Gardner takes a traditional nonsense rhyme and spins it into a full-blown story in this effervescent picture book about a girl, her magical tree and the Spanish princess to whom she gives it. A former theatrical costume designer, Gardner has a flair for the dramatic: her tale, set in 1830s England, unfolds through a series of delicately colored sketches, including a fold-out centerpiece that depicts the daughter of the Spanish king arriving in all her pomp and splendor. Dialogue balloons enhance the dynamic mood of the art. Brimming with historical detail, this gentle period piece strikes just the right balance between the fanciful and the realistic. Ages 4-up. (May)
Reviewed on: 05/02/1994 Release date: 05/01/1994 Genre: Children's
During the Covid-19 crisis, Publishers Weekly is providing free digital access to our magazine, archive, and website. To receive the access to the latest issue delivered to your inbox free each week, enter your email below.