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Queen Hildegarde: A Story For Girls

(The Hildegarde Series #1)

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Spoiled New York City girl Hildegarde Graham is sent to stay with her mother's old nurse in the country, when her parents must take a trip to California, and learns the value of simplicity, kindness, and a more democratic sensibility. ...more
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Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers Who Enjoy Vintage Girls' Fare, ala L.M. Montgomery or Louisa May Alcott
Fifteen-year-old Hildegarde Graham, the much-indulged only daughter of a wealthy New York family, was truly fortunate in almost every respect: beautiful, stylish and popular - her adoring friends considered her the "queen" of their social set - she was also very much loved by her parents. It was only natural that, with all these blessings, she should become a little complacent, and that, with all the admiration she received, she was rather vain and thoughtless. Mrs. Graham, the 'commander in chi ...more
Jill Hobgood
This book was suggested to me by Goodreads friends, and I really appreciate the thought. It's a decent example of the country/city genre I was looking for. Also, I've liked some of Richards' other books. Honestly, it's not really a *great* example. I suppose my main problem was that the spoiled wealthy city girl reforms and embraces the farm life and people in the blink of an eye, more or less. And very near the beginning of the story! Part of the reason I kept on was to see how on earth the aut ...more
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Thanks to Gutenberg for this Belle Epoque classic. I thought I had read it years back, but I must have picked up a later book in the series. This one contains just about all the stories for girls tropes of the time!

--a crippled girl who has spent most of her life in a wheel chair and is a natural born lady, though poverty stricken from birth.
--a snobbish 14 yr old rich girl who is "queen of her set" and is shuffled off to the country sans parents to learn about the rewards of honest toil and u
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is the second book I've read by Laura Elizabeth Richards, and I've loved them both. I'm happy to have found a new candidate for my list of favorites, and I look forward to reading more of her work! ...more
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet story for girls from the late 1800s. Queen Hildegarde transforms herself into sweet, helpful, generous, kind, just lovely Hilda while visiting the country after realizing what a boor she had become in the City. Wonderful references to literature and ballads and a surprisingly exciting ending with a true Villain! :D
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Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet, old-fashioned story about a spoiled rich girl whose parents send her to the country to get her away from her equally spoiled friends. I'm going to be looking for the other books in this series. ...more
Hildegarde is rich and spoiled until she is sent to the country to stay with her mother's old nurse, and as she recovers her health she is shamed into becoming a genuinely nice person.

Note that Laura E. Richards was the daughter of Dr. Samuel Howe (famous teacher to the deaf) and Julia Ward Howe, who wrote The Battle Hymn of the Republic.
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Very formulaic Victorian novel for girls. 2 1/2 stars.
Sep 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Also published as Laura E. Richards.

Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards (February 27, 1850 - January 14, 1943) was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to a high-profile family. During her life, she wrote over 90 books, including children's, biographies, poetry, and others. A well-known children's poem for which she is noted is the literary nonsense verse "Eletelephony."

Her father was Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe,

Other books in the series

The Hildegarde Series (5 books)
  • Hildegarde's Holiday: A Sequel To Queen Hildegarde (The Hildegarde Series, #2)
  • Hildegarde's Home (The Hildegarde Series, #3)
  • Hildegarde's Neighbors (The Hildegarde Series, #4)
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