Learning to drive occasions emotions ranging from reasonable caution to unbridled terror. Learning under the watchful eye of one's spouse is an added challenge
School Library JournalGr 4-8-These eight short reminiscences are shaped loosely and recall the author's mother's vigilance, her learning to drive in the 1950s in rural North Carolina, and a questionable batch of fruitcake cookies that provoked dire consequences when given to teachers at Christmas. The selections reflect the leisurely pace of life in the '50s and flicker between then and later when Davis's mother was nearing the end of her life. Adults may identify with or be charmed by these stories. Children may find the slow pace and somewhat fusty voice of the storyteller off-putting, but they'll also envy Donald's freedom and the coziness of his family life, school, and community.-Susan Hepler, Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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