“Friends in Books,” Friend, Aug. 1972, 33
Dogs Don’t Belong on Beds by Enid Bloome; illustrated by Rose Sommerschield. Doubleday and Co., Inc., 1971. Bosco, a long-eared sad-eyed dog, always gets into trouble because he forgets where dogs are not welcome.
Mr. Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1970. Mr. Gumpy takes two children and his animal friends for a boat ride that ends in a wet walk home across the English countryside and an invitation for a ride another day.
Potatoes, Potatoes by Anita Lobel. Harper and Row, 1967. A large potato field is where the war between East and West begins and finally ends for a loving mother and her two sons.
The Pair of Shoes by Aline Glasgow; illustrated by Symeon Shimin. Dial Press, 1971. One pair of shoes is shared by a family of five until a boy’s decision helps everyone learn that there is more to life than shoes to wear or books to read. The lovely illustrations add to the beauty of this unusual story.
On the Day Peter Stuyvesant Sailed into Town by Arnold Lobel. Harper and Row, 1971. On the day the new governor sails into town, he discovers that nothing is clean. So he and the townsmen commence work at once to set right the great town of his dream.
The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship by Arthur Ransome; pictures by Uri Shulevitz. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1968. By following directions and giving a lift in his flying machine to every one he meets, the Fool of the World accomplishes impossible tasks.