903Re: Elsie Dinsmore ?
- Dec 6, 1999Stolzi@... wrote:
> I hope David's not putting FIVE LITTLE PEPPERS in the same bag. It hasIndeed. (I also read a couple of the Pepper books.) What mystified me
> spunky children with some interesting obstacles to overcome.
> I owned the first book as a child and read it with great interest, being an
> only child myself and not having any intimate acquaintance with the kind of
> hardscrabble poverty described in FIVE LITTLE PEPPERS. Also I was too young
> to get a lot of the period references, and indeed, I am still mystified as to
> why an "old boot top" should be one of Davy Pepper's prize possessions, how
> cut-up leather could be used to mend a stove, or why, in a New England state
> (Massachusetts, if I recall) where public education was perhaps more
> prevalent than anywhere else in the country (and all praise to New England
> for that), Mrs. Pepper keeps moaning on about not having any money for her
> children to go to school.
> Mary S
about money and school was _Girl of the Limberlost_ and trying to raise
money to go to high school! Her mother, who was poor, considered it a
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