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Ginnie gets more than she bargained for when she sets up a babysitting service during the summer....

Title : Ginnie's Baby-Sitting Business
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ISBN : 9780590044493
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 472 Pages
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Ginnie's Baby-Sitting Business Reviews

  • Kristina
    2019-05-09 03:02

    Feeling nostalgic so I pulled my favorite "Ginnie" book and re-read it. Reading it brings me back to my childhood sitting in my favorite chair, or curled up in my bed, usually with an apple in hand, reading all of the Ginnie and Geneva books. My favorite part of the books was at holiday time and reading about the preparation, the food, the family get gatherings and in this book Ginnie's father takes her to New York City for some shopping and dining and I remember thinking how fun that would have been when I was eleven.

  • Jessica Atwater
    2019-05-02 04:46

    I first read this book in 4th grade. We had moved to from California to a small town in Tennessee, and the first week there my mother took us to the miniscule public library. The few books they had were old and musty, and I didn't see anything I wanted to check out. My mother found this book, one she had read as a girl, and recommended it to me.Ginnie is eleven years old, and she is worried about what her talent might be. One friend takes art lessons, another music lessons, but poor Ginnie thinks she might have no talent at all. Then there is the question of money. Ginnie and her best friend Geneva have reached an age where they begin to long for the indepence that earning your own pocket money brings, and they embark on any number of schemes to earn some cash. The reader soon discovers that Ginnie is an extremely talented young girl, though she has yet to see it. The reason she ignores her talents is that they are all domestic: cooking and child care. She can bake a perfect pan of golden brown rolls or bring a toddler out of a tantrum when the child's parents are at their wits ends. And by the end, Ginnie recognizes what she is good at, and she happily decides that she wants to grow up to be a mother.Published in 1963, this is definately a book of another age. I don't forsee it being reprinted in any near future because the life it describes and the values it espouses belong to another age. Though the length and simplicity of plot read like a lower level middle grade book, it is suffused with vocabulary like "vociferously" and "jubilation" and "luxuriated," which make the text seem elevated for a middle grade.I just finished reading it aloud to my three daughters, ages six, eight, and fourteen, none of whom had heard it before. I worried that it might seem too simple and unexcited to children living in a post-Harry Potter world of children's fiction, but all three enjoyed it. Despite any real significant tension, they begged for one more chapter each time I stopped reading. They laughed at the antics of the children, especially Susan who can be turned into Mrs. Bobbin and back by knocking on her forehead. They worried over Ginnie's problems, though none of them were actually serious. There is just something charming about this book, and time has not dimmed it for us.As I side note, I appreciated a book I could read to my girls that overty validates the role of a mother as a valid career choice. Even in classic literature, this is the only book I know of that focuses so directly on this topic. As a career mother, I am glad to have this story to make the notion of mothering so charming and appealing.

  • Tracy
    2019-05-19 06:50

    Did a report on this book in the sixth grade and finally hunted it down and purchased it from amazon. Apparently, per wikipedia, it was the forerunner of the Babysitters' Club franchise. Ginnie wants to earn money and turns her attic into a babysitting area. Her friend Geneva is less than reliable but Ginnie turns out to love children. There is a number of books in the series, but I'm not ready to shell out 4 bucks x 10 more books to find out about Ginnie's other adventures. They seem to involve cooking (at age 11, in this book, even while having a child in her care, Ginnie turns out a biscuit fine enough for her mother to serve at dinner parties). Edited to add: Dammit, I just clicked on the author and this series will eventually take Ginnie to Ginnie and the wedding bells, which kind of reminds me of Betsy, Tacy and Tibb. I might have to do a quick ILL search and see what I can come up with.

  • Christina
    2019-05-16 08:14

    This was a re-read of one of my favorite series as a young girl. This book was everything I remembered it to be, and it is fun and inspiring. Ginnie is an 11 year old only child who loves to cook, solve mysteries, help others and try new things. In this book, Ginnie decides to start a babysitting business to earn extra money, and runs into a few difficulties along the way. This book would be a great read aloud to any girl 6 and up and probably suitable for a 2nd-3rd grade reading level. These books are out of print and hard to find, but worth it!Note: Later editions of this book were published by Scholastic with the title "Ginnie's Baby-sitting Business", which is the edition I read.

  • Emily Thevenin
    2019-05-02 04:57

    This was my absolute favorite book in the 4th and 5th grades. All the Ginnie books are well written and have adorable vintage pictures. The author also sometimes went by the name of Jane Thayer, which she used on the equally adorable book "The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy."

  • Elizabeth
    2019-05-17 02:03

    GINNIE AND HER JUNIORS by Catherine Woolley (1969)

  • Elizabeth Ray
    2019-05-19 00:48

    Oh my goodness, my friend had this book growing up and I LOVED it! I read it every time I went to her house. Ginny tries to set up a baby-sitting business and a few things go wrong. :P

  • CLM
    2019-05-14 01:51

    Ginnie, an only child inexperienced with babies, finds herself a babysitting gig for the summer.

  • Erin
    2019-05-16 04:49

    Re-read September 2001.Re-read November 2002.

  • Amy A.
    2019-05-05 02:49

    Another adorable pre-teen or younger child read-aloud! Loved this book so much as a kid!! Hard to find as an adult though. I had to order it from an online "hard-to-find books" bookstore.

  • Kelsey
    2019-05-18 07:14

    I loved this book when I was young, so it was wonderful it find it again. I would love to find and read the others in the series someday.