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Saplings by Noel Streatfeild
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Jan 11, 12

bookshelves: persephone-books
Read in January, 2012

It's too easy to say this is a charming period piece. Streatfeild tells more than a story and explores the personal plight of children with an edgy candour. I especially admired her portrayal of Laurel, misunderstood and sidelined. Indeed there is a strong feminist vine running through this book, if you want to find it, despite the hideous Lena. Very worth reading and glad this is a Persephone. I read Streatfeild's 'Ballet Shoes' and 'White Boots' as a child, so to read her work again has been a delight.
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Cathy It's too easy to say this is a charming period piece. Streatfeild tells more than a story and explores the personal plight of children with an edgy candour. I especially admired her portrayal of Laurel, misunderstood and sidelined. Indeed there is a strong feminist vine running through this book, if you want to find it, despite the hideous Lena. Very worth reading and glad this is a Persephone. I read Streatfeild's 'Ballet Shoes' and 'White Boots' as a child, so to read her work again has been a delight.


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