The Green and Burning Tree

On the Writing and Enjoyment of Children's Books

Original publication: 1969, Atlantic-Little, Brown

Original price: $6.95
Cover:​ Martha Lehtola
Working title:​ The Unforgettable Glimpse and Other Essays
Awards / Recognition: Commonwealth Club of California 1969 Literature Award


From the paperback flap:

"Eleanor Cameron, whose outstanding books for children include the Mushroom Planet series and A Room Made of Windows, explores in a series highly personal essays the craft of writing children's literature and the fantasy worlds of such distinguished authors as Hans Christian Andersen, Beatrix Potter, C.S. Lewis, Walter de la Mare, Lewis Carroll, E. Nesbit, Kenneth Grahame and J.R.R. Tolkien. Publisher's Weekly acclaims: 'Children should buy the book for their parents - and borrow it back.'"


Essays:

"The Unforgettable Glimpse"

"A Realm of One's Own"

"The Green and Burning Tree: A Study of Time Fantasy" 

"Of Style and the Stylist"

"A Country of the Mind"

"The Sense of Audience"

"Dimensions of Amazement"

"'The Dearest Freshness Deep Down Things'"

"A Number of Instances"

"Wanda Gag: Myself and Many Me's"

"A Fine Old Gentleman"