Dear America: Like the Willow Tree

Letto da: Sara Barnett
Durata: 4 ore e 10 min
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In the Fall of 1918, eleven year-old Lydia Pierce and her fourteen year-old brother, Daniel, find themselves suddenly orphaned by the Spanish flu epidemic. Their grieving uncle takes them from their home in Portland, Maine to be raised in the Shaker community, where they are separated since males and females are not permitted to live together. Lydia, a fiercely independent girl, is forced to adjust to her new life and the restrictions placed upon her all on her own.

©2011 Lois Lowry (P)2011 Scholastic, Inc.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
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  • Honey-Gram
  • 06/07/2019

Excellent for any age.

I highly recommend this book for it's historical content for growing minds. They will learn a truth about history in a well written and easy to understand format.

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  • Generale
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09/04/2018

Best book I ever read

I love the Dear America books and think that this is the best one. I love the narrator. Lois Lowry puts a lot of expression into her books.😊😊👍🏻

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  • Generale
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  • Lettura
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  • Storia
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  • Asmith
  • 12/11/2017

great historical fiction

An excellent performance. Such a lovely story. I quite enjoyed epilogue too! A story for many ages to enjoy!

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  • Generale
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23/06/2020

This was awesome!

Lydia is an amazing young girl who somehow is strong enough to keep going after her parents and baby sisters tragic death of the Spanish flu. I mean, I probably wouldn’t want to go on after that. The shakers are amazing people, even though I find their traditions strange. This book taught me a lot, and also touched me. And now going through the Coronavirus, I know exactly how she felt.

  • Generale
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  • Lettura
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  • Storia
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  • Short n sweet
  • 27/04/2020

Great story about Spanish flu and Shaker society!

My kids and I listened to this on Audibles and we learned so much about what life was like in 1918/1919.
In the audiobook, it was read by a girl who sounded young like the girl in the story. (around 11 years old) That also made it relatable to my kids. The girl who read it did a great job!
It was very well written and had so much history that we learned by default, while also being entertained by the story!
It talks about the devastation of the Spanish flu but mostly focuses on the girl who was taken to the Shaker community when her parents died. The story also touches on World War I since that was also taking place during this time.
It was a very moving story - and at the end of the book it also has an overview of history at the time. Lots of fascinating information there too! It also has the author speak at the end about why she wrote this book. All around, we enjoyed it thoroughly! My kiddos asked to listen to it again as soon as it was over! I hope they turn more of these Dear America stories into audiobooks. 😊

  • Generale
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  • Lettura
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  • Storia
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  • Candous Langston
  • 04/02/2020

Enjoyed the Story

It was a very good book for my kids to listen to....sad at times, but that is true to life. Honestly, they didn't want to listen at first because it was sad. By the end, they were sad the story was over.

  • Generale
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  • MaryBeth Lynn
  • 21/01/2020

Fascinating

As an adult, I am more aware of history than I was as a child- perspective changes things. 100 years doesn't seem quite so long when you're past 50 yourself. We've just passed the 100 year mark of the time of this book; I write this in January 2020, which actually has the same days for the dates of 1919: January 25 is a Saturday. I enjoyed the story itself, the characters, the insight into a different way of living, and the information by the author afterward. Well done, and thank you, to the author and the reader!

  • Generale
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  • katunka
  • 14/12/2019

Great History Information

I really liked this book. The way the story is written is great. I enjoyed learning how these people live. I didn't stop listening to it until I finished it... This is put together so nice . This book is good for all ages. I like the narrator. I only wish it was longer ...

  • Generale
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  • Lettura
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  • Storia
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  • M Atkinson
  • 31/07/2018

Very interesting!

I knew nothing about the life of the shakers, so this was very enlightening. I appreciated the story, and the performance was very well done.

  • Generale
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  • Lettura
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  • Elizabeth
  • 18/06/2018

This is such a sweet book😊😙😘😍🤗

This book has love and heartache. But it is full of hope and happiness. I completely recommend this book! Awesome job Lois Lowry!!!!!!!!!!!