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

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The books in this collection tell the stories of six American girls who lived long ago:
Paperback, 61 pages
Published March 1st 1988 by American Girl Publishing Inc (first published January 1st 1986)
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Kelsey
Oct 24, 2012 Kelsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: popular-series
For Christmas one year, I opened a big, rectangular box to find a beautiful doll with brown, wavy hair, brown eyes and a cute plaid dress. Everyone said we looked alike and I didn't disagree. American Girl dolls were all the hype when I was little. When I got Samantha from my grandparents one year, I took her everywhere with me. I began collecting clothes for her, furniture items and I, of course had to get her adorable puppy Jip to keep her company.
Each of the American Girl dolls come with a s
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Josiah
Mar 02, 2010 Josiah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Pleasant Company has done a great job through all of its American Girl stories and products in helping to make history interesting for kids in a variety of different ways, while making it a priority to address their contemporary concerns as well. All of the American Girl dolls have a finely tuned background, family history and unique niche in the timeline of our nation's past, and the books about them marvelously capture what makes everything about their historical narratives so special.

Sa
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Landon
Apr 29, 2016 Landon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bro, I swear I think this is one of the books, I've been dying to find. Because I remember reading them in elementary. Even my oldest brother knows what I'm talking about because he read the exact books. Every time we had library class, I'll go to the book section where these books were located at and checked them out. This use to be one of my favorite books when I was a kid. These the books that made me get into reading besides Junie B Jones books. Up to me I'll buy the full collection swear lo ...more
Crystal Lough
Meet Samantha is one book in the Americal Girls series. The book is targeted towards intermediate children. The book takes you essentially through Samantha's life. It begins when she was just a little girl. She was raised by her elder grandmother as her guardian. She lived in a time, 1904, where being a "lady" was a very valued concept. For example, one day while playing outside, Samantha was teased and bullied by a little boy. She ran home to tell her housekeeper and the house keeper simply sai ...more
Carson
Jul 03, 2015 Carson rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Samantha is the only authentic American Girl doll I own. I bought glasses for her and relate more to Molly, so you get the idea. Samantha is not my favorite after having read all character series. She was my favorite at the time I got the doll.
Going back and rereading the first book made me view Samantha as a brat. I know there are plot devices that need to be used to not make the young girls reading these books feel dumb for not knowing what a historical word means. But I feel like it was too m
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Littlevision
The last time I read this, I was unable to see the subtleties of the characters. I was unable to read between the lines.

Now I am a dignified woman of eighteen and the atrocities contained within this book are extremely alarming to me.

The story begins with Samantha falling out of a tree, the little uncoordinated waif that she is. Little does the reader know that Samantha ends up to be a crack whore in the last book. She is always falling out of trees, out of relationships, out of addiction. This
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Caylina
Oct 03, 2015 Caylina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, couldn-t-finish
I remember when I switched grade schools and all the girls at my new school were obsessed with American Dolls. Everyone seemed to have one and I had never even heard of them before since no one at my old school had them and I could care less about dolls (I was a tomboy and loved Lego sets and video games). Anyway, one of the girls ended up giving me this book as a birthday present and I remember thinking "What am I suppose to do with this?". I tried reading it but it just sat on my bookshelf and ...more
Ruby Rose Scarlett
Sep 26, 2014 Ruby Rose Scarlett rated it it was amazing
Really excellent with a very socially conscious plot dealing with poverty, child labour, racial segregation and the women suffrage campaign. The illustrations are beautiful too and I love the ethos behind American Girl, 'American Girl celebrates a girl's inner star - that little whisper that encourages her to stand tall, reach high and dream big. We take pride and care in helping girls become their very best today, so they'll grow up to be the women who make a difference tomorrow.'
John Doe
Jul 23, 2013 John Doe marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Remember me? I don't know how to reach you.

I hear that you spoke to R. a few times. He says he is worried about you, but that he doesn't know how to help. I feel that way too.

I can listen.

I am still your friend.

I know you have had some hard times, but remember that you still have friends and people here who care about you. When you left, K. was really worried. L.too. And, R. was a mess.

With absurd amounts of platonic love,

Your friend
April
Nov 02, 2014 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lis7210, childrens
It was delightful to revisit this book. I must have read it about a dozen times as a child. I remember being struck by the illustrations and just lost in the stories. I think it helped that I had the Samantha doll. But I think I liked imagining her more as a friend in the story than as a doll that I cared for.

I hope Children's Lit doesn't say something horrible about this series because I might get a little miffed. I think this book did a great job challenging the racial and gender stereotypes
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Sarah Pfingston
Oct 24, 2012 Sarah Pfingston rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: popular-series
As a young girl I actually had an American Girl Doll, so this promoted me to want to read the collection. I remember reading this series as a young girl and I remember thinking the books were too long and never finishing them. When I reread this book I loved it. I thought that the lessons are wonderful for young girls. Even though the only negative I think the students today would have with this story is that it is set in 1904, which may appeal to them as boring. Nine year old Samantha is an orp ...more
Brooke Brodsky
Commercialism aside, I think that the American Girl series is a wonderful example of Historical Fiction for children. Samantha is a young girl in the early 1900s who has lost her parents and now lives with her grandmother. Samantha makes new friends of different backgrounds and has fun experiencing new things in her new city. Although I see why people like these books, as a teacher, I dont. I feel that the storys are not accurate enough to give a young reader a feeling of what it might have been ...more
Sami Wilson
Apr 27, 2014 Sami Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
Meet Samantha: An American Girl was one of my favorite books when I was a child. I loved this book because we had the same name and I always wanted an american girl and to be an american girl. I thought that the story about Samantha was very relatable and I think that young girls will feel the same way when they read the story. I liked that Samantha met a young girl who was different from her yet never let that stop them from being friends. It tells your girls that it doesn't matter what someone ...more
Tijona
Sep 14, 2010 Tijona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this was the first American Girl book I ever read. I enjoyed picking this one up again! I love how Samantah is very active, has a hard time settling down and being ladylike. I love how she has to practice piano, an hour seems like such a long time when you are 9! I also love how she has such an intese love for people, and also has compassion for those around her. Her friend Nellie just breaks my heart, and I think it is because I know there were lots of families like Nellie's who had to ...more
Ashley Campbell
Oct 29, 2012 Ashley Campbell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: popular-series
Meet Samantha: An American Girl was a true blast from the past for me! I found my original copy of this book at my mother's house and enjoyed every minute of bringing back memories.
Meet Samantha is the first of the Samantha, American Girl series. This book introduces Samantha as a nine year old girl living in the 1920's. This book illustrates Samantha's everyday life and the trails she faces as a girl learning how to grow up in the 1920's.
I believe these books are extremely beneficial for chil
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Jess
I'm reading some series I loved as a child this year. I started with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory & Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.

I remember devouring these books when they came out. I'd hound the library for them. This was waaay before the dolls where a thing. I vaguely remember a pull-out send-in card in the back of one of the books, but never bothered.

They hold up well. I have 5 more to go for this Girl and then I think I'm going to read Molly next. I think she was one of my
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Natalya ~*Kittendonut!*~ Schuyler - Semi-Hiatus
It would mess up my rating algorithm to add books I read more than half a lifetime ago, but this one holds a special place in my life. American Girl got me into Dear America three years later, which subsequently led me to Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, Russia, 1914 which, along withThe Black Circle began my interest in Russian history and brought me to the place I am right now. It's hard to imagine my life if I hadn't read this series. I know it sounds weird.
Sharon
Feb 21, 2014 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Samantha Parkington an orphan lives a privileged life with her Grandmary in a luxurious home in 1904. She is expected to be a proper young Victorian lady who practices piano and works samplers. But Samantha doesn't quite fit the profile.

Samantha meets Nellie who works as a servant for the Ryland family and the two nine-year-olds become good friends. Samantha soon realizes that Nellie's circumstances are quite a contrast to her own elegant life.

Meet Samantha is the first book in the Samantha seri
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Miss Clark
Samantha, while not my favorite, was interesting. She is also the wealthiest of all the AG, which gives her a very different outlook and lifestyle. While Josefina, Caroline and Kaya work hard to help their families survive day-to-day, and Felicity and Kit help their families and pursue their interests, Samantha has a very different way of learning. She has lots of personality, but less personal integrity and concern with living a worthy life than many of the other girls. Very much so a product o ...more
Emily
Sep 18, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My children and I enjoyed listening to this on audio. The writing style is descriptive enough for me to appreciate and simple enough for young children to understand.
Ashley
May 30, 2011 Ashley rated it really liked it
All throughout this book, I kept wondering what was so interesting about this time (1904)in American history, but when the book ended, I realized there are going to be lot of working class and women's issues brought up in this series. Abby really liked the developing friendship between Samantha and the neighbor's servant Nellie. And the historical section had a lot of information about servants and how hard their lives were. Samantha is also expected to behave like a "proper" young lady and Abby ...more
Abbey Pace
In the early 1900's, Samantha is a young girl who is being raised by her wealthy and stern grandmother named, Grandmary. She was only five year old when her parents died in a tragic accident. Samantha doesn't have anyone to play with around the house, but loves going to her grandmother's seamstress, Jessie, for advice and repairs. As the story unfolds she finds a herself becoming good friends with a girl named Nellie. From their time spent together, Samantha soon sees how different her life is f ...more
Emily Egbers
Mar 07, 2016 Emily Egbers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: popular-series
Growing up in my household, my sisters and I were rewarded with an American Girl doll when we finished reading that particular doll's books. As a child, I read the Kit books and received the Kit doll. One of my older sisters had read the Samantha books and received Samantha. I decided to read Samantha for this report because I had not read about her before. The American Girl Dolls come with a story about the time period in which they live in. These stories help educate young girls about the diff ...more
JUNE BENGOETXEA
MEET SAMANTHA is one of the books of AN AMERICAN GIRL series, written by Susan S. Adler and illustrated by Nancy Niles. This book is based in 1904, and is about a nine year old girl who lives with her grandmother. Samantha’s parents died when she was young, but her “Grandmary” takes good care of her. She tries to teach Samantha how to be “a young lady”, but Samantha always finds a way to get messy. Jessie, Samantha’s seamstress, is always fixing her torn clothing. One day Samantha meets a new fr ...more
Kathleen Hoellerich
Meet Samantha an American Girl, by Susan Ader is one book in a series of historical fiction books about a girl who is also a toy doll. The toy doll goes along with the series of books showing the character of the time period the doll depicts. The front cover lets the reader know the setting is 1904. The main character Samantha lives with her wealthy grandmother and is very lonely not having anyone to play with. A girl that has a much different life style then Samantha moves in next door. Her nam ...more
Luisa
Aug 27, 2014 Luisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My little one and I had a fun time reading this and the illustrations were amazing. The story was very descriptive, thought provoking, and relatable for little ones.

Samantha's situation in life and character is clearly introduced in the story. At nine years old, she's young and naive about somethings, but very caring about her friends and family and is not afraid to act on that.

We really enjoyed reading this and learning a little more about life in 1904. I would recommend this to children ages 6
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Sarah Zarymbski
Sep 21, 2015 Sarah Zarymbski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eng261
This is another American Girl Doll book, but with a different girl and a much different time period. Samantha is growing up in the early 1900's, when there were slavery and children's work issues in America. Samantha is an orphan that lives with her wealthy grandmother, and is always lonely. When a girl her age moves in next door as a worker to support her family, Samantha finds a friend. She learns that her seamstress is leaving and isn't sure why, so her and Nellie are determined to find out. ...more
Justine
Samantha is a nine-year-old girl who lost both her parents when she was five. She now lives with her wealthy grandmother who does her best to make sure Samantha grows up to be a proper lady. The year is 1904. Samantha becomes really good friends with her neighbor's new servant, Nellie. Nellie had to leave her family to work for Samantha's neighbors. At the end of the book, Nellie is getting sent away because she has a cough and her mistress doesn't want her to become more sick. Samantha is worri ...more
Vanessa Bianchi
This book is wonderful. Samantha is an orphan who lives with her rich grandma in 1904. The book depicts well the time period, of bustling around, I enjoyed that part very much. Samantha has no one to play with and the book does a great job of capturing a young girls sorrow for wanting a playmate. This was making me think of my own childhood. It truly takes you to another place. She meets Nellie a friend next door. The girls form a friendship and have great fun and adventure together. I would rea ...more
Bella
Mar 23, 2016 Bella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book
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