Canadian Summer

Book cover: 'Canadian Summer'
Author(s): 
Hilda Van Stockum
Copyright: 
1948
Publisher: 
Bethlehem Books
Series: 
The Mitchells
Binding: 
Sewn Softcover
Number of pages: 
180 pages
Setting: 
Grade / Age level: 
Review: 

Canadian Summer continues the story of the Mitchell Family (this is the second book in the series) several years after World War II. Baby Catherine has joined the family. Father is back from the war and has moved to Quebec for his job. He has difficulty finding housing for the family, but finally makes arrangements and sends Mother, Granny and the children up on the train. Upon arriving, the ladies are shocked to find that accomodations consist of a remote ski cabin lacking electricity or running water. Doctors and stores are many miles away and transportation is nearly impossible. Wild animals and a big lake worry Mother, but intrigue the children. Of course they discover the pleasures and difficulties of rural life and have many interesting and humorous adventures.

Hilda Van Stockum is a gifted storyteller whose motherly (and grandmotherly) experience is evident in all of her books. The little details and stories, so grounded in the truth and reality of large loving families, are just plain wonderful. These books are highly recommended.

Perspective: 
Catholic
Review Date: 
12-12-05
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