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Italian Peepshow

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Title:Italian Peepshow
Farjeon, Eleanor   
(2 of 5 for author by title)
The Little Bookroom. Eleanor Farjeon's short stories for children chosen by herself.
Humming Bird
Published:   1926
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Tags:fiction, short stories, children's literature

Set in Florence, Italy, the chapters alternate between stories about three children visiting Italy; and imaginative bedtime stories told to them.

"Bridget in Italy"

"Oranges and Lemons"

"The Birthday Carnival"

"Rosaura's Birthday"


"The King of Tripoli Brings the Pasta"

"Nan and Cecchino"

"The Herb of Fear"

"Nella's Dancing Shoes"

"Good Bye to Italy"

"The Story of Mr and Mrs Ringdaly" [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:68 Info

Author Bio for Farjeon, Eleanor

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Eleanor Farjeon (13 February 1881—5 June 1965) was an English author of children's stories and plays, poetry, biography, history and satire. Several of her works had illustrations by Edward Ardizzone. Some of her correspondence has also been published. She won many literary awards and the Eleanor Farjeon Award for children's literature is presented annually in her memory by the Children's Book Circle, a society of publishers. She was the sister of the thriller writer Joseph Jefferson Farjeon.

Today Eleanor Farjeon's most widely known work is the children's hymn "Morning has Broken", written in 1931 to an old Gaelic tune associated with the Scottish village Bunessan. Her other popular hymn is the Advent carol "People, Look East!", usually sung to an old French melody, and a favourite with children's choirs. "Morning has Broken" appears under its correct title "A Morning Song (For the First Day of Spring)" in The Children's Bells (Oxford, 1957), which collects Farjeon's poems from many sources including the Martin Pippin books.

One of Farjeon's talents was to make history easy and memorable. In poetry that is varied, witty and picturesque, Farjeon presents the saints, the kings, the tyrants and the notable events in forms that fixed them in the minds of the young reader. The historical subjects of her poetry range from King Priam begging his son's body from Achilles in rhyming couplets, to King John being forced by the relentless barons to sign the Magna Carta, to Joseph the carpenter wondering over the future of the little Christ Child that he can hold in the span of his two hands.

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