TESSIE'S CARAVAN by Princilla Warner


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Priscilla Warner's last book, Picture Come True, (1952, p. 405) was in the same vein as this- of pre-teen, English countryside girlhood adventures, all of them- whether cookie making or house-buying- dreadfully exciting, to Tessie at any rate. Tessie Silver and her family who have moved south from the Midlands because of her father's illness, are happily surrounded by their house, garden, small farm, interesting neighbors. When crotchety Miss Phillips sells some of her estate, Tessie acquires the caravan in which Miss Phillip's father had run a small bookmobile, and by rejuvenating it and recalling some of the past, Tessie awakens a new interest in life for Miss Phillips. There is a mutual interest in drawing. Details that background the picture are an art scholarship that Tessie first loses, then wins- and the scholarship's donor, Mr. Foster, who meets and falls in love with Miss Phillips. There's a warm quality to it all and the author's drawings, though a bit filled in and heavy, have the warmth too.

Pub Date: April 8th, 1953
Publisher: Doubleday