Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Miss Suzy

Miss Suzy
Miriam Young ~ Arnold Lobel ~ Parents' Magazine Press, 1964

One of the first reprints published by the wonderful Purple House Press, it's also the first in a series of three Miss Suzy books. Sadly, the other two haven't yet had the reprint gods shine down on them. One of Loganberry Books' most requested titles, I love that fact that there are publishers out there whose sole purpose in life is to resurrect the long lost and loved. Do the folks at PHP a favor and buy their books often. It's up to us to keep these guys afloat so that they can continuing pulling great books from the brink of extinction.
That said, I was lucky enough to score a first edition a few months back (and if I can find our PHP edition someday, I'll put that up for grabs in the give), and it truly is priceless. The colors and the matte finish. Really, any picture book with a matte finish is charmed for greatness in my book. I just love the way it feels in your hand. Like something important. But I digress... For those unfamiliar, Miss Suzy is the story of a little squirrel with a big housing problem.
Miss Suzy was a little gray squirrel who lived all by herself in the tip, tip, top of a tall oak tree. She liked to clean, and she liked to sing while she worked. Every morning Miss Suzy made herself a bowl of acorn pudding, and as she stirred it around she sang:
Oh, I love to cook, I love to bake,
I guess I'll make an acorn cake.
Yes, everything is marvelous in her little tree house until a band of red squirrels evict her and trash her peace pad. She takes shelter in the attic of a neighboring home, and there she finds a gorgeous doll house and meets a band of motherless toy soldiers. The clan of miniature heroes become so enamored of her cooking and her tucking-into-bed abilities, that they defend her honor in a great battle and all is right with the world again.

Such a dear, sweet story both in text and pictures, and so glad to know that another generation is getting to fall in love with Miss Susy's mad kitchen skills.

Also by:
The Terrible Tiger
Red Tag Comes Back
Oscar Otter
The Star Thief
Mouse Tales
Prince Bertram the Bad
Benny's Animals
Martha the Movie Mouse
Terry and the Caterpillars
The Strange Disappearance of Arthur Cluck
Ice Cream Cone Coot
The Secret Three


Dolly said...

My most favorite book in the whole world!!! Love this so much-♥ I'm a huge fan of Parents Magazine Press books:)

Dave Rattigan said...

Ah, I remember this from my childhood. My sister's going to be stoked when she sees this. If she remembers it, anyway!

Kimberly said...

We love this book in our home! I'm glad you're introducing it to readers who may not be familiar with it.






Lise said...

Oh, thank you for reminding me of this one! I recently found "Miss Suzy's Easter Surprise," and it reminded me that I'd had "Miss Suzy" as a child...but I couldn't remember what it was about--just that I loved it. Now I need the other two!

Burgin Streetman said...

Those kinda words make me so happy!

john & catherine said...

We love this one, and the other two too, from our library. I'm going to look for a vintage copy of this--I know exactly what you mean about the feel of matte books. Thanks for sharing!

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

This was one of my favorites growing up, and one of the first I bought for my daughter. I had no idea there were sequels!

Anonymous said...

i found your blog via ohdeedoh and i just love it...being an english major and future teacher has made me obsessed with children's books.

anyways, i just recently learned about parents magazine press books, and i agree with dolly, the ones i have read so far are great!

ChildUp said...

Thanks for sharing.
It's a lovely story, I like Miss Suzy's character. She is contented with the simplicity in life. It's very inspiring. Kids will definitely love this book, just like how it has been appreciated for many years.

Little Mochi said...

WoW Thanks for reminding me about this book... it was one of my favs when I was little. I will have to find it for my little girls who also have crazy antics in the kitchen with me ;)

Nan said...

I always keep an eye out for Miss Suzy, I just found Small Pig. Lobel's illustrations enchant my eye - his simple stories, my heart. ~Nan

Janna said...

I've only read "Miss Suzy's Easter Surprise"... it was one of my favorites to read at Easter time.

Vintage Kids' Books My Kid Loves said...

Glad too see so many folks feeling the love on this one!

Brimful Curiosities said...

Great minds think alike. I requested this book from our library last week because I was looking for dollhouse reads. Cute squirrel book.

Mary said...

We used to LOVE Miss Suzie as kids! One of my all time favorites. I found your blog from my mom's blog, Thanks for sharing your love of reading!

Mikelle Smith said...

we have this book. it was given to us by my aunts out of my grandma's basement. i absolutely love it!

Unknown said...

I'm trying to find a vintage children's book, "Susie Mariah." Each time I search for it, I get information about this "Miss Suzy." Does anyone out there know about "Susie Mariah?"

Burgin Streetman said...

what was it about?

was it suzuki beane?

Anonymous said...

My favorite book as a little girl. My mother gave this book and Never Tease a Weasle to me for a gift about 10 years ago. Just read themn to my kids tonight!!! Still love Miss Suzy!

Anonymous said...

This was my most favorite book when I was a little girl, loved it!

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