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Caleb in the Country   By: (1803-1879)

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Caleb in the Country by Jacob Abbott is a heartwarming and delightful tale of a young boy’s journey to the countryside that will captivate readers of all ages. Set in the 19th century, Abbott beautifully paints a vivid picture of rural life, transporting readers to a simpler time filled with idyllic landscapes and the charm of rustic living.

The story follows the adventures of Caleb, a curious and imaginative young boy who is sent to live with his rural relatives after falling ill in the city. At first, he feels out of place and lonely amidst the unfamiliar surroundings of the country. However, an unexpected bond begins to form between Caleb and his cousin, Lucy, as they explore their surroundings together.

Abbott’s writing effortlessly captures the essence of childhood in a way that is both believable and relatable. Caleb's innocent perspective and his wide-eyed wonder at even the simplest of things evoke a sense of nostalgia in readers, taking them back to their own carefree days. Through Caleb's eyes, we experience the joy of discovering the wonders of nature, building friendships, and embracing the simple pleasures that life has to offer.

What makes Caleb in the Country truly special is Abbott’s ability to blend educational elements into the narrative seamlessly. Throughout Caleb's journey, readers are introduced to various aspects of rural life and learn valuable lessons about nature, hard work, and the importance of family. From tending to farm animals to learning about crops and seasons, Abbott subtly imparts knowledge on readers, making the story not only entertaining but also informative.

The character development is another aspect that stands out in this book. As Caleb spends more time in the country, readers witness his transformation from a timid city boy to a confident and resourceful young man. The relationships he forges, especially with his cousin Lucy and their wise and loving grandfather, add depth to the story and serve as catalysts for Caleb’s personal growth.

At its core, Caleb in the Country is a story about finding one's sense of belonging and the power of resilience. Through his experiences, Caleb learns to navigate challenges, adapt to new environments, and appreciate the beauty in the world around him. Abbott’s skillful storytelling keeps readers engaged from start to finish, as they eagerly follow Caleb’s journey and cheer for his triumphs.

In conclusion, Caleb in the Country is a charming coming-of-age story that demonstrates the timeless themes of friendship, self-discovery, and the beauty of nature. Abbott’s vivid descriptions, endearing characters, and valuable life lessons make this book an enchanting read for readers of all generations. Whether you are a child or an adult craving a nostalgic trip to the countryside, this book will leave you with a warm heart and a greater appreciation for life’s simple pleasures.

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A Story for Children.



Author of "The Child at Home."

[Illustration: Caleb in the country.]

Halifax: Milner and Sowerby. 1852.


The object of this little work, and of others of its family, which may perhaps follow, is, like that of the "Rollo Books," to furnish useful and instructive reading to young children. The aim is not so directly to communicate knowledge, as it is to develop the moral and intellectual powers, to cultivate habits of discrimination and correct reasoning, and to establish sound principles of moral conduct. The "Rollo Books" embrace principally intellectual and moral discipline; "Caleb," and the others of its family, will include also religious training, according to the evangelical views of Christian truth which the author has been accustomed to entertain, and which he has inculcated in his more serious writings.

J. A.



CHAPTER I Caleb's Discovery 5

CHAPTER II Trouble 30

CHAPTER III Building the Mole 43

CHAPTER IV A Discussion 54

CHAPTER V The Story of Blind Samuel 61

CHAPTER VI Engineering 68


CHAPTER VIII The Cart Ride 90

CHAPTER IX The Fire 101

CHAPTER X The Captive 123

CHAPTER XI Mary Anna 129

CHAPTER XII The Walk 148



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