The Primrose Railway Children – signed copy!
115 years after the publication of the much-loved children’s classic The Railway Children, Jacqueline Wilson, pays tribute to the novel with a modern reimagining of the adventure story, referring to Edith Nesbit as her ‘all-time favourite classic children’s author’.
She said: ‘I’ve always loved E. Nesbit’s wonderful classic The Railway Children but I’ve also felt she wasn’t quite fair to the youngest child Phyllis. All she can say about her is that ‘she meant extremely well.’ I’ve reimagined the story from the youngest child’s point of view. The Nesbit book is very much a fairy story where every problem is wondrously overcome by heroic Mother and an old gentleman friend. In my modern story there are no easy solutions – but the children still have exciting adventures and I promise there’s a happy ending. Rachael Dean’s beautiful illustrations add an extra magical touch to the story.’
The Primrose Railway Children centres around Phoebe who loves making up stories – just like her wonderful, imaginative dad. When he mysteriously disappears, Phoebe, her siblings, Perry and Becks, and their mum must leave everything behind and move to a small cottage in the middle of nowhere. Struggling to settle and missing her dad terribly, Phoebe’s only distraction is her guinea pig Daisy – until the family discover the thrilling steam trains at the railway station and suddenly, every day is filled with adventure. But Phoebe still can’t help wondering what her mum is hiding – and when she will see her dad again…
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