books, Island Life

Super Librarian to the rescue!

  NAME(S):*La Rue, Mabel Guinnip, 1880-1971 Mrs.

         TITLE(S): Hoot-Owl / by Mabel Guinnip La Rue; illustrated by Kate 
PUBLISHER: New York : The Macmillan company, 1935.
DESCRIPTION: ix, [1], 207 p. incl. col. front., col. illus. 19 cm.

NOTES: Illustrated lining-papers.
NUMBERS: LCCN: 36007640

Holy Smoke Jill!! You found it!!

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I’ve been looking for ages – way to go!!!

No wonder your blog is named Jill’s World of Research, Reaction and Millerery.

Jill discovered that the book was illustrated by Kate Seredy – one of my favourite children’s author and illustrator. Seredy also wrote and illustrated, among many other stories, Newbery award winner The Good Master.




This is the copy I remember taking out from the library.

But this book cover will give you a better idea of this delightful, autobiographical story of love and belonging.

No child should miss out on the adventures of headstrong Kate, a girl from Budapest who spends summers with her cousin Jancsi on his father’s ranch in Hungary. Horseback races across the plains, country fairs and festivals, a dangerous run-in with gypsies, and the chores and the joys — and the colorful cultural trappings — of daily life in pre-war Europe create a vivid, unforgettable world.1

The illustrations are beautiful. No wonder that Kate Seredy is quoted as saying: My stories were an excuse for making pictures.”

It’s not surprising that I was going to mention in my description of Hoot Owl that I could remember an illustration of the little boy up in a tree with his hands cupped around his mouth, hooting like an owl. Kate Seredy’s illustrations are memorable.

You’ll be glad to know that I found it on Amicus – which is the Canadian inter-library loan program.


Now a word to everyone else – the contest is still open until Friday! I’m heading to a favourite store this afternoon and I’m looking for treats!


Keep the comments about favourite books coming in.

Jill is the grand winner, of course, but I’m going to send out two more prize packages! I’ll draw the names out of a hat.

We are marking a 100th anniversary


and that’s a reason to celebrate!!


any excuse to keep talking books!


8 thoughts on “Super Librarian to the rescue!

  1. somehow .. I want to say .. .I found Jill first and already invited her over. . . I knew I was smart. . .by association. . . even I feel like blushing. I’m so glad you found your book.


  2. Oh goodie, I didn’t totally miss out.Favorite books:Adventure: Swallows and Amazons by Arthur RansomeNon-fiction: Little Britches Series by Ralph MoodyFairytale: The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonaldI could go on and on, but I won’t.I like talking children’s books too.~Jody


  3. (blushing)Aw shucks, it was just all in a superlibrarian typical day’s work.Now I want to go to PEI for the 100th AOGG anniversary!!!!Anyone else wanna go too? Maybe we bloggers could go together and rent out a B&B for part of the event.Maybe even dye our hair red to celebrate!


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