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Tom, Dot and Talking Mouse and Other Bedtime Stories by J. G. Kernahan is a delightful collection of children's stories that will capture the hearts and imaginations of young readers. With its charming characters and imaginative plots, this book is the perfect addition to any bedtime routine.

One of the highlights of this collection is the endearing friendship between Tom, Dot, and the talking mouse. The author has masterfully brought these characters to life, making them relatable and lovable. Each story revolves around their adventures, which are filled with whimsy and excitement. From exploring magical forests to encountering mysterious creatures, readers will be swept away into a world of enchantment.

Kernahan's writing style is engaging and easily accessible for young readers. The stories are well-paced, and the author has a wonderful ability to maintain the reader's interest throughout each tale. The dialogue between the characters is lively and filled with humor, making it a joy to read aloud or silently.

Furthermore, the book's illustrations by an acclaimed children's book artist are a true delight. The vibrant colors and attention to detail bring the stories to life, enhancing the overall reading experience. The illustrations perfectly complement the text, allowing readers to visualize the characters and settings vividly.

One aspect that stands out in this collection is the underlying messages within the stories. Each tale imparts valuable life lessons on friendship, courage, and problem-solving. These moral values are seamlessly woven into the narrative, making it a great educational tool for parents and teachers alike.

While the target audience for this book is primarily children, readers of all ages can appreciate the timeless themes and engaging storytelling. The stories' innocence and simplicity are reminiscent of classic children's literature, which will undoubtedly invoke a sense of nostalgia in adult readers.

Overall, Tom, Dot and Talking Mouse and Other Bedtime Stories is a delightful book that offers magical tales filled with adventure, friendship, and valuable life lessons. J. G. Kernahan's beautifully crafted stories, coupled with enchanting illustrations, make this book a definite recommendation for parents, teachers, and anyone who appreciates the wonder and joy of children's literature.

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And Other Bedtime Stories




[Frontispiece: Tom Lecky]

New York The Platt & Munk Co. Inc. Copyright, 1916, by The Platt & Peck Co.


The Miller's Mouse

The Old Rocking Horse

The Message of the Lily

Water Lily's Mission


Tom Lecky . . . . . . Frontispiece

Little girls with flowers

Tom dreaming

Mouse at mouse hole

Mouse at cobweb ladder

Little girls picking flowers

Child with basket of flowers


The reason why every one loved Tom Lecky so much was, I believe, that he was so good tempered, so cheerful and so unselfish.

Tom was not good looking, and, indeed, if one were disposed to be critical in such matters, one could have found fault with almost all his features except his eyes. These were brown like sealskin, and nearly always brimming over with merriment. But no one ever thought of criticising Tom's features, and there really was a common belief among the villagers that Tom was a handsome fellow. And indeed he was, for his beautiful unselfish soul gave to his face a beauty which merely regular features can never do.

Tom Lecky owned a flour mill, which was situated a little way from Ellingford, the village where he had been born... Continue reading book >>

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