The Oeuvre of Bertha B. Moore

5 Apr

The Triplets Receive A RewardI can’t decide if this is super cool or super eerie, so I’m going with “cool”.

In preparation for the coming crew, I was doing a few random searches on all things triplets and I began wondering if there were any triplet-specific children’s books in the world.  As it turns out, in the 1940s and 50s an author named Bertha B. Moore wrote a series of kids’ tales about a fictional set of triplets named Teddy, Iva and Iona.  Quite a few, actually, nearly all out of print.  But you can still find a handful of well-thumbed copies if you know where to look.

The weird part?  The last name of the fictional triplet children:

Baer.

Psst. If you and I are previously unacquainted, that’s an alternate spelling of our name.

Anyhow, it looks like I now have a decent idea what the gnomes are getting for their first Christmas. Thanks, Bertha B. Moore, whoever you were.

(This probablty trumps the time some Canadian guy sent me the entire Jeremy The Bear series on DVD.)

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5 Responses to “The Oeuvre of Bertha B. Moore”

  1. Erin April 6, 2011 at 9:42 am #

    Weird. I think it’s cool and totally creepy at the same time…

  2. Jon April 6, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    It’s a little depressing to me that the internets contain scant information about Bertha B. Moore. The lady wrote over 30 books a little over 60 years ago and doesn’t even rate a Wikipedia entry.

    Anyway, here’s her picture. Mrs. Mack McCurry published under the names Bertha B. Moore, Betsy McCurry, Bertha McCurry, and Brenda Cannon. She was born in 1890 and lived in Rutherford, NC. She authored her first book in 1939 under the name Brenda Cannon. It was published by Moody Press, through which she wrote a series of books featuring “the Jolly J’s.” Under the name Bertha B. Moore, she authored her Triplets series, this time through the Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

    This site references a January 1958 article about her entitled “Rutherford Women Gains Literary Fame.” Her last book appears to have been published in 1959. Judging from the book titles and her publishers, I’m guessing all the books are heavy with religious themes.

    You need to post a review once you get a copy. This will be the premier site for Bertha B. Moore information — this post already ranks 3rd when googling her name.

    • Jeremy April 6, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

      Jon! What a heaping helping of research! You, sir, deserve a very special laurel for doing what I’d planned on doing in the back of my mind when as soon as I had a minute. If I can track them down, I think it might be a trip to contact Bertha/Mrs. McCurry’s surviving family to let them know their dear mother was a prophetess of sorts.

      A little deductive reasoning says it’s not such a random thing as I might’ve first thought, as Bertha’s first book was “The Three Baers”, which, let’s face it, is kind of obvious. Still, weird.

      Thanks, friend. What a neighborly thing to look into this thusly.

    • addieharris October 10, 2016 at 12:41 pm #

      The statement that “[she] doesn’t even rate a Wikipedia article.” makes me wonder why you haven’t written one. Anyone is allowed to write a Wikipedia article.

  3. Karen April 6, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

    My reaction when I read your blog today was “what’s with that?” This is a really pretty crazy coincidence….

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