SUNSHINE FOR MERRILY by Martha Gwinn Kiser

SUNSHINE FOR MERRILY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Here's a story that should be remembered when Christmas rolls around again, for it has the best values of that season in a story of three orphans who went to spend Thanksgiving with kind but very poor (and some thought very queer) Miss Allie, spinster, and how they managed to stay on for Christmas. Merrily, whose story it is, is about ten. Then there's her older sister, Meady, and their little brother Bucky. They live in the Greene County Poor Home (in Illinois), because there isn't room for them at the Orphanage, and nobody would want to adopt three children at once. But Miss Allie had a big heart, and her romance with Richey Gore, who lived on the river bottom all alone, never seemed to come to anything, so she decided she'd have a family for a time anyhow. Before the story ends, another lonely person finds that her house is too large anyhow, and there should be a couple just like Allie and Richey and children just like these three, and the story ends on a ""all lived happily ever after"" note. School life, small town events, Thanksgiving merriment, the Christmas decoration contest with its surprise finish, hold much that will interest children. Merrily, herself, seems less real than the other children. While not measuring up to Rainbow for Me (another story she did for this age group), Sunshine for Merrily has warmth and color and a lesson all its own.

Pub Date: April 8th, 1949
Publisher: Random House