Stories from Grandma’s Attic

Renee Ann Smith —  October 17, 2011 — 6 Comments

When I was growing up, my grandmother lived in a great old house with lots of bedrooms and antiques to investigate. We grandkids took turns spending the night with her and listening to her stories. Nannie had lived through World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, and many cultural changes. She had a wealth of life experiences from which to educate and entertain us, and we soaked up every detail.

So I can completely relate to the premise of Arleta Richardson’s books. Arleta’s grandmother was also a storyteller, who recounted memories of her childhood on a nineteenth-century farm. In the Grandma’s Attic series, Arleta retells those stories for the benefit of children all over the world.

Here’s an excerpt from the section that introduces each book in the series . . .

“One hundred years! What a long, long time ago that is! . . . The old kitchen where Arleta sat to hear many of Grandma Mabel’s stories didn’t look the same as when her grandma was a little girl. Back then there was no electricity nor running water. But Grandma still lived in the house she grew up in. Arleta had no trouble imagining all the funny jams that Grandma and her best friend, Sarah Jane, got into. Or how it felt to wear long flannel stockings and high-buttoned shoes.

From the dusty old attic to the front parlor with its slippery furniture, Grandma’s old house was a storybook just waiting to be opened. Arleta was fortunate to have a grandma who knew just how to open it. Her grandma loved to tell a story just as much as Arleta loved to hear one.”

These stories share exciting adventures that entertain while communicating important moral lessons. The books are aimed at kids aged 9 to 12 but will provide fun for your whole family. If you loved Little House on the Prairie, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, or other old-fashioned classics, you’ll love Grandma’s Attic. You can follow this link to Arleta’s Amazon author’s page and start collecting the books today!

***Thanks to B&B Media Group for sharing a copy of the book for me to review.

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

6 responses to Stories from Grandma’s Attic

  1. O I would love these. I wish my grandma had an attic of antiques. In my family, I’m the antique lover.

  2. Oh my goodness, Renee, when I saw the title of this blog, I knew immediately which book you were referring to! I absolutely love these books…I remember buying a few in Amish country back when I was like 10 years old, and devouring them! I still have them somewhere. Reading this makes me want to go find them. 🙂

  3. What a terrific series! A wonder of tales reside in the hearts and minds of our elder citizens. Oh, to be able to mine them for the years they have known – eras gone forever but for their stories and wealth of life lessons. I shall have to look these up!

  4. These sound like delightful books! Looks like Christmas presents for my granddaughter! Grandparents can be such a wealth of information. My grandmother lived to be 103 yrs. young!! I often marveled at all changes she had lived through since 1900 when she was born. Whenever I would visit her we would always end up going through old family photos. How I loved the stories this would always bring on. She was a character! Both my grandparents were teachers at Angola University in Indiana. My grandmother taught English and my grandfather taught engineering. Oh, Renee, you will love this story about my grandfather. He knew someone had stolen a copy of an exam he was going to give. In order to catch the thief, he trimmed 1/4 inch off the exams he still had. Wouldn’t you know it, the thief used the exam he had stolen…therefor his exam was longer than the others! Not a very bright thief! My grandfather also started one of the first unions. The college profs would meet in secret at my grandfather’s home to become established. ….. There’s plenty more stories that bring back such fond memories. I miss them so much.

  5. We are reading Little House on the Prairie right now. As a matter of fact I am teaching it to a group of 12 6-to-9 year-old homeschoolers at my co-op. This looks like one my daughter would love.

  6. Thanks for stopping by, ladies! I love to read your comments and stories–especially during such a crazy week 🙂 You all made my day!

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