The Time Garden (Tales of Magic #4)
FYI: there are "Little Women" spoilers in this book :-)
I really enjoyed reading The Time Garden much more than I did Knights Castle. These two books have the same set of characters, but the story in this book was much more interesting to me.
I am beginning to enjoy this set of characters more as I continue to read about their adventures. However, I do not like Roger, Ann, Eliza, and Jack as much as I do the children from the other books. Jack is my least favorite character in this book because he is growing out o...more
The premise is basically that four children (one who is coming into puberty and finding more interest in girls than adventure) move to their aunt's house on a cliff and discover a garden of thyme. Howeve...more
This fanciful book presents 4 children enjoying a seaside summer on the Massachsuetts coast; they meet a curious creature in the garden, who introduces them to the magic and mystery of the thyme plants in the herb garden. These plants are the Vehicle for travel, both in time (American history) and in space (back to England where their parents are vacationing).
On each of their trips they try not to change anything (obeying their own, temporal Prime Directive,...more
Edgar knew and loved the works of E. Nesbit too and admits his own to be deliberately similar to hers.
They all involve a small group of children who stumble upon different kinds of limited magic which they employ with greater and lesser success as they learn the rules and have adventures.
This particular book involves time/thyme magic, but I don't think it's one of the best because the magic kee...more
** Time and again, the children from Knight's Castle have longed for another magic adventure. But you can't find magic just anywhere. It doesn't just grow like grass. It requires the right place and the right time --Or thyme, as the case may be.
For at Mrs. Whiton's house, magic grows wild as the fragrant banks of thyme in her garden. Eliza insists that time doesn't grow, it flies -- yet growing in the garden is olden time, future time, and common time. Or so says the Natterjack, the odd toad
This story combines time (thyme) travel, history and word play to make for a wonderful and timeless story. I won't spoil it except to say that every child deserves to read these b...more
Oh, what is it about? Well, it's about children who are staying where there is a thyme garden filled with all different kinds of time, only to discover that it's a time garden, that lets them travel through tim...more
I found the characters flat, so I didn't really care what happened to them. Their adventures were kind of boring as well.
The Thyme garden is a delight, and for the gardener in me quite a useful guide too - especially when planning a thyme travelling garden....
I loved this book, and look forward to reading more!
One thing that amused me in this book was that Jack, the eldest of the four, has reached the age where he notices and spends all of his time thinking about girls.
And Eager once again inserts a hilarious literary homage by having his characters meet Jo March, and announcing that none of them had ever forgiven Amy "for marrying Laurie in the end, when anyone could tell he was meant for Jo!"
Eager was a childhood fan of L. Frank Baum's Oz series, and started writing children's books when he could not find stories he wanted to read to h...more
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He and the garden were waiting. They were waiting for more children. They didn't care how long they waited. They had all the time in the world.
-The Time Garden, Edward Eager”