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Book: So They Went to the Country
Author and Illustrator: Eve DiLorenzo
Publisher: Exposition Press, reprinted 1954
Library of Congress catalog card number: 53-9790
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 7-10
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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DiLorenzo, Eve. So They Went to the Country (Published in 1953 by Exposition Press Inc., 386 Fourth Ave., New York City, NY 10016). Six year old John Barry lives with his parents and his five year old sister Betty in the heart of the city. The children have never been to their grandparents’ farm in the country, nearly a thousand miles from New York. They had seen photographs of it, and Grampy and Grammy had visited them in the city a few times. But on Betty’s fifth birthday, their businessman father tells them that he has to go on a long business trip and that they and their mother will be spending the entire spring and summer on the farm.
John and Betty are both sure that they will be quite bored in the country. What can they find to see and do? Will they ever get used to living on the farm? How do they react when it’s time to return to the city? And what great news does Daddy have when he comes back? So They Went to the Country is a book in which author Eve DiLorenzo strives to introduce urban youngsters to rural life. It is a pleasant story that would make a great early reader. Learning about families who love one another, pray at meal times, and go to church services is always nice.