Friday, October 13, 2006



1. From the station bear left and pass through a new housing estate bearing right all the time until you reach North Lane, cross and go straight ahead into the Cauuseway...
Cycling directions for the The Country of the Magic River (Rubert Bear) ride

via Mary Tourtel - Rupert Bear
Storybook England - a literary map of English children's books.

via cartography


pk said...

Thanks B, that storybook England site is keeno! *rustles around digging out old Wind in the Willows*

nabakov said...

What a wonderful idea. And a great interface. Though I note Toad Hall is conspicious by its absence. As are the Admiral Benbow Inn, Dr Syn's stomping rounds, the Psammead's sandpit, Leon Garfield's foggy London and TH White's Merrie England.

And also how come no kid's books are set in Norfolk?

Also, anyone here who liked the 'The Wind In The Willows" should check out Grahame's other books "The Golden Age" and "Dream Days" which are kids books for grownups and vice-versa.

And betcha didn't know the creator of Toad, Ratty. Mole and Badger was once shot in a bank robbery.

boynton said...

No, I didn't know that.

I see via Wiki that "Dream Days" is available free in digitally voiced audio book ...curious sound...but the lyrics are also provided...

pk said...

Veddy interessting. I went looking for WitW illos and found a new folio edition with gorgeous art. Hmm..may have to pursue this. WitW is very close to my near all time fave book. But I've not seen those others you mention nabakov. Thanks for the info. (original Willows art was by EH Shephard just by the by - doubt it's public domain as he died in '76)

Nabakov said...

Yes I heartly recommend "Dream Days" and "The Golden Age", on the surface a collection of episodes about an idyllic late Victorian childhood but woven through with some sometimes wry, sometimes darker threads of observation. And the dawning realisation that these kids are turning inwards because they have no parents and are being raised by the numbers by The Aunts. And why they are parentless is carefully left unspecified.

It's also where "The Reluctant Dragon" came from, told as a story within a story a la The Princess Bride.

boynton said...

pk: I went looking but didn't see that, thanks. Though hard to displace Shephard (from one's consciousness)?

And then I went looking for my copy and found it was elsewhere.

But will look out for those too, Nabs.

pk said...

Um...I have mixed feelings about original -vs- johnny-come-lately book illustrations. I have fond memories of particular illustrations from books read when I was a kid of course..including Shepherd's work.

But I guess I find it different when I'm looking at them 'artistically' online outside the book frame of reference. But like films, the originals tend to be the best in the majority of cases.