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Bessie, a little girl who does not believe in magic or fairies, becomes friends with old Mrs. Leaf, a friendship that lasts through the years, but while Bessie grows old and ages, something strange happens to Mrs. Leaf.
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Grade 2-3-- Young Bessie lives a rather dismal life, growing up in a prewar English mill town. She has no real friends, and there is no magic to her life, certainly no fairies. That is, until she meets Mrs. Daisy Leaf, the old woman who lives next door. Mrs. Leaf believes in a sort of parallel universe in which fairies slip in and out on occasion. In fact, suggests Mrs. Leaf, perhaps she herself is a fairy who slipped through and couldn't find her way back. Their friendship grows, and as Bessie ages, Daisy gets younger. By the time Bessie marries, she and Daisy look to be about the same age. Bessie's husband is killed in the war, and the friends become closer than ever. Finally, at the story's end, Bessie is the old woman, Daisy a young girl. Despite the oddities about Daisy, Bessie just never makes the connection. Visually, this is a rather bleak presentation. The colored pencil illustrations are often dreary, the characters too sharp and angular. On vacation at the seashore, the text describes Bessie, her husband, and Daisy having had wonderful times, yet the illustration includes an unidentified young boy. There are other inconsistencies as well. In all, this is a fairy tale with no magic.
- Denise L. Moll, Lone Pine School, Bloomfield Hills, MI
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A sweet, whimsical tale set in one of Britain's uglier mill towns. As a girl, Bessie gets to know neighbor Mrs. Leaf when the old woman invites her to tea and tells her fascinating things about magic (``Have you ever had a magic moment? A summer afternoon when the sky's so warm the world stops...'') and the fairies (``Why, even I might be a fairy''). Bessie soon learns better than to share these revelations with her friends, but she treasures them. As Bessie grows up, marries, is widowed, and is finally old herself, Mrs. Leaf (now called Daisy) grows correspondingly younger until their appearances have reversed. ``Maybe old friends never notice the changes in each other.'' There's an evanescent meaning here, not to be pinned down but still as real as imagination. Ross, whose art often serves boisterous hilarity, extends his range with evocative glimpses of the dreary factory town and the course of the long, poignant friendship. Touching and unusual. (Young reader/Picture book. 4- 10) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Little Brown, Boston, 1991. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Ross, Tony (illustrator). Orig pub by Andersen Press. Store label in back. An original fairy tale set in a gloomy English mill town. Seller Inventory # 2630
Book Description Little Brown & Co (Juv), 1992. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1st US. Seller Inventory # DADAX0316757500
Book Description Little Brown & Co, 1992. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0316757500
Book Description Little Brown & Co, 1992. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110316757500