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Miniature royal fairy tale to grow and grow

In its current form, the matchbook-sized children’s book “J. Smith” can only be enjoyed by the most diligent of readers, armed with deft fingers, a magnifying glass and an abundance of patience.

But all that will change next month when the tiny fairy tale, created originally in 1922 for the library of Queen Mary’s dolls’ house, will be published in full, human size.

The project is being undertaken by children’s book publisher Walker Books, in collaboration with the Royal Collection. Its publication in early May will coincide with this year’s celebration of the Diamond Jubilee, the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the throne.

The idea to recreate one of the dolls’ house books took shape when staff at the Royal Collection were examining the house, in Windsor Castle just west of London, several years ago for a separate book project. The dolls’ house, arguably the world’s most famous, includes a fully stocked wine cellar, electricity, and working lifts.

“The publishing department had a look at the library and were really inspired to recreate this book, because it’s known as one of the gems of the dolls’ house library,” said a spokeswoman for the Royal Collection. Reuters
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