This is an excellent collection of gently written short stories,includes twelve of Mary E. Wilkins Freeman’s best stories:The Cock of the walk,Big Sister Sollly, ‘Johnny-In-The-Woods,’ ‘Daniel and Little Dan’l,’ ‘Big Sister Solly,’ ‘Little Lucy Rose,’ ‘Noblesse,’ ‘Coronation,’ ‘The Amethyst Comb,’ ‘The Umbrella Man,’ ‘The Balking of Christopher,’ and ‘Dear Annie.’
The first stories in the collection all have children as protagonists. Some of them are a little precious, but most of them enter into a child’s world in a respectful and subtle way. Many of these stories are people’s ordinary lives, and about the ways they find to escape from these lives. It takes a lot of courage for these characters to break away from the expectations of their families, but some of them do. The unsung hero shows up a lot here.