Books of W H Wood

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The Disobedient Cuckoo Clock

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Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd, 1951
Illustrated by Esmé Eve

Part of the Nelson's Speedwell Readers series of books for young children.

The Road that Lost its Way

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Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd, 1951
Illustrated by John A. Nicolson

Part of the Nelson's Speedwell Readers series of books for young children.

The Train that Tried to Please Everybody

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Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd, 1951
Illustrated by Esmé Eve

Part of the Nelson's Speedwell Readers series of books for young children.

The House in the Sea

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George Harrap & Co Ltd, London, 1952
US edition: Duell, Sloane & Pearce, New York, 1954
Illustrated by Charles E. Pont
(For Bobby and Joffa)

Along the waterfront of Plymouth, England, in 1699, men were of two minds concerning the extraordinary proposal of one Henry Winstanley, inventor. For hundreds of years the Eddystone rocks had been plundering and murdering sailors and ships, and apparently certain individuals profited thereby. Mysterious, near-fatal accidents dogged Mr. Winstanley as he made his way about the town, preparatory to constructing the first lighthouse on the English coast.

Desperate characters as well as honest seamen enliven this tale. Embroiled with them all are young Dick Wishart, lately come to Dr. Tereagle's school in Plymouth, and his huge and usually amiable schoolmate, Barny Dunn. Dick and Barny persist in unraveling the mystery surrounding the construction of the house in the sea. They follow the most dangerous trails, whether those of French agents, privateers, profiteers, or the dread wreckers, even to lawless Prussia Cove, where Barny finds how much the struggle has meant to him, personally.

Mystery, history, the sea, violent action and intelligent purpose are all in this story. It belongs on the shelf with other favorite tales of adventure on the coast of England.

(Taken from the US edition)

The True Book about Captain Scott

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Frederick Muller Ltd, 1954
US edition: Childrens' Press, 1964
Illustrated by J. M. Haddock
(For Andrew and Sally)

We are apt to think of Great Leaders as persons who stand out at once and plainly from their fellow-men. And often they are glittering, fiery tumultuous figures.

With Captain Robert Falcon Scott, R.N. it was not so. As a boy he was quite ordinary. Even as a man he was scarcely to be noticed in a crowd. Yet his name will be remembered as long as that of Drake, and Clive, and Lawrence of Arabia.

This book tells why. It tells of how Scott grew up, and how his steps were led to Antarctica, the vast white land that sprawls at the world's end. It shows him face to face with the perils of blizzard and ice-slope, crevasse and killer-whale. It tells of his discoveries. And it takes you with him on his last terrible journey to the South Pole.

The Ship by the Shore

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Brockhampton Press Ltd, 1957
Illustrated by Jack Matthew
(For Judith and Victor)

The "Bellerphon" with the exiled Napoleon aboard, is in Plymouth harbour, and the whole town is agog with excitement.

Robin, Peter and Penny help to foil a plot to rescue him in this vivid and vigorous story which gives a true and factual glimpse of England in 1815.

Stories for Telling

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University of London Press Ltd, 1957
Reprinted 1959
Illustrated by Eleanor Outlaw
(For Vanessa Sue)

A distinguishing feature of Stories For Telling - nearly all of which have been broadcast in the B.B.C. Children's Hour - is their freshness of invention. The themes are unhackneyed, the situations novel. The stories are full of life and brimming with fun. They are told in a fluent style that has feeling for the right word and that makes judicious and forceful use of repetion. They are, in fact, stories - with a beginning, a middle and (most decidedly!) a happy ending.

This book is pleasantly illustrated by Eleanor Outlaw. Parents and teachers will welcome it, and young children, whether listening to the stories or reading them, will delight in it.

The True Book about Sir Francis Drake

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Frederick Muller Ltd, 1958
US edition: Childrens' Press, 1964
Illustrated by Gerald Pacey
(For Michael, Peter and Jennifer)

Some men's lives are adventure stories from beginning to end.

Certainly it was so with Sir Francis Drake. His adventuring began when, as a child of four, he fled with his father to escape death. They went down to the sea. Half a century later, it was on the sea that he was adventuring still, when he died as a leader of a plundering expedition to the Spanish Indies.

This book tells of all the adventures that filled those fifty years of Drake's life. Here you can embark with Drake for the Spanish Main, for Panama and the Treasure House of the World. With him, you can sail the Pacific, and right round the world. You can watch, with him, Spain's fleet burn at Cadiz. You can chase, as he chased, the battered ships of the Armada into the grey wastes of the North Sea.

It was a bold, colourful, striving, seeking time, that of the first Queen Elizabeth. No man was bolder or more colourful, no man strove harder or sought - and found - more than Sir Francis Drake.

Perils of Pacifico

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Brockhampton Press Ltd, 1959
Illustrated by George Adamson

Pacifico is a brigand with a heart of gold and an amazing gift for outwitting his enemy, the pompous Governor of Campanella.

An extravaganza told in rich, rollicking style, with memorable verses, repetitions and funny situations which will make it a family book for reading aloud.

(Book cover reproduced by kind permission of John Adamson on behalf of George Adamson)

Crown of Gold

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Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd, 1959
Illustrated by George Adamson

Crock and Cross and Crown of Gold
From Lyonesse land the sea doth hold....

So runs the old rhyme, but when the dredgers in St Pannock Bay drag up a jewel-encrusted golden crown could it possibly be...?

This is just what Sue, Chris and Dick set themselves to find out.

(Book cover reproduced by kind permission of John Adamson on behalf of George Adamson)

More Stories for Telling

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University of London Press Ltd, 1962
Illustrated by F. Stocks May

Here are more tales by the author of Stories for Telling, written with the same touch of fantasy that distinguished his earlier collection. Mr Wood introduces new characters, such as Pomposo, Governor of Campanella, and continues the adventure of friends from his previous book, including Selina the Cat and Drum and his Band. These stories should become firm favourites; they can be read aloud to young children, but older children will probably prefer to read the stories for themselves.

Mr Punch in Bubble Land

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University of London Press Ltd, 1966
Illustrated by Gwyneth Mamlok