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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Tale of Nostalgia, 3 Feb. 2013
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Michael Morpurgo writes in the way of an author who puts his 'heart and soul' into his stories directed at children. Of course, his readership may well be full of youngsters but the way he delivers his memories rekindle those of an older generation. Thus 'Homecoming'. How many of us have revisited our old grounds where our foundations were laid only to find reality changes wrapped up in progress have left only reminiscences? Michael returns to his childhood home of Bradwell that he has not seen for 50 years. He recalls his childhood memories as he walks along.

A 'stone's throw from the sea' are the Stebbing sisters, the authoritarian Colonel Burton and Bully Burton who threw him into the brambles to steal his lemon sherbets. His overiding memory is of the genuine and loveable Mrs Pettigrew whose life story centres around her Pullman railway carriage home, her dogs and donkey. A character to warm to. A nuclear power station threatens the environment. Mrs Pettigrew is strongly against it on environmental grounds. Her community less so. Michael's entry into his dreamworld rapidly evaporates as the scenery has altered dramatically. Not surprisingly, he encounters few who can cover half a century of Bradwell's history . Mrs Pettigrew is remembered as an oriental eccentric.

Michael Morpurgo has again written a childrens' tale with a theme that is almost more relevant to an adult audience. Go back at your peril or cherish the memories. Wonderful craftmanship. Suggest age 7-70+. Brilliant illustrations from Peter Bailey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Touching Book!, 10 Mar. 2013
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I have read this book quite a few times. It is about a boy named Michael and his childhood home and an interesting woman called Mrs Pettigrew and how their lives are going to be changed by building a nuclear power station. Michael is a very affectionate boy who stays on Mrs Pettigrew's side trying to help her out of her misery. It is truly amazing how Mrs Pettigrew tells her own side of the story. I would highly recommend this book for children of my age,7-8 yrs.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Memories of Childhood, 5 July 2012
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This short story first appeared in the short story collection, Singing for Mrs Pettigrew: A Story-maker's Journey, and tells the story of a man returning to the village of his childhood.
As the man walks along he recalls the vivid memories of his friendship with Mrs Pettigrew, a quirky lady from the village. He recalls the visits to Mrs Pettigrew's idyllic home by the sea, and how everything changed when the decision was made to build a Nuclear power station.
With lovely colour illustrations to emphasise the story, this is a tale about happy and sad memories, and the effects of change over time.
This book is aimed at readers age 7 and over, but I think the majority of Morpurgo's books are enjoyed by young and old alike. Adult readers, like myself, will appreciate this touching and tender read, which is inspired by the author's own childhood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb book for children, 4 Sept. 2014
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Ideal book for children with wonderful pictures to be enjoyed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 9 Dec. 2014
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Usual excellent stories from this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 19 Sept. 2014
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Excellent text.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 24 Sept. 2014
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Brilliant
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