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First published in 1937, this is the classic story of Little Elsie Piddock who can skip like never so. The High Skip, the Slow Skip, the Long Skip, the Skip against Trouble...Elsie Piddock learns them all. Soon she can even outskip the fairies on Mount Caburn and is rewarded with a gift of rare and lasting value - a magical skipping rope - that many years later, helps her to thwart an unpleasant landowner threatening to deny access to the hallowed skipping ground. This edition of the uplifting fairy story is the only illustrated version available, the Eleanor Farjeon Estate deeming Charlotte Voake the only illustrator who could do the story justice.
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Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965) was one of the most important children's writers of the twentieth century. In 1956 she was awarded both the Carnegie Medal and the Hans Christian Andersen International Medal. In her honour, a prize bearing her name is now awarded annually. Charlotte Voake is one of the most acclaimed contemporary children's book creators and has been shortlisted for the Kurt Maschler Award four times. Her books include Ginger, its prequel Ginger Finds a Home (9781406312706) and Pizza Kittens (9780744598100), winner of the 2002 Smarties Book Prize Silver Award. She lives in Woking, Surrey.From School Library Journal:
Kindergarten-Grade 3-Farjeon's story, originally published in her collection Martin Pippin in the Daisy-Field (Lippincott, 1937), makes a lovely picture book. Elsie Piddock is a remarkable child, a born skipper. Andy-Spandy, the fairies' Skipping Master, bestows her with a magic skipping rope. As years pass, Elsie Piddock's name becomes just a legend around Mount Caburn, until an evil Lord threatens the skipping grounds and she returns, a lady of 109, to save the day with her magical skipping. First republished with Voake's illustrations in 1997, that edition had a small trim size and 61 pages, making it just right for independent readers. The artist has created new illustrations for this edition, in watercolor and ink. Emphasizing the green in her pastel palette and using sketchy lines and broad strokes, she captures the fairy-tale English countryside and its inhabitants in spot art or full-spread compositions. Though long, this edition is the perfect format for family reading. For those too young for Harry Potter, Elsie Piddock's heroism makes a far more enchanting tale.
Nina Lindsay, Oakland Public Library, CA
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Book Description Paperback. Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Seller Inventory # GOR003109055
Book Description Walker, 2008. Paperback. Condition: Good. Ex Library Book with usual stamps and stickers. Good condition book. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Seller Inventory # mon0008621308