Tired of wasting Saturdays doing nothing but wishing for larger allowances, the four Melendys jump at Randy's idea to start the Independent Saturday Afternoon Adventure Club (I.S.A.A.C.). If they pool their resources and take turns spending the whole amount, they can each have at least one memorable Saturday afternoon of their own. Before long, I.S.A.A.C. is in operation and every Saturday is definitely one to remember.
Written more than half a century ago, The Saturdays unfolds with all the ripe details of a specific place and period but remains a winning, timeless tale.
Don't miss the other titles in the Melendy Quartet.
©1941 Elizabeth Enright Gillham, renewed ©1969 Robert M. Gillham; (P)2004 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.
"Enright has a quick eye for the unexpected, the amusing, and the beautiful in what might be just ordinary experiences." (The New York Times)
My family and I loved this book. I have a 10 year old son and a six year old daughter. We listen to audiobooks in the car, and some of them make us want to keep driving--this was one of them. It captivated both of my children with the humorous adventures of the Melendy children. We will download the next one in the series immediately!
What a delight to have these books to listen to, for both children and adults! Enright is a skilled, observent writer and her characters are REAL --nevermind that she wrote these books more than 60 years ago, the children are just as engaging and relevent today. The Melendys have varied interests and are great sibling role models without being unnatural. If you want a family story that everyone will enjoy, this series is a great place to start. (My only reserve is the "foreward" is a bit dull for those who don't yet know the books, and should really be an "afterword".)
Yes! I love WWII era children's literature and this is a charming and lovely story!
That these kids run around WWII era NYC alone! I thought they were brave and so adventuresome. This story warms the heart and brings me back to my own childhood.
Pamela Dillman does a wonderful job interpreting all the voices! I love her Mrs. Oliphant!
Not just one moment, but that these kids' father loved them so much and trusted them enough to do the right thing.
This first book about the Melendy family is so fun! We found the rest of the series at the library, but this one wasn't available. We were thrilled to find it here at audible.com! This series is full of adventure for kids, and wholesome and very well written! Ms. Enright is a wordsmith, so listening is enjoyable, even for mom and dad! But my favorite thing about these books is that the Melendy children love each other. What a wonderful model for my own 4 kids, who imagine themselves right in the middle of the Melendy's adventures! It's hard to find books that demonstrate POSITIVE family relationships, so this one was a fabulous find!
The definition of a classic is a book that is still good, even as time and lifestyles have progressed. The language of the 40's might be different from the way children speak to each other today, but the sentiments are still the same! My kids loved this book- and so did I. Darling, darling story.
I struggle to find audio books that will appeal to all 3 of my kids aged 4 to 11 . Somehow the adventures of the Melendy children fit the bill and they have entertained us through several long drives. The stories are timeless, and I love the positive view of family they present. Here is a family that respects differences, makes up after quarrels and remains tightly bonded. Try out this first one and you may be hooked!
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