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Miss Happiness and Miss Flower (Young Puffin Books) Paperback – 1 Jan 1971
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A charming story about friendship and family from one of our greatest ever storytellers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Rumer Godden was one of the UK’s most distinguished authors. She wrote many well-known and much-loved books for both adults and children, including The Story of Holly and Ivy and The Dolls' House. Her children’s novel, The Diddakoi, won the Whitbread Children’s Book Award in 1972.
She was awarded the OBE in 1993 and died in 1998, aged ninety.
Gary Blythe is a successful illustrator best-known for The Whale Song , which won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Award, and I Believe in Unicorns by Michael Morpurgo. He lives in Merseyside.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
It's so sad that both these books are out of print. I really hope that generations of children to come will be handed battered copies.
The book is informative, beautifully written, and heartwarming. Every child deserves a copy of it.
"Miss Happiness and Miss Flower" is the story of Nona, a young girl who moves from India to live with her aunt, uncle and cousins, distant relatives who she barely knows. Poor Nona is finding it hard to fit in- Britain is so strange and she is incredibly homesick. Her cousin Belinda also isn't very welcoming which makes Nona very sad. One day a parcel arrives in the post addressed to her and her cousin Belinda from their great aunt, and inside are two beautiful Japanese dolls. It is through these dolls that Nona gradually gets over her homesickness, for she knows the dolls must be homesick too. She researches their country and eventually builds them a Japanese house with the help of her new family and friends- learning a little bit about Japanese culture in the process.
As I've said, this is a wonderful little book and is so sweetly inspiring as Nona sets about making the house for her new friends, going so far as to stage the tiny table with Japanese meals and dolls house bowls (no plates!) filled with threads and grass to look like rice and bamboo. The details and authenticity created around the house itself sound so wonderful and is truly heart-warming.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a book I read as a child and it was fantastic to see it back in print, love it, and would highly recommend it.Published 18 months ago by Mrs M Clark
I first read this book over forty five years ago and had forgotten how intriguing it was then; it still invokes powerful imagery of Japan and being a child- I'm certain a new... Read morePublished on 19 Feb. 2015 by AmAuntie Janeazon Customer
I love this as a child and love it still as an adult, it began my lifelong love of all things Japanese and especially haiku. I would recommend this to anyone.Published on 12 Oct. 2014 by Trumbley Madly Deeply
I read this as a child, several times. I remember going to the library and getting it out at least three times. Read morePublished on 24 Mar. 2014 by TC
Very fast and efficient delivery thank you. This brought back my childhood memories, must have read this book at least 10 times, such a wonderful story, loved it!Published on 17 July 2013 by S. NAKONECZNYJ