Mistress Masham's Repose
Publication Date: June 2004
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"She saw: first, a square opening, about eight inches wide, in the lowest step...finally she saw that there was a walnut shell, or half one, outside the nearest door...she went to look at the shell—but looked with the greatest astonishment. There was a baby in it."
So ten-year-old Maria, orphaned mistress of Malplaquet, discovers the secret of her deteriorating estate: on a deserted island at its far corner, in the temple long ago nicknamed Mistress Masham's Repose, live an entire community of people—"The People," as they call themselves—all only inches tall. With the help of her only friend—the absurdly erudite Professor—Maria soon learns that this settlement is no less than the kingdom of Lilliput (first seen in Gulliver's Travels) in exile. Safely hidden for centuries, the Lilliputians are at first endangered by Maria's well-meaning but clumsy attempts to make their lives easier, but their situation grows truly ominous when they are discovered by Maria's greedy guardians, who look at The People and see only a bundle of money.
FRITZ EICHENBERG (1901-19XX) was an artist of wide-ranging talents, from colorful illustrations for children's books such as Ape in a Cape for which he won the Caldecott Medal to wood engravings for books by Poe, Shakespeare, and Tolstoy. Born and trained in Germany, he moved to New York City in 1933 where he continued to work as a fine artist, graphic designer, and teacher whose work is represented in museums and galleries nationwide and around the world.
T. H. White (1906 1964) is the author of the classic Arthurian fantasy "The Once and Future King", among other works. He was born in Mumbai, India, to English parents and educated at Queen s College, Cambridge. His writings have had a strong influence on both J. K. Rowling and Neil Gaiman.