GULL TRAVELS by Mary Rodell


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To Mrs. Bodell, the prospect of taking six children to Europe so that her professor husband could spend his Guggenheim sabbatical working in Denmark and then touring the Continent from Copenhagen to Spain seemed, in a way, only logical after her strict New England upbringing, ""the consummation of a life spent doing things the hard way,"" The children ranged in age from thirteen to less than a year, both boys and girls, their tastes and Temperaments widely varied. It would be they who conversed freely with Copenhagen shopkeepers, while their mother learned her Danish from their up-country house-keeper, breaking the local conversational ice except in a mixture of French, German, and English. Their stay in Denmark was peppered with bi-lingual spats with the landlord from whom they rented a (partly) furnished house, one teenage romance with a sad ending, and much all arounds. The grand tour was accomplished in a Volkswagen bus, to the strains of ""how can we pitch the tents, when it's raining?"" and ""Does anybody know where we can find a "" The reader doesn't have to figure out how to get them all home safely just relax and laugh with Mrs. Gullible. They made it okay, and you'd never be so foolish...

Pub Date: Feb. 25th, 1962
Publisher: Dodd, Mead