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Pickle Patch Bathtub
     

Pickle Patch Bathtub

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by Sheila Aldridge
 
It'¬?s 1925 and Donna Delle Philp'¬?s legs have grown too long for the family'¬?s old washtub. But with her parents busy making ends meet on the farm, it'¬?s up to Donna to find a solution. After months of toil-and some help from her brother and sisters-she earns enough money to buy the family a real bathtub. This warm, true story illustrates the

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It'¬?s 1925 and Donna Delle Philp'¬?s legs have grown too long for the family'¬?s old washtub. But with her parents busy making ends meet on the farm, it'¬?s up to Donna to find a solution. After months of toil-and some help from her brother and sisters-she earns enough money to buy the family a real bathtub. This warm, true story illustrates the value of a dollar and what can be accomplished by working together toward a goal. Loaded with primary source material. Wonderful addition to an American history, math, or economics curriculum.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The Saturday night bath in the old metal washtub was a weekly ritual until the night in January when Donna Dell "discovered her legs were too long." What the family needed was a fancy steel tub like the one in the Sears, Roebuck catalog but how to get the needed for the purchase was a problem. Donna Delle came up with the ingenious plan to grow cucumbers for the local pickling company. To be a success she enlisted the help of her siblings. Together they spent months planting, weeding, and harvesting their bountiful crop and slipping the money in a Mason jar. In October they sat around the table and counted out their booty only to discover they were ten cents short. Youngest brother Caryle dug deep into his pocket and surrendered his coveted Christmas dime. And so it was on a Saturday night in December that Donna Delle stretched out in a real bathtub and found her legs fit just fine. Based on a real life event in the life of the author's mother, this delightful slice-of-life from the early 1900s will strike a chord with anyone who has ever dared to make a dream come true. It is a celebration not only of the sweet smell of success that is the reward of hard work and determination, but also of the loving bond between siblings. Rendered in rich acrylics with soft hues, the illustrations reflect the warmth and closeness of this family and their era. The elongated faces give the characters an added charm and depth. 2004, Tricycle Press, Ages 5 to 9.
—Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
Gr 1-5-In this tale set on a Missouri farm in the 1920s, a young girl discovers that her legs are too long for the family's washtub. Mama insists that there is no money for a new one, so Donna and her siblings take matters into their own hands. They need $9.25 plus $1.50 for shipping to order a real bathtub from Sears, Roebuck. After rejecting several ideas, the children decide to grow cucumbers to sell to the local pickle factory. They get the seeds, plant them, care for the vines, and finally pick and sell the cucumbers. When they count the money, they discover that they are 10 cents short. Fortunately, Donna's little brother saves the day by contributing his Christmas dime. The tub arrives and Papa sets it up. Now, when Donna takes a bath, she fits just fine. An author's note explains that this charmingly suspenseful story is based on a family legend. The likable characters are portrayed in oil-and-acrylic collage illustrations that are reminiscent of American folk art and lend an old-fashioned air to the narrative. Both text and artwork vividly bring the past to life. Pair this engaging book with another childhood memoir, Lester L. Laminack's Saturday and Teacakes (Peachtree, 2004).-Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Five children from a 1920s Missouri farm family join together to earn the money to purchase a full-size bathtub to replace their small washtub in this heartwarming tale based on a real event in the life of the author's grandmother. The main character, Donna, enlists the help of her three younger sisters and brother in growing cucumbers for a pickle factory as a money-making project. The children use their "pickle patch" proceeds plus their combined savings and gift money to order the bathtub by mail order. Some old-fashioned lessons of delayed gratification and family cooperation are subtly conveyed, along with the processes of growing cucumbers and ordering by mail order in the days before there were home-improvement stores. Aldridge's paintings are filled with details of life on the farm, supplemented with family photographs and realia such as the Sears, Roebuck and Co. order form and envelope used for the tub. An author's note provides additional background on the story. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582461120
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
04/28/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.06(w) x 8.59(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile:
AD940L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

SHEILA ALDRIDGE has illustrated four books, including The Pickle Patch Bathtub. She lives outside Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband.

Donna Delle's daughter, author FRANCES KENNEDY, lives in Dubuque, Iowa, with her husband and within driving distance of many of her own grandchildren. This is her second children's book.

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Pickle Patch Bathtub 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful story demonstrating sound values that every parent wants to instill in their children. Definitely deserves a spot on every childs personal library shelf.