The exhibition “Peter and Alice and Winnie the Pooh: the Books of a British Childhood,” will be on view Jan. 28 through April 5 at Mantor Library, 116 South St. in Farmington. An opening reception is scheduled for 2:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28.

British children’s literature looks both inward and outward. Inward because the Sceptered Isles are insular, and their children’s books focus in on a remembered golden childhood of magic, beauty and adventure. But the literature faces outward as well, for these are also the islands of Empire, imposing for centuries their particular cultural values around the world.

This exhibition presents both faces of these much-loved books. It tells the tales of characters from Peter Rabbit to the Black Rabbit of Inlé, of creatures from mermaids to monsters, of places from Heorot to Hogwarts.

The exhibit will be presented by The Shiretown Bookers, in affiliation with the University of Maine at Farmington.

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