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attractive. All these stories were related Glass.” It is too good to rest under a to the guests at the marriage feast of King charge so liable to misinterpretation. It Herla, which naturally lasted for several will be better to say that it was inspired days. The device will be recognized by by "Through the Looking-Glass.” The exceptionally clever persons as not unlike transmutations and the passing through formerly known methods of setting forth page after page of the book certainly retales, but it is handled with uncommon call the changes of Alice's entertaining cleverness and effect, the vehicle of the friends and the crossing of the little stories being itself one of the most inter- brooks, but the book has its own sort of esting of them. The author is engagingly originality, and the pictures which Oliver innocent in his wonder at the fact, which
Herford has made for it are inspired by will not down, that some of the stories nothing but the artist's own clever brain. have been printed before. The humor of They are thoroughly delightful. it becomes plainer as we go through the The charge that “The Road to Nobook and find such old friends as “ The where," by Livingston B. Morse (Harpers), Golden Bird,” “Cinderella," “ The Briar Rose,” “The Argonauts,” “The Emperor's New Clothes' and “King Lear.” There is one overgrown child who, if he ever finds time, is going to read this book clear through again, just for fun, and he knows not what more he can say for it than that.
3 As not all Yarmouth bloaters come from Yarmouth, even so not all fairy stories have fairies in them. Many of the very best of them have none. “Fairy tale" is only the designation of a story fired by a certain quality of imagination, and the entrance of a fairy into it or his failure to enter is a mere detail. Dreamland lies 80 near to Fairyland that the boundaries have never been satisfactorily settled. It would not be fair to “ The Dream Fox Story Book," by Mabel Osgood Wright (Macmillans), to say that it was imitation
From "The Dream Fox Fairy Book,"_Copyright, 1900, by The Macmillan
of “Through the Looking
(Century Co.), but such frankness does not impair the effect of the book as a clever and gratifying one. The pictures, by Fanny Y. Cory, are particularly good, and there are too many of them to count.
“ The Little Dreamer's Adventure," by Frank Samuel Child (Lee & Shepard), is full of a sort of jocularity that keeps one puzzled whether to think it silly or clever, but one is likely to end by being amused. There are puns and puns, and many of them would be counted pretty poor ones if they were isolated, but, as they are, their quantity diverts attention from their quality and it is interesting to see how often the author can make even
In real life such children as those of the book ought to be packed off to separate schools, as far apart as possible, in the hope that they might come out like
other children. In a book From “ The Irish Brigade."
they are at times divertCopyright, 1900, by Charles Scribner's Sons. "TAKING A DIAMOND RING FROM HIS FINGER, HE HANDED IT TO DESMOND”
ing. In each of the
“ Stories from Dreamis an imitation, is forestalled by the dedi- land” a child dreams a dream, and some cation of the book “to Alice in Wonder- of them are most unpleasant dreams. land.” As far as it is an imitation, it is a The book has a pretty red and gold cover good one, and its story is attractive, inter- and is written by William H. Pott and esting and amusing. It has pictures in published by James Pott & Co. There red and black, cleverly drawn by Edna are some singularly wooden-colored picMorse. Official acknowledgment of a tures. likeness to “ Alice's Adventures in Won- “The Second Froggy Fairy Book," by derland” is also made on behalf of “ Josey Anthony J. Drexel Biddel, published by and the Chipmunk," by Sydney Reid Drexel Biddel, is just what its name im
plies. That is exactly the kind of book caped, and were at the relief of Ladythat it is.
smith. All the peace societies in the world will It is not because he has exhausted the have their hands full for a considerable resources of the wars of old that Mr. time to cure boys of their fondness for war Henty has taken up the stories of the stories. There was never any sign of its wars of to-day. His former sources have dying out, but just now it is stimulated not failed him. “In the Irish Brigade" by the martial activity of the Anglo-Saxon tells of the adventures of a young Irish race. G. A. Henty offers three books officer in the wars of Flanders and Spain, about three wars
this year, all issued by Charles Scribner's Sons. Nobody can deny that Mr. Henty is a prolific writer, but one can really get through a good deal of writing if one gives one's whole mind to it. It is likely that many a reviewer who. cracks his little jokes on the bulk of Mr. Henty's production writes three times as much himself. In introducing “With Buller in Natal,” the author admits that the time for writing the whole story of the war impartially is not yet, but he serves notice on his readers that he means to deal with the main army next year. In this book he tells of the adventures of some boys who fought against the Boers. It is pretty severely pro-British, but it is a story and not a history, and a story must take sides. Everybody is for the King while reading “ Woodstock.” The boys in this story saw the most of the fighting of Buller's army, were From The Noank's Log."
Lothrop Publishing Co. taken prisoners and es
"Now, LURE WATTS! THEY'LL HANG YE YET,' SAID CAPTAIN AVERY"
their best impressions of English history from Shakespeare ? And so there are more historical lights to be found in “ Out with Garibaldi," in which Mr. Henty tells of the invasion of the Sicilies, a chapter whereof the bare recital of the facts reads like a romance. As usual the hero is a boy of sixteen, and, as usual, he passes through many dangers and triumphs and is left merry and happy at the end of the book. Mr. Henty has seldom had better material to work with than in this book and he has seldom used it to better purpose.
Edward Stratemeyer, in “Between Boer and Briton” (Lee & Shepard), has had no such compunctions as Mr. Henty about treating of the whole war. The book covers the time from the beginning of
the war to the fall of From "The Fifer Boy of the Burton Siege."
A. I. Bradley & Co.
Pretoria and a consid
erable time before the when young men of his country were war, and relates other than military adobliged to go abroad to find a king to ventures of its two leading characters, an whom they could give their swords. American and an English boy. The war has all the stir of those swashbuckling is rather the background of the story than times and the movement of Mr. Henty's its central feature. own style of story-telling. There is some- If there was any special daring in Mr. thing more than story in these books too, Stratemeyer's attempt to cover the whole for many a vivid bit of history stands out field of the Boer War in one story, there in their pages. Most vivid pictures of is yet more in Elbridge S. Brooks's “With history come from stories and plays, and Lawton and Roberts" (Lothrop Publishnot from mere chronicles. Have not ing Co.), for in this the effort is boldly thousands of intelligent persons gained made to cover both the Boer and the
FAITH IN CHRIST CHURCH
Philippine wars. The hero of this story, almost always made a prisoner sooner or an American boy, and his English friend later, and so, going back from the latest hasten through adventures in the Philip- war of the United States to the earliest, pines and then hurry away to South we find this to be the case in two books Africa for more of them, and of course by Everett T. Tomlinson, “In the Hands they do not fail to find an abundance. of the Redcoats" (Houghton, Miffin & The book may form the connecting link Co.), and “A Prisoner in Buff” (Ameribetween the year's stories of the two wars. can Baptist Publishing Co.). Both of
This connecting link being passed, the these deal with the days of the American Philippine struggle comes into unob- Revolution. The scene of the former is structed view in “ Aguinaldo's Hostage,' chiefly in New Jersey, and the imprisonby H. Irving Hancock (Lee & Shepard). ment is on board the prison ship Jersey, The story is typical of its class. The boy while the latter is a story of days immehero being in the Philippines, incurs the diately following the battle of Long displeasure of the villain by refusing to Island, with New York as the scene of be dishonest, is the victim of a plot captivity. whereby he is held in captivity by the There is a bit of variety in the way of Filipinos, discovers and frustrates a love story in "The Fifer-Boy of the scheme against the Americans, and re- Boston Siege,” by Edward A. Rand, pubceives the congratulations of the General. lished by A. I. Bradley. There is the war
The hero of a story of this class is element too, plenty of it, but it is rather