Katri, Girl of the Meadows

Alt title: Makiba no Shoujo Katri

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A Little Princess Sara

A Little Princess Sara

When Sara Crewe's father left to work in India, she was sent to a boarding school. With her affluent background and beautiful dresses, Sara was ensured a warm welcome to her new home; but this reputation gained her enemies. Tragedy then struck when her father passed away, and her family was forced into bankruptcy, leaving Sara at the cruel hands of the school’s headmistress. Now, life for Sara is as hard as it can get, as she has been forced to become a maid in exchange for her poor room and board. With her friends and imagination at her side, Sara will try to make the best out of her bad situation.

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Stories of bright, optimistic pre-teen girls seperated from their families who must work hard to earn their living. Based on classic novels, both tales take place over a century ago and give a detailed view of what life was like in days where child workers were common before the introduction of child labor laws. Both protagonists are considerate, responsible and highly likeble.

Konnichiwa Anne ~Before Green Gables~

Konnichiwa Anne ~Before Green Gables~

Anne Shirley is a bright and boisterous orphan living with the dysfunctional Thomas family. Mr Thomas is a useless drunk who comes home in the evening only to abuse his family; Mrs Thomas struggles to run a house with no income; and their naughty sons Horace and Edward regularly stumble into trouble. Luckily, Anne always looks for the good in every situation; with an active imagination and a kind heart, she spends many happy days exploring her world, learning about her past, and helping the colorful people around her.

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Two tales set in the early 20th century of a determined young girl doing her best to work hard without the aid or protection of her parents. Both of Anne's are dead and Katri's only surviving parent has been out of the counrty and absent from her life for several years. Both girls are accutely aware that people who can't make themselves useful in the world face grave consequences; Anne is determined to do whatever she can to avoid being sent to an orphanage while Katri hires herself out to keep herself and her grandparents from starving while they all wait for news of her long-absent mother.

Belle and Sebastian

Belle and Sebastian

In the French countryside, a large white dog roams from place to place, helping townspeople where she goes; but the ungrateful people think she is a menace and a threat, and seek to capture and kill her. Meanwhile, in a town near the Pyrenees Mountains that separate France from Spain, a young boy named Sebastian lives a life of loneliness. Left behind by his gypsy mother when he was just a baby, Sebastian has been raised since birth by an old man and a young woman; but even though he is surrounded by a loving family, Sebastian is picked on by the other children and longs to know his real parents. When the white dog arrives in Sebastian’s town, her and the boy happen upon each other and become fast friends. Sebastian names his newfound companion Belle and does his best to keep her safe, but ultimately the two must flee their home. With mountains and adventures ahead of them, Sebastian and Belle set forth to escape danger and find Sebastian’s mother.

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In olden times two children seperated from their mothers carried on living with the love and aid of their clever dogs. In Finland Katri and her dachshund are working to help support her grandparents as she waits for her mother, who has been absent for three years, to return from Germany while in France, Sebastian has been waiting since infacy for his mother's return and finally decides to leave the country in search of her with the companionship of his puppy Poochy and his great pyrenees Belle. Charming classic 80's animation that you won't mind sharing with modern day children.

Emily of New Moon

Emily of New Moon

When Emily Starr's father died, she was left in the care of her deceased mother's family, the Murrays. However, the rich and prestigious Murrays never approved of Emily's simple father, and she was thus not welcomed into loving arms. With her trusty cat and nary a possession, Emily left for her new home - New Moon - where many a joy and sorrow awaited her. Now, along with tough Ilse, artistic Teddy and loyal Perry, Emily will laugh, cry, and try to win the hearts of her new family.

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Stories of two bright, clever little girls living a classic county life. Katri hails from Finland and works on a farm to help support her grandparents while Emily moves to her maternal relatives farm in Canada after her father's death.

The Littl' Bits

The Littl' Bits

The story of two friends, Belfi and Lillibit, who live in the Dwarf village deep in the forest with their companions. The story shows how friends cooperate together to help the people in the village who are in need.

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These child friendly 80's anime series feature blonde female leads that are upbeat, spunky and responsible. The stories take place in a classic rural setting where the optimist youngsters have adventures working with the people and animals around them.