Frozen in the pattern of a drawing-room curtain, a dreamlike world waits patiently while Nurse Lugton sews. As she dozes in the lamplight, the animals adorning the curtain nod to one another and slowly awaken, making their way toward a sparkling lake and a magical town.
This wondrous story by Virginia Woolf was found among the manuscript pages of her Mrs. Dalloway. Julie Vivas's glorious illustrations bring Mrs. Woolf's words to life to create a magical volume that will enchant children and adults alike.
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VIRGINIA WOOLF (1882-1941) is one of the major literary figures of the twentieth century. She is best known for her novels Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse, and for her groundbreaking feminist essay A Room of One's Own. She is also the author of numerous collections of essays, letters, journals, and literary criticism.
JULIE VIVAS has illustrated many picture books, including the Mem Fox classics Possum Magic and Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge. She lives in Sydney, Australia.
Grade 1-3-- When great authors write small tales for children of their acquaintance, it is not always their best work, especially if "found among the pages" of their manuscripts. Virginia Woolf's story, first in print in 1965 and republished here as a picture book, is indeed a small tale. Nurse Lugton's curtain, on which she is sewing when she falls asleep, comes alive briefly, releasing its pattern of animals and villagers and sunbaked buildings in the town of Millamarchmantopolis. When Nurse Lugton awakes, the parade of animals and people falls quickly back into the folds of the cloth and the story is done. However, this is Virginia Woolf's story, and the simple tale flows with the rhythms of an accomplished prose writer. Vivas's watercolor illustrations flow across the pages like the prose, with parading animals and marching villagers costumed as if for Mardi Gras. Jungle animals and Africans surround Nurse Lugton's sleeping head, hands, and feet until suddenly she wakens and everything tumbles back into the folds of the cloth and reality resumes its dull symmetry. --Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
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