The Children of the New Forest Synopsis
The Children of the New Forest is Captain Marryat's classic children's adventure story. The four Beverley children find themselves orphaned when their father is killed by Cromwell's army at the outset of the English Civil War. The book follows their experiences as they are forced to abandon their aristocratic title and go into hiding in the New Forest. Read superbly by Glen McCready, this new abridgement is aimed at 7-12 year olds.
The Children of the New Forest Press Reviews
Set in seventeenth-century England during King Charles's deposition, this story features four orphaned children who are adopted by a forester. He has rescued them from the Roundhead troops who killed their Royalist father (loyal to King Charles). As the forester's adopted grandchildren, the four Beverly children must adapt to rustic life, learning to cook, hunt, and sew. Narrator Glen McCready's details these activities with a quiet pleasure that is contagious. McCready's dignified British voice is well suited to this old-fashioned adventure story filled with the classic themes of resourcefulness, self-reliance, and courage. As McCready's narration skillfully illuminates the children's growing maturity and wisdom, the story becomes all the more satisfying. - J.C.G., AudioFile