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Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep (Hardcover)

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By Eleanor Farjeon, Charlotte Voake (Illustrator)
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When I was a school librarian, I discovered “Elsie Piddock“ in Eleanor Farjeon’s collection, Martin Pippin in the Daisy Field. I read the story aloud to third graders yearly and watched twenty rapt faces reciting jump rope jingles, and cheering the satisfying finale. It never failed to thrill and my eyes welled up every time. I was delighted in 2000 to find Candlewick had acquired the rights and published the tale in picture book form, choosing Charlotte Voake as  the illustrator. Charlotte (not a relation of whom I’m aware) with her whimsical, ethereal, energetic line drawings is the perfect successor to Edward Ardizonne who illustrated the original story. Fast forward to 2017. Kudos to Candlewick for re-issuing Elsie Piddock this year in a child’s hand-size version that is perfect for a story of fairies, families, tradition, and the determination of a little woman to confront tyranny and corporate greed. An unusual combination for a picture book? You bet it is. Truly a story for all time, but especially relevant today as it was when it was originally published in 1937.

— From Susan's Picks


Skip for joy! The exuberant classic returns in a compact hardcover edition that makes a perfect gift.

Little Elsie Piddock is a born skipper. When she is scarcely five, she can outskip anyone in her village. By the time she’s six, her name and fame have spread to all the villages in the county. And by the time she’s seven, the fairies have heard of her. When Master Skipper Andy-Spandy summons the sleeping little girl to Mount Caburn for a contest, the tireless Elsie outskips even the fairies and is rewarded with a gift of rare and lasting value. Can she use it later to save the fabled skipping grounds of Caburn? Or will a greedy lord build a factory where children have played for centuries?

About the Author

Eleanor Farjeon (1881–1965) was one of the most important children’s writers of the twentieth century. In 1956 her achievements were acknowledged with the award of both the Carnegie Medal and the Hans Christian Andersen Medal.

Charlotte Voake is the author-illustrator of many picture books, including Say It!, Melissa’s Octopus and Other Unsuitable Pets, Tweedle Dee Dee, and the acclaimed Ginger. She lives in Surrey, England.

Praise For…

Voake’s delicate, softly colored watercolor-and-ink illustrations are the perfect match for this new edition of Farjeon’s classic tale, originally published in 1937.
—Literacy Daily

Product Details
ISBN: 9780763690557
ISBN-10: 0763690554
Publisher: Candlewick
Publication Date: February 7th, 2017
Pages: 96
Language: English