Hardcover, 40 pages
Published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (2002-10-28)
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A love of life and a love of place shines through in Natalie Kinsey-Warnock’s richly imagined prose. Illustrated with Mary Azarian’s beautiful woodcuts, this book reveals how chores lead straight to the best kind of fun: night-swimming in the pond, skiing off the barn roof, and finding new gray kittens in the haymow with their eyes still closed. And at story’s end, readers from cities, towns, and the country will ask themselves, What would we miss most about our home?
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Should they stay, or should they go? The writer grew up on a farm in Vermont, and it shows. Her recollections of tapping maples and fishing for hornpout and “picking stone” ring with an authority that validates several generations of Vermonters who have resisted the call of someplace warmer, less demanding and less routine. From their first Scottish ancestors “who left their rocky farms to journey to America for a better life,” to most of the author’s cousins and brothers and sisters, the occasional frozen finger is nothing to match the inconvenience of living anywhere you cannot ski off the roof of your barn. Even mud season looks fun.
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