When Anna Lavinia’s father put a hole in the garden wall, itwas only to give her another point of view. He had no thoughtthat the point of view would stretch all the way to an entirelynew land on the other side of Dew Pond. But that’s exactlywhat Anna Lavinia discovers one very dull, very dry day, aftertossing acorns into the pond and finding them tossed rightback up to her.
They are being thrown by a boy named Toby,who invites Anna to join him in his looking-glass world. Herethere is no such thing as gravity, only a much weaker force thatfeels like “the tickle that comes before a sneeze, or the thrillthat comes when the knot in a ribbon just begins to loosen,”and allows for floating and spectacular feats of tree-climbing(but mind your household goods don’t drift away!). Toby introducesAnna Lavinia to an uncanny fortuneteller and to his auntCornelia, who has never gotten over the disappearance of herbeloved into Anna Lavinia’s own world.The Silver Nutmeg continues the adventures begun in Beyondthe Pawpaw Trees, and features loads of sense, a little nonsense,and more delightful verses from Anna Lavinia’s beloved Songsfrom Nowhere. Best of all, fans of Palmer Brown’s intricatedrawings will find every page a delight for the eyes.
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