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by Jane Langton

The Astonishing Stereoscope (Hall Family Chronicles, Book 3) download ebook
ISBN:
0064401332
ISBN13:
978-0064401333
Author:
Jane Langton
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HarperCollins; English Language edition (December 18, 2001)
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256 pages
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4.4

The Astonishing Stereoscope does what the Hall Family Chronicles by Jane Langton does best-mixing an exciting adventure with ideas that most children's books can't touch.

The Astonishing Stereoscope does what the Hall Family Chronicles by Jane Langton does best-mixing an exciting adventure with ideas that most children's books can't touch. This adventure, in which a magic stereoscope transports Eddie and Eleanor back in time and into dimensions of particle physics and molecular biology, holds up very well. I read The Diamond in the Window and the Swing in the Summerhouse over and over as a child-when copies were usually held by a library.

The Astonishing Stereoscope. Hall Family Chronicles by. Jane Langton. Continuing the Hall family fantasy chronicles this book focuses on the surrealistic adventures of the red-headed siblings, Eleanor and Eddy-with a little help from younger cousin, Georgie, and their crazy cat, Herm. This series of adventures is launched by the arrival of special gifts from an Indian magician-friend of the family: the ubiquitous Prince Krishna.

In 1961 Langton wrote and illustrated her first book for children, The . Langton later wrote a children's series, The Hall Family Chronicles, and the Homer Kelly murder mystery novels. The Astonishing Stereoscope (1971).

In 1961 Langton wrote and illustrated her first book for children, The Majesty of Grace, a story about a young girl during the Depression who is certain she will one day be Queen of England. She also created several stand-alone novels and picture books. Langton's novel The Fledgling is a Newbery Honor book. Her novel Emily Dickinson is Dead was nominated for an Edgar Award and received a Nero Award. The Fledgling (1980). The Fragile Flag (1984).

Jane Langton was born Jane Gillson in Belmont, Massachusetts on December 30, 1922. She wrote a young adult series entitled the Hall Family Chronicles. The fourth book in the series, The Fledgling, was a Newbery Honor book

Jane Langton was born Jane Gillson in Belmont, Massachusetts on December 30, 1922. The fourth book in the series, The Fledgling, was a Newbery Honor book. She also wrote an adult mystery series entitled the Homer Kelly mysteries. The fifth book in the series, Emily Dickinson Is Dead, received a Nero Wolfe Award and an Edgar Award. In 2017, she received the Mystery Writers of America's Grand Master Award for the series. She died from complications of a respiratory condition on December 22, 2018 at the age of 95. Erik Blegvad was born in Copenhagen, Denmark on March 3, 1923.

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Book 3 of 8 in the Hall Family Chronicles Series. The stereoscope seems to have been an early version of the Viewmaster. This one is astonishing because it's another magical gift from Prince Krishna. Eddy and his older sister, Eleanor, don't just get to see 3-D views - they can enter them to have adventures, such as meeting some of their ancestors from Puritan days.

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1 The Hall Family Chronicles. Jane Langton is a master blender. The Homer Kelly novels. In 1961 Langton wrote and illustrated her first book for children, The Majesty of Grace, a story about a young girl during the Depression who is certain she will some day be Queen of England. Langton has since written a children's series, The Hall Family Chronicles, and the Homer Kelly murder mystery novels. She mixes Indian magic, the transcendental philosophies of Emerson and Thoreau, and the plain everyday life of Concord, Mass. and comes up with a splendid fantasy. Always a witty and literate writer. The Hall Family Chronicles.

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When Eddy Hall receives five cards for his stereoscope, he and his sister, Eleanor, can't wait to see what exotic places they reveal maybe Stonehenge, or a centuries-old European cathedral. But instead, when they look through the stereoscope, Eddy and Eleanor see some very strange things. An odd-looking rope hangs from the sky down into every picture. A marmalade coloured cat that looks suspiciously like Herm, the family cat, also appears. And one picture looks like the front hall of their very own house! The images seem to be almost real, not just three-dimensional illusions. All it will take is one little tug on that rope to find out for sure ....

Reviews:
  • MilsoN
most: the written word; least: that an ex-library edition was considered "good" and not labeled as a library discard by the seller. Bookseller terms used to have very specific meanings. Only gets three stars because this is such an excellent book by Langton.
  • Hilarious Kangaroo
GET THESE BOOKS SPECIFICALLY - READ THESE 3 BOOKS. BEST CHILDHOOD BOOKS EVER.
  • Kegal
A wonderful book from childhood! Loved it then and now!
  • Silver Globol
Nothing could top Diamond in the Window and Swing in the Summerhouse, which I read as a child. This book wasn't infused with that same quality of magical realism but was very imaginative.
  • Daizil
Continuing the Hall family fantasies this book focuses on the surrealistic adventures of the red-headed siblings, Eleanor and Eddy--with a little help from younger cousin, Georgie, and their crazy cat, Herm. Readers return to the dilapidated house at #40 Walden Street in historical Concord, MA, where Uncle Freddy, the absent-minded professor, runs a School for Transcendental Studies.
This series of adventures is launched by the arrival of special gifts from an Indian magician-friend of the family, the ubiquitous Prince Krishna: a charming kaleidoscope for Georgie and an
astonishing stereoscope for the older kids. This old-fashioned stereopticon comes complete with five sepia-toned cards for amazing viewing, which whisk the surprised travelers through time and space.

Of course the deadly duo of Mr. Preek and Miss Prawn lurks around the corner, waiting to stalk and harass the family. When a college student-resident falls off the roof and lies unconscious for months in a hospital--with mounting bills--the entire family is plunged into despair and forced to seek desperate measures. Both Eleanor and Eddy privately blame themselves for John's accident and vow to change their lifestyle in order to manipulate Fate.

Despite the cute and enjoyable aspects of this story Langton
presents many serious themes: comparative religions, man's role on earth and in the universe, introducing questions of personal guilt and one's attitude toward God. Just who is the mysterious, unseen photographer who transports them back home in a Flash, after each adventure? Like the quaint stereopticon with its two sets of almost identical cards, are there two ways to view the world? Are you brave enough to pull the tantalzying rope which hangs from the balloon's basket? A cute tale for kids 10 -15.
  • Gholbimand
The Astonishing Stereoscope does what the Hall Family Chronicles by Jane Langton does best--mixing an exciting adventure with ideas that most children's books can't touch. This adventure, in which a magic stereoscope transports Eddie and Eleanor back in time and into dimensions of particle physics and molecular biology, holds up very well.

I read The Diamond in the Window and the Swing in the Summerhouse over and over as a child--when copies were usually held by a library. Langton's children's books stay with you--and reading them as an adult is just as much a delight as when you are 10 or 11. Jane Langton's skillful use of Henry David Thoreau's messages and the local color of more modern Concord, Massachusetts ground the series.

The child characters, Eddie, Eleanor, and Grace all act like children in the series--intelligent and sensitive and occasionally impetuous children. They are that rarest of juvenile creations--curious children.

I can't imagine how Langton continues the series which began in the 1960s in the 1990s--but she always finds new challenges for the Hall Family and new ideas to share with her readers.

Langton is the author of the Homer Kelly mysteries, which always include some local color and her own delightful illustrations. I think that the Memorial Hall Murder is about the most memorable--it certainly kept me awake and reading back in the early 1980s.
  • Shalizel
I know that because I read it before I read THE DIAMOND IN THE WINDOW or THE SWING IN THE SUMMERHOUSE. I enjoyed reading my library's copy so much that I bought the book the first chance I got.

The stereoscope seems to have been an early version of the Viewmaster. This one is astonishing because it's another magical gift from Prince Krishna. Eddy and his older sister, Eleanor, don't just get to see 3-D views -- they can enter them to have adventures, such as meeting some of their ancestors from Puritan days. Herman the Crazy Cat shows the way.

Eddy and Eleanor need the distraction because they both feel very guilty about the accident to their Uncle Fred's student, John Green. John is in a coma and Uncle Fred has to take out a loan to pay the hospital bills. Mr. Preek the banker and his secretary, Miss Prawn, are so happy. They're sure that they will be able to foreclose on the loan. Then they can finally destroy the Halls' fancy old house that they hate so much. Besides, Miss Prawn wants some of the Halls' antiques to sell.

Will Eleanor and Eddy rescue their cat from being trapped in the stereoscope? Will they be able to prevent a human sacrifice in one of their adventures? Will Prince Krishna's potted palm wander the universe forever? Will John ever come out of his coma? Will the Hall family lose their home?

By the way, the hot air balloon on the cover really is in the book. It's part of a guided tour that's the most astonishing view the stereoscope has.
Wonderful, but kind of mystical. Which isn't a bad thing, if it's about the true Lord God or Jesus Christ (or the Holy Spirit, which come to think of it seems the most mystical of the three). I didn't see that kind of mysticism here.

Nonetheless, though don't remember actual mention of love, the book is permeated with a sense of love.

Recommended. Go, buy, read! I guarantee you will enjoy it. Money back up to $20. :-} :-} :-}

Forgot to mention it's really a fascinating story. Enjoy!

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