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  • Traditional, turn-of-the-century rural life is beautifully rendered and the friendship between the young boy and the old man is touchingly betrayed . . . The real magic of this book, however, lies in its enchanting evocation of the wonder of nature

  • As always, Dick King-Smith has produced an appealing story for those of five or so to listen to and slightly older children to enjoy whilst practising their reading skills

    Newbury Weekly News

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