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The Growing Summer | Noel Streatfeild
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BY THE AUTHOR OF BALLET SHOES with beautiful illustrations by Edward Ardizzone 'A joyous, sunlight book. For me, the best Noel Streatfeild of all' HILARY MCKAY '"You have a whole wing of the house to yourselves. The glorious world outside to play in. All that the earth brings forth to feed you, and you stand there asking foolish questions until my head reels. Help yourselves, children, help yourselves." Then, flapping her cloak as if to shoo off a clutter of chickens, Great Aunt Dymphna was gone.' Summer will be different for the Gareth children this year. Their father, an epidemiologist, is ill abroad, and their mother must go to help him. So Alex, Penny, Naomi and Robin are sent to Ireland to stay with an eccentric distant relative. Great Aunt Dymphna is like nobody they've ever met. She lives in a ramshackle house, quotes swathes of poetry and flits about like a great bat. And, to the children's consternation, she expects them to fend for themselves. Despite tears and many mishaps, they learn something new every day, and living with Great Aunt Dymphna becomes an adventure.
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And now for a (seasonally appropriate) vintage children‘s read.

Four siblings are sent to Ireland to spend the summer with their slightly batty Great Aunt Dymphna while their parents are abroad. The house is enormous and their poetry-spouting great aunt expects them to fend for themselves. How‘s that for a setup?

I love Noel Streatfeild‘s books and the illustrations by Edward Ardizzone are just the icing on the cake. 👍

Centique Just gorgeous! 2w
Vansa This looks so lovely. I adore Noel Streatfield books!! One of my favourite things about You've got mail is that she discusses her books in a scene! 2w
SayersLover What a lovely edition! I enjoyed this one as well. @LeahBergen 2w
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LeahBergen @Centique Thanks! And it‘s a lovely read so far, too. 😊 2w
LeahBergen @Vansa Yes! I‘ve always loved that part of the movie. 😊 And this one is as delightful (so far) as all the other books I‘ve read of hers! 2w
LeahBergen @SayersLover I‘m loving it! It‘s a bit bonkers and Great Aunt Dymphna is giving off Mary Poppins vibes (the darker Mary Poppins from the books, not the movie). 😆 2w
Cathythoughts Sounds great 👍🏻❤️ 2w
batsy I've had my eye on this! I feel like I should aim to be a Streatfeild completist 🙂 Beautiful edition 😍 2w
batsy @Vansa That's pretty much why it's one of my favourite movies! 💕 2w
Vansa @batsy 🙌🏾🙌🏾 2w
sherri I don't know this one but I need it now. 2w
mom2bugnbee Noel Streatfield's "Shoes" series was among my favorites growing up (I'm 50yo). I can't count the number of times I read those books. ♥ 2w
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts The batty aunt lives in Cork. Do you know her? 😉😆😆 2w
LeahBergen @batsy I think I‘m aiming that way myself right now. 😆 2w
LeahBergen @sherri I‘m really enjoying it! 👍 2w
LeahBergen @mom2bugnbee I love the Shoe books, as well. 😊 2w
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