As a little girl who lived, as Elsie herself did, in the village of Glynde under Mount Caburn, I was delighted by this old fashioned fairy story when I first encountered it in the 1960s at around the age of seven. It was a story in my favourite book, the original Puffin edition of, "Martin Pippin in the Daisy Field." I never managed to "skip as never so", but the story added to the enchantment of childhood and gave a deeper level of affection to the view of Mount Caburn from my home, and the pleasure of a walk home from school across the downs.
I was again delighted to discover that this new book has been published, (and will be buying it for my goddaughter.) I hope that the illustrations do justice to the little flint village itself, a real place, still unspoilt, a couple of miles from Glyndebourne.
For those who enjoy this book, particularly the "child who is Sussex born" I recommend that you seek out the two Martin Pippin books, - "in the Daisy Field" and "in the Apple Orchard." Martin Pippin tells stories to six little girls in the first, and their six mothers in the other, all relating to real places in Sussex. Another favourite was the one about the seven sisters and their adopted nephew, the dirty little chimney sweep who wanted to be the tallest man in the world like his white aunties. I am now the proud possessor of charming old hardback editions, since my old Puffin book fell to pieces long ago.