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A Necklace of Raindrops and Other Stories (1968)
by Joan Aiken
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 044041850X, Paperback)Here are eight gloriously imaginative stories for eight satisfying sessions of bedtime reading. There’s a flying apple pie, a cat that’s bigger than an elephant, a house that lays an egg, storybook animals that leap out of their books at night, and a wealth of other wonderful characters and ideas, all with the colorful, dreamlike quality of the very best fairy tales. Joan Aiken’s delicious prose is a joy to read aloud to very young listeners yet simple enough for the independent reader to savor on his or her own. Kevin Hawkes’s illustrations–nearly 60 of them–capture with great flair and fun the magical adventures and the triumph of the good over the bad.
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:32:34 -0400)
'The cat sat on the mat. Lots of cats do that, everybody knows. And nothing strange comes of it. But once a cat sat on a mat and something strange did come of it'. In Joan Aiken's classic story collection, the strange often happens, and with fantastic consequences...Characters spring out of their books and chase around the room, cats grow bigger than elephants, and houses on legs lay eggs. Buses live on clouds, patchwork quilts become flying carpets, and pies float away when they have a corner of sky baked into them...The magical meets the everyday in these much-loved modern fairytales, now in a beautiful new edition with Jan Pienkowski's original silhouette illustrations.
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