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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

I’ve known Puck of Pook's Hill since childhood, but encountered this sequel much later. Both books use the same device: two children are introduced by Puck’s simple magic to a variety of people lifted out of many different periods of English history; and they tell their tales. It’s a way of bringing

English history with a tiny bit of dark

Puck of Pook's Hill and its sequel Rewards and Fairies are, in my opinion, among the very best of Rudyard Kipling's books, and that is saying a great deal. They are Kipling's presentation for children of the early history of England. Rewards and Fairies begins

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

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

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

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