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Meet Felicity: An American Girl

(American Girl: Felicity #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  10,758 ratings  ·  257 reviews
Felicity falls in love with a beautiful horse named Penny. When she discovers that Penny's owner is cruel, she is determined to find a way to save her!
Paperback, 69 pages
Published January 1st 1992 by Scholastic, Inc. (first published September 1st 1991)
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Amber They may need help but I believe this would be ok for 6 year olds.

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May 11, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Amy Dashwood
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rereading the American Girl books because springtime makes me nostalgic... I forgot how good this one was. :)
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been listening to the American Girls podcast, where two women revisit these books, and in listening I realized I remembered basically nothing about them, so I requested a bunch from the library.

I thought I must have been an exceptionally oblivious child (I know I was) because the podcast talked about how Felicity's family were slave owners and I didn't remember that. But it was so elided in this book I don't think I would have caught it even as an adult. Marcus, the enslaved person in
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So fun to revisit my favorite American Girl from when I was growing up!
Miss Clark
Oct 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Katie Ulmen-Smith
"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
Years ago, but noting it here in honor of the teatime at the American Girl Place with dear family earlier this week.
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Revisiting childhood favorites in tandem with listening to the American Girls podcast. Felicity was never my favorite, but I always wished I was more headstrong and determined like she was.
Goldilocks Reads (Jenna Vahue)
Actual rating: 3.5 Stars

I can't seem to say whether or not Valerie Tripp is capable of writing an American Girl who isn't a brat. Out of the three separate babydolls that I have read from her, Felicity is my favorite. Felicity is living in colonial Williamsburg where her fathers runs a general store and she would much rather ride horses than practice her stitching. I admired the way the author subtly placed all the historical features into the background like too tight corsets and the odor of a
About to start the American Girls podcast, so Im rereading my AG books before I listen to the episodes.

I havent read this in probably nearly 25 years, so I only remembered broad strokes of this. Ive always loved Felicity, but rereading this I think its because we look alike, and I loved that as a child, rather than because we were alike. Felicity is rambunctious and doesnt like sitting still. She loves her family and horses. In this book she sets herself to save the tanners new horse (whom she
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much nostalgic love for these American Girl books! I think they are so great for getting young girls interested in history and inspiring them to do good and try their best.

Felicity is so fun, energetic and spunky and is such a joy to read about.
I thought this book was great! I loved the characters, and the adventure, and I think any American girl fan will enjoy this book!
Thing 2
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: easy-read
The American Girl series is fun and easy to read.
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a must read for any young person!
Lydia Therese
So cute! I think it was an average book so I only rated it three stars, but I still greatly enjoyed reading it.

I always loved the horse theme with the Felicity books. I love reading about Felicity (view spoiler).
Megan Gallagher
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title (italicize): Felicity
Author: Valerie Tripp
Illustrator (if separate from author): Dan Andreasen
Genre: Historical
Theme(s): Empowerment, authority roles, family, friendship, hard work, kindness, colonialism, female roles in society
Opening line/sentence (type directly from text): Felicity Merriman pushed open the door to her fathers store and took a deep breath.
Brief Book Summary (2-3 sentences in your own words): This story takes place right before the American Revolution. Felicity is a
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This week, I discovered the American Girls Podcast (, so there's going to be some re-reading going on. I was very into American Girls as a kid, and it deserves at least partial credit for my love of history, and of social history in particular.

That said, I haven't revisited most of these books in a long time, possibly over 20 years, so my memory of them is hazy. Felicity was neither my most or least favorite, and I don't remember having any particularly strong
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
Oct 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 06, 2010 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 ...more
(NS) Becca
Oct 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kiersten Anger
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Felicity is so far my favorite American Girl. In this first book of the series we follow Felicity on her mission to save a horse named Penny. She does what she can to follow her heart in making the right decisions. Traveling back to the 1700s before the American Revolution, readers gain an idea of what colony life must have felt like; the things they valued, the politics at the time, and the conditions in which they lived. Felicity herself is a fun character to read about. Her independence and ...more
Mar 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
I remember waaay back then when the American Girls collection had just 4 or 5 dolls. I was pretty young back then and saw a catalog for these dolls and all their nifty accessories, and dang, I wanted these dolls, they were gorgeous! I never got a doll, but I did read the books, or at least a good amount of them. Looking back, I can honestly say I enjoyed the book, and it was age-appropriate for its target audience and is a nice piece of historical fiction that introduces some history and new ...more
Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Meet Felicity begins with Felicity going to the store in town that her father owns and runs. She would rather help out in the store then have to go home and help with baking or sewing. But, that's what she must do for now. However, when she over hears that the mean man in town got a new horse she wants to take a look at it.

And when she does she falls in love with the horse, but she also sees that the horse is being mistreated, and Felicity will do whatever it takes to help get the horse away
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
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-historical
Awards: None
Grade level: 3-4
Summary: This story takes place in Colonial America where a young girl, Felicity, falls in love with a horse name Penny. Unfortunately, Penny does not live the best life and Felicity wants to save her.
My Review: Growing up, I loved reading the American books because you can learn a lot, and there are pictures that help bring the history alive. I love that if you enjoyed this book, there are five more just like it and a lot more books about other time periods.
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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 and one brother. A member of the first co-educated class at Yale University, Tripp also has a M.Ed. from Harvard. Since 1985 she has lived in Silver Spring, Maryland. Her husband teaches history at Montgomery College.

Right out of college, Tripp

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