13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
This book focuses on Mabel, a grandmother now who is raising her own granddaughter. She tells the funniest stories from her own life on a farm in early America. Quite clumsy and full of mischief she and her friend and two brothers learn the hard lessons of life through laughter, sorrow and getting in trouble with each chapter. As she matures, her father and mother instill moral values along the way. However, much like Anne of Green Gables her young spirit full of life never leaves her a moment of rest.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2007
We discovered the first book in this series, Stories from Grandma's Attic, through Sonlight. We read that first book as a read-aloud. We both enjoyed it very much. I ended up ordering most of the rest of the series from Amazon and when the box got delivered my daughter sat right down and proceeded to read the next book in the series by herself. Those books have become her "read in the car" books for when we are running errands. Love em! Highly recommend them! A great way to show the way life was way back when.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2007
Although this book is about Mable, the author's grandma, and stories she heard from her as a child, my son enjoyed it as well. He has read the first book, "In Grandma's Attic", and this one to both of his sister's. He has now moved on to Harry Potter. But, will still come back to these books as his sister's request a favorite story to be read again. They are wonderful lessons about life and trusting the Lord even as a child. I am excited to go on to the next book in the series.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2009
While this book is the second one in the Grandma's Attic bunch, it's not necessary to read In Grandma's Attic first. The book is a collection of 8-10 page chapters, each with it's own story from Grandma's youth. The stories can be read independently, apart from each other.
In these stories, Grandma, or Mabel, is approximately 6 years old. She's a girl that means well in general, but is rather foolish and rushes into things without thinking, and the consequences are sure to follow. In fact, she's a bit foolish for my tastes, and sometimes my thought was that she needed a good spanking and maybe she'd think through things a bit more. But, still each of the stories has a short moral to it, and there are consequences for Mabel's impetuousness. These are Christian stories; the occasional Bible verse or prayer is mentioned.
All in all, they're clean good stories. I wouldn't hand them to a child prone to getting him/herself into trouble easily, as they might be inclined to get ideas from Mabel. But otherwise, it's acceptable enjoyable reading with a moral to the story. My two older children, ages 8 and 6, enjoyed listening to me read them.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2011
I remember these books well from the first time they were published, in 1974, when I was just a little girl, the age of one of my daughters. I loved this series back then, and I saved the original set for my daughters to read someday. Now they are back, in beautiful, colorful covers and black and white illustrations ready to win another set of little girls' hearts.
Ms Arleta Richardson writes charming short stories based on the things she remembered her grandmother telling her. Stories about the ancient trunk filled with quilt pieces, each with its own special tale. Stories about the button box. Stories about funny looking contraption she found hidden in the attic. And stories about many other things.
Grandma's Attic Series is destined to touch your little girl's life like it did mine. Not only are they fun stories that are easy to read, short, and to the point, but they also teach about history, about life when their grandma was a little girl asking questions about things she found in her grandmother's attic.
I highly recommended these books as a girl and I highly recommend them now. My daughter loved them. If you are looking for something for your tweener girl to read, then definitely pick up a copy of the books in Grandma's Attic Series. Books one and two are out now, the third and fourth will release in July.
on May 21, 2011
Little Arleta and her Grandma Mabel have an endearing relationship. Arleta often asks her Grandma Mabel to tell her stories of when she was a little girl. Grandma Mabel was born in the early 20th Century. This was an era of long skirts for girls, high top shoes with button closures, no electricity or indoor plumbing, childhood diseases that there was no immunization for, and long walks to school in the environment. It seems like a different world to Arleta, and her curiosity about this time prompts her to asks her Grandma Mabel to tell her those treasured stories. When Arleta Richardson grew up she wrote many of these stories down and they became apart of her books entitled Grandma's Attic series.
I have fallen in love with the first 2 books in this series that I've read. They remind me so much of my own visits with my grandmother's and of the stories they shared with me.
I can't wait to find out what my 7 year old granddaughter thinks of these books, as I've given her book 1 to read and I know she is reading it now.
Some examples of stories that Grandma Mabel shared with Arleta are: a kid goat raised in the house, the big snowstorm, pig in a poke, and a popping rag doll.
Grandma Mabel was a curious little girl and was constantly getting herself in to mischief. The stories are told with a twinkle in Grandma's eye, yet the reader understands that she would like for her granddaughter Arleta to learn from these stories, not just be entertained.
Thank you to David C. Cook and B and B Media Group for my free review copy.
on April 1, 2011
Mable and her friend Sarah Jane as they find themselves in one scrape after another! I find so many of the little stories in both books that are related to myself and my niece Gail as we were growing together. We were in my own Mama's attic since I was a very late baby and had a niece about the same age. When I was reading these books I just lay in my bed and laughed and said "oh yeah" we did that. I am now a great-grandmother but like to read these books to my little grandchildren and tell them "you Mama T did that" it is so very hard for them to believe that I was ever that young. The entire Grandma's Attic Series I believe would be a set of books that you will pass on down so they can be kept and read to all your ancestors. I have only read these two and to tell the truth had never head of them before. But not that I have I want to get the other books in the series, I relate to so much. I am so thankful to B and B Group for sending me these two books for my review.
The entire Grandma's Attic Series I believe would be a set of books that you will pass on down so they can be kept and read to all your ancestors. I have only read these two and to tell the truth had never head of them before. But not that I have I want to get the other books in the series, I relate to so much.
I am so thankful to B and B Group for sending me these two books for my review.
on May 10, 2011
Again, the author is telling more stories from the grandma she lived with in Michigan. Her grandma tells of things that happened in the cabin and the farm house she and her parents lived in, along with her two brothers. It seems that they had fun getting into a little trouble now and then. In this book, you will find sixteen more stories, treasures from her grandma's attic as she calls it. These are of some of the things she and her brother got into as youngsters. In this one, there is a time an Indian comes to their house with a basket, upsetting them all, The Stranger, but did they ever find out his name? There was a Pig in a Poke and even a Pig in Baby Clothes. You will find more heartwarming stories when grandma was young.
And again, this is a great getaway book, for laughs, cries, sadness, and then just all around fun. The grandma lived in much simpler times that we live in today, and told stories that we would never think of. I recommend this book to anyone. I think it can be enjoyed by adults and younger ones alike!
The book was given to me by the publisher through B&B Media Group. I appreciate being able to read and review this book for them. I was not expected to give a positive review. The opinions of this review are mine only
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on April 26, 2011
Another wonderful wholesome book of stories about Grandma's memories of when she was a little girl on the farm back in the late 1800s in Michigan. Her age is not mentioned often this time around but six and nine years old are mentioned, with the majority of the stories taking place with her best friend Sarah Jane at around the age of nine. This makes the time frame compatible with book one. The short prelude stories of Grandma and Arleta have become a bit more involved and Arleta herself has become a character. The stories are just as fun as in book one, though all are not just fun, some have a more serious side as well. I'd say the stories this time around focus more on learning a lesson (though by no means are they didactic) and this book is definitely more from a Christian world view than the first. This time around Grandma and Arleta are staying at Grandma's old farm house for several months, this is where Uncle Roy lives now, and Arleta will be going to school here for a time. A joy to read by little girls, to little girls and for the little girl in you. Will be enjoyed by those who like the Little House or Betsy-Tacy books but with a more prominent Christian element.
on March 29, 2011
By Arleta Richardson and Illustrated By Patrice Barton (David C Cook, 2011)
Readers that dazzled in the first book of the Grandma's Attic Series will be joyful to read this book. Resulting in moments bursting with laughter and moments dipped in sadness, the reader experiences a vast range of emotions as they embark through the endearing stories told by Grandma. The black and white illustrations enhance this book and are a savoring nugget to find. This book presents the power and omnipresence of God wonderfully. ""Nothing is too small for God to care about when it involves one of His children, Grandma replied," (Richardson, 2011, p.36). This book is an excellent choice for adventure seeking young girls.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free through The B & B Media Group, Inc. book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255vf: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."