Joan Aiken tells the story of lame Window and her sailor brother, Handle, who live in a small house in a wooded hollow. Each autumn, when the leaves fall from the trees, the little house is buried right up to its bedroom windows, so each year Handle must sweep the leaves away. But one day, Handle breaks the news that he must go away on an extra long trip. Window is sad, and desperately worried that she cannot survive without him. Before he leaves for the harbour, however, Handle gives Window a little wooden dragon and promises his sister that the dragon will look after her. And so the little dragon sits on a corner shelf, growing dusty, and waits for the time when he can come to Window's aid ...
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" "This will stand rereading not just for a summer but for a lifetime" - Sunday Times "Distinctive illustrations" - Cork Evening Echo"About the Author:
Prize-winning writer, Joan Aiken was born in Sussex in 1924 and came from a family of writers. Her father was the novelist and poet, Conrad Aiken and her sister, Jane Aiken Hodge, writes historical fiction for adults. Before joining the 'family business' herself, Joan had a variety of jobs, including working for the BBC, the United Nations Information Centre and then as features editor for a short story magazine. Her first children's novel, The Kingdom of the Cave was published in 1960. Since then she has written over 100 books for young readers and adults and has been awarded the MBE for her services to literature. Joan Aiken died in 2004. Bee Willey studied for her BA Honours in Visual Communication in Illustration at the Bath Academy of Art. She has worked as a freelance illustrator since 1985. She lives in Suffolk with her partner, Herman; they have two children and a cat.
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Book Description Red Fox, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0099439581