- File Size: 2222 KB
- Print Length: 106 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: January 22, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01AZQJ2CA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
#2,304,711 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #737 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children's eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > United States > 1900s
- #1802 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children's eBooks > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Boys & Men
- #2748 in Books > Children's Books > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > United States > 1900s
John Bloom and the Victory Garden: Digging In Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Then as often is the way, life can take drastic turns and changes swiftly happen. Enter left Pearl Harbour war, taking everyone by surprise. This story evolves to bring a deeper level of understanding of the harsher human emotions we must all have to face at times.
The what we are left with, and what stands out and for John how he realies what having family values really means, and sometimes that is all we have left to stand on.
How hard is is for a ten year old boy to have these feeling thrust apon his young soul and make him grow up emotionally sooner than was expected.
The story progresses with some information facts of history through the eyes of a ten year old during the Pearl harbour war, but what is instilled and what you as a reader are left with is the the effect wars have on children and how they cope with new feelings and what they learn at the end of the day.
You will love how when you open the book there is a neat map of the farming community in New Jersey right at the front, that children can associate and refer too when they start reading this book.
You will love the farming references and the wholesome farming way of life, with all the richness of organic grown-from-scratch food.
Leigh Emery Sherin is a farmer, baker and an photographer and she brings all these skills and more to this table with the first in the series book - "John Bloom in the Victory Garden".
Bonus points for everyone is that there are delicious recipies for all food mentioned after the story!
Also good to know is that this is the first in a series and Leigh already has the next book in the series out ready to read, so you can go straight onto reading that after this one.
My 12 year old enjoyed reading this especially as she was learning about World War ii about the same time.
P.S you must check out Leigh's instagram as she has the most amazing farming lifestyle photographs to inspire and yearn for. @Winterrestfarm
I enjoyed reading this book. The author, Leigh Shearin, took me to a time that I had only heard about, but now I could live it through young John Bloom and the interesting characters of Appleside, NJ. Since this is a historical novel, it can be enjoyed by middle grade readers right through to adults! by Christina Morley, posted on Amanda's Books and More
John Bloom and his friends, Joe and Chewie, are three ten-year-old boys living in the small town of Appleside, New Jersey, in 1942. They are the founding members of The American Boys Club (the ABCs), and their mission is to help in the war effort. In this story, the boys establish a Victory Garden with the help of their old neighbor, Mr Hutchins. The story includes information about World War II in a manner easily accessible to children. Topics mentioned include: flying aces, Victory Gardens, internment camps, the war in the Pacific, Japanese prison camps, Polish concentration camps, the Battle of Midway, soldiers' families displaying flags in windows, blackouts, and Pearl Harbor.
The book also imparts knowledge of community farming and the lifestyle of the time: rationing, bartering with neighbors for food items (e.g., exchanging milk for eggs), listening to the radio, scrap drives (first attempts at recycling), making jams and butter, milking cows, baking bread, reading newspapers to get information (rather than using the Internet), composting, and sharing the fruits of harvest.
All of these elements are woven into the story, and we follow the growth and development of the garden and the vegetables throughout the course of the war. The story is illustrated with maps, photographs, newspaper headlines, and flyers, to provide an interactive feel. It even includes a selection of recipes using harvested vegetables and farm produce.
There are a few editing errors, but overall this is a fun and educational book, with something for the adults as well.
I received this book in return for an honest review.
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