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I just spotted this knock-out review of Volume II of The National Review Treasury of Classic Children’s Literature at Eclectic Homeschool Online:


If you’re looking for the perfect read-aloud book of stories, look no farther than The National Review Treasury of Classic Children’s Literature Vol. 2. This second volume of children’s stories, published by The National Review, is a selection of the very best stories, mostly taken from St Nicholas Magazine, published from 1874 to 1941. Far from being dated, these are the kind of stories that lead children on flights of fancy. This volume includes stories from Rudyard Kipling, Mark Twain, Frances Hodgson Burnett, L. Frank, Baum, and other famous authors, as well as lesser known authors, who wrote entertaining stories for boys and girls.

This hardback volume would make an excellent birthday or Christmas gift. It’s bound to be an heirloom that your children will want to read to their own children. Whether you choose to make bedtime a delight or read these stories snuggled with your children on the couch, these stories are sure to transport boys and girls into once upon a time.


Wow. Couldn’t have said it better myself. Thanks EHO! But wait — there’s more! Here’s their review of The National Review Treasury of Classic Bedtime Stories:

Thornton Burgess’s stories about the adventures of Uncle Billy Possum, Jeremy Muskrat, and the other denizens of the Green Meadows and Green Forest make perfect bedtime reading. These captivating characters find themselves in various difficulties creating moral dilemmas for them, dilemmas that children can relate to their own experiences. The consequences for poor decisions are borne by the characters in the story, rather than the child in real life. That’s not to say that these stories are preachy lessons on the virtuous life. Far from it. They are delightful tales that will totally engage the young child. Reading about the consequences that Uncle Billy Possum pays for playing tricks will help the child internalize the idea that most people get angry when you play tricks on them. These are all stories with a moral to them, but they are first entertaining stories.

Treasury of Classic Bedtime Stories contains ten of Burgess’s animal tales. Each is broken into short chapters. Reading a chapter a night would take you through most of a year. It’s doubtful that anyone could keep such a snails pace, though. Children and parents both will find themselves routinely reading just one more chapter. The quaint black and white illustrations by Harrison Cady will appeal to children of today as much as they did to children of the early twentieth century when these stories were first published. However, there is nothing dated in these stories. They belong on any child’s bedside table.


Double Wow! Thanks again EHO. Now, for only $29.95 you can get these two acclaimed books — like the reviewer said, they’re excellent Christmas gifts — plus L. Frank Baum’s delightful Queen Zixi of Ix, direct and securely from the NR Gift Shop. Now a word of advice: we’ll send them with free shipping and handling via U.S. Mail, but for an extra $5.00 we’ll send them via UPS Ground, so you get them in plenty of time for Christmas.


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