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The Basket of Flowers (von Schmid)

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Lamplighter Publications


"I am giving The Basket of Flowers to my grandchildren. I have no doubt they will devour it." -Elisabeth Elliot

This first book of the Lamplighter Collection continues to be a best-seller. James, the king's gardener, teaches his 15-year-old daughter Mary all the principles of godliness through his flowers. She is falsely accused of stealing, and the penalty is death. Mary remembers what her father has taught her: that it is better to die for the truth than to live for a lie, and that the worst pillow to sleep on is the pillow of a guilty conscience!

"The whole book is full of interest, and of the most valuable moral and biblical instruction; and we persuaded that young people and old alike, will peruse it with pleasure, and reap from it many great advantages." - From the Author 


Christopher von Schmid was born at Dinkelsbuehl (1768-1854). His stories were not composed for an unknown public, and in a mercenary spirit, but for children, among whom the author daily moved, and were not at first meant for publication. His stories have been translated into twenty-four languages, and to this day he is regarded in Germany as the prince of story-writers for the young.