The Magic Fishbone
The Magic Fishbone is the second of four stories, written in 1867, for a series called Holiday Romance.
Each of the four stories are purportedly written by a child during the holidays, which explains how playfully nonsensical this particular story is, as you will see. The fictional author of The Magic Fishbone is a seven-year-old girl named, Alice Rainbird.
The series was published in the children’s magazines: All the Year Round in England (illustrated by John Gilbert) and Our Young Folks in the United States. Both magazines can be found in The Osborne Collection. All The Year Round was a weekly literary magazine, founded owned and edited by Charles Dickens. It was published between 1859 and 1895 throughout the United Kingdom; after his death in 1870, it was continued by his eldest son Charles Dickens Jr.