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Polly of Lady Gay Cottage   By: (-1938)

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Polly of Lady Gay Cottage by Emma C. Dowd is a delightful children's book that takes the readers on a heartwarming journey. Set in a quaint English village, this enchanting story follows the adventures of a young girl named Polly.

From the very first page, the author's vivid descriptions transport readers to the picturesque countryside, where the charming Lady Gay Cottage is located. The attention to detail in Dowd's writing creates a vivid world that feels both familiar and enchanting. The setting becomes an integral part of the story, setting the stage for Polly's captivating experiences.

Polly, the main character, is a curious and kind-hearted girl who possesses a vibrant imagination. She spends her days exploring the glorious outdoors, fostering a deep connection with nature and the animals around her. These interactions provide opportunities for valuable life lessons, as Polly's encounters with various creatures teach her about compassion, empathy, and the importance of friendship.

One of the book's strengths lies in Dowd's ability to create a cast of endearing characters. Each character, no matter how small their role, is uniquely crafted and serves a purpose in Polly's journey. From the wise old owl to the mischievous squirrels, each animal becomes a memorable part of Polly's life, imparting wisdom and making her adventure even more rich and fulfilling.

Furthermore, the book addresses important themes such as the value of kindness, the importance of appreciating the natural world, and the significance of gentle communication. Dowd does an exceptional job of instilling these messages without sounding preachy or didactic. Instead, she seamlessly integrates them into the narrative, making them feel organic and relatable for young readers.

The language used in Polly of Lady Gay Cottage is simple yet elegant. Dowd's prose flows effortlessly, making the reading experience equally enjoyable for children and adults. The pacing of the story is well-balanced, ensuring that readers remain captivated throughout.

In conclusion, Polly of Lady Gay Cottage is a splendid novel for young readers. Emma C. Dowd's exceptional storytelling, compelling characters, and timeless themes make this book a true gem. Whether read aloud or savored independently, Polly's adventures will inspire children to embrace their imagination, cherish nature, and nurture the goodness within their hearts.

First Page:

POLLY OF LADY GAY COTTAGE

BY

EMMA C. DOWD

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS

NEW YORK

GROSSET & DUNLAP

PUBLISHERS

Made in the United States of America

COPYRIGHT, 1913, BY EMMA C. DOWD

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

[Illustration: HAROLD WESTWOOD!]

TO MY CRITIC, COUNSELOR AND COMRADE

CONTENTS

I. THE ROSEWOOD BOX 1

II. LEONORA'S WONDERFUL NEWS 12

III. A WHIFF OF SLANDER 20

IV. COUSINS 36

V. A MONOPOLIST AND A FANFARON 46

VI. "NOT FOR SALE" 66

VII. THE BLIZZARD 73

VIII. THE INTERMEDIATE BIRTHDAY PARTY 89

IX. THE EIGHTH ROSE 105

X. A VISIT FROM ERASTUS BEAN 119

XI. UNCLE MAURICE AT LADY GAY COTTAGE 125

XII. LITTLE CHRIS 138

XIII. ILGA BARRON 152

XIV. POLLY IN NEW YORK 165

XV. AN UNEXPECTED GUEST 175

XVI. ROSES AND THORNS 184

XVII. A SUMMER NIGHT MYSTERY 194

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