A KID FOR TWO FARTHINGS -,Wolf Mankowitz
This book's opening sentence grabbed my attention: "It was thanks to Mr. Kandinsky that Joe knew a unicorn when he saw one." I had to find out what was happening. A lot, as it turns out, especially for such a slender book. This is one of those lovely books you read in a sitting and sigh in contentment as you close the covers.
Published in 1953, it is the tale of a six-year-old boy living in London's East End with his working mother in the home and shop of an elderly Jewish tailor who has befriended them while the boy's father is off to Africa to seek their fortune. The boy is being raised by mother, tailor, tailor's assistant (also a wrestler), and assorted East End neighbors, all interesting characters. He acquires a "unicorn" after all the one-day chicks he buys for pets die in rapid succession. It is important he has a unicorn because once the horn has grown rubbing it, he will be granted three wishes. How this happens is the story.
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