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Book Title: The Queen's Nose|
The author of the book: Dick King-Smith
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 633 KB
Edition: HarperCollins Publishers
Date of issue: September 1st 1994
ISBN 13: 9780064404501
Read full description of the books The Queen's Nose:I really enjoyed re-reading this book as it brought me back to when I was 10 years old.
The book is about a young girl called Harmony, who her family don't quite seem to understand. She is a 10 year old girl, rather tom-boyish, and completely different to her elder sister, Melody.
If Harmony could have one thing in the whole world, she would have an animal, or two. In fact, she is so besotted by animals that she imagines every person she meets to be some sort of animal; for example, her Uncle Ginger was, in her eyes, a silvertip grizzly bear. The only problem is, Harmony's family see animals as being dirty and messy, so she has to make do with Rex Ruff Monty, her 3 legged dog teddy which had been passed down form her grandmother.
When Harmony's Uncle Ginger comes to visit for the first time, Harmony immediately sees the "Silvertip Grizzly" as somewhat different to her family, someone she can relate to. When Uncle Ginger leave to return to India, Harmony feels sad and lost. Uncle Ginger gives Harmony a very gift when he leaves, but little does Harmony know quite how special the gift is. Inside that little brown envelope in Harmony's hand was the start of a treasure hunt that would lead her to a very special 50 pence coin. Now all Harmony had to do was unravel the riddles that followed only to work out that the 50 pence piece her Uncle gave her was very special indeed... it was MAGIC!
Harmony was given 7 wishes, the first of which, of course, she used to wish for an animal. She was shocked to find that, not only did the magic coin actually work, but it was almost immediate in effect. Harmony got a rabbit!
By the end of the story Harmony realised, through a series of events, that not only did her family really love her, but also that materialistic things had no value. When it came to using her last wish (which she had saved to wish for a puppy), Harmony had no issues in using her final wish to wish that her Uncle would get better and come back from India to live near her.
"The Queen's nose" had done it again. Uncle Ginger recovered from his serious illness and came home in search of a house near Harmony's family.
But how could Uncle Ginger ever repay Harmony for using her final wish on him? Perhaps with the perfect gift of a... puppy!
I found this book to be very realistic for children's real life family situations. I thought it was brilliant that, at the end, the aspect was brought through that life is more about love and relationships than simply getting everything you may think you "wish" for.
Very suitable for young children in key stage 2.
Read information about the authorDick King-Smith was born and raised in Gloucestershire, England, surrounded by pet animals. After twenty years as a farmer, he turned to teaching and then to writing children's books.
Dick writes mostly about animals: farmyard fantasy, as he likes to call it, often about pigs, his special favorites. He enjoys writing for children, meeting the children who read his books, and knowing that they get enjoyment from what he does.
Among his well-loved books is Babe, The Gallant Pig, which was recently made into a major motion picture, and was nominated for an Academy Award.
Dick lived with his wife in a small 17th-century cottage, about three miles from the house where he was born.
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