A Rediscovered Book from Childhood

Oh the wonders of the internet, Google, ebay and Facebook! And the kindness of fellow bloggers! This time I reconnected with a book from my childhood.

Kat Mortensen blogs at Acadianeire’s Heritage. I met her through Sepia Saturday and she is also participating in The Book of Me and now we are Facebook friends. One day back in October, Kat posted that she was looking for a book from her childhood that held special memories for her. In a very short time she found images for it and posted them. She was so successful that I told her about a book I have always wanted to find from my childhood.

The description I provided her was very brief! The book had a red cloth library style cover with a black line drawing. The story was about a little girl who went to the circus, but lost her ticket. She went all around the circus looking for it, but it was stuck to her cotton candy. I assumed the book had been published in the late 1940s-early 1950s. I didn’t remember the name of the book or the main character.

In less than 10 minutes, Kat found the book! Once I knew the name of the book, I went looking for one with a red cover just like mine had – and I found one on ebay.
book.Sally Goes to the Circus coverbook.Sally Goes to the Circus inside

Since it was just days after my birthday, I decided to give myself a present. :)

I had forgotten that it is a “chapter book” with 12 chapters divided among 44 pages.
book.Sally with mom   book.Sally arrives at circus

Maybe I related to this book not only because I liked the thought of going to the circus and Sally’s adventure, but also because I often rode the city bus – and I seem to recall riding alone at a fairly young age.

Or maybe it was the thought of all those treats Sally just couldn’t resist.
book.Sally treats

Poor Sally, the show is about to begin and she still hasn’t found her ticket!
book.Sally looking

Cuckoo the clown found her ticket and Sally got into the show just in time! Her father was there waiting in the stands for her. Whew!
book.Sally finds ticket

Here is a picture of Sally dressed to go to the circus.
book.Sally
And a picture of me dressed almost like Sally. Our coats are even open almost identically showing our dresses underneath!

Me in front of Elsie Swick's house on Brick Row, Ottumwa, Iowa

Me in front of Elsie Swick’s house on Brick Row, Ottumwa, Iowa

I wasn’t sure of the location of the picture, although it looked like the street where my grandparents lived. I posted it on Facebook and my aunt confirmed that it was taken on their street, two houses to the west of my grandparents’ house. Elsie Swick was a good friend of my grandmother, Eveline Coates Hoskins.

Thanks, Kat, for helping me find this little piece of my childhood!

If you enjoy children’s books, I previously wrote about a few other books I had as a child here. And I mentioned this book that I hoped to find someday!

 

 

 

11 comments on “A Rediscovered Book from Childhood

  1. Julie Goucher @ Anglers Rest on said:

    Lovely story, both in terms of the book and your new friendship with Kat.
    Power to the internet!

  2. Kat Mortensen on said:

    I was so pleased to be able to find it for you, though I must say, had I known about the scary clown in the book, I would have run the other way!

    Seriously though, it’s nice to rediscover something from your childhood, isn’t it? Happy memories.

  3. Jackie van Bergen on said:

    Great to ‘hear’ from you. Great post and a great story.
    I wish you all the best in your recovery

  4. Alex Daw on said:

    Great story! I love vintage children’s books…the design, the stories…everything really. Such a treat.

  5. Little Nell on said:

    Wonderful to have you back with us Kathy, and with such a lovely and enjoyable post too. Well done Kat on the detective work and the friendship. Our thoughts are with you through this tricky time.Take care.

  6. Nonnie on said:

    I love vintage illustrations, especially from children’s books, but I absolutely abhor clowns. Not sure why, never scared by one; just don’t like them. It’s always a pleasure to rediscover a book loved in childhood. .

  7. Danita on said:

    Sweet story and memories. I love the childhood picture of you.

  8. Sharon on said:

    You have me thinking about childhood books. Anything Enid Blyton. Now did I keep them? Are they stored in the shipping container somewhere? Or did I sell them at a clearing sale in one of our moves? I will need to go and look now.

    Wonderful story, book and I just love that photo. How gorgeous that you look.

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