Skip for joy! The exuberant classic returns in a compact hardcover edition that makes a perfect gift.
Little Elsie Piddock is a born skipper. When she is scarcely five, she can outskip anyone in her village. By the time she’s six, her name and fame have spread to all the villages in the county. And by the time she’s seven, the fairies have heard of her. When Master Skipper Andy-Spandy summons the sleeping little girl to Mount Caburn for a contest, the tireless Elsie outskips even the fairies and is rewarded with a gift of rare and lasting value. Can she use it later to save the fabled skipping grounds of Caburn? Or will a greedy lord build a factory where children have played for centuries?
|Product dimensions:||4.90(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||7 - 10 Years|
About the Author
Eleanor Farjeon (1881–1965) was one of the most important children’s writers of the twentieth century. In 1956 her achievements were acknowledged with the award of both the Carnegie Medal and the Hans Christian Andersen Medal.
Charlotte Voake is the author-illustrator of many picture books, including Say It!, Melissa’s Octopus and Other Unsuitable Pets, Tweedle Dee Dee, and the acclaimed Ginger. She lives in Surrey, England.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Eleanor Farjeon's beautiful writing and magical tale of the fight of the villagers to save their grassy hill from the Big Corporation's plans for a parking lot, a department store, etc... , is the ongoing tale of saving the earth. The illustrations are also magical. It is a book to have and to give away, for children of all ages and their parents, grandparents and teachers.
In answer to the plea, 'Tell me a a story, Nana,' on March 30, I told Lilliana,my little granddaughter, a magical tale I read in my first days in a one room school,circa 1945. I didn't remember the title or heroine's name,just the plot--little girls skipping rope and singing, 'Andy Spandy, Sugary Candy, French Almond Rock..' With those words, I found the title. Wonder of wonders,this delightful story will be available again, April 22, 2008. We know now, we must act to save our planet,the foresight of the author is remarkable.I am skipping the high skip and the sky skip waiting for my copy!
A fairy tale treasure for all ages. This story by the well-known English author has a dreamy, poetic quality, that nevertheless draws one into it so that the book is hard to put down, once begun. The rhythm of the tale is perfect for reading aloud. The watercolor and ink illustrations convey very well the mood of the story. The style of narration is well suited for reading aloud to groups or individual children of school age. Saving the earth is a timely topic that can be combined with many lessons. Children beginning to read independently could read it for themselves; the layout with many illustrations to break up the text is perfect for that.