ALEIDOSCOPE by Eleanor Carjeon


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First published in England in 1928 as part of a longer book and now being reissued in a shorter, separate volume, this is a collection of episodes concerning the boyhood of Anthony which were based on the recollections of a friend of the author. The scene is rural Somerset during Victoria's reign. The vignettes describing Anthony's birth, nursemaids, mother and father--in fact the whole rural scene-- are incidents rather than stories. The happenings fire the boy's imagination; included are the fantasies to which they lead, many with biblical overtones and characters. Miss Farjeon (the winner of the first Hans Christian Andersen Medal of 1956) and all her works are of particular interest to students of children's literature. While this is not the book she will be best remembered for, it stands as an example of a certain period in publishing for children. Its juvenile readership today is most likely to come through the read-aloud efforts of older adults appreciative of sensitive writing.

Pub Date: Sept. 25th, 1963
Publisher: Walck