- File Size: 424 KB
- Print Length: 180 pages
- Publisher: C.V. Smith; 2 edition (February 27, 2011)
- Publication Date: February 27, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004PYDHPC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Nettie Parker's Backyard Kindle Edition
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Nettie Parker is a very old woman, born around 1918, who tutors children in her neighborhood in Beaufort Georgia. She is especially fond of her young friend and neihbor Halley, and besides tutoring her in her school subjects she also teaches her Gullah, the dialect of African languages mixed with English that she learned growing up on the Island of St. Helena.. One day when Halley is visiting Nettie for her tutoring session, a mysterious statue arrives. Nettie has no idea where it came from or who sent it to her and thinks it must be a mistake. Then another statue arrives and she is shocked to realize just what these statues mean. Eventually there will be eight statues in all.
Halley asks Nettie if she can do a school paper on her and Nettie begins to relate to Halley the story of her life. Nettie was born with a withered foot, but, in her youth, she never allowed this to prevent her from doing whatever she wanted to do. One day, when she was six, she wandered away from her friends while they were playing in the woods on the Island of St. Helena when she heard the most beautiful and haunting violin music. She did not realize this at the time, but the music was a sign that presaged a most significant period in her future.
Dispite her handicap, Nettie proved to be an excellent student and she so impressed one of her teachers that she recommended her for a nursing scholarship at Charing Cross Hospital in London, where the teacher's brother was working as a doctor. In 1939 Nettie went to London to begin nursing classes. On her way to the hospital she accidently bumps into three black American servicemen and her suitcase falls to the floor and her clothes are scattered. Two of the servicemen go on their way but the third, Jonas, stays to help her and even helps her find her way to the Hospital. Jonas will eventually become her husband.
Not long after Nettie arrives in London, Hitler marches his army into Poland and England enters the war against the Axis powers.
Nettie gets along well with her fellow students and excels at her nursing studies, Jonas persues a courtship and she marries him. But events conspire to prevent her from completing her studies. The hospital is bombed and Nettie's good leg is pinned under a fallen pillar and seriously damaged. Nettie is confined to a wheelchair. But, as is often the case, when one door closes, another opens. Nettie catches a leather ball thrown by a young boy, and subsequently meets the boy and his older brother. The two boys, Joseph and Daniel are refugees from Frankfort, Germany who have come to England on the Kindertransport. Their families have sent them away because they fear for their lives as Jews in Nazi Germany. They and six other children live with a kindly old woman named Constance Pemberton. Nettie goes home with the children and meets Constance, and seeing the need, she offers her services in taking care of the children who range in age from four to seventeen. One of the children is Anna, age 12, who came from Vienna with her four year old sister Eva. Anna is already adept at playing the violin and when she plays, Nettie recognizes the melody she heard that day in the woods on St. Helena! Anna had composed the music herself.
Nettie Parker's back yard is a delightful story and it contains a number of positive messages for young people. Gratitiude, preserverance, overcoming handicaps, enduring hardships, combating prejudice, and doing your part to help your community and your world are all among them.
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