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Dream Days [Kindle Edition]

Kenneth Grahame
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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Amongst the many stories included in this volume is the tale of "The Reluctant Dragon", in which a boy negotiates a peace agreement between St. George and a benign and friendly dragon who has come to live on the English downs.

About the Author

Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932) was a British writer, most famous for The Wind in the Willows (1908), one of the classics of children's literature. Sandi Toksvig is a Danish-born English comedienne, author, and presenter on radio and television.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 171 KB
  • Print Length: 82 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1406945536
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082RID66
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,624 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Kenneth Grahame was born in Scotland in 1859. After the death of his mother he was sent to live with his grandparents in Berkshire and attended school in Oxford. On leaving school he worked at the Bank of England and also wrote articles and stories which he submitted to many publications.

He married in 1899 and had a son, Alastair. His best-known story, The Wind in the Willows, was published in 1908. After the sudden death of his son, Grahame was grief-stricken and became reclusive. He died in 1932 and is buried in Oxford.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Golden Prose about Victorian childhood 3 Oct. 2011
By Alun Williams VINE VOICE
I picked up an old copy of this book in a local second-hand bookshop a few months back, and it is a delightful volume to dip into and read a tale from now and again. It recounts incidents from Kenneth Grahame's unusual childhood (he was one of five orphaned children brought up by a group of Aunts and Uncles usually referred to as "The Olympians". Dream Days is a sequel to his earlier book "The Golden Age". I have not yet read that, but it really doesn't matter, as each story in this volume can be read on its own - many of the eight stories in the book apparently first appeared in periodicals. The best known story in this book is "The Reluctant Dragon", which is also available separately these days.
I thoroughly enjoyed Dream Days. Kenneth Grahame uses erudite language wonderfully and it seems clear that he received an excellent classical education, as I was forced to reach for a dictionary on more than one occasion (and am now looking forward to the day I have an opportunity to drop one of these newly acquired words casually into a conversation). It is easy to imagine his original readers chortling over these tales in some gas-lit Gentleman's club. The contrast between the rolling and rhetorical language and the childish joys and troubles being described is somehow very satisfying. I especially enjoyed "A saga of the seas", in which Grahame recalls an afternoon of make-believe after he was banished to the "St Helena of the nursery" after remonstrating with a visitor who had knocked over some of his tin soldiers, and which taught me the words flagitious and carronade.
Anyone considering buying this for a child who has already enjoyed "The Wind in the Willows" should bear in mind that this is a book about children, but not really a book for children, though it might please a very well-read child who is already used to reading Victorian prose and who is at least 11 or 12 years old.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dream Days 25 Nov. 2011
By Dusty
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Book arrived well inside the given delivery date.

Like most sequels, not really up to the very high standard of its predecessor, "The Golden Age", but still very well worth reading. I would have thought that Kenneth Grahame's reputation ought to stand far more on those two amusing books than on the now better-known "Wind in the Willows", which is a rather uneasy blending of beast-fable with comedy and nature-study. "The Golden Age" and "Dream Days" are genuine and feeling reflections of childhood, not over-tinged with sentiment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to read this again as an adult. ... 26 Nov. 2013
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I wanted to read this again as an adult. I am interested in the author. I would have preferred an original edition, but the reprint was faultless. A timeless classic.
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2.0 out of 5 stars boaring 12 May 2014
By David
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I did not find this book very interesting so did not read much of it. A book needs to grip me within the first few pages Im afraid this did not
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5.0 out of 5 stars A rare gem indeed 28 Sept. 2000
By John Pilgrim - Published on
If you are picking up this book, you most likely have read its companion, THE GOLDEN AGE. This book continues the exploits of the children introduced in the first volume. Veddy, veddy English. Completely delightful, though.
I am not sure today's children would enjoy this book. The 19th Century British-isms will probably be quite tedious to any but the most precocious of children. And nothing really "happens" so to speak. No adventures of overwhelming magnitude. Rather, the children's imagination governs what happens throughout the book. Small things are turned into events of great importance. Children brought up with video games will most likely be bored. But for an adult, ahhh! This is a find. It will make you yearn for the idyllic childhood you never had or anybody had for that matter.
Each chapter is like sunlight shining on a bead of dew in April. Or something similarily poetic. Grahame's the better writer anyway.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recalls the past 8 May 2000
By "fionaraven" - Published on
I'm sorry to see that Grahame's "Dream Days" is so unavailable. It's a deeply enjoyable book that demonstrates the power of "stories" to pull us out of the here and now and make us to stand up straighter, to imagine ourselves as knights and ladies. Grahame's book would be great for older children (young ones may find themselves fidgeting - there is a certain amount of description and archaic language). Adults may actually enjoy this one more than kids. Reading it brought back to me the days of my youth, when a good story could fire my imagination for days, and the characters lived right along side of me, as sort of doppelgangers. This story reminds me of E. Nesbit, another great Edwardian children's writer. Children should read these books, they are well-written and can help foster a love for the "right word" and the well-turned phrase. Try to find a copy with Parrish's illustrations. This whole book is just a wonderful aesthetic experience.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A delightful surprise 20 July 2011
By Jill - Published on
I admit it: I bought the Wordsworth paperback edition of this book for one reason -- its cover. Not being a great fan of Wind in the Willows, I was a little leary of what I'd find inside, but have discovered that Grahame's use of language and subtle depiction of character are quite delicious. This would be great for reading aloud to a bright child who enjoys words. That said, it would have to be a child with a sophisticated sense of humour: while Grahame describes everything from the viewpoint of a child's imagination, I get the feeling he's really smiling at the adults over the top of said child's head. I can't wait to read The Golden Gate, which Grahame published a few years before this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 13 May 2014
By Tabitha Twitchit - Published on
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Another Kenneth Grahame goody. I had only read "Wind In The Willows" ( about 10 times) until recently. Even though this is a book about children and their small adventures, and contemptuous of grown- ups, I as a middle-ager enjoyed it tremendously. If you spend your free time daydreaming about the English countryside of yesteryear, make sure you read this book!
4.0 out of 5 stars cheap production of a wonderful book 30 Jan. 2013
By Sophie Glazer - Published on
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Not surprisingly, this was a very inexpensive production of Kenneth Grahame's classic text, and as such didn't equal more elaborate editions with good reproductions of the original illustrations--but it's good enough to go on with.
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