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Eleanor Farjeon - Author

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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Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep

Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep

Author: Eleanor Farjeon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2017

Hop, skip and jump your way through this timeless tale of courage and community-spirit, with charming watercolour illustrations by Charlotte Voake. 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.

The Old Nurse's Stocking-Basket

The Old Nurse's Stocking-Basket

Author: Eleanor Farjeon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2016

Every night when the children were tucked up in bed, the Old Nurse would pull out a pair of stockings from the mending-basket and while she threaded her needle she would look in her memory for a story that fitted the size of the hole. The children always stopped their bickering at once, for none of them wanted to miss her extraordinary stories of princes and princesses, Greek gods, sea captains and other wonderful characters she had come across in her hundreds of years as a children's nurse. All the tales were so entrancing that the boys could hardly be blamed for sometimes making large holes on purpose, so that they'd have a long story to match! This is a charming collection of bedtime fairytale stories, with evocative line drawings by Edward Ardizzone.

Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep

Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep

Author: Eleanor Farjeon Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2016

Hop, skip and jump your way through this timeless tale of courage and community-spirit, with charming watercolour illustrations by Charlotte Voake. 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.

Kings And Queens

Kings And Queens

Author: Eleanor Farjeon, Herbert Farjeon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2015

A highly entertaining collection of poems about all forty-one English Kings and Queens since William I. Reissued in Puffin Poetry Kings and Queens is an authentic classic that has delighted young readers and adults alike. With wonderfully witty illustrations by Robin Jacques, history has never been so much fun!

The New Book of Days

The New Book of Days

Author: Eleanor Farjeon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/08/2014

For every day of the year Eleanor Farjeon provides a scrap of fun or fancy, poetry or nonsense, fact or fable. Here young readers can set out with Will Kemp on his nine-day dance from London to Norwich and read the lovely tale of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus, as well as celebrate Lincoln's birthday with a poem, and Christmas with a carol. A wonderful, timeless and utterly unique read for the whole family.

Martin Pippin in the Daisy-Field

Martin Pippin in the Daisy-Field

Author: Eleanor Farjeon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2014

Wandering minstrel, Martin Pippin, encounters six little girls on his travels - who beg him to tell them stories. This he does whilst they are making daisy chains, and so his wonderful tales of magicians, mermaids, pirates and pigs are here-recounted. The collection includes one of Farjeon's most famous and charming stories, 'Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep. This classic, magical collection will be loved by adults and children alike - perfect for bedtime reading.

Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope

Author: Eleanor Farjeon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/03/2014

Anthony grew up in the loveliest place in the world - his father called it the Eye of the Earth. But to Anthony, the 'eye of the earth' was the old mill-pond near his home - a place of mystery and enchantment. Anthony's childhood was full of happy moments, and sometimes strange ones, for he had been touched with magic as soon as he was born. When, as a man, he returned to his childhood home, there waiting for him were memories of his childhood - Mother Skip the Witch, the man who could hear the trees grow - and there, too, was the mill-pond in which all the fragments of his life were held as if in a kaleidoscope... A beautiful and timeless collection of stories - perfect for bedtime reading.

Jim at the Corner

Jim at the Corner

Author: Eleanor Farjeon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/01/2014

Every time he went out for his daily walk, Derry had to pass the corner where old Jim sat on his orange box. And every time he lingered there in the hope of a story. For Jim was a sailor who had grown too old for the sea, but who was never tired of his adventures on the good ship Rocking Horse under brave Captain Potts.

Perkin the Pedlar

Perkin the Pedlar

Author: Eleanor Farjeon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/12/2013

This is the story of the twenty-six children of Zeal Monachorum who did not know their ABC, until one day Perkin the Pedlar came by. He told them a story and a verse for each letter of the alphabet, starting with Appledore and ending with their own Zeal Monarchorum. Eleanor Farjeon's unique gifts appear at their best in this enchanting alphabet book, where the little stories are in the enduring tradition of English folktale, and the verses pure, delightful poetry.

Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard

Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard

Author: Eleanor Farjeon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2013

Wandering minstrel, Martin Pippin, encounters a lovelorn ploughman who begs him to release his beloved by entertaining the six young women sworn to guard her. This Martin Pippin does - telling beautiful tales of heartbreak, betrayal and everlasting love. But will the imprisoned Gillian ever be freed? This delightful collection will be loved by adults and children alike - a perfect introduction to sophisticated fairy tales. 'She is one of the few who can conceive and tell a fairytale . . . Before I had read five pages of Martin Pippin, I had forgotten who I was and where I lived. I was transported into a world of sunlight, of gay inconsequence, of emotional surprise, a world of poetry, delight and humour. And I lived and took my joy in that rare world, until all too soon my reading was done.' From J. D. Beresford's Foreword to the first American edition of 1922.

The Tale of Tom Tiddler

The Tale of Tom Tiddler

Author: Eleanor Farjeon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2013

Tom Tiddler is going on a journey across London, with only a wise old owl and a really selfish and greedy goat for company. He is collecting and returning people's property so that they will, in turn, help him to rescue all the little girls in England from the gruesome giant Gogmagog, before he eats them! An enchanting, magical tale that will charm young and old alike.

The Glass Slipper

The Glass Slipper

Author: Eleanor Farjeon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/08/2013

More than anything, Ella wants to go to the ball at the Royal Palace. But Ella is the slave of the household, waiting on every wish and whim of her horrible stepsisters. They call her Cinderella for the ashes that cling to her face, hands and hair. How can Ella go to the Royal Palace? Then, on the evening of the ball, something wonderful happens. Ella's Fairy Godmother comes to her rescue. Now her dreams may come true at last . . .

Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard

Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard

Author: Eleanor Farjeon Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/03/2012

The Little Bookroom

The Little Bookroom

Author: Eleanor Farjeon, Edward Ardizzone Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2011

A girl sits in a dusty room, crammed to the rafters with books. Sunlight dances on the covers, between which are stories of magical worlds and faraway places, lands of princesses, kings, giants, and real children too. Eleanor Farjeon was that girl, who was so enchanted by her little bookroom that she recreated it by writing this wonderful collection of short stories. This charming book was the winner of the prestigious Carnegie Medal and is beautifully illustrated throughout by Edward Ardizzone, whose exquisite pictures immediately bring to mind the magical atmosphere of the stories

The Little Bookroom

The Little Bookroom

Author: Eleanor Farjeon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2004

A collection of the author's best stories, chosen by herself, this charming book will delight and enthrall readers. Tales of the king's daughter who cries for the moon, the girl who saves her village from destruction by kissing a peach-tree, the six princesses who live for the sake of their long hair, and many, many more. BLEleanor Farjeon is the recipient of many awards for her work including the Carnegie Medal and the Hans Christian Andersen Award BLExquisite illustrations throughout by Edward Ardizzone

Kings and Queens

Kings and Queens

Author: Eleanor Farjeon, Herbert Farjeon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2002

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