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The Thirteen Little Black Pigs and Other Stories by Mrs. Molesworth, Fiction, Historical

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This volume is titled for its first story -- "The Thirteen Little Black Pigs" -- but it contains eight delightful tales from Mrs. Molesworth, not thirteen little black pigs. There's "Right Hand and Left," a tale of sybling rivalry, and things even more unsettling; "A Shilling of Halfpence," the story of an old woman to whom shillings and halfpence are serious money, "A Fri This volume is titled for its first story -- "The Thirteen Little Black Pigs" -- but it contains eight delightful tales from Mrs. Molesworth, not thirteen little black pigs. There's "Right Hand and Left," a tale of sybling rivalry, and things even more unsettling; "A Shilling of Halfpence," the story of an old woman to whom shillings and halfpence are serious money, "A Friend in Need," "Pansy's Pansy," "Pet's Half-Crown," "A Catapult Story," and at the end -- "A Very Long Lane," and it's indeed a long, long road. Children's' fiction from an amazingly talented Victorian writer.


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This volume is titled for its first story -- "The Thirteen Little Black Pigs" -- but it contains eight delightful tales from Mrs. Molesworth, not thirteen little black pigs. There's "Right Hand and Left," a tale of sybling rivalry, and things even more unsettling; "A Shilling of Halfpence," the story of an old woman to whom shillings and halfpence are serious money, "A Fri This volume is titled for its first story -- "The Thirteen Little Black Pigs" -- but it contains eight delightful tales from Mrs. Molesworth, not thirteen little black pigs. There's "Right Hand and Left," a tale of sybling rivalry, and things even more unsettling; "A Shilling of Halfpence," the story of an old woman to whom shillings and halfpence are serious money, "A Friend in Need," "Pansy's Pansy," "Pet's Half-Crown," "A Catapult Story," and at the end -- "A Very Long Lane," and it's indeed a long, long road. Children's' fiction from an amazingly talented Victorian writer.

32 review for The Thirteen Little Black Pigs and Other Stories by Mrs. Molesworth, Fiction, Historical

  1. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Zapata

    Okay, I have to admit I picked this book purely for the title, in order to fit a challenge where I needed an animal name in the title. Besides, the cover shown at Gutenberg was cute. This turned out to be a very Victorian collection of eight little stories for children, all with major life lessons involved, from sharing to behaving yourself properly. It was quite dated and would need careful editing before being read to or by children today, but the illustrations were charming. The title story, Th Okay, I have to admit I picked this book purely for the title, in order to fit a challenge where I needed an animal name in the title. Besides, the cover shown at Gutenberg was cute. This turned out to be a very Victorian collection of eight little stories for children, all with major life lessons involved, from sharing to behaving yourself properly. It was quite dated and would need careful editing before being read to or by children today, but the illustrations were charming. The title story, The Thirteen Little Black Pigs, was not a multiplied version of the classic Three Little Pigs (I admit I had that idea when I chose the book) but rather a tale of a brother and sister who were both very sick for months and when they were finally on the road to recovery, all they could do for active entertainment at first was look out the windows of their nursery up on the top floor of their house. That is when they see that the farmer who leases the field next door has put pigs into it. Thirteen...or is it twelve? They both count differently and argue and it takes Mamma to settle the whole thing (and explain the moral of the story) on the day they are allowed to go for a short walk outside. None of the other stories feature pigs. My favorite was Pansy's Pansy, about a vicar's daughter up in a grimy manufacturing city in The North; what she chooses as her special gift on her sixth birthday, and what happens after that. Overall this collection was very sugary-sweet, but also very close to being pure lectures. And the farmer in the first story should be ashamed of himself for what he named his dog! But the illustrations really are adorable.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sem

    Mrs Molesworth was an endlessly inventive and important writer of children's fantasy with a talent for nested narrative and a deep sense of place. A thread of moralizing sentiment runs through her work but it's rarely intrusive for the tolerant reader. Sadly, the stories in this collection aren't fairy tales and the didactic and saccharin elements are to the fore. In short, don't bother. Mrs Molesworth was an endlessly inventive and important writer of children's fantasy with a talent for nested narrative and a deep sense of place. A thread of moralizing sentiment runs through her work but it's rarely intrusive for the tolerant reader. Sadly, the stories in this collection aren't fairy tales and the didactic and saccharin elements are to the fore. In short, don't bother.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    I was not really interested in the stories but they do pass the time. Found it as a free download.

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    Breslin White

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    David L. Smit

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    Renee Frantz

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    Katrice Woodard

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    delores w lafferty

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    Mary K. MESSERSMITH

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    Shuli

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    Jennifer Schreiber

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    Richard

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    Igraine

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    Kaleena Rheeya

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    Kari

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    Carla Girtman

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    Lizzie Goodman

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    Felicia F

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    Irene Baker

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    Stephanie Sandberg

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    Elyse

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    Mardi Gorham

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    Andrew Simonsen

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    Rob Young

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    Laurie C

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    Gazmend Kryeziu

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    Jess

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    Wendy Coatsworth

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    Thom

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    Lyndsey Vandello

  31. 5 out of 5

    Jibi Paul

  32. 4 out of 5

    Igraine

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