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The Story of Patsy   By: (1856-1923)

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The Story of Patsy by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin is a heartwarming and compelling novel that delves into the life of a young girl named Patsy, who faces numerous challenges and adversity while growing up in a small New England village.

Set in the late 19th century, the story begins with Patsy's early childhood, highlighting her close bond with her older sister, Phronsie. However, tragedy strikes when Patsy's parents pass away suddenly, leaving her and her siblings in the care of their strict Aunt Huldy. As Patsy navigates the difficulties of her new life, she encounters both kindness and cruelty from those around her.

Wiggin astutely captures the innocence and resilience of childhood throughout Patsy's journey. The reader is able to witness Patsy's growth from a timid and powerless child into a strong-willed young woman, determined to make her own decisions and shape her own destiny. Patsy's unwavering love for her siblings and her deep longing for a sense of belonging drive her actions, allowing readers to deeply empathize with her struggles.

One of the great strengths of this novel is the vivid and intricate character development. Wiggin brings to life a colorful array of characters, each with their own unique quirks and personalities. Patsy's relationship with her Aunt Huldy is particularly fascinating to witness, as it evolves from animosity to a deep respect and understanding. Wiggin skillfully navigates the complexities of human emotions, creating characters that feel real and relatable.

Furthermore, Wiggin's beautiful prose creates an atmospheric and immersive reading experience. The New England setting is brought to life through vivid descriptions, allowing readers to feel as though they are walking alongside Patsy as she explores the charming village and surrounding landscapes. The author's ability to transport readers to another time and place is truly remarkable.

Though the pacing occasionally drags in some sections, the overall plot of The Story of Patsy is captivating and thought-provoking. It explores themes of family, identity, and the pursuit of happiness, resonating with readers of all ages. Wiggin's masterful storytelling skills ensure that the reader becomes fully invested in Patsy's journey, eagerly turning the pages to uncover her ultimate fate.

In conclusion, The Story of Patsy is a timeless and poignant novel that effectively captures the trials and triumphs of a young girl's coming-of-age journey. Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin's beautiful prose, compelling characters, and richly detailed setting make this book a must-read for anyone seeking a heartfelt and inspiring story.

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Author of The Birds' Christmas Carol


[Illustration: VIGNETTE.]




"The young lambs are bleating in the meadows, The young birds are chirping in the nest, The young fawns are playing with the shadows, The young flowers are blowing toward the west But the young; young children, O my brothers, They are weeping bitterly! They are weeping in the playtime of the others In the country of the free."


The original Story of Patsy was written and sold some seven years ago for the benefit of the Silver Street Free Kindergartens in San Francisco. Now that it is for the first time placed in the hands of publishers, I have at their request added new material, so that the present story is more than double the length of the original brief sketch.

K.D.W. New York, March, 1889.


"Patsy minding the Kennett Baby." Frontispiece Vignette. Title

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