Meet Felicity: An American Girl (The American Girls: Felicity, #1)
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Meet Felicity
Book One in the American Girl Series
Felicity is the story of a girl who wanted to live free of the Victorian Girl Rules of her time
Paperback, 88 pages
Published September 28th 1991 by American Girl (first published September 1st 1991)
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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
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
(NS) 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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
Colleen
... This update is over the first six books about Felicity Merriman, a spunky young redhead in colonial America, in the dawn of the Revolutionary War. All six books were written by Valerie Tripp. Felicity lives in Virginia with her mother, father, and her little brother and sister. Her father is a shopkeeper, and his young apprentice lives with them as well - he is older than Felicity, but they become good friends. Felicity also befriends a girl her age whose family of Loyalists comes over from...more
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...more
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...more
Maryse
Meet Felicity is the first book in the Felicity series of the American Girls collection. Actually, I really wanted the dolls from the collection rather than the book, but since I couldn't buy one (I don't live in America), I ended up collecting these books from a used bookstore. Anyway, Felicity is one of my favorite American Girls: she's spunky, independent and feisty and compared to the other girls, she seems to have one of better story lines. Still, it's pretty predictable, considering that...more
Lauren Kramer
I fell in love with Felicity upon reading this book! In "Meet Felicity," the reader is introduced to a bright, headstrong young girl living in colonial 1774.

Felicity soon discovers a beautiful horse named Penny. What Felicity had not bargained for was Penny's cruel owner. Determined to save Penny, Felicity takes matters into her own hands.

I loved all of the action in the story. Plus, the illustrations are absolutely beautiful! And I especially love the glossary in the back of the book that cont...more
Becky Keir Grace
Another American girl series taking us to 1774 in Williamsburg, Virgina where we are introduced to Felicity, a spunky girl that loves horses. Felicity does not want to sit around and learn how to sew, but would rather ride horses. She is outraged to learn that a local man bought a new horse that he appears to mistreat. Felicity decides to take matters into her own hands and help the horse.

The colonial times were never a personal favorite of mine, but I really did enjoy this book and got a nice l...more
Kristy
I always connected to Felicity the most out of the AG's, and not because she was the sassy redhead. I liked Felicity because she was imperfect. She was constantly making mistakes because of her mouth and her sense of self-righteousness. She wanted to solve problems, but sometimes never wanted to think things through. She was stubborn and headstrong. In other words, she was nuanced, and that's why she stuck with me over the others. Felicity doesn't stop to think that Penny the horse doesn't belon...more
Alice
I found this book at a thrift store and brought it to read on the plane from SLC to Atlanta and from Atlanta to London. I like junior fiction on planes because it doesn't take too much concentration. I really liked this book, I liked the history, I liked the American Girl spirit, and the true history at the end! I have recommended these books for awhile without reading them (but I had a good source, my friend teaches 3rd grade and she said the girls in her class fight over these books) so now I...more
Rachel
We gave Norah the Felicity doll for her birthday this year, and far more than the doll, she's enjoying the books. I thought it would be an appropriate choice because we have been reading a lot of pioneer books lately, and although Felicity's not a pioneer, her story is set in the early days of America. Norah absolutely loves the stories, though they are a little grown-up for her...I should have realized I'd be trying to explain colonists, taxation without representation, and the Boston Tea Party...more
Lauren Zaglifa
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Tracy
My sister found this book at our local used book store so I decided on a quick read. I loved American Girls as a child, but for some reason never read Felicity, only Addy and Molly.Young readers (5-10) will get a lot of information about early American life. Felicity is a fun character as a tomboy, spunky, red-head. The plot, in which Felicity tries to save a horse from "Jiggy Nye, the cruel tanner", can be a bit much. That is unless you love horses as much as the character does. Still,this book...more
Haley Hartley
Loved it!! Great when I was a kid!!
Dolly
Apr 23, 2010 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We have already read the Samantha series in The American Girls Collection. So now we've moved on to Felicity. She is a spunky and headstrong girl, living in Virginia in colonial times in 1774. Her first story was an interesting one, filled with information about life and culture in those times. The plot was fairly exciting, though I'm not sure how plausible it is. In any case, we enjoyed reading it and will look forward to reading more books in this series.
Fuzzy
I thought this was a great book about a girl named Felicity Merriman who was living in colonial Williamsburg in 1774. Felicity sees a horse that is owned by the horrible Jiggy Nye. He beats the horse and starves her. Each morning before anyone is awake Felicity goes and takes care of the horse and names her Penny because of her bright independent spirit and shiny penny-like coat. Will Mr.Nye find out that Felicity has been seeing Penny? Will Felicity get to see her again?!
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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...more
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