The Golden Key

George MacDonald; Illustrated by Marice Sendak; Afterward by W. H. Auden

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The adventurous wanderings of a boy and girl to find the keyhole which fits the rainbow's golden key.

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[This] "edition illustrated with remarkable sensitivity makes available once more one of the most beautiful of allegorical fairy tales...The story is itself a key that will open to many children a door on their own imaginative experiences and the pleasure and mystery of allegorical speculation." --The Horn Book

"A new edition illustrated with remarkable sensitivity makes available once more one of the most beautiful of allegorical fairy tales...The story tells of the girl and boy, Tangle and Mossy, who meet and travel together to a mysterious land. For a while their paths separate as Tangle encounters, one after another, the three Old Men--of the Sea, of the Earth, and of the Fire--and she grows wiser and more beautiful with each stage of her journey. Tangle is reunited at last with Mossy, who carries the golden key, and they reach the rainbow, climbing along it toward the 'country whence the shadows fall.' The story, full of dreamlike events and exquisite images, is itself a key that will open to many children a door on their own imaginative experiences and the pleasure and mystery of allegorical speculation." --Horn Book

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George MacDonald; Illustrated by Marice Sendak; Afterward by W. H. Auden

George Macdonald is the author of At the Back of the North Wind.

George Macdonald
Maurice Sendak

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The Golden Key
George MacDonald; Illustrated by Marice Sendak; Afterward by W. H. Auden

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Sunburst Paperbacks
December 1984
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780374425906
ISBN10: 0374425906
Middle-Grade Fiction
4 3/4 x 7 1/4 inches, 96 pages, Includes black-and-white illustrations throughout and an afterword
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7
$8.99
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