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The Saturdays: A Novel in the Melendy Quartet (The Melendy Family #1)

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SYNOPSIS: Meet the Melendys! Mona, the eldest, is thirteen. She has decided to become an actress and can recite poetry at the drop of a hat. Rush is twelve and a bit mischievous. Miranda is ten and a half. She loves dancing and painting pictures. Oliver is the youngest. At six, he is a calm and thoughful person. They all live with their father, who is a writer, and Cuffy, ...more
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Published January 1st 2004 by Listen & Live Audio (first published 1941)
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Jul 01, 2011 Melody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
6/11 Re-read. I don't know if I think this book is practically perfect because I know it by heart, because I love each and every one of the characters, or because the writing is stellar. Maybe all of those things. Enright was a genius, and it makes me sad when people have never heard of her.

This time through, the Isaac-the-dog storyline seemed somehow more touching than usual. I love Mona's sadder-but-wiser moment, and Oliver's adventure. But my favorite favorite is the story of Gabrielle and th
Apr 06, 2012 Ellie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

See, I wouldn't really describe this book as "amazing," not because it's NOT amazing, but because "amazing" seems too modern a word for a book which was published in the nineteen thirties or forties; the word seems wrong somehow. These were really, really swell (see, that's more fitting for the time period) books. They're like an extinct species. Authors just don't write like this anymore. Rick Riordan, J.K. Rowling....all of my favorite authors, practically, the ones from this age anyway, t
Sep 23, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was not an obvious choice as a read-aloud for a nine-year-old boy (it was one of those times when I didn't have a book for him waiting on deck, and had to delve into my own shelves in desperation), but it worked surprisingly well, even the beauty parlor chapter. T laughed a great deal at Rush's witticisms, which surprised me -- I know the book so nearly by heart, I'd almost forgotten that a lot of his lines are meant to be funny and surprising, and not as inevitable as the rising and settin ...more
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Sep 14, 2013 An Odd1 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Adults who allow and encourage cruelty to children is not acceptable, neither is this book. Housekeeper Cuffy "fat in a nice, comfortable way" p 9, with harsh soap scrubs, makes baths and hair painful. Mona 13 spends her fair share of pooled Saturday allowances on professional haircut and manicure. I had the same too-heavy long blonde braid, private exhilaration, public approbation. Manicures heal and prevent infected fingernails. Called "silly .. vain" p 98 "fool .. concerned about yourself" se ...more
May 07, 2012 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth Enright's Melendy Quartet of books are ostensibly children's books, but they are much more than that.

I read The Saturdays with my son when he was about 6 years old and we enjoyed it very much. This last year I read it again with my 5 year old daughter and it has only gotten better on the second pass.

The story is of four children from the ages of 6 to 13 in 1930s New York City who have decided to pool their weekly allowance. Each week one then takes the pool to use the money to go on a
Apr 01, 2015 Ivan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delightful. 1941 - four siblings decide to pool their allowance and each Saturday one takes it all (a whopping $1.50) to do something special - go to a museum, an opera, the circus. A Very special book filled with great warmth and good humor. Episodic and easy to read, this is a classic for good reason.
Jul 02, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"It would have to rain today," said Rush, lying flat on his back in front of the fire. "On a Saturday. Certainly. Naturally. Of course. What else would you expect? Good weather is for Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday; and rain's for Saturday and Sunday, and Christmas vacation and Easter."

"Oh, Rush, do stop grousing," said Mona, turning a page peacefully. She wasn't even listening to what he said; all she heard was the grumble in his voice. (3)

Thus starts The Saturdays, Enright's first b
Josh Ang
Dec 23, 2013 Josh Ang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my childhood favourites, I revisited this book and found the story of the four Melendy children in 1940s New York still as engaging as an adult - I was also struck by how well-written, linguistically this children's book was, that made it stand head and shoulders above some others I have read.

Of course, in the current climate of PC-correctness, one has to acknowledge that the White, upper-middle class background of the children gave their concerns about enjoying their Saturdays an insulat
Mar 24, 2008 Kathryn marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathryn by: Quasar
Shelves: stalled
March 28, 2008 Well, as this is a library book and as I'm becoming toooo busy with wedding-preparations, I have to stall on this one. But, I'll hope to return someday as it began very sweetly.

So nice to read a book about children who knew how to be creative with thier childhoods; knew how to play and be imaginative. (This was written in the early 40s!) So far, reminds me a bit of an "All-of-a-Kind Family" sort of tale. We shall see how it progresses...
Amy Kannel
Sweet, lighthearted story about four likable children and their adventures in 1940s New York City (which are nearly impossible to fathom...9yo going out on her own for the day?!?). My 8yo wasn't super into this but the 5yo *loved* it and was begging to listen to more Melendy stories.
Mar 16, 2009 Qt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
Lovely, charming book! I loved reading about 1940s city life and all the adventures the Melendy kids have. Great fun.
Tricia Douglas
Another good children's book from Enright. Four children live in NYC and pool their money in order to have their own adventures. This takes places in the 1940s so maybe things were different back then, but wandering around a big city without supervision is a little dangerous in my mind. Enright does a wonderful job of telling individual tales about the children visiting an art museum, an opera, the circus, etc. It's a nice story and one that I found entertaining. There are four books in this ser ...more
Julie  Durnell
Feb 13, 2015 Julie Durnell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
This book of the four motherless siblings is an old-fashioned tale to be sure, but it was well written. Each child, their father, and grandmotherly housekeeper were wonderful characters from a simpler time and way of life; ie: allowing children to roam New York City on their own! The children are typical kids who misbehaved and were mischievous but are also respectful and polite. The exploits on their "Saturday" were well thought out and planned, exhibiting their own interests and dreams! This w ...more
Feb 20, 2015 Juliana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Juliana by: Children's Books Group
I always like children stories like this, when everything was so much simpler. No TV, no cellphone, no video games. Just the children, sometimes with the dog, and the backyard or playground.

Reading The Saturdays reminds me a lot of my own childhood. I am so lucky to have been raised in a small city in Papua island, in the east of Indonesia. Our house was near the sea. The beach was only 10-15 minutes walk. I remember watching the sun rises from our windows. Running around and playing in the dirt
In The Saturdays we are introduced to the Melendy family. There's an often absent but loving father; a strict but kind housekeeper/cook/nanny, and of course the children: Thirteen-year-old Mona who is going to be an actress; Twelve year old Rush, a piano prodigy who wants to make music AND be an engineer; Randy (Miranda) age 10 1/2, who dances like a fairy and wants to be both an artist and a dancer; Olivier, age 6, thoughtful and determined. Bored with their ordinary lives, the Melendys decide ...more
Maureen E
The Saturdays is one of those books that I read over and over again when I was younger. Like Swallows and Amazons, it had a family doing adventurous things that I would never have the chance to, partly because of the accidents of location. (Believe me, I tried to make up for it–remind me to tell you how I made my sister pretend to be Nancy and Peggy Blackett with me.) Anyway, the Melendys were always an enchanting family. Despite being the oldest, and therefore having a great deal of sympathy fo ...more
Mar 25, 2015 Abigail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so cute and funny. It was about four kids who got to go out every Saturday. one person would go out with everyone else's allowance and go somewhere they always wanted to go. they cant spend it on toy though. They have to spend it on an experience. You never know what will happen next in this book. This book is good for kids of all ages. I would recommend this book to everybody! Thanks for taking the time to read my review.
These are stories revolving around 4 children: Rush, Mona, Randy & Oliver and of course they get into all sorts of adventures. :) I've read the first book, The Saturdays, and loved it. The Saturdays is about the adventures that the children have on Saturdays - they come up with the idea to pool their allowance money so that they can take turns doing something that they REALLY want to do on their Saturday. One goes to a concert, another goes to a museum, and, of course, adventures happen. The ...more
Fun audio listen to the adventures of this 1940s era family living in NY. Each of the children unique with varied interests that get them into trouble or unusual situations. A freedom for children that isn't possible today, it was a pleasure to participate in their fun.

Excellent audio of the Melendy Family experiences, I'd enjoy carrying on with them in their further activities in the series.
Nov 04, 2015 Izzy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 6th-grade
I loved this book! I just thought everything about it was really good. It was really fun hearing about how the kids spent their Saturdays differently. I loved their house, their adventures, the different personalities of all the kids. I will definitely be reading all the sequels!
Rea K
Jun 08, 2015 Rea K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was fun. And definitely for children. And dated. I rolled my eyes when the family freaked out over the haircut and the nail polish even though the other daughter had short hair. My family barely notices when I cut my hair, they'd probably notice if I dyed it bright pink, but not a mere haircut. The nail polish may have been more of a freakout thing, because it's the 1940s. And it's red.
Seems like a fun group of kids.
Somehow I missed out on Elizabeth Enright while I was growing up, an oversight I intend to avoid for my children! "The Saturdays" is exactly what children's literature should be: innocent, erudite, interesting, and fun. I enjoyed reading about a New York City in which 10 year olds could be allowed out on their own without anyone calling the cops having the parents arrested for endangerment and neglect. And I loved the fact that what our kids wanted to do on their days off was visit an art museum ...more
Jun 16, 2016 Rosie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is a really sweet, charming children's book. I really enjoyed it. Randy was my favorite Melendy - but I liked them all. :)
Namitha Varma
The Melendy kids are such a delight. The Saturdays makes a great children's book. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the quartet.
Apr 16, 2015 Charity rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
When I add books to my TBR list, I need to start noting where I heard about each book because I really wish I knew where I first learned about this one.

My kids and I loved reading about the Melendy children and their Saturday adventures. We thoroughly enjoyed this non-preachy book about children gallivanting around Manhattan sans parents, getting into and out of scrapes, and learning self-sufficiency (and---bonus!---their adult caregivers don't get arrested or lambasted on the Internet).

One star
Sep 29, 2013 Melody rated it it was amazing
I love these books. I hate, hate, hate the new covers. Hate. What in the world could be better than Maginel's little girl's watercolors? Ahem.

Oh how I love Enright's books. This one has a special place in my heart, naturally. They all do. This one has the alligator! Oliver! The bob! The opera- though even Enright failed to make me appreciate opera in real life.

One must never forget Enright's keen eye for botanizing. One can rest assured that if Enright says it's blooming, then it is in fact bloo
Sep 14, 2015 Shelby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: great-audiobooks
Good old fashioned fun. Great audiobook with the kids.
Jan 21, 2015 Zoe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This is our current driving with kids in the car audio book - and it is completely marvelous!
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
The Melendys aren't rich. They can't be rich because there are four kids in a motherless family. With a large house, a housekeeper and handyman, and summer-long vacations at the shore. Dad is a professor who travelled the Continent while his wife was still alive, and is mostly absent speaking and travelling and all like that while the hired help take up the slack.
That sounds like I dislike the book, and I don't. I enjoyed reading it and devoured it in about 24 hrs. But as an acquaintance of min
Amy Forrester
May 29, 2015 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One boring Saturday afternoon, the Melendy siblings decide to pool their allowances to create the Independent Saturday Afternoon Adventure Club (I.S.A.A.C.). Using that money, each Melendy gets to decide on their very own, independent adventure. Rush sees an opera, Mona gets a make-over, Randy visits a gallery full of beautiful French paintings, and Oliver takes in the circus at Madison Square Garden. Along the way the siblings make new friends, hear wonderful stories, and narrowly escape disast ...more
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Elizabeth Enright (1907-1968) was born in Oak Park, Illinois, but spent most of her life in or near New York City. Her mother was a magazine illustrator, while her father was a political cartoonist. Illustration was Enright's original career choice and she studied art in Greenwich, Connecticut; Paris, France; and New York City. After creating her first book in 1935, she developed a taste, and quic ...more
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“All over the city lights were coming on in the purple-blue dusk. The street lights looked delicate and frail, as though they might suddenly float away from their lampposts like balloons. Long twirling ribbons of light, red, green, violet, were festooned about the doorways of drugstores and restaurants--and the famous electric signs of Broadway had come to life with glittering fish, dancing figures, and leaping fountains, all flashing like fire. Everything was beautiful. Up in the deepening sky above the city the first stars appeared white and rare as diamonds.” 2 likes
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