August 9, 2011 note to readers: for liability reasons, I cannot send you scanned pages of my copy of Zigger Beans. Our best recourse at this time is to petition Scholastic to reprint this book.
John the mouse was feeling mean,
Until he ate a zigger bean.
It made him sing a zigger tune
A ziggering beneath the moon.
beneath the golden moon.
As a child, the book Zigger Beans, written and illustrated by Diane Redfield Massie, was one of my favorites. I can quote it by heart. Ten years ago, my mother found the family copy and gave it to me. I wish I could link the book title for you, but it's so "unavailable" that the only copy I saw on Amazon.com a year ago was going for a lot of money. It's not fair. It's simply not fair. I don't want to sell my book for a lot of money-- I don't want to sell it at all. I just want it to be in print so I can use it for storytimes. It would be unfair of me to share the book in storytime, and then have people want to check out copies or buy them.
I finally got around to scanning the pages for my own personal use. If something happens to the physical copy of the book, at least there would be a back-up copy. I should figure out how to go about petitioning a book to come back into print. If I had my own publishing company, I'd be set.
John the mouse put on his skates
And rolled across the dinner-plates.
His mother said, "Good heavens, John!
Whatever are you rolling on!"
I'm ziggering," said John.
Three other out-of-print books that really should be in print:
*"I Can't," said the Ant, by Polly Cameron
*The Pumpkin Man and the Crafty Creeper, by Margaret Mahy, illustrated by Helen Craig
*Dinner at Alberta's, by Russell Hoban, illustrated by James Marshall
Please add to the list.