Friday, October 31, 2014

The Abominables

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The Abominables
By Eva Ibbotson
Amulet Books, 2013. Fiction (272 p)

When Lady Agatha is just a child, her father takes her on a trip to the Himalayas.  While there, she is captured by a Yeti who wants her to raise his poor motherless children.  Lady Agatha teaches the Yeti to speak English and have proper manners.  After many years, the Yeti's secluded mountain home is discovered and the the Yeti must flea.  Two human children, Con and Ellen, decide to smuggle the Yeti to Lady Agatha's ancestral home in England. The trip is not easy and the kindly Yeti have no idea what evil is waiting for them when they arrive.  Ibbotson is a charming storyteller and it is refreshing to read a story where the children are both innocent and resourceful.  This is a good choice as a read aloud for younger children, or for a younger middle grader who is an advanced reader.

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