Valerie, a lonely little girl, yearns for a friend, a wish that is answered when a statue in the park magically comes to life, but their friendship is threatened when the mysterious boy, Cherubino, vanishes.
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Shirley Hughes has written more than 200 books, creating enduring characters like Alfie and Dogger, who have thrilled children and adults alike with their tales of growing up and everyday discovery. Her many awards include the Kate Greenaway Medal and the prestigious Eleanor Farjeon Award for her services to children's literature.From Kirkus Reviews:
A storybook with echoes of Frances Hodgson Burnett--absentee parents, a lonely girl, an orphan who blossoms while working in a garden, children who meet clandestinely, away from the governess's eyes--from Hughes, who illustrated an edition of The Secret Garden: all the elements of an old-fashioned read, but precious and out-of-date. This lengthy fantasy is set in Italy in the early part of this century, where Valerie is guarded by her governess. Her father tends the hotels and restaurants he owns; her mother lives for parties. After Valerie communes with a statue of a boy on a dolphin, the boy comes to life, taking the name Cherubino and revealing himself to be the son of a sea god. Disgusted by the conditions of the seaside, Cherubino leaves to take his place as a god of the sea, but he and Valerie are certain they will meet again. Hughes's illustrations of Italian architecture and landscapes are delightful, but children may not be engrossed by the travelogue-style descriptions: ``a great, white palace set among palm trees and lush foliage, its domes and pinnacles melting into the blue haze.'' An obvious labor of love, the story has so many disparate components--Valerie's solitude, Cherubino as a stranger to be shunned, an ecological message about the cluttered seaside, romance, enchantment--that readers can't settle into it, or even believe in the connection between the two children. (Fiction. 5-8) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Lothrop Lee & Shepard, New York, New York, U. S. A., 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. Valerie, the only child of wealthy parents, has everything she could ever need - except companionship. Her best friend is a statue of a boy riding a dolphin in a park near her home. One day she leans into his hear and whispers "I love you, and I am going to give you a name. I christen you Cherubino. " And magically, the boy comes to life. They are inseparable friends until Cherubino disappears. Who is the boy released from stone? Will Valerie ever see him again? The sweeping illustrations are inspired by summers spent painting in Italy, and are filled with light and love and all the magic of a classic. The endpapers are beautiful, front and back different.; 4to - over 9Â¾ - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 003586
Book Description Lothrop Lee & Shepard, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0688145973
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110688145973
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0688145973 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1980891