"The result is still a leisurely, formally told story, but patient readers will be as absorbed by Clopinet's gentle spirit and profound delight in the natural world as by his occasional transformations. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 11-13)"
Written in 1873 and most recently appearing in print in English in the 1930s, this tale of a lame, timorous lad who grows out of his "wings of fear" makes a theatrical coming-of-age story, with fantasy elements and antique, but not cloying, sentiments stirred in.
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