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Miss Fanshawe and the Great Dragon Adventure
by Sue Scullard
Relates how the intrepid explorer, Miss Harriet Fanshawe, discovers a dragon and her egg in distant Patagonia and brings them back to England. The reader is led through the adventure by Miss Fanshawe's parrot who gives clues on how to manipulate the book.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 1987 by St Martins Pr
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What a fabulous picture book! As Miss Fanshawe journeys toward the center of the earth in her Hot Air Balloon, subtle die-cuts hint at the many fascinating things to come (eg. a fearsome orange eye-ball turns out to be the pattern on the wing of a giant moth). The richness of the illustrations and the wealth of detail within each one make this book a pleasure to read time after time.
This is one of my all-time favorite children's books! The illustrations are unlike anything I've seen, and Harriett Fanshawe is a fun, empowering character. This title can be difficult to find-I searched for a copy for years, and finally found one @ www.alibris.com It is also available on Amazon, but is somewhat pricey. I suggest checking your local library : )
Oh, I remember this, from when I was very young! It's a brilliantly illustrated picture book about a classy Victorian-era lady naturalist who travels into a cave in Patagonia in search of dragons. If anyone knows where I can find a copy in the US, please let me know!