Stories for Tens and Over (Puffin Books) Paperback – Illustrated, 25 Feb 1982
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GOOD - Usual signs of a well read book but good overall condition. Not likely to look good on your bookcase after reading and not suitable as a present unless hard to find elsewhere. Inscribed
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I have to agree with the other review though: this isn't as good as those other volumes. In fact, in what it says about both life and reading for my kids in the years ahead it's a little depressing. There are familiar grown-up names - Wodehouse, HG Wells, John Masefield, Rosemary Sutcliffe - and this is really full-blown adult literature, on realistic, mundane subjects: obesity, what the neighbours think, violence, death and romance (but not sex, we can't have that can we?).
The magic and charm of the tales for younger kids is not there. Originally published in 1976, most of the stories are much older; and because they are set in the real world (unlike the timeless world of fairy tales) they need some explanation of context to be understandable. Some, particularly the American ones, are hard going for me never mind my kids (why are 'classic' American writers so prone to over-writing?) and I wouldn't say any of them exactly put a spring in your step.
Is it all downhill from here? I hope this too-much-too-soon collection doesn't put them off finding out.