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The Little Bookroom

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InThe Little Bookroom,Eleanor Farjeon mischievously tilts our workaday world to reveal its wonders and follies. Her selection of her favorite stories describes powerful—and sometimes exceedingly silly—monarchs, and commoners who are every bit their match; musicians and dancers who live for aft rather than earthly reward; and a goldfish who wishes to “marry the Moon, surpass the Sun, and possess the World.”

About the Author

Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965) grew up in England in a house filled with books, and she and her brothers enjoyed reading stories to one another and writing their own. In America, Farjeon’s best-known work may be the hymn “Morning Has Broken,” later recorded by Cat Stevens, but in her native country she is beloved as the author ofElsie Piddock Skips in her Sleep,Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard, and, of course,The Little Bookroom. Farjeon was pleased whenThe Little Bookroomwon the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award and the Carnegie Medal, but she turned down another honor—Dame of the British Empire—explaining that she “did not wish to become different from the milkman.” At her death, the Children’s Book Circle established the Eleanor Farjeon Award in her honor.

Rumer Godden (1907–1998) grew up in India, where her father ran a steamship company. When her husband left her penniless in Calcutta with two daughters to raise, she started to write books to pay off her many debts. She wrote more than sixty books for adults and young adults, includingThe Doll’s House, Impunity Jane, The Greengage Summer,An Episode of SparrowsandThe Mousewife.

Edward Ardizzone (1900-1979) was born in French Indochina (now Vietnam) and moved to England when he was five years old. As an official “War Artist” with the British Army, he chronicled the Blitz in London and the Battle of El Alamein in Egypt. In addition to his illustrations for works by Eleanor Farjeon, Dylan Thomas, and Robert Louis Stevenson, Ardizzone wrote and illustrated his own books, including the celebrated Little Tim series, which was inspired in part by his dreams of escape from boarding school.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781590175484
Publisher:
New York Review Books
Publication Date:
20111221
Author:
Farjeon, Eleanor
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English

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Children's » Classics » General
Young Adult » Fiction » Short Stories

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