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Q: Looking for a children's book with color pictures circa 1975 or so ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
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Subject: Looking for a children's book with color pictures circa 1975 or so
Category: Arts and Entertainment
Asked by: nursekristen-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 20 Jun 2006 15:31 PDT
Expires: 20 Jul 2006 15:31 PDT
Question ID: 739779
The book had maybe 40 topics, with about 2 pages dedicated to each
topic such as: toes, baths, ice cream, beds... The book would list the
best things about baths (for instance) and at the bottom of the page
would always end with something like "But the best thing about baths
is..." I remember on the baths page there were drawings of about 20
bathtubs with people taking bubble baths and then tiny mice taking
bubble baths in the borders. Also the 2 pages on toes showed some toes
being pinched by a crab. The page on ice cream showed drawings of
melting cones and an ice cream shop with a listing of flavors such as
butter brickle. A page on the beds topic with a night scene and showed
different family members snoozing in their beds. Please help.
Answer  
Subject: Re: Looking for a children's book with color pictures circa 1975 or so
Answered By: hummer-ga on 21 Jun 2006 04:50 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
 
Hi nursekristen,

It's got to be, "What's so important about balloons, bathtubs,
buttons, umbrellas, rubber bands, telephones, bells, numbers, toes,
ice cream, candy",  by Joy Troth Friedman.
Publisher:  New York : Grosset & Dunlap, 1972.
ISBN: 
0448024985 Hardcover
0448037882 Paperback

Paperbacks:  $19.75 & $19.95
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0448037882/ref=lp_g_1/104-0567272-6460722?%5Fencoding=UTF8

BookFinder Used Books List
http://www.bookfinder.com/search/?author=Friedman&title=what%27s+so+important+about&new_used=*&world_english=on&binding=*&isbn=&keywords=&minprice=&maxprice=&classic=on&submit=Begin+search&currency=USD&mode=advanced&st=sr&ac=qr

Hardcovers: $71.10 - $85.00
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0448024985/ref=dp_olp_2/104-0567272-6460722?%5Fencoding=UTF8

I'm sorry that I wasn't able to find a photo of the book, but here is
another title by the same author, perhaps the cover will look somewhat
familiar:
1974 Joy Friedman LOOK AROUND AND LISTEN book
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0448024985/ref=dp_olp_2/104-0567272-6460722?%5Fencoding=UTF8

I was very happy to find this for you, it sounds like a really nice
book. If you have any questions, please post a clarification request
and wait for me to respond before closing/rating my answer.

Thank you,
hummer

I searched various used book databases for toes ice cream
nursekristen-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
Hummer-ga has made my dream of finding my favorite childhood book come
true. I have searched for years, including the library of congress;
but how do you find a book with only the memory of a few vague
pictures and no clue about the title?  I dunno but hummer-ga sure
does. Thank-You and please know you have really made someone's day!!!

Comments  
Subject: Re: Looking for a children's book with color pictures circa 1975 or so
From: hummer-ga on 21 Jun 2006 13:41 PDT
 
Thanks for the good news, nursekristen, and your nice note, rating and
tip! I appreciate them all and am happy you are happy. In regards to
how I found it, I guess I was a bit lucky. I chose two of your
keywords, "toes" and "ice cream" and used them as search words on book
sites. The lucky bit was that both words happened to be in the title.
For example, if I had chosen "toes" and "beds", I wouldn't have found
it. It does sound like a nice book, I was really hoping to find a
photo.  Well, I'm sure you'll enjoy your "new" book when you receive
it, have fun. Sincerely, hummer

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