This is a great book that is a NEWBERY HONOR book! It is a wonderful book for children of all ages!!
Copyright 2001. This is a Newbery Honor Book - with good reason. Humorous, with well round characterizations, and an unique, interest-catching plot. As with most Newbery Honor Books everyone will enjoy reading it, 3rd or 4th grade through adult. 11 year old Primrose stands on her own two funny feet as she lives through what could be disaster after disaster but in Primrose's recounting and the way she lives it is just another chance to move on in life. All the characters move to their own particular drummer - some successfully (although maybe not in the establishments eyes) and others not quite so successfully. This story goes straight for the funny bone in your heart.
This is a wonderful book full of fun, and complete with a suprise ending! The story is well written, and you get a feel for the main character's somewhat hectic life. A little girl loses both of her parents at sea, yet refuses to admit that they are dead. After living with a neighbor for some time, she is relocated to her uncle's house. Every chapter in this book is followed by a recipe - my favorite, and the reason I had to get this book is the "Cherry Pie Porkchops." (Better than you think.) My ten year old is enjoying this book as much as I am.
I bought this book for my 9 year old granddaughter, but I read it first and thoroughly enjoyed it. It dealt with serious topics in an appropriate manner for children. The ending was wonderful!
The book is filled with recipes. It was interesting and the reason I did not give it more stars is that not all children go back home in foster care. Polly Horvath sets children up for wishful thinking as they do not all go home. I read it because I'm a kinship caregiver. I found the characters were interesting and enjoyed the descriptions. Insights into areas of how the system works were good as to how educators see children at risk. Not an in depth view in that regards but fairly accurate.
This is a very cute book that deals with a difficult situation in a funny and light manner while still being grounded in reality. When Primrose's parents disappear, she has to face going into foster care and not everyone is one her side, etc. but she finds a way to cope while many people around her are just a little quirky and fun.
Not a memorable character, but a fun book to read.
This Newberry Honor Book by acclaimed children's author Polly Horvath is a classic. Melissa, Amanda, and Frank (Pee Wee) Anderson's parents must leave them to go to Paris. When their babysitter falls through, their Aunt Sally, whom they have never met, comes from Canada. She's a fun-loving, entertaining character, and best of all she knows all kinds of stories about their family growing up on Vancouver Island.
This fast moving story was delightful. The characters were believable and I never lost hope for the little girl. I loved the recipes and have tried some. The whole experience was down to earth and fun. A good way to introduce your daughter to trying new recipes.