Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Mermaid's Purse by Patricial Polacco

Another story from her family's history!
This one tells about her grandmother Barber's love for books and her uncanny ability to predict storms.
Her kind father builds her a library (which she calls The Mermaid's Purse) to hold all of her books.  With her goat pulling a cart, she walks from farm to farm, offering her books to farmers and their wives.  A book mobile!
Then a twister rages through their farm and destroys The Mermaid's Purse.  Not a wall stood.  All the books had disappeared.
Stella slips into depression.  The farm community rallies around her and gives her meaning again.
Photographs of her grandmother are in the back.
-Borrowed from the library.

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