TURNIPSEED JONES by Edward W. Mammen
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It is always a pleasure to read a lively story involving the spontaneous and sympathetic relationship between a youngster and an old person young-in-heart, and this delightful story of a boy and a ""strange"" old lady about to celebrate her one hundredth birthday is one of the best we have seen. Henry Jones, who was the stolid sort and flew his kites with a steady hand, discovered that life could be very exciting when he became regular chore boy to old Mrs. Turnipseed, who took a hearty pleasure in life and who was the proud owner of a bowie knife loaned by Daniel Boone to a Turnipseed, and a pistol used by another in the service of Captain Kidd. How Henry helps Mrs. Turnipseed plan a centennial birthday and family reunion for ninety-nine Turnipseeds, how he reconciles the unconventional old lady with the rest of the town and his own family, and how he earns a bike and the name of Turnipseed, makes a story of great charm and humor.

Publisher: Harper