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Here was a quiet pool where the rushes bent to the breeze . . . and there, a winding path where the cattle came down to drink of the river's nectar. Here the first mayflowers pushed their sweet heads through the reluctant earth, and waxen Indian pipes grew in the moist places . . . And here sat Timothy Jessup, with all his heart in his eyes, bidding good-by to all this soft Here was a quiet pool where the rushes bent to the breeze . . . and there, a winding path where the cattle came down to drink of the river's nectar. Here the first mayflowers pushed their sweet heads through the reluctant earth, and waxen Indian pipes grew in the moist places . . . And here sat Timothy Jessup, with all his heart in his eyes, bidding good-by to all this soft and tender loveliness. For Timothy Jessup was running away -- again. Kate Douglas Wiggin (1856-1923), with such works as Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, The Story of Patsy and A Village Stradivarius, earned a permanent place in the heart of America's youth.


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Here was a quiet pool where the rushes bent to the breeze . . . and there, a winding path where the cattle came down to drink of the river's nectar. Here the first mayflowers pushed their sweet heads through the reluctant earth, and waxen Indian pipes grew in the moist places . . . And here sat Timothy Jessup, with all his heart in his eyes, bidding good-by to all this soft Here was a quiet pool where the rushes bent to the breeze . . . and there, a winding path where the cattle came down to drink of the river's nectar. Here the first mayflowers pushed their sweet heads through the reluctant earth, and waxen Indian pipes grew in the moist places . . . And here sat Timothy Jessup, with all his heart in his eyes, bidding good-by to all this soft and tender loveliness. For Timothy Jessup was running away -- again. Kate Douglas Wiggin (1856-1923), with such works as Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, The Story of Patsy and A Village Stradivarius, earned a permanent place in the heart of America's youth.

39 review for Timothy's Quest by Kate Douglas Wiggin, Fiction, Historical, United States, People & Places, Readers - Chapter Books

  1. 5 out of 5

    Majenta

    Sweet, sentimental, with some nice descriptions and a spicy gossip session. "a most unique nose: I hardly know to what order of architecture it belonged--perhaps Old Colonial would describe it" (Location 333) "Suddenly (a word that could seldom be truthfully applied to the description of Jabe Slocum's movements)" (Location 376) "('Not a very polite reason,' thought Rags; 'but anything to go!')" (Location 318) "That was a joke; her life was full of them, served fresh every day" (Location 451) "whose v Sweet, sentimental, with some nice descriptions and a spicy gossip session. "a most unique nose: I hardly know to what order of architecture it belonged--perhaps Old Colonial would describe it" (Location 333) "Suddenly (a word that could seldom be truthfully applied to the description of Jabe Slocum's movements)" (Location 376) "('Not a very polite reason,' thought Rags; 'but anything to go!')" (Location 318) "That was a joke; her life was full of them, served fresh every day" (Location 451) "whose view of God's universe was about as broad as if he had lived on the inside of his own pork-barrel" (Location 620) "'And don't begin at the book o'Genesis 'n' go clean through the Bible 's you gen'ally do. Start right in on Revelations, where you belong.'" ("If you've got something to say, let's have it!" at Location 751) "'There ain't no reason why the devil should own all the han'some faces 'n' tunesome laughs.'" (Location 839) "every day Rags grew more corpulent and aldermanic in his figure." (Location 1035--when was the last time you read such a description of a dog?!) "Yet, though the days of chivalry were over, that was precisely what Timothy Jessup had done." (Location 1366) "'...the Missionary Society can look somewhere else for money. There's plenty o'folks that don't get good works set right down in their front yards for'em to do.'" (Location 1432) Thanks for reading!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Harry Allagree

    I've kept this book on my to-read shelf for several months, having retrieved it earlier from a box of truly "old" books which I began collecting years ago. I have no recollection now how I even came by the book. When I finally got serious about reading it, I did a little research on the author, Kate Douglas Wiggin. Kate Douglas Wiggin (1856–1923) was an American educator and author of some 25 children's stories between 1883-1923, most notably the classic children's novel "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Fa I've kept this book on my to-read shelf for several months, having retrieved it earlier from a box of truly "old" books which I began collecting years ago. I have no recollection now how I even came by the book. When I finally got serious about reading it, I did a little research on the author, Kate Douglas Wiggin. Kate Douglas Wiggin (1856–1923) was an American educator and author of some 25 children's stories between 1883-1923, most notably the classic children's novel "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm". She started the first free kindergarten in San Francisco, the Silver Street Free Kindergarten, in 1878. With her sister, Nora Archibald Smith, during the 1880s, she also established a training school for kindergarten teachers. Kate Wiggin devoted her adult life to the welfare of children in an era when children were commonly thought of as cheap labour. Interestingly, she never became a mother herself. "Timothy's Quest" was written in 1890, the copyright date in the book which I have. It's an exquisite story about two orphans, Timothy Jessup, a wise & sensitive 11 year old; a beautiful & fiery toddler, Gabriella who's called Lady Gay...both of whom have been handed down as orphans; & a faithful dog named "Rags". The three are inseparable & Timothy is Gay's & Rags' unflinchable guardian. Forces of circumstance bring them to White Farm where they're reluctantly, & quite temporarily, taken in by two older women, both dealing with anguishing issues from their past. A number of other colorful figures appear also. The story which Kate Wiggin weaves is deeply moving & conveys both the breathtaking beauty of children, as well as their power to transform hearts open to that beauty. To cite just one passage which had me in tears: "...Samantha hardly knew why the tears should spring to her eyes as she watched the dinner party [Lady Gay is having a party with her dollies & Rags],--unless it was because we can scarcely look at little children in their unconscious play without a sort of sadness, partly of pity and partly of envy, and of longing too, as for something lost and gone..." I have to confess that picturing my own 2 1/2 year old curly-headed granddaughter, Ginger, as I read about Lady Gay made the scene, & the book, much more poignant!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    This is one of the very first old books I began collecting. This charming story of Timothy Jessup, aged about ten, setting out to rescue two-year-old Lady Gay from the orphanage after the death of their foster-mother is one of the sweetest I've ever read. Accompanied by faithful Rags, the dog, they set out on the road to find a home worth staying in. It's liberally sprinkled with tiny pen and ink illustrations that add perfectly to the story. Recommended for everyone. This is one of the very first old books I began collecting. This charming story of Timothy Jessup, aged about ten, setting out to rescue two-year-old Lady Gay from the orphanage after the death of their foster-mother is one of the sweetest I've ever read. Accompanied by faithful Rags, the dog, they set out on the road to find a home worth staying in. It's liberally sprinkled with tiny pen and ink illustrations that add perfectly to the story. Recommended for everyone.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Vcmc

    A delightful book which is moving and funny and insightful about children as well as about the motivations of adults.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This felt very similar to some of Montgomery's short stories. One thing that really annoys me about Wiggin's fiction is her use of dialectical spelling (I can't think if that's the exactly correct phrase), but it's very distracting and there are whole passages that I found quite difficult to read and understand because they're written the way they would be heard. This felt very similar to some of Montgomery's short stories. One thing that really annoys me about Wiggin's fiction is her use of dialectical spelling (I can't think if that's the exactly correct phrase), but it's very distracting and there are whole passages that I found quite difficult to read and understand because they're written the way they would be heard.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Marci

    What an incredibly sweet story, but not saccharine or gooey. It makes you feel good; it inspires you with the idea that even though this is a hundred-year-old story and even though times have changed, human nature hasn't, and people can still change from hard-hearted to kind like happens in this book. Highly recommended, especially if you need a pick-me-up book. What an incredibly sweet story, but not saccharine or gooey. It makes you feel good; it inspires you with the idea that even though this is a hundred-year-old story and even though times have changed, human nature hasn't, and people can still change from hard-hearted to kind like happens in this book. Highly recommended, especially if you need a pick-me-up book.

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