They Loved to Laugh   -     By: Kathryn Worth
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 They Loved to Laugh

Bethlehem Books / 1997 / Paperback

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Johanathan came up first. He looked down at Martitia with irrepressible amusement lurking in his hazel eyes. "So little are you, Martitia. So little and so solemn. If you would only laugh back at us maybe we'd let you alone. Can't you learn to laugh too?" He leaned over and picked her up lightly. "Come, Martitia, I'll carry you across the stream". He walked out surely on the log, with Martitia held in his easy grasp. She felt secure at last. Then, right in the middle of the stream, Jonathan jumped over into the creek with her! It was as sudden as that. One minute she was held securely and dry and safe in Jonathan's arms on the log. Next minute she was scrambling and pawing in the waters of the creek. Martitia wondered, wildly, if moccasins and leeches and lizards were feeding on her already. Blind with water, she struggled toward the bank of the creek. Slipping and weeping, she reached the edge. She stood there a minute, her muslin dress dankly dripping. Then without a backward look at her tormentors she fled weeping up the path in the direction of home. "Will She Learn to Laugh?" Recommended for ages 12 and up.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Bethlehem Books
Publication Date: 1997
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 X .625 (inches)
ISBN: 1883937167
ISBN-13: 9781883937164
Ages: 10-14

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 14, 2010
    Martha Artyomenko
    A book every young person could read and enjoy! Martitia is a orphan, taken in by a Quaker doctor's family. She learns how to laugh, love and be part of a family...and how "Every tub ought to stand on it's own bottom" One of our family favorites to be re-read over and over.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 15, 2008
    I loved this book. I have never been able to read a book more than once, but this one I read four times! It is so real and sweet and positive; it always brightens my day. There is such a variety of love expressed by the characters that it gives a wide range of insights into the human person. It is very well written and a classic to me.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 6, 2007
    My sisters and I have laughed and cried over this book and read it again and again. There are plentiful helpings of adventure and humor, as well as a few tears, and the characters seem like living, breathing people who grow and learn and love. With a tender, loving father, a sweet, hard-working mother, a Quaker grandfather, two girls of drastically differing personalities, and five big, laughing boys, this book is one of my favorites. It is well-written and historically accurate, with a beautiful and believable story.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 1, 2007
    Three generations of my family have read and loved this story. Orphaned Martitia is enveloped by a large, loving family and learns the value of work, loving sacrifice, "keeping a trust," and laughter. A beautiful example of how people blossom in the midst of love and acceptance. Set historically in the South before the Civil War, the issue of slavery is touched on. An inspiring story for any age.
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