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Great girl stories : a treasury of classics from children's literature
Sandberg, Rosemary.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Kingfisher, 1999.
Physical Description:
160 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Presents extracts from "Heidi, " "Little Women, " "Anne of Green Gables, " "Pippi Longstocking, " "The Great Gilly Hopkins, " "Ramona the Pest, " and other favorite books featuring strong female characters known for their resourcefulness, courage, and sense of adventure.
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PZ5 .G69745 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area
PZ5 .G69745 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PZ5 .G69745 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PZ5 .G69745 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales
PZ5 .G69745 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Bringing together all of the most popular girl characters from children's literature, this gorgeous anthology features feisty heroines such as Ramona Quimby, Alice in Wonderland, Pippi Longstocking, and Anne of Green Gables. The attractively illustrated extracts offer the perfect introduction to stories that have enchanted generations of young girls.

Author Notes

Rosemary Sandberg has worked in journalism and publishing and now runs her own agency for writers and illustrators.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-6, younger for reading aloud. Essentially a lavish gift book, this will also be welcome for read-alouds in the classroom and library to draw kids into some of the best girls' stories that never grow old. The selections are great--excerpts from 16 classic favorites that are still widely read, from Heidi, Little House in the Big Woods, and Anne of Green Gables to Great Gilly Hopkins. All the writers are dead except for Beverly Cleary and Katherine Paterson. They are also all white, and so are all the characters in their books, which shows that the classics need to be read with other stories. Sandberg's brief introduction to each excerpt says just what's needed to get you into the story, and there are brief notes about the authors at the back. Some stories are illustrated with the original art, but there are lots of new interpretations: Emma Chichester Clark does A Little Princess; Tony Ross does Ramona the Pest. The design is handsome, with thick paper, lots of white space, and a cover picture of a smart girl reading under a tree. She's tough and focused, and the picture is framed in pink. --Hazel Rochman

Publisher's Weekly Review

Girls will likely enjoy the excerpts from 16 stories gathered by Rosemary Sandberg in The Kingfisher Book of Great Girl Stories and illustrated by a variety of children's book artists. Quentin Blake, of course, illustrates Matilda by Roald Dahl, and Sir John Tenniel's artwork accompanies Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, but Kady MacDonald Denton brings an almost humorous touch to a scene in Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder, while Mark Edwards contributes a somber oil painting for the heroine's confession in Anne of Green Gables. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-Sixteen excerpts from classic stories that feature girls as protagonists. The selections, each illustrated by a contemporary British illustrator, are from classics such as Frances Hodgson Burnett's A Little Princess, Eleanor H. Porter's Pollyanna, and Katherine Paterson's The Great Gilly Hopkins. In spite of the brief introductions, most of the stories don't provide enough context for readers to understand their circumstances and characters. Only a few, such as Beverly Cleary's Ramona the Pest and Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House in the Big Woods, stand alone. Joyce Lankester Brisley's "Milly-Molly-Mandy," with its archly sweet tone and simple plot, seems a quirky individual choice. Each story has several illustrations set into the text and pages bordered with strips of small, simple pictures. Among the best are Quentin Blake's illustrations from the original publication of Roald Dahl's Matilda, Tony Ross's giddy take on Ramona, and Alison Jay's neo-folk art for the piece from Susan Coolidge's What Katy Did. Some of the original novels are no longer available, which may be a sign of their inaccessibility to modern readers. For the rest, children will be better served by the original books and better able to appreciate these memorable girls within the context of their times.-Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Rosemary SandbergJoyce Lankester BrisleyBeverly ClearyJohanna SpyriJill MurphyLaura Ingalls WilderL. Frank BaumFrances Hodgson BurnettRoald DahlEleanor H. PorterAstrid LindgrenSusan CoolidgeLewis CarrollEthel TurnerL.M. MontgomeryKatherine PatersonLouisa May Alcott
Forewordp. 6
Milly-Molly-Mandyp. 8
Ramona the Pestp. 18
Heidip. 26
The Worst Witchp. 38
Little House in the Big Woodsp. 44
The Wizard of Ozp. 54
A Little Princessp. 62
Matildap. 70
Pollyannap. 78
Pippi Longstockingp. 84
What Katy Didp. 94
Alice's Adventures in Wonderlandp. 102
Seven Little Australiansp. 112
Anne of Green Gablesp. 122
The Great Gilly Hopkinsp. 134
Little Womenp. 146
Notes on the Authorsp. 158
Acknowledgmentsp. 160