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Eyebright

Susan Coolidge

Book Overview: 

Twelve year old Isabella Bright is endowed with just such an imagination and spends her time amusing herself and her friends with stories. Will her imagination be called upon to help her navigate tempestuous seas?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Eyebright thought.

"I didn't know that you were Mr. Bright's little daughter when I asked the way to his house," he said "Why didn't you tell me? And what was the game you were playing, which you said was so splendid, but which made you cry so hard? I couldn't imagine, and it made me very curious."

"It was only about Lady Jane Grey," answered Eyebright. "I was Lady Jane, and Bessie, she was Margaret; and I was just going to be beheaded when you spoke to us. I always cry when we get to the executions; they are so dreadful."

"Why do you have them, then? I think that's a very sad sort of play for two happy little girls like you. Why not have a nice merry game about men and women who never were executed? Wouldn't it be pleasanter?"

"Oh, no! It isn't half as much fun playing about people who don't have things happen to them," said Eyebright, eagerly. "Once we did, Bessie and I. We played at George and Martha Washington, and it wasn't amus. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This story follows Eyebright (nickname of I[sabella] Bright) from age 12 to age 15. A number of sad things happen to her but she turns out just fine because she's blessed with both imagination and common sense (that's the moral, I think).

People who are familiar with the coast of Maine might enjoy Co

The Eyebright of the title is Isabella Bright, or I. Bright, whose bright eyes and name earned her that particular moniker. She is a young girl in the United States around the turn of the century who plays at being Lady Jane Grey, goes to visit a Shaker village, and ends up moving to Maine. It is a

This book started out very much in the episodic, child-adventure tradition of Coolidge's "Katy" stories, though this time Mamma is the invalid and a rather whiny one at that. When Mamma dies and Papa's job disappears, he and "Eyebright" (who is never, ever called by her real name of Isabel) move to

A very good little book.

It is a poignant story of Eyebright. Except for her survival and hope for her in the end, the story has Shakespearean tragic touch with her own family not recovering from misfortunes. Until the very end, one wishes her father return from the terrible storm in the sea.