The Modern Library Children's Classics: 5-Book Bundle: The Wind in the Willows, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, Peter Pan, The Three Musketeers
Kenneth Grahame, Lewis Carroll, J. M. Barrie, Alexandre Dumas père
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For young dreamers, nostalgic parents, and imaginative readers of all ages, this wonderful eBook collection not only contains five of the most beloved children's books in the world but some of the most admired and enduring literature ever put to page. Each of these can be considered a "Household Book," as A. A. Milne so affectionately described The Wind in the Willows--books that "everybody in the household loves, and quotes continually ever afterwards; [books which are] read aloud to every new guest."
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
Written by Kenneth Grahame as bedtime stories for his son, The Wind in the Willows continues to delight readers today. Basing his fanciful animal characters on human archetypes, Grahame imparts a gentle, playful wisdom in his timeless tales. Few readers will be able to resist an invitation to join the Wild Wooders at Toad Hall, enjoy a quick splash in the river with Rat and Badger, or take a swerving ride with Toad in a "borrowed" motor-car.
ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND & THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS
Conceived by a shy British don on a golden afternoon to entertain ten-year-old Alice Liddell and her sisters, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass have delighted generations of readers in more than eighty languages. "The clue to the enduring fascination and greatness of the Alice books," writes A. S. Byatt in her Introduction, "lies in language. It is play, and word-play, and its endless intriguing puzzles continue to reveal themselves long after we have ceased to be children."
J. M. Barrie
Set in London and and the magical Neverland, J. M. Barrie's tale of a boy who refuses to grow up has delighted generations of readers. In this novel, which Barrie adapted from his 1904 play, Peter introduces Wendy, Michael, and John Darling to the fairy Tinker Bell and the lost boys. Together, they do battle with Captain Hook and his fierce band of pirates.
THE THREE MUSKETEERS
First published in 1844, Alexandre Dumas's swashbuckling epic chronicles the adventures of D'Artagnan, a gallant young nobleman who journeys to Paris in 1625 hoping to join the ranks of the musketeers guarding Louis XIII. He soon finds himself fighting alongside three heroic comrades--Athos, Porthos, and Aramis--who seek to uphold the honor of the king by foiling the wicked plots of Cardinal Richelieu and the beautiful spy "Milady."
somewhere—and so there are!” she added in a tone of delight, and her heart began to beat quick with excitement as she went on. “It’s a great huge game of chess that’s being played—all over the world—if this is the world at all, you know. Oh, what fun it is! How I wish I was one of them! I wouldn’t mind being a Pawn, if only I might join—though of course I should like to be a Queen, best.” She glanced rather shyly at the real Queen as she said this, but her companion only smiled pleasantly, and
and order the drums to begin.” And Hatta went bounding away like a grasshopper. For a minute or two Alice stood silent, watching him. Suddenly she brightened up. “Look, look!” she cried, pointing eagerly. “There’s the White Queen running across the country! She came flying out of the wood over yonder—How fast those Queens can run!” “There’s some enemy after her, no doubt,” the King said, without even looking round. “That wood’s full of them.” “But aren’t you going to run and help her?” Alice
to laugh in my face!) had been forced to arrest the rioters.” Monsieur de Tréville paused for breath. “Morbleu! God’s death, you must know something about it,” he resumed. “My musketeers—arrested! And you were among them, don’t deny it; you were identified and the Cardinal named you! But it’s all my own fault, ay, it’s my own fault because it is I who choose my men. Come, Aramis, tell me why the devil you asked me for a musketeer’s uniform when a cassock would have suited you so much better?
moment. Then, almost immediately, inspired anew, he smiled ever so fleetingly and offered the haberdasher his hand. “Come, rise, friend, you are a worthy man.” “The Cardinal has touched my hand! I have touched the hand of the great man! The great man has called me his friend.” “Yes, my friend, yes,” said the Cardinal with that paternal tone which he could assume on occasion, but which did not deceive those who knew him, “as you have been unjustly suspected, you shall be rewarded. Here, take
ruin to everything she touched … her very friendship was a fated signal for the persecution of those she befriended … Madame de Chevreuse and Madame de Vernet in exile … and now La Porte himself did not conceal from her that he expected to be arrested at any moment.… The Queen was plunged in the darkest of these reflections when the door suddenly opened and the King loomed before her. Madame de Guéménée stopped dead in the middle of a sentence and dropped the book on her lap. The ladies all