Holidays are fun. The best times of year. Especially the Christmas holidays, where they go on and on. There’s just one problem. What do I do for the six or so weeks?
Well, if you’re a girl (preferably ages 8-11) here’s some books that supply the necessary needs:
The main character is a girl
She’s smart, adventurous and unbelievably gorgeous
There are colourful pictures
And shortish chapters
When poor, scrappy Wanda Petronski claims to have one hundred beautiful dresses all lined up in her closet, the other girls think it’s just ridiculous. And it is! So they tease her.
Then one day Wanda doesn’t come to school…and not the next day, either, or the next…and the next…the girls start wondering if their teasing drove Wanda from school. And when the art competition is judged, things begin to make sense…but could it be too late?
It’s a very sweet book, written from the point of view of a reluctant bully. The constant pictures are lovely and bright, and the values are really good. It’s fun, interesting, and haunting. Definitely give it a read.
By Valerie Tripp
Kit Kittridge lives in Cinnicitti in the Great Depression. Her family’s safe from the “slippery well” so far…until her father looses his job and her whole world starts shaking. So many awful changes are happening–but at least there’s one good thing: there’s plenty to write about in Kit’s daily newspapers!
I love these books. The story is great, and he pictures are beautiful! I love reading about Kit. She’s probably my favourite of all the American Girls. This book is great fun for a quick read, and well worth finishing the whole six book series.
By Norma Jean Lutz
Maggie is in a tight spot. She and her family are certainly not poor, but they aren’t really proper gentlefolk, either. Her family has strange views on things–why, their friends are revivalists! All this makes Maggie rather odd in the company of her two aristocratic friends, Adelaide and Celia.
Maggie doesn’t know what to think about the things the girls talk about…dancing, revivalists, slavery… and now Adelaide is getting her own slave. Maggie doesn’t know what to do. She must decide if dancing and tea parties are all there is–or should she give up everything for one little slave girl, Melee?
I love this book. It’s so interesting to read about that time in history. Every time I read it I find myself identifying with Maggie–doing everything possible to make close friends with the popular and rich girls who have the best parties, dresses, and holidays. Why, Adelaide even wears a wig to church! (It was fashionable in those days) Though lacking in pictures, I’d still give this one a read. It’s worth it.
Sometimes Beezus just doesn’t love her little sister, Ramona.
Ramona’s not a brat. She never means to be so naughty…but trouble is attracted to Ramona, just as Ramona is attracted to dropping whole eggs into a turning mixer to see what would happen, and playing Hansel and Gretel with her rubber doll and Beezus’ birthday cake.
Beezus feels awful about her frequent lack of love. But then she finds out a secret she never would have guessed, and life with Ramona takes on a different perspective…
With Ramona around, you’ll never be bored. She stories are hilarious. The scrapes she gets into! All told from how Beezus sees it, you sympathize with her while laughing. This book is so much fun! You have to read it!