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The first book I remember reading all by myself and because it went out of print a few years after this feat, I spent a good dozen years or so searching for it. When I finally found a copy in a library in Washington when I was in college I checked it out, never returned it and paid the $12 fine so that I could have it forever. :)
I checked this book out of the library to read to my daughter because it was one of my sister's favorite books when we were growing up. This is an old book, published in 1968. I loved the book's focus on pretending, and I really liked the colorful illustrations. I was uncomfortable, though, with the pages on pretending to be gypsies, which seem stereotypical and somewhat demeaning. I also felt uncomfortable with the pages on pretending to be orphans, which seem to make like of the tragedy of ...more