Pop Corn and Ma Goodness
Edna Mitchell Preston with illustrations by Robert Andrew Parker/ published 1969 by The Viking Press
This is one of those books that at first glance looks a little spooky, that is until you realize it is actually a hippy love story about family and building a life with another person. I picked up a library-bound copy at a local sale and put off reading it due to the dark illustrations, but once I got past judging its cover, I realized what a great book it is. It has an awesome message for kids about finding a life mate, and the story really hit home for me as its made up of what being a mommy and daddy is (ideally) all about.
Old Ma she sees stars go a-skippitty skoppetty
"He loves me," she says, heart a-flippitty flopetty.
Old Pop's brains are addled and dippity doppetty
"She loves me, he says, heart a-hippitty hoppetty.
I even like the weird part where a bear kills one of their goats... they have a funeral for said goat... "Pop gives that old b'ar his come-uppitty-oppetty"... and two pages later you casually -- without mention -- see the bear hide tacked to the side of the house. How cool is that!?!