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Tabitha's Vacation   By: (1881-)

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Tabitha's Vacation by Ruth Brown MacArthur is a heartwarming children's book that takes young readers on a delightful journey through the magical world of imagination. Without explicitly naming the main character, the story revolves around a girl named Tabitha who embarks on an extraordinary vacation that transcends physical boundaries and transports her into a place where anything is possible.

Right from the first page, the author skillfully captures the essence of childhood wanderlust and curiosity. Tabitha's yearning for adventure is beautifully portrayed through MacArthur's vivid descriptions and lively illustrations. The author's choice of words creates a sense of anticipation, perfectly reflecting the anticipation that often accompanies exciting trips and new experiences.

The narrative unfolds as Tabitha discovers a peculiar old suitcase in her attic, which turns out to be a portal to a realm of endless discovery. As she opens the suitcase, readers are transported alongside her on a whimsical adventure, where everyday objects like an umbrella or a bicycle take on extraordinary qualities. Through her imaginative journey, Tabitha encounters talking animals, enchanted forests, and mysterious characters, each one more captivating than the last.

What I enjoyed most about this book is how it encourages children to tap into their own creativity and to embrace their unique perspectives. Tabitha's Vacation is not just a story about a fantastical trip, but also provides an invaluable lesson about the power of imagination and the boundless potential it holds. It instills a sense of wonder and fosters a belief that the world is full of magic, waiting to be discovered.

The illustrations in Tabitha's Vacation play a crucial role in bringing the story to life. Ruth Brown MacArthur's artistic talent shines through each page, captivating readers of all ages. The vibrant colors and intricate details in the illustrations add depth and enhance the enchanting atmosphere of the book. The images will undoubtedly ignite young readers' imagination and leave a lasting impression.

Although Tabitha's Vacation might be labeled as a children's book, it has the ability to captivate adults as well. The underlying message about the importance of embracing one's imagination resonates with readers of all ages. This beautifully written and gorgeously illustrated book is sure to become a cherished addition to any library, offering countless hours of joy and inspiration.

In conclusion, Tabitha's Vacation is a remarkable literary travelogue that transports its readers on an unforgettable journey. Ruth Brown MacArthur's masterful storytelling and artistic skills come together to create a truly magical reading experience. This book captures the essence of childhood wonderment and invites readers of all ages to embrace their imagination. Tabitha's Vacation is destined to become a treasured favorite among young and old alike.

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Volume III in the Ivy Hall Series



Author of "Tabitha at Ivy Hall," "Tabitha's Glory," "At the Little Brown House," Etc.

[Frontispiece: "I hope," panted Tabitha, trotting along at the rear of the procession, "that you don't have your fun in such a hurry."]

The Saalfield Publishing Company Chicago, Akron, Ohio New York Made in U. S. A. Copyright, MCMXIII By the Saalfield Publishing Company


I. The McKittricks' Misfortune II. Tabitha and Gloriana, Housekeepers III. Unwelcome Guests IV. Mischief Makers V. Irene's Song VI. Gloriana's Burglars VII. Toady and the Castor Beans VIII. Billiard Runs Away IX. Billiard Surrenders X. Susanne Entertains a Caller XI. In the Canyon XII. The Bank of Silver Bow is Robbed XIII. The Robbers and the Haunted House XIV. The Unexpected Happens XV. Myra's Climax


"I hope," panted Tabitha, trotting along at the rear of the procession, "that you don't have your fun in such a hurry." . . . Frontispiece




"'Ho, ho, vacation days are here, We welcome them with right good cheer; In wisdom's halls we love to be, But yet 'tis pleasant to be free,'"

warbled Tabitha Catt, pausing on the doorstep of her little desert home as she vigorously shook a dingy dusting cloth, and hungrily sniffed the fresh, sweet morning air, for, although the first week of June was already gone, the fierce heat of the summer had not yet descended upon Silver Bow, nestling in its cup like hollow among the Nevada mountains... Continue reading book >>

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