Eleanor Blair (lnr) wrote,
Eleanor Blair

36-45: assorted children's books

I've recently gone through a large selection of childrens books, which I won't all write about individually. In order of reading:

Anne of Green Gables: L M Montgomery: ISBN 0 245 55126 3
The Chalet School and Jo: Elinor M Brent Dyer: ISBN 0 00 690344 4
The Chalet Girls in Camp: Elinor M Brent Dyer: ISBN ? (none on this edition, 0 00 690290 1 on amazon)
Exploits of the Chalet School: Elinor M Brent Dyer: ISBN 0-00-682518-9
The Chalet School and the Lintons: Elinor M Brent Dyer: ISBN 0 00 690515 3
A Rebel at the Chalet School: Elinor M Brent Dyer: ISBN 0 00 690742 3
The New House at the Chalet School: Elinor M Brent Dyer: ISBN 0 00 691802 6
Jo Returns to the Chalet School: Elinor M Brent Dyer: ISBN 0 00 690345 2
Anne of Avonlea: L M Montgomery: ISBN 0 245 55127 1
The Painted Garden: Noel Streatfeild: ISBN 0-14-030157-7

They fall into three main lumps:

Chalet School: The next 7 books in the series. As before these have their share of high-jinks and accidents and adventures. The main theme running through them is the growing up of Jo, younfer sister of the original head of the school. We've been following her since the school first started when she was 12, and by the end of these she's just left school and is planning on helping her sister bring up the gaggle of nieces high on the mountain above the school. She's always been reluctant to grow up, and not wanted to have too much responsibility, so I have felt myself very much inclined to sympathise with her, given my own wishes on the subject lately. The school has been growing up over this time too. I'll be interested to see how they both get along in the future. Though that will have to wait until I fill in at least one gap, which would give me the next our in the series.

Anne of Green Gables: I bought 5 of these from Karen, but the first and third in the series were missing, so I ordered them in a very similar edition online. When the first arrived it seemed like a good book to read while I was waiting for the Chalet School books to be posted. My sister Emily owned the Emily series of books by the same author as a child, and I enjoyed reading them several times. These are somewhat similar in vein I guess, though I'd have to re-read the Emily ones to be sure. The first book is all about the schooldays of Anne, adopted reluctantly by an elderly spinster and her batchelor brother, when they'd intended to get a boy to help with the work in the fields of Prince Edward Island, which I understand is off the coast of Canada. She gets into various scrapes, mostly since she spends her life dreaming and imagining all sorts of exciting things to make her world a brighter place. And in doing so she makes the world brighter for those around her. The second book commences after she's left college and expecting to go away to university instead decides that she is needed at home, and spends the next couple of years teaching at the local school, making new friends of her some unusual neighbours, and supervising the pair of twins she has persuaded her guardian to adopt. She can't help but charm, and I'm curious to know where the other books will lead her.

Noel Streatfeild: I've read many books by this author, the most famous of which probably being Ballet Shoes, and my favourite perhaps being White Boots. This one is one I'd not heard of before, and was lent to me by Jan, in return for me having lent her Party Shoes which she hadn't come across either. It seems a fair swap. As usual we have a family of close knit siblings, who argue but not to excess, some or all of whom are unexpectedly talented. And as usual they go through some awkward and unusual situations, and have to struggle to make ends meet, but in the end their talents help, and it looks like they might end with their own measure of fame. This one is slightly interesting in that in fact the least talented member of the family ends of with most of the excitement for the book, though she admits it is sheer chance that she is equipped for the part she is chosen for, and not due to any acting ability. Also the book brings back some of the characters from Ballet Shooes as mentors to one of our sibling, which is a neat touch. It's a charming little book, but less original than some of the others, and I probably wouldn't go out of my way to read it again.

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