Search Results: "Philippa Pearce"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 20, 1987

"They should also be good for book-talking or reading aloud."
Short stories can be hard to sell to children, but this collection is worth pushing. Read full book review >

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THE WAY TO SATTIN SHORE by Philippa Pearce
Released: April 9, 1984

"The mystery is a cover, of sorts, for emotional and psychological baring that would otherwise be too much."
Here is Kate Tranter coming home from school in the January dusk—the first to come, because she is the youngest of her family." Read full book review >

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Released: April 16, 1979

"An active story, intensely felt, discerningly put, and irresistibly pictured."
That perennial source of child-misery—an uptight mother who's not sympathetic to pets, especially the ratty sort—is deftly and unblinkingly examined by Philippa Pearce, though the situation is too familiar, and the outcome too predictable, to yield one of her more memorable fictions. Read full book review >

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST by Philippa Pearce
Released: Oct. 20, 1972

"A beauty."
For Philippa Pearce's graceful retelling of the romantic 18th-century fairy tale, theatrical designer Barrett provides an atmospheric ultra-romantic 18th-century setting that reverberates with mystery. Read full book review >

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Released: April 14, 1986

"Several of the stories were originally written for the BBC."
Nine short stories focusing on real childhood concerns. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 25, 1958

"A retread-set in Albion."
A formula plot in a new locale. Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE GENTLEMAN by Philippa Pearce
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Perfectly unusual, perfectly lovely. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When the invalided Mr. Franklin engages Bet, his housekeeper's young granddaughter, to read aloud to no one in particular in the meadow outside his house, she soon discovers that she is, in fact, reading aloud to a mole—no ordinary mole, but a magicked mole, who has been cursed with eternal life and the capacity for human intelligence and speech. Read full book review >

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EMILY'S OWN ELEPHANT by Philippa Pearce
Released: Aug. 1, 1988

"Offbeat and engaging."
From a well-loved British author (Tom's Midnight Garden), a not-quite-believable story: Emily's father talks about cutting down the big trees around their country home, or tearing down the old shed, but Emily and her mother tell him that he just doesn't have enough to do; besides, they may come in handy. Read full book review >

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TOM'S MIDNIGHT GARDEN by Philippa Pearce
Released: Sept. 28, 1959

"Susan Einzig's sensitive black and white illustrations add another dimension to the intense aesthetic appeal of Tom's delicate flight into fancy."
The enchantment of a secret garden in which time dissolves like English mist permeates this lyrical story of young Tom's nightly return to Victorian days, to Hatty, and to the house of secrets. Read full book review >

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THE SQUIRREL WIFE by Philippa Pearce
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Atmospheric in art and writing both, Pearce's posthumous offering is equally suited to reading alone or aloud. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A folkloric tale of the deep woods, written years ago for a radio broadcast and outfitted here with elaborate, richly textured illustrations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 24, 1973

"Together the stories form a richly imagined childhood world."
Eight lovely, low-keyed, insightful stories, set in a quiet English village where children and grownups have room for solitary stretching and time for subtly modulated feelings and relationships. Read full book review >

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HERE COMES TOD! by Philippa Pearce
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

From the author of a landmark in children's fantasy (Tom's Midnight Garden, 1958), six cozy episodes in the life of a small boy. Read full book review >