Just David (Grandfather Clock) ペーパーバック – 2019/4/19
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"Just David" is a 1916 novel, very popular in the early half of the twentieth century, by Eleanor Hodgman Porter, best known for the novel "Pollyanna". It tells the story of David, a young boy who plays the violin and leads an idyllic life in the mountains with his father. When his father becomes gravely ill, they go down into the valley, spending the night in a barn. David plays the violin to calm his sleeping father and is found by Simeon Holly and his wife. The man is dead, so they try to know who David is, but David is unable to tell them his last name: he is “Just David”. The couple let him stay with them as he reminds them of their own son. David lives in the village, taking his violin with him wherever he goes and using music to express his feelings. His innocence and musical talent charm the villagers changing several of their lives.
In my opinion, our society would be well-served if children's and young adult literature returned to the themes presented in Just David. I highly recommend this book.