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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Avon (June 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380002884
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380002887
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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"There is no book about children like "The Golden Age," unless it is "Dream Days."" -- BOOKMAN --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Kenneth Grahame's unjustly neglected collections of vignettes, reminiscences, and inventions capture the ingenuities of a family of children -- three boys and two girls -- who live magnanimous lives nourished by the secret expeditions and private games they share. Written in the last few years of the 19th century, as Grahame looked back fondly at his own childhood, these sketches of growing up are poised artfully between two states of consciousness -- that of a child protagonist and that of a remembering adult -- and so manage to evoke both the active energies of youth and the nostalgic tenderness of reflection. This book, and a companion volume entitled "The Golden Age," remain beguiling today. While their language is sophisticated, confident reader of ten and up might easily find themselves caught in the web of story the author weaves; older readers have no excuse not to revel in these marvelous volumes. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Pilgrim on Sept. 28 2000
Format: Hardcover
If you are picking up this book, you most likely have read its companion, THE GOLDEN AGE. This book continues the exploits of the children introduced in the first volume. Veddy, veddy English. Completely delightful, though.
I am not sure today's children would enjoy this book. The 19th Century British-isms will probably be quite tedious to any but the most precocious of children. And nothing really "happens" so to speak. No adventures of overwhelming magnitude. Rather, the children's imagination governs what happens throughout the book. Small things are turned into events of great importance. Children brought up with video games will most likely be bored. But for an adult, ahhh! This is a find. It will make you yearn for the idyllic childhood you never had or anybody had for that matter.
Each chapter is like sunlight shining on a bead of dew in April. Or something similarily poetic. Grahame's the better writer anyway.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
A rare gem indeed Sept. 28 2000
By John Pilgrim - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you are picking up this book, you most likely have read its companion, THE GOLDEN AGE. This book continues the exploits of the children introduced in the first volume. Veddy, veddy English. Completely delightful, though.
I am not sure today's children would enjoy this book. The 19th Century British-isms will probably be quite tedious to any but the most precocious of children. And nothing really "happens" so to speak. No adventures of overwhelming magnitude. Rather, the children's imagination governs what happens throughout the book. Small things are turned into events of great importance. Children brought up with video games will most likely be bored. But for an adult, ahhh! This is a find. It will make you yearn for the idyllic childhood you never had or anybody had for that matter.
Each chapter is like sunlight shining on a bead of dew in April. Or something similarily poetic. Grahame's the better writer anyway.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Recalls the past May 7 2000
By "fionaraven" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'm sorry to see that Grahame's "Dream Days" is so unavailable. It's a deeply enjoyable book that demonstrates the power of "stories" to pull us out of the here and now and make us to stand up straighter, to imagine ourselves as knights and ladies. Grahame's book would be great for older children (young ones may find themselves fidgeting - there is a certain amount of description and archaic language). Adults may actually enjoy this one more than kids. Reading it brought back to me the days of my youth, when a good story could fire my imagination for days, and the characters lived right along side of me, as sort of doppelgangers. This story reminds me of E. Nesbit, another great Edwardian children's writer. Children should read these books, they are well-written and can help foster a love for the "right word" and the well-turned phrase. Try to find a copy with Parrish's illustrations. This whole book is just a wonderful aesthetic experience.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A delightful surprise July 20 2011
By Jill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I admit it: I bought the Wordsworth paperback edition of this book for one reason -- its cover. Not being a great fan of Wind in the Willows, I was a little leary of what I'd find inside, but have discovered that Grahame's use of language and subtle depiction of character are quite delicious. This would be great for reading aloud to a bright child who enjoys words. That said, it would have to be a child with a sophisticated sense of humour: while Grahame describes everything from the viewpoint of a child's imagination, I get the feeling he's really smiling at the adults over the top of said child's head. I can't wait to read The Golden Gate, which Grahame published a few years before this book.
Wonderful May 13 2014
By Tabitha Twitchit - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Another Kenneth Grahame goody. I had only read "Wind In The Willows" ( about 10 times) until recently. Even though this is a book about children and their small adventures, and contemptuous of grown- ups, I as a middle-ager enjoyed it tremendously. If you spend your free time daydreaming about the English countryside of yesteryear, make sure you read this book!
cheap production of a wonderful book Jan. 30 2013
By Sophie Glazer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Not surprisingly, this was a very inexpensive production of Kenneth Grahame's classic text, and as such didn't equal more elaborate editions with good reproductions of the original illustrations--but it's good enough to go on with.

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