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The Old Woman Who Lived in a Vinegar Bottle

Rumer Godden
Mairi Hedderwick


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Range: Traditional Scottish Tales Paperback 32 pages colour illustrations 294 x 219 mm ISBN: 9781782505105 Publication date: 21 June 2018
Genre: Traditional stories Ideal for ages: 4, 5, 6 and 7

The old woman is happy living in her old vinegar bottle house by a loch, until one day she saves a charming fish prince who grants her wishes in return.

At first the old woman's wishes are humble -- a hot dinner and a little cottage -- but as she asks for more and more extravagant things she forgets how happy she used to be in her little vinegar bottle house with her cat, Malt. Can her wishes truly bring her happiness?

This traditional tale is adapted with charm and humour by Rumer Godden, one of the twentieth-century's best-loved writers, while the beautiful artwork of best-selling illustrator Mairi Hedderwick, creator of Katie Morag, give the story a Scottish twist!

Featuring beautiful Scottish landscapes and lively characters, The Old Woman Who Lived in a Vinegar Bottle is a wonderful traditional tale to share with young children.

Old Woman Who Lived in a Vinegar Bottle


Rumer Godden (1908 — 1998) was one of the UK’s most notable writers. She wrote over sixty works in her lifetime, including much-loved children’s books The Dolls House and The Diddakoi. She won The Whitbread Award for Children’s Literature in 1972, and was awarded an…

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Mairi Hedderwick is the illustrator of Moira Miller’s much-loved The Adventures of Hamish and Mirren but is best known for her delightful Katie Morag stories for younger children. As well as illustrating children’s books, Mairi has provided illustrations for a stationary collection and written a…

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