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Simple Gifts
Joanne Greenberg
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Simple Gifts

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  26 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Simple Gifts is a wildly comic tale about the Fleuris, a poor but engaging family living on a back-country ranch in Colorado. When a government agent persuades them to allow visitors to sample ranch life as it was in the 1880s, one well-intentioned misadventure leads to another.
Hardcover, 198 pages
Published by Henry Holt & Company (first published 1986)
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Apr 05, 2016 Marcie added it
Nor rated because I can't remember if I read this and I have no record of when or where in the 98-99 schoolyear we discussed it.
Jul 20, 2012 Cat. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Set in the back mountains of Colorado, although it could have been placed anywhere scenic. About a new government program that pays people to regress into an interesting time period and serve as hosts to paying visitors who what to see what life was really like "back then."

This particular family needs the money, but they also have a secret (i.e. illegal) herd of Texas longhorns and a still. These have been their sole sources of income heretofore, and they are loathe to give them up.

Funny, and s
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May 27, 2009 Karen Schwaab rated it liked it
I opted to save it by checking it out from the library's "last chance" shelf, and I chose it because it was based in Colorado and the narrative was written from the perspective of multiple characters. It was a nice little read during a long, long drive to northern Minnesota.
Aug 28, 2008 Cws added it
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Joanne Greenberg, also known as Hannah Green, is a writer whose style lends itself to the mature reader yet simultaneously presents themes suitable for all ages. Greenberg addresses the persistent doubts that plague all of us by relating stories of others in need. Though the scenarios in which her characters find themselves may be unfamiliar to the average reader, the emotions they feel while enme ...more
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