Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Magic for Marigold by L.M. Montgomery

Marigold Lesley is an imaginative little girl in a family full of unimaginative grown-ups. We meet Marigold, and her clan, 4 months after her birth and follow her until she's about 10 or 12 years old.

I liked Marigold well enough. I felt sorry for her when Young Grandmother refused to allow Marigold to visit her lifelong imaginary friend. I also commiserated when her boy playmate abandoned her for a new boy in the neighborhood.

I found Magic for Marigold by L.M. Montgomery kind of boring. Long on flowery descriptions but short on a developed story line. Montgomery just kind of rambles around. I felt like she couldn't make up her mind what kind of character she wanted Marigold to be. At times the little girl seems strong-willed and at times she seems fanciful and dreamy.

I don't mean this to be a negative review. I really didn't dislike Magic for Marigold, but I didn't love it either. It's just an .. {shrugs shoulder} ..eh. OK book. If you have some time on your hands, headed to the beach or on vacation, pick it up and be amused for a couple of hours.

Did you have an imaginary friend like Marigold? 


Carrie said...

I didn't have a regular imaginary friend. I had lots of imagination and I played with lots of things and people in my head but no specific friend. I think it would be kind of cool if one of my kids did but...well, I'm not going to hold my breath or anything.

No Drama Mama said...

I loved this book! I think the Emily series will always be my favorite, but I when I read this as a kid, it was like reading about myself (but much more so--I had imaginary friends, but not to that extent).

Stephanie said...

Carrie, I'm not sure what I would do if one of my children had an imaginary friend. Ellie is very imaginative and cute when she pretends to be a mommy. She seems to lead the boys in imaginative play.

No Drama Mama, I haven't read the Emily series yet. I've concluded I'm just not very imaginative. I'm more practical minded than fanciful and imaginative.

bekahcubed said...

I never had an imaginary friend--but my cousin Luke did. Once, while the family was shopping with Grandma for Easter outfits, Luke got lost in a department store and told the salesperson who found him that "Chad" was looking for his mother. We heard the page throughout the store "Would the mother of Chad Menter please come and pick up her son?" Sigh.

Imaginary friends can be interesting, that's for sure.

Stephanie said...

bekahcubed, that's too funny! His poor mom probably didn't think it was funny though.

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