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THE PICKLE PATCH BATHTUB by Frances Kennedy

THE PICKLE PATCH BATHTUB

By Frances Kennedy (Author) , Sheila Aldridge (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: April 1st, 2004
ISBN: 1-58246-112-0
Publisher: Tricycle

Five children from a 1920s Missouri farm family join together to earn the money to purchase a full-size bathtub to replace their small washtub in this heartwarming tale based on a real event in the life of the author’s grandmother. The main character, Donna, enlists the help of her three younger sisters and brother in growing cucumbers for a pickle factory as a money-making project. The children use their “pickle patch” proceeds plus their combined savings and gift money to order the bathtub by mail order. Some old-fashioned lessons of delayed gratification and family cooperation are subtly conveyed, along with the processes of growing cucumbers and ordering by mail order in the days before there were home-improvement stores. Aldridge’s paintings are filled with details of life on the farm, supplemented with family photographs and realia such as the Sears, Roebuck and Co. order form and envelope used for the tub. An author’s note provides additional background on the story. (Picture book. 4-7)