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Missy Violet and Me

by Barbara Hathaway

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Missy Violet is the town midwife. When Viney's father can't pay her for the birth of another daughter, Missy Violet suggests that she take 10-year-old Viney on as an assistant to pay off the debt. Viney is excited to help the midwife even though she doesn't know where babies come from. She learns soon though and also learns about the different types of plants and herbs Missy Violet uses and what they are used for. Viney is proud of being such a help to Missy Violet and knowing more about babies than snooty Margie Poole. Told in a girlish, observant voice with humor. Viney's voice brings vivid life to the characters of Charles, her rascally cousin; the scary Rausy brothers; addle-brained James Henry who believes the Lord (Charles) called him to preach; Viney's bold friend Arma Jean; and Mr. Grit, the widower who's set on Missy Violet.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Missy Violet is a midwife that helped Viney’s mother give birth to her seventh child, and Viney’s father does not have enough to pay Missy Violet. The midwife wants her payment, so she suggests to Mr. James that Viney should work off his debt and Mr. James accepts. Viney is excited to help the midwife deliver babies, and she also wants to become a midwife herself. During that summer Viney learns how to help women feel comfortable when they are giving birth, and she learns what herbs to give them. There is one situation that Missy Violet is not present to help a women give birth, and Viney does the best that she can to help the pregnant lady. Viney does not feel comfortable helping the lady give birth, so she finds another midwife for help. Her name was Annie, and Viney and miss Annie help the pregnant lady give birth. Annie was impressed by Viney’s skills. The book reflects the adventure of a young girl that helps a midwife, and Missy Violet becomes the inspiration of many people in town. ( )
  memaldonado | Feb 14, 2015 |
Genre: Historical Fiction

Summary: Viney's new baby sister was delivered by Missy Violet, the local midwife. But Viney's father didn't have the money to pay her. So Missy Violet suggested that Viney help her out during the summer to pay off the debt. ( )
  hannahmunger | Nov 20, 2011 |
A short read (100 pages,) this book follows a young girl named Viney as she learns the trade of midwifery from local fixture, Missy Violet. No real conflict exists in this tale; there is some reference to slavery (Missy herself was a child when the slaves were freed) and to black resentment of wealthy whites, but the core of the book is the ancient art of "catching babies," which is imparted to Viney by Missy Violet. The author was inspired by her mother's recollection of a 1930s midwife.
  Sarahfine | Mar 22, 2011 |
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During the early 1900s, eleven-year-old Viney spends her summer working for the local midwife and learns firsthand about birth, death, and "catchin' babies."

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