Seven Little Australians

Seven Little Australians Ethel Sybil Turner was an Australian novelist and children s writer She was educated at Paddington Public School and Sydney Girls High School She started her writing career at eighteen with

  • Title: Seven Little Australians
  • Author: Ethel Turner
  • ISBN: 9781406567892
  • Page: 365
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  • Ethel Sybil Turner 1872 1958 was an Australian novelist and children s writer She was educated at Paddington Public School and Sydney Girls High School She started her writing career at eighteen with her sister Lilian Her best known work is her first novel, Seven Little Australians 1894 , which is widely considered as a classic of Australian children s literature ThEthel Sybil Turner 1872 1958 was an Australian novelist and children s writer She was educated at Paddington Public School and Sydney Girls High School She started her writing career at eighteen with her sister Lilian Her best known work is her first novel, Seven Little Australians 1894 , which is widely considered as a classic of Australian children s literature The book deals with the lives of the Woolcot family, particularly with its seven mischievous and rebellious children It is the only Australian children s book that has been constantly in print over the last 100 years The success of Seven Little Australians led to the popular sequel The Family at Misrule 1895 Other books followed such as Little Mother Meg 1902 and Judy and Punch 1928 which further chronicled the exploits of the Woolcot family Ethel Turner has been awarded a number of prestigious literary awards and can easily be classed as one of Australia s best loved authors She wrote than 40 novels Some were about the mischievous Woolcots Others were serialized like her books on the Cub and some were stand alone.

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    1. This book has never been out of print since it was published in 1894. Undoubtedly the story holds a special place in the hearts of many generations of Australians. It is indeed a classic. Having said that, I must confess that I was a tad underwhelmed by it. While written in 1894, this is a surprisingly modern book in many ways. Turner's prose is lively, fresh, immediate and direct. Some of the passages could have been written yesterday. How like a 21st century family are the Woolcots, with their [...]

    2. The book begins.Before you fairly start this story I should like to give you just a word of warning.If you imagine you are going to read of model children, with perhaps, a naughtily inclined one to point a moral, you had better lay down the book immediately and betake yourself to 'Sandford and Merton' or similar standard juvenile works. Not one of the seven is really good, for the very excellent reason that Australian children never are. Sigh. It's true, it's true.

    3. Sparkling, Jolly, and TenderIf you're an American browsing through odd Kindle freebies, as I was, you might be surprised to discover that this book is a gem and a treat. Published in 1894, "Seven Little Australians" is considered a classic, if not the classic, of Australian children's novels. I understand that at least as of 1994 this book was the only novel by an Australian author to have been continuously in print for 100 years.So, does it live up to that intro? Yes.The story is simple enough. [...]

    4. Seven Little Australians is an excellent children's novel that isn't just for children! I loved the characters because they were so real. The Woolcot family consists of Captain Woolcot, his six children from his first marriage (ages 4-16), his second wife (Esther, age 20), and their 1-year-old son. The step-mother's youthfulness added an interesting element to the family dynamic.I might have given this book five stars, but the ending is unnecessarily tragic, and it seemed like the author didn't [...]

    5. Seven Little Australians is the first of the Woolcot Family series by Australian novelist Ethel Turner. Set in the late 19th century, it details a few months in the lives of Captain John Woolcot, his young (20 years old) wife Esther and their family at their house, Misrule, up the Parramatta River. There were six children he had by his first, now dead, wife: Meg(Marguerite), 16, Pip (Phillip), 14, Judy (Helen), 13, Nellie, 10, Bunty, 6, and Baby, 4, and his and Esther’s baby, the General (Fran [...]

    6. No 2 in my attempt to get through some Australian kids' literature. This was an attempt to be highly realistic and was a bit tragic. No romanticization. Some lovely descriptions of both suburban and rural life in early 20th century.

    7. I always get a feeling of injustice when I sense one author has piggybacked on the success of another. I’m not sure Turner is so much Alcott’s “successor” as her plunderer. Seven Little Australians was like a mishmash of Little Women and Alcott’s lesser known classic, Eight Cousins, with Australian names like Krangi-Bahtoo and Yarrahappini thrown in to maintain a semblance of Australian national identity. My thoughts on the characters: Captain Woolcot – I desperately wanted to see hi [...]

    8. I read this book aloud, a chapter a night, to my four and a half and six and a half year old daughters. When I began reading the first chapter, I thought that they might not choose the book again the following night. The language is obviously somewhat old-fashioned - the book was published in 1894 after all. But as Ethel Turner writes, she addresses the reader - she is telling the story to them. The book begins, 'Before you fairly start this story I should like to give you just a word of warning [...]

    9. This is a charming little novel, but very much a product of its time. Chapters in the beginning read almost like a serial, with each chapter containing a small, self-contained little narrative with uncomplicated complications and neat resolutions that lead into the next chapter with ease. However, as the book progresses, the stories elongate and spread across multiple chapters leading to a tragic - but not unpredictable - end. With a large cast, she at times struggles to differentiate the charac [...]

    10. The more the merrier I thought as I started reading Seven Little Australians. Six of the children are from the first marriage of an army captain. After his wife’s death he remarries a girl of nineteen. The soon have another child of their own and the family moved into a fine home and tried to lead a serine and peaceful life. I stress the word “tried” as the children (like probably most siblings) were constantly bickering among themselves. The children ranged in age from 17 years to under a [...]

    11. I re-read this today for my children's literature course and was surprised by what a brute the Captain (their father) is - I never really noticed it when I read it as a child. He's awful. He makes it perfectly clear that he doesn't like or understand his children and considers spending any time at all with them on par with having teeth pulled. When Judy makes him look after the youngest alone for an hour he's so mad he sends her off to boarding school despite the protests and tears of the entire [...]

    12. Broke my heart.When I started reading this book, I had a sudden surge of nostalgia. It is very similar to books I used to read when I was a kid. This book focuses on family, sibling relationships and naughty children. (i.e. Naughtiest Girl, Nanny McPhee etc). And how the cleverest one among them "Judy" is considered to be the instigator of mischief (she usually is). All the kids have different personalities and different ways of dealing with things. The 19 year old wife seems to love the kids an [...]

    13. What a gorgeous story. I'm glad I didn't resist my urge to buy this edition at the bookshop the other day I think I must have seen the miniseries when I was quite small because I remembered the ending (although absolutely nothing else).

    14. Somewhat like E. Nesbit's stories until the last couple of chapters in which Gloom and Despair replace the sweet little adventures (which are a bit boring, but still), causing the author, as he says, to simply give up in sorrow so not much of a denouement or ending. In fact, the ending reminded me of the opera Xerxes: everything is going along at a reasonable pace, and then it's like someone looked at his watch and said, "Okay, people, let's wrap this up in the next five minutes!" and that's th [...]

    15. Man, the father was an unsympathetic prick in this book. He singles out one of his daughters as being the chief instigator of troubles in the family, ships her off to boarding school, is going to send her back but then a tree falls on her and kills her, and then he's all "oh, this is terrible". Buddy, you were a terrible father and the six little Australians that are left should keep you in the dungeon and never let you out.

    16. An Australian classic which is enjoyable despite the harsh father who is like Captain von Trapp without the charm.

    17. A Victorian-era Australian classic, Seven Little Australians charts the trials, tribulations and other miscellaneous adventures of a group of siblings growing up in 1880s Sydney. This was another one that didn’t quite live up to my childhood memories. I loved the historical setting and the idea of the big, rowdy family of uncontrollable but loveable brats. In reality however the book isn’t long enough to do justice to all of the characters, and most of the little Australians are two-dimensio [...]

    18. Quotes:• 'Not one of the seven is really good, for the very excellent reason that Australian children never are.' - p7• '"Oh, don't the days seem lank and long When all goes right and nothing wrong; And isn't your life extremely flat With nothing whatever to grumble at?"' - p14• 'She was very miserable in these days, and yet it was a kind of exquisite misery that she hugged to her to keep it warm.' - on Meg's unrequited love for Alan, p68• 'Down behind the gum trees, across the river, th [...]

    19. I think I would have enjoyed this story a lot more if I read this at a much younger age. This is, of course, one of those classic books that everyone (or at least most Aussies) would have read in school that I have missed out on, being an immigrant. But I am catching up!It was an easy story to read and enjoy on a fine weekend. In between, we went to a birthday picnic where children were indulged in sugar-y goodness and lots of play in the sun. So, I had the same sort of image in my head when I w [...]

    20. When my mother saw that I was reading this book, her first reaction was "Oh, I remember that. It's so sad!" But she did like it (as a TV miniseries, I don't know if she actually read the book). When I told my grandmother I just finished reading it, she said she loved the series as well.This book is not my genre. I'm a YA and/or sci-fi fantasy reader and writer. It felt like a comment on that particular time in Australia's history. Not that it gave a very Australian history lesson. It did however [...]

    21. I have to admit, I didn't like it.It was charming at first as the children are rambunctious and full of spirit. Nonetheless, the book didn't pull me into their world. The entire time I was envisioning the Von Trapp Family except without the singing: the military distant father, a bunch of children, a wife so young she's practically the older daughter's age and one of the children (the 8th little Australian?).The Von Trapp family from "The Sound of Music"Don't get me wrong, I like the similaritie [...]

    22. As an Australian, I was supposed to read this book as a child. I didn't. I am also supposed to like it. I don't. There are too many people to follow to get any feel for characterisation. The writing style is antiquated and often hard to read because of the odd vocabulary and turns of phrase. After announcing the differences between Australians and the British at the start, the story then outlines the behaviour of any children, who only happen to live in the Australian countryside; they could be [...]

    23. Set in Sydney, Australia in 1880's, seven children get into all sorts of mischief even though they are trying their best to behave. Ranging in ages from sixteen to one year, the Woolcot children are mostly left to their own devices. Their step-mother Esther, the birth mother of only the youngest, is just twenty and has no experience with children. Their father is a military man and expects his children to behave and only to show up when he expects them to.I have been wanting to read this book fo [...]

    24. I read this over twenty years ago as a teenager. Didn't think much of it then, so I think it's time I had another look to see if I can change my mind.2015 Update Well apparently my reading tastes have changed little in the nearly thirty years since I was a teenager, although I now have a clearer idea why I don't enjoy certain books. In this case, my dislike of this book doesn't stem from the quality of writing, but rather the characterisations and plot. As a teen reader I think I found the child [...]

    25. Thought I have grown out of reading children's books, but we never will be. More so when the story line concerns with seven naughty ones. But be warned, these are not the peppermint children of 'Sound of Music' for the "very excellent reason that Australian children never are". Even their house bears the name 'Misrule' and that is what the story is all about; the little anarchist kingdom that runs behind a military strict father and their subsequent growth to maturity through sometimes painful e [...]

    26. A touching story plot. I cried when finally Judy died in peace, she had sacrified her life for her lovely Genie. The most heart breaking part ever!I can understand the feeling enough when I read Meg's part. We are in the same age, so her story told almost a hundred percent of mine. I'm pretty awed when finally Meg chose her own way to live her life, and just walking away from Aldith. Haha.The part when Pip was busy in the flock was entertaining, even when I read the monologue "Kimbriki and kimbr [...]

    27. Well, it wasn't godawful, but it was still too Enid Blytony, let's get belted by father and then have a picnic type of book for me to ever want to read it again. Granted, I'm not the target audience, although I'd find it hard to believe that children of this era would really take to it either. But yeah not a lot to say about this one. The characters weren't interesting (wild-child Judy is okay, I guess), their shenanigans weren't amusing - actually, the dad yelling that everyone was "demented" [...]

    28. This book feels like a cross between Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (for the descriptions of sibling relations), Freckles (for the ending), and The Sound of Music. I don't know nearly enough about Australian frontier life (although somehow I feel like it takes place close-ish to Sydney) in this time period to be able to judge the accuracy of Turner's take on Australian family life, but I'm not sure I'd either read more in the series or recommend it to other fans of children's/YA literatur [...]

    29. This is an interesting short read and a classic of Australian children's literature. But it is most interesting as a look at the way family dynamics have changed. The father , captain Woolcott, is aloof. With no understanding of his own children. His 2nd wife is only 20. His 1st wife having died about 3 years before the story is set. He has 6 children from his first wife and 1 from his second. The kids range in age from 1 to 16. And all are used to doing pretty much whatever they please. All the [...]

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