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The Little Bookroom Paperback – Illustrated, 1 Jan 2004

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; New Ed edition (1 Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192719475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192719478
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 874,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If I ever have children, I would make sure that Eleanor Farjeon's "The Little Bookroom" will be part of their library and their childhood. Happy days could end with a story of a "Young Kate" who sang and danced and planted flowers, then a good night kiss and then a tuck into bed. Difficult days could be made better with the story of the Little Dressmaker and her dresses , a tight hug and a warm glass of milk.

Eleanor's stories are not just tales to be read then forgotten, they are springboards of the imagination and of lively discussion. In the tale of the "Seventh Princess," would you rather be one of the six princesses or the seventh? Do you love a toy as much as Célestine was loved in the story of "San Fairy Ann?" If you were one of the Princes in "Leaving Paradise," would you?

Some stories are funny, like "Westwoods," and some are heartbreaking, like "the Lovebirds," but all of them magically transport the reader to another world. I have no doubt this book will be read until it was tattered, torn, dog-eared and stained with sticky candy.

The King and the Corn - Simple Willie tells the story of a boy (or is he the boy?) who values his father's cornfield above all the riches of Egypt's Pharaoh.

The King's Daughter Cries for the Moon - The Disappearance of the Princess results in a comedy of errors where even night and day are turned upside-down.

Young Kate - Kate finds the freedom and time to sing, dance and plant flowers, for which she is rewarded 50 times over.

The Flower Without a Name - Adam forgot to name one of God's flowers.

The Goldfish - For some, happiness comes from a world more suited to their size.
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By Ancient Mariner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Jun. 2015
Format: Paperback
If you look through the listing of what books have been re-issued by the New York Review Children's Collection, (I'm thinking, "Jenny and the Cat Club", "Wind on the Moon", "Charlotte Sometimes", and others), you will find a number of books that have stood the test of time, and still speak to a modern reader. They demand a little more of the young reader and are perhaps more sophisticated and "literary" than some more currently popular books, but they are certainly worth a try.

I was struck by one of the reader reviews here, where the reviewer confessed that she didn't particularly care for the Farjeon stories when she first read them as a child, and I thought this was a very fair observation. These stories are not standard cut-and-paste stories, and they require a little more from the reader.

So, if you would like to experiment with a book that might have a different, more old fashioned, sensibility, this is a good place to start. (By the way, these books are in part marketed with a very superior sort of tone - you know, "for those whose tastes haven't deteriorated", or for "that special child". Well, don't let that annoy you or scare you away. The books themselves don't reflect that attitude.)
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The book opens with an introduction by the author that shows us the main influence of her childhood: a book-room where she spent so much time learning to love books and the magic they hold. How generously she has given back the pleasure she found.

This delightful collection of twenty-seven stories is peopled with all the characters one expects from Ms Farjeon: princes who don't want to marry, misers who become open-hearted, woodcutters that fall in love with princesses and so on. There are puzzled kings, disguised detectives and stubborn cooks - what more can we ask for? Some of the stories are very short and pithy whilst others are long enough to stretch over two readings, but short or long, each is captivating in its own way.

Ms Farjeon's style never fail to entrance me. The prose is easy to read, easy for a child to understand and simultaneously carries such a wealth of acute observation that we wonder why we haven't noticed things for ourselves. She encourages us to question why something is done and whether, 'Because it has always been so', is a valid answer. In that there is learning in her stories as well as delight.

This is a classic collection from one of the very best writers of children's fiction.
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I grew up with the original hardback of this book being read to me by my mother (it was her's as a child) and I am glad to find that it is still in print after all this time so I can buy it for my small friends. It has a great range of short stories - some only a few pages long & some quite long so it's suitable for all bedtimes. The stories are original & it makes a change to come across tales that you don't know the ending of through tv or frequent re-telling. If you don't enjoy these stories then I find I must quote the fairy in 'The Lady's Room' - "What's the matter with you lady?"
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