SOMETHING SPECIAL by Emily Rodda
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SOMETHING SPECIAL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A ""Redfeather Book"" that is several cuts above the others in this new series--a deftly written Australian import. Helping her mother prepare for a rummage sale, Sam(antha) falls asleep and dreams that the previous owners of four of the garments tell her that these were ""something special""--the dress worn the night a young girl became engaged, a teacher's favorite standby, etc. Later, she sees each one purchased for a new life with a similar person--including a delightfully satirized, condescending old battle-ax who gets the ugly houndstooth suit, and the dear old gentleman who joyfully discovers the very robe his daughter gave away. An unusual story, beautifully structured and simply but gracefully told. Wisely, the publishers have retained the, flavor of many phrases such as ""All right lass, steady on""; among them, though, the unnecessary change to ""Mommy"" jars. Lively, realistic pencil drawings contribute to the attractive format.

Pub Date: Oct. 16th, 1989
Page count: 74pp
Publisher: Henry Holt