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Daisy Saves the Day by Shirley Hughes

Daisy Saves the Day

by Shirley Hughes

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In this historical fiction, award winning author and illustrator, Shirley Hughes tells the story of Daisy Dobbs. Set in early twentieth-century London, young Daisy loves going to school and learning to read. One day Daisy finds out that she must leave school and her home, and go into service as a scullery maid so that she can help support her mother and younger brothers. Daisy tries to do her best scrubbing pots, washing floors and peeling potatoes, but her heart and thoughts are on the many adventures that she has read about and sometimes she gets herself into trouble. However, when disaster strikes, quick thinking Daisy saves the day. The end papers capture the spirit of time period with old newspaper advertisements. Hughes illustrations, done in ink, gouache, and watercolor, are bright and realistic. They bring Daisy’s wonderful adventure to life.

This story is set in a large format picture book, however it is text heavy and more appropriate to for independent readers. Recommended for 3rd to 5th grade. ( )
  Patti16 | Feb 9, 2016 |
Daisy works as a maid in a families house and safes the day when she puts out a fire before it causes any damage.

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  bunnybearblue | Nov 12, 2015 |
A young girl has to leave school to become a scullery maid in early twentieth-century London. A happy but unlikely ending. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
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Beloved author-illustrator Shirley Hughes portrays the life of a young scullery maid in 1911 England as she stumbles and scrabbles toward her true place in life.

Daisy Dobbs has a mother and little twin brothers, but she lives far from them, serving as a maid in a big house owned by two refined old ladies. Daisy scrubs floors and sweeps stairs, washes dishes and peels potatoes. And sometimes she makes mistakes?—?like hanging the ladies’ red bloomers out the window for all to see. But in the evenings, Daisy sometimes has a moment to herself, which she uses for her favorite thing: borrowing books from the big house’s parlor. When disaster strikes in the form of a kitchen fire, and Daisy’s quick thinking saves the day, the ladies reward her in the best possible way. With atmospheric text and engaging illustrations, Shirley Hughes gently reminds us that reading is a gift to be treasured.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 03 Aug 2015 12:18:44 -0400)

Working in a big house owned by two refined ladies to support her mother and brothers, a young scullery maid in early-twentieth-century England borrows books and dreams of a better life before saving her employers from a kitchen fire.

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