Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Summer on the Farm by Elva Hurst (Farm Life Series) Ages 7-11

About the book: Young Elva loves her summer days—once her daily milking, household, and gardening chores are done. In book two of the Farm Life Series, author Elva Hurst spins a simple tale of a summer spent splashing in the creek on hot afternoons and singing hymns with the other youth at the hymn sing. When news of a wedding surfaces, the neighboring Amish and Mennonite families all pitch in to make the day special for the young couple.

This delightful story is a beautiful picture of a young girl discovering joy in a simple life centered on a loving family, a tightly knit community, and an active faith in God…and just a little bit of mischief along the way.

Review:  The Farm Life Series consists of little chapter books for children - mostly girls - ages 7 to 11. I found Summer on the Farm to be a charming read that the author has shared from her very own experiences as a little girl growing up Mennonite.

Summer brings the joy of all sorts of things that simply are not available to do during the school year, but summer also brings additional chores or responsibilities for Elva. I love how this is written with language appropriate for the 7 to 11 crowd but it doesn't dumb-down the vocabulary. The length of the books is just right to present a little challenge and yet not overwhelm. Faith is brought out as simply a way of life for this family and for the individuals.

DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was provided by Harvest House Publishers in exchange for this review. Opinions expressed are solely ours. No compensation was received for this review.

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