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Magic for Marigold

4.2 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0848811020
ISBN-10: 084881102X
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The eccentric Lesley family could not agree on what to name Lorraine's new baby girl even after four months. Lorraine secretly liked the name Marigold, but who would ever agree to such a fanciful name as that? When the baby falls ill and gentle Dr. M. Woodruff Richards saves her life, the family decides to name the child after the good doctor. But a girl named Woodruff? How fortunate that Dr. Richards's seldom-used first name turns out to be . . . Marigold! A child with such an unusual name is destined for adventure. It all begins the day Marigold meets a girl in a beautiful green dress who claims to be a real-life princess. . . . --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The eccentric Lesley family could not agree on what to name Lorraine's new baby girl even after four months. Lorraine secretly liked the name Marigold, but who would ever agree to such a fanciful name as that? When the baby falls ill and gentle Dr. M. Woodruff Richards saves her life, the family decides to name the child after the good doctor. But a girl named Woodruff? How fortunate that Dr. Richards's seldom-used first name turns out to be . . . Marigold! A child with such an unusual name is destined for adventure. It all begins the day Marigold meets a girl in a beautiful green dress who claims to be a real-life princess. . . .


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Amereon Limited (December 1, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 084881102X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0848811020
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,625,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on November 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
My mother, who is 82, gave me her already old copy of this book about 40 years ago. I read it many times then and many times to my daughters when then were small. We consider it one of the best of the middle childhood books for girls. It uses images of nature to develop a powerful sense of place and an almost ecological ethic that is way ahead of its time. It is a feminist tale in that there is a big range of female characters of all shapes and ages, good and bad, strong and weak, boss and bossed, smart and very smart, to love and to hate. The book is a collection of chapters that stand up on their own, each with its own message, and in that way mirrors everyday life with stories of success and failure repeated over and over. It is a comforting book because Marigold is not too good, too beautiful, or too smart to stay out of trouble, but ultimately digs her way out using her own resources. Neither too good nor too bad, she is pretty much a regular, real girl trying to figure out how to grow up without being separated from her emotions, her imagination, and her true self.
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By A Customer on May 1, 2000
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I love this book! Montgomery eliquent use of prose,her vividimagination and poetry allow the reader to see life throughMontgomery's eyes. Montgomery's talent as a writer enable girls young and old to view life in its wonderful aspects as she does in Magic for Marigold. Marigold is a delightful girl with wonderful dreams and high adventure. My personal favorite is her journey with the uncontrollable princess and her midnight rendevous with Budge. I recommend this not only to girls young and old but to mothers to read to their childeren. Everyone should read L.M. Montgomery's books. I guarentee joy and happiness with each page.
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By A Customer on December 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
When I was 8 years old, I found this book in the public library and read it over and over. Even years later, I always remembered the book, although I didn't realize that the author was the same one who wrote Anne of Green Gables. Somehow, Marigold struck a chord with me, and the magic seemed real. I imagined her home in the clouds as a fanciful heavenly place. It was my absolutely favorite book of all time, and I would recommend it for any young sensitive, imaginative, girl.
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As a baby Marigold's life was saved by a lovely lady doctor who then married into the Lesley clan and became her Aunt Marigold. The little girl lives with her Mother, Young Grandmother and Old Grandmother as her father had died before she was born.
This is a fascinating book which is told from the point of view of a lonely little girl with a vivid imagination. She has an imaginary friend and shares her inmost thoughts with her. She also visits cousins and meets other children at school. As you read this book you learn all about the people who live on the beautiful Island with Marigold. You meet Old Grandmother, a fearsome old woman who has taken to her bed and the black cat sitting on the gate-post who is called the Witch of Endor. There are numerous aunts and uncles and cousins. Marigold grows older and learns about life. Her Grandmother learns lessons as well. (After Old Grandmother dies, Young Grandmother becomes just Grandmother).
The book was first published in 1935 so it tells of a long-lost very different world. I have a 1937 copy which belonged to my mother and it is one of my most treasured possessions.
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Looking forward to reading some of Montgomery's other works, I spent several days laboring over Magic for Marigold. The book is well written, sometimes enjoyable and entertaining, often slow and boring. Marigold is no Anne. She isn't Rilla, either. She has no spunk, no fire-- and that is what I always loved about Anne and all of the women in the Green Gables series.
That is not to say that Marigold doesn't get into Anne-like scrapes. She just doesn't get out of them in Anne-like ways.
The Princess Varvara incident is a great example. Marigold is lead-practically dragged- into mischief by a mysterious girl who insists that she is a princess. Not only is Marigold unable to be bad on her own, but she can't be good on her own either. She lacks decisiveness and a will. Perhaps that comes from being raised in a household with an over-domineering great-grandmother, a domineering grandmother and a push over mother.
A true L. M. Montgomery fan will have to read this book to experience another side of Montgomery, just don't have your heart set on meeting an engaging, enchanting girl. The most enchanting thing about Marigold is her name.
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By A Customer on October 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
This delightful novel focuses on Marigold's growth from childhood to adolescense. She is a very likable and human character. The character portrayal is very good. The contrast between Marigold and Old Grandmother is interesting. Marigold triumphs, tragedies, fears, successes are on the surface commonplace but they are the stuff of life, this book is a treasure, a joy to read. (Interesting is Marigold's favorite word, I like rereading this book and seeing the world through her eyes.) The only disappointment in this book is Marigold's mother, Lorraine, who never deveops a back bone. Marigold is spunky enough, she always rises to the occasion as when she entertaing unexpected guests when her mother and grandmother were unexpectedly called away. The characterization of women (i.e. a woman doctor stops working just because she is married) is dated but need not interfere with one's enjoyment of this story.
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