Item description for On Jim Street by Carroll Weihrich...
The dog days of summer become one long adventure drawn from the minds of the twelve children that play together in the vacant lot on Jim Street. Through glass menageries and war games, treasure hunts and mystery solving, the Parkers and their friends strike new pathways and develop a keen sense of awareness about the world around them. Travel back to a time when children more readily exercised imaginations, parents were deeply involved, and neighborhoods were safe. Walk in the footsteps of Janey Lynn Parker, her family, and friends as they experience childhood in 1950s Houston. Loosely based on stories from the author's own life, On Jim Street jettisons the reader to a place of safety, security, and simplistic American life during a bygone era.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.56" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.37" Weight: 0.43 lbs.
Release Date Oct 20, 2003
Publisher Open Book Publishing
ISBN 1932621180 ISBN13 9781932621181
Reviews - What do customers think about On Jim Street?
Author's Comments Feb 27, 2004
I am the author of "On Jim Street" and I want to comment on the age group rating that has been given the book by this site.com. Though the book has been placed in the 9-12 year category, make no mistake; the book is meant for any age. Though the language in "On Jim Street" is simple enough for most children to understand, the book was not written as a book for children, but for those who would like to teach their children about the age when life was simple and sweet, or to merely reminisce about their own childhood. It is my hope that many different age groups will read and enjoy my work.
Good Read Jan 24, 2004
I loved this book for taking me back to my childhood and remembering the games my cousins and I played. Even though this book is set in a time period 50 years ago, the reader will recognize himself. For the younger generation, it is a great history lesson about what kids did for fun in the 1950s. I also loved the relationship between Janey Lynn and her brother. A well-written book and a must read!
Great Walk Down Memory Lane Jan 22, 2004
On Jim Street is a wonderful read. I laughed; I cried, and felt like a child again. It was so refreshing to read a book that didn't need cursing or adult situations in order to be entertaining. I recommend the book for young and old alike. I can't wait for a sequel so that I can continue following the life of Janey and her friends and family.
Kid's Play Jan 16, 2004
I really enjoyed reading this book; it brought back some wonderful memories of my own childhood. The description of Janie's first encounter with a television is priceless. While the whole book was a really good read, the last two chapters are especially well written and exciting. I am looking forward to a sequel.
Baby Boomer or Young Person, It's a Good Read Jan 10, 2004
For baby boomers, who grew up when the author did, this is a great way to reminisce. It recalls days of innocence, security, and a whole way of playing that has long since been forgotten. It has warmth and charm, as well as a light-hearted look back in time. Young readers will learn about the good old days, how children enjoyed entertaining themselves without electronics, and what it was like to feel safe in your own neighborhood.