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Meet Samantha: An American Girl

(American Girl: Samantha #1)

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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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Kelsey
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
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Josiah
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.

Sam
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Kailey (BooksforMKs)
I loved these books as a girl, and they are still good rereading them as an adult. The story is simple and sweet, with vivid characters and funny dialogue. I especially love Samantha’s character and how curious and brave she is.
The main reason I’m enjoying rereading them as an adult is the strong nostalgia and memories. I’m not sure that an adult reader would enjoy these books if they had not already read them as a child.
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
Carson
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
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Landon
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
Amanda
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this to my five year old for the first time, and it brought back so many memories from childhood. This series helped me fall in love with reading, so it will always have a special place in my heart. And my daughter loved it!
Littlevision
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
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Lyd's Archive (7/'15 to 6/'18)
It would mess up my rating algorithm to add books I read more than half a lifetime ago, but this one holds a special place in my life. American Girl got me into Dear America three years later, which subsequently led me to Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, Russia, 1914 which, along withThe Black Circle began my interest in Russian history and brought me to the place I am right now. It's hard to imagine my life if I hadn't read this series. I know it sounds weird. ...more
Caylina
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.'
Madison Cosby
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
I would consider this book, by Susan S. Adler, to be in the genre of realistic fiction. I would use this book for any of the grades 3-5. I think it is a nice read, not too complex, but also has a lot of room for discussion.

One idea of how I would use this book in my classroom would be to talk about the time period of this story. It is taken place in 1904. There are so many ways that this book could lead into discussion about history. It could be in talking about men and women's roles back in the
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Shoshanah
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
I’m pretty sure I was way more excited for this than she was! After staring at the catalog over and over, I told her their were books to go with the dolls. She wanted to start them as soon as we finished the book we were currently reading. (A WellieWisher book, coincidentally also by Valerie Tripp. Although turns out Valerie Tripp didn’t start writing the Samantha books until later in the series.) I have both a Samantha and Felicity doll and let her choose between them. She choose Samantha, I th ...more
Carol
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My 6 yr old loved listening to this book (one of my childhood favorites.) This is what he said about it - "So if I lived in 1904 I couldn't ask grown-ups questions? Only other kids? Wow I'm glad I didn't live in 1904, I wouldn't have learned anything!" We're excited to finish the series, and read the mystery series too.
Jasmine Shadows
Yes I read the American Girls books with my daughters. I will admit that I enjoyed them all. Samantha was a wonderfully exciting time for many people. I wish that the original American Girls was still up and running. It has just never been the same since Pleasant sold the company. These are enjoyable books.
FlowerMae
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was really good, and I liked it because it was shorter, and I read it fast. I liked how she made friends, and how it was set in Christmas time in 1904. I think any American girl fan will enjoy this sweet story. I’m excited to read the next one!
Alexandria Rogo
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My favorite American Girl when I was little and the only American Girl doll I had :) I loved her books and stories- particularly the era she was in. I recommend this for young girls that are just starting to get into chapter books.
Kaley Catron
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These books make me so happy. Ugh.
Rachel Moyes
Hm, Samantha seems kinda pointless so far.
Abigail
Sitting on my bed, reading this, listening to a "hymns on piano" playlist - it's pretty darn perfect.
Elysabeth
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amelia said this book was 4 stars, because Samantha did break the rules at one point. Miles gave it 1098 stars.
Felicite Reads
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
I took a quiz on bookriot to find out which American Girl I was and got Samantha (not Felicity!). So, I read about her and I love her!
Tijona
Sep 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I think this was the first American Girl book I ever read. I enjoyed picking this one up again! I love how Samantah is very active, has a hard time settling down and being ladylike. I love how she has to practice piano, an hour seems like such a long time when you are 9! I also love how she has such an intese love for people, and also has compassion for those around her. Her friend Nellie just breaks my heart, and I think it is because I know there were lots of families like Nellie's who had to ...more
Sarah Pfingston
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: popular-series
As a young girl I actually had an American Girl Doll, so this promoted me to want to read the collection. I remember reading this series as a young girl and I remember thinking the books were too long and never finishing them. When I reread this book I loved it. I thought that the lessons are wonderful for young girls. Even though the only negative I think the students today would have with this story is that it is set in 1904, which may appeal to them as boring. Nine year old Samantha is an orp ...more
Sami Wilson
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Meet Samantha: An American Girl was one of my favorite books when I was a child. I loved this book because we had the same name and I always wanted an american girl and to be an american girl. I thought that the story about Samantha was very relatable and I think that young girls will feel the same way when they read the story. I liked that Samantha met a young girl who was different from her yet never let that stop them from being friends. It tells your girls that it doesn't matter what someone ...more
Brooke Brodsky
Commercialism aside, I think that the American Girl series is a wonderful example of Historical Fiction for children. Samantha is a young girl in the early 1900s who has lost her parents and now lives with her grandmother. Samantha makes new friends of different backgrounds and has fun experiencing new things in her new city. Although I see why people like these books, as a teacher, I dont. I feel that the storys are not accurate enough to give a young reader a feeling of what it might have been ...more
Ashley Campbell
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: popular-series
Meet Samantha: An American Girl was a true blast from the past for me! I found my original copy of this book at my mother's house and enjoyed every minute of bringing back memories.
Meet Samantha is the first of the Samantha, American Girl series. This book introduces Samantha as a nine year old girl living in the 1920's. This book illustrates Samantha's everyday life and the trails she faces as a girl learning how to grow up in the 1920's.
I believe these books are extremely beneficial for chil
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Jess
I'm reading some series I loved as a child this year. I started with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory & Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.

I remember devouring these books when they came out. I'd hound the library for them. This was waaay before the dolls where a thing. I vaguely remember a pull-out send-in card in the back of one of the books, but never bothered.

They hold up well. I have 5 more to go for this Girl and then I think I'm going to read Molly next. I think she was one of my fav
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Sharon
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Samantha Parkington is an orphan who lives a privileged life with her Grandmary in a luxurious home in 1904. She is expected to be a proper young Victorian lady who practices piano and works samplers. But Samantha doesn't quite fit the profile!

Samantha meets Nellie who works as a servant for the Ryland family and the two nine-year-olds become good friends. Samantha soon realizes that Nellie's circumstances are quite a contrast to her own elegant life.

Meet Samantha is the first book in the Samant
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Ashley
May 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All throughout this book, I kept wondering what was so interesting about this time (1904)in American history, but when the book ended, I realized there are going to be lot of working class and women's issues brought up in this series. Abby really liked the developing friendship between Samantha and the neighbor's servant Nellie. And the historical section had a lot of information about servants and how hard their lives were. Samantha is also expected to behave like a "proper" young lady and Abby ...more
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