One of our favorite books, especially for Spring, is Mud Pies and Other Recipes: A Cookbook for Dolls by Marjorie Winslow, illustrated by Erik Blegvad, whose Great Hamster Hunt, also out-of-print, is still on my shelves.
So I was delighted to see it receive a lengthy “salute” from independent bookseller Alison Morris on her blog, Shelftalker. In the post, Alison mentions the concept of bibliobituaries, odes to out-of-print books. Isn’t that the perfect term? As someone with a keen fondness for books, especially children’s books, that are OOP, I’ve found the biggest advantage of a strong Canadian dollar to be the ability to purchase a number of OOP treasures from the U.S. through abebooks.com.
A couple of my favorites, still on my shelves after more than 30 years, well deserving of bibliobituaries I should write one of these days:
The Golden Name Day by Jennie D. Lindquist and illustrated by Garth Williams, which I read and reread. I wanted to be Swedish and live in the country with a large extended family and yellow rose wallpaper. The title was a Newbery Honor Book in 1956, and Miss Lindquist was the second editor of The Horn Book, from 1951 to 1958; here’s a 1953 letter to Miss Lindquist from Laura Ingalls Wilder, with the latter’s gingerbread recipe.
The Windmill Summer by Hila Feil and illustrated by Fred Brenner. As I’ve written previously, it’s about Arabella who runs away from her large family to live by herself in a windmill shaped like a ship with a large wire whisk, olives, coffee ice cream, Yoohoo, Mallomars, and copies of Elizabeth David’s French Provincial Cooking, Swallows and Amazons, and The Hobbit, among (many) other things. A book that doesn’t deserve to be out of print. And for the past 20 years or so I’ve harbored the thought that maybe Arabella grew up to be another of my dear book friends, Laurie Colwin…