When The Sergeant Came Marching Home

When The Sergeant Came Marching Home

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by Don Lemna
     
 
Donald can't believe it when his father returns after serving in World War II and decides to move the family to a middle-of-nowhere farm, where they work hard trying to make end meet. Full of wry, affectionate humor, this novel shows how one family becomes whole again.

Overview

Donald can't believe it when his father returns after serving in World War II and decides to move the family to a middle-of-nowhere farm, where they work hard trying to make end meet. Full of wry, affectionate humor, this novel shows how one family becomes whole again.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823422111
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
11/15/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,147,663
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Don Lemna, raised on the American prairies, lives in Medicine Hat, Canada. When the Sergeant Came Marching Home was named a VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers title. In a starred review, Booklist called it "timeless," and Kirkus Reviews said it was "full of heart and more than a few laugh-aloud moments."

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When The Sergeant Came Marching Home 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
This novel is full of wry, affectionate humor, especially for those with a totally secular worldview. However, those who hold to a Biblical worldview may find the amusement somewhat dampened by some mild objections. Several childish slang terms for body functions and parts are found, along with some common euphemisms. Mother especially seems to use the words “Lord” and “God” as exclamations. And once, when Don and Pat are told to be on their best behavior for the visiting preacher whom they dislike, they run outside and yell the “d” and “h” words over and over. There are references to dancing, smoking pipes, and drinking beer, brandy, and whiskey, especially Seagram’s; in fact, the sergeant is apparently rather tipsy when he comes home on one occasion. Assuming that the story by author Don Lemna is somewhat autobiographical, these things could be excused as simply a chronicle of events as they actually happened. And if one is willing to overlook them, there is a witty tale here in Donald’s first person narration that not only illustrates a gift for imagination in playing games outdoors but also notes the maturity that Donald gains in his attitude toward his father, along with providing a good look at farm life and post-World War II America general. The book is illustrated by Matt Collins with small black-and-white drawings, and, as one reviewer suggested, each chapter resembles a short story. While it is never my intention to justify foul language, drinking alcohol, or smoking tobacco, I feel that in this instance the good outweighs the bad, although I would personally not recommend it for ages 8-12 but more for 12 and up, and perhaps even then it would be best done as a family read aloud where some “cleaning up” could be done.