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Little Mr. Thimblefinger and His Queer Country   By: (1848-1908)

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Little Mr. Thimblefinger and His Queer Country by Joel Chandler Harris is a delightful children's story that transports its readers to a whimsical and captivating world. Set in the deep South, the book follows the adventures of a young boy named Syd and his encounters with an enigmatic and mischievous character called Little Mr. Thimblefinger.

The story begins with Syd finding a hidden hole in a tree stump, which serves as a portal to a magical world known as "Queer Country." Syd soon discovers that Little Mr. Thimblefinger is a sprite-like creature who resides in this enchanting realm and possesses a multitude of incredible powers and abilities.

As Syd visits Queer Country more often, he becomes acquainted with a host of memorable characters that Harris skillfully brings to life. From the quirky and endearing Miz Rabbit to the wise and observant Drapeth, each character adds a unique flavor to the narrative. The author's adeptness at creating distinctive personalities truly enhances the reader's experience.

One of the highlights of this book is the vivid and detailed descriptions of Queer Country. Harris paints a vivid picture of this magical realm, with its towering trees, lush landscapes, and peculiar creatures. The author's rich imagination is both captivating and entrancing, making it easy for readers, young and old, to get lost in the pages of this delightful tale.

Furthermore, Harris masterfully weaves important life lessons throughout the story. Readers are introduced to valuable themes such as kindness, friendship, and the importance of appreciating the beauty that surrounds us. These messages are seamlessly integrated into the narrative, allowing readers to learn and grow alongside Syd.

The book's pacing is another element that deserves praise. The story unfolds at a steady and engaging pace, keeping readers hooked from beginning to end. Harris's skillful storytelling ensures that there is never a dull moment, with each chapter presenting new and exciting adventures for Syd and his newfound friends.

If there is any flaw in Little Mr. Thimblefinger and His Queer Country, it would lie in occasionally outdated language and cultural depictions that may require parental guidance or contextual explanation. However, these issues should not overshadow the overall enchanting and imaginative qualities of this timeless tale.

In conclusion, Little Mr. Thimblefinger and His Queer Country is a captivating children's book filled with adventure, wonder, and important life lessons. Joel Chandler Harris's imaginative storytelling and well-developed characters make this an enchanting read for children and adults alike. This timeless story is sure to transport readers to Queer Country, where they will embark on a magical journey they won't soon forget.

First Page:

LITTLE MR. THIMBLEFINGER AND HIS QUEER COUNTRY

What the Children Saw and Heard there

BY

JOEL CHANDLER HARRIS AUTHOR OF "UNCLE REMUS," ETC.

ILLUSTRATED BY OLIVER HERFORD

[Illustration]

BOSTON AND NEW YORK HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN AND COMPANY The Riverside Press, Cambridge 1895

Copyright, 1894, BY JOEL CHANDLER HARRIS AND HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN & CO.

All rights reserved.

The Riverside Press, Cambridge, Mass., U. S. A. Electrotyped and Printed by H. O. Houghton and Company

Books by Joel Chandler Harris.

NIGHTS WITH UNCLE REMUS. Illustrated. 12mo, $1.50; paper, 50 cents.

MINGO, AND OTHER SKETCHES IN BLACK AND WHITE. 16mo, $1.25; paper, 50 cents.

BALAAM AND HIS MASTER, AND OTHER SKETCHES. 16mo, $1.25.

UNCLE REMUS AND HIS FRIENDS. Illustrated. 12mo, $1.50.

LITTLE MR. THIMBLEFINGER AND HIS QUEER COUNTRY. Illustrated. Crown 8vo, $2.00

HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN & CO. BOSTON AND NEW YORK.

[Illustration: MR. RABBIT FELL KERTHUMP. Page 41.]

A LITTLE NOTE TO A LITTLE BOOK.

The stories that follow belong to three categories. Some of them were gathered from the negroes, but were not embodied in the tales of Uncle Remus, because I was not sure they were negro stories; some are Middle Georgia folklore stories, and no doubt belong to England; and some are merely inventions... Continue reading book >>




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