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Mary Anne Saves the Day (The Baby-Sitters Club, No.4) Paperback – October 1, 2010
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Mary Anne Saves the Day is about a shy 12 year old girl who lives with her single father, who is very strict when it comes to raising her. She belongs to a great group of friends who run a business called The Babysitters Club. During one of her jobs, a little girl grows ill while in her care, and Mary Anne must use quick thinking to get the child to the hospital.
These are wonderful books for children. It's a shame Ann M. Martin is no longer writing them, but they will be always cherished
I forgot how easy it was to sit down with a Baby-sitters Club book and just finish it in one sitting. This is probably one of the reasons I loved the series as a little girl. The other reason lay with the girls themselves. Despite how much or how little I liked each character, they all had at least one thing that resonated with the young girl I was.
Mary Anne Spier is actually the first member of The Baby-sitters Club that I was introduced to and she always remained one of my favorites. Despite the fact I was more like Kristy Thomas, I found something comforting about how sensitive Mary Anne could be and how loving she was towards her friends. Whenever trouble stirs up within the group, she’s usually the one trying to maintain the peace.
This is especially apparent in this first story based around Mary Anne. After months of little things bothering them (i.e. people not offering jobs, people being rude, etc.) the girls find themselves at odds with one another after a huge blow up. Surprisingly, the adult in me didn’t spend the entire book rolling my eyes at the drama between the girls. Because, even now, as an adult, I know how easily one little argument, disagreement or misunderstanding can blow up into a huge fight. Besides, I remember the petty fights my friends and I had at the age and no matter how stupid it was, we let them drag on and on and on.
This particular fight actually serves as a positive thing for Mary Anne and in the end, the entire club. For Mary Anne, it forces her out of her comfort zone. For too long, she’s hidden behind Kristy and Claudia. She’s shy and never makes it a point to befriend people other than those who are friends with her friends.Read more ›
In this particular book, the BSC gets into a fight that starts because Kristy takes a babysitting job without asking who else was free to babysit on that particular day (the client is a favorite of all 4 girls). That starts a series of events that almost break up the club; no one will talk to each other and they cannot even have their meetings together for a period of time. While they are in their fight, Mary Anne befriends a girl who just moved to Stonybrook: Dawn. Where, one wonders does Mary Anne saving the day come into play? She is babysitting for a new client and the little girl spikes a rather high fever and Mary Anne calls 911. She proves to her overprotective father that she is very responsible and he finally allows her to wear her hair differently (she has always had to wear it in braids). Plus, there is a connection between Mary Anne's father and Dawn's recently divorced mother.
This *wonderful* series of books is truly inspirational and they really draw you in. Sure you can tell they were written in the mid 80s through the 90s, but in the end, that really plays only a very small part. The books are timeless and someday when I have a daughter, I hope to give the books I have to her and hope she loves them as much as I did.
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Purchased as a gift for my daughter who loves to read and she finished the entire book in a day, so I am satisfied with my purchase.Published 17 days ago by mom of 3
this is a really good book for young babysitters because if there is an emergency when you are babysitting you have to know what to do.
happy reading :) (:
I bought this book for my 8 year old because I had these books when I was a kid and now she loves them as much as I did!Published 3 months ago by Nancy Haley
When the Baby-sitters club gets mad, Mary-Anne is handed the chance to make new friends. She meets Dawn and together they can save Jenny, a bratty little girl. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Orelia N.