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"The only remaining female in the George Nash family, Ociee chooses to view herself as more brother than sister. Her favorite outfit is soft, worn dungarees and her brother Ben's old shirt that Mama made. Ociee's hair is a wispy web of curls and, dreadfully, it usually falls in her face when her self-tied ribbons slide down her back. Her gray eyes sparkle as she delights in jumping on moving boxcars and chasing strangers who dare to wander upon her Mississippi farm." "This same little tomboy also goes to great pains to cook and clean and make a home for her beloved Papa and brothers Fred and Ben. She tries valiantly to fill the hole her Mama's death has left in the family. She fingers Mama's locket and hopes the touch of it will make things better." "Ociee endears herself to all while she struggles through the trauma of her mother's funeral to finally celebrate her young life. Her eyes learn to see beyond stereotypes and traditional viewpoints as she looks into the hearts of people and finds only what is strong and joyful within them. Ociee giggles as only an innocent child can giggle; yet her youthful spirit carries what would seem to be the wisdom of an older soul." Ociee triumphs over the sadness, fear, and anxiety of the painful occurrences of her early life. In doing just that, she will bloom in a new garden and sow seeds of love in the lives of those who come to know her in a new home on Charlotte Street.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780865546264
  • Publisher: Mercer University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 170
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2000

    Endearing family story

    A Flower Blooms on Charlotte Street by Milam Probst is a special family story that will make you laugh outloud and quietly cry. Girls and boys who enjoy the Dear America series and American Girl books would like this book, and Adults would enjoy reading it aloud to chilren. Based on Milam Probst's own Mississippi born grandmother whose mother died when she was nine, A Flower Blooms on Charlotte Street is a true coming of age story set at the turn of the century, primarily in Asheville. There is enough emotional authenticity and fun in Ociee whether it is her fear of the gypsies or playfulness with her brothers to keep this book from being too sugary sweet. It reads well and ends well and stands alone as quality children's literature.

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