Sylvia Plath is one of the most renowned poets of the 20th century, but few people are familiar with her collected children’s stories. They are charming, vibrant and beautifully written and perfect bed-time reading for young children. The collection contains three stories: The Bed Book, our favourite, is a poem about beds that my daughter thinks sounds a lot like Dr Seuss’ rhymes, just much better. The It-Doesn’t-Matter-Suit is about the youngest in a large family who is 7 years old and the last is Mrs Cherry’s kitchen in which the two fairies called Salt and Pepper have small parts, but definitely steal the show.
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Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and studied at Smith College. In 1955 she went to Cambridge University on a Fulbright scholarship, where she met and later married Ted Hughes. She published one collection of poems in her lifetime, The Colossus (1960), and a novel, The Bell Jar (1963). Her Collected Poems, which contains her poetry written from 1956 until her death, was published in 1981 and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.*
- Genre: Children’s stories
- Target age range: Preschool, Children
- Special considerations: Although children’s stories, it’s a very good read for adults as well.
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It’s an excellent trio of stories written by Sylvia Plath and at £3.50 for the Kindle edition or £6 for paperback, a highly cost-effective choice for a book that will be read and re-read for years to come.
Pages: 96 pages
Available formats: Kindle edition, Paperback
Publisher (Kindle): Faber & Faber; Main edition (4 Nov. 2014)
Release date: 4 Nov. 2014 , earlier edition 2001
X-Ray: Not Enabled
Word Wise: Enabled
Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Product dimensions: 13.5 x 0.8 x 18 cm
Cover art and illustrations by David Roberts
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I was delighted to discover this small collection and the 2001 Paperback edition sits proudly on my bookshelf between The Bell Jar and Collected Poems. It served as a perfect introduction to poetry, short-stories and the world of English Literature to my daughter and she was delighted to discover that a female poet who wrote very important things for grown-ups, also took the time to write something for her to enjoy.
We first read the stories when she was three and they were immediately loved and now, three years later, she reads The Bed Book to me as a bedtime stories and I must say, it’s much more enjoyable than listening to another phonics early reader installment.
The review is based on the Kindle Edition and 2001 Print Edition. This article was first published on 30 July 2016 and last updated on 14 November 2016.