A delightful picture book loosely based upon the Charles Dickens story The Magic Fishbone.
When Molly's fairy godmother tells her that she will find a magic fishbone that will grant her but one wish, all her brothers and sisters want to know what Molly will wish for. There are many things Molly would like, and so many ways in which a wish would come in handy, but she decides to wait until she knows exactly what she wants.
Enchanting, old-fashioned illustrations depict a wondrous nineteenth-century London alive with elegantly clad cats, pigs, goats, birds, and other two- and four-legged creatures in Barbara McClintock's delightful reminder that patience and practicality are rewarded.
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Barbara McClintock has written and illustrated many acclaimed books for children, including Heartaches of a French Cat and The Fantastic Drawings of Danielle, both New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Books of the Year. She lives in New Canaan, Connecticut.
McClintock (Heartaches of a French Cat) does wonders with a modest Charles Dickens story, casting it with Rackham-esque animal characters and placing it in a wintry 19th-century city. Whereas Dickens's 1868 tale "The Magic Fish-Bone" concerns a princess, this captivating revision introduces Molly, a graceful gray-and-white cat who cares for four younger siblings in a sparsely appointed house. When Molly goes to market, she threads her way among a motley assortment of birds, foxes and mice, all humanly attired in cloaks, bonnets or tailored suits. On her way home with a big fish in her wicker basket, she meets an elder cat, a fairy godmother who instructs her to make a wish on her leftovers: "Sure enough, that night, right after all the fish was eaten, one thin white bone was left on Molly's plate./ It must be true!" Molly's brothers and sisters prod her to choose fine clothes or candy, but Molly knows what she must wish for when the youngest kitten, Phylis, wanders away and gets lost in the teeming city. McClintock's meticulous illustrations of candlelit domestic scenes, inviting shop fronts and horse-drawn carriages resemble hand-colored wood engravings and reward close scrutiny; the author devotes careful attention to the expressive animal characters, demonstrating through various vignettes Molly's patience (and aggravation) with her clamoring feline family. Earth-toned watercolors and cream-white stock enhance the old-fashioned appearance, and both the splendid imagery and harmonious layouts recall Caldecott's picture books. Ages 3-6.
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Descripción Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR, 2001. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110374349991
Descripción Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 0374349991 New Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería NEW6.0171292
Descripción Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 2001. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0374349991