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Meet Marie-Grace: An American Girl is the first book in the Marie-Grace and Cécile series. It was included with the Marie-Grace doll when purchased; with the collection's archival, it can be purchased separately.



Only in Meet Marie-Grace

Chapter by Chapter Summary

Chapter One: Home Again

Chapter Two: Just the Right Note

Chapter Three: A Helping Hand

Chapter Four: Important Lessons

Chapter Five: By Special Invitation

Chapter Six: Switched

Looking Back: New Orleans in 1853

Discusses the history of New Orleans. Topics covered:

  • New Orleans' founding and how the city differed from the rest of America in the 1850s
  • New Orleans as an important seaport for American business
  • Newcomers' reactions to New Orleans customs such as Continental Sunday, a European tradition of shopping, attending parties and plays, or gambling on Sunday
  • The freedom and opportunities provided in New Orleans to gens de couleur libres, free people of color, compared to other parts of America
  • The origins of gens de couleur libre, ranging from slaves who were allowed to earn money and buy their own freedom under the French and Spanish governments, as well free people of color from Saint-Domingue
  • Daily life and society events of New Orleans, such as plays, fine dining, and parties
  • How Carnival was celebrated by people of New Orleans, starting on Twelfth Night and ending on Mardi Gras
  • Different balls for children and adults to participate during Mardi Gras, as well separate balls for white people and gens de couleur libres, sometimes in the same location
  • New Orleans as a city today

Items associated with Meet Marie-Grace

See Also


Promotional video still of the Fancy Dress and Fairy Costume Accessories.

References and Footnotes

  1. pg. 7: "There are lots of [parades] today," said Uncle Luc. "It's the anniversary of our victory at the Battle of New Orleans..." The Battle of New Orleans ended on January 18, 1815.
  2. Since Easter Sunday fell on March 27th in 1853, Ash Wednesday would have been forty days priors on February 16. Mardi Gras, which falls the day before, would have been February 15.
  3. The books are more accurately a parallel.