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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2009
I really enjoyed reading this story. It takes place during the time of Cromwell and Parliament taking over the British government and kicking out the king. The Beverley children are orphans living with their elderly aunt, near the New Forest. Their father died fighting for the King. A verderer (forest protector) overhears some of the Roundhead soldiers planning on going that night to burn the Beverley mansion down. He gets the children to come and spend the night in his cottage. When the house is burned down, he and the children decide that it is best for them to remain in hiding. He teaches them to hunt, farm and cook. A Cromwell appointee resides on the other side of the forest and also attempts to protect the children. Their adventures are interesting as the author tells the tale in a narrative form, with many different adventures and characters.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2001
Captain Marryat's "THE CHILDREN OF THE NEW FOREST" is a wonderful tale in narrative, historically rich and quite fascinating. This story of adventure, treachery, and love takes place during the English Civil War, when fellow countrymen are found enemies, and are set against each other, Roundhead and Cavalier, Parliament and the King. Many hoped for the same thing: justice. But, for a long time, neither could find it. In the midst of all were the Beverlies, the family of a faithful Cavalier, who died in service of the king. His four children were left orphaned when their mother died of grief. Then, word came to them that the Roundheads were going to burn down their estate, Arnwood. Fate sent them into the hands of an old forester, Jacob Armitage, and they escaped to his cottage. From there, the story unfolds. It is a classic worthy of shelving in libraries, in private or in public collections, recommended by many educators, and by me, with all due praise.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2011
This book was published in 1847 and is set in the time of the English Civil War, some 200 years earlier. The four children of Colonel Beverley are rescued prior to their house being burned to the ground by Roundhead soldiers. They are hidden in the forest and learn to hunt and fend for themselves and grow up. I loved how the characters of the children developed, the way they matured and took on their roles in life. There are some interesting dramas on the way to the happy ending. I loved the detail of life in the 1600s. Very enjoyable.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 15, 1999
I first struggled through it when I was ten years old. I loved it and read it cover to cover perhaps twenty times during my teans. It is set in England during the late 1600's at the time of the Cavaliers and Roundheads. It uses language to the full, expanding childrens' vocabulary.
It's one of the best children's books I have read; my only criticism is that the author rather hurries the ending. Now at age 46 I am reading it to my children. Why was there only one of these?
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2000
The Children of the new forest is a brilliant insight into what england was like in the 15th century. It tells how four wealthy children are without warning suddenly plunged into poverty, when the roundheads fire their house looking for the king. It tells how the heir of the burnt house and his brother and sisters strive to become what they should have been without the roundheads. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to get hooked on something, but is not too hard. It is an excellent book to learn from and look at carefully, and is gripping to the very end.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2010
i did not wont to let go of the people in the book and felt a loss when it ended. very good book
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 1999
Children of the New Forest is a lost gem. It enthralled me as a child. I could see myself, very bravely taking care of my siblings in a dangerous and mysterious time.Being able to, from necessity, live off the land and elude the enemy. This story may be historically accurate, in regards to the politics of the time, but it is current in the imagination of a young person. I read this book as a teenager at the suggestion of my mother. We never quite saw eye to eye on things, but this story bridged the generation. Now, I reccomend it to you and my daughter, be careful, you may find yourself throwing on a cape, hopping onto a horse and riding off into the woods!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 1999
The Children of the New Forest is a lovely book. Set in England, in the New Forest at the time of Charles 2, children escape being burned to death in their own home. Living with an old forester, they have to learn to survive, no longer able to be considered rich. Do they survive in the forest? There is only one way to find out, children and adults alike will love this captivating story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2011
I read this book at the recomendation of my wife who grew up in England. after I had read the book my wife and I visited southern England and passed through the New Forest many times, I was able to see that the auther described it perfectly, I dont think it has changed since that time. again another history book with ture life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 19, 2013
This was a read aloud for my sixth and third grade girls. It started slow but then, they began to look forward to our daily reading of the adventures in the book. My 3rd grader even asked if there is a second book. Definitely good read aloud (some explanations of words necessary).
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