The second book in the delightful Fleurville Trilogy. Camille and Madeleine are perfect little girls, beautifully behaved and very wise. They live with their mother at Chateau Fleurville. When another little girl Margeurite and her widowed mother come to stay and Sophie, who is now orphaned, is "adopted" by the family, the four girls become firm friends. Margeurite and Sophie are constantly aspiring to the considerate thoughtful behavior of Camille and Madeleine but through their adventures all four learn to be responsible for their actions and steadfast loyalty. With gentle humour and engaging characters this story is a delight for girls everywhere.
Stephanie Smee is a translator into English of all things literary and French. Having worked as a lawyer in Sydney and London, Stephanie happily traded in a legal career for a return to her linguistic calling. After several years as a legal translator, she left the world of financing documents behind and made her literary translation début with a new English translation of the Countess de Ségur’s Fleurville Trilogy published in 2010 by Simon & Schuster (Australia). The Trilogy includes the perenially popular Sophie’s Misfortunes, first published in France in 1858 and in print ever since. Her new translation of another of the Countess’ favourites, Monsieur Cadichon: Memoirs of a Donkey was published at the end of 2011.
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