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Magic for Marigold

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  3,171 Ratings  ·  122 Reviews
The eccentric Lesley family could not agree on what to name Lorraine's new baby girl even after four months. Lorraine secretly liked the name Marigold, but who would ever agree to such a fanciful name as that? When the baby falls ill and gentle Dr. M. Woodruff Richards saves her life, the family decides to name the child after the good doctor. But a girl named Woodruff? Ho ...more
Paperback, 274 pages
Published April 1st 1989 by Starfire (first published January 1st 1925)
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Daniela
Lovely lovely lovely ♥♥ There isn't a book by L.M. Montgomery that I don't enjoy.
Marigold was the funniest, most adorable girl... the family aspect is wonderfully crafted by the author, as per usual.

I don't know an author who tells a story so well, balancing characters, family dynamics, funny dialogue and description, namely the nature aspect that this amazing woman always complemented her novels with.

Another character, another lovely name. Marigold. I say this in every review but it's true:
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Cecelia
Aug 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
I didn’t read Anne of Green Gables somewhere between nine and eleven and love the film version like all the other girls my age. In fact, it took me years after reading Magic for Marigold to finally go through the Anne series. But I wasn’t missing any of the beautiful descriptions and joyful depictions of childhood, PEI or small-town life and family, because Magic for Marigold had plenty of all of those.

The story begins at the very start of Marigold’s life, when she is known only as the still-unn
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Alyssa Nelson
If you've read any books by L.M. Montgomery before, then you pretty much know what to expect with this one -- and adventurous child growing up during the 1920's in Canada. She likes to daydream, has a little bit of sass, and gets into quite a bit of trouble. I don't think that this novel is as strong as Montgomery's other novels, but Marigold and her family members are still enjoyable characters who get into some fun predicaments.

What I think was missing from this novel was a central theme or fo
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Zen Cho
Dec 16, 2007 rated it liked it
Happy tweeness about a classic L. M. Montgomery heroine, until the very last chapter, which is called 'The Chrism of Womanhood' and is pretty much as hideous as it sounds. I don't exactly disagree with one of the basic ideas, which is that you have to share the people you love with other people and that's what it means to be grown up. I do object to the other basic idea, which is that it is the fate and sacred duty of Woman to hang around waiting patiently while her man goes off and does whateve ...more
Elinor  Loredan
Nov 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, l-m-montgomery
Marigold is very sensitive and impressionable, and I enjoy reading about her adventures and mishaps that result.

My favorite chapters are the ones in which Marigold's clan holds a conclave to decide what to name her, and when Old Grandmother talks to Marigold in the orchard the night of Old Grandmother's death. One drawback to the book is that I really miss Old Grandmother for the rest of it.

Montgomery was a master at depicting 'clans' with the quirks, interesting habits, and personalities of its
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Shelley
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
I remember skimming through my cousin's copy of this as a kid and never getting into it enough to read it. It still didn't grab me this time around - taking Marigold from birth (and really, three characters in this were named Marigold? Really?) through age 12 only. She was a boring, lonely girl, and the episodic nature of the book didn't do much in her favor. She grew up, but mostly in between incidents, so it had less impact. Apparently this was cobbled together from short stories about her, an ...more
Deborah
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I liked Marigold and I wish there were more stories about her. She is a bit like Emily... not as passionate, I think... but she is an engaging heroine in her own right. And this is proper LMM - she's on good form here.

In fact I liked Marigold so much, that if I'd read about her when I was a child, maybe one of my daughters would share her name. That's a lot of like.
The Library Lady
Jan 13, 2009 rated it it was ok
The most mawkish heroine Maud ever created. She is cute beyond cute. Diabetics be warned....
Hayden
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is probably one of my least favorites of Montgomery's works. I didn't care for the parade of childhood friends of Marigold's that we were introduced to- I never felt like I got to know any of them well, and most of them I didn't like, except for Jack, who Marigold despised. Their conversation was priceless, and I liked him much better than that horrid Gwennie. More importantly, I never felt like I really got to know Marigold herself, and I was always more interested in the side stories with ...more
Vanessa
Mar 20, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anne and LM Montgomery fans, YA addicts
Shelves: 2008
I have been an L.M. Montgomery fan since she was the topic of my first-ever research paper in third grade. As a young girl I worshipped at the altars of Anne Shirley and Emily Byrd Star, so when I saw Magic for Marigold on the shelves of a used book shop, I had to pick it up. I have to admit, I was not carried away by this novel in quite the way I was by Montgomery's other works. Some of that might be age and disillusionment, but I think mostly it is the fault of our limited interaction with Mar ...more
Rebecca
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love Montgomery's heroines who are ordinary females who get angry, are jealous , make a mess of things and then get up from where they have fallen , flick off the mud and move forward with their heads up , They are always creatures who live in a dreamland and as I think most of us readers are so it is easy enough to identify with them. I loved Marigiold and her friends and enemies. Typical Montgomery.
Sally906
Not my most favourite Montgomery book
Bethany Turner
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Elizabeth
This book is so incredibly magical and charming.

I never read "Magic for Marigold" as a child (gasp! I know!) so when my friend Courtney agreed to read it with me over these last few weeks, I was delighted! You see, as a child, Courtney traveled all the way to PEI and when her parents asked her to pick out some LMM books to purchase... out of all the books she had to chose from, little Courtney chose "Magic for Marigold" which I find hilarious. However, after reflecting upon this, I realized tha
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Katri
Sep 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
A charming book with a charming little heroine. Magic for Marigold is not as well known as L.M. Montgomery's more famous books, such as the Anne or Emily series. After reading it, I'm not even sure why it's not more popular than it is, because I found it quite enchanting. I suppose it's because the book is even more episodic than LMM's other work and so doesn't seem to have as much of a central driving force in the story; and also, the book ends when Marigold is in her early teens and so there's ...more
M.M. Strawberry Reviews
I can't say that this is one of L.M. Montgomery's best works (namely because of the ending) but it is definitely a solid read. Marigold is a girl with a big imagination, and this book has plenty of delightful adventures, like the day with the princess, or her trips to various relatives' houses and the like along with her dealing with her emotions (anger, fear, the like). It's hard to not like Marigold, she tries to be a good girl and she is so spirited that it makes for a irresistible combinatio ...more
Margaret
I will admit that Magic for Marigold is not one of my favorite Montgomery novels. Marigold is a young girl growing up on Prince Edward Island, in a house with her widowed mother and her grandmother. Like all Montgomery heroines, Marigold is imaginative, making "magic" for herself from a variety of sources. The problem is that she's not much more than that -- she lacks the vitality of Anne, Emily, Valancy, or Jane of Lantern Hill. The book is episodic (based on a series of short stories Montgomer ...more
Courtney
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
2016 Reread: Thank goodness Elizabeth suggested me joining in on a reread (for her first time reading) of this title. As she aptly puts it, when you are reading Anne she takes you with her through her childhood but reading Marigold makes you feel you are watching from a distance. For this reason I don't think I loved it as much as a kid because of the nostalgic feel but now I appreciate it for its merits, especially knowing more about what was going on in LMM's life at the time of her writing. S ...more
Heidi-Marie
This was a different Montgomery book in that the heroine was so young and did not get into the scrapes that I was used to reading about. I don't remember too much and may have to re-read this one. But I do remember thinking it was sweet.
Leta Bishop
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Montgomery is magic!
Marigold is an odd little book in that it's really just a collection of events that happen to a girl from about 6-12 years old. She doesn't have quite the charm or enthrallment as Anne of Green Gables. However, the real magic is the way Montgomery can instantly take the reader back to their own childhood and make it almost as real as being there. I have yet to read another author who so eloquently and beautifully describes the feelings, thoughts and imaginations of childhood
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Joelle
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it
A wonderfully typical L. M. Montgomery book! Full of purring waves, int'resting people, delightful names, cats, and plates of hop-and-go-fetch-its (which is a type of cookie as far as I could tell). No author makes me laugh out loud like she does :)
Uncle Klondike was the cherry on top, though he wouldn't appreciate the comparison...
Katie
Synopsis:
Magic for Marigold was written by L.M. Montgomery and published in 1929. The novel follows a young girl named Marigold through her magical and imaginative childhood.

Storyline:
As you may be able to guess from that super short synopsis, not a lot happens in Magic for Marigold. There wasn’t really a plot to follow as the novel is made up of little episodes from Marigold’s childhood. Some people may not like this aspect of the novel, but I did. The episodes and glimpses of Marigold’s childh
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Carole
Aug 12, 2014 rated it liked it
I read most of LMM's other novels a long time ago, and especially enjoyed the Anne and Emily series. This book I found less satisfying and it rather coloured my view of the others. LMM has repeated a lot of the themes found in her other works: the imaginary friends, the kind aunts who make up in some measure for other deeply unpleasant adult relatives, and the relationships with people of different levels of education and social standing in the community. Even some of the characters' names are r ...more
Libby
Aug 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of AOGG
Recommended to Libby by: Petra
Magic For Marigold chronicles the childhood of Marigold Lesley. From the opening chapter, where the Lesley clan argue over what to name the new baby, it is clear this is another beautifully realistic piece of prose from author Lucy Maud Montgomery. In each chapter, Marigold is getting into a scrape, an adventure, or a new friendship. From her close friendship with imaginary friend Sylvia, to being confused for the dead daughter of a neighbour, to having a hankering to be a missionary, each and e ...more
Rikke
This is such a classic Montgomery-fable. Even though I've never read it before, not even as a child, it felt like a sweet reunion with something that I've loved and known before.

"Magic for Marigold" is, as the title implies, filled with childhood magic. Marigold is a charming, fanciful and silly little girl who gets herself into a world of trouble while trying to be as good as she can be. She has a vivid imagination and becomes sick at the very thought of losing her imaginary friend, Sylvia.
Mari
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Faith
Jan 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2005
When I first started reading Magic for Marigold (one of the LMM-books I bought at PEI) I wasn't really in a Montgomery-mood, but this book sertainly put me into that mood again.

Marigold is a typical Montgomery-character. A little girl who lives in her own magic world. Lovely. But Marigold isn't like Anne (of Green Gables) even thou both have the great imagination. Marigold is besides younger than Anne, also sweeter and quieter. A real dreamer. The book is really about Marigold's journey to the
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Shannon
May 19, 2015 rated it liked it
I agree with most of the other reviews that this book certainly isn't Montgomery's best but it showcases what she does best which is descriptions of nature, and identifying the tiny everyday moments that matter so much to small children and we often as adults forget the significance of. It's not so much a narrative as a peek through the window into different moments in Marigold's life.
It is a place and time that is foreign to us and just that makes it enjoyable.
In a way I actually enjoyed not e
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lholland
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
True to LM Montgomery style, the story is full of interesting characters and stories, fascinating descriptions that come alive on the page. LM Montgomery is a master at descriptions. I have noticed that LM Montgomery has a lot of factors in common between most of her stories– they are usually about a little girl with a vivid imagination, they are full of fantastic characters which play on the eccentricity of real life, and they usually have several phrases or ideas that are re-used. But beyond t ...more
Stacy
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love the "realness" of the people in this book. I know Marigold is a fanciful name and her friend Sylvia is imaginary, but the foibles and tics of these Islanders seem wrought from everyone Montgomery ever knew or knew about in a way that anything else I have read of hers did not. This seems disloyal for an Anne reader, but the children in Marigold are far naughtier or more sacrilegious or meaner and the grown-ups more stern or crazy or more tender or more sanctimonious. I was almost shocked t ...more
Alicia Ruggieri
Lovely, nostalgic story with L.M. Montgomery's tongue-in-cheek wit throughout. Marigold is a sweet, adventurous girl from the early 20th century - a great role model for young girls. Anyone who loves Anne of Green Gables or The Story Girl would love this.
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Lucy Maud Montgomery was a Canadian author, best known for a series of novels beginning with Anne of Green Gables, published in 1908.

The author of the famous Canadian novel Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery, was born at Clifton, Prince Edward Island, Nov. 30, 1874. She came to live at Leaskdale, north of Uxbridge Ontario, in 1911 after her wedding with Rev. Ewen Macdonald on July 11, 1911
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