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Litt Hse By Boston Bay [Paperback]

Melissa Wiley
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March 25 1999 Little House the Charlotte Years
It's 1814 and five-year-old Charlotte Tucker lives with her family in the town of Roxbury, near the bustling city of Boston.Life in the Tucker's little house has always been pleasant and merry, but Charlotte's family worries more and more about the war that's been going on since 1812.Now the British have gone and blockaded Boston harbor, and that means no molasses for supper.Charlotte is just beginning to realize that events happening far away can change things at her very own dinner table.What will the rest of the year bring for Charlotte and the Tucker family?The Little House saga continues!

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Saturday night had a cozy, comfortable feeling. A Saturday supper meant thick slices of brown bread on the plates beside the baked beans. It meant coffee for Mama and Papa instead of tea. And it meant three things in the middle of the dining-room table--the three members of what Charlotte privately thought of as "the Saturday family." There was the mother, a tall, delicately curved cruet of cider vinegar; the father, a squat redware molasses jug with a jaunty handle and a friendly chip on the rim; and between them, cradled in a glass dish, the butter baby.

Charlotte had never told anyone about the Saturday family--it was nice to have a secret all her own. Besides, her brothers would tease her about it. Twelve-year-old Lewis would tease because he was a teasing kind of person, and Tom, who was seven, would tease because he did everything Lewis did. Lydia never teased, but she would either be not at all interested in the secret, or much too interested, and she would take over the game and change it. Charlotte did not want it to be changed. Like Saturday night itself, the Saturday family was perfect just as it was.

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Melissa Wiley, the author of the Charlotte Years and the Martha Years series, has done extensive research on early-nineteenth-century New England life. She lives in Virginia with her husband, Scott, and her daughters, Kate, Erin, and Eileen.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A WONDERFUL START! Aug. 3 1999
By A Customer
This is the first book of the new series about Charlotte Tucker, Caroline's mother. You should definitely enjoy this book if you are a Little House fan. It takes place during the War of 1812, and even discusses what is happening with the war. Besides that, you will meet Charlotte and share her many adventures. Charlotte was born just one generation after America was formed which doubles the excitement. You can read about Charlotte's many adventures. Charlotte has several brothers, and sisters which makes it even more interesting. Charloote has Scottish backround, and you can learn about Scottish traditions, and stories. Also don't forget to keep up with Charlotte's ongoing childhood series!!!!!!!
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I am really finding myself enjoying many of the new entries into the extended Little House family, this book included. However, I did not like it quite as much as others in the series (and of course not as much as the originals, but that goes without saying!). I don't think this is the writing, but perhaps just the setting, more urban than any of the others, so not as full of descriptions of self-reliant country life. This book is well written, and I do look forward to following Charlotte's life and seeing how it fits into the big story of the Little House family! I especially enjoyed the description of school life in the early 19th century Boston area.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Great BOOK ! Aug. 10 2002
By A Customer
CHarlotte Tucker is Five years old and lives with her mama and papa Her Twelve yeared old brother Lewis who teases her, Tom whose seven and Lydia nine and little Mary whos not even one yet, Charlottes days are busy from helping mama in the garden to visting papas blacksmith shop or hearing mamas storys . Soon Charlottle goes to school and learns her ABCs , Theres one funny part where mama is making pounded cheese and red powder gets into the bowl and it tasted awfull ! Charlotte is a brand new American girl and she and her young country have a lot to learn!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book! March 11 2000
By Philip
I absolutely LOVED "Little House by Boston Bay." Whenever I go to get my Laura & Rose books, I include this one right along with it. There seems to be a certain warmth and attractiveness about the book. From bold 12-year-old Lewis to doll-eating infant Mary, I love it! It's also nice to see Martha from "Little House in the Highlands" all grown up, with a mind and a voice of her own. Overall, the book was great and I recommend it to all people, fans or no fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book full fo historical information. Sept. 28 1999
By A Customer
Little House by Boston Bay follows Charlotte Tucker, a 5 year old girl, through the summer and fall of 1814. It is full of historical information and great descriptions of day-to-day life. Entertaining to read, and the book flap indicates it is recommended for grades 3-7. The writing style strikes me as young for higher grades. This book should be of interest to students who enjoy historical stories of the 18th century in the times of the Boston Tea Party.
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