Homer Price by Robert McCloskey (1943)

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Robert McCloskey was both an award winning author and illustrator.  In fact, he was the first person to ever win the Caldecott Medal TWICE — a very rare occurrence, as you might guess!  He won the first time for Make Way for Ducklings in 1941, and later in 1957 for Time of Wonder.  You’ve most likely also read his very popular picture books Blueberries for Sal and One Morning in Maine.

Homer Price , however, is Mr. McCloskey’s best known youth novel.  Homer has odd jobs, helps his father with the family business and loves to tinker.  You’ll discover that life in a small Ohio town in the 1940’s is full of fun and intrigue!  Each chapter has a stand-alone quality that makes this a great bedtime read-aloud choice.  Best known are the chapters about the donut machine and ‘The Super-Duper’, but there are many more crazy exploits to enjoy.  If Homer Price tickles your funny bone, Centerburg Tales is a fun sequel.

Watch for the many Greek and the Roman allusions in both books.

Early to Middle Grade Reading Level, 160 pages, Boys, Adventure, 1940’s, 

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Are you looking for Children’s and Young Adult books that have stood the test of time? I have a master of list of over 600 titles to share. I’m an English major, mother of five and homeschooler for 15 years. My purpose with this blog is to share forgotten favorites that most parents today have never heard of, but are so worth reading! I hope you’ll join with me as I share the best that Youth Literature has to offer.
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