Crooked Creek Ranch
by Amy Drorbaugh
Great for all ages, amusing, and well written.
Short vignette style chapters (5 total) that are easy to read alone or all together. I can see it working very well as a read aloud for multiple ages. My 8.5 yr old daughter is in the middle of reading it and I read it as well. The scenes are easy to picture and are amusing and well written. Positive examples of family relationships and childhood curiosity are portrayed. I like that it is based on true family events.
The chapters are: The Tomato Bath-a mama skunk is involved,
The Bear and the Soap-an uncle retells a story when lye soap was mistaken for food,
The Mystery of the Open Gate-a stallion with an unknown talent stays at Crooked Creek Ranch for a time,
Festival Preparations-after harvest community gathering,
Root Beer Catastrophe-Sara is so excited to try this treat that her brothers have told her about for years but her help with the recipe turns out to have some surprising results.
It does say Book 1 on the cover so it may be the start of a series but there are no cliffhangers to worry about.
PERFECT family read aloud!
This is a must have book!
I had started reading it by myself when my oldest walked in and asked me what I was reading. Siblings followed him in and I decided to start reading it aloud.
The first chapter title had them, hook, line and sinker! We all cuddled on my bed while I read aloud.
This did NOT disappoint! We laughed our way through the first chapter! I enjoyed it so much, I knew I couldn’t wait to finish it, so I did, after I sent them to bed.
Amy has SUCH an amazing writing talent! I think the fact that she used her own mother’s experiences makes it extra special!
The stories are attention grabbing, with enough of an anticipation factor that just makes you HAVE to keep reading! I laughed with every chapter! Can’t wait to finish reading this to my kids.
“Look! Look over there!” . . . There she was . . . a big mama skunk. And right behind her, in a line, were three roly-poly, fluffy little skunk babies. “Aren’t they so cute!” squealed Sara, clapping her hands together. “Let’s catch them!” There’s never a dull moment when you live on an isolated cattle ranch in the hills of Southern California. Tag along with Sara, Levi, and Tommy as they have hilarious and fun adventures. Based on true events from the childhood of the author’s mother, these heart-warming stories reveal a glimpse into rural life in the early 1900s and focus on the unbreakable bond of family.
Crooked Creek Ranch is book 1 of the Crooked Creek Ranch series.