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The Bad Times of Irma Baumlein

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Irma's lie about having the biggest doll in the world leads her into deeper and deeper trouble.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published August 1st 1972 by MacMillan Publishing Company (first published 1972)
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Cheryl in CC NV
Spare & simple compared to many similar children's novels. One main problem, few family members, no issues at school, just Irma and her conscience and the doll.

The story wasn't as enjoyable, to me, as Brink's other contemporary works, for instance Family Grandstand. But I do love Trina Schart Hyman's art. While she is best known for her stunning illustrations for fantasy, eg Saint George and the Dragon, she also captures modern children and their lives with line drawings both vivid and grac...more
Jennifer Danko
Newbery Award-winning Carol Ryrie Brink once again creates a magical story filled adventure and trouble. Irma Baumlein is the perfect example of why we should remain true to ourselves. Brink creates a character that is relatable for young children trying to fit in. She opens the door to the truth that almost all children are embarrassed of their family at one point their life. As a child reads this book he or she will learn that lying about who you truly are will only create greater trouble. Th...more
Kristen
I have tried and tried to remember the title of this book that I recall being my very favorite as a youngster. I recently came across the title and was so glad the library had a copy. I loved reading it again. Irma Baumlein lies about having the biggest doll in the world. When her friend and the rest of her classmates want to see it, Irma begins a downward spiral of more lies and tangled webs. A great read for young kids to help teach them that one little lie can lead to many more lies and lots...more
Wilson
When I was a 3rd grader (way back when) I got this book as part of an in school book order. This delightful tale about a girl who wants to fit in and be on top, quickly became one of my childhood favorites! This book is a doll collectors wonder. A great book to help us value telling the truth. No amount of showing off is worth the sacrafice of self. A wonderful book.
Dianna
Irma wants people at her new school to like her, so she tells them that she has the biggest doll in the world. The only problem is, she doesn't. This is a book about a lie. I think Brink does a good job here of teaching about honesty without being didactic. I liked the book, and especially I liked Irma and her big words.
Lobstergirl
This seems like such a strange book to issue from the same person who wrote Caddie Woodlawn. (Seems like it should've been written by E.L. Konigsburg or something.) I'd completely forgotten about it but it was quite compelling and the cover brought back memories.
Hilary
This book is more moralistic than what I've come to expect from Carol Ryrie Brink's lovely adventure books for children. However, it was an adventure story, and Irma is left happy and at peace with the world in the end.
SD
putting this here to remind myself of the author + title....I remember this story so vividly as a kid. I should probably re-read.
Melody
Simplistic yet sympathetic morality tale about the consequences of lying and the freedom to be found in truth.
Barb Struwe
This is a great story to read in the fall to your classroom. It creates good discussion amongst students.
Laura
One of my all-time FAVORITE kids' book!
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Born Caroline Ryrie, American author of over 30 juvenile and adult books. Her novel Caddie Woodlawn won the 1936 Newbery Medal.

Brink was orphaned by age 8 and raised by her maternal grandmother, the model for Caddie Woodlawn. She started writing for her school newspapers and continued that in college. She attended the University of Idaho for three years before transferring to the University of Cal...more
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