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message 1: by James (new)

James Edward Such a true delight to see such a collection of very good books! Keep this up for sure. kindest wishes James (jeddoughty@gmail.com)


message 2: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen Is this really supposed to be a list of books from the 1940s? Many of the books are from the 50s and 60s


message 3: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen Oh, crumbs. I apologize. All (as far as I can tell) are from the 1940s. Please forgive me! Please forgive me! Kathleen


message 4: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Julian This is a great list, thank you! I did notice a mistake that you may want to fix. Number 28: Bedknob and Broomstick by Mary Norton was published in 1958, which places this book outside the date range of 1940-1949. The book you probably wished to include was "The Magic Bedknob" published in 1943 or "Bonfires and Broomsticks" published in 1947, both by Mary Norton. Thanks again for this fabulous list!


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