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Little Miss By-The-Day   By: (1880-)

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Little Miss By-The-Day, written by Lucille Van Slyke, is an enchanting children's book that captivates readers with its endearing characters and delightful storyline. Set in a picturesque countryside, the story takes us on a charming journey of a little girl named Missy, who loves exploring the world around her.

Van Slyke's writing style is mesmerizing, weaving together vivid descriptions and heartwarming moments that effortlessly transport readers into Missy's world. From the very first page, the author successfully creates a whimsical atmosphere, inviting readers to become a part of the adventure.

The character development in Little Miss By-The-Day is exceptional, particularly when it comes to Missy. As the protagonist, she is brought to life with impeccable detail, showcasing her innocent curiosity and constant wonder at the world. Missy's interactions with the various animals and plants in her surroundings are filled with tenderness and genuine care, teaching young readers the importance of kindness and empathy towards nature.

What truly sets this book apart is its educational aspect. Throughout the story, Missy embarks on mini-adventures in her backyard, which are not only entertaining but also educational. From learning about different types of flowers to discovering fascinating animal facts, young readers are subtly exposed to various subjects, fostering a love for learning.

The illustrations by the talented artist, whose name is unfortunately not mentioned, complement the narrative beautifully. The colorful and vibrant drawings breathe life into the story, further immersing readers in Missy's world. Each page is a visual delight, and the attention to detail is truly commendable.

One aspect that could be improved upon in Little Miss By-The-Day is the pacing. At times, the narrative flows smoothly, while in others, it feels slightly rushed. The story could benefit from a more balanced tempo, allowing readers to fully savor each enchanting moment.

In conclusion, Little Miss By-The-Day is a delightful children's book that takes readers on a whimsical journey alongside the lovable protagonist, Missy. Van Slyke's enchanting storytelling combined with the captivating illustrations makes for a truly enchanting reading experience. This book is not only entertaining but also educational, making it a perfect choice for young readers who enjoy adventures, nature, and heartwarming tales.

First Page:

LITTLE MISS BY THE DAY

BY LUCILLE VAN SLYKE

Author of "Eve's Other Children"

With A Frontispiece In Color By MABEL HATT

1919

TO GEORDIE

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

PROLOGUE I IN THE BARRED GARDEN II THE HOUSE IN THE WOODS III LOST DREAMS IV THE UNFINISHED SONG V "CERTAIN LEGAL MATTERS" VI THE LAST PRETENDING

PROLOGUE

The older I get the more convinced I become that the most fascinating persons in this world are those elusive souls whom we know perfectly well but whom we never, as children say, "get to meet." They slip out of countries, or towns or rooms even, just before we arrive, leaving us with an inexplicable feeling of having been cheated of something that was rightfully and divinely ours. That's the way I still feel about little Miss By the Day. Perhaps you, too, have been baffled by the will o' the wispishness of that whimsical young person. Perhaps you, too, tried to find her but never did.

She sounded so casual and commonplace when I first began hearing about her that I let her slip through my fingers. She was just a little seamstress who had a "vairee" odd way of speaking; it was quite a long time before I realized that everybody who spoke about her was unconsciously trying to imitate her drawling voice. And then I noticed that everybody who mentioned her smiled dreamily and wondered where on earth she'd come from... Continue reading book >>




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