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Changes for Samantha: A Winter Story (American Girls Collection) [Paperback]

By Valerie Tripp & Dan Andreasen (Illustrator)
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Pages   67
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 1988
Publisher   American Girl
Age  8-12
ISBN  0937295477  
EAN  9780937295472  


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When she discovers that Nellie and her sisters have been sent to an orphanage, Samantha tries to help her friends as much as she can

Publishers Description
Times change for Samantha when she moves to New York City to live with Uncle Gard and Aunt Cornelia. They change for Nellie, Samantha's servant friend in Mount Bedford, too. But Nellie's changes aren't as happy as Samantha's. When her friend disappears, Samantha thinks Nellie has been lost forever. But after a long and scary search, Samantha finds Nellie and her sisters in a New York orphanage. The orphanage is not a good place, so the girls plan a daring escape.

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More About Valerie Tripp & Dan Andreasen

Valerie Tripp Valerie Tripp is an American author best known for her beloved American Girl historical fiction characters Felicity, Elizabeth, Josefina, Samantha, Nellie, Kit, Ruthie, Emily, and Molly. Ms. Tripp also writes poems, songs, stories, skills book pages, and nonfiction essays for educational publishers. She is the author of dozens of phonetically controlled stories at the pre-K, Kindergarten, and first grade levels of The Superkids Reading Program and all of the stories in the second grade readers, "The Superkids Hit Second Grade" and "The Superkids Take Off." In addition, she is a founder and the Editorial Director of Boys Camp a series of realistic fiction books for readers aged 7 to 12, and also the author of the books in the Hopscotch Hill School series, and the Just One More series, published by Childrens Press.

Tripp became a writer because of the kind of person she is. She's curious, and writing requires you to be interested in everything. She loves to talk and writing is a way of talking on paper.

Valerie Tripp currently resides in the state of Maryland. Valerie Tripp was born in 1951.

Valerie Tripp has published or released items in the following series...
  1. American Girl
  2. American Girl: Beforever


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Social Awareness in Turn of the Century New York City  May 14, 2008
For those familiar with the delightful American Girls series, Valerie
Tripp presents Victorian Samantha in 1904, the 5th chronologically in a series featuring 7 different girls (eras in American history and ethnicities). Each young female protagonist stars in 6 books in her own mini series; after a story of 5 chapters (some 60 pages) readers are treated to an easy introduction into the mores and fashions of the day in the final, non-fiction section, A PEEK INTO THE PAST.

Set in Victorian NY City CHANGES opens as Samantha is preparing to celebrate Valentine's Day with her loving Uncle Gard and Aunt Cornelia, while her grandmother is honeymooning abroad. Aside from a critical servant, things are just fine for Sam, but be assured that we will meet or hear about various villains and cold-hearted characters, which offset her pleasant existence. Alas, her dear girlfriend from Mount Bedford, poor Nellie, faces personal disaster as the influenza epidemic takes both her parents--leaving the three sisters suddenly orphaned.

Samantha is abruptly brought to face the harsh reality of big city callousness toward children of poverty. First, their only relative, a hooligan uncle, robs and deserts them; then they are taken to an orphanage (think "work house") where they will be trained as future domestics. Manipulated by the heartless directress the sisters are little better off as they are browbeaten into servitude. The only fate worse than this institution for legalized robbery and cruelty is the dreaded Orphan Train, which will mean separation of the sisters forever. How can generous Samantha help these girls from being torn apart?

No matter how young, girls want to preserve their human and feminine dignity. Family values surface as the satisfying denouement--however implausible--concludes the series of Victorian adventures. The Peek into the Past provides excellent photographic documentation and a gentle
introduction to future Social Studies or pop cultural history. Excellent fare for grades 4 - 6, this series brings the past alive for today's girls. (Wonder when they will come up with a 60's heroine... )

 
great book!  Sep 25, 2004
i got this book from the library. it was a great book,but the ending was even better,i asked my mom to get it for me becuse i liked it so much. i think YOU should get this.
 
Excellent book  Jul 16, 2004
Ten-year-old Samantha Parkington, who is living in New York City with her Aunt Cornelia and Uncle Gard, learns that her best friend Nellie and Nellie's sisters, Bridget and Jenny, are living an an orphanage. Samantha secretly goes to visit her and finds out that Nellie and her sisters are about to be seperated. So Samantha hides them in her house. But soon the grumpy maid, Gertrude, finds out that Samantha is hiding them. What will Uncle Gard and Aunt Cornelia decide to do with Nellie and her sisters? Read this book and find out!
 
Samantha's saga closes with a bang  Sep 3, 2003
Rounding out the Samantha series, our young protagonist now heads off to New York to live with her newly married Uncle Gard and Aunt Cornelia. In contrast to the staid and demure life she knew with Gradmary, turn of the century New York City is bustling with energy, activty....and injustice.

Samantha discovers her old friend Nellie is also in the area, but fell on harder times when her uncle turned out to be abusive, and the best the equally impoverished woman downstairs could do was to take Nellie and sibblings to the local orphanage. Even if she personally liked them, this woman also realized the times they all lived in did not provide the means for reasonable support options.

Decidely more sober, coiffed, and put together than Miss Hannigan of Annie fame, the directress Miss Frouchy has simmilary warped social betterment ideas. Reinforcing the Victorian immutability of economic class and punnitative 'stain' of institutionalization, Nellie's hair is drab and she wears an equally unbecoming sack (which appears to be constructed of burlap).

Yet, this same social structure can be easily altered as demonstrated by Aunt Cornelia and Uncle Gard's adoption of Nellie and her sisters into their own homes---not as servants, but offspring. Because adoption of older children (from any social class, let alone low-income) was especially radical in the Victorian era, and still today (where infants are prefered)the story is a bit difficult to believe at this point, but the charming illustrations manage to convey friendship and loyalty throughout.

 
Samantha's saga closes with a bang  Sep 2, 2003
Rounding out the Samantha series, our young protagonist now heads off to New York to live with her newly married Uncle Gard and Aunt Cornelia. In contrast to the staid and demure life she knew with Gradmary, turn of the century New York City is bustling with energy, activty....and injustice.

Samantha discovers her old friend Nellie is also in the area, but fell on harder times when her uncle turned out to be abusive, and the best the equally impoverished woman downstairs could do was to take Nellie and sibblings to the local orphanage. Even if she personally liked them, this woman also realized the times they all lived in did not provide the means for reasonable support options.

Decidely more sober, coiffed, and put together than Miss Hannigan of Annie fame, the directress Miss Frouchy has simmilary warped social betterment ideas. Reinforcing the Victorian immutability of economic class and punnitative 'stain' of institutionalization, Nellie's hair is drab and she wears an equally unbecoming sack (which appears to be constructed of burlap).

Yet, this same social structure can be easily altered as demonstrated by Aunt Cornelia and Uncle Gard's adoption of Nellie and her sisters into their own homes---not as servants, but offspring. Because adoption of older children (from any social class, let alone low-income) was especially radical in the Victorian era, and still today (where infants are prefered)the story is a bit difficult to believe at this point, but the charming illustrations manage to convey friendship and loyalty throughout.

 

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