Customer images. See all customer images. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. First, I must say that this book is very interesting from an historical perspective. It takes place in a Southern plantation before the Civil War, and the perspective through the eyes of devout Christians is fascinating.
One black character says that Jesus loves her just as much as if she were white. I can identify with her as I can with few other book characters. However, since this book is marketed for children apparently written as a Sunday school teaching aid, from what I hear , I have to ask myself: would I read this to a child? I would not. As good as it is that Elsie is trying to be a good Christian, I find myself uncomfortable with the way her relationship with her father is portrayed. The Bible commands children to obey their parents Ephesians , for example , unless to do so would be sin.
Elsie does this some of the time, but refuses when her father commands her to do things that she believes would violate the Sabbath. She refuses, and her father points out that he is the one teaching her right from wrong. If even St. Acts 15 , how could any of us let alone an 8-year old nearly 2, years later interpret it properly? We Christians dislike Disney movies and romance novels for their distorted portrayal of man-woman relationships, but seem to have no problem with distorted portrayals of parent-child relationships.
I'd much rather read a story that was current, in the time wherein it was written, than a modern piece of historical fiction. It's interesting to see the past through the attitudes of the people who lived at that time, instead of through our own views. She is the sweetest child. When her father comes back after being gone for years, she wants nothing more than for him to love her But he is gruff and scares her. He thinks she fears him and acts even harsher to her. It was a poignant, heartbreaking tale of a little girl who is emotionally abused until hearts are set right.
It was a little too preachy for my taste, and I found the child rearing skills of the father atrocious, but the story was gripping enough to pull me through to the end and I liked it. Martha Finley's Elsie Dinsmore novels were tremendously popular in the 19th century.
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They were intended to be wholesome, morals-filled reading for the young people of the Victorian era. In the 21st century, they provide a fascinating glimpse of the thought processes and beliefs of a long-gone generation, pre- and post Civil War. Many readers will find the depictions of African-Americans in these books distasteful and racist.
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Those depictions, while disturbing to the modern reader, also show how ideas about race and society have changed over the last years, and are valuable history lessons even though their mindset is unacceptable today. Elsie herself is a model of the ideal Victorian woman, but Finley to her credit lets the characters have flaws, and in addition does not flinch from the painful reality of the Civil War and its aftermath for Elsie's family. Readers who are interested in a view of the past from a contemporary author will find the books intriguing, and may find themselves caught up in the storyline of Elsie's life from childhood to old age.
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I have two girls and several years ago, we were introduced to Elsie Dinsmore. We had the audio cd's, but now they want the books. This is a great story of a christian young lady who stands firm in her faith despite many difficulties. She helps bring many people to the Lord along the way.
I have read Elsie myself and cried at many points along the way. Most books don't affect me in this way. There is a lot of trashy reading out there for young girls.
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This is a breath of fresh air. My little friend had been happily dancing until I pointed out to her that it was the Sabbath. Then she stopped. And felt ashamed.
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Shame on ME for being such a sanctimonious little prig, and shame on Elsie! Her dysfunctional relationship with her father has been noted with suitable horror by many of the reviewers here, but how about her dysfunctional relationship with Jesus Christ? Her Saviour abuses her and terrifies her even more than her father does -- and he would be jailed for a criminal today.
That being said, the book is still highly readable, and fascinating on many levels, not the least of which is the glimpse it affords us of life in the pre-Civil War South. The day-to-day activities and schedule that was followed, how people spent their time on a regular basis, plus the prevailing attitudes and expectations, are seamlessly woven into the story.
The unblinking racism and sexism is especially revealing. I think many people today find it hard to understand how people could treat others so hatefully, i. Reading this book will help you understand though not condone this mind-split, which was common in that time and place. See all customer reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.
Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Set up a giveaway. If you, or your mini-fleshlings, love picture books that have exciting, unconventional illustrations that span double page spreads and adventurous stories that feature a loveably reticent monster as a protagonist, then The Beast series is definitely one you should seek out. Clearly, we shelf-dwellers just adore this series, which is why I was pressed into service to make our very own Brave Beast! So here is my pattern for an Amigurumi Beast.
As usual, there may be mistakes, for which I apologise. Insert hook into stitch. Make a small loop with the yarn. YO around the free end of the yarn at the bottom of your loop, and pull small section of yarn through the st. You should have two loops on the hook, and a larger loop of yarn on the opposite side of the st. YO and pull through both loops on your hook. Begin fur stitch on this round and continue using it on every round until the end of this section.
Repeat x 6 Do NOT stuff arms. Flatten last round of stitches and sc across to close. FO, leaving a long tail for attaching, and snip the fur loops as before. Attach the yarn with a slip stitch at the smaller end of the arm. FO and weave in end. Lightly stuff the legs. Flatten the last round of stitches and sc across to close. FO, leaving a long tail for attaching. Snip the fur loops. Attach the limbs to the body. Using white or yellow thread embroider two eyes quite close to the top of the head.
Provided you know how to crochet, of course. For those still scratching their heads, Grug is a peaceful, industrious little bush creature who gained sentience when the top of a Burrawang tree fell to the ground. Here is a Burrawang tree:. Grug becomes a bit nervous as the dark shadows play tricks on his eyes and he ends up spending the night alone in the bush.
Come morning though, our grassy hero navigates his way safely back to his cosy burrow to unpack his shopping.
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We have tried to enamour him of Grug before and it never worked, but for some reason this particular adventure has turned him into a die-hard Grug fan! As always, our hero takes things as they come and we, as readers, are reassured that things will likely turn out well in the end. In Grug Meets a Dinosaur , Grug is on his way for a swim in the creek when he stumbles upon a creature resembling a dinosaur, sitting on a rock.
This one also warranted a few re-readings, but the mini-fleshling was most impressed with the list of Grug back-titles on offer inside the back cover of the book. While all around us the world seems to be going mad, at least we have Grug — steadfast, reassuring, low-tech Grug although he does have his own website! One skein of each colour will be plenty.
Smaller amounts of yarn in peach or pink for facial features and black for eyes and mouth. If you enjoy the outdoors, camping or textile crafts of any kind, then I have something today that will make your year. A way to enjoy camping without having to worry about getting that horrid smoky smell out of my dreadlocks! Go glamping without the threat of unpredictable weather and nasty creepy crawlies, and instead crochet your own adorable camping scene that will keep any child entertained for hours and celebrate all that is great about camping.
Reminiscent of vintage camping memorabilia, you can create a nostalgic collection of crochet projects encompassing all aspects of outdoor life. With mix and match projects ranging from vintage or Airstream caravans and ice cream trucks, to tents and teepees with all the camping paraphernalia of sleeping bags, backpacks and a log fire, as well as mountain and forest scenery you can create your own outdoor world.
Or why not craft an alternative camping scene with a classic narrow boat, or a wooden lakeside cabin which can open up to reveal immaculately decorated insides.