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In Grandma's Attic (Celebrate Big Decisions) Paperback – July 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Series: Celebrate Big Decisions
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (July 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781432685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781432689
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,089,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Arleta Richardson is a gifted storyteller who grew up as an only child in Chicago, living in a hotel on the shores of Lake Michigan. Under the care of her maternal grandmother, she listened for hours as her grandmother told stories from her won childhood. Arleta captured these stories for the "Grandma's Attic" series which now has an audience of over two million readers!

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Customer Reviews

My 5 & 8 year old girls love this book!
cjmac
A well written children's book that had a lesson with every story. would be very nice to read to a young girl .
Lynn R.D.
I highly recommended these books as a girl and I highly recommend them now.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Emily Leet on March 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you are tired of all those books full of "fluff" with no real moral, look no further than the book-In Grandma's Attic! Little stories fill the pages of this delightful book that not only teach character, but have you on the floor laughing. I join Mable and her friend Sarah Jane as they find themselves in one scrape after another! In the end though there is always a repentive spirit and a desire to do better next time temptation pops up. Every story starts out with a little girl asking her grandma about something she saw or discovered that day, while visiting at her grandmother's house. The question triggers a story from grandma that relates to what she was asked about and so starts another humorous tale of the good old days! The whole series of these books is well worth reading. I didn't read them all at once, but over a period of time. Because as Mable grows so does her vocaulary and the stories get harder for young children to relate to. Wonderful read aloud books!
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By David W Sewing on October 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
"In Grandma's Attic" is one of the best character-building books I have come across. These humorous short stories convey history, family life, and lessons learned in such a delightful way. Reminds me of the "Little House" books, but with a greater spiritual emphasis. So glad we were introduced to this series through "Five in a Row" by Jane Claire Lambert, who recommends it be read in conjunction with "The Rag Coat" by Lauren Mills.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 1998
Format: Paperback
I read the "Grandma's Attic " books when I was younger and loved them. I recently went back and read them again, and they were just as enjoyable the second time around! The stories are realistic, humorous, and just fun to read. They make the adventures of Sarah Jane and Mabel seem real, and you get to know the characters and their personalities. Each story teaches a lesson or moral, and most have quotes from the Bible. I really enjoyed these books, and I think that most young girls will, too!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. McBrown on May 4, 2013
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We have read aloud all of the Little House books to our 4-year old and were looking for a new series - preferably with no princesses. These stories are charming and often quite funny. If you are not Christian, be aware some of the chapters -- although not most -- have Christian language and messaging. At first I was not sure these would be a good fit for our family but overall, the messaging was not heavy-handed; it was more often nicely moral than religious in tone. We are moving on to book two.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Annie on December 22, 2006
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The entire Grandma's Attic Series, and this first book in particular, is one of the most beloved book series of my childhood. I haven't read them in years, but I still can recall most of the stories from each book.

When I was very young, my mother read them to me before I went to sleep. As I got older (6 or 7), I began reading them on my own. The stories were short enough that storytime before bed didn't drag on into the night, and they were also funny and well written. Morals were present in each story (the importance of truthfulness and the value of hardwork being two recurring themes, as I recall), but they weren't preachy or heavy-handed.

I haven't read the books in over a decade, but they left such a lasting impression on me that I have kept a set of the books in my library to read to children who visit. They've been a big hit so far with all the children I've read the stories to.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By HeatherHH on September 19, 2009
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I've enjoyed reading this book aloud with my older children, ages 8 and 6, and my 8-year-old often reads them on his own. Each chapter has Grandma telling a story from her youth, often prompted by something found in Grandma's attic, or a question asked by her granddaughter.

The stories give a glimpse into what life was like long ago, but also teach good moral lessons that are applicable today, as they are lessons all of us need to learn about pride, vanity, thinking things through, truthfulness, etc.. Some of the lessons are a generic you "ought to" do this or that, but some are very explicitly based in the Christian faith, like when Grandma learns that "the Lord has a reason" for everything that happens. I'd have preferred Grandma to have been not quite as foolish (example for the reader), but in her scrapes, she never gets away with anything wrong.

The chapters are typically 4-6 pages, which means they're nice bite-sized stories. I usually read 2 or 3 at a time. I was only partway through this book when I went ahead and ordered other books in this series. I can hand these books to my children without worrying about the lessons they'll learn. While not an outstanding work of literature, they are good clean fun!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Walking Grandma on January 13, 2007
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We read and reread these books to our sons when they were small. Then they read - and reread - them for themselves. Our family laughed a lot over the adventures and misadventures of Mabel and Sara Jane, two delightfully irrepressible little girls who, with the best of intentions, managed to get into all sorts of trouble. Our boys grew up watching Mabel and Sara Jane grow up. These true stories offer a rare and endearing view of childhood as it ought to be and of godliness cultivated through wisdom and love.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sue Stuever Battel on April 19, 2008
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"In Grandma's Attic" is a beautiful book that our whole family enjoyed, from my 5-year-old homeschooled kindergartener all the way up to my 77-year-old parents.

Author Arleta Richardson, herself in her 80s now, recalls stories that her grandmother shared about her childhood. The grandmother grew up on a farm in Michigan around the turn of the last century, so the stories offer a nice glimpse into the past--almost doubling as a history lesson.

Arleta introduces each story with what was happening when her grandma told it to her, whether grandma was sitting down to sew, telling about something Arleta had pulled out of the attic, or entertaining Arleta as the little girl from diphtheria. Readers can learn about day-to-day life from two different periods of history at once.

What I most appreciate is the quaint honesty of the stories. Grandma even tells stories about the mischief she got into as a child! Arleta manages to show that childhood is still childhood, no matter the time period.

We used this book as a read-aloud during school times and at bedtime. I'd say a child with about a third-grade reading level could read it alone. Each of its 23 chapters is short, with about 5 or so pages each. Each chapter tells a different story.

The book has five nice, black-and-white illustrations. It even feels good in the hand, with a nice linen cardstock cover and standard novel size.

If you enjoy the Little House on the Prairie series, you'll enjoy this book. Some of the stories end with a Christian message, such as how prayer brought grandpa a new pair of shoes. All emphasize values, though not at all in a preachy way.

Like grandma from the book, I also grew up on a farm in Michigan, but I think anyone would love these stories.

We read this as part of the Sonlight Core C (kindergarten) homeschool curriculum. I can't wait to read the rest of the series!
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