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The Peterkin Papers [Hardcover]

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Pages   302
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   1.04 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 10, 2006
Publisher   NYR Children's Collection
Age  9-12
ISBN  1590172124  
EAN  9781590172124  


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Overview
The humorous adventures of a foolish family whose problems are righted by the Lady from Philadelphia.

Publishers Description
Before Amelia Bedelia and the Stupids there were the Peterkins. The Peterkin Papers collects all of Lucretia Hale's beloved tales of a thoroughly silly family.

The Peterkin Papers record the antics of the most memorably and hopelessly bumbling of respectable American families. Confronted by the endless challenges of daily life, the Peterkins rise to every occasion with misguided aplomb: they sit out in the sun for hours and fail to go for a ride because they've forgotten to unhitch the horse, they play the piano from the porch through the parlor window because the movers left the keyboard turned that way, they decide to raise the ceiling to accommodate a too-tall Christmas tree. Only the timely intervention of their great and good friend, the Lady from Philadelphia, can be counted on to get the Peterkins out of their latest scrape.

A classic of American children's literature and a masterpiece of deadpan drollery, The Peterkin Papers restore our astonishment at the ordinary, finding a rich vein of humor and happy surprise in the mere fact of our surviving the trivialities and tribulations of family life.
“How sorry we have felt for those who knew not Lucretia Hale and the Peterkins…a masterpiece.”
The New York Times

“Lucretia P. Hale's Peterkin family and ‘the lady from Philadelphia' are standard characters in American fiction, and surely that is much to say of an author in these book-crowded days…Few writers leave behind them such a tribute to their greatness as the Peterkins are to Lucretia P. Hale, for the years pass them along to every new generation with the hint that human nature is about the same everywhere and all the time.”–Harper's Bazaar

“People young and old, solemn and gay, rich and poor, will be glad to welcome a new edition of the Peterkin Papers. It is pleasant to meet the Peterkin family again…”–The Chicago Tribune

“[Lucretia Hale is] among the best of American women writers.” --Harper's Bazaar
LUCRETIA P. HALE (1820-1900) is best known as the author of a series of stories about a family named Peterkin, the first of which appeared in 1867 in the magazine Our Young Folks (later St. Nicholas Magazine). The series continued for nine years, and made the Peterkins a household name. In addition to writing, Hale helped her brother Edward edit the Old and New Magazine from 1870 to 1875. She was concerned with education and in 1874 was one of the first six women elected to the Boston School Committee, where she served two terms. Her last book, The New Harry and Lucy, appeared in 1892.

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Lucretia P. Hale was born in 1820 and died in 1900.

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most of the humor is timeless, only a few sections don't age as well  Dec 7, 2008
My kids and I were laughing out loud through most of this book. The Peterkins are a lovably bumbling family who can't solve the simplest of problems. The first chapter confused us all a bit in the beginning. We thought we must have missed some small detail, because surely no family could be quite so foolish. Luckily for readers, the Peterkins really are extremely silly, which makes for a very entertaining read.

The early chapters provided a lot of funny tales. My kids retell the stories and have taken to asking things like "Oh my gosh, can you imagine what the Peterkins would do now?" The characters in this book are just fantastic, and by the time the reader gets to the story of the Peterkins' tea party, it's easy to understand the large turnout - who would miss a chance to meet these wonderfully goofy people?

I subtracted a star because there are some sections of the book that didn't age quite as well. We didn't get much out of the section about the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia; it was probably funnier at the time. There is also some commentary about skin color during their Egyptian trip that made us uncomfortable, but the comments are understandable in historical context.

Even though we didn't find every story equally enjoyable, there are some real gems in the book. I am so glad to have read about the Peterkins' attempts to grow wise, the accommodations made for a too-tall Christmas tree, and their extraordinarily unique response to a heavy snow. These stories alone would be worth the price of the book.
 

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