Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep by Eleanor Farjeon


Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep by Eleanor Farjeon

Elsie Piddock is a born skipper. By the age of seven, news of her skipping talents has reached the fairies and they invite her to Mount Caburn for lessons. The High Skip, the Slow Skip, the Skip Double-Double, the Long Skip, the Strong Skip, the Skip Against Trouble...Elsie Piddock learns them all, and soon there's not a mortal or fairy to touch her. Many, many years later, a greedy Lord buys Mount Caburn and threatens to build factories on its land. Can Elsie Piddock save the skipping ground for the next generation? Sparkling with charm and a liberal sprinkling of fairy dust, Elsie Piddock's story is one to be cherished.


Charlotte Voake has certainly worked her magic on this tale; the reader is gently introduced to Elsie and the fairies through her fine illustrations, alongside Eleanor Farjeon's lyrical tale. IBW Children's Book Guide, The Bookseller

About the Author

Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965) is regarded as one of this country's finest writers of poems and stories for children. In 1956 she was awarded both the Carnegie Medal and the Hans Christian Andersen International Medal; her hymn Morning Has Broken is a favourite around the world. Eleanor lived for many years in a little village called Houghton. The children of the village used to gather outside her cottage to play their favourite skipping games, and one day Eleanor went and asked them to recite their rhymes for her. These rhymes, which have been passed down from generation to generation, can be found word-for-word in Elsie Piddock Skips in her Sleep.

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96 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Publication date

5th May 2016



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