Down to the Bonny Glen

Melissa Wiley Renée Graef

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Down to the Bonny Glen

Down to the Bonny Glen Martha is frustrated because Mum has said she s too old to be playing on the moors now and she must have a governess First there s Miss Norrie All she must to do is teach Martha sewing and etiquette

  • Title: Down to the Bonny Glen
  • Author: Melissa Wiley Renée Graef
  • ISBN: 9780064407144
  • Page: 186
  • Format: Paperback
  • Martha is frustrated because Mum has said she s too old to be playing on the moors now, and she must have a governess.First there s Miss Norrie All she must to do is teach Martha sewing and etiquette But Martha s high spirits are too much for her, and she leaves in a hurry Martha thinks that s the end of that, but then another governess shows up Her name is Miss Crow,Martha is frustrated because Mum has said she s too old to be playing on the moors now, and she must have a governess.First there s Miss Norrie All she must to do is teach Martha sewing and etiquette But Martha s high spirits are too much for her, and she leaves in a hurry Martha thinks that s the end of that, but then another governess shows up Her name is Miss Crow, and Martha is sure she s going to be even worse.Down To The Bonny Glen is the third book in The Martha Years, an ongoing series about another spirited girl from America s most beloved pioneer family.

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    1. Tarissa on said:

      'Tis a bonny book, indeed!The chapters simply fly by -- I, for one, couldn't stop reading it! When away from the book for hours at a time, I found myself wondering what would happen next to Hedgie (Martha's dear little pet hedgehog that lives in the larder to collect the bugs), or what special bit of wisdom that Auld Mary would next impart to her starling pupil, or worrying about whether or not Martha will end up sending the second governess packing, just as she did to Miss Norrie.Martha Morse h [...]

    2. Rea K on said:

      N'aww. Martha's eight and a half in the beginning of this book. One of the things that I love is that Martha doesn't repeat herself. She doesn't go and watch sheep shearing two book in a row. We see Martha growing up. She hadn't realized until this book how different life as the laird's daughter is compared to a tenant's daughter. Even the other children realize the difference. When I was eight and a half, I was flying through third grade, not a care in the world. Other than that, I don't rememb [...]

    3. Allison on said:

      - this was my favourite Martha Years books- I think because of (view spoiler)[the part where she cooks breakfast for her whole family? And she's like, 8 or 9? (hide spoiler)]- I used to love but also be quite confused by the Scottish accent that Wiley writes out. Like "och" and "nay." Man, that first one really confused 11-year-old me.

    4. Kristen Luppino on said:

      Such growth in Martha. I'm loving this series. A wedding, governesses, dancing, and understanding family.

    5. Rosa Cline on said:

      Just like Ms Wiley did with the first book in this series, this is the third book in the Martha Years, she incorporated lots of History in her writing. This book opens the doors for the older readers to do independent research about the various traditions, ways of life she writes about. 9 year old Martha experiences more in this book than she has in the other books, and most are traditional life living in the late 1700's in Scotland. Had my attention that I feel asleep each night reading since I [...]

    6. Jaime Krause on said:

      Martha is now 8 and a half years old, an age that allows her to have a governess. Yet Miss Norrie does not understand Martha at all. She may be trying to teach the girl manners, but she doesn't show those manners to others. In particular, she is disrespectful to "mere servants," and others beneath her station. What I have loved about Martha's family is that they constantly show love and respect to others, whether they're blood, of high stations (like other lairds), or servants & tenants. Mor [...]

    7. Kelly on said:

      Martha is frustrated because Mum has said she's too old to be playing on the moors now, and she must have a governess.First there's Miss Norrie. All she must to do is teach Martha sewing and etiquette. But Martha's high spirits are too much for her, and she leaves in a hurry. Martha thinks that's the end of that, but then another governess shows up. Her name is Miss Crow, and Martha is sure she's going to be even worse!Down To The Bonny Glen is the third book in The Martha Years, an ongoing seri [...]

    8. Amanda on said:

      I feel as though this book really only deserves a 3.5 stars but I can't bring myself to poorly rate a little house book! I enjoyed the story quite a bit but the ending is what really lowered my rating. The family is in the middle of a situation (multiple things are going on actually) and it pretty much ends! The author doesn't elaborate or smooth out these new plots and it appears the next book is about 2 years later when she is 10. I found this to be slightly frustrating because these final sit [...]

    9. A on said:

      The excitement picked up in places, but these aren't very well written books and there are a couple of oddities. Yellow yarrow flowers? Plans to grow cotton in Scotland of all places? The book ended without finishing the story of the character I was most worried about, too. A climax with no resolution.

    10. Anabella Dente on said:

      I think that it is a good book for children 5 and up. I enjoyed it very much. I would recommend this book.

    11. Heather on said:

      In this third book of what is a four book series, we see Martha hitting that age where she is starting to grow up. She still loves to be outside and have fun instead of doing her lessons (like any child), but she starts to become aware of the world around her. She begins to see that her sister, Grisie, is of an age where she might be leaving home soon and what responsibilities growing up and becoming a woman entail. You can see a real difference between the reckless child of the beginning of the [...]

    12. Ashley Perham on said:

      This book doesn't have as many descriptions of Scottish culture as the other Martha books I've read, but it did seem to have more character development.At first, I was disappointed in Mrs. Morse. I mean, come on, can you not see the obvious problems with your kid's governess? But the apology made me like her again, and see her as a real person, who can make mistakes!Miss Crow is basically Mary Poppins, down to the umbrella! She's strict, but lovable. It makes you realize how much easier it is to [...]

    13. Diana (Bever) Barber on said:

      Martha isn't really that old, but she is now "too old" to be running wild on the moors. She's been assigned a governess. The first one is not patient nor very kind to her. The second (Miss Crow) is a dear soul, though not completely trusted at first. Martha's brother and best playmate, Duncan, is away at boarding school with his elder brothers. Martha's sister, Grisie doesn't pay as much attention to Martha as she used to. Grisie is turning into the refined beauty of the land, but she isn't real [...]

    14. Rebecca on said:

      I enjoyed this entry in the series, though I thought it had some odd episodes for a book of this nature. I thought the description of the mother's birth under tragic circumstances (Culloden) was out of character for the book, as was the abrupt ending. They're off to save someone's life, but you don't find out if they do, which is just odd. And I do wish I knew which parts of the story were "true," based on the real Martha Morse's life, and which were just imagined by the author. But still, lovel [...]

    15. Jerianna on said:

      Reading aloud to Sarah and Pat at night. Love these Martha books. This is the only one I don't have my own copy of, and I'm DYING for one--it's the best one of the series. It's out of print and super pricey--even on e-bay.Anyway, this is supposed to be like the Little House on the Prairie books, but it's about one of Laura's ancestors set in Scotland. Very delightful character, well written historical fiction. I've read them all before, but it's all I can do to not read ahead during the day.

    16. Lori Shafer on said:

      If you like the Little House Books by Wilder, you will love this series. Martha is so full of life and adventure. It is also a look into the lives of people in the highlands of Scotland in the late 1700's.I especially liked this book because you see Martha becoming aware of how her life is different from the children she played with as a child. Suddenly, she is glimpsing what it means to be a lady.

    17. Jennifer Heise on said:

      I actually quite liked this, which is odd considering I mostly read these continuations out of a sense of completism. Martha and her family were all portrayed as good decent people in the LIW tradition, and there was a balance between Martha's responsibilities and discipline. She is being taught to think of others beside herself, in a subtle way-- and she is clearly doing her best. I like it.

    18. Kasey on said:

      This book was very fun to read and I would greatly encourage Little House fans to read the whole little house series beginning with Laura's great grandmother, Martha, and ending with Laura's daugher, Rose. It was so much fun reading about the different times these women lived in. Rated three stars because it is way below my reading level so it is a entertaining fast read.

    19. Anne on said:

      The third in the Martha series is a robust contribution. The story is rich, and the characters continue to develop, although Martha's brothers are sorely missed. Two minor plot lines seem to dangle at the end; the new characters of Miss Norrie, Miss Crow, and young MacDougal enrich the narrative, and the older characters of Cook and Auld Mary remain the bulwarks they have been.

    20. Mary-Jane on said:

      As Martha gets older, she needs a governess to teach her needlework, copying, and etiquette. She is relieved when her first governess is fired, then is pleasantly surprised with her new governess. Martha continues to develop interesting relationships with the servants and neighbours.

    21. Sadie on said:

      Continuing story of Martha. Very tender story as she learns to appreciate her family and her role as a laird's daughter. I have really enjoyed the Martha series and look forward to reading the next book.

    22. Renae Deckard on said:

      Scottish history and legends are woven into this touching tale of Martha Morse, Laura Ingalls Wilder's great grandmother.

    23. Sarra Martin on said:

      When I first read this story (age 6) I was entirely confused by the dialect. But when I picked it up again at about age 10, I really enjoyed it.

    24. Taylor on said:

      Loved it, but does anyone know why these books are so expensive?

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