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Ben Pepper, by Margaret Sidney

Ben Pepper, by Margaret Sidney, is juvenile fictional literature.

Everything About Ben Pepper

Below, we give a brief overview of the book and links to where you can read it (some are FREE). We’ve also included our findings online for activities, quizzes, and worksheets related to the book. All of the searching has been done for you, and it’s all here! *Occasionally, we will update the resources for this book; so, check back in, or sign up for the MiniMize Newsletter.

The MiniMize Life’s review of Ben Pepper can be found, here.

The Pictures from Ben Pepper

Ben Pepper Green Book Cover

Before we begin, I would like to point out the pictures in this article.

All were taken from the Project Gutenberg version of the novel, found here.

*This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.  You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org.

The cover for this edition of the book was presumably made by the publisherBOSTON:LOTHROP, LEE & SHEPARD CO.

The illustrations are by Eugenie Wireman.

I’d like to thank Project Gutenberg for making this book and its illustrations available online to the public.

If you’d like to view all of the illustrations from this book, go here.

Subjects Covered in Ben Pepper, by Margaret Sidney

There are two subjects covered by Ben Pepper.

These subjects are Literature and Social Studies/Good Citizenship.

Readers will learn about decision-making skills and how to properly interact with others.

Reading Level of Ben Pepper

Ben Pepper, by Margaret Sidney, is appropriate for Children.

This means that it can be read from approximately 1st grade into adulthood, or beginning at around 6 years of age.

This book will expose the reader to advanced vocabulary, and they may need a dictionary while reading the book.

Placement In the MiniMize Book List

Ben Pepper, by Margaret Sidney, is book number 80 in the MiniMize Homeschool book list.

This places it in the Elementary Level.

The book is the 3rd book to be read during Year 4 of school.

Book Content

This is a story about the Five Little Peppers, and the eldest boy, Ben.

After serious consideration, Ben changes his focus from school to work in order to gain experience for the future.

Readers will learn about kindness, manners, and responsibility in this sweet, coming of age story..

Chapters – Ben Pepper, by Margaret Sidney

This book contains 28 Chapters. The chapter titles, taken from the Gutenberg book (below), are as follows:

Ben Pepper illustration, "Then she hopped away from Polly and made a little cheese right on the sidewalk."
Then she hopped away from Polly and made a little cheese right on the sidewalk.

I. The Christmas Shopping Expedition

II. Ben’s Plan

III. Haps and Mishaps

IV. “It’s Joel’s Old Lady”

V. “The Presents All go from Santa Claus”

VI. Ben goes shopping with Madam Van Ruypen

VII. “Where’s Pip?” And Jasper turned Back

VIII. “Any One who wants to please Jasper,” said Ben, “had better take up this Chap”

IX. What a Home-coming

X. “I’ll love her just Forever!”

XI. An Afternoon Call

XII. Van

XIII. The Big Box

XIV. The Children in the Mountain Cabin

XV. The Minister looks after his Parishioners

XVI. Who will Help?

XVII. “Now we can have Our Christmas!”

XVIII. Telling All the News

XIX. Jocko

XX. Repairing Damages

XXI. The Postponed Christmas Morning

XXII. Around the Christmas Tree

XXIII. The Sleighing Party

XXIV. Jasper and Ben

XXV. It was Polly who heard it First

XXVI. “Could you take him, Ben?”

XXVII. “Mr. King, who is that Pip you have here?”

XXVIII. Ben decides the Matter for Himself

Activities for Ben Pepper

There just wasn’t anything available that was directly related to the book!

Unfortunately, we were unable to locate any existing activities or worksheets to use while reading Ben Pepper. (Keep going! There’s good news coming…)

We tried searching for “Ben Pepper Book Test.”

Then, we tried test, quiz, activities, reading guide, study guide, and other combinations of words.

Alternative Activities

There were, however, many activities related to good citizenship and manners; which could be expounded upon while reading the book.

We liked the numerous activities, worksheets, and lesson plans about manners from TeacherPlanet.

Here is a nice video called Mind Your Manners (1953) that we also enjoyed watching.

A MiniMize Worksheet

And, don’t despair…

The MiniMize Life is creating a short fill in the blank worksheet for Ben Pepper, by Margaret Sidney.

This worksheet will contain 4 pages with 28 days of activities and a total of 28 questions in all. There is one question for each chapter in the book.

An Answer Key is also attached at the end of the worksheet.

How the Worksheet Works

This worksheet will guide a student through reading the book and prompt them to complete a simple activity.

The student will begin each day by reading the day’s first question and the corresponding chapter.

Next, they will find the sentence in the chapter and fill in the missing words.

Student Instructions

Instructions on the MiniMize Worksheet for Ben Pepper, by Margaret Sidney, state the following:

Number 1, below, is a sentence from Chapter 1, number 2 from Chapter 2, etc. Read the entire chapter, then find the sentence, below, in the Chapter. In the blanks, write the missing words.

Where Can I Get the MiniMize Worksheet?

The MiniMize Worksheet described above is currently in production.

The Worksheet has been developed and is awaiting editing and copyright processes.

When these have been completed, The MiniMize Life will release the worksheet and make it available here.

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Read Ben Pepper, by Margaret Sidney

If you just can’t wait to read Ben Pepper, The MiniMize Life has found it in multiple formats for you!

Below, you will find links to e-books, audiobooks, and other formats for free and for purchase.

Free E-Books

We all LOVE free stuff! While free doesn’t always mean better, we want you to be able to homeschool, no matter what your current financial situation might be.

Below, are the MiniMize recommended e-books for Ben Pepper, by Margaret Sidney.

Each section explains a little about the version and gives you a link to the FREE BOOK.


You must know, Gutenberg.org is all about free, open-source, and public domain.

Ben Pepper illustration, "There was an awful pause, every one staring at the smooth layer of brown paper."
There was an awful pause, every one staring at the smooth layer of brown paper.

This version of Ben Pepper works perfectly for many eReaders and devices.

The FREE e-book from gutenberg.org can be found here.

A word of caution: the audio readings offered by Gutenberg sound a bit robotic. This is due to their policy of making these books adaptable to any device.

*This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.  You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org.

Google Books

If you like to keep your books in a Google Play account, then Google Books is for you.

You can find the FREE e-book on Google Books, here.

Audio Books

Want an audio version of the book?

They’re especially helpful on long car rides!

Check out the following sources.


If you prefer to listen to books, LibriVox offers a FREE version of Ben Pepper.

Get it, here.

Be aware, however, that LibriVox relies on volunteers to record their audiobooks.

The recordings are not usually narrated by professionals, and many books have more than one narrator.

They are real voices, though; so that’s a plus!


Go to YouTube to find another great FREE resource for Ben Pepper.

This is not an actual “video,” and only shows a still depiction of the book.

It is, however, a useful way to hear the audio of the LibriVox recording, above.

The FREE audio/video version from LibriVox Audiobooks is available in two parts.

You can find Part 1, here; and Part 2, here.

Bound and Kindle Books

Sometimes, you just want to touch and smell a real book, right?

That’s what Amazon’s for!

If printing and binding the book yourself from one of the choices above doesn’t sound appealing, here’s the alternative.

If you prefer to buy Ben Pepper already bound and printed, you can purchase a copy on Amazon, here.


Kindle is always better when it comes to eBooks.

If you’re like me, and you want it on Kindle, try this one!

Ben Pepper, by Margaret Sidney

That’s everything so far.

Remember, though, we will be updating this information from time to time.

Is there anything you think might be helpful to anyone or their homeschool in relation to Ben Pepper, by Margaret Sidney? Let us know in the comments below!