Is there a nook in your house filled with books randomly shelved, stacked on the floor, piled upon chairs? Farjeon's collection of imaginative short stories for children is just such a place---filled with kings, woodcutters, musicians, dancers, and a goldfish who wishes to marry the moon! Delightfully illustrated with pen-and-ink drawings. Ages 10 and up. 315 pages, hardcover from New York Review.
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, Farjeons 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 of Elsie Piddock Skips in her Sleep, Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard, and, of course, The Little Bookroom. Farjeon was pleased when The Little Bookroom won the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award and the Carnegie Medal, but she turned down another honorDame of the British Empireexplaining that she "did not wish to become different from the milkman." At her death, the Childrens Book Circle established the Eleanor Farjeon Award in her honor.
"Eleanor Farjeons stories and poems have been a delight to children for many years, and here she has brought together a new collection of some of her own favorite stories…Storytellers will welcome it." Library Journal
"A selection of treasures from Eleanor Farjeons full store of writing for children. Including some stories which have not appeared before in book form. They make a rich combination: gems for storytelling and reading aloud, for childrens own reading, and a few that may be appreciated most fully by adults." The Horn Book
"27 heartwarming tales…" Publishers Weekly
"Twenty-seven of Eleanor Farjeons stories have been selected by the author herself to make an anthology in the classical fairy tale tradition yet lit with the sparks of reason needed to pry young minds loose from their moorings and to widen reading." Kirkus Review
Selected as one of 100 Must-Reads (Age 13) by Instructor magazine