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Can anyone tell me the name of these books?

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elementofsurprise Fri 24-Jul-15 12:31:50

Im afraid there's not much to go on... both books were read by me/to me as a young child, late 80's/very early 90's.

One book I think featured a little girl and boy as the main characters, think they were friends rather than siblings. Anyway, the thing I really remember is the illustrations - there were people carrying around huge hand-shaped stautes in the background, or you could see them through the window etc. I think the last page had all the statues together in a park or something. This wasn't relevent to the story, just a fun thing going on in the background.

Second book was something with beautiful, picturesque illustrations. I vaguey recall it was about someone - a young woman I think - coming across three (?) dusty old wooden mannequins in an old house (shop?). I think the mannequins were presented as a little 'family' - mother, father daughter. Dusty and forgotton about. Maybe lots of hidden meanng in the story I was too young for? She paints them/dresses them, I think they end up artfully arranged smiling from a window. (It sounds a bit creepy now..!) I have a feeling this was a book from the US/set in the US (I'm thinking big house with porch).

Bit vague but been trying to remember for literally years!

Any clues welcome smile Thanks

elementofsurprise Fri 24-Jul-15 12:33:40

*meant to add; the mannequins were big, life size iirc.

Sockmatcher Fri 24-Jul-15 21:24:41

Bumping for you!

quirkychick Fri 24-Jul-15 21:31:48

I think your first book is by David Mckee, I've tried to Google - I think it might be "I hate my teddy bear". Hth

elementofsurprise Sat 25-Jul-15 19:24:53

Oh wow thanks! I'm so glad someone knew! Going to buy myself a copy smile (I seriously need to have DC an an excuse to read more children's books... wink)

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