|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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