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Meet Samantha: An American Girl (American Girls Collection) [Paperback]

By Susan S. Adler (Author), Jeanne Thieme (Editor) & Dan Andreasen (Illustrator)
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Item description for Meet Samantha: An American Girl (American Girls Collection) by Susan S. Adler, Jeanne Thieme & Dan Andreasen...

Nine-year-old Samantha and her servant friend Nellie have a midnight adventure when they try to find out what has happened to the seamstress who has suddenly left her job

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Samantha Parkington is an orpan who lives with her rich grandmother in 1904. There are many servants in Grandmary's busy, bustling household, but there is no one for Samantha to play with. That's why she's so excited when Nellie moves in next door. Nellie has come to work so that she can send money back to her family in the city. Even though their lives are different, the two girls become good friends. One day Samantha discovers that Jessie, the seamstress, is leaving. No one will tell her why. So she and Nellie plan a secret midnight adventure to find out.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: American Girl Publishing Inc
Pages   61
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 1988
Publisher   American Girl
Grade Level  Multiple Grades  
Age  8-12
Series  American Girl Samantha  
Series Number  1  
ISBN  0937295043  
ISBN13  9780937295045  

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > Fiction > General
3Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Social Situations > Friendship > Fiction
4Books > Subjects > Children > Series > Historical > American Girl > Samantha
5Books > Subjects > Children > Literature

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Wonderful series  May 31, 2007
I first came across this book about fifteen-years ago when I was in the fourth grade. It was library day, and this was the book that I picked to read. I read the first chapter in the library, and spent the remainder of the day hiding the book underneath my desk, so my teacher wouldn't notice that I was reading. I got caught anyway.

Anyway, this is a great collection about a weathly nine-year-old girl named Samantha who is growing up in the year 1904. In the first chapter we learn that her grandmother is raising her because her parents were killed in a motorboat accident. We learn more about that tragedy later on in the Samantha book series.

One day Samantha sees a girl about her age doing the laundry at the house next door. Samantha's neighbors are also well to do, and they have a spoiled son named Eddy, who likes to tease Samantha.
After Samantha talks to this girl she finds out that her name is Nellie, and that her family sent her to work as a servant girl because in New York City Nellie was working long hours in a dusty, factory. This was before child labor laws.

Another thing that Samantha witnesses is that her grandmother's seamstress, Jessie has left her job. Jessie, nor her grandmother will tell her why. One night, Nellie and Samantha hatch a plan to go to Jessie's house to find out why. In the next chapter you get to deal with racism in the early 20th century.

I think this is a wonderful book for a parent to buy, and read to their kids. The book tells a story about a young girl growing up in the early 20th century. It gives a lesson about child labor, and paints a picture of racism. The child will learn that these two subjects are very wrong.

I just hope that one day the books in this series are not edited like so many of the classics have been.
Amazing Samantha/Book Report/ Meet Samantha   May 2, 2007
I read the book Meet Samantha. This book is interesting. This book is more of an adventure book of her life.
In this story Samantha becomes friends with a girl from the orphanage. I learned some interesting facts. I learned that when you become something you can't pretend to be that anymore. Also I learned that if you are a good person you are going to become a good person. I would recommend this book for three reasons. First reason it tells you how Samantha worked just to become someone's friend. The second reason is when you start reading you just can't stop. Third, when you are reading this book I think you are going to like it. Meet Samantha is an exciting.
a great way to introduce historical fiction!  Mar 28, 2005
Meet Samantha is an excellent way to introduce young girls to the genre of historical fiction. The vocabulary used in the book helps set the tone to be transported to the early 1900's. The actions of the characters also inform readers of the differences between the early 1900's and the time period we are living in now. A very informative addition to the book is located after the story. It is called looking back-changes for America in 1904. This section of the book gives facts about the time period in which the book is set accompanied by photos of the time period. Both the story and this added feature would enable the reader to learn a lot about the early 1900's. This book certainly opens the door for discussion about the changes that have come about in our country and how those changes affect everyone who lives in America. This book will be enjoyed by many young girls because they will be able to relate to the main characters and their newly formed friendship. Readers will sympathize with Nellie's situation and cheer on Samantha who does everything she can to help her have fun!
Meet Samantha  Apr 23, 2004
Meet Samantha is an excellent book. It is about a young girl whose parents died when she was 5 years old. Now she lives in the country with her grandmother. Samantha's grandmother does not like to make changes. Samantha meets a young girl named Nellie who is working for another family next door. Nellie's parents and two sisters live in the city and work at a factory. The suggested reading level is ages 7 and up but I think that the Samantha series is wonderful for anyone.
Victorian Girl with a Conscience  Apr 4, 2004
The charming American Girls series introduces young readers
to five different protagonists of various ethnic backgrounds, from five eras in American history. Each heroine has 4-6 short books in her individual setting. Each book includes historical data and photographs which provide authentic details of that particular time frame.

Here we meet nine-year-old Samantha, a well-to-do Victorian miss in Turn-of-the-Century America. Pampered but restricted (in her speech, curiosity, clothing and activities) Samantha interacts with various servants in her Grandmother's home. Then she meets a new, but poor working girl next door--her first real
friend. This is an age when children were supposed to be Seen but not Heard; she witnesses the dawn of women's struggle for emancipation. This series presents likeable girls caught up in both the historical events and social movements of their day. This is Fiction Plus--a valuable literary concept which offers insight into the contributions of immigrants. Some themes are universal, regardless of era or nationality, like the dreams and frustrations of growing up, which today's American girls can easily understand. Fast and light reading which teaches as it
entertains, (...)


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