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Up the Chimney

Up the Chimney

by Margaret Hodges (Retold by), Amanda Harvey (Illustrator)

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Children's Literature - Linnea Hendrickson
When a witch steals the long-tailed bag that holds the entire fortune of a poor family, one of the daughters goes in search of work, and on the way has some amazing adventures. This smooth retelling of "The Old Witch" from Joseph Jacobs's More English Folk and Fairy Tales is enhanced by Amanda Harvey's lively and warmly expressive illustrations. The pictures accompanying "She went all about the town, but no one wanted a girl like her," for example, show the girl applying for four different positions with four ethnically diverse shopkeepers. When the daughter meets and milks a cow, three pictures show an affectionate relationship that extends the story. The witch, with fabulous feathers on her bonnet, swoops through the air with verve, her cloak dramatically flying behind her. The opening illustration reveals a comfortable-looking mother in skirt and pullover sweater, the generous, kind daughter with her flying pigtail, and the father reading a newspaper called "Work Weekly." The selfish daughter is depicted sitting on a stool, face buried in "Jobs in Film." When she goes out to seek her fortune she dances to the music on her headset, ignoring the pleas for help from those she meets. In the satisfying ending, both daughters receive their just rewards.
Kirkus Reviews
The spunky heroine in this version of an English folk tale outfoxes a witch and saves her family from destitution.

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Holiday House, Inc.
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Edition description:
1 ED
Product dimensions:
8.55(w) x 10.34(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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