Pa's Harvest

Pa's Harvest

by Jan Andrews, Cybele Young
     
 


For the past few years, Ephraim's father's potato crop has failed almost entirely. But this year there is hope. However, a good crop cannot ensure a good market. Since no one has any money to spend on potatoes, Ephraim's father must turn to logging to make ends meet. When he returns months later, the potatoes have rotted, and father and son must dump them in the…  See more details below

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For the past few years, Ephraim's father's potato crop has failed almost entirely. But this year there is hope. However, a good crop cannot ensure a good market. Since no one has any money to spend on potatoes, Ephraim's father must turn to logging to make ends meet. When he returns months later, the potatoes have rotted, and father and son must dump them in the river. Based on a true story, the book reveals the strength of family love that helps people survive terrible hardships.

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Children's Literature
Young Ephie is thrilled to be able to help Pa with the potato crop this year. Pa teaches him how to carefully cut the potatoes, making sure each section has an eye "so they can see when they're down in the earth." This year there is great hope for a bountiful crop. The weather is perfect and the crops are now large and healthy. Ma and Pa are so happy¾there will be new clothes and presents for Christmas this year. Ephie helps Pa harvest the crop and packs the potatoes into barrels where they begin to gather dust. It is the time of the Depression and everyone has had a good crop. But no one is buying potatoes this year. Pa must leave home to cut trees in the winter for work as the potato crop rots in the cellar. Ephie is puzzled about why people will buy trees but not potatoes. This poignant story, told through the eyes of a young boy, brings to life the hardships that families endured during the Great Depression and how people survived on hope. The beautiful illustrations by Young bring the people and compelling events to life. 2000, Groundwood Books, $12.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Sue Reichard
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-In a compelling voice, Andrews tells Carrier's story of hard Depression times and the love that supported his family through that period. "Pa's harvest began in the spring. I was too young to think about spring much, but I did know the snow was melting into puddles, and Mom was telling me to keep out of them." Ephrem trailed after his hopeful Pa all through that spring as potatoes were cut and readied for planting; he was there across the summer as the potatoes miraculously grew into "The best crop ever" and Pa announced that there might even be enough money for Christmas presents that year. The boy was also working beside his father when the rotting, unsold crop had to be destroyed. Each step of the way, Pa would put his arm around Ephrem's shoulders and squeeze lovingly. The story is a metaphor of the sustaining love, symbolized by that squeeze, in good times and in bad. The exquisite book design, small and richly illustrated, underscores both the nostalgic tone of the story and its simple truth. Young's distinguished scratchboard art in quiet colors is detailed and evocative and complements the story well. Similar in tone to Kate Lied's Potato (National Geographic, 1998), the book will be a fine addition to most libraries.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780888994059
Publisher:
Groundwood Books
Publication date:
10/01/1900
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
4.83(w) x 7.56(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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