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Rewards and Fairies

Rudyard Kipling

Book Overview: 

Joseph Rudyard Kipling was an English author and poet, born in India, and best known today for his children’s books. Rewards and Fairies is about Dan and Una who met Puck last summer, in Puck of Pook’s Hill. This summer, they meet him again – and several individuals from different periods in history, who, while generally not famous themselves, tell their tales of meeting Queen Elizabeth, Francis Drake, George Washington, and other well-known historical figures. Sadly, Dan and Una forget these encounters as soon as they are over, but the reader can enjoy them for years to come!

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Ah! Wood-carving, for example. If you can cut wood and have a fair draft of what ye mean to do, a Heaven’s name take chisel and mall and let drive at it, say I! You’ll soon find all the mystery, forsooth, of wood-carving under your proper hand!’ Whack, came the mallet on the chisel, and a sliver of wood curled up in front of it. Mr. Springett watched like an old raven.

‘All art is one, man—one!’ said Hal between whacks; ‘and to wait on another man to finish out——’

‘To finish out your work ain’t no sense,’ Mr. Springett cut in. ‘That’s what I’m always saying to the boy here.’ He nodded towards Dan. ‘That’s what I said when I put the new wheel into Brewster’s Mill in Eighteen hundred Seventy-two. I reckoned I was millwright enough for the job ’thout bringin’ a man from Lunnon. An’ besides, dividin&r. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Originally published on my blog here in August 2001.

While Rewards and Fairies is a sequel to Puck of Pook's Hill, it is probably much better known as the original home of Kipling's most famous poem, If -. Myself, I don't like the poem very much - it's too much the sort of "uplifting" thing children

I think this is a reread but I remembered the illustrations but not the text. Had also not realised that this was the book containing the first publication of “if” . The book continues to follow Una and Dan as Puck introduces them to various Sussex figures from history. Will go back and reread Puck

Borrow trouble for yourself if that’s your nature, but don’t lend it to your neighbours.

This is another collection of stories about the children Una and Dan and their semi-adventures with Puck. Most of the stories involve Puck bringing some historical—or even prehistorical—figure to tell them about

Este libro es una continuación de "Puck de la colina Pook" e incluye el famoso poema "If". Sigue el mismo estilo narrativo alrededor de dos niños de Sussex y del duende Puck, que hablan con personajes de épocas antiguas.
La fórmula sigue funcionando para contar ficción histórica, pero donde en "Puck"

Maybe a 3.5. Excellent story telling; the poems left me cold, except the joy in finding an old favorite--"If you can keep your mind when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you"--as the opening line to "If".

Another good line "I reckon there's more things told than are true, And more th

I’ve already written about how this book and Puck of Pook’s Hill are made; now I want to talk about how they are written.

The language is the greatest appeal of these two collections. It’s grand and archaic and fine - the language of knights and centurions and queens as well as gypsies and poachers a

I wish all books about British history (or any country's history for that matter) were as fun to read as "Puck of Pook's Hill" and "Rewards and Fairies".

Gratefully, the oak, ash, and thorn that affected Dan's and Una's memory has not seemed to impair my memory of the stories.

For my full, non-spoiler review: https://christianlovingbooks.blogspot...more

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to h

When I started reading ‘Rewards and Fairies’, out of continuity for ‘Puck of Pook's Hill’, I was expecting another handful of adventure tales with knights, pirates and savages — very amusing but somewhat childish nonetheless. I was very much surprised, however, to find so mature and deep a book, mak

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