Old Town In The Green Groves by Cynthia Rylant
Color Palette: (Morgan’s specialty)
Describe it in 25 words or less.
Brigette: A story of the missing years between Laura Ingalls Wilder’s On The Banks Of Plum Creek and By The Shores Of Silver Lake.
Morgan: The story of an American pioneer family and their life.
Gable: The “lost years” in the Little House On The Prairie series written simplistically and with talent by Cynthia Rylant.
Morgan: Classic/Children’s Literature
Gable: Children’s Classic
Who was your favorite character and why?
Brigette: Ma because I can relate to her so much.
Morgan: Laura, because I could relate to her.
Gable: Laura Ingalls because I could relate to her the most.
Who was your least favorite character and why?
Brigette: Johnny Steadam because he was a total brat.
Morgan: The Steadham boys, because they were mean.
Gable: The Steadam boys because they were mean to the Ingalls girls for no reason.
Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while?
Brigette: It’s always like meeting up with an old friend when I read a Little House book, and this one was no exception. I think I enjoyed Cynthia Rylant’s style even more than Laura Ingalls Wilder’s.
Morgan: I always find that with most classics that I read, they tend to have a certain charm that I like. This book grabbed me immediately and it was very interesting the whole way through.
Gable: It welcomed me warmly into the story and it was a great book with many things happening in it, good and bad, weird and normal.
Was it plot or character driven?
Morgan: More character driven.
What did you think of the ending?
Brigette: Very much in line with the rest of the series.
Morgan: Nice. It was a little bitter-sweet, but it had me waiting for the next book.
Gable: It was a wonderful ending and I think it fills in the blanks quite well.
What was the moral of the story?
Brigette: You have to roll with the punches of life.
Morgan: Sometimes you will have to let things go and look forward to new things, instead.
Gable: That you’ll always get what you want, if you are patient and appreciate what you already have, even if you don’t love it.
Brigette: “Nothing ever stays the same in this life.” – Pa
Morgan: “What could a pot of gold possibly bring you that you haven’t already got?” – Pa to Laura
Gable: “Some pioneers had not known how to live in a world that seemed almost nothing but sky. They felt lost in it. Not Laura. She felt found.” – Cynthia Rylant
Have you read other books in the series?
Brigette: The girls and I are reading the Little House series together. Although this is not an “official” Little House book, author Cynthia Rylant, was asked to fill in the gap between the fourth and fifth books of the series and I thought it would be worthwhile including it.
Who would you recommend it to?
Brigette: Families who like to read together and girls who enjoy learning history through fiction.
Morgan: Those who have read the previous books in this series, those who like classics or those interested in the life of pioneers.
Gable: People who thought the real Little House books had too much detail, people who are interested in pioneers and the way they lived, and people who like to listen to or play the fiddle.
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Craft/Activity: “Stained Glass” Sunflower
What could a pot of gold bring you that you haven’t already got?