These beautiful stories from Jennifer Rees Larcombe capture the adventures of childhood, but also the difficulties, bringing children to a realisation of where strength can be found. AUNTIE PEGGY'S WINDMILL is the story of two children and their holidays with their eccentric aunt. She burns the toast and feeds them chocolate biscuits for breakfast, but she also teaches them about why she talks to God. THE PARK PEOPLE follows on as a collection of stories which revolve around the children who live near the park. With all kinds of lovely characters (Hetty the horrible dog, Alice whose Mum paints pictures and Sam who nearly has an unhappy birthday, etc.), the children learn how God can help them even with their most difficult problems.
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It's hard to imagine US children responding enthusiastically to this heavy-handed series of short stories with a strong British flavor. In ``Auntie Peggy's Windmill,'' an eccentric aunt steps in to care for her niece and nephew when their parents are injured in an automobile accident. Odd but good-hearted, Auntie Peggy engages in ongoing conversations with God that serve to encourage the children and, ultimately their parents, to become believers in the efficacy of prayer. ``The Park People'' details the interactions of children and adults who live in a semi-circle of homes facing a small park area. Each of these stories tackles a real problem, from bullying to childhood depression, but they are inhabited by shallow characters, and resolved simplistically. (Fiction. 6-9) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Bookseller Inventory # GOR002777463
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