The Enchanted Music Box

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I wrote this little piece some years back for my grand daughter's tenth birthday. It's a story about a girl on the cusp of turning ten, her grandfather, an antique music box and some very special magic. It turned out a little longer than I’d intended, as it happened, but, you know, you get that. --Oh yes. And "She'll be jake" is dated Aussie slang for "It'll be okay", but I'm a bit dated meself.
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Words: 9,230
Language: Australian English
ISBN: 9781311862570
About Lindsay Johannsen

There's not a lot to tell really, though on reflection, looking back on it through the lens of one’s recollections and memories, the whole business seems more akin to an extended Huckleberry Finn adventure, but set in the vastness of Central Australia.

Born, raised and schooled in Alice Springs; taken from the leafy glades of learning mid-way through Year-eight to work at my father's remote little copper mine; later employed for some years driving his cattle-hauling road trains – him having pioneered road trains and the cattle hauling business (see "Kurt Johannsen: A Son of the Red Centre").
Married in the fullness of time; built a bush homestead on the northern edge of the Simpson Desert and raised a family there, all while running a small tungsten mining business and provisioning the hundred or so Aboriginal people local to the area who adopted us.
Sold our mine and homestead a few years after the kids had flown the coop, acquired a forty foot (12m) touring coach, converted it into a big steel-wheel mobeel Palaise-de-passion motor home and took to the roads of this great land of Oz - in the main visiting our offspring (most of whom had moved to coastal regions), our grandchildren generally and a couple of great grandies, plus various friends and associates from years gone by.

So these days all I have to do is keep the missus happy – my Bride my Precious Lamb and Flower of the Early Mid Morning.
'Anywhere you wish, my darling,' I tell her. 'You just say the word and we'll be on our way.'
So it's free as the breeze, we are now, out and about having wild and exciting adventures and being amazingly cool generally.

Best job I ever had.

About the Series: Kid Stuff
Some of one's children's items – a couple recent, a couple less so – all written with a particular grandchild in mind and each written with the notion of it being read aloud to them, so explaining the use of a word or two that may seem beyond the item's apparent age range. But meeting new words is part of a child's learning and growing, so I've never shied away from doing it. As a rough guide, "…Billy Boiglebird" and "Raggedydax" are for 5 to 10's or so, "The Enchanted Music Box" 7 to 12 perhaps and "The Fat Frog Song" is for the littlies.

As for "Grandma And Me, And Bernard, My Elephant"... well, that's specially for kids aged between two and eleventy.

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Reviews

Review by: Angela Lambkin@icloud.com on March 26, 2016 :
Wow! What a beautiful story this was. I enjoyed this sweet short story!
I wold like to recommend this for five stars and especially for any girls say from7-13 years of age. I received this for free and in return, here is my honest review. Super job Lindsay! By Angela
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Review by: Angela Hope on March 29, 2015 :
This is a captivating story beautifully told. Magic in fact!
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Review by: Timbozo on March 28, 2015 :
My favorite short story so far, by Lindsay Johannsen. A charming children's plus tale, and very different to his excellent irregular outback tales and humor. It is a tale that is very heart-warming and leaves you feeling like you've been touched by a bit of magic. Great character depictions and setting as always. The story would sit well, at pride of place, in just about any Children's short story collection. This was my second read, and if possible, I enjoyed it even more this time around.
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