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The Secret Language by Ursula Nordstrom ; Pictures by Mary Chalmers

The Secret Language by Ursula Nordstrom ; Pictures by Mary Chalmers


New York : Harper & Row, 1960. Hardcover. 167 pages ; illustrated ; 22 cm. $2.95 dust jacket with 1' tear at jacket tail end. A very good copy with firm binding, clean and unmarked pages.

Pictures by Mary Chalmers

Victoria felt terribly lost and alone her first few days at boarding school. Then she met Martha, who taught her the secret language, and pretty soon Victoria had no time to be homesick.

Martha didn't like boarding school either. In fact, Martha seemed to hate everything. H hate all the buildings and all the rooms, and the food, and I even hate the swings," she told Victoria. It was going to be exciting to have a roommate like Martha!

Who else would insist that they dress up as pistachio ice-cream cones for the Halloween party? Who else would decide to break the rules with a midnight feast?

Victoria never quite got over missing her mother and home, but gradually she began to like some things about boarding school too. And she loved her new friend Martha. And by the time summer vacation came, they were already thinking about next year.

Some Reviews of The Secret Language

"Ursula Nordstrom has written this school story that rings so true one feels it must have come straight from her own experience— The author's understanding of children and adults and the relationship that can grow between them gives a strong sense of reality to the story and brings it alive." —Anne Izard, Grade Teacher

"TKis has all the warmth and reality, the natural loving and hating of childhood—It is a real and intense piece of life." —Virginia Haviland, Readers Advisor for Children, Boston Public Library

"Ursula Nordstrom's gentle, acutely observed picture of the boarding-school world... catches the essential fascination of that special community and at the same time deals with certain problems common to any little girl adjusting to a new school." —Ellen Lewis Buell, The New York Times

URSULA NORDSTROM once attended a boarding school, not unlike the one she describes in THE SECRET LANGUAGE. She now publishes children's books and lives and works in New "York City.

MARY CHALMERS is the author-artist of many beloved children's books. She studied at the School of Industrial Art (now the Philadelphia Museum School) and the Barnes Foundation. She lives in Haddon Heights, New Jersey.

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