Nobody's Boy/Introduction

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"Nobody's Boy," published in France under the
title "Sans Famille," has become justly famous as
one of the supreme juvenile stories of the world. In
the midst of its early popularity, it was crowned
by the Academy, and has stood the test of time as
as one of the masterpieces of French literature.
"Nobody's Boy" is a human document of child
experiences that is fascinating reading for young
and old. Parents, teachers and others, who are
careful to have children read inspiring books
of ennobling ideals, will welcome this beautiful
story of Hector Malot, as among the best for them
to recommend.
Such digressions in the original, as do not belong
to the heart of the story, have been eliminated, so
that the lost boy's experiences continue as the un-
disturbed interest, on through to the happy con-
Loyal friendship and honest conduct are the vital
ideals of this story, and the heart interest is ex-
pressed with such simplicity, directness and pathos,
that the reader enters at once into fellowship with
the wanderers, and shares in all their adventures to
the end.