Her children's novel The Diddakoi won the Whitbread Children's Book Award in 1972. But just then, she is given a set of Japanese dolls, to share with her spoilt cousin Belinda. That summer, the little girls I was babysitting were enchanted by the idea of building a doll house of their own. Her cousins' names are Tom, Anne, and Belinda. Tom does all the building.
I spent hours imagining building a Japanese dollshouse, and actually making some of the things Nona makes for her dolls. This book inspired me to learn more about other cultures and languages. Then, Nona has an idea - she will build her dolls the perfect house! It was published by Pan Macmillan and has a total of 128 pages in the book. A new cover edition of Rumer Godden's classic story about friendship and family, Miss Happiness and Miss Flower. When a random mention of the book brought me to Amazon with a rush of nostalgia, I was delighted to find it available for Kindle - there's nothing like instant gratification! It will even have a tiny Japanese garden. Her quest to provide them with a home of their own drives her to read about Japanese culture and customs. Then a box arrives for her and inside are two little Japanese dolls.
To buy this book at the lowest price,. Loss to jacket spine end. . Nona thinks that they must feel lonely too, so far away from home. If only I had had such a wonderful pair of guardian angels of my own back then.
One thing that really grabbed me as a child was that the book included all the plans for the house and the furnishings the girls eventually build for their little foriegn guests. 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. Miss Happiness and Miss Flower. Like the main character, Nona, they wanted to learn more about Japan, its customs, and traditions. The kids get help from Mr. A slip of paper says their names are Miss Happiness and Miss Flower.
A beautifully illustrated cover edition of Rumer Godden's classic story about friendship and family, Miss Happiness and Miss Flower. Pictorial dust jacket over yellow cloth. All through the story the reader wonders if Belinda will ruin the dolls' house. She also refuses to let Miss Flower live in the Japanese house. Then Nona has an idea - she will build her dolls the perfect house! I nearly wore it out.
Meanwhile, Belinda, who is jealous of all the attention Nona is suddenly getting, is hatching a fiendish plot of her own. I certainly enjoyed it at sixty-five. Product Description When Nona is sent from her home in India to live with her relatives in England, she is miserable. Book Summary: The title of this book is Miss Happiness and Miss Flower and it was written by ,. Mild rub wear to surfaces and edges with crushing to spine ends and minor bumps to corners. Rubbing with shelf wear, and a loss to spine end.
There was supposed to be a doll called Little Peach in the box too but he was not there. Anne sews the dolls' clothes. I was so enchanted with this story as a child that I successfully pleaded with my father to build me the dollhouse, complete with sliding rice-paper screen doors and tatami mats on the floor. Playing out the story in this way made the reading experience doubly wonderful. But like Nona, I did eventually make friends and begin to feel at home. I would recommend this book because it is a little different and a sweet story about a family coming together.
It is appropriate for any reader age ten, or more. Chipped dust jacket has a few creases, scuffs and small tears. Pictorial dust jacket over yellow cloth. I love the cover on this book! I highly recommend this book, but make sure you do not buy the 2002 Harper Collins edition! It is a perfectly delightful story, but part of what made the book so wonderful was the inclusion of the plans. A slip of paper says their names are Miss Happiness and Miss Flower. I bought a copy of the book about 18 years ago, but it was very hard to find.
Chipped dust jacket has a few creases, scuffs and small tears. Times may have changed, but family dynamics and homesickness are still heart-touching. Then Nona has an idea - she will build her dolls the perfect house! It was a childhood favorite of a dear friend who got her original copy from a beloved aunt. Will Nona be able to make the dolls' wish come true in spite of Belinda? The ending is realistic, happy, and even surprising as a good deed brings an unexpected reward. When he arrives they have peaches for breakfast and Belinda is happy because Little Peach is inside her fruit.