TOLD ON THE KING'S HIGHWAY by Eleanore Myers Jewett


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Tales of mediaeval England, written in what adults will find captivating poetic prose, and reflecting the life and spirit and mood of the times. I question the interest for the average child, for the stories are colored with the all-pervading influence of the church and much of their charm lies in the Chaucer quality of atmosphere rather than in any particular echo of his genius as story teller. These are days of strolling players, self-assured merchants, men of high and low degree; the tales convey something of their thought. There are stories of saint and devil, of ugly creatures that inhabit the land of the dead (not always healthful concepts for children -- as in Riders in the Dusk), stories of suspense, stories of heartwarming quality (He Who Looked at Paradise and The Little Brown Bees). A book which has definite appeal for scholars of legend and folk lore; but children will need the interpretation and selection of a story hour librarian or teacher sensitive to their unique values.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1943
Publisher: Viking