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Dream Days

Dream Days

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Kenneth Grahame's unjustly neglected collections of vignettes, reminiscences, and inventions capture the ingenuities of a family of children — three boys and two girls — who live magnanimous lives nourished by the secret expeditions and private games they share. Written in the last few years of the 19th century, as Grahame looked back fondly at his own

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Kenneth Grahame's unjustly neglected collections of vignettes, reminiscences, and inventions capture the ingenuities of a family of children — three boys and two girls — who live magnanimous lives nourished by the secret expeditions and private games they share. Written in the last few years of the 19th century, as Grahame looked back fondly at his own childhood, these sketches of growing up are poised artfully between two states of consciousness — that of a child protagonist and that of a remembering adult — and so manage to evoke both the active energies of youth and the nostalgic tenderness of reflection. This book, and a companion volume entitled The Golden Age, remain beguiling today. While their language is sophisticated, confident reader of ten and up might easily find themselves caught in the web of story the author weaves; older readers have no excuse not to revel in these marvelous volumes.

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Bookman
There is no book about children like "The Golden Age," unless it is "Dream Days.
Children's Literature
Three cheers for the re-publication of a volume of his childhood memoirs by the author of The Wind in the Willows. These stories of long days spent in large country houses with servants, with ramblings through woods and fields, and visits to boring aunts, stables, and circuses will take older children and adults to another world. Grahame's summers a hundred years ago were spent making up plays from books chosen by his elder brother, each sibling choosing his or her role according to strict seniority. Other days he rambles the fields or woods alone. When sent to the nursery for being rude to a grownup, he seizes the occasion to sail away on a raft to the broad Atlantic, where he takes an elaborate tea in his cabin. South Sea adventures with pirates, episodes with dragons and St. George alternate with crushes on local damsels and escapes to the Orient. Grahame makes it easy to see the connection between summers spent in free play and a race of creative, independent minds, at home in the world of ideas and imagination. Dream Days is a fascinating read, a valuable historical document, and time-travel indeed. 2000, The Akadine Press. Ages 9 up. Reviewer: Nancy Tilly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780824023119
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/1976
Series:
Classics of Children's Literature, 1621-1932

Meet the Author


Kenneth Grahame (1859–1932) is most famous for his classic of children's literature, The Wind in the Willows. Sandi Toksvig is a comedian and the author of Hitler's Canary.

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