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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Paul Watson
Progress: 6 %
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong
Progress: 40 %
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 49 %
Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Progress: 14 %
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 20 %
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages

Book a Day #10: Most Memorable Picnic

Maida's Little House - Inez Haynes Irwin

Maida's Little House


Well, I don't feel bad about this, as it seems almost everyone is listing "well, I read this book with a picnic in it in childhood..."


Maida's Little House is the second volume of the Maida books, published from 1909 into the early 1950s.  They are all by Inez Haynes Irwin, and there are often substantial gaps in publication date; the first, Maida's Little Shop, came out in 1909, but this, the second one, appeared in the 1920s.  They are about Maida, the only child of a millionaire industrialist, "Buffalo" Westabrook, and her friends (the "Big Six" and the "Little Six"), whom she meets in Boston.  In this one, they all go to spend the summer at Maida's childhood home, in rural Massachusetts.  And it has not one picnic, but two!


At one point, the older children (the "Big Six") take canoes out to cross the lake, and bring a lunch basket, so that they can have a picnic on the other side.  No one remembers to bring the salt, and it is interrupted by horrible wails, and they flee in terror back to the house.  (This is not a scary series; the wails were from a baby.  In a cave.  Which made them sound very eerie.)


The second picnic is at the shore, where everyone brings salt, and they catch a giant turtle and bring it home to live in the lake.  And then realize it needs salt water rather than fresh, and take it back to the sea, to let it go.


I loved all of the books of this series that I had (seven; perhaps half the series) when I was growing up.  I had my mother's copies.