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Penny Candy by Jean Kerr

Penny Candy (original 1966; edition 1970)

by Jean Kerr, Jr. Whitney Darrow (Illustrator)

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Title:Penny Candy
Authors:Jean Kerr
Other authors:Jr. Whitney Darrow (Illustrator)
Info:Doubleday (1970), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 186 pages
Collections:Your library, 2009 Reads
Tags:humor, family life, oral interp

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Penny Candy by Jean Kerr (1966)

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As is true with all Jean's works - as far as I know - this is a collection of very funny essays on the vicissitudes of life and family. Jean Kerr was writing these little gems in the years I was growing up, and I discovered her books in high school. She has a way with words; dry, witty, understated at times, wildly exaggerated at others. Her humor resonates with me.

My favorite piece in this book called "The Poet and the Peasants." Jean outlines the woes of trying to inoculate her boys with a love of poetry. There are lots stumbles along the way - bad limericks, worse performances - but the boys eventually come around, and so does the reader. It even seems possible. ( )
  MerryMary | Feb 20, 2009 |
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