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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed reading this book. I like the way the author allowed the reader to learn about Hannah through letters she writes and receives. The only thing that bothered me about the book was the use of S.O.B. close to the end of the story. I am a teacher and was reading this book because it is on the Bluebonnet Reading List for Texas. Unfortunately I know that we (the people at my school) will hear it from parents because of the use of this abbreviation. The book is wonderfully written, but I don't really understand the need for this type of language. While most kids know what S.O.B. stands for, I personally don't want to have to explain it to my own children or my students.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
I rated this book a five star book. Love from your friend, Hannah is written by Mindy W. Skolsky. This book is filled with letters to people that this girl named Hannah. Hannah writes to everyone such as her best friend Aggie, her pen pal Edward from Wichita Kansas, her Aunt Becky who knits very lumpy, her grandma, President Roosevelt, and many more. Hannah Diamond lives in the back of the grand View restaurant, that her parents own. Hannah is very good in school, especially in spelling. She never misspells a word until she spells the word restaurateur. Hannah writes to President Roosevelt and he writes back and sends her a stamp from his stamp collection. Hannah writes to her best friend, Aggie many many times and she never answers back. She goes up to her secret place on a mountain ad writes most of her letters and the other letters are written in her room on her roll-top desk. Much more happens in this book so I do recommend it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
Love From Your Friend Hannah is a great bood for kids who like realistic fiction. Hannah is nine years old and her best friend, Aggie, moves away. Hannah wants to be Aggie's pen pal but ends up with a boy named Edward. Hannah does not like Edward at first. After a while she ends up talking and giving each other school tips. She also write to the President which was Franklin Roosevelt. When Hannah writes to President Roosevelt because she does not have Aggie to play with, Roosevelt writes back saying Mrs. Roosevelt likes to read. Hannah writes to Mrs. Roosevelt and says she likes reading too. Hannah and the Roosevelts become good friends. I truthfully loved this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
This story is told in the form of letters: those written by Hannah, and the responses she gets. Hannah loves to write. She writes her grandparents, her best friend who moved away and never writes back, the boy whose name she (disappointedly) drew for a pen pal, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Mrs. Roosevelt, and even the president's secretary. It's hard not to like Hannah, who is happy to share all of her trials and tribulations in letters, though there were times when I found her exuberance overwhelming. Young readers who also love to write will enjoy this book. It has a fresh voice and a timeless spirit, though rooted in small town America of the 1930's. Although the book is third in a series about Hannah, it stands alone perfectly well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
Hannah is a young girl living in New York State during the Depression. When her best friend moves away Hannah tries to find solace by making a pen pal. When that effort fails she begins to write letters to the President of the United States. Over time Hannah's list of correspondent's increases and she gets glimpses into each of their lives.
In the end her search for a friend is rewarded in a most surprising way.
This was a cute book and I enjoyed reading it. I think that many young girls would find it interesting.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
I gave "Love From Your Friend, Hannah" four stars. The reason I gave it four stars was because I thought it was really good and the reason I thought this was because I like to read letters. I also thought it just ended really fast.It seemed like the author got tired of writing and I would to if my book was that long. At the end it did not make sense to me there was a comic strip and it was over. That is why I gave it four stars. Hope you have a good time reading "Love From Your Friend, Hannah".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2010
Format: Paperback
Book Review: Love from your Friend Hannah by Mindy Warshaw Skolsky
Reviewed by Maiya Kervinen

The book "Love from your Friend Hannah" is an exciting story by the author Mindy Warshaw Skolsky. This historical fiction novel takes place in 1937 which was during the time of the Great Depression. The main character, 11 year old Hannah Diamond, lives on Route 9 in Grand View, New York behind the Grand View Restaurant. During the first week of school, Hannah's best friend Aggie moves away, but promises to write letters to keep in touch. But after Hannah writes to Aggie several times, Aggie doesn't write back again. Hannah is sad because she likes to write letters and get letters back.

One day, Hannah's teacher asks her and her class to write a letter to a pen pal which they choose from a box of names. Hannah picks a boy named Edward Winchley from Wichita, Kansas. After she writes to him, Hannah gets a short, smarty letter back from Edward even though she had written him 4 whole pages. This makes Hannah very mad so she decides not to write to him again. She really wants a pen pal who will write back, so she decides to write a letter to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt for help. She is very surprised when he writes back to her and he and his wife, Eleanor, become her pen pals. President Roosevelt writes to her about his talks to people on the radio, about her spelling tests, about her patriotism, and he even sends her stamps from exotic places from around the world. Soon she has way more pen pals than she asked for, including a very special pen pal soon to be her new best friend.

I really liked this book because it was an interesting story about a young girl looking for a friend. I learn a lot about the Great Depression and how it was to live back then in the 1930s. It was a really hard time for many people because many people did not have jobs. I also learned about Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and how it was living in the White House. It also had a few cute little illustrations that were supposed to have been drawn by Hannah. I would highly recommend this book to anyone and I will probably read more of this series of books written by Mindy Warshaw Skolsky.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
I found that this book was a very fun, sweet read. It's about a young girl named Hannah whose best friend moves away so she must find a penn pal. Eventually she has an entire (lengthy) list of pen pals. Everyone from her next-door neighbor to the secretary of FDR & FDR himself (Franklin Delano Roosevelt) This book is very entertaining and I enjoyed the correspondance between Hannah and all her friends. The book has a good portrayal of what life was like back in the 30's and the author does a wonderful job telling the sotry through the mindset of a nine to ten year old. This book is very fun and enjoyable. Hannah is a very spunky, sweet character and I especially enjoyed her letters with descriptions of people and places. There were a few things that were dissapointing in the book such as the fact that Hannah's old best friend never writes back to her but the overall story is much too fun and happy to dwell on those things. Overall this is a wonderful book. I highly recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
My 11 year old SON just finished reading "Love From Your Friend, Hannah" and he just couldn't stop talking about it. ...I believe this book, written with courage, passion,and joy by Mindy Warshaw Skolsky and Laura Hamilton encompasses the many longings that children in our time crave. For one, the idea of writing to real people the "old fashioned way" is an almost long-forgotten art. ... Secondly, this book takes a historical time period and brings it vividly to life-a way that inspires children to take a real look at History. Finally, it presents the dreamy "possibility" that even a child could write to someone of influence and "make a difference" (Even though the letters and responses from President Roosevelt in this book are not authentic). Since reading this book, my son has begun a voracious search of how to get a "real" on-paper penpal and is encouraged to find out more about the time period of The Great Depression. Parents of boys, don't count this one out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
My 10 year old daughter has recently read Love from Your Friend, Hannah and loved it! In the book, Hannah, a girl growing up in the 1930's has to cope with how her best friend, Aggie, who recently moved away isn't responding to her letters.

After a few letters more to Aggie, Hannah decides she wants a penpal that will respond to her letters and picks a name out of a box on her teacher's desk.

Hannah is shocked to find out it's a boy named Edward and that his first letter to her is just two short and simple sentences.

Hannah soon decides to write to the current president, FDR , with her troubles.

Hannah can be a positive role model for girls, with the fact that she never gives up and tries to make the best out of everything.
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