Simplified for Children by Elizabeth Lewis.
began to doubt whether he had not really been abroad in the wind at night.
All that week it was hard weather. The grass showed white in the morning with the hoar frost which clung to every blade. As Diamond's shoes were not good and his mother had not saved up quite enough money to get him the new pair she so much wanted for him, she would not let him run out. But at length, she brought home his new shoes. No sooner did she find that they fitted him, than she told him he might run out into the yard and amuse himself.
The sun was going down when he flew from the door like a bird from its cage. A great fire of sunset burned over the top of the gate that led to the stables. Above the fire in the sky, lay a large lake of green light, above that a golden cloud, and over that the blue of the wintry heavens. Diamond thought that next to his own home, he had never seen any place he would like so much to live in as that sky.
As he wandered about, he came to stand by the little door which opened up
This was a wonderful book. The story was very well told. It had multi-dimensional characters that you could really get to know. The little boy Diamond was a dear to meet. His adventures were told in an educated and well thought of manner.
My daughter and I read it together. We loved it. I would highly recommend it, especially as a read-aloud to children.