Wednesday, April 04, 2007

The Year at Maple Hill Farm


This is one of my favorite children's books. In fact, anything by authors Alice and Martin Provensen is worth its weight in gold. So, you can imagine how pleased I was to find a beautiful hardcover copy of this book at the library book sale yesterday afternoon for just fifty cents! I feel as though I've won the lottery!

Other finds included Eric Carl's Mister Seahorse, Marjorie Flack's Ping, A National Geographic Animals in Summer, and a solidly bound Corduroy by Don Freeman.

For me, I picked up some Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Hardy's, The Mayor of Casterbridge.

For less than $15.00, we came away with a big bag full of hardcover books and a big bag full of educational videos. The volunteers even gave each of the boys a lollipop on the way out the door. With sales like these, all I can say is... any Friend of the Library is a friend of mine!

I'm too busy reading today to write a worthy review. More to come...

11 comments:

ascozyasspring said...

That looks like a great book. I think my little man would love it.

meredith said...

This is one of our favorites too!! We have it in paperback, so yours is quite a find!!

Love2Learn Mom said...

I picked up our copy at a library book sale too. One thing I love about the book sales is getting the nice library bindings on the library discards.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Suzanne for the recommendation. Yours are always good. We're reading through your choice, Gone-Away Lake. It is fantastic. I can't believe I've never read it. Their summer vacation is every child's dream!
Luci

Mary Ellen said...

Congratulations, sounds like some great finds! Unfortunately I find this post frustrating because libraries tend to keep ridding their shelves of these great books. Recently I was shocked to see how thinned out our library's children's section had become. Less and less of substance there... sigh.

mel said...

I was just going to add what Mary Ellen already did. We have noticed the same thing at our library. We have noticed that the library book store fills up with these great classics with wonderful artwork while they are replaced on the shelves by Elmo's and Barney's latest doings....not that I have anything against Elmo and Barney mind you, but they aren't exactly the makings of literature...

Crafty Mom said...

Usually the library book sales by us consist of books that are donated by patrons and others, and books that are worn out. I love library book sales for the great finds that you can get. But I also support our local library by donating many books for their sales. I find the children's sections become thinned out during school holidays and summers since so many children are READING!! While I like to complain about no choices, how can I when I know that other children have chosen those missing books to read. I have resorted to online library shopping. I put the books I want on hold, and inevitably there are a zillion more choices that way. Especially since most libraries are affiliated with other branches giving you double to triple the number of books.

Suzanne Temple said...

Oh my, I have not noticed that unfortunate phenomenon at our library. We are lucky to have a rich selection of wonderful children's books. Our librarian has excellent taste!

melanieb said...

Oh I love library book sales. I just missed one on Saturday in Newburyport, we stumbled upon it just as they were closing up for the day. How disappointing!

All the library sales I've been to in our area have been selling books donated to the library for that purpose. I've never seen them selling actual books from the library's collection.

Allegra said...

I LOVED this book as a child! All of those books. GREAT drawings! I totally forgot about them. Thank you for reminding me.

stephanie curry said...

o,' rudy,- o,'rudy,my southern, sweet, cherokee, country cowboy,that are, so dear and bright, from southwest texas,i love, the year- of- the farm- and the year- of- the blessed farm-- and the bless year's- of- god. keep- up- the good work- and god bless you, "my friend". love, stephanie diane curry;"{thankyou}". john 3;16}". "{goodbye