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Fair Weather

by Richard Peck

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In 1893, thirteen-year-old Rosie and members of her family travel from their Illinois farm to Chicago to visit Aunt Euterpe and attend the World's Columbian Exposition which, along with an encounter with Buffalo Bill and Lillian Russell, turns out to be a life-changing experience for everyone.
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It's 1893 and Chicago is hosting the World's Columbian Exposition, also known as the World's Fair, and people are coming from all over to see the sights. Rosie, her older sister and younger brother are invited to attend as guests of their aunt, a rich widow who lives in the city. As usual with this author's tales, things don't always go as planned, but with smile-inducing results. Fun read as an adult, probably would be a good book to eventually pass on to my grandchildren, who live in Chicago! ( )
  fuzzi | Apr 25, 2024 |
3.5 stars. There is a glimpse of the fun and humor that shines through my favorite of Peck's work, _A Long Way from Chicago_. This one is not quite as entertaining as that, but it does offer a fun glimpse at the Chicago World's Fair. It's probably best for 3rd-5th grade or so. ( )
  CarolHicksCase | Mar 12, 2023 |
In 1893 Rosie Beckett’s family got a letter from their Aunt Euterpe in Chicago. They’d never had a letter from her before.

It’s the year of the Columbia Exposition and Aunt Euterpe has sent her invitation and railroad tickets for Rosie, her older sister Lotti, her younger brother Buster and their mother to travel to Chicago and see the Exposition. Euterpe feels she is making a great offer to give her backwoods family to see what the world has to offer. A once-in-a-lifetime experience.

As Euterpe has lived in Chicago for a good number of years, the question is can she handle her family and their lack of sophistication. Especially when one member shows up unexpectedly.

Author Richard Peck writes in the voice of his characters. This book is in Rosie’s voice and tells of each family member’s experiences and the surprises they have during their week-long visit. The incredible sights and the people they meet.

There are historical photos to help set the scene of the era, which I feel adds to the over-all story telling. It may be a book for kinds, but adults can enjoy it too. It is also a story that tells how family can be important even though not everyone lives in a particular style/place. ( )
  ChazziFrazz | Feb 23, 2022 |
This was a sort quick read that was very enjoyable. It gave some interesting insight into the Chicago’s World Fair without being overly daunting with facts. It also talked about society and the expectations that came with it. I would recommend it for younger readers that like Navy Pier and the Ferris wheel. ( )
  snickel63 | Aug 21, 2020 |
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To Jean and Will Hobbs, in love and admiration.
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It was the last day of our old lives, and we didn't even know it.
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In 1893, thirteen-year-old Rosie and members of her family travel from their Illinois farm to Chicago to visit Aunt Euterpe and attend the World's Columbian Exposition which, along with an encounter with Buffalo Bill and Lillian Russell, turns out to be a life-changing experience for everyone.

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