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An inspirational ramble of magical story (suits age 7-100),
This review is from: Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep (Paperback)
This is my favourite story by Eleanor Farjeon (so far).
It tells the story of a little girl who loves skipping and skips better than anyone else - but it tells so much more.
In it there is the sense of magic and wonder, the fight of right against wrong, the weak but courageous triumphing over the powerful bullying, a picture of the English country life and history, the importance of rights of way and a conviction that "the good that men do lives after them". The story-telling has a rambling nature that reminds me of the endless yarns my loquatious daughter used to spin (minus the plot) when she was little. There is also a pleasure in the savouring of unusual words (like the "old skipping rhyme" in the story) that repeat and echo through the pages. Oh, and something in it that almost makes you want to cry!
I immensely enjoyed reading this to children and children are enchanted by it.
A very special book.