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The Wonderful Winter
In this witty and authentic story by Shakespearean biographer Marchette Chute, a lonely orphan boy runs away to Elizabethan London when his overly strict aunts refuse to let him keep a stray puppy. There, he meets up with Shakespeare's acting troupe and spends the most wonderful winter of his young life.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Green Mansion Press
(first published January 28th 1954)
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This was a read aloud to my 10 year old. She really enjoyed it. It was longer chapters than I'd like for a read aloud, but I got sucked into the story too. Don't think the return home at the end of the book would have gone anything like it did, but it's a kid's book. Doesn't hurt to talk about the seriousness of running away which means you don't get to do fun things like act in a theater all winter instead of a more likely outcome as end up murdered by whoever finds you. Loved the Heminges and ...more