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Kochenderfer, Lee.
THE VICTORY GARDEN
New York : Delacorte, 2002.
IL 3-6, RL 5.9
ISBN 0385327889

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Theresa's life has been a lot different since her brother went into the military to fight in World War II.  Many things on the homefront are different.  There are shortages of just about everything.  In school, paper is scarce and children use what they can to do their assignments.  Clothes are patched and reworked -- never just thrown away.  Theresa's father's bootery is doing well since people can only resole their shoes, not buy new ones.  And now food is being rationed as well.  All over the country, people are starting to plant their own vegetable gardens to supplement what food is available.  These gardens are encouraged so that farmers can send their vegetables to other places in the world in hopes of ending the war sooner.  The Victory Gardens are important in many other ways as well.  Find out what happens when a group of children help a neighbor in The Victory Garden.

Booktalk #2

In 1943, many Americans are growing victory gardens to help provide food for their families. In a small Kansas town, young Teresa Marks joins in this war effort by organizing her classmates to tend and harvest the vegetables in Mr. Burtís garden after he is hurt in a tractor accident. Meanwhile, Teresa and the class bully finally reconcile their differences and a friendship slowly develops. Lively dialogue and interesting details keep the action moving in this historical fiction novel.  (Sunshine State Young Readerís Award Program, 2004-2005)

SUBJECTS:     World War, 1939-1945 -- United States -- Fiction.
                        Victory gardens -- Fiction.
                        Gardens -- Fiction.
                        Kansas -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.

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