A Necklace of Raindrops by Joan Aiken & Kevin Hawkes
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Here are eight gloriously imaginative stories for eight satisfying sessions of bedtime reading. There’s a flying apple pie, a cat that’s bigger than an elephant, a house that lays an egg, storybook animals that leap out of their books at night, and a wealth of other wonderful characters and ideas, all with the colorful, dreamlike quality of the very best fairy tales. Joan Aiken’s delicious prose is a joy to read aloud to very young listeners yet simple enough for the independent reader to savor on his or her own. Kevin Hawkes’s illustrations–nearly 60 of them–capture with great flair and fun the magical adventures and the triumph of the good over the bad.

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About Joan Aiken & Kevin Hawkes

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Joan Aiken, daughter of the American writer Conrad Aiken, was born in Rye, Sussex, England, and has written more than sixty books for children, including The Wolves of Willoughby Chase.
Published May 4, 2009 by Yearling. 104 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History, Romance. Fiction

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The best has the Weevils (a mock rock group?)--Zeno, Ian, Spiqueneau and Dunnoo--looking for a bed for the night, finding one (again, after an extended but not really relevant search) when an egg laid by a house with one leg(!) opens into a duplicate of its "mother," If the various elements of th...

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Aiken's 1968 collection of eight tales, A Necklace of Raindrops and Other Stories, infused with magic (such as flying carpets, an oversize cat and a house that rests on one leg) returns with mo

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I enjoyed all of them when I listened to the audiobook straight through, but A Necklace of Raindrops will work best as a set of bedtime stories.

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Gr 1–3—The eight stories in this collection feature a wide array of characters, including a girl who can control the weather when she is wearing a particular necklace, a cat who grows enormous after eating a bowl of

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