Thursday, November 3, 2011

THANKFUL FOR: An American Girl


Across the Universe author Beth Revis is hosting a fabulous giveaway at her blog that honors books we readers/bloggers are most THANKFUL for. 

All you have to do to enter the giveaway is publish a post that showcases the book(s) you are most thankful for and then fill out the appropriate Rafflecopter at Beth's blog.  Visit Beth Revis for more information!
Here are the books that I am most thankful for:

These are a collection of historical fiction that are written for an eight to thirteen year old audience.  The purpose of the books is to introduce girls to the wonders of history and show them the similarities and differences between time periods.  While the main characters may live in different times and deal with situations modern-day girls may not experience such as slavery and immigration, the books showcase the parts of life that all girls deal with while growing up. 

Felicity by Valerie Tripp

Williamsburg, Virginia--1774.
Loyal and spirited, Felicity Merriman’s love for animals and for her country shine through during a revolutionary time.

Kirsten by Janet Beeler Shaw

Minnesota Territory--1854.
In a new land with a new language, can Kirsten Larson learn the true meaning of home?

Addy by Connie  Rose Porter


Courageous and strong, Addy Walker escapes to freedom, and now she wants to re-unite her family. Can she do it?
Samantha by Susan Adler, Valerie Tripp, and Maxine Rose Schur

New York--1904.

Curious and compassionate, Samantha Parkinson lives in a time of great progress for her family and her country.  Can she handle the changes that come with growing up?

Molly by Valerie Tripp

Jefferson, Illinois--1944.

Lively and patriotic, Molly McIntire dreams of performing as “Miss Victory“ to show her support during World War Two.

I will start by explaining that there are more An American Girl books out now, but these were the ones that I read when I was little.  Ever since I was a baby, I loved books and being read to.  What makes these books special to me was that they were the first "big girl" books I read by myself.  I adored all of these and read and reread them more than I care to think about.  Like many girls, I also collected the dolls when they came out which inspired me to enjoy the books even more.  

I believe it was also these books that helped begin my love affair with history that is still evident today.  I was fascinated by the stories of these girls from so long ago and I began asking questions to my parents and teachers about the time periods mentioned in the book.  

Therefore, I am thankful for the An American Girl series for being my introduction to reading books by myself and beginning my fascination with history.   



  1. Great choice! I loved the American Girl books as a kid, and still recommend this all the time to friends with young girls. I'm also super jealous that they have all those American Girls craft kits and things now!

  2. I've never read these, but I'll be sure to check them out! Thanks for visiting my blog! :)

  3. I forgot how much I loved the American Girl books growing up!!! Felicity was always my favorite :)

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