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1959*1st* The Door In The Wall - Marguerite De Angeli(The Worlds Work (1913) Ltd)

1959*1st* The Door In The Wall - Marguerite De Angeli(The Worlds Work (1913) Ltd)

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"The Door in the Wall" is a children's historical fiction novel written and illustrated by Marguerite de Angeli. The book was first published in 1949 and has since become a classic in children's literature.

Set in medieval England, the story follows the life of a young boy named Robin. At the age of four, Robin contracted a fever that left him paralyzed and unable to walk. Despite his physical disability, Robin is determined to live a normal life and dreams of becoming a knight.

One day, while his parents are away, Robin is left in the care of his nurse, Dame Ellen. Unexpectedly, a strange occurrence happens - a door appears on the wall of the room where Robin is staying. Through this door, Robin discovers a fantastical and hidden world where he meets a kind and wise man, Brother Luke.

Brother Luke, a monk, teaches Robin various skills, including woodcarving and healing. Under his guidance, Robin learns to overcome his physical limitations and discovers his own inner strengths. Together, they embark on a journey of self-discovery, as they navigate through the challenges of medieval society.

As Robin grows older, he becomes determined to prove his worth and live up to the ideals of chivalry. With perseverance and the teachings of Brother Luke, Robin pushes through his physical limitations and works towards being admitted into the Knights' Training School. Through hard work and determination, he ultimately succeeds, proving that he is capable of achieving greatness despite his disability.

"The Door in the Wall" is a story of resilience, courage, and the power of self-belief. It is a tale that teaches children the importance of perseverance and the ability to overcome obstacles. Marguerite de Angeli's beautiful illustrations and vivid descriptions bring the medieval setting to life, captivating readers of all ages.

The book has been highly praised for its portrayal of a disabled protagonist and its uplifting message. It received the Newbery Medal in 1950, recognizing it as one of the most distinguished children's books of its time. "The Door in the Wall" continues to inspire readers today with its timeless story of triumph over adversity.

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