The Wooden Dragon by Joan Aiken
  

Synopsis

The Wooden Dragon by Joan Aiken

Joan Aiken tells the story of lame Window and her sailor brother, Handle, who live in a small house in a wooded hollow. Each autumn, when the leaves fall from the trees, the little house is buried right up to its bedroom windows, so each year Handle must sweep the leaves away. But one day, Handle breaks the news that he must go away on an extra long trip. Window is sad, and desperately worried that she cannot survive without him. Before he leaves for the harbour, however, Handle gives Window a little wooden dragon and promises his sister that the dragon will look after her. And so the little dragon sits on a corner shelf, growing dusty, and waits for the time when he can come to Window's aid...

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This will stand rereading not just for a summer but for a lifetime The Sunday Times Aiken's ability to connect through words is highlighted by the excellent pictures in this folk-tale yarn of how a wooden dragon jolts a bereft sister from her fears. The atmosphere is as moody as a British summer, full of arching trees, brooding skies and half-hidden meanings: the kind of story that stretches beyond the page -- Sally Williams Independent [The] illustrations ... bring a sense of flow and colour and cheer to Joan Aiken's lonely but haunting little tale The School Librarian This is a strange and stirring picture book by that magical story teller, the late Joan Aiken Inis A haunting story Sheffield Star

About the Author

Joan Aiken

Joan Aiken (1924 - 2004) spent part of her childhood living in a haunted house. After leaving school, she worked at the BBC, the United Nations, and in the editorial department of a magazine. All this time, she had been writing stories and after her first major novel was published in 1961, Joan left her job to write full-time. She has now written almost 100 books for adults and children, Including the hugely popular The Wolves Of Willoughby Chase and Black Hearts In Battersea.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
32 pages
Interest Age: from 5 to 7

Author

Joan Aiken
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Author's Website

www.joanaiken.com/

Publisher

Jonathan Cape Ltd an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK

Publication date

6th May 2004

ISBN

9780224064804


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