Once Upon a Time in Great Britain: A Travel Guide to the Sights and Settings of Your Favorite Children's Stories / Edition 1

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Visiting England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales? Don't miss Narnia, Wonderland, Hogwarts and Middle-Earth!

If you're planning a trip abroad—or just a flight of fancy into literature's best-loved magical lands—Once Upon a Time in Great Britain is a wonderful chance to read all about the creation of your favorite children's books. This book is both a practical travel guide for your family vacation to the UK, and a terrific source of armchair-travel fascination.

Each chapter covers classics such as Peter Rabbit and Paddington Bear for the youngest tourists, Alice in Wonderland, Kidnapped and The Secret Garden for the older kids, and C.S. Lewis' Narnia Chronicles and J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books for everyone.

Read about the real chocolate factory that made such an impression on the young Roald Dahl, or the cozy pub where C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien introduced their friends to Narnia and hobbits. Treat your kids to a visit to the real "100 Aker Wood" that helped A.A. Milne create Winnie the Pooh, or the station where Thomas the Tank Engine lives. And enjoy the many original illustrations that made the books so distinctive on their first publications.

From parents who grew up on Wind in the Willows, Mary Poppins and Peter Pan to kids who thrill to Harry Potter, Once Upon a Time in Great Britain is a must-have addition to the libraries of children-and adults-everywhere.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This first book by an Oakland writer and educator is a keeper: a good idea, done well." —San Francisco Chronicle, 10/13/02

"Once Upon a Time in Great Britain" is a ticket to the magical places of childhood...a delightful treasury of details about the lives and landscapes of the people who created some of our most enduring children's stories....For any grownup with a child in their lives—or just a bit of childhood still lodged in their hearts—this is a guidebook sure to be read over and over, at home and while traveling." -The Boston Globe

Publishers Weekly
And if traveling plans include England... Once Upon a Time in Great Britain: A Travel Guide to the Sights and Settings of Your Favorite Children's Stories by Melanie Wentz is the guide for young readers to get. Each chapter focuses on a single story (including Peter Pan, the Harry Potter books and E. Nesbit's The Railway Children) and offers a brief biography of the author and illustrator as well as information about the places connected with the story and how to visit them. B&w photographs appear throughout. (Aug.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312283384
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Melanie Wentz, a longtime teacher and administrator, recently spent a year exploring England and Scotland with her family. She lives in Oakland, CA, with her husband and their two daughters.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xiii
Part I Much-Loved Classic Stories 1
Peter Pan 3
The Secret Garden 15
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass 23
The Wind in the Willows 35
The Chronicles of Narnia and The Hobbit 49
The Dr. Dolittle Books 63
The Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin Books 71
The Borrowers and Bed-knob and Broomstick 87
The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Other Stories 95
The Legend of Robin Hood 109
Robert Louis Stevenson's Writings for Children 117
Mary Poppins 133
Part II More-Recent Favorites 143
Watership Down 145
Thomas the Tank Engine and Other Stories 153
The Paddington Bear Stories 163
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Other Stories 171
Ring of Bright Water/The Otter's Tale 181
The Harry Potter Stories 189
The 101 Dalmations 203
Part III British Favorites for American to Enjoy 211
Greyfriars Bobby 213
The Children of Green Knowe Stories 219
The Postman Pat Stories 227
Cider with Rosie or The Edge of Day 233
The Railway Children and Other Stories 241
Swallows and Amazons and Other Stories 251
Bibliography 263
Permissions 265
Index 267
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