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Monday, February 1, 2010

The Five Little Peppers And How They Grew - by Margaret Sidney

The Five Little Peppers And How They Grew
by Margaret Sidney

Could be there be anything lovelier then a houseful of children who love each other dearly, and who strive to honor and help their dear loving Mother?
This is the endearing story which begins the Five Little Peppers series.
Ben, Polly, Joel, Davy, and Phronsie Pepper all have their faults like all children, (and one of the reasons why this story is such a winner), fighting, complaining, and having fits sometimes, but through it all sticking to their family, and trying to make each others lives even just a tiny bit brighter.
Polly helps her "Mamsie" with cooking, sewing, and tending to the little ones. Ben has a small job to help earn money as well, and the little ones help in any way they can.
Highlights of the book were when they befriended the lonely rich boy, Jasper, when they make their very own Christmas happen, and Polly and Phronsie's trip to the city.
The Five Little Peppers teach many sweet lessons of love and sacrifice, and also how, even if you don't have much money, you can still have a beautiful life - it's all what you do with the life that's before you.
I would recommend this book for any age as a read aloud, or ages 8-100. :-)

Winnie-The-Pooh by A. A. Milne

By A. A. Milne

"I don't see much sense in that," said Rabbit. "No," said Pooh humbly, "there isn't. But there was going to be when I began it. It's just that something happened to it along the way." ~ Winnie-the-Pooh

What could be cuter or sweeter then Winnie-the-Pooh and his darling little friends - their sweet stories, charming quotes, and unique personalities.
Pooh and Piglet searching for a Huffelump - Making Eyeore's birthday special - Pooh visiting Rabbit (and getting stuck!) - And Christopher Robin there to help them all in their joys and sorrows.
A. A. Milne's unique way of writing makes it a story any age can enjoy.
Recommended for ages 0-100 :-)

An Ordinary Princess By M. M. Kaye

"An Ordinary Princess"
By M. M. Kaye

All Princesses have long, golden hair, beautiful complexions, and so it's no wonder a prince comes and sweeps them off their feet, to ride off to his castle, where they live happily ever after, right? But what if there was a perfectly ordinary looking, and acting, princess? What would happen to her?
M. M. Kaye decided to find out, and as a result wrote this beautiful little fairy tale called "An Ordinary Princess".
At Princess Amy's christening, she gets given the gift of being "ordinary", and grows up to have mousy, plain brown hair, and freckles - much to her mother's dismay.
Amy's sisters all get married to princes, but who will marry Amy? All the princes who come and look at her, suddenly have to leave right away on important business. Finally getting sick of this, Amy runs away, and meets an interesting man-of-all-work, who believes she is just a kitchen girl... What secrets are they both hiding as they begin to fall in love over their picnics in the woods?
I found this story charming and sweet, and simple at the same time. The only thing I didn't really like was the fairy who gives her the gift of being ordinary, who was a bit odd. ;-)
Recommended for children 8 to 99. :-)