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Racketty-Packetty House   By: (1849-1924)

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Racketty-Packetty House by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a delightful and enchanting children's book that takes readers on a whimsical journey into the world of dolls and their secret lives.

The story follows the adventures of Tidy Castle, a well-behaved and respected doll who lives in the grandest house on the block. However, when Annabelle, a neglected and discarded doll, comes to live in the Racketty-Packetty House, everything changes.

The Racketty-Packetty House, a shabby and neglected dollhouse, becomes a place of friendship, love, and magic. The dolls in this house create their own society, complete with rules and hierarchy. With the help of old Mr. Crow, a wise and mystical crow, the dolls embark on a journey of growth, self-discovery, and even a bit of mischief.

The author weaves a heartfelt and engaging tale, filled with vivid descriptions and lovable characters. The author's narrative style captures the innocence and wonder of childhood, while also imparting valuable life lessons. Through the dolls' experiences, readers learn about the importance of empathy, compassion, and the power of friendship.

Furthermore, the book's themes of resilience and self-acceptance are truly inspiring. Despite being considered insignificant or forgotten, the dolls in Racketty-Packetty House find strength within themselves and learn to value their own unique qualities. This empowering message encourages readers to embrace their individuality and believe in their own worth, no matter what others may think.

The illustrations included in the book wonderfully complement the story, bringing the dolls and their world to life. The whimsical and detailed artwork adds an extra layer of magic, captivating readers of all ages.

Overall, Racketty-Packetty House is a timeless classic that not only entertains but also teaches important values. It reminds us to cherish the small things in life, to never underestimate the power of imagination, and to always have faith in ourselves. This captivating tale is a must-read for anyone seeking a heartwarming and uplifting story that will leave a lasting impression.

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RACKETTY PACKETTY HOUSE As told by Queen Crosspatch

By Frances Hodgson Burnett Author of "Little Lord Fauntleroy"

With illustrations by Harrison Cady

[Transcribers note: see frontispiece.jpg, dance.jpg and fairy.jpg]

Now this is the story about the doll family I liked and the doll family I didn't. When you read it you are to remember something I am going to tell you. This is it: If you think dolls never do anything you don't see them do, you are very much mistaken. When people are not looking at them they can do anything they choose. They can dance and sing and play on the piano and have all sorts of fun. But they can only move about and talk when people turn their backs and are not looking. If any one looks, they just stop. Fairies know this and of course Fairies visit in all the dolls' houses where the dolls are agreeable. They will not associate, though, with dolls who are not nice. They never call or leave their cards at a dolls' house where the dolls are proud or bad tempered. They are very particular. If you are conceited or ill tempered yourself, you will never know a fairy as long as you live.

Queen Crosspatch.

RACKETTY PACKETTY HOUSE

Racketty Packetty House was in a corner of Cynthia's nursery. And it was not in the best corner either. It was in the corner behind the door, and that was not at all a fashionable neighborhood... Continue reading book >>




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