When the Sergeant Came Marching Home

When the Sergeant Came Marching Home

by Don Lemna




A funny and warmhearted first novel about the spirited adventures of ten-year-old Donald and his brother, Pat, as they adjust to life on a farm after World War ll.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823420834
Publisher: Holiday House
Publication date: 04/15/2008
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.96(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.86(d)
Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About 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."

Customer Reviews

When The Sergeant Came Marching Home 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
MarthaL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a very memorable story. The narrator and his little brother have been living with the mother only and getting along well in their apartment until the sergeant, their father comes back from the WWII and moves the family to a farm. This is light and comical told in the first person. Adults would enjoy this just as much as the children. This would be a great read-aloud.
cpotter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What happens at your house when your on vacation. In this book the dolls party. The main character decides to runway into the big outdoors to save her little sister from being returned to the doll maker. (a little complicated here) She and her friends end up in a department story and have to figure out how to get out and home. Wheww!
shawjonathan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I first met this book years ago in the form of a series of short stories in /The School Magazine/ with the overall title, 'Scenes from a Canadian Childhood'. Now, in hard covers and with an overall narrative arc, they're still a joy: two boys come to terms with their father's return from killing Nazis and almost immediately uprooting them and their mother from their suburban lives to take on the life of a struggling farmer. For the book, someone has decided to transplant the farm from rural Canada to US-book-buyer-friendly Montana, but other than that the stories are as fresh, their ironic comedy as laugh-out-loud as ever.
anokaberry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
great read-aloud for elementary and early middle school, great dialogue and settings
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.