This volume (from NYRB Kids) collects together nine years of Lucretia P. Hale’s comedic vignettes.
Considered a classic of American children’s literature and a masterpiece of deadpan drollery.
Lucretia Hale (1820-1900) wrote widely for the American magazine market. The Peterkins are a Bostonian family of quite Bostonian devoted to self-improvement and aspirations. The sketches humorously portray a variety of difficulties arising from their naïveté. Each time the family is rescued from disaster by the common sense of the Lady from Philadelphia.
Good for dipping into.