Blue Willow

Book cover: 'Blue Willow'
Author(s): 
Doris Gates
Copyright: 
1940
Publisher: 
Scholastic
Binding: 
Softcover
Number of pages: 
154 pages
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Review: 

Blue Willow is the sweet story of ten-year-old Janey Larkin, whose family is struggling to make ends meet in California's Central Valley during the Great Depression. Janey and her family have a few treasured possessions which they've dragged along with them from place to place because of the difficulties in finding work. Janey's beautiful blue willow plate is her greatest treasure, but when tough times get worse, she decides to offer it as payment for her family's rent...

This is a beautiful story of family life in difficult times which also offers a portrait of the Great Depression and some lesser-known parts of "old" California. The story will probably be best appreciated (possibly as a read-aloud) for grades 1-4.

Review Date: 
10-21-03
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