June 17, 2009

Rumer Godden

Rumer Godden has the ability to tell stories that provide a clear child's-eye view of the adult world. The four stories mentioned below, however, show that her talents extend to all points of view, whether mouse or doll. 

illustrations by Jane Pinkney

The first story, The Mousewife, is about a mouse who yearns for something more than babies and crumbs and cheese. One day, she meets a dove in a birdcage, who tells her about the outside world and what it is like to fly. The second story, Mouse House, is about a little mouse who lives in an overcrowded flowerpot. When she gets pushed out, she ventures upstairs, and finds mouse house.

Dolls, of course, cannot talk. They can only make wishes that some people can feel.

When Candy Floss is stolen, she must find a way to get back to the fair. 
Impunity Jane longs for adventure. Two different stories about two different dolls and the power of wishes.

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