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In Grandma's Attic (Grandma's Attic #1)

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Pieces of Magic

Remember when you were a child—when all the world was new, and the smallest object a thing of wonder? Arleta Richardson remembers: the funny wearable wire contraption hidden in the dusty attic, the century-old schoolchild's slate that belonged to Grandma, an ancient trunk filled with quilt pieces—each with its own special story—and the button basket, a mir
Paperback, 144 pages
Published July 1st 1999 by David C. Cook (first published 1974)
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Nov 22, 2009 ABC rated it it was amazing
This book is similar to the Little House on the Prairie series. A grandma tells stories from when she was little. Usually the stories involve her getting into trouble and learning a lesson from it. It is a charming little book. The best part is that the chapters are short enough that very young children can enjoy listening to this book, but the stories are interesting enough that older kids will like it, too.

I believe it is published by a Christian publishing company, and there is a slight, but
Nov 24, 2015 Sara rated it it was amazing
oh so pleasant. This little book is sweet, morally upright, exciting in places and even capable of producing giggles. My 4.5 and 6.5 year olds love it as much as Betsy Tacy or Charlotte's web. When we finished it, they were desperate for me to but the next one! Charming and wholesome I enjoy sharing this with my children.
Molly (Cafinated Reads)
Apr 24, 2011 Molly (Cafinated Reads) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly (Cafinated Reads) by: FIRST
Imagine my excited surprise when I got these sweet and adorable books! Now, why on earth would I be EXCITED about children's books???? I thought you might ask that. So here's why. This year I am turning the big 3-0. Yep, I'm THREE decades old this year. But, about 21 years ago, I went to a yard sale with my mom and grandma, and purchase this really SWEET little book for 25 CENTS! It was entitled In Grandma's Attic by Arleta Richardson, published in 1974. It was really falling apart but it was su ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Wonderful, wholesome tales of farm life in Michigan in approximately the 1870s. Arleta Richardson was actually brought up by her grandmother, but in the books she comes for extended visits and finds many objects in Grandma's attic and just around the house that provoke Grandma into telling Arleta the story surrounding the object from her own childhood. Or Arleta and Grandma are doing something together and by asking a question or simple conversation will bring about another tale of Grandma's chi ...more
Apr 13, 2015 Superreader200 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book because grandma told stories about her childhood, and how she got in trouble, and I liked when the little girl ask her grandma a lot of questions! When I get to America I think I'm going to ask my grandma and grandpa about their childhood. I remember when my mom was reading this book to me when I was little. But now I'm old enough to read this book by myself!!!
Nov 16, 2015 Beka rated it it was amazing
Oh my word, I loved these books as a child. As I grew older I loved reading the ones where she grows from a teenager to an adult. Very moral, Christian books. But also funny, sweet, and very entertaining as a child!
May 07, 2011 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Grandma’s Attic series is a fun, enjoyable series that you will treasure. The first book in this series is In Grandma’s Attic. I read this book and More Stories from Grandma’s Attic. I liked hearing about how when Mabel was a little girl, just as much as Arleta did. What I loved the most about these books is that the stories did have lessons with them. All the mischief that Mabel got into was entertaining to read. Besides Mabel, it was fun to get to know the rest of the family…Pa, Ma, and her tw ...more
Nov 06, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: jacob, ellie, mom
Jacob really enjoyed this book.
Elizabeth Pruett
I recently finished the first book in the Grandma's Attic Series, and it was charming. Simply charming. In Grandma's Attic by Arleta Richardson is my kind of book through and through. Each short story was a joy to read. They may have been intended for children to read, but really, they are perfect for any age.

Wholesome and sweet, the author recalls being a child who asked questions about her grandmother's own childhood as they quilted, cooked, cleaned, and played with buttons together.

Mar 05, 2014 Heather rated it did not like it
The way these are written feel very disjointed. It's supposed to be a young girl who spends a lot of time at her grandmother's house and enjoys looking through the old things, like the button basket and the quilts her grandmother made. Each trinket the girl finds has a story attached to it from her grandmother's childhood. Every chapter has a short little blurb about the young girl looking at some piece of fabric or whatnot and then her grandmother get's a far away look in her eyes and launches ...more
Mar 26, 2010 Jessica rated it it was amazing
I loved these books as a child. This one showed up on my son's homeschooling book list, so now I get to enjoy it all over again. Great old timey stories. Short chapters, so my 3 year old will sit through them too.
Abigail Dalat
Jun 08, 2011 Abigail Dalat is currently reading it
So far i think it's a good book to read even though it wasn't a mystery book. (i love mystery books)
it;s so cool that the Grand ma in the book can remember all those storys!
Feb 08, 2016 Sheri rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-aloud
I read this one aloud to my kids, since I had fond memories of it from my childhood. It's full of short chapters with sweet, stand-alone stories that Richardson remembers her grandmother telling about her childhood. The stories are often humorous due to the scrapes Grandma gets into, and they're heavily laced with Christian messages. My kids liked it pretty well--though not as much as the Laura stories. I'll wait to read the others, though, until they're a few years older, since I think they'll ...more
Jan 21, 2016 Rachel rated it really liked it
This is an easy read, probably middle-grade. I liked the series of vignettes from the Grandmother's life. It reminds me of when I ask my Grandmother questions, though she isn't as easy to get telling a story, and she doesn't have as many old things from the past lying around. I think the telling of family stories, not only gives an insight into our ancestors, but also allows us to look at ourselves and the world closer. This grandmother by sharing her stories, is also giving her granddaughter th ...more
Apr 05, 2016 Emmie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is part of Core A in our Sonlight curriculum and it was a delight to read. The chapters and very short, which is wonderful when you have 6 wiggling kids! I love the lessons that Grandma is passing on to her grandchild as she tells her stories of her childhood. It is also a neat look into how life was many years ago on a farm in America. I also greatly appreciate the Christian elements woven in the stories. It is not overtly Christian, but Biblical principles are certainly taught in thi ...more
Jesse Whitehead
Apr 21, 2015 Jesse Whitehead rated it it was ok
When I was little I discovered these books somewhere. I have no idea where I encountered them but I tended to read everything in sight back then so my guess is that somebody gave us the books. I remember thinking that they had amusing stories but I could not remember any of them clearly.

When my son told me he was tired of reading such long stories like The Hobbit I thought these would be perfect for him. It turns out they pretty much were. Each story is short enough that it finished just when he
Feb 26, 2012 Poiema rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
I would have given this book 3 stars, because the writing is quite simple and the stories are a little too moralistic for my taste--but my daughter LOVES this book and all the sequels, too. The short chapters made good bedtime reading when my daughter was around 8 years old, and several years later she still asked me to read them to her when she was sick and in need of something soothing. They are reminiscences of a Grandmother, told to her Granddaughter in a chatty and humorous way. Grandmother ...more
May 28, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing
Author: Arleta Richardson
Publisher: David C. Cook
April 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7814-0379-5 (Book 1)
978-1-7814-0380-1 (Book 2)
Genre: Young adult/memoir

I remember these books well from the first time they were published, in 1974, when I was just a little girl, the age of one of my daughters. I loved this series back then, and I saved the original set for my daughters to read someday. Now they are back, in beautiful, colorful covers and black and
Maureen Timerman
Apr 26, 2011 Maureen Timerman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-read
A young girl delights in her grandmother’s stories of days gone by, sparked by keepsakes and simple questions, Grandma shares marvelous stories of mischief , discovery, and laughter, such as the time she accidentally lost the family buggy.

Part of the bestselling Grandma’s Attic series, these charming tales—updated with delightful new illustrations—will whisk you away to another time and place. And you’ll find something worth far more than any treasure or keepsake…timeless lessons of life and fai
Sep 18, 2011 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Grandma’s Attic is an entertaining children’s book about a young girl, Arleta, who enjoys listening to her grandmother’s stories about when she was a girl, growing up in a small town. There are twenty-one stories in total, all beginning with the young girl talking with her grandmother, and then her grandmother proceeding to tell her a story. It is a nice book that I am sure will delight older children who can read, and it is also the type of book that you could read to younger children.

The s
Apr 25, 2011 Sunflower rated it it was amazing
Reading, "In Grandmas Attic" by Arleta Richardson, really had me going back to when I was young and this was one of those timeless books that I can still remember, checking out, over and over from the library to read and was a staple growing up.

If you are looking for timeless stories to share with your daughter,and having a hard time finding content that is safe and modest and just innocent, particularly in an age of questionable content and little girls being taught to grow up faster than they
This is a wholesome little book that I would give 3 1/2 stars. It is wholesome, without being saccharine. The stories are mostly childhood adventures (maybe a little boring for adults, but something kids can relate to), with a few cultural experiences thrown in (such as the missing buggy story).

Strengths of the book: The book is written as a dialogue between a Grandma and her granddaughter. The fascination of the granddaughter with stories from Grandma's youth encourages young people to seek out
Maureen Timerman
Apr 26, 2011 Maureen Timerman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-read
These are some of the most amazing stories for children [adults]. Find yourself transported to the 1800's, cry and mostly laugh with O'Dell's. I've read these to my Grandson when he was younger...he is now 13, and he still talks about them. There are great lessons for all in these books. In this first book there is a lot of stories about Pride. Wait until you read about Mable and Sarah Jane in their hoops! So funny! Then there is the time that Mable wants these beautiful Gray shoes...even though ...more
Jul 26, 2015 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stories of a different time (told from a Grandma's perspective when she was a little girl). Most of them have good morals or at least something useful to talk about with my daughter. She retained many of the stories and was able to relate them to her dad and she enjoyed finding out what misadventure Grandma would have next. Re-reading this book with my son, I was happy with his attention and enjoyed the second time through as well.
Apr 09, 2011 Cafelilybookreviews rated it really liked it
The Grandma’s Attic Series by the late Arleta Richardson is a compilation of stories from a simpler time long ago that children of all ages will enjoy. Arleta took the stories she heard from her grandmother while she was growing up and put them onto paper for all to enjoy. Many of the stories have a moral to them and readers are invited to remember with Arleta, her favorite times of exploring Grandma’s old house and life on the farm in Michigan.

The way these are written and illustrated reminded
Apr 29, 2016 Sri rated it liked it
Shelves: children
Berisi kumpulan cerita nenek Mabel kepada cucunya, siapa ya namanya? :D

Cerita-ceritanya pendek. Sebagian besar berisi kisah Mabel kecil yang sengaja atau tak sengaja membuat kesalahan. Kadang akibatnya cuma mendapat malu kadang juga fatal nyaris berujung kematian ayah, ibu, dan kakaknya. Akan tetapi, Mabel kecil jarang mendapat hukuman karena ibunya tahu Mabel sudah dihukum oleh rasa bersalahnya sendiri.
Jul 24, 2015 Evelyn rated it it was amazing
i think the book was very interresting. my favorite part was when the girl and her grandma visit grandmas old house. they called the chapter '' the old door ''. my favorite part in the chapter was when the boys played a trick on ma they disided to knock on the door then hide when ma came running to the door. then ma saw a shirt in the bushes. and when ever the boys knock again ma egnored them
Jul 27, 2015 Terralyn rated it it was ok
This book was under a selection of books that were comparable to the Little House books. Apart from the era that the stories are told in, this is nothing like little house. It's a series of unimaginative and dry monologues, as told by the grandmother. I don't see how this book could ever hold a child's attention, let alone anyone else. A real disappointment.
May 10, 2016 Keri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Keri by: Mary
Shelves: children-s-books
I love the lessons taught in this book, those written and not written. I loved how the little girl would ask questions to get her grandmother talking and then she would sit back and listen. We can learn so much from our grandparents and the lives they live. It had me smiling and laughing. This is one series I am excited to share with my girls.
May 27, 2011 Ibjoy1953 rated it it was amazing
told me stories of when she was a child and of when my dad, aunt and uncle was a child. I wanted to read someone else’s tales of the older days. This was a really nice getaway from other books I read. I laughed, cried, and enjoyed each heartwarming story as I read them. And of course I was sad realizing just as with my Grandma, life goes on after they are gone, and we miss them so much. But what a blessing that we can remember those we love in such ways. The author had a special relationship wit ...more
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Arleta Richardson was an author, librarian, and a teacher. The Grandma's Attic series was her most well known series. She was born in Flint, MI, and served in World War II. She belonged to the Free Methodist Church.

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Other Books in the Series

Grandma's Attic (10 books)
  • More Stories from Grandma's Attic (Grandma's Attic, #2)
  • Still More Stories from Grandma's Attic (Grandma's Attic, #3)
  • Treasures from Grandma (Grandma's Attic, #4)
  • Away from Home (Grandma's Attic, #5)
  • A School of Her Own (Grandma's Attic #6)
  • Wedding Bells Ahead (Grandma's Attic #7)
  • At Home in North Branch (Grandma's Attic #8)
  • New Faces, New Friends (Grandma's Attic #9)
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