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Children's LiteratureThe 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.