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Proud and Lazy A Story for Little Folks   By: (1822-1897)

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Proud and Lazy: A Story for Little Folks by Oliver Optic is a delightful children's book that combines valuable life lessons with engaging storytelling. Optic, known for his ability to capture the hearts of young readers, once again delivers an entertaining and educational tale.

The book revolves around the character of Charlie Bell, a young boy who possesses both pride and laziness. Through a series of relatable and thought-provoking events, the story follows Charlie's journey towards self-improvement. Each chapter presents a new challenge, forcing Charlie to confront his flaws and learn valuable lessons along the way.

What sets Proud and Lazy apart from other children's books is its ability to tackle sensitive topics with a gentle touch. Oliver Optic skillfully weaves important messages about humility, responsibility, and the importance of hard work throughout the narrative. These themes are presented in a way that is easily understandable to young readers, allowing them to reflect on their own behavior and choices.

The pacing of the book is just right for its intended audience. The story moves along at a steady pace, holding the attention of young readers and keeping them engaged. The language used is simple and accessible, making it easy for children to comprehend and follow the story.

Optic's characters are well-developed and relatable. Charlie's struggles and triumphs are emotionally resonant, and his journey towards personal growth feels genuine. The author has successfully created a protagonist that children can root for and connect with, adding an extra layer of depth to the narrative.

The illustrations, though few in number, are beautifully crafted and complement the text splendidly. They capture the essence of the scenes they depict, enhancing the reader's understanding and visualization of the story.

While Proud and Lazy is primarily aimed at a younger audience, it also has valuable lessons that can resonate with readers of all ages. The book's universal themes of humility, hard work, and personal growth serve as a reminder to individuals of any age group.

In conclusion, Proud and Lazy: A Story for Little Folks is a captivating and thought-provoking children's book that combines valuable life lessons with engaging storytelling. Oliver Optic's masterful storytelling and relatable characters make this a must-read for young readers, offering them a chance to learn and grow alongside the protagonist. Whether read independently or enjoyed as a family, this book is sure to leave a lasting impact on its audience.

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The Riverdale Stories

PROUD AND LAZY

A STORY FOR LITTLE FOLKS

BY

OLIVER OPTIC

AUTHOR OF "THE BOAT CLUB," "ALL ABOARD," "NOW OR NEVER," "TRY AGAIN," "POOR AND PROUD," "THE WOODVILLE STORIES," ETC., ETC.

NEW YORK HURST & COMPANY PUBLISHERS

PROUD AND LAZY.

I.

Tommy Woggs was a funny little boy. He was very proud and very lazy. He seemed to think he was a great man, and that other people lived only to serve and obey him.

None of the boys and girls liked him, because he used to order them round, and because he thought himself so much better than they were.

Tommy's father was a doctor, and a rich man. He could afford to have servants to wait upon his son, but he was not quite rich enough to spoil the child by letting him do as he pleased.

There are some things that wealth cannot purchase. It will not buy wisdom, for all the money in the world would not teach a person even to perform a simple question in arithmetic.

It will not buy the love and respect of others. Many rich men are hated and despised by nearly all who know them.

So Tommy's father could not buy an education for his son, nor would wealth win for him the esteem of his companions... Continue reading book >>




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