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Meet Felicity: An American Girl : 1774 (The American Girls Collection, Book 1) [Paperback]

By Valerie Tripp (Author), Luann Roberts (Illustrator) & Dan Andreasen (Illustrator)
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In Williamsburg in 1774, nine-year-old Felicity rescues a beautiful horse who is being beaten and starved by her cruel owner.

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Felicity falls in love with a beautiful horse named Penny. When she discovers that the owner is cruel, she is determined to find a way to save Penny.

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Meet Felicity: An American Girl : 1774 (The American Girls Collection, Book 1) by Valerie Tripp, Luann Roberts & Dan Andreasen has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • School Library Journal - 02/01/1992 page 90
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/1991

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Item Specifications...

Studio: American Girl Publishing Inc
Pages   68
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 1991
Publisher   American Girl
Grade Level  Multiple Grades  
Age  8-12
Series  American Girl Felicity  
Series Number  1  
ISBN  1562470043  
ISBN13  9781562470043  

Availability  0 units.

More About Valerie Tripp, Luann Roberts & Dan Andreasen

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.

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Product Categories

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

Reviews - What do customers think about Meet Felicity: An American Girl : 1774 (The American Girls Collection, Book 1)?

Great for little girls  Sep 27, 2008
Simply adorable. The American Girl series is probably one of the best things for young girls (and screw the money thing!). Felicity not only introduces a worthy role model, but a researched look at Colonial America and the Revoluationary War.

Set in Colonial Williamsburg in 1774 this first book in the FELICITY series introduces readers to the Merriman family. As the eldest of three young children Felicity causes her mother great concern; she is too lively to sit still for long, and too impatient to make neat stitches and delicate letters. However, she proves stubbornly creative when it comes to what She wants to do. Preferring the physical freedom of wearing boy's britches this spunky girl is passionate about horses. Her kindly father--a mercantile owner--has no intention of increasing his modest stable.

Felicity's curiosity is sparked when she learns that Mr. Nye, the mean tannery owner, has acquired a new, spirited horse. With a reputation of cruelty to his own animals Nye presents a formidable opponent for a soft-hearted girl. Still Felicity is determined to see the new beauty for herself, whom she privately names Penny because of her color. So how can this plucky girl rescue the young horse from certain death, while protecting herself from being hanged as a horse thief? Will the
new alliance with Ben, her father's apprentice, prove fruitful? All the books in the American Girls series read easily, accompanied by an interesting historical appendix following the story. An excellent elementary school teaching aid.

Excellent historical fiction for kids  Jul 24, 2007
I received this book when I bought my Felicity doll from American Girl.

In this book you meet Felicity Merriman who is a bright, funny girl living in the year 1774.

Felicity is quite bored with her routine; sewing, cooking, learning how to be a proper young lady, etc.
One day she sees a horse playing out in the pasture. She quickly becomes friends with it, and names it Penny. Later she finds out that the horse belongs to a cruel man named Jiggy Nye who has spent time in jail for animal cruelty.

Felicity knows the horse isn't hers, but that doesn't stop her from riding it one day. Jiggy Nye sees her, and tells her that anyone who can ride her may have her. Felicity then hatches a plan to steal the horse, which then backfires.

As this is a childrens book, everything does turn out ok in the end.

10 stars

Not the Best  Feb 18, 2004
The American Girls are too boring!!! However, the Felicity book series are one of the best. I can't make it through reading a Kaya book, because they are so boring. Anyway, this book is about Felicity wanting the horse that she named Penny. But will Jiggy Nye, the mean guy, let her have the horse?
Excellent  Sep 10, 2001
This is the first in the American Girls Short Stories series about Felicity Merriman, a nine-year-old girl living in the America of 1774. In this book, Felicity is bored with her constrained "girl's" world, where her time is spent wearing cumbersome dresses and making small, uniform stitches. Excitement enters, when she meets the knacker's new horse. The knacker, Jiggy Nye, is a cruel man who mistreats the horse. Here Felicity learns that sometime you must work for what you love, and sometimes you must give it up.

The final chapter is a fascinating and highly informative look into life in 1774. This book lives up to the excellence that characterizes most American Girls books. My daughter and I greatly enjoyed it, and we recommend it to you.


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