O Ye Jigs and Juleps!

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Thomas Nelson Incorporated, Apr 3, 2006 - Religion - 50 pages
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With the pixiness of Eloise and the innocence of Dennis the Menace, Virginia Cary Hudson was a sprite of ten when she wrote these essays for a very understanding teacher at the Episcopal boarding school she was attending in 1904. With over 1 million copies sold, this humorous collection of small-town Americana has become a modern-day classic, celebrating the honesty and charm of a child's world at the turn of the century. On Moses: "I got so tired of Moses walking forty years and never getting to where he was going. I sure would have bought myself a mule." On the library: "In the library there are signs. Silence. Mrs. Simons [the librarian] must not know they are there. She talks the whole long day." These naively trouncing concepts of school, church etiquette, and everlasting life are both a child's mischievous collection of impressions and an adult's hilarious comeuppance.

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

I don't see how it could've been written by a child, as is claimed. I don't even know how we could be expected to believe that. Perhaps she wrote it as adult, remembering her childhood as best she ... Read full review

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User Review  - antiquary - LibraryThing

Very mildly funny comments about life by a ten year old southern girl. A choice of the Episcopal Book Club for (I suppose) its accounts of church-going at the time. All I recall is the cmment that Catolic priests see visions because they drink all the wine. Read full review

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The Author: Virginia Cary Hudson was a real little girl, just ten when she wrote these essays for her teacher in 1904. They were discovered in 1960 in a locked attic trunk.

Karla Kuskin was born in Manhattan on July 17, 1932. She received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Yale University in 1955. Her first book, Roar and More (1956), was the result of her senior graphic-arts project, for which she had to design and print a book on a small press. She was the author or illustrator of more than 50 children's books during her lifetime including In the Middle of the Trees (1958); The Rose on My Cake (1964); The Philharmonic Gets Dressed (1982); The Dallas Titans Get Ready for Bed (1986); Jerusalem, Shining Still (1987); City Dog (1994); The Upstairs Cat (1997); Moon, Have You Met My Mother? (2003); and Traces (2008). She died of cortical basal ganglionic degeneration on August 20, 2009 at the age of 77.

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