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Thimble Summer

byElizabeth EnrightIllustratorElizabeth Enright

Paperback | April 29, 2008

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A few hours after nine-year-old Garnet Linden finds a silver thimble in the dried-up riverbed, the rains come and end the long drought on the farm. The rains bring safety for the crops and the livestock, and money for Garnet's father. Garnet can't help feeling that the thimble is a magic talisman, for the summer proves to be interesting and exciting in so many different ways.
There is the arrival of Eric, an orphan who becomes a member of the Linden family; the building of a new barn; and the county fair at which Garnet's carefully tended pig, Timmy, wins a blue ribbon. Every day brings adventure of some kind to Garnet and her best friend, Citronella. As far as Garnet is concerned, the thimble is responsible for each good thing that happens during this magic summer-her thimble summer.

Elizabeth Enright (1909-1968) was born in Oak Park, Illinois, but spent most of her life in or near New York City. Her mother was a magazine illustrator, while her father was a political cartoonist. Illustration was Enright's original career choice and she studied art in Greenwich, Connecticut; Paris, France; and the Parson's School of...
Title:Thimble SummerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 7.62 × 5.17 × 0.36 inPublished:April 29, 2008Publisher:Square FishLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:031238002X

ISBN - 13:9780312380021

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't great. I read a lot of Enright's other books and was expecting more from this Newberry Medal winner. The central character Garnet is, quite frankly, a self-absorbed, rude little girl who mistreats her friends and family. I tired of her very quickly. To me, it just read like a very poorly version of Charlotte's Web or Laura Inglles Wilder.
Date published: 2013-12-22

Editorial Reviews

"This story of a Wisconsin farm sings with the happiness and contentment of a small girl whose roots are sinking deep into the soil of a loved place." -School Library Journal, Starred Review

"This is a story of the sort for which there is a constant demand. . . . There is the flavor of real life . . . expressed with charm and humor." -The New York Times Book Review