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The Last Slice of Rainbow and Other Stories

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A collection of nine fairy tales including: The Last Slice of Rainbow / Clem's Dream / A Leaf in the Shape of a Key / The Queen with Screaming Hair / The Tree that Loved a Girl / Lost - One Pair of Legs / The Voice in the Shell / The Spider in the Bath / Think of a Word.
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published April 1st 1988 by Harper & Row (first published 1985)
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Judy
My edition of this book (found with a pile of other Aiken books at the op shop - whoopee!) is illustrated by Margaret Walty, who has a very different style from Jan Pieńkowski whose work often adorns Aiken's short stories. The cover is not that great; mainly, I think because the illustrations are better suited to black and white reproduction. It looks at first as though the stories are intended for a slightly younger audience, and the opening story seems to confirm this. But then we travel on... ...more
Becky
Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I loved this book so much as a child. I particularly remember the story about the princess who finds she has screaming hair, and the story about the boy who is tricked by a stone goblin and has to be rescued from a cave by some kindly snails who like eating orange jelly. A very imaginative collection of short stories with a series of mysterious and fantastical (and sometimes slightly macabre) characters and plots.
Seth
Jan 01, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've never much been into short stories, but for me, Joan Aiken's writing is one of the exceptions. I could never remember the moral or theme of a story after reading it, but I eventually figured out that that wasn't the point. Joan Aiken's writing is escapist, exploratory, a beautiful adventure. Though I might not remember the point behind the story, I do remember the adventures, and they were well worth remembering.
Lonelylily
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My mother used to read this boom to me when I was a small child and it always used to me me so happy. To this day I still love this book with all my heart and I know that if I ever have children that I will read it to them someday becuase it is such an amazing book. If you have children then this is the book for them.
Rachel
May 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant little book of fairy tales.
Nikki Jo Lucero
Sep 13, 2007 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children and adults
I have not yet finished, It is a collection of imaginative short stories. Leave behind your adult real world for a moment and take a lovely walk in forests with rainbows and trees. Have tea with a fairy or listen to a gnome!
Stephanie
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book when I was in 2nd grade and have reread it dozens of times since then. Hauntingly beautiful stories with a bit of a dark side, I think this book of short stories shaped what would interest me as a reader today. The illustrations sprinkled throughout are equally magical!
tinkle Wickle
I love It
Sarah Sammis
Nov 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this collection in high school for fun and loved it.
Natasha
Sep 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
my favorite book from childhood. i suppose i could consider it the first work of fantastical fiction that really struck a chord.
Amanda Leavitt
Mar 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, chilrens
When I was little I used to check this book out from the library at least once a month. It has the cutest stories in it that I have always remembered.
Jan Yip
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my childhood favorites!
Alethea Bothwell
I can't say that Aiken lacks imagination, but she does lack the courage of her imagination. She thinks of an interesting idea, and then lets it go all silly. Too bad.
Diane Walters
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun fairy tales.
scarlettraces
not her best, i feel, but then again these are stories for very young children so i can't exactly judge.
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