Did you know that Laura Lee Hope is the pseudonym for numerous writers under the Stratemeyer Syndicate including Edward Stratemeyer (1862-1930) himself, his daughter Harriet Stratemeyer Adams (1892-1982), Howard Roger Garis (1873–1962), and his wife Lilian McNamara Garis (d.1954) who wrote the Bobbsey Twins juvenile series? Source: The Literature Network
“The Bobbsey Twins at the Seashore” was one of my favorite stories when I was growing up: Chapter 1 begins… “ HURRAH, we’re off to the seashore!” shouted Bert Bobbsey. It was a beautiful morning, the very first day of August, that the Bobbseys started for Ocean Cliff.They had spent the month of July at Meadow Brook Farm with Uncle Daniel, Aunt Sarah,and their young cousin Harry. “Get in, everybody,” said Uncle Daniel at the wheel of his station wagon, “or we may miss the train.”
After reading the above excerpt from the Bobbsey Twins trip to the seashore I ,now, know why I liked this book so much! It was because I grew up on a farm and we never had the opportunity to go to the seashore when I was a child. My adventure and experiencing it was through reading books like this.
Laura Lee Hope was first used as a pseudonym in 1904 for the debut of the Bobbsey Twins and the author/s for the Bunny Brown series (20 vols. 1916-1931). The front cover (below) of my copy of “Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue And Their Shetland Pony” is from 1918; and the illustration looks like Bunny Brown has his bucket ready for a day of fun in the sand at the seashore…(Note: The illustrator for the cover was Frances England Nasworthy (United States 1872-1936) and this “same cover” is featured on other books in the Bunny Brown series.)
Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, June 16, 2013