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Nancy and Plum ➹ [Read] ➵ Nancy and Plum By Betty MacDonald ➼ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk It was Christmas Eve Big snowflakes fluttered slowly through the air like white feathersand made all of Heavenly Valley smooth and white and quiet and beautifulSo begins the story of two orphaned sist It was Christmas Eve Big snowflakes fluttered slowly through the air like white feathersand made all of Heavenly Valley smooth and white and quiet and beautifulSo begins the story of two Nancy and Kindle - orphaned sisters at Mrs Monday s Boarding School But nothing is heavenly for Nancy and Pamela aka Plum their parents died in a tragic accident years ago, they re constantly punished by the cruel Mrs Monday, and they re all alone for the holidaysLuckily, Nancy and Plum have each other, and though their prospects may be bleak, they re determined to change their lot for the better If their plan works, the spirited sisters will never spend Christmas at the cold, dark boarding school again But what will they find on the other side of Mrs Monday s gate Adventure, warmth, unforgettable characters, and unexpected kindness abound in this classic story by Betty MacDonald, which was originally published inWith illustrations by the acclaimed Mary GrandPr and an introduction by Jeanne Birdsall, National Book Award winning author of The Penderwicks, this edition introduces the spunky, beloved heroines to a new generation of fans.


10 thoughts on “Nancy and Plum

  1. Jessica Jessica says:

    Absolutely loved this It was recommended to me last January by a friend who knew I was looking forChristmas books, so I put off reading it until now, and I m both sad and glad Sad that I m just discovering it, and glad that I m reading it at the start of the Christmas season The book covers a whole year in the lives of orphaned sisters Nancy and Plum, but it starts and ends with Christmas and has a sort of Christmassy spirit throughout It s based on the stories about two plucky sisters Absolutely loved this It was recommended to me last January by a friend who knew I was looking forChristmas books, so I put off reading it until now, and I m both sad and glad Sad that I m just discovering it, and glad that I m reading it at the start of the Christmas season The book covers a whole year in the lives of orphaned sisters Nancy and Plum, but it starts and ends with Christmas and has a sort of Christmassy spirit throughout It s based on the stories about two plucky sisters that MacDonald used to tell her own sister when they were growing up, and was originally published in 1952 This edition has wonderful illustrations by Mary GrandPre which really made it special But it s still a very old fashioned book, and that s a good thing I kept thinking about how this book couldn t be written today I mean, the beginning, where you find out how two little girls came to live at the almost cartoonishly awful Mrs Monday s Boarding House, that would work But from there things would probably getandhyperbolically awful until the day was saved by the girls discovering magic powers or that everyone is a robot or that they are the heiresses to some Roald Dahl esque candy factory All the adults would be awful, and the kids would save themselves But this book is very real Sometimes the kids are hungry or dirty or have had to do awful chores all day Sometimes grownups are mean, sometimes kind, sometimes ambiguous You know, like real people The girls are able to come up with some schemes and adventures on their own, and other times they are helped by adults There s no magical elements, and yet the adventures the girls have are still exciting or funny or scary, and there is a magical quality to some of it When you are hungry and lonely, being fed a delicious hot meal described in glorious detail by a kindly farmwife does feel like magic, even if the farmwife doesn t turn out to be a good witch When I talk at schools, I talk about how I didn t really enjoy reading until I was in fifth grade, because there were no good books to read, but that s not 100% true It sure holds the kids attention, though I think really the problem was that I didn t like the books that were being written for kids at the time I have very fond memories of books like A LITTLE PRINCESS and THE SECRET GARDEN, THE ALL OF A KIND FAMILY, and the works of Noel Streatfeild I loved books that talked about Life I liked descriptions of old fashioned clothes, and how to build a fire, scrub a potato, and cook it in the coals That was all very interesting to me, and still is NANCY AND PLUM is that kind of book, the kind of book I would have been obsessed with as a child So while I m sad I m just finding out about it now, the good news is now I ve read it, I ve loved it, and I own a copy Read aloud 2019 The kids really got into this At first they thought it was too sad, but they were fully invested anyway, and they loved the ending My daughter age 10 wanted to know if there was a sequel so that we could read it immediately


  2. Laysee Laysee says:

    It was Christmas Eve Big snowflakes fluttered slowly through the air like white feathers and made all of the Heavenly Valley smooth and white and quiet and beautiful This was how young Betty MacDonald began the bedtime stories she shared with her sister about two orphans, Nancy age 10 and Plum age 8 , who spent Christmas Eve in a barn much like the baby Jesus MacDonald never forgot those stories, and many years and books later, she wrote a version that is a delightful classic for child It was Christmas Eve Big snowflakes fluttered slowly through the air like white feathers and made all of the Heavenly Valley smooth and white and quiet and beautiful This was how young Betty MacDonald began the bedtime stories she shared with her sister about two orphans, Nancy age 10 and Plum age 8 , who spent Christmas Eve in a barn much like the baby Jesus MacDonald never forgot those stories, and many years and books later, she wrote a version that is a delightful classic for children called Nancy and Plum.The story has the right ingredients that make for a pleasing tale There is a pair of orphaned sisters rejected by their only relative, a wealthy uncle who would not suffer children They are starved and ill treated by an evil matron Mrs Monday of a Boarding House ironically in Happy Valley where they lodged The standard horrors reminiscent of those doled out by a wicked stepmother include prunes and burnt oatmeal for food clothes and shoes long outworn no supper for imagined wrongdoing no picnic or school program to guarantee a childhood as joyless as possible a favored niece of Mrs Monday who is a spiteful tattle tale However, Nancy and Plum are spunky and resourceful children who make the best of their appalling living conditions They are subjected to gross injustice and unfairness, and our hearts bleed for them Fortunately, kindly teachers Miss Waverly and Miss Appleby and compassionate neighbors the Campbell couple and old Tom root for the oppressed children Of course, parts of Nancy and Plum s flight from Happy Valley strain credulity Yet this is a story where the implausible is permissible because there must be a brighter Christmas Eve for two children who deserve better The story closes with the same lines that open this book but with a Christmas Eve for Nancy and Plum that will make your heart sing.First published in 1952, Nancy and Plum is a comic, light hearted and nostalgic children s book I love it that the girls found comfort, courage and hope in the books read to them on library visits That they gained wisdom, understanding and humor way beyond their years from literature will endear this book to the Goodreads community


  3. Michael Fitzgerald Michael Fitzgerald says:

    A wonderful story that is still fresh afterthan half a century Glad to see it reprinted, although the additions new illustrations and introduction do not improve it.Here are the titles mentioned over the course of the book Robinson Crusoe 1719 Oliver Twist 1838 David Copperfield 1850 The Water Babies 1863 Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates 1865 Tom Sawyer 1876 Black Beauty 1877 Heidi 1881 Toby Tyler 1881 Pinocchio 1883 The Adventures of Robin Hood The Merry Adventures of Robi A wonderful story that is still fresh afterthan half a century Glad to see it reprinted, although the additions new illustrations and introduction do not improve it.Here are the titles mentioned over the course of the book Robinson Crusoe 1719 Oliver Twist 1838 David Copperfield 1850 The Water Babies 1863 Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates 1865 Tom Sawyer 1876 Black Beauty 1877 Heidi 1881 Toby Tyler 1881 Pinocchio 1883 The Adventures of Robin Hood The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood 1883 Treasure Island 1883 Huckleberry Finn 1884 Little Lord Fauntleroy 1886 Timothy s Quest 1890 The Jungle Book 1894 The Live Dolls The Story of Live Dolls 1901 King Arthur The Story of King Arthur and His Knights 1903 Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm 1903 Dandelion Cottage 1904 Sara Crewe A Little Princess 1905 Anne of Green Gables 1908 The Secret Garden 1911 and, of course, all of the fairy tales


  4. Rachel Rachel says:

    4.5 stars.Ohh my gosh this was just beautiful I absolutely love these old fashioned children s stories This one has a similar feel to it like Pollyanna It s such a comfort read and one to just take your time with There is no need to rush it It starts off rather sad when you learn about how Nancy and Plum are so poorly treated But the ending is so happy and heartfelt making this a wonderful Christmas read I found Plum to be rather hilarious She s the younger sister and is so cheeky and ha 4.5 stars.Ohh my gosh this was just beautiful I absolutely love these old fashioned children s stories This one has a similar feel to it like Pollyanna It s such a comfort read and one to just take your time with There is no need to rush it It starts off rather sad when you learn about how Nancy and Plum are so poorly treated But the ending is so happy and heartfelt making this a wonderful Christmas read I found Plum to be rather hilarious She s the younger sister and is so cheeky and has such a fire in her that is rather adorable Nancy is a lovely little girl too Reading about them playing just makes you remember what childhood is all about It was so lovely to read and makes me wish that we still lived in a time where life was like that, the positive moments of how childhood use to be.Much further along in the story we meet Mr and Mrs Campbell While back then, Mr Campbell would be seen as nothing but very kind and friendly, these days he would be also seen as creepy, possibly a pedophile which is absolutely disgusting word to add in this review for this book and raise the stranger danger alarm bells Which is really quite sad I loved that even with all the years of mistreatment Nancy and Plum had been through, they still kept true to themselves and are very thoughtful, kind, caring, considerate little girls It would be so understandable for them to be full of hate and anger about their situation, but no They have such a beautiful soul, warm heart and are so loveable I really liked this book and I m sure to never forget it I m so glad to have my very own paperback copy It s definitely going to be getting read a lot throughout my life


  5. Latharia Latharia says:

    This is my absolute favorite childhood book It deals with so many amazing issues, but the best part is having two very different protagonists who both find their own way in the world Plus the whole bad guys get it in the end is extremely satisfying.


  6. Luisa Knight Luisa Knight says:

    If you think of the book A Little Princess but withfight back spirit and light hearted moments, you ll be close to spot on with this book It s a charming Christmas story about two sisters, Nancy, 10, and Plum, 8, whose parents died in an accident and are left at a boarding house to be raised by Mrs Monday But Mrs Monday is a horrible, old meany Mrs Monday isn t that hilarious Everyone hates Mondays haha who pampers her niece, Maribelle, and persecutes the other girls in he If you think of the book A Little Princess but withfight back spirit and light hearted moments, you ll be close to spot on with this book It s a charming Christmas story about two sisters, Nancy, 10, and Plum, 8, whose parents died in an accident and are left at a boarding house to be raised by Mrs Monday But Mrs Monday is a horrible, old meany Mrs Monday isn t that hilarious Everyone hates Mondays haha who pampers her niece, Maribelle, and persecutes the other girls in her custody It s not long before Plum can t take the abuse anyand hatches a plan that will bring about the sisters s happily ever after.With definite laugh out loud moments and truly touching scenes, this is a good family read aloud at Christmas time.Ages 7 Cleanliness the words gosh golly etc are used throughout the book A man smokes a pipe Nancy and Plum are treated very cruelly by the woman that runs the boarding house and sometimes justly retaliate, telling half truths, running away or poking fun at think Shirley Temple movies


  7. Mir Mir says:

    Pretty standard orphans at cruel school fare, nothing too horrific The introduction mentioned that originally Nancy and plum represented the author and her sister in a series of adventurous stories she made up as a child Here all the adventure is removed and a fairly realistic portrayal of rural school is left I would have a preferred some wilder action, personally, which is I guess why I prefer The Wolves of Willoughby Chase Pretty standard orphans at cruel school fare, nothing too horrific The introduction mentioned that originally Nancy and plum represented the author and her sister in a series of adventurous stories she made up as a child Here all the adventure is removed and a fairly realistic portrayal of rural school is left I would have a preferred some wilder action, personally, which is I guess why I prefer The Wolves of Willoughby Chase


  8. Jenni Moeller Jenni Moeller says:

    This is such a great book I highly recommend it I read it aloud to my 5 7 year old boys and soon enough my 9 10 year old boys were listening too Now my 10 year old is reading it on his own because he missed the first half of the book The characters are funny, smart, kind, and full of joy despite their circumstances This is such a great book I highly recommend it I read it aloud to my 5 7 year old boys and soon enough my 9 10 year old boys were listening too Now my 10 year old is reading it on his own because he missed the first half of the book The characters are funny, smart, kind, and full of joy despite their circumstances


  9. Meghan Meghan says:

    One of my very favorite books as a kid Orphans at a boarding home run by the cruel Mrs Monday, Nancy and Plum have to dress in worn clothes and eat oatmeal and prunes They dream of escaping the boarding home and are helped by their teacher and the town librarian when they run away Great descriptions of baking potatoes in a fire, sleeping in a haystack, eating apples, and the joys of having a china doll with real hair, many dresses, a fur coat, and little white gloves.


  10. Kirsty Kirsty says:

    Betty MacDonald s Nancy and Plum has been republished as part of the Vintage Children s Classics series, which features such titles as Dodie Smith s I Capture the Castle, and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott The novel includes an afterword by former children s laureate Jacqueline Wilson, who says that it is her favourite work for younger readers, and charming new illustrations by Catharina Baltas Nancy and Plum, which was first published in 1952, begins on Christmas Eve MacDonald sets the sce Betty MacDonald s Nancy and Plum has been republished as part of the Vintage Children s Classics series, which features such titles as Dodie Smith s I Capture the Castle, and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott The novel includes an afterword by former children s laureate Jacqueline Wilson, who says that it is her favourite work for younger readers, and charming new illustrations by Catharina Baltas Nancy and Plum, which was first published in 1952, begins on Christmas Eve MacDonald sets the scene immediately Big snowflakes fluttered slowly through the air like white feathers and made all of Heavenly Valley smoth and white and quiet and beautiful Tall fir trees stood up to their knees in the snow and their outstretched hands were heaped with it The book s young protagonists are locked up in rotten Mrs Monday s house, while all the other children have gone home Mrs Monday owns the big brick Boarding Home for Children , in which sisters Nancy and Pamela Remson the latter who goes by the nickname of Plum have been placed The girls parents were killed in a train crash when they were only small, and their guardian, bachelor Uncle John, had no idea what to do with children MacDonald exemplifies the differences between the sisters immediately Nancy is filled with a dreamy gentleness , and Plum is daring, with a quick humor Her young protagonists have been built so well that they seem to come to life, and one is soon immersed within their tale Each child who meets Nancy and Plum is sure to fall in love with them.The extra material in Vintage s reprint is thoughtful, and makes a lovely addition to the story It includes a biography of American author Betty MacDonald, a quiz, a recipe for Nancy s dream meal, a glossary of words which may be unfamiliar to younger readers, and a recommended reading list with which to follow the book Nancy and Plum is a heartwarming and entertaining novel, which is sure to delight children and parents alike It is the perfect choice for a cosy festive read


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10 thoughts on “Nancy and Plum

  1. Jessica Jessica says:

    Absolutely loved this It was recommended to me last January by a friend who knew I was looking forChristmas books, so I put off reading it until now, and I m both sad and glad Sad that I m just discovering it, and glad that I m reading it at the start of the Christmas season The book covers a whole year in the lives of orphaned sisters Nancy and Plum, but it starts and ends with Christmas and has a sort of Christmassy spirit throughout It s based on the stories about two plucky sisters Absolutely loved this It was recommended to me last January by a friend who knew I was looking forChristmas books, so I put off reading it until now, and I m both sad and glad Sad that I m just discovering it, and glad that I m reading it at the start of the Christmas season The book covers a whole year in the lives of orphaned sisters Nancy and Plum, but it starts and ends with Christmas and has a sort of Christmassy spirit throughout It s based on the stories about two plucky sisters that MacDonald used to tell her own sister when they were growing up, and was originally published in 1952 This edition has wonderful illustrations by Mary GrandPre which really made it special But it s still a very old fashioned book, and that s a good thing I kept thinking about how this book couldn t be written today I mean, the beginning, where you find out how two little girls came to live at the almost cartoonishly awful Mrs Monday s Boarding House, that would work But from there things would probably getandhyperbolically awful until the day was saved by the girls discovering magic powers or that everyone is a robot or that they are the heiresses to some Roald Dahl esque candy factory All the adults would be awful, and the kids would save themselves But this book is very real Sometimes the kids are hungry or dirty or have had to do awful chores all day Sometimes grownups are mean, sometimes kind, sometimes ambiguous You know, like real people The girls are able to come up with some schemes and adventures on their own, and other times they are helped by adults There s no magical elements, and yet the adventures the girls have are still exciting or funny or scary, and there is a magical quality to some of it When you are hungry and lonely, being fed a delicious hot meal described in glorious detail by a kindly farmwife does feel like magic, even if the farmwife doesn t turn out to be a good witch When I talk at schools, I talk about how I didn t really enjoy reading until I was in fifth grade, because there were no good books to read, but that s not 100% true It sure holds the kids attention, though I think really the problem was that I didn t like the books that were being written for kids at the time I have very fond memories of books like A LITTLE PRINCESS and THE SECRET GARDEN, THE ALL OF A KIND FAMILY, and the works of Noel Streatfeild I loved books that talked about Life I liked descriptions of old fashioned clothes, and how to build a fire, scrub a potato, and cook it in the coals That was all very interesting to me, and still is NANCY AND PLUM is that kind of book, the kind of book I would have been obsessed with as a child So while I m sad I m just finding out about it now, the good news is now I ve read it, I ve loved it, and I own a copy Read aloud 2019 The kids really got into this At first they thought it was too sad, but they were fully invested anyway, and they loved the ending My daughter age 10 wanted to know if there was a sequel so that we could read it immediately

  2. Laysee Laysee says:

    It was Christmas Eve Big snowflakes fluttered slowly through the air like white feathers and made all of the Heavenly Valley smooth and white and quiet and beautiful This was how young Betty MacDonald began the bedtime stories she shared with her sister about two orphans, Nancy age 10 and Plum age 8 , who spent Christmas Eve in a barn much like the baby Jesus MacDonald never forgot those stories, and many years and books later, she wrote a version that is a delightful classic for child It was Christmas Eve Big snowflakes fluttered slowly through the air like white feathers and made all of the Heavenly Valley smooth and white and quiet and beautiful This was how young Betty MacDonald began the bedtime stories she shared with her sister about two orphans, Nancy age 10 and Plum age 8 , who spent Christmas Eve in a barn much like the baby Jesus MacDonald never forgot those stories, and many years and books later, she wrote a version that is a delightful classic for children called Nancy and Plum.The story has the right ingredients that make for a pleasing tale There is a pair of orphaned sisters rejected by their only relative, a wealthy uncle who would not suffer children They are starved and ill treated by an evil matron Mrs Monday of a Boarding House ironically in Happy Valley where they lodged The standard horrors reminiscent of those doled out by a wicked stepmother include prunes and burnt oatmeal for food clothes and shoes long outworn no supper for imagined wrongdoing no picnic or school program to guarantee a childhood as joyless as possible a favored niece of Mrs Monday who is a spiteful tattle tale However, Nancy and Plum are spunky and resourceful children who make the best of their appalling living conditions They are subjected to gross injustice and unfairness, and our hearts bleed for them Fortunately, kindly teachers Miss Waverly and Miss Appleby and compassionate neighbors the Campbell couple and old Tom root for the oppressed children Of course, parts of Nancy and Plum s flight from Happy Valley strain credulity Yet this is a story where the implausible is permissible because there must be a brighter Christmas Eve for two children who deserve better The story closes with the same lines that open this book but with a Christmas Eve for Nancy and Plum that will make your heart sing.First published in 1952, Nancy and Plum is a comic, light hearted and nostalgic children s book I love it that the girls found comfort, courage and hope in the books read to them on library visits That they gained wisdom, understanding and humor way beyond their years from literature will endear this book to the Goodreads community

  3. Michael Fitzgerald Michael Fitzgerald says:

    A wonderful story that is still fresh afterthan half a century Glad to see it reprinted, although the additions new illustrations and introduction do not improve it.Here are the titles mentioned over the course of the book Robinson Crusoe 1719 Oliver Twist 1838 David Copperfield 1850 The Water Babies 1863 Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates 1865 Tom Sawyer 1876 Black Beauty 1877 Heidi 1881 Toby Tyler 1881 Pinocchio 1883 The Adventures of Robin Hood The Merry Adventures of Robi A wonderful story that is still fresh afterthan half a century Glad to see it reprinted, although the additions new illustrations and introduction do not improve it.Here are the titles mentioned over the course of the book Robinson Crusoe 1719 Oliver Twist 1838 David Copperfield 1850 The Water Babies 1863 Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates 1865 Tom Sawyer 1876 Black Beauty 1877 Heidi 1881 Toby Tyler 1881 Pinocchio 1883 The Adventures of Robin Hood The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood 1883 Treasure Island 1883 Huckleberry Finn 1884 Little Lord Fauntleroy 1886 Timothy s Quest 1890 The Jungle Book 1894 The Live Dolls The Story of Live Dolls 1901 King Arthur The Story of King Arthur and His Knights 1903 Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm 1903 Dandelion Cottage 1904 Sara Crewe A Little Princess 1905 Anne of Green Gables 1908 The Secret Garden 1911 and, of course, all of the fairy tales

  4. Rachel Rachel says:

    4.5 stars.Ohh my gosh this was just beautiful I absolutely love these old fashioned children s stories This one has a similar feel to it like Pollyanna It s such a comfort read and one to just take your time with There is no need to rush it It starts off rather sad when you learn about how Nancy and Plum are so poorly treated But the ending is so happy and heartfelt making this a wonderful Christmas read I found Plum to be rather hilarious She s the younger sister and is so cheeky and ha 4.5 stars.Ohh my gosh this was just beautiful I absolutely love these old fashioned children s stories This one has a similar feel to it like Pollyanna It s such a comfort read and one to just take your time with There is no need to rush it It starts off rather sad when you learn about how Nancy and Plum are so poorly treated But the ending is so happy and heartfelt making this a wonderful Christmas read I found Plum to be rather hilarious She s the younger sister and is so cheeky and has such a fire in her that is rather adorable Nancy is a lovely little girl too Reading about them playing just makes you remember what childhood is all about It was so lovely to read and makes me wish that we still lived in a time where life was like that, the positive moments of how childhood use to be.Much further along in the story we meet Mr and Mrs Campbell While back then, Mr Campbell would be seen as nothing but very kind and friendly, these days he would be also seen as creepy, possibly a pedophile which is absolutely disgusting word to add in this review for this book and raise the stranger danger alarm bells Which is really quite sad I loved that even with all the years of mistreatment Nancy and Plum had been through, they still kept true to themselves and are very thoughtful, kind, caring, considerate little girls It would be so understandable for them to be full of hate and anger about their situation, but no They have such a beautiful soul, warm heart and are so loveable I really liked this book and I m sure to never forget it I m so glad to have my very own paperback copy It s definitely going to be getting read a lot throughout my life

  5. Latharia Latharia says:

    This is my absolute favorite childhood book It deals with so many amazing issues, but the best part is having two very different protagonists who both find their own way in the world Plus the whole bad guys get it in the end is extremely satisfying.

  6. Luisa Knight Luisa Knight says:

    If you think of the book A Little Princess but withfight back spirit and light hearted moments, you ll be close to spot on with this book It s a charming Christmas story about two sisters, Nancy, 10, and Plum, 8, whose parents died in an accident and are left at a boarding house to be raised by Mrs Monday But Mrs Monday is a horrible, old meany Mrs Monday isn t that hilarious Everyone hates Mondays haha who pampers her niece, Maribelle, and persecutes the other girls in he If you think of the book A Little Princess but withfight back spirit and light hearted moments, you ll be close to spot on with this book It s a charming Christmas story about two sisters, Nancy, 10, and Plum, 8, whose parents died in an accident and are left at a boarding house to be raised by Mrs Monday But Mrs Monday is a horrible, old meany Mrs Monday isn t that hilarious Everyone hates Mondays haha who pampers her niece, Maribelle, and persecutes the other girls in her custody It s not long before Plum can t take the abuse anyand hatches a plan that will bring about the sisters s happily ever after.With definite laugh out loud moments and truly touching scenes, this is a good family read aloud at Christmas time.Ages 7 Cleanliness the words gosh golly etc are used throughout the book A man smokes a pipe Nancy and Plum are treated very cruelly by the woman that runs the boarding house and sometimes justly retaliate, telling half truths, running away or poking fun at think Shirley Temple movies

  7. Mir Mir says:

    Pretty standard orphans at cruel school fare, nothing too horrific The introduction mentioned that originally Nancy and plum represented the author and her sister in a series of adventurous stories she made up as a child Here all the adventure is removed and a fairly realistic portrayal of rural school is left I would have a preferred some wilder action, personally, which is I guess why I prefer The Wolves of Willoughby Chase Pretty standard orphans at cruel school fare, nothing too horrific The introduction mentioned that originally Nancy and plum represented the author and her sister in a series of adventurous stories she made up as a child Here all the adventure is removed and a fairly realistic portrayal of rural school is left I would have a preferred some wilder action, personally, which is I guess why I prefer The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

  8. Jenni Moeller Jenni Moeller says:

    This is such a great book I highly recommend it I read it aloud to my 5 7 year old boys and soon enough my 9 10 year old boys were listening too Now my 10 year old is reading it on his own because he missed the first half of the book The characters are funny, smart, kind, and full of joy despite their circumstances This is such a great book I highly recommend it I read it aloud to my 5 7 year old boys and soon enough my 9 10 year old boys were listening too Now my 10 year old is reading it on his own because he missed the first half of the book The characters are funny, smart, kind, and full of joy despite their circumstances

  9. Meghan Meghan says:

    One of my very favorite books as a kid Orphans at a boarding home run by the cruel Mrs Monday, Nancy and Plum have to dress in worn clothes and eat oatmeal and prunes They dream of escaping the boarding home and are helped by their teacher and the town librarian when they run away Great descriptions of baking potatoes in a fire, sleeping in a haystack, eating apples, and the joys of having a china doll with real hair, many dresses, a fur coat, and little white gloves.

  10. Kirsty Kirsty says:

    Betty MacDonald s Nancy and Plum has been republished as part of the Vintage Children s Classics series, which features such titles as Dodie Smith s I Capture the Castle, and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott The novel includes an afterword by former children s laureate Jacqueline Wilson, who says that it is her favourite work for younger readers, and charming new illustrations by Catharina Baltas Nancy and Plum, which was first published in 1952, begins on Christmas Eve MacDonald sets the sce Betty MacDonald s Nancy and Plum has been republished as part of the Vintage Children s Classics series, which features such titles as Dodie Smith s I Capture the Castle, and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott The novel includes an afterword by former children s laureate Jacqueline Wilson, who says that it is her favourite work for younger readers, and charming new illustrations by Catharina Baltas Nancy and Plum, which was first published in 1952, begins on Christmas Eve MacDonald sets the scene immediately Big snowflakes fluttered slowly through the air like white feathers and made all of Heavenly Valley smoth and white and quiet and beautiful Tall fir trees stood up to their knees in the snow and their outstretched hands were heaped with it The book s young protagonists are locked up in rotten Mrs Monday s house, while all the other children have gone home Mrs Monday owns the big brick Boarding Home for Children , in which sisters Nancy and Pamela Remson the latter who goes by the nickname of Plum have been placed The girls parents were killed in a train crash when they were only small, and their guardian, bachelor Uncle John, had no idea what to do with children MacDonald exemplifies the differences between the sisters immediately Nancy is filled with a dreamy gentleness , and Plum is daring, with a quick humor Her young protagonists have been built so well that they seem to come to life, and one is soon immersed within their tale Each child who meets Nancy and Plum is sure to fall in love with them.The extra material in Vintage s reprint is thoughtful, and makes a lovely addition to the story It includes a biography of American author Betty MacDonald, a quiz, a recipe for Nancy s dream meal, a glossary of words which may be unfamiliar to younger readers, and a recommended reading list with which to follow the book Nancy and Plum is a heartwarming and entertaining novel, which is sure to delight children and parents alike It is the perfect choice for a cosy festive read

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