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150 Children’s Fantasy she was bossed, bullied, threatened, and belittled? ” Then Carroll shifts the point of view to Alice’s sister, and as she contemplates Alice’s dream, she domesticates it: day the gates of Eden are shut behind them and the age of gold is over. Henceforth they must dwell in the common light of common day. Only a few, who remain children at heart, can ever find that fair, lost path again, and blessed are they above mortals. They, and only they can bring us tidings from that dear country where once we sojourned and from which we must evermore be exiles.

Anne of Anne of Green Gables (1908) and Davy Keith of Anne of Avonlea (1909) are refreshing counterparts to the many prim child characters in Victorian fiction, and Montgomery’s attitude toward them differs markedly from, for example, Charlotte Yonge’s attitude to Kate in Countess Kate (1862). ”9 If, however, the exuberance of the child and his or her indulgence in fantasy continues into adulthood, the adult, although he or she may be wonderfully kind and likeable, must remain at a remove from real life, arrested in development like poor Miss Lavender Lewis in Anne of Avonlea.

M. Montgomery Roderick McGillis (essay date fall 1983) Anne of Green Gables [illustrated by M. A. and W. A. J. Claus] (young adult novel) 1908 SOURCE: McGillis, Roderick. ” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 8, no. 3 (fall 1983): 18-22. Dinah Maria Mulock The Little Lame Prince (young adult novel) 1874 [In the following article, McGillis investigates Victorian attitudes toward childhood through an examination of nineteenth century children’s fantasy, arguing that many stories of the era were apt to dismiss their juvenile pro- Mary Norton The Borrowers [reprinted, 1953] (young adult novel) 1952 24 CHILDREN’S LITERATURE REVIEW, Vol.

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