Cotton In My Sack by Lois Lenski
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A children's story set in Arkansas, written in 1949.
A sharecropper family learns the value of saving money, neighborly help, and caring for their possessions, in spite of setbacks like fires, heart attacks and near drownings. They move from apathy, indulgence and despair to the dignity of ownership and self improvement.
All this is put in language children can understand, which is its strength.
Lenski is weak in smooth and engaging prose and dialogue. Transitions are choppy.
4 stars for content, two for style.
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