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The Wonder Clock

Howard Pyle

Book Overview: 

Four and twenty marvelous tales, one for each hour of the day," retold in a novel and entertaining manner by a master of the form. While drawing on German, English, and Scandinavian folk literature for many of his characters and plots, Pyle reworks the material in an imaginative way, crafting the tales in his own inimitable style. Equally engaging are the numerous woodcuts that accompany the stories and enliven the narrative.

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Community Reviews

Honestly, I didn't like most of the stories. Some were okay though. My favorite was story #3. How One Turned His Trouble to Some Account.
"Trouble" was an actual human character in this story.

Many were written along the theme, that if you were humble, or poor and helped an old woman or man across...more

To be honest, I haven't read this outloud to the kids yet. I bought it and read it and really liked it. I do plan on using it but I think we'll do that when they're a bit older. Right now we're focusing on the more common fairy tales like Cinderella and Rapunzel and such.

I'm thinking this is best...more

A collection of 24 different fairy tales, each illustrated by Howard Pyle, each introduced with an illustrated poem by his wife, Katherine Pyle. Everything about this book is charming to me (a person who has struggled through Anderson's and Lang's fairy tales in the last year). The actual book,...more

Completely charming, both the stories and the illustrations. In some ways this is an early example of a "mash-up," because Pyle borrows and re-combines story elements from many sources. Bright young readers and adults should enjoy the book equally. The stories are good for reading aloud, too; the...more

Loved this book immensely - from the library, need to own! My favorite thing was the brief poem preceding each chapter, describing the hour of the day. Many of the stories seemed to have similar plots or themes, but Pyle's witty way of saying things kept the tales fresh.

Read aloud with the 9 year old

it was amazing reading those stories 24 for 24 hours also I enjoyed the illustrations and the poems
it was different and simple, i cant believe that book is a classic even if it was children's book

This book has been in my family for four generations, the 1912 edition having been given to my father by his grandmother in 1948.

The premise of the story is given in the introduction; the narrator happens upon a marvelous clock in Father Time's attic, which strikes the hour with songs and puppet...more

Howard Pyle was a watershed in publishing; he's one of a handful of illustrators who transformed the profession from a hack-work, low-paid job into a serious professional art. His pictures are gorgeous. His writing isn't bad, although The Wonder Clock isn't his best. (I think that prize goes to O...more

whenever I read children's stories that were written 100 years or more ago (these were first published in the 1880s) I have to remember how attitudes and the ideals that one shrived for were different. I can't judge from the modern perspective, that would be unfair. So what that all females were...more

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