The SideRoad Kids: Tales from Chippewa County
By: Sharon M. Kennedy
Remembering school days, farm chores, and friendship among youngsters and their interaction with their parents, teachers, and each other. What was true in the "old" days is--in many ways--just as true today as students deal with daily life and its many rewards and challenges.
This is the story of sixth graders during the 1957-58 school year. The kids live on the outskirts of the small town of Brimley in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The kids express their feelings about various school subjects, their teachers, and life on the farm. The characters are interesting and will remind readers of classmates they knew. Although the timeframe is different, some of the concerns and problems the kids encounter are similar to those faced by children today. The stories are a realistic and honest look at the way things were when most country kids lived on a farm, rode their bicycles on gravel roads, and used their imaginations to create hours of carefree fun.
An ideal book for youngsters who want to learn about the past and older adults who want to share their memories as they read the author’s.