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Then There Were Five

Then There Were Five A summer that promises to be eventful turns into something extra special when the four Melendy children become friends with the orphan Mark Heron Mona recites poetry Rush is a bit mischievou

  • Title: Then There Were Five
  • Author: Elizabeth Enright
  • ISBN: 9780805070620
  • Page: 487
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A summer that promises to be eventful turns into something extra special when the four Melendy children become friends with the orphan Mark Heron Mona, 13, recites poetry Rush, 12, is a bit mischievous Miranda, 10, dances and paints pictures Oliver, 6, is calm and thoughtful Their father is a writer, so beloved housekeeper Cuffy plays mother.

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    1. This 1944 YA/MG novel is a charming, nostalgic trip to a simpler time, when kids explored the outdoors, swam in swimming holes, searched for Indian arrowheads, and fished for jumbo catfish. A livestock auction and homemade fair with a variety show of local talent provide enough excitement for weeks. As a young teen, I learned about the Perseid meteor shower every August from reading this book. Luna moths and monarch butterflies inhabit its pages. I adored this book, and still have a huge soft sp [...]

    2. We loved this Melendy story just as much as the first two. It's hard to keep up such good story telling, but Elizabeth Enright is such a talented writer, the story is beautiful, poetic, full of details of nature, the rhythm of the seasons, philosophy and the details of everyday life seem so natural and realistic that I am left wondering if much of this was based of Elizabeth Enright's own childhood. We loved the details of summer, the flora and fauna, the picnics, the outdoor play. We loved the [...]

    3. 7/11Practically perfect, especially at the beginning of summer. I want a kitchen full of glowing canned goods, and a well full of gentians. I love, love, love this book. And we get to see Randy writing TATSINDA!1/10This is without a doubt my favorite Melendy book, what with all the botanizing. And the excitement of meeting Mark, and the evil Oren. The Melendy kids are a little more grown-up, and their world is so lovely that one wishes one could walk inside the pages and sleep in the cupola. Eve [...]

    4. Another wonderful, beautifully written Melendy book. (This is #3). It takes place mostly during summer, and is a great book for summer months. I really, really love the descriptions, and how the Melendy siblings--and their friends and family--feel so real and so likable. These are among my favorite books :-) And after reading this (and also "Seventeenth Summer" by Maureen Daly), it's almost a let down to go back to reading "ordinary" books that aren't as beautifully written :-D

    5. I'm continuing to enjoy these episodic stories - I love the way Enright captures the children's perspectives on everyday and extraordinary things. A favorite moment in this one is when Mona and Randy learn to can. It's fascinating that Enright was writing these first three books (The Saturdays, The Four-Story Mistake, and this one) during WWII - they were published between 1941 and 1944. The war is a subtle but constant presence in the background, and knowing that the war was still going on as E [...]

    6. Beautifully narrated, which is such a relief. One worries, especially when old favorites are at stake. I love this book best of any of Enright's work, which is saying a lot. It's a perfectly splendid book, full of botany (gentians!), fauna (luna moth! bats!), the best children ever, the most congenial adults, and most of all, Enright's tender, lyrical, transcendent prose. Do yourself a favor- read, re-read or listen to this one right away."Used-to doesn't mean anything any more, Randy. The used- [...]

    7. I'm totally enjoying Elizabeth Enright's Melendy Quartet, in which this book is the third volume. The kids (Mona, Rush, Randy, and Oliver) are all satisfying characters (though I feel like Mona's a bit less developed than the others, or maybe I'm just less interested in her), and their country-adventures in this book are fun to read about. But more than the adventures or the characters, what I think I love most about these books is the way that Enright captures the texture of the Melendy family' [...]

    8. I am still slightly annoyed with the library for taking their own sweet time in getting this book to me. But it was so worth the wait! More summer adventures, more of the fabulous Melendys, and yes, I admit it: I teared up a bit when Oliver declared the best part of his birthday was Mark becoming part of the family.Love, love, love these books. Hate that it took so long for me to find them, but so grateful that they're a part of my life down.

    9. Another lovely book in the Melendy family quartet. Enright has a deft hand with characters and a gentle love for her story. Great stuff.

    10. The Melendy children, fifteen year old Mona, fourteen year old Rush, twelve year old Miranda (Randy), and seven and three quarters year old Oliver, live with their father, their housekeeper Cuffy, and their gardner/handyman Willy Sloper, in The Four Story Mistake, an old house in the countryside near the villages of Braxton and Carthage, NY. Mr. Melendy, a widowed professor of economics, has been hired by the government for a secret, World War II related job, and must go off to Washington. Mona [...]

    11. Although written 70 years ago, this story of the four Melendy siblings' summer adventures in the countryside captivated my girls. Several elements were so old fashioned that I could only describe them by hearsay (telephone operators that connected and listened in on calls, horse and carriage rides, war rations), but the story of the siblings embarking on summer projects, befriending a boy with an abusive cousin, and figuring out the meaning of courage and friendship was timeless. I liked the old [...]

    12. I felt this book had a little slower start than the previous two as well as more serious themes including child abuse and neglect, accidental death by fire, alcoholism to name a few. Still appropriate for young children, but it was helpful that we read it aloud as a family as my kids are quite sensitive and wanted to talk over some of the situations. There's still plenty of fun and pure essence of what makes childhood wonderful. Excellent characters and writing. I love sharing these stories with [...]

    13. Parts of this book were very powerful and/or very amusing, but the gender roles seem to be getting more strict now that the girls are getting older, and I find that a little wearing. It's extra wearing since I recognize that in our household, I tend to reinforce these gender stereotypes by doing most of the cooking and cleaning, not because it's my duty as a woman to cook and clean but just because people are hungry and things are messy and someone's got to do something about it. The result is t [...]

    14. The third book in the "Melendy Family" series by Elizabeth Enright. It's one of my favorites from that series, and again is an excellent children's book. I highly recommend it, but suggest you read the first two books first to get the idea of what is going on.

    15. The perfect lazy summer read. I just discovered this series recently and can't wait to lay my hands on the other instalments. Cozy, warm, dappled with sunlight and splendid characters, this book was a good blend of realistic fiction and nostalgic enchantment.

    16. the melendy children - mona, rush, randy, and oliver - are perhaps my favorite figures in children's literature. these wonderful books from the 1940s have been recently re-released.

    17. A nice summer read. Dad is off on a secret mission to wartime Washington--must be something to do with propaganda, as he's a writer--leaving the kids with Cuffy and the hired man. This leaves the door open for the typical "perfect farm summer" story of this genre. It's a nice read; the kids have the freedom to basically do as they like. You never hear of the girls being expected to do housework as they would have been in reality; after all, that's what Cuffy the mother-replacement is there for. [...]

    18. Loved this series, but especially loved this one. Every kid should have such summers! The kids were never bored and rarely inside and always learning. I would have adored these books when I was a kid had I known about them back then. Wish I had discovered these books when my kids were small enough to have read them to them.

    19. *4.5 This series is so golden. I am in love with their family and life. Also, Mark! This was always my favorite when I was younger, but rereading them now it is tied with The Four-Story Mistake for first. I think that is because I read this one more when I was younger, and it felt a bit repetitive to read some parts again.

    20. The third book of the "Melendy Family" quartet tells how the exuberant foursome of Mona, Rush, Randy, and Oliver Melendy came by a fifth sibling without anyone having a baby. They're enjoying their first summer at the Four Story Mistake, the country house that became their home in the previous installment, but not all their adventures are lighthearted. Some of them involve a boy named Mark Herron, an orphan who is mistreated and overworked by the mean, stingy farmer who has custody of him. Old O [...]

    21. Then There Were Five is probably the darkest of Enright’s Melendy series due to Mark’s situation, but it still has tons of happy feelings, lightheartedness, and fun amid the seriousness. The dark material is dealt with quite well and carefully for a children’s book, and things that may be treated with more detail in YA and adult novels are glossed over or implied rather than directly stated. It’s a good way to show different family situations without either ruining or romanticizing the M [...]

    22. The 3rd of the Melendy quartet sees the children happily settled into their house in the country, the Four-Storey Mistake. Their days as city kids are long behind them and they are enjoying their summer swimming in the brook, building dams, fishing, and traipsing through the woods. As is evident in the earlier two books, the reality of the war lurks in the background, and in this instalment, Enright makes clearer that Father works in Washington in a top secret job related to the war, which takes [...]

    23. Age: 8 - 12 Reading Level: 3rd - 7th gradesCleanliness:Children's Bad WordsMild Obscenities & Substitutions - 24 Incidents: dickens, shut up, what the devil, heck, darned, darn, jeepers, jiminy, dang, nutsName Calling - 13 Incidents: sissy, heel, beast, nitwit, Japs, slug, goon, idiot, dopey, blackhearted rapscallion, FatsoReligious Profanities - 72 Incidents: heavens, gee, gee whiz, gosh, golly, doggone, for the love of Pete, for heaven's sake, goodness, gracious, holy cat, my lands, the Lo [...]

    24. These books have progressively grown on me as I continue through in the series. I think this might be my favorite yet. It was so wonderful that I'm tempted to give it 5 stars. I love the kids, the marvelous illustrations, and Enright's vivid and wonderful descriptions and talent for painting a mood or a scene. As usual, the Melendy children do get into some cringe-worthy scrapes (view spoiler)[(really, hasn't anyone ever told them not to play by a well?) (hide spoiler)] but they come out okay. ( [...]

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