CURIOUS MISSIE by Virginia Sorenson


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A Little Lower Than The Angels (Knopf) and The Neighbors (Reynal & Hitchcock) established this writer's interest in the rural Southwest and now her life in Alabama and preoccupation with local library and bookmobile problems is the focus of her first juvenile. Third grader, Missie Topping, whose father is a cotton grower, rouses the community to the need for a bookmobile through her awareness of the value of books in everyday life. With her teacher's help, Missie talks to the commissioners; with her newly started aviary, inspired by nature books, she is successful in persuading her father of the importance of birds in insect control; and she wins her argument that taxes spent on a travelling library would eventually save all of them money in learning, from books, how to do things for themselves. Perhaps too idealistic in tone but the combination of serious and adventuresome material has value.

Pub Date: Sept. 24th, 1953
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace