You are too kind. Always glad to entertain a fellow funster! (I trust you received the letter and Amanda's story?)
Yours in amusement and postalosity,
"ToyVoyagers is a free-to-join website dedicated to travelling toys and their adventures around the globe. . . .The idea was a culmination of admiring some snaps we'd taken of our son's toys on holiday, loving the travelling gnome in the film, 'Amelie', as well as the way a tin of treasures that she finds in her flat finds its way back to its original owner. This led to some late-night musings about what would happen to a series of random objects released into the wild over a lifetime. We found some websites doing similar things, such as PhotoTag and BookCrossing but none were doing quite what we were looking for. We wanted the objects to become travel companions, so they could go places, do things, meet people, have adventures and develop personalities of their own. .
Thus, our experiment in karma - ToyVoyagers - was born. We created the website as our tracking system, created travel tags to attach to the Toys and immediately started releasing the toys into the wild, leaving them for random people to find. . . . We have members from all over the world. Membership is free: all you need is access to the internet, a camera, your own (or someone else's!) ToyVoyager, a good sense of humour and a willingness to be stared at whilst randomly photographing a soft toy in front of a famous monument."
I have a special request. I'm searching for two books from my childhood .... They've come back to me in dream and memory, but of course I can't remember the names or authors, only certain images .... [and] incorporates angels designing animals. (Amazon has over 39,000 entries for children's books that include the term "angel" -- I've only reached 700 -- no help so far). I remember the style of artwork distinctly: very crisp, delineated line work, clear colors; and the plot vaguely -- a young angel at a drawing board is charged with inventing animals (to go with letters of the alphabet or something?). He has a number of false-starts inventing impractical animals (and suffering the snickers of older, more experienced angels) before finally succeeding and being ready to use the gold ink (or crayon) to create an illuminated page. It was the architecture of the floating buildings that caught me, and the style of drawing used to illustrate a story about drawing and designing.
How different search sites list the author's name can vary. Libraries will typically use the LC version as this is how the LC folk standardized it and libraries usually use the catalog record info for their own online catalogs. Book seller sites (such as those listed below) may list the author as Dubois, DuBois, Du Bois and may or may not include Pène (sometimes spelled Pene <-- no accent mark).LC Control No.: 56013707Type of Material: Book (Print, Microform, Electronic, etc.)
Personal Name: Du Bois, William Pène, 1916-1993.
Main Title: Lion.
Published/Created: New York, Viking Press, 1956.
Description: 36 p. illus. (part col.) 26 cm.
LC Classification: PZ7.D8527 Li
Other System No.: (OCoLC)173791
Quality Code: premarc