She had seen with pride that couldn't be concealed, her noisy, happy brood, growing up around her, and filling her heart with comfort, and making the Little Brown House fairly ring with jollity and fun.
Mrs. Pepper and her five lively children Ben, Polly, Joel, Davie, and Phronsie have had many hard times in the Little Brown House since the children's father died. But no matter how tough things get, the Little Peppers always handle their difficulties with great courage and cheer, they have learned to take delight even in the smallest of pleasures because the children are sure that good times are just around the corner. One day, the Peppers meet a wealthy gentleman and his young son who will change their lives forever. Could this finally be the beginning of the good times the Little Peppers have been waiting for?
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This was a book that I loved so much as a child that I kept my little green copy packed in away so that I could share it with my children someday. I've remembered it fondly over the years...the happy home, the five children, the hard-working mother, the love and joy that made up for everything...
I decided to listen to it again and enjoy it all over again. And, well, I was disappointed. The amazing coincidences, the never-ending sacrifices, the change in fortune that can only happen in books and the non-obvious moral of the story all fell flat. I'm sure it's adulthood, and it's the type of book that would have little appeal to today's children, so it will stay packed away in the attic for a few more years.
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