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The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

On September 21, 1937, a children’s book appeared in England that, like other English classics such as Stevenson’s Treasure Island, Potter’s Peter Rabbit, or Grahame’s Wind and the Willows, began as a story told to a specific child. Actually, the idea of the book came when the author, correcting 286 school exams, found a blank […]

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Featured on September 30, 2011

Daily children’s book recommendations and events from Anita Silvey.

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