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"Narrator Peter Kenny's varied British accents are wonderful; a few, however, as authentic as they are, may strain some American ears. But the narration shifts easily between the stories and the poems in this collection. Some listeners may take offense at the anti-Semitic undertones in a poem and story near the end, but Kenny makes clear Kipling's ringing endorsement of (eventual) freedom for all Britons."-- "AudioFile " --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- File Size : 617 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 299 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07VL9YGH9
- Publication Date : July 23, 2019
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,589,812 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The British have a wonderful tradition of excellent adult authors writing fantasy children's books that are also fun reads for adults. J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter", C.S. Lewis' "Alice in Wonderland" and "Chronicles of Narnia", and J. M. Barrie's "Peter Pan" all spring to mind. Even J.R.R. Tolkien's "Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings" were YA accessible and appropriate. But who would have thought Rudyard Kipling falls into this category?
The book Puck of Pook's Hill follows two children, Dan and his sister Una, as they spend an enchanted summer in the English countryside. When they perform Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream" under the oldest hill in England three times in a row on Midsummer's Eve, who should appear, but the magical faun Puck.
In a series of short episodes, Puck introduces Dan and Una to various characters from England's history, including a Roman legionnaire, a Nobleman, a money-lender, a blacksmith, and one of the old pre-Christian pagan Gods -- Weyland. The story-telling is masterful, the writing lyrical, and the plot moves along quite quickly. The story is interspersed with lots of poems by Kipling, who was, after all, a master poet. Puck is the type of book you can read out loud to your children in the evening, and they won't get bored. Each chapter is just the right length for a bedtime story. Or, you can keep it all to yourself and savor every last word of it. The only problem with reading it to your children is that they will ask you millions of questions about it. There are some historical references that non-British readers may not understand, for which I would recommend the reference list at [...]
Puck of Pook's Hill was first published in 1906, and is available for free on Amazon and other on-line sites.
I was surprised, upon reading it, to see the plot-lines of many, many "Prince Valiant" comics from my childhood. Obviously, hal Foster had read "Puck of Pooks Hill!"
Top reviews from other countries
This book, intended I guess for children, is really a kind of historical novel about a place in the south of England, hung on the idea of an ancient 'fairy' that introduces the story windows.
The only thing that modern readers may well stumble over is a curious story about the influence of Jews in the reign of King John. It reflects the ideas of some people in Kipling's time that the Jews somehow controlled the power of the nations through gold. An idea that has lead to some terrible persecution. It is interesting to hear what he says but maybe not an idea you want to impart to your children.
Despite Kipling's Victorian attitudes, it's still a book full of magic and interest and is based in part on many of the old British folk tales and mythology that so many people have now forgotten.