Several years ago, I posted the following on Goodreads:
One poster suggested Stars Under the Tent; I bought it and, well, it wasn’t the book I remembered. Earlier this year I read about The Crack Squad of Librarians Who Track Down Half-Forgotten Books and thought about the book again. What I didn’t say on Goodreads was that this was one of many books I’d read at my grandparents’ house, books that belonged to my father and his sister, published in the 1920s and 30s (or earlier) and lost to me when we sold my grandmother’s house in the 70s. Some of the books did make it to my parents’ home but this was clearly one of my aunt’s and I thought only my father’s had been retrieved. We, living in a home in central New York, had far more room than she did, living in an apartment in New York City.
Last Friday, there was a minor emergency with my mother, so I left work early and raced there. Luckily, everything was ok. Even more lucky, Saturday was my mother’s 81st birthday and the trip saved me from sending a belated card and gift: I could hand deliver. My father, who has been gently downsizing (among other items leaving their house, in August I drove 29 boxes of books to my work, where we sorted and then sent most to our reseller) seized the opportunity to pack three boxes of children’s books that I’d loved and get them out of the house. Some, like Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates and Treasure Island (which my father stopped reading to me three chapters before the end, and no, I’ve never finished it, yes, it’s been 49 years and I probably should get over my snit) he still wants to keep.
Did you know that Pollyanna was the first in a series? Ditto Mary Poppins. And the Five Little Peppers. Those books, plus several in the Marjorie Maynard series and “my” copy of Good Night, Moon are among the treasures now on my shelves.
But wait! There’s more!
Among the books was one entitled The Secret Spring. By Emma Atkins Jacobs. And, well… it was the book. The New York Times even reviewed it. While I rarely give in to my urge to re-read favorite books (Robertson Davies, I’m looking at you!) I just might have to make an exception. Anyone want to bet on that?