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The goblin baby
Mills, Lauren A.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Because she is reluctant to accept her new baby brother, Amanda convinces her garden friends that a goblin has stolen her real sibling and replaced him with a changeling.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.9 0.5 46576.

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Amanda loves to visit the gnomes who live in her garden--especially now that there's a noisy new baby in her house. Her little brother can't do a thing for himself, and when he cries he looks just like a toad squirming on its back. It's the gnomes who confirm Amanda's worst fears: The baby is a changeling, a goblin baby--and the goblins have her real brother. Amanda knows she must come up with a plan to get him back, but will those tricky goblins return the baby?The Goblin Baby weaves a warm and funny tale of sibling rivalry with all the wonder of the fairy folk. With its delicate and detailed watercolor paintings, this charming story is another triumph from one of America's best-known illustrators of the fairy world.

Author Notes

Andrew Lang was born at Selkirk in Scotland on March 31, 1844. He was a historian, poet, novelist, journalist, translator, and anthropologist, in connection with his work on literary texts. He was educated at Edinburgh Academy, St. Andrews University, and Balliol College, Oxford University, becoming a fellow at Merton College. His poetry includes Ballads and Lyrics of Old France (1872), Ballades in Blue China (1880--81), and Grass of Parnassus (1888--92). His anthropology and his defense of the value of folklore as the basis of religion is expressed in his works Custom and Myth (1884), Myth, Ritual and Religion (1887), and The Making of Religion (1898). He also translated Homer and critiqued James G. Frazer's views of mythology as expressed in The Golden Bough. He was considered a good historian, with a readable narrative style and knowledge of the original sources including his works A History of Scotland (1900-7), James VI and the Gowrie Mystery (1902), and Sir George Mackenzie (1909). He was one of the most important collectors of folk and fairy tales. His collections of Fairy books, including The Blue Fairy Book, preserved and handed down many of the better-known folk tales from the time. He died of angina pectoris on July 20, 1912.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-A story about the reluctance of a child to accept a new sibling. Amanda and her garden gnome friends decide that her baby brother has been stolen by goblins and replaced by a changeling. Told from her point of view, the text is quiet and peaceful, and the tone, at times, drippingly sweet. Yet there are moments of terror, as when she thinks she, too, is about to be kidnapped by a goblin, and when the gnomes don't tell her how to get her brother back. When they finally reveal the secret of his return, instead of being angry at them, Amanda is proud that they are finally helping her. It is Mills's illustrations that make this book worth reading. Executed in watercolors in subtle, pastel earth tones, they perfectly evoke the gentle nature of Amanda and the magic and imagination that she has used to create her garden world. Younger children who cannot follow the somewhat involved story will be enchanted by the four gnomes and Miss Lucy Larkin, Amanda's rabbit. This is not a story for squirmy little ones with short attention spans, but dreamy fairy fans will appreciate it.-Diane Janoff, Queens Borough Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.