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The Cinder Pond

Carroll Watson Rankin

Book Overview: 

Years ago, a manufacturer built a great dock, jutting out from and then turning parallel to the shore of a northern Michigan town. The factory was abandoned, and following the habits of small towns, the space between the dock and the shore became "The Cinder Pond." Jean started life in the colony of squatters that came to live in the shanties on the dock, but fortune, heroism, and a mystery combine to change her fortunes and those of her friends near the Cinder Pond. (Advertising material from the publisher, 1915)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ie, who had wriggled out of her solitary garment, and was already wading recklessly in.

"Ladies first, always," said Jeannette. "Mike, you and Sammy go behind that bush and undress. Then you can paddle about until I'm ready to soap you. Here, Patsy! Keep out of the water until I get your clothes off. There, Annie, you're slippery with soap. Go roll in the pond while I do Patsy. Don't get too far away, Sammy, I want you next."

"Annie make big splash," said that youngster, flopping down, suddenly. "Annie jump like hop-toad."

"Now, Annie, you've hopped enough. You watch Patsy while I do Sammy. Sammy! Come back here. Michael! Bring Sammy back. Goodness, Sammy! How wet you are—don't put your hands on me."

"Wonst," remarked Sammy, eying the big bar of yellow soap, thoughtfully, "I seen white soap—white and smelly. The time the boat with big sails on it was here."

"Once I saw," corrected Jeanne. "Old Captain said that was. . . Read More

Community Reviews

just so sweet

A lovely book for older kids with wonderful life lessons. The times are simple but the principles are true and timeless.

The title signals that this is a fairy-tale, and our sweet Jeannette Huntington Duval is 'Cinderella'. It has the requisite elements: a close relationship with her father, a stepmother (lazy, not wicked), grinding poverty, and taunting classmates.

This book reminded me of another great story, Cartwh

Sweet and old fashioned.

What a lovely story! It is in some ways a typical rags to riches plot, a little like Heidi, a little like the various tales of Louisa May Alcott or L.M.Montgomery, but it certainly stands on its own warm-hearted merits, despite some very typical characters, like an icy Aunt Agatha and a bluff old Ca

I will say, I remember enjoying this more the first time I read it, but it could just be that I've been moody lately. Which is a nice word for "grumpy." This time I noticed the writer's condescending attitude to all and sundry of her characters more. Jeanne's father is "a gentleman" but ineffectual,

3 1/2 stars. Typical orphan rags-to-riches story, but still different enough to hold the reader's interest. Jeannette was a likable character.

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