In this sequel to Family grandstand, the Ridgeways are now in France, where Professor Ridgeway is using his sabbatical to write a book on history, and where the three children experience many adventures and make new friends.
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The Ridgeways, that endearingly quirky mid-western family consisting of history-loving Professor Ridgeway, mystery-writing Mrs. Ridgeway, sensible eldest daughter Susan, animal-loving middle child (and only son) George, and precocious Dumpling, with her grave pronouncements, whose story began in Family Grandstand, return in this second novel devoted to their adventures, finding themselves in France while Prof. Ridgeway is on sabbatical. Opening in Cannes, where the family are ensconced at The Grand Hotel Majestic et de l'Universe - christened "The Grand Hotel and So Forth and So Forth" by Mrs. Ridgeway - Family Sabbatical follows the irrepressible Ridgeway siblings as they corrupt their French governess Miss Beauregard's beautiful dictionary-derived English, befriend the elderly Princess Adelaide Louisa von Mettnock-Hohenwürtzel, and, once in Paris, attend a French school. Many of the same qualities that made these characters appealing in the first book - Susan's sensible mothering, George's passion for collecting (rocks, in this case), and Dumpling's devotion to her doll Irene - were also to be seen here, as was the general family love that makes the Ridegway family's adventures such a pleasure to read. Apparently these two books were based on Carol Ryrie Brink's own family life - her husband was a professor at a midwestern university, and the entire family spent some time in France on sabbatical - and that authenticity really came through, I thought These are fictional characters, but one feels that they could be real. I liked the Ridgeways' democratic, American sensibilities - the fact that they were comfortable socializing with all kinds of people - and I appreciated their openness to new cultural experiences. I could have happily lived without the Thanksgiving scene with the "Indian" dancing, but leaving that aside, this was a very enjoyable read. Recommended to young readers (or older ones) who enjoy heart-warming family stories!
Review: Family Sabbatical (Ridgeway Family #2)User Review - Goodreads
I read this book years ago and loved it. Afterward I wanted to read FAMILY GRANDSTAND and the librarians found a copy for me--possibly the first time I requested and received a particular book from a ...
The Grand Hotel and So Forth and So Forth
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