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The Lark in the Morn (The Haverard Family #1)

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  65 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Twelve-year-old Kit Haverard is the only daughter of an absent-minded, scholarly Quaker father. Along with three older brothers who are currently away at school, dreamy, untidy Kit has been raised by their young, energetic cousin Laura. Ever since the death of Professor Haverard’s wife, Laura has given herself to maintaining an ordered life for her uncle, conscientiously c ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published January 1st 1948 by Holt McDougal
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Mar 01, 2008 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidlit
Such a lovely book! Kit's coming of age and discovering she is a singer is nicely done. She's so awkward at the beginning of the book and she grows out of that in such a natural way. I found the Quaker aspect especially interesting -- you always think of Quakers as a group belonging to the 1600s. Certainly not 1930s England!
Jul 30, 2008 CLM rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Julie, Abigail
Kit Haverard, the only girl in a large Quaker family, doesn't seem to fit in anywhere until she escapes from the scrutiny of her bossy Cousin Laura and goes to the famous boarding school Heryot, where she learns to stand on her own feet, as well as developing talent as an aspiring singer.
P.D.R. Lindsay
First published in 1948 and one of the Oxford University Press Children's books which were the gold standard of excellence for the middle decades of the 20th C, The Lark in the Morn carries with it all the values which modern children's books often lack. The writing is sometimes lyrical, certainly makes no allowance for childish ignorance, but uses words which read aloud with a musical rhythm.

The story is about Kit whose mother died at her birth. She is much younger than her brothers, her father
Sep 05, 2015 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book many times as a child and it's still both charming and eccentric. But I think the real reason I liked it so much (and still do) is because it is about the conflict between what's inside, and what the people around us require us to do. This really is a story about a girl who 'finds herself' and it's very well done.

Although ... it is eccentric. Weird, even. Not in a fantastical sense - this is all about the importance of music, rather than, say, dragons or magic - rather, its the
Wish I'd read this as a young girl or teen!! Delightful story of a dreamy and imaginative young girl raised by a distracted father and a very practical cousin who discovers her love of music when she meets her mother's family and goes away to school. I'll be looking for more in this series.
First read, April 2009: Beautiful and very British writing. I enjoyed following Kit as she grew up.

Second read in March 2010: I love these books--in fact, I bought them. :)
Nov 16, 2011 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, school-stories
The writing was fine, so if it had given the school sections the same granularity of experience that the home sections had, it could have been good. As it was: kind of boring.
Mar 19, 2014 Simon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
Dated, flawed with lots of two dimensional characters; loved it.
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Born in Manchester in 1902, Elfrida Vipont Brown was the daughter of devout Quakers, and was educated at Manchester High School, before studying history at Manchester University, and singing in Paris, London and Leipzig. She worked for a time as a professional singer (experience she would use in her books), married research technologist R.P. Foulds in 1929, and had four daughters. Vipont published ...more
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