vintage Halloween book list, but it more than deserves its own post.
'The Witch Family' by Eleanor Estes was a big big BIG childhood favorite - but it was a library read and I never owned it. And as time marched on, I remembered the story very well, but forgot the title of the book. I spent the better part of a decade trying to find it. Then along came my friend the internet (yes my lovelies, about half of my life did not have the internet) and then I found a site called Stump the Bookseller.
All I could recall by this point (my mid thirties) was that there was a little witch girl, a glass mountain and a crystal cave and a MERMAID involved in the plot. Those were the only strands of the story that had stayed with me. But someone else on the site had apparently been asking about the very same things, the glass mountain, the little witch girl.....and the Magician who Knows Everything on this site said.....'The Witch Family'?? After I looked it up on Amazon, I realized THIS WAS IT.
A lost treasure from my childhood.
Edward Ardizonne, who has illustrated so many greats.
THERE'S ALSO A BABY MERMAID.
Magical. Enchanting and fun and full of delight. (otherwise known as DELIGHTFUL.) You simply cannot let your kiddo's childhood get away without this book. If you already blew it, get one for your future grandchildren! Absolutely perfect for kids 7-10. You MUST with this one! Go read the reviews, they all say the same thing. It seems to be on everyone's Greatest Treasures of Childhood book list. And everyone remembers that MERMAID IN THE GLASS HILL.