This is another one of my 'forgotten' books. I could remember liking this book a lot as a kid, could remember some very specific details. Little girl,This is another one of my 'forgotten' books. I could remember liking this book a lot as a kid, could remember some very specific details. Little girl, loves cats, but her mom is allergic so she can't have one, finds a siamese cat, then hides under a creepy porch with it so her mom can't make her give it up.
I'm pretty sure that I read this when I was young and obsessed with wanting a cat even though my dad hated cats. Of course, that didn't last and I got one for my ninth birthday and now we have a billion cats and it's all a bit crazy. SO. These were some formative years.
After successfully finding Oh Honestly, Angela!from piecemeal memories, I went after this one. Did a google books search and found only an excerpt from Library Journal or similar with a review, gave the date as 1971 and the girl's name as Millicent, but no author or book title due to what google books lets you read. So I went to WorldCat, set the date, language, and juvenile, used cat as a keyword, and slogged through 400 results until I saw "The Easter Cat" and thought...that could be it...I didn't remember Easter at all. Amazon gave me the cover and a description and yes. This is my book. Philly library even has it! I can't wait to re-read it, even though it wasn't great literature in the first place and who knows how it will hold up....more
There are loads of sites these days for people searching for their lost story fragment. There are threads on goodreads, groups on librarything, and loThere are loads of sites these days for people searching for their lost story fragment. There are threads on goodreads, groups on librarything, and lots of booksellers hosting forums on their own site. Sometimes they are easy to find, sometimes they are impossible. This one was mine.
All that I could remember was that the book was about two sisters, very Beezus and Ramona -like in personalities. The part that I could remember strongly was something that I wasn't sure was the focus of the book, but that the young girl had a stuffed elephant that was her beloved comfort animal, (view spoiler)[ and she gave him away to charity by mistake, but her mom sat with her and helped her come to peace with giving the elephant away, rather than the ending, I-as-a-child wanted, which was to say that it was too big of a sacrifice and to give something else. (hide spoiler)]
Strangely, I didn't want to find it so that I could re-read it, which is why most people are so desperate. I just wanted to remember this slice of childhood, wanted to know the author who had affected me so strongly that I would, at 25, be googling "stuffed elephant" repeatedly. Thanks to Google Book search, that one phrase was enough to get what I wanted. I knew that phrase was important, didn't search for plush elephant or stuffed animal. It turns out that "Stuffed Elephant" is the name of the elephant. I feel kind of smug for having remembered this.
ANYWAY, I guess my childhood nostalgia has to do with my Mom reading this with me when I was young. She died recently, and when you lose someone, you cling to and hunt down the most insignificant nonsense just to have one more thing to hold to your heart. I remember discussing the ending with my Mom, I remember sitting on my bed reading it. It is one more memory that I wasn't able to visualize as strongly until I discovered the book, and so one more memory that I can cling to. Thank you....more