Item description for Happy Little Family (Fairchild Family Story) by Rebecca Caudill & Decie Merwin...
Overview Location: North America, United States Time Period: Modern Era (1700-1950 A.D.) Kentucky Early 1900s It is a good thing that mothers understand what no one else seems to when you are the youngest child in the family, and are finally four years old. Bonnie is more than ready to join her older sisters and brother in the many adventures she sees come their way, whether it be sliding along the ice, searching for arrowheads, or going on that journey of all journeys-across the swinging bridge to SCHOOL. Winter or summer, something is always happening in the Fairchild house, tucked amidst the pine trees of the Kentucky hills one hundred years ago or more. And, four years old or not, Bonnie usually manages to be in the middle of the action! Illustrated by Decie Merwin.
Publishers Description It is a good thing that mothers understand what no one else seems to when you are the youngest child in the family, and are finally four years old. Bonnie is more than ready to join her older sisters and brother in the many adventures she sees come their way, whether it he sliding along the ice, searching for arrowheads, or going on that journey of all journeys-across the swinging bridge to SCHOOL. Winter or summer, something is always happening in the Fairchild house, tucked amidst the pine trees of the Kentucky hills one hundred years ago or more. And, four years old or not, Bonnie usually manages to be in the middle of the action A Wellspring Book for young readers. Of interest, 4 years and up.
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Studio: Bethlehem Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2004
Publisher Bethlehem books
Grade Level Multiple Grades
Series Fairchild Family
Series Number 1
ISBN 1883937728 ISBN13 9781883937720
Availability 0 units.
More About Rebecca Caudill & Decie Merwin
Rebecca Caudill (1899-85) was the author of more than twenty books for children, including The Best-Loved Doll and A Certain Small Shepherd. Ms. Caudill's contributions to children's literature continue to be honored each year with the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award.
Rebecca Caudill was born in 1899 and died in 1985.
Reviews - What do customers think about Happy Little Family (Fairchild Family Story)?
Happy Little Family May 12, 2007
ISBN 044040164X - This book seems to me to suffer from a split personality. Outside, it's a mid-sized paperback like all others for the pre-teen set. On the back, it says ages 8-12 and it's 116 pages long. Open it up and you'll find that the font is a little larger than the average book for this age set. The language is somewhat simpler and the chapters are more a series of individual stories, rather than a flowing chapter book.
Bonnie is little. Not just little, but the littlest, and in a family with five children being little is sometimes hard. Everyone else gets to skate, but Bonnie is left behind because it's so cold. Debbie and Emmy get real hats, but Bonnie gets a sunbonnet. All the children have arrowhead collections, but Bonnie hasn't ever found even one. And when Bonnie asserts her independence, demanding to take a different route to a friend's house than everyone else, things don't go as smoothly as she hoped.
A very cute series of stories with nice illustrations by Decie Merwin, Happy Little Family would impress me more if each story had been a separate book and had been marketed as read-aloud books to the 4-8 age group that it's more appropriate to. Still, nicely done stories worth picking up even 60 years later.
A good family story Dec 14, 2005
This was a good book, and it is easy enough for younger children to understand when you read it to them. For on-their-own-reading, it would be in my opinion, for ages 8-9. Personally, my favorite story was the family contest, in which each child had to perform an act of bravery, I think bravery, anyway, it showed the readers, or listeners, good acts to do, and it showed with a good act, comes a wonderful reward.
Happy Reading for the Younger Set Jul 12, 2004
This is a charming tale of a family with five children living in Kentucky in the early 1900s. The story is told through the eyes of four-year-old Bonnie. Her understanding father helps her through frustrations in trying to keep up with her older siblings. The simple stories contain truths that will be appreciated by very young children. In one example, the father announces that the child who shows wisdom and bravery will be awarded a special arrowhead that he found. Each child shares stories of acts of courage until one really stands out. My four and six year old girls really enjoyed this as a read-aloud and my eight devoured it eagerly on his own (and he can be hard to find books for at this stage).
We're looking forward to reading the other three titles in the series - Schoolhouse in the Woods, Up and Down the River and Schoolhouse in the Parlor - due to be republished soon.