Recounts the experiences of a little girl growing up in a seaside town in Yorkshire during the years between the two world wars.
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Wistful and childlike, Gardam's collection of short stories focuses on large and small crises in Lucy's life, such as wandering away from her home by the sea (in "The Wonderful Day"), getting terribly wet, meeting her elderly aunts and returning home in time for bath and tea. An enchanting cover by Anthony Browne sets the tone; in this place, those great-aunts appear like angels to a child, and just as suddenly become ordinary. In "Jake's Queed," a few overheard words in the rooms of a vacant house set childish imaginations singing; in "Auntie Kitty and the Fever House," the illness of Lucy's mother is the most overwhelming of events. The atmosphere is blissful, but Lucy's childhood is not without mishap, and from the collection comes the revelation that if the fair days are few, they are rich and of lasting importance. The writing has an uncommon depth, and elegant, free-flowing language; each setting in an idyllic past is garnished with timeless and universal concerns. Gardam's stories, published in England before Through the Dolls' House Door , are a garden of rich possibilities and thought-provoking outcomes that readers will want to linger in, and revisit frequently. Ages 10-up.
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Book Description Puffin Books, 1974. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. First Thus. Nice, square, uncreased copy of this mass market pb. Bookseller Inventory # 049330
Book Description Puffin, London, 1974. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Moderate reading wear. Very clean interior. Bookseller Inventory # 0237180
Book Description Puffin Books, 1974. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Reprint. Clean uncreased card covers showing two girls and boat. Inscribed on reverse of front cover thus: 'for Tania with love from Jane (Gardam).' Slight tanning to contents. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 002813
Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Bookseller Inventory # GOR003246442
Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bookseller Inventory # GOR005025225