The Peterkin Papers (version 2)

Lucretia P. HALE (1820 - 1900)

The Peterkin Papers is a book-length collection of humorous stories by Lucretia Peabody Hale, and is her best-known work. The Peterkins are a lovable but comically inept family with ingenuity, logic, resourcefulness, and energy—but not common sense. Many chapters show the family trying to solve some problem in a roundabout way, failing, and eventually being rescued by "the wise old lady from Philadelphia," who cuts the Gordian knot with an effective but prosaic solution. The charm of the story is not in the plot, but in the telling, building up layers of complication, and the affectionate fun poked at the not-quite-cartoonish characters. The "wise old lady's" solution is usually obvious to the reader, even the young listener, from the start. (summary from Wikipedia)

Genre(s): Children's Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Dedication & Preface Laura Caldwell
00:03:15
Play 01 The Lady Who Put Salt In Her Coffee LMTobias
00:12:07
Play 02 About Elizabeth Eliza's Piano J. M. Smallheer
00:02:27
Play 03 The Peterkins Try To Become Wise Katie Gibboney
00:05:53
Play 04 Mrs. Peterkin Wishes To Go To Drive Mary Anderson
00:05:18
Play 05 The Peterkins At Home Katie Gibboney
00:03:44
Play 06 Why The Peterkins Had A Late Dinner Katie Gibboney
00:05:56
Play 07 The Peterkins' Summer Journey LMTobias
00:09:43
Play 08 The Peterkins Snowed-Up Katie Gibboney
00:09:29
Play 09 The Peterkins Decide To Keep A Cow Xe Sands
00:08:27
Play 10 The Peterkins' Christmas-Tree Melissa
00:09:30
Play 11 Mrs. Peterkins Tea-Party Mary Anderson
00:14:03
Play 12 The Peterkins Too Late For The Exhibition Katie Gibboney
00:09:45
Play 13 The Peterkins Celebrate The "Fourth" Katie Gibboney
00:17:24
Play 14 The Peterkins' Picnic Mary Anderson
00:15:20
Play 15 The Peterkins' Charades Melissa
00:11:07
Play 16 The Peterkins Are Obliged To Move Mary Anderson
00:17:36
Play 17 The Peterkins Decide To Learn The Languages Melissa
00:13:01
Play 18 Modern Improvements At The Peterkins' Kristin Hughes
00:15:35
Play 19 Agamemnon's Career LMTobias
00:17:17
Play 20 The Educational Breakfast Kara Shallenberg
00:22:26
Play 21 The Peterkins At The "Carnival of Authors" In Boston Melissa
00:20:05
Play 22 The Peterkins At The Farm Mary Anderson
00:19:20