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A Necklace Of Raindrops Hardcover – 5 Nov 2009

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  • Hardcover: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape (5 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224083805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224083805
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 1.5 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Magic has never been more elegantly shaped than in these effervescent short stories . . . The flight of imagination is delicately captured in Jan Pienkowski's accompanying silhouettes" (Julia Eccleshare Guardian)

"A Necklace of Raindrops is something that should be on every child's shelf" (Amanda Craig The Times)

"A little dark and often surreal" (Lydia Fulton Financial Times)

"Jan Pienkowski, whose magical silhouttes were never so finely matched as with the wonderful Joan Aiken's fine short stories . . . A treat" (Evening Standard)

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A beautiful new edition of Joan Aiken's captivating collection of much-loved modern fairytales, now reissued with Jan Pienkowski's original and iconic silhouette illustrations.

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One of the best possible books to give to a child, made even more magical by the exquisite silhoueete pictures of the Polish artist Jan Pienkowski. The ifrst story, about a little gilr, Laura, who gets the North Wind as her godfather after her own father untangles him, is one of the best. Laura gets a new raindrop each with a magical power to do with water (not getting wet in the rain, beoing able to make the rain stop etc) but when she takes it to school a wicked girl steals it. How Laura gets the necklace back and finds new friends is perfect. The other stories also delightful. Also thoroughly recommend Tales of A one-Way Street and A Harp of Fishbones. Older children will adore the WOlves of Willoughby Chase sequence
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Amanda Craig's right - Jan Pienkowski's illustrations are truly magical, which makes it unbelievable that they'd be replaced by the bland ones of this edition.
Joan Aiken's stories are perfect bedtime reading - both adult and child. They're exhilirating tales of good and evil, but tinged with an other worldliness that makes it impossible to be anything other than completely captivated. Needless to say, this is a damn fine book and you'd be an idiot not to get hold of a copy. Just try and get the Pienkowski illustrated version: they really play up to the text and make reading these lovely stories even more of a pleasure.
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I've been a primary school teacher for twenty five years and this has to be the all time number one favourite at story time! Children never seem to tire of it. The stories have a magical quality to them appealing to ages 5/6 upwards. The title story is the best one of the collection and has proved the most popular story in the book, but the others are still very good.
If you're new to teaching (especially Years 2 and 3) buy this book! You'll have your class in the palm of your hand!
Mums and Dads - brilliant bedtime stories - magical without being scary!
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This really is the most wonderful book. Joan Aitkin's stories combined with the mystical, beautiful illustrations by Jan Pienkowski really are unforgettable, I read them 20 yrs ago when I was small and they made such an impression, I can't recommend this enough!
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'Necklace of Raindrops' is an extremely endearing collection of children's stories by Joan Aiken. Joan Aiken is a wonderful story teller who takes you on journeys across the oceans and across the skies (on pies). There's plenty in 'Necklace of Raindrops' to capture the imaginations of both child and adult. Definitely a treasured addition to any bookshelf.
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Great book, I remembered this book as a child from the library and sought it out online, it's been over 30 years since I last read it so it really stood out for me. The stories are serious and well written and short enough for a bedtime read. I remembered all the stories instantly on reading the book again it was a real delight and now I can read it as often as I like.
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As a child I wrote to JA (and got a friendly reply!) saying that she was my favourite author. Now I am rereading her books with my son and I remember why.
Her stories are not only full of wonder but also full of beauty, so rarely found in children's books. They are enthralling without being 'thrilling' and I still just love them. So does my 7 year old son, who struggles with nearly all modern books, which always seem to have to be scarey or provocative.
One End Street is also fantastic for this age group.
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As a teacher, I have read these stories to appreciative children throughout my career and was upset when my original copy went missing. How pleased I was to find a clean, second hand copy so reasonably priced. Delighted and relieved to have it back on my bookshelf! Delivery was quick and efficient.
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