I read all of the books I get for my kids, and I really enjoyed this one. It is a quick read and relatable for a family even in today’s world. Change happens and sometimes we do things we don’t want to do, but we do them together as a family and that is what counts.
This was a quick read. The more I reflect on it the more I like it. There were multiple points to discuss and think about.
*The influence of an older sibling on younger ones.
*The impact kindness or discrimination has on those it touches.
*Adapting our dreams and being open to change.
*Perseverance through hard times.
*That God loves us whether we live in a tent or mansion.
Yes, there is a difference of opinion at the beginning and a few “I told you so” moments, but the growth shown in the story far outweighs it, especially at this reading level. This is a tight knit family that work hard together and take care of each other. I loved how close the kids were and the way they treated and cared for each other.
I’m happy to give this one to my kids when they reach level 6, or use it in our history during the corresponding time period.
This was such an amazing story of sacrifices a family makes together to have a successful life. There are trails and hardships that they face and overcome together! They strive to work hard and do good for one another despite some situations not being ideal. My favorite message of this story comes when they learn the story of Jesus and Jonesy shares with the other pickers. Definitely a sweet book to add to your library!
I am in the process of building up my home library for my grandchildren and read all of the books that come into my house to be sure they are good for the children. Up until now, I have enjoyed every book I have purchased from TG&TB, and have felt “safe” trying out new books from their website.
The cover of Blueberry Acres caught my attention so I read the description; it seemed kind of fun, and it was on sale, so I purchased it. I just finished reading it (it is pretty short and could have been read through in less than an hour) … and I must say I am very disappointed. The children in the story portray several character traits that I would NOT want introduced to my grandchildren.
The website description says, “… the children are certain that life will be miserable. …” and that’s exactly what most of the book is about – it really focuses on how miserable they are. About half the book is spent reading about their complaints. They are rebellious, stubborn, and ungrateful. Yes, good things are eventually learned, but **most of the focus is on the negative things.** Why would we want our children to feed on all of these negative traits? I totally understand how some things might need to be said, but to have most of the book focus on it … it’s just wayyyyyy too much.
Besides all of that, it just did not flow in a way that made sense – it could have been a wonderful story cram packed full of good character, family time well spent, and fun adventures.
Just not a good book in general. This book will be going in the trash.
Last year I watched Jenny Philips’ videos about “How Books have Changed in the Last Century” and “Be Brave about Books” [TG&TB YT channel] and really appreciated them – this book does NOT fit into what she is saying in the videos. I’m wondering what happened here?
**Response from The Good and the Beautiful**
We welcome honest reviews about our The Good and the Beautiful Library books and appreciate your feedback regarding our new release, Blueberry Acres by Alice Geer Kelsey. It is true that the children start out reluctant to go with their parents to an unknown part of the country that they have only heard unpleasant stories about from their uncle. They are disrespectful to their parents. However, as the story progresses, they learn to trust in their parents and everyone pitches in to support the family. We see how attitudes can be softened and behavior changed through kindness by others. By receiving kindness from others, the children become more kind to their siblings and others.
Descriptions and samples on our website are written to give parents and readers an understanding of what can be expected in our books. These topics can also prompt discussion in your homeschool as each family is unique and will have their own set of guidelines for what is appropriate.
Life in the Ozarks is all the Hunter children have ever known, so when Mother and Father move the family north to work in fields as pickers, the children are certain that life will be miserable. They have heard stories of people from the North and how they treat pickers from the South. However, as the family begins work at Blueberry Acres, they soon discover that goodness can be found in all parts of the country when you have people who care and come together, no matter their circumstances.
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