Didn t love this one so much The didacticism was over the top and I wanted to throttle Sanford most of the time. The History of Sandford and Merton goes off to a fairly slow start, but once Tommy and Harry are at Mr Barlow s, the story picks up pace I can really see the attraction of the book to children in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as it includes stories about historic people, faraway countries and muchexotic extraordinary stuff that would speak to the mind of a middle class British child The dynamic between the two boys is perhaps a bit simplistic, and I got slightly fed up with Ha The History of Sandford and Merton goes off to a fairly slow start, but once Tommy and Harry are at Mr Barlow s, the story picks up pace I can really see the attraction of the book to children in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as it includes stories about historic people, faraway countries and muchexotic extraordinary stuff that would speak to the mind of a middle class British child The dynamic between the two boys is perhaps a bit simplistic, and I got slightly fed up with Harry s utter and complete goodness at times, but it portrays growing up, learning to acknowledge your own faults and attempting to amend them quite well Unfortunately, I did feel the book was too long a hundred pages less would probably have prevent my finding the book slightly tedious in the end From a different time and place, this moralistic set of stories for young children includes adventures and lessons This is a helpful work for children s literature scholars looking to read early examples of texts written for children Day s own personal history is also worth learningabout, as his attempts at wife rearing through adopting several young girls is as outrageous as it sounds. Didactic tales are not my cup of tea. Find the book at Gutenberg here note some versions have illustrations , and wikipedia page here If you want to read about the eccentric author, his wikipedia page is here.It s thanks to another GRfolk, Bettie s review of How to Create the Perfect Wife Britain s Most Ineligible Bachelor and his Enlightened Quest to Train the Ideal Mate or adding the book to a shelf prior to review which made me look up the author and then this book and well, that s the random way you sometimes find yours Find the book at Gutenberg here note some versions have illustrations , and wikipedia page here If you want to read about the eccentric author, his wikipedia page is here.It s thanks to another GRfolk, Bettie s review of How to Create the Perfect Wife Britain s Most Ineligible Bachelor and his Enlightened Quest to Train the Ideal Mate or adding the book to a shelf prior to review which made me look up the author and then this book and well, that s the random way you sometimes find yourself reading odd books you d never heard of the day before Previously out of print, this important eighteenth century novel for children is now available in a new edition