Gerald Allen Wunsch & Irene Joslin
1stBooks, 2003 (2003)
Reviewed by Melissa Parcel
inger Wanamaker is spending a month with her grandparents in southern Indiana, along with her friend, Irene Fong. The girls have so much fun exploring and playing with Ginger's grandparents' wire fox terrier Laird. Ginger's grandfather takes the girls and Laird to visit friends, and Mrs. Brown shows them the part of her home that used to be a hiding place for slaves on the Underground Railroad during the Civil War.
fterwards, when Ginger and Irene explore Ginger's grandparents' property with Laird, they're astounded at what they find. This is a cute book for children aged six to twelve. Ginger and Irene are spunky and curious fifth graders whose adventure will spark discussions amongst readers, parents, and teachers. Laird's humorous antics add just the right amount of entertainment to a fascinating and educational story. For many of the topics mentioned - from wire fox terriers, to the Underground Railroad, to Genealogy - there are short articles at the back of the book with further information.
he story is well written, fast moving, and has beautiful illustrations. My only complaint is that I would have liked more of them. I read the book to my younger children (ages three and five) - they were mesmerized and adored the parts about Laird, but wanted more pictures. Otherwise,
is a treat for readers of all ages who just might learn something in the course of being entertained.
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