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Tattine   By: (1853-1927)

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Tattine is a heartwarming children's novel written by Ruth Ogden. Set in the early 20th century, the story follows the adventures of a group of siblings - Johnnie, Tattine, Mollie, and Bobby. Together, they spend their summers exploring the picturesque countryside, where they encounter various animals, make new friends, and learn important life lessons.

One of the standout aspects of Tattine is the vivid and detailed descriptions that bring the setting to life. Ogden's writing skillfully transports readers to the idyllic landscapes of rural England, filled with rolling hills, babbling brooks, and lush greenery. The author's ability to paint such a vibrant picture enables young readers to immerse themselves in the story and feel like they are right alongside the characters.

The main character, Tattine, is a spirited and curious girl who quickly became my favorite. Her relentless enthusiasm and genuine love for all creatures, big and small, are contagious. She possesses an innate sense of empathy and a determination to make the world a better place. Tattine's interactions with animals, particularly her special bond with a stray dog named Spot, showcase her compassionate nature and highlight the importance of kindness and understanding.

In addition to Tattine's character development, the book also tackles essential themes such as friendship, forgiveness, and honesty. The relationships between the siblings, as well as their interactions with the people and animals they encounter, are presented with depth and authenticity. These relationships serve as a reminder of the importance of treating others with respect and the power of unity in overcoming challenges.

Ogden's writing style maintains a perfect balance between simplicity and engaging storytelling. This makes Tattine accessible to young readers while still offering an enjoyable reading experience for adults. The pacing of the narrative keeps the plot moving forward, with a healthy mix of adventure, humor, and poignant moments. The occasional inclusion of moral lessons adds an educational component to the story without feeling forced or didactic.

Overall, Tattine is a charming and memorable children's novel that effortlessly captures the magic of childhood and the beauty of the natural world. Ruth Ogden's delightful characters, captivating storytelling, and timeless themes make this book a timeless addition to any young reader's library. Whether read aloud or enjoyed independently, Tattine is sure to ignite imaginations, inspire compassion, and leave a lasting impression on readers of all ages.

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by Ruth Ogden

[Mrs. Charles W. Ide]


Whether you happen to be four or five, or six, or seven, or even older than that, no doubt you know by this time that a great many things need to be learned in this world, everything, in fact, and never more things than at seven. At least, so thought little Tattine, and what troubled her the most was that some of the things seemed quite wrong, and yet no one was able to right them. All her little life Tattine's Mother had been setting things straight for her, drying every tear, and unravelling every tangle, so that Tattine was pretty downhearted the day she discovered that there were some things that were quite beyond even her Mother's power to alter. It was on a lovely June morning that Tattine made the first of her unwelcome discoveries. She was feeling particularly happy too, until she made it. She was sitting up in an apple tree, sketching, and doing it very well. She had taken only a few drawing lessons but had taken to them immensely, and now with one limb of the tree for a seat and another one for an easel, she was working away at a pretty chime tower, that stood on a neighbor's land.

Down on the grass beneath her Betsy and Doctor were lying. Betsy was a dear, homely red and white Laverack setter, and Doctor, black and white and better looking, was her son... Continue reading book >>

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