Well today is a fictional book and seeing as I have already waxed lyrical about my favourite book already I am struggling with this one. I think I am going to go back to my childhood a very long time ago I must admit and chose one book from a series that has always hovered in the back of mind, pulled out of the recesses of my memory and thought about fondly before being returned to gather dust at the back of the void that inside my head. The The Green Knowe Series of books always captured my very vivid childhood imagination they were written by Lucy Maria Wood Boston in the 1950’s . Green Knowe was a manor house based on Lucy’s own 12th century Norman manor house, Hemingford Grey and the series follows various childrens adventures in the house. My favourite was always A Stranger at Green Knowe about a refugee boy named Ping . He visits the great gorilla Hanno at the zoo with a group of refugee children and is allowed to feed him and he gazes at him with childlike wonder ( much like I did as a child at Guy the gorilla ). Hanno later escapes and finds his way to a heavily wooded area across the river at Green Knowe. The story tells of the friendship that develops between Ping and Hanno and it quite moving with hindsight as both are in an alien environment away from their homelands. The chapter describing Hanno’s life in Africa are detailed and accurate and I could see it with such clarity in my mind. The way a gorilla family unit works and interacts it was magical writing and could have been written by a zoologist specialising in primates. This book was probably the spark the bought about a lifelong love of such beautiful, intelligent creatures that still enthrals me today. The power of books is often underestimated where children are concerned but this one small story by a fabulous English writer captured my heart, imagination and my mind and you don’t forget things like that.
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