A Christmas Posy (Illustrated Edition) by Mary Louisa Molesworth (Mrs. Molesworth)

A Christmas Posy (Illustrated Edition)

byMary Louisa Molesworth (Mrs. Molesworth)

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Mrs Molesworth has put together in this volume eight short stories told with her grace and empathy. The story of the Six Poor Little Princesses is the Christmas story. It is about little girls who live a somewhat neglected life and are in a state of heartrending destitution in the matter of getting dolls for Christmas. How Jinny, who is the genius of the group, contrives to supply the want is excellently well told.

My Pink Pet gives us an interesting glimpse of that strange, imaginative life which some children lead. Lois, who tells the story herself, being then as she says an old woman, relates an experience of her childhood. She had a pink shell given to her, and she makes it the centre of romantic imaginings which she jealously conceals, as such children are wont to do, from the inquisitive eyes of those about her. The pink shell is broken, and then follows a time of agonising grief, ending, however, at last, in a happier state of things when the little Lois is taken more into the thoughts and occupations of the family circle and left less to her own imagination and amusement.

Lost Rollo is another very pretty story. This time two London children lose their hearts to a collie who happens to be lost by its owner and comes in their way. Here, too, there comes a parting and the sequel of almost broken hearts but Fortune is kind. Rollo's owners have to go abroad and to leave their favourite behind them and he being of that accommodating temper which is more agreeable to the world generally than surly fidelity accommodates himself readily to the new state of things.

All in all, these are wonderful stories for children any time of the year.

This edition of the book contains the nine original illustrations, rejuvenated, and an additional Christmas illustration that is unique to this edition of the book.

Mary Louisa Molesworth, née Stewart (29 May 1839 – 20 January 1921) was an English writer of children's stories who wrote for children under the name of Mrs Molesworth. Her first novels, for adult readers, Lover and Husband (1869) to Cicely (1874), appeared under the pseudonym of Ennis Graham. Her name occasionally appears in print as M. L. S. Molesworth. She was born in Rotterdam, a daughter of Charles Augustus Stewart (1809–1873) who later became a rich merchant in Manchester and his wife Agnes Janet Wilson (1810–1883). Mary had three brothers and two sisters. She was educated in Great Britain and Switzerland: much of her girlhood was spent in Manchester. In 1861 she married Major R. Molesworth, nephew of Viscount Molesworth; they legally separated in 1879.

 In the judgement of Roger Lancelyn Green: Mary Louisa Molesworth typified late Victorian writing for girls. Aimed at girls too old for fairies and princesses but too young for Austen and the Brontës, books by Molesworth had their share of amusement, but they also had a good deal of moral instruction. The girls reading Molesworth would grow up to be mothers; thus, the books emphasized Victorian notions of duty and self-sacrifice.

She died in 1921 and is buried in Brompton Cemetery, London.

Title:A Christmas Posy (Illustrated Edition)Format:Kobo ebookPublished:November 8, 2016Publisher:Steve GabanyLanguage:English

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