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The Secret Staircase (Brambly Hedge) Hardcover – October 1, 1999

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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.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Series: Brambly Hedge
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum; 1st U.S. ed edition (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689830904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689830907
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.4 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,612,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 1997
Format: Hardcover
This is a heartwarming story for children of all ages.
My 2 year old sat fascinated as I read to her. She
examined each illustration closely. It is a warm,
cozy book for a cold winter day. The detailed art work
compliments the text and allows children to be drawn deeply
into the story.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jean G on January 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a story of a community of mice that wear clothes and have wonderful lives. The mice of Brambly Hedge love celebrations. Two young mice find a secret staircase while preparing for a winter celebration, and their adventure begins. The illustrations in this book are beautiful. They help you to imagine the fantastic lives of these enchanting mice.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Scarlett on November 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
A lovely tale of mice that wear clothes and live in trees and have ever so charming lives that for the duration of the book,you feel as though you are there."The Secret Staircase" captures that cozy, special feeling that the holiday season brings out. I recommend the Brambley Hedge books to anyone of any age who wants to be captivated by a group of fictional mice with real heart.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne White on December 21, 2011
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The stories are simple and sweet and the illustrations are wonderful. One can spend hours looking at the detailed cut-aways of the underground homes with their kitchens, bedrooms, storage rooms, etc.

Young children will love hearing the stories and exploring the illustrations.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julia King on March 12, 2011
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This beautiful little book rounds out our collection of Brambly Hedge books. This is a stand out with the heightened sense of adventure and mystery with the discovery of the secret staircase that leads Wilfred and Primrose into the chambers of the Woodmouce ancestors. The underlying theme in this story is Midwinter which I think is a great alternative to Christmas and opens questions for kids about this holiday which is an ancient celebration. I love the detailed maps and drawings that accompany the story and the little descriptions which fill in the corners of your mind while reading.

I read this and other Brambly Hedge books to my kids who are 6 and 4 and they adore them, sitting quietly, listening intently through the book. My 6 year old reads this book as well with some help from me. Vocabulary is hard in this story but the fact that it introduces new words not ordinarily seen in modern books is a bonus.

This is a wonderful book I highly recommend for parents to share with their kids.
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Books are in good condition as described. Shipped without problem. Cute little book for children with great illustrations. I have made the characters for my granddaughter and she loves all of it--the story, the characters, etc.
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