Down Buttermilk Lane

Down Buttermilk Lane

by Barbara Mitchell, John B. Sandford

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Children's Literature
This picture book follows an Amish family from the home farm, into town for supplies, to the grandparents' farm and back home again. The author skillfully includes details which bring Amish life to light without having the book read like a text book. Traditional words and phrasing are used within the dialogue. Traditional foods, pastimes and quilts are also woven into the story. The illustrations place Amish culture within the modern world. The illustrations are lovely, rich in color and detail. The text is also rich in lyric detail. There is very little story to this story, no conflict, not much action—more of a 'day in the life.' It is perhaps better suited to adult tourists wanting a souvenir of Amish country than to child readers wanting a story. The book could, however, be used for an educational unit studying different lifestyles or communities. A note from the author about Amish culture would have been helpful for this purpose. 2003 (orig. 1993), Boyds Mills Press, Ages 5 to 8.
— Renée Englot
Kathryn Broderick
One beautiful fall morning, an Amish family leaves its farmhouse on Buttermilk Lane and rides its horse-drawn buggy into the village to spend the day. Mitchell details the day's events in a respectful manner that delights in what the Amish have to offer. First stop is Zimmermans general store, where Mam buys frizzed beef and pudding meat and Dat picks out socks and suspenders. Next is Zooks Dry Goods; then Bird-in-Hand, the Farmers Market, and finally Dawdi and Mammi's for a home-cooked meal of chicken pot pie and "apple dumplings for sweet." After much socializing and with leftovers in hand, the family heads home, past other images of Amish life. Sandford's oil paintings capture a warm autumn sun shining on the brilliant colors of Pennsylvania Dutch country, and they celebrate the essentially peaceful, family-oriented Amish culture.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
11.17(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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