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The Basket of Flowers

or, Piety and truth triumphant: a tale for the young‎

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Published: 1755
Language: English
Wordcount: 28,149 / 84 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 72.6
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 4,378
Added to site: 2008.01.05 19608
Genre: Young Readers

d he had worked on it a design of the village in which they lived. Mary's idea now was to fill this basket with flowers, and to offer it to the young Countess as her birthday present. Her father readily fell in with the plan, and added a finishing touch to it by weaving Amelia's name in on one side of the basket and the Count's coat-of-arms on the other.

The long-expected day arrived, and early in the morning Mary gathered the freshest and most beautiful roses, the richest pinks, and other flowers of beautiful colours. She picked out some green branches full of leaves, and arranged them in the basket, so that all the colours, though perfectly distinct, were sweetly and delicately blended. A light garland composed of rosebuds and moss was passed around the basket, and Amelia's name could be distinctly read enclosed in a coronet of forget-me-nots. The basket when completed was a thing of uncommon beauty.

When Mary went to the Castle with her basket-present, the young Countess Amelia was sitting at

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4.4 from 5 reviews: *****

I am 43 and I read this book when I was about 8 or 10, I always remember it and when I left Jamaica I left my copy there, don't know where to find it now. One of the best books ever, loved it then, love it now. I re-read it so many time.

Ako Usanga

I read this book first when I was about 8 years old (now I\'m 18). It was my father\'s copy. Since then, I\'ve always read it over and over again shedding tears afresh, as if I\'ve never read it before. The story so touches me; Mary\'s peity and modesty, her truthfulness even before a great temptation, Jacob\'s love for his daughter and his upbringing of her, the pure and forgiving heart of father and daughter, and above all, the lessons the wise man drew from every flower in the garden. Even as I type this, tears are dropping from my eyes and I am smiling as well. It is a book for both the young and old. I had taken to lending the book to friends and encouraging people to read the it though I lost it after lending to a friend. I\'ve not read it for over a year now but the memory of it is still very fresh.I\'m still looking for a copy and hope to find one. It is book one must own.


A beautiful, touching and meaningful story....going by how hard it has become to acquire it in paperback, I feel priveleged to have read such a masterpiece at a young age.


my mother read this book to me when i was a child and now i am 50 and it still touch me with lots of tears then i would like to read it again.
I JUST loved this book.

I had this book when i was a child, i enjoyed it, now i am a great grandmother and am trying to find another copy of this book.



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