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The Country Child

The Country Child

  • Title: The Country Child
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  • ISBN : 9781903252017
  • Format : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Page : 214 pages


THE COUNTRY CHILD by ALISON UTTLEY 1931 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS THE Authors thanks are due to the Editor of The Spectator for permission to reprint an episode, 6 Haymakers, in this book, and also to the Oxford University Press for the use of the Wassail Song, from The Oxford Book of Carols The Authors and Publishersy thanks are due to the original publishers, Messrs Faber THE COUNTRY CHILD by ALISON UTTLEY 1931 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS THE Authors thanks are due to the Editor of The Spectator for permission to reprint an episode, 6 Haymakers, in this book, and also to the Oxford University Press for the use of the Wassail Song, from The Oxford Book of Carols The Authors and Publishersy thanks are due to the original publishers, Messrs Faber and Faber, Ltd., for permission to reprint the book in this series CONTENTS I DARK WOOD I1 WINDYSTONHEA LL I11 IDOLS IV SCHOO L V SERVING MEN V1 THE CIRCU S V11 THE SECRE T V111 TREES IX LANTERNLI GHT X MOONLIGH T XI DECEMBER XI1 CHRISTMADSA Y XI11 JANUARY XIV THE EASTERE GG XV SPRING XVI THE THREE CHAMBERS XVII THE GARDEN XVIII THE OATCAKME AN XIX MOWING TIME XX THE HARVEST XXI THE WAKE S vii THE COUNTRY CHILD DARK WOOD THE DARK WOOD WAS GREEN AND gold, green where the oak trees stood crowded together with misshapen twisted trunks, red gold where the great smooth beeches lifted their branching arms to the sky In between jostled silver birches olive tinted fountains which never reached the light black spruces with little pale candles on each tip, and nut trees smothered to the neck in dense bracken he bracken was a forest in itself, a curving verdant flood of branches, transparent as water by the path, but thick, heavy, secret a foot or two away, where high ferny crests waved above the softly moving ferns, just as the beech tops flaunted above the rest of the wood The rabbits which crept quietly in and out reared on their hind legs to see who was going by They prickedtheir ears and stood erect, and then dropped silently on soft paws and disappeared into the close ranks of brown stems when they saw the child She walked along the rough path, casting fearful glances to right and left She never ran, even in moments of greatest terror, when things seemed very near, for then They would know she was afraid and dose round her Gossamer stretched across the way from nut bush to bracken frond, and clung to her cold cheeks Spilt acorns and beech mast Iay thick on the ground, green and brown patterns in the upside down red leaves which made a carpet Heavy rains had swept the soil to the lower 1eveIs of the path, and laid bare the rock in many places On a sandy patch she saw her own footprint, a little square toe and a horse shoe where the iron heel had sunk That was in the morning when all was fresh and fair It cheered her to see the homely mark, and she stayed a moment to look at it, and replace her foot in it, as Robinson Crusoe might have done, A squirrel, rippling along a leafy bough, peered at her, and then, finding her so still, ran down the tree trunk and along the ground Her step was strangely silent, and a close observer would have seen that she walked only on the soil between the stones of the footpath, stones of the earth itself, which had worn their way through the thin layer of grass Her eyes and ears were as alert as those of a small wild animal as she slid through the shades in the depths of the wood


Author Alison Uttley

Alison Uttley 17 December 1884 7 May 1976 , n e Alice Jane Taylor, was a prolific British writer of over 100 books She is now best known for her children s series about Little Grey Rabbit, and Sam Pig.For information, please see




The Country Child Reviews (27)

  • Alison Uttley, author of the Little Grey Rabbit picture books, was than just a writer of sweet some might say twee tales of anthropomorphised animals for children As well as a celebrated novel for older children A Traveller in Time she wrote a prolific number of non fiction titles, as a glan [..]

  • In the fields life went on, under the moon s white light Field mice ran along their tiny green tunnels under the bending grass, to their nests, hollowed out among the roots, just below the level of the cruel scythe Rabbits, unconscious of the morrow, played in the mowing grass, sitting up to bi [..]

  • This book has sat on our shelves since I don t know when I think we must have inherited it when my mother died 35 years ago And I hadn t read it, so I started it after finishing a library book, and found it unexpectedly delightful, a slice of childhood, obviously based on the author s own childhood [..]

  • A poignant, beautiful and evocative semi autobiographical memoir of growing up as a young girl in the country Tangible and magically crafted Uttley remembers exactly how it is to be a child and invokes the sights, smells and tastes along a kind of awe and respect for the natural world that we have l [..]

  • The Country Child by Alison Uttley is a roman clef It follows the life of a girl named Susan Garland who lives on a remote farm She has four books which she delights in re reading and she comes of age over the course of the novelThe book has a similar episodic approach to its chapters as Anne of Gre [..]

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