Wow This is truly a beautiful story one of those that I will return to again and again Well written Beautifully poetic metaphorical and inspiring A true classic Sad that it was ever forgotten
Wow! This is truly a beautiful story...one of those that I will return to again and again. Well written. Beautifully poetic, metaphorical and inspiring. A true classic. Sad that it was ever forgotten and out of print. Move this to the top of your to-read list.When David was four, his father took him to live in the mountains where he taught David of the beautiful things in life. They learned from nature and from books and from music. It was an exceptional education. When David was ten, his father knew he was dying and took David down the mountain but died before he could find a caretaker for David. David was left with only his own violin, his fathers violin, some gold pieces and two notes his father wrote on the side of the road as he was dying. One note was for David and one for whoever would be his caretaker. Encouraged by his father's words in his note and his upbringing, David goes forth to find his work in the world where he encounters real cynicism, evil and disappointment for the first time in his life. He is a puzzle for others to understand including his identity, for he only knows himself as David, just David.This was recommended to me by my sister, a rare treat which spoke volumes to me if she was going to go out of her way to recommend it to me twice. It was a favorite of her father-in-law who would read it with tears in his eyes. After he died last year, she read it for the first time and at once knew why he loved it so much. She is anxious to return to it again.Some of my favorite parts:"We must go away. Out in the great world there are men and women and children waiting for you. You've a beautiful work to do; and one can't do one's work on a mountain-top.""I shall not return, but some day you will come to me, your violin at your chin, and the bow drawn across the strings to greet me. See that it tells me of the beautiful world you have left-for it is a beautiful world, David; never forget that. And if sometime you are tempted to think it is not a beautiful world, just remember that you yourself can make it beautiful if you will.""Father says that I'm one little instrument in the great Orchestra of Life, and that I must see to it that I'm always in tune, and don't drag or hit false notes.""Oh, I wasn't idle, sir. Father said I must never be that. He said every instrument was needed in the great Orchestra of Life; and that I was one, you know, even if I was only a little boy. And he said if I kept still and didn't do my part, the harmony wouldn't be complete.""Why I learned it...Same as I learned German and other things with father, out of books, you know. Didn't you learn French when you were a little boy?""Oh, it wouldn't be a useless walk, sir. Father said nothing was useless that helped to keep us in tune, you know.""A sundial counts its hours by the shadow the sun throws, and when there is no sun there is no shadow; hence it's only the sunny hours that are counted by the dial.""You see, I did think, once, that because you had all these beautiful things around you, the hours ought to be sunny ones. But now I know it isn't what's around you; it's what is IN you!"Popular Just David By Eleanor H. Porter is Ebook Eleanor Porter wrote this wonderful novel two years after the runaway success of her book Pollyanna Though also a bestseller at the time, Just David has rarely been reprinted since its release in 1916 We felt a story this good shouldn t be so hard to find, so we decided to put it back in print last year Now it s in a longer lasting hardcover.It is the story of David, aEleanor Porter wrote this wonderful novel two years after the runaway success of her book Pollyanna Though also a bestseller at the time, Just David has rarely been reprinted since its release in 1916 We felt a story this good shouldn t be so hard to find, so we decided to put it back in print last year Now it s in a longer lasting hardcover.It is the story of David, a charming little boy of 10 who is suddenly transplanted from a world of music he plays the violin in the mountains with his father, to the provincialism of a workaday small town But even , it is the story of how David transplants his own character, courage and happiness into the lives of the people he meets, and wins their love and respect Here s what we say in the preface to the new edition Just David is a quiet, unassuming children s novel about an orphaned young boy with a mysterious past David, not the typical boy found in most stories of his day, is a mixture of simplicity and complexity whose disarming innocence has a profound effect on the people he encounters Unlike the good bad boy often encountered in children s literature, David is a good good boy He is not in any way goody goody in the moralistic sense, but simply and purely good David s goodness is not a mysterious quality that defies logic and imagination, but rather a quality cultivated in him by the intentional efforts of a wise and loving father During David s formative years, his father secluded him from the influences of the outside world, creating a private world in the mountains filled with simple pleasures, purposeful study, and beautiful music David s touching story is well within the scope of the imagination, and David s endearing innocence, engaging personality, and natural character are unforgettable.Just David struck a resonant chord in our family for several reasons First, David s life affirms the biblical principle expressed in the proverb, He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm David walked with his father and became wise Also, his story reminds us of the importance of creating the right appetite early in our children s lives David s love of music, nature and beauty were intentionally cultivated in him by his father Finally, there is a refreshing balance in David s life and character that provides a literary model to emulate, especially for the artistically inclined boy often overlooked in literature David is artistic, yet he knows when to be realistic He is slight of stature, yet able to handily defend himself when necessary He is trained and mannerly, yet he is also manly He is sensitive, yet sensible Whatever limitations he discovers, he meets them with strength of character.This is truly one of those books that everyone in your family will like, and will likely want to hear or read than once We re on our fourth reading It has even inspired us to have Just David days for our children when we focus on the beautiful and lovely things God has given us to enjoy Just David is just great Includes family discussion questions at the end of the book Whole Heart Ministries. Eleanor Emily Hodgman Porter December 19, 1868 May 21, 1920 was an American novelist.She was born as Eleanor Emily Hodgman in Littleton, New Hampshire on December 19, 1868, the daughter of Llewella French n e Woolson and Francis Fletcher Hodgman She was trained as a singer, attending New England Conservatory for several years In 1892, she married John Lyman Porter and relocated to Massachusetts, after which she began writing and publishing her short stories and later novels She died in Cambridge, Massachusetts on May 21, 1920 and was buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery.. The best Ebook Just David This book is so sweet and such a beautiful tale. One of our family classics.
Just David Audible Audio Edition Eleanor H Eleanor H Porter s novel Just David is a sweet story of a gifted orphan boy left alone at age six by the death of his father He finds himself in the care of a farmer and his wife David doesn t even know his last name He knows only his love for his father and the beautiful things his father taught him. Just David by Eleanor H Porter Eleanor Porter wrote this wonderful novel two years after the runaway success of her book Pollyanna Though also a bestseller at the time, Just David has rarely been reprinted since its release in We felt a story this good shouldn t be so hard to find, so we decided to put it back in print last year. Just David by Eleanor H Porter The Good and the Beautiful David was raised in an isolated mountain cabin by a devoted father who taught David to love beauty, nature, and music When David s father becomes seriously ill, he decides to take David to relatives that the boy has never met But partway into the journey, his father dies. Just David Porter, Eleanor H Eleanor H Porter s novel Just David is a sweet story of a gifted orphan boy left alone at age six by the death of his father He finds himself in the care of a farmer and his wife David doesn t even know his last name He knows only his love for his father and the beautiful things his father taught him. Just David by Eleanor H Porter Free at Loyal Books Just David By Eleanor H Porter A delightful story supporting the notion of finding beauty in all aspects of life, Just David follows a young boy, who slowly transforms the lives of those around him, as he teaches them to embrace the smaller things in life.