The Wonder Clock

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Macmillan, Jan 20, 2003 - Juvenile Fiction - 432 pages
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"Pyle was one of the late nineteenth century writers who helped invent the fairy tale novel." —Jane Yolen

Famous and influential as a preeminent illustrator, Howard Pyle was also a gifted writer beloved by millions — young and old — for his endearing and enchanting fairy tales. The Wonder Clock is a delightful, magical collection of whimsical stories: twenty-four stories for twenty-four hours. And each a timeless masterpiece. Peopled with jolly kings and queens, lovely princesses and evil witches, sly foxes and mischievous ravens, ogres and giants, dashing princes and nasty dragons, these are old fashioned fairly tales in the best and most beautiful sense that can be enjoyed by readers of any age.

This edition also includes Pyle's dazzling illustrations.


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User Review  - featherbear - LibraryThing

The Kindle version is riddled with misprints and lacks illustrations. I'm fond of the quasi-arcane diction; I'm guessing the stories are Pyle's variations on traditional folk tales; they aren't as ... Read full review

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User Review  - MrsLee - LibraryThing

A collection of fairy tales written as only Howard Pyle can write. Of course they are extremely politically incorrect, full of witches, dwarves and such, but morally they are right on. Love triumphs over greed and kindness wins all. Read full review

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The Water of Life
How One Turned his Trouble to Some Account
How Three Went Out into the Wide World
The Clever Student and the Master of Black Arts
The Princess Golden Hair and the Great Black Raven
Cousin Greylegs the Great Red Fox and Grandfather Mole
One Good Turn Deserves Another
Peterkin and the Little Grey Hare
Mother Hildegarde
Which Is Best
The Simpleton and His Little Black Hen
The Swan Maiden
The Three Little Pigs and the Ogre
The Staff and the Fiddle
How the Princesss Pride Was Broken

The White Bird
How the Good Gifts were Used by Two
How Boots Befooled the King
The Stepmother
Master Jacob
How Two Went into Partnership
King Stork
The Best that Life has to Give

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Page vi - Over in the corner was a great, tall clock, that had stood there silently with never a tick or a ting since men began to grow too wise for toys and trinkets. But I knew very well that the old clock was the Wonder Clock; so down I took the key and wound it — gurr! gurr! gurr! Click! buzz! went the wheels, and then — tick-lock!

About the author (2003)

During what has come to be known as the golden age of illustration, Howard Pyle was America's foremost artist/illustrator. Born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1853, he developed his talents at a precociously early age. His specialty was the illustration of historical adventure stories, working for important periodicals such as Harper's Magazine and St. Nicholas. Very seldom does it happen that an excellent illustrator is also an excellent writer (or vice versa), but Howard Pyle, in this as in so much else, proved himself exceptional. Although he is remembered first and foremost as a visual artist, he wrote so well that many of his books are considered classics: The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, Otto of the Silver Hand, The Story of King Arthur and His Knights, plus several other volumes of Arthurian fiction, and, of course, Men of Iron. At the height of his fame, at the relatively youthful age of 58, Pyle died rather suddenly from a kidney infection. But he left behind quite a vital legacy. A comprehensive collection of his work may be viewed at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington. And of course, his historical adventure writings remain in print -- everywhere.

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