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Nine Little Goslings

Susan Coolidge

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .te of play made her dislike work, and set her to longing after the home-life where play and work were mixed with each other as a matter of course. She began to think that it would be only pleasant to make up her bed, or dust a room again, and she pined for the old nursery, for Phil's whistle, for Elsie and the paper-dolls, and to feel Katy's arms[36] round her once more. Her letters showed the growing home-sickness. Dr. Carr felt that the experiment had lasted long enough. So he discovered that he had business in Boston, and one fine September day, as Johnnie was forlornly poring over her lesson in moral philosophy, the door opened and in came Papa. Such a shriek as she gave! Miss Inches happened to be out, and they had the house to themselves for a while.

"So you are glad to see me?" said Papa, when Johnnie had dried her eyes after the violent fit of crying which was his welcome, and had raised her head from his shoulder. His own eyes were a little moist,. . . Read More

Community Reviews

‘Nine Little Goslings’ has nine short stories, intended originally for children of about seven to ten, I suppose. The first one particularly interested me, being about Johnnie (Joanna) Carr, from the author's well-known 'What Katy Did' series. Johnnie dreams about being adopted by a long-lost relati

A selection of 9 short stories about the expolits of children, all with some moral or hardship attached. The first follows Joanna 'Johnnie' Carr, one of Katy's younger sisters after an illness. It is by far the most enjoyable, although the others are passable but get sadder as the collection progres

Cutsie short stories from the author of "What Katy Did". I knew they were for kids, and was okay with that right up 'til the one where the little girl dies, followed by one where a child is basically sold to get her family out of poverty. What the heck?! o_O

Sweet collection of short stories set in the same time as What Katy Did etc. They all revolve around fairytale style stories, an easy read for a lazy day.

3.5/5
A cute bunch of "nursery" stories.
Some sweet, some entertaining, some sad and some slightly bewildering in perspective of what the ideal child should be (saintly -_-)

My favourite was "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe", about little Archie who stole away early in the morning to build a house in the wo

Collection of short stories. The first one is part of the What Katy Did series and is referenced in the next volume in the series, but the others are unrelated.