The book chronicles one year in the life of a young boy and his grandmother on a farm in Michigan in the 1950s.
Hardcover 59 pages
Size 6.25″ x 9.25″ – 16cm x 23.5cm
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“In this charming yet meaty memoir, Kniffel takes readers to a rural Michigan farm in the 1950s, where he spent his youngest days. As a little boy, he was known by the Polish derivation of his name, Lenuś. With his mother away working, it was up to his Busia, his grandmother, to care for him, even as the child cares for her. Writing with evocative precision, Kniffel describes life on the farm; his chores, which, despite his age, Lenuś performs with aplomb; the wonders on view, lush lilacs, and hidden eggs; the treats, as on Christmas—a miniature gas station under the tree!—and the uncertainty that comes with tornadoes and landlords whose decisions affect their lives. As the book moves through the seasons, Kniffel’s narrative captures the rhythms of country life as well as the ups and downs of human existence. Everything is important here, from the visit of a telephone man to the visit of a mother. This is a book to be savored, both for its vibrant characters and its quiet meditations on life.
— Bill Ott, Booklist