College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.
This short bio of Twain would be appropriate for children aged 10-12, and anyone with much knowledge of American literature will find no surprises here, but it does have good information for the total neophyte and it's written in a style that will be attractive to most preteens.
Moving tale of a boy and the horse that inspires him.
A finely rendered story about a horse abused in the performance arena who, by no fault of his own, falls into even more dire straits--and is then rescued and rehabilitated by two good women who see horses as something more than means to an end... I am a horse owner and thus see the attitude far too many people have toward horses (Miskeen's tale, amazingly, takes place in 1993), and I am sad to say that this type of tale is not uncommon. Horses are trained without care, ridden and put up without praise, used until they no longer earn blue ribbons and trophies, and then are sold off, gotten rid of, many times ending up in slaughter as thanks for their many years of service. Like the old tale Black Beauty, the story of Miskeen reminds us once again that horses are living, feeling, sentient beings with more to give to us than we know--if only we will give first to them.
The different readers all bring something wonderful to Wilde's short stories. Judi Dench's reading of The Nightingale and the Rose is a particular stand-out performance. This collection is well worth buying, and will be one which can be heard again and again, and again and again. Wilde's strories never age and remain timeless, meaningful and poignant. Don't hesitate to buy this collection, even for a moment.