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The Magic Fishbone

Charles Dickens

Book Overview: 

This is the extraordinary story of a very nearly ordinary princess named Alicia. Given a magic fish-bone by a good fairy, Alicia can have whatever she wishes--provided she wishes for it at the right time. But it's never clear when the right time is, and sometimes the best magic is no magic at all.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .The King was, in his private profession, Under Government. The Queen’s father had been a medical man out of town.

They had nineteen children, and were always having more. Seventeen of these children took care of the baby; and Alicia, the eldest, took care of them all. Their ages varied from seven years to seven months.

[Pg 8]Let us now resume our story.

One day the King was going to the office, when he stopped at the fishmonger’s to buy a pound and a half of salmon not too near the tail, which the Queen (who was a careful housekeeper) had requested him to send home. Mr Pickles, the fishmonger, said, “Certainly, sir, is there any other article, Good-morning.”

The King went on towards the office in a melancholy mood, for quarter day was such a long way off, and several of the dear children were growing out of their clothes. He had not proceeded far, when Mr Pickles’s errand-boy came running after him, and sa. . . Read More

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Un cuento corto, realmente corto, escrito por el clásico por antonomasia Charles Dickens, con un estilo surrealista y cómico que nos saca de lo habitual en este tipo de lecturas.

Es de fácil lectura. Aunque la trama no es gran cosa, el surrealismo de la situación hace que la lectura resulte al menos

The Magic Fishbone is an enchanting fairy tale by Charles Dickens. This review is for the 1922 edition, with illustrations by F.D. Bedford.

Charles Dickens loved fairy tales as a child. He loved to read them, and he loved to play with his toy theatre. The tales from the Arabian Nights were a great f

Read this for some kids at the library. It fell flat. First problem were how many kids they had. THen how royalty was living ordinary lives. Then is was why is a 7 year old getting married...So many issues with this. SO it was too fake for the children. It wasn't fairy tale enough to dismiss reality

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