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on 30 August 2001
Roger and Ann are sent to stay with their cousins Eliza and Jack when their father is seriously ill. The knight's castle and doll's house they are given as presents come to life while the children sleep. The children are caught up in a tale of magic and chivalry as they explore. Edward Eager began writing for his own small son in 1951. His books deserve a far wider readership than they have currently. This is a gripping and intelligent story which is also very funny. It is very well written and great fun to read aloud to reluctant (or small) readers.
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on 31 December 1998
When I was in Sixth Grade in 1964, my teacher read a chapter of this story at the end of each day. No one wanted to go home!!! It's a wonderful story about children who, because their father is ill, have to stay with their cousins. Their Aunt takes everyone to see the movie Ivanhoe and afterwards gives them a miniature castle complete with knights and ladies. Of course the kids designate these toys as the characters in the movie and you guessed it, the castle and the characters magically become alive. Nothing goes like the real story of Ivanhoe and there are many very funny magical adventures. I've read every Edward Eager book and this is the best one!
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