Sunday, November 6, 2011

Review # 63: Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl by Carol Bodensteiner

     Growing Up Country is a fun and innocent childhood memoir about growing up in the 1950's on an Iowa farm full of cows, chickens, Sunday dinners, and mischief. Each chapter is a single story or memory of growing up on the farm and learning family values, hard work, determination, respect, and discipline. 
     This memoir was everything I expected! It was an entertaining flashback of memories from "the good old days" with a genuine feel. The details were well-written and vivid, allowing me to get lost in Carol Bodensteiner's charming childhood stories, without the bulk of facts seen in other memoirs. The writing style was easily readable and very enjoyable, I even recommended it to a thirteen year old as a good candidate for a book report. I liked that it wasn't written just for adults, but also gave children a look at how life was in a different time; even though most life lessons have remained the same. I didn't grow up on a farm, but I did grow up in the country, so I appreciated the author's childhood thoughts and ideas, especially those that reminded me of my own grade-school memories. I haven't read many books about happy childhoods lately and it is refreshing to read about one that was so full of love and laughter. Overall, I am very happy I was able to read this book and get a look at a true American family. I only wish that the book hadn't ended so soon.

Rating: On the Run (4/5)

*** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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