Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Hattie Big Sky - Chris's Thoughts
Awards and Honors
*Nomination for the 2007-2008
Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award
*Hattie Big Sky wins 2006 Montana
*Hattie Big Sky selected as a
2007 Newbery Honor Book
*School Library Journal names Hattie
a Best Book of the Year
*Starred review: School Library Journal
*Starred review from Booklist
What attracted me initially to 'Hattie Big Sky' is that it's about my favorite part of the country-the West. And about a state I've always wanted to visit-Montana. The story gives more than enough detail to make you feel like you are right with Hattie, trying to prove up her claim. Everything from the cold, brutal winter to the dry summer heat and the invasion of grasshoppers and hailstones leaves you feeling humbled by what nature can do.
The anti-German sentiment provided another layer of depth to Hattie's story. Children calling other children 'huns' and the shopkeeper calling sauerkraut 'liberty cabbage' provided a look into the racism that existed then, without turning Hattie's story into a social commentary.
I loved that Hattie's story is realistic. I truly felt I learned a lot about the life on a homestead. What a great way for children to learn about history! This book is warm, vibrant, and leaves you with a feeling of lingering hope. I loved Hattie's spirit, and would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a YA that's more than a high-school drama-queen story. Hattie reminds me of an older Laura Ingalls Wilder. Kudos for a great story!!