A Child's Delight

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UPNE, Aug 1, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 178 pages
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Any parent dismayed by the rows of Goosebumps books dominating the children's sections of most bookstores, any grandparent concerned about the Nintendo induced glaze over a grandchild's eyes, and any loving adult wishing a child to know good books will celebrate Noel Perrin's latest collection of essays. His earlier guide to neglected adult literature, A Reader's Delight, achieved the status of a classic, and now he has written a companion volume dedicated to children's fiction. Perrin's wit and engaging prose are, as always, in constant evidence, but it is his intuitive grasp of what makes a story work for children that renders this new book an essential resource for any home where books are valued.

Limiting his scope to those works already overlooked or in danger of slipping from view, Perrin leads us through a wide spectrum of fiction, ranging from stories for the very youngest listeners to nuanced novels for the adolescent reader. There is something here for every child: dolls and their houses; animals of varied talents and personalities; travels through time and space; romances promised, sometimes failed, sometimes realized; castles and battling warriors; magic of familiar as well as alien worlds; historical bits woven into textured stories. Richard Adams, Leslie Brooke, Arthur Conan Doyle, Wanda G g, Rumer Godden, Anne Lindbergh, Hugh Lofting, Jean Merrill, Ernest Thompson Seton, Margery Sharp, Dodie Smith, and others know what it feels like to be a kid in an adult world. As does Noel Perrin -- and so will the readers of A Child's Delight.
 

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Regarding Noel Perrin's book A Child's Delight , I must say it is also an adult's delight. In the 1980s he wrote a monthly column for the Washington Post: "It was called 'Rediscoveries.' Each of these ... Read full review

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Perrin (A Reader's Delight, Univ. Pr. of New England, 1988) has written a series of short and delightfully readable essays in which he discusses minor classics of children's literature that have been ... Read full review

Contents

Wandas WonderBook
6
Boy Wants Dog
21
Living Dolls II
29
The Freedom of the Woods
38
Three Fine Mice
48
Way Out West in Egypt Land
64
A Ten Year Old in Hollywood
75
A Tale of Two Brothers
84
It Is Permitted to Try Again
96
The Empty Castle
108
A Strange Voyage
116
An Animal Epic
122
A Dog from Heaven
133
The Peaceable Kingdom
139
A Book That Works Like a Charm
148
Epilogue
156

Many Tales of Three Brothers
90

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Noel Perrin has published numerous articles and a dozen books on a variety of topics, including Solo: Life with an Electric Car (1994), and First Person Rural (1990) and its three sequels, A Noel Perrin Sampler (UPNE, 1991), and Amateur Sugar Maker (UPNE, 1972). He is presently Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College.

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