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We sometimes forget that we have it within our ability to make life fair and equitable. We can share what we have and end jealousy. Just ask the one-percent. I had no idea what to expect when I walked into that theater, but it was nothing short of an epiphany. The dignity of the conviction of what anyone can see is rightness. Prophets bear the burden of speaking the truth. Black Panther may be unlike most prophets in that it is reaching a huge audience.

And rightfully so. One of the rare and long-anticipated treats of being near New York City is the prospect of a live show. Yesterday we attended the penultimate performance of the Cats revival on Broadway. The experience was transcendent. For whatever reason, this musical speaks to me. Eliot was a poet who knew spirituality intimately.

Andrew Lloyd Webber, no one needs me to say, writes stirring music. The performers are in nearly constant motion as they play out their roles, often with acrobatic flourishes. Most of the parts are for the young, while those dwelling on the experience of older characters—Gus, Grizabella, and Old Deuteronomy—tend to be recollections of youth as a commodity that slips away leaving as residue the wisdom that comes with age.

Even the old can appreciate back flips and double cartwheels and the grace of ballet. For this particular production the lighting stood out as an integral part of the story. Illumination, I might add, is a powerful metaphor. In our family discussions afterwards, comparison with other versions dominated. Although my wife and I saw a community theater production long ago placing us, I reluctantly suppose, in the ranks of the older characters , our main introduction was through the filmed adaptation.

Again, like the Bible, we tend to think of canonical versions. This is how it should go. Because of both its running time and its demands on the players, not all vignettes are included in each production. The character who narrates the story may change. Choreography is adjusted. Each show, as is the case with live theater, is a little different. Standing in the snow on a cold, New York City December afternoon awaiting the opening of the doors, we wondered what would be changed.

The original Broadway run had ended while we lived in the Midwest, so this was both our first exposure but also our fourth rendition over the decades. None, it turns out, could be called canonical.

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That, however, took nothing away from the inspiration of the event unfolding before our very eyes. The fear of insects is fairly common among people. Now imagine that the hive mind resents what humans have done to insects over the millennia. And suppose that their massive mind allows them to develop a hormone that transforms animals into partial humans with consciousness and, for the most part, workable hands. A debut novel about a cat Mort e and his desire to find a friend in the fog of war that follows the transformation of animals into people, the story is as compelling as it is creative.

While not all novels I read have a religious element, a surprising number do. It is because religion pervades the human outlook on life. Suffice it to say, without religion a large part of the story would be missing. These days I read novels liberally mixed in with non-fiction reading.

Sure, I do read as a guilty pleasure from time to time, but here I mean the kinds of books you invest in. Mort e is a substantial story. The world in which the protagonist operates can be described as apocalyptic, and end-of-the-world scenarios have a way of raising questions about what we believe. The time spent reading Mort e is a good return on investment.

Picnic Time for Teddy Bears! The little teddy bears are having a lovely time today Have you tried searching at photo stock agency websites like Corbis? A lot of textbook photos come from stock agencies, and many now have on-line catalogs you can search. Just a guess, I can't find any description of the story. This is Mrs. Perhaps it is a stand alone book as well. I think it's in print. The protag is named Gully Foyle. It's definitely not The Star My Destination. In that book instantaneous travel through space was called "jaunting" NOT "flivering".

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T time travel: I'm pretty sure that in The Stars My Destination , by Alfred Bester , teleportation space, not time is called 'jaunting', not flivvering. What do they call teleportation in Zenna Henderson's The People stories? Madeleine L'Engle, Wind in the Door. I know you said "flivering," but sometimes I am amazed at how my memory twists things!

In Madeleine L'Engle's books, the ability to move across time and space is called "tessering". The previous contributor's word "kything" is, in Madeleine L'Engle's books, the ability to connect mentally and more important emotionally with a person who is not with you separated by time and space. The tessering concept she got from scientific principles the kything from Celtic religion, I think.

Actually, I think Madeleine L'Engle's "kything" is the blending of one's soul with another's-- specifically for the purpose of combating evil. But there's no time travel I don't know if Flivver is in involved in time travel, but I couldn't resist adding this namesake to the Flivver discussion.

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The story of an adventurous horse who is used to hauling a Boston fruit cart, but who becomes involved in other activities in a Massachusetts fishing town called "Smuggler's Cove". I know that there are vehicles in the Star Trek novels that are called Flivvers, and the books do occasionally incorporate some type of time travel. Perhaps you read one of these?

Possibly Elsewhere and Elsewhen, ed. Conklin, Groff , editor, Crossroads in Time , Maybe this one. Sixteen stories and two novellas. The publication date looks like a plausible match This sounds like something I have read, but I have no idea who edited it. The poster of this book stumper could look up Roger Elwood or Martin Greenberg in hopes of seeing if their anthologies sound familiar. Perhaps memory is conflating two Groff Conklin anthologies? However, it is not an anthology of time travel stories, but of alien invasion stories.

The answer to T is not, I regret, Elsewhere and Elsewhen. This is one of my favorite S. It's a great collection, very wide-ranging in theme, but not including time-travel. Good hunting!

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It also looks like it was republished in , but is now out of print. But it's not about manners and there's no Kibitzer in the book. It's the Baby Great Glern of the Sea and the poem goes, "The Baby Great Glern of the Sea, gives annoying advice constantly, now if that hand were mine, id play the nine, my goodness, you'd lose without me. Yes, this is indeed from "Little Monster's Bedtime Book. I am a huge collector of Mercer Mayer books well over a few Mercer Mayer's "Monster" universe is pretty seperate from his "Little Critter" universe.

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It could be a few pieces of Lego or one of those small pouches with architecture in nanoblocks. Each show, as is the case with live theater, is a little different. Rheal Guindon was camping with his parents when they all decided to go fishing. THE DOG These are only a few specimens taken at random from the rich collection of evidences of affection given to dogs by intelligent men. If you maintain alpha status, your dog will never think you are a pushover. Get ready for Christmas and the New Year with our bazaar stocked full of gifts, decorations, cards, diaries and calendars.

Gertrude Crampton, Scuffy the tugboat Scuffy was a toy tugboat, but the rest of the details sound right. The tug's name is Betty Ann. The skipper loses his way in the fog and they end up near a big ship which needs the help of a tug. Could this be Little Toot on the Thames?? Tug gets towed across the Atlantic by accident and gets lost in the London Fog! Jack London, The Star Rover. Bradley, Marion Zimmer. I think that this might be one of the Darkover books. There are lots of them. Take a look at this website. Any possibility this illustration could be associated with the fairy tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses?

The 12 Dancing Princesses. This could be one of the many, many versions of the fairytale "The 12 Dancing Princesses" where the girls have to sneak out because their father won't let them "date. Their dancing slippers are always worn out every morning and the father cannot figure out why, since he locks them in their room at night. Anyhow, most versions have them going through areas full of trees with glass leaves, golden leaves, jewelled leaves, etc.

So this might be it, the challenge would be in finding the version that you remember the pictures from!

Alternatively, this poem and variants I've seen online also talk about a tree with glass leaves. He was also a prolific poet, and the above poem can be found in: Van Dyke, Henry. The Poems of Henry Van Dyke. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, See also T Watson, J. Try this Golden Book it may be the one.

The old soldier who follows the princesses through a jeweled forest snaps one of the leaves off, scaring the youngest princess. He ended up marrying the eldest. The illustrations are lovely. Watson , The Twelve Dancing Princesses. It could be this -- a beautifully illustrated version, Golden Book. Sounds like the Foolish Fir Tree to me, I do remember the various pictures of the tree with its various leaves. The glass ones got broken by rain, gold ones were stolen by a passerby, there may have been some kind of red leaf that also got ruined.

Don't know if it was a poem or a story. Clare Newberry, Babette. Same as H Roberta Moynihan, Futility the Tapir, Might not be the right book, can't find a copy or a description anywhere online. I really must get some rest. After all, tomorrow I may succeed. Sorry, no description. I suddenly remembered the names of the two elves, Nip and Tuck, and it was also the name of the book! I have sent for a beat- up copy on ebay, but copies are rare. There is a second book, Nip and Tuck in Toyland. With Santa. Ticklefeather , but I haven't read it so I don't know if there's a Tommy in it.

Good luck! Negative on Lucky Mrs. But for more info on her, see the Most Requested pages.

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Mother used to read Timothy Ticklefeather to us when we were kids on the farm. For the past 20 years we have been searching for a copy of this poem. I was so pleased and surprised to see it spring partially into view when I put the title on the web. Adolph Soens, It was written by my grandfather in the early 20th century in Colorado along with other peoms catagorized as "Humor and Whimsey" Timothy Ticklefeather, He caught the rain in his godpapa's cup, and nibbled on nuts that the squirrels brought up.

His shoes were brown and his beard was gray, and he sat and talked to the birds all day. His beard was gray and his shoes were brown, and he lived in a tree and never came down. Ticklefeather, Silly Mr. Ticklefeather, what are you doing in that very tall tree? It's all very well to be friends with the birds, but suppose you fell, you mark my words. Come down Mr.

Ticklefeather, silly Mr. Ticklefeather, down on the ground and play with me. Ticklefeather clicked his heels and said, "I know how the skylark feels. I've go my nuts and I've got my cup, and I won't fall down and I can't fall up. And all the policemen came out from town, but old Mr.

Ticklefeather never came down. Poor Mr. Silly Mr. Where did he go with his beard on his knee, his shoes of brown and his godpapa's cup? He didn't tumble down, so he must have tumbled up. But, I really, Mr. Ticklefeather, said "Mr. Ticklefeather, "Better come down and play with me. I was born in Colorado in April of , so the date one of your other readers sent sounds about right. My mother recited this and Little Orphan Annie so often, that by the time I was five I had memorized them both. Glad I could help. There needs to be a correction on the date. I was born in My mom read this to me and I memorized some of the rhyme before moving from my birth town when I was five years old.

My mother said it was in a magazine, but could not remember which one. I checked out the magazines I thought it might be in, but never found it. Thank you so much for bringing this delightful poem back to me. Regarding the tapestry story, a similar one appeared in Children's Digest Magazine, probably between and , of a princess or lord's daughter about to be forced to marry against her will.

An expert needleworker, she tried to drown her sorrows while waiting for the inevitable marriage by working on an enormous tapestry. Upon stitching a likeness of her dog into the tapestry, her dog disappeared, the likeness being so perfect he couldn't exist in two places at once. Realizing what had happened, the girl stitched herself into the tapestry to escape the unwanted marriage.

This isn't Andre Norton's Through a Needle's Eye , about a girl crippled by polio who meets an old woman with similar needleworking abilities. Molesworth, The Tapestry Room, , copyright. Possibly this is the story of Hugh and Jeanne, two small children who find a way into the great tapestry via various means little rubber attachments on the feet or by wings.

Try this link These are not the correct books. The title I am looking for is The Magic Mountain. It is a collection of short stories. The first story in the book is also The Magic Mountain. The last story in the book is The Tapestry. Neither of the two suggestions fit the book I'm inquiring about.

I believe the cover of the book shows the two children climbing a mountain, but I no longer believe the name of the book to be The Magic Mountain. It may be Children's Stories. The tapestry story still holds. Wanting to investigate a movement she saw, she finds a way to enter the tapestry in spirit form to help, leaving her body lieing on a cot beneath the tapestry. I, too, have sought for a book about 'Twinkle and Boo', two kittens who get into michief. I didn't have the right title! The answer is Dorothy Grider, The Little Ballerina , Might this be The Little Ballerina? Check out more on the Solved Mysteries pages.

Randy, a high schooler working on the railroads in the summer, finds himself tutoring a newcomer. Randy begins to suspect Burns of being a German spy. Stephen Meader is a very skilled writer of boys'' adventure book. Grandpa, Grandma, and Patrick's tallest sisters slept there. In the back bedroom a bed sat between Grandma's trunk and Mother's cedar chest. Patrick slept in the middle of that bed between Mike and Tim. Patrick's new bed was delivered and put in the back bedroom. But, oh, my! Mother could not walk between the beds. Grandma could not open her trunk. Grandpa knew what to do.

He cut the legs of the cot in half. Then he slid Patrick's cot under the bed which now belonged to MIke and Tim. When night came, Grandpa pulled it out again I've just given my copy away so can't check details but it's a Christian tale, set in England, where the girl who narrates it and her brother, Philip, live with their Aunt Margaret. She's naughty and rebellious till she finds God and peace.

NOT the Tanglewoods Secret. While T he Tanglewoods Secret is a wonderful story, it is nothing like the description given in this query. In this story, it is a British? The girl struggles with rebelling against her aunt's child-rearing while her brother is a real saint. Margaret Flora, The Tanglewood Animals, , reprint.

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Thank you. But sorry, that is NOT the solution. That story is somewhat parallel to the story about the Tunisian Princess but it's not the same. Anyone have any other suggestions? Edith Unnerstad, Twilight Tales. I haven't read the book since my own childhood, so can't remember whether it fits the description in other ways. I think the ugly fairy was called a changeling, although I don't remember the name of the book.

I hope it helps spark a memory. Lyon, Elinor, Rider's Rock. Chicago, Follett Not a lot of information to go on, but perhaps this one "Since a tidal wave covered it years before, a seaside village has remained buried and intact beneath the sand. Then four children discover how to tunnel into the buildings and are exploring when another wave hits, with revealing results.

William Mayne's Low Tide has 3 New Zealand children trapped by a tidal wave, but they are lured out by a low tide to see a shipwreck, not any place with windows. Elinor Lyon , Rider's Rock, The cover you describe definitely belongs to this book The children are trapped in the house they have uncovered when another tidal wave hits and she saws her plait off to secure the window. This was a favourite of mine when I was about 8. Lyon, Elinor, Rider's Rock , Follett , copyright. Helen Wind, Kitten Twins. Rand McNally, Found this on your Solved page.

New York : Harper, Here's the only plot description I could find: "The protagonist of The Silver Nutmeg is a child who loves nature and learns an understated lesson about love. Not a complete answer, but maybe it will contain some clues to help you. The title A Friendly Bear or The Friendly Bear turned up, by Robert Bright, BUT the description says that a boy goes to visit his grandfather to have him read a book, but there's a friendly bear there instead.

So this may be throwing your search off. A bear, not a town, but could be the one! Marjory Schwalje, I Walk to the Park. Published by Whitman in a possibility? I think the opening was something like "I walk to the park, and what do I see? Possibly one of these??

I am sure that this book is " Timothy Tiger to the Rescue ". Timmy must rescue him. From what I remember, these books were set in Asia, probably India from what I remember. Diane Duane, High Wizardry. They take along Machu Pichu, a talking bird. I can think of two possibilities for this one, neither of which is a perfect fit.

The heroes of Eleanor Cameron's The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet take the chicken Henrietta along on their journey to save the planet Basidium, but the chicken doesn't talk. And in Emergence , by David Palmer , the heroine has a talking parrot, but most of the action takes place on Earth.

Gerald Durrell, The Talking Parcel , Peter, Simon and Penelope stay in Greece and one day find a large talking parcel on the beach. It contains a parrot and his spider they both talk. They journey with the parrot into Mythologia where they help HH, the wizard who created Mythologia, to fight the cockatrices who are trying to take control of the country. Was reprinted in under the title The Battle for Castle Cockatrice. I've never read this book, and I'm not positive about the title, but the cover shows a tiger in a tea cup.

It's a small picture book. The original post asks about an animal tea party in the jungle. The book offered as a possible solution which the poster admits they have never seen is definitely not about this subject, and so is not a match. Sorry to be pedantic, but that answer steers the original poster to the wrong book, which is out of print, so not easy to check on. Thanks for listening! T Carlson, Bernice Wells. The junior party book. Abingdon-Cokesbury c This may be too old, but it's a possibility. It has ideas for theme parties for preteen girls and young teens.

Pamela Sargent, Alien Child , Yeah, I found it!!! The only human left on earth being raised by aliens. Or so she thinks until she meets the boy who has also been raised by an alien. The two learn together of the history of their species and try to determine its future. Thoughtful and raises a number of good questions. Alien Child is definitely the book. I love this site! I finally found this book! The Girl Who Tricked the Troll. A troll rides in on a black horse and causes trouble on a farm in Illinois. Two children try to get rid of the troll by asking questions he cannot answer.

Eventually, they succeed in their task and, as part of the deal, he leaves the Barn and returns to the forest. He sits beneath a tree trying to think of the answer to the question that the children had asked, and after a long time, he turns to stone. He still sits there to this day, as a funny looking rock. There is actually a site on the author and his other works, should anyone else be interested! Evelyn Scott ,?

The Fourteen Bears in Summer and Winter. Could this possibly be it?

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The bears are not teddy bears, but are cuddly and friendly looking. They do all sorts of things ice skating, swimming, eating ice cream. My own treasured copy of the book given to me in the early 80's is much bigger than a normal picture book. It's been reprinted and I have plenty of copies! I also read this book in a remedial reading class circa I think the book was called Teddy Bear Teddy Bear. I also remember there being a couple others with the same type covers but different subjects,one was a train I think.

I'm pretty sure they were of well known titles but specially made for kids with learning disabilities if this helps. I don't know if this is the book the original poster wants, but it sure sounds like it! This is a long shot, but maybe it's what you are looking for? Peter Heath which is a pseudonym author's reall name was Peter Fine , Assassins from Tomorrow , This is almost surely Assassins from Tomorrow.

I've not read it but know the premise was that time travellers killed JFK, and how many times can someone has spun a whole novel out of that? It was an original pb from Lancer Books in and I believe there's also a Magnum Books pb a bit later. Thanks for trying, though. John Jakes, Time Gate , From the description online: "John Jakes's novel is a fairly standard time travel tale.

Scientists in the near-future have a time-travel device that they use to research the past; the project leaders have to scramble to stop an intern who uses the machine to travel into the past in order to assassinate the president, a man promoting a nuclear disarmament treaty that the intern opposes. Maybe it was some kind of poetry anthology that had Sally 'traveling' through various poems? Yes, now that I'm thinking back there was a few pages about the Pobble who has no toes and Aunt Jabisca So you might be right as fas as this girl "Sally" traveling through several stories and poems.

Seems like there was also a page about a yak And from what I can remember "Sally' had short wiry red hair and freckles. And when she is talking with the cowboy and having tumbleweed tea, I think there is mention of Timbuktoo, and his 10 gallon hat.


I can picture the cowboy in my mind, and the little girl Sally, her name could also be Elizabeth Anonymous, Go Ask Alice. This book is written as the "diary" of a teen girl who gets addicted to drugs, runs away, winds up in a commune at one point, and I think maybe also winds up pregnant in the end. I'm not sure it really is a real diary - just written as if it were one. Could it be this? Famous book. I think it was a real diary, thus the anonymous author? I'm fairly certain that the book described is not Go Ask Alice. None of the details that the poster gave match the plot of that book.

Dragonwagon, Crescent, To Take a Dare , It's about a runaway who takes up with other hippies, does drugs, and gets pregnant. I don't recall if it had a character in it named Curly Red, though. This definitely isn't To Take a Dare - the heroine of that book does drugs with her suburban friends before she runs away, but has stopped long before she settles in a town popular with leftover hippies. So that might help in the process of elimination. This is a real long-shot, but I couldn't help noticing the similarity in names.

If you check R53 in archives on this site - "Rat called not-polite", one of the possible solutions is a book entitled " Twirlup on the moon " by Laura Bannon. I thought of "Trilliwip" because I had read your intriguing post earlier. It may be a real stretch, but I thought I'd suggest it anyway.. Edgar Eager, Time garden. Rescue was an anthology, while Mutiny was a novel. The short stories had appeared in Boys' Life magazine. The stories continued to appear after the books were published, so if you remember something that was not in the books, you probably read it in the short stories.

I remember the boys running afoul of a farmer named Jay Henney Haney? A short story in the s in Boys' Life re-visited this character. If you can find a library with old issues of Boys' Life, you may be able to get all of the stories. Ruth Chew, Summer Magic , Sarah and Timothy are transported into the past while visiting a display of an old house at the Brooklyn Museum.

They stay with a couple named the Maartens and meet some Indians. Just bought and read this Scholastic book. It's about three children who somehow travel in time through a combination of smelling a pillow they found in an old attic trunk and walking into a garden maze. It's a book I loved as a child, but I can't remember much more than that. I think the people they ended up living with in the past were former slaves who had joined a Native tribe, but I'm not sure if that was my interpretation or part of the book. I don't recall the specific scene with all of the old loves it's been many years since I read it , but it sounds very much like Jurgen's preoccupations.

Many reprints exist, and the book is available online with illustrations here and here. Thank you for solving this - it was driving me and my wife crazy. A little research showed that the copy that I had was a Dover Press reprint released in I want to buy a paperback copy, I did find it on Amazon, but I'll give you a chance 1st if you want to sell me a copy. Elizabeth Hart Ritter, Parasols is for Ladies. Winston Co. About 3 little girls in the Deep South who get brand-new colorful Easter dresses and matching parasols for Easter Sunday. Hardcover, 96 pages. Elizabeth Ritter , The Three Parasols, Elizabeth Ritter wrote a 5-part series for Jack and Jill magazine that started in the November, issue.

It was called "The Three Parasols," and I assume the book mentioned above is a book version of the stories. In it, three sisters, Gennie, Nolie, and Rellie, see the parasols in the store window and can't afford them. They end up earning the money by taking care of a cow and selling the buttermilk.

At one point the money they have saved is lost it turns out that one of the little girls has buried it in the hope that it will grow into more money. No mention of the mom making dresses that match, but I don't have all the issues of the magazine, or it might have been added to the book. That might help the seeker decide whether Parasols is for Ladies is the right book.

Charlotte Steiner, Little John Little , This is the book, and I have it, but am having trouble locating it. It's a Wonder Book, and Charlotte Steiner did the illustrations as well as the story. As I recall the book, Little John Little is a very tiny fellow who, at the very beginning of the book, is inadvertently swept out the front door of his house by his normal-sized mother and proceeds to build his own tiny house to live in, I think out of matchsticks. There's an illustration of him picking a huge to him blueberry from a ladder probably also made of matchsticks.

He befriends a ladybug named I think Reddy, who becomes his pet. One day he goes swimming. I think I recall a picture of him diving from a lillypad into the water, near a frog. I think he then falls asleep on a leaf and is blown by the wind for some distance. He ends up near a cow eating grass who's about to inadvertently, again eat him when a bird swoops down and saves him. She takes him to her nest high in a tree with her young ones. He thanks her and asks her to take him home, but she thinks he's better off with her and takes off.

He gets help from a squirrel, who first takes him to her home in a hole in the tree and feeds him along with her children. I'm quite sure there's an illustration looking from outside -- where it's become dark -- through the hole into the lighted home, where Little Johon Little is eating at a table with the squirrel family.

After that the squirrel gives him a ride down the tree. He's still feeling somewhat stranded, but I think a passing mouse gives him a ride home on her back, and I think I recall Reddy waiting at the door to the lighted home as Little John Little arrives. I recall the last illustration being of Little John Little sleeping in the matchbox bed with Reddy up on the "headboard" which I think is the top of the matchbox turned up. The illustrations are great, very much like those in A Surprise for Mrs. Bunny, which Charlotte Steiner also wrote and illustrated.

Mother Holle. In this German fairy tale, two sisters take turns working for Mother Holle, who lives at the bottom of a well. Text can be found online. Javascript is not enabled in your browser. Enabling JavaScript in your browser will allow you to experience all the features of our site.

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