The Little Lame Prince

The Little Lame Prince

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The Little Lame Prince

The Little Lame Prince

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One of the noblest of English writers has set herself no easy task in the making of this little book, and has achieved her end with a skill, of which it is enough to say that it is worthy of her mind and pen.

Wonder tales are not primers or sermons; and the fairy story, pure and simple, need own no graver aim than to give a happy hour to the young readers who love and crave this kind of literature. Stories of this class which admit a higher purpose are, if successful, usually the work of a master hand.

The English author, Mrs. Craik,--among those who love her still called by her maiden name, Miss Mulock,--has, in especial degree, the gift of telling a strong story with a beautiful purpose, or a beautiful story with a strong purpose, whichever way we choose to put it. Now that her fine hand is folded, who writes any more such simple, but exquisitely modelled and ennobling tales as Two Marriages or Mistress and Maid? John Halifax--Gentleman, one of the best novels of the English language, has become a classic, and, we may venture to say, will remain one as long as the language lasts. Thousands of this author's older readers will read any child's book that bears her name, because she wrote it.

The Little Lame Prince is a story which means more than it says, and puts the child's mind "at attention" lest the meaning miss him. Little Prince Dolor, like the offspring of heaven and earth in Charles Lamb's ethereal fancy, "goeth lame and lovely." A sad fate befalls him; a wonderful releases him; he suffers and enjoys more than other children do, or can.

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