This book left me feeling uneasy and with several questions. As a Canadian, and as happens so often with children's books from the US, the US nationalism embedded in the book leaves me thinking "what do we have for Canadian children?" The book features a US flag flying over top of the town. Why do we consider these patriotic US books appropriate for our children? My other question I have is which time period is Cooney trying to represent? From the illustrations it appears to be the WWI era and presents a white-washed image of that era. It shows white society as self-assured, elegant, noble and book-reading. There is no image of other peoples existing in US society except for the wooden "Indian" carvings her grandfather makes.

I hope I'm not coming down to hard on it after my first reading; I'll have to take a closer look at it.

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