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The Girl and the Kingdom by Kate Douglas Wiggin, Fiction, Historical, United States, People & Places, Readers - Chapter Books

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. . . .In the middle distance other narrow streets and alleys where taller houses stood, and the windows, fire escapes, and balconies of these, added great variety to the landscape, as the families housed there kept most of their effects on the outside during the long dry season. Still farther away were the roofs, chimneys and smoke stacks of mammoth buildings -- railway sh . . . .In the middle distance other narrow streets and alleys where taller houses stood, and the windows, fire escapes, and balconies of these, added great variety to the landscape, as the families housed there kept most of their effects on the outside during the long dry season. Still farther away were the roofs, chimneys and smoke stacks of mammoth buildings -- railway sheds, freight depots, power houses and the like -- with finally a glimpse of docks and wharves and shipping. This, or at least a considerable section of it, was the kingdom. To the ordinary beholder it might have looked ugly, crowded, sordid, undesirable, but it appeared none of these things to the lucky person who had been invested with some sort of modest authority in its affairs. . . .


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. . . .In the middle distance other narrow streets and alleys where taller houses stood, and the windows, fire escapes, and balconies of these, added great variety to the landscape, as the families housed there kept most of their effects on the outside during the long dry season. Still farther away were the roofs, chimneys and smoke stacks of mammoth buildings -- railway sh . . . .In the middle distance other narrow streets and alleys where taller houses stood, and the windows, fire escapes, and balconies of these, added great variety to the landscape, as the families housed there kept most of their effects on the outside during the long dry season. Still farther away were the roofs, chimneys and smoke stacks of mammoth buildings -- railway sheds, freight depots, power houses and the like -- with finally a glimpse of docks and wharves and shipping. This, or at least a considerable section of it, was the kingdom. To the ordinary beholder it might have looked ugly, crowded, sordid, undesirable, but it appeared none of these things to the lucky person who had been invested with some sort of modest authority in its affairs. . . .

30 review for The Girl and the Kingdom by Kate Douglas Wiggin, Fiction, Historical, United States, People & Places, Readers - Chapter Books

  1. 4 out of 5

    Majenta

    A young woman begins to teach in a California kindergarten. "....their wives doing nothing with equal assiduity in the back streets hard by.--Stay, they did one thing: they added copiously to the world's population; and indeed it seemed as if the families in the community that ought to have had few children, or none at all (for their country's good) had the strongest prejudice to race suicide." (Location 10) "'Anything rather than sit still!' is the mental attitude of a child under six!" (Location A young woman begins to teach in a California kindergarten. "....their wives doing nothing with equal assiduity in the back streets hard by.--Stay, they did one thing: they added copiously to the world's population; and indeed it seemed as if the families in the community that ought to have had few children, or none at all (for their country's good) had the strongest prejudice to race suicide." (Location 10) "'Anything rather than sit still!' is the mental attitude of a child under six!" (Location 140) "Never were such 'twinneous' twins as Hansanella, and it was ridiculous to waste two names on them, for there was not between them personality enough for one child." (Well, all right then at Location 268. but stay tuned...) Thanks for reading!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)

    Oh, ugh. What a disappointment. Having read and mildly enjoyed some of Wiggin's children's books as a child, this was a nasty surprise. Wiggin turns out to be a nasty little racist/eugenicist who deals in stereotypes and shows her co-dependent nature as the self-sacrificing martyr who gives her all to help the "less fortunate" (ie the lower orders) in the worst 19th century grand manner. She merrily tells us how she purposely chooses what she sees as the "worst" cases for her very first kindergart Oh, ugh. What a disappointment. Having read and mildly enjoyed some of Wiggin's children's books as a child, this was a nasty surprise. Wiggin turns out to be a nasty little racist/eugenicist who deals in stereotypes and shows her co-dependent nature as the self-sacrificing martyr who gives her all to help the "less fortunate" (ie the lower orders) in the worst 19th century grand manner. She merrily tells us how she purposely chooses what she sees as the "worst" cases for her very first kindergarten, to prove how good she will be at redeeming them from the muck and muddle of their lives. Except she can't even get their names right in some cases, or pay attention to what she is told; if she had, she would have known their real names, but she was too busy being a "ministering angel" dressed in white. I can see where she got the ideas for the horrid little novelette Marm Lisa in which the main character also dresses in white, and also sees herself as a sort of BVM-figure to be worshipped and adored by her toddlers and their parents. Apparently this text was a pamphlet she wrote for fund-raising purposes to implant the kindergarten system in California. Apparently she doesn't percieve the disphase in her own ideas of California-raised children as much brighter and more intelligent and healthier than those back east, apparently because of the sun--??--and her obvious concept of these "disadvantaged" kids as so ignorant they should never have been born in the first place, though they too were born under the same "benificent" California sun. Or how in her book she criticises the people of sunny California for being dumber than the kids back east.And this was a guiding light of education in her day. Ugh. Ugh. And again I say--ugh.

  3. 5 out of 5

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