Your Friend in Fashion Abby Shapiro The lightbulb of good ideas is burning bright for eleven year old Abby Shapiro As the personal fashion designer for Jacqueline Kennedy she plans to become famous and earn enough money to buy both a B

  • Title: Your Friend in Fashion, Abby Shapiro
  • Author: Amy Axelrod
  • ISBN: 9780823423408
  • Page: 247
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The lightbulb of good ideas is burning bright for eleven year old Abby Shapiro As the personal fashion designer for Jacqueline Kennedy, she plans to become famous and earn enough money to buy both a Barbie doll and a bra Abby decides to get in touch immediately In her letters to Jackie, she shares her wry, insightful observations along with her drawings and fashion tipThe lightbulb of good ideas is burning bright for eleven year old Abby Shapiro As the personal fashion designer for Jacqueline Kennedy, she plans to become famous and earn enough money to buy both a Barbie doll and a bra Abby decides to get in touch immediately In her letters to Jackie, she shares her wry, insightful observations along with her drawings and fashion tips The letters help Abby through a tumultuous year in which her father abandons the family, her gangster uncle falls in love, her beloved aunt suffers a stroke, and her relationship with her mother goes from bad to worse Deeply affecting and funny, this coming of age novel captures the temper of the times and introduces readers to an unforgettable young heroine The book is based in part on the author s childhood and is illustrated with paper dolls she made when she was Abby s age.

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    1. I thought it was an okay book because some parts were very interesting and some parts were not. The beginning of the book was a little bit hard to get into. I don't recommend this book to younger readers.

    2. It's 1959, and eleven year old Abby Shapiro knows that dolls are not just for babies. She wants nothing more than one of those brand new Barbie dolls to add to her doll collection and a bra, which her mother insists she doesn't need yet. In order to earn the money for these purchases, she begins to write to glamorous political wife and fashion plate Jackie Kennedy, sending her hand-drawn paper-doll fashion designs, with the goal of becoming her personal fashion designer. The fact that she doesn' [...]

    3. Your Friend in Fashion, Abby Shapiro by Amy Axelrod – Historical Fiction, 4th grade – 8th grade. Summary: Set in an extended household in 1940 with eccentric relatives and serious family traditions, Amy Axelrod introduces us to Abby Shapiro: an outspoken, creative, loving character. When Abby sets her mind to fulfilling her dream of being a fashion designer, her projects spin off in different ways. From writing to Jacquie Kennedy asking if she could be her personal fashion designer to helpin [...]

    4. I just finished this book a few hours ago and felt as though I have been transported back in time. This is an excellent coming-of-age tale for pre-teen girls. Written in first person, eleven year old Abby is between stages of childhood (still loves to play with dolls) and adulthood (needing her first bra). She expresses herself through her fashion designs (Those happen to be the author's from her childhood in the early 1960s) and letters to Jackie Kennedy (not yet a First Lady). Abby deals with [...]

    5. Eleven-year-old Abby Shapiro has a complicated life. She lives in a sprawling house with her extended Jewish family. For different reasons, her parents are unhappy and all of her relatives have secrets they keep from each other. One thing that isn't a secret is Abby's love for sketching clothing and her fascination with Jacqueline Kennedy, the fashionable wife of one of Massachusetts's two Senators. She decides to begin a correspondence with Jackie and offer her design ideas to her for a low cos [...]

    6. Reading Level: Grade 5-7Abby Shapiro is an eleven-year-old Jewish girl who desperately wants two things, her first bra and the hot new doll of 1959, the Barbie doll, the one with the bosoms! Her mom says no to the bra and that she can earn her own money to buy the doll. Abby comes up with the idea of designing clothes and sellling her fashion designs to Jackie Kennedy, the "possible future first lady of the United States. Thus Abby begins sending letters to "her friend in fashion."The book is a [...]

    7. Book that is illustrated with charming, imaginative fashion designs that the author actually drew when she was 11-years-old.I haven't been very good at finishing or reading fiction books. It sat by the couch about 1/4 done. I've had it for about 8 weeks and have to return it soon. I thought it was going to go into the couldn-t-finish shelf. But it did not! That's deserving of 3 stars right there.In a quick glance on , it looked like it was still in print. Not sure who the readership would be.Thi [...]

    8. Meet sixth grade Abby who dreams of becoming a fashion designer. Set in the late 50s and early 60s and the advent of ‘Barbie’, Abby goes through the usual angst that comes with school, family and dreams. Her letters, written in her best penmanship, to Mrs. Kennedy, the future First Lady include dress designs (that are actually designs the author made at that same age) and questions, not to mention post scripts! Abby is filled with enough sass and vinegar to inspire young girls and frustrate [...]

    9. gr 5-7 250pgs1959, Massachusetts . More than anything 10 year old Abby wants one of the new Barbie dolls, but she has no money! She loves designing clothing, so she decides to sell some of her design ideas to Jacqueline Kennedy, Senator Kennedy's wife. In addition to her design ideas, Abby tells her all about her life with her crazy, but lovable family.Great story for Barbie lovers. The story includes divorce and puberty (Abby goes bra shopping).

    10. I abandoned this one. It wasn't awful, but I gave it about 70 pages and it couldn't hold my interest. It reminded me of a grittier Penny from Heaven, another so-so book. If this was on Rebecca Caudill, I wouldn't have trouble finishing it, but there are too many other books out there to devote more time to this one.

    11. This book does a good job of recreating an ethnic neighborhood in the 1950s, but the characterizations are poorly drawn and the subplot of sending letters to Jacqueline Kennedy fits awkwardly into the story.

    12. 2.5. Cute enough historical fiction, but not really all that special. I'm not sure the target age for this would even be able to read the handwritten letters to Jackie Kennedy since they're in cursive, so that's a concern.

    13. I loved this book. The characters are round and real, and the story is both funny and touching. It is a great snapshot of life in the 1960s, too. I give it my highest recommendation!

    14. A really lovely, poignant coming-of-age novel with adorable paper doll illustrations (from the author's 11-year-old self!).

    15. Great historical aspects to this book, plus excellent coming of age and family aspects. However, the handwritten letters to Jackie Kennedy were more than I could handle.

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