Anna on the Farm

by Diane De Groat, Mary Downing Hahn

Anna is thrilled when she receives an invitation to leave hot, sticky Baltimore and visit her aunt and uncle on their farm, where she’ll be able to go barefoot, swim in the pond, and drink fresh-squeezed lemonade. But when she arrives, she’s greeted by an unpleasant surprise: her uncle’s nephew, Theodore, who delights in teasing her mercilessly about her city ways. Anna refuses to let Theodore get the best of her, though, and in a series of suspenseful adventures and hilarious mishaps she proves that she isn’t just a city slicker, after all.

In this lively sequel to Anna All Year Round, award-winning author Mary Downing Hahn again draws on her own mother’s childhood experiences just before World War I. The result is a gathering of humorous, heartwarming episodes filled with both the delights and difficulties that have always accompanied the journey of growing up.

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780547562995
  • ISBN-10: 0547562993
  • Pages: 160
  • Publication Date: 03/19/2001
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  • About the Book

    Anna is thrilled when she receives an invitation to leave hot, sticky Baltimore and visit her aunt and uncle on their farm, where she’ll be able to go barefoot, swim in the pond, and drink fresh-squeezed lemonade. But when she arrives, she’s greeted by an unpleasant surprise: her uncle’s nephew, Theodore, who delights in teasing her mercilessly about her city ways. Anna refuses to let Theodore get the best of her, though, and in a series of suspenseful adventures and hilarious mishaps she proves that she isn’t just a city slicker, after all.

    In this lively sequel to Anna All Year Round, award-winning author Mary Downing Hahn again draws on her own mother’s childhood experiences just before World War I. The result is a gathering of humorous, heartwarming episodes filled with both the delights and difficulties that have always accompanied the journey of growing up.

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    "Anna is a character filled with life and energy whose further adventures would be most welcome." Kirkus Reviews

    In this sequel to Anna All Year Round (1999), nine-year-old Anna travels to spend a week in the country with Aunt Aggie and Uncle George. She is ecstatic (since all her Baltimore friends have left on vacations) until she discovers that her aunt and uncle have taken ina young orphan named Theodore. The rivalry between the children results in a series of pranks, but eventually the children become good friends. Unlike the earlier, more episodic title, the action here is more focused and the characters more fleshed out. Particularly interesting is the contrast between Anna's mother (a rigid woman with definite Old World ideas about ladylike behavior) and Aunt Aggie, who allows Anna to wear overalls for play and encourages her to have fun. The details in the setting (early-twentieth-century Baltimore, Washington and rural Prince Georges County) add to the richness of the text, as do the illustrations by Diane De Groat. A good choice for easy-chapter-book readers, especially those who have met Anna before.

    Booklist, ALA

    The nine-year-old protagonist introduced in Anna All Year Round (Clarion, 1999) is facing a long, hot Baltimore summer with no vacation plans or funds. Then her parents spring a surprise on her: she may spend a week at her uncle's farm. Anna continues throughout the novel to deal with opposing emotions. She's initially thrilled to be escaping the boredom of the city, but then fears being so far from her parents. After arriving at the farm, she gloomily discovers another guest, her uncle's nephew Theodore. He torments her continuously, calling her a city slicker, locking her in the henhouse, etc. Not being a meek or mousy child, Anna one-ups him each and every time. When the week has ended, they've come to a respectful understanding. Anna then faces her mother's horror at finding her daughter freckled, dirty, and wearing overalls. The novel is rollicking fun and gives a great glimpse of life in pre-World War I America. Readers will love the battle of wills Anna and Theodore fight before becoming friends, and their humorous escapades during the week together. De Groat's full-page sketch for each of the 13 chapters is perfectly in tune with the mood of the story. The novel is a good next step for readers graduating from "American Girl" stories.

    School Library Journal

    Once again, Hahn defies nostalgia with both the immediacy and the honesty of her up-close, present tense telling.

    Horn Book

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