A brand new adventure, based on the world created by Jill Barklem but aimed at a younger audience with contemporary illustrations, and featuring the fearless Wilbur and his friend Primrose.There has been a flood in Brambly Hedge and Wilfred and Primrose are indoors playing hide-and-squeak with their new friends, Horace the Vole, and his baby sister, Sissy.Sissy is hiding inside a little basket boat, tied up outisde the front door. It's tiring work waiting to be found and Sissy soon falls asleep... just as the boat's rope comes loose...What can the hedgerow friends do to rescue little Sissy?An exciting adventure full of drama, warmth and charm.
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Jill Barklem was born in Epping in 1951. After an accident when she was thirteen, Jill was unable to take part in PE or games at school and instead developed her talent for drawing and art. On leaving school, she studied illustration at St Martin's in London before creating the enchanting world of Brambly Hedge. Jill lives in Epping, Essex.From Booklist:
PreS-K. Jill Barklem's Brambly Hedge picture books recorded the lives of Victorian-era mice residing in an English hedgerow. Evidently the first in a new series "based on the world created by Jill Barklem," this picture book is twice the size of the earlier ones. It features large-scale illustrations suitable for sharing with groups and a shorter text designed for shorter attention spans. When the stream by their house overflows its banks and floods their neighbors' home, young Wilfred and his mouse family invite the Voles to stay with them. The children play "Hide-and-Squeak" together, but little Sissy falls asleep in a basket boat, which drifts downstream. Wilfred and his friend Horace set off on their raft to find her. While this book lacks the cozy format of the original small volumes, it offers a good story, appealing watercolor artwork, and a certain bucolic charm reminiscent of Barklem's other books and even The Wind in the Willows. Recommended for children and adults who enjoy the comfortable sort of adventure story, feel the call of the English countryside, or just like the thought of messing about in boats. Carolyn Phelan
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Book Description HarperCollins Children's Books, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 7184123
Book Description HarperCollins Children's Books, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110007184123