Sunday, June 21, 2009

Preschooler/Primary Pick: Elsie Piddock Skips In Her Sleep

I learned about the classic book Elsie Piddock Skips In Her Sleep by Eleanor Farjeon only very recently on the blog, Saints And Spinners. It is an excellent story about Elsie Piddock, a born skipper (jump-roper), beloved of faeries, who skips as never so. Elsie has an amazing childhood and then fades into adulthood as we all must, I suppose. When the skipping hill of the town of her birth is threatened by a greedy new lord, however, there may be an old woman who can skip the trouble clean away. This is a moving and complex and sweet story - truly lovely. I think it belongs in everyone's library.

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