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The Bobbsey Twins

Laura Lee Hope

Book Overview: 

The Bobbsey Twins are the principal characters of what was, for many years, the Stratemeyer Syndicate's longest-running series of children's novels, penned under the pseudonym Laura Lee Hope. The books related the adventures of the children of the middle-class Bobbsey family, which included two sets of fraternal twins: Bert and Nan, who were 12 years old, and Flossie and Freddie, who were six.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Ah, that was the question. For over an hour [Pg 38]he continued to lie awake, watching and listening. Nan was in the next little chamber and he was half of a mind to call her, but he was afraid she would call him a "'fraid-cat!" something he despised.

Bert had heard of ghosts and now he thought of all the ghost stories he could remember. Had the thing in white been a ghost? If so, where had it come from?

After a while he tried to dismiss the thing from his mind, but it was almost morning before he fell asleep again. This time he slept so soundly, however, that he did not rouse up until his mother came and shook him.

"Why, Bert, what makes you sleep so soundly this morning?" said Mrs. Bobbsey.

"I—I didn't get to sleep until late," he stammered. And then he added: "Mamma, do you believe in ghosts?"

"Why, of course not, Bert. What put that into your head?"

"I—I thought I saw a ghost last night."

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Community Reviews

This was the first "novel" I ever read, when I was four, so of course I liked it. The problem was, I had never heard of a bookmark.

You know, when you read a picture-book, you start at the beginning, and read to the end. I didn't realize I didn't have to do that with this book as well, and one day in

Admittedly, the concept and the twins got tiresome very fast but there was something appealing about the very first Bobbsey Twins book if you were 7 or 8 years old when you first came across it. I imagine the books I inherited belong to my paternal grandmother because I cannot imagine my father read

Reading this was like eating a marshmallow peep or Little Debbie cake.

I didn't read any titles in this series until my younger sister brought them home from the library. Even though I was older than the target age, I enjoyed the stories.* By then, I had twin brothers of my own so found myself comparing my experiences with the Bobbsey kids.

*She preferred the Happy Holl

It's a good book for very small children. As a grown up I find the book wanting in terms of guidance to acceptable behaviour and parental responsibilities. But children of age group 8-12 would enjoy the book immensely

I just finished reading this book with my eight-year-old. She found is absolutely delightful and I enjoyed it as well. It was fun to see an older book that doesn't have the fast pace nor complex plot of modern fiction still draw my daughter in to where she was begging me to read "just one more" chap

While most books in the 1001
childrens books series are timeless, The Bobbsey Twins is definitly of a time. Unfortunately this time is one of segregation and racism.

For example: The twins sort their dolls- the best doll had blond hair and blue eyes, the worst doll is black and dirty and named jujube

This was one of the first chapter books I read when I was in Grade One. Although I'm sure I might cringe if I read it now, (and neither of my boys will go near it), I know that it contributed to my lifelong love of reading. My parents went away on a trip and my brother and I took the train to my gra

I know if I re-read these I'd give them a one star rating. But I loved them so much as a child. Mother read them to me each night until I started reading them myself.

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