Yes. I think this is a darling cover!
Why I Wanted to Read This:
This book came out last spring and I heard a lot about it around the time it came out. But I was reading other things back then. I put it on my library order, though, and it came in this fall. Recently I just happened to pick it up and go sucked right into the story! Here's the synopsis from GoodReads:
A sweet, spirited ten-year-old embarks upon the adventure of first friendship in this sparkling debutRomance?: No, but a super sweet best friendship evolves!
Prairie Evers is finding that socialization isn't all it's cracked up to be. She's been homeschooled by her granny and has learned the most from traipsing through nature. But now she has to attend public school, and feels just like her chickens--cooped up and subject to the pecking order. School is a jolt for Prairie until she meets Ivy, her first true friend. But while raising chickens and the great outdoors have given Prairie wisdom and perspective, nothing has prepared her for the give and take of friendship. When Prairie finds out that Ivy's home may not be the best place for Ivy, Prairie must corral all her optimism and determination to hatch a plan to help.
This book moved very quickly. It was an easy read and you will totally adore Prairie. But what will really get you is the friendship between Ivy and Prairie, especially if you ever had one true best friend growing up. Remember how quickly you became best friends? And how much time you spent together? How there just weren't issues and dramas surrounding the friendship. It was just easy and wonderful! That's how Ivy and Prairie's friendship is!
As a parent I truly admire Prairie's mom's courage. Wow. Even though Prairie's grammy wrote the script on what to say, I just don't think I would be able to pull that off! Even though we don't see that scene in the book, just knowing she was going to do that made me very impressed.
The simple life! I have friends who live this way, lots of farming, almost no technology, chickens, etc... It just amazes me that they stick to their resolve to raise their kids this way. I couldn't/can't do it and really have no desire to do it, but I love visiting that world (either in a book or for real at my friend's house).
I also love how this book is designed. Short, simple chapters, with really cute chapter starting pages (I am sure their is an official book designing term for them, I just don't know it).
There is a lot of changes that Prairies goes through and growing. And there will be a lot more as time goes on, but she is open to being a better person as the book goes on and she has such a big, sweet heart. You just want to hug her and Ivy!
To Sum Up: Very sweet middle grade book about friendships and growing up and becoming more aware of the world. I know many young readers in my school I will be having read this one!
Book bought for my library.
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