Children's book from the perspective of a roadrunner circa 1965 or earlier

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Children's book from the perspective of a roadrunner circa 1965 or earlier

1camerashycoco
oct. 8, 2020, 5:38pm

So a dear friend of mine and I were coming back from a four day road trip to the north rim of the Grand Canyon recently and out of the blue she mentioned a couple of books that she would love to reread. This woman has been a dear friend for years and has been a great support and balm to me always but most especially in these times of ridiculousness that are 2020. I am very rarely able to adequately express my appreciation for all that she does for me so I would really love to find these books, find some copies, and gift them to her.

To that end, with very little more information than is in my subject line, I am looking for a children's book written from the perspective of a roadrunner circa 1965 or earlier. I am unsure if it was a chapter book or shorter, she mentioned being about 9yo at the time. Her family were very highly educated, I imagine she was probably reading ahead, that would truly be a guess. Also, I have no idea what the plot was. I feel like she said something about Mexico but I was driving and, rightly, more focused on that than the conversation.

I hope you can help me, I really am going from zero here.

Thanks!

2MissSquish
Editat: oct. 9, 2020, 12:17am

One of these?

Pedro, the Road Runner by George Cory Franklin, 1957

The wide following of the Franklin animal stories should in no way be diminished by this engaging story of a chaparral cock whose friendship with a family of humans brings out the many remarkable and humorous traits for which its kind is known. Tom Mahan, whose father is mining in the Mojave desert, races the seek home one day and loses to him even with the help of a motorcycle. From then on the bird adopts Tom. Their frequent sorties together, though fictionalized, are plainly based on actual incidents and antics. Pedro's fantastically quick wit, his tendency to watch out for other animals he can help and his skill in sizing up danger and in fighting it physically are all very convincingly told.

Chinto : the Chaparral Cock by Fritz Arnold Toepperwein, 1952/3 (no link or info)

3camerashycoco
oct. 9, 2020, 4:22pm

Thank you MissSquish, I believe that is probably it.

I'm going to leave this open for a bit just to see if there's not any other suggestions. But, given that I have not actually read the book, the George Cory Franklin book sounds very accurate.

4camerashycoco
nov. 13, 2020, 3:34pm

>2 MissSquish: so I sent her Pedro, The Road Runner. She was super happy, but it was the other one. She said it made her day one way or the other, and then we looked and figured out that it was indeed Chinto : the Chaparral Cock.
Thank you so much MissSquish!

5MissSquish
nov. 14, 2020, 10:26pm

You're welcome!

6camerashycoco
gen. 20, 11:31pm

Oh NO! Still wrong.
I have to say I'm absolutely shocked at the idea there're more than two but apparently neither of these are the right one.
Still, she's enjoying them. Any other ideas?

A bit more information: There are references to the Mexico City canals.

7merrystar
gen. 21, 7:37pm

Worldcat finds two other options:
A Bird for Peter by J. Allan Bosworth and
Adventures in Cactus Land by Betty Boulton Herndon

They also list The Road Runner by Theodore W. Munch, but that one is non-fiction.