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Felicity's Surprise: A Christmas Story: 1774 (American Girls: Felicity #3)

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Christmas in Williamsburg means a dancing party at the Governor's Palace for Felicity, but her mother becomes very ill and cannot finish the special blue gown.
Hardcover, 69 pages
Published by American Girl Publishing, Inc. (first published September 1991)
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The book I am going to tell you about is "Felicity's Surprise" by Valerie Tripp. This historical fiction book is one of my most favorite series from the American Doll Books. As most girls know about the American Dolls because of their dolls. However, before you read my essay I am going to tell you that I am not telling you about the American Girl Dolls because this is goodreads. I am going to tell you about the book of a American Girl who's name was Felicity. She was born before the American Rev ...more
Wow, I haven't read this book since I was a kid and it still brings the American Girl and Christmas magic! Loved it!
Dec 18, 2015 Margo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Felicity was always my favorite as a youngster. Love these so much.
Melanie Surani
Rereading this as an adult is different than the first go round. Some definite changes in opinion the second go round.

So Felicity needs her mom to make a dress for a fancy dance lesson she's going to after Christmas. Christmas is a busy time, and mom doesn't have a lot of time to work on the dress, which causes Felicity some anxiety. Mom gets sick from overexerting herself and all hope of the dress is lost. Felicity could have learned not to be such a little shit and sew the dress herself, but
Sarah Crawford
Feb 16, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Felicity's family is getting ready for Christmas and her mother is working extra hard. Felicity gets an invitation to a dance at the governor's palace and wants to go, but Ben, an apprentice, doesn't think she should since the governor is naturally a loyalist, meaning he supports the British Crown in it's argument with the colonies.

Felicity would like to go and wear a new dress, but before her mother can finish it she becomes quite ill and Felicity has to help care for her, making it look like
In Felicity's Surprise, Felicity is invited to attend a dance lesson at the Royal Governor's Mansion during the holidays. When she learns that Elizabeth and Annabelle will both be wearing new gowns to the lesson, she wants a new dress too. Felicity's mother is super excited about this, because Felicity has never shown any interest in have a new gown before. So she buys some expensive blue silk and a pattern for a beautiful gown to make for Felicity.

However, with the busy-ness of the holidays, F
Nov 21, 2013 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Felicity's Surprise is a part of the American Girl phenomenon. This particular series follows Felicity, a spunky young girl growing up in the colonies just before the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. In this book it is almost Christmas and Felicity and her best friend are invited to the Governor's home for a dance lesson. Felicity is very excited about this opportunity and rushes to tell her father. However, Felicity's father and his associate are not as excited as they are rebels against the ...more
Jul 25, 2014 Miri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Felicity is invited to a grand dance at the Governor's Palace, a loyalist family, she's excited to go. A great dance tutor will be there, but as a patriot Felicity feels conflicted, especially with all the work at home preparing for Christmas. When Felicity's mother falls ill and cannot finish Felicity's special dress, she doesn't know how she'll be able to go at all.
Halle Stout
Feb 26, 2015 Halle Stout rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a cute book, not as engaging as Meet Felicity or the books in the series but still ok nonetheless. Felicity is invited to the governor's place for dancing, wants a new dress but money is tight. Her surprise is a new dress and doll.
Aug 27, 2014 Tara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am enjoying reading about Felicity's world. It was fun to picture Christmas time back then. I was a little worried how my girls (4 and 6 years old) would react to Felicity's mother being sick, but they did okay. The ending was great!
Mar 05, 2015 Briana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe that Felicity was invited to the palace! I did not like that her mom got sick. Felicity learned to take care of others. Her blue dress is awesome! I want a blue silk dress like that.
Felicity adalah gadis Amerika di era colonial, 1874. Menjelang Natal, Felicity mendapat kejutan, undangan dancing lesson dari Lady Dunmore, istri gubernur Virginia. Untuk mempersiapkan pesta tersebut, mother berencana menjahit gaun baru untuk Felicity. Namun, belum lagi gaun tersebut rampung, mother jatuh sakit. Kehadiran Felicity di dancing lesson terancam gagal. Namun, Elizabeth, sahabat Felicity dan Ben, anak muda yang bekerja di toko ayah Felicity membantunya. Ben, yang tadinya mengecam unda ...more
The other John
In book three of the American Girls: Felicity series, it's Christmastime and Felicity gets invited to a party at the Governor's Palace. It's an exciting event in a young girl's life, but there are complications. Will Felicity be so klutzy that she will make a fool of herself? Will she look like a frump in her old brown gown? Will health issues in the family prevent her from going at all? The tale is somewhat predictable, but in its favor, the characters all end up behaving with kindness and nobi ...more
Brittany Granger
Apr 30, 2014 Brittany Granger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am going to do a mass review of all the books in the American Girl series, and then copy and paste to each book when I get the chance. Stay Tuned!
Aug 24, 2009 Aubrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At the end, it was really, really interesting! Her mother got really sick after Christmas and she was almost dying. Felicity was invited to the palace for a dance lesson, but her mother was going to knit her the most beautiful gown to wear, but she wasn't done by the time she got sick. But her best friend Elizabeth told Ben, who lives with her family and is one of her good friends, to get her dress and she and Elizabeth's mother knitted it all the way. And her mother got better a minute before s ...more
Nov 12, 2015 MJ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alissa was so worried about Felicity's mother dying. It's so comforting to see how much empathy for others she has developed.
After attending the Grand Illumination of the Christmas lights in Williamsburg outside of the Governor's Palace, a friend and I began reminiscing about American Girl dolls and about Felicity in particular. Since the books are so short, I decided that I would go back and reread her Christmas story (after all, she's invited to the Governor's Palace!) for fun during Christmas. While the pace was not always urging me forever onward (and perhaps this is because I'm no longer the young intended audien ...more
Becky Keir Grace
The Christmas story in the Felicity series gives a nice look at how the Christmas season was celebrated in the Virginia colony. I had no idea it was such a long and exciting celebration.

Felicity was invited to a special dance lesson at the Governor's Palace and her mother was making her e beautiful gown for the occasion. Felicity began to get her priorities a little backwards and then learns a valuable lesson about the meaning of Christmas.

I love the history in these books. There is a little o
Oct 21, 2014 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plugging through these with Podling 4. She likes them, but I'm fairly ambivalent.
Jun 03, 2015 Superreader200 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love how Elizabeth was ready to help Felicity. My name is Elizabeth!
Audrey Hill
Feb 25, 2014 Audrey Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this with my mom. It was a story about being generous. I loved it.
This is a great story about Felicity being invited to the Governor's ball for a dancing lesson. All she thinks about is having her mother make her a dress to wear. Her mother gets really sick. Felicity takes good care of her mother while her friends secretly finish her dress. Sweet story. What's crazy is I'm reading this with my two oldest for Liberty Girls and I'm sewing them each a dress (woah Nelly). My mother-in-law cut them out while she was here in December and Myra is showing me how to pu ...more
Jan 24, 2016 Elise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute story.
Feb 11, 2012 Cassie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children, light-hearted readers
"The American Girl Collection" is a series of books that any parent would love to read to their children because the authors that write within take great care in making sure they are historically accurate and that they provide a strong moral backbone as well. This particular book shows us that hard work and care pay off. If you want a read that will entertain and drag your young reader into a different time period than this book would definitely be for you and your child.
Nov 10, 2014 Marci rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute story. :)
May 03, 2011 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: annabelle-s-list
My favorite character was Felicity. My favorite thing that happened was that Felicity could get a present that she liked in the first place. My favorite part was that Felicity could be nice to her friend and give her a present and that Elizabeth could give Felicity a present. My favorite thing happened was that Felicity could know what she liked best.

(Annabelle did this on her own. I guess she was in the mood to share "favorites".)
Jan 30, 2015 Emmie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was enjoyable reading this with my Lillian. Thus far, this is my favorite of the Felicity books. We see Felicity struggling with split desires and dealing with what is most important in life. I enjoyed talking through these things with Lillian at her young age and showing her these things through a Biblical perspective as well. These are fun books to read together during school time.
Jan 23, 2012 Shelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Small chapter book from the amazing American Girls series. This one is set during Christmas and New Years in colonial times through the perceptive of Felicity, a young storekeepers daughter. Great book to show the similarities and differences of Christmas times then vs. now. Funny how what is most important in life has not changed in the last 300 plus years.
Jan 10, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-readers
Felicity learns to think and do for others instead of herself.Then great surprises happen in the Merrimans household.
Jun 16, 2012 Robyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

So, this was another Felicity book in the AG series I remember reading in 4th-6th grade, & liking, but don't remember much of what happened in the story. This is the one where she has the blue ball gown w/ the reversible "stomacher" panel (in the catalogs). So this must've been the one w/ the "Cinderella" ball elements...
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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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Other Books in the Series

American Girls: Felicity (6 books)
  • Meet Felicity: An American Girl (The American Girls: Felicity, #1)
  • Felicity Learns a Lesson: A School Story (American Girls: Felicity, #2)
  • Happy Birthday, Felicity! A Springtime Story (American Girls: Felicity, #4)
  • Felicity Saves the Day: A Summer Story (American Girls: Felicity, #5)
  • Changes for Felicity: A Winter Story (American Girls: Felicity, #6)

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