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The Pickle Patch Bathtub Hardcover – April 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 940L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582461120
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582461120
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.4 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #702,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

SHEILA ALDRIDGE has illustrated four books, including The Pickle Patch Bathtub. She lives outside Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband.


Donna Delle's daughter, author FRANCES KENNEDY, lives in Dubuque, Iowa, with her husband and within driving distance of many of her own grandchildren. This is her second children's book.

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A great message for kids and adults alike.
Liz Pomeroy
My husband and I both read with pleasure and have it on the coffee table for children.
Shirley Williamson, writer
The illustrations were excellent...they really enhanced the story.
Kelly Seibert

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Maureen Davis on February 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Frances Kennedy has successfully captured the long loss art of story telling by sharing this simple story told by her mother. She has found the individual roots of family history and even today will help teach children that anything is still possible with hard work, a dream and a little sweat. The Pickle Patch Bathtub should find a wide audience for all ages and families. It is by far the best children's book for all seasons. On the scale of 1 to 5 stars with 5 being the best I'd give this 5 Stars plus. The illustrations really took me back in time of when I was little and added much to the joy of show and tell of my own childhood to my own great grandchildren.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Seibert on March 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The title of this book is what I was drawn to as I envisioned pickles growing out of an old bathtub. I was pleasantly impressed with the story (and surprised)...it wasn't just a "silly" story, but one that had a meaning. The writer included how life on the farm was like in the depression...life without luxuries we take for granted today. And the story brings out how even a youngster with a dream/goal in life can succeed with hard work, determination, and with the support of ones' family. I enjoyed this book, as well as my children. It truly is a warm family story about a young aspiring entrepreneur. The illustrations were excellent...they really enhanced the story. Great job Frances Kennedy and Sheila Aldridge. Looking forward to reading about more "recounted tales" from your childhood Frances!
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Sometimes you are lucky and run across a book that is pure gold. So it was with this true story written by Frances Kennedy and illustrated by Sheila Aldridge.
Back when days were truly hard, during the great depression, on the second Saturday in January, a little girl by the name of Donna Delle discovered her legs were too long! She simply could not fit into the old washtub which set by the stove in the kitchen and in which the entire family bathed. Donna lived in her family's farmhouse south of Luray, Missouri.

After some discussion, it was found that a real bathtub could be purchased through the Sears, Roebuck catalog for $9.25 plus $1.50 for shipping. Of course money like that simply was not to be had; there was mom, dad and the four children to feed. Times where hard!

What to do, what to do? Papa was saving for a new tractor and there were bills, bills and more bills. Times where hard!

During their next trip to town our determined little girl read a notice that the Keobuk canning company of Iowa would buy all the pickling cucumbers you could raise and they, the company, would provide the seeds. Ah, light at the end of the tunnel.

Spoiler here, but a lot of hard work went into raising these little pickles, lots of sweat, work and worry. But acting as a family with everyone pitching in...well, they got a new bathtub and Donna found her legs were not too long!

This is a beautifully written true story and the illustrations are so good that they fall into the category of eye candy. The farm, country, town, and details of that era are perfectly captured in both the text and the wonderful pictures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Williamson, writer on April 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The comic and colorful cover persuades any age to open the
book to see why these characters are in the tub together.
The story amuses and teaches old time value, good still for
today. My husband and I both read with pleasure and have it
on the coffee table for children. A bright joy to read.
Good verification with two historical photos of the
people in the story.
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