WILLOW WIND FARM: Betsy's Story by Anne Pellowski


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Pellowski brings out the special nature of everyday events as experienced by seven-year-old Betsy, third youngest of ten children on an old-fashioned family farm in Wisconsin. They all help with the chores, but always manage time for family fun--the sort of simple games and pastimes we associate nostalgically with the days before TV, which is nowhere in evidence here. Betsy's family, however, manages to maintain this way of life in 1967. Grandma makes the girls' clothes; Mom fusses ""Oh, drat!""; and sources of amusement include the pigs getting drunk from Mom's overaged berry preserves, the cow Felicia being mistaken for a scary bear when the children are out blackberry-picking, the visits from cousins whose enthusiasm turns the job of making hay into a party, and, in the church basement one Sunday morning, the speeded-up doughnut machine splattering the nice new priest with dough. There is also a visit from an African lady who becomes Betsy's show-and-tell, and a family reunion complete with old-fashioned songfest, a favorite family activity. Pellowski narrates all these happenings winningly, projecting all the happy-family interaction, the farm procedures, and the everyday amusements from a child's point of view, and ending each episode with a little extra, satisfying push.

Pub Date: July 17th, 1981
Publisher: Philomel