Six books that make me happy

Thanks to Charlotte, who tagged me for this irresistible meme (thereby snapping me out of my blogging funk).  Now for my list.  About a year ago, I was poking around in my parents' attic and found several missing boxes full of my childhood books, mostly middle-grade paperbacks.  Most of the books on this list were in those boxes; they were the ones I read first.  Note the tags; I had well-defined preferences as a child.

1. Mandy by Julie [Andrews] Edwards.  I loved Mandy's secret cottage and garden, and identified with her desire to care for a place of her very own.
tags: British, orphans, Christmas

2. Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild.  I've written about the Shoes books here.  Good news for Shoes fans:  Skating Shoes is available for pre-order on Amazon!
tags: British, orphans, ballet

3. The Christmas Dolls by Carol Beach York.  I'm inordinately fond of this book and would read every Butterfield Square Story in the series if only I could find them (they're OOP).
tags: orphans, Christmas, dolls

4. Miss Happiness and Miss Flower by Rumer Godden.  I'm still waiting for someone to make me a Japanese dollhouse.
tags: British, dolls

5. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  My childhood copy of this book, I'm sad to say, was not in the boxes.  Perhaps it fell apart.
tags: British, orphans

6.  What Katy Did et al. by Susan Coolidge.  I own these in an Octopus Books omnibus edition which was one of my prized possessions.  I even had my school librarian wrap the jacket in mylar for me.  It wasn't in the boxes, either: it was on my shelf.  Surprise!  There are no British orphans in it.