|Philippa Pearce. Helen Craig, illus|
|Pages/Publication Date:||34 / 2013|
To prepare for her three nights at Granny's house, Amy packs her three favorite things: a striped mat, a tiny wooden horse, and a toy boat. Although she has a good visit, each night Amy gets a bit homesick; fortuantely her items magically transport her so that she can look in on her family, in this tale for readers 4 to 8 by the author of A Finder's Magic and The Squirrel Wife. On the final night, Amy is crestfallen when she finds that her family isn't home. Is something wrong, or is her mom preparing a great surprise for her? Best known for Angelina Ballerina, Helen Craig uses pencil and watercolor to believably and cheerfully depict the little girl's adventures.
"Helen Craig couches the fantasy in sturdy down-to-earth illustrations of a thatch-haired youngster, a comfy cardigan-clad Grandma and a tidy landscape of houses snuggled around the village green. And while there's a moment of genuine anguish, the final scene of Amy astride a carousel dragon is the perfect ending to this gentle story about growing up and growing brave."—Washington Post