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Teulu Bach Nantoer


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This e-book is edited from the original 1913 publication and includes the adjudication from the Wrexham National Eisteddfod, 1912, as well as the Vocabulary section printed in the first edition. To tie-in with a television programme, produced by Unigryw, broadcast on S4C in September 2013, an introduction has been written by Siwan M. Rosser and a new Notes section gives further information about the poetry sources quoted at the opening of each chapter.

From Siwan M. Rosser's introduction :

Lizzie Mary Owen, 1877–1953, dedicated Teulu Bach Nantoer, to the children of Wales a hundred years ago in the hope that it would endear them to their language, their country and their nation.

This is a short and notable novel which is still worth reading. It is important in the history of the development of children’s literature in Wales, through studying Moelona’s skill in connecting with her young audience we can begin to understand the Welsh psyche at the beginning of the twentieth century. Teulu Bach Nantoer appears to be a simple story, but it is loaded with the hopes, aspirations and the worries of the Welsh about their language, their community and their culture.

Moelona’s romantic vision of family life became more irrelevant and sentimental during the massive social changes of the second half of the twentieth century. Today there is a danger that we forget about the family from Nantoer. Should this happen, it will be a sad loss as this short novel can introduce young and old readers to the attitude and mentality of their forebears.