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Remy is found abandoned as a baby in Paris by Barberin the stonemason, whose wife welcomes the little boy lovingly. But when he is only eight years old, Barberin sells him to Vitalis the travelling singer. Vitalis becomes Remy’s guide, teaching him to survive by playing the harp in market squares. He performs in villages and towns throughout France with Joli-Cœur the monkey and three friendly dogs called Capi, Zerbino and Dolce. After many adventures and trials, working as a street musician, and as a miner and a gardener, and even spending some time in prison, he discovers almost too late who he really is. The truth about his birth and why he had been abandoned is finally revealed and Remy can look forward to a happy and secure future.
Nobody’s Child is a heart-warming and moving children’s classic by the French writer Hector Malot (1830-1907). First published as Sans Famille in 1878, the story has been a favourite for generations and filmed and adapted for television many times. It has also been translated as Alone in the World.
This translation is by Beatrys Lockie, who worked as a Steiner Kindergarten teacher and also lectured widely on early years education. She is a storyteller who loves telling Nobody’s Child, a story which is also much told in Waldorf Schools.
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