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Felicity's Surprise: A Christmas Story (American Girls Collection) [Hardcover]

By Valerie Tripp (Author), Keith Skeen (Illustrator) & Luann Roberts (Illustrator)
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Item description for Felicity's Surprise: A Christmas Story (American Girls Collection) by Valerie Tripp, Keith Skeen & Luann Roberts...

Invited to the Governor's Palace, Felicity is delighted by the promise of a new gown, but her mother's illness forces her to remain home

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Studio: American Girl Publishing Inc
Pages   69
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.88" Width: 6.44" Height: 0.45"
Weight:   0.72 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 30, 1991
Publisher   American Girl
Grade Level  Multiple Grades  
Age  8-12
Series  American Girl Felicity  
Series Number  3  
ISBN  1562470116  
ISBN13  9781562470111  

Availability  0 units.

More About Valerie Tripp, Keith Skeen & Luann Roberts

Valerie Tripp Valerie Tripp is an American author best known for her beloved American Girl historical fiction characters Felicity, Elizabeth, Josefina, Samantha, Nellie, Kit, Ruthie, Emily, and Molly. Ms. Tripp also writes poems, songs, stories, skills book pages, and nonfiction essays for educational publishers. She is the author of dozens of phonetically controlled stories at the pre-K, Kindergarten, and first grade levels of The Superkids Reading Program and all of the stories in the second grade readers, "The Superkids Hit Second Grade" and "The Superkids Take Off." In addition, she is a founder and the Editorial Director of Boys Camp a series of realistic fiction books for readers aged 7 to 12, and also the author of the books in the Hopscotch Hill School series, and the Just One More series, published by Childrens Press.

Tripp became a writer because of the kind of person she is. She's curious, and writing requires you to be interested in everything. She loves to talk and writing is a way of talking on paper.

Valerie Tripp currently resides in the state of Maryland. Valerie Tripp was born in 1951.

Valerie Tripp has published or released items in the following series...
  1. American Girl: Beforever

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > United States > Fiction > Colonial
3Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Girls & Women > Fiction
4Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Holidays & Festivals > Christmas > Fiction
5Books > Subjects > Children > Series > Historical > American Girl > Felicity

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Felicity's Surprise  Apr 25, 2007
How would you like to read a book from 1774?
It involves a girl named Felicity, an apprentice named Ben, Her mom and dad and also some of Felicity's friends. You will see how not only Felicity, but the whole family works together to do something special for Felicity.
A spunky spiritedly colonial girl, full of energy and independence is invited to a very important Christmas ball. A ball that most girls don't get to go to .She needs something to wear though. She knows she can't just go to the ball wearing her grubby dress. So Felicity has her mom make the dress. Something bad happens to her mom though. I can't tell you what happens though. If you like books with adventure and horses and balls than you will like this book.

One great book.  May 11, 2005
Felicity's surpries is a great book for girls that like American
girl books.This book will give you a good picture in your head about what is happing.This is a really good book around Christmas time,because it is a Christmas story.Felicity's Suprprise is about when she gets invited to a dance lesson at the palace. I hope you enjoy it .It is a grat book.
Wonderful Christmas Story  Mar 20, 2002
The Christmas story is about a young girl growing up in colonial times. Felicity is extremely excited about her invitation to attend a dancing lesson at the Governor's Palace. It is every young girls dream to be there, and Felicity has received this wonderful honor. Felicity wants the most beautiful dress to wear, like the one on her fashion doll. Knowing how much it costs and that her family is very poor she wants it anyway. Her mother promises Felicity the dress. The plan was for her mother to make the gown by hand. However Felicity's mother become very ill. Felicity is worried that her dress will not be completed on time, and she is ashamed for being disappointed about the dress when her mom is sick. On the night of the dance when Felicity has come to realize that she would not go her mother gives her a wonderful surprise. She had found strength to finish the dress that was her daughters Christmas wish. Felicity is the most beautiful girl at the party and realizes that dreams do come true.
I believe that Tripp gave a wonderful representation of that the colonial times was like. She represented Felicity very realistically. Any girl in her palace would be disappointed if she could not go to the party, yet feel a sad burden that the mother is sick as well. Felicity hoped for a miracle simply that her mother would get better not even thinking of her own wish for a completed dress and ended up getting both wishes.
I loved the American Girl books growing up specifically Felicity's stories. I am amazed that Tripp can grab children's attention book after book. And you learn so much about the time period in the process of reading. I enjoyed reading this book again.
Great, as Usual  Feb 22, 2002
American Girl books are great, this one included. Felicity's fear when her mother becomes sick let us realize how feelings for what is really important to us - family members, a feeling of security, friendship - haven't change a lot since Revolutionary days, both in America and worldwhile. What changes is how we live the everyday life - we drive cars and not carts, at school we learn science and not how to serve tea... Just one question, how long will we have to wait for a Native American Girl, and for a Jewish American Girl?
Great Historical Book!  May 14, 2000
I read this book because I was learning about the American Revolution in class. This is a very touching book that anyone can enjoy. Learn about Felicity's dream doll at the store that she wished to get, the dance she was invited to by the mayor, the disease that her mother had. I really enjoyed this book because of the wonderfully illustrated pictures and the great story. In fact, all of the Felicity books are "da bomb"!

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