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Houseboat Girl (American Regional)

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What would it be like to live on a houseboat on the Mississippi River with two parents, four kids, eight chickens, several turtles, a dog, and a cat? Patsy and her family are about to find out!
At first, Patsy is upset when her parents decide to move from their home in River City, Illinois, to a houseboat on the Mississippi River. She'll miss her house and friends, and she
Published 1957 by J. B. Lippincott Company
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Sep 02, 2012 Judy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: children 8-12, read-aloud for kids

Houseboat Girl is another Lois Lenski book that stands out in my memory as a favorite when I was growing up. I was ten years old when it was first published and I bet I found it at the library. I did not find it at the library in 2012, but my sister collects the Lenski books and she had a copy. It has also recently been republished in paperback and as an eBook by Open Road Media.

Patsy is going through that most wrenching experience for a ten-year-old girl of moving away fro
Dec 22, 2015 Wendy rated it liked it
Just read the original book, no biographical extras. I liked it, but I don't think it comes anywhere near her best work. And yes, I'm over the age of 'adult' so I might not be her target audience any longer. :)
Barbara Irene Carter
This charming story by Lois Lenski, part of her Regional Series of books for children, is about a family's adventures aboard a houseboat as they travel down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Patsy and her family are happily living in River City, Illinois. Patsy loves going to school with her friends, but unfortunatly, her Daddy has river life in his blood and is never content to stay in one place too long. He builds a houseboat for his family to live in, plus other boats that are necessary for hi ...more
Fascinating details of a bygone way of life.
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