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Thunder Cave

When I was a child, my dad would often read aloud to me at bedtime.  One book I remember him reading, although I remember almost nothing of the content of the book, is called Thunder Cave.  For several years, I've been searching the internet to see if I can find out anything about this book.  I've asked my dad about it, but he doesn't know what happened to the copy we owned.
So today, I tried again.  I'm not sure why I was thinking about the book, but I did a quick internet search and came up with this:  http://www.kitkooh.com/tc/1945.html  It's a rather poorly constructed web page, but I saw the cover image:

Thunder Cave, 1945 edition
and knew this was it.  I remembered that giant's face.  There were a few sample pages of text, and that completed my recognition.  It mentioned "The Giant Wigwah."  Yes!  That was the giant's name!

What I remember of the book was rather non-PC for today's audiences, such as two little black boys who talk with a very thick dialect (think Mark Twain's black characters--the book was originally published in 1932).  There is a 2001 edition which has been rewritten; the website says, "This beautiful, commemorative edition, combines the best of both the original 1932 and revised 1945 editions by Jeremiah Stokes using cultural sensitivity, more solid plot, faster-paced action, and character development by prize-winning author Denise G. Jones."  (Punctuation oddities their own.)

I knew absolutely nothing about this book, but the Kitkooh website says the author and illustrator met while on LDS missions in the southern U.S. states.  The stories were originally told by the author, Jeremiah Stokes, as bedtime stories to his children.  He put them out as a series of pamphlets, and finally compiled them together into a book.

An article about the book published several years ago in the Davis Clipper (Davis County, Utah newspaper) described the editing of the book.  I note that the illustrations were done by Jack (John S.) Sears.  Is that, perhaps, why we owned it?  I know there are Sears surnames in my genealogy. . . .  Or was it, as the newspaper article says, just a "beloved children's classic," and that's why we had it?  I'll ask my dad if he knows.

Anyway, I think I shall have to purchase the new edition.  Too late to read to my children (who are in their twenties now) at bedtime, but perhaps I can just enjoy it for myself.


While I was in a nostalgic mood, I looked up another book I absolutely loved as a child. This one I had no idea of the title, but remembered there was a sewing bird who helped a little girl learn to sew. Turns out it is "The Mary Frances Sewing Book," and there's a scan available for it at http://www.archive.org/details/maryfrancessewin00frye I haven't looked at it yet to assure it has all the doll clothes patterns I loved so much when I was little, but just looking at the pictures brings back so many memories!