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Puck of Pook's Hill (1906)

by Rudyard Kipling

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In the perfect bedtime reading, a mischievous imp called Puck delights two precocious youngsters with 10 magical fables about the hidden histories of Old England. Written especially for Kipling's own children, each enchanting myth is followed by a selection of the master storyteller's spirited poetry.… (more)
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The individual stories are a bit uneven, and the history is, shall we say, a bit biased, but the poetry is pure Kipling - this is one that amply deserves it's status as a classic. Surprisingly easy to read, too. If you want to understand Kipling, this is as good a place as any to start. ( )
  dhaxton | Feb 18, 2024 |
History as told before the world wars happened, as stories to children told by Puck himself. The great sense of place comes from Kipling's own house. There is conquest and questing and empires and fairies, and a sense of much we have lost. ( )
  atreic | Nov 21, 2023 |
Full of fancies an quirks, this exploration of 1500 years of Sussex history guided by Puck, the oldest spirit in England, is probably at the foundation of my fascination for history. Clearly written for children it is not childish in it's presentation of past milieu, though certainly of its time. The Guttenberg text did not include illustrations, but Wikipedia came to the rescue. ( )
  quondame | Feb 24, 2021 |
Kipling at his finest. ( )
  Lirmac | Jan 28, 2020 |
A huge disappointment after a promising start. The beginning reminded me of E. Nesbit, with a couple of very English kids accidentally conjuring up an otherworldly being (in this case, Puck). Unlike Nesbit's books, in which this generally leads to the children being transported to other worlds or times, or magic in some way affecting them, in this case all it leads to is characters out of the past telling them long and boring stories. The kids just sit there and listen. I think the only reason they keep going back is that Puck magicks them into forgetting what happened the last time.
  lilithcat | Sep 1, 2017 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Rudyard Kiplingprimary authorall editionscalculated
Felts, ShirleyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kenny, PeterNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kruzhkov, GrigoriyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Millar, H. R.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Navarro, DiegoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rackham, ArthurIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sánchez Martín, MartaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wintle, SarahEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The children were at the Theatre, acting to Three Cows as much as they could remember of Midsummer Night's Dream.
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They saw a man sitting on the windowsill ... he drew busily in a red-edged book ... with a silver-pointed pencil.... Presently he took a reed pen from his satchel, and trimmed it with a little ivory knife, carved in the semblance of a fish.... "That blade is perilous sharp. I made it myself of the best Low Country cross-bow steel.... and that's my inkhorn. I made the four silver saints round it. Press Barnabas's head. It opens, and then -" He dipped the trimmed pen, and ... began to put in the essential lines of Puck's rugged face, that had been but faintly revealed by the silver-point.
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In the perfect bedtime reading, a mischievous imp called Puck delights two precocious youngsters with 10 magical fables about the hidden histories of Old England. Written especially for Kipling's own children, each enchanting myth is followed by a selection of the master storyteller's spirited poetry.

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