9 journalers for this copy...
I bought this book in a sale at the neighboring city's friends of the library bag sale. I hope someone out there enjoys it!
Reserved for spacedog.
got as a RABCK. thanks!
6/30/05: finished this today. this book reminded me a lot of laura ingalls wilder's little house on the prairie books (inc. mouth-watering scenes of meals!). lenski does a great job of telling the stories about the life and times of these "backwoods" people without condescension and with a lot of affection, esp. for her young protagonist. lenski makes the dialect poetic rather than quaint, and the story is enjoyable, although the balance between educational episodes and actual plot and characterization is a bit off at times, particularly with the somewhat perfunctory resolution. but she does bring out some touching moments in the conflicts between the two families and how it mirrors the conflicts between the old and the new florida.
will be contributing this to the newbery bookrings round 2.
I've wanted to read this for a while, but kept forgetting to get it!
Oh dear, I had high hopes for this, but it took me forever to read it. It was interesting to get a little familiar with the language of this dialect. I liked that there was no "translation" and the reader could pick up from the usage what the language meant. But I don't really like to read books in dialect. I also had a hard time getting past the idea that the people were "Crackers" and that was a good thing. From a standpoint of getting to know the history and lifestyle of a people of another region of the US at a certain period, it was very interesting to see the changes from open range to fruit and crop farming. I really liked Birdie's compassion, appreciation of the beauty of her world, and hard-working attitude. The book was more a series of vignettes than a real story, and I found Slater's conversion completely implausible and the choice of ending of the book very odd. I also found Birdie's father to be an oddly unsympathetic character. I mean!
Will be sending this on to dancing-dog tomorrow.
Just rec'd with The Giver - will start it soon.
Like bookhunter21, I had a little problem with the dialect - I actually had to think to try to figure out what they were saying until I got the hang of it. This book reminded me of The Yearling by Marjorie Rawlings although I think that book was set in a later time period. Although it is historical I think it could be same the story of a lot of groups of people living in rural areas of the US at that time - they'd just have a different dialect and different local flora and fauna and crops. I did like this book's shadowy, almost cartoon-like at times illustrations. Pleasant reading - thanks for sharing it.
On it's way to yokaye ...
Journal Entry 8
on Monday, October 31, 2005
Rec'd today with The Giver, looking forward to getting to this one. =)
Journal Entry 9
on Tuesday, November 15, 2005
I enjoyed this one, but thought the ending was too easy. It seems (to me) like it's a condensed version - little pockets of stories instead of one long cohesive tale. The conversion of Slater was too sudden, as if the gradual working up to the climax was misplaced in this reader's digest version.
I did like the stories, sometimes amusing, sometimes touching. The dialect didn't bother me too much. I've been living in middle Tennessee for 12 years, and I still know people that get 'book larnin' and say 'iffen', 'that thar hog' and 'jest et sum more'. It's one of those dialects that make a lot more sense spoken aloud than it does written on a page.
It's a very worthwhile read, a good lesson in history and an honest look at a different kind of life.
On it's way to Rosaline... :) enjoy!
Got this in the mail today along with the Giver!
I wasn't so sure about this one when it came - it's such a different and dated topic. But I did enjoy it when I got into it. I felt sorry for the children of the neighbor family. The language must have been interesting to learn and write for this story.
Received this Friday, started it already.
Cute book. This was the kind of book that I would've read when I was younger and then went outside and reinacted. I loved books that were about kids living a 'simple life' - not meaning without hardship, but without modern appliances, etc. I loved the vocabulary and I could hear the accents clearly while reading. Very interesting bit of history too. I suppose that somewhere deep in Florida there are still some 'crackers' around. Thanks for sharing! Sending this along with The Giver back to clar this week.
Eesh! Sorry for the delay, this will be going out today to clar.
received this book last Monday March 6 =) have started reading it already.
back home. thanks for participating.
This arrived safely today. I actually have a story about this book.
Back in the early 1950's, when I was in 1st grade, we had Library class each day. My seat faced the chapter book bookshelves, (although I think we called them 3rd grade books back then) and this book caught my imagination. I wasn't allowed to read books in that section that year. The next year, I started taking piano lessons during our Library class period. Knowing my love of reading, my teacher and the librarian arranged for me to have library class with the 3rd graders. The first book I checked out was Strawberry Girl. Truthfully, I don't remember if I liked it or not, but I still remember the thrill of my first "real book".
Thanks for the trip down memory lane. ;-)