The magic of finding a home Mandy, a ten-year-old orphan, dreams of a place to call her own. Escaping over the orphanage wall to explore the outside world, Mandy discovers a tiny deserted cottage in the woods. All through the spring, summer, and fall, Mandy works to make it truly hers. Sometimes she "borrows" things she needs from the orphanage. Sometimes, to guard her sec...more
I loved the words that Julie Andrews Edwards used to describe the house. Example: Smashing. I love that word, especially with an accent.
Overall, the book seemed a bit too predictable. I had the feeling that (view spoiler)[Bill Fitzgerald was going to adopt Mandy (hide spoiler)] at the end. It seemed quite fitting. And, not to mention, but (view spoiler)[the doctor predicted himself that Mandy was going to get pneumonia and... BOOM! Mandy gets pneumonia!...more
Reading it a second time, I can see why I was so moved and enthralled by it in my former years. It's about an orphan who longs for a place and...more
I have loved this novel ever since I read it when I was little. Since this book is only around 260 pages, with big text, it is perfect for younger readers, who are beginning to read longer novels. This is a cute story about a young girl, living in an orphanage, who makes a place of her own in an abandoned cottage over the stone wall of her orphanage. Edwards uses nice descriptive language of Mandy’s...more
Right now, our current chapter book is Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards. (Yes, that Julie Andrews). This was a favorite childhood book that I recently remembered and rediscovered and N1 chose this for our first read-aloud of 2011. Mandy discovers an abandoned cottage behind the orphanage that is her home and she is consumed with the desire to fix it up and make herself a little secret hideaway. Unfortunately, as you read the story, you find tha...more
Mandy is a sweet, independent ten-year-old living with other girls in an orphanage in England under the kindly eye of Matron Bridie. Despite the matron’s efforts and the companionship of the other children, Mandy feels discontent, wanting a place she could truly call her own.
So one day, Mandy climbs the old stone wall and ventures into the country beyond, where she finds a dilapidated old cottage. No...more
What a beautiful book. I had read it years ago, when I was little, but hadn't read it since then. I came across...more
I think I may have gone just a little too young this time. The book has a sometimes-irritating “written for a child” tone to it. It’s not the age of the protagonist, exactly; Mandy is ten, but Maggie would have been about the same age (she was in fifth grade, so ten or e...more
As it turns out, thi...more
I recently purchased a copy to read with my 10 year old daughter and I was very disappointed. It's a sweet story and the description of Mandy's discovery of the cottage, her dreams for it, and her fierce desir...more
I'm amazed when rereading childhood books at how quickly I can recapture that time. I can tell you which shelf in the GS Library had this book, and by page 5, I could smell Mrs. Anthony's classroom. So it's hard to review this book as there is so much nostalgia for me.
I will say, as an adult reading this...more
The dialogue of the main character, Mandy, seemed a little bit childish, but then it is important to remember that she is a ten year old girl, so that should not be held against her, as the dialogue of the rest of the characters is equally as age appropr...more
Mandy is 10 years old and something of a loner at the orphanage where she has lived most of her life. The Matron and staff are kind to the children and try to make a real home for them but Mandy longs for something more. She has a friend and room mate named Sue who she frustrates by wanting to be alone so much she...more
I recently purchased a copy to read with my 10 year old daughter and I was very disappointed. It's a sweet story and the description of Mandy's discovery of the cottage, her dreams for it, and her fierce desire to kee...more
Mandy is a ten-year old orphan, who dreams of having a place to call her own. One day she ventures over the orphanage wall and finds a cottage in the woods. She fixes it up and starts to visit there everyday during playtime. But one day while at the cottage she falls ill during a big storm, but somebody rescues her and her life changes for the better.
“She was looking at a whole new world: hundreds of trees stretching as far as the eye could see--most of them with...more