Peeps at Many Lands: Ancient Egypt

Peeps at Many Lands: Ancient Egypt by James Baikie

Peeps at Many Lands: Ancient Egypt by James Baikie

Written primarily for children, James Baikie’s ‘peep’ at ancient Egypt is a really well done, historical account of the ways of that fascinating land so many years ago. It has stood well the test of time, being both well researched and well written.

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Seven O’Clock Stories

Seven O'Clock Stories by Robert Gordon Anderson

Seven O'Clock Stories by Robert Gordon Anderson

“Not once upon a time but just now, in a white house by the side of a road, live three happy children.
Their mother and father gave them very odd names, for two old uncles and one aunt, which pleased the old people very much. Their names are all written in the big family Bible,–Jehosophat Green, Marmaduke Green, and Hepzebiah Green.”
So begins this collection of bedtime stories for children, one each night for twenty days, involving these three happy children and their playmates.

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The Scarecrow of Oz

The Scarecrow of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The Scarecrow of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The Scarecrow of Oz is the ninth book set in the Land of Oz written by L. Frank Baum. It was Baum’s personal favorite of the Oz books and tells of Cap’n Bill and Trot journeying to Oz and, with the help of the Scarecrow, overthrowing the cruel King Krewl of Jinxland.

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Little Prudy

Little Prudy by Sophie May

Little Prudy by Sophie May

The main character of these six books is Prudy Parlin, who lives in Portland, Maine, with her father, mother, older sister Susy, and baby sister Alice “Dotty Dimple”. It is just after the New Year at the beginning of the book. Prudy is three years old and Susy is six. Alice is mentioned as a baby, but she is too young to participate in any of the “adventures”. This book ends at Christmas time.

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Favorite Fairy Tales

Favorite Fairy Tales

Favorite Fairy Tales

This book of favorite fairy tales was compiled and illustrated by Peter Newell. it includes Jack The Giant Killer; Cinderella; Sleeping Beauty; Little Red Riding Hood; Aladin and the Wonderful Lamp, The Ugly Duckling, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White and Rose Red, The Wild Swans, Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves, and 4 others that are not so famous. The stories included were based upon the those that various famous men remembered as their favorites when children.

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The Dutch Twins

The Dutch Twins by Lucy Fitch Perkins

The Dutch Twins by Lucy Fitch Perkins

The Dutch Twins are Kit and Kat, 5 years old and not yet big enough to be called by their real names, Christopher and Katrina. They live in a typical Dutch household, around the turn of the last century. The book follows their day-to-day adventures and accidental mishaps.

The book is the first of a series of stories about twins in different countries, meant to give children an idea of life and customs in various parts of the world.

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Uncle Remus

Uncle Remus by Joel Chandler Harris

Uncle Remus by Joel Chandler Harris

Many readers will already be familiar with Uncle Remus’ favorite animal characters – Br’er Rabbit and Br’er Fox among them – and some of the popular tales concerning them. (To this day, “tar baby” as an expression for a particularly sticky situation that is almost impossible to solve, has passed into the English language and common use.) Even people who have never read any of these tales will know exactly why you don’t throw a rabbit into a briar patch, mainly because Walt Disney produced his first movie ever to use professional actors with animation, called “Song of the South”, based on the Uncle Remus tales.

Joel Chandler Harris, a newsman in Georgia, grew up listening to folktales told by the local black population. Later, he published his version of these tales in a series of stories printed in the “Atlanta Constitution.” The tales of, and by, Harris’ chief character Uncle Remus, an old black man scrabbling to make his living in the post-Civil War South, were extremely popular and widely read. Harris’ use of innovative spelling to give the reader a sense of the black dialect was considered novel.

While this is not a book that will pass a current political correctness test, due to its use of labels for black folks which have gone out of polite conversation, Uncle Remus is a largely sympathetic look at post-war plantation life. Uncle Remus himself is a warm, folksy man of good humor and dry wit, and after finishing his animal stories, the remaining sayings and tales are a moment of history frozen in amber.

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