The five Pepper children-Ben, Polly, Dave, Joel, and Phronsie-have secret plans to surprise their mother on her birthday. But how can they make those plans come true without any money? Ever since Mr. Pepper died, the Peppers have been so poor that they can't even afford Christmas. Through all their misadventures, however, the Peppers are rich in love. From measles to monkeys, from brown bread to birthday cakes, their little house always rings with laughter and hope. Then, just when terrible tragedy nearly strikes the five little Peppers, a mysterious boy named Jasper King tumbles into their lives. Can good fortune be coming soon? Since in first appeared in 1880, Five Little Peppers and How They Grew has become a beloved children's classic, winning the hearts of children around the world. Now, narrator Sally Darling captures all the warmth, charm, and innocence of this delightful story for a new generation of children.