What the Dormouse Said

Lessons for Grown-ups from Children's Books


By Amy Gash

Illustrated by Pierre Le-Tan

Foreword by Judith Viorst

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This one-of-a-kind collection reminds weary adults not to lose sight of the values and virtues they learned as kids. Here are over three hundred quotations from over two hundred well-loved children’s books, such as Charlotte’s Web, Peter Pan, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Eloise, Sounder, Number the Stars, and Goodnight Moon, organized by topic, among them Acceptance, Goodness, Family Woes, and Growing Old. On Silence: “I assure you that you can pick up more information when you are listening than when you are talking.”–E. B.White, The Trumpet of the Swan. On Reverence: “Dying’s part of the wheel, right there next to being born. . . . Being part of the whole thing, that’s the blessing.”–Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting.

With clever illustrations from Pierre Le-Tan, here is a book to share with a friend or keep by your own bedside. It’s the perfect gift for your sister, your mother, your brother, your nephew, your kid’s teacher, your daughter away at college, your son in the Navy, your mailman, your priest, for the old lady next door, or for the baby just born. Most importantly, give it to yourself. It will help you remember why you loved reading in the first place.


On Sale
Oct 1, 2004
Page Count
160 pages
Algonquin Books

Amy Gash

Amy Gash

About the Author

Amy Gash is an executive editor at Algonquin Books, where she acquires and edits narrative nonfiction and fiction for adults. Her first collection of quotations from children’s books was What the Dormouse Said. She lives in New Jersey.

Elise Howard has worked for many years as a publisher and editor of children’s books and is now a literary agent. She once toured the stacks of the Library of Congress with Beverly Cleary, where they found a mis-shelved copy of Ramona and Her Father. She divides her time among the children’s literature capitals of New York, Paris, and coastal Maine.

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