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Jan of the Windmill by  Juliana Horatia Ewing

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Jan of the Windmill
by Juliana Horatia Ewing
Brought to the windmiller's home as a foundling on a dark and stormy night, the infant Jan soon won his way into the hearts of his new family, especially that of little Abel who served as his nursemaid. Together they lay for hours watching the clouds. Once Abel showed Jan how to draw them in the dirt, he wanted to do nothing else. He drew on slates at school, then as a pig-minder fashioned pictures with colored leaves that blew away in the wind. The schoolmaster encountering him at this occupation befriended him, providing supplies for the budding artist and raising his aspirations. The story begins slowly with rich descriptions and carefully etched characters, then accelerates as the plot twists and turns, and finally gallops to a fine finish fitting for such a talented lad.  Ages 13-18
351 pages $16.95   

Table of Contents

Front Matter

Storm Without and Within
Passing of the Storm
Gentry Born, Miller Born
Vair and Voolish
A Reward Offered
A Letter
One Puzzle after Another
Into the Hopper and Out
Manners and Customs
A "Pitcher"
Making "Pitchers"
Partners in Crime
A Face Recognized
A Scrape at School
The Making of Pigs
A Tale Told
A Pickpocket's Reward
A New Pig‑Minder
A Trip to Town
A Change of Occupation
Under the Schoolmaster's Wing
Mistaken Identity
The "Heart of Oak"
The "Black Fever"
The Passing of Another
Turning of the Tide
A Second Bogy
Looking to Mother
A "Long-Lost Child"
The Screever's Art
"On and On"
Giotto Sought
Giotto Found
The Bow‑Legged Boy
A Welcome Response
Sunshine after Storm
The Painter's Schoolmaster
George Tells All
At the Academy
Pedigree Established

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