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Dandelion Cottage

Dandelion Cottage by Carroll Watson Rankin
By: (1864-1945)

Dandelion Cottage is a heartwarming tale of four young girls who come together to create their own haven of happiness and adventure in a small, rundown cottage. The story follows the girls' summer of freedom and friendship as they transform the neglected cottage into a place of joy and wonder.

The author, Carroll Watson Rankin, does a wonderful job of capturing the innocence and imagination of childhood. The girls' bond is palpable, and their escapades in the cottage are both amusing and endearing. Rankin's descriptive prose vividly brings the cottage and its surroundings to life, making the reader feel as though they are right there alongside the girls.

While the plot may be simple, the charm of the story lies in the characters and their relationships. Each girl brings something unique to the group, and together they form a tight-knit bond that will warm the hearts of readers of all ages. Dandelion Cottage is a delightful read that reminds us of the magic of childhood friendships and the joy that can be found in the simplest of pleasures.

Book Description:
Carroll Watson Rankin's best known novel is Dandelion Cottage, published in 1904 by Henry Holt and Company. She first wrote the story serially for her own children. Considered a regional classic in the midwest, it tells of four young girls who negotiate the use of a derelict cottage as a playhouse by pulling dandelions for the owner, prosperous Mr. Black. The real life model for Mr. Black is generally acknowledged to be Marquette businessman and philanthropist, Peter White. The original Dandelion Cottage is located at 440 East Arch and is privately owned.

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