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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 15 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 10
  • Hardcover: 183 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition, 2nd Printing edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080507242X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805072426
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 5-8–Fletcher reminisces about growing up in Marshfield, VT, recalling boyhood friendships, sibling attachments, and romps through the woods. We found all kinds of mushrooms. Some were edible, others were poisonous toadstools. Mom said to think of them as strangers–some are good, some are bad, and since you couldn't tell the difference it was best to leave them alone. Fletcher grew up in a Catholic family that grew larger each year, and when another baby was on the way, he'd learn the news from a girl in his class. Family and friendships were fulfilling, enriching, and perplexing. The author thinks about the loss of Dad's goodnight kisses as he grew up, and the adolescent predicament of being pressed between a girl's body and a wall that housed a giant beehive. Fletcher's connection to nature and the environment infuse every aspect of his life. Written with sagacious eloquence and gentle humor, this work stands strong in the ranks of authors' memoirs and autobiographies. –Alison Follos, North Country School, Lake Placid, NY
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Gr. 3-5. Fletcher, author of numerous books, including some on the writing process, pens a dreamy reminiscence of growing up in the 1950s and 1960s in a Massachusetts coastal town. The oldest of his nine siblings, he notes that his "Mom had a baby every year." Embarrassingly enough, a know-it-all classmate usually informed him a new addition was on the way because Mom tended to tell her friends first. This bumper crop of siblings made for some boisterously good times, marked by escapades with backyard roosters and games in the woods. Readers may be particularly intrigued by Fletcher's memories of his great-grandmother, who buried the kids' old teeth in the garden. Many of the vignettes have a choppy style and a heavy nostalgic tone, but for readers who enjoy imagining what it was like to be a kid in days of yore, this has a certain charm. Anne O'Malley
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Deborah on October 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
In 35 short chapters, Ralph Fletcher shares stories of his childhood neighborhood, family, and friends. Covering topics that include a description of his neighborhood, his feelings and memories of the important people in his life, games he played, school days, pets, and childhood illnesses, this story kept me entranced from start to finish. I loved the author's simple yet moving revelation of his own feelings, especially the poignant chapter about his father, "Last Kiss."

Publisher information sets reader age at grades 5 to 8, but the kid-friendly layout of this book will appeal to readers in grades 2-4, particularly if read aloud. Teens working on author reports or personal essays will find the book interesting as well. Teachers will find this memoir a handy tool in writing workshops, if used in conjunction with specific writing topics such as description, characterization, or dialogue. Fletcher's use of details brings his stories to life. Student writers can learn much about turning ordinary life events and feelings into effective stories.

As an adult reader, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It's got a little something for every reader. I can't recommend this book enough for teachers. If you assign journal writing for young writers, this book will provide infinite topic inspiration.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Hudson on May 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Children's author Ralph Fletcher seemed to live an ideal life for a child. The oldest of a large clan in the small town of Marshfield, Massachusetts, Fletcher had nearby woods to roam in, numerous bothers and neighbors to recruit for games, and parents who loved him. Fletcher recounts stories from his young days in Marshfield Dreams: When I Was a Kid.

Like Fletcher's other books, this memoir is written for young readers aged 9 to 12. But moms and dads (and younger kids too) will be equally charmed and drawn in by accounts of mud puppies, raising chickens, new babies arriving almost every year, and bouts of chicken pox and mumps. As I read I found myself wanting to visit Fletcher's home on Acorn St. myself and explore all the areas he talked about. Reading Marshfield Dreams with your child could bring up stories to share from your own childhood. Kids of today are likely to marvel at the relative freedom children had growing up in the `60s and the amount of time many of them spent outdoors.

The chapters are short and accessible. It's also fun to look at the family photos that appear at the start of each chapter. Fletcher's family moved away from Marshfield to Chicago when he was 13. This tribute to his boyhood home shows how much his life on Acorn St. continues to live on in his memory.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Book Addict on August 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As a teacher, I find Fletcher's collection of small moments to be a great teaching resource. Each short story is carefully crafted with great detail. I use this book to model writing small moments. The children in my class ask me to read a story before writing or when they "get stuck." Marshfield Dreams is a must have for teaching small moments or memoirs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm365 on September 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I grew up about 15 minutes away from the town of Marshfield, MA where Fletcher lived. As I was reading this book I was transported to my own childhood. He has a way of melding his experiences together and creating an overarching story. I miss MA but, with this book I was able to spend a few minutes in my home town.
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Really sweet. I love books like this -- where we can remember the sweetness of our childhood, or wish we had such sweetness in our childhood to remember -- and had the ability to write about it as honestly as Ralph Fletcher does in this all-too-brief book. I noticed that the author has written several other books, so I checked them out at Amazon, hoping that he continues his story, but apparently he hasn't done that -- yet.

I grew up in the 1940s and '50s and it's true: we pretty much had freedom from morning till dusk and we were allowed to go here, there, and everywhere but for the most part we found our fun in our own neighborhoods and with our friends who lived right there. Hard to believe the United States has changed so much and so fast!

I love the family photos included in the book, and of course every kid, or the kid in every adult, loves the hand-drawn map here, similar to one of the old Treasure maps included in so many old-time books for children. The author makes it all sound so good that I went to Google Maps and looked up Acorn Street in Marshfield, MA and there it is, and it still looks great!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rightbook on October 12, 2010
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This book has been a great asset to my students in learning more about writing. Teachers and students alike can benefit from this reading.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BookNut on September 30, 2008
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This book is a collection of personal memoirs from Ralph Fletcher's youth. I love the fact that each of these chapters can stand alone as a story or the book could be read in its entirety. Each story is easy for kids and adults alike to connect to and enjoy. As a teacher, I think the chapters could easily be used as short shared or mentor texts for reading and writing workshop. As an adult reader, I truly loved the stories and found myself revisiting childhood adventures and challenges.
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By Kelly Mom of 2 on November 26, 2012
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My daughter's 3rd grade teacher read this to her class. My eight year old just hung on every word! She loved the book so much that she asked her teacher if she could bring the book home and read it to me. It is not a "children's" book, but very appropriate for kids. I loved the book just as much as she did. It's full of heartwarming and funny stories about a young boy's pivotal growing up years. Highly recommend for ages 8 - 108!
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More About the Author

Ralph Fletcher is a friend of young writers and readers as well as writing teachers. He has written or co-authored many books for writing teachers includng Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide, Teaching the Qualities of Writing, Lessons for the Writer's Notebook, Boy Writers: Reclaiming Their Voices, and Pyrotechnics on the Page: Playful Craft That Sparks Writing. Ralph has worked with teachers around the U.S. and abroad, helping them find wiser ways of teaching writing.

Ralph's many books for students include picture books (Twilight Comes Twice, Hello Harvest Moon, and The Sandman), novels (Fig Pudding, Flying Solo, and Spider Boy), poetry (A Writing Kind of Day and Moving Day), and a memoir, Marshfield Dreams: When I Was a Kid. His novel Uncle Daddy was awarded the Christopher medal in 2002. He has also written a popular series of books for young writers including Poetry Matters, Live Writing, and A Writer's Notebook. Ralph lives with his family in New Hampshire. He is a strong environmentalist who believes we all must work together to live in a more sustainable way. His other passions include travel, good food, dark chocolate, growing orchids, and sports.

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