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Meet Felicity: An American Girl (American Girls: Felicity #1)

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Felicity falls in love with a beautiful horse named Penny. When she discovers that the owner is cruel, she is determined to find a way to save Penny.
Paperback, 69 pages
Published September 28th 1991 by American Girl (first published September 1st 1991)
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Meet Samantha by Susan S. AdlerMeet Addy by Connie Rose PorterMeet Felicity by Valerie TrippMeet Molly by Valerie TrippChanges for Molly by Valerie Tripp
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Best Juvenile Fiction Series (Ages 7-12)
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Elaine
This is my first American Girl book. I wanted E to read them to get a little taste of history, and unfortunately, I have to say I didn't like this one. Maybe the others are different, I hope so, because I love the concept. The problem I had with this book, was that this little girl essentially stole, lied, disobeyed direct instructions of her parents and a neighbor, and trespassed repeatedly, even after warnings and getting caught, and really faced no consequences for those actions except for a ...more
Caitlen
So fun to revisit my favorite American Girl from when I was growing up!
Miss Clark
Felicity was one of my favorite of the American Girls. She lives in a fascinating time period, which is explored through her relationships and her reactions to events, in a manner that brought the American War for Independence and its issues to life for me in a way no textbook ever could. Felicity is a young girl when unrest begins brewing between the Colonists and the Crown. When war breaks out, her neighbors and even her own family find themselves on opposite sides. She has to choose her own s ...more
Gretchen
Felicity was always my favorite American Girl when I was a kid. I liked that she was from colonial America, and I liked that she had red hair and green eyes. I always wanted red hair and green eyes.

About a month or so ago, I bought the six Felicity books on Ebay. Since I had fallen so far behind in my 2014 Reading Challenge, I decided what better way to catch up than by reading 6 short books, averaging about 75 pages each. I read the first 4 in one day.

In Meet Felicity, we are introduced to Fel
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Judy
I read these books years ago with my kids. The "Felicity" series is exceptionally well written (only Addy is better IMHO). Even my son enjoyed the books (when we went to Colonial Williamsburg and did the Felicity tour he knew all the answers to the guide's questions!). There's a great mix of history combined with the story of a brave young girl.
For those who didn't like the "disobedience" aspect of the books, I say come ON! It's fiction. Use it as an opportunity to discuss with your child what
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Edward Creter
It's 1774, Colonial America, and 8-year-old Felicity loves a horse, like all girls sometimes. But this horse is horribly treated by a wicked man who thinks he can do what he wants to a horse he owns. Felicity proves his butt wrong, like all girls prove us guys wrong, and you know? I'm cool with that, 'cos once she takes on caring for and riding the horse she calls Penny, the book takes off like Seabiscuit from the movies. A pure joy I think girls AND boys should read and not be afraid of girl po ...more
Jamie McQuiggan
Margo (4 yrs) enjoyed this. I liked that it was short (only 60 some pages of story) and had some factual/history reading at the end - nice way to supplement the reading experience with some learning about history. At times I think the prose was a little dense to keep her attention, but she liked the story overall & absorbed the main parts. I'm excited to read more AG books & appreciate that they don't seem to feed the "I need overpriced dolls" syndrome directly! :) And, Felicity is a scr ...more
Mary
Recommended for ages 6-12

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Elisabeth Greenberg - Children's Literature
Felicity Merriman will walk into every feisty horse-loving girl's heart. In colonial Williamsburg girls should stitch a straight seam, sit quietly at lessons, and always defer to the elders, but Felicity's heart is as big as her imagination. When she discovers that Jiggy Nye, the tanner, is mistreating the most beautiful chestnut she has ever seen, she decides to befriend the horse. When Jiggy states pub
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Tijona
This book is what made Felicity my favorite American Girl! I remember feeling like I could relate to her more than any of the others because she was so spunky and didn't like to take "no" for an answer! Growing up I felt the very same way. I also can remember hating to be "proper," like having to wear dresses to church, and hating how the boys always got to go camping and do all these fun things when us girls had to stay inside and learn sewing or some other craft. I just wanted to be outside ju ...more
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Ronit Delrahim
“Meet Felicity” is about a young girl named Felicity who is high spirited and impatient. The time setting is in 1774, in Williamsburg, Virginia prior to the Revolutionary war. Felicity loves horses and when someone in her town, a cruel man named Jiggy Nye gets a new horse she tries to protect the horse from his abuse. Felicity would visit the horse Penny every day before dawn. Little by little Penny started trusting Felicity and allowing her to ride on her. Jiggy Nye threatens Felicity that if ...more
K
As a book for 7-12 year old girls, I think that this is an excellent start to the Felicity books. As the title says, we meet Felicity, and very quickly learn what sort of girl she is. Lissie, as her family calls her, is stubborn, impatient, and as much a tomboy as her family and society will allow. She loves horses (and what girl didn't at least go through a horse phase, whether they grew out of it or not?) and when she finds that the wicked Jiggy Nye is abusing his, she resolves to do something ...more
Robyn
Felicity was a cool character to follow in the American Girls series. You can even track her character development thru her series, since she starts doing things in a reactive "leaping before looking" manner, but as her stories progress, she learns to think before acting. Good lessons, there!

I remember reading this book aloud to my younger brother who was in 1st-3rd grade when I was in 4th-6th, when this book first came out. I remember a mean character would exclaim "Hell's fire!" a lot in this
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Gale
"The Price of Freedom"

Set in Colonial Williamsburg in 1774 this first book in the FELICITY series introduces readers to the Merriman family. As the eldest of three young children Felicity causes her mother great concern; she is too lively to sit still for long, and too impatient to work neat stitches and delicate letters. Plus she proves stubbornly creative when it comes to what She wants to do. Preferring the physical freedom of wearing boy’s britches this spunky girl is passionate about hor
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Adrielle
I give the American Girl "Felicity" series 2 stars for me and 5 stars for my 6-year-old.

Overall, the stories are interesting and my daughter gets completely pulled into them. She can't wait to find out what happens next. She's learning a lot, too, about the way people lived before they could get anything they wanted by clicking a few buttons at amazon.com.

The books can be quite didactic but, on the other hand, that's one reason that I like my daughter to read them. The books seem intent on teach
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The other John
It had to come to this. After all this reading of kid's books this past year and a half, I knew that sooner or later I would have to read one of the American Girls series. The American Girls, if you don't know, is a combination of literature of marketing. On the literature side, you have a series of books telling stories about nine-year-old girls in different eras of American history. Currently there's about eight girls and each one stars in six books. The books have corresponding themes, so for ...more
Beth Anne
Read aloud to Emma (and Will some). Emma loved it, and I appreciated the historical context, but I realized again (we read some Kirsten books last year) that these are not best for us, especially right now. Emma is still a little young for the subject matter, so I edit as I read (the villain in this one beats and starves his horse). The main characters also do a fair amount of lying, especially to parents, within any real consequences, and certainly without remorse. We talked a lot about her fla ...more
Sarah Mckelvy
I remember reading The American Girl Series growing up. Overall, I have memories of these books making history alive, instead of school textbooks.

I read this to my 3 1/2 year old daughter. If I read a few pages at a time, it kept her attention, but if I read 5-7+ pages, she was on to something else. So it took a good week finishing it. But, I know she was listening to the story because she still refers to Felicity and the horse.
(NS) Becca
This book is a fantastic historical fiction book that appeals to young girls. I have actually tried to attract my third grade high readers to the series, but found that they need to really be into historical fiction to be interested at first. The vocabulary is also pretty difficult and requires a lot of inferring. One of the best parts is that the book does add pictures in the side notes of the page that sometimes explain the vocabulary or what is happening.

I personally am a huge fan of this boo
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Tara
I read this book to my girls at bed time. While they enjoyed some aspects of it (Penny the horse was the biggest hit), they were never really excited to read it and haven't expressed interest in reading more about Felicity'd world. I thought the book was wonderful. And we all were delighted to step into Felicity's world with our own berry ink making, handwriting, and candle was sealing.
Cortney
I read all the American Girls books that were available at the time when I was eleven and twelve years old.

For Christmas my mom gave me the collection of movies about Felicity, Samantha and Molly (for a trip down memory lane). My boys absolutely love the movies. They're good quality, PG, historical fiction movies. Who care that the movies are starred by girls?

On a recent trip to visit, my parents gave me all of my American Girls books. When I explained to my five-year old what the books were, he
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Zippymae
This is one of the books that got me into books with chapters. I remember finding the American Girl books in my elementary Library as a kid, and reading it on the bus on the way home from school so that I would be able to get the next one when I got back to school. I loved finding out about Felicity, and the era she lived in.
Kate
Felicity was my favorite American girl, because she liked horses. These books are great for young girls because they make history accessible, and I find the short section at the end of each book to be really information and interesting--kids in history class often don't learn about things like the clothing and table manners and the dances of the times, which for me is sometimes more interesting than the wars that seem to be all that gets taught.

Recently I watched the Felicity movie, and it was v
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Meaghan
I loved the american girls when I was younger and had three of the dolls. The books are great for kids cause they are historical fiction. I remember that Felicity was my favorite because she had red hair. Each and every book has a looking back section in the back that is a little history lesson with actual pictures from the times. This was a really creative idea to get little girls reading and learning about our history. Felicity's era is shortly before the Revolutionary war takes place. In Meet ...more
Luisa
I read this with my little ones. It has great illustrations and teaches a lot about what it was like in 1774, with great characters and story line that makes it easy for you to want to keep the book open.

Felicity faces challenges with love and bravery. I enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to girls ages 8-12.
Halle Stout
This book is about a girl named Felicity is obessed with horses. She stumbles upon a copper pony named Penny in which she is instantly infatuated with it. The owner of the pony is Jiggy Nye who is an evil man who beats his horses to death. She conjures a plan to save Penny.
Marya
Finally! An American Girl series that does not have any character murdered by drinking water, dismembered by war, or forced into an orphanage/workhouse! The animal abuse featured here seems pretty tame in comparison. Of course, this is only the first book in the series...
Alicia
Feeling a bit nostalgic. Felicity was my first AG doll and I remember reading these books when I was young. The AG books definitely helped to foster my love of reading and history, so they hold a place in my heart forever
Natalie
After Meet Molly I started with the history part of this book, which was fine (pre-Revolution period doesn't involve much death) but Mr. Nye was so mean to the horse, threatening to starve it, etc. that this book would scare Sam. Another one to shelve for a year or two. Since this is becoming a common sort of thing I figured I'd better start keeping track.
-August 2010

Funny - I'm back here two years later re-reading it (and I think it will be fine this time).

I read all 6. There's a sad death in t
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Karen
It was amazing because, I mean, like, how did Felicity get that horse without Jiggy Nye seeing her?

THAT is amazing! That's why I gave it 5 stars.

I liked Jiggy Nye for one reason. The reason is, this: I have a brother and a brother is a boy, and Jiggy Nye is a boy and I like playing with my brother. I like Jiggy Nye for that reason.

I liked Felicity because she was smart and clever. And was telling the truth even though her father and mother didn't believe her.

I liked the horse, Penny because Pen
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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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American Girls: Felicity (6 books)
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  • Felicity's Surprise: A Christmas Story (American Girls: Felicity, #3)
  • 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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