The Seach for Delicious

by Natalie Babbitt Year Published: 1969
"Twelve year old Gaylen, the King's messenger, is off to poll the kingdom, traveling from town to farmstead to town on his horse, Marrow.  At first, it is merely a question of disagreement at the royal castle over which food should stand for Delicious in the new dictionary.  Then Gaylen's quest leads him to unusual characters, including a minstrel who sings about a mermaid child, and Ardis, who might save the kinddom from havoc.  And soon it seems that the search for Delicious had better succeed if civil war is to be avoided.