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Twinkle and Chubbins

L. Frank Baum

Book Overview: 

Twinkle is a little girl who often finds herself caught up in fantastic adventures. Whether it be being put on trial by angry woodchucks, raising a hateful baby crow, visiting a town full of talking prairie dogs, finding magical turtles, meeting strange creatures, or stumbling upon a country of sugar people, she never knows what she'll encounter next!

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Jim Crow's legs, and the other end of the cord she fastened to the round of a chair—or to the table-leg—when they were in the house. The crow would run all around, as far as the string would let him go; but he couldn't get away. And when they went out of doors Twinkle held the end of the cord in her hand, as one leads a dog, and Jim Crow would run along in front of her, and then stop and wait. And when she came near he'd run on again, screaming "Caw! Caw!" at the top of his shrill little voice.

He soon came to know he belonged to Twinkle, and would often lie in her lap or perch upon her shoulder. And whenever she entered the room where he was he would say, "Caw—caw!" to her, in pleading tones, until she picked him up or took some notice of him.

It was wonderful how quickly a bird that had always lived wild and free seemed to become tame and gentle. Twinkle's father said that was because he was so young, and because his broken wing kept him fro. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Cute short stories originally published by "Laura Bancroft" (Baum's pseudonym) and illustrated by Maginel Wright Enright (sister of Frank Lloyd and mother of Elizabeth Enright). You can see many of the same influences in his Oz stories, but still worth reading.

L. Frank Baum, using the name Laura Bancroft, wrote these six stories in 1905 as separate booklets which were later published together in 1911 as this book. The color illustrations are by Frank Lloyd Wright's younger sister Maginel Wright Enright.

In this collection of short stories Twinkle is a girl

Mr. Woodchuck  3☆

Bandit Jim Crow  2☆

Prarie-Dog Town  2☆

Prince Mud-Turtle  3☆

Twinkle's Enchantment  2☆

Sugar-Loaf Mountain  2☆

It took me forever to find this book on here; I thought it was called The Twinkle Tales.

I love this book; surprisingly, it's the only book by Baum I really enjoy. It combines nonsense and fey-lore into something definitely worth reading. If you like the Spiderwick books, Sisters Grimm, 13 Curses, o

While these stories are very good, it's easy to see why they were not as enduring as the Oz books. First, the confusion of the pseudonym kept Baum fans from knowing about the stories. Second, they are in a very dated style. The children are so passive in some of the stories, they are more travelogue