found a similar reader: Under the apple tree by Odile Ousley. Kids playing cowboy
under it. But the Gates one is the right one.]
Story about an apple tree on a farm and the kids who play on it, and that is gradually encroached upon by a residential subdivision at the end of the book. Last scene is the kids and THEIR kids looking  at the tree, now in the middle of a cul-de-sac.

Virginia Lee Burton, The Little House.Sounds like it, anyway. The house starts out in the country, ends up in the middle of the city, then gets moved out to the country again by the grandchildren (and great grands) of the original owner. Or something like that. I remember the apple tree being in all the pictures until it gets crowded out, then the house being placed in area with a new one.
My stumper, posted as A163, shows that is was solved, but it's not correct.  The book I'm looking for sounds a lot like Virginia Lee Burton's The Little House, but it's not the same book.  The book I'm looking for it mostly from the perspective of one single apple tree, not the house it's near, and at the end of this book the encroachment of the subdivisions wins (boo) and the tree finds itself in the middle of a planter in a cul-du-sac in the 1940s, where the kids who used to play on it (they are all grown up now) and their kids are looking at the tree.  The drawings are very much
like those found in the Dick and Jane books if that helps.  Can we post again?
Gates, Arthur;  Huber, Miriam Blanton; Salisbury, Frank Seely.  Two Boys and a Tree.  1951.  I have not read this story, but the stumper's description is identical to Two Boys and a Tree, which is already on your "solved" pages.
I've seen a few references to school reading books on the site, so I'll throw this one out there. this was a reader, probably first- or second-grade level, that my dad brought home (discarded) from the school where he worked. It was from the late 40s or early 50s, with a blue cloth cover, and fairly thin. The whole reader was about a tree, with very short chapters taking the tree through the various seasons, and through time, too, I think...I seem to recall a city growing up around the tree. Seems like a long shot, but I thought I'd ask.

Ester Wier, The White Oak.  Maybe this one - if not, still worth a read! Traces the growth of a white oak from its beginning as an acorn through five hundred years of development. Written by the author of "The Loner" which is also a good story.
Dolli Tingle, The Little Apple Tree.  There aren't many details in this request, but this book does have a tree, through the seasons, in simple language.
SOLVED: Arthur I Gates, Miriam Blanton Huber, Frank Seely Salisbury, Two Boys and a Tree, 1951. I'm the original requester. After decades of looking for this book that I knew nothing about beyond a vague memory, I stumbled across it out of a clear blue sky in an antique mall a few months ago. It's a Macmillan Reader. I can't tell you how astonished I was to finally find it!

Two for the Price of One
This story was about a man (chinese or japanese) who had just bought a heifer (I specifically remember the word "heifer") and he leaves it tied at a shop that makes sandals. when he comes back, it is missing, but they offer to sell him another exactly like it. He buys it, and on his way home he finds a sandal in the road. He ties the heifer and goes to look for the matching one. Meanwhile, the sandalmaker's apprentice goes and steals back the cow. When the man returns to tell them of his bad fortune....I don't remember whether they manage to go another round or not, but eventually he catches on. Pics were in color. Probably from the 70s.....dunno exactly. It was already old by the time I got it in the early 80s.

Maybe One for the Price of Two by Cynthia Jameson, published by Parent's Magazine Press, 1972 "An old Japanese man brags so much about his fine heifer, the master clog maker and his assistant decide to teach him a lesson."
S67 sandals and clogs: more on the suggested title Two for the Price of One, by Cynthia Jameson"Wonderful, full color illustrations, with an oriental flavor, accompany the text. A retelling of a Japanese folktale about an old Japanese man who brags so much about his new cow that a Master clog maker & his apprentice decide to teach him a lesson."

Two Good Friends
Bear and Duck are friends. Bear is a cook/baker. Duck is a neat-freak. Bear decides to do something nice for Duck and goes to Duck's house to bake him a cake(?). Duck decided to do something nice for Bear and goes over to Bear's house to clean it. Duck returns to his own house after cleaning Bear's to discover a baked treat. Bear returns to his own house after baking at Duck's to discover a tidy home. I remember this book being hard cover and orange with no dust jacket. Could have been a library book.

This is TWO GOOD FRIENDS by Judy Delton, 1974. You might be interested to know there were several books about these friends Duck and Bear. TWO IS COMPANY, 1976; A PET FOR DUCK & BEAR, 1982;  BEAR & DUCK ON THE RUN, 1984;  THE ELEPHANT IN DUCK'S GARDEN, 1985; THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT, 1992  ~from a librarian

Two in the Wilderness
This, I believe, is a chapter book that was read to our class by our teacher in 4th grade (1975-76) in Tiffin, Ohio. A frontier/pioneer brother and sister are left behind at their log cabin in the woods to care for the place while their parents make a trip to get something and eventually return. Believe it is told from the sister's point of view.  Describes how they gathered food and survived.  At one point, brother severely cuts his leg while chopping wood.  Sister has to find natural bandages made of spiders webs and herbs to help heal him.

#B434:  Brother Sister alone in woods:  It's the funniest thing, but I saw this book in a thrift store and thought, as sure as I DON'T get that book, someone will send it in as a stumper.  Sure enough, it appeared in the next batch!  Next time I have that feeling I will just get the book and save myself the trip back.  It is Two in the Wilderness, by Mary Wolfe Thompson.  The hardcover was published by David McKay Company and the paperback by Scholastic Books.  The children are Tabby, twelve, the viewpoint character, and Zeke, ten, who are left alone by their father in their new home in the wilderness while he goes back for their mother and three younger children.  The scene of Zeke cutting his leg while chopping wood occurs on page 50 of the Scholastic edition.  "What had her mother used to stop bleeding? ....  (Tabby)...thought quickly....  A handful of cobwebs or the powder from a puffball."
Thompson, Mary Wolfe, Two in the Wilderness, 1968.  There are lots of books about kids stranded in the wilderness, but this is a possiblility.  Two in the Wilderness, by Thompson.  Tabitha Aiken and her brother Zeke are stranded in their family's frontier cabin during a cold Vermont winter, with only each other to rely on. There's a sequel called Wilderness Winter, where the parents and baby sister show up and (I think) another called Wilderness Wedding where Tabitha get married. (Set much later, obviously).  Quite short (about 90 pages) and based on a real incident in the settlement of Vermont.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!  My stumper is solved!  Happy day!  Not sure which internet friend replied in the green type or if it was you, but I'm so happy.  I checked on another site that showed the cover and it's the exact Scholastic cover I remember.  I can't wait to read it to my daughter who is in 4th grade right now!

Two Little Miners
1947. Story of two male miners who lived together. Showed them working in the mine, coming home dirty, cleaning up and having dinner at a cheery table, eating potatoes I think.

Brown, Margaret Wise, Illustrated by Richard Scarry. TWO LITTLE MINERS.  Simon and Schuster, 1949.  Little Golden Book #66

Two Little Savages
In about 1933 my dad read an outdoor adventure book whose main characters were Penn and Yan.  The characters did many useful outdoor things like learned to tan a hide - a bit of an outdoor guide similar to a scouting book but with more story content.  A very important book to my dad.  He can't remember the title or author but remembers many details well, especially the names of the characters.  He remembers being given it around the age of 13, which would be in 1934.  Could have been published earlier. I've tried librarians in Penn-Yan, Pennsylvania and they didn't know of the book.

Ernest Thompson Seton, Two Little Savages, 1903 etc. I'm pretty sure this is the book (thank goodness for unusual names).  Here's a review quote: "The story is set in the early or mid-1800's. Yan is the sickly city boy who goes to visit his cousin Sam in the country to recover his health. They gradually get better acquainted, making allowances for each other's differing experiences, perspectives and education. An enjoyable story and plot line unfolds, including conflict resolution, evaluating personalities, recognizing age and generation differences, and building trust. The book is absolutely filled to overflowing with fascinating woodlore information, skills and techniques, and countless drawings and sketches to explain or illustrate what the boys are discovering, doing, making or building."
Ernest T. Seton, Two Little Savages: Being the Adventures of Two Boys Who Lived As Indians and What They Learned,1911.  The story is set in the early or mid-1800's. Yan is the sickly city boy who goes to visit his cousin Sam in the country to recover his health. They gradually get better acquainted, making allowances for each other's differing experiences, perspectives and education.  I loved this as a girl in Florida in the 50s. Kept trying to talk Daddy into going on a bear hunt. I left Indian signs all over the place. Book is still in print from Dover.
Ernest Thompson Seton, Two Little Savages, 1904.  The boys in this book are Yan and Sam, not Yan and Penn, but otherwise it fits the description.

Two Little Shoes
I had a book as a child (circa 1956) that started out "Two little shoes lived in a store on a high, high shelf...."  I don't remember anything about the plot of the book, only that when they went for a walk it said "right foot right, left foot left", but remember that I loved it. Does anyone out there in cyberspace know the proper title/author of this book? I'd love to get hold of a copy.

Carol Ryrie Brink apparently wrote a story called Two Little Shoes. It's collected in Told Under the Magic Umbrella published Macmillan 1939. Couldn't discover whether it was published separately though.
I've got a copy of Told Under The Magic Umbrella and I read "Two Little Shoes" and it's not the story described above.  It starts out, "All winter Sally Lou's two little shoes had carried her up and down stairs, back and forth to school, and out to play.  They felt very important and proud."  Unfortunately, Sally Lou's mother buys her new shoes and her old shoes get relegated to the closet, until the day when they get called into use again to take Sally Lou to a picnic after it rains.
Wilson, Gladys, Two Little Shoes, illustrated by Irma Wilde.  New York, Samuel Gabriel 1947.  "Wonderful illustrations. Story of two shoes from a store who had not been purchased and went looking for someone to belong to. Pictorial boards with red plastic spiral binding." The date fits, as does the title, and the story begins in a store (presumably on a shelf). So this one sounds good.

Two Monsters - A Fable
Looking for a children's book about two identical monsters that are standing on the opposite sides of a chasm. They start sending thought presents across the chasm to each other. Eventually they combine their thoughts to think of a bridge that lets them cross to each other. Read it in early 1980s.

Lucretia Fisher, Thomas Jardine (illus), Two Monsters - A Fable, 1976. Two lonely monsters on different sides of a wide and bottomless chasm become dear friends and continually search for ways to bridge the gorge.
SOLVED: Lucretia Fisher, Thomas Jardine (illus), Two Monsters - A Fable, 1976. Solved! That is the book. Thank you so much.

Two on an Island
brother & sister (with dog, German Shepard?) dropped off @ grandparents, who weren'\''t home, took rowboat out on bay, pulled up to island, visible to/from city and boat floats away. they survive on old canned foods from old fisherman'\''s shack on island. the whole time they can see the city, and its traffic, yet communications broke down and parents/ grandparents think kids are still en route. I checked it out from my fairfax cnty, va (kings park branch) library every last day of school. title may be "stranded." what a great book, and what a great site!! I hope you can help me find this book! thanks!

Bianca Bradbury, Two on an Island, 1968. Definitely the one you are looking for. I have read it several times.
Two on an Island by Bianca Bradbury, illustrated by Robert MacLean, 1965. There are two different cover illustrations. Granted, the story is less likely to
sound believable today, with all the supervision kids get (IIRC, there wasn't even a rule against their going to the island alone) but the main theme of the
book was really how they came to care for each other when previously, they despised each other.
Bianca Bradbury, Two on an Island, 1965. This matches your description exactly.  The siblings and their dog are stuck on the island after their rowboat floats away. I think they have a jar of peanut butter and half a loaf of bread with them, as well as the supplies from the shack they find.  I don't remember how they're found (I think the dog barking has something to do with it) but I'm sure this is the book you're looking for.

Two Sisters and Some Hornets
Outhouse infested with bees!  I'm looking for a very funny wordless picture book about two girls whose outhouse was home to bees. I remember that the girls' names were Gertrude and Agnes, and since it was wordless, their names must have been in the title. I always remembered it as "Gertrude and Agnes and the Outhouse," but have never been able to locate a book by that name. It would have been published sometime in the 1960s or early '70s. Please help!

We are looking for this same book.  We checked this book out from the library, Henderson County Public Library, Hendersonville, NC multiple times during the mid-late 70's.  My children thought it was absolutely hilarious.  We, however, remember it having words - not wordless.  There was a scene with rocking chairs on a porch.  The book was told in flash-back form with the sisters remembering the bee incident differently.  We would love to find this book.
Epstein, Beryl Williams, Davis, Dorrit, Wells, Rosemary (illus), Two Sisters and Some Hornets,1972.I had a patron ask about this very book (although I don't think that she posted the stumper), and someone from the Wombats list knew it right off the top of her head!
Solved! TWO SISTERS AND SOME HORNETS. It's just very different than I remembered it. Thanks

Two Stories About Lollipop
This was a book I loved about 30 years ago.  It had a shaggy dog in it.  By the end of the book, the dog had lollipops stuck all over him. The colorful illustrations stand out in my mind.  I thought maybe the dog's name was Lollipop, but I haven't been able to find anything on it.

Luann Stull Bell, Two Stories About Lollipop, 1969.  A Whitman tell-a-tale book. Illustrated by Eugenie. About the same size and shape of a Little Golden Book, this clearly pictures the fluffy white and grayish pup with black ears, with several lollipops stuck to his coat after playing with several children.
Luann Stull Bell, Two Stories About Lollipop, 1969.  It was a "Tell-a-Tale" book.  I just came across it on e-bay.  The cover showed a shaggy dog and the inside page illustration they showed was the dog covered with lollipops.  I've never read it, but it has to be the book you're looking for.
You are amazing!  I checked today and my second of two stumpers I'd posted had been solved.  This time it was Lollipop - about a shaggy dog with lollipops stuck to him.  Whoever provided the title is exactly right - that's the book!  Thank you.

Two Stories about Wendy
When I was little, probably between 1968 and 1975 I had a book about a boy that got a dog I believe for his birthday.  The dog's tail curled like a donut to which was talked about in the story.  I remember a picture in the book of the dog under the table with the donut tail.  No idea if it was a golden, tell-a-tale or elf.  It's a vague memory that's bugging me!  I know this is not much to go on, but maybe someone else had the same book.  Thanks for your help!

Marjory Schwalje, Two Stories about  Wendy.  I'm pretty sure this is what you're looking for.  Wendy gets a dog for her birthday with a tail that curls up just like a doughnut.  I believe it is a  Whitman tell-a-tale book.
Marjory Schwalje, Two Stories about Wendy, 1965.  I'm pretty sure this is what you're looking for, although this story's about a girl and her birthday dog, not a boy.  I don't have the book here to check, but I think the detail about the tail curling like a donut came from that book.  It's a Whitman Tell-a-Tale.
 I can't believe I got my solution that quick!  I am really happy about this, books are such comfort, aren't they?  Especially when they hold wonderful memories...thanks again, and I'll be using your service again!!
Whitman Tell-a-Tale or Jr. Elf Book?  mid to late 1960's.  I remember that this book was small in size, the same size as the Whitman Tell-a-Tale books.  It was about a little girl who wanted a dog that she saw at a pet store  the dog had a tail that curled like a doughnut.  I think that the girl received other birthday presents, maybe a pink ball and a rubber doll, but she only wanted the dog.  I hope someone else remembers this book!  I love your web site  it is fun to read through all of the requests and replies.  Thanks.

Marjory Schwalje, illus. by Stina Nagel, Two Stories About Wendy, 1965.  It was a Whitman Tell-a-Tale Book, and your details are right on.
Thank you so much for solving my book stumper.  I can't wait to see this book again, and read it to my little girl!

Tyger Voyage
I am looking for an illustrated children's book (picture book with text, not a novel) about two tigers who set off on an adventure by boat (I believe they are sent by a third tiger).  They are anthropomorphic, using boats and tools and having houses.  I think there was a Victorian feel to everything.  They end up doing things like climbing a volcano and wading through a swamp and/or jungle that look like they might be in India or the Phillippines.  They book had beautiful, glowingly colorful illustrations.

Adams, Richard, Tyger Voyage. I believe Nicola Bayley did those vibrant illustrations.  The 'y' in tiger may have made it difficult to find.  Lovely story.  Itwas a tiger and his son sailing a vessel one of them wears a bandana around his neck.
Richard Adams, Tyger Voyage. Try this one.  It has wonderful illustrations by Nicola Bayley.  By the author of Watership Down.

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