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By Charlotte Jones

From Wheaties to phones, microwave ovens to yo-yos, listed here are the inspiring and sometimes humorous tales of fifty error and misunderstandings that helped result in existence as we all know it. With hilarious cartoons and wacky proof, this attention-grabbing compendium illustrates the adage "If you don't study out of your error, there's no feel making them."

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Peter Rabbit and Tom Kitten are sent to bed, Jemima Puddleduck goes back to the farm to lay her 42 THE LONG IDYLL: 19001950 eggs, Pigling Bland just escapes back across the county boundary, the town and country mice return happily to their own territories, Jeremy Fisher resolves not to go fishing again, Mrs Tittlemouse shuts out Mr Jackson from further invasion of her house, the Flopsy Bunnies run home. 1 And the idyllic aspect of these stories is always that death and pain are escaped, the happy country life is preserved, and recklessness does not have its usual price.

She showed just how much fun could be made of bringing magic into the ordinary domestic lives of children: and she introduced to children’s fantasy the idea of the group of different children, rather than the frequently solitary child of earlier books. Her books demonstrated that fantasy could be wildly inventive and yet follow its own peculiar laws. She was also the first children’s fantasy writer to explore time-travel, and the source of much of its later development And Nesbit is, perhaps most distinctively of all, one of the first children’s fantasy writers to use the idea of a single thread of directed narrative over a novel length.

Without Jack and Jill falling down the hill or Miss Muffet being frightened away by the spider any longer, one wonders just what is left of the rhymes themselves after this moral witchhunt. ’55 The book is however quite well told, with a novel idea, and a unity and drive to the plot. In these whimsical books there is little attempt to understand children, or to do more than address the adult idea of childhood. Farrow, also written in the Alice tradition, starting with The Wallypug of Why (1895), which describes an upside-down realm of feeble jokes and ‘funny’ characters, where the king is for long treated as a servant rather than a ruler.

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