Blue Willow Author:Doris Gates, Paul Lantz (Illustrator) A little girl, who wants most of all to have a real home and to go to a regular school, hopes that the valley her family has come to, which so resembles the pattern on her treasured blue willow plate, will be their permanent home.
Newbery honor book-To Janey Larkin, the blue willow plate is the most beautiful thing in her life and a rememberance of home. Now that her dad was an itinerant worker they did not have a home to call their own. Janey didn't have any real friends and her family had to keep on the move looking for work. Janey promised the willow plate that her family will once again be able to set down roots in a community.
For years my grandmother and mother in law both had blue willow dishes so I knew immediately what the picture on that plate would be. I also knew where Janey Larkin's heart was. Doris Gates takes the reader to the heart of this young girl and we live in her hopes and dreams and fears right along with her. I am sure young readers take that trip too. There is good reason for this book to have won the Newbery Honor award.
This was nice, but I've read others like it that were better. It's a young adult book, but it sort of connected to "The Grapes of Wrath", it's that era and circumstances. It's clean and nice for young people