Lady Daisy

Lady Daisy

by Dick King-Smith, Nigel Lambert
     
 

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When Ned helps his grandmother clear out her attic, he finds a very unusual Victorian doll - she speaks! Ned and Lady Daisy soon become fast friends, even though he's teased at school for owning a doll. Ned learns to stand up to his father and the school bully in order to protect Lady Daisy. But then the doll is stolen - will Ned ever find her again?

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When Ned helps his grandmother clear out her attic, he finds a very unusual Victorian doll - she speaks! Ned and Lady Daisy soon become fast friends, even though he's teased at school for owning a doll. Ned learns to stand up to his father and the school bully in order to protect Lady Daisy. But then the doll is stolen - will Ned ever find her again?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a departure from his animal stories, King-Smith conjures up a new type of fantasy in this endearing modern tale introducing nine-year-old Ned, who discovers a magical doll while clearing out his grandmother's attic. The lad is more than a little surprised when the wax figure opens its eyes and begins to chat about life in the Victorian age. After updating the doll (Lady Daisy Chain) on events that have occurred during her lengthy slumber, Ned decides to adopt her--even though he realizes that his claim to such a girlish toy may well invite ridicule. At first he keeps his discovery a secret, but one by one, his parents, friends and an antique dealer become aware of the ancient doll's existence (although no one guesses her unique ability). Tension arises when a burly classmate kidnaps Lady Daisy, but she is returned safe and sound long before the book's poignant conclusion, which takes place in the year 2010. Readers will be enamored of prim and proper Lady Daisy and her nonsexist owner, tough enough to hold his own against bullying yet sufficiently tender to express affection for his beloved ward. Exuding as much warmth, wit and wonder as Babe the Gallant Pig and Paddy's Pot of Gold , this newest addition to the author's impressive list of titles is sure to be a hit. Illustrations not seen by PW . Ages 8-12. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-- In this short, readable story, a Victorian wax doll is awakened from a 91-year sleep by 9-year-old Ned, who finds her in his grandmother's attic. The doll entertains him with talk about her former mistress, Victoria, who died as a young child, and other members of the family at the turn of the century. When Ned displays her at school for an assignment on Victorian times, he is teased by the class bully and ends up in a fight. Further adventures include rescuing her from a dog and a dollnapper. The last chapter stretches the fantasy a bit far, for it projects ahead to the year 2010. Ned, now a father, gives his small daughter Victoria the talkative doll companion. The plot is reminiscent of Rachel Field's Hitty (Macmillan, 1969), but while Lady Daisy is a similar proper, old-fashioned doll, her character is not as fully developed. After all, Daisy has been asleep for the past many decades, while Hitty had 100 years of exciting adventures. More unexpected than the fact that a doll talks in this fantasy is the fact that her owner is a soccer goal keeper and a boy who is interested in learning about family history. This easy chapter book, illustrated with softly shaded black-and-white sketches, is good light reading, but some of the English expressions and information about Victorian times will probably not interest American readers. --Yvonne Frey, Peoria Public Schools, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781486249336
Publisher:
Bolinda Audio
Publication date:
09/28/2015
Edition description:
Unabridged
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

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.

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