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Meet Samantha: An American Girl (1986)

by Susan S. Adler

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Through Samantha Parkington's explorations to learn more about the decisions of two servants she knows, a new maid who is her age and an adult seamstress, the story touches on how lives differed at the beginning of the 20th century for Northeastern Americans of different genders, ages, and social classes. "Looking Back" in the afterword provides supplementary historical photos, illustrations, and descriptions of life in 1904. ( )
  aspirit | Apr 19, 2019 |
This book is about a girl named Samantha who is a young lady growing up in the time of the Industrial Revolution. She is an ordinary girl who makes friends with a young servant girl from the city and learns about the hardships from working in the factories and then gives her the doll that she got so that way her friend could have a doll which she never had before to bring back to the city with her. This is a good book because it also tells about historical facts from that time period in history.
  BurgessMeredith | Aug 1, 2018 |
I like this book, a few elements stood out to me that I really liked. The first thing you notice about the book is that even though it is a chapter book, it still included illustrations throughout. On page 2, Samantha finds Eddie’s beetle collection and there are is a picture of three different beetle pictures within the paragraph. Another thing I liked was the fact this is a great transition book to get younger readers into chapter books. The font is big, the paragraphs are manageable, and there are pictures throughout which reinforces the text on the page which is great for readers that are just getting into chapter books. I also love Samantha, this is the first book in a series of 6 and you really get a good idea of who Samantha is. Throughout the book, Samantha is depicted as a strong girl likable girl who is ahead of her time. She was always looking up to her Aunt Cornelia who was all about being a progressive modern woman. Cornelia would tell Samantha her ideals, for example, she told Samantha that women should be able to make money, which her Grandmother deeply disapproved of because it went against the cultural norms of the day. The main idea of the book is friendships can come out of the most unlikely circumstances if you just care about them. Samantha struck up a friendship with a neighbor’s servant (Nellie) even though they knew they shouldn’t be friends because of status, Samantha still went out of her way become friends and by the end of the book, they were great friends. ( )
  eplack2 | Oct 14, 2017 |
love this book ( )
  azpandas | Aug 4, 2017 |
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 |
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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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