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Subject: Help! One free credit if you can help me identify a 1960's children book.
Date Posted: 2/11/2008 2:14 PM ET
Member Since: 6/9/2006
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Okay, fellow readers--especially you boomers who have been lately thumbing through your well-worn copies of Breakfast of Champions, Trout Fishing in America, or The Teachingsof Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge --put on your thinking caps. I am trying to identify the name and/or author of a children's book I loved so many year. The book was published in the 1960s, and contains text as well as B&W photographs.

The story centers around. a little girl who asks her father to build her a little house for her pet turtle (or possibly bunny). Over time, the little girl collects progressively larger pets, and her fathers starts adding on progressively larger "rooms" to the original little house to accomodate them. Eventually, the girl evens gets a horse...and her help father adds on yet another room to what turns out to be a wonderful collections of doors, windows and floors for the animals. The reader watches as little by little what once was a tiny house for one pet becomes a marvelous, cobbled together structure.

Does this ring the proverbial bell with anyone?

Yes, I could ask a librarian...but I am one and (egg on my face) I am simply drawing a blank! Thanks, in advance, for your help and feedback!

Happy reading,
Paul H.

Subject: It might be...
Date Posted: 2/11/2008 4:44 PM ET
Member Since: 10/16/2007
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Why I Built the Boogle House by Helen Palmer, who was Dr. Seuss's first wife. This one is actually about a little boy, and he builds the house himself, but the plot is otherwise fairly similar and it has black and white photographs. I vaguely remember it from when I was a kid, and a little googling turned it up on Amazon. The cover is mostly what I remember.


Date Posted: 2/11/2008 6:09 PM ET
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Where is Les?  Les is good at these quizzes.  And so is Herbert.

Subject: We Have A Winner!
Date Posted: 2/12/2008 9:54 AM ET
Member Since: 6/9/2006
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Jonathan correctly identified the book I was looking for and will receive a credit from a grateful reader!