Mrs. Burnett's children are very real and attractive beings. Forlorn little Meg and Robin, whose Illinois home is ruled by an aunt, not actively unkind, but merely "advanced" beyond maternal sympathy and affection to an intimate and practical acquaintance with all matters agricultural, have caught some echoes from the enthusiasm of the founders of the Great White City. With their "treasure," accumulated through six years of penny saving and buried beneath the hay in the "straw parlor," the two little ones make their way to Chicago and the Fair, where, after ecstatic sight-seeing, their good fairy comes in the shape of wifeless and childless John Holt, who introduces them to new wonders and finally adopts them. The story is told admirably, with a wealth of feeling and pathos that never tends toward the maudlin.
-The Review of Reviews, Volume 12
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