This one is my favorite book from my childhood. The illustrations show so many of the toys, clothes, and environments I remembered. I had a dress like hers and a baby carriage like hers. There were so many "miniature" mommy accessories that I loved and now my daughter does too!
- Reissued in 2008 with a new cover and the deletion of the picture of the "candy pills" on the page where Betsy has the "mumbledybumps."
- Interesting information on the author and illustrator of many children's books, Sharon Kane, her comics in the South Bend Tribune, and her inclusion at the Northern Indiana Historical Society in South Bend, Indiana.
- Her mother, Eunice Young Smith, also wrote and illustrated beloved children's books that are also collectors items, including the popular series about a girl named Jennifer of which Sharon Kane now owns (according to a shelfari blog reader) the copyright renewed in 1977.
- Her daughter, Jennifer Lehuaokalani Kane, is also an author and artist, being the 3rd generation of women to write stories that provide a unique historical perspective on life during the time of the story.
My much younger brother never read it as a kid, but his toddler son "Ham" discovered it and wanted to read it every time he went to grandma and grandpa's house. So they bought a copy as well.
My 7 year old son read it and I asked him if he liked it and he said "It's only the best book ever written!" So we got him a copy.
I think all the boys love this book because the boy takes things apart, uses junk to make the greatest inventions, and runs away to create his own house and "kid's village" where all the creative children can pursue their interests within adult interference.Interesting Tidbits: