The Story Girl Earns Her Name
Jean Free, a library consultant, is a retired public-school teacher and
librarian in Whitby, Ontario.
“You are un-un-stoppable, Sara Stanley,” says shy Jasper Dale at the
enthusiastic ending of The Story Girl Earns Her Name. This episode tells
of seventh-grade Sara’s efforts to raise funds for the Avonlea library
by coaxing timid Jasper to give a magic-lantern show while she relates
“The Little Match Girl” with great dramatic effect.
This series, adapted from the original L.M. Montgomery novel, combines
with the Sullivan Films’ production of the popular television series
to make an entertaining, short story for junior students. Hamilton has
managed to capture Montgomery’s original style while adding a good
deal of conversation and omitting many of the long descriptive passages.
Including pictures from the television series along with the attractive
photographic cover should make these books popular with young girls.
Values and social situations (jealousy, pettiness, lack of confidence)
and the imaginative foresight of the chief protagonist make these old
stories refreshingly new for today’s youngsters.