Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Last of the Peterkins, with Others of Their Kin, and the Queen of the Red Chessmen by Lucretia P. Hale

This late 19th century book contains 7 whimsical short stories beginning with Elizabeth Eliza Peterkin who belongs to the Circumambient Club, where one must approach everything circuitously--this seems to put the dimmest witted in highest standing, a good thing for Elizabeth Eliza who comes by her wits naturally, we decide, when we meet her family. Perhaps the most delightful of these stories is the one about the Red Queen, Isabella, who must learn to adjust to life off the chess board and not speak of her past—because having been a chess piece is just crazy talk! They are all fun stories and the antiquated references, such as to “salt bottles” (smelling salts, I think) add to their charm.

Leatherby Libraries Call Number: PS 1774 .H13 L37 1965
3rd Floor Education Muth Library
Review submitted by: Tracie Hall, Librarian, Law Library
Rating: Recommended

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