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Wonder-Box Tales   By: (1820-1897)

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Wonder-Box Tales by Jean Ingelow is a collection of enchanting stories that successfully transport readers into a world of imagination and wonder. Set in a captivating narrative frame, the book takes readers on a magical journey as they delve into the contents of the titular "wonder-box."

One of the highlights of this collection is the author's ability to seamlessly blend adventure, fantasy, and morality into each tale. Each story presents its own unique message, often centered around themes of kindness, courage, and personal growth. Ingelow's storytelling is both captivating and thought-provoking, making this book an ideal read for both children and adults alike.

One particular strength of Ingelow's writing lies in her vivid descriptions and attention to detail. From the mystical creatures that inhabit her stories to the enchanting landscapes and settings, the author paints a rich and vibrant picture for readers to immerse themselves in. This attention to detail is evident within each tale, allowing readers to truly visualize the wonders hidden within the wonder-box.

Additionally, Ingelow's characters are distinct and well-developed, with recognizable traits and personalities. Whether it's the brave and resourceful protagonist or the mischievous antagonist, each character adds depth and complexity to the story, making them relatable and engaging. Readers will find themselves invested in the fates of these characters, eagerly turning the pages to uncover their destinies.

One minor drawback of Wonder-Box Tales is that some stories may feel a bit rushed, with certain plot elements and resolutions occurring abruptly. This may leave readers yearning for further elaboration and development. However, this does not detract significantly from the overall enjoyment of the book.

In conclusion, Wonder-Box Tales proves to be a delightful and imaginative collection of stories that will transport readers into a magical realm. Jean Ingelow's skillful storytelling, coupled with her attention to detail and memorable characters, make this book a worthwhile read for anyone seeking a journey of wonder and inspiration.

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The Editha Series




With Illustrations by Diantha W. Horne

H. M. Caldwell Co. Publishers New York & Boston

Copyright, 1902 By Dana Estes & Company All rights reserved

[Illustration: "'TO BE SURE I CAN,' REPLIED THE LARK."]


The Ouphe of the Wood

The Fairy Who Judged Her Neighbors

The Prince's Dream

The Water lily

A Lost Wand


"'To be sure I can,' replied the Lark"

"So he sat down as close to the fire as he could, and spread out his hands to the flames"

"Coming home on top of it, driving the four gray horses himself"

"While she was fitting on her shoes, she saw the Lark's friend"

"Then he reclined beside the chafing dish and inhaled the heavy perfume"

"'I could not do so,' he replied, 'only that as I go on I keep lightening it'"

"Lived on the borders of one of the great American forests"

"The next moment a beautiful little creature stood upon his hand"

"'Oh, don't go,' cried Hulda. 'I am going up stairs to fetch my wand'"

"The pedlar had now sunk up to his waist"



"An Ouphe!" perhaps you exclaim, "and pray what might that be?"

[Footnote 1: Ouphe , pronounced "oof," is an old fashioned word for goblin or elf... Continue reading book >>

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