The Chicken Book
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Through star filled skies on Christmas Eve Kay Harker, in a sleigh pulled by eight unicorns and driven by Herne the Hunter, returns in triumph to Tatchester. The illustration on the cover of this issue of BfK is by Faith Jaques and is taken from The Box of Delights, a newly illustrated edition of John Masefield's classic children's book, abridged by Patricia Crampton and published by Heinemann, 0 434 95052 1, £7.95. A paperback edition (without colour plates) is available from Fontana Lion (0 00 572415 9, £1.50). We are grateful to Heinemann and Fontana for help in using this illustration.
Garth Williams turned a popular counting rhyme into a game of hide-and-seek wherein five down-cast chicks search in vain for a meal. But the reader can see what the chicks cannot - that the tasty morsels they seek are there for the finding; and it is this and the known text which make the book such a winner.