Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Adventures of Miss Pickerell and her Trusty Geiger Counter



I was going through my husband's old children books
 and found this little jewel. I used to work in a lab (BC, Before Children), so I always appreciate a good children's book about Geiger counters. They must have had problems keeping this one in the store with a title like that.  My husband's copy is well-worn, he must have read it over and over.



Doesn't everyone get excited
about uranium (Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, anyone)?   And why the sheriff is wearing purple pajamas is the true mystery. I will get back with you on that in a second.

With illustrations like this, how can you resist going on Amazon and buying your own used copy? I hope the cow did not eat all of the uranium. I don't want to eat that hamburger...


Wow, I can't wait to read Chapter 11:  Trouble at the Atomic-Energy Experiment Station.  And what about Chapter 13: The Sheriff's Secret Ambition.  Maybe to go party at the Playboy Mansion (purple pajamas)?  Wait, that is my husband's Not-So-Secret Ambition (without purple pajamas of course, he prefers blue or brown).  Dream away sweetie!



I will continue this series on amazing children books from my husband's childhood in a future post.  There is a treasure trove sitting on our shelves that need to be shared!

9 comments:

  1. What a great find!! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. "so I always appreciate a good children's book about Geiger counters."

    HAHAHAAHAHAHAHAAAAA!

    and wow- there are others in this series? I must find them for my own kids... ;)

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  3. ok, lol...you do have a treasure there, I sometimes pull out some of my older books from the 40's and wish times where as simple and innocent now as they were then.
    Molly

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  4. That is just ridiculously awesome! My mom found an old kids' book in her garage about monkeys going to the moon - it's like space propaganda for new readers! Love it!

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  5. wonder if that book was authored up here in my neck of the woods, ha! i'm a stone's throw, and over one little chunk of river from the Hanford site. :) we know all about uranium around here....and geiger counters...and cancer....and isotopes...it goes on & on.

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  6. How fun, I read those as a kid...and the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books. Those were awesome!

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  7. This is hilarious! As a research tech BC I too got quite a kick out of this! Thank you for the laugh!

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