I was wandering around the book section at Value Village the other day


suddenly I saw it!

I couldn’t believe my eyes.

I grabbed it.

Yes it was the book,

with the same green cover,

and that tantalizing red title.

Oh, Five Little Peppers Midway,

you led to my  downfall.

And now you’re on sale for 99 cents.

If only you had been on sale for 99 cents so long ago.

There would be no scar on my hand


I would have had a penny left over . . .

 *deep sigh*


13 thoughts on “if only ~ a tale of regret

  1. Marsha says:

    Oh, what memories, seeing this book! I love the Peppers. ((sigh)). Just seems like yesterday I was in grade school and reading those wonderful books; but that has been nearly forty five years ago. Life is indeed a vapor….I love visiting your site, Kathi. God bless you!Marsha


  2. Don’t know the story behind the story but I will say I had forgotten ALL ABOUT "The Five Little Peppers" until I saw this post! Trying to remember where I got the copy I read. From the library maybe? Hmmm…. Wish I knew! Congratulations on your find!


  3. Tracie says:

    Ok, I reread the post and found the link to the original story. Wow! Sibling stories can be wilder than parents would believe, can’t they? Now I am wild to find the sequel. I didn’t know there was one! You asked for childhood favorites in that old post, so I’m going to give you mine. A very belated Happy Birthday present. I loved to read and read and read, so I can’t ever remember everything. I’ll pick highlights I remember. Of course, The Five Little Peppers. Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. "Little Women" and "Little Men." "Heidi" was one my sister read to me a lot. And I was crazy about "Enchantress From the Stars" by Sylvia Engdahl. Also, "Baby Island," "Treasure of the Padres" and "White Ghost Summer." I still have almost all of these books. Many I bought through the school’s Weekly Reader program. Quite a few children’s books favorites, I didn’t discover until I was an adult!


  4. Tracie says:

    I always loved the Five Peppers. Is this a sequel? I have the first one, but I didn’t know there were any others. I have a bunch of Boxcar Children books, too, but I don’t know if they are hard to get nowadays or not. What’s the story about your first Pepper book?


  5. kerri says:

    I love the Peppers too. Such a picture of family stick-to-it-ness. I’m glad you got a copy to come by honestly. 🙂


  6. Sara says:

    What a story of your history with The Five Little Peppers! I"m so glad you found it again….and without any damage to your person either. And now I know I have missed out on these Little Peppers….I’ve never read these books, at least not that I can recall. I might need to start looking in the children’s section at the One Dollar Bookstore…Your new Autumn blog is lovely too.


  7. lovella says:

    Oh Kathie.. .I love the childhood story and I love that you found your beloved book . .enjoy .. .


  8. Becky G. says:

    What a neat story – I’ve always loved books, too. Since I just recently found your blog, I didn’t get to participate in your list of favorite children’s books, but there are some I didn’t see listed. My favorites were the series by Gertrude Chandler Warner called The Boxcar Children. I would still love them if I could get my hands on them! Becky


  9. Niki says:

    i’ve never read it…should I borrow it from the library???


  10. Home Again says:

    I’m glad you grabbed it now. Grab any books you want. You deserve them.


  11. kelli says:

    *grin* what a priceless memory! and oh much sweeter does this beloved book become!we adore the peppers, and i got my older daughter this very book (though not the same cover) for christmas last year. enjoy the memories as you reconnect with old friends:)


  12. ellen b says:

    Oh dear the lesson that keeps on giving :0) I’m glad you found that book again and this time it came without too much drama…Your story sounds like some scenes from my childhood. There was the time my sister broke the front window throwing something at me, etc. etc.


  13. Niki says:

    i’ve never read it…should I borrow it from the library???


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