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The author of the book: Sid Fleischman
Edition: Greenwillow Books
Date of issue: August 27th 1998
ISBN 13: 9780688163648
Format files: PDF
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Three more hilarious tall tales about intrepid farmer Josh McBroom, his dear wife Melissa, all 11 children, and of course, their wonderful 1-acre farm.
In "McBroom the Rainmaker," there's a drought so fierce that the children have had to teach polliwogs how to swim--they had never seen any water! The skeeters are also the worst anyone can ever remember. McBroom comes up with an ingenious plan to take care of the drought and the woodpecker-sized mosquitos all at once.
I don't usually read ghost stories to my kids, so they were not sure what was up when we started in on "McBroom's Ghost." There's all sorts of trouble when a dry-bones starts mimicking all the sounds around the farm. Plus, Heck Jones--their hee-hawing scoundrel of a neighbor--has bought a whole bunch of razorback hogs, which he feeds by way of turning 'em loose on the McBroom's property. I have to quote one of my favorite parts:
"Well, I'll admit he was right about that. We fenced our farm, but those infernal hogs busted through and scattered the pieces like a cyclone. We strung barbed wire. It only stopped them long enough to scratch their backs. Barbed wire was a comfort to those razorbacks."
Makes me smile just typing it out! By the end of this chapter my kids were laughing (and relieved, I think!) Spoiler: it's not actually a ghost causing all the trouble.
When a cyclone sucks up every inch of McBroom's marvelous topsoil, he and the family follow it to see where it dumps it all. Unfortunately, the pile is so big and so far away, that they aren't going to be able to get it home without help. Along the way, they find all sorts of rare and unique creatures, including the Sidehill Gouger, the Desert Vamooser, and even the extremely endangered Great Hairy Prairie Hidebehind. Well, they try to find the Hidebehind. Problem is, it's always hiding behind you, so it's awfully hard to catch sight of. They end up starting "McBroom's Zoo" with all their marvelous animals--for a time anyway. Just long enough to make some cash, so they can hire help in transporting their topsoil back home again.
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Another hit! Just like the first, McBroom's Wonderful One-Acre Farm, this one was filled with all kinds of colorful words like "gallinippers," "confounded," "flapdoodle," "hornswoggle," and "shoofly pie," among many others. Fun to read and fun to listen to! Not only that, this time around the kids could recite all 11 children's names with me! The stories themselves were short, self-contained, and satisfying.
I'm really glad I bought these two. We'll definitely be re-reading them again!
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Read information about the authorAs a children's book author Sid Fleischman felt a special obligation to his readers. "The books we enjoy as children stay with us forever -- they have a special impact. Paragraph after paragraph and page after page, the author must deliver his or her best work." With almost 60 books to his credit, some of which have been made into motion pictures, Sid Fleischman can be assured that his work will make a special impact.
Sid Fleischman wrote his books at a huge table cluttered with projects: story ideas, library books, research, letters, notes, pens, pencils, and a computer. He lived in an old-fashioned, two-story house full of creaks and character, and enjoys hearing the sound of the nearby Pacific Ocean.
Fleischman passed away after a battle with cancer on March 17, 2010, the day after his ninetieth birthday.
He was the father of Newbery Medal winning writer and poet Paul Fleischman, author of Joyful Noise; they are the only father and son to receive Newbery awards.
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