Five Little Peppers and How They Grew

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Five Little Peppers and How They Grew

Margaret Sidney


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“To help mother”: that was the goal of each and every one of the five Pepper children. Yet even as “Mamsie” struggles hard to feed and educate her brood, she still manages to fill the house with joy. The adventures of this poor but loving family—Ben, Polly, Joel, Davie, and the adored youngest, Phronsie—have charmed young readers for more than a century. Overflowing with warmth, suspense, and many delightful surprises, this classic remains as compelling as ever.


Margaret Sidney:
Diane Namm is a book author with over 65 titles (children's, YA and non-fiction adult). A dedicated advocate of literacy, Namm is the founder and Executive Artistic Director of West of Broadway, formerly a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, and a grant recipient of the LA County Performing Arts Council. Namm and West of Broadway promote literacy and social and civic responsibility through stage. Past productions have included original adaptations by Namm: Mrs. Scrooge the Musical; Huck; Bunny Tales Episode IV: The Bunny Wars; Red Chief; Monster and classic productions of Twelve Angry Jurors and Judgment at Nuremberg.

Namm is also an award-winning writer-director-producer for stage and film. Her production company, Lady of the Canyon ALL MEDIA, LLC has developed a number of multi-media projects ( Film/TV projects include FINDING HOPE, THE SACRIFICE, TELEMAFIA, GREAT AMERICAN PIGEON RACE, WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE DINGLE and SASA.

Namm was honored by Reading Is Fundamental of Southern California in 2008 for producing and directing their PSA. She is currently producing a series of PSAs for, an organization dedicated to informing each state's citizenry about voting ID requirements.

Namm has served as a writing mentor for CREATE NOW, developing writing workshops for at-risk youth in juvenile detention centers, rehab centers and group homes. She was formerly on the Advisory Boards of the University of Michigan/English Department, HART-US and the Edgemar Center for the Arts; a past Artist-in-Residence at the Pasadena Playhouse, and is currently a member of AFI, Women in Film, Authors Guild, Dramatists Guild and National Women in the Arts.

Drop by Diane's LinkedIn profile to learn more.