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Lost in a snowstorm on an English heath on Christmas Eve, Liddy and Will meet the magical and mysterious Wee Mary Fever, who summons St. Nick himself to take them home.
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As an author's note explains, "reddle" (a red clay) was sold in centuries past in rural England by simple folk to farmers who used it for marking sheep. Here, a brother and sister lost on the heath during a blizzard on Christmas Eve are rescued by a "reddlewoman." She uses magic to summon St. Nick, who sees the children safely home. Lewis writes with the pen of an angel; his imagery (a "ragged tooth sky," "a violent snowstorm... bucketing out the sky," "horses [that] whisper steam in their stalls") is sheer beauty. And the snow-softened landscapes and shadowy interiors of Kelley's moody, expressive pastels create a setting worthy of the tale. Ages 5-up.-- whisper steam in their stalls") is sheer beauty. And the snow-softened landscapes and shadowy interiors of Kelley's moody, expressive pastels create a setting worthy of the tale. Ages 5-up.
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Ages 4-8. On a wild, snowy Christmas Eve, two lost children are sheltered by a mysterious old woman on the English heath. They fear she's the scary reddlewoman they've heard tell about, but she cares for them and, with the help of St. Nicholas, sees them safely home. The St. Nicholas character doesn't seem integral to the story (perhaps because the point of view switches for a while from that of the children to that of the adults), but Lewis' story combines the casual intimacy of the oral tradition with a vividly poetic imagery ("It was said in the long-tongued towns that she had a heart of iron and a bloodred face as wrinkled as the sea"). The framed, soft pastel illustrations convey the mystery and the coziness of the strange outsider, the reddlewoman, who lives somewhere between dream, legend, and home. Hazel Rochman
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Book Description Dial, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0803715668
Book Description Dial, 1994. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0803715668