Flicka, Ricka and Dicka

Children's closet finds! I did very, very well not bringing a bunch of stuff back into the house. Bud has a new pullover sweatshirt that features his elementary school mascot and a Star Wars Millennium Falcon that nearly brought me to my knees assembling, Lu has a pair of yoga pants and I am the proud new owner of a set of Flicka, Ricka and Dicka books!

Did you read these as a child? Do you also remember Snipp, Snapp and Snurr? Such memories!

I still adore the Betsy Tacy books and still read them all the time. Trixie Belden is still a big favorite around here. And Laura Ingalls Wilder! When I was sick over the winter, I read the entire series again.

What were your favorite books growing up? Do you still own them? Do you still read them?


Sue said...

These seem vaguely familiar! I do remember the Bobbsey Twins books - there were a lot of them at my Grandma's house - unfortunately I did not end up with them (though my cousins have and love them, so I'm satisfied). Nice find!

One of my favorite books in elementary school was Ginger Pye, by Eleanor Estes. She wrote others, but that was my favorite. When I was taking children's literature in college, we were required to read a certain number of Newberry award winners, but were not allowed to read that one because the professor thought it was awful. I showed her: I read it anyway, LOL! I didn't have the nerve to ask her why she didn't like it, and have always been sorry.

Heidi said...

I've been reading the Laura Ingalls books to my DD and she's liked them, but I admit it's at least as much for me as it is for her! :)

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

Chortle. Never heard of Flicka and her humorously named siblings but I'll certainly look out for them. I did like Laura Ingalls Wilder though, and enjoyed 'The Worst Witch' books as a small girl (6ish). I remember writing to Jill Murphy and she very sweetly replied to me, and illlustrated the letter with one of her fantastic drawings.

SueLovesCherries said...

Ooooh, yes! I had some of the FRD books for one of my girls! Great graphics.

I loved Trixie Beldon and Honey Bunch. My favorites were a trio of Norse God stories. Wish I could remember who put them out - I'd love to have them now. We lived a block away from the one-room town library in the 60's - my favorite place in the world!

aimee said...

Have not read the books you showed pictures of, but I did read and enjoy the Laura Ingalls Wilder series and the Betsy-Tacy series as well. Can't forget the Melendy family books by Elizabeth Enright, and I don't pass up a thrift store, used book sale or antique mall without trying to find one of the Fripsey books by Madye Lee Chastain. Have not succeeded yet!

Wanda @ Just Vintage said...

Hmmm... I don't think I read Flick, Ricka and Dicka. My favorite childhood book was The Pokey Little Puppy (or something like that) and some book about a baby illustrated by Bessie Pease Gutmann. I'm thinking I'd get that one at the library. But I believe I still own the Pokey Puppy. When I grew out of those, it was nothing but Nancy Drew. Then came the Gothic novels where the governess fell in love with the master of the house. Never liked reading what we had to read for school.

Sonya --Dime Store Thrift said...

Does anyone else remember the tiny whitman tales books?

Anonymous said...

Bright Days, Fripsey Summer, Fripsey Fun, and Leave it to the Fripseys are available online. That's how I got the two I didn't already have.

Yes, I remember Whitman Big Little Books. I still have the ones based on the old cartoon shows "Journey to the Center of the Earth," "Shazzan", and "Space Ghost".

I have some Honey Bunch books. Reread the Little House books last year.

Love the Melendy books. Did you also read Enright's Gone-Away Lake, Return to Gone-Away, and Tatsinda?

Don't have Ginger Pye, but I have The Hundred Dresses and my favorite Estes book, The Witch Family.

I remember having to read books for my children's literature class in college, and pre-Newberry books for my history of children's literature class in library school. Did my term paper on Frances Hodgson Burnett. I got to read some of her children's books besides Little Lord Fauntleroy, A Little Princess, and The Secret Garden.

Have you read the original versions of Nandy Drew books from the 1930s? They were very cheap when I was a girl in the 1960s. My parents couldn't afford the pictoral cover versions except for birthdays and Christmas. I lent my 1930s The Mystery of Lilac Inn to a classmate who didn't return it so my parents got me a then-new replacement. I was shocked by how much the story had changed. I liked the original, which I was able to replace when I grew up.

Oh yes, I remember those Gothics. When I had to do some project for some high school art class I recall painting a woman in a white nightgown fleeing a big house in the dark. (I also remember doing a shadow box for that Judy Bolton book, The Haunted Fountain, when I was even younger.

Nancy Drew, Judy Bolton, Trixie Belden, and the Dana Girls were fun mystery series.

Ann N.