A Little Florida Lady

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(4.4 stars; 8 reviews)

This is the story of a little girl from New York who moves with her family to Florida in the late 19th Century. Parental warning: as this book was first published in 1903 and set in the American South, and although the author tries to be open-minded, please be aware that there are slang words used for African Americans.(Summary by BellonaTimes) (4 hr 42 min)


01 - The Journey to Florida 26:25 Read by Bellona Times
02 - The New Home 28:14 Read by Bellona Times
03- Beth's First Fishing Lesson 23:41 Read by Bellona Times
04- Visiting 18:28 Read by Bellona Times
05- Walking On Stilts 9:16 Read by Bellona Times
06- House-Building 26:13 Read by Bellona Times
07- Beth's New Playfellow 17:00 Read by Bellona Times
08- Learning To Swim 13:55 Read by Bellona Times
09- The Little Dressmaker 13:43 Read by Bellona Times
10- The Horse Race 21:20 Read by Bellona Times
11- Don Meets A Sad Fate 9:46 Read by Bellona Times
12- The Arrival of Duke 17:57 Read by Bellona Times
13- Anxious Hours 24:50 Read by Bellona Times
14- The Rescue 31:38 Read by Bellona Times


Did not finish

(0.5 stars)

I do not at all recommend this book for children. It was set and written in the late 1800s at a time when slavery was still part of society's consciousness, particularly in the South. I got as far as the third chapter, and couldn't force myself to read on. I guess the culture shock was just too intense, with the attitudes towards African Americans, and the privileged little white girl, who I rather disliked as a main character. And for some reason there were frequent references to whippings. Very odd. Anyhow, I'd only recommend this to older readers who are interested in children's literature of this time. I believe it's important to remember the past, but this is not a book I'd read for pleasure.

What a Delight

(5 stars)

I loved the story, it allowed me to feel like I was looking thru a window back in time. I loved the descriptions of all of Beth's relationships with her little friends and family as well as her faithful animal companions. Beautifully written, hope to read more!!!!