Samantha Learns a Lesson A School Story When nine year old Nellie begins to attend school Samantha determines to help her with her schoolwork and learns a great deal herself about what it is like to be a poor child and work in a factory

  • Title: Samantha Learns a Lesson: A School Story
  • Author: Susan S. Adler
  • ISBN: 9780590437837
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Unknown Binding
  • When nine year old Nellie begins to attend school, Samantha determines to help her with her schoolwork and learns a great deal herself about what it is like to be a poor child and work in a factory.

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    1. This is truly a great series of books for young girls. Despite the appeal of the dolls, I remember this series more than satiated my thirst for books when I was younger. Not only were the stories entertaining and not only did each of the different girls feel like my friends, but each of the girls taught about different eras in America's history without reading too much like a textbook. With this book in particular, I liked the ultimate "lesson" that Samantha learns and I liked that despite Saman [...]

    2. This was my favorite of the Samantha books because of the strong social message and the effortless way in which it is executed. In the other books, Nellie is often portrayed as a helpless, lower class child in desperate need of whatever aid super-rich Samantha is generous enough to offer her. In this tale, however, she turns from Samantha's grateful student into her much-needed teacher with that unforgettable line brimming with conviction: "It's just not true." It's not easy to write a children' [...]

    3. This book was cool to read because they talked about the factories that I had previously not known about when I first read these books but now since APUSH I've learned more about them and it was more interesting to read about now to see what I actually learned from that class 😂😂

    4. Samantha Learns a Lesson by Susan J. Adler is a 55 page historical fiction book. It is one book in a series set in 1904. This book is for children of primary age to 100. This book is makes you want to hurry and finish and get to the next book but it is not a must read. The book begins with Samantha in private school. She is a good student. After school she usually played with her best friend Nellie but Nellie moved away. Nellie is a servant girl that use to work in a factory and then next door a [...]

    5. I think that Samantha grows in this book, but she also has more respect for Grandmary when she over hears what Grandmary says to Mrs. Eddleton. I also think that both Nellie and Samantha learn a lot from each other. That is what true friends do.

    6. I find Samantha's speech on progress at the end of the book so inspiring and still, sadly, quite timely.

    7. I liked Samantha's enthusiasm to help teach Nellie, her friend who wasn't able to go to school. I like that in the Samantha books, there is a little fact section in the back which tells true stories about what it would have been to live in Samantha's life time. (Sophie, Age 9)

    8. If you love American Girl and/or history then you'll love this. I enjoyed it a lot especially since i like history.

    9. Nellie is Back in mount Bedford with her whole family! She and her sisters are starting school! But when Nellie has trouble in school Samantha steps up to help teach her so she can catch up with kids her age. While Samantha's school has a speaking contest about "Progress in America", Nellie helps Samantha learn the truth about factories. I think I like this one better than the first. I sure like Grandmary a lot better in this book for sticking up for Nellie. I like the books better than the movi [...]

    10. Samantha is once again able to see her friend Nellie who has now enrolled at the same school, but in a lower grade. She's made fun of by the other students and Samantha decides to help her in learning her lessons so she can get up to the next grade quickly.The school is also going to hold a public speaking contest, the them of which is Progress in America. In the initial round Samantha and Edith win the qualifying round but then have to go on to an inter-school competition.What complicates matte [...]

    11. Samantha Learns A Lesson2nd-6th gradeThe illustrators Niles and Grace use few pictures to support the story. Some of the pictures are small and each graphic is different such as one is black and white then the following one looks similar to a photograph and then further into the story they resemble paintings. There is very little white space because of the lengthy text. A child reading this book may cue in on differences in wording such as instead of living room they use the word parlor and Gran [...]

    12. Another good read from the American Girls collection. I highly recommend reading these books in order with each series. Each small chapter book builds on the previous books characters and story lines. Samantha's Grandmother was able to help Nellie (Samantha's friend from book one) and her family get a better job working as household servants to the family two doors down. Nellie's family is able to live together and have plenty of food, coal and best yet the children can attend public school for [...]

    13. This book is written so well. It is about how Nellie is finally getting the chance to go to school, but when she gets there people are teasing her because she cannot read or write like the other kids. Samantha cannot stand that so she decides to teach Nellie after school so that she will not be teased anymore, but Samantha learns a bigger lesson. Nellie starts telling Samantha how the slaves are treated and how hard of a life she has had. So instead of doing the speech Samantha prepares for the [...]

    14. In this book Nellie and her family comes back to work in a house that is two doors down from Samantha. Nellie and her sisters started school along with Samantha. Because Nellie had not been to school she was the oldest girl in the second grade and did not like it because the teacher was mean and the kids teased her. I thought Samantha has a big heart because she decided to teach Nellie everything so she could move up a grade. She is very caring towards her friends. Samantha also learned a lot ab [...]

    15. Samantha Parkington is more fortunate than most orphans; she lives with her wealthy Grandmary and attends the prestigious Miss Crampton's Academy. Samantha's friend Nellie has returned with better circumstances and is now enrolled in public school. Although Samantha's friendship with Nellie, a servant, is questioned and ridiculed, Samantha continues to tutor and help Nellie adjust to school. But it is Nellie who teaches Samantha the true meaning of American progress!The "Looking Back" section of [...]

    16. I read this in 4th or 5th grade & didn't realize til later the powerful theme of social justice involved! Samantha sets out tutoring her friend Nellie in reading, but when she "rehearses" a speech about how factories are a wonderful innovation, she learns that Nellie & some of Nellie's young & younger friends & acquaintances have actually worked in factories, some who got injured in the days before workers' comp. So then Samantha "edits" her speech to speak out against the social [...]

    17. one of the things that I love about the American Girl books is that the girls tend to form friendships that transcend, race, class, political beliefs, and general circumstances. In this book Samantha’s friend Nellie reappears since her parents have been hired as servants for a family that lives just a few houses away. Nellie and her sisters begin going to school which is a struggle for Nellie since she’s never been to school before and doesn’t know how to read. Samantha decides she’s goi [...]

    18. This is a very good book in the "American girl" series, involving Samantha and her experiences in school. Her friend, Nellie, returns and makes a big impact on Samantha's perspective of the topic of "Progress in America." Samantha has an opportunity to write a speech on this topic and her research provides an opportunity to describe the technology at the time. It makes the plot feel a little stilted, but otherwise, it's a terrific story. We are looking forward to reading more stories in this ser [...]

    19. I really appreciate the relationship between samantha and Nellie. I like that they defy class standards and do what is right. There is a little section in this book. That goes over child labor. At one point it talks about how kids kept thier hair short so it didn't get caught in the machines and how one girl did and her head bled a lot. It reminded me of when I was younger and I had my hair pulled out by the buffer. I was lucky and didn't bleed. But it looks like it could have e been a real seri [...]

    20. I think really the only reason I remember this book outside of it being an American Girl book and I read practically all of them when I was younger - is the fact that I had a nosebleed in said book at school. It was the last day and my dad was there with me in third grade and I started having a nosebleed in the book by accident and he took me home early! Yay! Summer break! Fourth grade here I come! Memories, lol.

    21. I love this book. Samantha is so my favorite."Samantha Parkington is excited when her friend Nellie O'malley comes back to Mount Bedford. And Samantha is even more excited when Nellie tells her she will be going to a school. But when Samantha finds Nellie crying after the first day, she learns that Nellie is having a difficult time. So Samantha sets up a little school, to help Nellie with her schooling. But Nellie also teaches a lesson to Samantha too."

    22. samantha attends miss cramptons acadamy a private school for prouper young ladies. Samantha is dying to win a gold medal in a school speaking contest, but she is worried about nellie, the poor servant girl who has become her best friend. If samantha can teach Nellie to read then maybey the boys will stop calling her "dummy" or "ragbag". Will samantha go for the gold medal or will she help out her best friend Nellie? THis book was really suspencful to know what happend next!!

    23. Samantha is a good student, but her poor friend Nellie (daughter of Samantha's family servant) is not. She decides to tutor Nellie to learn to read so the other kids won't tease her as much. They set up their own secret schoolroom for studying after class.Filled with history about one-room schoolhouses, the education system at the turn of the century, and working conditions for the various classes, this book is both entertaining and educational.

    24. In this book we are given a look at school for children living in 1904. Samantha's friend Nellie is back living with another family as a servant. This time her whole family has been hired! Nellie now has the opportunity to attend school! In the past Nellie worked in a factory in New York City where conditions were terrible. Nellie struggles with school and Samantha helps her catch up. Nellie in turn teaches Samantha a lesson as well.

    25. Samantha is sad when her good friend Nellie has to leave the neighborhood, and she is wondering if Nellie will ever return! Then a suprise is in the air Nellie comes back! And even better, she`s living with Samantha! Now that Samantha is hearing that the boys and girls are calling her 'ragbag' and 'dummy,' she wants to go somewhere else. So she goes to the academy and Samantha teaches her too.

    26. Usually when I re-read kids' books, I find them a lot less spectacular than I remember. So far, though, as I work my way through the American Girl series, I'm surprised at the amount of historical data in each. They touch on some pretty serious subjects, and I only wish I'd understood it better as a child.

    27. Great opportunity to have each member of the group present on different ideas in the "2nd industrial revolution" doing a "progress in America" speech like in the book. (Note: essay format 1) what was life like in America before your invention? 2) explain your invention and how it works. 3) how did it change the way we live?Discussion of factories and child laborPlay tennis

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