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They all wind up stuck together in a quarantined house. After the devoted Polly collapses from working too hard, Mr. King moves the Pepper clan into his mansion. The plucky family finally garners a fortune when it is discovered that Polly has inherited the controlling shares in a mine that the grandfather wants to purchase. King Clarence Kolb.

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After a slow-moving hour or so, the film picks up tremendously in the final reel when the kids are trapped in a copper mine cave-in, sparking a tension-filled rescue effect. A bit too syrupy sweet for modern tastes, Five Little Peppers at Home is redeemed by the cynical performance of Rex Evans as a sneering butler. Upon arrival in the Wide Frontiers, the Pepper kids get into mischief in a lumber camp. As usual, the plot is resolved by Edith Fellows as eldest Pepper child Polly, who manages to stumble upon a financial windfall which proves benefical not only to her family but practically everyone else in the film.

Pepper bundles the little Peppers off to boarding school.

I must try and find a copy to reread. As I'm starting to work my way through Fuse's top list I know I'm going to have to confront it again. Post a Comment.

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Sunday, July 25, Sunday Brunch with Peppers. More random thoughts and facts about children's books, old and new. I learned that lesson the hard way this week, after I proudly sent my friend a picture of my first green pepper: I also sent her pictures of the entire green pepper plant: As well as my pole beans: Her response? Okay, it's true, the packets of seeds did say something about thinning out the seedlings when they got to be a couple inches tall, but I wasn't sure exactly what that meant. Was I supposed to move all the plants into a bigger pot? I didn't have any bigger pots.

Was I supposed to transplant them individually into several smaller pots? I didn't have any extra pots either. No, accordng to my gardening-expert friend, I was supposed to get a big pair of scissors and just chop half the plants down at the dirt-line!


I have to admit I was a aghast. Isn't the whole point of gardening to, like, grow things? To watch tiny seeds unfurl from the rich black earth and turn their faces toward the sun?

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To bud and flower and then produce vegetables? Apparently that is true for only some of the seedlings.

The rest are fated to be chopped off at the knees. I asked my friend if I couldn't just gently transplant the crowded plants into new containers and she said that wouldn't work because of their delicate root systems. Well, we'll see about that. Delicate roots or not, I went to K-Mart and bought a new pot, then took three of the pepper plants and transplanted them into that container. I may not be much of a gardener, but I know about children's books After lovingly transplanting those peppers into this new container I unmercifully chopped the remaining pepper plants down, feeling like some kind of depraved murderer.

While doing so, I thought about children's author-illustrator Tasha Tudor, known for wearing rustic bonnets, spinning her own wool, and growing magnificent gardens: Now I've learned you can only get a garden that nice by killing half your plants. If beans and peppers could talk, they'd probably have only two words for quaint little Tasha: Serial killer.

The first thing to know about the author is that "Margaret Sidney" wasn't her real name. She attended a ritzy private school and was a card-carrying member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The more I research children's writers, the more I discover that the truly great books often have their roots in the author's own childhood. This was true for Harriet as well. While growing up, the Stone family frequently visited the rural countryside, and that was where the wealthy young heiress imagined a "little brown house" where she could live quietly and simply, as opposed to her fancy New Haven society life.

Over time, she imagined a family that would live in the house with her: a widowed mother called Mamsie Pepper and five Pepper children: Ben, Polly, Joel, Davie, and Phronsie -- short for Sophronia. Thank goodness Mamsie Pepper was never told to thin her herd. Writing under a pseudonym, Ms. The stories proved so popular that the author was contracted to write a twelve-part serial, which ran in the issues of the same magazine.

Stone to adapt the stories into a book, which was published in Some readers feel this change in economic status damaged the appeal of the series, though many others were just happy that the storie continued. According to the Wikipedia: All of the later books take place much before the third book in the original series. She lived there for ten years until it was taken over by an historical organization. It's the story of grade-schooler Beezus struggling with the fact that sometimes she just doesn't love her pesky preschool sister Ramona. Now here comes this new movie and Beezus is Does it work on the big screen?

I don't know; I'll probably wait for the DVD.

And everyone knows the oldest child should have their name first anyway. It's only right.

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It's only fair! Of course the fact that I'm an oldest child has nothing to do with that opinion In the grand scheme of things, my opinion doesn't matter anyway. What I was most curious about was author Beverly Cleary's opinion. And apparently she's very happy with the movie. The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew is the first book in this popular series featuring a poor, but happy family. Sidney, Margaret [Harriet Lothrop]. Boston: Lothrop Publishing Company, c Web Accessibility.

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