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Goody Two-Shoes

3.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  84 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published April 30th 2009 by BiblioLife (first published 1765)
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May 10, 2011 Mimi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this is how the expression "Goody Two Shoes" became popularized?!?

I came across this children's tale through the Project Gutenberg Internet Archive and I decided I wanted to read a bedtime story before falling asleep last night so I decided on this one. Originally published by John Newberry in 1765, this is a simple, moralistic tale about the characteristics of what society deemed the idealistically virtuous person at that time. I chuckled at the obviously allegorical names used by the anonym
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I'd always heard the phrase "little goody two-shoes", and thought it just meant someone who was sickeningly nice and overly eager to be good. I was surprised when I read the story to find out that she had had only one shoe, and the two shoes signified her financially coming up in the world (via her good works). This is one of the first true children's books in English.
Jan 15, 2012 Lesley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Free to read through project gutenberg... check out this great internet reading resource!
Phil Jensen
Nov 30, 2013 Phil Jensen rated it it was amazing
Wowee! This was the most accidentally hallucinatory book I've ever read!

It kicks off with a rambling essay which ponders the authorship of the book. The leading suspects are horror writer Oliver Goldsmith, editor John Newbery, or a team of ghost writers working for Newbery. After reading this hysterial mishmash of a book, I am convinced that it was heavily rewritten by John Newbery, and possibly by his ghost writers as well. There's a reason it was published as an anonymous work- it has no true
Sep 06, 2011 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a quick read that I had for a class. The story is broken into two parts. The first part is about how goody two-shoes got her name and her life until she becomes and adult. The second part is about her adult life - her job, her marriage and other goings-on of her life. It was interesting to see where the phrase "little goody two-shoes" came from and I enjoyed the first half of the story. However, the second half took on a more religious, and yet a more fantastical plot line. The author p ...more
Erin Reilly-Sanders
While it's strange to say this, I think that this ancient little children's tale turned out to be much more engaging than I thought it would be. While it was very religiously based, strong on all moral messages, and certainly had some educational goal with the inclusion of several alphabets, the story somehow managed to still be moderately entertaining, although unrealistic. While riches and good fortune do not somehow find all of those who are good and dutiful, the characters still manage to ha ...more
I don't really know what to say about Goody Two Shoes. It's an old book -- a very old book. And I picked it up precisely because it looked so quaint. I thought the publication date was a gimmick, but it appears it truly is a very old book.

So that's why it's basically a story meant to instill virtue in children -- one of the biggest as being kind to animals. I can't complain; I love animals. But, you know, it's not really a story.

It was interesting to read sometimes and other times, I was just fo
Feb 07, 2016 Annie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very important for those with an interest in the history of literature for children. Not recommended for a general readership. Fascinating and strange, but only in an academic sense.
Aug 03, 2014 Booktopia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story !
definitely gonna read it for the kids. It has great morals and the kids will relate to it.
Aug 01, 2015 Nina rated it liked it
Shelves: classics, children
Goody Two Shoes is a girl who is perfect; kind, smart, and... too perfect.
Michael Levy
Aug 30, 2014 Michael Levy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Inspiring Story of Little Goody Two Shoes.
Merry Love narrates the rags to riches story of Little Goody Two Shoes life. From humble beginnings the little orphan girl teaches children and adults to learn to read and write with wisdom. The inspirational tale follows Goody Two Shoes on many adventures that challenge her sanity and survival. The story was a favorite with children and adults since 1765 and now it has been restored and revitalized to its rightful place as one of the best children'
Jan 11, 2012 Dina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
Its funny that they list so many editions by Oliver Goldsmith when no one really knows who wrote the original in the eighteenth century. They only know for certain that Newbery published this. This is a quirky, humorous, didactic story -- smart and so enjoyable. I will definitely keep a copy of this in my library!
Tim Williams
Nov 15, 2013 Tim Williams rated it it was ok
Considered the first written for children book. I didn't set high expectations, but even at that i was left wanting. Sometimes just being old or the first isn't good enough. This book could go away and have no impact at all. My suggestion to you - apply your valuable reading time to other works.
Laura Craner
I read this just so I could know the origin of the phrase. It was short and wasn't bad, but I don't necessarily recommend it.
May 10, 2010 ♫Angielee♫ rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
didn't finish. I thought it would be a short easy read, but it didn't hold my attention even a little bit
Priyanka Surve
A good read when you really want to revive your childhood and enjoy light reading.
Aug 20, 2011 Gabriela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-lit
A heart-warming story about two orphans.
Ben Roberts
Aug 28, 2010 Ben Roberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Wonderful Children's book
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