THE HARD-TIMES JAR by Ethel Footman Smothers

THE HARD-TIMES JAR

Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

Emma longs to own a book of her own, a real book, from the store. But money is “scarcer than hen’s teeth” for Emma and her migrant worker family. Any extra money goes straight to the “hard-times jar,” in case things get really bad. Emma makes her own books out of pieces of grocery bags and any other paper she can find. She contributes her own apple-picking wages to the jar in hope that some of the money might someday go towards a book. Soon Emma’s mother insists that it’s time for Emma to go to school. Third-grade teacher Miss Miller takes Emma under her wing and into her library, filled with real books. When Emma breaks the rules and takes a book home, she’s forced to confess her transgression and her mother figures it might be time to make a withdrawal from the hard-times jar. Holyfield’s warm illustrations reflect the innocence and simplicity of an earlier time. Pair this with Amada Irma Perez’s My Very Own Room for another winner about the hunger for books. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Aug. 12th, 2003
ISBN: 0-374-32852-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Frances Foster/Farrar, Straus & Giroux
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2003




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