Anthony grew up in the loveliest spot in the world. From the door of his house on the hill-side, he could look down and see the orchard where the pigs rootled, the streams with wooded islets and, most important of all, the shining, magical mill-pond.
All his friends were around him too. There were his mother and father and Baa, Anthony's nursemaid, who brought him Silver New Nothings when she came back from market. There was 'Lla, Baa's twin sister, who was the housemaid. And there were many others: John Burden, the stonebreaker, who looked like King Alfred, Eli Dawes, the carpenter, who only pretended to eat his cheese; and Mother Skip, the witch.
It was a wonderful spot, too, for the magic that happened there - in the Abbot's kitchen, in a blackened oak stump and at the mill-pond itself.
In Kaleidoscope, Eleanor Farjeon tells the story of Anthony's childhood, with all its moments of bright happiness and rich expectation.
Original title: Kaleidoscope
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult
- Illustrated by Edward Ardizzone