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C1: Coal
I was apparently confusing this with Astrid Lindgren's Noisy Village books. This is a children's novel, and I think the author is Scandanavian. It involves a group of kids, and the naughty boy of the group gets a lump of coal in his stocking for Christmas. I remember the line: "The impossible had happened. He got a lump of coal."

Not much to go on, but maybe one of Dikken Zwilgmeyer's books, like Four Cousins? He was writing in Norwegian, translated by Emilie Poulsson, and wrote about mischievous children.
Another possible is Afke's Ten by Ninke van Hichtum (real name: Sjouke Troelstra-Bokma de Boer), translated from the Dutch by Marie Pidgeon, illustrated by Hilda van Stockum, published Lippincott 1936, 256 pages. It's the story of 10 children on a Frisian island through a year. "Mother Afke, Father Marten and their ten children. The story begins with the appearance of a new brother and relates the day to day adventures which make up their lives." Apparently as much of a classic in Holland as Little Women is here.
This is apparently quite similar to the Noisy Village stories: The Hill House by Ragnhild Chevalier Williams, illustrated by Kurt Werth, published by McKay 1966, 160 pages "based on the author's childhood in Bergen,
Norway, has frequent changes of scene and introduces new characters from an enormous circle of friends, relatives and servants. The separate, often suspense-filled episodes re-create the fun and mischief of child play, the sharing of handed-down stories, and the anticipated excitement of special family gatherings and national festivals." (Horn Book Feb/66 p.60)
This doesn't really fit, but I keep wanting to suggest it - Kersti and Saint Nicholas, by Hilda Van Stockum, published by Viking 1940 "Kersti is the seventh, last, and naughtiest daughter of the van Disselens, and she has a way with her. Even Saint Nicholas and his faithful helper Pieterbass find themselves leaving gifts for the bad children on the good Saint's birthday - and it's all Kersti's fault." (Horn Book Dec/40 p.382 pub ad) It's European and involves naughty children and Christmas.
C1 Just verified that Lindgren Xmas at Noisy Village is NOT it
1970?  Beleive it or not, this might have been published in Cosmopolitan magazine, when it wasn't so sleazy. I recall that line, about the Impossible, the thing that wasn't supposed to happend to any child, finally coming true. There was also a segment where the children lost money to buy a Christmas tree, and another where a rich relative sends a giant barrel full of mud. It was rather somber in tone, ending with comments about WW2.

C8: country visit
Solved: Eighteen Cousins

C12: Charlie the yellow cat
Solved: Charlie
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C16: Chinese boats & rice cakes

The other book I have a harder time remembering but it was a book set in the orient (probably China) about an oriental boy who rides around in a small boat and he has some rice cakes or rice patties with him. It was highly stylized in its illustration. All the pictures (and the cover) were done in almost entirely (if not entirely) green and black ink and were extremely detailed and intricate, similar to traditional asian painting styles. I also think this book didn't have a lot of words. I think it was sort of wide and short, like an 8.5x11 sheet of paper turned on its side. I'm sure it doesn't help but it always smelled strongly of cheese to me as a young boy. I now know it was the glue used in the binding (I've smelled it in other books).

This might be a book that I think was called Ping, but that involved a duck and his "master."  The duck (whose name is Ping) lived on the Yangtze river in a boat with his master.  One day, as I recall, he goes exploring.  At one point he is lured by a naughty little boy with rice cakes and is trapped under a basket.  I think Ping eventually gets back to his kindly old master.  The book was fairly short and written for first-graders and was in a landscape layout.  I don't remember the colors, but I do remember the boats had exotic looking eyes painted on their bows.
Well now, I did think about Ping, but I'd forgotten that bit about the rice cakes (the good master has no mention of rice cakes!).   But this probably is a match.
Flack, Marjorie.  The Story of Ping.  Illustrated by Kurt Wiese. New paperback available for $6.
Sorry, this is not the book.  I checked out a picture of the cover on Amazon.com.  The illustration style is all wrong.  The book I'm thinking of had very monochromatic drawings, I think just greens and blacks and grays, drawn with thin lines like pen and ink.  Thanks though.  Keep looking.
First, relating to C-16 but not necessarily to be posted (mostly because it wouldn't help any), I remember reading "Ping" as a child. Like all my other favorite childhood books, it got put in the "give-away" box.....  :(
A possible, but no mention of rice cakes: Martin, Patrica Miles The Dog and the Boat Boy color illus. by Earl Thollander, 48 pages, Putnam, 1969 "The adventures of Chung Yong, a boy who lives on a boat in Hong Kong's crowded harbor. Chung Yong wants to keep a dog he has found, but his grandmother wants a cat which will kill the mice on the boat. ... The craggy, almost cartoon-like drawings (in subdued shades of purple, gray, and brown) ... occasional splashes of bright orange ..."
There's also Chinese Ink Stick by Kurt Wiese, Doubleday 1929, which includes a little boy who travels with his father, a tea merchant. It's 199 pages, though, so probably too long. Eleanor Lattimore's Little Pear (Harcourt 1931) falls into the river and is rescued by a man on a boat, but that's 144 pages.
Another written and illustrated by Eleanor Frances Lattimore is Fisherman's Son, published by Morrow, 1959, 128 pages. Small Liang is the oldest of fisherman Liang's children, and the only boy. Horn Book says "their daily life on a river boat in China is told in ten chapters with simplicity and charm. Pleasing, clear type and lively drawings." Size and shape of book not mentioned, but apparently for early readers.
Yet another, but finally short enough - Little Fu, written and illustrated with lithographs by Raymond Creekmore, published Macmillan 1949, unpaginated with map, grades 1-3 "Fu has an eventful trip down the great Min River to Foochow where his father sells his cargo of tea. After an exciting day they go home in a new motor boat with steel sides instead of bamboo leaves. The black and white lithographs are excellent." (Children's Catalog 1956)
C16 chinese boat: well, the shape is right and it's about an Asian boy and boats - Nu Dang and His Kite, written and illustrated by Jacqueline Ayer, published Harcourt 1959, 31 pages, 10x8". "Unusual drawings with splashes of color - orange, cerise, coral and green - give a real sense of the busy life of Bangkok, the river and canals lined with shops and filled with boats: the vendors of lotus and jasmine, curry sauce and chilies; the chick-pea-green-bean boat; the "all kinds of fish" boat. Nu Dang's search for his kite, which the wind had carried away, took him far up the 'long brown river', through the Floating Market, into a small canal, through a herd of lazy gray water buffalo, past shops and a farm house until he finally turned home ..." (HB Apr/59 p.121) There's a sample double-page spread shown, interspersing blocks of text with detailed line-drawings (NOT brush-style) "Out on the big river, he came first to a vendor of sweet cakes and colored water. 'Have you seen my kite?' But the vendor was much too busy to notice a lost kite. Nowhere. Not anywhere. No kite at all."
Meindert deJong, The House of Sixty Fathers,  1955.  This is a novel, not a picture book, so it may not be the right one, but there are enough similarities that it might be worth looking up. There is an Asian boy on a houseboat and a scene with ducks, and the original cover (illustrations are by Maurice Sendak) fits the description you gave somewhat. Look at the library edition cover, not the paperback--both are still in print.
retold by Arlene Mosel, ill. Blair Lent, Tikki Tikki Tembo, 1968.  The illustrations are in black ink with green blue and
goldenrod blocks of color.  It is about 2 brothers, who disobey their parents and enjoy their rice cakes near a dangerous well.  When the younger brother, Chang, falls in, the older brother Tikki Tikki Tembo-No Sa Rembo-Chari Bari Ruchi-Pip Peri Pembo has no trouble finding help to get him out, but the next time they are eating their rice cakes near the well, and the older brother falls in, Chang has a hard time getting anyone to listen to him. There were''t any boats in this one, but there was a river where their mother was washing clothes.  I am basing my guess mainly on the mention of rice cakes and the quality of the pictures.
Marjorie Flack, The Story About Ping. This really is the book you are looking for. It was my favorite as a child and was delighted to see it available for my sons. I, in fact, found another copy at a used book store which is much older and beat up that I read to my youngest every night. Keith Weisse is the illustrator. You might be thinking about what the original looked like. This is Weisse's trademark Crayola look. Quite stunning and the "wise eyed boats" are quite alluring. But you'\''re wrong about the "boat boy" He wasn't naughty at all  it was his job, as "boat boy" to lure the animals to him. It is what makes Ping so charming, the cadance of the "beautiful yellow waters of the Yangze River," and the simple life of Chinese fishermen in the 1930s.

C17: Crafts
Also looking for a childrens craft book which had a bathing scene made out of salt dough or papier mache. There were old fashioned bathing huts and lots of people diving into the water.

C17 crafts: completely whistling in the dark, but maybe The Bread Dough Craft Book, by Elyse Sommer, illustrated by Giulio Maestro, published Lothrop 1972, 128 pages. "with six slices of bread, six teaspoons of white glue and a half a teaspoon of liquid detergent, a child can learn the basics of a centuries-old folk art ... how to mix, color, and work with the dough ... nearly 60 simple projects that children can create as gifts or decorations." The finished projects are apparently only shown as coloured drawings, though, and don't sound like the complex scenes described.

C18: Carosel Horse
Solved: A Book of Directions

C21: Car, out-of-date
Solved: Television Book of Hesperus

C24: Clown, Wardrobe, Jousting, Jacket Potatoes, Brussel sprouts
I remember reading this book in Liverpool in the early sixties. Some of the plot elements are similar to other well-known books, but it ain't them: family of children are visiting relative with old house, and sleeping in the same bed in the attic, which has the usual wardrobe. In the middle of the night a (very spooky) clown pokes his head out of the wardrobe and beckons to the children. This image seems to coincide with a remembered illustration that haunted me for years. They eventually venture into the wardrobe which turns out to be a lift (an elevator) with buttons that take you to different places. One place they visit is a medieaval jousting tournament, where they partake of hot jacket potatoes (another illustration springs to mind). At another location they meet a White-Knight sort of character sitting on a Brussels carpet with all sorts of bric-a-brac on it, and he makes a joke about whether, if vegetables grew up through his carpet, they would be Brussels sprouts. Hilarious if you're six, eh?  I seem to remember that the book itself was a paperback, of the same kind of size and format as those students' crib books ("Cole's Notes" in England), and that there was a coloured illustration of a proscenium arch stage with curtains on the cover. I know the wardrobe is a common prop, but the book is neither C.S. Lewis, nor a Glass Elevator. My undying gratitude if anyone can identify it!

#C24:  Clown, Wardrobe, etc.  If such a book indeed exists, I want it for a friend!  If he likes it, I want it for myself!  After hours of keyword searches in all sorts of places, I may have a resource for you.  A site called "Fantasy Finder" has a message board called "The Board Room."   Hopefully this is one of those places where they "know it, or know who knows it," and will be of interest to anyone whose queries involve fantasy.
#C24--This query was also posted on the message board of the British Fantasy Society in February 2001.  As of June, no answers.
This query was also posted on the Alibris list. A number of suggestions were made, but no cigar as yet.
C24---Been a while since I've read it but the clown thing (esp the illustration) sounds a lot like Diamond in the
Window by Jane Langton.
C24 Has customer checked Langton yet? I can ask a friend who has a copy for sale, but I notice there are plenty on the Net so I wonder if someone hasn't checked already.
C24 clown wardrobe: had a look at Diamond in the Window and there's no real correspondance - no clown figure, no elevator/lift in the wardrobe, no tournament, no puns. It might be worth looking at Erich Kastner's Thirty Fifth of May, published 1934, reprinted 1958 and 1961, 192 pages. "If this date isn't on your calendar, you'll wish it were after reading what happened to Conrad. It began at the magic door of a wardrobe, and led to the Land of Cockayne, where fruit salad grows on trees; the the Mighty Fortress of the Past for a hello with Hannibal, Julius Caesar and Napoleon; and on the Electropolis in Topsy Turvy country, notable for its school or unsatisfactory parents to be trained by children! Ages 9-12." At least it starts with a wardrobe and looks episodic and nonsensical, but I haven't read the book so can't confirm more.
Hey, shall I buzz back to Junior Bookshelf for the late 50s early 60s?  My first thought is Enid Blyton, because the structure is reminiscent of the Faraway Tree series ... but this is almost no help at all because she's so prolific and there don't seem to be any annotated bibliographies. And if it is her work, there won't be anything in Junior Bookshelf about it, for sure.I'm pretty sure it isn't E. Nesbit because I think I've read all of hers, including the short stories - though the one with the little girl shut in her room who discovers that the wardrobe/dresser is a magic train station sounds kind of reminiscent.
Doesn't seem like E. Nesbit to me, and I don't think it's Edward Eager or anyone well-known, as I posted it on a couple of fantasy boards and not even a nibble. The only other author I thought of was Margaret Storey, but
couldn't seem to find anything of hers pblished prior to 1965. I hope it's identified--I'm quite intrigued by it.
I'm sorry to say I can't be any more specific. Whenever I try to remember more detail I think I'm just making it up from people's suggestions! The memory of the Coles Notes size and binding may be a completely separate affair too.  Another memory that springs to mind, though again, it may be another book entirely, is a story wherein the "gateway" is the bottom of a helter-skelter. Did you ever come across a helter-skelter? Very old cheap funfare ride, consisting of a lighthouse shaped tower with a slide corkscrewing around the outside. One climbs up the interior stairs, takes a bristly mat and throws oneself onto the slide. They scared the hell out of me, and having read this story where a little girl (I think) continues at the bottom into the earth and ends up in some spooky place, I never did try it.  Thanks again for your help. I'll be looking at the King of Kurio this weekend.
Well, still plugging away at this, though not confident about this suggestion either: The Thirty-fifth of May, by Erich Kastner, illustrated by Walter Trier, published Franklin Watts 1961, 192 pages. "If this date isn't on your calendar, you'll wish it were after reading what happened to Conrad. It began at the magic door of a wardrobe, and led to the Land of Cockayne, where fruit salad grows on trees; the the Mighty Fortress of the Past for a hello with Hannibal, Julius Caesar and Napoleon; and on the Electropolis in Topsy Turvy country, notable for its school for unsatisfactory parents to be trained by children! Ages 9-12." (Horn Book Aug/61 p.302 pub ad) This is apparently a republication, and of course a translation, so it may have been published with various illustrators and in more than one country.
C24 clown wardrobe: I'm wondering now if this wasn't one of the many British children's annuals or "gift books", and this may have been a single or continuing story in it, perhaps along with the helter-skelter story? That would tie in with the memorable illustrations and punning humour, as well as the difficulty in IDing it, as these books weren't reviewed and there were a lot of them. Still, we got Peter Puffer's Fun Book!
C24 clown wardrobe: Not a solution, but perhaps someone looking for the same book - here's a description: "This is a book of children's fiction that I read in the 1950s. I am not sure when it was written. It concerns some children who go through an odd door in a wall and find themselves in a magical land. Fairly common theme but distinguishing features are that they can go up and down between parts of this land in a lift. The children make friends with a queen and her children who have been dispossessed of their kingdom - it is now in thrall to a set of 3 monsters - one is called I think the Hobbledee-something or other. Amongst the 'goodies' helping the queen and her family is an Elastic Dog who can walk miles but leave his back legs at home. A memorable monster is a squirrel with an eye in its tail - if it looked at you, you went blind. I would be delighted to find this book - I used to have to check under the bed every night to see that squirrel wasn't there, but I loved the book."
Bates, Joan Mary, The Magic Helter-Skelter.  London, Blackie 1959.  This is a suggested answer NOT for the stumper itself, but for the related stumper mentioned with it, about a helter-skelter. This description is from another forum : "It is about Anne who is a selfish type and her punishement involves a spell in Topsy Turvey Land where she has to walk on her hands and is given the freedom to gorge herself on chocolate until she becomes sick of the sight of it. Similar aversion therapy techniques are applied to money, and by the time she is allowed to return home she is transformed beyond recognition."
Sieman, Frank, The Kingdom of Punch. (London, Eyre & Spottiswoode 1957)  Yet another longshot! "Faith and Christopher meet an old tramp in the woods who leaves with them a bag containing the wooden figures of what he says are the real one and only Punch, and Judy, and Dog Toby. Because the children show love to them, these figures become alive with lifelike proportions and take the children back with them to the Kingdom of Punch that Punch might regain his rightfl throne and depose the tyrannical usurper who has taken his place. Here we have the adventures of the children and their friends of the Court of Punch as Scara the imposter is overthrown. ... constant chatter reminiscent of panotomime repartee." However, there are no illustrations.

C25: Country mouse cleans up
I have been searching for a child's storybook about a mouse who lives in the country and gets a letter that her cousin (I think) is coming to visit.  The country mouse's house is in terrible shape, dirty, clothes all over, dusty, dishes piled high.  She doesn't know where to begin but all her animal friends pitch in and help her clean house.  The moral of the story was if she kept it picked up each day, clothes hung up, etc., then she wouldn't find her house like that again.  I can still picture her in a red dress all nice and clean with the house all nice and clean.  This was a library picture book and no longer in circulation.  I checked with this library even went through each book in the children's section.  Thank you very much, would love to find this book.

Could it be The Country Mouse and the City Mouse.  That matches the story in that the city mouse calls and is coming to visit the country mouse.  My sister and I had this on a 45 record that came with a book when we were kids. Good Luck!
I will check this out, I know that I went through the City Mouse and the Country Mouse.  I don't remember it being on a record although it might have been but the local library only had the book.  I use to check it out when I was about 6-7 so that was about 1950 - 51.  I did search the website for the Country Mouse and the City Mouse after I saw the note on the bottom of mine, but I didn't see any that were published that early, so I will have to keep looking.  I even went through the listing of books through the Library of Congress under mouse just to try to find it.  Do you have any idea who would have written this one, maybe knowing the author might help.   Your website is really fantastic, just reading the others and what they were looking for also brought back some memories.  I thank you for the chance to post it and hopefully someday will locate it.  It was such a cute story with a big moral to it, as I said in my posting I can still see the pictures showing her dirty messy house, the cleaning up (her friends helping) and then the picture of her all dressed up in a clean dress and shoes (red), looking around at her nice clean house, waiting for her house guest. Thank you again for all your assistance.
The Country Mouse & the City Mouse is an Aesop tale; there have been so many versions that your best hope is to simply stumble across the one you remember. There is a Wonder Book from 1947 (Phoebe Erickson, ill.) that contains this tale, Peter Rabbit, & Henny Penny. I've seen this one around; check for it -- maybe you'll be lucky.
Well, if the emphasis is on cleaning for the visit rather than on country versus town, maybe: Van Leeuwen, Nans Spring Cleaning with Mrs. Mouse Amsterdam: Mulder & Zoon, n.d. (ca. 1968), decorated boards, "lovely colour illustrations throughout the book, a real charmer"
There's also Mrs. Mouse Cleans House, by Alison Uttley, published Heinemann 1952 "Spring cleaning always means a day of bustle and excitement for the Brown Mice at the Rose and Crown, but the day that scoundrel Rat came to help was the most exciting of all." No mention of a city visitor, but the date is closer.
M108 mouse wears red sounds like C25 country mouse cleans up. The 1950ish date, special occasion/visit, the red dress and shoes, ...
C25 mouse cleans up and M108 mouse wears red: Another possible is Margie Merry Mouse, written & illustrated by Willy Schermele (Blyton illustrator), published Clifford series 1950, reprint Agfa 1986. A mouse in a red dress cleans house with the help of friends. If it's the earlier printing it's not a bad match, though I couldn't find any mention of a visit as the reason for cleanup.
Elizabeth Upham, Little Mouse Dances.  I found this in a basic reader "More Friends and Neighbors" by Scott, Foresman, and Co. 1946.  It's not exactly as you describe but features a mouse who doesn't like to clean and lets the dirt and dust pile up while she sings and dances all day.  Then she buys a new red dress and shoes and they get dusty so she eventually cleans them up then goes ahead and cleans up everything else in her house because she enjoys the way the clean clothes look.  At the end she puts on her red dress, red shoes, and a red flower over her ear and dances in her clean house.  I hope this is what you're looking for.

C26: Crafts
I do not remember the name or author of two childrens books that I had when I lived in Cleveland in the late 40's or early 50's.  I may have gotten them in WV or in Cleveland.   They are oversized books and they contained crafts using simple household items.  One had a green cover and one had a yellow cover.  The covers were hardback and embossed.  They had no paper covers.

I have 2 really old craft books.  One is McCall's Giant Golden Make-It Book.   Copyright 1953 by Simon and Schuster, Inc., and Artists and Writers Press, Inc.The other one is newer McCall's Golden Do-It Book.  Copyright 1960 bye the McCall Corporation and Golden Press, Inc.Both of these are crafts made with at home items.  Perhaps one of these is what they are looking for.
A long shot, but maybe Toys You Can MakeChicago: Popular Mechanics Press, 1953, cloth, 160 pages. "Suggestions and diagrams for dozens, perhaps hundreds of toys you can make for your child. Most are wooden, this book being published before plastic took over the toy market. Hence the toys you can make are much more durable than anything you can buy today."
Tangley Oaks Education Center, Junior Instructor (Books 1 & 2), 1916, copyright.  Our copies were reprinted for the 40s.  They are embrossed yellow and red not green.  Lots of fun projects and readings.

C27: Christian brothers solve mysteries
The series of books I'm trying to recall involve two teen age brothers who solved mysteries, some what like the Hardy boys. However, the tales of these brothers had some Christian underpinings. The first book I read in the series was sent to me free from a church organization, this would have been in the late 50's. Later when I was probably 11 or 12, I found the series in the Brockton Public Library, Brockton, NY. I further recall that the boys lived in some very remote locale.

Don't know if thisis the series or not, as I don't know when they were first published, but it could be Frank Peretti's Cooper Kids Series.
This just might be the Jack Dawn series by Joseph Coughlin. He wrote a number of titles in the 1940s and one in the 1960s. I have a copy of Jack Dawn and the Vanishing Horses and it is a boys Christian mystery.
C27: Christian Brothers -- Bernard Palmer had a series about Danny & Ron Orliss -- published by Moody Press that was available in the 1950s; that *might* be it
Regarding the Orlis suggestion, I've finally seen one of these and there are some resemblances. The book is very Christian, with more than one conversion and a fair amount of discussion of Christian behaviour, and the Orlis family does live in the boonies, at Angle Inlet, without electricity, television, etc. The title list on the back cover mentions Ron Orlis as well as Danny, but there is no indication in this book whether Ron is an older or younger brother, or adopted, or where he is the rest of the time.
I think this person might be looking for the Danny Orwell series--there was also a radio program that aired on Saturday mornings during the late 1950s featuring these boys.  I hope I'm right about Danny's last name, but the shows (and the books) definitely had a Christian theme.
Could this be the Sugar Creek Gang series by Paul Hutchens? The boys in this series weren't brothers, but the two main characters were a boy named Bill and his best friend, nicknamed Poetry. The other members of the group were Dragonfly, Little Jim, Big Jim and Circus. The other details are similar to what you describe: Christian-oriented mysteries, at least one conversion, etc.
Palmer, Bernard, Danny Orlis and the Rocks That Tal, 1955.  Bernard Palmer was published through Moody Press and wrote other children's series.  The Danny Orlis series featured Danny who lived with his parents in Angle Point, Minnesota together with adopted twin siblings, Ron and Roxie.  The books are back in print and are readily available.  Danny orlis also had an advice column in the Campus Life monthly magazine, as I recall.
Ken Anderson, The Austin Boys, 1943-44. It might be the Austin Boys.  Jim & Tim Austin are twin sons of a missionary couple living on an island in the Coral Sea.  There are only 2 books about them that I am aware of:  "The Austin Boys--Marooned," and "The Austin Boys--Adrift."

C31: Christmas angels
Solved: An Angel's Touch

C32: Camping, unpleasant.  NOT High Trail!
Solved: Secret Summer 

C33: Crocodile eats lady, Sendak book?
Solved: The Romper Room Book of Finger Plays and Action Rhymes

C35: City girl gets a lesson
Solved: Araminta

C39: Christmas anthology
Solved: The Christmas Book

C41: Crispian the Scottie dog
Solved: Mister Dog

C43: Ceremony goes (grows?) awry
Solved: Speaker for the Dead 

C44: Crocodile raises duck
Solved: Sitting Ducks

C45: Civil War mystery
Solved:  The Riddle at Live Oaks 

C46: Christmas book with Ardizzone-style illustrations
Solved:  Christmas Secrets 

C47: Christmas tree star
Solved: The Santa Claus Book

C48: Cornfields
In 7th grade, we read a story contained in a text book type collection of  short stories. (May have been a Lippincott book, but not sure.) Anyway, the first story in the book was called Cornfields I beleive, but am not sure. The first line of the story was,"There was a girl at Cornfields, yes." I remember I loved the story, and would love to re-read it. I was in 7th grade in ...hmmm.. lets see...1974/5?

C48 a long shot maybe Orton, Helen FullerCloverfield Farm Stories NY: Lippincott, 1947 Omnibus of four books: Prince and Rover of Cloverfield Farm, Bobby of Cloverfield Farm, Summer at Cloverfield Farm, and Winter at Cloverfield Farm.

C49: Chinese boy slurps pond
I can't remember the name of a book I read as a child, perhaps you can help. It was a story of a little Chinese boy who had a great talent of holding a whole pond of water in his mouth.  The village people could go into the pond and gather fish and then the little boy would spit the water back in.  Then, one day the village people got selfish, trying to capture more fish than they needed, and the little boy couldn't hold the water any longer and had to spit the water back in before the people got out. I have a 6 year old son who I would like to share this story with, do you have any idea the name of this book?
Looking through your listing, I came across someone who had a similar search and you came up with the name of Five Chinese Brothers, however after investigating further, this is not the book I'm thinking of. Thank you for your time.

Just wanted to say that this book does exist, though I can't identify it yet - several years ago I saw a description of it, and remember thinking it was a knock-off of the Chinese Brothers story.
Five Chinese Brothers.  This one is already listed in your solved pages.
C49 chinese boy: There are at least two other versions of this folktale, one being Six Chinese Brothers: an Ancient Tale, retold and illustrated by Cheng Hou-Tien, published Holt 1979, 32 pages. The story is essentially the same, illustrated with scissor cuts in bright red and black. More recent is The Seven Chinese Brothers, retold by Margaret Mahy, illustrated by Jean Tseng and Tseng Mou-Sien, published Scholastic 1990. "The seven brothers walk, talk, and look alike, but each has his own special power. When the third brother runs afoul of the emperor and is sentenced to be beheaded, the fourth brother, who has bones of iron, takes his place. The emperor then tries drowning and burning but each time a different brother foils his scheme." The illustrations are colourful watercolours.  So I don't think we have to be too sure that it's the Claire Huchet Bishop version ...
C49 chinese boy: the Mahy version can be ruled out. I saw a copy at a thrift shop and the story does NOT include swallowing large quantities of water. Instead the emperor is afraid of the power(s) of what he believes to be a single man, and tries to execute him in various ways. Six Chinese Brothers, by Cheng Hou-tien, is supposed to have pretty much the same story as Five Chinese Brothers but different illustrations, and is probably worth checking out.
Claire Huchet Bishop, Five Chinese Brothers.  This is DEFINITELY Five Chinese Brothers, not six, not seven.  The first brother can hold a lake in his mouth, but a village child wanders out too far to pick up fish and drowns when the brother releases the water.  The emperor orders him executed by beheading, so he tells the emperor he needs to go home to say goodbye to his family.  The second brother (who just happens to have an iron neck) is sent in his place.  When the executioner breaks his sword on the brother's neck, the emperor orders him burned.  So they swap in the brother who ca''t be burned and so on...    The stories with six or seven brothers are more about the emperor's fear of the brothers' power, and his attempts to prevent them from taking the throne.

C50: Christmas angel Katie is NOT so angelic...
Solved: The Wonderful Window

C51: Cone people
Solved: Planet of the Whistlers

C52: Chinese man and birds
Solved: One Bright Day

C55: Cabin faced west textbook
Solved: Ventures Book 4 

C56: Creepy cover
I never had this book so didn't read it, and have no idea of title, author, or what it's about, but was haunted by the cover.  It portrayed three children in a boat in a swamp at night.  One with a fishing pole had hooked a lit lantern and was drawing it out of the water.  Very scary to me as a child.  Would be a digest-sized paperback of the kind sold at supermarket checkstands between 1967 and 1969.

not that I've ever seen the cover, but there's Ghost Boat, written and illustrated by Jacqueline Jackson, published Little, Brown 1969, 148 pages. "A mysterious boat provides four children with an adventure while they are vacationing at their summer cottage."
C56 Is this a possibility?   Zapf, Marjorie. The Mystery of the Great Swamp.  Same as E1?
C56 creepy cover: after checking pictures on eBay, I have to say that unfortunately the Zapf cover doesn't match, neither does the cover of Ghost Boat, or The Button Boat.
L.M. Boston, The Children of Green Knowe, 1955, reprint.  Athough there is some discrepancy, THE CHILDREN OF THE GREEN KNOW has a dark green dust jacket with a yellow drawing of a creepy looking house. Rather than 3 children, there is an old man with an oar and a boy in the front of the boat holding up a lit lantern. It's a spooky cover!
Strange Monster of Strawberry Cove, late 1960s.  The cover description sounds to me like a Scholastic Press book I read in elementary school -- these were paperback books peddled in the California school system via a newsletter passed out in class. Can't find any record of this book in Internet searches, though there's a (Disney?) movie from the '80s with the same title and plot: some children try to hunt down a sea monster that only they have seen, and it turns out to be a canvas superstructure disguising a smuggler's boat. The lantern lights the monster's eyes, or something . . . hope that's what you're looking for! BTW the title I supplied is that of the movie. The book title was at least similar but may not be completely identical.
More clues on #C56, Creepy Cover:  It wasn't much like the hardcover illustration for "The Button Boat" and nothing at all like "Mystery of the Great Swamp" or "Children of Green Knowe."  The differences were, in those pictures the children are standing in the boat or getting into or out of it with faces turned away.  The picture I'm looking for had younger/smaller children (4 to 8 rather than 10 to 12) sitting in a small boat facing towards the lantern in the water. It was MUCH more colorful--rather than two-color with black and white, brown and green, or green and yellow, this had a lot of murky blue, swamp green, yellow glow from the lantern.  The feature which struck me most was the particular round, protruding characteristic of the children's eyes, giving them an eerily apprehensive appearance.  The style of the drawing, particularly those bug eyes, is very much like that of the prolific and popular artist Susan Perl.  Whether that provides a clue I couldn't say, as I don't know that the illustrator was Susan Perl, or that there'd be any way to confirm it, such as an official Susan Perl website.  No idea who published such books, but I'm thinking not Weekly Reader or Scholastic but some fly-by-night printer no one will have heard of.  Might I say, I *did* have a book illustrated by Susan Perl which has proven EXTREMELY rare! It was a paperback of Eugene Field's "Wynken, Blynken and Nod and other poems" from Wonder Books.  Normally, once I know the title and author of a favorite childhood book, it's been relatively easy to get copies for my sisters, but in this case my own copy is the ONLY one I have ever SEEN--that includes not only in used bookstores but on eBay or any other online search.  It was a big favorite and will go right in the glass case I've built for rare and hard-to-find titles.
Vera Cleaver, Ellen Grae, 1967.  I keep thinking that this might be Ellen Raskin's original cover for Vera Cleaver's Ellen Grae - the kids have dropped the lantern and are trying to get it back with the fishing pole.  But I can't find a copy of the book or an image on-line to check my memory!
Wylly Folke St. John, Secret of Hidden Creek, 1968, approximate.  I think this might be the book your looking for.  the older version has a cover like the one you described.

C58: Chinese with buffalo and lamp
Solved: Water-Buffalo Children and The Dragon Fish

C59: Cat care manual
Solved: Cats 

C60: Children's crusade
An interest in the Children's Crusade, A. D. 1212, led me to compile a bibliography.  I think I have 53 books listed in six languages.  They can be fiction, non-fiction, French, or German crusade.  The interesting thing is I've only ever found copies of four of these books.  Maybe I'll send you the bibliography, not so much to search, but in case you just happen across any.  With Book Search engines, I may even be able to add to it.  Okay, here's the "stumper" part of this: One title I'm pretty sure is not on my bibliography of books about the Children's Crusade, A. D. 1212, is a short story.  It was part of a longer collection, and I found it listed under the subject heading "Children's Crusade" in the card catalog of a library where I used to work.  Of course, that was 25 years ago and they've no doubt gotten rid of the card catalog and probably the book as well.  The story concerned a priest who made it to the Holy Land with some of the surviving children, and came back to confront a wealthy merchant.  The priest had information that the merchant had greatly profited through his direct involvement with selling the child crusaders into slavery, so the merchant committed suicide before the priest could reveal it.  I'd appreciate if anyone knows what this is so I can add it to my list.

Don't know the story, but this person must find a copy of Crusade in Jeans by Thea Beckman. Won awards in the Netherlands, and is a great story of the Children's Crusades.
The Chidren's Crusade (1975?)  Remember reading this one in my local council library (Adelaide, Australia) in the late seventies/ early eighties.  Title was definitely "The Children's Crusade" but I can't remember the author.  Used to get this one when I'd forgotten the title of "Crusade in Jeans" (heartily agree with the earlier recommendation on this one, too)!
Henry Treece (75, approximate) Back again.  Internet suggests the Author may be Henry Treece? This is definitely the book I remember, and involves the boy (and his sister? - memory escapes me) being rescued from slavery by his father's priest at the end, but wouldn't fit with the suicide part.

C62: Cookbook with cat and dog
Solved: My Learn-to-Cook Book 

C65: Chipmunks dressing as humans
I am looking for books I read as a child in the early 1950's.  The characters were chipmunks dressing and living as people.  Their home was in a marvelous, old hollowed out tree.  I went to a small country school so the books may have been old in 1950.  The text was (I think) second, third or fourth grade level as I read them myself (they were not read to me).  I have found possibilities on the internet but none have enough description to help me know if I have found the one that is in my memory.

#C65--Chipmunks dressing as humans:  It's worth having a look at The Little Mailman of Bayberry Lane, by Ian Munn, illustrated by Elizabeth Webbe, Rand McNally Junior Elf Book, 1952.
C65 It doesn't seem to me as if this book quite matches, but here's more info: almost Little Goloden size; chipmunk mailman on yellow cover, putting mail in a mailbox. Inside, he makes deliveries to different animals in human clothes.
Marjorie Torrey, Three Little Chipmunks,1947.We searching forever for this book as well and my sister just recently found it and bought it - We grew up with Chuffy, Chirpy and Cheeky!!!
McElroy and Younge (American Book Company), Toby Chipmunk, 1931, copyright.  I read this book in a Wisconsin one-room schoolhouse in the late forties and then tried to find it for YEARS; I finally found one last year on ebay.  Good luck!

C66: Crystal horse
Solved: The Crystal Horse

C67: Civil War-era family story
My grandmother had a book that I loved to read whenever I would visit her.  It was probably written sometime in the early 1900's.  The story was about a little girl and her family.  The father left to fight in the war, and the family was notified that he had been killed.  Then suddenly he returned, and we are told that there was an error made regarding his death notice.  This is a picture book, and it's possible that the text of the book was written as a poem.  I think the cover was a picture of the little girl watching the troops march away.  I also think there might have been a line in the book the said, "He is not gone; he is just away."  I would love to find a copy of this book as it has many memories.  Thanks for any help.

#C67--Civil War era family story:  "He is not gone, he is just away" has been used in a number of variations, most notably in a poem by Walt Whitman, who did write a lot during and about the Civil War era.  Since the poet is
so well-known, you should have no trouble in locating the poem.  Can't say the same about the book.
C67 civil war era: perhaps Nellie's Prayer by George R. Sims, illustrated by J. Willis Grey, published London & New York by Raphael Tuck 1880, unnumbered pages approx 22, with 28 monochrome illos. "The story of a little girl's prayer for her father's safe return from war." The cover shows soldiers marching with a young boy running beside them, a little girl watching and a woman weeping. However, the soldiers are in red with tall bearskins, very English and not at all American Civil War.

C68: Color lands
Solved: The Wizard of Oz 

C71: Confederate treasure mystery
Solved: The Secrets of Hidden Creek

C72: Comic strip Character named Logan
Solved: X-Man Wolverine

C73: Can't Hear Myself think
Solved: The Noisy Clock Shop

C74: Circus
Solved: The Secret of Stone House Farm 

C75: Cookbook for kids
Solved: The Kids' Kitchen Takeover 

C77: Cat story
Solved: Gypsy

C78: Crafts projects
I am looking for a book which is similar in size and format to McCall's Giant Golden Make-It Book, which features creative projects for children--everything from sock dolls,games and wooden toys to holiday decorations and costumes.  I am interested in any similar  titles which would have been published around the same general time period, probably containing color illustrations rather than photographs, and most likely hardbound.

C79: Checkerspot: Uncle Arthur?
Solved: Children's Hour with Uncle Arthur Book One

C80: Christian series twins who were pastor kids
Solved: Joy Sparton of Parsonage Hill

C81: Clown steals another clown's nose!
I have a friend that has talked about a book she had.  It was about a clown who had a nose that another clown envied and stole!  She doesn't know the name.  Can you help?

Are you sure this is a children''s book?  I read a short story recently on the same theme in The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror (edited by Datlow & Windling  I think it was last year's edition).  It's a crazy story set in a town populated by clowns that does involve a missing nose (one of the main characters is embarrassed by the fact that his nose is ill-fitting).

C82: Cat pie
Solved: Cat and Dog

C83: Cat doesn't display proper feline behavior
Solved: The Three-Legged Cat 

C84: Candy store alive at night
This was an anthology published in the late 60s. The last story in the book concerned a candy store at night all the candy and pastries would come alive and have a big fight or party. I distinctly remember that the store owner lived upstairs, woke up from the noise "but she thought it was probably just a car backfiring." The book would have been softbound, about the size of a coloring book, second-grade level but with few illustrations.

Big Big Story Book. I have an anthology of childrens stories from the 1960's called Big Big Story Book.  Mine is hardcover wtih a picture of a circus on the front. Your requests sounded like the story PICNIC IN THE PANTRY, although there is no store owner or car backfiring.  This is in rhyming verse with the first verse being:  The peppermint stick and the candy bar / Sat and dreamed in the big glass jar.  We'll see the World, they cried one day.  And hand in hand they ran away.

C85:  El Cid
I recall reading a color illustration and text book (oversized) when I was a child (1975?) that had short renditions of a number of heroes from history and mythology, including the last battle of El Cid, Horatio at the Bridge in Rome, and Gwain and the Green Knight.  I hope to be able to locate this book for my daughter.  Any help is appreciated.

C85 El Cid sounds like I26 stories of heroes
C85 el cid: well, Knights and Champions, by Dorothy Heiderstadt, illustrated by George Fulton, published Nelson 1960, 191 pages, includes stories of "twelve legendary and historical heroes, including St. George, Beowulf, Roland, King Arthur, Richard Lionheart, El Cid of Spain, and Bayard the last knight. Ages 10-14.". I couldn't discover the size or confirm colour illustrations, or any other definite characters beyond Ogier the Dane - nothing certain on Gawain or Horatio.

C86:  Come Over to My House
Solved: Come Over to My House

C87:  Cully and the octopus
Solved: The Pirates in the Deep Green Sea

C88: Carter is a painter's cap
Solved: Carter is a Painter's Cat

C89: Casey
Solved: More than a Summer Love 

C90: Cave children
Solved: The Stone Age Kids Discover America
C91: Cold snap day

Solved: Grandpa's Farm
C92: Collection of poems, speeches, plays

Solved: Treasury of the Familiar 
C93: Child actress in historical role

Solved: Once in a Lifetime
C94: Catacombs

Solved: The Tombs of Atuan
C95: Christmas Story Book

Solved: The Christmas Book
C96: Carroty princess?

Solved: Princess Carroty-Top & Timothy
Solved: The Magic Key
C97: Collection of stories for girls

Solved: Girls' Adventure Stories of Long Ago 
C98: Collection with Mr Leakey story by Haldane

Solved: Golden treasury of Children's Literature: Volume 6: Unfamiliar Marvels

C99: cupola, bees, kidnapped
Solved: Babysitting is a Dangerous Job

C100: Camping trip time travel
I am also looking for a series of fantasy books about a group of kids (family) who go on a camping trip and go into the past.  They go to an island were they plan a survival type (Outward Bound, as their elderbrother went on a trip similar with out his siblings) camping trip and find a figurine. Title might be "the bronze man", there are at least three books in the series.  The children go back to the time of the Celts in one of the books.

sounds slightly like one suggested for another stumper - The Green Bronze Mirror, by Lynne Ellison, published London, Blackie 1966, 124 pages. "Karen is 15 years old, and on holiday with her family at an English seaside resort. Everything is ordinarily nice, until she finds an old bronze mirror buried in the sand and looks into it. Hearing the tramp of approaching feet, she turns to face a company of what appears to be Roman soldiers. They ARE Roman soldiers, and Karen finds herself in the Britain of almost 2000 years before her own time. Her
adventures go on from there ... romance pervades the story after Karen meets Kleon, a handsome slave boy." The author was apparently only 14 when she wrote the book.
C100 camping trip time travel: there is a short series by Meta Mayne Reid, including The McNeills at Rathcapple, published Faber 1959 "combines the family story with the magic of adventures into the past"; Sandy and the Hollow Book, published Faber 1961 "An exciting story of two children in Ireland who relive forgotten episodes from past history"; and With Angus in the Forest, published Faber 1963 "The story of a girl who went back into Irish history during the desparate times of the 10th century Danish raids, and found there an answer to her own problems." One of Elinor Lyon's books, The Golden Shore, published Hodder 1957, is about cousins John and Penelope, who jump a stream while on a picnic, and find themselves in ancient Greece, where they live for almost a year. There is also a short time-travel series by M. Pardoe, involving the MacAlister children and their tutor - Argle's Causeway, illustrated by L. Atkinson, published Routledge 1958, 244 pages "Another excursion in time granted to the MacAlister family who break through a 'thin spot' in the region of Lymington and find themselves in Norman England in the 11th century. While it is a little difficult to believe that the children's kilts enable them to pass without a great deal of commment ... the historical background is extremely thorough ..." (JB Jul/58 p.135) and Argle's Oracle, illustrated by Audrey Fawley, published Routledge 1959, 197 pages "The MacAllister children and their young schoolmaster friend Mr. Burke are forced down in the sea on a flight to Athens and almost immediately find a 'thin spot' where they break through the veil of time and begin to live in the Greece of 415 BC."
C100 camping trip: the first book in the Pardoe series is Curtain of Mist, illustrated by Leslie Atkinson, published Funk 1958, 246 pages. "Three modern children and their tutor in the Scottish Highlands step throught the 'curtain of mist' into Celtic Britain. They remember that they belong in the 20th century and realize that they have  somehow got into the wrong era. They are thrilled by their experience but frightened too, and anxious to get back home." (HB Feb/58 p.38)

C101: Complete Collection
Solved: Dean's Gift Book of Fairy Tales

C102: Children scientific experiment
Solved: The House of Stairs

C103: Children disaster aflood england
Solved: Hills End

C104: Coloured pages
Solved: The BIG Story Book 
C105: Catholic series with flood

Solved: This is Our Town

C106a: Cinderella in verse
Solved: Cinderella Retold in Verse

C106b: Children and boats
Solved: Pirates, Ships and Sailors

C107: Cave Exploration
I also remember about the same time frame reading a book about a group of kids that explored a cave.  The were trapped in the cave and had to go down the underground river to get out.  It was a great adventure and I'd love to read it to my kids now. Thanx for your help. This is a great service.

Possibly The Cave, US title Five Boys in a Cave, by Richard Church, published London 1950, New York, Day 1951, 180 pages. "John Walters was visiting his uncle and aunt when he discovered the entrance to the limestone caves near their home. At once he decided to invite four of his friends to explore with him. The effect that danger and fear have on the characters of the boys - bringing out both good and bad traits - is well depicted. For readers of twelve and over." (HB Jul/51 p.249) Not sure about an underground river, though.
another possibility is The Mystery of Mont Saint-Michel, by Michel Rouze, illustrated by Peter Spier, published NY Holt 1955 "The story of four French boys and one girl who, on a summer camping trip, decide to explore the famous abbey at Mont Saint-Michel. Eluding the guides and the regular tours they go underground by themselves and are soon lost in a network of passages and caves. The author combines vivid and realistic descriptions of the ways in which the children meet danger - how they avoid the rising tide, provide themselves with light, fires, food - with their interest in trying to find proof that there is truth in the legend that here once grew the great Forest of Cokelunde. A well-written, exciting and credible tale, translated from the French by George Libaire." (Horn Book Dec/55 p.459) Though it's not an underground river but underground tides.
C107 Have sold this so can't check inside: Wallace, Bill    Trapped  in Death Cave  cover by Don Clavette    Holiday House, 1984; cover art 1987.    Weekly Reader  Just for Boys series
Joyce Sweeney, Free Fall. 1996.  This is about 4 boys who find a cave and go exploring, but they get lost. They find an opening in the cave ceiling, but when one boy attempts to scale the wall, he falls and breaks his leg.  They finally escape by swimming underwater.  Lots of male bonding, kind of like the movie "Stand By Me" but set in modern times.
C107 cave exploration: more on the Richard Church book - "Five boys explore a Severnside cave-complex and find their way out along a subterranean river, after physical hazards and re-alignments within the group. In the sequel (Down River, 1958) they surprise crooks taking contraband down river to a waiting ship." (Growing Point Jan/75 p.2567) There's also one of the books suggested for C94 catacombs: 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."
Could this be The Mystery of the Piper's Ghost by Zillah Macdonald?? Set in Nova Scotia, the story involves an old gold mine with many lengthy tunnels,- it is here that the children get lost.
By title alone how about The Singing Cave by Ellis Dillon-1960?? There was a book in the Trixie Belden series where the kids were in a cave, and there was an underground river.  Involved some kind of endangered fish called the "ghost fish."  Don't know if that's helpful.  (Trixie Belden was a character sort of like Nancy Drew  she and her brother were middle-class kids, and they had a rich friend, Honey, who lived up the road at the mansion, and Trixie had a cute boyfriend named, I think, Jim.)
Enid Blyton, The Secret of Killimooin.  possibility...
Enid Blyton, The Valley of Adventure, 1950s approximate. This third book of the Adventure series (which also includes Castle of Adventure, Ship of..., Island of..., Sea of...) has all the elements that make it difficult to stop reading in the middle: Fast-paced action, burnt old houses, caves and secret tunnels, treasure, and four children who try to outwit bad guys while trapped in a remote and lonely valley. I'm not positive, but the kids might very well have escaped from the Valley by boat down an underground river. I believe they talked about stalactites quite a bit too. The original Blyton "Adventure" books included terrific drawings by Stuart Tresilian which make the reader feel as if he or she is actually a participant in the story. They are now available as reprints in paperback with entirely different covers.

Enid Blyton, The River of Adventure, 1950?, approximate. I just checked on the Enid Blyton Society website for a detailed summary of "Valley of Adventure", and the children do not escape by boat, although they DO spend time in caves and discuss stalactites and stalagmites! The last book in the Adventure series, "River of Adventure", though, DOES have a lot of boats, caves, and an underground waterfall. Just another suggestion!

C108: Cats v Dogs Intergalactic War
Solved: Urn Burial

C109: Computers and kids
Solved: Danny Dunn and the Homework Machine
C110: Children's Map Book

Solved: Authorized Autumn Charts of the Upper Red Canoe River Country
C111: Christmas Stories -Giant golden book size

Solved: The Tall Book of Christmas

C112: crabapple girl plays field hockey
Solved: The Hockey Girls
C113: Circus Baby

Solved: Circus Baby

C114: Children's Poetry Book
Solved: The Bumper Book
C115:  Children's Book about witches

Solved: Witch Family
C116:  Child dies and enters alternate world

Solved: The Brothers Lionheart

C117:  Christmas short stories
Solved: The Christmas Book

C118:  Candy dreams
Solved: Sweet Touch

C119:  Children's Bedtime Story book
Solved: Lots of Stories 
C120:  Chinese Fairy Tales

Solved: Chinese Fairy Tales 

C121: child possessed by doll
Solved: A Candle in Her Room

C122: candy striper
Solved: Nancy Plays Nurse

I remember checking this book out from my school library over and over again while I was in elementary school, maybe 2nd or 3rd grade (1977-1979) I think the title was : City Nights, City Lights or Uptown, Downtown or something close to it.  I remember it took place in the city and I think the main character was a girl and she walked through the city - I also remember a storm and the girl wearing a rain jacket and having an umbrella.  Hope you can help me - Thank you!

Taro Yashima, Umbrella.  Could this one possibly be Umbrella?  Momo receives boots and an umbrella for her birthday and then has to wait and wait for it to rain. She does walk through the rain in the story, to nursery school.
Could this be the Alice and Jerry reader Day In and Day Out? It has a maroon cover with a girl in summer shorts and light top and an umbrella in rain splashing around in puddles. Like  most reders it consists of many different stories unrelated to one another. The cover and the Title somewhat matched your description!! (You can often find this reader on auction sites with photographs.)
C123 city lights: perhaps this one is too old, but Paris in the Rain With Jean and Jacqueline, written and illustrated by Thea Bergere, published NY McGraw 1963, features a boy and girl with a big black umbrella in city scenes. "Her full-page illustration, using blue, grey, white and just a little red tone. The effect is really pleasing to the eye and consistent with the Parisian tour mood!"
Ludwig Bemelman, Madeline.  The discription scene is very reminisent of a part in Ludwig Bemelman's MADELINE. The copy I had was reprinted by Puffin Books in 1967. I don't know if this is what you are looking for, there is a part where Madeline is exploring Paris in the rain, or perhaps she was lost from the group. This is the first thing I though of.  I hope it
helped!  Afterthought::  I should have said....It could Be or may have been ONE of the many Madeline stories. The First or Original story was Madeline in the hospital had her appendix out I believe. But I recall one where she was lost or exploring Paris in the rain.
Seignobosc, Francoise, Jeanne-Marie in Gay Paris. NY Scribner 1956.  Again, not an exact match. "Jeanne-Marie in her red kerchief, with umbrella and suitcase to match, sets off by herself to see Paris in the springtime. It is a children's Paris that she sees: the puppet show, the merry-go-round, the gay stalls along the Seine where she can choose presents for her friends Jean-Pierre and Patapon." (Horn Book Jun/56 p.183)
Irma Simonton Black (editor), Uptown Downtown.  Uptown Downtown is the title of one of the Bank Street Unit Readers, which was a basal reader series featuring multiracial kids living in urban areas. It is out of print. Published by MacMillan in
1965. Edited by Irma Simonton Black. Illustrated by Ron Becker, Robert Quackenbush, and others. Unfortunately, I don't remember if there is a story about a girl in a rain storm.

C124: Christmas Anthology
Solved: The Santa Claus Book

C125: Christmas dolls anthology
Solved: Santa's Footprints

C126: Cow wants to go to moon
Solved: A Rocket for a Cow
C127: coming of age girls book

Solved: The Unchosen 
C128: chain recapitulates mankind's history

an ancient man picks up a chain on a deserted beach and we follow its progress throughout history until it ends up in a case in a museum, wondered at by a modern man. the book came out around 1942.

I do not know  if the device of the chain is used in the book but a very popular history of the world was  Henrik van(von)Loon's History of Mankind--the 1922 winner of the Newbery Award.
Not a lot of help, I'm afraid, but this is NOT the Van Loon - I've just checked my copy, nor is it his Ancient Man - I looked at my copy of that, too!
Gregg, Pauline, The Chain of History, 1958.
the book i am looking for is fictional, so it wouldn't be a history by van loon nor *the chain of history* (1958), which i was able to look at. but i do appreciate the suggestions.  my mother is quite old and this is the one book she keeps talking about. she read it around 1941 so it had to have been published earlier than that. i have already checked out (all) the several fictional works at the library of congress that have "chain" in the title. i have also searched OCLC.
This is a selection - probably a short story - in a high school literature anthology.  I remember it very clearly.  Check out some textbook anthologies.
I looked through the high school literature anthologies in the Library of Congress from the 20s and 30s without finding the story. More specific information would help.

C129: Car crash ghosts
Solved:  Ghosts of Departure Point 

C130: Cooking macaroni for the king with lots of pots
Solved: Strega Nona 

C131: Childrens Bedtime Stories
I remember it being a large hardback book. The illustrations were in black and white but the cover was in color, with a blonde girl/boy on the front. I remember something about a "crooked sixpence?" I also remember a story about a cat named Spot that an old woman would yell at and say, "scat, scat, you old street cat! Scat, scat and never come back!" There was also a story about a pig, a woman, and a style. The woman couldn't get her pig over the style so she asked different animals, things, etc. to help her. One line is, "fire won't burn stick, stick don't beat dog, dog won't bite pig, piggy won't go over the stile and I shan't get home tonight." If you have any information on this book, please let me know. My family has been searching for years! If anyone has a copy they want to sell, even better! Thanks you!

Betty O'Connor, editor, Better Homes and Gardens Storybook, 1950.  The story about the little old lady whose pig won't go over the stile can be found in the Better Homes and Gardens Storybook from 1950, although I don't think any of the other stories described in the stumper are included in this anthology.
w/ pictures by Blanche Fisher Wright, The Real Mother Goose, 1992.  The Crooked Sixpence is in this book (very beautifully illustrated).  It goes like this: There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile/ He found a crooked sixpence beside a crooked stile/He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse/And they all lived together in a little crooked house.  This is definitely a reprint of The Real Mother Goose, because I had another copy of it nearly 20 years before Barnes & Noble, Inc published this 1992 copy by arrangement with Checkerboard Press, Inc.   Unfortunately, I don't know anything about the other two stories described.
Jessie Willcox Smith, A Child's Book of Stories.  See A116 ~ The contributor who suggested A Child's Book of Stories by Jessie Wilcox Smith seems to have a book similar to mine and their book has "The Old Woman and Her Pig,"  which sounds like it could be the third story described here.
I can identify one of your stories. "Scat, scat! You old street cat!" comes from a story by Lucy Sprague Mitchell called- "How Spot Found a Home". Unfortunately "Crooked Sixpence" is not in my book but this info may further the hunt for your treasured book! Good Luck!

C132:  Chicken loses toes, is given boots
Solved: Along Came a Dog 
C133: Cannibal town and other scary stories

Solved: Children of Noah

C134: Christmas tree top cut off mouse
Solved: Mr. Willoughby's Christmas Tree

C135: Curse of the MacGregor's Mansion
Solved: The Ghosts of Austwick Manor 

C136: Cashmere sweater
Solved: Fifteen 

C137: Child catches the moon in birdcage
This is a book that I read as a child in the early 50's.  It was about a little boy who saw the moon out of his bed at night and wanted it to stay, but it always went away.  He went around and asked people in his neighborhood how to catch the moon, and I believe they didn't know, but they gave him presents.  Finally someone gives him a birdcage, and he sees the moon in the cage every night before he goes to be and is satisfied.

James Thurber, Many Moons.  This is a pretty unlikely match, but it does have some things in common. It's about a princess who wants the moon, and everyone the king asks explains why this is impossible, until the the court jester comes up with a solution.
Jan B. Balet, Amos and the Moon, 1948. A wonderful book! Balet's great illustrations show an old New York's different immigrant shopkeepers' windows in colorful detail. It is the Chinese laundryman who gives Amos the birdcagto hold the moon's reflection.

C138: Christmas Book, 1940s or 1950s
Solved: The Santa Claus Book

C139: Children Walk from FL to GA
Solved:  Long Way to Go 
C140: California girl hates raincoat

Solved: The Luckiest Girl 
C141: Clock adventures with Punch

Solved:  The Sun, Moon, and Stars Clock 

C142: Colonial Girl Drinks Nanny Tea
Solved: The Day Must Dawn

C143: Cat named Asher Banipul
Solved:  The Wonderful World of Aunt Tuddy 

C144:  connie and the curious candle
Solved:  Stories for Bedtime 
C145: choirboys adventures, mysteries.  England.

Solved: The Grange at High Force

C146: Christmas Cookies Come Alive on Christmas Eve to Help Decorate Tree, Finish Dollhouse, and Assemble Bike
My wife has been searching for a particular childrens book, however she does not remember the title, author, or publisher.  The basic plot involves Christmas cookies that are left out on Christmas Eve and come alive to help decorate the Christmas tree, finish a dollhouse, and assemble a bicycle. We are expecting our own little girl in the next few weeks and she would love to have this book to read to her daughter at Christmas.

Bethany Roberts, Cookie Angel, 2007. I don't know if this is too recent but my children really enjoyed this story of the Christmas angel cookie that comes to life on Christmas Eve and helps decorate the tree, etc.
Gingerbears Christmas. Published by Current in 1983??

C147:  Cowboy Poem "A Friend",  Presidential-sounding author
Solved: Ode to a Friend

C148: Caresse LeClair book stumper
Legend of Caresse LeClair.  Book was set in New Orleans current day.  It was written about 25-30 years ago.  People come to visit a prominent family and are recounted the legend of Caresse LeClair, a granddaughter of Marie Laveau (a voodoo priestess) who was a quadroon that was bought at a quadroon ball by a man in the family many years earlier.  A story is recounted how she was killed in a fire.  Some family members and guests go by pirogue to a voodoo ceremony.  One woman brings traditional offerings to the voodoo gods.  The voodoo priestess hates the woman who she feels is related to the woman who caused Caresse's death and plans revenge thru the voodoo ceremony.  The
ceremony also has an effect on the other guests and family attending.  At some point those people unknowingly start acting out the events that led to the death of Caresse.  Very mysterious.  I can't remember the author and have searched everywhere. Please help.

C138 I checked google for Caresse... and got nothing. When I tried Marie Laveu, there were tons.  Perhaps this is of possible interst to customer:  D'Argent, Jacques.  Voodoo.   Sherbourne Press, c1970.
Stern, Steven L., Hex. NY Simon & Schuster 1989.  This may be too late, but the blurb says "In the blackest night the voodoo queen strikes with magic, terror and death!" Which sounds promising. 

C149:  Children's book called "Charles"
Solved: Charles

C150:  chinese boy with long name
Solved: Tikki Tikki Tembo

C151: Children crippled in traffic accidents
book about a town for children crippled in traffic accidents. read in the late 50's or early 60's but from 30's or 40's. fiction, not unpleasant.

C152: Childs book about a Zebra named Stripy (or Stripie)
Solved: Stripey, a Little Zebra

C153:  Cakeville Cakes
Solved: Our Story Book

C154: Cowboy Bob
Solved: Grandpa's Farm

C155: clipper ships; East India Company
This is a book about a family living in Boston ( I think) that owned a shipping company at the end of the days of clipper ship importing for India and the East Indies.  All I remember is that there was a son who was much older than his younger sister.  He went on the trips and once he brought back a miniature croquet set for his sister.  I think the book might have been a mystery.

Might be worth checking some of Leonard Wibberly's (Mouse That Roared) historical fiction- like his Treegate series.
Jerry West (pseudonym), The Happy Hollisters and the Old Clipper Ship.  This came to mind because the Happy Hollisters books are mysteries (in the same sense that the Bobbsey Twins books are mysteries!) and it's only time I've ever seen "clipper ship" in a book's title.
Before 1950, approximate.  So glad to see this request -- I have been looking for this same book for ages!  I read it in 1956, and it was not new then.  The girl in the book is quite sickly, and she worships her big brother, the captain of the clipper ship.  The title might be the name of the ship . . .  but I remain stumped!  Good luck!
Chastain, Madye Lee, Dark Treasure(1954)  Found it!  I too have been looking for this book forever! It's New York, not Boston, and Cousin Andy, not Lissa's brother -- but he definitely brings her the mini-croquet set, and it is a mystery.  How lovely to finally own this favorite book of my childhood!

C156: Carillon chapter book with line drawings
Solved: The Mysterious Disapparance of Leon (I mean Noel)

C157:  "ComputerLand" super computer store going backrupt
Solved: Once Upon a Time in ComputerLand

C158:  Curley Haired Hen
Solved: The Curly Haired Hen

C159: Cat Story
Solved: The Ghost of Opalina or Nine Lives

C160: Crooked Man
Solved:  The Tall Book of Make-Believe

C161: Claude
Young children's book (or story) from mid- to late nineteen fifties, about "Claude, the mouse with the kinky tail".

C162: casket-sword-mystery
Solved: The Caket and the Sword

C163: civilization organizes again after virus
Solved: Earth Abides

C164: castle-headed boy
This book features a castle-headed boy with smaller people living on/in the castle which is his head.  Beautiful artwork.  No clue as to title or author.  Thanks for any help with this.

C164  Ruth Plumly Thompson, Kabumpo in Oz, 1922.  A longshot, but there is an incident in this book in which the Nome
King grows to a tremendous size and makes off with Ozma's palace on his head.  The illustrations are by John R. Neill.
Jane Langton, The Swing in the Summerhouse 1967.  Again, a bit of a longshot, but in "The Swing in the Summerhouse" there is a chapter called "The Man Castle" where Eddy finds himself inside his body as if inside a castle and must go up toward his head and awaken his senses.
David Weisner, Free Fall, 1988.  Was it a wordless picture book? Boy falls asleep reading and dreams of flying, almost
MCEscher-esque bizarre juxtapositions and connections. Brilliant illustrator also won Caldecott not too many years back for TUESDAY (also wordless) Anyway, the castle part tugs at me...

C165: Changeling stolen by fairies for housework
Solved: Red Feather

C166: Country boy in "Dick and Jane" moves to city and wins baseball game
I think it was a story in one of the "Dick and Jane" readers from the 1950's (at least, that's when we read them!). It's about a boy from the country who moves to the city and is ridiculed by the other kids for being a country bumpkin. Then one day he wins the big baseball game and he's a hero. Hope this rings a bell with someone! Thanks for your help.

C167: Carolee Carouthers, had no sisters or brothers
Solved: The Tale of Corally Crothers

C168: Cinderella in verse
Solved:  Cinderella Retold in Verse

C169: Car (Lazy) Nearly Scrapped
I recall a book about a car that was very slow and lazy (I think they kept painting it different colors, giving it different jobs; it might have been a taxi at one point, painted yellow, obviously.)  Finally they're going to scrap it, and there's a creepy illustration at the auto graveyard, all the cars with their engines exposed and rusting, and the little car freaks out so much that when given one last chance to run it RUNS!  And they paint it red and it goes to work for the fire department.

Leila Berg, Fire Engine by Mistake.  I think it might be this, or Berg's other book, The Little Car.
The Little Car (Puffin, 1974):  "Eleven brief episodes record the adventures of the Little Car and the Driver who understands every noise it makes."

C170: Christmas tree top
Solved: Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree

C171: Catholic School Reader
Solved: Faith and Freedom Readers

C172: carillon, hidden valley
Solved: The Whisper of Glocken

C173: Children in another realm
Solved: The Tower of Geburah

C174: Child's book on art
Solved: Famous Paintings: An Introduction to Art for Young People

C175: Crocodiles drawn to look like Russian People
1920s or 1930s.  A picture book, black and white drawings.  Pictures I remember are that the crocodile men wear spats, the women wear kerchiefs, there is a picture of them flying down to the Nile River (on a carpet?) ,  and a picture of them with a samovar.  That's all I remember..

Kornei Chukovsky, Crocodile

C176: Cinderella/Rumplestilskin
I am looking for a picture book published probably in the years 1950-1954. It was the stories of Cinderella and Rumplestilskin together in one book. I remember it beig a large (8 1/2"X11") vertical book. It was not a thick book. I am sorry that I don't remembber the exact title.  In the Cinderella story I remember the illustrations in that there were 3 balls that she attend on subsequent nights. Each night Cinderella wore a gown more beautiful than the last, one of which was silvery like the moon and another was gold like the sun.  It was probably a mass market book and may have been an import. I have searcehd the net myself and had no luck, so for 2 bucks I'll let you give it a try.  I am a children's book author/illustrator myself, and this book was very meaningful to me as a child.   I hope you have better luck than I have.

I can't tell you what edition to look for, or even precisely which fairy tale to look for (there are a number which employ the three dresses, among them being "Donkeyskin" or the Grimm version of "Allerleirauh (the Many Furred Creature)" but I can tell you you're not going to figure it out looking under Cinderella.  I'd widen your base to look at some fairy tale anthologies if I were you.
This book does not match in all particulars BUT.. Princess Furball by Charlotte Huck, matches the other details so well! The three balls, the three gorgeous gowns (superior illustrations with unusual textures by Anita Lobel) Great version of Cinderella!! I just had  to toss that out there.
The description of the three gowns of Cinderella sounds like The Fairy Tale Book by Adrienne Segur (1958) under the Solved items.  [Actually, that's illustrated by Segur; adapted and compiled by Marie Ponsot.  See also the Back in Print page.]
I am thinking of a series of book I had as a child. there were about 15 of them and every book had 2 fairy tales in them, I
remember they were tall and did not fit in my lap. The pictures were wonderful and I remember that Cinderella had 3 dresses because that was the only time I had seen that version of it.One as bright as the moon, one as golden as the sun and I believe the first one was red.They were from Mc Calls. I believe the one with Cinderella had a pink cover. The other stories were just as wonderful. Bluebeard, 5 Peas in a Pod,Rapuzel,Hansel and Gretel etc.

C177: Cardboard box played with until it falls apart
Solved:  Christina Katerina and the Box

C178: Children's Poetry Book
I am looking for a children's poetry book.  It includes the poem 'Raggedy Man' and the poem 'New Shoes'.  It has poems by Hilaire Belloc and Robert Louis Stevenson.  There are illustrations for many but not all of the poems.  Some of the illustrations are of bugs that look a bit like Paul Klee artwork.  I think the illustrations are not all by the same person.  The Owl and the Pussycat is included and may be on the cover as a rather ornate illustration.  The book is approximately 81/2 by 11".  It was read to me as a child in the 1960s.

Be sure you look at the books on the Most Requested Antholgies page to see if any look familiar.
#C178--Children's Poetry Book:  Could be one of the poetry volumes of Childcraft, 1954 edition with orange and blue cover, reprinted 1961 with red and white cover.
Jane Werner (ed.), The Big Golden Book of  Poetry, 1965.  If "New Shoes" is actually "Choosing Shoes" ( About buying new shoes) then this book fits in all particulars except Paul Klee artwork-but then again I am not exactly sure what Paul Klee bugs look like! Check out this book at this site!

C179: Clockmaker
Solved: The Cuckoo Clock

C180: Chester  / Aunt Maude / cat /
Solved: That's Not Chester!

C181: Civil War Reenactor
Solved: Meet John Trow

C182: champion diver
It was about a high school diving team. It was the diving championship. the one guy started playing this wierd word game with the other guy just to keep him relaxed. It was something like "you left a little dirt on the whiffle (or some madeup word) I'll go clean it up for you. He didn't realize that by playing this game and not focusing on his own performance, he outperformed everyone and won the championship.

Chris Crutcher, Stotan!, '90's.  This is a YA novel about a swim team. Don't remember anything about the word game...
This has to be much older than the 90s.  I remember reading this story in either elementary school or junior high and I graduated from high school over (Gasp!) 30 years ago.  For some reason, I associate the story with the author of Follow My Leader.  Did he write for textbooks or school readers?
HRL: Probably just means the book was available through Scholastic Book Services, as I know Follow My Leader was.
Eric Berger (editor), For Boys Only, Scholastic 1964.  Any chance this was a short story and not a novel? This Scholastic anthology is from the right time and includes a story called High Diver, by John Ashworth. Stories include - The Adventure at the Toll Bridge by Howard Pease, A Good Clean-Cut American Boy by Harlan Ware, First Command by Eugene Burdick, The Slip-Over Sweater by Jesse Stuart, Caesar's Wife's Ear by Phyllis Bottome, Sally by Isaac Asimov, Open Sesame by Ray Harris, The Torn Invititation by Norman Katkov, High Diver by John Ashworth, As the Eagle Kills by Hal G. Evarts, Alone in Shark Waters by John Kruse, and the Rookie Pitcher by John McClellen.
Franklin M. Reck, The Diving Fool  RECK, FRANKLIN M.  The Diving Fool, (Short Story) (in) The American Boy Anthology, ed. Franklin M. Reck, Thomas Y. New York: Crowell Company 1951  Also found in:  The Arrow Book of Sports Stories and in several reading/literature textbooks of the 60's and 70's
Franklin Reck, The Diving Fool. Just to confirm that yes, this has got to be the short story ?The Diving Fool?! The new diving team member who?s absolutely a natural (and has great technique too) lets nerves derail his performance when the pressure?s on. The first-person narrator, a generous-spirited old team member who recruited him (i.e., doesn?t mind if this new guy is better, if it helps the team ? in fact is simply happy to watch such a brilliant performer) jollies him along and gets him ?in the zone?, as we?d say nowadays, in a crucial swim meet (the fate of the powers-that-be granting the money for a new pool, etc. etc... the pressure was indeed on). The new guy had bombed somewhat in his first meet a few weeks earlier. The nice old team member (whom the coach keeps saying is good, but not performing up to his full potential) does indeed psych his new fellow team member up (again, terminology not used back then!) by playing the ?iggle? game they?d goofed around with in practices, as described by the OP. (It was decades later that I realized they were modifying the word ?eagle?!) Anyway, what worked for the scared new kid worked for the other! By gosh if the old kid wasn?t the one who came in first, and the new kid second, so they won handily. I even remember exactly the closing dialogue: The old kid says bewilderedly, stunned at his own success: ?I... I did what you wanted, Coach. I... I talked him into it...?  The coach interrupted him: ?You talked yourself into it, you diving fool!? (Wish all of us ever experiencing stage fright always had such a compatriot to talk us into the right frame of mind! In fact... hmmm... really getting too long-winded here -- feel free to edit!! -- I was reminded once again of this story yesterday when someone was kind enough to call me a "singing fool". My sight-reading abilities, for instance, are really, really good. Sometimes I let nerves get in the way of the production of beautiful vocal tone, however! If I get "in the zone" though, I'\''m all right. I want a companion on hand at all times like the old team member in this story!)

C183: camel demanding service from Bertram
Solved: Bertram and the Camel

C184: Colonial History
Solved: Little Maid series

C185: Children's song book from 1950s
Solved: My Picture Book of Songs

C186: Colorful creatures along a river
Solved: Barbapappa's Ark

C187: Cat
Solved:  The Cat Club, or, the Life and Times of Jenny Linksy

C188: circus dog can get bigger and smaller
Solved: Little Peewee, or, Now Open the Box

C189: Conformity mistaken for equality - everyone must be the same
Solved: Harrison Burgeron

C190: catholic children's reader
Catholic reader, 1960s,  focused on a family, featuring twins, one of whom was named Claire.  One of the children tried to wash their shirt using a bluing agent, and the shirt turned blue.  There were stories of saints and legends as well, including a story about a saintly visitor who magically kept the flour bin full during the winter.

C191: Children's Stories (Includes Snip The Tailor)
Searching for book of children's stories/fairy tales my parents gave me about 1956??  About 6" x 9" and 1" thick.  Whitish cover with some illustrations, hardbound. The only story I clearly remember is "Snip The Tailor" (although that might not be the exact title).  Great sentimental value; thanks for anyone's help!! Note: Fairy Tales by Katharine Gibson (1950) listed in this site's "anthologies" which includes "The Brave Little Tailor" might be it but I've got no way to confirm.

I couldn't find Snip the Tailor as part of an anthology, but I did find it as an individual book.  It's by Miriam Blanton Huber (Nisbet, 1952).  And I found Snip the Tailor: a play for boys by Vincent Bedford (S. French, Ltd. 1930).  Sorry, don't think this is what you're looking for.
I found a reference to Snip the Tailor in Index To Fairy Tales, Myths, and Legends - 2nd Supplement, but I don't think it's the book you're looking for since it appears to be a school reader.  You can find the story in After The Sun Sets (Miriam Blanton Huber, F.S. Salisbury, & Mabel O'Donnell = ed. and comp., c1938, Row, Peterson & Co.)  Note: Wonder-story books reading foundation series.
Saw "Snip the Tailor" in a children's reader today- After the Sun Sets- ( A Wonder Story Book) I believe these books were supplementary readers to go along with The Alice and Jerry Readers. A good number of other tales were included in the reader.

C192: cougar, ill girl, christmas play
Solved: The Tuckers: The Cottage Holiday

C193: children's book families and animal
Solved: Everyday Story Book

C194: children, old victorian house and elderly people and ginseng
Solved: Gone-Away Lake

C195:  Children's adventure series/cockatoo named Kiki
Solved: Adventure series

C196: Child digs through back yard to China
I am doing this search for a friend.  All she told me was what I included in the subject line... a child digs through his back yard and ends up in China.  Thanks!

Byrd Baylor, The Chinese Bug, 1968.  Could this be it?  "Using a broken hoe and an old kitchen spoon, a little boy who lives in the city is determined to dig his way to China in the small dirt plot behind the neighborhood grocery store. He decided he might even learn to speak Chinese, at least a few useful words like CHOCOLATE MILK and PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY. -- in the very center of the hole was a small glistening bug -- fluttering and bright.". Illustrated by Beatrice Darwin.
C196 Could this be the same as D114 Lifton's Taka-Chan, the dog that digs thru?
Wilbur, Richard, Digging for China, 1970.  This picture book poem has illustrations by William Pene du Bois.  Doubleday, 1970.  I also vaguely remember a very small picture book about digging to China with illustrations (and possibly the writing as well) by Joan Walsh Anglund.  Hope this helps. 

C197: Cave family
Solved: The Cave Twins

C198: Chicago Fire
Solved: Young and Fair

Solved: Until Proven Guilty

C200: Castle reappears every 100 years
Solved: Shadow Castle

C201: Corncob doll
Solved: Miss Hickory

C202: carpenter, saw, "zing, zing, zing"
The Little Carpenter?  Lenski?  1930s?  My Dad was born in 1932.  He fondly remembers his favourite book about a little carpenter and the line something like "zing zing zing went the saw."  I have searched and inquired w/o success.

A little earlier than the 1930's, but...The Little Carpenter by ?? (Samuel Raynor, 1849).  Series: New and true books for the young, no. 4.  Also anthologized in New And True Stories For Children: with 100 pictures.

C203: Colonial Georgetown Time Travellers
Two children (possibly brother and sister) about 8-10 years old, who live in the Georgetown section of Washington, DC (probably in the late 1940s or early 1950s) wander into a shop in a Colonial-era building "under" the (newly constructed or under construction) Whitehurst Freeway and find themselves in Colonial Georgetown about the time of or during the Revolutionary War.  The story concerns their efforts to adjust to life in that earlier century and to get back to their own time.  At the time I read this book, in the mid- to late-1950s, I lived in antoher part of Washington DC...

C204: caveman kids sewn into fur-skins
Solved: The Cave Twins

C205: Chinese folk story collection
Chinese Folk Tales or Anthology of Chinese Folk Tales ??, 1960s.  I'm looking for a collection of 13 or 14 Chinese folk tales or stories.  I have sketchy memories of one story involving and old woman who takes in a freezing bird of some kind and the bird becomes a beautiful young girl who stays and is told she is the old woman's daughter.  Another story involves an old man and woman and their young grandson.  When asked by the boy what they are most afraid of, they discuss many scary things, but by far the thing they fear the most is a "leak".  The grandson assumes a "leak" is a horrible monster, but is actually a leak in the roof that would damage their home.  The cover was brown or gold and it was illustrated with simple pen and ink drawings.  Any help with this one would be greatly appreciated.

Here is a link for Chinese Folk Tales.
I checked the links suggested for Chinese Fairy tales/folktales.  None of the books listed were the book I am looking for.  I may have purchased it through a school book fair??  I'm just not sure.  Please keep looking, thank you.
Not a solution, but could it be an anthology of Japanese fairy tales, rather than Chinese?  The first story described sounds like the Japanese story The Crane Maiden, about an old woman who takes in a crane during a winter storm, the bird turns into a beautiful girl, and the woman raises her as her daughter.
This is definitely an anthology of Japanese folk tales that you are looking for, not Chinese. The first story is The Crane Maiden, by Miyoko Mitsutani.  The second story is the basis for The Terrible Eek, retold by Patricia Compton. (On a rainy night, a man tells his  son that the things he most fears are a thief, a wolf, and a "terrible leak." He is overheard by both a thief who happens to be on the roof and a nearby wolf. The thief falls onto the wolf and each believes the other to be the "terrible eek." Terrified, they bolt and frighten several other animals with their misheard story about the "terrible eek," leaving the family safe in their home.) The date for Compton's retelling (1991) is too late for the anthology that you are looking for, but it sounds like basically the same story.

C206: Christopher Chameleon
I have been going CRAZY trying to find a book which contains a story/rhyme about Christopher Chameleon. As I recal it went something like "Christopher Chameleon was a quite contrary chap...". I probably read it in a First Grade reader in 1969/70. Please, please help me save my sanity.

C207: Cinderella Fatfoot
The book I am looking for I bought in London, either at Harrods or Hatchers in the 80's, and the title was something like ...."How England Won the War", or How Great Britain Won the Great War" or "How We Won the Big War."   It was about a Kangaroo named "Cinderella Fatfoot."  I remember that her part in helping win the war had something to do with her stomping her big foot on some seasaw type thing that propelled someone out of the fort or prison or forest ????????  I must tell you that in later part of the 90's I went around to many bookstores in London and described this book, and no one had a clue as to what I was talking about!!  Good Luck and thank you.

William Pène Du Bois, The forbidden forest, 1978.  A lot of the details are different than the book described, but it's the only thing that came up in my database search of kangaroos and wars!  "There were three heroes on the British cruiser Barkham when it docked in Syndey, Australia. They were known throughout the world as the "Stoppers of the Great War". They are Buckingham bulldog dog, Spider Max (a man), and the mysterious Lady Adelaide Kangaroo.  Lady Adelaide, a boxing kangaroo, helps to defeat the German army, thus becoming a heroine of the Great War."

C208: Child giant isn't growing and rescues village from monster
Solved: Dooly and the Snortsnoot

C209: children paper dolls author P-W
Solved: The Jennifer Wish

C210: Cave man banished from tribe
Solved: Fire Hunter

C211: Childern's Projects
A book on fairly improbable boy's engneering projects was published in the 20's or 30's. It was an oversized book and about two inches thick. A couple of the projects inside were, 1. how to build an army tank with working treads etc. the kid would sit inside and was able to move it on its treads. 2. An overhead cable car where a child would sit in a car suspended from a horizonal rope and move the cable car with a hand crank. Most of the projects were well beyound a boy's skills but they sure looked neat. The title may have had something to do with "a boy's projects" or "projects for boys" orsome such. My copy was destoyed by a flood and I would love to find another copy.

Alfred P. Morgan, Boys' Book of Science and Construction. Another possibility is N.B. Stout: Boys' Book of Mechanical Models, 1921.
H.H. Windsor, editor, The Boy Mechanic Book 3, 1919.  This is a series of books (I have 1, 2, & 3 - may be more printed) published by Popular Mechanics Press (Chicago).  They consist of articles with diagrams for building all kinds of things.  Book 3 is subtitled "800 Things For Boys To Do" and has instructions for an aerial cableway, miniature tank, motor car, parcel delivery bicycle, etc. Hope this helps - just discovered your wonderful site tonight!

C212: Collection of Stories
Solved: Better Homes and Gardens Story Book

C213: Cookbook, International Vegetarian
Solved: Golden Temple Vegetarian Cookbook

C214: crocodile, poss. legendary bird
children's; abt.40 years old; crocodile, poss. legendary bird; pictures striking geometric, jewel-like colors

Tomie de Paola, Bill and Pete. A possibility. Picture books about a crocodile and his bird friend who claims to be his
C214 I thought it might be this, but when I look at it, it doesn't seem to have the geometrical artwork that I think I have seen on a smaller book around here. This is picture-book size, with bold illustrations throughout. Kissin, Rita.  Zic-Zac, the crocodile bird; a good neighbor story from the Nile.  Messner, 1942, Junior Literary Guild.  Another title I find on the Net is: Pickford, Susan B.  Zic-Zac and the Crocodile

C215: Cheetah time travels and protects young King Tut
Solved: Tomorrow's Sphinx

C216: Crippled Girl Skates on New Years to Pirate Ship
This takes place in a European Village - 1700's?  A crippled girl wishes she could join the village New Year's Eve festivities where everyone wears costumes and skates on the canals.  Some carry poles with branches of lanterns.  She gets her wish along with a beautiful green velvet skating outfit and a white muff that shholds to her cheek to hide her identity from her friends.  She skates farther and farther out, and comes upon an icebound pirate ship.  She oards the ship and meets the pirate - Jean de Brulot (if I can remember this why can't I recall the title?!) The pirate shows her rooms full of treasures - pearls, jewels and gold.  In one room a pair of twins sleep with a crystal ball on their shoulders.  He breathes on them and they wake and show pictures in the crystal ball.  She departs and asks if she can come again next year.  de Brulot tells her she must choose -- she can either walk again -- or only skate once a year, and return each New Year's Eve.  She chooses to walk, and does, but come New Year's she skates out to where the ship was to find that it is of course - not there.  The ice begins cracking under her skates and she hurries home. I loved the delicious dilemma of having to choose between ordinary all the time,  or very special only once.  I have since experienced such choices, and each time i do, it reminds me of this book. Who knows? perhaps I am destined to read this book only once! Thanks for your interest and assistance!

Levy, Madeleine, The Enchanted Eve, Howell Soskin, 1945. This has got to be it! Plot description: "A story about a little girl living near Elewyt, Belgium in what looks to be the late 18th century whose legs have been crippled by an illness. She is the daughter of a painter and often goes with him while he paints watching the nature around her. She is beautiful in spirit and everyone loves her. One day a musician comes to entertain the children. After he finishes he talks to her and finds she cannot walk. He tells her he is actually a magician and can grant her 1 day a year to walk. She chooses St Sylvain's Eve as it is a day for an ice-skating carnaval and she would love to skate. The rest of the story is about what amazing sight she sees in a great sailing ship and the that miracle happens to her after St. Sylvains Eve and what she gives up to be able to walk again."

C217: China story
Solved: The Five Chinese Brothers

C218: cat disguises as dog
This is a children's book and involves a cat (whose name may be Alex) who disguises himself as a dog to fit into his new neighborhood.  That's all I know about it. I'll look for it on your listings as, "cat disguises as dog,"

Griffith, Helen, Alex and the Cat, 1982.  Just a possibility - but Alex (the dog) thinks that being a cat is preferable to being a dog.  The life of a cat does not require as much as that which is expected of a dog.

C219: Children's book of how stories
Solved: Folk Tales Children Love

C220: Chicken chased by Wolf
Solved: Rosie's Walk

C221: Callahan Girls - Sisters, one named Peggy
Solved: The Callahan Girls

C222: Christina and the Fairies
Solved: Christine's Fairy Friends

C223: Caterpillar tractor
I was delighted to hear the report this morning on NPR about Bookstumpers.  I  have been looking for a book that I read in grade school in about 1950.  Yes,  I am now 65, but have never forgotten that story, though the title eludes me.  The story is about an adolescent and his somewhat older friend who find a Caterpillar D-2 crawler tractor nearly submerged and abandoned in a mountain lake.  They get it out, repair it, find a used Traxcavator attachment, build a trailer, beef up a clunker old car by installing a second transmission for added pulling power, and then the young man uses the equipment to make money for his college education.  I was fascinated by the marvelous ingenuity of those men, and how they were able to resurrect old stuff that many now would consider merely junk.  I thought the title was "Caterpillar", but have checked that out at several libraries with no results, so the title must be different.  Can you or your readers help me find this book?  I have told my children the story many times, but would love to be able to read it to my grandchildren.  Thank You!

Meader, Stephen, Bulldozer, 1951.  I think this is it. I remember the part where the hero(es?) got hold of the bulldozer attachment for the tractor.
Meader, Stephen, Bulldozer, 1951, copyright.  It is definitely Meader's Bulldozer. I am a librarian in New Jersey and we have a collection of Meader books.

C224: Classroom tied with string
The book was a single-author collection of adventures of a boy in small-town U.S.  I read it in the mid- to late 70s.  The one episode I can recall involved the boy and his friends tying everyone and everything in their classroom into a giant web of string. I believe the teacher came back and told them they would have the time off or outside, but now had to get out of their predicament with the time instead.  (I know the description sounds like Homer Price, but it isn't -- or at least it's not in either _Homer Price_ or _Centerburg Tales_.)

Merritt Parmalee Allen, Mudhen.  It is a long shot, but it is the only book of boy stories featuring one character that I know.  The Mudhen played a lot of tricks, too.
Robert Newton Peck, Soup series.  Just a possibility - I can't identify the episode, but I've only read one or two of the books.
Could this be an episode in one of Robert Newton Peck's Soup books?  I know there's a chapter in Soup where he ties people up with rope, including his Aunt Carrie, which earns him a thrashing.  The episode described sounds like something Soup would do.
Jamie Gilson, 13 Ways to Sink a Sub. I seem to remember the incident with string occurring in this book, where 4th-grader Hobie Hanson and his friends try to make their substitute teacher cry.  Gilson wrote several books about Hobie and his school friends.

C225: Collection of fairy tales
Solved: Let's Pretend

C226: Chapter Book
Solved: Five Little Peppers and How They Grew

C227: Cat that talks backwards
Solved: Half Magic

C228: Children's Collection?
Solved: Better Homes and Garden Story Book

C229: Children visit heraldic land
This one is REALLY obscure! I read the book as a small child and it was old then - I think it dates to the 1920s or 30s. The title may be 'The Griffin' or 'The Gryphon'. Some children go to a magic country inhabited by heraldic animals.  Their guide is the griffin/gryphon. The ultimate enemy is the cockatrice.  Somewhere in this story was also a very 'alternative' family whose small children were called Battle, Murder and Sudden Death.  You can see why I remember it!

C229 It's not Stockton The griffin and the minor canon
gerald durrell, the talking parcel
Gerald Durrell, The Talking Parcel,
1974.  I too am almost sure this book is Gerald Durrell's The Talking Parcel.  Although it was published in 1974.  There are fire breathing Cockatrices and a Gryphon.  Three cousins called Peter Penelope and Simon journey to the land of Mythologia where flowers never die and there are four sunsets a day.

C230: Children turn into crows
Solved: Magic in the Park

C231: Civil War Young Romance
Come the Spring/Let the Spring Come, 1960s.  The plot was a girl during the American Civil War who went to a spring or creek one day and saw a young soldier.  He asked her for something to eat.  Over the next four years of the war, he comes in and out of her life.  The reader is never sure which army the boy is in.  It is a very nice, gentle young adult historical romance.

I think you have the title correct.  Try this: Henry Schindall. LET THE SPRING COME. Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1953. Dramatic Novel of Virginia and Kentucky in Revolutionary Days-   poignant love story, fast-moving story of adventure, intrigue and a fearful battle against odds, and an inspiring story of hope and courage- story of human beings in time of turmoil and stress- .  It's hard to find; but I did find a nice first edition copy available for $80.  Let me know if you want it...
You answered my query (C231) , but I think you chose the wrong book.  The book by Henry Schindall takes place in the Revolutionary War, and the book I am interested in takes place in the American Civil War.  I contacted a bookseller who has the book for sale and he said it definitely takes place during the Revolutionary war.  I specifically remember that the period is the 1860's because the guy never tells the girl what side he is fighting on.  The book takes place over the 4 years of the Civil War.  The Revolutionary War lasted 8 years.
John Lawson, The Spring Rider. This sounds like a wonderful out of print book from Harper & Row, in which the
mysterious soldier may or may not be Abraham Lincoln. There's a young girl and, I believe, her brother.

C232: Conan
Solved: The Incredible Tide

C233:  Crow
Looking for a story my brother used to love when he was in the 1st or 2nd grade.  It was a story about a Crow.  I think he caused mischief.  It started out with "Caw Caw".  Then the crow did somehting else and the text was "Caw Caw More More".  Then another even happened and it read "Caw Caw More More Beep Beep".  You get the idea.  As for time frame, we read this in the mid 1970's but I think the book was older then (library book), so maybe from the 1940's-1970's.  Thanks for any help!

C234: Chess
A novel for teens about a group of kids and playing chess.  This was writeen in the late 50s or early 60s and has a chess-type title (eg. Black Queen).

C235: Christmas story about Brownie/Grandpa Elf
Ok, this is a story about Santa who is trying to get ready for christmas Eve and his elves are helping him.  I remember Brownie elf Grandpa elf, who wore glasses and fell asleep on a shelf.  I remember Mrs. Claus made cookies and I think they fed the reindeer in the barn.  Some of the elves spilled paint on the floor.  this is NOT the one that rhymes, there was this book that we had first in the early 80's and then we moved and my mom bought another version that rhymes and we hated that one!  please let me know if you know anything about this book.  thanks!

I am the original stumper requester- the book has an elf that they call a brownie (apparantly brownies and elves are the same thing) and one is grandpa and he falls asleep on a shelf, another loses his glasses, Mrs. Claus bakes cookies for the elves, they feed the reindeer and on brownie spill red paint.  this book is so important to me and my mother.  neither of us can remember the name, but it wonderfully and colorfully illustrated.  thanks!

Sparkie with George Hinke illus., Jolly Old Santa Claus, 1961.  This sound an awful lot like Jolly Old Santa Claus published  by Ideal in the early 1960's. There are a couple of things that don't match.  No Brownie.  Gran'pa Elf just won't wear his glasses.  Everything else matches.  The illustrations are vibrant busy oil paintings by Geo. Hinke.  At the end Santa returns to find that their cat has had kittens.
Sparkie , Jolly Old Santa Claus, 1961.  I wrote in that I believed this to be Jolly Old Santa Claus, but that one thing I could not find was an elf named Brownie.  When I said that I was going by the 1990's reprint, which said it had the original story and all the original illustrations! Still I had a sneaking suspicion that it was revised because I vaguely remembered some things such as the spilled paint and the elves going to bed which were not there!  Well,  I found my brother's 1961 copy and lo and behold it has been much revised.  Nearly all the elves have been renamed, except Grampa.  And in the original the elves are all called brownie  there is Brownie Jingle who spills the paint, Brownie Grampa who is always forgetting his glasses, Lazy brownine who hides high on top of a shelf so as not to have to work and there is and section where the brownies help Mrs. Claus in the kitchen with making cookies and when the work is all done she serves them cookies. What I can not find is anyone sleeping  on a shelf, but like I said Lazy Brownie is on a shelf and looks like he is snoozing!  If this is the book beware of the reprint!  It is not the same (but still very charming). There are sections missing and some new ones added.
Mauri Kunnas, Santa Claus and His Elves,1981.This sounds quite a bit like a book that I just recently refound for my son who was born in 1981, so the right time frame. There is a lot going on in the pictures including pretty much every thing you mentioned.   I think it was originally written in Finnish.

C236: castle is there
Solved: Tom's Tower

C237: chimney, potato famine, underground, time travel
Solved: The Mine of Lost Days

C238: Colors- Red Blue Yellow
Solved:  Open Your Eyes

C239: Chinese water buffalo - Dabitse (sp?)
Solved: Dabbitse

C240: Cat Painter in Paris
by Huxley or Maugham?,  late 1940s.  The storyline is about a youmg man living in Paris after the war who paints pictures of "moggies" (cats) to make a living, but knows he has "greater" works of art in him if only he had  the means to make them. His girlfriend goes out with an older man to help make ends meet and the story unfolds around this scenario. I have read everything I can find by Aldous Huxley and also be Somerset Maugham as the style of the writing had a rather dry, disparaging style characteristic of their work and era. However I am coming to the conclusion it may be by a more obscure author or could even be a short story in a collection.

The genre is defintielty not in the children's section! It's definitely adult fiction I am starting to think it's probably in an anthology of short stories.
This has some similarities to the short story "The Unknown Masterpiece" by Honore de Balzac, but I don't think anyone paints cats.  In Balzac's story, a young painter persuades his beautiful girlfriend to pose for an older man, a painter who has gone mad over a masterpiece he has been working on.  It's a great story and the poster would probably enjoy it.

C241: "Charlie" - Prisoner of War
Solved: The Man in the Box

C242: Cuban Missile Crisis
Solved: Mystery of the Secret Message

C243: Creatures with hats design trap against invasion
I am looking for a children's picture book which would have been in print by the late 70s/early 80s. The community of creatures each wore hats, including the king. The community was afraid of an invasion and built an elaborate trap as protection. Two of the characters' names resemble Quantimodius and Pointus (?). The book may have incorporated basic physics concepts.

Here are some more details: The trap that the people designed was a large hemisphere suspended from a pulley. I think the people wore pointy hats and rode horses. 

C244: Cats with paintbrushes
I am looking for a book, probably about 45 years old, that was about 4 cats with paintbrushes, who painted in pastel colours.

Could this be Color Kittens, the Little Golden book?
Margaret Wise Brown, The Color Kittens
Margaret Wise Brown, The Color Kittens, ca. 1950.  This does sound like The Color Kittens, except that there were only two of them (Hush and Brush), and I don't recall the colors as being pastels, necessarily.  (As I recall the story, Brush and Hush were trying to create green paint, and came up with pink and orange before they finally got the recipe right.  They then fell asleep and had dreams about some other colors before waking up, getting pouncy, and spilling over all of their buckets, thus creating all the colors in the world.)  The original illustrations were by the Provensens  I've seen a more recent edition with redone pictures, but if the contributor is thinking of a book published 45 years ago (and assuming that The Color Kittens is the correct book), then the memory the contributor has must be of the Provensens' illustrations.

C245: Cars with faces
Solved: Modern Story Book

C246: children have time travel machine
Solved: Time Machine to the Rescue

C247: Children's dragon story
I'm looking for a book my Nanny used to read mewhen i was little probably 1984ish though i don't think the book was new. It was about a young bot dragon meeting the girl (dragon) of his dreams. The pictures were colour and cartoon like, cover was maybe yellow. It all rhymed but i can't remember the story too well. The only quote i have is..."Eye's like diamonds, teeth like pearls. Oh how he wished that he could touch her, talk to her he didn't dare" Any help in finding this story would be great. Thanks.

Myers, Dragon Takes A Wife.  There was an early edition of this book that might be what you are looking for.
I totally remember that quote, also had the book in question. There was more than one in the series but the character (boy dragon) was called dennis the dragon and at least one of the books was named dennis the dragon. I think the first one was about him going off to school. they had brilliant illustrations!

C248: Christmas-  Old Fashioned Santa on Cover
Solved: A Child's Christmas Cookbook

C249: Christmas Tannenbaum
Christmas story about a tannenbaum wanting fancier decorations than needles...tried using coins, and crystals which broke

Henry Van Dyke, Foolish Fir Tree.  This sounds like the story of the foolish fir tree who wished for leaves of gold, glass
and lettuce. See this website.
Thanks for taking the time to send in this suggestion.  The gist of the tree story is the same, but the book we're trying to find was prose. Any other thoughts would be appreciated.
Bailey Carolyn, short story in collection - little fir tree?  I have  clipping from an old book.  I tell my own version of this story.  The tree is not a Christmas tree, however, just a fir tree in the forest.  It wants to have pretty leaves instead of ugly needles.  Then when given a chance to wish, it tries for something even better than the broadleaf trees.  It gets crystals and the wind destroys them, gold leaves and a man picks them.  Then the tree decides to go with the original idea of green broad leaves, but a goat eats them.  Finally the tree realizes that it is best to be happy with one's self.

Rose Dobbs, Once Upon a Time Story Book, 1958 Random House, copyright.The story in the collection is entitled The Pine Tree and is the same referred to by Caroline Bailey. This version is not a Christmas tree by a pine tree in the forest that wishes for gold leaves, then glass, then green leaves and is finally happy with the original green needles.

C250: chipmunks living in roots of big old tree
Solved: Chip Chip

C251: Cassandra
Solved: Hobby Horse Hill

C252: Children at War
Book must have been first publihed in 1938 to 1942. A young boy wishes for a set of toy solders, toy cannons, etc. to fight a backyard model war with his friend next door. His father buys such toys and the armies are arrayed across the yard elaborately. The cannons fire actual minature shells such that their hands are wounded from this "war".

C253: Choose the ending
Solved: Choose Your Own Adventure

C254: Corliss Archer and Poindexter
Solved: Meet Corliss Archer

C255: Cats, Castles, Clouds
I'm looking for a children's story that i read whenI was in elementary school, from the school library. The book must have been published prior to 1980, as I was in first grade in 1980, but it could have come out a few years into school? It wasn't too long, and it was a fantasy story about a cat, and or cats that lived in a castle in the clouds. That's all I really remember, but I really enjoyed it and can't seem to find anything about this book doing Internet searches. Hope you can help. Thanks

Ursula K LeGuin, Catwings series ???
Boegehold, In the Castle of Cats?

C256: Can't  Remember
The story, which may be fictional, concerns itself with a WW2 incident..Three or four soldiers, I believe,French are trapped by a bombardment, in a German food bunker on the Maginot(sp) line.  Totally cut off, but with ample food and wine, and a large supply of candles, they try to make the best of a desperate situation.  They are not discovered for several years, and the candles had run out long before.  Two or three suvive, but are half blind, fithy and disorienated. Its agripping story, but for the life of me, I can,t remember the title or author.  Can you help?

Jean Paul Clebert, The Blockhouse, 1958  in English, 1955 in French.  What must be the same book was asked about a few years ago on another of my lists;  it eventually drew this response (note that a movie was also made from the book):  "The Blockhouse" (1973), directed by Clive Rees, starring Peter
Sellers, Charles Aznavour, Jeremy Kemp, Peter Vaughan, Nicholas Jones, et al. Maltin summary:  "Dismal, downbeat story of laborers trapped in underground  bunker when the Allies land at Normandy on D-Day."  And OCLC yields this:  1955 novel by Jean Paul Clebert, "Le Blockhaus" -- English edition 1958. 

C257: compendium of children's stories, poems etc
Solved: The Illustrated Treasury of Children's Literature

C258: Children's Short Story Book From 80's
This children's short story book was produced in the 80's, appropriate for older children, black & white illustrations, oversized softcover, I think; one is about a boy who finds a pair of boots on a street corner, when he puts them on he starts running and he can't stop. Another story is about a boy who always lies, he says his parents work for the circus, none of his classmates believe him, then he disappears from school and the teacher tells the children that the boy had to join his family back with the circus. Another story is about a boy who is skiing on a mountain and goes down faster than he should and he hears the mountain say that he should slow down but it's too late and he gets in an accident.  Another story is about a girl who is delivering papers in storm and she gets sucked down in the drain pipe and is holding onto the edge to save herself.  Also one about a girl who is swimming in the ocean and a shark comes up behind her and bumps the backs of her legs, but then swims away.  It makes a point about how a shark will attack some people but not others.

C259: Chimp with a smile his mother loved
Book of short stories about animals, late 50's. Possibly British.  Very sad endings, and one story ends with  either mother chimp or baby chimp dying, and the baby gives his mother the smile she loves.

C260: Caterpillar changes into butterfly just in time!!
Possibly late 50's/early 60's.  A caterpillar (a secondary character) is in a chrysalis (I think)...Has to warn his friends about some impending danger, turns into a butterfly "just in time" and is able to make the journey. (I think the main characters were children.)

I'm pretty sure this is one of the Cosgrove "Serendipity" books - not sure which one, but sounds very, very familiar.
C260 is not Cosgrove's The dream tree which is about a caterpillar wishing it knew what it would be like to be a butterfly -  no friends in danger. It is not the Chubby Board Book The Caterpillar who turned into a butterfly.
Beverly Nichols, The Mountain of Magic. This is the third book of the series,preceded by '\''The tree that Sat Down'\'' and '\''The Stream that Stood Still'\'' A wicked witch gets all the animals in a cave, and prepares to break open a dam and drown them all. A caterpilar that was scared of becoming a butterfly hatches out, and flies furiously to warn them. I think he dies of exhaustion.

C261: Clubhouse picture book kids paint newspapers
Solved: The Curious Clubhouse


C262: Cat from ancient Egypt is immortal
Novel about a cat given to a young boy by an old man.  Old man says the cat (whose name is Ka) has been alive since ancient Egyptian times and can't die because he drank mummification fluid.  I keep thinking the book was called "The Cat Who Wouldn't Die" or "The 2,000 Year Old Cat," but searches turn up nothing.  I read it when I was about 10, so this would have been about 1983; I don't know how old the book was at that time, though.  I can't remember much about the plot, but I think the boy played baseball and upon being given the cat his luck improved. In the end, I think the cat disappears, and it is implied the Egyptian gods came and collected him.

julia jarman, the time travelling cat and the egyptian goddess.  this book features a cat called Ka and is easily available.
The Jarman book looks iffy to me as a solution, per a listing on the "Ancient Egypt in Fiction" Web bibliography.  Three problems: the dates don't match (poster's book was read in 1983, but Jarman's book was apparently published in 1992)  the origin stories for Jarman's cat and the poster's don't quite seem to match  and the endings don't quite match (note that Jarman's book is part of a series).
William MacKellar, The Cat That Never Died, 1976, copyright. On your SOLVED MYSTERIES - T page, I believe you have incorrectly identified "The Time Travelling Cat and the Egyptian Goddess" by Julia Jarman as the solution to this stumper. This is *not* the book described in the original query. For one thing, the publication date is far too late.  I believe that the correct solution is "The Cat That Never Died" by William MacKellar, published in 1976. Description: Mystery tale of a black cat that wandered into an Egyptian tomb and lived for 3000 years.  Young Jeff Considine tries to uncover the truth about this legend.
This stumper has been unsolved (as of April 2009) due to popular demand.  It seems we assumed the first suggestion was correct, but too soon.  Sorry!

C263: Christmas Mittens
Solved: The Tall Book of Christmas

C264: colors and sunshine
Solved: Frederick

C265: chinese silver slipper buckle
Solved: Rootabaga Stories

Solved: Factory Kitty

C267: city kids help paint an apartment
o.k...we had this book in the 70's...vivdly illustrated book and i think the story was about some inner city kids getting together and helping to repaint an elderly womans apartment?? the illustrations included a lion and a sun with a face in it...if anyone can help i will be forever in your debt!! my sisters and i have been looking for this book since the 80's and now we have a new generation to read it to! peace...

i guess i should add...the illustrations were of the paintings the kids did on the walls of the apartment building, super rich colors of animals and landscapes....
i'm the poster of c267 and i had a question... i've been reading through your pages of books to see if anything sounds familliar to jog my memory for the name of the book i'm looking for, and I ran across the book No Children, No Pets... do you happen to know if this was an illustrated book or not? I told my sister the name and she said that sounded familliar, but we may be confusing our information?? We both really only remember the pictures in this book, so we have little other reference to go by...  Thank you so much for your help.
As far as I can tell, it's a juvenile novel with some b&w drawings.  Here's another description:  New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1957. Hard Cover. Weekly Reader. Nice black and white illustrations.  A classic kid's story of a family who inherits an apartment house in Palm Glade, Florida and the strange tenants and hurricanes that they have to deal with.
o.k. thanks...its not the book i'm looking for if its just black and white illustrations...But again many thank yous for any attempt at finding this book for me!
o.k. talked to my dad, he says that it had to be new around 1969-1975, it was larger scale, hard-backed, but not alot of pages...he seems to think the title was something like "Mrs. Hopkins Apartment" or something of that nature...but he also said that he could easily be wrong...does this ring a bell with anyone out there?? peace...
I wonder if M248 & C267 refer to the same book?
yes, i'm pretty sure the other post is by another curious family member...the quest continues!!
hi i'm the poster of C267...but was wondering if possibly C261 was looking for the same book? I'm still in search of this colorful thing and actually have found pictures of a wall painted with the same illustrations in the book i'm trying to find,,,but still no title.... anyone...anyone??? thanks again for your help..
C261 was just solved as Leonard Shortall's The Curious Clubhouse, 1967. I don't think yours is the same...
i'm the original poster of C267...and i am still on the prowl for this book i had as a kid...after asking more family about it...some seem to recall it being called something like "mrs. (something or others) boarding house" or "mrs. something or others apartment building"...and only around 30 pages...if this helps or rings a bell with anyone, i would love to know!! updated: but now i have an image that may ring someones bell! i'm the poster of C267 and when we were kids and had this elusive book, my dad took one of the illustrations from it and painted it on my wall...well i found a picture of that wall painting and was hoping maybe someone would recognize it! crossing fingers~~

C268: collection of poems by schoolchildren in Texas
the book I'm searching for is a collection of poems by schoolchildren in Texas published between 1935-1937. My aunt who recently passed away wrote a poem as a child that was published in that book and she had a copy of it but it got lost while my mother was settling the estate. My mother wants very much to replace it but can remember very little, only that the title was simply something like "Poems of Schoolchildren of Texas" she thinks and the publication date I mentioned and that the cover was just a plain dull green. I have already searched using this info at biblio.com,  abebooks, and several others with no success.  Thanks for any suggestions you can make.

Blount, Iva M., Poems of Texas, 1936.  Was your aunt from San Antonio?  If so, this may be the book you're looking for:
Published in San Antonio by The Board of Education.  "Reproduced from type-written copy./ "This is a collection chosen and selected by pupils in the Edgar Allen Poe Junior School under the guidance ... of Mrs. Iva M. Blount ..." Foreword."  There is a copy in the Univ. of Texas at Austin library - check your local library to see if you can get it through interlibrary loan.
I did check with UT Austin library research. They say my aunt's poem is not listed in this book so I guess it isn't the book I'm looking for. But thank you for your trouble. I appreciate it.
Some more long shot possibilities, found in the WorldCat database:  But for a light  original verse /  Poetry Club (Thomas Jefferson High School, San Antonio, Tex.)  The Sigmund Press, 1935.  If crickets hear : original verse / Poetry Club (Thomas Jefferson High School, San Antonio, Tex.)  1936 Patriotic moments, a second book of verse by the Bellerophon quill club of the Booker T. Washington high school, Dallas, Texas.  by Brewer, John Mason, 1896-1975.  Booker T. Washington High School (Dallas, Tex.). Bellerophon Quill Club. 1936 Youth in verse : an anthology of poems by high school students.  North Texas State Teachers College, Denton, Tex.  1938 Youth in verse : an anthology of poems by high school students, volume II /  North Texas State Teachers College.  Denton, Tex. 1939
Bound typescript complilation of poems by students of the Demonstration School of the North Texas State Teachers College./ Foreword by Lillian Walker. edited by Georgia Rae Glover.

C269: Caterpillar Board Book (not Eric Carle's)
Solved: The Little Green Caterpillar

C270: Childrens cat book; illustrated with embroidery
Solved: Tell me Cat

C271: Crocodile Tears / Lion
Solved: Hubert's Hair-Raising Adventure

C272: collection of short children's stories
Many, many years ago (mid 80's) a big box of books was lost during a move. In it was one of my favorite collections of children's short stories. For some reason lately I've really been wanting to reread those stories and have been unable to find another copy of that book. Mainly because my faulty memory has lost the title of said book over the years.  At this point I can only remember the synopsizes of two of the stories...   So, has anyone read the following two stories? And do you remember the name of a book that they were both in?  #1 A tale of a dragon who loves ice cream but can't eat any because it always puts his fire out. Kids help him try out different flavors and a friendly ice cream man comes up with "hot" ice cream flavors just for the dragon. The dragon gets to have his ice cream and fire breath too.
#2  A dragon is captured by a small village and the villagers feed it nothing but bread and cream. The dragon, while enjoying the bread and cream, seems to shrink in size. His scales fall off leaving soft fur behind. He becomes the first cat and the reader is gently admonished to never feed a cat raw meat lest he become a dragon again.

Check the Solved Mysteries pages for BIG Story Book (Malvina C. Vogel, 1978) and Giants & Witches, and a Dragon or Two (Phyllis R Fenner,  1943).
Govindan, Santhini, The ice-cream dragon and other stories.  Harper Collins 1993.  This may be too late a date, but I'm sending it because of the title. "Have you ever met .. a real Fire Breathing Little Dragon with a weakness for ice-cream? And Balban the Lion who hiccups .. and the Tooth Fairy who .. If not, you can meet them now as they inhabit the magical world of this book."
The first story doesn't ring any bells, but the second sound exactly like one of the stories in E. Nesbit's 'The Last of the Dragons and some others'

C273: Christmas Stories from the 50's
My mom is looking for a book that was very special to her as a child. It's a collecion of different Christmas stories. It's a hardback book with yellow cover, appx. 8 1/2 x 11. It was probably published in the 50's. There are color illustrations throughout. The story that she remembers is of a little girl that has gotten lost because the falling snow has covered up her footsteps. The picture in this story is of this little girl looking down a long street of homes with Christmas lights. My mom assumes the whole book is of Christmas stories because this is a Christmas story. I know there aren't too many details and appreciate any thoughts you might have. She's been looking for this for years and is sure she won't find it for lack of info. about it. It would be a great gift for me to give her. Thank you ALL!!

Smith, Dorothy Hall (ed.), Tall Book of Christmas, NY Harper 1954.  It may be this one (on the solved list), if the story of The First Christmas Tree is a bit garbled - in that one the woodcutter father gets lost in the snow, and is guided home by Christmas lights on trees. It has colour illos and a peach(?) background to the cover illo. However, it could also be The Santa Claus Book, if the recollection is of the story Susie's Christmas Star, with the little girl following her own footsteps in the snow along a street. That one is Golden Books, 1952, and also on the Solved list.
Christmas Ideals.  This book sounds very much like one of the Christmas Ideals. I was a child in the 50s, and read my grandmother's. She bought them every year. They are now softcover magazine format, but they used to be hard cover. Some booksellers specialize in them They would have color as we well as line and monochrome illustartions, stories and poems. They repeat a lot, so the individual story could be repeated later.

C274: children with witch fighting dead evil Viking warlord
Solved: The Giant Under the Snow

C275: Cave Boy River Village
Solved: Journey Outside

C276: Candy Man
Solved: The Candy Man and Other Verses

C277: collection of fairy tales
Solved: Fairy Tales

C278: City is turned topsy-turvy
City is turned topsy-turvy when a mischievous boy(?) creature(?) changes signs, etc. Big, full-page, colorful, busy street scenes. Published early 1960s. This is all I remember!

Mr. Pine's Mixed-Up Signs features a similar idea: Mr. Pine makes new signs for the town, but he can't find his glasses, so he puts them up randomly all over the city, to comic effect.  Now back in print.  See the Leonard Kessler page.
You suggested that the solution to my query might be Mr. Pine's Mixed-up Signs, but Kessler's illustrations didn't look familiar at all. The book format, as I remember, was bigger than an easy reader with full-page spreads and much brighter, less sketchy illustrations than were pictured in the "Purple House" book. So, unless the illustrations were very different in the "Signs" book, this isn't it. But, thanks anyway!
Eastman, P.D. (Philip D.), Sam and the Firefly, 1958.  Could this be it?  I hesitate to mention this book because it is an easy reader (so it isn't "bigger than an easy reader") and the illustrations are in four colors (turquoise, yellow, black and white) and may therefore not be "colorful" enough.  The plot: Sam the owl befriends Gus the firefly, who can make shapes in the air by keeping his light on and flying about rapidly.  Sam teaches Gus to make words that look like neon signs.  After a short period of innocent fun, the mischievous firefly uses his newfound talent to crash cars, confuse airplanes, and cause a stampede towards the local movie theater (he writes the words "COME IN!  FREE SHOW" over the marquee) and away from a local restaurant (he writes the word "COLD" over an ad for hot dogs).  The angry cook catches Gus in a jar and begins to drive the firefly out of town.  His truck stalls on a railroad track just as a train approaches.  Sam the owl smashes the jar and liberates Gus, who prevents a collision by writing "STOP" in front of the oncoming train.  All is forgiven and the two friends depart.
Arnold, Tedd, The Signmaker's Assistant, 1992.  If you're absolutely sure that the book is from the 1960s, this can't be it, but it meets all the other criteria.  This book is larger than an easy reader and full of big, colorful street scenes.  Norman, a young boy who cleans brushes at the signmaker's shop, decides to make a few signs of his own when the signmaker isn't around to supervise.  Norman has a great deal of fun at the townspeople's expense, but realizes he has erred when they become angry and tear down every sign in the town, old as well as new.  Chaos ensues and the townspeople chase the signmaker into the woods.  Norman apologizes and peace and order are restored.  Even if this isn't the book you're looking for, it's a worthwhile read, so check it out!
No, it's definitely not SAM AND THE FIREFLY. Actually a particular sign I remember is more like a big billboard and something on it - a picture or phrase- is defaced (in a humorous way). Possibly traffic signs are changed as well. Very colorful pics, busy and funny - sorry I can't remember more. I remember the cover was salmon-colored, but I think that was just a library binding - now why can I remember that detail, but not more important ones? Frustrating. Thanks for the guess.
Lipkind, William, illustrated by Nicolas Mordvinoff, Perry the Imp.  NY Harcourt 1956. Kind of a longshot, but the date is right. "The comic adventures of Perry the imp who came up from the sea, full of mischief, shouting "Landfolk, look out!" Turning the city of Dopple into another Venice made him a celebrity  taking care of the Dopplers' clocks had a different result. It is all fantastic nonsense, carried out with perfect harmony in the good read-aloud text and the details and atmosphere of striking color illustrations. The double-spread scene showing the Dopplers enjoying their new canals will occupy a small child a long time." (Horn Book Oct/56 p.346)
James Flora, Great Green Turkey Creek Monster, 1965. In this story the whole town is turned topsy-turvy great green hooligan vine town, a really fun book

C279: clever suitor filled a room w/candlelight to marry a princess
I'm trying to find the title to this story I read maybe 15 years ago in a book of fables. I can't remember if I read it in an older book or one that was modern. The story is basically about a king who has a beautiful daughter, rather than chose a husband for her. He sends out a chalenge to any man who might try. His chalenge is to fill a particular room in his castle completely. Many try but all but one fails. A young man enters the room with only a candle and flame, he sets the candle in the middle of the room and lights it, the light fills every corner of the room and he wins the hand of the princess. Any help is much appreciated.

C280: Cavegirl found
Solved: The Faraway Lurs

C281: Changeling / Witchling ??
I read this book when I was young, eleven or twelve maybe, 1970s. I may very well be getting two books mixed up together. The one I'm thinking of involves a brother and sister and perhaps a friend of theirs. The older brother calls the younger sister Luci, but it's short for Luciana or something similar. I remember a point in the story where Luci has to hide under a bush from the danger. I cannot remember what that danger was however. And all three, the brother, the sister, and the friend are running from it. At one point they go to the friend's house which is all dilapidated and rundown I think. Please help!

Zilpha Keatley Snyder, The Changeling.  I could be wrong, but I know I read this book back in the 70's.  I don't, however, remember the plot.
Snyder, Zilpha Keatley, The Changeling, illustrated by Anton Raible.  NY Atheneum 1970.  This does sound like part of the answer (but only part) - the main characters are two young girls, Martha Abbott and Ivy Carson, but Ivy's young sister does play a part, and there is a memorable picture of a dark-haired girl crouched under a bush. The Carson home is large and dilapidated - the girls also explore the ruins of a burnt-out house. However I don't recall anyone called Luci or fleeing from a danger. The other book that comes to mind is The Other One, by Josephine Lee (alt. title Joy is Not Herself), published Knight 1974. In that one a very ordinary English family has one different daughter, called Melusine, who seems to have witchy powers and can ill-wish people. At one point the children hide behind a hedge while a girl who let Melusine's guinea pig die is bucked off her horse. The house they live in in the country is rather old and dilapidated. At the end of the book they seek the vicar's help in driving the evil spirit from Melusine through a night of prayer, and after that she is called by her middle name, which is Joy.
Boston (last name), The Children of Green Knowe, 1960s.  I think this may be the book you are looking for. The first in the series of the Green Knowe books.
Greaves, Margaret, The Dagger and the Bird, HarperCollins 1975, copyright.  I wonder if this could be The Dagger and the Bird? Two children, Luke and Bridget (shortened to Biddie) search for their younger brother who's been stolen by fairies. If the poster has reversed the names in memory, but remembered that one name was shortened, it could fit.

C282: Cat and Princess find gift
Solved: The Secret Cat

C283: Camp
Solved: Sal Fisher at Girl Scout Camp

C284: Cinderella holding a white kitten
Solved: My Book of Cinderella

C285: Cloud animals, blond boy (Dondi?)
Solved: Deegie and the Fairy Princess

C286: Christmas Card
Solved: A Christmas Card

C287: Carousel horse
Solved: Penny and the White Horse

C288: Carlo saves girl
Carlo, a collie, sees a girl run into the street and into the path of an oncoming car.  He pulls the girl to safety, but the car hits him.  Carlo has a broken hind leg.  Fortunately, Carlo recovers.  Could be a story in the Elson-Gray or Scott Foresman primers, no later than 1941.  Carlo also appears in another story in the 1936 Elson-Gray First Reader ("Carlo and the Big Bird"). 

C289: Cranberry Bog Mystery
Solved: Holly River Secret

C290: Cashmere sweaters and storm cellars
Solved:  Kathy

C291: Cody of the Ozarks
Solved: This Boy Cody

C292: Childcraft poem
Solved: Childcraft

C293: Cat and dog in wordless picture book
Solved: Pssst! Doggie--

C294: Cold, not gold, in cave
Solved: Ghost Town Treasure

C295: Child/angel
child/angel that grants a wish to shoemaker/cobbler who shows kindness

Red Boots for Christmas / The Cobbler's Gift.  If it's a Christmas story, it's one that has been told in many versions.  The Lutheran church put out a book and video called Red Boots for Christmas.  It's also been called The Cobbler's Gift.  The cobbler in these stories doesn't always show kindness, though, until the end in Red Boots for Christmas, he is a bitter, selfish man.  He is visited by an angel who says that God will be visiting him he goes around cleaning up, making a special meal and trying to find a gift for God in the meantime, assorted poor people come to his door and are either helped or not helped, depending on the version.  In the end, he is upset because God didn't come then God or the angel speaks to him and says that the needy people coming to the door represented God, and that was the point.
Additional Story details:  The story is of a child/angel who arrives in a small town and asks a wealthy shopkeeper and his wife for some food and they send him away.  He then asks a poor shoemaker/cobbler and he asks the child/angel to join him for dinner and shares his humble dinner with him.  He then offers the "child" a place to sleep (a straw mat) and then a breakfast.  The "child" thanks him for his kindness and tells the cobbler that whatever he does that day he will be successful at and do all day long.  When the cobbler arrives at his shop he begins to repair the shoes and proceeds to do so all day long, making a lot of money.  The greedy shopkeepers see this and ask him how this has come to be, so the cobbler tells them of the "childs" "wish".  The wife tells the husband to find the "child" so that they can benefit the same way.  The husband finds the "child" and takes him in for the evening providing him with a wonderful dinner, a feather bed to sleep in and a wonderful breakfast.  As the "child" leaves he tells them the same as the cobbler.  So the shopkeepers rush to their store and clean out cabinets and drawers to hold all the money tey're going to make. Instead, all they do is empty boxes all day and they make no money. I saw this story in a small book, like a Golden Book in the early seventies, but I don't know who the author was or the name of the story.  I have looked for it for quite some time.

C296: Charmed Circle
Solved: Katie Rose series

C297: Candy land with two kids
A boy and a girl (sister and brother?) are transported to a land made all of candy.  This was my mother's book as a child.  She was born in 1931.  I read it in the 50's.  It was a thick novel, maybe 150-200 pages, with a tan colored cloth binding and a color reproduction plate on the front cover. Color reproduction plates of paintings illustrate the story throughout. Maybe 15-20 of these.

I actually have three suggestions for this one.  The first is the 1928 book Candy Land, which was a part of the Little Color Classics series and had a number of color plates of illustrations.  No author was listed for it, but the illustrator was Hildegard.  It was about a little girl named Betty and her friend Brunny (who was a bear, not a boy) and how they visited a land made of candy.  The second suggestion is Candy Country by Louisa May Alcott (who, of course, wrote "Little Women").  It was published in 1900 and has a similar story (a girl named Lily visits a fantasy land of candy), but I do not know if it was ever published with color illustrations.  Finally, there is In Wink-a-Way Land by Eugene Field, published in 1930 - it definitely had color illustrations and a picture of children picking candy from a field on the cover, but I do not really know the story.  Hope one of these is what you are looking for.
Baum, Frank, Magical Monarch of Mo.  Sounds like it could be a chapter out of the Magical Monarch of Mo, written before 1930s.  In one chapter one of the princes is banished to an island made entirely of candy.
I have a few suggestions for you since they were offered to me as solutions to my stumper.
1.  A trip to Lazibonia, by HM Denneborg aka Heinrich-Maria Denneborg, translanted by Anne Rogers, illustrated by Horst Lemke, published in London by Kaye and Ward Ltd, 1971
2.  Adventures of Calico Cotton, Helen Lawrence Backman, drawings by Joyce Langelier
published by Rolton House, Inc., 1967
3.  How about Hansel & Gretel, Dot & Tot from the Oz Books, or the Nutcracker and the Mouse King?' 

C298: Candy
Solved: The Sweet Touch

C299: Collection of short stories
Solved: Through Golden Windows

C300: consequences of electing wrong president
Uninformed electorate puts personable, attractive, but incompetent president in office. Democracy suffers.  This is all I remember about a book I reported on for a history class in my senior year of high school (I graduated in 1950).  My history teacher was very pleased with my selection of this book.

Except for the dates, plot sound similar to those in Eugene Burdicks The 480 and Ninth Wave. (He also wrote Fail-Safe and The Ugly American.)
Not sure, but I think that might be today's newspaper (Nov 3rd, 2004)
Probably Sinclair Lewis' IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE (1936)?  If not--  Two long shots, both obscure: PRESIDENT RANDOLPH AS I KNEW HIM by John Francis Goldsmith (1935) and PRESIDENT JOHN SMITH by Frederick Upham Adams (1897, but reprinted a few times since then).  I think President Smith turns out to be a good president (the book is sometimes cited in bibliographies of utopian fiction), though.  I don't know anything about the Goldsmith book beyond the title and fact that it's set some twenty years in what in 1935 was the future.

C301: clock in grandfather's house
Solved: The Cat in Grandfather's House

C302: child abuse
Solved: Like the Lion's Tooth

C303: cat saves car from snowstorm
Solved: Elephi, the Cat with the High IQ

C304: children's ghost story collection
Solved: Ghosts and More Ghosts

C305: collection of short stories
Solved: The Anything Box

C306: cats cradle
Solved: Cat's Cradle, Owl's Eyes

C307: Cross on Canyon Wall
Solved: Ghost Town Treasure

C308: Christmas time, black and white illustration
Solved: The Christmas Kitten

C309: childrens poetry, owl, wynken
This was a paperback book I had when I was little (circa 1974).  It was childrens poems, and the cover was maybe blue and soft and pastelly.  I know it contained Wynken blynken and Nod, the owl and the pussycat, the gingham dog, maybe Mr. Nobody.  Each page had pictures, and I remember an owl and a pussycat dancing, kids sailing in a shoe, and bits of gingham flying around.  Maybe a spoon and fork dancing?  Not sure about that one. The pictures might have been black and white, but the cover I think was mostly blue.  Hey, I've seen you guys do tougher ones than this!!  There was also a poem about a puffin or something, some sort of little penguin looking thing, and in the picture, he seemed kinda sad and lonely.  Also, the cover had a very motherly feel to it, like a mother putting a baby to sleep or something.  It actually may have been bedtime poetry, now that I think of it.

Have you looked through the Anthology Finder to see if anything looks familiar?  Check out the Big Golden Book of Poetry....
Puffin poem:  I don't know which collection you had, but you can find the puffin poem here (scroll down a ways).
I had a book of poems by Eugene Field (I think) that included Winken, Blinken and Nod and the Gingham Dog and the Calico cat.  I remember the dog and cat got in a fight and there were bits of fabric all around when they finished fighting. This might be it..
If the collection included The Owl and the Pussycat, it would not have been a book of poems by Field, since that one is by Edward Lear.  The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat is properly called The Duel, and it has been included in many collections of childrens' poetry.

C310: Christmas Horror Short Stories for children/teenagers
This was a book that i owned about 10 years ago so i guess it was published around then, i can't remember the title or the editor but it was a book of short stories by different authors, all with a christmas theme and all horror stories. For example on one story a boy burns down his house by tipping over the xmas tree and kills his parents, who he hates, and in another a girl spends xmas in a squat and discovers a skeleton behind a wall. There was also a story in which two children hate their stepsister and at xmas they get coal in their stockings while she gets presents, and one where a girl's house burns down and her mother dies in the fire, which involved a painting of a sunset. Basically it's about a lot of people having a really terrible christmas! Any help with the title etc. would be much appreciated!

Here are some possibilities - who knew there were so many Christmas horror books out there??  And I'm thinking the first books may all be the same book with different titles. -Mysterious Christmas tales : horror stories for the festive season. (Scholastic, 1999, 1993) "Includes stories by Gillian Cross, Susan Price and Robert Swindells". -Chilling Christmas tales (Scholastic, 1993, 1992) -Haunting Christmas tales : horror stories for the festive season / Joan Aiken / Nine stories of Chritmas past and present, mysterious, scary things have a way of happening, whether the people in them have been naughty or nice. "Jingle bells / Tessa Krailing -- The woodman's enigma / Garry Kilworth -- The weeping maid / Robert Swindells -- The investigators / David Belbin -- The cracked smile / Anthony Masters -- The other room / Jill Bennett -- The chime child / Ian Strachan -- Crespian and Clairan / Joan Aiken -- Across the fields / Susan Price."  These look like adult titles: -Chillers for Christmas / Richard Dalby   -Shivers for Christmas / Richard Dalby  -Mistletoe & mayhem : horrific tales for the holidays / Richard Dalby
Scott Corbett (author), Mircea Vasiliu (illustrator), The Big Joke Game (1972)  I've read this, and it is definitely the book the stumper requester is looking for!  I don't have it in front of me, but here is what I remember.  Ozzie is a fun-loving boy who irritates the adults around him with his incessant jokes, riddles and pranks, and his obsession with board games.  When he gets into serious trouble at school, his parents think about sending him to a military academy, and Ozzie decides to run away.  While climbing down the trellis outside his window, he falls into The Big Joke Game, a life-size board game that he must win in order to return to earth.  With his "guardian devil" Bub at his side, Ozzie has many strange experiences and gains a degree of maturity before the book concludes.  Fun and interesting without being preachy or heavy-handed.  See the Solved Mysteries "B" page for more information.

C311: China dog
Solved: No Flying in the House

C312: Children on the Oregon Trail
Solved: Children of the Covered Wagon

C313: Crosspatch the Friendly Lion
Solved: Crosspatch

C314: Colonial Boy
Solved: The Star-Spangled Banner

C315: Christmas Chipmunks
Solved: The Biggest, Most Beautiful Christmas Tree

C316: Christmas Polar Bears
Solved: The Christmas Book (Jaques)


C317: Children waiting for Christmas
Solved: Christmas is Coming

C318: Catskill Mountains with Ginsing
When I was in fourth grade ('79-80) my teacher read a book to us.  The main characters were two teenage boys, the book was set in the Catskill Mountains of NY and Ginsing root some how played a part in the story.  I think that there was also a cabin that was supposed to be haunted, screaming or noise coming from it,  but which turned out to have a  simple explination like a bird - maybe a loon or woodpecker?  It seems the book may have been set in the 50's.  It was a hardcover book but I do not remember a dust jacket of any sort.

Could it be any of these? Evers, Alf, The deer-jackers.  illus by Lewis Parker.  Macmillan, 1965. George, Jean Craighead. On the far side of the mountain.  Puffin, c1990.  I did just read more than I should have of this one: A teen  age boy, Sam Gridley, a teenager from NYC spends a yr really really living  on the land. He used a lot of wild plants, but ginseng was not one of them and there wasn't really any mystery cabin in this one, and  not 2 teenagers, tho he did have visitors.  Also by George, Jean Craighead,  The moon of the owls.  Crowell c1967
My book is not any of the Jean Craighead George books, as she is one of my favorite authors (I probably should have mentioned that in the original email).  Its also not The Deer-jackers. I also remember that the money that could be earned from the Ginsing somehow solved a problem-maybe in keeping the land that the cabin was on.
Eda & Richard Crist, The secret of Turkeyfoot Mountain.  I remember it well. I don't own a copy at this moment, so I can't give copyright date.  The story of two boys who seek a the lost cabin of a "Sang Hunter" (wild Ginseng hunter) and the treasure of fine roots he left behind. The book features the lyrics of a mountain ballas about the Sang Hunter's ghost "...in his long black coat/Laughin' through the wilderness."
Irene Hunt, No Promises in the Wind.   I don't know if these will be right, but two books came to mind, although both seem a little advanced for fourth grade. No Promises in the Wind (Irene Hunt) is about 2 brothers from Chicago during the depression, who run away and survive on thier own. Where the Lilies Bloom has several brothers and sisters living and surving on thier own by gathering herbs to sell, particularly Ginseng, they however live in the Appalachians not the Catskills. Don't know if these will help, Good Luck.

C319: Christmas story
Solved: A Little Cowboy's Christmas

C320: Cats, Spaceship, and a Genie bottle?
Solved: Gladys the Glint

C321: Cathy  on the Oregon Trail
Solved: Cathy and Carl of the Covered Wagon

C322: Cotic the seal
Solved: Kotick the White Seal

C323: Chess Oak Tree
Solved: The Chestry Oak

C324: Covered wagon to California
This book was a diary of a young girl who traveled in a covered wagon to California. She had a brother with a horse named Scout, and at the end of the book, her brother was prepared to shoot Scout for food because the oxen were more valuable. He shot into the air, and was heard by a rescue party who came from California. The rescue party brought oranges. I believe the diary she was given at the beginning of the story was blue leather with gold trim. I read this story in the mid 1970s.