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Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (1881)

by Margaret Sidney

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Series: Five Little Peppers (1)

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A fatherless family, happy in spite of its impoverished condition, is befriended by a very rich gentleman.
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    foggidawn: Five Little Peppers reminded me strongly of Alcott's writing, and the story is closest to that of Little Men, as it chronicles the adventures and misadventures of a pack of well-meaning but high-spirited children.
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Times are tough around the little brown house! The widowed Mrs. Pepper has to sew all day long just to earn enough to pay the rent and to feed the five growing Peppers. But she faces poverty and trouble with a stout heart, a smiling face, and the help of her jolly brood: blue-eyed Ben, the eldest and the man of the house at the age of 11; pretty Polly, so eager to cook for the family and make everyone happy and comfortable; and the three littlest Peppers, Joel, Davie, and baby Phronsie.

A favorite for generations, this heartwarming classic first appeared in 1880. Since then, it has inspired countless young imaginations with its tender tales of the ways in which courage and good cheer can overcome adversity.
  PlumfieldCH | Dec 10, 2023 |
his is the story of the Pepper family from the 19th century. A story of family love and overcoming poverty. I really enjoyed this as a child but it is so sugary now I could barely tolerate it! 284 pages ( )
  Tess_W | Oct 13, 2023 |
Oh! Oh! Oh! I loved the little Peppers when I was a girl!! ( )
  Kim.Sasso | Aug 27, 2023 |
The story of the Pepper family as they lived, learned, worked, and played in their little brown house in the country. Also a story about the struggle for survival in a time of poverty.
  esthernelsonma2 | Mar 3, 2021 |
This book took me forever to finish and I finished it in starts and fits. I was supposed to read this a few months ago for Dead Writers Society genre challenge and never got back to it in time. So I don't count this book towards the genre challenge since I didn't finish it in the month I was supposed to, but dang I want something for finishing this.

"Five Little Peppers" is about Mrs. Pepper and her five children, Ben, Polly, Joel, Davie, and Phronsie. The family is not doing very well since Mr. Pepper has died. Mrs. Pepper is a seamstress of some sort and is doing what she can to keep her family fed and under one roof. Too bad her kids ask repeatedly for things that they have to know their mother can't afford and just at times act like jerks.

I really couldn't get a handle on everyone. The book really doesn't flow together very well. This whole thing felt like a collection that was than wrapped up into one book. Some chapters work well together, and others do not.

I didn't really care for the writing probably because Ms. Sidney chose to write the book in the way that some young kids speak at certain ages. It drove me crazy sometimes to work out what someone like Davie or Phronsie was trying to say.

The flow was not great because once again not all chapters flowed into each other naturally. And there was a bigger problem as I said that the book as a whole did not feel as cohesive as it should have. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
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Margaret Sidneyprimary authorall editionscalculated
Cooney, BarbaraIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Martin, Ann M.Forewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sharp, WilliamIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vega, LisaCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To the memory of my mother; wise in counsel - tender in judgement , and in all charity - strengthful in Christian faith and purpose - I dedicate, with reverence, this simple book.
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The little old kitchen had quieted down from the bustle and confusion of midday; and now, with its afternoon manners on, presented a holiday aspect, that as the principal room in the brown house, it was eminently proper it should have.
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