Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Oh, Donna!

Everyone knows that I am an avid reader and always have been. As a child I would get books for a nickel or dime from yard sales. Now of course they are all vintage, but since they were well-loved and read over and over, most of them aren't worth anything.For Vintage Thingies Thursday I have a Donna Parker book by Marcia Martin. It is The Mystery at Arawak, the sixth story from the seven book series. This particular book is from 1962.The binding of the spin is completely coming off, but I am afraid to fix it because of the whole value thing. But if it's falling apart it's not worth anything anyway, I guess! You can see from the title page that Linda Crichton owned the book before I did. I probably got it in the mid-70s.
I liked the Donna Parker stories because she was a regular girl. She's younger than Nancy Drew, so she has to go to school and doesn't drive. She has the 1950s nuclear family of 2 parents and Jimmy, her younger brother. Unlike Nancy Drew, the Dana Girls, Trixie Belden and Robin Kane, her family is not wealthy, nor do they have wealthy friends. Even though Donna was "regular" she got to do things I didn't, like go to a sleep away camp, or visit family across the country.That's where I lived vicariously through her.Check out this guy making the moves on Donna! Maybe I'll use the picture on a valentine!
Did you read any Donna Parker books, or any of the others I mentioned? Which were your favorites?
Now you can go check out all the vintage goodness that Colorado Lady and the other VTT participants are sharing this week. So far I've seen some great kitchen gadgets, adorable brown bears on drinking glasses, and fun decorations for Valentine's Day.
Don't forget my wristlet giveaway ends tomorrow, and the book giveaways end in 2 weeks.
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30 comments:

Raggedy Girl said...

I loved Sue Barton who was every kind of nurse imaginable.
Roberta Anne

Dawn said...

I loved Donna Parker. We had limited access to book buying when I was growing up so I never got to read 'Arawak' but I still have--just a minute, let me go look, I forgot the titles! A Spring to Remember, In Hollywood and at Cherrydale. I always wanted to be as responsible as Donna! Thanks for the memory!

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Bea said...

What do you mean they aren't worth anything?! They are worth a lot to you and that's all that matters. I was a Bobbsey twins reader.

Sioux said...

Gee, I thought I had read must of those sorts of books when I was a kid, but I don't remember these. Thanks for sharing!!

Smilingsal said...

I don't remember any Donna Parker books, but you've got a gem there.

Ma'dame French said...

Maybe it is because I am Canadian but I haven't heard of her before;) But I love the look of them! French;)

Jewelgirl said...

I don't remember Donna Parker. I
read non-fiction and magazines.

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

I love to collect old books, but never was much of a reader, couldn't set still long enough, I spent my time drewing.

^..^ Corgi Dog Mama ^..^ said...

Used to read Donna Parker books in the very early 60's, like 1961.
Got them for my birthday, and Nancy Drews at the same time. Felt so grown up to have my own books. You're a Lucky girl to have this book!

marian said...

These are new to me...must keep a eye out for a copy!!..those illustrations are adorable :)

Cam said...

I was the young girl at the library looking at all the Nancy Drew books - and the Hardy Boys too :)

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

I've never heard of Donna Parker. I think I would have enjoyed these as a young girl.

Mamaoftwins said...

I dont remember Donna Parker either. :( I agree with Tamy, I think I also would have enjoyed this books :)

Susan said...

One of my favorite things to do when antiqueing is looking for vintage books that I read as a child. I was a Nancy Drew reader but the illustrations in these books of yours I love. Many other books I know had the same type.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

No, I haven't read her, Elizabeth. Don't know how I missed them.

I'm laughing at the guy hitting on the girl. LOL! Look at his body language. The artist got it down perfectly. And yes, I think it would be a good Valentine. :-)

XO,

Sheila

Miri said...

Thanks for the peak at a Donna Parker book-no, I never read her...I loved the Bobbsey Twins and Nancy Drew- now I'm sorry I didn't know about Donna too. I love the illustrations!

SueLovesCherries said...

Funny, I don't recall reading Donna Parker, even though I'm sure I have. Growing up in my small town (Norfolk), I lived a stone's throw away from the town library, which was about the size of a one-room schoolhouse. I literally read every child through teen book there! My favorite was Trixie Belden!

Kelly said...

I grew up with Drew, but these books have wonderful illustrations! Thanks for sharing! ~Kelly

unDeniably Domestic

Coloradolady said...

Hi Elizabeth, I don't remember these books, but I found this very interesting. I will have to keep my eye out when I am out and about for this ladies books.

imjacobsmom said...

Elizabeth, I'm not familiar with Donna Parker, but I read a few Nancy Drew and Trixi Beldon books. I also enjoyed the Boxcar Kids. There was a blast from the past. I probably have a few those books stashed in my crawl space. I know I still have the LIttle House Series. ~ Robyn

Justine said...

Funny, when I first saw your post title I thought this was going to be about Donna from Donna's Den. Then I thought more and said, "Nope it's going to be about Richie Valley." DOH! But hey, he'd be considered vintage, no?

Justine :o )

squawmama said...

Gueeez Elizabeth I thought this was about me... But no I have never read Donna Parker... I read a lot but never her... I read Nancy Drew... Little House on the Prairie and Anne of Green Gables... But never Donna Parker... Thanks for telling me all about it

(((HUGS)))
Donna

kbbryant said...

Hi Elizabeth,

I was a Nancy Drew reader. I didn't know of Donna Parker. The pictures look fun!

Kathy b

foxxy said...

I don't remember the Donna Parker books. I do, however, remember reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder books and the Boxcar Children something or other. Thanks for sharing

Patty said...

I don't remember the Donna Parker books but I read Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden. I also remember paperbacks that featured the Partridge Family solving mysteries. And, I don't like that guy with Donna for some reason.

Carol said...

I stumbled on your blog. I loved Donna Parker (and Trixie Belden) I have the very one you highlighted and remember that picture! My favorite one was when she went to San Francisco. I would read them under the covers with a flashlight when I was supposed to be sleeping. Think I'll go to the attic and read one tonight! Thanks for the memory.

Teeny Tiny cabin said...

I read a couple of these when I was a kid--wish I would have read more. I was an odd kid and read every horse book I could get my hands on--read the whole Black Stallion series, then graduated to "Gone With The Wind". Anyway-- I enjoyed the vintage illustrations very much--it's always a good thing to own old books!
Blessings to You--
Have a great weekend Elizabeth!,
Claudia O.

ethelmaepotter! said...

How well I remember Donna Parker! I actually still have all my old Donna Parker and Trixie Belden books; they are a cherished part of my childhood, and I will never sell them. Arawak was my favorite; I loved the part about the bazaar and the sidewalk cafe Donna and Jody designed; I loved Donna's relationship wih Jody, the "poor little rich girl," and Amy, her new intellectual friend.
The boy 'making the move' on Donna in the picture was named Teddy Baer, I believe. He was harmless, but a bit of an egotistical, immature goofball.
Oh my, you have me anxious to go upstairs and start rereading (for the umpteenth time) the entire series!

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