The Children of Green Knowe

The Children of Green Knowe L M Boston s thrilling and chilling tales of Green Knowe a haunted manor deep in an overgrown garden in the English countryside have been entertaining readers for half a century There are three chil

  • Title: The Children of Green Knowe
  • Author: L.M. Boston Peter Boston
  • ISBN: 9780140307894
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Paperback
  • L.M Boston s thrilling and chilling tales of Green Knowe, a haunted manor deep in an overgrown garden in the English countryside, have been entertaining readers for half a century There are three children Toby, who rides the majestic horse Feste his mischievous little sister, Linnet and their brother, Alexander, who plays the flute The children warmly welcome Tolly tL.M Boston s thrilling and chilling tales of Green Knowe, a haunted manor deep in an overgrown garden in the English countryside, have been entertaining readers for half a century There are three children Toby, who rides the majestic horse Feste his mischievous little sister, Linnet and their brother, Alexander, who plays the flute The children warmly welcome Tolly to Green Knowe even though they ve been dead for centuries But that s how everything is at Green Knowe The ancient manor hides as many stories as it does dusty old rooms And the master of the house is great grandmother Oldknow, whose storytelling mizes present and past with the oldest magic in the world.

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    1. Remember when you were young and wished the universe you created around the dull things surrounding you weren't completely ignored by your parents? That you could pretend that even your appartment is a place where things might actually happen, as if in a castle. When I was little I was told that there used to be a graveyard before they made the flats we live in. I was convinced of it for a while because of a big white cross placed in the nearby and certainly because spooky is way better than bor [...]

    2. This is that rarest of all things, a perfect book. It is a beautifully told story about a little boy who's sent to live with his grandmother in a very rural England. He moves into a vast old house, complete with whimsical topiary, an empty stable, a river, and - ghosts. It's obvious that that's what Tolly's strange new playmates are, at least to us, but they seem as alive as anyone else in the story, which moves seamlessly from present to past to present again, using the medium of the grandmothe [...]

    3. 4.5 starsA terribly dated and terribly charming story of a small boy's stay with his grandma in a haunted house and his adventures there. I remember reading this as a child and this time I listened on audio. It's quite warm here at the moment and the narrator had a very plummy British accent with received pronounciation which was actually quite embarrassing when I had to slow the car near pedestrians, and they could hear it through my open window!Generations of the same family and gamekeepers ha [...]

    4. One night when I was a teenager I heard my mother go into my younger sister's room because she was crying. Turns out the book she was reading scared her, which of course piqued my interest. It was The Children of Green Knowe, and it didn't scare me, and I loved it. I always meant to read the rest of the series but never did. Now they've been reissued with Brett Helquist covers. I must get the whole series and read them all!

    5. In the beginning of Lucy M. Boston's wonderful children's book, The Children of Green Knowe (1954), seven-year-old Toseland (pet name Tolly) travels by train through the flooded British countryside to spend his Christmas holidays with his great-grandmother Mrs. Oldknow in her old castle-like house Green Noah (true name Green Knowe). Tolly is a lonely and imaginative boy, Mrs. Oldknow a solitary and imaginative old lady, and they hit it off immediately, encouraging each other's fancies and treati [...]

    6. I love these books, and The Children of Green Knowe, first in the series is one of my favorites(1). The Green Knowe series as a whole is the story of a house that has stood for so long and been loved so well that time is flexible. People who lived in and loved the house can meet, even after centuries.The Children of Greene Knowe opens as Tolly makes his first trip to stay there with his great grandmother, whom he has never met. He is in initially nervous, but soon comes to love the place and mee [...]

    7. What a warm and wonderful book this is!! I wish I had read it when I was a child but am so glad I have gotten to read it now as an adult. This book is utterly charming. Tolly is a young boy whose mom is dead and his father and stepmother live in Burma. He has been at boarding school where they have been very kind to him but he really longs to belong somewhere with his own family. Then suddenly he does! His great-grandmother OldKnow sends for him to come to live with her at the family home Green [...]

    8. The young boy Tolly meets his great grandmother for the first time and is greeted by her: "So you've come back!" I wondered whose face it would be of all the faces I knew." This is a rich story of recognizing your place in the fabric of time and the line of family. I can't think of a better way for the two main characters to be introduced than by learning that the great grandmother "recognizes" her descendent even never having seen him before. That says miles worth to me. This story for young pe [...]

    9. I read this book in probably 3rd-4th grade, in the early 70's, when my mother was the librarian at my Episcopalian school in Newport News, Va. I would find any excuse to go down and visit her and our school's teeny tiny library, immediately to be sent back to class by my mom.My friend Cathy and I hoarded books, checking them out again and again ("Half-Magic" and "Jane-Emily" in particular, I remember). We read greek mythology endlessly. We always wanted to write "our own myths" - as an adult, th [...]

    10. Like many of my generation, I was spellbound by the BBC's 1980s adaptation of Lucy Boston's "The Children of Green Knowe". It was one of those high quality children's dramas for which the BBC was renowned at that time and to this day, my sister and I will burst into giggles if one of us utters the line, "Green Noah! Demon Tree!"Regular readers of my reviews will see a pattern emerging, in that I have a penchant for time travel and the supernatural - but what Lucy Boston cleverly does in this, an [...]

    11. Review originally posted HEREThis is seriously one of the worst books I've ever read. I am surprised it made the list of top 100. It had a lot of potential-the plot and characters both seemed interesting, but the book is BORING. Through 90 percent of the book, we read how Tolly, the little boy, explores the house and grounds (with mundane activity), listens to birds, and plays flutes. The actions are very mundane-look at the book cover; that's pretty much the whole book. Finally, toward the end, [...]

    12. Tolly comes to live with his great-grandmother in a huge manor house that has existed for centuries. He gradually comes to meet and befriend the children who haunt the house. A gothic novel for the younger set.

    13. The Children of Green Knowe kept popping up on "Must-Read Children's Books!" or "Forgotten Classics!" lists, so I figured I'd give it a shot.I am perplexed by the volumes of readers who love this book. Yes, it is quaint. However, it's also murky, historically confusing (I know it's fantasy, but verisimilitude would be appreciated), and just plain bizarre. Again, I found myself wondering if I was supposed to be taking some sort of psychotropic drug to figure out what was going on.An explanation o [...]

    14. This book really struck a chord with me. The relationship of Tolly and his grandmother is a very fine achievement by Boston. I loved the way they communicated and that they ate in the kitchen in front of the fire and shared their stories and adventures; it felt real and true. I think their relationship is beautifully articulated. It made me long for such a bond - where the sharing of thoughts, memories, ideas and emotions is expected and welcomed. Theirs was a mutually nurturing connection.There [...]

    15. I have a long blog about this book and what it meant to me, and perhaps the best thing I can do is point you to that post! Briefly, this book has wonderful characters and a great sense of place, and I reread it every Christmas, almost without fail. Here's my long review: mary-j-59vejournal/2119

    16. This classic tale of an imaginative young boy and his equally imaginative great-grandmother, set during Christmas season at an old mansion haunted by three children from the past, is quite delightful. In this excellent audiobook, the story is vividly brought to life by narrator Simon Vance.

    17. A lonely 7 year old boy Toseland 'Tolly' goes to live with his great grandmother in an old house during the holidays from boarding school. And is introduced to a whole new world.I found this book charming and enchanting the language was beautifully descriptive – "Outside, the rising moon was hidden from the earthly mist and trees, but high-sailing clouds caught its light and with their silver-gilt brightness reflected a glimmer through the stable windows".But it doesn't sugar coat or shy away [...]

    18. A magical book; tremendously full of gorgeous artistic details and like all the best books not just for children.It is simultaneously a gentle and a frightening story.The little boy, Tolly is essentially in a dream world; what IS real after all?There are ghost children; most of the time sweet and comforting, but at other times, chilling(even to adults) as when they nonchalantly reveal the circumstances of their deaths from the plague.His great grand mother is very solicitous most of the time but [...]

    19. What a sweet story and made even better with Simon Vance narrating. Not to be missed, he even sings the songs in Granny's voice!My daughter recommended the book to me.The author started writing the stories of Green Knowe at the age of 62. A lonely little boy goes to live with his great grandmother in a castle in a small village. The family has lived there for years and years and years and there are ghosts of the children and other family members that visit the fairy-like setting.

    20. Enchanting children's book, in the vein of The Secret Garden, which revolves around a lonely boy who comes to live with an aged relative in an isolated country house. It seems the house is haunted by the friendly spirits of some children who once lived there. That sounds rather trite as I write it, but the unfolding of the story is rather magical and lyrical, with an innocence that is special to the children's books from earlier eras.

    21. My seven year old son, ten year old daughter and I all really enjoyed this story. It's special, magical even and old fashioned. It is a ghost story that depicts "ghosts" just the way I think of them (not at all scary). Here's a link to the list of GK booksThe Chimneys is now called The Treasure of GKenpedia/wiki/Green_Kn

    22. I find this difficult to review as I don't often read children's books for this age. My grandson is a little too young for it, and I can't see it holding his attention in comparison to Ninja Turtles, Star Wars, pirates, or whatever super hero is dominating cartoons and movies. A sad observation, I know. The Children of Green Knowe is a quiet, gentle book originally published in 1955, with no real plot or pacing or mystery to solve. But where it fails in plot, it succeeds in magical atmosphere. T [...]

    23. Toseland, called Tolly, goes to stay with his great-great-grandmother for his holiday from boarding school. Mrs. Oldknow lives at Green Noah, a grand old manor with beguiling decorations and strange visual effects made by mirrors and shadows. But there are forces beyond the ordinary there, as well. It soon becomes apparent that there are unusual presences in the house – three children, whom Tolly at first cannot see, until they get used to him and show themselves. They are ghosts of siblings w [...]

    24. Another children's classic that somehow passed me by as a child, but happily has retained all its magic to bestow on me now as an adult reader. The opening scene in which the young protagonist, Tolly, is conveyed into the magical world of Green Knowe/Noah by boat and lantern-light is one of the most beautiful scenes in all children's literature. Like in The Secret Garden and Tom's Midnight Garden, the quintessential English country garden is a major character, although the gloomy creepy atmosphe [...]

    25. One of my very favorites in life. I have read it many times but this time was different because I visited the Manor at Hemingford Grey (the model for the house in Green Knowe) in England this spring. This time I *saw* the house in the descriptions. Everything was informed by that experience. One odd thing is that the house and everything connected with it is much smaller in real life than I had imagined, including the St. Christopher statue. I think it's an occupational hazard (or do I mean nati [...]

    26. You can tell it was written by an elderly lady in the early part of the 20th century. It is a mixture of trite and just a little spooky.

    27. We were rather split on our opinions of The Children of Green Knowe. Two of my kids thought it excessively boring and "probaby the worst read-a-loud we have ever done." However, my middle child and myself both enjoyed Tolly's story. We have decided that the two of us who enjoyed the book will continue the rest of the series on our own.

    28. The boy is on a visit at a family home. He has lots of adventures and run-ins with ghosts. Fun tale for kids.

    29. I recently heard about this series on a real estate program. I had a feeling I had missed something wonderful as a kid so I read the first book. I was right. What an adventure of a read. I'm going to buy the series for my niece !

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