Title: Trouble At Otter CreekTrouble-At-Otter-Creek1
Author: Wilma Pitchford Hays
Illustrator: Marilyn Miller
Pages: 44
Recommended Ages: 7-8
Star Rating: ★★★★

A slim chapter book set just before the American War for Independence…

The Story.

Sam is afraid. His father is dead. His wonderful father who dreamed of a day when he could move his family to the beautiful land along Otter Creek died while clearing that very land. And now, Mama has decided that the family will move there anyway. She says that it is what Father would have wanted.

Sam trusts his mother, but still worries. And when the Yorkers claim his father’s land, he is doubly worried. But he has hope; if he can contact Ethan Allen of the Green Mountain Boys, they should be able to protect Sam and his family. But will they?

Discussion.

Sam’s mother is a very strong woman. When her husband does, she disregards the counsel of her family and journeys to the cabin, declaring that her husband would have wanted her to take possession of his land. It doesn’t seem feministic in its tone – more as though she wanted to carry on his legacy.

The children tease each other mildly, but are good friends.

Conclusion. Good. Trouble at Otter Creek will serve as an interesting chapter book for elementary readers interested in the frontier.

Review © 2013 Laura Verret

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