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September 2020: Linda

From Mamie: My love of Quail Ridge Books began at Books at Quail Corners the day I took my children there to see “Mz. Linda” and Kinderfeste, a musical collaboration between her and two friends as artists with the United Arts Council. She has worked as a public librarian and a WCPSS media coordinator. She has been a bookseller at QRB for thirteen years where she is famous for her story times because she has done graduate work in what she hilariously calls “Ham-ology.” Linda is known as “Nan” to five grandchildren, who I hope are as entertained by her as my children were so many years ago!

Jenny’s Birthday Book by Esther Averill

(NY Review of Books $16.95)
A cat person or not, one will find this simple and sweet story about Jenny Linsky, the shy little black cat of NYC, and her cat friends charming to share or read alone. Thankfully, this classic has been reprinted.

The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Garth Williams, Illustrator

(HarperCollins $8.99)
As a child living through temperate Florida winters, I experienced my first chills and shivers while reading about the blizzards that piled snow up to the rooftops in this South Dakota town!

The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton

(Houghton Mifflin $7.99) 
A gem of a picture book. Like novelist Anne Tyler, I visited and revisited this book as a child and agree with her that Burton’s story and illustrations can introduce a child to the feelings of nostalgia and cause one to consider the consequences of the passage of time.

Madeline’s Rescue by Ludwig Bemelmans 

(Puffin $8.99)
I enjoy Bemelman’s rhyme and can recite this book from memory having read it aloud to many children over the years. It was thrilling to introduce Bemelmans’ grandson, John Bemelmans Marciano, when he visited Quail Ridge some years ago.    

May I Bring a Friend? by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers, Beni Montresor, Illustrator

(Atheneum $19.99)
My son and I had a rollicking good time with the rhythm while sharing this book about a boy who brings various friends to meet the king and queen. Use your different voices to speak the parts of the royal couple. Fun. Fun. Fun.

McElligot’s Pool by Dr. Seuss

(Random House $16.99)
I have loved the ridiculous and absurd fishy Seuss creatures and text since I was five years old. This is the first book my parents purchased for me at the independent bookstore in my town.

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin and James Dean

(HarperCollins $8.99)
This premier book by Litwin and Dean is great fun to share with children who love to repeat Litwin’s words, “Did Pete cry, Goodness no!” and sing Pete’s song.

Play with Me by Marie Hall Ets

(Puffin $7.99)
Perfect for the young child, this book offers a dear and quiet story about longing and patiently waiting for fulfillment.

The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois

(Puffin $7.99)
I first took this balloon ride with Professor Sherman and crash-landed on the Pacific island of Krakatoa in the sixth grade as my teacher read this book aloud to my class. How many of you have experienced a volcanic eruption? What an adventure!

Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright, Joe & Beth Krush, Illustrators

(Houghton Mifflin $7.99)
My love for antiquity was nurtured by this story of the discovery of a cluster of Victorian lake houses. One house is inhabited by a pair lost in time. Friendships are made, and this is a satisfying adventure shared by young cousins and seniors during a summer. 

Jenny's Birthday Book (Jenny's Cat Club) By Esther Averill, Esther Averill (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Esther Averill, Esther Averill (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781590171547
Availability: BACKORDERED
Published: NYR Children's Collection - June 30th, 2005

It's a big day for Jenny Linsky, the shy little black cat of Greenwich Village, when her brothers, Checkers and Edward, take her out for her birthday. They pick up her notorious friends along the way, including the twins Romulus and Remus, who have brought a special present, and Pickles, the Fire Cat, who gathers everyone into his red fire truck to take them to the park.

The Long Winter: A Newbery Honor Award Winner (Little House #6) By Laura Ingalls Wilder, Garth Williams (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780064400060
Availability: On our shelves
Published: HarperCollins - April 8th, 2008

The sixth book in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s treasured Little House series, and the recipient of a Newbery Honor. This edition features the classic black-and-white artwork from Garth Williams. 

The Little House: A Caldecott Award Winner By Virginia Lee Burton Cover Image
ISBN: 9780395259382
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Clarion Books - April 26th, 1978

This picture book about the changes that come to a little house is beautiful and timeless.

The little house first stood in the country, but gradually the city moved closer and closer...

Madeline's Rescue By Ludwig Bemelmans Cover Image
ISBN: 9780140566512
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Puffin Books - May 1st, 2000

Winner of the Caldecott Medal

In an old house in Paris
that was covered with vines
lived twelve little girls
in two straight lines
the smallest one was Madeline.

May I Bring a Friend? By Beatrice Schenk de Regniers, Beni Montresor (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780689206153
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - February 1st, 1971

An imaginative boy brings a surprising array of friends to dine at the palace in this Caldecott Medal–winning picture book.

One day, a small boy receives a very special invitation—the King and the Queen have invited him to the castle for tea.

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes By Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illustrator), Kimberly Dean Cover Image
By Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illustrator), Kimberly Dean
ISBN: 9780061906220
Availability: Ships from warehouse to store in 3-6 business days
Published: HarperCollins - March 2nd, 2010

Don't miss the first and bestselling book in the beloved Pete the Cat series!

Pete the Cat goes walking down the street wearing his brand-new white shoes. Along the way, his shoes change from white to red to blue to brown to WET as he steps in piles of strawberries, blueberries, and other big messes!

Play with Me By Marie Hall Ets, Marie Hall Ets (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Marie Hall Ets, Marie Hall Ets (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780140501780
Availability: Ships from warehouse to store in 3-6 business days
Published: Puffin Books - September 30th, 1976

A Caldecott Honor Book

Out in a meadow, a little girl just wants to play, but the animals keep running away. Until she sits still by the pond, and they all come back to her. Teaching patience and gentleness this classic story is wonderful for children of all ages.

The Twenty-One Balloons (Newbery Library, Puffin) By William Pene du Bois Cover Image
ISBN: 9780140320978
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Puffin Books - May 6th, 1986

A Newbery Medal Winner

Professor William Waterman Sherman intends to fly across the Pacific Ocean. But through a twist of fate, he lands on Krakatoa, and discovers a world of unimaginable wealth, eccentric inhabitants, and incredible balloon inventions.Winner of the 1948 Newbery Medal, this classic fantasy-adventure is now available in a handsome new edition.

Gone-Away Lake: A Newbery Honor Award Winner By Elizabeth Enright, Joe & Beth Krush (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780152022723
Availability: On our shelves
Published: Clarion Books - February 28th, 2000

A 1958 Newbery Honor Book

Summer has a magic all its own in Elizabeth Enright's beloved stories about two children and their discovery of a ghostly lakeside resort.

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