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The Peterkin Papers

Lucretia P. Hale (1820-1900)

1. 00 – Dedication and Preface
2. 01 – The Lady Who Put Salt In
3. 02 – About Elizabeth Eliza’s Piano
4. 03 – The Peterkins Try To Become Wise
5. 04 – Mrs. Peterkin Wishes To Go To Drive
6. 05 – The Peterkins at Home. At Dinner.
7. 06 – Why The Peterkins Had A Late Dinner
8. 07 – The Peterkins’ Summer Journey
9. 08 – The Peterkins Snowed-Up
10. 09 – The Peterkins Decide to Keep a Cow
11. 10 – The Peterkin’s Christmas Tree
12. 11 – Mrs. Peterkins Tea-Party
13. 12 – The Peterkins Too Late For The Exhibition
14. 13 – The Peterkins Celebrate the Fourth of July
15. 14 – The Peterkin’s Picnic
16. 15 – The Peterkin’s Charades
17. 16 – The Peterkins Are Obliged to Move
18. 17 – The Peterkins Decide to Learn the Languages
19. 18 – Modern Improvements At The Peterkins’
20. 19 – Agamemnon’s Career
21. 20 – The Educational Breakfast
22. 21 – The Peterkins at the The Peterkins At The ‘Carnival of Authors’ In Boston
23. 22 – The Peterkins At the Farm

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Summary

The Peterkin Papers is a book-length collection of humorous stories by Lucretia Peabody Hale, and is her best-known work. The Peterkins are a lovable but comically inept family with ingenuity, logic, resourcefulness, and energy—but not common sense. Many chapters show the family trying to solve some problem in a roundabout way, failing, and eventually being rescued by “the wise old lady from Philadelphia,” who cuts the Gordian knot with an effective but prosaic solution. The charm of the story is not in the plot, but in the telling, building up layers of complication, and the affectionate fun poked at the not-quite-cartoonish characters. The “wise old lady’s” solution is usually obvious to the reader, even the young listener, from the start.

Reviews

Thomas

I find this book very humorous