“The Story of Patsy
In ‘The Story of Patsy’ Mrs. Kate Douglas Wiggin has elaborated a local sketch of the Silver-street kindergarten and has transformed it into one of the most tender and pathetic little tales of blighted childhood that can be found in the language. The sketch of the kindergarten in the squalid neighborhood, of the ragged little tots that composed it, of the genuine human nature and the lovable traits that crop up in these tenement children — all these are brought out with deft touches and with the relief of racy humor. Patsy, the little hunchback, who lost three years because his drunken father threw him down stairs and made him almost a hopeless cripple, is a character drawn direct from life. His struggles for improvement, his thirst for knowledge, his shy, undemonstrative love for his teacher and his pathetic death — one who follows these with eager interest, and it must be a cold-blooded reader who can pass with unmoistened eyes over the end of poor little Patsy. The book is issued in artistic fashion, and as charming illustrations from sketches by Jessie McDermott.
The story shows so much literary ability that it is pleasant to learn that Mrs. Wiggin has decided to adopt literature as a profession. Her first lengthy juvenile book will be issued in September, and will be a story of California life entitled ‘A Summer in the Canyon.’ It will be welcomed by all who are acquainted with ‘Patsy’ or with her ‘Birds’ Christmas Carol.'”
– San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, California, 26 May 1889