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Phoebe's Revolt by Natalie Babbitt
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Phoebe's Revolt (original 1968; edition 1989)

by Natalie Babbitt (Author)

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The story of a stubborn little girl set in the gaslight era.
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Title:Phoebe's Revolt
Authors:Natalie Babbitt (Author)
Info:Houghton Mifflin (1989), Edition: Reprint, 48 pages
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Phoebe's Revolt by Natalie Babbitt (1968)

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Phoebe, age 8 in 1914, objects to wearing the kind of clothes proper young girls wore then. She prefers her father's clothes because they look more comfortable, not because she is interested in crossdressing. Finally and happily, a compromise is reached. Cute, nicely illustrated and rhymed with fancy words, but I don't need to keep it. ( )
  raizel | May 4, 2020 |
Re-read as I picked up a copy at the library sale. Just as delightful as I remember. A strong-willed girl and loving parents can find a compromise! Clear & detailed line drawings are perfect. The rhyme makes it feel 'old-fashioned.' I believe it's based on a true story. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
And if you think a child can't understand concepts like passive resistance you've clearly never been a child nor had a child!

Phoebe, eight years old in 1904, is fed up ribbons, ruffles, sashes, curls and wants only to dress like her father.

Her mother's solution is to throw a party to show her how silly she is, but that backfires miserably when Phoebe simply refuses to get dressed. Her father solves the problem - first having her wear a spare outfit of his, then reminding her mother of her own misery in her own clothes at that age. And there's a happy ending - her mother concedes the point and has a few outfits made for her daughter that are more practical.

This is a lengthy book, with complicated words; and the cause of Phoebe's distress is likely to go right over the heads of the younger children. As well, the black-and-white drawings may not hold their attention. Phoebe is eight, and this book is definitely better suited for the older end of the 5-8 group. ( )
  conuly | Aug 24, 2008 |
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For M.F.B. with all my heart
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Phoebe Euphemia Brandon Brown Lived in a fancy house in town.
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Amazon appears to have give numerous books this same ISBN, such as Pourquoi Tales by Ashley Bryan & Margaret Hodges, George Washington's Breakfast by Jean Fritz, Warton and the King of the Skies by Russell E. Erickson, Phoebe's Revolt by Natalie Babbitt, and The Tales of Olga Da Polga by Michael Bond. Please try to keep these books separate.
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