Nine-year-old Dora Cookson does not know why she has never been able to talk like the other Children in her large family. She has never been able to share all the wonderful things she knows...to ask questions...to go to school. Then, on the eve of her family's move from Utah to a homestead in New Mexico, a doctor discovers that a simple operation will allow her to speak.
After the operation, Dora expects to be able to open her mouth and talk like any other child her age, but training her sore tongue requires time, effort, and courage. Meanwhile, life on a 1910 cross-country wagon train is full of excitementtreacherous trails, desert mirages, rowdy fellow travelers, and even a baby born along the way. In quieter moments and while caring for her baby brother, Dora slowly, carefully, teaches herself to speak.
At long last, the family arrives in New Mexico to begin their new life. Dora has found her voice and is ready to embark on yet another journeyfrom silent outsider to speaking member of the community. She can make friends, ask questions, and fulfill her greatest dream: To walk through the open door of the schoolhouse and learn all the wonderful things that are taught in school.
Through the Open Door is based on the true experiences of a girl who grew up on a homestead farm in New Mexico early in the 1900s. Late in her life, she and Joy Hulme became acquainted as members of the same church in California. As they visited together and the real-life "Dora" shared the memories of her childhood with her new friend, they discovered they had much in common. Both had been born to Mormon families in rural communities south of Salt Lake City and had beenreared with the same religious background.
Author Biography: Joy N. Hulme is the author of several children's picture books, including Bubble Trouble and Sea Squares. She and her husband, Mel, live in Monte Sereno, CA.
|Product dimensions:||5.74(w) x 8.53(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||9 - 11 Years|
About the Author
CAROL SCHWARTZ has received many honors for her illustrations. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is such a great book for all ages.. You will love it and its a book you can read over & over ! Its really hard to put down.. :)