The Oxford Book of Children's Stories

The Oxford Book of Children's Stories

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Selected by the well-known children's writer and Carnegie Medallist, Jan Mark, this collection contains some of the best short stories written for children over the last 250 years. With contributions by 44 different authors, the most recent from 1992, it is the first anthology to trace how the children's short story has evolved since the publication of Sarah Fielding's The Governess in 1749. As well as stories by well-known authors (Louisa May Alcott, Rudyard Kipling, E. Nesbit, and Richmal Crompton) and by leading modern writers (Philippa Pearce, Richard Kennedy, Nadia Wheatley, and Jan mark herself), there are also long-forgotten tales that are still highly readable and entertaining. Anyone who enjoys children's fiction, whether young or old, will find something to savour in Jan Mak's selection. Here are moral tales, fairy tales, ghost stories, adventure stories, and school stories, peopled by good and bad children, strict parents, and kindly uncles and aunts, as well as kings and queens, giants, and enchanters. This book is intended for general; gift market; students and teachers of children's literature at undergraduate level upwards.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 467 pages
  • 130 x 192 x 28mm | 322.05g
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192823973
  • 9780192823977

Table of contents

Sarah Fielding: The Story of Celia and Chloe ; Thomas Day: The Ill-Natured Boy ; John Aiken & Laetitia Barbauld: Difference and Agreement ; Mary Lamb: Elinor Forester ; Alicia Catherine Mant: The Little Blue Bag ; Mary Martha Sherwood: Soffrona and Her Cat Muff ; Catherine Sinclair: Uncle David's Nonsensical Story about Giants and Fairies ; Anon: Limpy Lumpy ; Anon: The First Theft ; Anon: The Mother and the Boy ; Frances Browne: The Story of Merrymind ; Charlotte Maria Tucker: The Green Velvet Dress ; George MacDonald: Little Daylight ; Lucretia P. Hale: The Lady who Put Salt in Her Coffee ; Louisa May Alcott: The Children's Joke ; Jean Ingelow: Nineteen Hundred and Seventy-Two ; Christina Rossetti: A Party in the Land of Nowhere ; Susan Coolidge: The Two Wishes ; L. Duykwood: Chicken Lizzie ; Anon: Alf Brownson's Shilling ; Lucy Lane Clifford: The New Mother ; Frank R. Stockton: The Griffin and the Minor Canon ; Rudyard Kipling: Quiquern ; E.V. Lucas: The Schoolboy's Apprentice ; Max Beerbohm: The Story of the Small Boy and the Barley-Sugar ; E. Nesbit: The Island of the Nine Whirlpools ; Mary de Morgan: Nanina's Sheep ; Carl Sandburg: How a Skyscraper and a Railroad Train Got Picked Up and Carried Away from Pig's Eye Valley Far in the Pickax Mountains ; Walter de la Mare: The Riddle ; Alice Massie: The Caravan Siege ; M. R. James: Wailing Well ; Richmal Crompton: Aunt Arabelle in Charge ; Henry de Vere Stacpoole: The Great Bronze Tulip ; Patricia Lynch: The Lost Garda ; Joan Aiken: The Lobster's Birthday ; Bill Naughton: Spit Nolan ; Philippa Pearce: The Great Blackberry Pick ; Ann Thwaite: Feeding the Cats ; Richard Kennedy: Oliver Hyde's Dishcloth Concert ; Rosa Guy: She ; James Berry: The Banana Tree ; Jan Mark: Dan, Dan, the Scenery Man ; Anne Fine: Fabric Crafts ; Nadia Wheatley: The Convict Box.
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About Jan Mark

About the Editor: Jan Mark is a distinguished children's writer, specializing in short stories. Since her first novel, Thunder and Lightnings, was published in 1976, she has won a number of awards for her work, including the Library Association Carnegie Medal on two occasions.
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