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Q: Trying to locate book from childhood ( No Answer,   2 Comments )
Subject: Trying to locate book from childhood
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Books and Literature
Asked by: typeo_girl-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 25 Oct 2006 15:36 PDT
Expires: 24 Nov 2006 14:36 PST
Question ID: 776916
I remember being fairly obsessed with this book from the middle school
library that I attended in Wayne, NJ in the 70's.  For the amount of
times I read it, I cannot remember much about it but I would love to
share it with my son.  It was a rather sad book, a sort of melancholy
tone, and I can vaguely recall is that it was about children either on
a journey home or children who were lost and had to a make a long
journey home through a land (this is my faulty memory here) possibly
made of candy-they might have even been on an island, or going thru
forests, or jungles.  It was a fairly heavy big thick book, so
spectacularly, beautifully illustrated in color, hardcover, and it had
a color papercover sealed in that crinkly plastic.  It was already an
older book when I was reading it in the 70's (thats why I partly had
an obsession-the fact that it seemed from another time intrigued me),
so it may have been from the 40's, 50's?  maybe earlier-the 30's or
40's.  I am desperate and have searched the net for the last few
years, but I believe that the sketchy details in my mind are hampering
the location of this book.  I hope someone can assist and that reading
this may jog someone's memory!  I would be eternally grateful.  I
thought I had found it once, I found a copy of a book called "Candy
Land" but that wasn't it.  I also thought it could be "Floating
Island" by Anne Parrish, but her illustrations are in black and white,
unless it was reprinted in color.  Also, one distinct image in my
memory is an color illustration of a girl holding a staff/stick
walking as if she is on a journey/trek on a right hand page of the
book.  If I saw it I would know it on the spot!  Its not a Christmas
themed book (nutcracker), its not Hansel and Gretel, its not one of
the Oz books.  Thank you!

Request for Question Clarification by pinkfreud-ga on 25 Oct 2006 16:04 PDT
I wonder if you may be remembering "Dot and Tot of Merryland," by L.
Frank Baum (creator of the Oz books). "Dot and Tot of Merryland"
involves two children who journey through a fantastic fairyland. One
of their adventures is in "the Valley of Bonbons," a land where
everything (and everyone) is made out of candy. The original version
of this book contained color illustrations by W.W. Denslow, who also
illustrated many of the Oz books.

You can read part of the book here:

Clarification of Question by typeo_girl-ga on 25 Oct 2006 16:57 PDT
No, sorry, I just looked at the cover on Amazon.  Thats certainly not
it.  The illustrations more detailed, more natural.

Request for Question Clarification by cynthia-ga on 21 Nov 2006 00:16 PST
I have three beautiful hardback copies of Bram Stoker's Dracula, one
of my favorite stories, and all three books feature artwork from
different artists. Have you considered that you might be dismissing
the story by hastily judging only the pictures?
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Trying to locate book from childhood
From: denco-ga on 25 Oct 2006 16:57 PDT
Some images of the book cover, to hopefully add to Pink's insightful request.
Subject: Do you remember why they were making a journey?
From: cmbohn-ga on 20 Nov 2006 20:42 PST
I can think of a few books that might be right, but none that exactly
match. Do you remember why they were traveling?

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