This one was really good. The 1950’s Newbery winners, for the most part, have been terrific books. This one is about a family who moves to Maple Hill, a “sugar camp” in New England in an attempt to help their father, who was a prisoner of war in World War II get over his PTSD. While they are there, the children fall in love with their surroundings and discover many miracles in nature and in their relationships with their neighbors .
I loved the characters and the setting. The writing is beautiful, as are the illustrations.
I think the novel could have gone from being really good to great if it would have focused a little bit less on the nature of Maple Hill (Not that it was bad. There was just a LOT of it) and more on the dad’s struggles with his war memories. There was much more story there, that I felt like was left unexplored. On the whole, though, it was a solid book, and probably my favorite Newbery Winner up until this point, chronologically.
I give it 4 out of 5 Newbery Pies