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Jan of the Windmill

Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing

Book Overview: 

There were two storms: one within and one without. The windmiller's wife was starting to be very unhappy, and the rain was pouring down as fast as her tears. So her husband brought Jan, a neglected child, for her to care for. This book is about his growing up, being a favourite but still an outcast, and discovering himself. Rudyard Kipling claimed to know this book almost by heart, and it is hoped you would like it too. Like any good children's book, it is perfect for both children and adults.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .n the barn,
      The rook is cawing on the tree,
      And in the wood the ringdove coos,
      But my false love hath fled from me.”

Abel opened the door, and looked out.  One of those small white moths known as “millers” went past him.  The night was still, - so utterly still that no sound of any sort whatever broke upon the ear.  In dead silence and loneliness stood the mill.  Even the miller-moth had gone; and a cat ran in by Abel’s legs, as if the loneliness without were too much for her.  The sky was gray.

Abel went back to the round-house, where George was struggling to fix the candlestick securely in the wall.

“Cuss the thing!” he exclaimed, whilst the skin of his face took a mottled hue that was the nearest approach he ever made to a blush.  “The tallow’. . . Read More

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ENGLISH: A baby boy is left at the care of the family of a wind miller. He soon shows high ability for the fine arts. But when tragedy falls on the windmill, the boy is abducted. Will he ever find his real father?

ESPAÑOL: Un bebé queda al cuidado de la familia de un molinero. Pronto muestra gran hab

How does one stumble across a century and a half old young adult title such as this? One must be named Marty Reeder, first of all. But specifically? Well, first you have to look up some biographical information on Ewing because of a short story a student read and did a report on by her, then you fin

A lovely book, and one that I will reread soon! The modern reader might find the story a little cliched -- the unacknowledged son of a noble family being 'farmed out', growing up in humble surroundings, finding his genius, and discovering at last who his true parents are. But it is well told, the ch