- Age Range: 9 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 4 - 7
- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: David R Godine; Reprint edition (December 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1567925049
- ISBN-13: 978-1567925043
- Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 4.8 x 7.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,118,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I Saw Three Ships Paperback – December 1, 2014
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'The story is totally engrossing.' --The Sunday Telegraph
'I absolutely adored it. It had a cracking plot and a perfect tone throughout.' --J.K. Rowling
'A marvelously evoked historical setting, with a lovably mischievous child character, adults of varying degrees of eccentricity, and a contented cat. There is charm and mystery and humor, and a hint of something beyond the everyday world...The numerous pen-and-ink drawings by Margot Tomes capture the early-nineteenth-century atmosphere perfectly, and Godine's usual fine production values enhance the book's appeal even further.' --The Emerald City Book Review
About the Author
Elizabeth Goudge (1900-1984) received the MGM Literary Award, the Literary Guild Award, and a Carnegie Medal for The Little White Horse (which J.K. Rowling claimed was her favorite childhood book). She wrote many books, both fiction and non-fiction, for adults and children.
Margot Tomes (1918-1991) wanted to illustrate children's books from the time she was fourteen; she ended up illustrating more than sixty.
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Not only is the charming story written with the elegant prose of a master storyteller, but the quality of the printing is also exquisite: The cover is scarlet with a color plate illustrated by the gifted Margot Tomes whose delightful sketches introduce each chapter. The font is designed by Hungarian typesetter, Nicholas Kis. In an age of cheap, mass market paperbacks, the quality of this edition is a rare treasure.
In our family it is a fond Christmas tradition to gather round the fireplace with a cup of cocoa and read Dickens' beloved "A Christmas Carol" and the Gospel of Luke. We've discovered another gem to read aloud to awaken in our own hearts the faith and joy of the irrepressible Polly Flowerdew.
The title of Elizabeth Goudge's beloved classic is inspired of course by the popular Christmas carol from England and builds on the legend which describes three ships sailing into Bethlehem, transporting the three Magi as travelers. Goudge's carol reminds us to see Christmas through the eyes of a chid. Is there a better way?
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