SETTLE YOUR FIDGETS by Carol Farley

SETTLE YOUR FIDGETS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Old-timer Josh Hemmer dips back into the crackerbarrel for another batch of yarns about the Michigan farming family he introduced earlier this year in Loosen Your Ears. While Josh works his way around to tellin' what Great-Aunt Purity buried in her dahlia bed, we hear about the times back in 1910 when: George Washington's wig's lice helped Ma get ride of the lice in the schoolhouse, puny Pa became a man of action, Gramma Hemmer tried to save Josh's soul, Uncle Fred carried on with the hussies from the shoe factory, and sister Lizzie gave the town girls what-for at the Fourth of July parade. Josh's folks are more homespun and homily-filled than the McBroom clan (and homelier, too, judging from Lazarevich's likably clumpy pictures), but the Walton-style wisdom doesn't impinge much on the chuckles. Only Great-Aunt Purity is a disappointment--but like they say, you can't pick your relatives.

Pub Date: Sept. 9th, 1977
Publisher: Atheneum