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May 01, Anurag Sahay rated it it was amazing. This book is an excellent companion to "Promise of Blood" - each short story is either set a few years before, or right after the book, and is best read after reading that book first. The short stories are all tight, character pieces that focus on one person. However, in all stories, the focus on the one person is not sharpened by the impact that Field Marshal Tamas has on their lives at various stages - and given the name of the book, it's not surprising that Tamas is a towering figure over all This book is an excellent companion to "Promise of Blood" - each short story is either set a few years before, or right after the book, and is best read after reading that book first.

However, in all stories, the focus on the one person is not sharpened by the impact that Field Marshal Tamas has on their lives at various stages - and given the name of the book, it's not surprising that Tamas is a towering figure over all the stories, even though he isn't the focus in any of them, and even though he appears briefly in some of them, if at all Taniel's story, for example, has Tamas only in flashback conversations.

All in all, if you've read McClellan's other Powdermage work, and liked it, then you'll like this as well, especially if you also like short fiction. Jan 26, Luana rated it really liked it Shelves: La storia si svolge 18 anni prima di "Promise of Blood", durante la campagna contro Gurla: Niente da dire, la stronza ha fatto decisamente la fine che si meritava.

Brian, vedi di non deluderci. Vlora deve ritrovare il capo delle guardie dell'arcivescovo Charlemund, sparito nel nulla con informazioni vitali circa i movimenti dell'esercito di Adro, infromazioni che, se dovessero cadere in mano nemica, potrebbero mettere prematuramente fine alle speranze di vittoria contro Kez. Niente, a me Vlora non piace: Feb 23, Bart rated it really liked it Shelves: Dec 21, H. Brian McClellan is one of my favorite fantasy authors to hit the scene in the past decade.

McClellan has written and self-published a good bit of short fiction set in the Powder Mage world. It has a great backdrop: Unfortunately, I found the end a little too pat for a short story, which needs to be high on its impact to word count ratio. One of the most well targeted complaints against it, however, is that the female characters are poorly drawn and tangential to the main story. The Girl of Hrusch Avenue is a short story set in the same world and featuring the same characters as Promise of Blood.

We learn about Vlora, seeing her as an orphan child: There was so much conflict among the three in Promise of Blood. Here we see why they initially took to each other. Green-Eyed Vipers Tamas takes revenge on a woman who wronged him. My least favorite of the five stories. The Face in the Window is the first book in the collection without Tamas in it though he looms large over it , and it is the better for it.

Of all the stories, this one would have benefited from being longer. Return to Honor Vlora returns for Return to Honor. Vlora is still trying to get out from under her betrayal of a war hero and the dishonor it brought. This story is much better after having read Sins of Empire because it focuses on Vlora and Olem. Jul 27, Tomas rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This book includes 5 short stories from Powder Mage universe unveiling history of the main characters of Powder Mage trilogy. In reality this is story about how general Tamas became Field Marshal.

The weakest story so far. I was hoping for so much more. The fact that it took me over a month to finish it, due to various reasons, maybe also played its role in my perception and rating of this story. This is the only story where Olem appears. The writing was as great as in the trilogy and I really liked different tone of some stories such as Girl from Hrush Avenue. It is still fun and I can't wait reading "Sins of Empire" now. Stories are closed enough so they can be read also without knowledge of Powder Mage trilogy but I strongly recommend to read the trilogy first otherwise you will not enjoy these stories nearly as much.

Apr 01, Tammy rated it liked it Shelves: General Tomas orders Captain Verundish's lover to lead a dangerous charge that could turn the tide in the Gurlish war. Meanwhile, she is being threatened by her husband. Baroness Petara plays a dangerous game with Tomas. He finds out and kills her. The best story of these is the one about Taniel according to me. Not only it shows us how he met with Ka-Poel. It also discusses how he got where he got mentally. And it is the one that goes the deepest when regarding the psychology of main characters.

However, it gives you the same feeling as the other shortstories in one thing - it is a simple story. All of the stories are predictable and simple. That wouldn't be a problem if there was some sort of complexity on another part. But instead of any The best story of these is the one about Taniel according to me.

Thus the stories may seem more like a "simple character introduction". Which is fine by me. Every author needs to have those in his shelf. The question is - should he also put them into the public without complicating and elaborating them? Nevertheless, In the Field Marshal's Shadow is a very enjoyable book. The stories go by more easily than a ship in a wonderful breeze.

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And it feels good to meet at least some of the characters once again. K tomuto ani nie je co pisat. Dostaneme viac Prachmistrov, precitame viac Prachmistrov, vydavatelstvu podakujeme a pozadujeme dalsich. Poviedky a novely obsiahnute v tejto knihe pridavaju zasadne backstories pre vsetkych hlavnych hrdinov z trilogie. Inak je to "len" more of the same, kvalitna fantasy zo skveleho sveta, dobre charaktery, akcia, politika Dec 10, Simon Tasker rated it it was amazing.

I loved everyone of the stories in this book. This is a great world with incredible characters and I hope he keeps writing books in this world. A good collection tho several of the novellas can be found elsewhere. Jul 20, Coral rated it liked it. Hope's End - 3. May 20, Amanda rated it liked it. This was a collection of 5 Powder Mage novellas. If you love the Powder Mage world, read these novellas. I read all of the Powder Mage novellas in chronological order after reading the original trilogy.

I had to jump around a bit to do this. Mar 14, Adam Buckingham rated it liked it. Good backstory for the characters in the novels. It felt unpolished at times, but it was a fun adventure into the world that I liked from the novels. Mar 08, JR rated it really liked it. Excellent stories, and fills out the Powder Mage universe a little more.

Jan 11, Dylan Murphy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oh man what a short story! I was a little hesitant, being that a lot of Brian McClellan's work builds to an insane climax and consistently has amazing pacing over the length of pages, and now we are working with only 30 pages. I must say that the hesitancy was completely un-needed. This short follows a very minor character at a very crucial point of a Gurlish war and was an absolute delight to read.

The characters were their usual glorious selves, the pacing was great as always, an Hopes End: The characters were their usual glorious selves, the pacing was great as always, and the action might have even bit a touch above the usual viciousness that I have loved since first picking up Promise of Blood.

This short story will not disappoint! Another awesome addition to the Powder Mage universe, this time focusing on when Vlora and Taniel meet. The story was wonderfully told, and it was truly awesome to see the younger versions of our normal cast of characters. Damn good stuff for sure! A glorious new addition to the Powder Mage series, and a story exclusive to this anthology! The story was phenomenal, the intrigue and view of Field Marshal Tamas from another persons eyes was glorious.

And Tamas being his usual bad-ass self was equally fun to read. I am constantly amazed at how Mr. McClellan can write some of the best characters I have ever read, insanely fun action, edge-of-your-seat politics and intrigue, and fit it all in one short story time and time again. This anthology is worth it for this story alone!

Another brilliant entry in the Powder Mage series, this time taking us to Taniel only just before the events of Promise of Blood, where he joins a war in Fatrasta and meets a curious savage girl. The story was great, getting to see Taniel when he was young, hadn't seen his fair share of war yet, and had yet to meet his Bone-Eye companion, was awesome.

You could definitely tell that our usual cast of characters were the same, just different enough to be the younger versions. While quite a bit of it definitely wasn't surprising, given that I have read everything but book 3, it was still a damn enjoyable story, and I really can't wait to see the novella that goes after this, as I loved Young Taniel and Fatrasta. The short story "Return to Honor" follows our not so close friend Vlora immediately after the events of Promise of Blood. The action was extremely well done, and getting to see a little bit more of our secondary main characters in Vlora and Olem was good stuff.

While I still love Olem and see a lot of myself in him if I'm honest. And I did really like getting to know Vlors a little more, but there were still bits about here character that I really didn't like. I love Taniel's character, and it is definitely a personal bias, but I can't get passed what she did to him or how she acted sometimes with Olem. Still a Damn good story, and I hope Vlora improves herself and really returns to honor! May 15, Brad rated it it was amazing Shelves: If I had done better research, I wouldn't have done separate reviews for three of the stories included here that I didn't read in this volume.

Needless to say, I liked them a lot. Definitely recommended for those who have read some of the trilogy and want a little more. PG, for some action violence, languange, and sensuality. He had planned the assassination of that noblewoman after he discovered her role in Erika's death she had sent a letter to Nikslaus indicating where Erika would be, thus allowing Nikslaus to capture and kill her.

Great, great revenge story. Return to Honor was solid. I really feel for Vlora, because pretty much her whole life was ruined because of a couple of poor choices. Yes, she shouldn't have slept with the nobleman that was showing interest, but he had been hired to seduce her. I was wrong it was not a baby doll but a young girl doll. The was a riding habit among the pictures. They had bustles and hats and shoes. The girl looking for the doll was visiting a relative when looking for the doll.

I remember reading a book like this as a child. The girl, Sally, goes to visit her Great-Aunt Sarah. She doesn't get along with the aunt and somehow she winds up going back in time about 50 years and becomes another girl also named Sally. The "olden times" Sally has a doll with golden hair which is lost. In the end it turns out that the cat had taken it and hidden it in the attic. In the modern time Sally finds the doll because her great-aunt's cat had golden hair in its claw.

It turns out that she was the young Sally from the past. I don't remember the title or author but this might give you more to go on. The last suggestion is the book "Magic Elizabeth"- great story- but I don't think it really matches the request. Mystery involving clues and a doll could be "Missing Melinda"- but no fashion doll stuff at all that I know of.

Maybe this is two books being mixed in memory? Twins Cordelia and Ophelia find a valuable antique doll in an attic it's stolen, and they have some scary adventures getting it back. The final clue comes, perhaps not unexpectedly, through Shakespeare. This Sounds like the Book. Catherine Woolley, Ginnie and the Mystery Doll. I don't remember much about this book's plot, but I loved reading this book so much when I was a little girl that I've always remembered the title. Ginnie and a friend find an antique doll that belonged to her great-aunt.

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

Nelson Young World, Yes, though the key words I gave you were, I think, "alphabet alliteration sheep sharp shape," my adult daughter whose book it was—which I LOST! It might have been Hungarian, for that matter—but no, the humor did have a rather British flavor Visit this website for more info. This is definitely the book.

How long do I get to keep this maddening thing out there? Christine Bernard, A Shiver of Spooks. A collection of ghost stories published by Armada in the s, so possible. Armada, , pp. It's also depicted as the cover art of that anthology. I can't find any indication that the story has been reprinted or appeared anywhere else. Nesbit's Accidental Magic is a short story is about a boy who falls asleep at Stonehenge and ends up in Atlantis. It doesn't have bracken or fern in it, though. A This is a total shot in the dark because I've never read it, but perhaps the title will ring a bell.

There's a book about Atlantis that was published in both London and New York in According to the summaries, there is a prohecy that a boy will destroy Atlantis, and his sister can do nothing to prevent the tragedy. And in case the detail helps, it is the Archer family and they tend saffron. Two races of Atlanteans on islands of another sea beneath the Sargasso Sea. This could be a possibility. Looks like it's a fairly rare book.

Thanks to all of you for these suggestions so far. None of them is the right book yet, but I really appreciate your trying. Any other suggestions would be very welcome. Farmer, Penelope, William and Mary. This was already one of the solved mysteries, but I believe it might be british and there is a boy main character. Jan Siegal, Prospero's Children. This is more for teens and was probably too late, but it does have a main character named Fern who goes back to Atlantis to search for a way to stop the Atlantean queen.

She meets up with a boy who helps her and they fall in love. Elinor Lyon, Hilary's Island , around This sounds like Hilary's Island by Elinor Lyon. Hilary was actually a girl named Amaryllis who pretended to be a boy named Hilary. She named "her" island Atlantis her favorite of several near-by islands and she ran away to hide on it. Long shot, but this features a girl whose family originally came from Atlantis I remember a crystal ball that shows things and that the family have strange abilities Nesbit, The Story of the Amulet , , approximate. This is a sequel to "Five Children and It.

It is a British book, and there very well might be bracken - I can't remember. Three in a trailer. Holiday in a trailer. Tony for keeps; a story of a house on wheels. The Feather family car pulls a trailer around the western half of the US as father swaps labor and objects for needed cash.

Orphan Tina accidentally joins them, is disguised as a boy so there will be no accusations of kidnapping before they can get her back and adopt her. Florence Musgrave, Trailer Tribe. This might be the book. The cover shows a family and their airstream trailer. This book sounds a lot like Dr. Seuss's book of ABC's. Although it is common to have a Yak represent Y such a difficult letter! Rey, Curious George Learns the Alphabet. In this book the Man with the Yellow Hat drew alphabet animals so George could learn the alphabet. The little-h horse rings a bell for me. Rey, Curious George Learns the Alphabet , I have to second the motion for Curious George Learns the Alphabet.

I have the book here on my lap, and the illustrations are exactly as the stumper requester remembers. Here is the text for each page: He is happy because he has heaps of hay. George had his own horsea hobby horse. Yaks live in Tibet. If you haven't seen any yaks yet you may find one at the zoo. The only word on each page was the spelled-out name of the animal, as I recall. I remember just the large drawings of animals, one on each page. This may have been a book from the fifties or very early sixties.

Dorothy Schmiderer , Alphabeast Book: An Abecedarium , Sounds like Schmiderer's Alphabeast Book -- letters morph in a sequence of four drawings into animals. My copy shows h becomes a horse, and y, a yak. The only colors used in the book are red, white, and blue, if that helps. James Vance Marshall, Walkabout , Sure, it's not Africa, but the Austrailian outback could be remembered as sub-saharan Africa.

Two white teens lost in the outback survive by relying on a young black aborigne who is on a manhood quest, I believe. Very popular at the time. This is the exact title of a book I started and never finished; it has quite a lot of description in it but is not a children's book. Makes reference to eating insects and hatchling birds.

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Sorry I don't know the author; I'm going to guess I read it 10 years ago. Maybe this is the book you are looking for. Lawhead, Dream Thief , It's about a sleep scientist who goes to live on a space colony. He also ends up on Mars and in India before the story is over. It definitely fits the bill of a love story and a christian story.

This was by far my least favorite books by Lawhead the author of some of my favorite books of all time, like Patrick, Son of Ireland , but it was ok. Thanks for the idea, however, I know this is not it. It was definitely not a Science Fiction. More of a romance. Orson Scott Card author , Ender's Game. I know that Ender's Game isn't the right book, but man, it sure is eerily similar. Samuel Delany, The Fall of the Towers , , reprint. I don't remember the helmet, but the part about the government starting a war for the reason you mention Through the Gate of My Bookhouse , c.

Might even be called My Bookhouse Through the Gate but, pretty sure this is the book you want. Olive Beaupre Miller, My Bookhouse , - I had this age-appropriate set of books in the s. My set started with a light green cover for the Nursery Rhymes and advanced through shades of green and then blue for older readers. I remember Tipity Witchit! I think he dipped his tail in whitewash. Later it must have rained because his tail was revealed to be solid black again. His story was probably in Volume 2 or 3.

I remember the Bookhouse books, my mother had a set of them. I do recall the Teeny-tiny women, I think she stole a scarecrow lady's clothes. With Tippety-Witchet, I remember that Tippety's white tip was to protect him from being stolen away by the witches. One old witch in particular kept trying to pour a shadow on his tail so she could catch him, after she turned his mother into a porceline sculpture! It was a good spooky story full of ghosts and devils and dancing. I was born in , and I have fond memories of an illustrated book about one of these "aliens. He was usually very strong and quite mischievous, but the water had to be replenished periodically or he would become weak and ill.

In the tale I remember best, the kappa befriended a little human boy and decided to live with him. He wanted to keep his identity a secret, so he engaged the boy in a playful water-throwing battle and managed to replenish his supply without admitting he wasn't human. I remember more than one story about this kappa, but I cant remember the name of the book or the author, and I dont know if these were multiple tales in a single book, or a series of picture books by the same author. I can't even tell you if the author is of Japanese descent many libraries have culled "inauthentic" folktales from their collections.

I've found three possible children's books from the correct time period for you. The first is 'Kappa' and other stories by Shigeru Tomiyama , 54 pages. The third is Clinton and the Kappa by Edgar C. Grove-Merritt author and Yasuo Kazama illustrator , 38 pages. I haven't seen any of these and don't know whether the illustrations match your description. When searching for stories, please note that some adult tales feature frightening or monstrous kappa, quite unlike the odd and endearing creature I remember. Good luck in your search! I don't know the specific book in question, but the description of the beings sounds like it must be about the Kappa of Japanese folklore.

Here's an online description: Deep in the rivers of Japan, as all Japanese children know, there live mischievous little Water Elves called kappas pronounced koppas. They have shells on their backs, webbed hands and feet, and shallow bowls of water in the tops of their heads. As long as the bowls are full, the kappas are gay and strong. But should the water spill out, they become very weak and may even die.

This is the story of a young Kappa Prince named Kap. One day he wandered too far downstream from his royal palace and was lifted out of the water on the end of a fishing pole. The next thing he knew he had been adopted by a Japanese family, who hid the fact that he was really a kappa from all the villagers. But no one could hide Kap's mischievous nature, and soon he was playing tricks on everyone. Kap's pranks will delight American children, who will share his adventure when he tries to find his way back to his river kingdom.

It is Kap and The Wicked Monkey another possible solution for you! See more on the Solved Mysteries page. Mary Chase, Loretta Mason Potts. The children do go through the back of a closet and end up by a bridge. When they cross the bridge they become ant-size although they don't realize this at first.

They go into a castle and meet a lady who turns out in the end to be bad. She has kept Colin's sister Loretta living away from her family for many years. Loretta is finally happy to live with her family after they band together to separate her from the lady by destroying the castle doll-sized if you don't cross the bridge. Chase, Mary, Loretta Mason Potts. They didn't become as small as ants, more the size of dolls in a dollhouse, but the closet was the portal to the farm that led to the small size place.

I love The City Under the Backsteps, but the children don't have a magic closet--they shrink because they're bitten by an ant. Does the original requester remember actual ants being part of the story? The Indian in the Cupboard. I think this may be the book in question. Are the children named after varities of apples too? If so, try Jean McDevitt's Mr. See more on Solved Mysteries. I don't believe it's Mr. The story is more about the house, and I'm not sure if there are any children. Could this be The Little House - the line drawings sound familiar, the main colours are red and green, the house gets battered and bruised but is eventually renovated and at the end a new family find it is just the house for them Hi, I'm the requestor for the above stumper.

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

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

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There is no witch named Lanie, no magic stone, and Susan discovers that Aunt Miranda is studying witchcraft at the end of chapter 2, when Mathew tells her. Aunt Miranda cooks delicious meals, but because she's an inexperienced witch, they don't turn out exactly as she had planned she conjures fortune cakes instead of cookies. The witches meet in a cavern inside Sneaker Hill, not in the woods. Could it be ' Sarah's Unicorn '? Not sure if thats what you were after. It was a storybook from the 50's or 60's. It also had astory about a lady who put her cakes in a hatbox.

I've checked all the doubleday books and did not find any of these stories This anthology contains the Van Witsen story about a little boy who will only eat cheese for breakfast, peas for lunch, and chocolate pudding for dinner, nothing else, until while playing like a doggy and rolling around on the floor under the table, someone drops a bit of a new food into his mouth.

He chews, he swallows, and he likes it! Part of the Sheldon Basic Reading Series for fourth grade level. Includes a glossary and word list. Sorry, can't attest to the other stories. Found this collection by Doubleday on the "Find in a Library" website. Goose's Hatbox Cake, which I've been searching for for years and it also has the cheese, peas, and chocolate pudding story. A search online also turned up several copies for sale! A few more details: The book is from the early 50's. I remember a picture of the letter sent to the animal kid from his parents on their trip, propped up on the mantel over the fireplace, unread.

The kid s wander through the forest asking each animal "Can you read my letter? I can't imagine why this book is haunting me I wrote originally that the book was yellow. It was actually light purple. I am sorry for the confusion. I'm afraid I don't know the title of the anthology, but perhaps this bit of information might help.

We also had this book for my son when he was little. The lion story apparantly was also sold separately and has previously been solved here as Tony and His Friends Golden Book. I don't believe this anthology was a Golden Book product, and I'm sorry that I don't remember its title, but perhaps the inquirer could do a search on Tony and His Friends , since that particular title is known - I beleive - and find the anthology's title through publishing records that way.

The monkey and the bee, by L. Play ball, by I. Your stories are the first two in the book! Another bird the same, and another-till he is bald! Wilks, Mike, The ultimate alphabet , I'm positive you're thinking of this book - each letter has incredible detailed pictures - with hundreds and hundreds of objects for each letter - i think the "s" page has over I see there is now an "annotated ultimate alphabet". Wonder if this is Animalia , by Graeme Base?

Grahame Base, Animalia , Extremely detailed illustrations picturing, for example, crimson cats with crayfish, coke cans, candles, cacti, camels, castles and more in the background in an oversize book, along with captions for each page such as "Lazy Lions Lounging In the Local Library". This must be Animalia, a beautiful alphabet book by Graeme Base. Graeme Base, Anamalia , Richly illustrated, finely detailed, mysterious in tone, but beautiful to the eye, this book is the first to come to my mind when someone asks for an alphabet book illustrated with paintings.

Graeme Base, Animalia , This book has incredibly detailed illustrations for each letter of the alphabet, and each picture features as many items beginning with that letter as possible. It sounds like Animalia. I can't find the title. Mary Engelbreit is the illustrator. The concept here is a common one for ABC books, dating back at least a century. But I'm voting for The Ultimate Alphabet as the solution to this stumper, as it is less well known as Animalia , with more objects detailed in the drawings, and no catchy captions that the stumper requester might have remembered.

Animalia was published earlier than but it has beautifully intricate illustration. All of the illustrations are associated with a letter of the alphabet. Mitsumasa Anno, Anno's Alphabet , Could it be Anno's Alphabet? The letters were carved, I think, and the drawings very intricate. Each letter of the alphabet accompanies a full-page picture puzzle of an object whose name begins with that letter: I've looked into both titles suggested and am reasonably sure neither is the one.

I do not recall any words whatsoever on the pages and the paintings were very realistic - like still life. The scale of the book was similar to Anamalia , being taller than wide. If you want to rule out Animalia , check your memory of this: But on the "D" page, for Dr. Who fans everywhere, there is a Dalek in the background. No other alphabet book in my memory has that! Leonard Baskin, Hosie's Alphabet , Here's the card catalog description: This is one of her Jo-Beth and Mary Rose mysteries they are sisters. They go looking for their cousin on an island.

There is an amusement park involved the cover has them riding in a roller coaster car heading into a mountain cave. It was published and I don't remember the main character being with a sister. I think either her relatives or family friends ran the amusement park. The whole mystery wraps up in an amusement park I think there's a theatre production in one of them Some info on the series can be found on Wikipedia.

No - I've read the Jenny books, and they're not it. Also, I'm positive these were dressed, upright cats, and that the book wasn't aimed at children. Another forum suggested The Cinematic Cat: A Cat's Guide to the Great Movies by Bob Bruno might be the book I want, as the front cover is very close to what I described, but I need to see the back cover to be really sure. Does anyone have copy they can take a picture of for me? Helen Earle Gilbert author , Marge Opitz illustrator. I've found copies that bear a copyright date of and , so it's probably an older book that was reprinted numerous times.

I don't know if this is the book you're looking for, but it's worth a look! Please see the Solved Mysteries "G" page for more information. I remember that the alien's ship was disguised as an ice cream cart, but don't know the details because I never quite finished the book. There are sequels I've never read, as well. Sayre, April Pulley, Crocodile Listens, Even though this title is from , it fits the description. I think it might be the one. I don't think it can be Sayre's Crocodile Listens. I had a crocodile book that sounds very similar in the early 80s, and it was not that one.

The book discusses the life cycle of the American Alligator, and man's threat to its existence. The cover of this book is a soft green color, sort of mottled or textured looking, not a flat or solid color. Pictured is an alligator, with a fern in the foreground, palmetto fronds in back, and some clumps of long grasses.

If this isn't the one you're looking for, a couple of others that might be at least worth a glace are "The Life Cycle of the Crocodile" by Paula Hogan , or "The Crocodile and Alligator" part of the "Animals in the Wild" series from Scholastic by Vincent Serventy Cover of the Hogan book is brown, with picture of crocodile in circle at top, and the word "Crocodile" printed 3 times at bottom. Cover of the Serventy book shows a photo of an alligator, lying on a rock or bank, reflected in the water.

Title is printed on a yellow band at top of page. This is a possibility, if the book you remember was from a school book fair and was for fairly young readers. This book was published by Troll. I found a picture of the old cover here: The newer cover is different but I don't know about the inside illustrations. One of my favorites! I am quite sure this is the one you are looking for. Unfortunately, it's not the Isis series, which I read and loved at about the same time I read the stumper book. This one didn't have a Guardian taking care of the girl, and didn't get into the generations of recent-Earth folks settling into the planet.

But thanks for the Isis reference - I didn't know there was a third one! It sounds a little like one of H. Hoover's books, but I don't remember the plots well enough to pull the correct title out of my hat! It's this book; it takes place on the planet Xilan, and the main characters are Gareth the Xilan colonist and Lee one of the explorers. Try a web search of "puppet storybook" and see if any of those books look familiar.

Some of them had a very distinctive 3-d cover made from vinyl and the rest of the book seems to match your description. You are looking for the Golden Press books with the black covers! The illustrations are actual photos of posed dolls and the cover shows a holographic-like 3D image. I have a few of these books they were favorites of mine too! The Emperor's New Clothes was published in About that holographic cover We had Hansel and Gretel when I was a child, and my mother said that it could be played on a record player.

I don't remember it ever working very well, but it would be interesting to check out the possibility if anyone has a copy and still owns a turntable. These were by Golden Press, and had lenticular 3D pictures set into the covers. The illustrations were photographs of dolls in scenes and were done by Shiba Productions. Could it be Sing Down the Moon? It was about the Navajos being captured by the Spaniards, I think.

Claude Aubry, Agouhanna , I'm sure this is the book you are looking for! Young Agouhanna, an Iroquois chief's son, does not enjoy hunting and running with the other boys. Little Doe, a female childhood playmate, and White Eagle, his best friend, try to encourage him as the time of his manhood trial draws near.

White Eagle remains near him in the forest and Little Doe demands to pass the ordeal test along with Agouhanna. I will definitely check out Agouhanna , but I don't think it's the one I'm looking for. I don't remember anything about a girl trying to pass the manhood challenge. One other thing I remembered that I'm pretty sure was from this book is that the boy was unusually close to his mother, past the time of normal childhood closeness. She may have been the one who suggested that he hide the supplies in the woods, or might have helped him to gather them.

Thanks for any suggestions! Archie the Boston Terrier and his owners move to a new neighborhood. Across the street lives a big dog. Afraid that the big dog will eat Archie, Archie's owners put up a fence. When the big dog comes running over, Archie jumps over the fence. The big dog chases Archie, and then the two dogs lie down and rest together and become friends.

Watty Piper, The Road in Storyland, The story about an old woman who is transformed into a woodpecker for refusing to give a beggar a piece of pie made quite an impression on me too when I read it about 50 years ago, and was the subject of a previously solved book stumper. Platt and Munk seems to have cornered the market on this one!! On this site- in archives, it is cited in three of their books. In this last one it is called The Woodpecker, if memory serves me.

I have the book-somewhere! Can't locate it right now. I am sure your solution is one of these last two books. Given the Hauman's woodcut type pictures, I think the second title might be your best bet!! Stumpers R and W seem to be looking for the same volume. Thankyou for the tips but I know that the name of the book is Aesop's Fables and it a collection of fables, the one about the woodpecker is just one of many.

The children are awoken by the dream boat that takes them off to the magical land of Lazibonia! Through the pyramid of rice pudding to the only place where roast chickens fly straight into your mouth, cheeses are scattered like stones and gingerbread cottages really exist so that the residents can simply lie around. Cooked fish swim in the milk river, honey roast hams run around ready to be carved for lunch. Fountains abound to deliver your favourite drink on a whim. Need to loosen your belt? Clothes grow on trees and the grass is made of every imaginable colour of hair ribbon.

Activity of any kind is frowned upon but if you want to learn you can start at the top and work your way down to kindergarten where you can just have fun all day! Sounds like the Mushroom Planet books. Most of the activity takes place on their planet, but one alien did come to Earth--Mr. Bass--and he manages to get two boys to build a spaceship and take a hen along to save his homeworld.

Egg yolks fill in some missing piece in their diet and the population is saved. Zena Henderson, The Anything Box. This is an anthology of stories I read a few years ago from the library so I can't check the details but I think it had a story in it similar to what you're seeking. The story I recall had aliens landing on earth and living in a refugee-type camp while negotiations were ongoing among the officials.

A young boy made friends with a young alien, the mothers got to know one another as well, and the humans accidentally discovered that the aliens required something in their diet to survive that was no longer available on their home planet- it may have been salt they were using on a hard-boiled egg at a picnic. The other book that comes to mind is Eleanor Cameron's Mushroom Planet series- in those books the boys travel to the Mushroom Planet and leave behind a chicken as the people of the planet are dying from lack of sulfur and need the eggs to survive.

They need salt water, not only to live but to be able to reproduce. To me, it is one of Henderson's best stories. Henderson's other collection of short stories is called Holding Wonder. Her "People" stories were anthologized as InGathering about ten years ago. It's awfully similar, though among other differences, the beginning and ending have shooting stars, not fireworks. One amateur reviewer said it helped expand his idea of masculinity greatly, too. Bernard waber, Lyle, Lyle Crocodile , I remember those books, they were grand. There are a series of them, just in case you were only exposed to one of them.

I'm suggesting this only because his name is Al. Enright, W J Pat. Al Alligator and how he learned to play the banjo. Mircea Vasiliu, Where is Alfred? This book is about a girl named Susan who lives in a city and has a pet alligator named Alfred that loves to eat dog biscuits.

One day he falls out of his high-rise window into a treetop. Susan looks all over for him and eventually discovers him in the tree, but all attempts to rescue Alfred fail until Susan has the idea to tie dog biscuits to balloons which are then tied to the end of a fishing pole and extended out of a window. Alfred leans out to take a bite and when he does, he floats gently down to the ground. Susan makes Alfred a roof garden and soon neighbors with a pet turtle and another alligator move in and Alfred makes new friends. Sure sounds like the Tweedlebugs from Sesame Street - not sure of the book's title, though.

This sounds like the children's poem "Southbound on the Freeway" by May Swenson. Perhaps her poem was expanded on in another book? The aliens are not named in this poem The poem can be found in the anthology Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle , which is still in print. Herbert Kenny, Dear Dolphin, The author name doesn't match what the requester remembers, but I''m fairly certain this is the book.

It's an Alice in Wonderland sort of story with a young girl, Ann e , who follows a dolphin into the sea and runs into a pirate who lives in a sunken shipwreck. I loved this book when I was a child, and got to re-read it again when I visited my parents' house last year. Not exactly a solution, but the story about the diamond necklace sounds suspiciously similar to an old radio play from " The Unexpected " series, called " The Winfield Diamond. Liggett, the butler, who offers her the position of secretary to the elderly Mr.

She is later given the location and combination to the safe by Mr. Winfield, with instructions to remove the diamond and ship it to a buyer. She removes the diamond, intending to steal it, but is caught by the butler and ordered to return the diamond and leave the house immediately.

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Then, of course, the "unexpected" twist - on her way home, she hears a news broadcast that the diamond has been stolen by an international jewel thief, Light-Fingered Liggett, with the aid of a female accomplice posing as the old man's secretary. She ends up in prison, while Liggett gets away with the diamond. Of course, the genders are switched from the story you recall, but perhaps it is some variation of this one? It has a jingly eye on the last page, and each animal is placed to have this jiggle eye as its own eye.

There is a bird, a fish, a dog, an owl, a lamb, a duck and a squirrel. Holling, The Book of Indians , , copyright. This book contains four chapters about the home life of Indians from various regions of the country, and eight chapters relating the adventures of specific Indian children. The book includes six color plates, plus line drawings by H. The cover features a stylized drawing of a thunderbird or eagle below the title.

Some editions have a blue cloth cover with either orange or black print, others have red cloth with black print. The dust jacket shows a full-color picture of an Indian Chief in feather headdress riding a horse. Inside the front and back covers are maps, showing where the various tribes lived. I've never seen a full color version of this, only one with black and white illustrations by the author, but the text is definitely Edward Lear!

This is one of Edward Lear 's alphabet poems. I am sure there are many published versions of this set of limericks. The alphabet limericks were written by Edward Lear. Lear Edward, Edward Lear's A nonsense alphabet , , reprint. There is a version of Lear's alphabet illustrated by Richard Scarry , published by Doubleday in Peter Dickinson, The Weathermonger , , copyright.

Could you be thinking of The Weathermonger? Its one of a trilogy the other two being Heartsease and The Devils Children - in it the UK has returned to a pre-technological way of life - technology and machines are seen as evil there is a scene in which lightening attacks a car which the protagonists are trying to use The source of the anti-tech is not an alien, but Merlin, who has awoken but is kept drugged, but several of the other details, and the publicaton date all fit so I thought it was worth suggesting.

Louise Lawrence, The Power of stars. This is a long shot, but the book may be one I posted as a stumper myself, and this was the solution. The Louise Lawrence book sounds like it might be the book I'm thinking of--I've ordered an old copy and will let you know once I review it. In the meantime, many thanks for your tip!

I have made an interlibrary loan request for one but would really like to purchase the book. An Abstract 'Me' Solved: Will You Come to My Party. The story I remember concerned a witch chasing children - the witch got hurt and returned to her home to put cobwebs on her wounds. Can't recall any other details sorry. What could Go Wrong? It was a book about a little girl named Dana? The book had photographs instead of hand illustrations. The Land of Green Ginger.

Don't think this is the one, but your description reminded me of a chapter in a Christian children's book about tales from Africa. The stories had a Biblical slant, but were often upbeat. This sounds like a telling of an African folktale - all the animals are white or grey, then there's a cave where they all go to get new coats. Zebra is eating so doesn't go until it's too late - there's only pieces of black left. He makes a coat, but when he puts it on it bursts at the seams because he has eaten so much. Thus he is white striped with black. For one retelling see Greedy Zebra by Hadithi , though that's late enough that it's not the one this requester is looking for.

Doubt this is it, but it does remind me of a Peanuts strip where Sally is setting up a fish tank, telling her brother Charlie Brown her reasons is that "This is the Age of Aquariums"! It's still a cute bit. Childrens literature text book from late 60s. Radko Doone, Nuvat the Brave: An Eskimo Robinson Crusoe , , copyright. The tale of a crippled Eskimo boy who becomes trapped on an ice floe while seal hunting. He is carried to an uninhabited island where he must survive alone for two years before being rescued.

An excerpt from the book that I found online talks about how the dogs liked him because he was gentle with them, and how they all obeyed his voice. Sounds like it might be the book you are looking for. A children's lit textbook from the s has this description for Nuvat: Despised and disheartened, Nuvat is carried off on a floe. He maintains life for two years, completely alone except for his dogs. Cave, Two Were Lef t. Radko Doone, Nuvat the Brave. Cave, Two Were Left , , copyright. This is Cave's "Two Were Left. Cave published something like a thousand stories in his 94 years of life, and this short piece may be his best-known one.

I don't know for sure if he has the dog with him on the ice floe, but he did have a dog a big, black dog named Kakk. Even Nuvat's father had to admit that he was the best trainer of puppies in the village - but he had no dog team of his own, because, as a cripple, he was not allowed to hunt with the men. I've submitted this twice before, but it hasn't shown up in either of the last two updates, so here's hoping third time's a charm!

My mother had a copy that got destroyed when her home was flooded. I sent a query to the Library of Congress and they suggested you. Published by Grosset and Dunlap. Front cover is white, featuring a 3D image on a lenticular plate. Picture is of a large letter "A" in yellow, with red and white scalloped borders in front of a little house, with a little boy leaning out through the triangular part at the top, as through a window, and a little girl in front of him, pulling a wagon that contains a red-and-white striped beach ball.

There is also another printing as a "Winker Puppet Storybook" that has a pink cover with a 3D lenticular plate of the boy flying in a little airplane. Amos the Duck Can't Talk There was a book that my mom used to read to me in the '60's that I can't find.

In the book all the other ducks kept saying, "Amos can't talk, Amos can't talk. Sound like an ugly duckling story but not sure. Any help out there? Bradbury, Bianca, Amos Learns to Talk: The Story of a Little Duck , The Story of a Little Duck ,, reprint. A Rand McNally Elf Book about a little duckling Amos who goes around visiting the other animals on the farm to find out how they talk, because he thinks the quacking of his brothers and sisters sounds funny. When he gets lost, he discovers just how wonderful his mother's "Quack Quack" sounds. Val Teal, Angel Child, It's the story of a boy and girl who find an angel baby dangling from a tree.

They take care of the angel baby until one day they push him on the swing. His wings unfold and he flies away. They are sad to lose their angel child, but they go into the house to discover that their mother has just had a baby, an angel child of their own. The publication date is older than you suggested, but I was given this book in the 70's, so I suspect my copy is a later reprint that only shows the original date. Mike Wilks, The Ultimate Alphabet. If your book had very realistic detailed oil paintings that were a bit surreal, this may be your book.

Go to the author's website to see reproduction of the cover and some pages to be sure. Graeme Base, Animalia, This is a strong possibility. Each letter of the alphabet is represented by a complex painting containing many objects beginning with that letter, plus a short verse describing the animal beginning with the corresponding letter. B is for Butterfly, of course. Base, Graeme, Animalia, Animalia would be a distinct possibility. There are gorgeous, elaborate illustrations for every letter in the alphabet Graeme Base, Animalia.

There are probably several books that fit this description, but Animalia is my favorite Mike Wilks, The Ultimate Alphabet, If there were literally hundreds of items in each picture, it could well be The Ultimate Alphabet. The paintings are landscape-format, and each one faces a page with a paragraph or so listing some of the items to be found in it. In total, the book contains 7, namable items in the 26 pictures, ranging from 30 X to 1, S. The pictures are very crisply painted, and of course tremendously detailed.

This book has a blue cover and stories for each of the seasons. I know you said it wasn't The Golden Book, but there are several editions. I have this one with pictures by Richard Scarry and it matches your description perfectly, including the cover description. You can see it at http: Animal with sweet tooth, series There was a book series I think it was a series that I read as a child in the 80's.

The characters were animals and I think it was a Berenstein Bears type series. The one I remember in particular was about an animal dealing with a sweet tooth problem and it may have caused him bad dreams. All the cover images can be viewed at http: A visit to Doc Grizzly results in an explanation of how the body works - complete with diagrams of the nervous, circulatory, digestive, muscular, and skeletal systems - and the proper foods to fuel it.

Doc Grizzly prescribes an exercise program and Mama replaces the junk food with healthy snacks. There isn't anything about bad dreams, but there is another book in the series - The Berenstain Bears and the Bad Dream - that does. That one doesn't have anything to do with sweets, though - it's more an explanation of how dreams are made up of bits of things you remember from earlier in the day. Richard Hefter, various titles.

Could this maybe be the Sweet Pickles series? They're less of a story than the Berenstain Bears, but like those books, they have a moral at the end. Thanks for the help, but it's not the sweet pickles series and not the berenstein bears. It was not as juvenile as the sweet pickles appears- it seemed more like the berenstein bears type illustration. I read them through my school's scholastic book fair sales I think.

The year had to be around Like I said, similar in size and illustration to the berensteins, just not the berensteins. Maybe a little edgier, if that is possible. I'm thinking like bears or raccoons or some other smallish, furry animal. A brother and a sister? Brown, Marc, Arthur series, various titles.

Russell Hoban, Harvey's Hideout. I'm just throwing Harvey's Hideout here because it's a bit "edgier" than similar small-animal stories