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About the Author: Lois Lenski

of Lenski s books can be collated into series but since they don t have to be read in order, you may be better off just looking forinformation here her most famous set is the following American Regional SeriesBeginning with Bayou Suzette in 1943, Lois Lenski began writing a series of books which would become known as her regional series In the early 1940s Lenski, who suffered from periodic bouts of ill health, was told by her doctor that she needed to spend the winter months in a warmer climate than her Connecticut home As a result, Lenski and her husband Arthur Covey traveled south each fall Lenski wrote in her autobiography, On my trips south I saw the real America for the first time I saw and learned what the word region meant as I witnessed firsthand different ways of life unlike my own What interested me most was the way children were living 183.In Journey Into Childhood, Lenski wrote that she was struck by the fact that there were plenty of books that tell how children live in Alaska, Holland, China, and Mexico, but no books at all telling about the many ways children live here in the United States Bayou Suzette Strawberry Girl.Blue Ridge Billy.Judy s Journey Boom Town Boy.Cotton in My Sack Texas Tomboy.Prairie School Corn Farm Boy San Francisco Boy Flood Friday Houseboat Girl Coal Camp Girl Shoo Fly Girl.To Be a Logger Deer Valley Girl.



10 thoughts on “Phebe Fairchild: Her Book

  1. says:

    Phebe Fairchild Her Book isn t officially part of Lois Lenski s classic American Regional series, but might as well be A product of painstaking research and Ms Lenski s gift for writing in a diversity of dialects, the novel was awarded a 1937 Newbery Honor as runner up to Ruth Sawyer s inimitable Roller Skates Ten year old Phebe loves the sea just like her father, but can t accompany her parents on their latest voyage Phebe will require a good home for the months her parents are away, so sh Phebe Fairchild Her Book isn t officially part of Lois Lenski s classic American Regional series, but might as well be A product of painstaking research and Ms Lenski s gift for writing in a diversity of dialects, the novel was awarded a 1937 Newbery Honor as runner up to Ruth Sawyer s inimitable Roller Skates Ten year old Phebe loves the sea just like her father, but can t accompany her parents on their latest voyage Phebe will require a good home for the months her parents are away, so she is sent from where she lives in New Haven, Connecticut to the small town of Winton in the northwestern part of the state to stay with her father s family There s Aunt Betsy and Uncle Jothan their kids, Tim, Samuel, Philip, Susan, and Belinda and Aunt Hannah and Grandmother Winton of the late 1820s is a lot different from New Haven, as Phebe discovers when she tries to show Aunt Betsy her fancy clothes and is reprimanded for vanity, but the farm is her home for now Phebe will have to make the most of it Life in Winton moves slowly, but what memorable times Phebe has Fifteen year old Tim covertly amuses her with comedic faces at the supper table, almost causing Phebe to laugh during prayers At her father s recommendation, Phebe keeps her beloved copy of Mother Goose s Quarto out of Aunt Hannah s sight her elderly aunt regards items of whimsy as detrimental to one s Christian faith Can one serve the Lord while distracted by elaborate art and opulent items intended for enjoyment in this world Certainly not, Aunt Hannah says Phebe meets her uncle Benjamin, a friendly bachelor flummoxed by his courtship with Lucy Rogers, who seems to enjoy his company but enjoys evenpretending to rebuff his advances Will they ever see eye to eye and get married Phebe meets Jeremiah Coffin the clockmaker, who always has a minute to share his wit and wisdom with her, and one fateful day she brings home to the farmhouse a young artist named Christopher Ross, who is ill to the point of his life being in danger As he convalesces at the Fairchild farm over the course of several months, regaining the strength to work on art projects, Phebe is happy with his temporary addition to the family Not all of Phebe s stay at the farm is pleasant She feels suffocated by so much land with no sea in sight, as her father did when he was young The Fairchilds mourned when he ran away at age twelve to be a sailor, and they didn t see him for years Love of the sea runs in the blood of some Fairchilds, Grandmother tells Phebe, and she may be one of them Heartbroken as Grandmother felt after Phebe s father left, her grief was compounded by the death of her daughter, Remembrance Remembrance wasted away once her brother ran off, her health steadily declining until the day the Lord gathered her in his arms and took her home Grandmother never fully recovered from the loss The joys of a close family, though priceless, are interwoven with sorrow Phebe has some tense exchanges with Aunt Hannah, who insists she follow a lifestyle of Christian simplicity and self denial, but Phebe won t run away after learning what her father s departure did to the Fairchilds Phebe finds an unexpected ally in Great aunt Eliza Pettifer, who seems stern at first but is charmed by Phebe s flights of imagination, including the Mother Goose verses she recites from memory Aunt Pettifer loves beautiful clothing and jewelry as Phebe does, and is her foremost defender when Aunt Hannah upbraids the ten year old for vanity Phebe will be elated when it comes time to return to New Haven, but will never forget her family in Wintoneven Aunt Hannah, who hastender feelings for Phebe than she lets on Does a God fearing life require we renounce all earthly pleasure Can humans resist the temptations of materialism when presented with fine clothing, jewels, and other indulgences Aunt Hannah worries we cannot, but surely one can enjoy man made things without it diluting one s desire for heaven Does not God impart to us our capacity to create beauty, and the passion to do so Is it not virtuous to partake in that creativity while holding oneself accountable to enjoy it appropriately When Aunt Pettifer gifts Phebe a braided gold brooch of intricate design, Phebe can hardly believe she is meant to keep it, but Aunt Pettifer delights in offering her the gift, because you are such a dear little girl and I love you Sharing objects of beauty and meaning is one of life s joys, a tribute to the creator of all good things Phebe will find a balance eventually between the philosophies of Aunt Hannah and Aunt Pettifer, and be better for having both of them in her life Their lessons will be a blessing for all her days I m on the fence as to my rating for this book Its themes are strong but subtle, and the sadness of Remembrance s story softly tinges every page Aunt Hannah can be severe with Phebe, but by the end it s clear she loves the child and will miss her when she leaves for New Haven On the other hand, the narrative moves slowly, goes off on side ventures that don t strengthen the story, and Aunt Hannah s ultimate lack of conviction about her unadorned lifestyle doesn t feel right Her philosophy may not have been perfectly thought out, but I wish her adherence to it were firmer I m rating Phebe Fairchild Her Book two and a half stars, and could just as easily round up as down The story reinvigorates my interest in Lois Lenski s library of works


  2. says:

    I love Lois Lenski s historical novels I wish someone would reprint them.


  3. says:

    This one s a fascinating historical novel set in 1830 Connecticut Lenski has written a story of a very independent girl It s the story of 10 11 year old Phebe, daughter of a ship s captain in New Haven, who is sent to live with relatives while her parents make a trading voyage to England Europe Phebe is a modern city girl and causes endless consternation to her rural conservative relatives She s Church Episcopalian and they re Meeting Puritan probably the difference between High and Lo This one s a fascinating historical novel set in 1830 Connecticut Lenski has written a story of a very independent girl It s the story of 10 11 year old Phebe, daughter of a ship s captain in New Haven, who is sent to live with relatives while her parents make a trading voyage to England Europe Phebe is a modern city girl and causes endless consternation to her rural conservative relatives She s Church Episcopalian and they re Meeting Puritan probably the difference between High and Low Church today She arrives alone via stagecoach near winter s end with a trunk of pretty things dresses, sashes, ribbons which are immediately put away except for the plainest of dresses She also has a book Mother Goose which she hides away with her jewelry since she was told by her father to keep it safe he knows how his family will perceive them Phebe settles in, but makes mistake after unknowing mistake, but her spirit is never quashed There is a lot of historical detail, but it s injected casually into the story not by massive info dump Another interesting feature is the use of dialect the relatives speak a very different English from Phebe I really enjoyed the bits with Mother Goose Phebe s book contains verses that have been dropped fromrecent editions which makes sense if you think about it and it s interesting that Mother Goose could ever have been perceived as heretical I am very pleased that I read this book and it s a real pity that it s no longer in print for my 2017 Reading Challenge and for my Newbery Challenge Honor 1937


  4. says:

    A sweet enough story of a young girl sent to live with country relatives while her seafaring father takes her mother on a trip to Europe These country relatives are quite a bitpuritan than her own parents, and it takes a bit of adjusting for her to feel that she fits in.Cute, but not anything extraordinary.


  5. says:

    This was a fun book 3.5 stars for sure, but some parts seemed to drag, and it wasn t THAT fun, so not quite 4 stars.Anyway, this is about a girl, seems to me about 10 12 years old, who lives near the coast in Connecticut in what I believe is the early 1820 s Her dad is a born seaman, and her mom goes on a long trip with him, so she spends a year with her dad s family on a farm inland.Well, it s ALL of her dad s family Her grandma, a couple aunts, an uncle, and a slew of cousins all live there This was a fun book 3.5 stars for sure, but some parts seemed to drag, and it wasn t THAT fun, so not quite 4 stars.Anyway, this is about a girl, seems to me about 10 12 years old, who lives near the coast in Connecticut in what I believe is the early 1820 s Her dad is a born seaman, and her mom goes on a long trip with him, so she spends a year with her dad s family on a farm inland.Well, it s ALL of her dad s family Her grandma, a couple aunts, an uncle, and a slew of cousins all live there We also meet a Great Aunt and some neighbors The characters are all interesting, but it s kind of difficult to keep track of who is who It would have been nicer to introduce themone at a time rather than all at once for the most part.Anyway, at the farm they are puritans So the girl Phebe needs to learn how to deal with that as well, especially from one of her aunts who thinks it s pure evil to wear jewelry or to read Mother Goose rhymes.But it s a good read if you can get your hands on it and are good at not losing concentration


  6. says:

    I think maybe I just don t much care for Lois Lenski s books I like her artwork, but I am not really captured by her stories This one has some really funny moments, though, like when Phebe borrows the new bonnet and goes visiting, but a lot of the rest of the book just felt slow I thought the premise was interesting, though sending an only child from an easygoing family to stay with relatives with very rigid ideas about religion, economics, and children s roles It definitely made for som I think maybe I just don t much care for Lois Lenski s books I like her artwork, but I am not really captured by her stories This one has some really funny moments, though, like when Phebe borrows the new bonnet and goes visiting, but a lot of the rest of the book just felt slow I thought the premise was interesting, though sending an only child from an easygoing family to stay with relatives with very rigid ideas about religion, economics, and children s roles It definitely made for some interesting encounters


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