After the Rain: Virginia's Civil War Diary (My America Series #2)

After the Rain: Virginia's Civil War Diary (My America Series #2)

by Mary Pope Osborne, Will Osborne
     
 

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Part of the My America relaunch, in Ms. Osborne's sequel to My Brother's Keeper, Ginny moves to Washington, D.C. where she must face changing times, marked by the assassination of President Lincoln.

In the final months of the Civil War, Virginia nad her family move to Washington, D.C. where the cold winter brings uncertainty and hardship. Virginia takes a job as

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Part of the My America relaunch, in Ms. Osborne's sequel to My Brother's Keeper, Ginny moves to Washington, D.C. where she must face changing times, marked by the assassination of President Lincoln.

In the final months of the Civil War, Virginia nad her family move to Washington, D.C. where the cold winter brings uncertainty and hardship. Virginia takes a job as a servant in a wealthy home to help her family. But, just as things start to improve as her father gets a job, and the war finally comes to an end, the tragic assassination of Ginny's beloved President Lincoln occurs. In this, her second diary chronicling the Civil War, Ginny learns that life is constantly changing. Indeed, even as Lincoln dies, her nephew is born. Throughout, Ginny faces life with hope and courage.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Security concerns at the White House are not brand new. When Abraham Lincoln won the election in 1864, souvenir seekers swarmed the White House, stealing tassels from window curtains and snipping pieces from the wallpaper and chair covers. Although it was not successful, security at Ford's Theatre on the fatal night Lincoln was assassinated was so tight the young author of this diary was not allowed to attend, even though her father was in the orchestra. This "My America" diary of ten-year-old Virginia Dickens gives us a glimpse of the nation's capital during the Lincoln presidency--the joy at his election, the despair when he dies; the challenges of finding work for newcomers like Virginia's father and even Virginia herself. To help support the family, Virginia becomes a maid in a well-to-do-home, where the grandmother is kindly but the grandchildren ignore her--"when he bumped into me, he did not even say 'pardon'...is this how all servants feel? What about slaves?" The question obviously opens the door to significant discussion, even if the story becomes a little preachy in its lessons about envy, gratitude and appreciating one's blessings. The book is easy to read with large text and a diary format, as well as historical notes and pictures at the end. It is a touching though not adventurous story that gives life to the Civil War era off the battlefield. 2002, Scholastic, $8.95 and $4.99. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Karen Leggett

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439369046
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/1902
Series:
My America Series, #2
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.22(w) x 7.56(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author


Mary Pope Osborne is the acclaimed author of many books for children. She is best known for her Magic Tree House series as well as her titles in the Dear America and My America series. She lives with her husband in New York City.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Goshen, Connecticut
Date of Birth:
May 20, 1949
Place of Birth:
Fort Sill, Oklahoma
Education:
B.A., University of North Carolina
Website:
http://www.marypopeosborne.com

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