From School Library Journal
Grade 4–7—It takes an eloquent weaver of words to entice readers into the world of rural, pre-World War II Ukraine, and Siegal does just that in these nine exquisite tales. Youngsters visit Babi's farm and the town of Komjaty, seeing it through the eyes of young Aranka, who spent summers there with her grandmother. The beauty of the countryside comes through, but so does the anti-Semitism, the superstitions, and the poverty. The stories and the lessons learned resonate as the character and readers discover life in the Carpathian Mountains together. The love between grandmother and granddaughter especially shines through as Siegal retells the lessons that she asserts have become even more meaningful to her in the intervening years.—Ernie Bond, Salisbury University, MD
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“The love between grandmother and granddaughter especially shines through.” —School Library Journal
"Fans of the Little House Books will like Siegal's warm descriptions of work, home, and faith; they will also appreciate the picture of Siegal's loving grandmother-mentor." —Booklist
"In a testament to her childhood summertime visits with her Ukrainian grandmother in the pre-World War II Carpathian Mountains, Seigal weaves several stories of country village life. . . . The concepts that yesterday's good, honorable life contains meaning for today remains paramount." —Kirkus Reviews
“Most notable is the author’s ability to project characters vividly, to write simply without condescension, and to interweave themes without preaching.” —Horn Book