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The Saturdays (The Melendy Family #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  7,248 Ratings  ·  467 Reviews
Saturdays can make dreams come true when the Melendy
children take turns to spend their pooled allowances. Actor Mona 13 recites poetry and Shakespeare at the drop of a hat. Engineer Rush 12, mischievous, builds Meccano bridges. Miranda "Randy" 10 dances and paints pictures. Oliver, 6, calm and thoughtful, is a train engineer. Father writes. Housekeeper Cuffy mothers.
Hardcover, 177 pages
Published 2002 by Henry Holt and Company (first published 1941)
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) That's too subjective. I liked it, you might hate it. All you can do is try and see. If you don't want to spend money on a book you're not sure about,…moreThat's too subjective. I liked it, you might hate it. All you can do is try and see. If you don't want to spend money on a book you're not sure about, check your local library.(less)
Amanda If you like Edward Eager or Eleanor Estes, you'll like this.

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Hilary
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Hilary by: Lisa Vegan
We loved reading about this family of two sisters, two brothers, dad, and Cuffy who has looked after the family since their mum died.

We were sent a different book than the one we had paid for ( was refunded and told to keep the book) sadly this copy had a hideous cover, even worse than the one pictured here ( why do they feel the need to replace a beautiful old cover with something new but much worse? it happens all the time) which also meant it had no illustrations.

After a page or two we reall
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Melody
Sep 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
6/11 Re-read. I don't know if I think this book is practically perfect because I know it by heart, because I love each and every one of the characters, or because the writing is stellar. Maybe all of those things. Enright was a genius, and it makes me sad when people have never heard of her.

This time through, the Isaac-the-dog storyline seemed somehow more touching than usual. I love Mona's sadder-but-wiser moment, and Oliver's adventure. But my favorite favorite is the story of Gabrielle and th
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Ellie
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.75

See, I wouldn't really describe this book as "amazing," not because it's NOT amazing, but because "amazing" seems too modern a word for a book which was published in the nineteen thirties or forties; the word seems wrong somehow. These were really, really swell (see, that's more fitting for the time period) books. They're like an extinct species. Authors just don't write like this anymore. Rick Riordan, J.K. Rowling....all of my favorite authors, practically, the ones from this age anyway, t
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Beth
Oct 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth Enright is a treasure. This is funny and warm and happy and exciting - and really well-written - and a great example of the "summer book" genre -

I have no idea why it took me so long to reread this.

By the way, Mona gets her hair cut and styled and her nails done for $1.50. Times have changed.

This was published in 1941, and there are two mentions of Hitler and one of Mussolini and the Blitz. Mostly, though, the Melendys run around in a glorious idyllic sprawling city, where the days ar
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Emily
Apr 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was not an obvious choice as a read-aloud for a nine-year-old boy (it was one of those times when I didn't have a book for him waiting on deck, and had to delve into my own shelves in desperation), but it worked surprisingly well, even the beauty parlor chapter. T laughed a great deal at Rush's witticisms, which surprised me -- I know the book so nearly by heart, I'd almost forgotten that a lot of his lines are meant to be funny and surprising, and not as inevitable as the rising and settin ...more
An Odd1
Jul 31, 2013 rated it did not like it
Adults who allow and encourage cruelty to children is not acceptable, neither is this book. Housekeeper Cuffy "fat in a nice, comfortable way" p 9, with harsh soap scrubs, makes baths and hair painful. Mona 13 spends her fair share of pooled Saturday allowances on professional haircut and manicure. I had the same too-heavy long blonde braid, private exhilaration, public approbation. Manicures heal and prevent infected fingernails. Called "silly .. vain" p 98 "fool .. concerned about yourself" se ...more
John
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Enright's Melendy Quartet of books are ostensibly children's books, but they are much more than that.

I read The Saturdays with my son when he was about 6 years old and we enjoyed it very much. This last year I read it again with my 5 year old daughter and it has only gotten better on the second pass.

The story is of four children from the ages of 6 to 13 in 1930s New York City who have decided to pool their weekly allowance. Each week one then takes the pool to use the money to go on a
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Ivan
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Delightful. 1941 - four siblings decide to pool their allowance and each Saturday one takes it all (a whopping $1.50) to do something special - go to a museum, an opera, the circus. A Very special book filled with great warmth and good humor. Episodic and easy to read, this is a classic for good reason.
Heather
Jun 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"It would have to rain today," said Rush, lying flat on his back in front of the fire. "On a Saturday. Certainly. Naturally. Of course. What else would you expect? Good weather is for Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday; and rain's for Saturday and Sunday, and Christmas vacation and Easter."

"Oh, Rush, do stop grousing," said Mona, turning a page peacefully. She wasn't even listening to what he said; all she heard was the grumble in his voice. (3)


Thus starts The Saturdays, Enright's first bo
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Shiloah
Sweet story. The Melendy family is a good example on how to treat each other and admit your faults. I definitely recommend this for all kids.
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Elizabeth Enright (1907-1968) was born in Oak Park, Illinois, but spent most of her life in or near New York City. Her mother was a magazine illustrator, while her father was a political cartoonist. Illustration was Enright's original career choice and she studied art in Greenwich, Connecticut; Paris, France; and New York City. After creating her first book in 1935, she developed a taste, and quic ...more
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“All over the city lights were coming on in the purple-blue dusk. The street lights looked delicate and frail, as though they might suddenly float away from their lampposts like balloons. Long twirling ribbons of light, red, green, violet, were festooned about the doorways of drugstores and restaurants--and the famous electric signs of Broadway had come to life with glittering fish, dancing figures, and leaping fountains, all flashing like fire. Everything was beautiful. Up in the deepening sky above the city the first stars appeared white and rare as diamonds.” 4 likes
“And for heaven’s sake don’t play Bach,” ordered Randy. “It’s so jumpy for today.” Rush” 0 likes
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