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Maida's Little Shop (Maida #1)

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To coax his invalid daughter back to health, millionaire Jerome "Buffalo" Westabrook purchases a quaint shop in Charlestown, Massachusetts and puts Maida in charge.
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published 1910 by Grosset and Dunlap (first published 1909)
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Katherine Meyer
My mother kept all of the Maida books she read as a child, so they were on our bookshelf at home when I was growing up. I read them as a child and loved them. Now I decided to re-read them, beginning with this, the first in the series. Strange, I remember that as a child --- while I loved ALL the Maida books--- this first one was never my favorite. But now, as an adult, I can appreciate it so much more! It is a delightful book; so charming and full of adorable and lovable characters. It's so int ...more
Emily
A charming book from 1909 about a sickly, very rich, little girl whose father buys out a small toy and sweet shop after she expresses an interest in shop keeping and sets her up in charge of it. I guess every child has a strong interest in "playing store", and this little fantasy could not be more satisfactorily realized than it is in this book, which I would have adored had I read it as a child. As it is, I quite liked it, and was intrigued to learn from Constance that some of the settings in t ...more
Carolynne
Wealthy "Buffalo" Westabrook buys a shop in Charlestown, MA, for his daughter Maida, recovering from an unnamed but incapacitating illness. It gives her a new lease on life as she organizes the little shop and meets all the neighborhood children, whose lives are intertwined with hers from then on.
If you liked _Dandelion Cottage_ by Carroll Watson Rankin or _Two Are Better Than One_ by Carol Ryrie Brink you'll love this.
Maddy Mosher
Maida's Little Shop is a fun and charming early 1900s story which I have been reading and re-reading since I was a little girl. Maida is a lame girl who has just undergone a painful and difficult surgery when she arrives in a New England village and falls in love with a shop there. Her father, who is a very rich Wall Street businessman, buys it for her and she moves in and starts running it immediately. Though this is a feel-good story, it is not flat in the least. Maida, though very sweet, is n ...more
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May 06, 2008 Susanna - Censored by GoodReads rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I utterly adored this book as a child. I had my mother's copy, as I don't think it was in print then.
Kathryn McCary
I read this book 47 years ago, in fifth grade, and was glad to have the opportunity to renew the acquaintance through the Project Gutenberg version.

Maida, the child of a fabulously wealthy father, has recently been cured of the lameness she suffered from birth, but needs something to perk her spirits up--so her father buys her a little candy and sundries shop in a poor neighborhood, tells her she must make a success of it, and takes off for Wall Street leaving her under the protection of her old
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Larry Piper
The Maida series of books were my spouse's favorites when she was growing up. This is the first of the series and was published in 1909 (well, my book says 1909, the wikipedia says 1910). Maida is a sick, little rich girl and her father, doctor and friend decide that she might be made well if only she could engage in something that truly interested her. She gets all excited by an old shop and they buy it and let her set it up (in Charlestown, MA). She makes her first real friends whilst the prop ...more
Susan Berger
I was given the Maida series for my 8th birthday. I adored it. So did my brother. When he had a daughter, it was the first series he gave her. Maida's little House is the second book. The series was written from 1909 to 1958. I was eight in 1951, so I was unaware of the last three books. I would love to read them, but they are very rare and prohibitively expensive. I cannot tell you how many times I have read these books.
Barn Grammy
As many here have said, I read these books as a child 60 years ago. My aunt had only the first 4 books, and I didn't know until recently that there had been 12 in the series. My daughters read my 4, also. Rereading the first book, I found it as charming and engaging as I had so many years ago. What a wonderful gift for the author to leave such a legacy.
Christine Desrochers-Broderick
My great aunts roommate Grace, told me this was the first book she read as a child on her own and absolutely fell in love with the series. So I ordered it from eBay and read it first, I loved the story almost as much as I love Little Women! Tomorrow I will give it to her and I've already found the next two!
Nancy Stern
The first chapter book I read and will always love it
Jan
This series was one of my daughter's favorites when she was young. Now my granddaughter is the right age. I reread this charming book this week as it has been many, many years since I loved the series as a child. A beautiful book to share generation after generation after generation. Reading it on an iPad meant I didn't see any illustrations. Are there any?
Susan
Oh, my goodness! Through Goodreads, I rediscovered the name of this series I've been seeking for years! I read these books at a friend's house and the characters and sweet stories made a big impression on me.
Cheryl Wilks
I had never heard of this series until I saw the title on the back of another children's book. I found the book interesting and well written. I enjoyed reading it .
Sarah
One of my favorite books from childhood and available for free on Kindle!!
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An early graduate of Radcliffe College, Irwin was an accomplished writer of juvenile fiction - the beloved "Maida" books - and of respected historical fiction for adults. She married fellow reporter-novelist Will Irwin (her second husband) in 1916.
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