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A novel about five nuns who found a mission in India, their struggles, their failure, and their decision to abandon the project.
Set in a luxurious hotel in southern India, this novel follows several British and Indian people as they get caught up in election fever.
This story is taken from an event that happened in Calcutta some fifty years ago and has become a legend in Calcutta's racing circles. It has been published several times in different versions with a variety of characters, but always as an anecdote among other anecdotes. It is documented in the official history of The Royal Calcutta Turf Club, but I have called the Sisters concerned The Sisters of Poverty, because the real Order in the story prefers to remain hidden.
Kizzy was a diddakoi, a half-gypsy, but the more the children at school tormented her, the more determined she was not to become one of 'them,' living in a house and bullying other people.
"For little girls who love dolls, women who remember dollhouse days, and literary critics who can recognize a masterpiece." --The New York Times For Tottie Plantaganet, a little wooden doll, belonging to Emily and Charlotte Dane is wonderful. The only thing missing is a dollhouse that Tottie and her family could call their very own. But when the dollhouse finally does arrive, Tottie's problems really begin. That dreadful doll Marchpane comes to live with them, disrupting the harmony of the Plantaganet family with her lies and conceited way. Will Tottie ever be able to call the dollhouse home?
An English girl works at a Parisian brothel, becoming a successful madam, but converts to Christianity and works among whores, drug addicts and vagrants, confronting herself and her faith.
From the book: IMPUNITY JANE was a pocket doll. She hated living sedately in a doll's house, and when Gideon took her off adventuring with Joe and his gang she was blissfully happy. She rode on trains, sailed in model yachts, and flew in toy aero planes and in between, lived in Gideon's pocket, with all kinds of interesting objects and the snail Ann Rush out. But Impunity Jane didn't belong to Gideon. What would happen if ever he had to give her back to the little girl whose doll she really was? THE FAIRY DOLL had been with the family for a very long time. It was Great grandmother's idea to give her to Elizabeth, the youngest child, who was always in trouble for being naughty or clumsy. Elizabeth was always late, always untidy, she couldn't ride a bicycle or remember a shopping list, and the other children teased her and ignored her. But with the Fairy Doll to help, she found that gradually she could do all these things, and more. Could it be magic? HOLLY was a doll, and Ivy was a little girl. Their story is about wishing-for Holly wished very much that she could be a Christmas present, and leave the toyshop where Abracadabra the owl frightened her, and Ivy, wished for a grandmother who would give her a real home. How could these wishes come true? CANDY FLOSS belonged to Jack, who's fairground stand. She loved her life her friends; Jack himself, Nuts the dog, and Cocoa the horse-Candy Floss sat on Cocoa's back and went round and round when Jack played the old musical organ underneath, Then came the day when rich, spoiled Clementina stole Candy Floss. What could the poor doll do?
"It was Great Uncle who sent Fu-Dog to Li-la, the same great uncle who had given Li-la her Chinese name, and who never forgot her birthday. Certainly Fu-Dog, tiny enough to fit in her sleeve and magnificent in his green satin and fur ruff, was the finest present Li-la had ever received. Only she can hear him speak. He tells her it is high time to go with brother Malcolm on a visit to the mysterious great uncle in London. But London is bigger and grayer and scarier than Li-la and Malcolm expect. Their great adventure almost ends disastrously before Malcolm proves himself a hero, and the children's most cherished wishes all come true." Includes picture descriptions. Other books by Rumer Godden are available from Bookshare. This file should make an excellent embossed braille copy.
From the Book Jacket: Philippa Talbot is a successful London career woman turned forty when she feels the call of the religious life. I thought I was very well as I was," she told the Brede Sacristan later, "a human, balanced person with a reasonable record; with the luck of having money, friends, love. Only suddenly it wasn't enough." She is one of the most attractive and sympathetic characters in Rumer Godden's long and well-loved fictional roster. This, then, is a story of the life in an enclosed house of nuns and of the relevance of this contemplative existence to our changing world-a challenging theme. The novel unfolds chiefly through Philippa, from the day of her entrance, through one crisis of mind and heart to another, until she faces an ultimate and almost unbearable sacrifice. Woven with her personal story is a much larger one-the story of the House, its history, and the present inmates who have vowed to live and die within its walls. The nuns are English Benedictines whose House is centuries old in tradition, a stronghold of faith and prayer, yet they are up-to-date, alive, aware of the world-and matter of fact. In Rumer Godden's hands, they are fully realized individuals whom we come to know and care about, adding rich dimensions to the novel as they live out their vocations.
Gregory is the introverted son in his English family of four. When a new housekeeper comes from Ukraine, he develops a relationship with her. He discovers she most misses a "good place" in the kitchen, where a religious icon and lit candle give peace. Gregory decides to get her one. This leads him, with his younger sister, out through London, many places, dealing with many people. In the end, he makes her a Kitchen Madonna, sacrificing some of his own precious things for it. His parents, kept out of the secret, are astounded at what he has accomplished, both artistically and in coming out of his shell. Marta, the housekeeper, is at last happy. Other books by Rumer Godden are available from Bookshare.
When she wins a scholarship to a famous ballet school, Lottie, an orphan reared by the costume mistress for a London ballet company, is torn between her lifelong dream and her love for a puppy.
Nona's father sends her from their East Indian tea estate to London to live with cousins. She does not fit in and makes no effort. Then she receives two small Japanese dolls from a distant family member. In learning about them and wanting them to have a proper Japanese dolls' house, she slowly reaches out to the people and family around her. Her cousin Tom builds the house, which is carefully detailed in the story. We also learn about some basic Japanese cultural ways of life. NOTE: The British spellings were left as published, as were the British style of single quotation marks for dialogue. Other books by Rumer Godden, including "The Little Plum," (the sequel to this book) are available from Bookshare. This file should make an excellent embossed braille copy.
In Mary's room there sets a beautiful mouse house with a she-mouse and a he-mouse. Mary longs for them to play, but they remain still. In the cellar, a family of mice live in an overcrowded flowerpot. When Bonnie Mouse is accidentally kicked out, the adventure begins! Bonnie Mouse encounters a sleeping cat, (oh so scary) gets locked in Mary's mouse house, (even more scary) and... well... I don't want to spoil the story for you... Other books by Rumer Godden are available in this library.
From the book: The mousewife goes about her duties just like all the other mice. Life is simple; survival is a matter of finding flannel scraps and tart crumbs, and contentment is there for the asking. Why, then, does the mousewife yearn for more? Creeping into a cage one day to gather some peas, the mousewife is frightened by the fluttering of wings. Thus begins the first of many encounters she has with the wild turtledove, the creature who longs for freedom. Based on a story in Dorothy Wordsworth's diary: "The Mouse and the Dove." Includes picture descriptions. Other books by Rumer Godden are available from Bookshare. This file should make an excellent embossed braille file.
Mr. McFadden says Selina can't ride her stubborn pony Haggis over his land, but every time she goes riding, Haggis goes right through the farmer's turnip fields upsetting the dog, the huge goose and especially upsetting Mr. McFadden. One day there is no farmer to chase Selina away. She finds him by a fence, his foot crushed by a rock. Unable to care for his farm and animals Selina and her friend Tim, come every day to help. Then the town turns its anger on the old farmer and the children who care about him. On Halloween, when Selina hopes to treat the neglected boy and the lonely farmer, everything goes wrong and mean spirited tricks put them at risk. It will take the magic of the heart to save them and help them find acceptance in the town. This story shows life on the Scottish Border is filled with Scottish Halloween customs and is told in Scottish dialect.
From the book: this is a story about wishing. It is also about a doll and a little girl. It begins with the doll. Her name, of course, was Holly. It could not have been anything else, for she was dressed for Christmas in a red dress, and red shoes, though her petticoat and socks were green. She was 12 inches high; she had real gold hair, brown glass eyes that could open and shut, and teeth like tiny china pearls. It was the morning of Christmas Eve, the last day before Christmas. The toys in Mr. Blossom's toy shop in the little country town stirred and shook themselves after the long night. "We must be sold today," they said. "Today?" asked Holly. She had been un packed only the day before and was the newest toy in the shop. Outside in the street it was snowing, but the toy-shop window was lit and warm--it had been lit all night. The tops showed their glinting colors, the balls their bands of red and yellow and blue; the trains were ready to run round and round; the sailing boats shook out their fresh white sails. The clockwork toys had each its private key; the tea sets gleamed in their boxes. There were drums and airplanes, trumpets, and doll perambulators; the rocking-horses looked as if they were prancing, and the teddy bears held up their furry arms. There was every kind of stuffed animal--rabbits and lions and tigers, dogs and cats and even chimpanzees. The dolls were on a long glass shelf decorated with tinsel baby dolls and bride dolls, with brides maids in every color, a boy doll in a kilt and another who was a sailor. One girl doll was holding her gloves, another an umbrella. They were all beautiful, but none had been sold. "We must be sold today," said the dolls. "Today," said Holly. Like the teddy bears, the dolls held out their arms. Toys, of course, think the opposite way to you. "We shall have a little boy or girl for Christmas," said the toys. ... A charming story. This file should make an excellent embossed braille copy.
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