This blog contains reviews and comments on children's books which I own, have read, and would like to share. I look for books at markets and opportunity shops. They are cleaned up, covered and read. Then I take them to the classroom for students to read. Students can borrow the books at any time. Many books are also from my personal library, especially the Youth Fiction. Students can preview some of them on this blog. Now, I am also on the lookout for great new releases for my grandson Archie.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The Adventures of Mary Contrairy by Ethel Talbot
The Adventures of Mary Contrairy, was published around 1900 and is forty-eight pages in length. There is no date of publication anywhere within the pages, but it was published by by "Little Dots" in London. This little hardback-gem used to belong to my mother, Margaret Stevens, but was handed on to me when I was a little girl. Most people have heard the nursery rhyme:
Mary, Mary, quite contrary, How does your garden grow? With silver bells, and cockle shells, And pretty maids all in a row.
Well, the story is all about Miss Mary Contrairy(although her name is spelt differently), who neglects her garden and her cottage, and so her house runs away. Devastated by this turn of events, Miss Mary finds herself being comforted by the cockle-shells and the pretty maids all in a row. Following the suggestion of the silver bells, Mary decides to dig an underground path in order to find her cottage. She then meets Polly Flinders, Boy Blue, an old witch, and Miss Muffet, and thus begins Mary's journey about learning about responsibilities.
Simple, but exquisite ink drawing adorn all pages of the text.
Mary meets Polly Flinders
Author/illustrator, Ethel Talbot (1880-1944) was a prolific writer who was well-known for her stories for girls. Very little is known about her early life.