There are three children: Toby, who rides the majestic horse Feste; his mischievous little sister, Linnet; and their brother, Alexander, who plays the flute. The children warmly welcome Tolly to Green Knowe...even though they've been dead for centuries. But that's how everything is at Green Knowe. The ancient manor hides as many stories as it does dusty old rooms. And the master of the house is great-grandmother Oldknow, whose storytelling mixes present and past with the oldest magic in the world.
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I found this story utterly charming and endearing. However, I think children of Today, and maybe even days past, could find The Children of Green Knowe as exciting as the adventures of a poky little puppy. To be frank, the story is very tame, and though magical, the first few pages of Harry Potter hold many more events than this whole book. The story could be a bit too sweet and uneventful for some. Still I enjoyed hearing about times past and descriptions of little boys I only ever hear from authors of this era and earlier. The fact that the author based this on her own, famously ancient house makes this all the more pleasing. It all has a feeling of going home, or how you'd wish home to be when you are a child. I like that people used to play, or wish to play with swords, rocking horses and flutes. A little finds a loving grandmother and a house alive with the ghosts of three children from the past. They are relatives and he plays with these children and hears stories of the past. The only vilian, if he is such, is a cursed malevolent Topiary that takes up a few pages. The stories told in this book are rich with the lure of the past and tradition that reaches back forever like permanent old friends. The author said she wrote these to please herself and I think I'd have done the same if I was lucky enough to live in such a home. How wonderful to create such idyllic young ghosts in romantic surroundings. Still, I think many may be bored by these tame tales. The narrator is as pleasing as the story. For a little more adventure and excitement with a similar feel, try reading some Nesbit (the enchanted castle is a good one on here) or some of Eager's childrens books.
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