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The Lying Carpet | [David Lucas]

The Lying Carpet

A little girl wakes up to find she is a statue in a room in a grand house with only a tiger rug for company. Is anything the tiger says to be trusted? Is he a real tiger, a fake or a magic carpet? Is she really just a statue or is she bewitched - was she once turned to stone? Will she ever come to life? By turns comical and lugubrious, the tiger gives the little girl plenty of versions of the truth, but how will she decide what is true, and will it set her free?
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Publisher's Summary

A little girl wakes up to find she is a statue in a room in a grand house with only a tiger rug for company. Is anything the tiger says to be trusted? Is he a real tiger, a fake or a magic carpet? Is she really just a statue or is she bewitched - was she once turned to stone? Will she ever come to life? By turns comical and lugubrious, the tiger gives the little girl plenty of versions of the truth, but how will she decide what is true, and will it set her free?

©2008 David Lucas; (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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"An exquisite and provoking contemplation of truth, hope, dreams and the power of stories." (The Daily Telegraph)

"This clever parable is bursting with wordplay that will affect each listener differently, depending upon his or her age, perception, and experience. Narrator Nicholas Bell expertly re-creates Faith, a little girl. Or is she a statue? Is the tiger who discusses making choices with her a lying carpet or a flying carpet? The tiger attempts to advise her by giving her many versions of the truth. Is the tiger that is also a carpet real, fake, or magical? Bell splendidly captures these two very different personalities, the decisions they must make, and how they can help each other. This short piece is ideal for generating discussion about choices with youngsters." (AudioFile)

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