Orange Cake for Tea
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The poem on our front cover is taken from Figgie Hobbin by Charles Causley, with illustrations by Gerald Rose, re-issued by Macmillan (0 333 12078 7, £7.50) in May 1990. Figgie Hobbin was first published in 1970 and has remained in print ever since. We are grateful to Macmillan for help in using this illustration.
Mum is too busy since the new baby arrived to pay attention to Beth who most of all misses making orange cake together. She decides to give the baby away to her best friend Katy in exchange for some ballet shows. I felt this rather contrived and the story unrealistic and far too predictable, but the setting is well described and the children's conversations sound convincing. An author looking for a better plot, I think.