The Young Pretenders

Edith Henrietta Fowler


The Young Pretenders

The Young Pretenders

  • Title: The Young Pretenders
  • Author: Edith Henrietta Fowler
  • ISBN: 9781903155639
  • Page: 121
  • Format: Paperback



The Young Pretenders 1895 by Edith Henrietta Fowler 1865 1944 is a children s book whose sophistication, humour and ironies are nowadays appreciated by both children aged about 9 13 and adults.At first Babs lives most contentedly in a large house in the country with her grandmother, her nanny and her brother their parents are in Inja Then their grandmother die The Young Pretenders 1895 by Edith Henrietta Fowler 1865 1944 is a children s book whose sophistication, humour and ironies are nowadays appreciated by both children aged about 9 13 and adults.At first Babs lives most contentedly in a large house in the country with her grandmother, her nanny and her brother their parents are in Inja Then their grandmother dies and they are sent to live in Kensington with their uncle and his wife Having run wild in the country, spent hours with the gardener very like the gardener in The Secret Garden and had a great deal to do and to think about, suddenly they are abandoned in a world of artifice and convention and are expected to behave artificially and conventionally It all came of so much pretending But then it was simply impossible for the children not to pretend It would have been so dull to have lived their child lives only as the little Conways, when they might be pretending that they were such exciting things as soldiers or savages, cab horses or mice Babs cannot, of course, stop playing, and the central theme of the book is that she has not learned how to dissemble as opposed to playing let s pretend but must learn how to do so.


Recent Comments "The Young Pretenders"

Loved this especially the character Babs, she is somewhat naughty and mischievous but you just have to love her.

The Young Pretenders, a story for children that dates from 1985, is a lovely and intriguing book.It’s intriguing because it works beautifully as a story for children, it sees the world from a child’s place in the world. And it does something else too. It speaks profoundly to the grown-up reader about how magical childhood is and how that magic can be bent out of shape by adults who fail to understand.Babs and Teddy had been sent to live with their grandmother in the country while their paren [...]

The language was a little obvious at first, but the same can be said of almost any book written out of our own time, and many newer ones. I always think that if the story is good enough, after a while you stop noticing the vehicle carrying it and just get caught up. This is one of those books. The only bit of vocabulary that jumped out and refused to stay out of my notice was the composite adjective 'dear little', a coinage I find particularly saccharine.Babs is wonderful, and this story should [...]

The Young Pretenders is the story of two imaginative siblings; five year old Babs and her older brother Teddy, whose parents are away in India, serving the Empire. Teddy and Babs have been sent home to be cared for by their grandmother. With their grandmother dead, it has been left to staff to care for the children until new arrangements can be made.Full review heavenali.wordpress/2015/

Babs is fantastic. "it is a story of two children (or really one child, Babs Conway, because her elder brother is quite uninteresting to anyone except her)" from the preface and how true it is A child's point of view of life in England while Father-and-Mother-in-Inja are away and things happen to you for no discernable reason. Baby talk was clearly a thing at this time, but it's really Babs' view on the world, and interpretation of it, that is so endearing. All the villains in this book are grow [...]

Here's one of the rare Persephone reprints that wasn't entirely to my taste. It's a Victorian children's book, about two children who are taken to live with their uncle and aunt while their parents are in India. Although it does generally manage not to be too soppily sentimental, I found myself all too often agreeing with something Charlotte Mitchell notes in her introduction: "There was definitely a fashion for baby talk in late Victorian children's books, and not all of it appeals to the moder [...]

The story of two young Victorian children growing up with an unwilling aunt and a slightly more friendly uncle, while their parents are in India. I don't know if it was intended to be a book for children, but I think it works better as a book about children for adults.It's rather over sentimental and twee for readers today, with the younger child Babs talking in baby-talk the whole time ("I fink I'se been naughty" etc), but it's charming if you can overlook that as an inevitable part of the genr [...]

I actually didn't think I'd like this book when I first started it, but ended up finishing it in 2 days (took me a while to get started). The only reason I didn't give it five stars is that I felt that it ended sort of abruptly and could have been written better. Still, a pretty good book for its time.

Just lovely.

a lovely, quaint read.


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