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Ginnie and Geneva (Ginnie and Geneva #1)
When shy Ginnie moves and enrolls at a new school she is unnerved by outspoken and lively Geneva but eventually - and with the help of a winsome cat - they become best friends.
Paperback, 154 pages
Published June 1st 1988 by Puffin Books
(first published 1948)
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Sep 16, 2009 Wendy Darling rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Reread for the umpteenth time, because I'm wretchedly ill and in need of a comfort read. This is the coziest book, filled with hikes in the snowy woods, fudge-making, cats, sweet gingham dresses, mothers who greet you after school with fresh chocolate cake, and skating parties. I wish Catherine Woolley's books were still in print and better known; if you enjoy the Betsy-Tacy or The Moffats books and old-fashioned stories about friendships and growing up, Woolley's two middle grade series are def ...more
When I was a child I read the whole "Ginnie" series. Ginnie Fellowes is a young girl who has been homeschooled. When her parents settle in a small surburban town, Ginnie is put into public school. There her circle of friends include mischevious Geneva, shy quiet Anna, twins Leonard and Lucy and bookish Peter. A most delightful series of books that harkens to a more innocent time.
My mom made me remove these books from my room last night. She also made me read them when I was young...very young. I distinctly remember getting very upset in kindergarten when the librarian wouldn't let me take out Catherine Wooley books--They were, of course, "too hard" for me...
I loved this series when I was younger, and recently read book #1 again when I found it in my parents' shed. It brought back so many memories and feelings! I love how books, especially childhood books, can do that. This book isn't mind blowing or profound, it is just cute and cozy and captures so many moments of girlhood that are easily forgotten (starting out at a new school, making friends, trying new things, etc.). I can't wait to introduce my own baby girl to them one day!
OMG, I can't believe I found this beloved book from my childhood. It says it was published in 1989. But, I read this back in the 1970s. I selected 'finished" in 1974, but honestly I don't recall the year. I just remember it being a beautiful story of friendship told in a far simpler time. It was a great companion during a long, lonely summer in the country.
I read this series when I was in elementary school. My mom said she liked them when she was little so I picked them up. I remember really liking them, too. Rereading this first book, I have no recollection of the story at all. None of it seemed familiar. It was still a cute story, though. Definitely written in another time.
I read this series over and over as a kid and recently discovered that our library had it. Reading it again, to Lizzy this time, made me nostalgic for the wholesome values of the 1950's. It made Lizzy want to wear dresses with ruffles skirts. We've got some summer sewing cut out for us:)
|What's The Name o...: Genevieve and Gwendolyn or Geneva and Gretchen? [s]||7||62||Nov 15, 2011 04:59PM|
A prolific writer of over eighty books, Catherine Woolley published so many children's books that her publisher recommended using a pen name for some of her works. Ms. Woolley's Ginnie Fellows series was and continues to be a reader favorite across generations.More about Catherine Woolley...
Pen name: Jane Thayer.
Pen name: Jane Thayer.
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