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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

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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.”

Editorial Reviews

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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"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590175484
Publisher:
New York Review Books
Publication date:
03/14/2012
Series:
New York Review Children's Collection Series
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
936,995
File size:
21 MB
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Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965) grew up in England in a house filled with books, and she and her brothers enjoyed reading stories to one another and writing their own. In America, Farjeon’s best-known work may be the hymn “Morning Has Broken,” later recorded by Cat Stevens, but in her native country she is beloved as the author of Elsie Piddock Skips in her Sleep,Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard, and, of course, The Little Bookroom. Farjeon was pleased when The Little Bookroom won the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award and the Carnegie Medal, but she turned down another honor—Dame of the British Empire—explaining that she “did not wish to become different from the milkman.” At her death, the Children’s Book Circle established the Eleanor Farjeon Award in her honor.

Rumer Godden (1907–1998) grew up in India, where her father ran a steamship company. When her husband left her penniless in Calcutta with two daughters to raise, she started to write books to pay off her many debts. She wrote more than sixty books for adults and young adults, including The Doll’s House, Impunity Jane, The Greengage SummerAn Episode of Sparrows and The Mousewife.

Edward Ardizzone (1900-1979) was born in French Indochina (now Vietnam) and moved to England when he was five years old. As an official “War Artist” with the British Army, he chronicled the Blitz in London and the Battle of El Alamein in Egypt. In addition to his illustrations for works by Eleanor Farjeon, Dylan Thomas, and Robert Louis Stevenson, Ardizzone wrote and illustrated his own books, including the celebrated Little Tim series, which was inspired in part by his dreams of escape from boarding school.

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