Classic Lit: Puck of Pook’s Hill, by Rudyard Kipling

4.0 out of 5 stars Factual and fanciful

With all the renewed interest in fantasy over the past decade, the 102 year old historical fantasy, Puck of Pook’s Hill, deserves consideration. Two early 20th century children, living in Pevensey, England, have a chance encounter with the legendary Puck, who undertakes to bring them a series of first hand accounts of the history of their region. Puck introduces them to eye witnesses to such events as the Norman Conquest, the waning of the Roman occupation, and the dissolution of the monasteries. As the historic individuals relate their tales, they are suitable impressed with the children’s abilities to resolve some of the mysteries that were not understood in their times. The selections of Kipling’s poetry that accompany each chapter are related thematically, and pleasingly rhythmic. Recommended for grade level 4 and up through adults.

( I’m happy to be able to say that a few years back I acquired the first edition shown in the photo. )

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2 thoughts on “Classic Lit: Puck of Pook’s Hill, by Rudyard Kipling

  1. I love Kipling but have never heard of this one. Will have to get my hands on one; it’s now on my search list. Thanks for the info.

  2. I, too, had not heard of this book, and I’ve long been an admirer of Kipling’s books, especially his short stories. Thanks for informative article.

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