I must say this is a very slow book..in a good sort of way. I likened it to snuggling next to a cozy fire or lazing on a porch during a gentle rain. Descriptive, I am, but I appreciated the honesty this book conveyed. It has been years since I read this, but it's one you won't forget.
A young "sheltered" girl is sent to live with some distant family..may be aunts...while her parents go away for a time. While the child is there, she is challenged into doing some of the mundane tasks that most children have already learned to accomplish. While visiting with the relatives, she transformed from an indulged and incapable child to a beautiful self sufficient one. I came away with a contented sigh. I knew I was doing the right thing in homeschooling my children and teaching them about life outside/in addition to academics. An excellent read aloud.