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Meet Samantha: An American Girl (American Girls: Samantha #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  16,846 Ratings  ·  272 Reviews
Samantha Parkington is a bright Victorian beauty being raised by her wealthy grandmother in 1904. Samantha's stories describe her life during this important period of change. Her own world is filled with frills and finery, parties and play. But Samantha sees that times are not good for everybody. That's why she tries to make a difference in the life of her friend Nellie, a ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published September 28th 1990 by American Girl (first published January 1st 1986)
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Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: popular-series
For Christmas one year, I opened a big, rectangular box to find a beautiful doll with brown, wavy hair, brown eyes and a cute plaid dress. Everyone said we looked alike and I didn't disagree. American Girl dolls were all the hype when I was little. When I got Samantha from my grandparents one year, I took her everywhere with me. I began collecting clothes for her, furniture items and I, of course had to get her adorable puppy Jip to keep her company.
Each of the American Girl dolls come with a s
Mar 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
The Pleasant Company has done a great job through all of its American Girl stories and products in helping to make history interesting for kids in a variety of different ways, while making it a priority to address their contemporary concerns as well. All of the American Girl dolls have a finely tuned background, family history and unique niche in the timeline of our nation's past, and the books about them marvelously capture what makes everything about their historical narratives so special.

Crystal Lough
Nov 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Meet Samantha is one book in the Americal Girls series. The book is targeted towards intermediate children. The book takes you essentially through Samantha's life. It begins when she was just a little girl. She was raised by her elder grandmother as her guardian. She lived in a time, 1904, where being a "lady" was a very valued concept. For example, one day while playing outside, Samantha was teased and bullied by a little boy. She ran home to tell her housekeeper and the house keeper simply sai ...more
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Samantha is the only authentic American Girl doll I own. I bought glasses for her and relate more to Molly, so you get the idea. Samantha is not my favorite after having read all character series. She was my favorite at the time I got the doll.
Going back and rereading the first book made me view Samantha as a brat. I know there are plot devices that need to be used to not make the young girls reading these books feel dumb for not knowing what a historical word means. But I feel like it was too m
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bro, I swear I think this is one of the books, I've been dying to find. Because I remember reading them in elementary. Even my oldest brother knows what I'm talking about because he read the exact books. Every time we had library class, I'll go to the book section where these books were located at and checked them out. This use to be one of my favorite books when I was a kid. These the books that made me get into reading besides Junie B Jones books. Up to me I'll buy the full collection swear lo ...more
John Doe
Feb 23, 2013 marked it as to-read
Remember me? I don't know how to reach you.

I hear that you spoke to R. a few times. He says he is worried about you, but that he doesn't know how to help. I feel that way too.

I can listen.

I am still your friend.

I know you have had some hard times, but remember that you still have friends and people here who care about you. When you left, K. was really worried. L.too. And, R. was a mess.

With absurd amounts of platonic love,

Your friend
The last time I read this, I was unable to see the subtleties of the characters. I was unable to read between the lines.

Now I am a dignified woman of eighteen and the atrocities contained within this book are extremely alarming to me.

The story begins with Samantha falling out of a tree, the little uncoordinated waif that she is. Little does the reader know that Samantha ends up to be a crack whore in the last book. She is always falling out of trees, out of relationships, out of addiction. This
Oct 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya, couldn-t-finish
I remember when I switched grade schools and all the girls at my new school were obsessed with American Dolls. Everyone seemed to have one and I had never even heard of them before since no one at my old school had them and I could care less about dolls (I was a tomboy and loved Lego sets and video games). Anyway, one of the girls ended up giving me this book as a birthday present and I remember thinking "What am I suppose to do with this?". I tried reading it but it just sat on my bookshelf and ...more
Emma Rose Ribbons
Really excellent with a very socially conscious plot dealing with poverty, child labour, racial segregation and the women suffrage campaign. The illustrations are beautiful too and I love the ethos behind American Girl, 'American Girl celebrates a girl's inner star - that little whisper that encourages her to stand tall, reach high and dream big. We take pride and care in helping girls become their very best today, so they'll grow up to be the women who make a difference tomorrow.'
Kaley Catron
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These books make me so happy. Ugh.
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