The Nursery "Alice"

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The Nursery “Alice”
First edition cover of The Nursery “Alice”
AuthorLewis Carroll
IllustratorJohn Tenniel
Cover artistE. Gertrude Thomson
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreFantasy novel
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback)
Pages72 pp
Adaptations: Alice in Wonderland: Nursery (film)

The Nursery "Alice" (1889/90)[1] is a shortened version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) by Lewis Carroll, adapted by the author himself for children "from nought to five". It includes 20 of John Tenniel's illustrations from the original book, redrawn, enlarged, coloured – and, in some cases, revised – by Tenniel himself.[2] The book was published by Macmillan a quarter-century after the original Alice. It featured new illustrated front and back covers in full colour by E. Gertrude Thomson, who was a good friend of Dodgson.[3] The book was 'engraved and printed' by the famous colour printer Edmund Evans.

The work is not merely a shortened and simplified version, along the lines of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland retold in words of one syllable. It is written as though the story is being read aloud by someone who is also talking to the child listener, with many interpolations by the author, pointing out details in the pictures and asking questions, such as "Which would you have liked the best, do you think, to be a little tiny Alice, no larger than a kitten, or a great tall Alice, with your head always knocking against the ceiling?"[4] There are also additions, such as an anecdote about a puppy called Dash,[5] and an explanation of the word "foxglove".[6]


  1. ^ "The Macmillan Alice"
  2. ^ The Nursery "Alice" at WorldCat
  3. ^ Morton N. Cohen and Edward Wakeling (2003), Lewis Carroll and his illustrators, Macmillan, London, pp. 229–231
  4. ^ The Nursery "Alice", Chapter II
  5. ^ The Nursery "Alice", Chapter VI
  6. ^ The Nursery "Alice", Chapter IX

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