Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Mystery of the Gate Sign

Mystery of the Gate Sign by Margaret Friskey, illustrated by Katherine Evans.
Childrens Press, 1958.

Here is one I barely remember from childhood.  This was one of the stack of books at my grandma's house, and we would read it when I would stay the night at her house on the weekends.  I assumed it was a garage sale find, but now that I see the year, I think there's a good chance this might have been one of my dad's books.

Mystery of the Gate Sign is one of several books by Margaret Friskey to star Rackety Rabbit and his quiet brothers, Hush and Shush. According to Friskey's obituary, she was inspired to write early reader books after her son threw up a copy of Dick and Jane, declaring it "stupid."  It's a clever beginning reader. Doesn't every child go through a phase where they declare, "I know how to read!," only to be caught guessing or memorizing?
















The illustrator, by the way, is Katherine Evans.  Remember The Littlest Angel?  She illustrated the first edition of the book (not the one I have).  Her art is sweetly old-fashioned.  I love her little bunnies among the flowers.




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10 comments:

  1. this is DARLING!!!! never seen this one!! utterly precious.adore that last illustration with the bunnies and their paws on their cheeks!

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    1. It's funny - I brought it home from my grandmother's several years ago, but I haven't paid much mind to it since. I read it once to Big Sis, maybe? It caught my eye, though, and I wanted to find out more about it. That's my favorite illustration! :)

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  2. I absolutely adore this book!!! I want one! It's so cute and funny! Rabbits are one of my favorite animals so I am easily biased toward them but really this book is great!

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    1. Cool! I'm glad everyone likes it. The illustrations are very sweet. I appreciate the story more now as an adult. It reminds me of Little Sis telling everyone she could read, because she had memorized Goodnight Moon.

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  3. How adorable is that vintage book. I have been collecting little vintage nursery books for my daughter because I feel like the old books have way better pictures and actually use words :)

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    1. I just love picture books. Vintage illustrations are some of my favorites, and I have a whole stuck-in-the-past vibe. We read a couple of lovely recent books tonight, though! Thank you for stopping by!

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    1. Isn't it sweet? I appreciate it more now than I did when I was a kid.

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