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Dorothy and the Wizard are trying to stop the villainous Nome King, who intends to revenge himself upon Princess Ozma and her faithful friends. This is a magical children’s books by Lyman Frank Baum, American author, poet, playwright, actor, and independent filmmaker. It became the thirteenth book of Oz series, continued by 6 more sequels.
A collection of short stories by James Baldwin, an American author and civil rights activist, is a series of legendary tales, each concerning a certain hero or famous person and describing episodes of their lives - Alexander the Great, Doctor Goldsmith, William Tell, George Washington, King Alfred and many others.
The book is generally of a great interest for children, as well as for any inquisitive reader, in addition to its being a perfect starting point for further literary studies.
Reading literature the primer was published in 1910 for the first time and since then it has been re-published many times as it gained a great popularity. The main goal of the book is to teach children to read and to love reading and literature. Also it would be useful for everyone who has children or works with them. The vocabulary of Reading literature the primer is quite easy and pretty small: it contains about 200 words. Such a method is aimed on children to read the adaptation of the stories, get interested in them and then read the real stories. The book includes nine most famous stories: The Little Red Hen, The Gingerbread Boy, The Old Woman and the Pig, The Boy and the Goat, The Pancake, Chicken Little, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Little Tuppens, and Little Spider’s First Web. It is also illustrated with black and white pictures which appeals to children.
This book was written by a husband and a wife Samuel Marinus Zwemer and Amy E. Zwemer. They both were missionaries and travelers, with their interest focused on the Arabian countries. Samuel Zwemer often called The Apostle to Islam lived for quite a long time (1891-1905) at Busrah, Bahrein and in other places in the Middle East doing research there and missionary work as well. He also became a member of the Royal Geographical Society of London and on its behalf traveled to Asia. During the last years of his life he served as a professor of missions and the history of religion as the Princeton Theological Seminary. Samuel Zwemer is known as the author of many books devoted to the Arabs and Arabian countries. For instance, he was an editor of the famous publication The Moslem World. Also he encouraged many outstanding researches to travel to the Middle East as missionaries and study this region. His wife Amy Zwemer was an American missionary as well working in the Arabian countries where she met and married her co-worker. She created Two Young Arabs including The Travels of Noorah and Jameel and co-authored various books with her husband, among them we can name Topsy-Turvy Land (1902), and Moslem Women (1926).
Since 1836 these books with exotic adventures, carrying away tales, beautiful poems and amusing fables have attracted children. he First Eclectic Reader contains stories, word lists and phonics charts.
Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare is a modified by Edith Nesbit collection of Shakespeare’s stories. They are changed with the intention of adapting rather sophisticated and sometimes difficult for understanding original Shakespeare’s stories to young readers so that there would be nothing unclear for any child who wants to get acquainted with works of the writer of genius.
“Children of the Dead End” by Patrick MacGill, an Irish novelist, known as "The Navy Poet", appears to be his own autobiography, though written as a fiction novel. The book transports readers to the end of the 19th century, the author’s childhood times in Ireland; and continues the narration of the journey and events of his further navying life. Exhausted by the grinding poverty, the hero leaves home and at the age of 12 in search of work ‘beyond the hills’; works to exhaustion for indifferent tenant farmers, and runs away, joining the emigrants headed for Scotland. The book, a moving tale of lost love, published in 1914, still remains fresh and exciting reading.
David and the Phoenix is a children's novel published in 1957 telling about a boy traveling with a magical bird Phoenix. This is the first story created by Edward Ormondroyd who became popular almost immediately. David, the main character of the novel, starts his adventures in the magical world when he moves to a new house situated very close to the mountains. One day he climbs the mountain and on its peak he sees Phoenix. David gets scared; Phoenix is frightened as well as it hides from Scientist. Phoenix likes a young boy so he decides to open many mysteries to him. The problem appears when the bird realized that it cannot flight because his wings are flabby after sitting on the mountain for a long time. But David helps Phoenix recall how to fly and the adventures begin. Phoenix takes David to meet Gryffins, one of the most wonderful races that inhabit the magical world whcih also include Gryffons, and Gryffens. On their way they meet a Witch. During their first journey they does not meet Gryffins but get acquainted with Gryffons, and Gryffens who get angry with Phoenix who has brought a human to the magical world and sentence him to death. After escaping from captivity, Phoenix flies to see the Witch and David goes to find Scientist. The adventures go further and further and keep both children and their parents attentive and carried-away.
Eliza Calvert Hall was not only an author of fiction but a poet, essayist, folk art historian, and passionate advocate of suffrage and women's rights. As she fought with the timeless problems of work and motherhood, her attempts to heed both the call of her art and her duty to family often left her anxious and frustrated. The fictional world she created, with serene "Aunt Jane" at its center, was therefore all the more remarkable.
Aunt Jane is Eliza Calvert Hall's most unforgettable character. She was a usual old woman from Kentucky. At first time she appeared in the story "Sally Ann's Experience" dressed in a purple calico dress with a white kerchief tied around her throat. The pockets of her gingham apron always had a piece of knitting or some other handiwork. Her cap was a "substantial structure that covered her whole head and was tied securely under her chin." Her voice was a "sweet old treble with a little lisp, caused by the absence of teeth, and her laugh was as clear and joyous as a young girl's."
While hearing about the colorful characters she has known, we also learn that Aunt Jane enjoyed a companionable, egalitarian marriage to her husband Abram, now dead. She also had two brothers, and they both were killed in the Civil War, and at least some of her children have also predeceased her. She occasionally sees her adult grandchildren but prefers staying at home, contentedly sewing her quilts, tending her garden and recollecting people and places from her past. Unafraid to speak her mind, she is nevertheless an incurable optimist, accepting change gracefully and seeing all the good and bad in her long life balancing out for the best--in many ways, the opposite of her opinionated, care-worn and often unhappy creator.
Aunt Jane is a wonderful character. Reading this book you really feel like you are in the room with her, listening to her share memories as only she can. There are several references to clothes and traditions that seem unfamiliar and sometimes unknown to us now, but not so much that the reader couldn't figure them out and enjoy the stories. This book is not only a book about the past of the United States, it is a view into everyday life in the 1800's. Aunt Jane is wise and funny and the characters she describes in the book come to life. Sometimes their lives seem to be easy and careless, but sometimes they don’t. "Aunt Jane of Kentucky" is a book, in which every page has a real life advice. Besides, everyone who is tired of modern non-stop life, will definitely enjoy reading "Aunt Jane of Kentucky", a book describing ordinary life, when people could love and valued what they had. Reading this book is like diving into childhood, when everything seemed so simple and light. Witty phrases and cute and sometimes naive characters will charm you as soon as you open the book. "Aunt Jane of Kentucky" is a classic, that needs to be read.