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Rachel and Obadiah

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Both Rachel and Obadiah want to earn some money by carrying the news of the next ship's arrival to Nantucket.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Beautiful Feet Books (first published 1978)
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Dec 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Charming adaptation of the tortoise and the hare fable with little Nantucket children competing to see who can run fastest to bring the news of the safe return of a ship.
Kristine Hansen
Here's a nice fresh take on that whole "Tortoise and the Hare" story that's been thrown around forever. Set historically at the dawn of our nation, we have two children who are both dying for the honor or being able to take the news of a ship coming in to harbor. Of course Obadiah feels that a GIRL shouldn't be able to do something so important as all that. So yay, girl power in the 1600s! Woo hoo!

Cute story with beautiful illustrations and a ton of historical detail that is fun to read. To me
Aug 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-book
Little Rachel, the youngest sibling in the Starbuck family, proves to Big Brother Obadiah that girls are every bit as good as boys when she has the opportunity to run tell the waiting family of a ship at sea that the ship has come back to port safely with all hands aboard.
Feb 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Alissa, Charles and I re-enacted this story a lot.
David Corleto-Bales
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Rachel becomes a feminist icon in Nantucket, circa 1850, as she races a dismissive Obadiah in a contest to see who can have the honor of informing the townspeople of the return of a ship.
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ellie, mom
Ellie read for her November Pizza Hut Reading Challenge..krb 11/14/16 She rated this 3 stars. Mom rates it 5 stars.
With a name like Obadiah it's very certain the story will be about Quakers. A younger sister races her brother in tortoise and the hare like manner.
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