When Ned helps his grandmother clear out her attic, he finds a very unusual Victorian doll - she speaks!
Ned and Lady Daisy soon become fast friends, even though he's teased at school for owning a doll. Ned learns to stand up to his father and the school bully in order to protect Lady Daisy. But then the doll is stolen - will Ned ever find her again?
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"Exuding as much warmth, wit and wonder as Babe the Gallant Pig and Paddy's Pot of Gold, this newest addition to the author's impressive list of titles is sure to be a hit." (Publishers Weekly)
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"A boy with a doll? But the story works!"
Dick King Smith has the amazing ability to tell a story about a young boy who gets to take care of a talking doll - and he is meant to be an action loving boy. The relationship with his parents and grandmother is excellent, proving a very believable response from a father that loves his son. I won't give anything away other than say that the father's reaction to finding out his son was taking care of a doll - and a very pretty Victorian Era doll at that - rather than concentrating on being a better football goalie is spot on. The result is not a whitewash of the father's desire for his son to be a man, or irrational actions either.
The narrator captures all the voices very well.
Once more, Dick King Smith made our long country drive very memorable.
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