It squeaked a little when the wind blew, being a swinging sign that hadn't been properly cared for, and it needed new paint.
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But there were so many other things in the place that needed attention even more than the sign that although Mrs. Pockets, on every evening in which there was a breeze, said to herself as she fell wearily into her bed, "I must do something about that sign She didn't do anything about the sign and she didn't think of a new name, either. But if one thinks about it, the wind doesn't blow very hard in Tottensea, after all.
So the squeaking isn't all that shocking. And as for the old paint, some mice probably out of kindness told her that they thought it had a pleasant antique look about it. In any event, the boarding house went on being called The Brambles and the sign over its door went on squeaking a little when the wind blew and never got repainted. But hardly anyone ever complained about the sign.
The guests seemed to like The Brambles and were generally a cheerful lot. Except for Mr. Neversmythe, of course. Neversmythe came to the Pocketses' door in a pouring rain in the middle of the night and he made a great din of it, too. Farnaby was in bed when the uproar began, but, of course, a young mouse couldn't be expected to stay in bed through a thing like that.
By the time he found his mother she had already lit a candle, put a robe over her night clothes and was saying, so as to be heard if possible above the pounding and noise being put upon their door, "Yes, yes, I'm coming. Just a moment, please. Copyright Disclaimer: This site does not store any files on its server.
In fact, we learn the fates of the characters in the epilogue based on book titles, authors and descriptions. Whilst clever, I didn't think this was very special.
The Linnet's Tale (A Mouse Story for Grownups) (The Tottensea Series) by Willard Dale C
That being said, I can absolutely see this being a wonderful book to read with a child. Dec 27, Jessica rated it did not like it Shelves: fiction. My Amazon review: While written and marketed with the intention of bringing to mind other allegorical, borderline genre, talking animal stories like Wind in the Willows or Watership Down , The Linnet's Tale will not make it as a perennial favorite. While the mice names and a few literary references are cute, the overall story is rather dull with very little tension being formed within the plot.
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Most of the book is given over to introducing and reintroducing the residents of Tottensea Burrows My Amazon review: While written and marketed with the intention of bringing to mind other allegorical, borderline genre, talking animal stories like Wind in the Willows or Watership Down , The Linnet's Tale will not make it as a perennial favorite. Most of the book is given over to introducing and reintroducing the residents of Tottensea Burrows without much in the way of adventures including a chapter of furious dressmaking and preparation for the Tottensea Burrows Midsummer's Night Fancy Dress Cotillion Ball, followed by a chapter describing the details of those who did not attend the Ball and not more than a page or a page and a half of the Ball itself creating what seems to be a shallow set up for possible future endeavors of these mice in their newly achieved, materially unburdened existence away from the farm house and out in the field, where true field mice should be.
Children will be overwhelmed with the vocabulary, yet adults will find the storytelling trite and predictable. A sadly disappointing read. View 2 comments. Jun 17, GoldGato rated it liked it Shelves: year-round , young-adult , fiction , children , nature. Tottensea Burrows. This is the name of the village where some very enterprising mice live. These are mice of the merchant persuasion, running bookstores, tea shops, and boardinghouses. Their story is told by a bird who has been adopted by the little rodent community and it makes for a charming read. The introductions of each mouse family goes on a bit, but it all comes together in the final third act, as pirates and hidden treasures come into play.
The story zooms along from there, as the danger Tottensea Burrows. The story zooms along from there, as the danger of living close to humans elevates the sense of urgency for the characters and the reader. I particularly liked the final lesson learned about nature and how we all look at possessions. Jul 23, Lauren rated it liked it Shelves: animal-books.
The tale is told by a "linnet" or a red house finch, who lives with mice in a place called Tottensea Burrows. The book reads a collection of short stories about the place and its resident mice. The ending chapters connect more, and feel more like a novel. Overall entertaining, I found myself smiling because the mice can be funny A good, light summer read. Mar 13, Mardi D rated it did not like it Shelves: fantasy.
There are cute parts in the book as other reviewers have mentioned but cuteness was not enough to drag me through to the end and I did find it was dragging. I found myself wanting to skip past sections that were not holding my interest but stuck to reading each page in the thought that it had to get better. It didn't. Too bad, as I kept it in my home library for more than 10 years until I finally could have time for regular reading time.
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That space on the shelf was wasted. Jun 25, Helen rated it really liked it. In the garden of an English cottage live the lovable, highly literate field mice of Tottensea Burrows--Peebles Carryforth the Mayor; Opportune Baggs, the inventor; the Fieldpea family with their three beautifuldaughters, Grenadine, Almandine, and Incarnadine; the widow Proserpine Pockets and her young son Farnaby; and Merchanty Swift, the bold mouse who becomes the hero of The Linnet's Tale.
Brokenhearted when his beloved Pleasings Tatterstraw runs away with a charming French mouse, Merchanty, a In the garden of an English cottage live the lovable, highly literate field mice of Tottensea Burrows--Peebles Carryforth the Mayor; Opportune Baggs, the inventor; the Fieldpea family with their three beautifuldaughters, Grenadine, Almandine, and Incarnadine; the widow Proserpine Pockets and her young son Farnaby; and Merchanty Swift, the bold mouse who becomes the hero of The Linnet's Tale.
Brokenhearted when his beloved Pleasings Tatterstraw runs away with a charming French mouse, Merchanty, a daring trader, goes on to become a mouse of means. But when Tottersea Burrows is threatened, he risks everything to rescue his friends and neighbors. From the back cover. Jun 06, Hope rated it it was amazing Shelves: light-reading , childrens-lit.
In the style of Wind in the Willows, this is a lovely, whimsical tale of a community of mice.
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The writing is charming and the characters are well-developed. I especially loved the family who ran the bookstore. Apr 26, Rachel rated it it was amazing. I am ecstatic that I had a chance to get my hands on this book. Willard's style has echoes of Beatrix Potter, C. Lewis, and Jane Austen, and his novel is one of the most delightful books I have ever read.
Dec 04, Christy J-Furem rated it really liked it Shelves: children-s , general-fiction. This is a sweet and charming set of stories that are very reminiscent of "The Wind in the Willows. A great read for adults and children. Oct 16, Harajyuku rated it it was ok. Exceedingly whimsical. This description sadly extends to its relationship with plot, which it lets go and lays hold of at intervals. A lot of quaint characters in a narrative that skips between charming and cloying. Dec 17, Leah rated it it was ok Shelves: fiction. Thinking this would be a simple read about the little lives of some mice who lived in a glen, I was rather surpirsed when it turned out to be a difficult piece of literature.
The author is an english teacher. Although a sort of cute story, I was bored, and needed to look up a lot of words. Nov 01, Victoria rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Any one who loves words :. I really enjoyed this Book!