I discovered Purple House Press after a friend asked me about one of her childhood favorites, “Miss Twiggley’s Tree.” I had never heard of it. I figured she hadn’t tried an online search, so I looked it up. I was surprised to see that one of the listings had a publication date of 2002. I checked the publisher, and it was Purple House Press. I looked up their website, and was amazed to re-discover one of my own childhood favorites, “Miss Suzy” by Miriam Young! I immediately ordered one and started carrying the entire line of Purple House Press books. When I got my copy of “Miss Suzy,” reading it again was like breathing in familiar scents that brought me right back to my favorite childhood reading nook. It was one of the many books that touched my soul.
For Jill Morgan, who started Purple House Press with her husband Ray Sanders in 2000, it was “Mr. Pine’s Purple House.” She specialized in finding rare used children’s books, and when prices of her beloved childhood favorite, “Mr. Pine’s Purple House” rose to $300, she decided it was time to start republishing the book so that its message would not be lost to future generations.
Nowadays, the publishing house, based in Cynthiana, Kentucky, publishes more than 32 books, all brought back from the obscurity of being out-of-print, hard-to-find, and very expensive. The titles include classic picture books for young readers, well-loved by all ages, and literature for young adults. See if they have republished one of your favorites!
Purple House Press Book List:
Ann Likes Red
Another Celebrated Dancing Bear
The Big Chunk of Ice
The Big Kerplop!
The Blueberry Pie Elf
The Brothers Lionheart
David and the Phoenix
The Duchess Bakes a Cake The Finest Horse in Town The Flying Hockey Stick The Mad Scientists' Club The Marvelous Inventions of Alvin Fernald Mio, My Son Miss Suzy Miss Twiggley's Tree Mr. Bear Squash-You-All-Flat Mr. Pine's Mixed Up Signs Mr. Pine's Purple House Mrs. Pine Takes a Trip The New Adventures of the Mad Scientists Club Night of the Moonjellies A Pair of Red Clogs Pickle Chiffon Pie The Shy Stegosaurus of Cricket Creek The Space Child's Mother Goose The Surprise Doll TAL, His Marvelous Adventures with Noom-Zor-Noom Three Little Horses Time at the Top A Tree for Peter Twig The Winter of Enchantment
A wonderful story, illustrated by Barbara Cooney, this is the only children's book written by Aldous Huxley, the famous English novelist, essayist and critic. He wrote it for his niece, Olivia de Haulleville, during the Christmas holiday of 1944. Olivia spent long periods of time with him and his wife Maria in their desert home in Llano in Antelope Valley, Mojave Desert, California. They took walks together, and Aldous and Maria would delight in telling stories to the little five-year-old girl. When Olivia and her family moved to Pearblossom, four miles from Llano, the Huxleys spent Christmas with the family and continued to make excursions into the desert they loved. Olivia's and her brother Siggy's neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Yost, are featured in the story, which was almost lost forever! A fire destroyed the Huxley home a few years later. Huxley's death in 1963 also left the story nearly in oblivion for many years. Fortunately the Yosts had kept a copy of the story, after the original manuscript had been returned to Aldous with the request that he illustrate it. The book was finally published in 1967 by Random House, and is now out of print.
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