***The Children of Green Knowe
by Lucy M. Boston
Reviewed January 20, 2004.
Faber and Faber, London, 2000. First published in 1954.
Available on Amazon.com for $6.00 in paperback.
Available at Ramstein Library.
This story is genuinely old-fashioned, since it was
written fifty years ago. Tolly is a lonely boy who comes to an old
mansion of Green Knowe to stay with his aunt, Mrs. Oldknow. As he settles
in, he discovers that children from the past, who died in a long-ago plague,
still live and play in the house.
This book has a quiet, playful magic. I was intrigued by the words
on the back page, telling that Lucy Boston’s daughter-in-law still lives
in the old house the book was based on and is happy to show people around
it, where they can see some of the things from the story.
Copyright © 2004 Sondra Eklund.
All rights reserved.
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