Sunday, June 7, 2009

Strawberry Hill by Mary Ann Hoberman

It's the time of the great Depression, and Allie's father has finally found a job in another city but it forces them to move. She likes living in the house they are sharing with another family, and she has a best friend - why move?

She almost gets enthused when she finds out they're moving to Strawberry Hill, but that doesn't last long when she finds out there are no strawberries...

The best message this book will share with your young one is how to make friends, how to keep them, and what kind of friend is the best type of friend.

There is also discussion of the prejudice some people held for Jews, something that Allie had not seen before.

It's a coming of age story, and while it's not easy for Allie, she is happy with the decisions she ends up making and how it turns out for her.

If your child is having problems making friends, this book could be a good way to open up some dialogue.

I'm giving away my Advance Reading Copy. If you'd like to get in on the drawing, leave a comment here on the blog and then email me at with your name and address and tell me why'd you like it. I'll do the drawing in about a week.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a wonderful book.

Especially in this economy, when families are being 'forced' to move, to find work.

I'm sure there are a lot of children, who would be able to relate to the story line - including my older daycare kids!

Thanks for the great review!