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Five Minute Stories

Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards

Book Overview: 

Another collection of poems and short stories by Laura Richards. Yes, these are all short and mostly all delightfully innocent and sweet. Some have a moral for little children, and some are just funny or poignant or educational, but all are a peek into the way of life of a century ago when children lived a slower and possibly happier life and kids loved to be read a story at bedtime. No cell phones or TV, just a loving connection between parent and child. So if you want to see what it was like to listen to a story or a poem from a simpler time, just pick one from the great variety here, turn down the lamp and settle down to enjoy the warm glow of good old fashioned story tellin'.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Why, I wouldn’t be seen with a sister called that! I think Polly is a nice, jolly kind of name.”

“Well, I don’t.”

“You needn’t get mad if you don’t. Cross-patch!”

“You’re perfectly horrid, John Brown; I sha’n’t play with you any more.”

“Much I care, silly Lily!”

“Well!” said Nurse, coming in again, “what is the name to be, dears? Mamma is anxious to know.”

Two heads hung very low, and two pairs of eyes sought the floor and stayed there. “Shall I tell you,” the good Nurse went on, taking no notice, “what I thought would be a very good name for baby?”

“Oh yes! yes! do tell us, ’cause we can’t get the right one.”

“Well, I thought your mother’s name, Mary, would be the very best name in the world. What do you think?”

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Community Reviews

It makes me smile that Laura Elizabeth Richards was writing five-minute stories for children so long ago (1895), when they seem to be quite popular in bookstores today as well.

These stories and poems are cute in an 125-year-ago sort of way. Sweet, innocent, a little didactic, a little funny. I enjoy