THE SILVER CURLEW by Eleanor Farjeon
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If you're looking for one- here's a real fairy tale with magic spells, animal spirits, and a flowing turn of phrase that recreates its sea-swept, moon-swept setting. In Norfolk, England long ago (the costumes in Ernest Shepard's wispy drawings look late 18th century) when Nollekens was king, Poll the miller's daughter and Charles Moon the fisherman rescue a wounded curlew which legend says could be the Lady in the Moon. When Poll's sister Doll marries Nollekens- with the aid of a wood spirit whose name she must guess- or else!- Poll and Charlee, who turns out to be the Man in the Moon, and the curlew, break the spell for an ending happy enough to make spirits soar. Eleanor Farjeon is known for her Poems for Children and Kings and Queens, a collection of biographical sketches. Sure fire for reading aloud too.

Pub Date: April 9th, 1954
Publisher: Viking