Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Lucky Star

The Lucky Star, written by Judy Young and illustrated by Chris Ellison, is part of the “Tales of Young Americans” series, put out by Sleeping Bear Press. The book chronicles a time during the Great Depression when schools were closing; leaving young children without the chance for education, or in this stories case, to find their own means of educating themselves.

When the schools in her area close due to horrible economic times, nine-year-old Ruth is devastated. Her father has been forced to go to work hundreds of miles away and her mother to take odd jobs just to put food on the table and now she and her younger sister must stay home from school. Using her prized volumes of The Book of Knowledge, Ruth decides to take matters into her own hands, to ensure at least one of the sisters gets an education during the Depression, learning to count her lucky stars, just as her Momma taught her.

Very well-written, as well as educational, The Lucky Star is a certain winner. Though it appears in the format of a picture book, this will definitely work better as a juvenile fiction book for 8-12 year olds. The entire “Tales of Young Americans” series would be a great addition to any library or home shelves.

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