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Gnome Life Hardcover – November 1, 1999


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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-4-Some years ago, a large, coffee-table book called Gnomes (Abrams, 1977) was published. This picture book has illustrations clipped from that volume and a long-winded, saccharine text in small print that purports to let readers in on the secrets of gnome life. It may be that Huygen's writings about the monthly doings of the little folk have lost a great deal in translation. The illustrator, who is no longer alive to defend himself or his work, might be dismayed to see one of his little creations inexplicably shorn of his feet and drifting in midair on the page about April. Both are good reasons to avoid purchasing the book.
Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, NY
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gnome Life-inspired by Abrams' best-selling classic Gnomes-is a charming introduction to the world of the gnomes for the entire family. From January to December, the book reveals the everyday activities as well as the wonders and adventures of a gnome family. Whether feeding hungry animals in the snow, guarding baby birds from predators, riding the backs of ducks to tend a sick human child, or storing food for winter, the lives of gnomes are full of magic and mystery. The stories and customs of these little folk will enchant young readers, who through the kind acts of the gnomes will gain respect and admiration for the natural world. This is a wonderful book for the entire family to share. 32 pages of illustrations in full color, 811/4 x 1111/2" Wil Huygen is a Dutch physician who collaborated with Rien Poortvliet on Gnomes and other books. The late Rien Poortvliet was one of Holland's-and the world's-favorite illustrators and authors. Co-creator of Gnomes, which has sold well over one million copies in the United States alone, he also wrote and illustrated a number of other books about animals and rural life, including Abrams' Dogs, The Farm Book, Noah's Ark, and Daily Life in Holland in the Year 1566.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (November 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810941368
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810941366
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.2 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,882,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is a wonderful "everything you could possibly need to know" guide to gnomes and their lives. The illustrations are darling, they capture the true "little people" spirit! This book is a must have for anyone interested in Faery-kind!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Graves VINE VOICE on May 15, 2012
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I was a fan of Poorvliet and Huygen's book "Gnomes' when it first came out and have followed their works, gnome related an otherwise, for a while and enjoyed them. So when I chanced upon this I thought it would be fun. I was unsure what it was but hoped it was a 3rd Gnome book or possibly a compendium but I had enough faith in them that I would risk the bucks on it.

The book is fairly short with each two page section covering a different month of the year. There is a page of typed text and a corresponding picture of a gnome and his family. It assumes the reader has some knowledge about gnomes but it is not required to enjoy the book. What was a disappointment for me was the age it was aimed at. While not directly a children's book it is not written for adults either. A little muddled I would guess it is something for parents to read and share with small children who are too small for `Gnomes'

In the end it is good in that role but I would have preferred some sort of warning or direction as to the age bracket the book was aimed at before I bought it. I expect mine will go to my 8 year old niece.
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By C. Brown on January 18, 2013
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Though not as charmingly thoughtful as Poortvliet's bigger books, this is still one for the collection. It is rather short, just a monthly diary of gnome activities, but richly illustrated. A little window into the secret world of gnomes.
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