Phantastes, a Faerie Romance by George Macdonald, Fiction, Classics, Action & Adventure
The way starts in his room, and he meets is a girl who tells him "Trust the Oak. Trust the Oak, and the Elm, and the great Beech. Take care of the Birch, for though she is honest, she is too young not to be changeable. But shun the Ash and the Alder; for the Ash is an ogre, -- you will know him by his thick fingers; and the Alder will smother you with her web of hair, if you let her near you at night." This is wise advice.
Your little baby isn't a baby anymore! Make sure you're prepared for the toddler years with gear and toys you didn't realize you needed for children aged one to three.
From pint-size furniture to decorations that double as playtime favorites, here are some of the best playroom ideas for toddlers
Subscription boxes are the perfect gift for the fun-loving kiddos in your life. With options including everything from science to cooking, kids will love receiving their very own monthly packages filled with fun activities and toys. Don't know which subscription to choose? Read on to discover 12 of our favorites.
Summer's almost over and it won't be long before it's time to head back to school. But why make your kids spend the last days of vacation in stores when you can do all of your shopping online at Target? Whether you're using Target School List Assist or picking out your own classroom essentials, we've rounded up our favorite Target school supplies that you can shop below.
Send your kids off to class in style this fall with the trendiest back-to-school clothes from Zappos. From Mamma Mia-inspired bell-sleeves to World Cup-approved casual wear, these latest looks will have them dressing to impress all year long.
Thinking of taking a trip to Adventure Bay? Does your little pup squeal with delight whenever her favorite rescue dogs help a friend in need? Whether you're a fan of PAW Patrol or just a parental bystander, those precious pups' paw prints are all over the fabric of your daily life. It's only natural that for your little one's birthday, she'd want to celebrate in a big canine way. So, we dug deep and took to the skies searching for the best PAW Patrol party ideas. Remember: No party is too big, no celebration too small. If you need the paw-fect party ideas just yelp for help — or read on for some inspiration. We're on the case!
Mastering the art of diapering requires proper instruction, and the right diaper changing accessories. Managing the mess can be downright icky at times, but having the correct sized diaper as well as baby wipes that suit your baby's skin needs, makes all the difference. Be prepared for any and all potential diapering dilemmas—there are sure to be a few—by learning more about your diapering options.
Unlike a Christmas birthday, which can get easily overlooked during the holiday commotion, a Halloween birthday party is a special unicorn — much like your little princess, superhero or monster. And just like those peanut butter cups you're giving out to trick-or-treaters, Halloween and birthdays are "two great things that go great together!" No need to rack your brain for some far-out theme — costumes and candy are a given. But you can still flex your creativity and choose unique decorations, invitations and much more to make your kiddo's Halloween birthday party a howling success. Keep scrolling for some frightfully fun inspiration.
It's easy for parents to get spooked trying to choose the perfect Halloween costumes for their little ones. Between the overwhelming choices (princess or witch? superhero or villain?) to the barrage of opinions from their little boys and ghouls, deciding on the perfect costumes for kids can be, well, tricky. But with a little help from the Happiest Place on Earth, we've conjured up the best Disney Halloween costumes for kids this year. Whether it's her favorite Disney Junior character (you're singing the theme song now, aren't you?) or his beloved Pixar pal, here's some supercalifragilistic inspiration to make your little hero or magical creature's Halloween dreams come true.
It's never too early to get a little one hooked on reading. These fun, personalized storybooks for kids combine entertainment with education, making your budding bookworm the hero of their own story. Whether it's a Disney story or a bedtime story, get your birthday and Christmas gift shopping done early and order one of these unique page-turners from Amazon, Etsy or Uncommon Goods now!
Whether your child's school uniform is a sweater and khakis or a sweet dress, these classic pieces earn an A-plus for style.
Summer vacation means one thing: Your yard is about to become a sea of kids' toys that have found a new home in the outdoors. If you're struggling to keep up with the chaos, shop this list of genius finds from Houzz that make staying organized a breeze.
Pleasing teenage girls can often be a challenge, especially when it comes to helping them pick out clothes or room decor. If you have a teenager who loves boho style and is in need of a little bedroom revamp, look no further. Your teen will be shocked at how well you know the boho trend when she sees these gypsy-inspired bedroom picks.
As a child, did you pretend to live in a castle by arranging old blankets over the couch and chairs? There was something so fun about sitting underneath mom's old sheets. Now think how much more awesome it would be to actually have a bed that looks like a mini house! Enter the toddler house bed, also known as a Montessori floor bed.
These beds are exactly what they sound like: Picture a house-shaped frame above the mattress, complete with windows, a door and a kitchen (OK, just kidding about the kitchen). But now picture your little angel's precious head resting underneath one of these magical creations.
While this may seem like a cool, new way to sleep, the floor bed concept actually dates back to the early 20th century teaching philosophy called the Montessori Method, which focuses on placing everything a child needs to learn and explore at the child's level. So, by placing their bed on the floor, you give children independence and a chance to learn on their own terms.
Here, we've rounded up some of our favorite toddler house beds that are ready to take up residence in dreamland.
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A personalised storybook for girls called SERENA. The story is based on the letters of the child's own name. All books are differe...nt from one another. The girl wakes up but can't remember her name. Magic Mouse knows how to solve the problem. They go on a wonderful adventure in the Magic Bus! Translated and adapted by the author from the top-selling Finnish language children's namebook series "Tyttö/Poika, joka unohti nimensä". The beautiful hand-drawn pictures will delight both the young and the young-at-heart! Looking for a namebook "What's my name?" but couldn't find a book for the name you are looking for? Please don't hesitate to contact me with your name request! -Tiina Walsh Author fb.me/whatsmynamestorybooks for more details about the storybooks read more
Explains the differences between moths and butterflies, including when they are most active, their coloring, and their antennae.
Excerpt from Landtakers: The Story of an EpochHis eyes screwed up against the harsh light, his boyish features matted in lines of ...discontent, Cabell sat on the side of the road and bitterly compared this crude scene with an image of his native Dorset village. The violence with which he beat at the ﬂies buzz ing in a black cloud round his face and neck revealed the intensity of his feelings.A detachment of soldiers and yellow-clad convicts approached from the other end of the street as though upon air. Only the rattle of a chain here and there was to be heard', for the dust was inches thick and soft as powder. It rose in clouds from their feet and cast a smoky shadow on the ground.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works. read more
WILL THIS YOUNG POET AMOUNT TO NOTHING? His Aunt Ann certai...nly thinks so. "Walter is a drain on your finances!" she states self-righteously. But Richard Colman, a farmer, doesn't think so. He loves his son, Walter Colman the young poet, and supports his ambition. Walter is his link to his dead wife. And besides . . . However Richard Colman's finances fail and the young poet must fend for himself. At first Walter finds some success -- but he meets the seductive Lufa and endures trouble. Should he return to the simple life of father, farmland and childhood friend Molly -- and his love of God Himself? Find out in this heartfelt parable of faith and art by the nineteenth century Scottish Christian master! read more
The hero of the sun-drenched hours, he looks godlike with his golden hair aglow in the sun as he hunts the wild beasts of field an...d wood. Yet as the light flees at the onset of evening, his self-assurance and bravado fade with the light . . . and he finds himself beset by terrors he cannot reign. Then he discovers solace, in that terrifying night -- for within the depths of his fears he encounters a strange, beautiful creature who offers him comfort -- a girl, who is as much a creature of the dark hours as he is of sunlit days. Watching over both their lives is red-haired witch Watho -- who with guilt and malice in her heart first cares for the two youths -- then jealously plots their destruction! read more
Young Princess Irene, sent away to the country to be raised in a place nestled into the side of a mountain that's half farmhouse a...nd half castle, has stumbled into a conspiracy -- of Goblins! Really, Goblins! Their evil plot threatens the king and his palace and of course Irene and her friend and her great-great-grandmother (who is a witch, just for good measure). This book has been famous fun for generations, and you ought to come see why. Highly recommended. Jeffrey Holdaway, in the New Zealand Art Monthly, said that both books start out as "normal fairytales but slowly become stranger", and that they contain layers of symbolism similar to that of Lewis Carroll's work. read more
She had hair of yellow gold, waved and rippled; her skin was fair -- and her eyes were of the blue of the heavens when bluest; and... her features were delicate but strong -- her mouth large and finely curved and haunted with smiles.Her husband being away on a difficult mission for the court, Aurora, pregnant, takes lodgings in the castle of Watho -- the red-haired witch who longs to learn all that can be known about the world.When Aurora gives birth, Watho convinces her the boy was born dead, and then hides him away -- to raise in pitch darkness! read more
Blessed with quiet but keen dark eyes and a complexion given a white-rose tinge by the fresh Scottish air, Maggie MacLean has grow...n to learn and love the trade of her father, the village's soutar, or shoemaker.A friend of her childhood has returned, she learns -- James Blatherwick, home from Edinburgh, where he was a divinity student. Yet the proud young man speaking so ably from the pulpit has a secret -- one he almost conceals from himself.Then an even stranger arrival startles her, when she stumbles upon the crying bairn -- a baby, abandoned upon the moor. read more
The Wise Woman kidnaps Rosamund beneath her immense cloak and takes her to a very strange cottage in the middle of nowhere. This c...ottage is bigger inside than outside and here the Wise Woman tries to teach the girl that she is not the center of the universe. Through a picture, Rosamond enters another world and changes places with another spoiled child, Agnes, daughter of a shepherd. Can either be saved from herself? read more
On the Fordyce farm all appears prosperous . . . with wide, lightly rolling lands abutting the railroad line, and tenants keeping ...the fields in neat order. Yet now as the laird's daughter, Alexa Fordyce, runs across the uneven ground, she wonders at these recent shows of coldness from her father, and at his seeming lack of generosity -- surely not true expressions of the father she knows . . . yet more and more apparent since the day he took ownership of these lands. Has he changed?The hurrying Alexa, nearly out of breath, clutches a bottle of brandy she hopes will be of aid -- for moments ago she was astonished to see a car of a train being cast off the rails, with a violence that must have caused injury! Then on the ground by the tracks she sees the man stretched out -- pale and with eyes closed, and leg twisted . . . where but at her own homestead might he find care? read more
When he had been at school for about three weeks, the boys called him Six-fingered Jack; but his real name was Willie, for his fat...her and mother gave it him -- not William, but Willie, after a brother of his father, who died young, and had always been called Willie. His name in full was Willie Macmichael. It was generally pronounced Macmickle, which was, by a learned anthropologist, for certain reasons about to appear in this history, supposed to have been the original form of the name. . . . One evening in winter, when he had been putting coals on his grannie's fire, she told him to take a chair beside her, as she wanted a little talk with him. He obeyed her gladly. "Well, Willie," she said, "what would you like to be?" Willie answered without a moment's hesitation . . read more
The adventure continues with Princess Irene and Curdie a year or two older. They must overthrow a set of corrupt ministers who are... poisoning Irene's father, the king. Irene's grandmother also reappears and gives Curdie a strange gift. A monster called Lina aids his quest. In the years since the end of The Princess and the Goblin, Curdie has managed to convince himself that the supernatural events of that tale were products of his wild imagination. But then events draw him back to Grandmother -- that is, Mother Wotherwop, Princess Irene's great-great-great-grandmother, the Lady of the Silver Moon -- and Curdie regains his innocence and his faith. The Lady sends him on a quest to help the king and princess confound their enemies -- and save the kingdom! read more
In the years since the end of The Princess and the Goblin, Curdie has managed to convince himself that the supernatural events of ...that tale were products of his wild imagination. But then events draw him back to Grandmother -- that is, Mother Wotherwop, Princess Irene's great-great-great-grandmother, the Lady of the Silver Moon -- and Curdie regains his innocence and his faith. The Lady sends him on a quest to help the king and princess confound their enemies -- and save the kingdom! read more
Effort has been made by the editor to bring together in one volume a number of such stories, not for the reason alone that there m...ight be another Jack London book for boys, but also in order to add to our juvenile literature a volume likely "to be chewed and digested," as Bacon says, a book worthy "to be read whole, and with diligence and attention." For my belief is that boys read altogether too few of such books. Or perhaps it would be more correct to say, have too few opportunities to read such books, because so often we fail to see how quick in their reading their minds are to grasp the more difficult, and how keen and competent their conscience to draw the right conclusion when situations are presented wherein men err so grievously.Boys delight in men who have had adventures, and when they are privileged to read of such exploits in thrilling story form, that is the "seventh heaven" for them. Such a "boys' man" was Jack London, whose whole life was one of stirring action on land and sea. read more
Atalantis Major is a thinly veiled allegory describing the November 1710 election of the representative Scottish peers. The circum...stances which surrounded this election were produced by the outcome of the previous month's General Election -- a landslide for the Tories -- and, to understand these circumstances, the impact of that Tory victory must be seen within the context of the political events of 1710. . . . From John J. Perry's Introduction read more
Martin Eden is the tale of a sailor who educates himself. Eden has a wicked crush on college-educated society girl Ruth Morse, and... thinks that he can get her by becoming one of the literati . . . we all know what happens in that story, don't we? He loses his fiancée, of course (he's not well "established" enough for her). But Martin finds fame and fortune in the end -- and of course that gets the girl's attention -- as if he'd want it! Oh, complication. A classic London novel of social issues . . . which ends up, oddly, in the south seas. Maybe there's something of an autobiography here. . . . read more
Christopher Bellew is a success in the eyes of the world, engaged with the San Francisco paper and penning stories daily . . . but... for no pay. When Klondike fever strikes the region, he sees his chance to break from drudgery -- starting him on a journey that takes him over mountain passes and down swirling rapids, removing him forever from the world he knew and the man he was.Taking the name "Smoke," he learns to thrive and flourish in the wilds of the frontier. read more
Written in 1906, BEFORE ADAM is a bit of a departure from London's other novels. Still an adventure novel, this one revolves aroun...d the dreams of a young boy, dreams that involve racial memories and the knowledge of his prior existence as a manlike creature named Big Tooth living in prehistoric times. "These are our ancestors, and their history is our history. Remember that as surely as we one day swung down out of the trees and walked upright, just as surely, on a far earlier day, did we crawl up out of the sea and achieve our first adventure on land." read more
In the volume now in your hands, the authors have touched upon that ugly devil of crime, with which it is your glory to have conte...nded. It were a waste of ink to do so in a serious spirit. Let us dedicate our horror to acts of a more mingled strain, where crime preserves some features of nobility, and where reason and humanity can still relish the temptation. Horror, in this case, is due to Mr. Parnell: he sits before posterity silent, Mr. Forster's appeal echoing down the ages. Horror is due to ourselves, in that we have so long coquetted with political crime; not seriously weighing, not acutely following it from cause to consequence; but with a generous, unfounded heat of sentiment, like the schoolboy with the penny tale, applauding what was specious. When it touched ourselves (truly in a vile shape), we proved false to the imaginations; discovered, in a clap, that crime was no less cruel and no less ugly under sounding names; and recoiled from our false deities. . . . read more
From "Moon-Face":John Claverhouse was a moon-faced man. You know the kind, cheekbones wide apart, chin and forehead melting into t...he cheeks to complete the perfect round, and the nose, broad and pudgy, equidistant from the circumference, flattened against the very center of the face like a dough-ball upon the ceiling. Perhaps that is why I hated him, for truly he had become an offense to my eyes, and I believed the earth to be cumbered with his presence. Perhaps my mother may have been superstitious of the moon and looked upon it over the wrong shoulder at the wrong time.Be that as it may, I hated John Claverhouse. Not that he had done me what society would consider a wrong or an ill turn. Far from it. The evil was of a deeper, subtler sort; so elusive, so intangible, as to defy clear, definite analysis in words. We all experience such things at some period in our lives. For the first time we see a certain individual, one who the very instant before we did not dream existed; and yet, at the first moment of meeting, we say: "I do not like that man." Why do we not like him? Ah, we do not know why; we know only that we do not. We have taken a dislike, that is all. And so I with John Claverhouse. read more
The whimsical, sometimes melancholy stories, which often use nonsense language, were originally created for his own daughters. Gim...me the Ax decided to let his children name themselves. "The first words they speak as soon as they learn to make words shall be their names," he said. "They shall name themselves." When the first boy came to the house of Gimme the Ax, he was named Please Gimme. When the first girl came she was named Ax Me No Questions. And both of the children had the shadows of valleys by night in their eyes and the lights of early morning, when the sun is coming up, on their foreheads. And the hair on top of their heads was a dark wild grass. And they loved to turn the doorknobs, open the doors, and run out to have the wind comb their hair and touch their eyes and put its six soft fingers on their foreheads. read more
One afternoon Akka from Kebnekaise and her flock alighted on the shore of a forest lake. Spring was backward -- as it always is in... the mountain districts. Ice covered all the lake save a narrow strip next the land. The geese at once plunged into the water to bathe and hunt for food. In the morning Nils Holgersson had dropped one of his wooden shoes, so he went down by the elms and birches that grew along the shore, to look for something to bind around his foot. The boy walked quite a distance before he found anything that he could use. He glanced about nervously, for he did not fancy being in the forest. "Give me the plains and the lakes!" he thought. "There you can see what you are likely to meet. Now, if this were a grove of little birches, it would be well enough, for then the ground would be almost bare; but how people can like these wild, pathless forests is incomprehensible to me. If I owned this land I would chop down every tree."On Selma Lagerlof: "She devoted three years to Nature study and to familiarizing herself with animal and bird life. She has sought out hitherto unpublished folklore and legends of the different provinces. These she has ingeniously woven into her story." (From translator Velma Swanston Howard's introduction.)The background for publication was a commission from the National Teachers Association in 1902 to write a geography reader for the public schools. read more
There was once a little princess whose father was king over a great country full of mountains and valleys. These mountains were fu...ll of hollow places underneath; huge caverns, and winding ways, some with water running through them, and some shining with all colors of the rainbow when a light was taken in. Now in these subterranean caverns lived a strange race of beings, called by some gnomes, by some kobolds, by some goblins. They were not ordinarily ugly, but either absolutely hideous, or ludicrously grotesque both in face and form. It will become pretty evident why the little princess had never seen the sky at night. They were much too afraid of the goblins to let her out of the house then, even in company with ever so many attendants; and they had good reason, as we shall see by-and-by. read more
The first two stories in the Faerie collection.Each story teaches children morals and how to live in harmony with each other and ...nature - or there will be consequences!"Our World can be a truly magical place, if we only have the courage to look." read more
There have been more escapes -- engineered by a band of Englishmen of unparalleled daring who, in a mad spirit of sheer meddling, ...devote their spare hours to snatching away lawful victims destined for Madame la Guillotine! No one has seen these mysterious Englishmen. As for their leader, he is never spoken of, save with a superstitious shudder. Scraps of paper appear from some mysterious source -- announcing that the band of meddlesome Englishmen are at work . . . and always it is signed with a singular device drawn in red, of a little star-shaped flower -- called in England the Scarlet Pimpernel. read more