Wouldbegoods

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"[...] Then the Midsummer holidays came, and we breathed again-but only for a few days. We began to feel as if we had forgotten something, and did not know what it was. We wanted something to happen-only we didn't exactly know what. So we were very pleased when Father said-
'I've asked Mr Foulkes to send his children here for a week or two. You know-the kids who came at Christmas. You must be jolly to them, and see that they have a good time, don't you know.'
We remembered them right enough-they were little ...
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"[...] Then the Midsummer holidays came, and we breathed again-but only for a few days. We began to feel as if we had forgotten something, and did not know what it was. We wanted something to happen-only we didn't exactly know what. So we were very pleased when Father said-
'I've asked Mr Foulkes to send his children here for a week or two. You know-the kids who came at Christmas. You must be jolly to them, and see that they have a good time, don't you know.'
We remembered them right enough-they were little pinky, frightened things, like white mice, with very bright eyes. They had not been to our house since Christmas, because Denis, the boy, had been ill, and they had been with an aunt at Ramsgate.
Alice and Dora would have liked to get the bedrooms ready for the honoured guests, but a really good housemaid is sometimes more ready to say 'Don't' than even a general. So the girls had to chuck it. Jane only let them put flowers in the pots on the visitors' mantelpieces, and then they had to ask the gardener which kind they might pick, because nothing worth gathering happened[...]".
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  • ISBN-13: 9781406835083
  • Publisher: Echo Library
  • Publication date: 11/1/2006
  • Pages: 156
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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Edith Nesbit (1858–1924) was a prolific children's author, writing more than 60 books including The Railway Children, Five Children and It, and The Story of the Treasure Seekers.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2010

    Perfect Read-a-load Bed-Time Adventure

    For those (grownups and others) who love to read about the lively misadventures of childhood this book is for you. The characters are lovable for their foibles as well as their energetic spirits. I enjoyed reliving the frustration of navigating between fantasy play and a growing sense of "real world" adult expectations. Like C.S. Lewis' Narnia series, one doesn't have to be young to enjoy it. However, unlike Lewis' classic, this book is not an allegory. I'm tucking this one away until I have grandkids!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2008

    E. Nesbit still speaks to children

    Parents and children alike will enjoy investing in a classic fantasy by E. Nesbit. Referenced as the inspiration of many of todays Fantasy legends, she knew how to talk to kids, on their level, and with their language. These books are wonderful listening for loooong car rides, or just a bedtime read-aloud, but of course for individual pleasure as well.

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