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Alice, cut down to size,
This review is from: The Nursery Alice (Hardcover)
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Just like the potion Alice drank, this version of the famous tale has been considerably shrunk to fit small children.
But this is no bodged edit, it's actually Carroll's own work to appeal and explain the story to children too young to understand the full tale. With large colourful (and original) pictures the text skips briefly through each stage of Alice's journey down the rabbit hole and asks children questions to get their attention.
It certainly surprised me when I read it to my kids. Though at times it seems a little twee, some of the ways that Lewis Carroll goes about explaining the events of the story are ingenious. Because this is the original text there are phrases and words that children may not understand today but in some ways it's nice to have a cut down story which is faithful to the text and doesn't try to modernise it (in light of certain films, shall we say).
Ultimately, though, this is as much as treasure as it is a bedtime book, it's probably not something children will want to have read to them too often but older children will be interested in reading it themselves.