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Grandma’s Attic Series by Arleta Richardson

January 27, 2011

Children’s Book Review: Grandma’s Attic Series by Arleta Richardson

A children’s series of four books entitled: In Grandma’s Attic, More Stories from Grandma’s Attic, Still More Stories from Grandma’s Attic, and Treasures from Grandma.

Grandma's Attic is about life on the farmThe stories are recollections of a Grandmother as told to her grand daughter. Each story contains a moral lesson. They are often told with a chuckle as the grandmother and great uncles reminisce about their childhood.

The humorous anecdotes feature Grandmother Mabel as a young girl, her two brothers, and their parents living on the family farm around the turn of the 19th century. They are a hard working family and rarely have extra money to spend on extravagances. Children will get a glimpse into a simpler time; what it would have been like to live on a farm, the hard work it entailed, and the frugal lifestyle characteristic of small farmers of that era.

Mabel is a little on the mischievous side and often gets herself in trouble. Her parents always try to steer her toward good and moral behavior and often quote the Bible as instruction. They aren’t afraid of doling out negative consequences when Mabel chooses poorly.

Each chapter is a moral lesson, so the book can be picked up and read in intervals. When our children were in kindergarten through second grade, this was a book we turned to often for reading aloud on long winter nights.


Bible verses quoted and used as instruction

The parents sometimes punish bad behavior with spankings

Mabel’s older brothers can be harsh and insensitive toward their sister

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