Mandy (julie Andrews Collection)Rating
- Number of Pages: 320
- English (Unknown)
- English (Original Language)
- English (Published)
The magic of discovering a home Mandy, a ten-year-old orphan, dreams of a spot to call her own. Sometimes, to guard her secret, she even lies. All by signifies of the spring, summer, and fall, Mandy works to make it truly hers. Escaping more than the orphanage wall to explore the outside world, Mandy discovers a tiny deserted cottage in the woods. Sometimes she"borrows"things she needs from the orphanage. Then, one particular stormy night at the cottage, Mandy gets sick, and nobody knows the way to find her — except a special friend she didn't know she had.
For an orphan kid whose life is filled with comfortable, predictable sameness, with no particular hardships, life is, well, all right. Holding her secret closer and closer to her heart, this imaginative dreamer inadvertently endangers her reputation--and her life. Really, what does Mandy have to worry about? So it comes as a surprise even to Mandy when a tiny restlessness begins to grow in her. Embarking on a clandestine domestic fantasy involving gardening tools and soap flakes, Mandy finds herself being much much less than honest about where and how she's spending her days. This lonely ache sets her to wandering farther afield, and leads her to a startling and wonderful discovery over the orphanage wall--a extremely old, very small, seemingly abandoned cottage.
For each kid who has fallen in love with The Secret Garden or A Little Princess, Julie Andrews Edwards's 1971 novel will be a heartwarming discovery. Any sometimes-lonely kid using a giant imagination will recognize Mandy's dreams and rejoice in her ultimate fairy-tale happy ending. Judith Gwyn Brown's Edward Gorey-esque pen and ink drawings (with none of Gorey's sinister air) are quietly memorable. Fans of Julie Andrews Edwards--Sound of Music star of stage and screen--will be thrilled to view her latest children's book, Little Bo: The Story of Bonnie Boadicea, or to an earlier favorite, The Last of the Really Excellent Whangdoodles. (Ages 8 to 12) --Emilie Coulter
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