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Under a Living Sky
by Joseph Simons (Goodreads Author)
Mary is certain that her parents are giving her new shoes for Christmas, but the Depression has hit her Saskatchewan farming family hard. Mary tries to hide her disappointment when she receives a crude homemade doll instead. She ends up liking the doll much more than she expects, but the doll fuels the rivalry between Mary and her older sister, Judith. Then, when the doll ...more
Published November 1st 2005 by Orca Book Publishers
(first published September 1st 2005)
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You know it's a good children's book when, after your child falls asleep, you feel the need to read to the end to see what happens. This book follows a girl named Mary, who's family is suffering through the Depression. They are a farming family living on the Canadian prairies, and can't afford to buy their children new shoes or Christmas gifts. Mary gets a handmade doll for Christmas who becomes a good friend. There is intense rivalry between Mary and her sister, which is a key part of the ...more
Joseph Simons was born just after his Dutch immigrant parents left the post WWII economic chaos of the Netherlands. They came to Canada prepared to farm, his father having taken an horticultural degree before they left Europe. They arrived at the famous Pier 21 in Halifax, as had a million others since 1945, all hoping for a better life. For a while, they shared a farm with Joseph's uncle and ...moreMore about Joseph Simons...