Mar 01, Josiah rated it it was ok The Pleasant Company has done a great job through all of its American Girl stories and products in helping to make history interesting for kids in a variety of different ways, while making it a priority to address their contemporary concerns as well. All of the American Girl dolls have a finely tuned background, family history and unique niche in the timeline of our nation's past, and the books about them marvelously capture what makes everything about their historical narratives so special.
Sa The Pleasant Company has done a great job through all of its American Girl stories and products in helping to make history interesting for kids in a variety of different ways, while making it a priority to address their contemporary concerns as well. Samantha has always been one of my favorites, and this story was the first to bring her to life as a living, breathing literary character.
Living with her wealthy, stern grandmother inSamantha leads a privileged existence that is starkly different from the experiences of most other Americans of the time.
Samantha isn't expected to do chores or help around the house, or even to prepare to one day get a job and earn her own income. Such things were not expected of girls in those days, especially of one born into affluence.
When a girl her age named Nellie moves next door, however, Samantha begins to really see for the first time that this world she inhabits is not all like her own. Nellie is only nine years old, yet she has been hired out alone from her family as a servant girl for the people living in the mansion next to Samantha's, where Nellie now works valiantly to earn her dollar-a-week salary.
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Their class differences mean nothing to Samantha and Nellie, though, and the girls quickly form a close friendship. For the doll, see Nellie O'Malley doll.
In OctoberAmerican Girl announced their intent to "archive" Samantha Parkington 's entire collection ; she, Nellie, and their collections were no longer available for purchase online or through catalogs with the exception of books. The Nellie doll and all items in her collection have been retired. After Samantha was rereleased for the BeForever retooling, it was unknown if Nellie would ever be available again; this was fairly confirmed with the rerelease of Felicity Merriman for the line that did not include Elizabeth Coleso it is unlikely that the Nellie doll or collection will ever be available again.
Contents Personality and Facts Nellie as a servant. Nellie starts the series as a shy servant girl; she lives with her father, mother, and two sisters Jenny and Bridget. Nellie's family are Irish immigrants and thus not looked upon well in American society, as at the time Irish people were not considered "white" in America.
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In Nellie's PromiseNellie mentions that she spent her eighth birthday working in a factory, and did not have a celebration that year. Nellie is first seen in Meet Samantha working for the Rylands as a servant. She defers to Samantha and her family because she is of a lower class, even calling Samantha "miss" and fretting that she might be seen with her.
She is described as shorter and smaller than Samantha and not very healthy due to having done hard factory work that has weakened her health. This eventually leads to her being dismissed by the Rylands because Mrs.
Ryland does not think she will last. She has worked several years of her young life by the time Samantha meets her, first in a factory and then as a house servant, and initially had never gone to school until Samantha Learns a Lesson.