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Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl

Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl

by Carol Bodensteiner

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780979799709
Publisher: Rising Sun Press
Publication date: 01/01/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 10 Years

Table of Contents

Prologue, 1-Country Hospitality, 2-Sunday Dinner, 3-A Cow Story, 4-Mulberry Pie, 5-The Harvest Auction, 6-Turning 10, 7-House Chores, 8-A Dangerous Game, 9-The County Fair & The Teddy Bear, 10-Options, 11-I Bet You a Million Bucks, 12-Laundry Lessons, 13-Another Cow Story, 14-Economics 101, 14-One Christmas, 15-Making Hay, 16-Ashes, 17-Epilogue, Reader Discussion Guide

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Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Allizabeth on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Description: Growing Up Country is a fun and innocent childhood memoir about growing up in the 1950's on an Iowa farm full of cows, chickens, Sunday dinners, and mischief. Each chapter is a single story or memory of growing up on the farm and learning family values, hard work, determination, respect, and discipline. Review: This memoir was everything I expected! It was an entertaining flashback of memories from "the good old days" with a genuine feel. The details were well-written and vivid, allowing me to get lost in Carol Bodensteiner's charming childhood stories, without the bulk of facts seen in other memoirs. The writing style was easily readable and very enjoyable, I even recommended it to a thirteen year old as a good candidate for a book report. I liked that it wasn't written just for adults, but also gave children a look at how life was in a different time; even though most life lessons have remained the same. I didn't grow up on a farm, but I did grow up in the country, so I appreciated the author's childhood thoughts and ideas, especially those that reminded me of my own grade-school memories. I haven't read many books about happy childhoods lately and it is refreshing to read about one that was so full of love and laughter. Overall, I am very happy I was able to read this book and get a look at a true American family. I only wish that the book hadn't ended so soon.Rating: On the Run (4/5)*** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Schmerguls on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This 2008 memoir tells of a girl on a dairy farm in Jackson County, Iowa, in the 1950's. Some of the account is prosaic, but much is poignant. Her folks worked very hard, and the girls (there were only three girls in the family) learned to dom the same. She went to a one-room country school and for seven of the eight years she was the only student in her grade. Though her upbringing was in a later time than mine and her experiences far different than mine, yet there was much evocative in what she relates, and when I finished the book I rated it higher than at times while reading I thought I would.
jopearson56 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I know the author -- used to work with her! And she is going to be the author at our Library's annual Friend's author dinner in April 2008. The book was fun, Carol had a good childhood and lots of happy memories. No drunken fathers, no abuse -- refreshing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
moonbridgebooks More than 1 year ago
Captures all the details of growing up on a family dairy farm in "the old days" when farmers knew all their cows by the patterns of their spots and valued each of them enough to give them the best of care. Three young girls would rise at dawn and take pride in being able to help their parents with a multitude of chores that would make modern kids cry. Each well-written chapter weaves a story around farm life details, from teaching young calves to drink milk from a pail to escaping the curious cow to learning how to cook and how to drive the tractor at haying. For a town girl, these stories are absolutely fascinating and a tribute to family farmers and their amazing work ethic. This book would be great for kids, too.
The_Paperback_Pursuer More than 1 year ago
Description: Growing Up Country is a fun and innocent childhood memoir about growing up in the 1950's on an Iowa farm full of cows, chickens, Sunday dinners, and mischief. Each chapter is a single story or memory of growing up on the farm and learning family values, hard work, determination, respect, and discipline. Review: This memoir was everything I expected! It was an entertaining flashback of memories from "the good old days" with a genuine feel. The details were well-written and vivid, allowing me to get lost in Carol Bodensteiner's charming childhood stories, without the bulk of facts seen in other memoirs. The writing style was easily readable and very enjoyable, I even recommended it to a thirteen year old as a good candidate for a book report. I liked that it wasn't written just for adults, but also gave children a look at how life was in a different time; even though most life lessons have remained the same. I didn't grow up on a farm, but I did grow up in the country, so I appreciated the author's childhood thoughts and ideas, especially those that reminded me of my own grade-school memories. I haven't read many books about happy childhoods lately and it is refreshing to read about one that was so full of love and laughter. Overall, I am very happy I was able to read this book and get a look at a true American family. I only wish that the book hadn't ended so soon. Rating: On the Run (4/5) *** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Each chapter in this heartwarming book stands alone, giving a glimpse into one facet of rural life in 1950s Iowa. But I could not stop after one chapter or two, because Carol Bodensteiner paints with such a delicate brush the details of farm life that I wanted to be there with her, feeling the breeze, pulling at a cow's udder, playing in the hay mow. I did not grow up on a farm, but still I found the book charming and highly readable. For anyone who grew up on a farm, Carol has told their story and told it beautifully.