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Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (Dover Children's Classics) Paperback – October 27, 2006
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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.
I bought this book for my daughter for Christmas. I had read these books as a child and loved them. Now my daughter has also fallen in love with this series. The books are sweet and old fashioned with lots of adventure and drama(the Peppers do seem to be extremely accident prone!) They also tend to be a little on the silly side but this was not uncommon in books from this era. The series was written from the 1880's through 1916. Reading these books is a pleasant trip to a time long gone.
Review of the book(reprint):
Because of their age it has become increasingly difficult to find good copies. I ordered this book along with a couple of other titles from the five little pepper series. The other books were from another publisher and were great. This edition on the other hand was deplorable. In the book description it states that this is an OCR print with typos. Boy, was that an understatement! I expected a few typos, but didn't think there would be too many or why would the company bother publishing it. Money, that's why. This reprint looks like it was typed by a third grader from a foreign country. Not only are there typos, but also skipped words, skipped sentences, letters left out of words, punctuation in place of letters in words(ex. ra?ndp/, I think it was supposed to say Grandpa!) I sent the book back and Amazon immediately refunded my money, but seriously Amazon needs to be on the ball with quality control on what's being sold on this site.
Recap: Story - 4 stars Book reprint - 0 stars
I know this is supposed to be a review of the story, but after all you are purchasing this product and need to be aware of the quality of this particular edition--I wish someone had let me know before I had purchased it.
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.