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A story from Kate Seredy's own background takes Czechoslovakian Philomena from her country home to seek her fortune in Prague after her Grandmother dies. With Babushka's warm advice in her heart, Philomena sets out with confidence but the first thing she must do requires more than that- she must find her Aunt Liska whose married name Philomena does not know. How her fortun...more
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Published October 13th 1955 by Viking Children's Books
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"Everybody else in the village went to church every Sunday. First they listened to Father Matthias. Father Matthias was a wise priest who knew all about the weather, the sheep, and the chickens. He told the men of the village when to plant potatoes and corn. He told them what to do when animals got sick. He knew about God and Heaven, of course, but he also knew that people must have enough to eat to be happy, and therefore good, so he taught them to be good farmers. Good farmers have so much to...more
Cindy Euler
I was not a big fan of this book. The movie trailer presented as though it was both the mom and son that contributed to this story. It was not written as such and Philomena did not have a part in the story until early on and late in the book.
Gary Pearson
Great book, but not the movie. It is really the story of the boy who was adopted, and not the story of the woman and reporter who tried to find him- like the charming movie was.
Thought book was going to center on her life and search for son not a read about his gay life style.
Kristin Stone
I was trying to review a different book.
Important story. So very sad.
Ugh! I saw the movie and loved it. The book was another story. It was totally different from the movie. Very little was from Philomena's perspective. Most of the book was about Michael's life and his lifestyle. I would not recommend this at all.
a v. sweet book w/a happy ending. seredy's art makes me v. uncomfortable, reminds me of germany circa late thirties, philomena is beautiful w/out the art work (and most people will enjoy the art).
John Rea-Hedrick
A charming story of one delightful young girl's search for her lost aunt during her time of city "service" in pre-World War I Czechoslovakia.
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Seredy (Serédy Kató) was a gifted writer and illustrator, born in Hungary, who moved to the United States in 1922. She is best known for The Good Master, written in 1935, and for the Newbery Award winner, The White Stag.
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