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The Squirrel Wife Hardcover – 1 Oct 2007


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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (1 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406300519
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406300512
  • Product Dimensions: 27 x 0.9 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,651,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philippa Pearce spent her childhood in Cambridgeshire and was the youngest of four children of a flour-miller. The village, the river, and the countryside in which she lived appear more or less plainly in Minnow on the Say and Tom's Midnight Garden.

She later went on to study English and History at Cambridge University. She worked for the BBC as a scriptwriter and producer, and then in publishing as an editor. She wrote many books including the Modern Classic, Tom's Midnight Garden, for which she won the Carnegie Medal. She was also awarded an OBE for services to Children's Literature.

Sadly, Philippa died in 2006, at the age of 86.

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About the Author

Philippa Pearce (1920-2006) was a scriptwriter-producer for the BBC, a children's book editor, a lecturer and freelance writer for radio and newspapers, as well as the author of some of the best-loved children's books of the twentieth century. She won a Carnegie Medal for Tom's Midnight Garden and the Whitbread Prize for The Battle of Bubble and Squeak. Wayne Anderson is an acclaimed illustrator. His titles include the international bestseller Dragonology, as well as A Fish Wish and Moondog, both of which were longlisted for the 2006 Kate Greenaway Medal. He lives in Leicester with his family.

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A story with the timeless quality of a folk-tale, with lovely illustrations. A book to enjoy again and again;
a bed-time story that parent and child will love equally.
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Utterly Tragic Ending (for Lots of Reasons) 29 Aug. 2012
By L. Olcott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
My 5 y/o daughter was enjoying hearing this story until we came to the ending. Then she looked up at me with tears brewing in her eyes and said...

***** SPOILER ALERT ***** SPOILER ALERT *****

"Why doesn't she love the forest anymore?"

The ending is heartbreaking for anyone who loves nature and wild beauty. The underlying messages are equally tragic. Yet again, a man is put in charge of making decisions about the fate of a woman and Nature without understanding the consequences of his decisions. Also, the proof that the Squirrel Wife had become a "real, human woman" was that she was afraid of the woods and hated the wilderness. Are these the messages we really want to transmit to our kids - that real women are afraid of nature, that men should make decisions for women without asking them first to find out what they want? While the storylines of sacrifice and love being rewarded are truly positive messages, the last few pages undo all the good the rest of the book tried to do.
A new classic fairytale 6 Dec. 2008
By Hum Books - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a really good fairytale, that reinforces goodness. I really liked the artwork as well as the story. My 4 yr old and 7 yr old both enjoy hearing this story. You will like it!
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