books by Rumer Godden
The Story of Holly and Ivy
Ivy, Holly, and Mr. and Mrs. Jones all have one Christmas wish. Ivy, an orphan, wishes for a real home and sets out in search of the grandmother she's sure she can find. Holly, a doll, wishes for a child to bring her to life. And the Joneses wish more than anything for a son or daughter to share their holiday. Can all three wishes come true? This festive tale is perfectly complemented by beloved Barbara Cooney's luminous illustrations, filled ...
NYR Children's Collection
Day in and day out the dutiful mousewife works alongside her mousehusband in the house of Miss Barbara Wilkinson. It is a nice house and the mousewife is for the most part happy collecting crumbs and preparing a nest for her future mouse-babies—yet she yearns for something more. But what? Her husband, for one, can’t imagine. “I think about cheese,” he advises her. “Why don’t you think about cheese?” Then an odd and exotic new ...
Miss Happiness and Miss Flower
Macmillan Children's Books, 2011
When little Nona is sent from her sunny home in India to live with her relatives in chilly England, she is miserable. Then a box arrives for her in the post and inside, wrapped up in tissue paper, are two little Japanese dolls. A slip of paper says their names are Miss Happiness and Miss Flower. Nona thinks that they must feel lonely too, so far away from home. Then Nona has an idea – she will build her dolls the perfect house! It will be just ...
The Doll's House
From Rumer Godden, one of the foremost authors of the 20th century, and illustrated by two-time Caldecott Honor recipient Tasha Tudor, comes a heartwarming tale filled with imagination and creativity that is ideal for any girl who has ever loved a doll so much that it has become real to her. For Tottie Plantaganet, a little wooden doll, belonging to Emily and Charlotte Dane is wonderful. The only thing missing is a dollhouse that Tottie and ...
The Greengage Summer
MacMillan General Books
The faded elegance of Les Oeillets, with its bullet-scarred staircase and serene garden bounded by high walls; Eliot, the charming Englishman who became the children's guardian while their mother lay ill in hospital; sophisticated Mademoiselle Zizi, hotel patronne, and Eliot's devoted lover; 16 year old Joss, the oldest Grey girl, suddenly, achingly beautiful. And the Marne river flowing silent and slow beyond them all ...They would merge ...
The Greengage Summer
An Episode of Sparrows (New York Review Children's Collection)
NYR Children's Collection
A much-loved English novel reminiscent of The Secret Garden Someone has dug up the private garden in the square and taken buckets of dirt, and Miss Angela Chesney of the Garden Committee is sure that a gang of boys from run-down Catford Street must be to blame. But Angela's sister Olivia isn't so sure. Olivia wonders why the neighborhood children—the “sparrows” she sometimes watches from the window of her house —have to be locked out ...
Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy (Loyola Classics)
“ Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy is about growth, choice, struggle, and the freedom of the soul that transcends the license of the body. It is about finding sin where we least expect it.” — Joan Chittister, from the introduction This haunting tale of disgrace and redemption centers on Lise Fanshawe, a prostitute and brothel manager in postwar Paris who, while serving time in prison for killing a man, finds God. Lise is helped ...
The Kitchen Madonna
Marta is unhappy. For quietly aloof Gregory and his sister Janet, Marta, with her thick Ukrainian accent, her good cooking, and her stories, is the anchor of the house. Mother and Father, both busy architects, are gone all day and sometimes at night. Marta is always there; and the children, sensing her unhappiness, do not want her to go away. When they find out that Marta desires a good place in the kitchen, nine-year-old Gregory, with ...
In This House of Brede
“A novel of sensitive dedication.” — The Atlantic Monthly “Rumer Godden deals precisely with the theme of the religious life . . . as representing ‘the heart of holiness of the Church.’ It is at once a life of great peace and often equally intense struggle.” — America magazine This extraordinarily sensitive and insightful portrait of religious life centers on Philippa Talbot, a highly successful professional woman who ...
A House with Four Rooms (Ulverscroft Large Print Series)
Ulverscroft Large Print
This is the second volume of Rumer Godden's autobiography, spanning the years 1945-77. The sequel to "A Time to Dance, No Time to Weep", this book looks at her life between the ages of 40 and 70. She is the author of "The Greengage Summer", "Black Narcissus", "The River" and "Thursday's Children".
Coromandel Sea Change
Pan Books, 2011
Blaise and Mary arrive at Patna Hall, a hotel on India’s shimmering Coromandel coast, to spend part of their honeymoon. Patna Hall is as beautiful and timeless as India itself, ruled over firmly and wise by proprietor Auntie Sanni. For Mary it feels strangely like home. In a week that will change the young couple’s destiny, election fever grips the Southern Indian state and Mary falls under the spell of the people, the country – and ...
The Creatures' Choir
Carmen Bernos de Gasztold
Most of these new poems are not prayers, in the sense that a prayer is a plea; each animal, bird, fish, reptile, or insect voice makes, as it were, a statement of its situation, its circumstances - what, perhaps, we humans would call its problems.
A piercing scream came from the garden. Belinda, inching across the ladder fourteen feet above the garden, froze. She couldn't go forward. She couldn't go back. Cold drops came out on her forehead. She swayed. "I'm - I'm going to fall," she said.
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In the days when it was the General's harem' palace, ladies with their retinues and rich clothes could be seen walking on the high windy terraces. At night, music floated out over villages and gorges far into the early hours. Now the General's son has bestowed it upon the disciplined Sisters of Mary. Beginning work in the orchards and opening a school and a dispensary for the mountain people, the small band of Sisters are depended for help on ...
Two Under the Indian Sun
, Rumer Godden
Beech Tree Books
In 1914, following the outbreak of war, two small sisters left London to return to India and their home in East Bengal. This book is their remembrance of the five years that followed, in the village of Narayangunj - where there father worked as a steamship agent - on a river that feeds the great Brahmaputa. Jon and Rumer Godden capture all the colour, sound and smell of exotic India, but especially they bring to life again the people of every ...
The Battle of the Villa Fiorita
The Villa Fiorita was on Lake Garda in northern Italy. The battle was for Fanny, the children's mother who had gone there with her lover, Rob Quillet, named as co-respondent in her recent divorce. So the children came to get their mother away from him. By the author of "Black Narcissus".
A diddakoi is a half-gypsy. But Kizzy feels like she is all gypsy. She doesn't fit in at school - the other children attack her and call her names. Still, she is happy living with her gran and old Joe, the caravan horse. When her gran dies, Kizzy turns to the Admiral for help.
St. Jerome And The Lion
The Viking Press
Illustrated by Jean Primrose. She retells the story of St. Jerome, who translated the Bible into the people's Latin.
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