Monitor Quiz Literary Destinations

By Nancy M. Kendall, writer of The Christian Science Monitor | The Christian Science Monitor, September 1, 1998 | Go to article overview

Monitor Quiz Literary Destinations


Nancy M. Kendall, writer of The Christian Science Monitor, The Christian Science Monitor


Books for young readers often have journeys in them - by train, carriage, or rabbit hole. Here are selections from some well-known children's books. What books are they from? Where are the children going?

1. The mountains turned into hills, the hills to snow-covered plains. We crossed a barren desert of ice - the Great Polar Ice Cap. Lights appeared in the distance. They looked like the lights of a strange ocean liner sailing on a frozen sea. "There," said the conductor, "is the North Pole."

2. I left New York in May. I had a penknife, a ball of cord, an ax, and forty dollars, which I had saved from selling magazine subscriptions. I also had some flint and steel, which I had bought at a Chinese store in the city. The man in the store showed me how to use it.... On the train north to the Catskills, I unwrapped my flint and steel and practiced....

3. {She} started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat pocket, or a watch to take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field after it, and was just in time to see it pop down a large rabbit hole under the hedge. In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again.

4. The house whirled around two or three times and rose slowly through the air. Dorothy felt as if she was going up in a balloon.... In the middle of a cyclone the air is generally still, but the great pressure of the wind on every side of the house raised it up higher and higher.... And there it remained and was carried miles and miles away as easily as you could carry a feather.

5. Matthew had taken the scrawny little hand awkwardly in his. He could not tell this child with the glowing eyes that there had been a mistake; he would take her home and let Marilla do that. …

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