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The Old Woman Who Lived in a Vinegar Bottle

Rumer Godden Illustrated by Mairi Hedderwick

32 pp.  
8 5/8" x 11 1/2"
Illustrations: Color illustrations

Floris Books


Published:  September 2018


The old woman is happy living in her modest vinegar bottle house by the 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?

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.

(Ages 4 to 7 years)

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