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Rabbit! Rabbit!

April 20, 2017
by Jane Whitmore , Emmetsburg News

"Have you ever heard the superstition of saying 'rabbit rabbit rabbit' as soon as you wake up on the first of each month to bring good luck?"

The text query from my granddaughter, Cole, came through on a Thursday morning.

I had not heard of it, and immediately looked at Wikipedia. It appears to be a British superstition with several variations. Where did she hear this? She read it in a Trixie Belden book.

The Trixie Belden series was written in 1948 and continued through 1986. The first books in the series were written by Julie Campbell Tatham. Then, after a change in publishers, written by Campbell under the pseudonym Kathryn Kenny.

The book in question has girl detective Trixie investigating "The Mystery of the Emeralds."

An unusual choice of book for a college grad??Not necessarily - she reads from an eclectic library.

When I was in high school, Gram Gearhart always asked what I was reading. She said she wanted to keep up with what I read. (She one time confessed falling asleep trying to read one of my selections.)

Following that thought, I downloaded Trixie Belden "The Mystery of the Emeralds."

Chapter 1, paragraph 4:?"...I've been trying to remember to say 'Rabbit! Rabbit!'?and make a wish just before going to sleep on the last night of the month. If you say it again in the morning, before you've said another word, your wish would come true."

The Trixie Belden book reminds me of the Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene (first printed in 1930), the Hardy Boys by Franklin W. Dixon (first printed in 1927), the Bobbsey Twins by Laura Lee Hope (72 books printed from 1904 to 1979 and a separate series from 1987 to 1992).

Not long ago I read the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lindgren. That series began in 1945 and the books have been translated into 70 languages. Pippi is a rather precocious child, to say the least.

Like my grandmother, I try to keep up with what my three grandchildren read. We have all read the Harry Potter series and we read the Twilight series. Cole and I read "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green. Sam is reading a lot of cook books lately, so we aren't quite in sync.

Joel and I read James Patterson books. Joel got introduced to Patterson with "Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life" and he has grown into the mystery writer's adult books. I particularly like Patterson's Bookshots, short little books that can be read in a day or two.Often, I send what I have read to Joel. Books make great gifts.

Returning to rabbits, I once recommended "Watership Down"?by Richard Adams for book club. It's the story of a warren of rabbits who have their own culture, language, proverbs, poetry and mythology. I found it fascinating - but not so for some of the book club members.

It doesn't always matter what you read, but that you do read. Sharing what you read is just a bonus.



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