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The Elsie Dinsmore Series (original)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  167 ratings  ·  10 reviews
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Published 2004 by Vision Forum Ministries (in assosiation with Mantle Ministries)
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Ofcourse, you have to read the original series by Martha Finley. The modern, abridged series is not even comparable (yes, I have read both).
The Elsie Dinsmore books are charming, American classics!
These books gave me my love for reading as a child, and my love for the 18th century.
Kelley Pegelow
These books teach horrible lessons, like how to be a doormat and how to develop Stockholm Syndrome for abusers. It begins in the antebellum South, although the author pretty much knew nothing about the South. Also, it's racist as all get-out. I understand that part of that is the time period in which it was written, but to insist that the slaves are all dumb as bricks and actually say things like, "I tinks it's berry good my bressed chile read de Bible." I'm not exaggerating.

It's not even worth
Really good literature! Very good for early teenage girls. Elsie is so perfect, it tends to be a little unbelievable at times, but they are very well written; the language is very descriptive and elegant.
I loved this series growing up... I have actually thought about re-reading them recently.
Jan 29, 2008 Jacqie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all girls
I actually only read books 1-12 because that is all we own. I oughta go to the library and read the rest! I read the first 12, like 5 times or something. My favorites are the 3rd and 4th books - Elsie's Girlhood and Elsie's Womanhood. My lil sis is reading them now.
Caitlin Connell
I read this series when I was a teenager. I enjoyed the series then but there are a lot of books!
Oct 09, 2007 Elissa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: girls up to 11 or 12
It was a really good series, but Elsie was unhumanly angelic, so it's a little unbelievable
This is a lovely story. I love the relationship between Elsie and her father Horace. It's very special and dear to my heart because I think of my own relationship with my father.
Faye Johnson
I read this series of books as a child and dearly loved them. In many ways, Elsie influenced the person I became. A re-read of the series finds them a bit dull by today's standards, but still promote a set of morals and character that are rare and refreshing.
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Martha Finley was a teacher and author of numerous works, the most well known being the 28 volume Elsie Dinsmore series which was published over a span of 38 years. Finley wrote many of her books under the pseudonym Martha Farquharson.

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More about Martha Finley...
Elsie Dinsmore (The Original Elsie Classics #1) Elsie's Endless Wait (A Life of Faith: Elsie Dinsmore #1) Elsie's Impossible Choice (A Life of Faith: Elsie Dinsmore #2) Elsie's New Life (A Life of Faith: Elsie Dinsmore #3) Elsie's Stolen Heart (A Life of Faith: Elsie Dinsmore #4)

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