Once on a Time

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G. P. Putnam's sons, 1922 - Fairy tales - 358 pages
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The story of an hilarious war between two countries involving cloaks of darkness, magic swords and a prince who has been turned into a peculiar kind of animal. Suggested level: primary, intermediate.

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User Review  - jennorthcoast - LibraryThing

A classic re-read often, more adult than the Winnie-the-Pooh books. The illustrations are also beautiful, and I always remember fondly those 1000-league-boots. Read full review

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User Review  - anneofia - LibraryThing

This is one of the books which (barely) survived from my childhood library,. I loved it, rereading it many times, before I every realized that it was by the same person who wrote Winnie-the-Pooh. It's the story of the kingdom of Euralia, complete with king, princess, and seven-league boots. Read full review

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Page 76 - ... originally to have been played by Milne's wife and collaborator Daphne, is in the end vindicated, her apparant larceny merely a vehicle for her sentimental largesse toward the common people of the kingdom. Her virtues are praised in a servant's comparison of her and the king: " I know an old gentleman who bowls every evening. He trundles his skip (or whatever he calls it) to one end of the green, toddles after it, and trundles it back again. Think of him for a moment, and then think of Belvane...
Page 241 - Ilyich to sit in this chair, and she herself pulled up a stool and sat opposite to him with her elbows on her knees and her chin resting on her hands.
Page v - I am very sure of this: that no one can write a book which children will like, unless he write it for himself first.
Page 112 - I wish,' she said, and there was a terrible smile in her eyes, 'I wish that something very— very humorous shall happen to Prince Udo on his journey.' " A terrible smile but not such a terrible wish. Barrie, on the other hand, moves from cheerfulness to wistfulness to outright sadness. Tinker Bell is droll and saucy when she shouts "silly ass...
Page vi - But as you can see, I am still finding it difficult to explain what sort of book it is. Perhaps no explanation is necessary. Read in it what you like; read it to whomever you like
Page 10 - What were we talking about yesterday?" "Oh, your Majesty," said the Countess, "affairs of state," and she gave him that wicked, innocent, impudent, and entirely scandalous look which he never could resist, and you couldn't either for that matter. "Affairs of state, of course,
Page 57 - Belvane had always a curious effect on the Princess when they were alone together. There was something about her large manner which made Hyacinth feel like a schoolgirl who has been behaving badly: alarmed and apologetic.
Page 133 - Udo pathetically, and he stepped out the mane and the tail of a lion. In between the tail and the mane it is difficult to say what he was, save that there was an impression of magnificence about his person — such magnificence, anyhow, as is given by an astrakhan-trimmed fur coat.
Page 320 - I will know,' I continued, and then I repeated what Rudolf had told me. "Aunt Sophia looked very queer, she said : — " ' Rudolf has done wrong, but as you know so much you may as well know all. Your Aunt Ethel was your father's eldest sister. She went mad when about your age, and eventually ended her days by suicide.
Page 137 - Couch got on his horse and rode away. As soon as he was out of sight Miller gave a lunge and broke free from Sanderson.

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