Rationing, radio drama and victory gardens are now prime material for revival, so its easy to get in the spirit with Kate...

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HUT SCHOOL AND THE WARTIME HOME-FRONT HEROES

Rationing, radio drama and victory gardens are now prime material for revival, so its easy to get in the spirit with Kate Coleman when she discovers that the War is bringing adventure to her comer of rural Georgia. Even school becomes exciting when her sixth grade class must move into a farmer's hut across the field because of overcrowding, and led by Kate, all the town kids pitch in to help labor-short Farmer Poe harvest his cotton crop so that Zach and Tootie Poe can come back to school. Only once, when Ivy Holbrook's brother is killed in action, does the war strike closer than sugar shortages and cabbage hoeing, but harder times ahead are foreshadowed as the beloved teacher Miss Jordan enlists in the Waves and Dad reveals that he has been drafted. References to Ish Kabibble, Fibber McGee and Veronica Lake fly fast and furious in and around the episodic plot, and one can't help recalling Zibby O'Neal's War Work which captured the spirit of homefront humor and patriotism without relying so obviously on mass-media memory props. Though this is seldom more than an agreeable nostalgia piece, the author of Queenie Peavy injects small-town schooldays with a spark or two of distinguishing vitality.

Pub Date: April 1, 1974

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 140

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1974