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The Nickel-Plated Beauty by Patricia Beatty
In April, 1886, the Kimballs’ old stove began to rust away, and they were too poor to buy a new one. But lack of money had made all seven of the Kimball kids resourceful and independent. Right away Whit, the oldest, ordered a new stove—the Nickel-Plated Beauty — C.O.D., not realizing he’d have to pay for it. When the stove arrived it sat, black and shiny, in the general store. There it would continue to sit, the children hoped, until they could earn the twenty-seven dollars necessary to buy it.
Hester organized the campaign, and did her part by going to work for their mean Aunt Rose, who ran the Palace Hotel. Soon she was also involved in the wild troubles between Aunt Rose and her henpecked husband, who had belatedly decided not to be henpecked anymore.
This flavourful story, humorously told by the observing Hester, tells of life from another era on the coast of Washington territory and the ways a determined group of children found to scrounge the price of a Nickel-Plated Beauty.