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The Old Woman Who Lived in a Vinegar Bottle

Rumer Godden
Mairi Hedderwick


Range: Traditional Scottish Tales Paperback 32 pages colour illustrations 294 x 219 mm ISBN: 9781782505105 Publication date: 21st June 2018
Genre: Traditional stories Ideal for ages: 4, 5, 6 and 7
"Little fish, little fish," called the old woman.

The water went bubble bubble bubble and up came the little fish.

"I'm tired of living in the vinegar bottle," she pleaded. "Would it be too much trouble to give me a little cottage?"

"Go home and you will find one," said the little fish.

The old woman turned round and rubbed her eyes. She could not believe what she saw.


'Beautifully illustrated... A fantastic story of the dangers of greed.'
-- Juno

'Charming and pertinent... A perfect bedtime story to share.'
-- South Wales Evening Post

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 stationery collection and written a…

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