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Nancy and Plum by [Macdonald, Betty]
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Length: 242 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 9 - 12 Grade Level: 4 - 7

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If the name Betty MacDonald sounds familiar, it’s because she is the author of the beloved Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books. This title, originally published in 1952, isn’t in that category, but it still has its own charm. Like characters in so many children’s books, Nancy and her sister, Plum, are orphans. Their only relative, Uncle John, doesn’t really know children, so he ships the girls off to Mrs. Monday’s Boarding Home for Children, a place where the girls get little to eat, nothing new to wear, and don’t even receive the few letters and gifts their uncle sends. But Nancy and Plum have spunk, and in the course of the story, they find a way to turn things around, though not without ruffling the feathers of Mrs. Monday and her annoying niece. Old-fashioned in the best sense of the word, this is a return to the stories of authors like Eleanor Estes and Elizabeth Enright. The plot sags in the middle, and there may be too much adult help for contemporary readers, but this has a sweetness to which kids will respond. Grades 3-5. --Ilene Cooper

About the Author

Betty MacDonald was born Anne Elizabeth Campbell Bard in Boulder, Colorado, in 1908. The daughter of a mining engineer, she spent her early years in some of the mining towns of Idaho, Montana, and Mexico. When she was nine, her father took the family—his wife and five children—to Seattle, where Betty lived until shortly after her marriage.

Among her books for children are Nancy and Plum, originally published in 1952, and the beloved classics Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Magic, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Farm, and Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle.
 
Mary GrandPré is perhaps best known for creating the jackets and illustrations for the Harry Potter books. She has also illustrated The Blue Shoe, a novel for young readers by Robert Townley, as well as many fine picture books, including Chin Yu Min and the Ginger Cat by Jennifer Armstrong and Lucia and the Light by Phyllis Root. You can read more about Mary GrandPré and her work at www.marygrandpre.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1134 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (October 26, 2010)
  • Publication Date: October 26, 2010
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003F3PLX0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,162 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Susan G. Beck on May 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My eight-year-old grandson and I just began reading the 1952 copyrighted Nancy and Plum together. It is a childhood favorite of my own. I read it several times when I was eight and nine. My grandson LOVES it. However, I was disappointed to see that, in the new edition, the illustrator was replaced. The new illustrations remind me of the Lemony Snicket books which are not what I consider good children's literature. Bring Hildegard Hopkins' drawings back to the book!!!

Susan Beck
Once and always a children's librarian
educated at Kutztown University and
the University of Illinois
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This book is an absolute treasure. It is dear and funny and touching and heart-warming . You will love the two little sisters, and others, and will take them into your heart. This is a book which I have loved since I first discovered it in the Bookmobile, as a child, and I am so happy to have found an actual First Edition (Lippincott, 1952), to hold in my hands, and to read and re-read, and to treasure forever. It is just as special to me, in its Library Discard form. I am glad that it has been reprinted several times and made available to children and adults of today. Buy it for yourself and for others you love. You, and they, will cherish it, too, and will pass this dear and funny book on, to future children, for a lifetime of heart-warming comfort and humor. And, the Illustrations, by Hildegarde Hopkins, are charming, too. Happy reading.
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I have been trying to find this book since I was a little girl when a 2nd grade teacher read it aloud to the class. It is finally in print again. The only copies I could find previously were collectors editions that were way out of my price range.Kudos to the seller who got this to me so fast it made my eyes blink! I didn't even have time to get worked up with anticipation because the book was on my doorstep so fast.The story is just as well written and engaging as I remembered it.Now I can read about the adventures of Nancy and Plum to my grandchildren. Thank you!
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I remember first reading this book more than 50 years ago and loving it then. Something brought it to mind recently and I was delighted to find it on Amazon so I bought it and was equally delighted to find it just as enjoyable through adult eyes as I did through the eyes of a child!
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Two little girls trapped in the clutches of the wicked witch their rich uncle blindly entrusted them to when their parents died. The story of how they survived and won is deliciously satisfying. The way McDonald describes nature and people has always delighted my imagination. Made me ready to read The egg and I again. One of my favorite all time books.
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Nancy and Plum is a story of to almost orphan girls who are sent away to a awful boarding school by their rich uncle. Evil Mrs. Monday, the person who owns the boarding school, treats everyone there awfully. They are fed cold, hard oatmeal and the boarders letters are not aloud to be sent out and the incoming gifts are all captured and given to Mrs. Mondays niece Marybell. This is discovered when the girls were locked in the attic and found empty packages adressed to them. Finally Nancy and Pamela (Plum), the girls find a way to send a letter (by pigeon) and eventually after great suffering Mrs. Monday is sent to jail, the girls sent fabulus presents to all there friewnds and the girls find a great family to live with. And they all lived happily ever after.
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Betty MacDonald also knew how to write for children. Her hard-working life in Washington's mountainous wilderness and the lonely hours she spent with just the chickens and her far-flung neighbors until her first little daughter came along, no doubt gave her much fuel for entertaining children, and herself, as well.
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My son (age 8) and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. We love the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books, but I'd never heard of this one until recently. It is a kind of realistic fable. The girls live in the town of Heavenly Valley, which is a sort of generic American town. I'm not sure exactly when this story takes place -- there are both cars and horses used for transportation here. The details of the story sometimes seem quite old-fashioned, and sometimes quite modern. None of this bothered my son, who was just carried away by the story of the spunky orphans who are cruelly treated by Mrs. Monday,and who triumph in the end because of their own determination and courage, as well as the help of several adults. The mean characters are thoroughly mean, and the good characters are thoroughly sweet. The only character who is perhaps a bit of both is Old Tom, who is good and helpful but also too weak to oppose Mrs. Monday. Uncle John is also both good and bad -- he wants to help the girls, but doesn't want to spend the time and effort to make sure they are really well taken care of. This is a great read-aloud book.
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