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
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
The author, Julie Edwards I believe acted in Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music and many other films. She was a great actor but not the best writer. Some people think they can do everything..................
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
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 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
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
This book was one of my all time favorites as a kid. I loved the romance of finding a cottage, cleaning it up, and calling it my own. It affected me enough that I named my own daughter Amanda and she prefers "Mandy". I have an elderly friend that was a hoarder. When I was trying to sort through her stuff, I'd try to imagine I was living the story and just 'cleaning things up a bit', instead of the reality of being a hoarder's friend. Made things marginally better. I think this story should be ma...more
From Mandy's exploits around the orphanage, she discovers a new treasure and sets out to improve it to her liking. She does a very creative job of personalizing her space, and she also "shops" in some interesting ways to get what she needs. You can tell from her interac...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