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The Spartan Twins

Lucy Fitch Perkins

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Pandora if you are willing," said the Stranger. "The fine old tales of Hellas should be the birthright of every child. They will live so long as there are children in the world to hear them and old fellows like myself to tell them."

"If you will be so gracious then," said Lydia, "but first let us prepare ourselves to listen."

She signed to Chloe, who immediately brought a basin and towel to the Stranger and Melas. When they had washed their hands, she carried away the basin and swept the crumbs into the fire, while Lydia filled cups with wine and water and set them before her husband and his guest. Then wood was piled upon the fire, and Lydia seated herself beside it once more with her distaff and wool-basket, while Chloe crept into the shadow behind her mistress's chair, and the Twins drew nearer to her footstool. When everything was quiet once more, the Stranger lifted his wine-cup.

"Since we are in the country," he said,. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Dion & Daphne

I'm glad to see this reissued! I had my mother's old cloth-bound copy, a greenish color with a simple drawing in gold of the two children. This was my favorite in Perkins "Twins" series. Each book has a different pair of kids in a different place and time. Each book provides a little historical educ

Great story

it gave us a good sense for the times and interactions in ancient Greece. The kids seemed to enjoy it, especially the girls who felt empowered by Daphne

My favorite of Perkins' charming, if dated, "Twins" books for young readers. Felipe and Carlos make much mischief in the Spanish countryside.

Read aloud to kids. It was interesting, but took us a while to get through. The kids definitely perked up during the last few chapters. Other than that, it was pretty slow. (Not that that is always a bad thing.)

I love the twins series. they are so interesting.