Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Strawberry Hill by Mary Ann Hoberman

Hoberman, Mary Ann. Strawberry Hill. Little, Brown and Company: Books for Young Readers. ARC ISBN: 978-0-316-04324-3

When Allie’s father takes a job in another town, she is not looking forward to a new school and new friends. She likes her life just the way it is. Old-fashioned stereo-typical families and values are evident. She struggles with finding the true meaning of friendship on Strawberry Hill. Strawberry Hill is set during the Depression, written in the style of depression textbooks. The ideals and tone of the book depict an earlier era which today’s readers may not identify with. Strawberry Hill may be a biography of sorts of Hoberman’s childhood. As the Children’s Poet Laureate, Hoberman should stick to her beloved poetry and picture books.

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