When Amy goes to stay with her granny on her own for the first time, she packs everything she will need, including her three best things. On the first night, Amy’s little mat becomes a magic carpet on which she flies home to check on her mother, her baby brother and her dog. The second night, her tiny wooden horse grows to just the right size and whisks Amy back to peek in the windows and see that everyone is just as she left them. But on the third night, when Amy wakes to the sound of thunder and lightning, her little boat sails her to her house only to discover her family isn’t there. Tearful and afraid, Amy goes back to Granny’s and finds her family waiting for her.
This gentle, magical story is simply perfect for a child dealing with fears of the unknown; something we all need help with from time to time. Through the use of familiar objects, we see a little girl find comfort. The repetitive night-time action adds the reassurance of routine that demonstrates you can face your fears and all will be well. Somewhat traditional in approach, this is a wonderfully written tale by one of the giants of children’s literature and imaginatively, evocatively illustrated by another. I can’t think of a better book to take on a first stay away from the security of home; or as a soothing bedtime story to wash away the ‘busy-ness’ of the day and settle into dreamland.