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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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Amy Dashwood
Mar 13, 2016 Amy Dashwood rated it it was amazing
Rereading the American Girl books because springtime makes me nostalgic... I forgot how good this one was. :)
May 11, 2014 Elaine rated it it was ok
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
May 10, 2015 Caitlen rated it it was amazing
So fun to revisit my favorite American Girl from when I was growing up!
Miss Clark
Jan 12, 2012 Miss Clark rated it really liked it
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
Mar 02, 2016 Tessa added it
Years ago, but noting it here in honor of the teatime at the American Girl Place with dear family earlier this week.
Katie Ulmen-Smith
Feb 15, 2016 Katie Ulmen-Smith rated it liked it
"Meet Felicity" by Valerie Tripp; Pleasant Company Publications, 2000; Pages: 69; Genre: Historical fiction, Chapter Story; Grade Level: 3-5; Lexile Level: 600L; Guided Reading Level: Q

In this thrilling short chapter story, readers are swept back in time to colonial America in 1774. Times are starting to become turbulent for young Felicity Merriman and her family. Felecity's father is a shopkeeper in Williamsburg, Virginia and, as such, must decide whether he stands with the Patriots or the Loya
Mar 29, 2009 Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Felicity Merman is growing up in a time of very feirce loyalty and Firey Independence Just as America is about to break free from englands rule! Everyone around her her friends family everyone is taking different sides. With her passion and her courage felicity must find a way to hold both love and loyally in her heart. MEet felicity is all about how felicity tries to get the hoarse she has allways dreamed of from that wretched Jickey Nigh who treats her like dirt. Felicity learns a lesson is a ...more
Nov 04, 2015 Mya rated it it was amazing
a must read
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
Feb 15, 2009 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love these books and read them at least once each season as time passes both in our world and in the books. I adore Felicity's adventures and high spirits, which I feel would not be much diffrent from mine if I lived in that era. I have also collected the doll and as many of the accessories as I can afford (they are quite pricy) from American Girl Co.
Jessica Colglazier
Nov 01, 2015 Jessica Colglazier rated it it was amazing
Meet Felicity is a story about a young girl that has a love for horses. She is growing up in the 1700's where men and women were trained to perform and act a certain way. There is an old mean guy, Jiggy Nye, that is very cruel to his horse and Felicity's goal is to save him. She names him Penny while spending a lot of time with him. It is a great read to find out what happens.

As a teacher, this is a great book to have in your classroom. The girls really enjoy the American girl books and it teach
Apr 28, 2016 Kaelyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like this book and it was very fun. She LOVED that horse. She loved it so much. She let it go. She cared about it. She LOVED Penny. She loved it so much. So she HAD to show it. Mr. Nay (I think that's his name) was hatred. He hated people. He was like warn them up and his old horse was worned up and he died. So then Penny was nervous but they (Penny and Felicity) became friends and she grabbed one night something of Ben's and it was his breeches that was all dusty and she hid it under a bucket ...more
Eileen Seitz
Title: Felicity: An American Girl
Author: Valerie Tripp
Genre: Historical Realistic Fiction
Theme(s): Kids Fiction, Miscellaneous Animals, Mammals
Opening line/sentence: “Felicity Merriman pushed open the door to her father’s store and took a deep breath.”
Brief Book Summary: Felicity Merriman is a spunky, spirited girl growing up in Virginia in 1774, just before the Revolutionary War. In this story, Felicity learns about responsibility and loyalty -- to her family, her friends, and her new country
Sarah Crawford
Feb 16, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it
This story introduces the character of Felicity, a young girl in Colonial Virginia. In other words, Virginia was a colony of England and not yet a state since the United States didn't exist for some years yet.

The main thrust of the book involves an extremely nasty old man, Mr. Nye, who has a horse and is mistreating it very badly. Felicity names the horse Penny and loves her and wants to take care of her so she sneaks out in the mornings to feed the horse an apple, working towards the day when
Nov 06, 2015 L rated it really liked it
I really kind of liked this one and it started a great conversation between me and my children about right vs. wrong. Felicity's story illustrates well the relativity of "rightness." There's a lot of justification and rationalization in here, too, which I guess prepares a child for doing that in the future. For the (very noble) cause of preventing abuse of an animal and possibly the death of that animal, Felicity lies to her parents - twice, steals from her father's apprentice, and essentially d ...more
Mar 30, 2015 Judy rated it it was amazing
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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Oct 12, 2015 Mya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a classic story I recommend any young girl read.
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
Apr 24, 2010 Sami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: girl-club
to always be happy
Jamie McQuiggan
Feb 18, 2014 Jamie McQuiggan rated it really liked it
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
Nov 07, 2009 Mary rated it liked it
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
Aug 09, 2010 Tijona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 09, 2012 Superreader200 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 03, 2012 Myra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
***New Review:
I had to demote my rating to only two stars, not three, after spending the semester in my Liberty Girls group reading this series aloud to my kids. I realize the main reason I stuck with this series is because of the period of history it covers - the American Revolution, my favorite. Although I still love the third book, and the 6th book has some merit (although Felicity still has quite a selfish attitude that she partly overcomes) I have to say that I am not impressed with this se
Ronit Delrahim
Apr 12, 2012 Ronit Delrahim rated it it was ok
“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
Oct 21, 2010 K rated it really liked it
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
Jun 16, 2012 Robyn rated it really liked it
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
Mar 26, 2013 Gale rated it liked it
"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
Mar 10, 2013 Adrielle rated it liked it
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

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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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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