I cannot believe this book was originally published in 1919! The story was beautifully written and made for a wonderful family read aloud. Children today can relate to the way the children in the book communicated via blackboards! As we finished the last chapter, my nine year old exclaimed that this has been his favorite TGTB book so far. My six year old requested that I look to see if there’s a sequel!
A lovely, sweet story that made me weep with joy at the ending. The ending was exactly what my heart wanted and so seldom gets at the end of a book.
This book is an amazing book! It has good detail and can suck you into their world. This is my favorite book and I think you will love it to!
I read this book to my three littles (3-8) and they sat through it.
They loved it and most of all we love the feeling we are left with in our home with good and beautiful books It’s so different from other books. We have a smile on our face and a peace in our souls. Most of all I love reading it to them.
I would recommend.
I read this book to my littles and they loved it. They sat through it (3-8) and truly enjoyed the storyline and lessons taught.
Most of all we loved the feeling it left us with. It is so different from other books. The Good and Beautiful books have all so far been this way.
They all have let us with a smile on our face and a peace in our hearts.
Thank you TGTB for giving us such wonderful options.
I highly recommend this book.
Set in New York in the early 1900s, Melissa Across the Fence begins with an enchanting description of the grand house next door. “In the rear, a lawn ran right back to the fence, broken only by a narrow gravel walk and with a stone fountain directly in the middle. In the spring and summer, water bubbled up in the fountain basin in jets of flying spray . . . But there was one strange thing about the house that puzzled Melissa: nobody ever seemed to live in it.” However, that soon changes when the shut-up house becomes occupied and Melissa sees a mysterious, pale-looking boy always looking out his window. Who is he? Why does he never come outside? Melissa finds out by writing a message on her chalkboard and holding it up outside the boy’s window. A sweet story of friendship ensues, sprinkled with gentle adventure.
“One of the best ways to form noble, beautiful character and writing skills in a child is to give the child books that are noble and beautiful—books like Melissa Across the Fence. We are proud to be bringing back literature by Augusta Huiell Seaman—a well-loved, gifted author who published over 40 books for children.”—Jenny Phillips
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