- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 436 KB
- Print Length: 156 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: for the right reasons community print (21 Nov. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ABJSHHS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #522,630 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Some of the stories of his adventures and misadventures as a "sma loon" (little boy) in short "breeks" (britches) are very amusing, some less so. This was an isolated rural area and his memories of his school days sound more like the 1920's or 1930's than the post-war period I remember. He grew up to be a naturalist and much of his leisure time seems to have been spent observing the area wildlife. Be prepared for frequent confusion because he includes a great deal of the local lingo ("Doric.") I could generally figure out what he was talking about, but sometimes it took me a while.
The elephant mentioned in the title really WAS an elephant: a circus animal being ridden around the village to advertise the show. The author was supposed to give the elephant a piece of bread, but got scared and retreated inside the house. The pachyderm then tried to follow him into the "lobby" (hall) causing some damage to the plaster and creating a life-long memory. On the other hand, the "moose in the hoose" experience of one of his friends wasn't as exotic. Most of us have had a mouse in our house at some time or another. Not a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat, but well written and a good look at rural life in times past.