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Holiday at The Dew Drop Inn May 11, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Word Play, Writing & Writers.

When I received this book as a child, I giggled at its title . . . and dove right in to the Dew Drop Inn.

Holiday at the Dew Drop Inn (third in the series, The Family from One End Street) describes Kate Ruggles’ summer holiday at the Dew Drop Inn.

The Family from One End Street beat out Tolkien’s The Hobbit to receive the 2nd annual Carnegie Medal for outstanding children’s book by a British subject in 1937.

Seventy years later, a panel selected it for the Top Ten List of Medal winning works.

Eve Garnett wrote the series to address the social conditions of the working class in England at the time.

Have you met Kate?


1. colonialist - May 11, 2013

I confess I have never come across it. Interesting that books with a mission to do more than entertain are often more memorable and successful than those that simply tell a story, however good that may be.

nrhatch - May 11, 2013

Good point, Col. Books with a mission seem to have more staying power . . . 1984, Animal Farm, Gulliver’s Travels, Brave New World, Green Eggs & Ham, etc. :mrgreen:

colonialist - May 11, 2013

Not to mention Dickens.

nrhatch - May 11, 2013

Yes! Dickens . . . a perennial favorite. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read (or watched) A Christmas Carol.

2. Tammy - May 11, 2013

I am not familiar with the book but went out and googled around to see if it could possibly be the Dew Drop Inn that I remember from the North of England – to no avail. Love children’s literature!

nrhatch - May 11, 2013

It might be . . . what a great name for an Inn or B&B. 😀

3. 2e0mca - May 11, 2013

It’s a sad fact that I have never read this book and have to say that it seems almost unknown despite the award you allude to. The Hobbit, on the other hand, has gone from strength to strength. Perhaps the difference between the two was down to target audience – The Hobbit, like Harry Potter, is both a childrens and adults tale at the same time. Can ‘Holiday at the Dew drop Inn’ claim the same?

nrhatch - May 11, 2013

I couldn’t say, Martin. I read it many moons BEFORE I passed the threshold from child to adult. 😛

4. kateshrewsday - May 11, 2013

I have never heard of this, Nancy, how could I have missed the One End Street stories for so long? Must try to track some down. Thank you.

nrhatch - May 11, 2013

I hope you can track down a copy . . . I think you’d like Kate, Kate. 😉

5. Barbara Backer-Gray - May 11, 2013

Yes, I have! I only read the first one, though. But I loved it.

nrhatch - May 11, 2013

Yay! I didn’t dream it up! My favorite character name from the series . . . Mrs. “Nosey Parker” Smith. :mrgreen:

6. Pix Under the Oaks - May 12, 2013

I haven’t met Kate. I love children’s books and illustrations.

nrhatch - May 12, 2013

I love the illustration of Kate at the fence with her Wellies on. 😀

7. Three Well Beings - May 13, 2013

I’m not familiar with this book at all! I am so glad you introduced me! 🙂

nrhatch - May 13, 2013

My pleasure, Debra. If you track down a copy, let me know what you think of Mrs. “Nosey Parker” Smith. 😛

8. jannatwrites - May 13, 2013

I’m a little relieved that I’m not the only one unfamiliar with Kate and this series. Thanks or the introduction 🙂

nrhatch - May 13, 2013

Sounds like it’s a unknown award-winner. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it when “out and about.” And my copy is long gone.

bewhary - June 16, 2013

Would this be the same books with the jingle:
Do drop in, see my pop, he is tops at Dew Drop Inn…. ??

If not… anyone know which book that was? Thanks for the help!!

nrhatch - June 16, 2013

I’ve never heard that jingle . . . but there are LOTS of Dew Drop Inns on “google.”

Maybe you can find what you’re looking for that way?

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