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The Four-Story Mistake [PDF] ❤ The Four-Story Mistake By Elizabeth Enright – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk The Melendy family moves from their New York City brownstone to an odd old house in the country Mona, , actress to be, recites poetry at the drop of a hat Rush, , is a bit mischievous Miranda, , dance The Melendy family moves from their New York City brownstone to an odd old house in the country Mona actress to be, recites poetry at the drop of a hat Rush is a bit mischievous Miranda dances and paints pictures Oliver is calm and thoughtful Their father is a writer, so beloved housekeeper Cuffy takes on the motherly role.

  • Hardcover
  • 177 pages
  • The Four-Story Mistake
  • Elizabeth Enright
  • English
  • 12 November 2019

About the Author: Elizabeth Enright

Elizabeth Enright was born in Oak Park, Illinois, but spent most of her life in or near New York City Her mother was a magazine illustrator, while her father was a political cartoonist Illustration was Enright s original career choice and she studied art in Greenwich, Connecticut Paris, France and New York City After creating her first book in , she developed a taste, and quickly demonstrated a talent, for writing The Four-Story Kindle - Throughout her life, she won many awards, including the John Newbery Medal for Thimble Summer and a Newbery Honor for Gone Away Lake Among her other beloved children s titles are her books about the Melendy family, including The Saturdays, published in Enright also wrote short stories for adults, and her work was published in The New Yorker, The Ladies Home Journal, Cosmopolitan, The Yale Review, Harper s, and The Saturday Evening Post She taught creative writing at Barnard College Translated into many languages throughout the world, Elizabeth Enright s stories are for both the young and the young at hearttp uscmillan author elizab.



10 thoughts on “The Four-Story Mistake

  1. Hilary Hilary says:

    Following on from the first book, the Melendy family move from the city to the countryside to live in a house called The Four Story Mistake Some of the family were sad to leave New York but soon they all discover the space and the freedom and a whole new load of adventures We loved following the children explore their new surroundings, it was lovely to make the discoveries as they did as we hadn t read any reviews with spoilers so everything they found was new to us too We really enjoy Elizab Following on from the first book, the Melendy family move from the city to the countryside to live in a house called The Four Story Mistake Some of the family were sad to leave New York but soon they all discover the space and the freedom and a whole new load of adventures We loved following the children explore their new surroundings, it was lovely to make the discoveries as they did as we hadn t read any reviews with spoilers so everything they found was new to us too We really enjoy Elizabeth Enright s descriptions of nature and how she describes moments, feelings or things not easily put into wordsHigh in the pale green sky the evening star was hanging, solitary and pure Mona called again, and her voice had the faraway, remembered sound of voices heard at duskalsoIt was still raw and cold, but every now and then there would be a day, or an hour, or a moment, when the sun came out, and there was something different in the air a sort of glimpsed fragrance like when the kitchen door is opened for a second when your birthday cake is being baked It was a smell of promise We both dream of being able to ice skatethan once a year when we visit a temporary ice rink so when view spoiler the children receive a box of ice skates for Christmas and go skating on the frozen brook hide spoiler we both agreed we want to live there and when they view spoiler get a horse hide spoiler my daughter sighed and said they have the perfect life Sadly our copy had Elizabeth Enright s beautiful illustrations removed

  2. Melody Melody says:

    07 11This time through, I was struck anew by the brilliance of Enright s writing She s subtle, she s hilarious, she s well, brilliant I suspect she s a large part of the reason I m such a harsh Goodreads rater This book is one of my favorites Each of the characters is so distinct, so singular, so real even the dogs, for heaven s sake that the inclusion of Mona said and Rush said is practically superfluous.The storyline is lovely There s just enough, never too much It s not the lea 07 11This time through, I was struck anew by the brilliance of Enright s writing She s subtle, she s hilarious, she s well, brilliant I suspect she s a large part of the reason I m such a harsh Goodreads rater This book is one of my favorites Each of the characters is so distinct, so singular, so real even the dogs, for heaven s sake that the inclusion of Mona said and Rush said is practically superfluous.The storyline is lovely There s just enough, never too much It s not the least bit dated, though it is quite firmly rooted in WWII I m still trying to decide what I feel dates a book, as I ve had some disagreements regarding this with other Goodreads people Wendy, I m looking at you I do so love the Melendys 01 10I love this onethan The Saturdays I love the wartime flavor, the feeling of what it was like to be a kid during WWII, how it permeated everything in ways I d never thought of I love the move to the country, and the barefoot joy that comes along with that I love the wild night with the fever and the storm I love the way Enright allows her lyrical style to run rampant I love Clarinda and the caddis houses and the dam And the illustrations, of course, oh how I love the illustrations

  3. Mary Mary says:

    The Melendy Family series has always been one of the most beloved, influential, and significant books of my childhood and my life I first read it at a very young age, and read it over and over and over again in the following years It s remained a top favorite ever since Reading these books again feels like coming home, and I feel like I know the characters as well as I know my own family I remember almost every single chapter and scene so vividly Somehow, it s been years and years since I l The Melendy Family series has always been one of the most beloved, influential, and significant books of my childhood and my life I first read it at a very young age, and read it over and over and over again in the following years It s remained a top favorite ever since Reading these books again feels like coming home, and I feel like I know the characters as well as I know my own family I remember almost every single chapter and scene so vividly Somehow, it s been years and years since I last read this series possibly even most of a decade Way too long, regardless And I m so glad I decided to read them again I m enjoying every moment.Given the above, it s impossible to sum up in a review what this book means to me, or even what it s about All I can do is ramble a little about both, but this is only a fraction of what I could say It s too much a part of my heart to properly express it all in words.But I will say that it s a book about the fierce and enduring love of a family for each other About the experience of growing up and changing and passing through stages of life About a boisterous family of unique and lively people, who enjoy each moment of life to the full, who revel in the glories and beauties of nature and the world, who delight in interesting experiences, who are smart and creative, who are always learning and growing and seeking knowledge and skills and who can never seem to escape adventure, even in the daily happenings of a normal lifeThings like that never happen to us We lead a humdrum life when I think about it It s funny how it doesn t seem humdrum That s because you have eyes the better to see with, my dear and ears the better to hear with Nobody who has them and uses them is likely to find life humdrum very often Even when they have to use bifocal lenses, like meIn the Melendys first book, The Saturdays, the four Melendy siblings come up with a plan to take turns going on adventures every Saturday, and the book follows their weekly adventures growing up in New York City in the 1940s Between unexpected joys and unexpected disasters, they encounteradventure than even they could have planned In the sequel, The Four Story Mistake, the Melendys reluctantly move to a large, interesting house in the countryside, and end up adoring their new home and all it brings and of course, they encounter evenadventures in their new life The joyful and bittersweet times of growing up and going on to new things are continued in the sequels, Then There Were Five and Spiderweb for Two.I enjoy each chapter and episode of the Melendy family s everyday adventures They re humorous, entertaining, and exciting, and always full of heart as well as humor The Melendys deep love for and loyalty to each other, and their joyful pleasure in life and each other, is so wonderful to read about, and is evident on every page I love family and sibling stories so much, and this is one of the best and most special I have read The Melendy family holds an exalted place in my heart It s a book that glows with bittersweet nostalgia of childhood past and current all theso for someone like me, who read it so many times as a child But I think it would feel nostalgic and golden for anyone, child or adult anyone will read it and feel the wonderful qualities of a childhood full of laughter, adventure, nature, and love.The Melendy family always reminded me of my own family Like ours, there were four siblings a slightly bossy oldest sister, then a boy and a girl very close in age though in my family, was the second sister, and my slightly younger brother was the third child, instead of the other way around Our personalities are even similar to the characters, in some ways And in both families, following the three oldest siblings, very close in age, is a youngest brother a few years behind so much alike The difference is that a little while after I read this book so many times as a child, my family had a fifth child, a much younger sister I still think four children is a perfect number, as I always have, but now I think that five is equally perfect Each character in the series is vivid, lifelike, amusing, and real, and I connect with and love each one I love each of the four Melendy siblings, and each of their family and friends I ve always identified so strongly with Randy, the third oldest sister her personallity, especially, but also her role in the family She s an idealistic, joyful, sweet hearted, artistic, accident prone, imaginative dreamer, who loves everyone, and who doesn t seem as smart as the older siblings she admires All of that is true for me as well and like me, she s a young girl who doesn t like change, and wishes she could hold onto the past and keep everyone from growing up, as time marches on and things slip through her fingers. As a child, and still as an adult, I see so much of myself in her More than most other characters in existence The book treats her with love and understanding, and it was comforting for me to read about her as a child.And I enjoy each of the relationships between the characters But I think I most enjoy the relationship and friendship between the middle brother and sister, Rush and Randy I love how they re devoted and loyal to each other, and have so much fun together, going on excursions and joking around And they support each other, and he protects her and comforts her when she s in need of it They have such an easy, close friendship I always envied that, as a child My brother was barelythan a year younger than me, even closer in age than Rush and Randy though in my case, the sister, not the brother, is older But I was not friends with my brother we couldn t stand each other and didn t get along Whenever I read about a brother and sister who were close in age and were best friends, I always wished I had that But as a child reading this book, I didn t have it But now I do My brother and I grew up and matured, and once we became teenagers, we became best friends And I m so glad That s one of the best things that s every happened to me, and I m thankful going from constant fighting and bickering and dislike and unfriendly competition, to love and support and laughter and friendship I treasure my friendship with my brother I haven t read the Melendy books since before I gained that friendship, but reading it again now, it makes me so happy to see so much similarity between myself, my brother, and our relationship in Rush and Randy The idealistic, imaginative girl, and the brilliant, cynical, brother both full of laughter and fun.One thing I am intensely aware of now, that I took for granted and didn t pay attention to as a child, is how fabulous and skilled the writing of these books are I had forgotten that, because I didn t notice it consciously I had to stop often while reading to take pleasure in so many well crafted descriptions and metaphors The way the author describes people, and nature, and thoughts and feelings, and even a city bus, is so masterful And her characters are so vivid and unique and full of life, with just as natural and distinctive mannerisms and ways of speaking, and ways of being, as real people And so, so many other things the writing is just wonderful I was not a writer as a child, but I am now, and I m keenly aware of how glorious the writing of this series is.Another thing I notice evennow that I m older is how well the author handled so many things about what it s like to grow up and one thing that stuck out was how well the Melendy parents love and take care of their family But in such a realistic way I appreciate thatnow that I m an adult, and now that I maware of how wonderful my own parents are, even though I also see the flawsclearly One thing in particular that I notice about the Melendy family and the author s handling is how the children make mistakes and learn lessons natural or intentional and the parents handle it so well They let them be independent and have adventures, and are there to catch them when they fall and lovingly let them know when they re wrong And sometimes the children disobey and do something they know their parents would disapprove of, or that they know is wrong and they make a mistake and learn a lesson But the author handles it so well we understand exactly why the children did it, and exactly why it wasn t a good idea, and just like in real life, there are natural consequences The parenting and morality were handled so well.My little sister is now old enough to read this series, and I cannot wait to share it with her It will be so special, and I know she ll love it as much as the rest of my siblings and I always have it s so wonderful to share favorite books with siblings who love them too And this is such a sibling centered book that it s all thespecial.I m so glad I finally reread these books It s been too long I almost forgot how wonderful it is, and how much it means to me But it s all fresh again now, and I ll surely be reading it again before that manyyears pass again But Randy couldn t help feeling that there were many miracles in her life Wasn t it a miracle to live in the country in spring And to have a wonderful family that she was crazy about, and a house with a secret room and a cupola, and to be eleven and a half years old, and very good at riding a bicycle Anyway, that s how I feel today, thought Randy Tomorrow maybe I ll feel some other way cranky, or dull, or just natural But that s how I feel today.

  4. Emily Emily says:

    I ve now read aloud the first two Melendy books to my son, who is enjoying them, which yes, as much as I myself love them, is a surprise to me Enright s realistic if not always entirely plausible family stories are a little old fashioned they are character driven, episodic, and full of references to musicians and actors and other high culture types most nine year olds haven t heard of My son also seems to be aware that his interest in them is a little unexpected I don t know why I like th I ve now read aloud the first two Melendy books to my son, who is enjoying them, which yes, as much as I myself love them, is a surprise to me Enright s realistic if not always entirely plausible family stories are a little old fashioned they are character driven, episodic, and full of references to musicians and actors and other high culture types most nine year olds haven t heard of My son also seems to be aware that his interest in them is a little unexpected I don t know why I like the Melendy books, he said to me the other day, apropos of nothing I tentatively suggested some reasons Probably you like them because the author writes really well, and she describes things so you feel like you re really seeing, smelling, and hearing them You feel like you are right there with the Melendys, and you almost are one of them I m not sure if that satisfied him, but he didn t disagree.Anyway, we finished this one tonight, and he asked what the next one was called Then There Were Five, I said Oh, so another child joins the family he said view spoiler This is correct hide spoiler And the last one s Spiderweb For Two That s my favorite Oh, he said, I guess in that one Father and Cuffy have a spider problem view spoiler This is not correct hide spoiler He got indignant when I cracked up

  5. Beth Beth says:

    So, so refreshingly ordinary.And very much a city kids in the country story, which is delightful.I must add this quote That night the children dreamed all night about Clarinda and the secret room Mona and Randy and Rush, that is Oliver dreamed he was driving a Greyhound bus full of policemen across the Brooklyn Bridge.I love Elizabeth Enright.

  6. R.F. Gammon R.F. Gammon says:

    One of my old favorites.

  7. Hanne T Hanne T says:

    i will love this book foreverthe vague nostalgiathe hominess and the writing stylethere is next to no chance I will ever get tired of italso haven t read this in like 5 years and i forgot how much i adored this seriesnow to read the rest of it

  8. Linda Lipko Linda Lipko says:

    There is nothing spectacular about it, no complicated plot, no difficult story line, and there is no page turning, cannot wait to get to the end feeling.But, there is a calm sense of wonderment regarding the way in which the author painted an idyllic childhood of four lovely children who were uprooted from a house in the city to a large mansion like structure in the country.There is a loving widowed father, a nanny who is kind and gentle, a dog, and warm food and cool drink.There are streams, tr There is nothing spectacular about it, no complicated plot, no difficult story line, and there is no page turning, cannot wait to get to the end feeling.But, there is a calm sense of wonderment regarding the way in which the author painted an idyllic childhood of four lovely children who were uprooted from a house in the city to a large mansion like structure in the country.There is a loving widowed father, a nanny who is kind and gentle, a dog, and warm food and cool drink.There are streams, tree houses, wintry ponds for ice skating, bikes for riding, fields with gentle breezes that rustle the flowers, summer storms that necessitate the lighting of candles, crisp leaves of merry color and a hidden, mysterious room to be explored.Reading this book is like a slow walk down a lovely fall lane, like a gentle summer rain, like a lovely, sparkling winter snow fall and like a field of spring daffodils.Recommended for anyone who needs a break from stress that requires balm for a weary soul

  9. CLM CLM says:

    When Mona, Rush, Randy and Oliver move to the country, they don t expect to have the same adventures they enjoyed in Manhattan Still, their lives soon change with the addition of a new and unexpected member.

  10. Qt Qt says:

    Another absolutely charming and delightful Melendy book I really love Elizabeth Enright s writing and how she makes everyday details so special.

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