The Chestry Oak

The Chestry Oak

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by Kate Seredy
     
 

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As he watches his homeland of Hungary being taken over and run by invaders from Nazi Germany, young Prince Michael of Chestry strives to retain his identity and integrity during one of the most dangerous seasons in human history.

Michael carries an acorn all the way from his castle home in Chestry Valley to the warm soil of the Hudson Valley farm in the USA where he

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As he watches his homeland of Hungary being taken over and run by invaders from Nazi Germany, young Prince Michael of Chestry strives to retain his identity and integrity during one of the most dangerous seasons in human history.

Michael carries an acorn all the way from his castle home in Chestry Valley to the warm soil of the Hudson Valley farm in the USA where he makes a new home after WWII. It is difficult to decide which are the most unforgettable; the scenes in Hungary, Michael's proud, valiant father and his beloved Nana, or the friendly young GI and his family who take Michael to their hearts and make him their own. Perhaps the most compelling character of all is Midnight, the dancing black stallion, full of fire and beauty, and trained to perform before princes. Kate Seredy's drawings make this a book to treasure.

Originally published in 1948.

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Horn Book
Kate Seredy's fine illustrations help to link Hungary and America in this story of young Prince Michael whose changing fortunes brought him at last to the warmth of an American home.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670215416
Publisher:
Viking Juvenile
Publication date:
10/28/1948
Product dimensions:
20.00(w) x 20.00(h) x 20.00(d)

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
A masterpiece of childhood literature.
Jane Claire Lambert
Occasionally something precious is lost for a while only to be rediscovered and become appreciated all over again. Perhaps never is this more true than with the story Chestry Oak. Originally published in 1948, it is a beautifully told story of a boy who begins with a happy childhood, overcomes peril, and finishes strong. Chestry Oak is a book with all-too-rare and wonderful values that has been cherished by readers for generations. Long out of print, today's readers can once again enjoy the delightful story of Chestry Oak, thanks to Purple House Press. --Jane Claire Lambert, author of Five In A Row

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Guest More than 1 year ago
My mother read this book to me when I was a little boy and I remember weeping bitterly at the poignant story of a little boy prince in war torn Europe. It's a story of hope, loss, and the regeneration of the spirit. I cherish the 1958 edition I still have at home.