Nurse Lugton's Curtain

Nurse Lugton's Curtain

by Virginia Woolf, Julie Vivas
     
 

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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.

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Virginia Woolf fans may be curious to discover her picture-book tale of magic, Nurse Lugton's Curtain, first published in a collection in 1965; and Julie Vivas's illustrations first appeared with the text in 1991. Nurse Lugton falls asleep while embroidering a curtain, and the animals and village depicted on the drapery come alive. Vivas aptly depicts a transformed Lugton, incorporated into the landscape, slumbering over the village. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Nurse Lugton is making curtains for Mrs. Gingham's drawing room. In this story, legendary writer Virginia Woolf brings the animals on the curtains alive—at least while Nurse Lugton is asleep. The blue background turns into water and air, and the thimble on her finger turns into the bright sun. Even Nurse Lugton's face is transformed into beautiful mountains for the people and the animals of the tiny village of Millamarchmantopolis. This imaginative and enchanting tale will delight children everywhere. This story was found among the pages of Virginia Woolf's manuscript for her novel Mrs. Dalloway. Leonard Woolf said that Virginia wrote the story for her niece. The beautiful illustrations bring the story to life, just as the tale describes. One can see how monkeys, zebras and birds seem to climb off the tapestry into a world of their own. This picture book has been reprinted, and the quality of text and illustrations are a treat to readers of all ages. 2004 (orig. 1991), Gulliver Books, Ages 4 to 12.
—Nicole Peterson
School Library Journal
Gr 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152050481
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/01/2004
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
3 Years

Meet the Author

VIRGINIA WOOLF (1882–1941) was one of the major literary figures of the twentieth century. An admired literary critic, she authored many essays, letters, journals, and short stories in addition to her groundbreaking novels.

JULIE VIVAS is illustrator of I Went Walking, Let's Go Visiting, the Mem Fox classics Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge and Possum Magic, and several other picture book titles. She lives in Australia.

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