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The Children of the New Forest (Puffin…

The Children of the New Forest (Puffin Classics) (original 1847; edition 1983)

by Captain Marryat

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Title:The Children of the New Forest (Puffin Classics)
Authors:Captain Marryat
Info:Puffin Books (1983), Paperback, 384 pages
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The Children of the New Forest by Captain Frederick Marryat (Author) (1847)


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Awarded to my Grandfather, Edward Tunbridge, Bible Class - Stisted July 1898
  deltunbridge | Mar 1, 2017 |
There's nothing like a child's book to put you in the midst of history while understanding what children did when faced with adversity. Marryat did a phenomenal job, but then anyone who knows this period of time as well as he did couldn't help but do a phenomenal job. ( )
  mreed61 | Aug 10, 2014 |
When I first read this, I adored this and thought it was pretty much perfection. I read it over and over again, until the covers fell off my copy. I had that reaction to a lot of children's books, and I can't quite find the enchantment again in this one, which makes me sad. I decided to reread it after I came across a reference to it in one of the books I read for Introduction to Children's Literature.

It isn't really a very easily accessible text in some respects: rather biased, sometimes dry, rather didactic. Historical fiction is a turn-off in itself for some people. I remember being drawn in by the characters, though -- some of them are a little too good to be true, but Edward is at least a bit of an idiot sometimes, overly impetuous and jumping to conclusions. Alice and Edith are somewhat non-characters -- indeed, so is Patience, actually -- so I'm surprised I found so much to relate to, as a child. I suppose I didn't really care about whether the characters were male or female. Now I found the story surprisingly short on everything I was more interested in, in the later part of the book -- how exactly Edward gets on in the fighting, for example, and a more satisfying way of bringing all the characters together at the end. The ending paragraph or so is quite an irritating dry summary.

Still, there is still some of the magic in learning how they become so self-sufficient, in how clever Humphrey and Pablo are, and in the forest adventures. The stuff outside of the forest doesn't ring as true, though. ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |
Beverley's children lived in the house of Arnwood in the New Forest.But their house was burned by the army of Cromwell becaus their father was a friend of the King Charles.They were taken care of Jacob who was their father's old friend.They started their new life in jacob's farm.
I like the characters in this story.I think that Edward who is the oldest brother is cool because he has a strong will.And people around children are very kind of them. ( )
  kyori | Jun 1, 2011 |
An adventure story, fine enough, but also lacking in depth of character development.. Orphaned children of a man loyal to the monarchy are supposed to have been burned in their beds. Instead, having been rescued by a local forester, must make their way in the world and wait for the demise of Oliver Cromwell. The novel has value in piquing the curiosity of readers interested in the setting (17th century England). It's similar to other books written in this time period, but perhaps a little easier to read. Be forewarned that there's a gypsy boy who amazes everyone by turning out to be a lad of fine character (a little paternalistic verbiage).
  mebrock | Mar 18, 2011 |
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This story is of life in the New Forest, where four children live in hiding, disguised as a forester's grandchildren, after their father has been killed at Naseby, fighting for the king. Cromwell rules the land now. The family home has been burnt and they are supposed to have died in the flames.

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Cavalier and Roundhead battle it out in the turbulent setting of the English Civil war and provide the background for this classic tale of four orphans as they face adversity, survival in the forest, reconciliation and eventual forgiveness.

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