Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Home in The Woods by Eliza Wheeler

This is a well illustrated picture book that talks about a family that is displaced by the father's death.  They move into a tar shack in the woods That's run down and deserted.  With a little hard work, things start looking better.

Nancy Paulsen Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.

They plant a garden, hunt and fish. and harvest the fruit trees there.  Mom cans with her daughter's help.  She also works a bit to have money for what they can't grow or harvest.

This story is set during the days of the depression, but my mom and I canned at home.  We had a big garden with lettuce always growing for salads.  We had five apple trees (different types), a huge pear tree, and wild fruit trees down by our creek.  We harvested it all.  My Uncle had cows and pigs and we bought halves of them.  We raised chickens.  We didn't buy a lot at the store, so this story resonates with me.

The illustrations are great and the story is uplifting.  They miss the father but they are too busy to dwell on it.

Things have changed but sometimes I miss the old times.

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