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The Children of the New Forest

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In The Children of the New Forest, Marryat describes the trials and triumphs of the four Beverley children, orphaned during the English Civil War and forced to take refuge with a poor woodsman in the New Forest. This is the first annotated edition of a great children's classic, which has retained its popularity since 1847.
Paperback, 303 pages
Published October 1998 by Penguin UK (first published 1847)
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Shelley Yes, I believe it is written to children. I read it to my daughter when she was about 9, but I very much enjoyed it.

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Nikki
When I first read this, I adored this and thought it was pretty much perfection. I read it over and over again, until the covers fell off my copy. I had that reaction to a lot of children's books, and I can't quite find the enchantment again in this one, which makes me sad. I decided to reread it after I came across a reference to it in one of the books I read for Introduction to Children's Literature.

It isn't really a very easily accessible text in some respects: rather biased, sometimes dry, r
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Duane
To call this a children's book is somewhat misleading. Yes, it is about 4 children, but it is written in a style more suited to adult readers. It's still a good book. I would describe it more as a young adult, historical fiction novel. It's a bit of a history lesson about England in the mid 17th century during the English Civil War. King Charles I has been dethroned, eventually to be executed, and Oliver Cromwell has assumed leadership. The heir, Charles II has escaped to exile and will eventual ...more
Ellinor
The title "Children" of the New Forest is a little misleading. I had only skipped the blurb before reading so I thought this book would be about four little kids playing in the New Forest. Well, it wasn't.
I really liked the novel anyway. It has a bit of everything in it: farming, adventure stories and a love story. I enjoyed reading it a lot, although I found the end a little hurried: Almost ten years are told in one chapter. It seemed like the author wanted to put the story the an end as soon a
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Elizabeth Moffat
This book tells the story of four children - Edward, Humphrey, Alice and Edith, whose distinguished father Colonel Beverley is killed during the English Civil War while fighting the cause of King Charles and as a result, they become orphaned. An old forester, Jacob Armitage, whilst walking in the woods one days hears a group of men fighting against the king aka Roundheads forging a plan to set fire to Colonel Beverley's mansion, burning everything within, meaning that the children are in mortal ...more
Meredith
I wish I had read this as a child. It would have added greatly to the fort-making, food-finding, and hiding from the grown-ups fun.

As an adult I found it a quick and fun read. It's really more of a "how to survive in the woods/making your own farm if you start with a cottage, hunting dog and pony but not much else" with a bit of danger and excitement thrown in for good measure. Also "how to escape from the battle of Worcester once all is lost" and "how to hide your Royalist sympathies and frien
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Bettie☯


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Opening:

BY CAPT. MARRYAT, R.N. 1864.

CHAPTER I.

The circumstances which I am about to relate to my juvenile readers took place in the year 1647. By referring to the history of England, of that date, they will find that King Charles the First, against whom the Commons of England had rebelled, after a civil war of nearly five years, had been defeated, and was confined as a prisoner at Hampton Court. The Cavaliers, or the party who fought for King Charles, had all been dispersed and the Par
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Georgina
Jan 17, 2015 Georgina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful read. It relates beautifully how the children coped with living on their own in the forest, adapting to farming and hunting as they did in those days. It gives you a great desire to do the same.
However, some parts which I thought quite important were too quickly narrated, as with the ending which goes from an exchanging dialogue on one page to the following year and happy ever after on the next.
Otherwise, a lovely insight to life in the day, from a child's view point.
Zarish Fatima
Feb 14, 2015 Zarish Fatima rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favourites
I loved this book. It begins with simple tragedy. Four kids end up living on family estate in a forest.and they are taught to live a life at its fullest and to make most of the worst circumstances by a simple countryman. It is a beautiful book which revolves from childhood to adolescence to adulthood.
Mohamed Shady
زمان أبويا كان بيدخل علينا معاه شنط فيها كتب للأطفال .. فلاش وسماش ورجل المستحيل وحاجات تانية منوعة .. كان منها الرواية دى ..
قريتها كتيـر أوى لدرجة إنى شبه حفظتها ..
الرواية بتمثل تيمة ( عقاب الأولاد بذنب الأب ) .. مشكلتى الوحيدة مع الرواية هى اسلوبها الكلاسيكى اللى كان ممل شوية بالنسبالى ..
Fiona
I listened to the audiobook of this when I was young, and I remembered absolutely loving it and then not being able to find a hard copy anywhere. So when I finally got my hands on a Kindle, it was one of the first things I looked for.

As with all things you enjoyed when you were young, with the exception of Winnie the Pooh, it turned out to be not quite how I remembered it. I found it a lot more straightforward, with a lot less nuance than I would expect of novels - even children's novels - that
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Joni
Dec 24, 2008 Joni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book a year ago, but gave it up, it's a book you have to be in a certain mood to read... well for me anyway... but if you do find yourself putting it back on the bookshelf, remember to get it down one day when you're in need of something wholesome, historical but also exciting to read. Because this book is one of those rare things; it gets better with age. Sort of like wine, or so the saying goes. But anyway... what I'm trying to say is that it's a heavy read (it was publi ...more
Sylvester
This one seems to be in the same line of young adult fiction as Ballantyne or Stevenson (not that the writing is of Stevenson quality, just the same genre) - Stories For Boys, you know, kids out on their own, with no adult supervision, having to make their way in the world and participating on historical events in the meantime - in this case, the trouble between the Cavaliers and the Roundheads. Not a bad story, but I should have read it back when I was a teen myself. It would have hit the spot. ...more
بسام عبد العزيز
صدفة رائعة حدثت لي أثناء قراءة هذه الكتاب.. بعد مرور ما يقارب من 70 صفحة وجدت حوالي 10 صفحات أو أكثر مطبوعة بشكل خاطئ... كنت حتى هذا الوقت لا أجد أي شيء يشدني إلى هذه القصة "العبيطة جدا" و هو اللفظ الملائم تماما لها.. فقلت .. حسنا .. لأتجاوز هذه الصفحات الناقصة و أكمل.. و للغرابة بمكان فإنني لم أشعر انني فاتني الكثير!!
بالطبع بعد عدة صفحات أخرى وجدتني لا أطيق الإستمرار في مثل هذا التعذيب النفسي فألقيت بها..
Wendy Lavery
I read and loved this book as a child, was drawn in by the story and atmosphere. Years later I started reading it to my children, who were of an age to enjoy it. We all hated it and when I persisted in order to 'give it a chance', I had a rebellion on my hands. I obviously read it first at exactly the right age and could never recapture the spell. Where I had seen excitement as a child, there was only dry pedantic writing and unexciting characters. Oh well, sometimes you just can't go back.
Todd Kman
Nicely written. A good story for young readers.
I really enjoyed the first 3/4 when the author was telling the story in quite a detailed manner covering a short period of time.
The drawback was the way the last part of the book was written. He skips over large amounts of time and only gives the barest of information about this period. It seemed as if the author was tired of writing and wanted to wrap up the story quickly.
Lise Petrauskas
3.5 stars. I probably would have loved this book as a child but it's a little too obvious from beginning to end how it's all going to play out.

ETA: Horrors! This audiobook version was abridged. No wonder I thought it was just so-so. I hate reading abridged books.
Janelle
This was better than I expected although I found the last quarter of the book less interesting. I fell asleep numerous times throughout the reading so I may have missed some bits. The Librivox narrator was excellent. Many thanks to him.
Erin Cox
Jul 23, 2007 Erin Cox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to honest--I think I mostly like this book because of the premise: Four kids lose their parents and have to take care of themselves in an old house in the forest. And as my sibling will tell you, this was always my favorite playtime premise.
Zarish Fatima
this book was journey of 4 children orphaned and to live with a caretaker away from civilization. They learned respect and their space in the world in the most inspiring manner living in a forest hey learned to live life...
Jacqueline
Jul 03, 2013 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read The Children of the New Forest a couple of times now & enjoyed it both times. The characters seem so real you feel they pain, sorrow & joy. Will go back for sure & read it again soon.
Aryn
Children surviving on their own during the English civil war, Good story.
Dennis
Readers always say they love fiction for escape, but I just don't often feel the same way. This is a rare exception where I actually felt transported to another time and place -- the New Forest of the 1600s during the English civil war. At that time the Roundheads, parliamentarian followers of Oliver Crowmell, were intent on destroying the ruling monarchy. The Cavaliers were loyal supporters of the crown.

The four children of Captain Beverley -- Edward, Humphrey, Edith, and Alice -- are taken int
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Waverly Fitzgerald
I did not read the annotated version which I probably would have enjoyed more. I got an older copy from a bookseller. I'm interested in the English Civil War and this book was useful to me in my research. I'm also interested in the New Forest. I felt I learned about both the way the forest was managed in those times and about how divided loyalties caused so much pain during the Civil War. I'm totally amazed that this is a book for children, as the language is so complex compared to what we would ...more
Lisbeth Zabihi
Gammel kærlighed ruster ikke så let! Jeg læste Børnene i Nyskoven da jeg var teenager og den tålte bestemt et gensyn. Nok er sproget gammeldags men det gør ikke noget for læseoplevelsen. Måske tværtimod, fordi det afspejler en helt anden tid. Det er bestemt ikke den sidste bog fra mine yngre år jeg skal have genlæst.
Tihi Moni
Dec 27, 2016 Tihi Moni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
সংকষিপত না করলে পরিপূরণ সবাদ টা পেতাম হয়তো। তারপরেও শেষের দিকে রুদধশবাসেই পড়তে হয়েছে! একদম শেষের লাইন টা পড়ে জযাকব কে খুব মিস করছিলাম! বুড়োটা বেঁচে থাকলে খুব খুশি হতেন। ...more
Rachel Quinlan
Nostalgic for a time gone by. Quite dated now, very stereotypical. But, taking all this aside, an engaging read.
Lindsay B
Mar 01, 2017 Lindsay B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ao
It was a very good book. I am glad Edward finally said he was a Beverly instead of an Armitage.
Gina Johnson
Mar 09, 2017 Gina Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this to Zeke as part of his Year 3 Term 2 work and we both really enjoyed it.
Christian Schwoerke
This entertaining and straightforward romance was published in 1847 and describes events set 200 years before, during the interregnum. As with almost any romance (and children’s fairy tale), Marryat’s tale involves a disruption of the status quo by a powerful malefactor, with protagonists who suffer a bit of travail until they can do in the malefactor and return to their rightful place. In this tale of suffering forbearance and righteousness revenge the protagonists are a quartet of children, tw ...more
Dark-Draco
I have a vague recollection of having read this as a child and really like it. This re-read as an adult didn't appeal to me quite so much.

Four Royalist children are rescued from their house before it is burnt to the ground by Roundheads. They move to a small cabin in the New Forest and learn to live a simpler life, but the oldest one is soon drawn back into the struggle to put a King back on the throne.

I do like the beginning of the book as the children learn to love and work in the forest. The
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