The Magic Hill was written by A.A. Milne the creator of the much loved bear, Winnie-the-Pooh. A rediscovered story that was written by Milne in 1925, The Magic Hill is a surprisingly charming little fairytale with a feel unlike his prior writing.
The focus of this little tale is on Princess Daffodil and the gift of flowers that is granted to her by her fairy godmother. Wherever the princess walks, flowers suddenly pop up in full bloom. The flowers are beautiful but this unusual gift comes with some major drawbacks. Princess Daffodil’s father, the king, find that he can’t freely stroll around his royal courtyard without trampling on flowers that are growing everywhere. The problem is solved, or so it seems, when the King insists that his daughter be carried over the paths and that she only be permitted to walk on the already established flowerbeds. The princess, however, grows envious of the other children as they can play anywhere. Likewise, the children are envious of the princess who can play in the flowerbeds.
A fairytale ending does eventually evolve when the Queen herself steps in with a solution that makes everyone happy, just as a good fairytale ending should.
The Magic Hill is a simple story that will be enjoyed by preschoolers and kindergarteners. With bright, rich watercolors, Isabel Bodor Brown’s illustrations stand out and are right on the mark in promoting an atmosphere that one comes to expect when reading a fairytale. Surprisingly this is Brown’s first illustrated book and I’m sure looking forward to seeing more. Her illustrations not only complement but honor A.A. Milne’s rediscovered fairytale much like Ernest H. Shepard did with his illustrations for Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh stories. The Magic Hill, what a delight!
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