Goblin Baby

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Amanda loves to visit the gnomes who live in her garden--especially now that there's a noisy new baby in her house. Her little brother can't do a thing for himself, and when he cries he looks just like a toad squirming on its back. It's the gnomes who confirm Amanda's worst fears: The baby is a changeling, a goblin baby--and the goblins have her real brother. Amanda knows she must come up with a plan to get him back, but will those tricky goblins return the baby?

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Overview

Amanda loves to visit the gnomes who live in her garden--especially now that there's a noisy new baby in her house. Her little brother can't do a thing for himself, and when he cries he looks just like a toad squirming on its back. It's the gnomes who confirm Amanda's worst fears: The baby is a changeling, a goblin baby--and the goblins have her real brother. Amanda knows she must come up with a plan to get him back, but will those tricky goblins return the baby?

The Goblin Baby weaves a warm and funny tale of sibling rivalry with all the wonder of the fairy folk. With its delicate and detailed watercolor paintings, this charming story is another triumph from one of America's best-known illustrators of the fairy world

Because she is reluctant to accept her new baby brother, Amanda convinces her garden friends that a goblin has stolen her real sibling and replaced him with a changeling.

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Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
Enter the imaginary world of Amanda who works in the garden with Miss Lucy, the rabbit, and Turnip, a neighbor's dog. Amanda visits with her friends in the garden, the gnomes. She spends a lot of time with them because Mama is busy taking care of Amanda's new baby brother. Amanda is concerned because her baby brother is as ugly as a toad. He is wrinkly and squirmy and she begins to think that perhaps he is not her brother. Perhaps a goblin has stolen her brother and put a changeling in his place. Amanda decides she can no longer have anything to do with the changeling baby, but she cannot bring herself to tell Mama why. Amanda and all of her friends hatch a plan to effect the return of her real baby brother. They gather gifts for the Queen of the Earth. Amanda parts with many of her most precious treasures in the hope that the queen will exchange the babies. Amanda, her friends, and her garden are charmingly pictured and the story ends on a lovely note.
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K-Gr 2-A story about the reluctance of a child to accept a new sibling. Amanda and her garden gnome friends decide that her baby brother has been stolen by goblins and replaced by a changeling. Told from her point of view, the text is quiet and peaceful, and the tone, at times, drippingly sweet. Yet there are moments of terror, as when she thinks she, too, is about to be kidnapped by a goblin, and when the gnomes don't tell her how to get her brother back. When they finally reveal the secret of his return, instead of being angry at them, Amanda is proud that they are finally helping her. It is Mills's illustrations that make this book worth reading. Executed in watercolors in subtle, pastel earth tones, they perfectly evoke the gentle nature of Amanda and the magic and imagination that she has used to create her garden world. Younger children who cannot follow the somewhat involved story will be enchanted by the four gnomes and Miss Lucy Larkin, Amanda's rabbit. This is not a story for squirmy little ones with short attention spans, but dreamy fairy fans will appreciate it.-Diane Janoff, Queens Borough Public Library, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803721722
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.88 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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