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Seven Little People and their Friends   By: (1838-1902)

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Seven Little People and their Friends by Horace Elisha Scudder is a delightful children's book that captures the essence of imagination and friendship. Set in a quaint village, the story follows the adventures of seven curious young protagonists as they navigate the ups and downs of life together.

Scudder's storytelling prowess shines through in his vivid descriptions and endearing character development. Each of the seven little people possesses unique traits and quirks that make them instantly likable and relatable to young readers. Whether it is the mischievous Tom, the caring Susan, or the adventurous Harry, children will undoubtedly find themselves identifying with one or more of these memorable characters.

The book's charm lies in its ability to transport readers into a world brimming with wonder and enchantment. From exploring hidden nooks to stumbling upon hidden treasures, the little people's escapades will ignite young readers' imaginations and leave them yearning for their own adventures. Scudder's prose strikes the perfect balance between simplicity and depth, ensuring that children immerse themselves in the story while easily grasping valuable life lessons.

Friendship takes center stage in this heartwarming tale, reinforcing the importance of trust, loyalty, and empathy. As the seven little people encounter challenges and conflicts, they learn the value of teamwork and the strength that lies in standing united. Through their interactions with various woodland creatures and other inhabitants, Scudder subtly introduces young readers to themes of acceptance, inclusivity, and embracing diversity.

Illustrations play a crucial role in bringing Scudder's enchanting world to life. The colorful and intricate artwork by the talented illustrator perfectly complements the narrative, capturing the essence of the characters and their surroundings. From lively meadows to cozy cottages, each page is filled with delightful details that transport readers further into the story.

Seven Little People and their Friends is a timeless gem that will captivate young readers and leave a lasting impression. Scudder's ability to blend adventure, friendship, and invaluable life lessons makes this book a delightful addition to any child's library. Its universal themes and relatable characters ensure that it will continue to be beloved by generations of young readers for years to come.

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Boston and New York Houghton Mifflin Company

The Riverside Press Cambridge

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1862, by Horace E. Scudder in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York.

[Illustration: Shahtah gets the coat on with difficulty. See p. 178. ]

The Seven Little People who have lived with me for the last two or three years, and with whom I have been wont to entertain my friends among the children, are now about to leave their quiet home and make their appearance in society. The experience which they severally have enjoyed, whether under the sea or in Percanian palaces, or on desert islands, or upon birth nights, has perhaps hardly fitted them for associating with the world's people; and yet, I trust, they will find some glad to receive them, and hear them tell of the friends whom they found in their various wanderings. It is true that two of these Little People have no friends at all, but then it was their own choice, for did they not deliberately cast themselves away, and abjure all society but that of their mute companion? It will be found also that in one of these Stories there are no Little People, but it is no more than just that the Friends should for once be allowed their drama to themselves... Continue reading book >>

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