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The Castle in the Attic (original 1985; edição 1994)

por Elizabeth Winthrop (Autor)

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A gift of a toy castle, complete with silver knight, introduces William to an adventure involving magic and a personal quest.
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Título:The Castle in the Attic
Autores:Elizabeth Winthrop (Autor)
Informação:Yearling (1994), Edition: Corners Dog Earred, 192 pages
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The Castle in the Attic por Elizabeth Winthrop (1985)

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3.5 stars. I started out thinking this would be a medieval version of the Indian in the Cupboard, but it was a lot better than that.

William is a boy desperate to keep things the way they are. He loves his nanny and doesn’t want her to leave. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a lot of say in the matter. He’s a bit of a spoiled kid to be honest, refusing to accept that his favorite person’s world doesn’t revolve around him, as well as refusing to see how his parents (especially his dad) are trying to be more a part of his life. When he finds a magical knight in the castle his nanny gives him, he hatches an idea that only a young child could conceive of and actually consider worth completing.

This decision immediately causes regret, which leads to the biggest adventure William could possibly imagine. To save his nanny, he has join her in the trouble that he’s caused, and undo a curse he didn’t cause.
The quest and the action happens pretty quickly and is of typical fairy tale fare, but the point is made well. He listens to the wisdom given to him by the silver knight and his beloved nanny, and learns to trust in his ability to do what seems impossible, ultimately saving the day.

What irks me about this story, and others like it, is the multiple times it explicitly states that William was able to do this huge thing “by himself.” There is a measure of the resolution of the story that couldn’t have happened without William’s choice to take action and move forward on his own, even when he was expecting to have help. It’s an essential part of growing up, learning self-reliance and that you won’t always have adults or others to rely on, perhaps even in difficult and dangerous times. The tricky thing here is to not conflate this with thinking that he got to this place of maturity on his own and was able to rely on himself entirely throughout. The only thing that he was able to do 100% on his own was to come up with the crazy idea that led to the need for a quest in the first place. It was because of the training and wisdom given to him by people who are grown and have the experience needed to guide him in his path that he ultimately felt able to do what he needed to do. He learned a lot along the way, but it was with the help and by the design of those who had come before him.

There is a lot to like about this book - it’s fun and full of good life lessons, but I think I would only give or read it to my kids with the intent of discussing the ideas of self-reliance and interdependence.

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  Annrosenzweig | Oct 15, 2021 |
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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
The "nanny-child" relationship seems quite a bit outdated for a book first published in the mid-80s. It seemed like something you'd expect from a late-19th or early-20th century children's story, and likely one with a British setting. This one's good enough that I am going to read the sequel, but it's nowhere near the top of my Middle Reader reading. ( )
  CurrerBell | Jan 6, 2020 |
William is having a hard time adjusting. He's just found out that his beloved Mrs. Philips is leaving him to return home to London. She's been his companion since he was born, but now he's old enough to look after himself, and, hey, his parents are going to spend more time with him now. William is taking it so hard, because Mrs. Philips is family, but also because he's a bit of a loner, with only one friend not a British nanny, and - dare I say a - crybaby? I scrubbed away a lot of this characterization when I was little, so it was surprising to read it now. That is not why the book has faded for me. William's character, as atypical as it is for such an 'early' kids novel, is vital to the success of the story. His success is so much more meaningful knowing his struggles.

My problem was everything else. 'The Castle in the Attic' was full of mystery and magic, and I imagined myself exploring the castle, meeting Sir Simon, learning swordplay and, why not?, gymnastics. The prophecy was thrilling, the danger so clear. As an adult all of this faded into the simple language demanded at the time. The world William travels to didn't feel convincing, and the nanny problem seemed absurd to me. Has William never really bonded with his parents before this? Who would hire a nanny knowing that was the result? Winthrop likely didn't intend this, but it felt as if Mrs. Philips was responsible for coddling William and her presence isolated him most of the other children.

This is still a worthy book for kids, but I'm afraid its another one lost in the nostalgia wars.

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1 vote ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 19, 2019 |
It’s about ten year old William, who is upset that their housekeeper is returning to England. Mrs Phillips gives him a model castle with a silver knight that she inherited. When William finds out about the enchantment on the silver knight, he comes up with a plan which he hopes will stop Mrs Phillips from leaving.

I can see how this story would have a lot of appeal for a kid. But I’m not one anymore and if I’m reading about characters who are much younger than me, I want more humour, more quirkiness, and more vivid scenery. This fantasy world is fairly straightforward. And there’s nothing wrong with that, it’s just not what I was looking for. ( )
  Herenya | Feb 3, 2019 |
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