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Meet Felicity: An American Girl (American Girls: Felicity #1)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  8,486 Ratings  ·  190 Reviews
In Williamsburg in 1774, nine-year-old Felicity rescues a beautiful horse who is being beaten and starved by her cruel owner.
Hardcover, 77 pages
Published September 1st 1991 by Perfection Learning
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The other John
It had to come to this. After all this reading of kid's books this past year and a half, I knew that sooner or later I would have to read one of the American Girls series. The American Girls, if you don't know, is a combination of literature of marketing. On the literature side, you have a series of books telling stories about nine-year-old girls in different eras of American history. Currently there's about eight girls and each one stars in six books. The books have corresponding themes, so for ...more
Felicity was my favorite American girl, because she liked horses. These books are great for young girls because they make history accessible, and I find the short section at the end of each book to be really information and interesting--kids in history class often don't learn about things like the clothing and table manners and the dances of the times, which for me is sometimes more interesting than the wars that seem to be all that gets taught.

Recently I watched the Felicity movie, and it was v
Mar 04, 2009 Cortney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read all the American Girls books that were available at the time when I was eleven and twelve years old.

For Christmas my mom gave me the collection of movies about Felicity, Samantha and Molly (for a trip down memory lane). My boys absolutely love the movies. They're good quality, PG, historical fiction movies. Who care that the movies are starred by girls?

On a recent trip to visit, my parents gave me all of my American Girls books. When I explained to my five-year old what the books were, he
(NS) Becca
Oct 06, 2009 (NS) Becca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a fantastic historical fiction book that appeals to young girls. I have actually tried to attract my third grade high readers to the series, but found that they need to really be into historical fiction to be interested at first. The vocabulary is also pretty difficult and requires a lot of inferring. One of the best parts is that the book does add pictures in the side notes of the page that sometimes explain the vocabulary or what is happening.

I personally am a huge fan of this boo
Recommended for ages 6-12

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Elisabeth Greenberg - Children's Literature
Felicity Merriman will walk into every feisty horse-loving girl's heart. In colonial Williamsburg girls should stitch a straight seam, sit quietly at lessons, and always defer to the elders, but Felicity's heart is as big as her imagination. When she discovers that Jiggy Nye, the tanner, is mistreating the most beautiful chestnut she has ever seen, she decides to befriend the horse. When Jiggy states pub
Aug 09, 2010 Tijona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is what made Felicity my favorite American Girl! I remember feeling like I could relate to her more than any of the others because she was so spunky and didn't like to take "no" for an answer! Growing up I felt the very same way. I also can remember hating to be "proper," like having to wear dresses to church, and hating how the boys always got to go camping and do all these fun things when us girls had to stay inside and learn sewing or some other craft. I just wanted to be outside ju ...more
Oct 21, 2010 K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a book for 7-12 year old girls, I think that this is an excellent start to the Felicity books. As the title says, we meet Felicity, and very quickly learn what sort of girl she is. Lissie, as her family calls her, is stubborn, impatient, and as much a tomboy as her family and society will allow. She loves horses (and what girl didn't at least go through a horse phase, whether they grew out of it or not?) and when she finds that the wicked Jiggy Nye is abusing his, she resolves to do something ...more
Miss Clark
Jan 12, 2012 Miss Clark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Felicity was one of my favorite of the American Girls. She lives in a fascinating time period, which is explored through her relationships and her reactions to events, in a manner that brought the American War for Independence and its issues to life for me in a way no textbook ever could. Felicity is a young girl when unrest begins brewing between the Colonists and the Crown. When war breaks out, her neighbors and even her own family find themselves on opposite sides. She has to choose her own s ...more
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Ronit Delrahim
“Meet Felicity” is about a young girl named Felicity who is high spirited and impatient. The time setting is in 1774, in Williamsburg, Virginia prior to the Revolutionary war. Felicity loves horses and when someone in her town, a cruel man named Jiggy Nye gets a new horse she tries to protect the horse from his abuse. Felicity would visit the horse Penny every day before dawn. Little by little Penny started trusting Felicity and allowing her to ride on her. Jiggy Nye threatens Felicity that if ...more
Jun 16, 2012 Robyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Felicity was a cool character to follow in the American Girls series. You can even track her character development thru her series, since she starts doing things in a reactive "leaping before looking" manner, but as her stories progress, she learns to think before acting. Good lessons, there!

I remember reading this book aloud to my younger brother who was in 1st-3rd grade when I was in 4th-6th, when this book first came out. I remember a mean character would exclaim "Hell's fire!" a lot in this
Nov 29, 2012 Meaghan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the american girls when I was younger and had three of the dolls. The books are great for kids cause they are historical fiction. I remember that Felicity was my favorite because she had red hair. Each and every book has a looking back section in the back that is a little history lesson with actual pictures from the times. This was a really creative idea to get little girls reading and learning about our history. Felicity's era is shortly before the Revolutionary war takes place. In Meet ...more
I give the American Girl "Felicity" series 2 stars for me and 5 stars for my 6-year-old.

Overall, the stories are interesting and my daughter gets completely pulled into them. She can't wait to find out what happens next. She's learning a lot, too, about the way people lived before they could get anything they wanted by clicking a few buttons at

The books can be quite didactic but, on the other hand, that's one reason that I like my daughter to read them. The books seem intent on teach
"The Price of Freedom"

Set in Colonial Williamsburg in 1774 this first book in the FELICITY series introduces readers to the Merriman family. As the eldest of three young children Felicity causes her mother great concern; she is too lively to sit still for long, and too impatient to work neat stitches and delicate letters. Plus she proves stubbornly creative when it comes to what She wants to do. Preferring the physical freedom of wearing boy’s britches this spunky girl is passionate about hor
May 11, 2014 Elaine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is my first American Girl book. I wanted E to read them to get a little taste of history, and unfortunately, I have to say I didn't like this one. Maybe the others are different, I hope so, because I love the concept. The problem I had with this book, was that this little girl essentially stole, lied, disobeyed direct instructions of her parents and a neighbor, and trespassed repeatedly, even after warnings and getting caught, and really faced no consequences for those actions except for a ...more
Felicity was always my favorite American Girl when I was a kid. I liked that she was from colonial America, and I liked that she had red hair and green eyes. I always wanted red hair and green eyes.

About a month or so ago, I bought the six Felicity books on Ebay. Since I had fallen so far behind in my 2014 Reading Challenge, I decided what better way to catch up than by reading 6 short books, averaging about 75 pages each. I read the first 4 in one day.

In Meet Felicity, we are introduced to Fel
May 10, 2015 Caitlen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So fun to revisit my favorite American Girl from when I was growing up!
Jessica Colglazier
Meet Felicity is a story about a young girl that has a love for horses. She is growing up in the 1700's where men and women were trained to perform and act a certain way. There is an old mean guy, Jiggy Nye, that is very cruel to his horse and Felicity's goal is to save him. She names him Penny while spending a lot of time with him. It is a great read to find out what happens.

As a teacher, this is a great book to have in your classroom. The girls really enjoy the American girl books and it teach
Nov 04, 2015 Mya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a must read
Sarah Crawford
Feb 16, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story introduces the character of Felicity, a young girl in Colonial Virginia. In other words, Virginia was a colony of England and not yet a state since the United States didn't exist for some years yet.

The main thrust of the book involves an extremely nasty old man, Mr. Nye, who has a horse and is mistreating it very badly. Felicity names the horse Penny and loves her and wants to take care of her so she sneaks out in the mornings to feed the horse an apple, working towards the day when
Katie Ulmen-Smith
"Meet Felicity" by Valerie Tripp; Pleasant Company Publications, 2000; Pages: 69; Genre: Historical fiction, Chapter Story; Grade Level: 3-5; Lexile Level: 600L; Guided Reading Level: Q

In this thrilling short chapter story, readers are swept back in time to colonial America in 1774. Times are starting to become turbulent for young Felicity Merriman and her family. Felecity's father is a shopkeeper in Williamsburg, Virginia and, as such, must decide whether he stands with the Patriots or the Loya
Years ago, but noting it here in honor of the teatime at the American Girl Place with dear family earlier this week.
Amy Dashwood
Mar 13, 2016 Amy Dashwood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rereading the American Girl books because springtime makes me nostalgic... I forgot how good this one was. :)
Apr 28, 2016 Kaelyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like this book and it was very fun. She LOVED that horse. She loved it so much. She let it go. She cared about it. She LOVED Penny. She loved it so much. So she HAD to show it. Mr. Nay (I think that's his name) was hatred. He hated people. He was like warn them up and his old horse was worned up and he died. So then Penny was nervous but they (Penny and Felicity) became friends and she grabbed one night something of Ben's and it was his breeches that was all dusty and she hid it under a bucket ...more
Marisol Miranda
Sep 13, 2016 Marisol Miranda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing!!! This girl just encourages you to be independent. This book tells you to follow your lead! I would recommend this to 6th grade kids who loves biographies.
Whitney (Shooting Stars Reviews)
Reviewed by Whitney@Shooting Stars Reviews

Meet Felicity begins with Felicity going to the store in town that her father owns and runs. She would rather help out in the store then have to go home and help with baking or sewing. But, that's what she must do for now. However, when she over hears that the mean man in town got a new horse she wants to take a look at it.

And when she does she falls in love with the horse, but she also sees that the horse is being mistreated, and Felicity will do whate
Emily Brown
Sep 24, 2016 Emily Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorites as a child, and still my favorite of the American Girl books!
I loved these American girls books as a child and it is awesome to read them again and fall back into love with the characters and story line. This one is about Felicity and her goal of getting a horse. First of all she cannot get it because she is a girl, all the boys tell her that she cannot ride a horse in a certain way and she proves them wrong. She is an independent and spunky girl. I also like how this is set back in the 1700s and show the world during the American Civil War. This shows ki ...more
Megan Gallagher
Oct 11, 2016 Megan Gallagher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title (italicize): Felicity
Author: Valerie Tripp
Illustrator (if separate from author): Dan Andreasen
Genre: Historical
Theme(s): Empowerment, authority roles, family, friendship, hard work, kindness, colonialism, female roles in society
Opening line/sentence (type directly from text): Felicity Merriman pushed open the door to her fathers store and took a deep breath.
Brief Book Summary (2-3 sentences in your own words): This story takes place right before the American Revolution. Felicity is a youn
Marissa Hughes
Oct 15, 2016 Marissa Hughes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book and hopefully I'll like the next ones. I liked these and other American Girl books because of the history inside.
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Valerie Tripp is a children's book author, best known for her work with the American Girl series.

She grew up in Mount Kisco, New York with three sisters. She is a reading expert with a Reading Master’s of Education degree from Harvard University. Since 1985 she has lived in Silver Spring, Maryland. Her husband teaches history at Montgomery College. She has been a writer for reading textbooks for t
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