This book is an introduction to one of the American Girl Dolls, Samantha. It is set in 1904, Samantha is an orphan who lives with her rich grandmother. She is quite inquisitive and bright for her age. In the story, her grandmother is trying to groom her to be a proper young lady. One major part in the story is when the maid, Jessie, leaves without giving Samantha a good reason. She is upset about the situation and she is even more upset because the adults won’t tell her anything.The other major part is when she meets her friend Nellie, a poor girl who works next door. The two girls become fast friends and enjoy each other company. Samantha tries to help Nellie because she is poor and does not go to school because she works instead. The book goes on by talking about the two girls spending time together as well as Samantha trying to become a proper young lady. The ending of the story is bittersweet.This book is recommended for girls eight and up.It provides a look into a time when girls were being groomed to act like ladies or miniature adults. The wealthy lived privileged lives while the poor had to work hard to try to get a small something. Children may be interested in the fact the Nellie could not go to school because she had to work instead. Teachers could work that part to make children appreciate education a little more and to give information about children’s history. Also, it shows the empathy of Samantha for Jessie and Nellie.
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