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The Happy Orpheline

The Happy Orpheline
Author: Natalie Savage Carlson

This was a read-aloud pick for my kids ages 9, 8 and 6.  It was about 100 pages with some sketches scattered throughout, making it long enough to be filled with a good story, but not so long I tired of reading it!  It is an old book- usually means it makes it a favorite for us.  Written in 1957, it looks and feels old.  It tells a cute story of an orphan girl in France who is so happy with her life as an orphan that she does not want to be adopted.  I have a background in french so it made it kind of fun to read, but I would think if one did not have experience with the french language it might be difficult to read as all of the names and places were french.  There were also some french phrases through the book.  For me it made it fun to read, for others it could be annoying.  My kids enjoyed the sweet story and I did, too.