There’s a Waltons book about Elizabeth and a magic lamp
She uses it to wish for friends.
Image: Western Publishing Company
Like many popular television shows, The Waltons spawned numerous tie-in products. There were board games, lunch boxes and even action figures. There were also many books.
In 1975, the Western Publishing Company published six books for teenagers about various events happening on Walton’s mountain. That same year, they also released a book aimed at a younger audience called Elizabeth and the Magic Lamp.
Western is best known for publishing the Little Golden Books series, which include The Little Red Hen and The Poky Little Puppy. These classic stories have been entertaining kids for generations. The premise for the Elizabeth Walton Tell-A-Tale book is much weirder.
It's not the only time The Waltons has gotten a little strange, especially when it comes to the youngest child.
The book opens with Elizabeth finding an old genie-style oil lamp near her house. Daddy says she can keep it if no one claims it for a week. She hopes no one will come for the lamp because she desperately wants someone her own age to play with. A week passes by and no one claims the lamp. Elizabeth's joy soon turns to disappointment when, at the last second, a man asks if they've seen an old oil lamp.
Elizabeth reluctantly hands over the lamp and runs inside to hide. She finally comes out when she learns two little girls have moved in next door. It was their dad who lost the lamp! Elizabeth hugs her new friends. She can't believe her wish came true!
Written by Charlotte Graham and illustrated by Jan Neely, Elizabeth and the Magic Lamp is a fun little addition to the lore of that wholesome TV family from rural Virginia.