by Susan Zakula from Butter and Honey – Elsie Dinsmore–An Enigma
Editor’s note: While I haven’t personally read the Elsie Dinsmore books I know that many of you have and that the series is a favorite in the world of homeschooling and quiverfull. Several of our early writers have mentioned the Dinsmore books being the approved literature of their childhoods. So I was surprised to see Butter and Honey giving old Elsie such a harsh treatment. Seems like if you’re not reading Nancy Campbell, Debi Pearl or the Bible you’re reading forbidden literature, including poor harmless Elsie Dinsmore. What a world of fine literature the Butter and Honey ladies are missing out on! Yet again the answer is beating the child. We all know how useless that is.
Vyckie also wrote about the Elsie Dinsmore series and disliked it for entirely different reasons than Butter and Honey did. Vyckie’s Tour de Crap: The Elsie Books
There is also a terrible reference to the “rod” on page 94 of book two. It is considered an ignominious and revolting punishment. This is direct contrast to the Bible. “He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes,” —Proverbs 13:24. Upon this precept Elsie is certainly spoiled. Also, as we can see, if Elsie had been biblically reprimanded for her disobedience, an eight-year-old’s continuing battle of wills with her father would not have developed into a melodrama spanning two entire books, and which the author Christianizes by culminating it with a confession of faith on the father’s part. Oh, what we can’t blame on God in fiction! To create Elsie as such a perfect-appearing little girl, and then use that image to purposefully and directly undermine the Word of God is difficult to see as anything short of blasphemous.
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