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Loretta Mason Potts (New York Review Children's Collection) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Harold Berson (1926–1986) was born in Los Angeles and studied art in Paris. Loretta Mason Potts, originally published in 1958, was the first book he illustrated, but he would go on to draw pictures for more than ninety books, including many that he also wrote. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
“The poignancy of Peter Pan lingers over this fantasy, but it has its own special charm, the charm of unabashed fancy and resounding good sense, which made the author’s Harvey a favorite of adult audiences.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Surely, Loretta Mason Potts will take her place among the memorable characters of children's literature and her story should be a favorite for a long time to come." —Chicago Daily Tribune --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- Publication Date : July 15, 2014
- File Size : 11611 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 148 pages
- Publisher : NYR Children's Collection; Reprint Edition (July 15, 2014)
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- ASIN : B00HXYHUU4
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #559,182 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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After all these years, practically nothing in this story was familiar to me, but I found it an excellent read, with insights into children's and adults' minds, and with some digs at wealthy suburban life in 1950s America. The 1950s environment (with its anxieties about slang and comic books) is quite realistic, but the magic is genuine, scary folk magic -- little people under the hill who entice children away from their homes -- that is not compromised or explained.
I had tried to find this book many times, only to be told that it was out of print. I was so excited to find it on Kindle!
While very dated, having been published in 1958, the story is still as fabulous as I remembered. A tunnel in the back of a clothes closet (not unlike Narnia) the takes you to a secret world.
A terrific story to read or read to others.
Loretta Mason Potts was one of the first that came to mind. It's the story of a girl Loretta Mason, who finds a magic portal into another world where she's treated like a princess. She refuses to go home to her family and insists on living in the Potts house with another family because their house contains the portal. Her mother goes to see her every day, but doesn't mention her again to the other children, and can't think of anything to do about the situation except pay the Potts family to keep her.
The story really revolves around her younger brother, who is the main character, and who finds out that he has an older sister (Loretta) by accident. What's great about this is that you can hand the book to an 11 or 12 year old boy, and watch him get sucked into the story without any concern that it might be a "girl" book because of the title. As the mother of boys, I truly appreciated the fact that it appealed to both genders.
The book is hardcover with no dust jacket. The price may seem high to someone who has never read it, but anyone familiar with Loretta Mason Potts will (like I did) simply purchase it without question, grateful that you FINALLY found it after decades of wishing you still had a copy.
Then hand it to any of your children, boys or girls. It's still weaving magic 50 years after it was written.