It is the late 1890s, and young Lucinda's parents are leaving New York City to spend a year in Italy. The 10-year-old girl is happy to stay behind with Miss Peters, a teacher, in her apartment. What a wonderful year it is. On roller skates, Lucinda flies through her neighborhood, making friends with cab drivers, fruit vendors, and policemen. Each day is filled with adventure and discovery. In the evenings Lucinda reads Shakespeare with her uncle. She quickly falls under the spell of the bard's comedies. But when she sees the misfortunes of others, she begins to understand tragedy, too. First published in 1936, this sparkling story of an energetic, imaginative girl still enchants generations of readers. With Kate Forbes' warm narration, Lucinda's enthusiasm and the sights and sounds of old New York fill each chapter.
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by Kim Vogel Sawyer
by Ruth White
by Jean Webster
by Eleanor Estes
"Lucinda Wyman, the 10-year-old heroine of Sawyer's 1937 Newbery Award winner, is a plucky young lady surrounded by a host of quirky characters in 1890s New York. Lucinda's formal vocabulary and theatrical tendencies are reminiscent of Anne Shirley, while the complex story's turn-of-the-century setting recalls the novels of Frances Hodgson Burnett. All will likely appeal only to devoted fans of both. Kate Forbes's rapid narration suits Lucinda's fluttering personality, but will be difficult for younger listeners, who will need help to make sense of the historical references and archaic language. Lucinda's adventures will have a limited appeal, likely confined to those who avidly follow the Newbery winners. E.J.F. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine"
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