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The Open Gate

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A laid-off advertising man places a starting bid at a country auction and finds out that he bought a run-down farm - a humorous and somewhat idyllic picture of a family adapting to country living (although for Gran, it is a return to the farm life she loved) as World War II steadily worsens in Europe.
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published January 28th 1943 by Viking Children's Books (first published 1943)
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This book is a darling family romp, with a wonderful push for industry and self-sufficiency. I don't think we all need to give up our current lives and move to a farm, but there is still a lot of wisdom in this story, very relevant to our current economic struggles. I also loved the family interplay - the patience, love, and creativity that they fostered in one another. The illustrations were beautiful, though I wish there had been more of them. It would, perhaps, seem a little long to young rea ...more
Equal parts charm and WWII-era propaganda, this book was a sweet reading experience. I loved the Machiavellian grandmother and her farm-wise ways. I loved the reverence for Art as well as Labor that is evident throughout. The story held few surprises but was warm and wholesome throughout. The pencil illustrations are incredibly evocative of the era, though I'm not sure that the illustrator had ever actually seen a snapping turtle. Highly recommended, if you're a fan of this sort of thing. Some o ...more
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When I was younger the library in my old home town had this book in their children’s section and I loved it. Then they got rid of it and for years I suffered its lack in silence. Finally I realized that I needed to read it again and so I asked for it for a Christmas present. My copy is very old and in a protective cover and my father told me that it was extremely difficult to find so I am very careful with it. It is the story of an American family who lives in a modern apartment filled with “pus ...more
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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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