A Penny for a Hundred; A Story of Friendship

A Penny for a Hundred; A Story of Friendship

by Ethel Pochocki, Mary Beth Owens
     
 

In 1944, World War II is brought close to home for the residents of northern Maine when German POWs are sent to work in the potato fields and lumber camps. Nine-year-old Clare befriends one of the prisoners who works on her father's farm. Already familiar with the Swedish and French-Canadian traditions of her family and neighbors, Clare is fascinated by the Christmas…  See more details below

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In 1944, World War II is brought close to home for the residents of northern Maine when German POWs are sent to work in the potato fields and lumber camps. Nine-year-old Clare befriends one of the prisoners who works on her father's farm. Already familiar with the Swedish and French-Canadian traditions of her family and neighbors, Clare is fascinated by the Christmas customs Peter describes, and she decides to bring at least one familiar holiday gift to Peter and his fellow POWs.

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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Set in 1944 in northern Maine, this story presents a slice of history while sharing a moving story of friendship between cultures. Clare is finally old enough to help harvest the potato crop - her job is to pick potato bugs from the plants. Clare's father gives her "a penny for a hundred" potato bugs. With local men serving in the war, Clare's father engages POWs from a nearby camp to help harvest the crop. Clare and her family discover that the foreign POWs are not so different from their own young men in the war. At Christmas, Clare gives her new friend Peter a traditional German holiday gift. Clare's family shares a very special Christmas with the POWs who are far from home. At the close of the book, readers find two recipes that were used in the story.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780892723928
Publisher:
Down East Books
Publication date:
09/01/1996
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.27(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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