Meet Felicity: An American Girl (American Girls Collection Series: Felicity #1)
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Meet Felicity: An American Girl (American Girls Collection Series: Felicity #1)

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by Valerie Tripp, Keith Skeen, Luann Roberts, Dan Andreasen
     
 

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Felicity falls in love with a beautiful horse named Penny. When she discovers that Penny's owner is cruel, she is determined to find a way to save her!

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Felicity falls in love with a beautiful horse named Penny. When she discovers that Penny's owner is cruel, she is determined to find a way to save her!

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Children's Literature
Felicity Merriman will walk into every feisty horse-loving girl's heart. In colonial Williamsburg girls should stitch a straight seam, sit quietly at lessons, and always defer to the elders, but Felicity's heart is as big as her imagination. When she discovers that Jiggy Nye, the tanner, is mistreating the most beautiful chestnut she has ever seen, she decides to befriend the horse. When Jiggy states publicly that he will give the horse to anyone who will ride her, Felicity both tames and rides her. While Felicity does not win the horse, she does win the horse's heart and, treasuring her beauty and independence, lets her free with the shy apprentice Ben's support. American Girl books may be a marketing mechanism for American Girl dolls and accessories, but this book delightfully introduces readers to the colonial world and one special heroine. Topical and emotionally charged illustrations enhance the story. 2000, Pleasant Company Publications, Ages 8 up.
—Elisabeth Greenberg
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-- Felicity Merriman lives in Colonial Williamsburg, where her father is a shopkeeper. She rails against the behavior expected of nine-year-old girls, and would rather be helping in her father's store or, better yet, spending her time around horses. She is particularly drawn to Penny, an unbroken, mistreated horse owned by an abusive alcoholic, Jiggy Nye. Felicity visits and ultimately tames Penny, taking literally Nye's statement that anyone who rides the horse can have her. When Jiggy reclaims his horse, Felicity frees her, knowing that this constitutes horse stealing for which the penalty is hanging. But Felicity manages to pull it off without getting caught. This ending leaves a lot of unanswered questions and may be somewhat unsettling for readers who can justifiably question the morality of Felicity's actions even as they cheer her determination. ``A Peek into the Past'' gives a brief history, richly arrayed with scenes, portraits, and artifacts of the time. Other than the too-abrupt ending, the volume is well written and attractively illustrated in full color; the full-page pictures and small vignettes effectively augment the text and provide the flavor of the period.-- Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781562470050
Publisher:
American Girl Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/28/1991
Series:
American Girl Collection Series: Felicity, #1
Pages:
77
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Meet Felicity: An American Girl (American Girls Collection Series: Felicity #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 37 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Meet Felicity' was our book group's first American Girl book. Felicity Merriman was a spunky girl growing up in 1774 colonial Williamsburg. Girls growing up at that time were expected to take part in 'girl-ish' activities. Not Felicity though! She wasn¿t like a lot of other girls of her time. Felicity was an individual. She loved to work outside with horses, and to have fun playing games and doing jobs that boys traditionally did. The girls in our Mother- Daughter Book Group very enthusiastically described Felicity as 'a good role model'. The book 'Meet Felicity' was 'the best book ever', 'fantastic and educational', and it was 'neat to learn her traditions'. Moms also enjoyed this book. We plan to read other American Girls books. 'Meet Felicity' was a perfect start!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was awsome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have 3 dolls.... you could say Im lucky. I have Felicity Rebecca and Saige the girl of the year. I love american girl and i am 13. I have most of the AG series including 5 girl of the year books. I love American Girl!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would say this is a great book for 8 1/2 year olds to all ages above.There are some sad parts. Overall this a great book, easy to take along, and short to read. I loved this book from start to finish, and I hope you will too!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous 10 months ago
Dont read you wil hate it! Im warning you and u should listen! Signed Wumsky
Anonymous 10 months ago
I had Felicity, Molly and Samantha! I also had a just like me doll later on though
Anonymous 12 months ago
Okay, that might be a lie. I have three favorites- Felicity, Caroline, and Girl of the Year 2010, Chrissa. Caroline's just special to me, and I can relate to Chrissa because I was really bullied bad in sixth grade. And they're all retired now. But this is Felicity. I remember originally hating her story originally, mainly because I couldn't get past book three. I remember hating horses- I still do- so I hated Felicity's love. And I found book two rather bland, and book three too action-packed. But then I reread all three, then read the one book that I'd found on our bookshelf- it was weird, but Happy Birthday, Felicity! just popped up on our shelf. I wanted to sell it until Mom told me it was an American Girl- and the other three, including the Elizabeth. I don't know why I especially enjoyed Felicity, but now, in eighth grade American History, I seriously think back to what Felicity witnessed, and it helped me understand a bit better. Sort of like when I kicked butt in fifth grade talking about the War of 1812, Caroline's time. Still, I liked it. Loved it. I can't even touch my best friend's Felicity, but I can touch her Elizabeth. It's too expensive to get a retired doll, but my parents found me a Felicity 'coming home' doll dress. I will never get rid of it or the series, or the movie, because Felicity means something to me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dint like Felicity she is a bad influence on ppl
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have samantha molly kerstan falisity kaylie look alike 2 babys and mini dolls ( three of those ). Is that to many?
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book love reading series over and over again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thisbook is really interesting but if i were you read it at night because you need a place that is really quiet and no one will bother you!!!!! ..))))):)))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You will love best book ever. Love reading it at night
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read for girls of all ages. Had a great time reading u have to get the rest of the books too
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't read the book but I LOVED the movie - as an adult... it just was everything - dresses, friendship, a cute boy, wonderful parents and a loving admirable generous grandparent, acts of kindness, real femininity, just a joy. Thanks.
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Les_Livres More than 1 year ago
"... This update is over the first six books about Felicity Merriman, a spunky young redhead in colonial America, in the dawn of the Revolutionary War. All six books were written by Valerie Tripp. Felicity lives in Virginia with her mother, father, and her little brother and sister. Her father is a shopkeeper, and his young apprentice lives with them as well - he is older than Felicity, but they become good friends. Felicity also befriends a girl her age whose family of Loyalists comes over from England. Felicity's family are Patriots, and this difference does cause some tension between the girls at one point. ..." For full review, please visit me (Les Livres) on Blogger!
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