The Little Bookroom

by Eleanor Farjeon

Other authorsEdward Ardizzone (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 1960



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New York Review of Books Children's Collection (2003), Edition: Reprint, 314 pages


Collects twenty-seven of Eleanor Farjeon's stories, which include kings, princesses, servants, a mysterious flower, orphans, enchanted woods, an organ-grinder, giants, a little dressmaker, fairies, and a kindly farmer.



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Physical description

314 p.; 5.75 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member Fliss88
In the Author's Note at the beginning of this book there is a sentence that jumped out at me and made me smile - "It would have been more natural to live without clothes than without books." Short Stories for children and what a lovely selection they are too. As I read I mentally heard myself
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reading them aloud to children and having fun doing it, they are so well written. My favourite was the story - And I Dance Mine Own Child. One of the longest in the book it told about a 10 year old girl and her 110 year old Gramma. They both had the name Griselda and there is a an old book involved with '....funny print, and wrong spelling.' It's been a long time since I've read a children's book for personal reading and I was unsure whether it would hold my interest enough to read to the end, actually for children, it's quite long at 302 pages. First published in 1955, the year I was born, it's dated for children today being nothing like a Harry Potter novel but I can see the attraction it would have held back in the day. Even today, read with animation to children I could see it still being enjoyed.
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LibraryThing member Eiseley
One of my favorites of all time. Enchanting, haunting, a treasure
LibraryThing member VioletBramble
This is one of the books in the New York Review Children's Collection. This book contains 27 short stories most of which I would characterize as fairy tales or fables. Most of the stories contain some type of moral lesson. It would be a great book for bedtime stories, most of the stories are 4-6
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pages long (a few are longer than 10 pages). Like a lot of children's literature there are too many princesses and princes, kings and queens in these stories. This book is suitable for both boys and girls.
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