112 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.31 in
May 25, 2004
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 061837163X
ISBN - 13: 9780618371631
About the Book
At turns scary, funny, and exhilarating, the rhythm of a, 11-year-old girl's rural life in the South quickens as she embraces her apprenticeship to midwife Missy Violent, and finds her own special place as Missy's "best helper girl."
From the Publisher
The summer that Viney is eleven years old is extraordinary. It takes her out of school and puts her under the wing of Missy Violet, a well-loved midwife whose wise and warm ways help teach Viney about the business of catchin' babies. Suddenly, Viney must learn about roots and herbs and their medicinal purpose, understand the contents of Missy Violet's "birthin' bag," and contend with a snooty peer and wild, irrepressible cousin-Charles Elister Paxton Nehemiah Windbush. And all this before she actually helps to deliver a single baby! At turns scary, funny, and exhilarating, the rhythm of Viney's rural life in the South quickens as she embraces her apprenticeship and finds her own special place as Missy Violet's "best helper girl." Hot jiggetty!
About the Author
Barbara Hathaway was born in Harlem, New York, and lives in Westchester County, New York, with her family.
"Unspooled as leisurely as a summer afternoon spent on the front porch, this appealingly nostalgic tale conveys the tenor of the time as well as the affable narrator's growth during one momentous summer." Publishers Weekly
"Great for reading aloud." Booklist, ALA