Life on a Wisconsin farm in the 1930s isn't easy. Doris Free and her family are struggling because of the Depression, and the whole town is on edge as they work to survive. When a new family moves to Tomah to manage the general store and introduces Cole, the first black man most of the town's people have ever seen, conflicts begin to build. Doris is determined to help Cole fit in with the people of Tomah, and learns that sometimes a small action, or a small girl, can bring about the biggest change.
|Publisher:||Amphorae Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.24(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.31(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Cara Brookins is best known for being the mom who built her own house using YouTube tutorials. She has been entertaining, educating, and inspiring audiences with her presentations and workshops since 2004. She’s the author of eight books, including Rise, How a House Built a family, which tells the story of building her 3500 square foot house with the help of her four children by watching YouTube tutorials and googling things like foundation work, plumbing, and gas lines. News of Cara's family story went viral in more than 65 countries and was viewed two billion times. Rise, has now been optioned to become a major motion picture.
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Doris Free: A Harvest of Friends based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Life on a 1930s Wisconsin farm during the Depression isn't easy, but young Doris Free finds family and small town life to be both challenging and rewarding even as everyone around her struggles, until the arrival of a new black shopkeeper in town adds social struggle to the task of economic survival. Doris had never seen a black man before (indeed, most in her small town haven't, either) and her first impression of the stranger in town is that he is 'covered in mud' but incongruously appears clean. After all, their isolated small town hasn't been exposed to much of the outside world - and neither has she. All this is about to change in a big way, illustrating how the Depression led to not just economic hardships, but social transformation as people moved out of familiar places and settings and interacted with each other on new levels. Many books for all ages have been written about the Depression years, but it's this emphasis that is one of the exceptional features of the middle-grade read Doris Free: A Harvest of Friends. The other is an attention to realistic detail. As the young folk observe a changing adult world, they continue their childhood pursuits; and events integrate and translate themselves into a child's perspective rather than taking the usual approach of observations far beyond a child's maturity. Doris Free does a fine job of realistically portraying a myriad of personal and social changes through the eyes of a young girl who learns what it means to truly make a difference.
Young Doris Free is the heroine of this wonderful book. It is 1931 in the little farming town of Toma, Wisconsin, and America's Great Depression has come. Times are rough for everyone across the country, but maybe not quite so rough in Toma. Here, everyone is able to grow their own food and livestock.They are able to survive through hard work. Luck must also be with them. Children will love learning what it was like to live on a farm during those times. No one in Toma even had electricity in those days! We learn what it was like to labor on a farm during those years and how the whole family had to work together to survive. When a Chicago family moves to Toma to start a general store, the great upheaval begins.With them they brought another stranger. A stranger like most of the citizens had never seen. The differences between farm and city life, and the different attitudes of each, become a difficult lesson for everyone to understand. When frightening and dangerous events begin to take place, the entire town is in a panic. This story shows us how Doris, a sensitive and helpful girl, and her friends attempt to heal the anger and prejudices of the citizens of their town before they lose a good friend? It soon begins to look very doublful.