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Wonderful variation of a great legend.,
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The story of Dick Whittington, as fictional and legendary as it might, has always been one of my favorites tales and I can't believe I never knew there was a Newbery honor novelization of the story. "Whittington" is a quick, can't-put-down read and I very much feel it deserved its Newbery Honor. It's absolutely charming.
Armstrong weaves his version of the Whittington legend with the events surrounding a barn full of animals and their human companions. Whittington, a newcomer, regales everyone with the tale of his ancestor (Dick Whittingston's cat) while animals have their drama and a boy named Ben struggles to overcome his reading difficulties.
The talking animal quality to the story is wonderfully reminiscent of old-time classics such as Charlotte's web and makes me wish I could talk to my own cat. Armstrong's writing is simple and of quality. Whittington and the other characters are charming and understated in their design.
"Whittington" is a wonderful story that brings back memories of children's literature before its time. It's smart, funny, and tender and a great rendition of a classic story.