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About the Author
Mary McDowell was born and raised in he Southern California suburb she has described in her book. As an adult, she has lived in Utah and Italy with her husband, Antonino, and her daughter, Sonia--plus the inevitable bottle-fed pets: a lamb, a kid-goat, cats and dogs (right up through Spike). There were sweet-voiced birds and her eight-year-old, once quarter-sized water turtle named Tarta. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. Her interests range from writing to music (she played the trumpet and sings), to crocheting, to making beadwork jewelry and quilting, to... reading. Somethings just never change.
File Size: 684 KB
Print Length: 231 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Mary McDowell; 1 edition (February 3, 2013)
For those children growing up in a slower and simpler time, "Old McDonald Had A Funny Farm" is an absolute delight! The author takes us back to 1960 and shares with us her year as a second grader. I felt like I was right beside Melody (aka Mickey)in her adventures. I choose the word "adventures" because everything was an adventure when we were all that age. From getting up bright and early to start a new day to falling asleep when our heads hit the pillow that night, the author tells her story from the viewpoint of her childhood -- honest, sweet, no holds barred. You cannot help but be drawn in to remembering your own experiences as a child in how you celebrated the holidays, going on vacation, spending more time outside than inside playing with your friends and dealing with bullies, experiencing the simple joys of a family car ride, the treat of having pizza for those special occasions, watching your favorite TV shows with the family, and, yes, even doing the chores you were expected to do. Treat the "inner" child still within yourself to this good read!
What a great heartwarming story! It was so much fun to read. Mary makes you feel like you are right there with her, experiencing everything with her. A great reminder of what it was like to grow up in that era, or what you missed out on if you didn't. Thank you Mary for a wonderful story!