An absolutely charming collection of stories from the woman who wrote the lyrics to “Morning Has Broken”, The Little Bookroom transports readers back to a time when adults employed fairy tales and fables to both educate and entertain children. Spoiled princesses learn hard lessons, wicked witches are defeated and fools suffer from their lack of common sense in these captivating and humorous stories.
There is truly something for everyone: talking animals, true love, adventure and even a few surprise endings. It is hard to choose a favorite from the 27 tales in this collection. The Little Lady”s Roses presents the importance of friendship, while The Connemara Donkey proves that bullies can be overcome. One story that stands out is And I Dance Mine Own Child in which a young girl demonstrates family loyalty and respect for the elderly in spite of opposition from neighbors.
Edward Ardizzone’s sketches contribute to the timelessness of Eleanor Farjeon’s storybook. The reader does indeed feel as though he has discovered a room filled with literary treasures that no one has read in many years. A “must have” for every child’s library, to visit and revisit many times.
Jennifer Minicus is a mother and teacher living in Ridgewood, NJ.