"Once upon a time, there was a king who had seven children." So begins this rediscovered treasure by A. A. Milne, never before published in picture-book form.
After having six sons, the King and his Queen are finally blessed with a daughter. But a fairy bestows a gift upon the newborn princess: "Let Daffodil the gardens fill. Wherever you go, flowers shall grow." Soon young Daffodil begins to walk, dotting flowers across the King's favorite courtyard and the perfectly manicured paths. How is she finally able to run free and play like other children--without ruining the royal garden? Readers will be charmed to see how the little hill at the far end of the grounds becomes the Magic Hill, not only for Princess Daffodil but for all the boys and girls of the countryside.
Isabel Bodor Brown, whose family has shared this tale for three generations, here offers lighthearted ink-and-wash illustrations that make this a wonderful gift book for readers of all ages.
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A. A. Milne (1882-1956) is best known for creating the beloved character Winnie-the-Pooh.
Isabel Bodor Brown lives in La Jolla, California.
Kindergarten-Grade 3-This rediscovered original fairy tale, written in 1925, is full of charm and sly humor. Neither complex nor overtly moral, it delivers its own sweet vision of childhood where play is as pleasant as a freshly picked flower. At her christening, Princess Daffodil's parents anxiously await a gift to be bestowed upon her by the Fairy Mumruffin. Will it be Beauty, Wisdom, or Goodness? No, it is that flowers will grow wherever their daughter goes. Upon the child's first birthday, the King returns from hunting to find flowers blooming on his pathways. He decrees that the Princess must be carried across all walkways and can play only in the flowerbeds. The forlorn child finds that the opposite is true for the other children, who are not allowed in the beds. Thus, when the Doctor finds her sorely in need of exercise, he advises, "although she is a Princess, she must do what other little girls do." The Queen finds a solution: a lovely little hill where the child can romp all day and the country children pick flowers come evening. The watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations define the characters with a light and airy touch. They are full of royal dignity as well as palpable pathos. Facial expressions bring humor and joy to the fore. Minute, loosely detailed flowers are radiant, and the neatly framed pages add to the overall appeal of this fanciful tale.
Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
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Book Description Dutton Juvenile, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Isabel Brown (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0525461477
Book Description Dutton Juvenile, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0525461477
Book Description Dutton Juvenile, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110525461477