Here are the answers to I Made You a Game. If you haven't played yet, avert your eyes. I've filled the names back into the quotes.
Here we go...
1. “Some Christmas,” remarked Rush in a satisfied tone at the end of the day. He was playing Randy’s Funeral March for her, very quietly in the dusk. “I bet we’re just about the only kids in the county, maybe even the whole state, that got such a big live alligator for a Christmas present.”
The Four-Story Mistake, by Elizabeth Enright
2. “Breakfast seems so commonplace at such an exciting moment. I’d rather feast my eyes on that dress….I feel that I ought to be a very good girl indeed. It’s at times like this I’m sorry I’m not a model little girl; and I always resolve that I will be in future. But somehow it’s hard to carry out your resolutions when irresistible temptations come. Still, I really will make an extra effort after this.”
Anne of Green Gables, by Lucy Maud Montgomery
3. “That was a wonderful day. It was a treasure, and no mistake! I never saw such heaps and heaps of presents, like things out of a fairy-tale—and even Eliza had a shawl. Perhaps she deserved it, for she did cook the rabbit and the pudding; and Oswald says it is not her fault if her nose turns up and she does not brush her hair. I do not think Eliza likes brushing things. It is the same with the carpets. But Oswald tries to make allowances even for people who do not wash their ears.”
The Story of the Treasure Seekers, by E. Nesbit (the first Bastable book)
4. “For ere one half of the night was gone,
Sudden a star has led us on,
Raining bliss and benison—
Bliss tomorrow and more anon,
Joy for every morning!”
The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame
5. “And next day they rounded up the mice with the loudest voices. They spent the whole morning practicing their scales and the whole afternoon sorting out the pronunciation of Wenceslas, and by the time it was dark, they were ready.”
The Church Mice at Christmas, by Graham Oakley (one of the funniest Christmas picture books around)
6. (a Christmas list): “Tony—a jack-knife (his has only one blade.) Mr. Gilligan—a clay pipe and tobacco. Mrs. Gilligan—a tomato pin-cushion. Mr. Night-Owl—a cake of soap.”
Roller Skates, by Ruth Sawyer
7. “Don’t you have any tree?” Joey asked.
“Oh, it isn’t worth while just for me,” Mrs. Verduz said. “I don’t usually make any fuss over Christmas. But when I heard you singing I thought it was really awfully dull staying down there in my room all by myself. And you see, I’ve brought a few things with me.”
The Ark, by Margot Benary-Isbert
8. “'A hand-knit muffler! How warm it looks. I must try it on right now,' said Mr. Bear. He wrapped it around his neck…There was rather a lot left over.”
A Gift from the Lonely Doll, by Dare Wright
9. “There had never been such a Christmas as this. It was such a large, rich Christmas, the whole church full of Christmas. There were so many lamps, so many people, so much noise and laughter, and so many happinesses in it. Laura felt full and bursting, as if that whole big rich Christmas were inside her, and her mittens and her beautiful jewel-box with the wee gold cup-and-saucer and teapot, and her candy and her popcorn ball.”
On the Banks of Plum Creek, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
10. “She did not even hug to her heart that moment when, finally, she had become Mama’s ‘dearest, dearest child'. In her heart it was Christmas, and she was busy singing.”
From Anna, by Jean Little
"All the ponies are at the war."
The Middle Moffat, by Eleanor Estes
I really should have gotten more of those. I had forgotten they even got an alligator!
I should have gotten the Four-Story mistake one, too. I went and looked up #10 at Amazon, and I can tell from the description that I have read the story, but neither the title nor author sound familiar. Of course, I've read Wind in the Willows, but the poetry wasn't at all familiar. And I haven't read the Bastable book or the church mice one.
But it was a fun game!
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