Two Down! One to Go.
Back when my blog was an itty bitty little thing, just puttering away on Blogger, I made a little sidebar called BRING IT BACK! Out-of-Print Crimes Against Humanity! (I’m often going for the touchdown in the hyperbole). I must’ve put it up in 2007 or so, and you can look at it now if you like. I decided to limit my scream of pain to three books. They were:
The Day the Cow Sneezed by James Flora (are you not pleased, Ward?)
The Noisy Counting Book by Susan Schade
The Winged Girl of Knossos by Erick Berry
Now we are in 2010. The economy has crashed. Folks are less likely to take chances on new books, let alone old reprints of almost forgotten gems. Yet looking at the list, note the following.
The Day the Cow Sneezed by Jame Flora – To be published September 1, 2010 by Enchanted Lion Books
The Noisy Counting Book by Susan Schade – Printed in board book form June 22, 2010 by Random House Books
I don’t think a defunct blog from 2007 had a bit to do with this, but it does mean one thing.
Winged Girl of Knossos . . . Your time is due!!!
Consider the following.
I’m not the only one saying this. Peter at Collecting Children’s Books had a fantastic post on the very same topic back in February 2008 where he not only lauded the book but found an actual honest-to-god letter written by Erick Berry (a.k.a. Mrs. Herbert Best) as well. Here was my review of it in two parts (here and here).
Obviously you’d need a new cover for it. This is the old one.
It’s out of date but notice, if only for a moment, that this is a kick-ass image of a girl hang-gliding and it’s a book from 1928. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
I’ll be changing my BRING IT BACK list on the old blog soon. I’ll probably put in The Changeover by Margaret Mahy and a picture book of some sort (probably Ultra-Violet Catastrophe by . . . oh shoot. That’s also Margaret Mahy) as well. Maybe The Girl With the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts. But for now, I’m pleased as punch at the way things have turned out. Now to sit back and hope a little more for a new Winged Girl to appear somewhere, someday.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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