Baa Baa, Black Sheep - The Gardener

by Rudyard Kipling | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0146000145 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Neckarhex of Sinsheim, Baden-Württemberg Germany on 1/20/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by Neckarhex from Sinsheim, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Thursday, January 20, 2011
Mini pocket book - bought in Paris in 1994 and starts its voyage around the globe now in Germany.

Has been in the following countries (in alphabetical order):

Belgium
Canada (Ontario)
Finland
France
Germany
Netherlands
New Zealand
Portugal
South Africa
Sweden
Switzerland
United Kingdom
U.S.A. (Virginia)


Thank you everybody who's making this travelling possible!

This book has already been in:

visited 13 states (5.77%)
Create your own visited map of The World or another interesting project

(If anybody knows a map of this kind working here at BC and allowing separate states for the U.S. and Canada, I'd be happy about a message!)

Journal Entry 2 by Neckarhex at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, etc, Virginia USA on Friday, February 25, 2011

Released 10 yrs ago (2/25/2011 UTC) at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, etc, Virginia USA

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Travels as a little surprise companion to Megi53 and will hopefully see a bit of the world! :o)

I'd be very happy to recieve a note of its travels!

Journal Entry 3 by Megi53 at Danville, Virginia USA on Wednesday, March 09, 2011
What a nice coincidence. I recently thought to myself that I wanted to read more Kipling. (The last story of his that I experienced was the very odd "Dayspring Mishandled".) The two selections here look very accessible.

Thanks for the nice bookmark -- love the cat in the illustration!

Journal Entry 4 by Megi53 at Danville, Virginia USA on Saturday, April 09, 2011
Finished early last week.

In the title story, the two children were called "Punch" and "Judy", which I thought was a cool touch. It was very interesting how the Kipling character, Punch/Black Sheep, adapted to his challenging circumstances.

I didn't understand the religious reference in "The Gardener". Was the man planting flowers supposed to be Jesus? I also didn't understand what Mrs. Scarsworth was going on about: an illicit affair with a soldier?

Nevertheless, the main character, Helen Turrell, was deftly-drawn and unforgettable.

Glad I had the chance to read this. It'll be on its way to South Africa soon!

Journal Entry 5 by Megi53 at Saldanha, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- South Africa on Saturday, April 09, 2011

Released 9 yrs ago (4/9/2011 UTC) at Saldanha, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- South Africa

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Mailed with a few stickers (the advantage of first class international).

Journal Entry 6 by klaradyn at Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa on Thursday, April 28, 2011
Arrived today. Thanks for sending, Megi53, and thanks for the stickers as well. I will keep this one moving when I've read it - maybe a RABCK to find a reader in a new country.

Journal Entry 7 by klaradyn at Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa on Tuesday, May 10, 2011
I don't think I've ever read any Kipling before, not even his children's stories. So I didn't really know what to expect.
Like megi53 I didn't understand the religious reference in the last story, although I did like the story as a whole.
I found the first story trite and rambling and didn't enjoy it as much.

Journal Entry 8 by klaradyn at Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa on Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Released 9 yrs ago (5/10/2011 UTC) at Cape Town, Western Cape South Africa

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On the way to madmadge in the United Kingdom. She'll keep the book moving to a new country when she has read it. Hope you enjoy it!

Journal Entry 9 by madmadge at Christchurch, Dorset United Kingdom on Friday, May 13, 2011
It's arrived! Looks like a lovely little book and it shouldn't take me long to read it when I get around to it. I'm popping it next to my armchair - my next 'evening' book. When I'm done I promise to send it on another journey straight away, to somewhere it hasn't been before.

Thank you klaradyn for sending it to me and Neckarhex for starting it on its journey.

Journal Entry 10 by madmadge at Christchurch, Dorset United Kingdom on Friday, May 20, 2011
I read the book quite quickly.

Baa Baa, Black Sheep is a strange and quite disturbing story which I believe was drawn from Kipling's own experiences as a child. Hard to believe that a child could be treated in such a way.

WARNING: SPOILER
The second story, The Gardener, was also quite disturbing but in a way heart-warming and very sad at the end. I believe the blibical reference at the end refers to Mary seeking the body of Jesus when she went to anoint his body after he'd been crucified and that the gardener was Jesus himself. Michael tells Helen that he will die before her early on in the story and says he will come back to her so perhaps he is reincarnated in the form of the gardener?

I enjoyed this little book and will now find somewhere else in the world to send it.

Journal Entry 11 by wingNakipawing at Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Monday, May 30, 2011
Received the book today and I don't think it will take me a long time to read it so I'll try to find another reader from a different country to pass it along. Thank you so much for the opportunity to see another book traveling.

Countries visited:
France
Germany
U.S.A.
South Africa
United Kingdom
Portugal

Journal Entry 12 by wingNakipawing at Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Saturday, June 04, 2011
Two short powerful stories, to show a side of Kipling I didn't know. I liked the first story more than the second but both of them let us know how life can be a sad journey to some.


Journal Entry 13 by wingNakipawing at Brantford, Ontario Canada on Saturday, June 04, 2011

Released 9 yrs ago (6/6/2011 UTC) at Brantford, Ontario Canada

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Traveling to yet another country to the hands of Kally93. When you're finished, try to find another new country for this little book. :D I hope you enjoy!

Journal Entry 14 by Kally93 at Brantford, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, June 28, 2011
With the postal strike in Canada I haven't had any mail in over 2 weeks. Then today, finally 4 items in my mailbox and one of them was this little book. What a nice surprise. I will put it at the top of my TBR pile and send it off again as soon as I finish it. Thanks Nakipa (also for the great stamps) and Neckarhex and everyone in-between.

Journal Entry 15 by Kally93 at Brantford, Ontario Canada on Friday, July 01, 2011
Finished book today.
I found the story Baa Baa, Black Sheep heart breaking. To be a child left by your parents with cruel strangers must be awful. Kipling writes this story in a way that you can feel his anger by this mistreatment . As a teacher I've worked with children that have been mistreated. They often react the way Punch does by lashing out. This lashing out often results in more harsh treatment (punishment for "bad behaviour") and it becomes a viscious circle. This anger and resentment often stays with them the rest of their lives, causing all kinds of problems. Like Kipling says "for when young lips have drunk deep of the bitter waters of Hate, Suspicion and Despair, all the Love in the world will not wholly take away that knowledge".

In The Gardener it is interesting how the gardener knows that Michael is Helen's son and not her nephew, as she tells him. Also, the gardener knows eactly where Michael's body is. From this we are to suspect that the gardener is Jesus or possibly a "reincarnation" of Michael who knew all along that he was her son.

I enjoyed both stories. Thank you for sharing this book with me.

This book will soon be heading to Bloedengel in Belgium. This is fitting since the end of the second story takes place in Belgium.

Journal Entry 16 by Kally93 at Bookring/Bookray, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- Canada on Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Released 9 yrs ago (7/5/2011 UTC) at Bookring/Bookray, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- Canada

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On it's way to Bloedengel in Belgium.

Journal Entry 17 by wingbloedengelwing at Turnhout, Antwerpen / Anvers Belgium on Thursday, August 25, 2011
I finally caught this wonderful book (it had quite some adventures on its way I guess, because it took its time LOL), now Kally can be sure everything is oke. I will read it first (but quick) and then pass it on to the next eager reader.

Journal Entry 18 by wingbloedengelwing at Turnhout, Antwerpen / Anvers Belgium on Friday, August 26, 2011
I never liked reading Kipling, but I did start to read this with an open mind and things turned out better than I thought.
I 'll never become his biggest fan, but it wasn't as bad as I seemed to remember :-)
It just doesn't do me much. I liked the first story better than the second, but the best thing about this little book is that it fits an envelope, costs absolutely nothing to send, has such a beautiful cover and a very adventurous travel-feel about it :)
I asked on the Dutch forum who'd like to be its next reader, so I can tell you it 'll travel from

rodespringbal (in Belgium)
to Anicha (in the Netherlands)
and then to Franalou (in Switzerland)

That 'll keep it busy for some days :)

Journal Entry 19 by wingbloedengelwing at Turnhout, Antwerpen / Anvers Belgium on Thursday, September 01, 2011

Released 9 yrs ago (9/1/2011 UTC) at Turnhout, Antwerpen / Anvers Belgium

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Op weg naar rodespringbal, veel plezier ermee. Vertellen jullie wel telkens verder dat het de bedoeling is dat het ver reist ?

Journal Entry 20 by wingrodespringbalwing at Moerbeke-Waas, Oost-Vlaanderen / Flandre Orientale Belgium on Wednesday, September 07, 2011
GOT IT! :)

Journal Entry 21 by wingrodespringbalwing at Moerbeke-Waas, Oost-Vlaanderen / Flandre Orientale Belgium on Friday, September 09, 2011

Released 9 yrs ago (9/9/2011 UTC) at Moerbeke-Waas, Oost-Vlaanderen / Flandre Orientale Belgium

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Not a big fan over here :s I found the book interesting but weird. Glad to read finally something of Kipling, just to know that it isn't my cup of tea :(

going to the postoffice tomorrow... save journey

Journal Entry 22 by anicha at Sittard, Limburg Netherlands on Monday, September 19, 2011
It seems it takes some time to travel the short distance from Belgium to Netherlands, it arrived here saterday. I allready finished reading and i will be glad to forward the book on to a new country.

Will send a pm for the new adress in Suisse and send it on its way as soon as possible

Journal Entry 23 by anicha at - Per post of in persoon doorgegeven, Limburg Netherlands on Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Released 9 yrs ago (9/21/2011 UTC) at - Per post of in persoon doorgegeven, Limburg Netherlands

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On its way to Franaloe in Suisse.



Journal Entry 24 by franaloe at Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Saturday, September 24, 2011
Kipling just arrived here in Switzerland. Yet another country for the list. I'll see if I can find a BC-er in a nice country for it's next destination.

Journal Entry 25 by franaloe at Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Wednesday, January 04, 2012
I've almost finished this little book, and will write my review here:

Same here: I liked the first story better than the second. Are these really stories for children, as I seem to understand from previous journals? If so, I find them pretty harsh. I didn't like how Punch and Judy were treated so differently in their foster home, but was irritated me most was that I missed the whole point of WHY they had to love separated from their parents.
The book didn't leave me too impressed, but I am happy to have participated.


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I know I have had this way to long. So to make up for the delay, I will contribute to the travel miles of this book by bringing it all the way to New Zealand next week. The next readers will be:

- gaboyd (South Island)
- libbybook (North Island)

I am sure that they know an exotic place to send the book to next.

Journal Entry 26 by franaloe at Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Released 9 yrs ago (1/31/2012 UTC) at Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand

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Off to Gaboyd. Too bad there was no time to meet up!
Hope you can help this book travel some further!

Journal Entry 27 by winggaboydwing at Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Thursday, February 02, 2012
Recieved in the posr, today. Thanks.

Journal Entry 28 by winggaboydwing at Auckland, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- New Zealand on Sunday, February 12, 2012

Released 9 yrs ago (2/13/2012 UTC) at Auckland, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- New Zealand

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Released while at Post Office.

Journal Entry 29 by libbybook at Auckland, Auckland Province New Zealand on Friday, February 24, 2012
Received safely thank Gaboyd. Will read and send it back off on its travels. A very travelled little book.

Journal Entry 30 by libbybook at Auckland, Auckland Province New Zealand on Thursday, March 29, 2012

Released 8 yrs ago (3/29/2012 UTC) at Auckland, Auckland Province New Zealand

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The book is returning home, bought in Paris 2011 and now winging its way to a new reader in La Gareen Colombes. Then hopefully sent back out to visit the rest of the world, lucky book which it was me.

Journal Entry 31 by katalobonga at La Garenne-Colombes, Ile-de-France France on Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Was today in my mail box
Thank you
Will read it and have it travel again

Journal Entry 32 by katalobonga at La Garenne-Colombes, Ile-de-France France on Saturday, April 07, 2012
What a sad story : the little boy called Punched or Black Sheep was so badly treated. Very unhappy story.

A MBC will take place in June in Lyon, south of France.
Will see if any one is interested before I Send it elsewhere in the world.

Released 8 yrs ago (4/18/2012 UTC) at Le Petit Châtelet [ex. OBCZ, FERMÉ] in -Paris 1er, Ile-de-France France

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Very sad story : this little boy being put apart of the family
For Yili who come to Paris; in case she is interested

Journal Entry 34 by Yilla at Paris, Ile-de-France France on Thursday, April 19, 2012
Thank you Katalobonga for meeting me at the bookcrossing cafe Le Petit Chatelet. I really enjoyed our evening. Till we meet again, au revoir! :)

Ah I see the book has travelled a lot! And I already know where the book will go to next! A new country on the list. But I will read it first of course! :D

Journal Entry 35 by Yilla at A fellow BookCrosser, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Released 8 yrs ago (7/5/2012 UTC) at A fellow BookCrosser, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases

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On it's way to Sweden.

I hope you like this little book and that you will make sure it travels some more! :)

Journal Entry 36 by wingDeepswampwing at Oskarshamn, Småland Sweden on Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Thanks a lot!
Happy to read this book, and I already know where it will travel next!

Journal Entry 37 by wingDeepswampwing at Oskarshamn, Småland Sweden on Monday, July 16, 2012
Thanks, a sad story, when you think of Rudyard Kipling was sent to England to live with a foster family!

Journal Entry 38 by wingDeepswampwing at Oskarshamn, Småland Sweden on Monday, July 16, 2012

Released 8 yrs ago (7/16/2012 UTC) at Oskarshamn, Småland Sweden

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Finland, here I come!

Journal Entry 39 by wingDeepswampwing at Oskarshamn, Småland Sweden on Monday, July 16, 2012

Released 8 yrs ago (7/16/2012 UTC) at Oskarshamn, Småland Sweden

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Finland, here I come!

Journal Entry 40 by wingAnneliswing at Kerava, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Thank you all for this interesting little book. I'll read it soon and then I'll try to find new readers for it.

Journal Entry 41 by wingAnneliswing at Kerava, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Sunday, September 09, 2012
I read this little book. I am very sorry for the hardships The Black Sheep had to meet. I guess that was quite ordinary at the time and still is far too often in any country. Only the form of hardships are different for each child.
I have a new reader for the book already.
Enjoy the book!

This is my # 74 in
"KEEP THEM MOVING 2012" Challenge arranged by Booklady331.

Journal Entry 42 by wingAnneliswing at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Released 8 yrs ago (9/11/2012 UTC) at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland

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The book was posted to France.
Happy reading!

Journal Entry 43 by Orphéeauxenfers at Beinheim, Alsace France on Friday, September 28, 2012
I received this book this week in my letter box.

Thank you very much !

I will read it soon and find new readers for it !

Journal Entry 44 by Orphéeauxenfers at Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Released 6 yrs ago (4/9/2014 UTC) at Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada

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Given to a friend I met at the University of Manitoba.

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