THE TEASPOON TREE by Mary B. Palmer

THE TEASPOON TREE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A unique afternoon journey into the world of fantasy comes to life as Andulasia sets out in search of the teaspoon tree. During the afternoon hours stolen exclusively for solitary wanderings, the little girl had explored the woods and a world of people and animals ""who treat her as a person, not as somebody who is going to be one later on"". Mr. Mole for instance might bore her with 49 uninteresting things, but the fiftieth is sure to be a winner. Through him Andulasia first learns of the remarkable teaspoon tree. Her journey reveals many secrets and contains many adventures, some funny, some harassing -- all tempered by this heroine's good sense. The first lap takes her to the elegant lady who names things. From the mad pace of the Commuting Animal (always on the go between places) to the secluded world of the Antiquarian, Andulasia travels her route, which ends back at Mr. Mole's hideaway and offers the little girl a particular and new kind of wisdom. The framework for Miss Palmer's tale is hardly original but the adventures she has chosen for her heroine are certainly refreshing. The major flaw lies in a format which initially will appeal to children too young to appreciate the content.

Pub Date: Feb. 25th, 1963
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin