Title: The Two HelensThe Two Helens
Author: Eleanor Frances Lattimore
Pages: 128
Reading Level: 7-10
Star Rating: ★★★

I bought this book because it appeared to have cute 1950s style illustrations. My criteria these days…

The Story.

Helen is excited to be spending the summer at an old farmhouse in Maine. She loves the feeling of waking up early in the morning and walking through the dew-covered grass as the sun breaks the horizon. And she loves playing down at the beach with her siblings, Lowell and Serena. But most of all she’s curious about the giant mansion that darkly looms just outside of town. To whom does it belong? Why is it left empty? And who is this “Dragon” that her parents keep referring to?

Conclusion.

I don’t have much to say about this one really – the children kid around and get into little disagreements with each other, but generally get along just fine. They do enter the mansion without permission to retrieve something that belongs to them, but they don’t have a generally disrespectful attitude towards adults or property. By the end of the story Helen has helped to restore a sour family relationship.

My only complaint is that the story shouldn’t have ended when it did – there should have been at least one more chapter.

Conclusion. Simple and sweet.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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