They encounter flying horses, giants, a homeless tramp and find messages in a bottle. These books are such a treat. They were written from to , originally published in Great Britain, but have also been published in the US. Dec 19, Mathew rated it it was ok Shelves: absence-of-parents , adventure , story-in-a-story , animals , children-taking-on-adult-roles , childrens-literature , nature , conservation , friendship , key-stage The Doctor is here to investigate the presence and history of giants on our isles and her Miss Bun to provide company and food.
With no Tolly and Mrs. Oldknow present, the adventures lie with Ida, Oskar and Hsu or Ping as he is named. Together, they canoe through the river and canals around Green Knowe, discovering The archaeologist, Doctor Biggin and her friend, Miss Bun rent out Green Knowe over the Summer and decide to invite two 'displaced' refugees to accompany Doctor Biggin's niece, Ida. Together, they canoe through the river and canals around Green Knowe, discovering flying horses, moon worshiping Bronze Age people and a 'displaced' giant.
There was no continuity here for me in this installment; I felt we missed the presence of Mrs. Oldknow to ground us in the place. Yet, with her missing, we also miss out on Green Knowe itself and, instead, are left to explore its surroundings. To me, this at least made sense. Oldknow is the custodian and the channel through which we see the house's history, with her absent, the children must travel outside its boundaries. I also struggled with accepting the naming of Ping. I understand that, much like Jacob in 'Chimneys', Boston is trying to create a space for racially and culturally diverse characters and, in , she possibly did a valiant job of it but naming a character 'Ping' because no one could understand of pronounce this name Hsu would, in our times, be considered offensive and tactless.
I also had a problem with the giant, whose father was humiliated and tricked into performing at a circus, who finds joy and security by doing the very same thing My 8yo daughter loves the Greene Knowe books, and I remember loving them as a child so we're very much enjoying reading them together.
We both loved the first two The Children of Green Knowe, the Chimneys of Green Knowe , but both were a little disappointed in this book. It took us a long time to read, I suspect because the story has much less narrative drive than the two previous books - it's not a plot, so much as a series of extraordinary and magical adventures strung together with no real cl My 8yo daughter loves the Greene Knowe books, and I remember loving them as a child so we're very much enjoying reading them together.
It took us a long time to read, I suspect because the story has much less narrative drive than the two previous books - it's not a plot, so much as a series of extraordinary and magical adventures strung together with no real climax or development.
The three children, Oskar, Ida and Ping, are likeable, but they're not Tolly or Toby from the first books , and the house was much less of a presence in this book. The river was more present, however, since all the children's adventures take place as they make excursions in a canoe, and this gave the book something of a transient feel - we know that these children are only guests in the house, there for a short few weeks until the real owners return, and their travels on the river only add to this impermanent feel to the book.
My daughter and I found ourselves looking forward to the next book, when the newcomers flow away like their enchanted river and the "real" Green Knowe characters come back. Feb 06, Tabitha rated it it was amazing Shelves: summer. This is my favorite one of the series so far!! Scrumptious and beautiful with just the right mix of reality and fantasy. I didn't want it to end and will be thinking of their adventures for many days.
At first I was disappointed to not meet Tolly and his grandmother, but Ida, Oskar, and Ping have become new heroes and the two aunts kept me laughing.
Such a gorgeous book. A strange blend of the real and the fantastical. Very dated now - written in - but the book has an undeniable charm, especially if you know the house and the river that inspired it Aug 22, Stephen Bigger rated it really liked it. Again not my taste, with a kind of fantasy magic, but a post-war response to traumatic experience.
Sep 06, Cynthia Haggard rated it really liked it. Having enjoyed the first two volumes of this series, I imagined I would read another charming tale about Tolly and his great-grandmother Mrs. Oldknow, and some children from yet another century. Imagine my surprise when these two main characters are no-where to be seen. Instead, we have two elderly ladies — Dr. Oldknow and Tolly are away. Needless to say, Miss Bun is fond of f Having enjoyed the first two volumes of this series, I imagined I would read another charming tale about Tolly and his great-grandmother Mrs.
Needless to say, Miss Bun is fond of food, while Dr. Biggin is an eccentric academic, who never stands straight a because she is looking for objects on the ground or b because she is reading a book.
Biggin has a niece Ida and the two ladies think it would be a marvelous idea to invite Ida and two refugee children from the Society for the Promotion of Summer Holidays for Displaced Children. This novel was published in As the two ladies do not take their guardianship responsibilities very seriously, the children are free to roam around. And roam they do, on a canoe, up and down the river which winds past Green Knowe.
Although I found many details of this novel charming especially its lovely descriptions of the wildlife that inhabit the river I must say I did not find this novel as compelling as the two first. Oldknow, Tolly and the various beings in the house, and personally would have preferred another novel in which Tolly meets some other children connected with the long history of Green Knowe which was built in the s. Four Stars.
Jan 21, Karon Phoenix-hollis rated it it was ok. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Man riding a hippalectryon - damaged depiction on the interior of an Attica black-figure lip cup, — BC public domain. Interestingly, the pegasi are not the only horse-birds on record. There is also the hippalectryon to consider. No less obscure than the pegasi, this yellow-plumed composite beast from ancient Greek folklore is variously said to have combined the wings, legs, and tail of a cockerel most frequently , an eagle, or a giant vulture with the head and forequarters of a horse, and could apparently be tamed and ridden by anyone brave enough to attempt this daunting feat.
It is represented, sometimes bearing a bold rider, in several pieces of ancient art, including vases, statues, and coins, most commonly dating from the 6 th Century BC; but the oldest known example - an askos liquid-pouring pottery vessel from Knossos - dates from the 9 th Century BC. Finally: horse-bird composites are assuredly the stuff of dreams, especially any dreams that can be designed by those skilled in the illusive arts of Photoshop - so here is a truly delightful example to leave you with:.
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