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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 childr...more

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...more

Fantastic! Has a little bit of everything fun. Anything by Kipling is bound for my all-time favorites pile. This series is a collection of stories lightly joined together by a common theme and a common place. In Rewards and Fairies, the theme is what it means to be human: making tough decisions,...more

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 poacher...more

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

I enjoyed this second part. I didn't think it was as good as part 1 but, as a whole they are both very good.

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 t...more

In childhood all things are possible. Belief and imagination are strong, so when presented with seemingly outlandish situations and stories, it's easy to accept them as truth. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling offers numerous fantastic stories as told to two children.

To read this, and other...more

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,...more

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