- Series: Everyman's Library Children's Classics Series
- Hardcover: 270 pages
- Publisher: Everyman's Library; 1994 Printing edition (September 27, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 067943643X
- ISBN-13: 978-0679436430
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,059,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys (Everyman's Library Children's Classics Series) 1994 Printing Edition
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About the Author
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) was born in Salem, Massachusetts, and made his ambition to be a writer while still a teenager. He graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine, where the poet Longfellow was also a student, and spent several years travelling in New England and writing short stories before his best-known novel The Scarlet Letter was published in 1850. His writing was not at first financially rewarding and he worked as measurer and surveyor in the Boston and Salem Custom Houses. In 1853 he was sent to Liverpool as American consul and then lived in Italy before returning to the US in 1860, where he died in his sleep four years later.His interest in Greek mythology led him to suggest to Longfellow in 1838 that they collaborate on a story for children based on the legend of Pandora's Box, but this never materialized. He wrote A Wonder-Book between April and July 1851, adapting six legends most freely from Charles Anton's A Classical Dictionary (1842). He set out deliberately to 'modernize' the stories, freeing them from what he called 'cold moonshine' and using a romantic, readable style that was criticized by adults but proved universally popular with children.Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) was born in south London, the fourth of twelve children. He worked as an office clerk before becoming a full-time illustrator in 1893. His reputation was established with the publication of his illustrations to the Grimm fairy tales in 1900. Thereafter some ninety books appeared with his distinctive pictures, including A Wonder Book in 1922.
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Gorgons * Midas * The Paradise of Children (Pandora's Box) * Three Golden Apples (Hercules) * The Miraculous Pitcher * The Chimaera
The Kindle version is not formatted properly in two ways. The "U's" in the titles are shown as "V's" and the first letter of the chapter is on the end of the chapter's title. HOWEVER as this version is FREE, one cannot really complain. I am reading this aloud to our children and older children should be able to work through the errors without any problems. The rest of the text is great and the stories are retold very well.
King Midas was obsessed by his love of gold which he horded in his basement dungeon. Once when he was in his dungeon, which he had locked so that no one could come and see and take his gold, a smiling stranger appeared. The stranger noticed that he had much gold but was not satisfied. He asked Midas what he wanted. After lengthy thought, Midas said he was tired of searching for gold and wanted that everything he touched would turn into gold. The stranger said he would grant the wish which would begin in the morning.
The next morning, the wish materialized. Everything the king touched turned into gold. When he put on his gasses, it turned to gold and he could not see through them. When he dressed in his clothes, they turned to gold and were heavy. He touched his much-admired rose garden and all the roses became gold and lost their color and smell. He tried to eat, but his food and drink turned to gold and he could consume nothing.
But then something excitingly worse occurred.
Children will enjoy the adventure, learn much about greed and about appreciating what one has, and they will look forward to discovering what happens in this classic tale. I think they will enjoy it so much they will want to hear other classics.
The language is so beautiful. Almost every page had a word or two that I was not familiar with.
This book has stories of Greek Mythology told with the most beautiful use of language. I think this is character building stuff. How can you not want to be better after reading this book? I had my 12 and 15 year old boys read this book out loud, and at first it was ruff going, but as they read every day, they really progressed in their ability to read his writing out loud. And the language is so beautiful that modern writing will surely pale in comparison