Amos & Susie

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-A series of 12 disconnected, 4-line poems, one for each month, that relate different aspects of Amish life. Quilting and canning, the harvest, and a wedding are among the events described. Plot and character development are completely lacking, and even in the illustrations it is often difficult to identify the two children of the title. Amos and Susie do participate in some of the activities, but they are hardly major players. Good's sing-song verses are adequate, but fail to excite readers about this fascinating way of life. Even the barnraising seems static. Benner's brightly colored pictures are lovely when depicting landscapes, and the one for July's threshing evokes both the farmers' work ethic and the beauty of their countryside. However, the renderings of people are awkward almost to the point of grotesqueness. Overly large heads and clumsy facial features make the children look middle-aged. Materials about the Amish are enormously popular; unfortunately, this title does not do justice to these remarkable people.Jeanne Marie Clancy, Upper Merion Township Library, King of Prussia, PACopyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From the Back Cover

Delightful illustrations and rhymed couplets follow the doings of Amos and Susie through 12 months of the year. Readers will enjoy the colorful journey, tracing the activities of two Amish children through the pages of this charming book--from ice skating to a barnraising, from the school picnic to the birth of a new calf, from planting to harvest. A respectful insight into an unusual community through the eyes of two children.

About the Author

Merle Good has written numerous books and articles about the Amish, including the beautiful book Who Are the Amish? and the popular children’s book Reuben and the Fire. In addition to The People’s Place, he and his wife, Phyllis, oversee a series of projects in publishing and the arts. They live in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with their two daughters.