Beatrice Gormley Ellie's Birthstone Ring

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Ellie's Birthstone Ring

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Second-grader Ellie loves fourth-grader Ruth's energy and imagination, but must find her own self-reliance and self-worth in the face of teasing by Ruth and her friends.

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Ellie's seventh birthday is in two weeks, and she "felt so antsy she could hardly stand still." She is finally able to walk to the store with a friend instead of her parents, proving she is as self-reliant as the pioneer girls in the early days. When Ellie spots a beautiful birthstone ring at the store, she is determined to buy it all on her own, once more demonstrating her newly acquired maturity. Though Gormley skirts with themes of independence and friendship here, she fully develops neither. For example, Ellie disposes of the ring at one point; although it originally represents her independence, she decides to retrieve it for reasons unrelated to that motif. In addition, her dilemma regarding a friendship with her neighbor Ruth is never resolved. Superficial characters and an abrupt ending weaken the story's credibility. Illustrations not seen by PW. Ages 7-9.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 2-4-- A beginning chapter book about Ellie, almost seven, who saves her allowance until she has enough money to buy a dimestore birthstone ring. When an older child sneers at it and her, she throws it away. Later, she "felt bad for the ring, as if she had been mean to a person," and retrieves it. Other story lines involve Ruth, a spoiled child who desperately needs attention, and Ellie's relationship with her friends. With the exception of Ellie, the characters are flatter than paper, making it difficult to care about what happens to them. Gormley resorts to classic stereotypes, and the adults appear to be oblivious to what is going on around them. The plot is clogged with too many devices that are mechanically manipulated and add nothing but confusion to the story.
- Patricia A. Dollisch, DeKalb County Public Library, Decatur, GA
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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