These last few weeks of reading have been good and bad. On the one hand, I’m reading good literature every day with my kids, which is great.
On the other hand, I’ve been so busy prereading my kids books or reading with them and also screening books for my high school co-op literature class in the fall that I haven’t been able to read any adult books. I’m firmly entrenched in young adult fiction.
I guess another pro is that I didn’t realize how many good books and classics I missed in my childhood. Instead, my childhood was filled with books that Charlotte Mason would call “twaddle”, namely The Sweet Valley High books and all of those books where you decide your own ending. Yes, I was reading, which is great, but I definitely wasn’t reading the best books for my age.
On with the review.
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A Letter to Mrs. Roosevelt tells the story of Margo, an older elementary student whose family is trying to survive the Great Depression like so many other families. Because Margo’s father refuses to turn away customers at his shoe shop if they can’t pay cash, he’s often paid in fruit and other items. This means the family doesn’t go hungry, but their finances, obviously, are in shambles. This problem is compounded because a few years previously, Margo’s parents took out large loans (for the time period) to pay for medical care that helped their young son avoid amputation of his leg.
About halfway through the book, Margo’s English teacher assigns the students to write a letter to someone who has appeared in their local newspaper. At the same time, Margo discovers her house is only two weeks from foreclosure.
Margo decides to write to Mrs. Roosevelt, “Everywhere Eleanor” in the wild chance that Mrs. Roosevelt can help Margo’s family save their house.
What follows is a sweet story about thankfulness, faith, and discovery.
This book is very short–only 100 pages long–but the girls and I both enjoyed it. Every day they insisted that we read it.
4.5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.