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Maida's Little Shop   By: (1873-1970)

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Maida's Little Shop by Inez Haynes Gillmore takes readers on a delightful journey into the world of a young girl's entrepreneurial spirit. Set in the early 20th century, this heart-warming story follows the adventures of Maida Westabrook and her siblings as they attempt to open a shop in their own backyard.

Gillmore's storytelling is enchanting, and from the very first page, readers are captured by Maida's determination and creativity. The author effortlessly transports us back in time, painting a vivid picture of a bygone era. Through descriptive prose, we are immersed in the charming neighborhood where Maida resides, rich with detail and a strong sense of community.

The characters in Maida's Little Shop are endearing and relatable, each with their distinct personalities. Maida herself is a true heroine, displaying resilience and resourcefulness beyond her years. Her strong-willed nature and unwavering optimism make her instantly lovable, and readers will find themselves rooting for her every step of the way.

The themes explored throughout the book are timeless and universal. Friendship, family bonds, and the power of imagination are woven seamlessly into the narrative, allowing readers of all ages to connect with the story on a deeper level. Maida's Little Shop also touches upon important lessons about hard work, patience, and the value of a strong work ethic—an inspiration to young readers embarking on their own ventures.

Gillmore's writing style is engaging and accessible, making this book an ideal choice for young readers discovering their love for literature. The pacing is well-balanced, keeping readers engaged without overwhelming them. The author also skillfully weaves in moments of humor and suspense, ensuring that the story never loses its momentum.

Maida's Little Shop is an enchanting read for children and adults alike, capturing the essence of childhood innocence and the magic of youthful dreams. Gillmore's beautifully crafted tale of entrepreneurship, family, and determination is bound to leave readers feeling uplifted and inspired. This heartwarming story serves as a gentle reminder that with imagination, perseverance, and the support of loved ones, anything is possible.

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Maida's Little Shop By Inez Haynes Irwin


Grosset & Dunlap, Publishers New York

Copyright, 1909, by B. W. HUEBSCH



Chapter I: The Ride Chapter II: Cleaning Up Chapter III: The First Day Chapter IV: The Second Day Chapter V: Primrose Court Chapter VI: Two Calls Chapter VII: Trouble Chapter VIII: A Rainy Day Chapter IX: Work Chapter X: Play Chapter XI: Halloween Chapter XII: The First Snow Chapter XIII: The Fair Chapter XIV: Christmas Happenings



Four people sat in the big, shining automobile. Three of them were men. The fourth was a little girl. The little girl's name was Maida Westabrook. The three men were "Buffalo" Westabrook, her father, Dr. Pierce, her physician, and Billy Potter, her friend. They were coming from Marblehead to Boston.

Maida sat in one corner of the back seat gazing dreamily out at the whirling country. She found it very beautiful and very curious. They were going so fast that all the reds and greens and yellows of the autumn trees melted into one variegated band. A moment later they came out on the ocean. And now on the water side were two other streaks of color, one a spongy blue that was sky, another a clear shining blue that was sea... Continue reading book >>

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