Adventures of the Rat Family

Adventures of the Rat Family : A Fairy Tale

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Never before available in English, the Adventures of the Rat Family was originally published in the French Figaro illustre in 1891. Reprinted in Verne's posthumous 1910 anthology Hier et Demain, this inventive fairy tale takes a whimsical look at evolution and different forms of life. Verne portrays a magical movement around the evolutionary ladder, as a close-knit family of rats is transformed into various forms of life, from molluscs to birds, finally making a metamorphosis into men and women. Including seventeen lavish colour illustrations, and an afterword by leading Verne expert Brian Taves, the Adventures of the Rat Family attests to the diversity of the Verne's work, showing that he truly is an author for all ages.show more

Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 180.34 x 254 x 15.24mm | 476.27g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • sepia illustrations throughout
  • 0195081145
  • 9780195081145

About Jules Verne

About the Author: Jules Verne (1828-1905) was a pioneer writer of science fiction. Journey to the Center of the Earth, Around the World in Eighty Days, and Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea are buta few of his novels that have fascinated readers for more than a century. Verne's remarkable understanding of the possibilities of science has given him something of a reputation as a prophet of the future. His description of the details of space travel in From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon, among others, bears a striking resemblance to what actually happened in the early days of space exploration in the 1960s. Though Verne did not write his books with children in mind, young readers have always found them true and exciting adventure stories.Iona Opie is a noted authority in the field of children's lore and literature. With her late husband, Peter, she has edited and written many books on children's literature and games. Their collection of children's literature is now housed at the Bodleian Library at Oxford University.Brian Taves, a leading expert on Jules Verne, is coauthor of the Jules Verne Encyclopedia. He holds a Ph.D. in cinema critical studies from the University of Southern California, and is a film historian and cataloger with the Library of Congress.show more

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"An original fairy tale first published in 1893 in France now published for the first time in English. A rat family travels up and down the ladder of reincarnation till they reach the highest level--man. A story that can be enjoyed on many levels. Fanciers of Mrs. Frisby will find this a good read-aloud for younger children and scholars will enjoy the afterword by Brian Taves explaining more about Verne and his work."--Publishers Weekly "An original fairy tale first published in 1893 in France now published for the first time in English. A rat family travels up and down the ladder of reincarnation till they reach the highest level--man. A story that can be enjoyed on many levels. Fanciers of Mrs. Frisby will find this a good read-aloud for younger children and scholars will enjoy the afterword by Brian Taves explaining more about Verne and his work."--Publishers Weekly "An original fairy tale first published in 1893 in France now published for the first time in English. A rat family travels up and down the ladder of reincarnation till they reach the highest level--man. A story that can be enjoyed on many levels. Fanciers of Mrs. Frisby will find this a good read-aloud for younger children and scholars will enjoy the afterword by Brian Taves explaining more about Verne and his work."--Publishers Weekly "An original fairy tale first published in 1893 in France now published for the first time in English. A rat family travels up and down the ladder of reincarnation till they reach the highest level--man. A story that can be enjoyed on many levels. Fanciers of Mrs. Frisby will find this a goodread-aloud for younger children and scholars will enjoy the afterword by Brian Taves explaining more about Verne and his work."--Publishers Weeklyshow more

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