Each of the girls is discovered as a baby by Matthew Brown Great-Uncle-Matthew, known as "Gum" , an elderly, absentminded palaeontologist and professor, during his world travels, and sent home to his great-niece, Sylvia and her childhood nanny, Nana. Gum embarks upon an expedition of many years and arranges for money to support the family while he is gone. Gum does not return in the promised five years and the money is almost gone. As they have no way to contact or track him down, Sylvia and Nana take in boarders to make ends meet, including Mr. Simpson and his wife, Dr. Jakes and Dr.
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Shelves: fiction , read-aloud-to-kids , young-adult , historical-fiction , all-time-favorite , made-into-movie The story of Pauline, Petrova, and Posy will be in my heart for life, even though I must confess that was introduced to these charming and unforgettable characters from the British television version.
The story of Pauline, Petrova, and Posy will be in my heart for life, even though I must confess that was introduced to these charming and unforgettable characters from the British television version. Because of the Depression, they get training to earn money as performers on stage.
Pauline turns out to have a flair for acting, and Posy turns out to be a ballerina of rare genius. Petrova hates the stage, and goes along with it only because she has to. Her dream is to learn to fly an airplane. As a girl, I dreamed of being Posy, but I identified with Petrova, if only because of her Russian background. When you have something to create, it just takes over your life.
But all this reminiscing has given me other thoughts, too. For one thing, I think the ending has a really positive message to girls, especially starry-eyed ones who dream of the glamor of a stage career.
It is the romantic tale of the Fossils, three girls who mysteriously arrive at the doorstep of Sylvia and the unflappable Nannie, sent from the eccentric G. M or Great Uncle Matthew. The book charts the girls from babyhood until they finally fly the nest, detailing with precision the hurdles and successes that mark their incredible lives. I think what made this book so attractive to me was the girls themselves. Perhaps it is because their lives are so holistically narrated that by the end of the book, you consider them almost your own sisters.
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