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Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression
Little Heathens Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression
Author: Mildred Armstrong Kalish
I tell of a time, a place, and a way of life long gone. For many years I have had the urge to describe that treasure trove, lest it vanish forever. So, partly in response to the basic human instinct to share feelings and experiences, and partly for the sheer joy and excitement of it all, I report on my early life. It was quite a romp. — So...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780553804959
ISBN-10: 0553804952
Publication Date: 5/29/2007
Pages: 304
Edition: 1
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4 stars, based on 38 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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reviewed Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression on + 151 more book reviews
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Mildred Armstrong Kalish grew up dividing her time between a farm and life in a small town in Iowa during the Great Depression. In this book, she describes her life growing up in this environment mostly focusing on her life as a child of about 8-10.

The book is divided into sections about her family, the things that built character and life in the seasons Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer. The last section is about her young adult life and what lead her to leave the farm in Iowa.

Ms. Kalish obviously has fond and warm memories of her childhood despite the difficulties that her fatherless family faced growing up during the Great Depression. Her tales of her life as a youngster as well told you can see yourself in her shoes and understand why she treasures her childhood and how it helped her develop into the adult that she became.

I highly recommend this book and you just might want to get your cooking skills prepped because she includes many family recipes that will make you want to get busy in the kitchen
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Very cute memoir! It's unbelievable how different things were then or are now. In today's world of excess and convenience, it is nice to see what life, filled with hard work and simple pleasures was like.
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This will warm your heart, especially if you grew up hearing similar stories from your own midwestern grandparents. I read this and then gave it to my grandmother. She was delighted. She said she felt as if someone had written her own story.
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This is a wonderful book that describes rural life in the 30's in Iowa. Great stories of how they lived then. Lots of recipes, home remedies, and wonderful stories! I highly recommend it!
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The subtitle of this book is an accurate description of what it's all about, and maybe one reason I like it so much is because it was written by a woman who grew up at pretty much the same time as my mother in pretty much the same part of Iowa. So all the while I was reading it, I kept remembering things I've heard about or observed - details about a way of life that was very similar to the way my mother and my grandparents lived.
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reviewed Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression on + 476 more book reviews
Interesting memoir of life growing up on a farm in Iowa during the Depression. Amusing, insightful and informative reflections on the expectations of children in the family, the character building and work ethic that resulted. Gives me insight to some of the sayings and habits of my parents that I never understood their meaning. Enjoyable read.


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