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Children of Green Knowe and River at Green Knowe. Tolly's great grandmother isn't a witch, but both she and her old house, Green Knowe, are full of ghosts, children from centuries before. For a summer, Ida, Oscar and Ping canoe on the river at Ida's great-aunt's ancient, river-encircled house of Green Knowe. Children of Green Knowe and River at Green Knowe. Tolly's great grandmother isn't a witch, but both she and her old house, Green Knowe, are full of ghosts, children from centuries before. For a summer, Ida, Oscar and Ping canoe on the river at Ida's great-aunt's ancient, river-encircled house of Green Knowe.


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Children of Green Knowe and River at Green Knowe. Tolly's great grandmother isn't a witch, but both she and her old house, Green Knowe, are full of ghosts, children from centuries before. For a summer, Ida, Oscar and Ping canoe on the river at Ida's great-aunt's ancient, river-encircled house of Green Knowe. Children of Green Knowe and River at Green Knowe. Tolly's great grandmother isn't a witch, but both she and her old house, Green Knowe, are full of ghosts, children from centuries before. For a summer, Ida, Oscar and Ping canoe on the river at Ida's great-aunt's ancient, river-encircled house of Green Knowe.

30 review for The Children of Green Knowe Collection

  1. 5 out of 5

    Subashini

    Utter delight and enchantment.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Naomi

    A beautiful pairing of 2 of the Green Knowe stories. Yes, they are dated in places, but the delight of childhood shines through. These are stories of imagination, of hope, of joy and are utterly beautiful.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Holmans

    This is one of my fave classics

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jane Branson

    The Children of Green Knowe is a 1954 children's book reminiscent of other classics of that era - The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Tom's Midnight Garden and A Box of Delights. Young Tolly goes to stay with his great-grandmother Oldknowe and adventures with time-travelling children ensue - that's it, in a nutshell. The simplicity of the plot, however, opens the way for a complex exploration of those children from the past, who reveal themselves and their Tudor lives to Tolly, at first in intr The Children of Green Knowe is a 1954 children's book reminiscent of other classics of that era - The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Tom's Midnight Garden and A Box of Delights. Young Tolly goes to stay with his great-grandmother Oldknowe and adventures with time-travelling children ensue - that's it, in a nutshell. The simplicity of the plot, however, opens the way for a complex exploration of those children from the past, who reveal themselves and their Tudor lives to Tolly, at first in intriguing wisps and stories and later in satisfying three-dimensional visits. There is even an encounter with the King. Special objects abound - a sword, a bracelet , a flute - and there are lovingly-depicted creatures too - a hare called Watt, a horse called Feste, a chattery chaffinch, a mole and a deer. Author Lucy Boston, who lived at the real Green Knowe, was born in 1892, and there is definitely a Victorian taste to the story. For many young modern readers, this novel will lack pace and action, but I loved the atmosphere of the house and the relationship between Tolly and his great-grandmother, while others will enjoy the beautiful descriptions of the flood and the snow and the animals. As a class reader to enjoy alongside a Tudor topic, it would be a magical choice. The gardens of the nine hundred year-old Manor at Hemmingford Grey https://www.greenknowe.co.uk/history.... can still be visited today. The Children of Green Knowe is the first in a series of six books and The Stranger at Green Knowe won the 1961 Carnegie Medal.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Wendi Wanders

    The River at Green Knowe. There is an excellent review of The River at Green Knowe here: https://calmgrove.wordpress.com/2021/... I reviewed the first book separately. This two volumes in one book for some reason has the first and third of the Green Knowe series. The house has been rented out for the summer to two spinsters, one an archeologist publishing a book on ancient giants, one her friend who lives to cook. Maude Biggens, the archeologist, decides to have down her niece and two displaced chi The River at Green Knowe. There is an excellent review of The River at Green Knowe here: https://calmgrove.wordpress.com/2021/... I reviewed the first book separately. This two volumes in one book for some reason has the first and third of the Green Knowe series. The house has been rented out for the summer to two spinsters, one an archeologist publishing a book on ancient giants, one her friend who lives to cook. Maude Biggens, the archeologist, decides to have down her niece and two displaced children for a visit, whereupon she leaves them splendidly alone to explore the river and its islands, to fill the sinks with newts and pollywogs, to slip out at midnight to explore by moonlight, and to have the sorts of enchanting and mysterious adventures one expects of children at Green Knowe. They meet a hermit, winged horses, mice, caterpillars, and more. Boston is never syrupy not sappy, yet there is a poignancy to the plight of displaced children without being maudlin. She manages to accomplish this with only three or four sentences, deftly placed throughout the book, and never once indulges in the easy path of emotional manipulation. A lovely book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bron

    The book I wanted to read was The Children of the Green Knowe, the River at Green Knowe came along as a bonus. The Children of the Green Knowe is my all-time favourite story, it has an amazing quality of feeling totally real. You know those children exist. It's almost impossible to write a review without spoiling the enchantment so I won't try. The River at Green Knowe doesn't have quite the same quality but it is still full of quirky events, some real, some possibly just the product of a child's The book I wanted to read was The Children of the Green Knowe, the River at Green Knowe came along as a bonus. The Children of the Green Knowe is my all-time favourite story, it has an amazing quality of feeling totally real. You know those children exist. It's almost impossible to write a review without spoiling the enchantment so I won't try. The River at Green Knowe doesn't have quite the same quality but it is still full of quirky events, some real, some possibly just the product of a child's imagination - but then, maybe not. It's great fun. Both books are truly evocative of what it was like to be a child in the 1950s, when nature was our source of entertainment rather than screens and we had almost unbounded freedom to explore it. Lucy Boston conjures up a tremendously vivid picture of what it was like to be able to study wildlife with a child's sharpe eyes, an eye level much closer to the ground and a head as yet uncontaminated by adult ideas about how things must be.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Loved the first book immensely, but the second one couldn’t live up to the magic of the first. And both stories end quite abruptly!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rebekka Hindbo

    Read the first one for uni. This is a very different but interesting book. It has elements of fantasy but overall it focuses much on imagination and the feeling of belonging and family.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    I love the entire series of Green Knowe which is based on the house the author lived in; Hemingford Grey Manor. http://www.greenknowe.co.uk/history.html I love the entire series of Green Knowe which is based on the house the author lived in; Hemingford Grey Manor. http://www.greenknowe.co.uk/history.html

  10. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    Weird. A bit dodgy in places, p.c-wise , for 2021, but other than that, super ! 😘 📚❤📚

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    3* for Children; 4* for River.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ali Seegar

    Pretty old fashioned but I had wanted to read it having recently seen the film with the wonderful Maggie Smith. Halfway through the book, I realised that I had read this as a child and it was strange to bring those distant memories to the forefront of my mind. At the end of the day, charming and rather quirky!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    This volume consists of two books: The Children of Green Knowe, and The River at Green Knowe, originally published in the middle of the 20th century. These books focus on people who are staying at the old mansion known either as Green Knowe or Green Noah, which was apparently based on the author's own home. Ghosts are evident in a very matter-of-fact way, and the genre is an unusual mixture of adventure, history and fantasy. The writing is perhaps a bit rambling in places, but the children seem This volume consists of two books: The Children of Green Knowe, and The River at Green Knowe, originally published in the middle of the 20th century. These books focus on people who are staying at the old mansion known either as Green Knowe or Green Noah, which was apparently based on the author's own home. Ghosts are evident in a very matter-of-fact way, and the genre is an unusual mixture of adventure, history and fantasy. The writing is perhaps a bit rambling in places, but the children seem quite real and the books are very readable. Children from the age of about nine or ten upwards who enjoy a wide range of reading matter would probably like this, and it would also make an excellent book for family reading aloud. Three and a half stars, really.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This is two books in one: The Children of Green Knowe and The River at Green Knowe. I loved the first one; Tolly comes to stay at Green Knowe and hears and eventually meets the spirits of three children from far back in his family line, who also lived there. The second book is still Green Knowe, but someone else lives there now - two older women, who invite their niece and two "displaced" children (a Russian and a Chinese) to visit. The children have a lot of adventures canoeing on the river and This is two books in one: The Children of Green Knowe and The River at Green Knowe. I loved the first one; Tolly comes to stay at Green Knowe and hears and eventually meets the spirits of three children from far back in his family line, who also lived there. The second book is still Green Knowe, but someone else lives there now - two older women, who invite their niece and two "displaced" children (a Russian and a Chinese) to visit. The children have a lot of adventures canoeing on the river and see a lot of wonderful things. But somehow it just didn't have the same feel as the first one; plus I guess I was hoping that the children would be back again (they aren't.) I would like to try some others in this series, though - they are so well written.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Uli Vogel

    Our local library opened when I was 11. I had finished all the books that seemed to be of any interest to me when I turned 17. The Children of Green Knowe was one of the first volumes I read there and it turned into my favourite children's book of many years. It was not published in German for many years so when my two children had the right age I took to translating it for them. Our local library opened when I was 11. I had finished all the books that seemed to be of any interest to me when I turned 17. The Children of Green Knowe was one of the first volumes I read there and it turned into my favourite children's book of many years. It was not published in German for many years so when my two children had the right age I took to translating it for them.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sara Morgan-broom

    I always read this just before Christmas - magical x

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    probably one of my favorite set of stories from my childhood... I still have it and from time to time will read them

  18. 5 out of 5

    Laura De

  19. 5 out of 5

    Francesca Falluto

  20. 4 out of 5

    Iain Mallett

  21. 4 out of 5

    Richard

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nic

  23. 5 out of 5

    Naomi Long

  24. 4 out of 5

    Carley Adair

  25. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Forge

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alison Cadman

  27. 4 out of 5

    John

  28. 4 out of 5

    Darwinev0lved

  29. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mary Bergman-kridler

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