Carrie Hepple's Garden

Carrie Hepple's Garden

  • Paperback
By (author) Ruth Craft , By (author) Irene Haas , Illustrated by Irene Haas

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 01 Mar 1980
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins Children's Books
  • New York, NY
  • Col.ill.
  • 0001837095
  • 9780001837096

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Three tykes at twilight lose their ball over the wall. . . of Carrie Hepple's garden{ Craft establishes a hushed, shivery mood straight off - though it's hard to understand what is so fearful about old Carrie's glimpsed and rumored doings in the first place. Unsurprisingly, when the children do crawl through a hole in the wall, the old lady they encounter is a kindly soul who shows them her flowers and gives them sweets. But Craft nicely stretches out the children's apprehension. (Regarding the promised treat, "A hermit!/ A hermit's an old man/ who lives all alone!/ Does Carrie Hepple keep them/ locked in a crock of stone?") And Haas conjures up a pretty green mist (with, at this point, shadowy hermits trapped in the background) that hints of magic and encourages whispers. (Kirkus Reviews)

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