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Second Book of Tales   By: (1850-1895)

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In Eugene Field's Second Book of Tales, readers are transported to a world of enchantment, where stories come to life and captivate the imagination. This collection of delightful tales showcases Field's exceptional storytelling skills, making it a perfect read for both children and adults alike.

The book begins with "The Song of the Dancing-Goat," a charming folktale that introduces readers to a lovable dancing goat named Rosie. Through his vivid descriptions and witty narrative style, Field creates a whimsical atmosphere that effortlessly draws readers into the story. The adventures of Rosie leave readers smiling from ear to ear and rooting for her triumph over adversity.

Field continues to cast his enchanting spell with "The Story of the Goose-Girl," a tale that explores themes of love, friendship, and loyalty. The protagonist, Goosey-Keen, is a goose girl who embarks on a magical journey, encountering talking animals and mystical creatures along the way. Field's ability to seamlessly weave together folklore and imagination in this story is a testament to his remarkable storytelling prowess.

One of the standout tales in this collection is "The Dollabos Birds." Field takes readers on a heartfelt journey of discovery and identity as he introduces a unique family of birds who face the challenges of being different. Through their interactions and self-acceptance, Field beautifully conveys a message of embracing diversity and celebrating uniqueness.

Throughout the Second Book of Tales, Field's prose is infused with rich imagery and lyrical language, making each story a joy to read. His ability to evoke emotions and convey life lessons within the narrative showcases his deep understanding of human nature and the power of storytelling.

Field also proves his versatility as a writer by seamlessly shifting between genres, ranging from fairy tales to fables. This diversity keeps readers engaged and ensures that each story feels fresh and new. Every tale in this collection possesses its own distinctive charm and leaves a lasting impression.

While some may argue that this collection lacks a cohesive thread, this diversity ultimately adds to its appeal. Each story stands on its own and can be enjoyed individually, making it a perfect bedtime read or a delightful way to spend a lazy afternoon.

In conclusion, Eugene Field's Second Book of Tales is a treasure trove of enchanting stories that will transport readers to a whimsical world of imagination. Field's storytelling skills shine through in every tale, captivating readers of all ages. Whether you're a fan of fairy tales, fables, or heartwarming stories, this book offers something for everyone. Second Book of Tales is a must-read for anyone seeking a delightful escape into the realm of fantasy and wonder.

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The Works of Eugene Field

Vol. X

The Writings in Prose and Verse of Eugene Field


[Frontispiece: Eugene Field. Etched by W. H. W. Bicknell.]

Charles Scribner's Sons New York 1911

Copyright, 1896, by Julia Sutherland Field.


The tales down to and including "The Werewolf" in this volume have been selected from those which remained unpublished in book form at the time of Mr. Field's death. It was also thought desirable to take from "Culture's Garland," and to incorporate in this volume, such sketches as seemed most likely to prove of permanent value and of interest as illustrating Mr. Field's earlier manner; and these, eight in number, form the latter part of the book.


Of all American poets Field, it seems to me, best understood the heart of a child. Other sweet singers have given us the homely life of the Western cabin, the unexpected tenderness of the mountaineer, the loyalty and quaint devotion of the negro servant, but to Field alone, and in preƫminent degree, was given that keen insight into child nature, that compassion for its faults, that sympathy with its sorrows and that delight in its joyous innocence which will endear him to his race as long as our language is read.

His poems too always kindle afresh that spark of child life which still lies smouldering in the hearts of us all, no matter how poor and sorrowful our beginnings... Continue reading book >>

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