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Samantha's Surprise: A Christmas Story (American Girls Collection) [Paperback]

By Maxine Rose Schur (Author), Rose Schur (Author) & Jeanne Thieme (Editor)
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Item description for Samantha's Surprise: A Christmas Story (American Girls Collection) by Maxine Rose Schur, Rose Schur & Jeanne Thieme...

The two weeks before Christmas are filled with activity as Samantha finishes her homemade presents and makes peparations for visiting relatives

Publishers Description
Samantha has high hopes for the best Christmas ever. Things start to go wrong when her Uncle Gard announces he is bringing the beautiful Cornelia home for the holidays. The household goes into a dither, and in all the confusion,
no one pays much attention to Samantha and her private wish for the beautiful doll in the window at Schofield's Toy Store. Samantha blames Cornelia for ruining the holidays. But when Christmas morning finally comes, Samantha has more than one surprise waiting for her.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Pleasant Company Publications
Pages   67
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 6.16" Height: 0.21"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 1988
Publisher   American Girl
Grade Level  Multiple Grades  
Age  8-12
Series  American Girl Samantha  
Series Number  3  
ISBN  0937295221  
ISBN13  9780937295229  

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > Fiction > 1900s
3Books > Subjects > Children > Series > Historical > American Girl > Samantha
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good characters / predictiable plot  Apr 26, 2008
My daughter is a huge Samantha fan and we enjoy reading the American Girl books together. This story is professionally crafted, with strong vocabulary, a good mix of dialog and narrative, and nice illustrations. Samantha is looking forward to a christmas party, but with the arrival of the mysterious Cornelia, her plans appear to be wrecked. Just when Samantha believes that she is going to have the worst Christmas ever, things break her way.
Samantha's Surprise  Nov 17, 2006
Samantha's Surprise is about a girl named Samantha that got a very special surprise from someone she loves. 12 weeks before Christmas, Samantha's best friend,Ida, gave her an invitation to her Christmas party. Then Ida and Sam,Samantha, went to the toy shop. Sam stared into the shop's window admiring the beautiful Nutcracker doll. Later on Sam went to her house and tried on the new dress Granmary's semstress,Jessie, made for her. Then Sam asked Grandmary if she could go to Ida's party, but she can't because Sam's uncle is bringing his girlfriend so they have to meet Cornelia properly on their first meet. Once Cornelia and Uncle Gard got there and it ends up that Sam,Cornelia,and Uncle Grad had a wondreful time instead of having a horrible time as Sam thought it might be. On Christmas, Sam got the Nutcracker doll she wanted and everyone loved Sam's gifts she gave. Especialy Cornelia. Sam had a wonderful Christmas after all.
No Fun on Christmas  May 9, 2006
This book is very fascinating. Samantha wants a certain doll for Christmas,the doll is beautiful, she wears a pink lacy dress, has brown hair, and holds a tiny nutcracker in her arms. Samantha's Uncle Gard is bringing his fiance', Cornilia for Christmas. Samantha has made Christmas decorations for GrandMary's house and she's been invited to her friend Ida Dean's Christmas party. Then Samantha finds out Cornilia is coming and evewrything has to be perfect so Samantha can't put up her decorations or go to Ida Dean's Christmas party. Samantha thinks that Cornilia will be a boring person, but soon finds out she may be wrong.
In the back of the book there's a little section called "Peek into the Past" and it can teach you about Christmas in 1904.
I would recommend this book for three reasons; its very interesting, exciting and wonderful. "Samantha's Surprise" is a great book
Samanthas Surprise Rocks Out Loud  Feb 11, 2006
I thought this book would be great for girls especially if you like the holidays. Samantha lives with her wealthy grandmother. It is also a great book if you love happy endings and sad beginnings.
Very good  May 19, 2003
This is another in the American Girls series about Samantha Parkington, a nine-year-old orphan girl living with her grandmother in the America of 1904. In this book, Samantha is all excited, preparing for the coming Christmas. But, when the family finds out that Samantha's Uncle Gard is bringing his girlfriend Cornelia to visit (a serious matter back then), the whole household is turned upside down, along with Samantha's plans. Samantha begins to resent Cornelia, but before Christmas Day arrives, she might just learn a lesson.

The final chapter of this book is a highly informative look at Christmas in 1904 America. Also, I must say that I did enjoy the wonderful illustrations provided by Nancy Niles and R. Grace.

This is another very good American Girls book. Unlike the other Samantha books that my daughter and I have read, this one does not set out to show any of the less savory details of life in 1904 America, but it is nonetheless and enjoyable book with a nice lesson. My daughter and I both enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to you.


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