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Today on the July Blogging Challenge, we're invited to share a favorite childhood book. I simply revisited a book I posted about a couple years ago - a book that I loved when I was a young girl, and that Kennady enjoyed also. So if you think you might have seen this post before, you may have seen it back in June of 2013, meaning you have a pretty amazing memory.
The Cuckoo Clock by Mrs Molesworth - I 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, or had even heard of prior to writing this!Don't miss a coffee break! Subscribe to Homeschool Coffee Break by Email!
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