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I love a good family story and this one is all the better for having EIGHT children and being set in a Montreal suburb. The children, including the infant twins, have distinct personalities and I liked watching them solve many of their problems without help from their parents. From previous reviews, I was prepared for the matter-of-fact and ever-present Catholicism. I was less prepared when one family member (accidentally) set another on fire. Other details (Miss Thorpe slapping Catherine. The s...
Another delightful installment in the Mitchells series and sadly, the last. My daughter loved this series and I thought it was fun as well. As it is older, there are some points we needed to discuss but it was mostly a charming story of a large family always finding itself in some kind of situation. And, as a parent, I appreciated that the author found a way to send the children on adventures without totally killing off the parents :)
Hilda Van Stockum does a wonderful job carrying the story forward from The Mitchell's - Five for Victory and Canadian Summer as the family moves forward in Montreal, Canada.A few references to Catholicism, a few references to their financial struggles, a few references to family issues, but all are handled in a life-giving manner. The heavier emphasis on Catholicism has me lowering the rating one star.The narrator, Mary Sarah Agliotta does an excellent job bringing the Mitchell family to life. H...
This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.In the third and final book about the Mitchells, the family has moved to Friendly Gables, the new home they finally find at the end of Canadian Summer, and Mother has just given birth to twins. (There are no real-life counterparts for the twins as there are for the other Mitchell children.) While she recovers from childbirth, the children are subject to the rules and expectations of her nurse, Miss Thorpe. When they realize they cannot please...
Hilda van Stockum never disappoints. She captures family life so well and write characters so full of life. Great lessons of empathy and self-sacrifice are woven through the simple adventures of the children. All my kids loved this last round with the Mitchells and were sad that this was the last story about this fun and loving family.
good read aloud for my kids
Rating 4.5 stars. I really loved this book! I just couldn't put this book down. Friendly Gables is about the six Mitchell children and their adventures being new brothers and sisters to two twin boys. and how Miss Thrope (a stern old nurse) replaces their mother and makes life miserable most times for the Mitchell children.I would recommend this book for all ages!
So warm, so homey, so very Mitchell-like. If there's any criticism, I would've liked to see a bit more of the animal-loving Joan and a bit more of Angela, but it was a brilliantly lovely story nonetheless.
Hilda Van Stockum: A very sweet story of a family in Canada, sometime in the first half of the twentieth century (I think between the two World Wars). A nice, old-fashioned read. (Feb. 2008)
This book is the sequel to Canadian Summer which is the sequel to Mitchells: Five for Victory.
Better, more substantial writing than in the first two books of the series, perhaps due to the children being older.
Fun big family book.
This is one of those books I want to live in. It's such a feel-good comfort read for me.