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Elsie Dinsmore (Original Elsie Dinsmore Collection) [Hardcover]

By Martha Finley (Author)
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Pages   316
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.9" Width: 5.6" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 1993
Publisher   Vision Forum
ISBN  1889128015  
EAN  9781889128016  

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Set amid the sweet blossoms of a southern mansion, this timeless classic delves in to the heart of Elsie - by all accounts, an extraordinary little girl. Share in Elsie's quest for love from her earthly father as it leads to a mature understanding of the love of her Father in Heaven. Join Elsie as she suffers through endless hours of scrutiny from Miss Day, her mean-spirited school teacher, taunting from her mischievous young Uncle Arthur, and scoldings from a cold-hearted father she desires to please - all with the peace and quiet countenance that comes from knowing she is God's child. This, the first of the heart-warming Elsie books, will both challenge and inspire you. --

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More About Martha Finley

Martha Finley Martha Finley (1828 - 1909) was a teacher and author of numerous works, the most well known being the 28 volume Elsie Dinsmore series which was published over a span of 38 years. The daughter of Presbyterian minister Dr. James Brown Finley and his wife and cousin Maria Theresa Brown Finley, she was born on April 26th, 1828 in Chillicothe, Ohio. Finley wrote many of her books under the pseudonym Martha Farquharson. She died in 1909 in Elkton, Maryland, where she moved in 1876.

Martha Finley was born in 1828 and died in 1909.

Martha Finley has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Elsie Dinsmore Collection (Hardcover)
  2. Elsie Dinsmore Collection (Paperback)
  3. Life of Faith (Paperback)
  4. Original Elsie Classics (Paperback)
  5. Original Elsie Dinsmore

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Worthless, wretched book  Mar 5, 2007
This is quite possibly the WORST children's book ever written. Why?

1) The heroine is saccharine sweet and endlessly willing to let everyone in her family trample all over her. In fact, she seems to take some martyr-like glee in accepting every kind of scorn and injustice her family heaps on her with nary a complaint. Yeah, way to be a role model for today's girls, Elsie - unless you think the proper social role for women is a sacrificial victim for...

2) ...emotionally and physically abusive men. Yes, that would be her crazy father. The one who insists that his every irrational demand be met instantly and who also doesn't see the value in showing any love whatsoever towards his (incredibly needy) daughter. This relationship plays out like a bad Lifetime movie. He's the King of the Castle, and isn't content to just let Elsie crucify herself in every chapter - he wants to tell her what kind of hammer to drive the nails in with. My bet: poor, sweet Elsie grows up and finds another domineering tyrant to marry (undoubtably a man chosen carefully for her by her father), which will allow her to be suitably emotionally abused the rest of her life. And let's not forget the subtle eroticism between father and daughter (and other male friends of the family). It was very creepy in places. I found myself wondering several times while reading this book if he was going to start sexually abusing her when she got into her teenage years. And that's not the right thing to be thinking about when you're reading a children's book. Ick, ick, ick.

3) Her disgusting, spoiled, racist, classist, sexist family. In one of the very first chapters, we find Elsie's sweet "Mammie" discussing how even though she's not white, she still can get to heaven. Well, isn't that nice. But do you suppose Jesus will make her come in through the servant's entrance? And every single one of her relatives is dreadfully spoiled and treats her abominably in every chapter (lucky for Elsie-Please-Make-Me-A-Martyr). Really, not suitable in any way for modern sensiblities. I wouldn't let my daughter read this book just because of the racism alone. Yes, it was written in 1850 something. But that's no excuse.

4) The over-the-top Christianity. Half this book is a religious tract. I found myself skipping entire pages just to try to find the plot again amidst the saccharine preaching.

5) Meekly accepting evil or injust behavior from others is NOT a good thing. That's another message I would never want my daughter to learn. Regardless of one's religious beliefs, the right thing to do in this world is to stand up for what one believes in, and stand up against injustice and unrighteousness, whether those acts are perpetuated against you or others. Frankly, the only admirable thing Elsie ever did in this book was to stand firm in her religious convictions against the disapproval of her family (falling off the piano stool and all that). On Sundays she was a heroine worthy of emulation. Too bad she was a meek little abused mouse the other 6 days of the week.

One more note to all the people who gave this book glowing reviews: You people are scary. Call me a sinner, or whatever you want, but I know in my heart of hearts (as a Christian myself, believe it or not), that the message this book sends about the relationship between young girls and men isn't right. I certainly hope you aren't raising your daughters this way or we're all in trouble.
Literary Child Abuse  Aug 22, 2006
I read this book because a friend said it was her favorite in childhood. I was horrified. In brief, it is the story of a child who is taught to be the worst kind of martyr, abused physically and mentally by her hideous father, and who never contradicts nor stands up for herself. THE PERFECT CHRISTIAN CHILD? No. A little insufferable masochistic prig.

Anyone who encourages his/her child to read these Elsie books has a screw loose.
Does not circulate  Feb 25, 2006
Our small Christian school library received a donation of an entire set of the Elsie Dinsmore books 5 years ago. They take up a lot of shelf space. As the librarian, I can tell you NOT ONE of them has ever been checked out. Our girls LOVE historical fiction, they LOVE finding an author who has written a bunch of books and whip through series with glee . . . but these books are just collecting dust.

I personally find Elsie to be obnoxiously saccharine. I thought it was just me, but apparently the girls in my school think the same. I've never said anything against the books to the kids, and have even suggested them on occasion to girls who want to find something "totally new to me". But they just KNOW!
Great book, but definately read the sequals!  Feb 18, 2006
I first read this book when I was about 12. I can understand why some people would not like it. It is very Christian, Elsie is very weepy, and the story is somewhat melodramatic. However, taken along with the next 3 or 4 books, it is a wonderful series.

As a Catholic I do not agree with some of Elsie's beliefs, but I still enjoyed reading, and re-reading this book. Elsie's Christian faith is the essential ingredient in the plot of this and many of the following books.

In the first book, many of the extraneous characters are not well developed, not even Elsie's father, if memory serves. But the need to know the outcome of poor Elsie's fate drove me on. Over the course of the next three books, many of the characters are fleshed out. Especially, Mr. Travillia, Ms. Adelaide, Elsie's father, her cousins Arthur and Edward, as well as Elsie herself. The characters grow and the plot flourishes along with them. Many of the seemingly minor characters take on much more prominent roles, and many relationships are deepened and broadened.

These books must also be taken in historical, and social, context. Elsie is a wealthy white girl living in the pre-Civil War South. Again, in later books, Elsie's world develops, and is especially influenced by the War, as one will discover if one keeps reading.

This series is quite extensive, and although I loved the first four or five, books, I petered out after the books began to focus more on Elsie's children.

Overall, I would recommend this book, along with its sequels, to anyone looking for a good read (and cry). :)
elsie dinsmore  Jan 30, 2006
This is one of the best books ive ever hold in my hands. it is really sad and touching and especially good for parents who want their children to grow spiritually and to teach them how to treat their parents, and its also good for parents......let me put it this way: everyone can read this book, it is good for everyone, doesnt matter what age, it will teach in many different ways.
and all of you people who put 1 star for this book, ya dont know nothing about life, you dont like it cuz ya dont wanna face the truth and admit the your all sinners.

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