Saturday, September 3, 2016

Roundabout Connections

Every now and then I like to read, one right after the other, two or more books which are not by the same author, are not part of a series, and do not feature the same characters, but which nevertheless have what I like to call roundabout connections.
These books, for example, although unrelated, may have been illustrated by the same person, such as Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House" books, and Jennie D. Lindquist's "The Golden Name Day," all illustrated by Garth Williams.
And then we have books whose title characters have the same first name, such as "B is For Betsy," (and other books) by Carolyn Haywood, "Betsy Was A Junior, "by Maud Hart Lovelace, and "Understood Betsy," by Dorothy Canfield Fisher.
Then again, there are books whose authors have the same first name.
Another roundabout connection is what might be called "of" books, such as  "Marya Of Clark Avenue," by Marie Halun Bloch,"Anne of Green Gables," by L. M. Montgomery, and "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm," by Kate Douglas Wiggin.
And let's not forget books with the words "Grows Up" at the end of the title, such as  "Rifka Grows Up," by Chaya M. Burstein, "Pollyanna Grows Up," by Eleanor H. Porter, and "Heidi Grows Up," by Charles Tritten.
And finally, two books which fit both the second and the fourth category are "Emily of Deep Valley," by Maud Hart Lovelace, and "Emily Of New Moon," by L. M. Montgomery.

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