The Tortoise Fair (Tales from Fern Hollow) ペーパーバック – 2019/7/8
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A picture book from the ever-popular Tales from Fern Hollow series of 16 stories, richly illustrated in traditional style, for ages 3-93. Now back in print from the author/illustrator's (John Patience) own imprint, Talewater Press, this new edition, published in 2019, contains the same story and illustrations as the original version.
When the Tortoise Fair comes to Fern Hollow it brings fun and excitement for all the village's inhabitants, especially young Monty and Tugger who come up with a crafty plan!
Early one morning an old tortoise appeared in Fern Hollow. He was dressed in a colourful costume and was pasting up posters. Tugger and Monty read the posters with great excitement: "The Tortoise Fair. Coming to Fern Hollow Tomorrow." Monty and Tugger loved fairs and the Tortoise himself was a very interesting animal. He said his name was Pablo and he told them stories about all the wonderful places he had visited. "Like all tortoises," he said, "I take my house around with me. Yes indeed, it's a travelling life for me, in a painted caravan."
The next day Monty and Tugger went to the fair. It had been put up in Farmer Bramble's (Tugger's father's) field. All the Fern Hollow animals were there and everyone was having fun. There were merry-go-rounds, coconut shies and lots of other things besides. Tugger won a goldfish and Monty won a coconut. As evening came, everyone began to drift off home. "Listen," whispered Tugger. "The fair leaves here tomorrow morning. Meet me here then and we'll go with them!"
The charming Fern Hollow stories have remained popular since they were first published in 1980.