Isabella Alden's Book Descriptions

Victorian Era Evangelical Literature

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"We mention first the Pansy Books. These lead naturally from the fact that Pansy is herself a leader. She inspires with her enthusiasm, she wins with her sympathy. Her characters are real live people, such as one meets every day. They have the trials, perplexities, joys of actual life, and Pansy brings them out of troubles such as fall to ordinary mortals in a way that helps, cheers, guides and builds up character."—Lothrop Publishing Company (1893).


Grandpa's Darlings by Pansy.

A big book, full of "good times" for the little people of the family.—D. Lothrop & Company (1875).


A Hedge Fence by Pansy.

Here is a story of the haps and mishaps of the typical boy whose purposes are good, but whose impetuosity plunges him into all kinds of mischief, as the boy himself expresses it, "before he knows it." One of the boys of this book, ruefully reflecting on the results of a boyish scrape, wishes for something like a hedge fence to keep him from running into trouble. In a manner which will be delightfully entertaining and helpful to all boys (and girls for that matter), Pansy tells us how the hero of her story found a hedge which stood between him and mischief. The book will benefit and please every boy who reads it, or to whom it is read.—The Publisher's Weekly (1884).


Household Puzzles by Pansy.

How to make one dollar do the work of five. A family of beautiful girls seek to solve this "puzzle." Piquant, humorous, but written with an intense purpose.—D. Lothrop & Company (1875).


Judge Burnham's Daughters by Pansy.

As the Christian wife of a somewhat worldly man, and the stepmother of his beautiful daughters, Ruth Erskine finds fresh opportunities for great good.—Lothrop Publishing Company (1893).


Julia Ried by Pansy.

A worthy sister of the lovely and earnest worker before described.—Lothrop Publishing Company (1893).


The King's Daughter by Pansy.

Dell, a committed Christian and temperance worker, was anguished when she moved back to her father's village tavern. Challenged to do good, she found much opposition when she ran the household in a bright, clean way. She repeatedly had to go back to her heavenly Father for strength and direction.
"She had forgotten for a moment whose child she was. The King's Daughter! She must not forget that. Truly she had a Father whom not only all the earth but all heaven adored." An important verse is Isaiah 55:8—"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord."—Curiosmith (2014).

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The Lesson in Story by Pansy.

Every scholar will be delighted with its suggestiveness and can hardly fail to be benefited by the light and beauty of the lessons as unfolded by "Pansy" in the simple but strong language in which she tells them in story.—Baptist Weekly (1875).