Brontes

Catherine Brighton, Author, Chronicle Books, Author
Catherine Brighton, Author, Chronicle Books, Author Chronicle Books $11.95 (1p) ISBN 978-0-8118-0608-4
Reviewed on: 02/28/1994
Release date: 03/01/1994
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-7112-0882-7
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-613-97745-6
Hardcover - 32 pages - 978-0-7112-0722-6
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A tepid first-person narrative introduces readers to the Bronte family as elder sister Charlotte recounts days spent on wild Yorkshire moors, ``dear Papa's'' sermons, and the children's growing interest, even obsession, in creating imaginary worlds. While tracking the four siblings' artistic growth--from games to stories to tiny written books--the text does little more than scratch the surface of a fascinating and worthwhile subject. Background information is sorely needed--where is Haworth? what are the moors?--as are suggestions for further reading. Dreamy, detailed illustrations dwell on romantic aspects of the family's existence: the Brontes, who were poor, here look privileged and well-dressed. On the other hand, Brighton is successful in suggesting the constant presence of figments of the imagination--larger-than-life toy soldiers hover in doorways, windows are conduits to distant lands. Ages 4-10. (Mar.)
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