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Hannah's Helping Hands (Pioneer Daughters (Prebound)) Hardcover – August 1, 2000

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Series: Pioneer Daughters (Prebound)
  • Hardcover: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075694127X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756941277
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,616,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Grade 3-5-A continuation of Hannah of Fairfield (Dial, 1999). Set in Connecticut in 1779, this novel centers on the members of the Perley family, as they try to maintain a semblance of normal life as the Revolutionary War wages around them. Historical information about farming and the family's lifestyle is woven into the story, as are facts about the war. Readers learn about the fighting from Hannah's brother, who comes home for a brief rest from the front and describes his experiences. Finally, the dreaded day comes when the English attack the town, burning homes, farms, and businesses. Thanks to Hannah's perseverance and fortitude, the Perleys are able to save their barn and animals. Readers will enjoy getting to know this lively girl. In focusing on the domestic side of the war, Van Leeuwen has provided a refreshing approach to the period that is accessible to reluctant readers.
Cheryl Cufari, Glencliff Elementary School, Niskayuna, NY
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Hannah Perley and her 1779 Fairfield, Connecticut, family work hard to make their farm successful, despite the war going on around them. When her oldest brother, Ben, comes home on leave from the Continental Army, he regales the family with tales of General Washington, the Tories, and military discomforts. Later, the British attack Fairfield, burning houses, businesses, and crops. The Perley home is destroyed, but the family is grateful that their barn and Papa's clock shop are spared. Van Leeuwen's strength lies in her attention to period and setting details, including spring cleaning, sheep shearing, and preparing herbal remedies. Short chapters, large type, and several drawings add to the appeal, especially for reluctant readers. For children who enjoyed Hannah of Fairfield , and a good choice for history buffs or for classes using novels to study the American War of Independence through novels. Kay Weisman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Jean Van Leeuwen is the author of more than fifty children's books, including picture books, Easy-to-Read books, and middle-grade fiction. She has won numerous awards, among them the William Allen White Award, the South Carolina Children's Book Award, the Massachusetts Honor Book Award, and the Washington Irving Children's Choice Award, as well as many ALA Notable Book citations. Her popular Oliver and Amanda Pig Easy-to-Read series was called "timeless as the truths of childhood" by the New York Times. Amanda Pig and the Really Hot Day was a 2006 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book.

Her own two children were the inspiration for the Oliver and Amanda Pig stories, as well as several others, including Dear Mom, You're Ruining My Life. Many of her other books have grown out of her long-time interest in American history. Her historical picture books include Going West, which was cited as an IRA Teachers' Choice and Across the Wide Dark Sea, selected by the New York Public Library as one of the "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing." She has written historical fiction for older readers as well. Her Bound for Oregon was a Child Study Association Book of the Year, and Cabin on Trouble Creek was nominated for children's Choice awards in eight states.

Ms. Van Leeuwen grew up in the small town of Rutherford, New Jersey. She was an avid reader as a child, reading every book she could get her hands on, from Nancy Drew to The Wind in the Willows. At one point, while trying to convince her parents to buy her a dog, she read nothing but dog stories for a whole year. (She got the dog, but when she moved on to horses, her parents refused to cooperate.) Eventually she began writing her own stories, which she illustrated with cut-outs from magazines.

After graduating from Syracuse University, where she majored in journalism, Ms. Van Leeuwen found a job in the children's book department of a New York City publisher. She remained a children's book editor for many years, an experience with inspired her to once again start writing her own stories. Her first book, Timothy's Flower, was published in 1967, and she has been writing and publishing ever since.

Ms. Van Leeuwen now lives in another small town north of New York City with her husband, Bruce Gavril. She has two grown children, David and Elizabeth, and a young grandchild, who will surely inspire more stories.

Visit Ms. Van Leeuwen's website at

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By mm2 on January 10, 2013
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cute story in easy to follow text for young readers; quality literature is getting harder and harder to find. thanks
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