Item description for More Than a Pinch, Less Than a Bee Sting by C.A. Hartnell...
Overview Fictional story to help youngsters understand life in the 1950's seen through the eyes of Carol Ann, who dreads getting a polio vaccine, described as "more than a pink, less than a bee sting". She also lives through bomb scares and experiences other icons that shaped the childhoods of most of today's Baby Boomers.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.3" Weight: 0.21 lbs.
Release Date Jan 12, 2008
Publisher Hannibal Books
ISBN 1934749060 ISBN13 9781934749067
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All the fun-and seriousness of the 1950s Jul 28, 2008
C.A. Hartnell's More Than a Pinch, Less Than a Bee Sting is part memoir, part fictionalized novel. While it is about Hartnell's experiences in El Monte, California, it's also about life in the United States during the spring of 1955. It's the American culture of a simpler but still dangerous time.
The adventures of Carol Ann, Pete and the other children revolve around the fun and seriousness of the times; there is polio and the `shot pot', the fear of getting `nuked' and needing fallout shelters, but there is also the simple excitement of waiting for the neighborhood's ice cream man and shopping for Easter dresses.
Join Hartnell for a dash to the past in More Than a Pinch, Less Than a Bee Sting. While the story is directed at 8-to-12-year-old children, I think adults who lived through that time will be the most interested.
Armchair Interviews says: A look at our American past.
Wow! I Couldn't Put it Down! Apr 16, 2008
This is a great historical fiction. As an educator I am always on the lookout for good books that have a positive and character building underlying theme. I was very impressed with this first book and I hope that there will be more stories about Carol Ann. I'm certain that students will enjoy reading this book.
Walk Down Memory Lane Mar 18, 2008
What memories! Carol Ann Harnell has treated us to a great experience of life in the 1950s. For those who were children back then, her story will bring back many memories. The detail she describes is outstanding. You can really picture what life was like back then.
This book is also great for youth today. It gives a good picture of the life their parents and grandparents experienced. It also gives them a feel for the tensions of that time, especially the fear of polio and nuclear war.
I recommend this book to anyone wanting to know about life in the 1950s.
More than a Pinch, less than a Bee Sting Mar 6, 2008
What a charming reminder of the 1950's. While reading about Carol Ann and Pete I kept thinking Ms. Hartnell had really written about my own childhood and just changed the names. I remember the duck and cover drills, playing outside until it was dark and I had to return home, and standing in line at school to get a shot. I am looking forward to the next tale of Carol Ann and Pete's adventures.
Excellent Read! Fun and Entertaining! A Must for Young & Old, alike! Mar 5, 2008
More Than a Pinch, Less Than a Bee Sting
I enjoyed every minute of reading this delightful book -- it was hard to put down. Even though I grew up in the 60s, I remember having to "stand in line" at school for those nasty shots. As much as I have tried to forget those days, the innocence of the whole thing brought back so many warm-hearted memories! So many things "came back to me", from the monkey bars (and trying not to get dirty), to playing ball during recess; and who can forget those crazy days during lunch time in school? I remember playing dress-up and playing with paper dolls. And every time that hot rod pulled up in the driveway next to Carol Ann's house, when she mentioned the "oldies but goodies" playing on the radio, I started singing that song in my head. A fantastic trip down memory lane! And the extra bonus at the end of the book was all the wonderful recipes -- can't wait to start baking those delicious cookies that Pete was so fond of! I'm really looking forward to reading what happens next in the series.