A wonderful children's hardcover book called Stevie and His Seven Orphans by Miriam E. Mason. Weekly reader 1964 edition. Illustrated by John Gretzer.
When his best friend Mike goes away for the summer, Stevie looks ahead to dull days. There wouldn't be anybody to think about monsters with, to do scary things with, and to make plans with; these thoughts pass through his mind over and over as Stevie sits on his grandmother's porch. The tempo of activity changes when he stops to find the source of strange noises as he bicycles over a bridge. He returns to his grandmothers with Debbie Savola, a happy little girl, and seven live puppies in a sack. Mr. Witherspoon, a rather grumpy old bachelor next door, consents to let Stevie settle his orphans in his empty barn. Stevie becomes superintendent, Debbie, godmother, and Mr. Witherspoon, reluctant godfather. In caring for the puppies and finding acceptable homes for them, Stevie grows up a lot. When Mike returns at the end of the hot months, he sees the change in his friend; Stevie, in turn, looks at Mike and realizes his one-time partner in monster-mania is different.
Miriam Evangeline Mason (1900 – 1973) was an American writer best known for her books for children.
8½ inches in length
5¾ inches in width
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company -- 1964
This book is in fine condition. Binding is tight and the pages are clean with no markings. Pages are lightly yellowed from age.
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