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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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I can't even recall how many times I read this as a kid. To bring back the memories I decided to read this again so I could write a more recent review. It is very enjoyable and just the sort of book any child (maybe even boys :)) would like. As an adult, I could have used more details about the granddaughter and why she was always with her grandma, but it's not really important.

The stories have a little lesson to each one. Nothing in your face. It's applicable through the lessons 'Grandma' learn
Jan 11, 2014 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.
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
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
Michael Fitzgerald
Nov 17, 2016 Michael Fitzgerald rated it it was ok
Sorry, but has no one here read Anne of Green Gables? Apparently the author (or her grandmother) has, because that story about the liniment cake is taken straight from it. I can't believe that someone in the publishing chain didn't flag it - even if it's true and the near-identical similarity is entirely coincidental, just the mere appearance of borrowing lessens the "real" aspect of this book. It sows the seeds of doubt.... Removing that one chapter would not change this book at all since it's ...more
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
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!!!
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.
Beka Passauer
Nov 16, 2015 Beka Passauer 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!
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!
Nov 06, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: jacob, ellie, mom
Jacob really enjoyed this book.
May 07, 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
Jesse Whitehead
Jan 19, 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
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
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
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
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
Feb 25, 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
Feb 27, 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
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
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
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.

Anna  Blair
Jan 11, 2017 Anna Blair rated it it was amazing
As soon as I started reading, this book caught my interest.
The stories that Grandma (Mable O'Dell) tells Arleta (her grand-daughter) are real-life stories and experiences from when she was a young girl, growing up on a farm with her two brothers, Ma, and Pa, the many things she did with her close friend Sarah Jane Clarkson, and what she learned. There are good moral, and life-long lessons to be learned such as telling the truth, being honest, obeying parents, not being prideful and other great
Aug 03, 2011 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
When I picked up “In Grandma’s Attic” and “More Stories In Grandma’s Attic, I was excited to see what fun stories would be inside. I was surprised when I found out that the stories are all true accounts of the author’s grandmother’s life on a farm. This made the book even more delightful! The cute and crazy things Grandmother Mabel did as a child will make you laugh and then ponder the biblical moral placed in each story. The books are wonderfully written by Arleta Richardson who retells the sto ...more
Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
May 27, 2011 Ibjoy1953 Hannabass 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
Apr 25, 2011 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While these books are reprints of books that were orginally printed back in the 1974, I somehow missed them growing up, but I am so glad that I had the chance to read them now. I consider them timeless classics that will certainly appeal to many, and should be on every little girls bookshelf. While the stories that grandma shares with her grand daughter are fun to read they are also educational, and provide the reader with little life lessons. The illustrations peppered throughout the book are c ...more
In Grandma’s Attic by Arleta Richardson is part of the Grandma’s Attic series. This book is a collection of stories about the pioneer life in the late 19th century and many of the stories reflect Christian faith and values.

If you like historical fiction and books with good values, you might like the Grandma’s Attic series by Arleta Richardson. These books are similar in tone to Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books and feature a grandmother who teaches morals to her grandchildren through tales of her cou
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
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
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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)
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