Miracles on Maple Hill
5 journalers for this copy...
Another one I know nothing about...but I see that it has illustrations, which I always enjoy.
Here's another copy on my shelf.
It's not specifically said, but given that this book won the Newbery in 1957, I'm guessing that Marly's father was supposed to have been a Korean War POW. Although the story doesn't focus on what Dale is going through, his difficulty readjusting to a "normal" life is a large part of the reason for the family's time at Maple Hill.
The country lifestyle that Marly's family experiences in this story is probably less common than it was when this book first came out..but unfortunately I'm sure there are still a lot of people dealing with family members who have trouble adjusting after their wartime experiences.
As a result, I would think that this book is still relevant for kids today even though it was first published more than 50 years ago. And Maple Hill sounds like a fun place anyway. :)
Reserved for spacedog's Newbery bookrings - round 6.
knitwit (PA; second try)
This book is going to Massachusetts as part of a Newbery book ring! It's the wrong season for sugaring, but I hope you enjoy the story anyway. :)
i've been trying to finish this book for a while, but i just found it to be so slow. very little happens, and although the protagonist's portrayal as a whiny kid was intentional, for the majority of the book i felt as annoyed with her as her brother does. the episodic format and the touchy-feely parts didn't help either. the book does bring up some serious and semi-serious issues, though, and although the resolutions to them are somewhat evasive and have a pollyanna optimism that "everything will turn out fine", for the time period and for the intended audience i can commend more than complain. all in all this reminds me a bit of strawberry girl but ranks lower for me.
I will get this off to the next reader!
This book is off to elissamay...finally! Happy travels!
Heading home today after an extended stay at my house.
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