EDDIE'S VALUABLE PROPERTY by Carolyn Haywood

EDDIE'S VALUABLE PROPERTY

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Eddie's valuable property is his junk collection which Dad says he can't take along when the family moves 150 miles away. But some of the stuff turns out to be really valuable antique toys, and then Eddie isn't even moved into the new house before he discovers a cigar store Indian (and a new friend) in the barn. Eddie and Jimmy take the Indian for show-and-tell on Eddie's first day at the new school, and the class discovers that ""Big Chief Termites-in-the-Tummy"" would be a suitable name for it. Besides friends (who flock around) and curios, Eddie also collects dogs -- purportedly to fill his going-away-gift dog house though all of them end up sleeping in his room. Naming his hairy sheepdog Hippy doesn't really counteract the datedness of Eddie's exclamations (""swell! . . . Hot dickity!""), and reading Ramona the Brave (above) in the same sitting makes Haywood's limitations all the more evident; but Eddie's blander sort of innocence is always good for a few smiles from the age group that enjoys, for example, the verbal absurdities of Eddie's moving into ""an old new house"" with his ""young old English sheep dog.

Pub Date: March 15th, 1975
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Morrow