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Five tales, where the heroines come from different countries around the world - England, Ireland, Norway, the Ukraine and Egypt. But Mary, Fionna, Kari, Maruysa and Zaina have one very important quality in common: they are all very smart. Afraid of nothing, alive to everything, these girls can outwit anyone - a crafty king, a mean old farmer, an angry squire, a sultan's son and a ghost. All the stories are based on old folk-tales. Robert Leeson's books include "It's My Life", "Jan Alone" as well as five stories about Grange Hill school, based on the popular television series. In 1985 he received the Eleanor Farjeon Award for his services to children's literature.
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Robert Leeson (1928-2013) wrote many books for children, including Smart Girls (shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize), Smart Girls Forever, The Adventures of Idle Jack, Lucky Lad and Why Is the Cow On the Roof? He also wrote five stories about Grange Hill school, based on characters from the popular 1980s TV series, and ran writing workshops for children; in 1985 he received the Eleanor Farjeon Award for his services to children's literature.Axel Scheffler is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed illustrator of some of the most well-loved children's books, most famously The Gruffalo, written by Julia Donaldson. His books have been published in many languages and his work has been exhibited all around the world.
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Book Description Walker Books, UK, 1993. Hardback. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good Unclipped. Axel Scheffler (illustrator). First. Very good clean tight book; no inscriptions etc. One 8cm unrepaired tear to base of page 25 but not across text. Jacket is very good unclipped - has a few faint marks inside at base. Illustrated in b/w by Axel Scheffler (of Gruffalo fame), these five traditional folk - tales, sparklingly retold, will delight smart girls everywhere - and boys, too, if they're smart enough to take a look! Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Children. Seller Inventory # 010630