Longtime commenter AnimeJune is looking for a book for her mother:
My mum read this book a couple of times as a child and remembers really loving it – she describes it as “the book she wants to read again before she dies.” Unfortunately, she can’t remember the title, author, or a vast majority of the plot and what she does remember (other than that it was awesome) is a bit hazy.
What she remembers is that it was published in the fifties or possibly early sixties (she remembers the book was pretty beat up by the time she read it at the library), written either by a British author, or translated from German by a British publisher. The plot involves a young, poor boy who comes into possession of a magic acorn (or possibly chestnut) that turns into a tree. Somewhere along the way it’s discovered that this boy is a Prince – possibly a duke, but my mother seemed pretty certain he turns out to be a Prince.
I’m perfectly willing to offer a reward (book certificate to store of their choice, plus the two-volume “Orphan’s Tales” by Catherynne M. Valente) to the first person who can find this book for me!
Anyone remember this book? AnimeJune is offering a prize booty to anyone who can correctly identify it – I hope she and her mom can locate it!