When Abigail isn't allowed to have a parrot for a pet, she decides to teach a hen to talk instead. To the amazement of her family, her hard work is rewarded. Now they've got to try and stop Pretty Polly being quite so chatty in front of strangers.
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'Fresh and captivating.' (Publishers Weekly)
'A typical King-Smith treat with a well-realised British farm setting, amusing dialogue, and an appealing premise developed with logic and good humour.' (Kirkus Reviews)
Dick King-Smith served in the Grenadier Guards during the Second World War, and afterwards spent twenty years as a farmer in Gloucestershire, the county of his birth. Many of his stories are inspired by his farming experiences. Later he taught at a village primary school. His first book, The Fox Busters, was published in 1978. He wrote a great number of children's books, including The Sheep-Pig (winner of the Guardian Award and filmed as Babe), Harry's Mad, Noah's Brother, The Hodgeheg, Martin's Mice, Ace, The Cuckoo Child and Harriet's Hare (winner of the Children's Book Award in 1995). At the British Book Awards in 1991 he was voted Children's Author of the Year. In 2009 he was made OBE for services to children's literature. Dick King-Smith died in 2011 at the age of eighty-eight.
Jane Asher is well known in the UK for her acting, business ventures and writing. She has been working professionally in film, theatre and radio since she was 5 years old – her first appearance was in the film Mandy. Jane is a successful writer, having written three best-selling novels. Jane has also developed the Jane Asher range of cake mixes, which has become a best selling brand.
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Book Description Penguin Group (Canada), 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 140346511