Hello everyone, and welcome to Booknificent Thursday! We are swiftly approaching the one-year mark of partying together, and there is some fun stuff coming to celebrate!
I was assigned some reading by Bignificent this week – I guess she figures since we’re taking a few weeks off from homeschooling that she can do the assigning for a while! 🙂 A friend loaned her an out-of-print book set in 1932, and she just loved it! It is called Welcome to the Grand View, Hannah! by Mindy Warshaw Skolsky. There appear to be quite a few of these Hannah books written by Skolsky. It looks like they were re-titled when they were re-published in 1999-2000.
I don’t really understand why publishers do that. I think it just makes for confused readers when you go to find more books by the author and you can’t figure out whether you’ve read something or not because the titles are different. The book was originally titled Hannah is a Palindrome which I think is a delightful title, but oh well, nobody asked me. 🙂
Anyway, the book is a delightful visit to an America I scarcely recognize. Hannah’s family buy a little diner and live in the back, and the story is full of sweet little vignettes from Hannah’s life. My favorite chapter is the one where she is in school and learns about palindromes; it is hilarious in a very understated way!
Hannah has full roam of her entire little town completely on her own, and in one chapter even goes alone to the top of the mountain in the dark to visit adults her parents have never met and have a little Halloween party with them. Afterward, she continues to hike around in the dark before finally going home where her parents thought she was a bit late but weren’t really concerned. It is all perfectly innocent and she remains safe, but it was striking to me how that could NEVER happen anywhere I know of in the world.
Bignificent and I both felt this was a fun read and would definitely recommend it. We are hoping we can find some of the other books in this series as well! I would especially recommend these books for younger children who are reading quite a bit above grade level. It can be hard to find books for proficient 6 and 7 year olds that have appropriate content for their age while not being too easy to read. This book fits that bill perfectly! I am currently working on a mega-list of other books that fit this criteria so keep on the lookout for that!
One last thing about this book before we start the party – I loved how involved in her life both of Hannah’s parents were. Her mother and father have such opposite personalities and yet the author did a wonderful job showing the laughter and love, the care and sacrifice shown by each member of this little family in their daily lives. Maybe that’s my favorite part. Anyway, great book! Now, let’s party!
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