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When a greedy king wakes up one morning, everything he owns has gone - blown across the bay to neighbouring Naples. When a poor and humble washerwoman wakes up that same morning her back yard is full of things that simply were not there the night before. Soon the king and the washerwoman meet for the first time and from that moment both their lives magically change.
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Jeanette Winterson lives in Gloucestershire. She published her first novel, ORANGES ARE NOT THE ONLY FRUIT to international acclaim in 1985. This is Jeanette's second book for Bloomsbury, her first the adult novel, THE PASSION, was published in 1987. Jane Ray lives in London and this is her first book for Bloomsbury. Jane's previous books published by Orchard, Orion and Walker Books are amongst some of children's literature's favourite picture books.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 4--The gluttonous King of Capri bemoans the fact that he has "two hands but only one mouth." His advisor reminds him that his impoverished subjects can barely feed one. As bedtime approaches, the monarch, clad only in socks and a crown, hangs his food-stained clothes on the wash line. Meanwhile, across the bay in Naples, a poor washerwoman shares her meager dinner with her cat. That night the wind wreaks havoc and fortunes shift as objects are buffeted from the island to the city. The roles are reversed and the contrast between generosity and greed are made abundantly clear. Ray uses a sunlit Mediterranean palette to depict clustered port dwellings. The deeper shades of the aquamarine sea and sky heighten the brightness of the warm colors. The artist employs a variety of papers, a range of brush techniques, and miniature gold details to decorate the scenes, creating the rich layering of cloth and textures found in a palace or laundry. All's well that ends well, and a harmonious balance is achieved for both characters. With its selfish king, heart-of-gold laborer, and preponderance of fabrics, the story is reminiscent of Jeff Brumbeau's The Quiltmaker's Gift (Pfeifer-Hamilton, 1999). Predictable, but visually quite special.--Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
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Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2004. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110747563470
Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2004. Condition: New. Jane Ray (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0747563470