VERY FUNNY, ELIZABETH Hardcover – Sep 30 2005
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5–Ten-year-old Elizabeth Cole lives in Williamsburg in 1775. She and her friend Felicity Merriman (from the Felicity books in the American Girl series) delight in teasing Elizabeths proper, but boy-crazed, 16-year-old sister, Annabelle. The pranks backfire, leading to the threat that Elizabeth will be taken to England when Annabelle marries Lord Harry Lacey. In protest, she concentrates her mischief on prissy Miss Priscilla, Harrys domineering sister. This inspires mild-mannered Harry to stand up for himself, prompting Annabelle to show a glimpse of spine, too. The book includes six pages of illustrated historical data on Courtship and Marriage in 1775. Elizabeth and Felicity are charming, well drawn, and appealing. Except for Priscilla and Harry, secondary characters are paper-doll thin. Annabelle may rise to pasteboard depth, but before the story concludes, readers find her reverting to her old ways. The book is long on historical contextual detail, and the style is highly accessible without attempting to re-create historical dialogue.–Marlene Johnson, Paradise Education Center, Surprise, AZ
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Elizabeth, with the help of Felicity, loves to play pranks on her snobby older sister, sixteen-year-old Annabelle. When Annabelle becomes betrothed to a rich English nobleman, Elizabeth has a hard time understand why her sister is so happy to marry and move far away to England. Annabelle's betrothed, Lord Harry, turns out to be a clumsy, quiet young man who is ordered around by his older sister, Miss Priscilla. Elizabeth joins Annabelle's etiquette lessons with Miss Priscilla as an opportunity to play pranks on her sister, but her plan backfires. Due to her secret tricks, Annabelle behaves oddly, while Elizabeth appears a proper young lady. Because of this, Miss Priscilla decides she wants to take Elizabeth back to England with her after the wedding, to train her to fit into English society and later find a husband there. Elizabeth now must find a way to convince her parents and Miss Priscilla that she must remain in Virginia.
This wasn't a terrible book, but it was one of the more disappointing ones in the American Girls Collection. It was really different from the Felicity books. The plot was very silly, and Elizabeth seemed rather different from her character in Felicity's stories. And there was much less of the historical detail than in the main Felicity series. I'd recommend reading this book if you want to read the whole collection, otherwise you could probably pass on it. It's not a terrible book, but there's nothing really great about it, either.
Summary : Annabelle Cole, now 16, is engaged to Lord Harry, from England. Elizabeth Cole, Annabelle's younger sister, sees this as a plan to tease Annabelle. Felicity, her best friend, helps her to. When the sister of Lord Harry begins to teach Annabelle what a young English lady behaves like, Elizabeth going in. Elizabeth tricks Annabelle into acting foolish while Elizabeth herself is very proper. This leads to the climax, where Lord Harry's sister, Miss Priscilla, decides to take Elizabeth to England with ther too. Elizabeth does not want to leave her home, family, and friend Felicity. So, she and Felicity device a plan to change Miss Prissila's mind. Their trick works, but in the end of the book, Annabelle does not get married to Lord Harry either. Elizabeth does not go to England, but as she says to Felicity, "You and I are stuck with old Annabelle Bananabelle, I'm afraid."
- Not inappropriate
- appropriate for all ages above 6
- good for a read aloud, or self read
- awesome book !
All in all, this is a great book !
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