Magazine April 11, 2016, Issue

There and Back Again

The Chestry Oak, by Kate Seredy (Purple House Press, 254 pp., $12.95)

As I think back on all the years during which, as a child, I loved good stories, and all the years during which, as a mother, I sought the best stories for my children, and all the years during which, as a teacher, I have done the same for other people’s children, I do not find a better story than Kate Seredy’s The Chestry Oak, first published in 1948. Yes, it is quite as good as, though different from, the Narnia books of C. S. Lewis, the best of Hilda van Stockum, and good old Charlotte’s Web.

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