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The Gate of the Giant Scissors

Annie Fellows Johnston

Book Overview: 

This is the story of Joyce, an American girl who has been sent abroad to France to study, and of her adventures in France, - the wonderful house with the gate of The Giant Scissors, Jules, her little playmate, Sister Denis, the cruel Brossard, and her dear Aunt Kate.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Whack! Bang! The blows of the scissors, warding off the blows of the mighty club, could be heard for miles around.

At last Ethelried became so exhausted that he could scarcely raise his hand, and it was plain to be seen that the scissors could not do battle much longer. By this time a great many people, attracted by the terrific noise, had come running up to the moat. The news had spread far and wide that Ethelried was in danger; so every one whom he had ever served dropped whatever he was doing, and ran to the scene of the battle. The peasant was there, and the shepherd, and the lords and beggars and high-born dames, all those whom Ethelried had ever befriended.

As they saw that the poor Prince was about to be vanquished, they all began a great lamentation, and cried out bitterly.

"He saved my harvest," cried one. "He found my lamb," cried another. "He showed me a greater kindness still," shouted a third. And so they went on, each telling of some un. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is a cute little fairy tale about the power of doing good in this world. The story of a small American girl who travels to France and befriends a neighboring family and the adventures she and the small boy have. Quick and worth the read.

This story is drugs: It gives you that exclusive high. But it is a high that only your childhood made you feel. All that nostalgia and happiness and bubble gum, sugary happily-ever-after moods of fairy tales.

As a children's book, The Gate of the Giant Scissors is pretty good but not particularly...more

Beautiful and inspiring story

We own a hard copy of this book, printed in 1895, and given to my daughters when when they were small by a dear friend. It had been a treasured book of her grandmother's. We enjoyed reading it many times. My oldest daughter, who lives in another state now, asked me to...more

Good read aloud for the kids. Clean, sweet and filled with service to others.