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Children's LiteratureThis 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