Lee Kingman Ethel L. Heins - Essay

Ethel L. Heins

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

A capable, mature writer, bravely facing generation and sociological gaps, looks with sensitivity and understanding at some of young people's most agonizing concerns [in The Peter Pan Bag]…. The writing is literate and alive with the kind of details that lend strength to the characterizations and vividness to the background. (pp. 394-95)

Ethel L. Heins, "Stories for Older Boys and Girls: 'The Peter Pan Bag'," in The Horn Book Magazine (copyright © 1970 by The Horn Book, Inc., Boston), Vol. XLVI, No. 4, August, 1970, pp. 394-95.

Evidently meant to be light and frothy, [the confrontation in Georgina and the Dragon] between a ten-year-old female St. George and a rich old lady the kids call "the dragon" is really just flat and silly. Georgina braves Mrs. Livermore in her aristocratic hilltop den during the girl's campaign to earn plane fare to Idaho where her suffragette great-grandmother is being commemorated…. Ms. Kingman tries to give the impression that all of this has something to do with women's rights, about which there is some light banter on a level more appropriate to great grandmother's contemporaries—but if that "spunky" feminist ancestor could have foreseen that all her marching about in high button shoes would boil down to getting Colonel Maypole into the Ladies' Garden Club and appointing Georgina's mother … as manager of [a] new business, she might never have left Horse Shoe Bend.

"Younger Fiction: 'Georgina and the Dragon'," in Kirkus Reviews (copyright © 1972 The Kirkus Service, Inc.), Vol. XL, No. 8, April 15, 1972, p. 478.