As a child, I visited my Aunt Dot’s farm in Vermont each summer, and oh it was hard to leave. In this, Jemima has to do just that… and only after she remembers the summer past, is she able to let go, knowing she will return. (P.S. In real life, as an adult, I bought Dot’s farm and now live there year round.)
Amazon Customer Review
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great for teaching writing in elementary and middle school July 6, 2007
Dr. W. C. Kasten
This timeless story needs to get back into print. A girl explores her feelings and memories of a recent wonderful summer. This book has so many wonderful metaphors and similes, a flashback, and art that parallels how the story goes back and forth from present to past.
I use this book in classes with teachers to assist in the teaching of writing. First of all, this book makes nearly everyone think of a memory they have, which may be a worthy writing topic, whether it’s a vacation, former home, or any other special place lodged in someone’s fond memories. So it helps generate topics for writing stories in classes.
Second, because of the wonderful metaphoric language, JEMIMA makes a good model to use in the study of methaphoric language, a common topic in K-8 curriculum.