And there was a bigger problem as I said that the book as a whole did not feel as cohesive as it should have. Dec 07, Pewterbreath rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Anybody who thinks shirley temple wasn't sweet enough. When I was little I was known as the kid who read. People in our town would give me books just because I was the kid who read.
I've read since I was three. This was one such book--a neighbor woman gave the book to me. I never liked it very much because it's like a honey, chocolate, and jam sandwich. Feb 12, Drebbles rated it it was amazing Shelves: Their father died when Phronsie was a baby and Mrs. Pepper struggles to earn enough money to support the family.
Despite their poverty, they are a loving family, full of spirit and adventure. Ben and Polly do what they can to support the family, but a bout with measles threatens the well being of the entire Pepper clan, especially Joel and Polly. The family has other adventures and befriend Jasper King during one of them. This friendship will enrich their lives in ways they never thought would be possible. It's always interesting as an adult to reread a book that I loved as a child.
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When I was young I thought how much fun the Peppers had and longed to belong to a large family. As an adult, I realize how poor the family really was and how quickly the children had to grow up. As a child I thought how terrible it was that Polly couldn't read for days on end because of the measles; as an adult I realize the Peppers couldn't even afford to buy books. The Peppers are all delightful children, with Joel being the most honest of the bunch as he complains about having to eat the same food every day.
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The children's adventures may seem simple to today's young readers, who are used to Harry Potter and the like, but it's a refreshing change. Oct 15, Kaitlyn S. Finished at last! I loved going through this with my youngest sister and rediscovering the world of the Peppers through her eyes. Definitely a classic everyone should read! A sweet, wholesome story of five children meeting poverty with cheerfulness and creativity. Probably a bit saccharine to modern eyes, but I loved it as a child and still do. Mar 13, Patrick rated it liked it Shelves: young-adult , reading-challenge , classics.
There are some children's books I reread and still love. Books like this on the other hand, make me wonder how I thought it was interesting as a child. Shelves: literature. There being no library in the nearest town, my early reading during summers with Mother and my paternal grandmother in the latter's cottage near Lake Michigan was severely limited by what was on hand, mostly books belonging to "Nanny", my grandmother.
Fortunately, she was quite a reader.
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Mikey Spillance novels not being of much interest yet, I picked up her old copy of the first Little Peppers novel because it was clearly a children's book. Indeed, the edition had been published when she was just There being no library in the nearest town, my early reading during summers with Mother and my paternal grandmother in the latter's cottage near Lake Michigan was severely limited by what was on hand, mostly books belonging to "Nanny", my grandmother.
Indeed, the edition had been published when she was just about my age. Unfortunately, it was really boring and really long, perhaps the longest books I'd read on my own by that time. The late Victorian sentimentality of the author struck me, even then, as cloying, as all-too-precious. Dark thoughts were evoked as I began imagining disasters escalating into absurdity rather than always being happily resolved. Still, I finished the thing and do have one clear, rather pleasant memory of laying on my stomach on my parents' big bed downstairs on a particular sunny afternoon, book opened on their green corduroy spread.
The memory of that brings to mind another of the same bed in an earlier summer. It was custom going back as far as memory for me to run downstairs upon Nanny's daily announcement that she was intending to straighten up the rooms. There was just enough time for me to unzip their quilt cover and crawl in before she, with much advance warning, hobbled down the stairs to confront the notoriously lumpy bedclothes. One lump--me! I auppose I may have perservered through Nanny's kid book partly out of respect for her.
She was a wonderful grandmother.
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That old steel bedframe, said to have come from a hotel originally, is the one in my room to this day, Nanny and Mother being dead and the cottage in Michigan in ruins. Oct 18, Brenda rated it it was amazing Shelves: american-literature. This is a real classic. The story of the Little Peppers was one of the first books I read as a child and made such an imprint on me. The story became alive at that age. I wish there were more stories like that written today.
Apr 11, Diane Mueller rated it it was amazing. This was my all time favorite book when I was a child. I must of read it four or five times. I just wanted to be part of the Pepper family. I've loved this sweet story since childhood. The children are very real, mostly, and the adults supportive and thoughtful.
Jan 14, Elizabeth Mitchell rated it it was amazing. This was my favorite book as a kid. I found it in one of my old boxes the other day and realized that I haven't thought about it for years. It was amazing I think.. View all 4 comments. May 11, Billie added it. This is one of my favorite books from childhood and, in a fit of readerly nostalgia, I decided to re-read it for the first time in decades.
You can't go home again. I could see why I loved this book as a child but, oh does it have some issues.
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There are two single-parent households with no explanation as to what happened to the missing parents. Characters drop into the story with no introduction, just all of a sudden "Bob" is there and you're wondering who the hell "Bob" is. My largest issue with This is one of my favorite books from childhood and, in a fit of readerly nostalgia, I decided to re-read it for the first time in decades. My largest issue with this book, though, lies in the idea of the rich older man swooping in and "rescuing" the Peppers from their poor-but-happy existence because he has a deep affection for a four-year-old.
I'm not sure if he offers to marry Mrs. Pepper or hire her as his housekeeper. Maybe they're one and the same to him. And I really don't want to think too deeply about his deep, immediate affection for Phronsie. I'm not giving this a star rating because grade school me gives it five stars with sparkles and rainbows and adult me would be feeling generous to give it two stars.
Apr 12, Bambi Moore rated it liked it Shelves: children-s , books-of The vocabulary is certainly great. Jun 20, Ruth rated it it was ok. I read this because the Gilbreth children in Cheaper by the Dozen liked it, but I was disappointed. I checked, and both of these were published before the Five Little Peppers. Or maybe it's just that all of these books use common themes of 19th I read this because the Gilbreth children in Cheaper by the Dozen liked it, but I was disappointed. Or maybe it's just that all of these books use common themes of 19th century literature for children. The Pepper children are just too perfectly good to be true, and none of the characters is particularly well-drawn.