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Betsy's Up-And-Down Year
This is the fifth and final book in the Latsch Valley Farm series, recounting the lives of four generations of a Polish-American extended family, living in neighbouring homesteads in Wisconsin. A sequel to Willow Wind Farm, we follow Betsy Korb, now aged eight going on nine, as she learns the...Read more
First Farm in the Valley
Six-year-old Anna Pellowski’s older siblings, Jacob, Franciszek, Barney, Mary and Pauline are exposed to English at school, but only Polish is spoken at home. The younger children—Anna, Julian, Anton barely know a word of their new country’s language, but then neither do many of their neighbors...Read more
“Here is one set aside for greatness!” With these prophetic words did Pope Leo IV anoint the four-year-old Prince Alfred, youngest son of Ethelwulf, King of Wessex in England. Deeply influenced from childhood by his brother Ethelred and their wise tutor Bishop Swithin, Alfred became both a scholar...Read more
Galewood Crossing
Just before warmhearted tomboy Tildy and her family—Mr. and Mrs. Gale, two older brothers and two older sisters and young Tommy—leave their home in Ohio for a tiny new settlement in the wilds of Wisconsin, Grandma says: “Lots of times, Tildy, things won’t seem very cheerful—they’ll seem pretty hard...Read more
Wisconsin farm life in the Latsch Valley of the 1930’s comes alive through the eyes of imaginative Anna Rose—a five-year-old girl who can’t wait to catch up with her four older siblings. While Anna Rose impatiently waits for the longed-for start of school, her days are filled with family work—...Read more
Winding Valley Farm
Life for six-year-old Annie Dorawa on Winding Valley Farm—just down the road from the Pellowskis’ “first farm in the valley”—is busy and happy. Then one day, Annie hears her father speak about not planting that year, but instead moving into town. Is it really possible that they might leave their...Read more
The Fairchild family is here again and this time, Bonnie is old enough to begin the great adventure—School! We join Bonnie in the excruciating anticipation of the first day, when she will wear her new dress, carry a first reader and slate, and-displaying nonchalance as she braves the swinging...Read more
Happy Times in Noisy Village
Welcome to Noisy Village! Well, it's not really quite what it sounds. Lisa, who tells the story, lives on Middle Farm with her parents and two brothers, Karl and Bill. Britta and Anna live at North Farm and Olaf and Kerstin live at South Farm. It is because the houses are right next door to each...Read more
The Kitchen Madonna
Marta is unhappy. For quietly aloof Gregory and his sister Janet, Marta, with her thick Ukrainian accent, her good cooking, and her stories, is the anchor of the house. Mother and Father, both busy architects, are gone all day and sometimes at night. Marta is always there; and the children, sensing...Read more
Happy Little Family
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,...Read more