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Children’s book, probably writer in the 40’s or 50’s about two women who were friends when they were younger. They had started a book; one girl would write a chapter and then pass it to the other who would do the same. They had a teacher who they didn’t like. The teacher had hair that was rolled in a bun that looked like sausages. They also painted illustrations for the book on the wax paper the Shredded Wheat biscuit came in.
This book features a simply drawn boy, maybe even a stick figure. At some point, perhaps in a dream, trees come to life and dance around him. I believe the trees turn to popsicles or lollipops.
Thank you for trying to figure this out with so little information!
All I can remember is a young girl enters a curiosity/antique shop with a disturbing old man as proprietor. She purchases a toad figurine that appears attractive in the store but when she gets home appears less so. As days go by the toad appears uglier and uglier, even evil. Bad things begin happening and people in the house become ill. Somehow the girl knows the toad is responsible. She tries to return it to the shop but the shop is closed and when she looks through the dirty windows it appears to have been closed for years. I don’t think she lived with her parents, may have been an orphan living with an aunt or grandmother. Remember something about the evil curiosity shop. Would LOVE to find it again.
I remember a series of children’s mystery books from when I was in 1st grade, which would’ve been 1987-1988. Each book in the series had the same color hard cover. The hard cover was thin and maybe glossy. I remember a series having an orange cover, but there was a different series from the same author or publisher that had a different color hard cover.
From my memory, I seem to remember there being a British-ness to the books. Some took place in a city, others in the country.
I remember liking the books and now that I have children, I’d like to read these books to them.
This was a cherished book I had as a child (I am 47). The book was unique in that the illustrations were of rooms in a real house, with a real teddy bear. In the book I think the bear was “alive”. I can recollect something about the London bridge.
Deion: 1970s children’s book, I think called “Don’t Throw This Book Away” about all the ways you could reuse the book. Options in the book include using it as a bookmark in a larger book, or to prop up a short table leg, or shred it to put in the bottom of a hamster cage. Small, square book, with brightly colored pages (hot pink, for example) and illustrations. This is NOT the book called “Don’t Throw That Away” about recycling… just a similar name and theme!
From what I can remember I was in elementary school and we were asked to pick out a non-fiction book to read. It was about a young child who ventures into their neighbor’s backyard to find that they have sectioned it off into squares. The neighbor shows the child how to explore each square. All the details are very fuzzy but this is what I remember, hopefully it’s somewhat accurate.
I was a child in the ‘80s and ‘90s so this book was from then or before. I think it was a bear family though I may be wrong. But I’m pretty sure it was about a bear family and the little bear had a birthday. The illustrations were detailed and neat and the book was wordless, or the page with the party was wordless. I’ve been looking for it for a long time! I hope you can help!
I’m looking for a book that I read in the 70’s about a family of three children, youngest son was named Barnaby and there was an elephant that may have been pink or polka dotted.
I’m also looking for a book probably written in the 50’s/60’s about a witch that would grant wishes but the children had to give something in payment. So one boy wanted to be able to talk to his dog, but because it was French poodle, it only spoke in French. Another girl wanted a wish granted and the witch asked for her eyebrows.