The Little Bookroom

The Little Bookroom

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by Eleanor Farjeon, Edward Ardizzone
     
 

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In The Little Bookroom, Eleanor Farjeon mischievously tilts our workaday world to reveal its wonders and follies. Her selection of her favorite stories describes powerful—and sometimes exceedingly silly—monarchs, and commoners who are every bit their match; musicians and dancers who live for aft rather than earthly reward; and a goldfish who

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In The Little Bookroom, Eleanor Farjeon mischievously tilts our workaday world to reveal its wonders and follies. Her selection of her favorite stories describes powerful—and sometimes exceedingly silly—monarchs, and commoners who are every bit their match; musicians and dancers who live for aft rather than earthly reward; and a goldfish who wishes to "marry the Moon, surpass the Sun, and possess the World."

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"Eleanor Farjeon’s stories and poems have been a delight to children for many years, and here she has brought together a new collection of some of her own favorite stories…Storytellers will welcome it." — Library Journal

"A selection of treasures from Eleanor Farjeon’s full store of writing for children. Including some stories which have not appeared before in book form. They make a rich combination: gems for storytelling and reading aloud, for children’s own reading, and a few that may be appreciated most fully by adults." — The Horn Book

"27 heartwarming tales…" — Publisher’s Weekly

"Twenty-seven of Eleanor Farjeon’s stories have been selected by the author herself to make an anthology in the classical fairy tale tradition yet lit with the sparks of reason needed to pry young minds loose from their moorings and to widen reading." — Kirkus Review

Selected as one of 100 Must-Reads (Age 13) by Instructor magazine

Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965) won Britain's prestigious Carnegie Medal for this collection of stories, as well as the Hans Christian Andersen Award for the body of her work in children's literature. Yet a reader today could find her very Edwardian fairy tales and fables distinct curiosities. What to make of a boy who spends his days in corn fields channeling an Egyptian pharaoh? Or a princess whose wish for the moon brings her fathers kingdom to the brink of Armageddon? The writing is precious, as is Rumer Godden's afterward description of tea with the octogenarian author in her storybook house and gardens tucked away in London's Hampstead. The stories might be best served read to younger children before they become jaded. Still, the book is an entry into the mindset of a different time, and Farjeon's prefatory authors note on her childhood book-filled home and its one particular nook that named this collection is worth the price of admission. Interested adults should set Farjeon within the milieu of A.S. Byatts The Children's Book (2009). Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
Publishers Weekly
Several favorites return in reissued editions. The New York Review Books is reissuing four children's book classics as part of its new Children's Collection. The Little Bookroom by Eleanor Farjeon, illus. by Edward Ardizzone, contains 27 heartwarming tales, first published in 1955. Many of the stories star standard fairy tale characters such as witches, fairies, princes and precocious young children, but they are also influenced by the urban, Christian and scientific aspects of early- to mid-20th-century life. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590170489
Publisher:
New York Review Books
Publication date:
04/05/2003
Series:
New York Review Children's Collection Series
Pages:
314
Sales rank:
1,125,292
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.76(h) x 0.89(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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