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Welcome to the Stump the Bookseller blog!  Stump the Bookseller is a service offered by Loganberry Books to reconnect people to the books they love but can’t quite remember. In brief (for more detailed information see our About page), people can post their memories here, and the hivemind goes to work. After all, the collective mind of bibliophiles, readers, parents and librarians around the world is much better than just a few of us thinking. Together with these wonderful Stumper Magicians, we have a nearly 50% success rate in finding these long lost but treasured books. The more concrete the book description, the better the success rate, of course.  It is a labor of love to keep it going, and there is a modest fee.  Please see the How To page to find price information and details on how to submit your Book Stumper and payment.

Thanks to everyone involved to keep this forum going: our blogging team, the well-read Stumper Magicians, the many referrals, and of course to everyone who fondly remembers the wonder of books from their childhood and wants to share or revisit that wonder.  Isn’t it amazing, the magic of a book?

Happy Holidays from Loganberry and Thank you for your Patience

I would like to take a minute, as we are just one week out from Thanksgiving and Black Friday, to say happy holidays to all. I would also like to thank you for your patience this time of year. During the holidays the store gets very busy and i can sometimes fall a little behind in getting new posts up. What this means is that it may take up to 3 weeks for me to get your post up. I will try as hard as I can to get new posts up each week. Thank you again for your patience.

Ami and the Loganberry Books Staff

193E: Girl with the Dress Made of Feathers

It’s a children’s book (I believe) with beautiful illustrations. The story centers on a girl, very possibly with blond hair. She is kind to the animals and to nature, unlike those around her (perhaps she has a sister who is deliberately unkind). As a result, toward the end, the birds come together and make her a beautiful dress made entirely of brightly-colored feathers. The dress has a long train and peacock feathers seem to feature prominently. It might be a wedding dress.

I read it in the 1980s as a young child, but it could be an older book.

193D: Young adult book with boy hero chasing spies

Kids fiction. I probably read it in the late 1970s. A boy is worried that he’s discovered a spy or crime situation. One memorable scene: he and his grandmother (I believe he lived with her) are talking about it and he’s afraid their room is bugged so he makes them sit under a blanket to talk. There were simple line drawing illustrations which didn’t concern themselves much with actual human proportions.

193C: Littlest Hippo

The book I am looking for was a children’s book from the 1960′s. I don’t know who the author was. I blieve it was called “The Littlest Hippo” the story was about a herd of hippos whom lived together and the smallest hippo either became separated, or was they might have all been looking for something that they couldn’t find. the little hippo looked behind things, under things around things, etc. it wasn’ until he figured out to look “UP” that he found what he was looking for (which may have been the rest of the herd of hippos).

193B: little vacation girl

I remember very little about this book. I must have been 4 or 5 when i saw it so i couldn’t read! All i remember are the pictures…

I’m guessing it was from the 50’s, it wasn’t a big book, maybe the size of the golden books? It is about a little girl going through all the seasons. What stands out in my mind is the pictures of her on the various vacations so there is one of her next to the Christmas tree and her with the pumpkins at Halloween, the same at Easter. There is also a page about her birthday with a picture of her with cake. The pictures and really warm and soft and the little girl who is about 5 years old is always wearing really pretty dresses.

Not much to go by i know but i now have a little girl who i know would just love those illustrations and i would be so delighted to have a copy for her!

193A: Boy and Bear take Journey, Chased by the embodiment of their fears

I read this book in the mid ’80′s. The book was entitled something like, “The Long Road Home,” or “On the Road Home.” It opened with a boy becoming self aware and he was given the task of going on a journey. He befriends a bear and he and the bear undertake the journey together. The antagonist in the story is an evil that feeds off the fear of the boy. This evil, at one time in the book, took the form of a frog or toad. At the climax of the battle between the boy and this evil, the boy finally fought back his fears, the evil shrunk and was picked up by a large stork and dropped in a lake. The dust jacket was plain white, the title of the book was in the lower right hand corner, next to a pencil drawing of the boy and the bear.

Any help would be great. Thank you!

192F: Story collection with coloring book feel

Story collection. Can’t recall if it’s bedtime stories or fairy tales. Had “coloring book” texture pages will uncolored illustrations. Divided into colored paper sections (ie: 1st fourth was on yellow paper, second on green, etc).
Some stories I recall: one about mermaids, one about an elevator that was alive, one about a lobster, and another about a mismatched sock I think. Also think there may have been a jungle themed one. I hope this helps, I can’t find it anywhere :)

192D: Book about a Tree house

I’m looking for a book that I read when I was in first grade (1962). It was about a treehouse. As I recall, the cover and artwork were in shades of green. It was not a large book – I’d say about 8-10 inches tall, maximum. It was a picture book, but the pictures were two-tone – green and black (not elaborate).

The characters lived in a treehouse and as I recall it was a very happy story. The book was old when I read it, so I’m guessing it was published in the 1950′s, or even in the 40′s. I made the mistake of mentioning to my first-grade teacher that I loved the book, and she made me read it out loud to the whole class! Yikes! It didn’t take me very long to read it to the class, so the book must have been only about 20 (or fewer) pages in length.

As I recall, the word treehouse was in the title, but that’s all I remember

192C: little girl travels back in time and meets older ladies in a Victorian style house

1970s or 1980s children’s book or possibly short story, little girl travels back in time and meets older ladies in a Victorian style house and era, they use a warm brick called a “pig” between her blankets to warm her feet on cold nights. The ladies seemed strange to me at the time but I can’t recall why. She might have gone through a secret door in her own house to get to them but I’m confusing it with Coraline and Narnia perhaps!