Ivy Cottage (c. 1984) tells of the family's big move from city to country.
Goose Eggs (c. 1984) relates how the threesome settle into country life.
The Thorn Witch (c. 1985) narrates a humorously spooky tale.
Rag Doll Press (c. 1985) recounts a story of teamwork.
Every so often, I have to hide this series from my little brood in order to "move on with the next thing." But then, sooner or later they gravitate back to Ivy Cottage. Therein lies the charm. I'm not quite sure if it's the story, the illustrations, or the combination of both that enthralls them. Either way, the online consensus resounds deep affection accompanied by the repeating statement "bring back into print!" I, personally, don't find Taylor's writing noteworthy. He's much better gifted in illustrating. However, that said, I am impressed with the Good Samaritan lessons these books teach. That these stories emerged from the heart of an adventuresome boy, fishing his way through the Alaskan waters, may be the most surprising fact of all!
Take note: these books are very difficult to find. Unfortunately, our local library doesn't have them in their circulation. However, I have frequented a copy at a used bookstore. You can find copies online in used book sites. I'm guessing that my copies came from the Weekly Reader Paperback Club that's stamped on the back cover. So perhaps you have a copy in Dad's attic somewhere? For now, satisfy your appetite with E. J. Taylor's illustrations by looking at www.ejtaylor.com and clicking on the "illustrations" tab before scrolling across the various "book" photos at the bottom of the page. Don't leave the site without checking out Taylor's adventurous bio.