Little Grey Rabbit's Year of Stories by Alison Uttley
  

Synopsis

Little Grey Rabbit's Year of Stories by Alison Uttley

A long time ago there lived in a little house on the edge of a wood, a Hare, a Squirrel, and a Little Grey Rabbit. Little Grey Rabbit is a country Rabbit and, together with her woodland friends, she celebrates each year's changing seasons. From spring and summer to autumn and winter, there is always a new adventure for Hare, Squirrel and Little Grey Rabbit. Alison Uttley's Little Grey Rabbit Stories have captured the imaginations of generations of children since their first publication in 1929. In Little Grey Rabbit's Year of Stories, six seasonal tales are brought together in one beautiful book. The stories are published with a foreword by Alison Uttley's biographer, Professor Denis Judd.

Reviews

Just like Beatrix Potter, Alison Uttley's Little Grey Rabbit stories have an enduring appeal that never dates. Little Grey Rabbit is a country Rabbit who lives with the changes of the seasons and enjoys all the different celebrations throughout the year. This treasury contains eight seasonal stories: Hare and the Easter Eggs, Little Grey Rabbit's May Day, Water Rat's Picnic, Little Grey Rabbit Goes to the Sea, Fuzzypeg goes to School and Little Grey Rabbit's Christmas. The delicate illustrations by Margaret Tempest are the perfect accompaniment to the story. This is a beautifully produced edition and a book to treasure. It's a perfect gift book and then you can share the book with your child as each celebration comes along - I think this would make the book very special, rather than reading it all in one go. -- Sarah Brew Parents in Touch First published in 1929, Little Grey Rabbit is an enduring character. This charming tome has six seasonal tales (GBP12.99, Templar). -- Alison Potter Prima Baby & Pregnancy This is a wonderful compendium of one of my childhood favourites, and I was over the moon to be able to review it. [...] It's nice how the stories included in this volume go through the seasons, which all have fun activities to try, and hurdles to face together. It's a perfect introduction to the world of Little Grey Rabbit if you've never entered it before, and a nostalgic read for those who already know and love the characters inside. -- Jessica Pitcairn Nayu's Reading Corner

About the Author

Alison Uttley

Alice Jane Uttley (1884-1976) was born Alice Taylor at Castle Top Farm, near Cromford, Derbyshire, and was educated at the Lea School in Holloway and the Lady Manners School in Bakewell, where she developed a love for science which culminated in a scholarship to Manchester University to read physics. In 1906 she became only the second woman to graduate with honours in Physics at the university. Whilst an undergraduate, she lived in Ashburne House, which later became Ashburne Hall, and was the University of Manchester's first Hall of Residence for women.

Having trained as a teacher in Cambridge, she took up the post of Physics teacher at the Fulham Secondary School for Girls in 1908. In 1911, she married James Uttley, the brother of her old university friend, Gertrude Uttley, and by whom she had one son, John Corin Uttley (1914-1978). James Uttley's mental health was permanently impaired by his service in the first World War, and he took his own life in 1930, leaving Alison with the need to support herself and her son. This she did by becoming the author of a series of tales about animals, including Lttle Grey Rabbit, the little Red Fox, Sam Pig and Tim Rabbit. (As an author, she was known as Alison Uttley.) Her writing career blossomed, and she continued to write stories for children, whilst expanding her range by writing for older children and adults. Her `country' books, beginning with The Country Child and continuing with series of essays on country themes, such as Country Hoard, were extremely popular, due to her uncanny ability to remember the smallest details of her Derbyshire childhood and express them with beautiful poeticism.

She remained fascinated by dreams and fantasy, and this is shown most clearly in her book A Traveller in Time which blended dreams and historical fact, although she also wrote a factual work The Stuff of Dreams. Eventually settling in Beaconsfield, in a house named Thackers after the manor house in A Traveller in Time, Alison Uttley wrote over 100 books and was given an honourary Litt.D by Manchester University in 1970 in recognition of her literary achievements. She died in hospital on 7th May 1976.

Biography courtesy of the University of Manchester.

Click here to visit the website of the Alison Uttley Society, full of fascinating information and archive material about this author.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
180 pages

Author

Alison Uttley
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Author's Website

www.alisonuttley.co.uk/

Publisher

Publication date

1st September 2015

ISBN

9781783702619


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