Childhood favourites (Was Oh the horror!)

Ian W. Riddell iwriddell at
Fri Feb 7 17:33:46 EST 2003

>. The sequels left me unimpressed, but Harriet is a Great Book
>Absolutely, one of the best! Actually though, I have a sneaking 
>affection to the inferior sequels too, especially the Long Secret. 
>Partly because they remind me of a very pleasant holiday on Martha's 
>Vineyard - but I also remember liking Beth Ellen and her earnest 
>attempts to explain about menstruation to anyone who would listen 
>(and they were few). Seem to remember that The Long Secret and Sport 
>both contained melodramatically Horrible Mothers, though - rather 
>crudely drawn for such an empathetic writer.
>While on Louise Fitzhugh, I remember seeing a film once about two 
>children who hid inside the Metropolitan Museum for the weekend, and 
>for some reason I have it in my head that she was involved. Anybody 
>got info on that?

That was "From the Mixed up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" by E. 
L. Konigsburg. It's a good book, but even better is her "The View 
from Saturday" and even better is her "Silent to the Bone." I can't 
recommend those two books highly enough


Fairy tales are not true--fairy tales are important, and they are not 
true, they are more than true. Not because they tell us that dragons 
exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be defeated.
G.K. Chesterton

Ian W. Riddell
iwriddell at
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