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Samantha Learns a Lesson: A School Story (American Girls Collection) [Paperback]

By Susan S. Adler (Author), Jeanne Thieme (Editor) & Nancy Niles (Illustrator)
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Item description for Samantha Learns a Lesson: A School Story (American Girls Collection) by Susan S. Adler, Jeanne Thieme & Nancy Niles...

When nine-year-old Nellie begins to attend school, Samantha determines to help her with her schoolwork and learns a great deal herself about what it is like to be a poor child and work in a factory.

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Samantha attends Miss Crampton's Academy, a private school for proper young ladies. Samantha wants to win the gold medal in the speaking contest, but she's worried about Nellie, the poor servant girl who has become her friend. If she can teach Nellie to read, maybe the boys and girls at school will stop calling Nellie "dummy" and "ragbag." Samantha sets up a school in Grandmary's tower room and becomes Nellie's teacher. But Nellie teaches Samantha some very important lessons, too.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: American Girl Publishing Inc
Pages   61
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.64" Width: 5.26" Height: 0.26"
Weight:   0.42 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 1988
Publisher   American Girl
Grade Level  Multiple Grades  
Age  8-12
Series  American Girl Samantha  
Series Number  2  
ISBN  0937295132  
ISBN13  9780937295137  

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > Fiction > 1900s
3Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Social Issues > Homelessness & Poverty
4Books > Subjects > Children > Series > Historical > American Girl > Samantha
5Books > Subjects > Children > Literature

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Another great book in this series  Jul 30, 2007
In this book we meet up again with Samantha Parkington, who is a nine-year-old girl living in the year 1904 with her wealthy grandmother.

Samantha is delighted to learn that her friend Nellie has returned to town with her two sisters. They will be living a few houses down from Samantha, where they will earn a living as servant girls. They also are allowed to go to a public school.

At school Nellie is teased by her classmates because she doesn't know the lessons. Back in New York Nellie had a job in a factory which forced her not to attend school with her sisters.

Samantha has a wonderful idea. She will teach Nellie her lessons in the attic of her grandmother's house. Over time Nellie's progress gets better and better. Meanwhile, Samantha must write an oral essay about progress in America. Samantha begins to write about all the wonderful factories and cars. She gives the essay to Nellie to read over, but is shocked when Nellie tells Samantha she is wrong. Remember Nellie use to work in a factory.

With Nellie's help, Samantha composes a new essay. But, will this new essay be too harsh for Samantha's grandmother, as well as the hundreds of people she is reading it to? Or, will it be just the right thing?

Another excellent Samantha story  Nov 21, 2002
This is another in the American Girls series about Samantha Parkington, a nine-year-old orphan girl living in the America of 1904. In this book, Samantha is pleased to learn that her good friend Nellie and her family have been hired by a lady who lives a mere two doors away. Even better, Nellie and her two younger sisters are to start attending the local school. But Nellie is behind in her learning, and is relegated to the second grade, where she is teased as being stupid. With a quick thought, Samantha realizes that she can help.

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

This is another excellent American Girls book. As with the other Samantha stories, this one shows the seamier side of the "good old days," but presents the story in a lighthearted and uplifting way. My daughter and I both enjoyed the story, and the lessons that it taught. We both recommend this book to you.

A GREAT SAM ANTHA BOOK!!!  May 23, 2001
When I was younger, this was the first book in the American Girls Collection that I read. I decided to read it again at later time and still liked it. In the book, Samantha Parkington is a third grader at Miss Crampton's Academy. She meets up with her friend Nellie O'Malley, and learns that Nellie's employer, Mrs. Van Sicklen, is letting Nellie and her sisters, Bridget and Jenny, go to the public school. But on the first day, Nellie has problems in school. Because she couldn't go to shool while working in the factory, Nellie has never gone to shool before--she's nine years old and in the second grade. Samantha talks to her teacher at Miss Crampton's, and the teacher decides to help Samantha and Nellie out. Every day, after she finishes her chores, Nellie goes to Samantha's house for a tutoring session. Meanwhile, Samantha has to come up with a speech about Progress in America. Samantha prepares a speech on Factories in America--about how they have helped American society. After winning an award at Miss Crampton's, and being told to give her speech at the Mount Bedford Ladies Club, Samantha read her speech to Nellie. It's then that the book really starts to pick up--when Nellie explains that facotries AREN'T the improvement Samantha thought them to be. When the contest finally comes, Samantha changes her speech, and impresses both her friend and her grandmother. This book also takes a good look at the class system during that period in time, by showing the fact that Samantha would not be allowed near Nellie if she weren't helping her. An overall good book in the series, not to mention one of the first.


Interesting - Recommend for other girls to read it.  Aug 23, 1997
Samantha helps Nellie to improve her reading, math and science to help her move up to third grade. Samantha learns about Nellie's life before she moved next door. A great story to read

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