Friendly Gables. It is two years after the events in Canadian Summer. The Mitchells are settled in their new home, Friendly Gables—and twins have just been added to the family. With Mother recovering from the births and with other changes in the household, the children must come to terms with themselves in new ways. With her usual humor and compassion, the author brings the Mitchell series to a satisfying close. Illustrated by the author. Copyright 1960 / 1996, Softcover, 5.5 x 8.5 inches. 165 pp.
Comments on this book by Dr. Mary Kay Clark: Another story of the adventures of the children on the Mitchell family, here living in Quebec. Mrs. Mitchell just had twin babies and the children need to get along with the nurse who did not understand each one of the children's personalities. Daddy talked to them about helping with the chores around the house as the children sometimes escaped to the attic to find refuge! This is a story of a family of children learning to play together, to get along together, to do what mom and dad want yet to have their own adventures. It is a story of growing up in a large family when there is never enough money, but new adventures are just around the corner.
This book is part of a treasury of wholesome, character-building literature from Bethlehem Books.
If you've read my other review for the "Five for Victory" book, then you understand how enthusiastic I am for this series. Awesome series!!
In this book, the family is enjoying it's life in Canada in the house called Friendly Gables. Mrs. Mitchell has just given birth to twins, and the rest of her children (well, most of them) are delighted.
Joan, the oldest of the Mitchell children, is 15 and her sole wish is to be able to go to a dance. This part of story is one I dislike. Tisk, tisk. Silly Joan, turning out like any other old teenager...
13-year-old Patsy (my personal favorite character) has her own problems. Sensitive and imaginative, her happiest moments are spent reading or dreaming. A pitiful scenario on her part is turning her knitting homework into a mess! Anyone who can relate to Patsy (as I can) knows that it's both interesting and difficult to be unlike "everybody else."
Peter, an 11-year-old who is proud of living in Canada, gets into a fight with a boy with a hatred for Americans and breaks a statue in the process.
I have to complain about Angela in this book. She is nothing like she is in the 1st and 2nd. Despite her usual animal-loving nature, her character is not as endearing.
Awesome book for everybody!
I am a homeschooler going into ninth grade and I read this book when I was in 7th grade. (If you read my other review on The Rose Round you'll know this.)
As said by "a homeschooled 8th grader," don't be deceived by the recommendation for 5th grade!! The way Hilda Van Stockum writes makes it a wonderful read for everyone.
Friendly Gables, the third and final book in the Mitchell's series, tells about their experiences with a nurse in the house after twins being born. Joan is a great disappointment to me. Filled with creativity and ingenuity in the first two books, she is now 15 years old and interested only in going to dance with a boy who likes her. *Sighs* (She finds this boy in Pierre, an old friend.)
Patsy makes up for Joan's lack of character. She is "not like everybody else" and completely her own person, filled with imagination and consideration for others. My fave character!