Elsie Dinsmore

Elsie Dinsmore

Martha Finley / Dec 07, 2019

Elsie Dinsmore Enter the world of Elsie Dins These nineteenth century fictional chronicles of a beautiful young heiress in the Civil War South have captivated generations of to year old readers eager to follow

  • Title: Elsie Dinsmore
  • Author: Martha Finley
  • ISBN: 9781598564006
  • Page: 397
  • Format: Paperback
  • Enter the world of Elsie Dins These nineteenth century fictional chronicles of a beautiful young heiress in the Civil War South have captivated generations of 10 to 14 year old readers eager to follow Elsie s life from childhood to motherhood and beyond Covers feature custom illustrations Elsie Dins, Book 1 Living at her uncle s plantation, our heroine is crEnter the world of Elsie Dins These nineteenth century fictional chronicles of a beautiful young heiress in the Civil War South have captivated generations of 10 to 14 year old readers eager to follow Elsie s life from childhood to motherhood and beyond Covers feature custom illustrations Elsie Dins, Book 1 Living at her uncle s plantation, our heroine is criticized harshly by her teacher and teased relentlessly by her cousins Will believing she s a child of God make life bearable

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      • Martha Finley

        Martha Finley was a teacher and author of numerous works, the most well known being the 28 volume Elsie Dins series which was published over a span of 38 years Finley wrote many of her books under the pseudonym Martha Farquharson For information, please see enpedia wiki Martha_F or, marthafinley.wordpress


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    1. Elsie Dinsmore-part oneWhy I am even writing this in the first place.I loved the Elsie Dinsmore, (ED), books when I was younger. In the last few years, as I have made some new friends and started to actually talk to my friends about what they thought about things I was surprised by all the criticism, and mockery of ED. I slowly began to see the Elsie books in that same light, until recently when I was asked what I thought about these books. I was confused: did I really like them enough to stand [...]



    2. I tried to like this book. I really did. But it is perhaps one of the worst books about biblical girlhood I have ever read. From the very beginning, Elsie’s contrived flawlessness was nauseating and stifled the sympathy I might have felt for her. Her faultless adherence to every tiny rule made me believe she was more automaton than human. The entire plot (especially the parts regarding her father’s unreasonable punishments and emotional abuse) exists solely to “develop” Elsie’s static [...]


    3. Personally, I find perfect people boring and somewhat annoying. Elsie grated on me a lotShe cries incessantly, she's not particularly witty, and she seems to be out of touch with reality. And it just me, or does it seem kind of weird that she's all concerned with ethics, but her family owns slaves? I guess I can understand it for now, because she's young, but in the following booksI feel bad for not liking this book, because it really does tell a good message. Even when you're all alone, Jesus i [...]


    4. Amazing book that teaches morals and standards. Growing up I learned a lot from Elsie, though only read this one book. She taught me how to stand up for what I believe in and love all who are around me no matter who they are. To see the beauty in everyone.




    5. Elsie, I adore you. Your father's kind of horrible (at the ripe old age of 27!) but you love him anyway. That takes guts, kid. I like following along with the Bible passages, and the writing is adorable. I'm on board for the next 27.


    6. I would rate this 0 stars if I could. This book gives me the creeps. Elsie is impossibly good and holy. Her father is abusive and the book makes it seem like his behavior is OK. The whole story has a very self-righteous, preachy, "You mustn't do this, gentle reader," sort of style. Elsie Dinsmore is probably one of the worst books I've ever read, and definitely not something I would allow my children to read. I wouldn't want my kids to read this and think it's OK if someone hurts you as long as [...]


    7. I read and reread this story over and over when I was in about the fifth grade. Elsie fascinated me with her innocence and she was surrounded by mean people, especially Enna. Her father also was distant and did not pay attention to her.I did not read this edition but the one that my mother handed down to me. She must have read it in the 1920s.


    8. The Original Elsie Classics by Martha Finley are some of the best books I have ever read. Elsie and her family endure several difficult trials through out her life. Through them she learns to trust God with everything, and rely on him to fulfill her every need. I would definitely recommend these books.


    9. Creeeeeepy and weird. The ultimate patriarchal authority! The saccharine sweetness! The kissing and hand-holding and lap-sitting between father and daughter! The heavy-handed religious plot! Why did I read this? Why am I reading the sequel? Argh!



    10. I only listened to this book (audio version) for sentimental reasons. My mother went all over when I was about 11 to find a copy of it because her mother gave it to her when she was 10 and she loved it so much. I don't think it would have much appeal to a young girl of today because it does seem so outdated.This was written in 19th century and suppose children of that day would enjoy it. Elsie Dinsmore lives with her grandfather, step-grandmother and young aunts and uncles of her own age. Her mo [...]


    11. I read this book when I was eleven or twelve and couldn't believe that it was recommended reading for young girls. It is a weak, sappy, and altogether unexciting plot with inane characters and action that makes you want to roll your eyes until the page blurs. This is not a sweet story at all and it is completely not one you can relate to. I've read books where the main character is falsely persecuted by her family, but in those cases, I usually cared about the main character because they were be [...]


    12. I feel that if I had tried to read this as a younger person, I would have been turned off to it completely. Elsie, the main character, is so thoroughly the image of what every parent wants or expects in a child that it can be very hard to relate to her emotionally. As an adult reading the series now, I can realize that the story has to be taken with the spirit in which it was written, with a clear understanding of the time in which it would have been received. Children were expected to be pious [...]


    13. I am giving the entire series of 28 books the four stars. While most readers today probably would not, it is important to keep in mind that they were published between 1867 and 1905 and were meant for children and young ladies. Morality and faith abound. The first book begins with Elsie as a young girl and by the last she is a grandmother many times over but the focus of the series has shifted to the younger generations. I found them in early high school by looking up a reference to Elsie in L.M [...]


    14. This book was good. Very good! It reminds me that no sin is a little sin. I love Elsie, and a few times I wished that I could go into the book to give her a hug The ending was not conclusive, but that is usually the case in a series. I am looking forward to reading the next one. I gave four stars instead of five because I had a hard time understanding a few things. Such as how Elsie was related to those that she lived with. It is a minor issue, but I didn't comprehend it the first time I read th [...]




    15. she seemed too perfect, and rather spoiled. It's hard to relate to a character when they're flawless, and when you can't relate to the characters, the story falls flat. And this did.



    16. “Dear papa, I love you so much!' she replied, twining her arms around his neck. 'I love you all the better for never letting me have my own way, but always making me obey and keep to rules.” ― Martha Finley, Elsie DinsmoreI don't think any more needs to be said. I will never read these books. What I do know about them by flipping through one I came in contact with as a child was enough to utterly repulse me. The messages in these books are pure poison. I truly fear for children who read th [...]


    17. Saying I hated this series growing up is a wee bit of an understatement. I really don't have the words to describe how much I disliked this series. Maybe that's my wild ten year old self talking here, but as a child I read and struggled through this entire series kicking and screaming all the way. I attempted to re-read it a few years back to see if I still felt the same way and what do you know, I did.Elsie has no flaws. She is perfect and everyone around her is simply a bunch of sinners she mu [...]


    18. Elsie Dinsmore is a rich heiress who happens to be a devoted Christian. She also lives with her extended family, where they emotionally abuse/bully poor Elsie, who bears all things with a patient and meek spirit. Basically, she is as near to a Mary Sue as one can be, except that she cries so often she annoys everyone. Strangely, though, I found the book addictive. As for the charge of racism, there is, in this first book, a comment by a black slave that Jesus loves her as though she is white. Bu [...]


    19. Ha ha, am I admitting I read this? I only did because it was in the library (even when books like this are reprinted libraries don't fight over which will get it first) and because all the reviews I've read about it don't agree, so what one reviewer says is so terrible might not have been.Only it was. It's softer and fluffier than Uncle Tom's Cabin, so read that (if you must) and don't put yourself through Elsie. It has less exciting a plot than Little Women, so enjoy Alcott and don't wonder if [...]


    20. Referenced in 'Jo of the Chalet School', this is the first of the much maligned 'Elsie' books. It features the rather too-good-to-be-true Elsie, who is brought up with her aunts and uncles of similar age until her father Horace returns to the family home. She is regularly bullied by her young uncle, picked upon by their governess, and then finds that her father is very strict and apparently cold to her. She longs for love, finding it in her maid 'Mammy', who has brought her up as a devout Christ [...]


    21. I read this novel because I heard a number of Christian girls were encouraged to read it and I was interested in what the fuss was about. More of a morbid fascination really.Elsie is a persecuted main character who essentially behaves like a doormat while the rest of the family treats her poorly. But apparently, she is happier than all of them, because Jesus. All the characters are really more caricatures, with the traits of either being "extremely good" or "extremely bad". Then there is the rat [...]


    22. This is somewhat similar to The Wide, Wide World but set in the Antebellum South. Elsie is a little bit too good for my tastes and way to much of a watering pot, hopefully she will eventually be cured of that. The most disturbing part of this book is the setting. To have such a strongly Christian character living in this region of slavery seems very strange to my modern sensibilities. I realize that slavery in general is not condemned in the bible, although mistreatment of slaves is, but in toda [...]


    23. I read this for my girls series book project at work (although not, thank heavens, the edition with the atrocious cover pictured here - mine was actually a nice late-19th century publisher's stamped binding; it was pretty much the highlight of the book), and I must say I'm a bit dismayed that I have 27 more volumes to make it through. Perhaps I can fudge it and only read the first 8 Elsie-centric ones?! If I read too many more times about Elsie bursting into tears, or fearing her father's anger, [...]


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