John Newbery Award Winner
Garnet Linden's family's farm is suffering during a drought. When she and her brother are playing in a dry creek bed, she discovers a pure silver thimble. After she has it in her possession, life becomes better (it rains that night and ends the drought) for her and her family. She declares the thimble "magical".
The summer is full of adventure (an orphan boy comes to live with the family, she and her best friend Citronella are locked in the public library, she hitchhikes into the city without her family realizing it, and enjoys the county fair and its excitement).
Readers nowadays will be amazed at the freedom children had long ago!! Parents are definitely more protective in this less trusting world.
I loved reading about the carefree summer days and remembering how much I enjoyed the summer in the country as a child.
Points to discuss: hitchhiking! (going into a car with strangers)
-Borrowed from the library.