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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Series: Brambly Hedge (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum; 1st edition (February 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689830599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689830594
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...the most research-crammed fantasy ever set before small children..." Sunday Times Magazine "Spring Story, Summer Story, Autumn Story and Winter Story are beautiful tales...nostalgic Mums can enjoy them with their own kids." The Sun (Natasha Harding)

About the Author

Jill Barklem spent five years on research before she started to write her stories about the mice of Brambly Hedge.

Her interest in natural history and traditional rural customs and crafts has spilled over into these chronicles of hedgerow life.

She lives with her husband and children near Epping Forest in England.

Customer Reviews

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One of my children's favorites.
Jacqueline Bauman
The Brambly Hedge books remain one of the sweetest picture book series ever to be concocted for the kiddie set.
E. R. Bird
These stories are so adorable....
Joyce Lolich

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Erika Mitchell TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
Poppy Eyebright and Dusty Dogwood are mice that live near a stream. One hot summer they begin to date, and then they announce their engagement. They marry and have a very pleasant wedding ceremony with all of their mousy relatives. The book is quite interesting with its reminders of the customs of times gone by, like engagements and trousseaus. Kids can also learn from it how people use to survive hot weather without air conditioners. The book has about 800 words.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I was given a copy of this book as a 2-year old, and I am so excited that it has finally come back into print. This book is very endearing. It tells the story of a young mouse, Wilfred, who is celebrating his birthday. The other mice of Brambley Hedge work together to plan a special surprise for Wilfred, and have almost as good a time planning it as Wilfred does discovering it. It is a good book for bedtime reading, or just any time. Everyone will enjoy this happy tale and it's adorable characters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoy Jill Barklem's work, especially this book. Thesummer story is one of the Brambley Hedge season books, and tells thestory of the summer courtship and marriage of two of the mice of Brambley Hill. It's hot outside in Brambley Hedge and the mice want to do nothing but sit and dip their tails in the stream, until suddenly, the hedge is buzzing trying to prepare for the upcoming wedding. The pictures are lovely, as usual, andthe sory simple and sweet. A great book for children and adults.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The Brambly Hedge books remain one of the sweetest picture book series ever to be concocted for the kiddie set. Of these, my favorite has always been "Summer Story". The plot is not particularly complex. In it, two little mice (Dusty Dogwood and Poppy Eyebright) have become engaged and they prepare for their summer wedding. Similar in many ways to Beatrix Potter's books, the Brambly Hedge series is published small, for small readers. Kids will enjoy the pleasant story while taking particular interest in some of Barklem's more impressive drawings. Her elaborate Rube Goldbergesque illustrations of the Dairy Stump and Mill are delightful. There is an attention to detail in these books that does not go unnoticed. For those kids who are, as of yet, too young to enjoy Brian Jacques "Redwall" books, the Brambly Hedge series may be right up their alley.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Mattina on January 13, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I didn't know the cover beneath the fly leaf was printed on hideous blue textured paper, so the cover image gets muddled in weird colors and the hard cover itself is not smooth & glossy like all the other Brambly Hedge books I've seen. I wish that detail (about the cover color at least) had been included. Also the printing quality of that particular book's illustrations seemed to be sub-par compared to what I've seen of this series--overall it looks like a cheaper copy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ~cb~ on May 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have all the other cute little Brambly Hedge books, which I bought at different times at the library book sale, so they all have library binding, a big step above this bright shiny addition, but this will complete my set and I am happy. This book, being brand new, LOOKS much better than the others, and will probably last through a couple generations of my family, given that little hands are careful with little books in times to come. A long awaited addition to my library, this little book did not disappoint!
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