UP THE HILL by Margrite De Angeli
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This author illustrator always deserves extra attention and this is a fine picture of the life of a Polish family in the Pennsylvania mining country. Aniela is ten on Christmas day when this story opens giving the reader descriptions of all the customs brought over by a large and fine family from Lowicz. There is caroling, feasting, Shepherd's Mid-night Mass, the story of the Christmas spider. The girl attends both regular and Saturday school, in the former she takes part in a project, in which each child is dressed in costume native to its respective parents and sings about, or tells of European countries. At the other school the Polish children learn their old language and history. The father works in the mine, the mother in a mill, one brother is in Philadelphia learning medicine, the other drives a mine mule but years to paint. Anlela gets him his chance. You get the feeling of fierce pride in Poland and her , the Curies, Paderewski, Putaski, Chopin and Kosciuszko. A fine job about our immigrants.

Pub Date: Oct. 29th, 1942
Publisher: Doubleday, Doran