The Friendly Story Caravan complied and edited by Anna Pettit Broomell ; with an introduction by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Philadelphia and New York : J.B. Lippincott Company, 1949. Hardcover. 263 pages ; 22 cm. Price-clipped dust jacket with foxing to dust jacket rear. Small tears to dust jacket edges. Bookplate on front free endpaper. Front and rear endpaper browned. Lite storage odor within pages. Pages are age toned and unmarked. Binding is firm.
THE FRIENDLY STORY CARAVAN
Collected and Edited by Anna Pettit Broomell
Introduction by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
The Friendly Story Caravan adds a dozen significant new stories to a selection of the best tales from the author's well-loved books, The Children's Story Garden and The Children's Story Caravan. This third volume, newly designed and planned for slightly older boys and girls, will add many new readers to the thousands who have found Mrs. Broomell's collections — sponsored by Friends of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting—unique in their ability to set forth ethical principles in attractive narrative.
These stories which have the direct aim of making ideals of right living interesting, understandable and desirable to children are full of the adventure and imagination boys and girls like, ranging from encounters with "witches" and thieves to stories about Daniel Wheeler and Gandhi.
Not only Friends, but the wide circle of those who respect Quaker principles will find this book appealing and valuable.
THE FRIENDLY STORY CARAVAN
"If there is one faculty which children have, it is knowing by intuition when people are speaking to them with total sincerity of meaning, or with half-aware reservations. When children turn on an older speaker that life-and-death look of inquiry, what they see is the total personality of the speaker, rather than his words at that instant. The Quakers have made many sacrifices of pleasing qualities highly prized by others, to make and keep their total personalities such as to bear this scrutiny from youth . . . Their conception of goodness is all-inclusive. They have no silent reservations, no half-acknowledgments, no qualifications. They do not say that goodness would be better if based on a theory of life identical to their own. Goodness is goodness, no matter where or in whom it is found . . .
"The Quakers do not say this in words. We may not be consciously aware of it. But longing as we are in our troubled days, for human unity, it may be that our realization of it explains why we want our young people to' have a contact with Friends through these simply told stories of the triumph of good over evil in actual human lives." —Dorothy Canfield Fisher in her Introduction to the book.
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