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In Grandma's Attic

(Grandma's Attic #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  5,940 ratings  ·  208 reviews
Tales told by a grandmother about her childhood in the late nineteenth century.
Paperback, 110 pages
Published June 1st 1974 by David C Cook Distribution (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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Really enjoyable collection of stories, great for reading aloud. Reminiscent of Little House. Short, nicely written, and funny, I laughed for pure enjoyment at least once per story. Uplifting, moralistic tales in the good sense of that word.
Nov 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
S Reeb
Apr 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I always struggle rating children’s books because obviously they’re going to simpler than what I’m reading now but their story is still so good. That’s how I feel with this book. I have read it before but it still made me laugh and smile and that’s what I needed. This is such a good story even if it is way below my current reading level.

Happy Reading 📖
Michael Fitzgerald
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!!!
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
In these very gentle stories of days gone by, Grandma shares stories from her childhood with her granddaughter. Each story usually involves Grandma learning a moral lessons. They're not bad stories, but not spectacular, either. Mostly mild offenses and mild humor.
Beka Passauer
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jacob really enjoyed this book.
Amanda Payne
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is such a delight! My daughter and I have been reading it together and we’re excited to start the next one.

It is about a grandmother telling her granddaughter stories of her life growing up around the same time as Laura Ingles, maybe a little closer to the turn if the century.

The grandmother was a spunky, curious, delightful girl and gets into situations that are both entertaining and touching. At the end of each story, she tells her granddaughter the lesson(s) she learned and in many cas
Amy Meyers
I'm really torn on whether to give this 4 or 5 stars. The reason I want to put it to a 4, is that I don't love stories that always have introductions, and each little episode in here has an intro from the author as a little girl talking to Grandma; then Grandma goes back in time to tell her granddaughter her own stories from when she was a little girl. Sometimes it's helpful, but sometimes I get impatient.

However, for Christian value, funny realistic tales, character-building stories, this book
What a sweet and loving book. I had not heard of this series before. Each chapter is one of grandma's stories from her childhood. Each story had a small message and it was filled with love.
Jul 28, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Leilani Curtis
Loved these books as a kid, and love sharing them now with my daughters!
May 07, 2011 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
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kelsie  Hall
While sweet and enjoyable, the character lessons felt a bit forced and less organic than they could have been. The kids liked this a lot!
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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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.

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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“Nellie the horse and her trips to town, or a cow named Molly Blue, or the Indian who came out of the woods. I wish you could have known Arleta’s grandma, Mabel. You would have loved her. She was born well over one hundred years ago on a little farm in Michigan. What a long, long time ago! Is it hard to imagine anyone that old ever being a little girl? But of course she was, and she remembered very well. Arleta never saw the little log house where Grandma Mabel was born, but she could imagine how it looked. It had one big room that was warmed by a fireplace and a big cookstove. Her brothers slept in a loft overhead, and Mabel slept in a trundle bed beside her parents’ bed. (A trundle bed is a little cot that slides under a bigger bed during the day.) The cabin sat in a small clearing in the woods, and even though there were no neighbors close by, the family felt safe and protected in its little home. By the time Mabel was ready to go to school, the log cabin had been replaced by the big farmhouse that still stood two generations later when Arleta was a little girl. Arleta’s trips to Grandma Mabel’s old home were so much fun. She explored from the attic to the root cellar, from the barn to the meadow brook. Everywhere she looked, she found a story! The attic was dusty and creaky, but what marvelous things it contained: a funny-looking wire thing that turned out to be something to wear, the button basket—a” 0 likes
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