STORIES BY FIRELIGHT by Shirley Hughes

STORIES BY FIRELIGHT

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Age Range: 4 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Another beguiling thematic collection: poems; stories-- including a story-within-a-story in which a child convalescing with her mother's artist friend Morag explores a rocky coast, gets on quietly with her own drawing while Morag works, and enjoys Morag's tale of a selkie wife; a wordless ``Midwinter Night's Dream'' in which a young somnambulist sees all kinds of benign fantastical creatures lurking around his home; three fine Christmas entries, notably a British barmaid's harried response to ``A couple requiring a meal and a bed'' (``It's the wrong time of year, as I've already said;/I'd help if I could, with her in that state,/But I'm rushed off my feet and we're so understaffed...''). Best, once again, are Hughes's marvelous illustrations--the glowing lamplight, the gloom brightened by an occasional sunset, the characters observed with matchless wit and affection. As welcome as a cozy blaze on a raw winter day. (Picture book/Young reader. 4-10)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-688-04568-5
Page count: 64pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 1993




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