Old Good Books For Kids

Reviewing kids books from the 19th century.

Paddy the Beaver

The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver

A Book Report

By: Katherine Dewitt

A Book Report

By: Katherine Dewitt

Paddy the Beaver is a hard-working beaver who comes to live in the Green Forest, and he builds a dam over the Laughing Brook. Sammy Jay is entirely against Paddy being there because he is cutting down lots of trees, and begins to call him a thief for doing it, but, the beaver has to ignore him. “(What happens after is for you to find out! :) ) Once, when Sammy is complaining, he sits on the tree that Paddy is cutting down, he tries to warn Sammy with his tail (That’s the way a beaver says, “TIMBER!!”) but, he is so busy talking that he falls into the pond. You see while Sammy had been speaking his mind, Paddy the Beaver had cut down the very tree in which he was sitting.Paddy soon makes a promise, that when his pond is finished he will fill the smiling pond,(here’s an excerpt)”So day by day the dam grew, and the pond grew, and then one morning Grandfather Frog, down in what had once been the Smiling Pool, heard a sound that made his heart jump for joy. It was a murmur that kept growing and growing, until at last it was the merry laugh of the Laughing Brook. Then he knew that Paddy had kept his word and water would once more fill the Smiling Pool”. Soon, Farmer Browns Boy grows curious because, when he comes to the Smiling Pool there is usually water in it, but he sees, mud, mud and tiny pools of water, he goes to the Laughing Brook–ha!, then again, there was no Laughing Brook, just pools of water with the tiniest of streams trickling between. Big stones over which he had always seen the water running in the prettiest of little white falls were bare and dry. Where has all the water gone?After this episode, Paddy wonders if he should build a house,but on the other hand, Farmer Browns Boy has discovered his dam and pond,but he decides to build his house, and find some food, so he will be safe and warm for the winter. Jerry Muskrat helps.Paddy begins to lay up his food for the winter, Beavers eat bark,aspen is their favorite but where does he put it? A few of the little Green Forest animals are wondering that very thing.And Old Man Coyote finds out Paddy is in the Green Forest, and starts to hunt for him, what happens next is for you to find out.

This book has a lot of useful information about animals themselves (which is educational,Right?) and other good character skills, like, being kind to others, the importance of good and hard work, showing the needs to make proper preparation, and other great lessons for life.

To read the Book yourself click the link and the HTML

The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver

To listen to the book click the link, then [mp3@64kbps - 8.8MB] and when the chapter is finished, scroll down and click the same thing. You can put these on your MP3 player as well.

The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver Audio-book

Happy Reading!!

:)

Katherine
P.S
I am very sorry for not having uploaded in a while, I’ve been very busy. Life likes to keep you on your toes.Please keep in mind that sometimes I’m busy with work or helping my family, and other times I am busy deciding what book to do next.
Thanks for understanding!
Katherine

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Book Report 4: Little Women

Little Women

A Book Report

Author : Louisa May Alcott

Genre : Family Life

Age Group : This is a book that I would recommend for ages 10 and up,and for girls! It’s actually for both genders, but people like to say its a girl’s book as well.

Book Type: Realistic Fiction

Publication date[optional.} : September 30 1868

Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March live in New England with their mother while their father has gone to fight in the American War Between the States. Once their family had been well-to-do but their lives had reversed.Though the March family doesn't have monetary riches, they have love and family riches. Meg and Jo have jobs, Beth stays home with Marmee( that is what they call their mother.), and Amy goes to school.

Jo is the most adventurous sister, the one who acts like a boy. She didn't often act like a lady like her sisters would. Jo is the one who befriended the lonely boy next door, Theodore Laurence. Soon Laurie[Laurie is a nickname] is involved in many of the girls’ adventures. As the five grow up, they enjoy many activities that grew from and strengthened their blooming imaginations.

In time Mr. March returns home and the girls have grown. They have moved from girlhood to womanhood, with the romances and businesses involved with that activity. Beth, who is the favorite of all the family, suffers from a life-threatening disease. Although she recovers, she never regains her full strength again. Jo’s impulsively tempered words get her in trouble more than once. Meg, then Amy, meet the men who become the loves of their lives. Beth continues to be the comfort to the March family. Laurie falls in love with Jo and is rejected – she knows they are better in a brother/sister relationship rather than husband and wife. Laurie soon recovers from Jo’s rejection and discovers a new love. Jo continues to write her stories and plays, trying to make a small amount of money with them. She is certain she will never marry, but even Jo finds someone who completely changes her mind.

This novel for girls is about 150 years old and is still charming to a young girl’s heart. The March girls excite the imagination of the young reader. Miss Alcott brings the girls and her time period to life through a loving haze. Bad things happen in the book – tears are mentioned – yet overall this is a joyful book, full of hope.

I first read Little Women 2 years ago , and it is a wonderful book, I still read it!. I hope young girls can still enjoy this endearing novel, but they may be too jaded with all the amusements available in their environments. As an adult I find it overly sweet at times.Perfect for any young imagination.

Yes, Little Women is a must read for all young girls, probably 10 and older, this book is a charmer. Goes nice with a blanket and a cup of a hot beverage on a cold day.

Little Women Book

The how-to for these links is posted the other days post

Little Women Audiobook

Enjoy!

P.S Sorry for the wait for this book report,I had done the report right after The Railway Children,but I saved it as a draft so I could make a few adjustments to it only now am I getting around to publishing it.To make it up, I am doing another one right now.Thank you all for understanding!

Bye for now!

Katherine

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Book Report 3: The Railway Children

The Railway Children

A Book Report

The Railway Children was written by E.Nesbit, it got published in 1906 but it was written in 1901 (right at the end of Queen Victoria’s reign).The book is fiction and a adventurous one, to be honest, many people believe that this book is the best book that E.Nesbit has ever written in her lifetime! The story setting takes place in the country side during Victorian Britain times, the children and their mother live in a cottage called The Three Chimneys,but before that they had lived in a beautiful red brick villa in the London suburbs. The main characters were Roberta (also known as Bobbie), Phyllis, Peter and Mother, in my point of view in think Roberta is quite sensitive for example: “Here’s your tea mother, dear,” Well do you think so too? Now then Peter on the other hand is quite rude to his sisters for example: “Phyllis, you’re so ungentleman like.” Phyllis, well where do I begin? She’s quite imaginative, for example: “It’s moving!” “I always knew this railway was enchanted.” Mother, to be honest she’s rather accepting for example: “Fine let him in, we’ll look after him right away! The are some brilliant main events in this book; to begin with I better tell you them one at the time.The first main event was when father was taken away and they all had to move to the Three Chimneys. The second event was when they tried to stop the train after there had been a landslide that caused debris to fall onto the tracks. The third one was when they help the hound in the red jersey (the hound is actually a boy) that had broken his leg and Roberta looked after him. The fourth one is a happy event, but it’s a secret because it’s quite a give away for the whole meaning for the book! It’s really good I have to say. It’s been written so well.

Enjoy!

To Read the book yourself,click the link and click HTML, If you want this book on your ereader,iPad, iPhone or iPod free,click EPUB[no images], for your Ereader, plug it in to your computer and transport the files onto it. For the iTechnology,download iBooks, click the link and EPUB,it should say, “Open in iBooks?” click it,and it will stay in your library,same instructions for all of these books, for your Kindle, click Kindle,and do same thing you do with the Ereader.

The Railway Children

Here’s the link for the audiobook.click the [mp3@64kbps - 9.7MB],scroll down to next chapter and click [mp3@64kbps - 9.7MB] again,so on and so forth!

The Railway Children Audiobook

“Classic’ – a book which people praise and don’t read.”
― Mark Twain

Write soon!

Kathy Dewitt

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About the Author of Wind In The Willows

Kenneth Grahame was born on 8 March (1859) in Edinburgh, Scotland. When he was a little more than a year old, his father, an advocate, received an appointment as sheriff-substitute in Argyllshire at Inveraray on Loch Fyne. Kenneth loved the sea and was happy there, but when he was 5, his mother died from complications of childbirth, and his father, who had a drinking problem, gave over care of Kenneth, his brother Willie, his sister Helen and the new baby Roland to Granny Ingles, the children’s grandmother, in Cookham Dean in the village of Cookham in Berkshire. There the children lived in a spacious, if dilapidated, home, “The Mount”, on spacious grounds in idyllic surroundings, and were introduced to the riverside and boating by their uncle, David Ingles, curate at Cookham Dean church. This delightful ambiance, particularly Quarry Wood and the River Thames, is believed, by Peter Green, his biographer, to have inspired the setting for The Wind in the Willows.[1] He was an outstanding pupil at St Edward’s School in Oxford. During his early years at St. Edwards, a sports regimen had not been established and the boys had freedom to explore the old city with its quaint shops, historic buildings, and cobblestone streets, St Giles’ Fair, the idyllic upper reaches of the River Thames, and the nearby countryside.[2]

Grahame wanted to attend Oxford University, but was not allowed to do so by his guardian on grounds of cost. Instead he was sent to work at the Bank of England in 1879, and rose through the ranks until retiring as its Secretary in 1908[3] due to ill health, which may have been precipitated by a strange, possibly political, shooting incident at the bank in 1903. Grahame was shot at three times, all of them missed.[4] An alternative explanation, given in a letter on display in the Bank museum, is that he had quarrelled with Walter Cunliffe, one of the bank’s directors, who would later become Governor of the Bank of England, in the course of which he was heard to say that Cunliffe was “no gentleman”, and that his retirement was enforced ostensibly on health grounds.

Grahame married Elspeth Thomson in 1899; they had only one child, a boy named Alastair (whose nickname was “Mouse”) born blind in one eye and plagued by health problems throughout his short life. On Grahame’s retirement, they returned to Cookham where he had lived as a child, and lived at “Mayfield”, now Herries Preparatory School, where he turned the bedtime stories he told Alastair into his masterpiece.[5] Alastair eventually committed suicide on a railway track while an undergraduate at Oxford University, two days before his 20th birthday on 7 May 1920.[6] Out of respect for Kenneth Grahame, Alastair’s demise was recorded as an accidental death.

Grahame died in Pangbourne, Berkshire, in 1932. He is buried in Holywell Cemetery, Oxford. Grahame’s cousin Anthony Hope, also a successful author, wrote his epitaph, which reads: “To the beautiful memory of Kenneth Grahame, husband of Elspeth and father of Alastair, who passed the river on the 6th of July, 1932, leaving childhood and literature through him the more blest for all time”.[7]

{copied from Wikipedia]

P.S Links in this post won’t take you anywhere I think.

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Book Report 2: The Wind in The Willows

The Wind in The Willows.

A Book Report.

Author: Kenneth Grahame

Illustrator: Patrick Benson

Book type: Fiction

Genre: Animal Friendships

 

The story/novel begins with Mole, a peace-loving little animal, who doing some spring cleaning. He soon meets some more of the people who live by the river, Ratty, who enjoys nothing more than “messing about in boats.” After a number of pleasant afternoons having picnics and spending time on the river, Mole and Ratty decide to visit one of Ratty’s friends, Toad who–when they arrive–explains to them his latest obsession, a horse and cart. They go for a ride with Toad, but while on the road they are overturned  by a speeding motorcar (which completely breaks Toad’s little carriage). Far from being upset by the loss of his favorite toy, Toad’s first thought is that he, too, wants one of those stupendous motor cars. This obsession leads him to trouble, however.To Mole, Ratty and their old and wise friend Badger’s sadness, Toad is soon arrested and sent to prison for stealing a motor car. However, within the prison, one of the guard’s daughters soon feels sorry for the poor Toad (who certainly wasn’t made for prison life), and gives him some old washerwoman’s clothes and helps him to escape.

Toad returns to the river and is welcomed by his friends, who tell him that his home, Toad Hall–once his pride and joy–has been overtaken by the cruel woodlanders: the stoats and the weasels. Some hope does seem to be in sight. Badger tells Toad that there is a secret tunnel leading back into the very heart of Toad Hall and the four friends follow it, leading them right into the lair of their enemies. An enormous battle ensues and Badger, Mole, Ratty and Toad manage to rid the hall of stoats and weasels, placing Toad back where he belongs. The rest of the book suggests that the four friends will continue in their easy-going lifestyle, occasionally taking trips on the river and eating picnics. Toad manages to curb his obsessive behavior, somewhat, but cannot completely cure himself.

Mole has a strange sudden case of spring fever, gives up on his house-cleaning, and goes awandering in the fields and meadows. He finds himself by a river (he has been such a stay-at-home mole that he has never seen it before) and meets the Water Rat, who invites Mole into his boat, something else he has never seen before. “Believe me, my young friend,” Rat says dreamily, “there is nothing —absolutely nothing —half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”

A place of friendships, the joy of carefree wandering, of picnicking, and playing has opened for Mole. Half way through the book, the Mole, the Water Rat and the Badger go to Toad Hall to try to help their friend Mr. Toad who has a bad habit of reckless driving. Toad has quite a few adventures. His irresponsible living and extravagance lead to the loss of his home to the barbaric stouts and weasels. The four friends go to battle to regain Toad Hall. The book ends with a banquet where all the friends rejoice at Toad’s return.

 

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Videobook or Audiobook of A Little Princess

 

A Little Princess,a Librivox Recording.Part 1

A Little Princess,a Librivox Recording.Part 2

A Little Princess,a Librivox Recording.Part 3

Kathy Dewitt

P.s I forgot to add,that I cannot make the videos Ad-free,so here is a link to listen to it with 1000% no ads!

http://librivox.org/a-little-princess-by-frances-hodgson-burnett/

Scroll down and click mp3@64kbps – 10.9MB

Scroll down and click the next one[the next mp3@64kbps - 10.9MB] that is under chapter 2.And so on and so forth!

Enjoy!

Kat Dewitt

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Dear Readers
Just to let you all know.I will not be able to write these book reports every day,I have things to do as well.Quick reminder.Our next book I will be reviewing is….Wind in The Willows,by Kenneth Grahame.A classic.Be sure to watch for this next book report coming soon!
Katherine Dewitt

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Book Report 1: A Little Princess

Welcome to the first book report of this site!

Todays report is…The Little Princess,by Frances Hodgson Burnett,later Townsend

A Little Princess

a book report.

Age group : This is a very long book,so I would recommend ages 8-upwards.If you have an independent reader who likes to read long books,bravo,go for it!

The main character: Sara Crewe

Type of book: Fiction

Genre: Realistic fiction

Introduction:

Sara Crewe is a 7 year little girl who starts off with no mother.She has a rich and kind father who takes very good care of her,in fact he squanders to much at times for her sake.

The story starts off in England, Captain Crewe is taking Sara to Miss Minchins School for Young Ladies,for the climate in Bombay,India is very bad for children,so this is where he thought the change would be much better for her and she has the best of everything.The Captain must return to India to work and dig in his diamond mines.

Meanwhile, Sara is adjusting to her new life and friends and is treated like a ‘little princess’.Captain Crewe suddenly dies of work and fever.No money was left to her.Miss Minchin,then takes all she owns,her room,her books,her dolls,and her tiger-skin rug,the tiger her father shot and gave to her as a gift,all she is left with is her doll,Emily.She is made a servant and is forced to do the worst jobs by the evil Miss Minchin,instead of a warm,beautiful room,she sleeps in a attic room adjoining another servants room,Becky.Even after a series of calamities,Sara still maintains her cheerful and sweet spirit which Miss Minchin tries so hard to dampen.

Sara is treated like nobodys concern.No one cares for her,except for her friends Becky, Ermengarde and Lottie [lottie had lost her mother and calls Sara "Mama Sara"].Sara even made friends with a rat in the attic whom she calls Melchisedec.She meets a Lascar man named Ram Dass who is also a servant newly moved next door,they become good friends after Sara returns his pet monkey.He talks to his master Mr. Carrisford [who was with Captain Crewe in the diamond mines,and is currently looking for Sara] about helping her a bit and he agrees to the plan.Sara soon finds new suprises in her room every day and is more and more happy.

Soon the monkey comes and Sara comes to return him and it is discovered that Sara is whom Mr Carrisford is looking for.And they all lived happily ever after.
I would give this book 5 stars out of 5 stars.
About the author:
Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett (24 November 1849 – 29 October 1924) was an English playwright and author. She is best known for her children’s stories, in particular The Secret Garden (published in 1911), A Little Princess (published in 1905), and Little Lord Fauntleroy (published in 1885-6).
Frances Eliza Hodgson was born in Cheetham, near Manchester, England. After her father died in 1852, the family eventually fell on straitened circumstances and in 1865 emigrated to the United States, settling near Knoxville, Tennessee. There, Frances began writing to help earn money for the family, publishing stories in magazines from the age of 19. In 1870 her mother died and in 1872 she married Swan Burnett, who became a medical doctor after which they lived in Paris for two years where their two sons were born before returning to the US to live in Washington D.C. There she began to write novels, the first of which (That Lass o’ Lowries), was published to good reviews. Little Lord Fauntleroy was published in 1886 and made her a popular writer of children’s fiction, although her romantic adult novels written in the 1890s were also popular. She wrote and helped to produce stage versions of Little Lord Fauntleroy and A Little Princess.
Burnett enjoyed socializing and lived a lavish lifestyle. Beginning in the 1880s, she began to travel to England frequently and bought a home there in the 1890s where she wrote The Secret Garden. Her oldest son, Lionel, died of tuberculosis in 1892, which caused a relapse of the depression she struggled with for much of her life. She divorced Swan Burnett in 1898 and married Stephen Townsend in 1900, and divorced him in 1902. Towards the end of her life she settled in Long Island, where she died in 1924 and is buried in Roslyn Cemetery, on Long Island.
In 1936 a memorial sculpture by Bessie Potter Vonnoh was erected in her honour in Central Park’s Conservatory Garden. The statue depicts her two famous Secret Garden characters, Mary and Dickon.
(Copied and Pasted from Wikipedia)

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