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In Sparkling Springtime, the 2nd of the NOW THE HARVEST books, we revisit the four little girls growing up with their siblings on a small farm in the Midwest prior to the Internet, prior to TV--even, in earliest years, prior to electricity being available in rural areas like theirs. It was a place and time where 'most anything needed to sustain life was built, grown, gathe In Sparkling Springtime, the 2nd of the NOW THE HARVEST books, we revisit the four little girls growing up with their siblings on a small farm in the Midwest prior to the Internet, prior to TV--even, in earliest years, prior to electricity being available in rural areas like theirs. It was a place and time where 'most anything needed to sustain life was built, grown, gathered, or prepared by hand. As the family tried to rebuild their lives after the Great Depression and World War II had taken their dreadful toll, they cooked on a wood-burning stove and washed clothes in a gasoline-powered washing machine. The baker's dozen children created their own entertainment, and did their homework at a worn oak kitchen table by the light of a kerosene lamp. With no nearby fire, medical or rescue services (and no phones to reach them even if there had been), life and death emergencies were just that. The author's article series And Now . . . the Harvest provided glimpses into that time and place where, despite poverty, the family's faith, hard work and music kept dreams alive. The stories selected for Sparkling Springtime depict happenings in that bright and promising time of year. Included with each vignette is an authentic recipe, complete with detailed instructions.


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In Sparkling Springtime, the 2nd of the NOW THE HARVEST books, we revisit the four little girls growing up with their siblings on a small farm in the Midwest prior to the Internet, prior to TV--even, in earliest years, prior to electricity being available in rural areas like theirs. It was a place and time where 'most anything needed to sustain life was built, grown, gathe In Sparkling Springtime, the 2nd of the NOW THE HARVEST books, we revisit the four little girls growing up with their siblings on a small farm in the Midwest prior to the Internet, prior to TV--even, in earliest years, prior to electricity being available in rural areas like theirs. It was a place and time where 'most anything needed to sustain life was built, grown, gathered, or prepared by hand. As the family tried to rebuild their lives after the Great Depression and World War II had taken their dreadful toll, they cooked on a wood-burning stove and washed clothes in a gasoline-powered washing machine. The baker's dozen children created their own entertainment, and did their homework at a worn oak kitchen table by the light of a kerosene lamp. With no nearby fire, medical or rescue services (and no phones to reach them even if there had been), life and death emergencies were just that. The author's article series And Now . . . the Harvest provided glimpses into that time and place where, despite poverty, the family's faith, hard work and music kept dreams alive. The stories selected for Sparkling Springtime depict happenings in that bright and promising time of year. Included with each vignette is an authentic recipe, complete with detailed instructions.

1 review for Sparkling Springtime: MORE true and tasty tales of being a north country kid in the 1940's and early 1950's (Now the Harvest Book 2)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Audrey

    Nostalgic, Heart-Warming, and Sparkling with Beautiful Memories The stories in this book brought the biggest smiles to my face. I shouldn't be surprised, as much as I loved Winsome Winters, but it's always a lovely surprise to realize you're smiling so much your cheeks hurt. These stories are from far before my time, but I had some sense, some kind of collective memory about these stories, like I was right there with the author and her family, playing, laughing, living, and loving. It's hard to p Nostalgic, Heart-Warming, and Sparkling with Beautiful Memories The stories in this book brought the biggest smiles to my face. I shouldn't be surprised, as much as I loved Winsome Winters, but it's always a lovely surprise to realize you're smiling so much your cheeks hurt. These stories are from far before my time, but I had some sense, some kind of collective memory about these stories, like I was right there with the author and her family, playing, laughing, living, and loving. It's hard to pick a favorite as I enjoyed the entire collection, but something about "Forbidden Fruit" has really stayed with me, especially when thinking about how Ma had wanted her tame strawberries guarded for her special recipes, or how Pa had wanted so much for the apples to fully ripen, only to find that all along they were better enjoyed early. This is a beautiful collection, and it gave me a sense of longing for the country life described. It also reminds me of how important it is to spend time creating beautiful, loving memories with my own children, so that they may be passed on to future generations.

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