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The Wonder Clock

Updated on July 12, 2013

Folklore through fables and foibles

I love this book. I loved it when I was fourteen, I loved it when I was forty. It remains my favorite read even today (although we're not assigning ages anymore, okay? ;o)

As a self-confessed bibliophile (book junkie) I have read hundreds of books. Actually, I probably own hundreds of books. In spite of technology, I still like to have a book (or ten) at my fingertips for reading, researching or learning something new. Both of my parents (and my brother as well) are avid readers, so I come by it honestly. I still have most of the books from my younger days in my home library, and even have a few precious volumes from my parents' childhood.

Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle in 1887, this book contains a treasure trove of life lessons and a wealth of forgotten language from an era long ago. From gorgeous illustrations with captions in Olde English lettering to passages that begin with beautiful calligraphic letters, this book is a worthy addition to anyone's collection of classics.

Aren't the illustrations awesome? - Even if they are yellowed with age

Did you know?

Pyle published roughly 3,300 illustrations and wrote 200 texts over his career.

Famed artist Vincent Van Gogh was an admirer of his.


ENR at University of Pittsburgh

I still enjoy fairy tales and fables... - Although now I'm old enough to know better ;o)

How about you?

The book is no longer in publication, but... - Amazingly, it's still around!

The Wonder Clock
The Wonder Clock

The cover, it seems, has been redone a number of times over the years. I really like this illustration on the front; it's the horse, of course!


Do you teach? Homeschool?

This book can go all the way

This is my favorite illustration from the book; isn't it beautiful? Each caption is written in Olde English, but is still fairly easy to decipher because of the illustration which accompanies it.

The morals contained within each story are invaluable, and still relevant today. Unlike many of today's books for younger readers, each story has a clear cut point and life lesson. The tales make for wonderful discussion opportunities about what is right and wrong and, more importantly, why it is right or wrong.

It is an excellent book to read with a mid-elementary school child, offers a challenge to more advanced tween readers, and provides an entertaining introduction to the more difficult readings required of high school students.

Home Sweet Home - Hanging out with his fellow tomes

There's even a Kindle version! - I have this one too :o)

And it was very inexpensive, too - Woo!

The Wonder Clock (Yesterday's Classics)
The Wonder Clock (Yesterday's Classics)

Because my beloved copy is more than 40 years old and has been read over and over, it's beginning to show signs of wear on the spine.

I purchased a copy for my Kindle, so I can continue to read it again and again and again...


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These days fairy tales come in formats - Works for me: I enjoy them digitally too!

So tell me... - What's YOUR favorite fairy tale?

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