Up and down the River

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And so the ambitious summer project began. Not that it ended in quite the way the girls were imagining. In fact, it sparked a flurry of trading, in which the girls somehow accumulated wealth in the form of unexpected friends, assorted animals, and other experiences "up and down the river," even as their collection of dimes and dollars seemed always to be slipping through their hands. In this third book of the Fairchild Family series, Bonnie and Debby Fairchild, occupying center stage in the family story, carry us...
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Overview

And so the ambitious summer project began. Not that it ended in quite the way the girls were imagining. In fact, it sparked a flurry of trading, in which the girls somehow accumulated wealth in the form of unexpected friends, assorted animals, and other experiences "up and down the river," even as their collection of dimes and dollars seemed always to be slipping through their hands. In this third book of the Fairchild Family series, Bonnie and Debby Fairchild, occupying center stage in the family story, carry us through a summer season in the lovely hills of Kentucky of the early 1900s.
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This is an absolutely warm and delightful story about two sisters who learn what is really valuable in life while living on a farm in Kentucky in the early 1900s. The story begins with both Bonnie and Debby wanting to make money by selling beautiful colored pictures and bluing. If the ad is correct, when the girls sell everything, they will make one dollar. They spend their time waiting for their products by thinking about what they will do with "all that money." Each day after completing their chores—feeding the chickens, putting the cow out to pasture, and sweeping the kitchen floor—the girls set off walking to their neighbors hoping to sell their products. On one particular day the girls go to the house of Mr. and Mrs. Whitaker, an old couple that welcomes them into their home. Mrs. Whitaker is a wonderful storyteller and shares stories of her youth. The girls learn a lot from being around this wonderful couple. Throughout the story, the reader is introduced to several pets that play an important part in the girls' lives. One in particular is named Dirtyknees. By the end of the story, the girls have grown as individuals, and have learned what really makes a person successful and wealthy. Bonnie says, " I feel richer than almost anybody in the world." This is truly a girl's book and I can not think of a better gift to give to a girl who loves to read. This is the third book in the "Fairchild Family" series. 2004, Wellspring Books/Bethlehem Books, Ages 8 to 10.
—Kathie M. Josephs
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883937812
  • Publisher: Bethlehem Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Pages: 143
  • Sales rank: 804,450
  • Age range: 4 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

The Peddler 1
Little Orphan Dirtyknees 22
Old Mrs. Whitaker's Attic 41
Diddle Diddle Ducklings 72
Hatty One, Hatty Two, Hatty Three 100
King Strut and Queen Mince 119
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