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Chimes From A Jester’s Bells

Robert Jones Burdette (1844-1914)

1. 01 - The Story Of Rollo; Alpha
2. 02 - The Story Of Rollo; I. Learning To Breathe
3. 03 - The Story Of Rollo; II. Learning To Dress
4. 04 - The Story Of Rollo; III. Learning To Read
5. 05 - The Story Of Rollo; IV. Learning To Work
6. 06 - The Story Of Rollo; V. Learning To Play
7. 07 - The Story Of Rollo; VI. Learning To Travel
8. 08 - The Story Of Rollo; VII. Learning " Not To"
9. 09 - The Story Of Rollo; VIII. Jonas
10. 10 - The Story Of Rollo; IX. Learning To Learn
11. 11 - The Story Of Rollo; Omega
12. 12 - Stories And Sketches; X. The Battle Of Ardmore
13. 13 - Stories And Sketches; XI. A Neighborly Neighborhood
14. 14 - Stories And Sketches; XII. The Katydid In Opera
15. 15 - Stories And Sketches; XIII. The Old Road Show
16. 16 - Stories And Sketches; XIV. The Vacation Of Mustapha
17. 17 - Stories And Sketches; XV. The Brakeman At Church
18. 18 - Stories And Sketches; XVI. Laurel And Cypress
19. 19 - Stories And Sketches; XVII. The Legend Of The Good Drummuh
20. 20 - Stories And Sketches; XVIII. Household Pets
21. 21 - Stories And Sketches; XIX. The Strike At Hinman’s
22. 22 - Stories And Sketches; Cantistopthis

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Part I. The Story of Rollo; Mr. Holliday knows all there is to know about raising children, or at least he thinks he does. His attempts to train his son, Rollo, "in the way he should go," are well-meant, but hilariously unsuccessful--or are they? I believe this is a sort of spoof of the “Rollo” series for children, that was written by Jacob Abbot in the mid 19th century. The characters have the same names and the chapters have a little Q&A at the end like the Abbot books, except these are definitely tongue-in-cheek. These Rollo stories use humor (and a bit of pathos) to teach plain home truths to parents, rather than children. Part II. Stories and Sketches; It is difficult to give this part a better description than the title implies. It is an assortment of short works. Some are humorous, some thought-provoking, some have a bit of both, and some are, I think, just a tad demented (but in a good way.) (Introduction by Debra Lynn)