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A Necklace Of Raindrops

"This is how it all began..." From 'A Necklace of Raindrops' to 'The Patchwork Quilt', here are eight classic stories to treasure and enjoy. Beginning and ending with a birthday, this spell-binding collection conjures up a world filled with magic, where wishes can come true. A necklace of raindrops that keeps its owner dry in the heaviest rainstorm; a tiger that runs faster than the wind; a huge floating apple pie with a piece of sky in it; a baker's cat who swells to the size of a whale when his mistress feeds him yeast; a house that stands on one leg - these are just some of the objects and characters that figure in these delightful stories.

ISBN: 9780224083805

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Aiken, Joan

▪ British author
in full  Joan Delano Aiken  
born September 4, 1924, Rye, Sussex, England
died January 4, 2004, Petworth, West Sussex
 prolific British author of fantasy, adventure, horror, and suspense tales for both juvenile and adult readers. Perhaps best-known as the inventor of a genre called the “unhistorical romance,” Aiken wrote tales that combine humour and action with traditional mythic and fairy tale elements. Many of these works are set in an invented historical era during the imagined reign of James III of England, who was known as the Old Pretender.

      Aiken was the daughter of the poet Conrad Aiken (Aiken, Conrad). While still a student, she had two poems published in The Abinger Chronicle, a prestigious little magazine, and at age 18 her first short story was published. As an adult, she wrote radio scripts and worked as a librarian for the United Nations. In 1955 she became an editor for the literary magazine Argosy and later was a copywriter for an advertising agency.

      Aiken's first books, All You've Ever Wanted (1953) and More Than You Bargained For (1955), are short-story collections. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (1962) was her first novel to combine elements of history, horror, and adventure. Set in 19th-century England, the children's book was the first in a series that included Black Hearts in Battersea (1964), The Whispering Mountain (1968), Dido and Pa (1986), and Midwinter Nightingale (2003). In 1974 Arabel's Raven was published and launched a popular series that followed the adventures of Arabel and Mortimer, her pet raven. A prolific writer, Aiken penned more than 60 short-story collections and novels for children. Her many books of adult fiction, beginning with The Silence of Herondale (1964), are categorized as terror, suspense, and mystery stories. She also wrote a number of novels based on Jane Austen (Austen, Jane)'s works, including Mansfield Revisited (1984), Jane Fairfax: Jane Austen's Emma Through Another's Eyes (1990), and Eliza's Daughter (1994). Among Aiken's nonfiction works are The Way to Write for Children (1982).

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