The Gooseberry Hedge: Growing up in America's Heartland in the 1930s and 40s

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Growing up in America's Heartland in the 1930s and 40s

The author was born as the great depression was winding down and money and jobs were still in short supply. He relates what life was like before TV, video games and organized activities for kids. Then came World War II when he was only seven. He remembers Pearl Harbor and how the war was viewed by children of the times. His young life was deeply touched by the loss of servicemen he knew. But then came peace and all the ...

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Growing up in America's Heartland in the 1930s and 40s

The author was born as the great depression was winding down and money and jobs were still in short supply. He relates what life was like before TV, video games and organized activities for kids. Then came World War II when he was only seven. He remembers Pearl Harbor and how the war was viewed by children of the times. His young life was deeply touched by the loss of servicemen he knew. But then came peace and all the changes it brought to the small town where he lived. A thorny gooseberry hedge formed a formidable barrier to a small boy that the author cleverly relates to life's barriers. The Gooseberry Hedge is a collection of tales that take you on a nostalgic journey from the Illinois Prairie to the rolling hills of Southern Indiana with a blend of humor, sadness and history. The bonus epilogue relates the author's experience as a scoutmaster with a group of boys on a canoe trip down a wild and scenic river in Northern Minnesota. The troop faced serious obstacles and barriers that were overcome by perseverance and faith in God.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781432721916
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2008

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    The Gooseberry Hedge is a humorous, touching, and educational look at life in the 1930s and `40s. Told from the point of view of the author, his story is vivid and fully engaging. Written loosely in the style of a memoir, the story spans the childhood of Daniel Hall, his experiences with WWII, typical small-town life of the era, and many other stories that will delight any reader. Older readers will enjoy the memories that these stories recall, while younger readers may be just as entertained by the many escapades of young Danny Hall. Readers of any age can appreciate learning about life in the Midwest at the end of the Great Depression. The intimate narrative style pulls you in and holds you captive. The Gooseberry Hedge is undoubtedly a story that you will want to return to again and again, and share with your family for generations to come. MARGARET S., Missoula, Montana

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