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Meet Samantha: An American Girl (American…

Meet Samantha: An American Girl (American Girls Collection) (original 1986; edition 1986)

by Susan S. Adler

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Title:Meet Samantha: An American Girl (American Girls Collection)
Authors:Susan S. Adler
Info:American Girl (1986), Paperback, 61 pages
Collections:Read, Your library
Tags:children's fiction

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Meet Samantha: An American Girl by Susan S. Adler (1986)



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USE: Learning about classes and womanhood in the early 1900s.
Genre: contemporary realistic fiction. Historical. Early Reader.
Media: paint. old photographs.

Sam(Samantha) is growing up in the early 1900s. She is raised by her grandmother. She has a friend next-door who likes to tease her. I think he may like her? Sam leaves a cookie in a room for ants and her grandmother gets upset. Her grandmother wants her to act more ladylike. Cars are a new thing and her grandmother doesn't want her to get dirty in one. A servant girl moves next door and Sam befriends her. Until she has to leave. :( Will she be back? She was getting sick. Sam gave her her expensive doll. Grandmother was proud of her. Their seamstress left working with them because she had a baby and Sam was originally sad because she didn't know why she had left. Sam convinces her grandmother to allow the seamstress and her baby back. ( )
  HannahChesnutt | Mar 4, 2016 |
Samantha Parkington was a nine year old young lady. She was an orphan that lived with her wealthy Grandmother. Samantha liked things such as climbing trees and playing outside. She didn't care much for piano practice or sewing. She made friends with servants such as Jessie and Nellie. When she heard about her friend Nellie leaving, she pack up food and her favorite doll to send with her.

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I have collected American Girl Dolls since I was about 5 years old. Samantha was the first one I ever received. However, I don't ever remember reading the story of her life. She was a strong adventure young girl in a time that didn't look too highly on those aspects.

Classroom extension:
1. I could bring my doll to school to show the class what she looked like.
2. We could do research to see what information we could find on her life.
  Tarakalynn | Jul 11, 2014 |
This book introduces Samantha in the American Girl series. She is an orphan living with her grandmother in 1904. Samantha's neighbors have a girl her age come and live with them, but she has to work as a servant for her living rather than being priviliged as Samantha is. Samantha has grown up with servants but has never seen that children must also work in houses and factories. The two become friends and solve a mystery together. The story reveals the hardships and inequality of the time, rather than an idealistically whitewashed portrayal, but still shows the beauty of the period through historically accurate details. There are two versions of the artwork depending on the edition, but both give expression and warmth to the characters, and smaller illustrations show old-fashioned items that readers might have difficulty conceptualizing. These books introduce young readers to history in a non-glorified but approachable way that makes them more accessible and gives an understanding of real world concepts. The looking back section at the end uses real photographs and images from the era to display the highlights of that time in history along with the social implications. ( )
  Honanb | Mar 2, 2014 |
I really liked this book. I would recommend it to younger girls who enjoy learning about a girl and a little bit of history as well. This book is set in the past. The readers will really have to grasp that concept, instead of looking at the book as if it was published today. Overall, I liked it.
  SamiRomanecz | Oct 15, 2013 |
Samantha Parkington, an orphan, lives a privileged life with her Grandmary in a luxurious home in 1904. She is expected to be a proper young lady who practices piano and works samplers. But Samantha doesn't quite fit the profile.

Samantha meets Nellie who works as a servant for the Ryland family and the two nine-year-olds become friends.

Samantha soon realizes that Nellie's circumstances are quite a contrast to her own elegant life. Meet Samantha is the first book of the Samantha series.
"A Peek into the Past" tells of domestic life in 1904. There were no refrigerators, no freezers, no vacuum cleaners, and little prepared food.

Servants of privileged families did all the hard work for very little money and poor living conditions. ( )
  shsunon | Apr 26, 2013 |
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In 1904, nine-year-old Samantha, an orphan living with her wealthy grandmother, and her servant friend Nellie have a midnight adventure when they try to find out what has happened to the seamstress who suddenly left her job.

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