- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Paperback: 182 pages
- Publisher: SMK Books (January 9, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1617204757
- ISBN-13: 978-1617204753
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (235 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #593,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Five Little Peppers and How They Grew Paperback – January 9, 2015
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"The Peppers' good spirits, their love for each other, and their pleasure in simple homemade fun still charms me.... I wish them a long and happy life of at least another hundred years." -- Betsy Byars --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Five Little Peppers and How They Grew
Polly and Ben Pepper are full of secret plans to surprise Mamsie. But it's hard to come up with ideas for presents when there isn't even enough money for the children to go to school.
Since their father died, the five Pepper children and their mother have been living in poverty, with only potatoes and brown bread for supper. Ben chops wood to help support the family, and Polly looks after the little ones while their mother earns what she can by sewing. The Peppers are so poor, they've never even had a Christmas. But from measles to monkeys, through bad times and good, the cozy kitchen in the little brown house rings with laughter and hope.
Then, just when a misadventure nearly leads to tragedy, a boy named Jasper King tumbles into their lives. Can good fortune be far behind? --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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It's always interesting as an adult to reread a book that I loved as a child. 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.
First published in 1881, "The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew" is old-fashioned (the doctor even makes house calls!), but still enjoyable. 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. Margaret Sidney was a talented author, who could make even inanimate objects, such as the stove, seem alive. 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.
It is truly one of the best children's books out there. The character's are the same loveable but delightfully human ones we met in "The Five Little Peppers." The boys are off at a bording school, and the fights, challenges and school comraderies are as diverting as they must have been to readers of the time. Polly is at an exclusive girl's school as a day pupil, and her experiences are what all my doormates were fascinated by. The way these girls reacted with each other, the degrees of friendship between girls, and especially the interaction of these teenage girls with the young men in their lives are intriguing to read about. The book has a gently moralistic tone, as did the first, that should not put off readers. It offers a unique glimpse of what people can be: charitable, family-oriented, intelligent, loyal, and especially resourceful. In an age where we are bombarded with sex, violence, and never-ending confessionals, this book is a breath of fresh air. Take it off the shelf and enjoy it.
Incidentally, the Pepper series does not stop here. I was told by my dorm librarian that there is even a book about Phronsie's teenage years that was her favourite, but has since gone of out print. Maybe Amazon will find this one for us too.
When I ordered this book, I paid extra in order to get a nice-sized hardcover copy. Out of the box, it looked fine, but what is inside relegates this product to rip-off status. The publisher merely took page images clearly intended for a mass-market paperback book and printed them on the larger format pages without resizing. Quick, easy, and cheap. As a result, half or so of each page is BLANK, leaving the writing teeny-tiny (see photo). You're no better off, really, than if you were reading a cheaper version that cost a third as much.
If you want a hardcover version of this book, I would suggest buying a used one. If you have to have a new copy, at least know what it is you are buying. This publisher should be ashamed for misleading people like this.