This Friday's topic for "Forgotten" books is children's or teen titles. I picked two books I love, and one series. They all bring back wonderful memories.
Betty MacDonald is probably best known for her book, The Egg and I. But it's her fun children's book, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, that is special to me. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is the widow of a pirate, and she lives in an upside down house. Every child in town is her friend. She allows them to dress up in her clothes, dig for her late husband's buried treasure in the yard, and, she makes up stories for them. It was her stories for kids who didn't like chores that brought in the parents. Suddenly, mothers were calling when they had a problem child, and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's cures for those problems are fun. There's The Won't-Pick-Up-Toys Cure, The Never-Want-To-Go-To-Bedders Cure, and, my personal favorite, The Radish Cure for the child who doesn't want to take a bath. Each short chapter is a story in itself in this chapter book for children ages six to ten.
Maria McSwigan's Snow Treasure is a book treasured by three generations in my family. I bought this book from Scholastic Book Club when I was in fourth or fifth grade, and, when I brought it home, my mother said it was one of her favorite books as a child. My sister's children wore their copy to pieces. When I read the book, the story was believed to be true. Now, over seventy years later, there's no proof it ever happened. But, it's a story of courage, and children caught up in war.
The book says, "On June 28, 1940, nearly a year after World War II broke out in Europe, the Norwegian freighter Bomma reached Baltimore with a cargo of gold bullion worth $9 million." The ship's captain tells the story that under the very eyes of the Nazis, Norwegian children smuggled the gold down to the ship, pulling it on their sleds.
Snow Treasure is an exciting book that needs to be read. In this case, watching the movie is a big mistake. The book loses its focus and suspense in the movie that was made. Snow Treasure is listed on my blog as one of my favorite books.
And, there's one mystery series that is hard to come by. Readers fondly remember The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries. I read, and enjoyed, them. But, the series I loved was The Happy Hollisters, a collection of twenty-five books by Jerry West. When my family went on a month's vacation in a converted van, my sisters and I were allowed fifteen books each. My sister, Linda, and I cooperated to take books we'd each enjoy, so we'd have a total of thirty books. The Happy Hollister books, a
series about five children, and their adventures on vacation, and at home, were the perfect books for our own vacation. I still remember those books with fondness.
I really haven't ever forgotten this Friday's "Forgotten" books.
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald. HarperCollins Publishers, ©1947. ISBN 9780064401487, 130p.
Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan. Scholastic Inc., ©1942. ISBN 9780590425377, 156p.
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