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Thursday's Child

Thursday's Child By Noel Streatfeild Thursday s Child Story of irrepressible Margaret Thursday an orphan determined to go far and the friends she makes along the way

  • Title: Thursday's Child
  • Author: Noel Streatfeild
  • ISBN: 9780440486879
  • Page: 150
  • Format: Paperback
  • Thursday's Child By Noel Streatfeild Story of irrepressible Margaret Thursday, an orphan determined to go far, and the friends she makes along the way.
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    1. Hilary on said:

      Margaret Thursday is an orphan who was found with three of everything, of the best quality, and had money left each year to keep and educate her However one day this money runs out Margaret is sent to an orphanage where she endures hardship, hunger, and punishment, but her ebullient personality triumphs This is an un put downable book So readable we discovered that we could walk our dog and read aloud at the same time Lovely descriptions of life on a barge and a travelling theatre Learnt what le [...]

    2. Emmkay on said:

      I finally got my hands on this favourite from my childhood I didn t actually remember the plot, other than there being an orphan on a train with a basket containing her things, but I remembered being quite passionate about it when I was 8 or 9 or so It s out of print now, and the library copy was missing for months after I put it on hold, then suddenly turned up Lots of glorious details I d forgotten not only a plucky orphan, but also a terrible orphanage with an evil Matron, some kind and wise [...]

    3. Cheryl on said:

      Long Too much of the other family of children, not enough of Margaret, and nearly nothing of the other orphans no effort to being concise and therefore not much well explored A fair bit of time was spent with other adults, but then they re all dropped, discarded Abrupt ending, but despite that I have no interest in the sequel.I don t recall any other other wicked orphanage head being punished, even any other orphans being rescued after the hero makes good her escape, so that bit was satisfying f [...]

    4. Morgan on said:

      Recommended for All Ages, lovers of orphan storiesRating GI ve always loved orphan stories Something about that nature of hard luck story, the hardships they endure, the adventure of running away, the rags to riches of some nature that so often follows, just grabs my imagination Thursday s Child by Noel Streatfeild claims the title of my favorite orphan story It has everything one could wish for in such a story a spunky protagonist, intriguing secondary characters, a cruel orphanage Matron, a ha [...]

    5. Cleo Bannister on said:

      Thursday s Child by Noel Streatfeild was my book , I think I was initially drawn to it partly because I was born on a Thursday and secondly because I had loved Ballet Shoes Thursdays Child tells the story of Margaret who was left on Church Steps in a basket with three of everything of the very best quality and a note This is Margaret whom I entrust to your care Each year fifty two pounds will be sent for her keep and schooling She has not yet been christened The year Margaret turned ten the mone [...]

    6. Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) on said:

      That s better.Having just read and been crashingly disappointed in two different Shoes books, I was than ready for this classic rags to riches tale of the not quite orphans and the foundling who leads them home Jane Eyre meets Oliver Twist and The Little Princess in this wishfulfillment tale of the fiesty young foundling who knows like the Fossils before her that she will have to make her own way in the world, and is determined to make it big The Countess attitude to her servants is less than b [...]

    7. Magda on said:

      There seemed to be plenty of stock issues in this book the orphan who runs away from the mean orphanage keeper, the long lost orphans who are really aristocrats, the kind teacher lady who fixes things But that doesn t include the lovely interpolation I think that s the word I mean of Jem s family with his parents boat and his aunt and uncle s theatrical troupe His family and the adventures with him really made everything come quite alive, and kept the story going much longer than I thought it wo [...]

    8. Miriam on said:

      This is a plucky and reasonably high class orphans run away from cruel institution story, which is pretty much its own subgenre I think I read it as a child the part where they hide out on the canal boat seems really familiar but didn t find it as memorable as her famous Shoes books, even though she does work in some theater.

    9. Deborah on said:

      I enjoyed reading this many times as a child, but returned to it reluctantly as an adult, because I dimly remembered it as wall to wall child cruelty and hardship Well, it s not quite that bad, and it has a cracking plot, but it s not one for the faint hearted.

    10. Clover White on said:

      This was a re read of a childhood favorite I went hunting for a copy of it because I thought I remembered it being thrilling, and thought my kids would enjoy it as a read aloud Well, I couldn t wait long enough to read it to my kids Rereading it as an adult, I found the plot a little thin than I remembered, but it was a fantastic soap opera for kids Mean orphanages, children with mysterious births, coincidences it has it all It is definitely a product of its time, in that children of gentle bir [...]

    11. Esther on said:

      It s a good story The parallel between the Beresford children and Little Lord Fauntleroy was pretty engaging I feel like Streatfeild really missed a chance to tell us the most interesting story of all the mystery behind Margaret s three of everything of the best quality and the fifty two pounds every Christmas in the garden I wonder if those questions get addressed in a sequel, though I m not sure I was captured enough to go look.

    12. Mintti on said:

      Suomeksi Torstain lapsi Ihana orpotarina, n ist tykk n Luonteikas orpotytt l hetet n kasvattiperheens luota orpokotiin ja monien sattumusten kautta h n p tt karata ja ottaa mukaansa kaksi pient poikaa Karkumatka on vaihteikas ja yll tt en lopussa k y ilmi ett joku orvoista saattaakin olla aika rikkaasta perheest

    13. Sue on said:

      Thursday s Child , set shortly after the start of the 20th century, is the story of ten year old Margaret, who was left on a vicarage doorstep as a baby It was written in 1970 so is a historical rather than contemporary novel, and it paints a good picture of life in various contexts from the point of view of a child This isn t a typical Streatfeild book there are no highly gifted children, at least not until Margaret discovers a talent towards the end There s a somewhat unlikely coincidence alth [...]

    14. Elizabeth on said:

      My favorite book when I was a child This is the story of a girl Margaret who runs a way from an orphanage in England in the early 1900s because they beat her and punish her She works as a scullery maid until she can get her friend brother out Then she works on a boat pushing the boats through the locks with her feet I guess this was how they brought boats up and down channels before becoming discovered and working as an actress in Little Lord Faunteroy I remember this book vividly although I hav [...]

    15. Jane Irish Nelson on said:

      Re read An old favorite Set towards the end of Victoria s reign, this is the story of Margaret Thursday, a foundling The vicar who found her gave her that surname since she was found on Thursday He also found her a home with two local spinster sisters But now that they are growing older, and no money arrives for Margaret this year, new arrangements must be made So she is sent to an orphanage, where she meets the Beresford family Adventures ensue The story is very much character driven as Margare [...]

    16. Tatianna on said:

      I bought this book used from the library when I was about eleven, and it s still one of my favorites Set in Victorian England, it seems to have all the earmarks of a children s adventure story, right down to the part where the children discover they are really heirs to millions that isn t what happens, but it s close But the characters, especially Thursday s child herself, Margaret, are so real and so vibrant with the possible exception of the evil orphanage Matron that I would recommend this bo [...]

    17. Kelsey on said:

      I foolishly assumed that just because this book was about the horrors of a turn of the century orphanage stuff that there wouldn t be any theatre or dancing involvedHAHAHA HOW WRONG I WAS This is Streatfeild, people, and she won t let you forget it Not that I mind either of those things, but her attachment to them in everyngleok amuses me Also, it s super predictable and the pacing is weird But she has some good characters yay Peter and I m a sucker for orphanage school stories, for some reason

    18. Claire on said:

      My favourite, favourite when I was nine or ten I managed to destroy a copy with excessive reading and had to be bought a hardback copy ANd what is , it stands rereading, strong characters, fast pace, multiple setting which appeal to the romantic notions of small girls orphanage, canal boat, theatre Vintage Stretfeild.

    19. Shonda on said:

      Thursday s Child might be full of cliched characters and plot, but the impact it had on me was the value of the self every person in the world is worth something, even if he or she is just an orphan We should be proud of ourselves, especially when we have done something we thought we could never do Try reading this book again using that point of view.

    20. Barbara on said:

      My grandchildren are too young for this yet but when they re older I hope that they ll love it as much as I do It s a wonderful lesson in determination, self belief and loyalty but without preaching or pushing it down the reader s throat It s also a terrible indictment of orphanage life in late Victorian times not all were like that I m sure but it must have been fairly accurate.

    21. Maureen E on said:

      Not at all like Streatfield s Shoes series This book tells the story of Margaret Thursday and the three Beresford children she makes friends with when they are all sent to an orphanage Unfortunately, the orphanage is reminiscent of nothing so much as Lowood from Jane Eyre A nice story with good characters June 2010

    22. Diane Christy on said:

      I remember reading this as a girl I had the hard back version and I was fascinated by the adventures of this little girl I bought a used copy of this book a few years ago so I could re read it Haven t done that yet, but this is one of the most memorable books I ve ever read Not sure why I just loved it though

    23. Kate on said:

      I have always loved Noel Streatfeild s books and as a child I got my library to ILL them for me or hunted through second hand book stores to find all of them She tells the perfect girls stories I was always able to find one character in each book that was my favorite They definitely stand up to re reads.

    24. Debbie Robinson on said:

      I read this book as a child after watching a children s TV series which unfortunately hasn t been shown for a long time It was the sort of book I loved with children going to an orphanage and then running away Recently I brought the book again and re read it

    25. Sally on said:

      I adored this and Far to Go typical Streatfeild of course, but there was something a little darker and less glossy about this mini series.

    26. Vicki on said:

      Margaret an inventive orphan living with 2 sickly older ladies is sent off to live at an orphanage since they can no longer take care of her, where she meets Lavinia, Peter, Horatio who become his fast friends full of mischief mishap.

    27. Jael on said:

      There was something about this one that just didn t sit well with me It was well written, but the main character was really annoying thinking she was somebody so special and deserving of all kinds of attention.

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