MILLIE by Bessie Holland Heck
Kirkus Star


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Sturdy covered wagons once again carry Millie and her family with all their worldly good to still another home, this one in the Kiamichi mountains of Oklahoma. The farm selected is perfect -- excellent hunting for Dad and Charles and a pleasant house with a yard full of pets for Mama, Ruth and Millie. From summer through spring Millie becomes accustomed to the new surrounding and finds the joys of a day at the creek, purchases elegant high button shoes, experiences the excitement of a two-week revival meeting, learns the delights of new baby pets in the spring, and has a special Christmas with a surprise Santa Claus. Best of all Millie emerges a real person for the reader who shares her seriousness about going to school and passing fourth grade and her sadness when the time comes for them to move on because of Papa Holliway's understandable wanderlust. Unpretentious, earthy prose accompanies the whole spectacle of post-pioneer America with Millie representing the new values of this new age, and the simplicity, so often absent in books of this kind, emphasizes the security and camaraderie that is the root of the Holliways' family life. Outstanding.

Pub Date: Oct. 23rd, 1961
Publisher: World