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Samantha Learns a Lesson: A School Story by…

Samantha Learns a Lesson: A School Story (1986)

by Susan S. Adler

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Samantha Parkington is more fortunate than most orphans; she lives with her wealthy Grandmary and attends the prestigious Miss Crampton's Academy. Samantha's friend Nellie has returned with better circumstances and is now enrolled in public school. Although Samantha's friendship with Nellie, a servant, is ridiculed and questioned, Samantha continues to tutor and help Nellie adjust to school. Eventually, it is Nellie who teaches Samantha the true lesson of American progress!

The "Looking Back" section of this historical novel addresses education in private and public schools in 1904. ( )
  shsunon | Feb 20, 2014 |
This story Samantha begins to help someone of a lower class in society learn how to read and do her schooling. At the same time, Samantha writes a speech about progress in America. She later discovers that there is more than she knows, and changes her speech at the last moment to the horrors of children working in factories.
This story reminded me about Laura Ingalls Wilder. I loved reading her stories as a child.
This can be used to talk about the inventions that have made a difference in our history, and how they changed over time.
This story can also be used to talk about how early schools worked. (Curriculum, recess, public schools,and private schools.)
  mortensen | Mar 18, 2012 |
In book number two of the American Girls Collection, Samantha is sad because she misses her friend Nellie. Nellie and her family had to move away to find work in a factory because they were poor. One day after Samantha comes home from school she is told she has a visitor and it is Nellie. Overjoyed, to see her friend, Samantha learns that Nellie and her family are going to be hired as help for the Van Slicklen household. Nellie was going to be able to attend school, so the next day Samantha walked her to school, but after school Nellie was found crying because the other students picked on her. Right then Samantha decided that she was going to help Nellie with her school work. The two girls worked so hard that Nellie was able to move up a grade. Samantha also gets great news when she wins a local speaking competition because she gave an excellent speech about children who are forced to work in factories. The story ends with the girls enjoying cookies and lemonade while they plan how they are going to get Nellie moved up another grade so they can be in the same class.

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This book had a great message behind it. I liked the fact that it showed that people, despite different social statuses, were able to form friendships and help each other during hard times.

Classroom Extension:
-This book could be used to grab the attention of young girls and get them interested in reading.
-This book could be used as a tool to help with public speaking.
  Kimberly83 | Mar 18, 2012 |
A review by Blake and Ashlyn: Very educational tells a lot about growing up in 1904. I think there was a lot about secrecy and very very very interesting. Really good story line, the author really really put their hearts into making these books. I would recommend this to all American Girl lovers. ( )
  momma2 | Jul 14, 2011 |
Amazon: 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. ( )
  makaiju | Nov 29, 2007 |
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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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