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The Little Bookroom Hardcover – November 30, 2003
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"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
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Eleanor's stories are not just tales to be read then forgotten, they are springboards of the imagination and of lively discussion. In the tale of the "Seventh Princess," would you rather be one of the six princesses or the seventh? Do you love a toy as much as Célestine was loved in the story of "San Fairy Ann?" If you were one of the Princes in "Leaving Paradise," would you?
Some stories are funny, like "Westwoods," and some are heartbreaking, like "the Lovebirds," but all of them magically transport the reader to another world. I have no doubt this book will be read until it was tattered, torn, dog-eared and stained with sticky candy.
The King and the Corn - Simple Willie tells the story of a boy (or is he the boy?) who values his father's cornfield above all the riches of Egypt's Pharaoh.
The King's Daughter Cries for the Moon - The Disappearance of the Princess results in a comedy of errors where even night and day are turned upside-down.
Young Kate - Kate finds the freedom and time to sing, dance and plant flowers, for which she is rewarded 50 times over.
The Flower Without a Name - Adam forgot to name one of God's flowers.
The Goldfish - For some, happiness comes from a world more suited to their size.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book as a child and even more as an adult.Published 6 months ago by teresa roberts-lee
This is a delightful collection of childrens stories. My boys aged 5 and 8 can't wait to read this at bedtime.
I too feel the pull of these stories. The language is beautiful. Read more
This children's classic is a compilation of twenty-seven stories chosen by the author, Eleanor Farjeon, herself. The book was published by Oxford Univeristy Press in 1955. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Storywraps
I was unfamiliar with Eleanor Farjeon's books, knowing her only from her delightful hymns. I bought the book hoping it would be similarly enjoyable but was a little disappointed. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Daniel O'Neill
Loved this book in the Japanese translation, 40 years ago! It is wonderful that I am now able to read this in the original language.Published on May 5, 2014 by Yuko Kawaguchi
Good reading even for adults. Fantasy, childlike, fairy tales -- all more fun than most books out there. Enjoyment. Don't get it if you don't enjoy fairy tales.Published on April 4, 2014 by babs
I remember from reading reviews a good while ago that most, if not all reviews are positive, am glad that's the case. Read morePublished on June 23, 2013 by WiseWomenWorldwide