Eleanor Farjeon’s short stories for children chosen by herself
Illustrated by Edward Ardizzone
I can’t remember, for the life of me, what it is about Eleanor Farjeon that brings back such a feeling of warmth, possibly the books of hers that are, like this one illustrated with the warmth that only Edward Ardizzone can bring to black and white pictures. Nostalgia it may be, but Farjeon, who was born in 1899 had a gift for bringing stories to life. This is a lovely old cloth bound hardcover, missing the dust jacket and obviously well loved, it is 57 years old though carries its age beautifully. It contains stories such as ‘The Girl Who Kissed the Peach-Tree’ (“at Lingualossa in Sicily there once lived a little peasant girl called Marietta…” ‘The Giant and the Mite,’ and ‘The Little Dressmaker’.
OUP, London 1960 (first published 1955).