| Mother Stories|
|by Maud Lindsay|
|Seventeen stories ideally suited for kindergarten children who take great interest in lively stories about familiar things, especially those that include rhyme and repetition as these stories do. Within each story is a subtle moral, pleasing to children and not at all obtrusive. Ages 4-7 |
endeavored to write, for mothers and dear little children,
a few simple stories, embodying some of the truths of Froebel's Mother Play.
The Mother Play is such a vast treasure house of Truth,
that each one who seeks among its stores may bring to light some gem;
and though, perhaps, I have missed its diamonds and rubies,
I trust my string of pearls may find acceptance with some mother
who is trying to live with her children.
I have written my own mottoes, with a few exceptions, that I might emphasize
the particular lesson which I endeavor to teach in the story;
for every motto in the Mother Play comprehends so much that it is impossible
to use the whole for a single subject. From "The Bridge" for instance,
which is replete with lessons, I have taken only one,—for the story of the "Little Traveler."
Most of these stories have been told and retold to little children, and are surrounded, in my eyes, by a halo of listening faces.
"Mrs. Tabby Gray" is founded on a true story of a favorite cat.
"The Journey" is a new version of the old Stage Coach game,
much loved by our grandmothers; and I am indebted to some old story,
read in childhood, for the suggestion of "Dust Under the Rug,"
which was a successful experiment in a kindergarten
to test the possibility of interesting little children in a story after the order of Grimm,
with the wicked stepmother and her violent daughter eradicated.
Elizabeth Peabody says we are all free to look out of each other's windows;
and so I place mine at the service of all who care to see what its tiny panes command.
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