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Meet Samantha (American Girl (Quality)) [Kindle Edition]

Susan Adler , Jeanne Thieme , Dan Andreasen
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Samantha Parkingtson is an orphan who lives with her rich grandmother in 1904. There are many servants in Grandmary's bustling household, but there is no one for Samantha to play with. Tha's why she's so excited when Nellie, a servant girl, moves in next door. Although their lives are different, the two girls become best friends. One day Samantha discovers that Jessie, the seamstress, is leaving. No one will tell her why. So she and Nellie plan a secret midnight adventure to find out.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2982 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Publisher: American Girl (December 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,336 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meet Samantha-The Entire Series October 7, 2003
This book is excellent. I am 24,I read these books when I was 8 or 9. Now that my daughter is 7, I thought it would be a good time to get her started. I bought her the entire series, she picked up the first book, Meet Samantha, she loved it. For the next few days every time you saw her she had her nose stuffed in a book. On a recent trip to Mass. she wouldnt leave without her books. Now she is even asking me to get her the series with Felicity. She loves them just as much as I did.
Any book that can get a child to want to read is an excellent one in my opinion. Also, in the back of each of the books there is a bit of real history dating back to the time of when the book takes place (ie. Samantha in 1904, Molly,1944) These books you will be 150% satisfied with! GUARENTEED!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great lesson June 9, 2013
This is another in the American Girls Short Stories series about Samantha Parkington, a nine-year-old orphan girl living with her wealthy grandmother in the America of 1904. In this first book of the series, Samantha begins to learn about the world outside of her opulent house; she learns of the yawning inequalities that separate race, class and sex. Through it all, Samantha works on her needlepoint sampler that bears the simple motto "Actions speak louder than words," and Samantha puts that motto to work.

This is an excellent book, with a wonderful story, excellent illustrations, and a great lesson. After each reading session, my daughter and I would have discussions about racism, child labor, and a host of other topics. I do think that this is an excellent introduction for children into some of the darker aspects of American history. We recommend it wholeheartedly.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meet Samantha April 23, 2004
Meet Samantha is an excellent book. It is about a young girl whose parents died when she was 5 years old. Now she lives in the country with her grandmother. Samantha's grandmother does not like to make changes. Samantha meets a young girl named Nellie who is working for another family next door. Nellie's parents and two sisters live in the city and work at a factory. The suggested reading level is ages 7 and up but I think that the Samantha series is wonderful for anyone.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Meet Samantha February 16, 1998
By A Customer
Samantha is a rich Victorian orphan living with her grandmother. Eddie Ryland, her annoying neighbor tells her he has a girl coming to live at his house. And Samantha is excited. Maybe she'll have a friend next door! But she meets the girl who is Nellie, a servant girl. Soon Nellie gets sick and must be sent away. Samantha must do something to stop this or to show kindness. Basically the story wasn't that great of an idea and it drags out for a long time. But any fan of the American Girls will enjoy it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just A Great Book October 22, 1998
By A Customer
This was the first book that I read out of the American Girls Collection. I have read most of the others now, but this one is still my favorite. Samantha is a very nice and caring girl and this book is really worth reading.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Her needlepoint was right June 19, 2003
Wealthy Samantha Parkington leads a fairly comfortable life, but is jolted into reality by the befriending of Nellie.

Although Nellie is roughly around Samantha's age, economic need coupled with the lack of today's child labor laws have brought her to work as a servant girl for the equally-wealthy neighbors. Initially different life perspectives lead the two girls on a timeless friendship which spans socioeconomic status.

Samantha may be book smart, but Nellie has spent far more time in the real world's proverbial school of hard knocks.

Nellie also helps Samantha understand why a beloved seamstress named Jessie must suddenly leave employment from her own grandmary's house. Because Samantha has grown up without wanting for anything, she does not realize other people have to prioritize the critical bread-and-butter issues such as child care, ironically to support their families. A person's staying or leaving their workplace is not always a question of whether they like the people they work for or have fun.

While the quote on her sampler could be annoying, it also typified a sheltered Victorian childhood, and therefore did not signifigantly detract from the book's overall plot. Samantha begins to understand that surface images can be quite different from the often more complex (and dangerous) reality within the same afforementioned society.

Yet, unlike so many of the best-intentioned reformers of the day (who really were trying to help their intended target populations), Samantha does not talk down to Nellie in this volume. We see she genuinely attempts to reach out and believe in Nellie'O Malley as an equal. Because this was ironically the social arrangement championed by idealistic first wave feminists (who envisioned an international sisterhood) the placement is inspiring.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful series May 30, 2007
I first came across this book about fifteen-years ago when I was in the fourth grade. It was library day, and this was the book that I picked to read. I read the first chapter in the library, and spent the remainder of the day hiding the book underneath my desk, so my teacher wouldn't notice that I was reading. I got caught anyway.

Anyway, this is a great collection about a weathly nine-year-old girl named Samantha who is growing up in the year 1904. In the first chapter we learn that her grandmother is raising her because her parents were killed in a motorboat accident. We learn more about that tragedy later on in the Samantha book series.

One day Samantha sees a girl about her age doing the laundry at the house next door. Samantha's neighbors are also well to do, and they have a spoiled son named Eddy, who likes to tease Samantha.

After Samantha talks to this girl she finds out that her name is Nellie, and that her family sent her to work as a servant girl because in New York City Nellie was working long hours in a dusty, factory. This was before child labor laws.

Another thing that Samantha witnesses is that her grandmother's seamstress, Jessie has left her job. Jessie, nor her grandmother will tell her why. One night, Nellie and Samantha hatch a plan to go to Jessie's house to find out why. In the next chapter you get to deal with racism in the early 20th century.

I think this is a wonderful book for a parent to buy, and read to their kids. The book tells a story about a young girl growing up in the early 20th century. It gives a lesson about child labor, and paints a picture of racism. The child will learn that these two subjects are very wrong.

I just hope that one day the books in this series are not edited like so many of the classics have been.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST BOOK EVER !!!!!!!!
I really like this book because it teaches girls life lessons.
So I really like it so so so much.
Published 3 months ago by LaNeshaJ
2.0 out of 5 stars A Thing of The Past
As a child this was one of the first books that started me down the road to reading many more historical fiction/non-fiction books. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bri
5.0 out of 5 stars Meet samantha
I loved when Samantha 'and Nelie . Went hunting for food for all
People in the village. They loved it. So Samantha and nelie
We're happy.
Published 4 months ago by vanessa digiacomo
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book ever!
The American Girl books are all great, but I especially loved the Samantha series. I gave this books 5 stars because it is very appropriate for children. Read more
Published 5 months ago by rpv
4.0 out of 5 stars A Proper Young Girl- 1904
Her parents were killed in an automobile accident and she lives in a large, comfortable home with her grandmother “Grandmary”. Her life is quite grand. Read more
Published 5 months ago by LAUNA STOUT- Children'sBooks.BellaOnline
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice American Girl Book
The book is a good quality paperback that is educational and informative giving today's girl an opportunity to have a glimpse into what being a young lady in another century was... Read more
Published 6 months ago by sara
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book
I love the book.
it was fun to read it.
I also love American girl dolls.
this was a great book
Published 6 months ago by Alaina DiVirgilio
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
I read these books as a child and now my daughter is reading them. The book is absolutely beautiful with gorgeous pictures... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Nichole Kirby
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book and great price
My 8 year old daughter is a big American Girl Fan and loves reading about the doll! Can't beat the price on this and brand new a must have for any AG fan
Published 12 months ago by Jason J. Grandquis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book was a great novel and I would love to have Samantha's life and live in a big house. You have to read this book!
Published 12 months ago by Awesomegirl261
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