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Polly and the Wolf Again Paperback – 1 Apr 2011

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Jane Nissen Books (1 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903252385
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903252383
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 0.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 360,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Catherine Storr (1913-2001) was an English children's writer, best known for her novel Marianne Dreams and for the Clever Polly series. She was born in London, and attended St Paul's Girls' School, and went on to study English literature at Newnham College, Cambridge. She tried unsuccessfully to become a novelist but without giving up this ambition she studied medicine, qualifying as a doctor in 1944. She worked at the Middlesex Hospital. Afterwards, while regularly producing new children's books, she also worked as an editorial assistant for Penguin Books, from 1966 to the early seventies.
She married in 1942 and had had three daughters. She divorced in 1970 and remarried the economist Lord Balogh (1905-1985).

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CLEVER POLLY AND THE STUPID WOLF is one of the best, most reassuring children's books ever. It's about a child who persistently outwits a stupid, hungry wolf, and this sequel (which I didn'#t know existed) is re-issued by the wonderful Jane Nissen Books. Wolf is furious at being described as stupid, but once again all his plans fail. Dying himself reddish brown (because foxes in fairy tales are always clever), disguising himself as Father Christmas and even leaping into Polly's garden to eat her fail. So, thankfully, does his kidnap of Polly's little sister Lucy who is as imperious and impossible as most small children. Storr, a psychiatrist,probably did more good to children's sanity and self-confidence through these stories than a life-time of analysis.
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My eight-year-old daughter requested that I read this to her, as she's already got "Clever Polly And The Stupid Wolf." It's a delicious collection of short stories from 1957, with a reading age of 7+ years.

The wolf wants to eat Polly. Polly is polite and considerate and caring - she even buys the wolf an ice cream - but she is nobody's fool. Anything the wolf tries, Polly has the perfect comeback. The wolf keeps inventing new and crazy schemes, such as disguising himself as Father Christmas in a department store, but Polly foils him every time. However, it's not always easy. There are a few times when Polly actually does feel a bit genuinely worried that she will not be successful, and will get eaten. And an imperious little three-year-old sister, Lucy, is now introduced into their world, with the final story ("The Kidnapping") being the best in the whole book: the wolf kidnaps Lucy to eat her instead - only to be begging Polly to come and retrieve her a few hours later.

The stories are mostly written as a series of dialogue exchanges between the wolf and Polly, with a quick and rapid rhythm. I sense the author was a highly intelligent woman, and she was using the wolf to express her general frustration with very ignorant and arrogant people. Polly is thankful that the wolf is so ignorant and arrogant, because that is what she turns against him - but such characters can do a lot of damage in the real world. Beware of wolves.......
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Why oh why didn't I know of this book as I child in the 70s???? My daughter was given this to read in Year one at Infant school (2014). She shares the same name as the heroine so it was especially special to her. A love of the book ensued and we read this over and over for about two months. (We have the first one too). I bet it fell out of popularity in schools in the 70s, 80s, 90s as its rather a scary theme, a wolf who tries over and over to catch a little girl called Polly. Polly always out-betters him. I wish I had her cleverness and wit! Cracking good stuff. A family heirloom methinks.
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The two Polly books are wonderful - whimsical, intelligent, not in any way patronising. Best suited to be read to a child ages 5 upwards - adults also are amused.
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Loved the Poly books when I was a kid. Now the time has come to read them to my own kids, but there are no Kindle versions...
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