Darling! 1986 first edition of The Mice of Nibbling Village by Margaret Greaves and Jane Pinkney.
Written by Margaret Greaves. Illustrated by Jane Pinkney. 1986 first edition, first printing. Published simultaneously in the UK and US. E. P. Dutton, New York.
"Dimity Moppet wanted a gown
To wear at the Mouse Nibbling Ball.
She put on her bonnet and went to town,
But found nothing to please her at all.
Then Dimity looked in the attic and saw
her granny's old sewing machine
And a white muslin dress that her granny once work,
As pretty as any she'd seen.
"It just needs some colour," Miss Dimity said,
"To brighten the hem and the seams.
Here's fine scarlet silk and gossamer thread
That the spiders have left on the beams."
She twist a pattern of silver and rose
That gleamed in the candle-light,
And everyone said, "What a beautiful dress!"
When she went to the ball that night."
The book introduces each Nibbling Villager with a one-page biography and a charming Jane Pinkney watercolor.
Miss Seraphina Sprout
Mrs. Pepperset Brown
Mrs. Trillaby Lee
English artist Jane Pinkney (1948 - ) has been dubbed the "new Beatrix Potter" for her charming drawings and watercolors of the Nibbling Villagers, but her work stands on its own in skill and beauty. She followed The Mice of Nibbling village with Mouse Mischief, which was nominated for a Kate Greenaway award, and Little Mouse Alone.
In addition to her collaborations with Jane Pinkney, Margaret Greaves (1914 – 1995) wrote many other children's books, including Stories from the Ballet, Sarah's Lion, Tattercoats, The Magic Flute, Once There Were No Pandas, and Henry's Wild Morning.
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Condition*: Near Fine/Near Fine. Dust jacket: Mild edge wear, upper edge. Pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.
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