Sarah and Mike are worried – firstly because their school is shutting down and secondly because their family is having a hard time keeping the farm afloat. The corn crop will hardly pay for itself much less give the family much to run on. Can they think of a way to make their farm profitable again so that they won’t have to give it up and move to the city?
The children in this story show a remarkable toughness about them – and the good kind at that. When their extra help is needed around the farm, they uncomplainingly pitch in and help to their fullest, carrying much of the weight on their own shoulders while their father works at a factory to help make ends meet. In the end, all has worked out and the family is safe on their farm.
I love the illustrations in this book. They looked very much like paintings, and not only were they sober, but they had a beautiful range of nuanced colors.
Review © 2015 Laura Verret