There's nothing like a finely wrought image to send you into a spin for days on end. Now my girls will be able to indulge in the same pleasure without having to always be on the look out for the due date. It is not the original dust cover, however it is really great! Every night for several weeks, they asked me to read and re-read their favorite parts of the book. I can still remember how much my hands hurt from sawing away at the cardboard with that rather blunt knife. Twilfit who runs the bookstore who gives them book about Japan.
Chipped dust jacket has a few creases, scuffs and small tears. A young girl struggles to fit in with a new family and country but finds peace when she helps two tiny dolls create an authentic Japanese house to find their own peace in. We also talked about the bad behavior of the character Belinda, and discussed why she acted so mean. In fact, I'm a fan of all of Godden's works, from her children's books to her adult titles such as Black Narcissus. I also connected to the empathy she develops with Miss Happiness and Miss Flower, two Japanese dolls who are also feeling out of place and homesick for the familiar. Her children's novel The Diddakoi won the Whitbread Children's Book Award in 1972. But when two dainty Japanese dolls arrive at Nona's doorstep, everything begins to change.
Perhaps it wouldn't matter to a child reading the book, but if you're at all a fan of children's book illustrations, I think the Primrose-illustrated editions are the best ones to buy. She also refuses to let Miss Flower live in the Japanese house. She is very unhappy and lonely until two dolls arrive called Miss Happiness and Miss Flower. This particular edition is in a Paperback format. Boys might not care for it much, but every girl should read it at least once and have the same memories I have.
Virtually everything I know about Japan and its way of life, I learned from this story at the age of about 8. It will be just like a Japanese home in every way. All through the story the reader wonders if Belinda will ruin the dolls' house. I highly recommend this book, but make sure you do not buy the 2002 Harper Collins edition! I still have the dollhouse, and am planning to refurbish it this summer. Nona thinks that they must feel lonely too, so far away from home. Former owner's name on half title page, with rub marks and a few small nicks to text block edges.
Bright pages with light tanning and foxing to page edges. Miss Happiness and Miss Flower was one of my very favorite books as a child, and the original edition rates five stars plus. Much of the book centers around exactly how the Japanese dollhouse was constructed, and being a little girl who loved dollhouses and crafts, I was thrilled to find actual patterns for everything in the back of the book, so you too could make your own Japanese doll house out of wood! She lives in Wandsworth, London. Nona thinks that they must feel lonely too, so far away from home. Like Godden's other stories, it poignantly deals with the harsh realities of being a misfit and the pain that comes when needs and meanings are misunderstood but celebrates the liberating joy of friendship. I discovered this book at about age 10, and I just totally loved it from the get-go. It will be just like a Japanese home in every way.
I bought the paperback to give to my great-nieces, but I will now try to find them an edition that includes the house plans. I love the cover on this book! Her cousins' names are Tom, Anne, and Belinda. The arrival of the dolls transforms her relationship with her environment and her relatives. Playing out the story in this way made the reading experience doubly wonderful. I'ts a really good read.
Rumer does a great job of painting two total opposites of little girls with warmth and sympathy while never truly turning either into either a villian or a bad joke way too rare. It is a pleasure to see circumstances work out for the good of the group. Then a box arrives for her in the post and inside, wrapped up in tissue paper, are two little Japanese dolls. Brought back great memories as both have passed on. Like Nona, Miss Happiness and Miss Flower are lonely and homesick, so Nona decides to build them their own traditional Japanese house.
A slip of paper says their names are Miss Happiness and Miss Flower. But just then, she is given a set of Japanese dolls, to share with her spoilt cousin Belinda. Book Summary: The title of this book is Miss Happiness and Miss Flower and it was written by ,. It is a perfectly delightful story, but part of what made the book so wonderful was the inclusion of the plans. But like Nona, I did eventually make friends and begin to feel at home.
Someway, as a long-time reader of Rumer Godden, this book has slipped under my notice. It was a childhood favorite of a dear friend who got her original copy from a beloved aunt. This book inspired me to learn more about other cultures and languages. A slip of paper says their names are Miss Happiness and Miss Flower. This is a beautiful book which, like, most of Rumer Goddens stories, works for adults as well as kids. It was published by Pan Macmillan and has a total of 128 pages in the book. Nona thinks that they must feel lonely too, so far away from home.
She was so over the moon to find it again after all these years that I borrowed her copy, and then had to track down one of my own. Like the main character, Nona, they wanted to learn more about Japan, its customs, and traditions. Over time, not only does Nona create a home for the dolls, but one for herself as well. Then, Nona has an idea - she will build her dolls the perfect house! It was more than worth the Kindle price. When little Nona is sent from her sunny home in India to live with her relatives in chilly England, she is miserable. Then Nona has an idea - she will build her dolls the perfect house! There was supposed to be a doll called Little Peach in the box too but he was not there.