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Thimble Summer (1938)

by Elizabeth Enright

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Garnet is sure a silver thimble she found by the river was full of magic because the whole summer on the farm in Wisconsin has been full of exciting adventures.

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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
A short, sweet book about a young girl and her life growing up on the farm as showcased in one summer. Garnet finds a silver thimble while playing and believes it is magic. She delights in the small things like rain showers, ice cream cones, and days spent at the county fair. Love! ( )
  BookishHooker | Dec 16, 2019 |
This 1939 Newbery Award winner has aged quite well. Written as a contemporary tale of life on a Wisconsin small-town farm for a girl and her family, it now reads as a period piece about a bygone era. Garnet Linden has a variety of small adventures involving her slightly older brother, Jay, her best friend, Citronella, and few other family members and family friends. There is no one central plot, but rather an episodic narrative of life on the farm for an adventurous girl.
The only episode that that makes the book stand out as having been written in 1938 is when Garnet hitch hikes to a town 18 miles away. Although she does so without her parents permission, she suffers no ill repercussions from doing so, either from the people who kindly give her rides, nor from her parents. A book written today, even if telling a tale of the 1930s, would never portray hitch hiking as something acceptable for a 12 year old girl to do! ( )
1 vote fingerpost | Sep 23, 2018 |
How many times did I read this? Not enough. I could again. Family, friendship, honor, dreams, history. If you liked [b:The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate|6202556|The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate|Jacqueline Kelly|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1277848891s/6202556.jpg|6383049] try this classic. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
This book is about Garnet Linden who is nine years old. She finds a silver thimble in a dried river bed because of the drought. Finally rain came and it stopped her father's crops from dying. After finding this thimble Garnet feels that the thimble she found has magic in it because for the whole summer good things have been happening. There is the arrival of Eric, an orphan who becomes a member of the Linden family; the building of a new barn; and the county fair at which Garnet's carefully tended pig, Timmy, wins a blue ribbon. Everyday brought a new surprise.

Personal Reaction: I liked how her mind worked. She found this little thing and believed that it brought her luck. It made her have a great summer
Classroom Extention:I would ask the students to bring something to class the next day that they thought was lucky or magical and do a show and tell.
  rocquel | Nov 29, 2015 |
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Thimble Summer, by Elizabeth Enright, is a quiet and very old-fashioned children's story. It was a pleasant read, full of the sensory pleasures of summer on a farm in southern Wisconsin - but the characters never seemed real nor particularly interesting to me. Even the main character, nine year old Garnet, remained distant right up to the end of the book.
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Garnet is sure a silver thimble she found by the river was full of magic because the whole summer on the farm in Wisconsin has been full of exciting adventures.

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Thimble Summer is a novel by Elizabeth Enright that won the 1939 Newbery Medal. It is set in Depression-era rural Wisconsin.

The very evening that nine-year-old Garnet Linden finds a silver thimble in a dried-up riverbed near the farm where she lives, the drought that has threatened her family's financial future is broken with a rainstorm. The days that follow are filled with exciting events: the Lindens come by money to rebuild their barn, Garnet's pig wins a blue ribbon at the fair, and a young boy comes to live with the Lindens as their adopted son. The summer is so wonderful that Garnet comes to believe that the thimble had magical powers, and she vows to remember that time as her "thimble summer".

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