Friendly Gables

  • Title: Friendly Gables
  • Author: Hilda van Stockum
  • ISBN: 9781883937195
  • Page: 329
  • Format: Paperback
  • Friendly Gables The continuing adventures of the six Mitchell children now living at Friendly Gables their house in the Montreal suburbs as they welcome twin brothers make new friends and try often unsuccefully
    The continuing adventures of the six Mitchell children now living at Friendly Gables, their house in the Montreal suburbs, as they welcome twin brothers, make new friends, and try, often unsuccefully, to keep out of mischief.

    • Friendly Gables By Hilda van Stockum
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      Published :2019-07-02T14:50:43+00:00

    About Hilda van Stockum


    1. Born February 9, 1908, in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Hilda van Stockum was a noted author, illustrator and painter, whose work has won the Newbery Honor and the National Conference of Christians and Jews Brotherhood Award She was also a charter member of the Children s Book Guild and the only person to have served as its president for two consecutive terms.Van Stockum was raised partly in Ireland, and also in Ymuiden, the seaport of Amsterdam, where her father was port commander With no car and few companions, she recalled turning to writing out of boredom She was also a talented artist A penchant for art evidently ran in the family, which counted the van Goghs as distant relatives In the 1920s, she worked as an illustrator for the Dublin based publishing house, Browne Nolan She illustrated her first book, an Irish reader, in 1930, and her last book in 2001, giving her a 71 year career as a book illustrator Van Stockum attended art school in Amsterdam and later in Dublin, where she met and later married Ervin Ross Spike Marlin, who at the time was her brother Willem s roommate at Trinity College Willem Van Stockum was killed piloting a bomber over France in 1944 Van Stockum memorialized him in her book The Mitchells 1945 , about the travails of raising a family in Washington, D.C during the war She often used her family as models for the written and illustrated characters in her books.Not surprisingly then, Van Stockum was, in fact, raising a family in Washington, D.C at the time, having married Marlin, who by 1935 was a Roosevelt administration official.She had written and illustrated her first book for children, A Day on Skates, in 1934 It had a foreword by her aunt by marriage, Edna St Vincent Millay, and won a Newbery Honor During the next four decades she averaged one book per year written, illustrated, translated or some combination Van Stockum and the couple s six children were in tow for Marlin s peripatetic assignments, and it seems nothing short of miraculous that she managed to write and illustrate a score of children s books In addition, she translated and illustrated editions of many other authors.Asked in 1942 by the Washington Post how she did it, Van Stockum replied with characteristic aplomb, By neglecting my other duties Highly organized in her work, she illustrated and painted in the winter and wrote in the summer, when she could get her children out of the house.Known for their warm, vivid, and realistic depictions of family life in the face of danger and difficulties, van Stockum s books typically featured families and were set wherever she happened to be living Francie on the Run 1939 , about a child who escapes from a hospital, was set in Ireland Friendly Gables 1958 completed the Mitchells saga by then they had moved to Montreal from Washington.Her most popular book, The Winged Watchman 1962 is the story of two Dutch boys who help the Resistance during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II The book is based on letters Hilda received from relatives in the Netherlands, and has been praised for conveying an accurate sense of life under Nazi occupation Hilda van Stockum died in 2006 at the age of 98.


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    1. Hilda Van Stockum does a wonderful job carrying the story forward from The Mitchell's - Five for Victory and Canadian Summer as the family moves forward in Montreal, Canada.A few references to Catholicism, a few references to their financial struggles, a few references to family issues, but all are handled in a life-giving manner. The heavier emphasis on Catholicism has me lowering the rating one star.The narrator, Mary Sarah Agliotta does an excellent job bringing the Mitchell family to life. H [...]

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    2. This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.In the third and final book about the Mitchells, the family has moved to Friendly Gables, the new home they finally find at the end of Canadian Summer, and Mother has just given birth to twins. (There are no real-life counterparts for the twins as there are for the other Mitchell children.) While she recovers from childbirth, the children are subject to the rules and expectations of her nurse, Miss Thorpe. When they realize they cannot please [...]

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    3. good read aloud for my kids

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    4. Rating 4.5 stars. I really loved this book! I just couldn't put this book down. Friendly Gables is about the six Mitchell children and their adventures being new brothers and sisters to two twin boys. and how Miss Thrope (a stern old nurse) replaces their mother and makes life miserable most times for the Mitchell children.I would recommend this book for all ages!

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    5. So warm, so homey, so very Mitchell-like. If there's any criticism, I would've liked to see a bit more of the animal-loving Joan and a bit more of Angela, but it was a brilliantly lovely story nonetheless.

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    6. Hilda Van Stockum: A very sweet story of a family in Canada, sometime in the first half of the twentieth century (I think between the two World Wars). A nice, old-fashioned read. (Feb. 2008)

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    7. This book is the sequel to Canadian Summer which is the sequel to Mitchells: Five for Victory.

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    8. Cute story. Author understands the small things that are so important to children.

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    9. Better, more substantial writing than in the first two books of the series, perhaps due to the children being older.

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    10. This is one of those books I want to live in. It's such a feel-good comfort read for me.

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