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Candyce Byrne was raised by gypsies—well, not really. In a military family. Her peripatetic childhood convinced her that old beliefs never die but rather bob just below the surface of what we think of as reality. Her two beautiful sons grew up on Child ballads and local theatre (and football and baseball). She lives in a mythic Texas town with her husband of nearly 40 years, a pediatrician, and an aging dire wolf called Al—well, she's really half border collie and half Labrador retriever, but she's big and black and hairy and she terrorizes the mail lady.
Sharon E. Cathcart
on June 28, 2013 :
What a sweet little story this was. We simultaneously see Beatrix Potter's last days, and the world of the little animals she created during her life writing and illustrating children's books.
Because it is such a short book, it is hard to review without giving spoilers. Suffice it to say that I was very much reminded of the Danny Kaye film about Hans Christian Andersen, and I was actually moved to tears.
The tale was simultaneously poignant and delightful. Highly recommended.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on March 06, 2012 :
What a treat! A delicious read. Candyce Byrne has taken a children's storybook world and given it an unexpected twist. Readers will revisit their childhood innocence in the context of life's harshness in this excellent short story written with style and grace.
(reviewed the day of purchase)