Maudie and the Green Children
by Adrian Mitchellillustrated by Sigune Hamann
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Maudie Hessett discovers two green children from another world hiding in the village wolf pit. The children are treated so cruelly by the villagers that they return to their own land. Maudie, now a grown woman, vows to visit the green world when her own child becomes old enough. A haunting and highly poetic parable about prejudice and fear of "outsiders."
Themes: English folktale, racism, intolerance, bigotry, parable
“The easy power of Adrian Mitchell's language, the cadences of the East Anglican speech which he captures without effort, and the startling watercolours of the illustrations make this a small miracle of a book for older, as well as younger children.” Carousel the Guide to Children's Books
Adrian Mitchell was one of England's finest wordsmiths and storytellers. He wrote numerous children's books, and his poetry is represented in the Oxford Book of Contemporary Verse. He lived in London, England.
Sigune Hamann studied in London and Berlin where she was the student of the celebrated Quentin Blake. She is an illustrator and recently designed the set for the Vienna Opera. Sigune lives in London, England.