Elsie Dinsmore (The Elsie Dinsmore Series) Elsie is the truly holier-than-thou heroine of Martha Finley’s children’s book series written between 1867 and 1905. When her mother dies soon after Elsie’s birth, the baby is sent to live with her grandfather, while her own father travels in Europe. Upon his return the very Christian, 8 year old Elsie is forced to choose between adherence to her biblical principles and filial obedience to her godless father – not a choice many modern children might find compelling. Children of the last couple of centuries must have done so, however, as there are a full 28 books in the series!
Elsie Speers (Tender is the Night) Elsie is the opportunistic, arguably amoral mother of Dick Diver’s extra-marital love interest in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s fourth novel, Tender is the Night, first published in 1934. Her daughter Rosemary is a 17 year old Hollywood starlet who supports herself and her mother at her craft. Emotionally dependent on her mother, she rarely acts without consulting her. Elsie on her part is recognizing the need for Rosemary to wean herself away from the maternal influence, and what better way than by an affair with an older, married man. With almost frightening detachment, she encourages an affair openly to both parties, and does not countenance the possibility of damaging consequences. Although this might sound like a dream mother to some 17 year olds, in actuality, the Elsie Speers of the world, cheerfully self-contained, exert a potentially deadly effect upon the souls of others.
Elsie - a song by the Divinyls
Lazy Elsie Molly - a song by Chubby Checker
Elsie Dinsmore Series: A Life of Faith (Martha Finley) - Originally published between 1867 and 1905, this extremely successful series has been adapted for more modern times. The basic plotlines still hinge on eight-year-old Elsie's attempts to gain her father's love while maintaining her Christian ethics. Elsie is motherless and lives with her uncle’s family on a southern plantation with her worldly father who seems indifferent to her religious principles. The original books have been reprinted as "Original Elsie Classics". In the new issue, the books in the series are called: Elsie's Endless Wait; Elsie's Impossible Choice; Elsie's New Life; Elsie's Stolen Heart; Elsie's True Love; Elsie's Troubled Times; Elsie's Tender Mercies and Elsie's Great Hope. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep (Eleanor Farjeon) - "Elsie Piddock Skips in Her Sleep" first appeared in 1937 and has been a favorite of storytellers and their audiences ever since. Little Elsie Piddock has such a talent for skipping rope that the fairies summon her to skip for them on nearby Mount Caburn and award her with a magical rope. Generations later, a new lord buys the land and threatens to build factories on the mountain. Every girl and woman comes to skip on Caburn one last time, but when the aged Elsie Piddock takes out her rope and begins to skip, it spells the end of the new lord and his plans. Mount Caburn is saved for the people and the fairies forever. Voake's ink drawings with watercolor washes clearly establish the turn-of-the-century English setting and illuminate the tale with deft, precise lines and delicate tints of color. Not to be confused with Farjeon's 1997 book with the same name, which is smaller in format and has completely different illustrations. A fine edition of a beautifully crafted story. Recommended for ages 5-8.
Elsie's Bird (Jane Yolen) - After her mother dies, Elsie and her father leave Boston and join other pioneers making a fresh start in Nebraska. Once moved into a new sod house, Elsie feels housebound and timid, “afraid to lose herself in the silence of the prairie,” and she aches for the familiar life she left behind. She finds some comfort in singing with her pet canary, Timmy Tune, who escapes one day while Papa is shopping for supplies in town. Chasing Timmy through the sea of tall grass, Elsie listens to the songs of the wild prairie birds for the first time. When she returns home, she finds Papa, who has traded a quilt for a menagerie of new animals that, together with the wild birds, create a sweet symphony that turns “her house into a true prairie home.” Recommended for ages 4-8.
Elsie's Clean Day (Debby Slierz) - Elsie the dog has a bath and tries to stay clean all day in this story told in word puzzle format. Recommended for ages baby to preschool.
Famous People Named Elsie - Elsie Baker (actress/singer); Elsie Ferguson (actress); Elsie de Wolfe (pioneer of the art of home decoration); Elsie Janis (singer/actress)
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