Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Tuesday's Treasures - The Cuckoo Clock

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This is one of those link-ups that I keep meaning to do and somehow don't get to it. This week I'm getting to it! Which doesn't necessarily guarantee that I'll do it regularly, but at least I'm starting.

Tuesdays Treasures is a weekly link-up at Every Bed of Roses, started as a way of sharing great books. There are so many wonderful books out there hiding on shelves so this is a chance to blog about a book on your shelf, one you're reading or one you found at the library and add your post to the link-up.

That's the introduction - now let's go to my bookshelf! Well, actually... Kennady's bookshelf.

The Cuckoo Clock by Mrs MolesworthI found this book when I was a young girl, maybe 9 or 10 years old. It was in a bookshelf at my Grandma's house, and I'm not sure where she got it.  It's possible that my Aunt Linda (who loves second-hand bookstores and old books) picked it up at a sale. I remember reading it through every time I visited Grandma until I eventually took it home with me.  Of course I didn't read it any more once I was a 'mature' teenager! Several years ago I found it among my things stored at Mom's and brought it home with me, wondering if maybe Kennady would like it.  We spent a number of enjoyable evenings together with this delightful vintage book, taking turns reading aloud to each other.

The story is about a little girl who must go live with two elderly spinster aunts. She is lonely and bored (apparently the complaint of boredom from children is not new!), but the cuckoo in the clock becomes her friend and teacher, and takes her to visit inside some of the intriguing objects in the aunts' house. The cuckoo also guides her in courteous behavior and diligent attention to her studies.

The illustrations are charming too.

Mrs Molesworth's books are rather difficult to find in libraries or bookstores, but they are out there. I did find an edition of The Cuckoo Clock available on Amazon, and a number of her books are available for free at Project Gutenberg. The Cuckoo Clock is apparently one of her lesser-known works, yet it is the only one of her books that I have read! Perhaps I should change that.

This post will also appear on my little book blog, Just A Second, where I first wrote about this book a few years ago.

This post is linked at Every Bed of Roses for Tuesday's Treasures. Blog about a book on your shelf, one you're reading, or one you found at the library.
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Chareen said...

Love the look of that book. I've seen it at a couple of the op shops here. I'm inspired to look for it and add it to my shelf at home. You are right those illustrations are charming. I ♥ line drawings like that.
Thank you for linking up this week :)

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