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Mistress Masham's Repose

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Ten-year-old Maria, an orphaned heiress mistreated by evil guardians, discovers the descendants of the Lilliputians living on an island on a lake in ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 3.500
Mommabeyer

Good

by Mommabeyer on Oct 28, 2011

Read Gullivers Travels prior to this story there are some connections to it. Fun and light hearted.

Avidhomeschooler

Old-fashioned enjoyment

by Avidhomeschooler on Feb 14, 2008

I purchased this book, along with Gulliver's Travels, as part of a literature unit for my 9 year old. T.H. White's children's novel imagines the delightful possibility that Gulliver's rescuer returned to Lilliput and captured the people with the intent to show them and thereby make his fame and fortune. The book picks up years later, when 10 year old Maria, an orphan being brought up in dire and dreary conditions, discovers the escaped little people. My son and I both enjoyed the book (though he found it dull at first, by the closing chapters he was reading eagerly). Not only is the world of the Lilliputians fully imagined in every possible detail (from how they might catch fish and defend themselves against magpies to the way in which they hollowed out a home for themselves in a column), but White manages to intersperse a valuable lesson: no matter how small, people are people, an they deserve respect and care.

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