Elsie is an eight-year-old girl who has became a Christian and abides by Biblical law—as taught to her by her dead mother’s housekeeper and then her own nanny, Chloe. Her father, Horace, is a man who dictates rules by which his daughter must live. Many conflicts result from Elsie’s belief that she must only obey her father when his orders do not conflict with Scripture.
When I was a young child, my mother gifted me with a hardcover version of Elsie Dinsmore, a book that she received from her aunt in 1926.
I read the book several times in childhood, and felt sad for the poor child who was treated so badly by her father’s relatives, and because he did not even appear in her life until she was eight years old.
Now that I have the book on Kindle, I have reread it and realized that the preachy aspects of the book do not appeal to me at all. However, I did like experiencing how different my adult attitudes are and realized that time and distance affected me greatly.
Despite the distance of time and my attitudinal changes, I still felt sorry for the child and deplored how the adults in her life treated her so poorly and even modeled very cruel behavior that their own children emulated.
The physical book is still a treasure, especially the illustrations. The binding has been repaired twice over the years, and this book, which is almost 100 years old, will stay with me. I like having it in the Kindle format.
The story earns only 3 stars from me, but the sentimental value receives 5 stars.