ENCHANTED VILLAGE by Carolyn Sherwin Balley
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A tangy, atmospheric excursion into America's past with an ingenious merger of past and present distinguishes this fine story by the author of Miss Hickory. When William Vanderventer III answered an ad for ""a man on her farm"" Bill never dreamed that his employer would be a sixteen-year-old girl who was running her farm for her grandfather who was in Washington. However, that year on the farm with hard work, experiments in farming, school work and parties proves to be a successful project at pioneering, and Jane and Bill, although firmly established in a New Hampshire town, in the twentieth century, feel the encouraging presence of other pioneers from another age who also participated in schools, town meetings and the advantages of a free press. As Jane and Bill sense the infusion of the past, there are stories of the early ""pioneers"" interspersed -- Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Abagall Adams, and others. There is also a play included which would make an excellent radio play continuing the theme of the spiritual legacy of the past to the present in America.

Pub Date: Aug. 21st, 1950
Publisher: Viking