Submitted on: Mar Wed 22

This week on River Reads, Ep 5- What's Your Point, we focus on the short story collection,“A Gallery of Children," by A. A. Milne, first published in 1925. In a new section called, River Rambles, Wilde ponders what is the point? And where are we going? regarding this weeks collection of stories. A collection, that often seems to leave the reading wanting more. Or at the very least, left grasping to find what is the point the author is trying to make. 

Alan Alexander Milne was a 20th century English playwright and children’s book author. During the period of 1903 to 1925 he penned 18 plays and 3 novels and  In addition to his more popular work Winnie-The-Poah, Milne’s also adapted a novel The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame for theater. The adapted play was named Toad of Toad Hall (1929).

In response to twelve popular Le Mair illustrations that were commissioned by the Colgate company for a series of magazine advertisements, Milne wrote a tale for each of the watercolor drawings. He described the short stories as "a fanciful elaboration of each picture." A 1976 review described the "plot and even character [as being] incidental to Milne's fond little jibs in these nursery-sized anecdotes of manners."

This week on River Reads, Wilde narrates: 

  1. Barbara’s Birthday
  2. Poor Anne
  3. Sand Babies
  4. The Twins
  5. The Princess and the Apple-Tree
  6. Miss Waterlow in Bed
  7. The Magic Hill
  8. The Three Daughters of M. Dupont



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