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Alfie Gives A Hand [Paperback]

Shirley Hughes
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5 Aug 2004 Alfie (Book 3)
Alfie has been invited to his best friend Bernard's tea party. He's very excited about the games and nice things to eat, but he's not sure about going on his own. So he takes his special blanket, just in case. At the party, Alfie soon makes a new friend and finds a way to be helpful, but it means putting down his blanket first . . .

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox; New edition edition (5 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009925607X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099256076
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 0.4 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 966,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shirley was born in West Kirby, near Liverpool, and studied fashion and dress design at Liverpool Art School, before continuing her studies at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford. She then embarked on a career as a freelance illustrator in London, where she still lives today. She illustrated other writers' work, including Noel Streatfeild, Alison Uttley, Ian Seraillier, Margaret Mahy and notably Dorothy Edwards's My Naughty Little Sister series. Shirley began to write and draw her own picture books when her children were young.

Her first book - Lucy and Tom's Day - was published in 1960, and she followed it with, among others, Dogger and the Alfie series. Shirley Hughes has won the Other Award, the Eleanor Farjeon Award, and the Kate Greenaway Medal for Illustration twice, for Dogger in 1977 and for Ella's Big Chance in 2003. In 2007 Dogger was voted the public's favourite Greenaway winner of all time. Shirley received an OBE in 1999 for services to Children's Literature.

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"There's just something so reassuring about Hughes' colourful drawings of the day-to-day activities that you know inside out . . . words and pictures merge seamlessly . . . Hughes is a magical storyteller with an instinctive understanding of the mind of the pre-schooler . . . she makes the ordinary extraordinary" (Guardian)

"Shirley Hughes is a national treasure" (Philip Pullman)

"Hughes' perceptive eye captures the expressions and feelings of small children perfectly" (Scotsman) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Join Alfie and his baby sister, Annie Rose, in this classic Alfie tale reissued with a dynamic, eye-catching new cover. (2003-10-17)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Alfie goes to his first birthday party - without mum! He ends up helping a little girl who's even more worried than him, and feels very proud of himself. My 3-year old daughter has asked for this every night for months! I love the just-right detail of the words and illustrations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another classic story from my childhood 17 Feb 2010
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When I was a little girl, one of my favourite stories took place at a birthday party where a girl got upset when a bubble burst, and this is the one. As with 'Dogger,' about three illustrations in this edition don't appear in 'The Shirley Hughes Collection.' I am starting to read as many of Shriley's books as possible at the moment and this is probably the best Alfie story so far. As Alfie's boisterous best friend Bernard shows off at the paty, Alfie holds onto his blanket but will he or won't he put it down? This is a good example of Shirley's work where she expresses her characters very well. 5/5.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review from Year 1 children at packmoor 13 Nov 2009
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We like this book, beacuse we like Alfie. We did think that Bernard was mean when he popped Min's bubble and threw the crayons in the air.
We liked it when Alfie was kind to the girl. We would recommend this book to anybody. Even the teacher enjoyed reading it!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alfie Gives a hand 18 Sep 2009
Really lovely book, was pleasantly surprised!! My son who has only just turned two also really enjoyed it. I think because he had only just had his 2nd bday it was fresh in his mind what happens, with party games, blowing bubbles, opening presents, party food, birthday cake etc. Very well written in a lovely traditional way... just about to buy a further 4 more of Alfies' books by Shirley Hughes!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alfie gives a hand 27 Nov 2013
Perfect condition delivered on time, What else needs saying in a busy life. I got exactly what I ordered and am very pleased.
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