Lonely little Griselda comes to live with her two elderly aunts in an old house deep in the countryside. Drifting off to sleep on her very first night she hears the faint sound of a cuckoo - it seems as if it is right in her room! But can the wooden cuckoo from the cuckoo clock downstairs really be alive? This is an enduring children's classic about the strange and wonderful adventures of a very real little Victorian girl and a very magical cuckoo.
"A very special childhood memory" Emma Chichester-Clark
Mrs Molesworth was a prolific and very popular children's writer in the late 19th century. Her strength lay in the realistic portrayal of children's lives. Macmillan, her publishers, made a practice of issuing a book by Mrs Molesworth every Christmas. E.H. Shepard is best known and loved for his work for the Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin books. Later, he created new illustrations for The Wind in the Willows, confirming his fame as a great British illustrator. E.H. Shepard contributed his first cartoons to Punch in 1907, and continued working for the magazine for nearly fifty years.