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The Basket of Flowers: A Tale for the Young (Rare Collector's Series)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,475 ratings  ·  109 reviews
This first book of the Lamplighter Rare Collector's Series continues to be a best-seller. James, the king's gardener, teaches his 15-year-old daughter Mary all the principles of godliness through his flowers. She is falsely accused of stealing, and the penalty is death. Mary remembers her father had taught her: that it is better to die for the truth than to live for a lie, ...more
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Elizabeth Dragina
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memorable
I love this little story so much!! 3

It breaks my heart every time . . .

. . . and then gets me smiling.
Julie Graves
Aug 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, 2011-reads
Mary and her father live in a little cottage on the property of The Count of Eichbourg where Mary's father is a gardner. Mary's father maintains a beautiful garden for the Count. He has taught Mary his skills. When Mary is quite young her mother passes away. Mary's father teaches her about her Father in heaven every day of her life. Every instance in life is a teachable moment from the Scriptures. He has raised Mary to be a very honest and upright woman who loves the Lord and loves and serves he ...more
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
I've been meaning to read this for a while, so I'm glad I finally got around to it. It has a good Christian message. I wouldn't say it was my utmost favourite, but it was still good. :)
Aug 10, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Words that came to mind over the course of reading this book: moralistic, cliche, insipid, trite, pietistic, one-dimensional, cloying, tame, preachy, hilarious, illogical, and repetitive.

But definitely memorable.
Breslin White
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A religious text
This book teaches young readers some Biblical virtues through the story of a Christian girl named Mary, who has been falsely accused. The author uses his own narrative and Mary's father to impart wisdom and lessons on honesty, faith in God, modesty, perseverance amidst trials, productivity, honoring parents, forgiveness, and many others.

It did occur to me a few times throughout my reading that Mary may come across as a little too "perfect" to be human, though, which could make it a little diffi
Adam Ross
Jun 24, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
It was an okay, if didactic and unsubtle read. Written in the height of Victorian sensibilities and republished by Lamplighters, as a story of lessons for the young. The bulk of the book is not narrative, but mini-sermonettes by the protagonist's father. It very much struggled to keep my attention, and I only succeeded in finishing it by skimming. Despite the fact that some dramatic and interesting things take place, and despite the occasional moment when the book actually was able to soar close ...more
Abigail Rasmussen
My mom read this book out loud to us when I was 13. Good read aloud.

James is the king's gardener and he deeply enjoys caring for and cultivating flowers. He teaches his daughter Mary many principles of godliness through the flowers. One day Mary is falsely accused of stealing, and the penalty is death. Through many trials and hardships, Mary learns of the goodness of God, the blessing of praying for her enemies, how to consider her trials as a joy, and true forgiveness.

I read this book for Libr
Madeline Stone
Jun 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: past-favorites
This book was my favorite when I read it (I have had many successive favorites), but if I read it again now, it would probably leave a sour taste in my mouth. I think when authors write books like this, they are trying to inspire their readers, but when these perfect, long-suffering heroes and heroines never make a real mistake, or loose faith, what you have is not a real inspiration, but an impossible standard that many people spend their lives attempting to attain, or pretending they already h ...more
It's one of those books that is like almost too overly religious. The heroine in it is just too good that it makes the story unrealistic. I found it extremely annoying because she almost never suffered with being "a good christian" and when she did, she immediately asked for forgiveness, and I don't know how to explain it, I guess you would just have to read it to understand, but I wouldn't recommend reading it to anyone.
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We did this one as a family read aloud. It was written over 300 years ago, so the language can be tricky, but it's a lovely tale for tween girls. Todd even liked it. It speaks of staying true to ones faith, even in adversity and has quite a mystery near the end. It's part of lamplighters publishing rare collection...and all of the have been hits so far at our house.
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dad, ellie, jacob, mom
Anything we have listened to/read from Christoph von Schmid has been excellent. We listened to this audio from Lamplighter theatre about a year ago and we are looking forward to reading the book.

Listened to the audio again. Love it! Ellie loves this one..krb 7/11/16
Jun 03, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very sweet but longer than it needed to be. Quite often the author would interrupt the story and tell us how we should act when the same lesson had already been portrayed through the characters.
Jun 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book, but not as good as others of its genre.
Flossie Cusick
Jul 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. A great story of forgiveness and it's healing power.
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-juvi
I remember reading this book a long time ago and recommending it to my best friend at the time as a young girl.
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Amelia a young girl, is the protagonist in Christoph von Schmid's book 'A Basket of Flowers'. She is taught about the values of Christianity by her father, James, who is the nobility's gardener. Living with modesty and humbleness, Amelia one day is accused of stealing Countess's ring and is banished from her village with her father. Kindness and sincerity are rewarded in the end, the moral of this plot as her innocence is proved. Jetta, a jealous maid who framed Amelia bears the consequences of ...more
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a simple story about a simple girl MARY.This is very touching story,but this contains the moral of life.Mary's father teaches her to be honest and to remember the ALMIGHTY in every circumstances.He compares every situation with some flower,this is written very beautifully. Some quotes-"May you, my dear
child, be like the violet, modest in your demeanour, careless of gaudy clothing, and seeking to do good without making any fuss about it"...."Take care, my dear Mary, that you fall not into
Nov 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've really enjoyed all the Christoph von Schmid books I've read so far and this one is probably a tie in with The White Dove. His stories are all very similar but they have a charm to them that works well. They are adventurous quick reads that I, personally, find hard to put down. Most can be read in 60-90 minutes though this is one of the larger ones.

I actually read this as a bookend to my devotion time which worked well since little sermonettes close out most of the chapters. A chapter or two
Michael Haus
Nov 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mary grows up sheltered and secure in a beautiful cottage with a loving father. She learns lessons about humility, purity and forgiveness under her father's watchful gaze. However, it doesn't last. Even though she loves God and obeys him this does not protect her ultimately from the envy and hatred of others. Mary is given a generous gift of a new dress from her friend Amelia, the daughter of the local landowner. This incites envy from Juliette, Amelia's maid who had wanted the dress for herself ...more
Sarah TheAromaofBooks
The story focuses on Mary, a young woman of strong moral fiber, who lives with her father, James, a gardener.  James is a widower, and does his best to raise Mary up into an upstanding and worthy individual.  When a jealous neighbor blames Mary for stealing a valuable ring, Mary and her father are banished from the region.  

There was a lot to like about this story, which had its moments of excitement and interest, but every time anything would happen, James would go off on a long and prosy sermo
Norm Konzelman
Has excellent principles not just for children.
One time it seemed to really drag on as the father was speaking to his daughter, but generally has very good values.
It probably is an almost, soon to be totally forgotten work in this age that cares nothing for what is good and right. That wants nothing but it's lusts fulfilled.
The only fault I found is that if you expose your little one to this book, they will not receive the most important message of all. The message that Jesus Christ died on the
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a book full of lessons. In it are upheld the moral standards that are despised in our present world. James raises his family(Mary) in the fear of God, making her see God's beauty and greatness in everything around her. Mary's filial peity, humility, truthfulness, hopeful resignation and prayerfulness touches me as a youth. I've read this book since I was a little child(over 14 years now) sometimes several times a day, yet each time I read it, I shed tears as if I'm reading it for the first ...more
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Mary and her father James Rode live comfortably as gardeners in the service of the Count of Eichbourg in Germany. Adored by all, Mary is an especial favorite of the young Countess Amelia. However, when Amelia's mother discovers her diamond ring is missing, young Mary is accused of stealing it by the jealous maid Juliette. Hence, Mary and her father are banished from the kingdom. Will they ever return home? What happened to the ring? Will Mary's faith remain intact through this fiery trial?
Read t
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
This audiobook was AMAZING. Mary had alot of faith in God even though everything she was going through. I would recommend this book. It was an AMAZING read and I would read it again. It is defiantly one of my favorite books now. This Lamplighter Theatre audio is fantastic because it has sound effects, music, and pretty much everything you can think of. From a door opening and closing,to a horse's hooves clomping against a stone road. It was like listening to an Adventures in Odyssey, yet a diffe ...more
May 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the loveliest tale that I have ever read! James, the father of Mary, teaches her the virtues of Christ while still keeping it simple and charming. He doesn't shy away from explaining to his daughter the common dangers and temptations that Christians live daily, but warns her delicately to follow Jesus even when your circumstances are discouraging and hard to bear. I would recommend this book for the young children as well as teenage girls, because the life lessons are for evermore inspir ...more
Dayna Smith
A wonderful tale from a definitely Christian perspective. The tale is set in Germany 100 years ago. It is the story of a young woman who is wrongly accused of a crime. Her father is a gardener who uses nature to teach his daughter lessons about God. When Mary is accused and convicted of theft she refuses to lie and maintains her innocence. Mary and her father begin their sentence for the crime. Her father's lessons see her through this trial and prepare her for a greater one. A fantastic story!
Stephanie Coy
I enjoyed this book for its lessons of loving character in young Mary and her father as well as the many metaphors coming from the father's love of gardening. A wonderful story of forgiveness and God's redemption. I gave it 3 stars because of the lack of imaginative plot and the long monologues given by the father at various points throughout the book. The monologues seemed a little "preachy" and just altogether too long.
Thomas Arn
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book starts out a little dry and hard to read. After about 2-3 chapters, the story gets going and is very good. It is about a young girl who is brought up to follow Jesus and see God in everything that happens both good and bad. She learns how to realize how God can use the worst of circumstances for her good in the end.
It is well worth reading and will challenge you in how you view events in your own life.
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Christoph von Schmid was a writer of children's stories, educator, and Roman Catholic priest. His stories were very popular and translated into many languages. His best-known work in the English-speaking world is The Basket of Flowers (Das Blumenkörbchen).
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“It is better to die for the truth than to live for a lie. Let it cost me what it will, I will not depart from the truth, even to save my own or my father’s life. I will obey God, and trust Him for the rest.” 8 likes
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