Addie's Forever Friend
"Addie Mills is not a brave person. She is
afraid to learn to swim. She's nervous around firecrackers. And she's
very worried that her family will move from Iowa to Dakota, where it's
wild and dangerous.
Addie is not like her brave friend,
Eleanor. Eleanor can swim like a fish, and she is always ready to do
something exciting. Now Eleanor has daring plans for the Fourth of
July. Will Addie go along?
Can Addie and Eleanor be friends forever?" [Annotation quoted from cover Albert Whitman & Company edition]
Prequel to Addie Across the Prairie.
Reviews and Comments
"...Amiable atmospheric portrait of life in 1880s Iowa ... the stories
are gentle and heartwarming, and full of authentic detail -- warmly
evoked in the black-and-white illustrations -- and smatterings of
drama; Lawlor has a knack for making historical fiction comfortable and
relevant to readers." -- Kirkus Reviews
Nominated Iowa Children's Choice Award (Iowa), 1999-2000
Finalist, Society of Midland Authors Children's Fiction Award, 1998.
A Note About the Story
Addie's Forever Friend (and the other books in the Addie Series)
are based on the experiences of my great-grandparents and their
children in the 1880s in Iowa and the Dakota Territory. To write these
books, I did extensive detective work -- tracking down old letters,
diaries, and reminiscences as well as newspapers and photographs.
On one expedition to Sabula, Iowa, I brought along an ancient family
photo, hoping to use it to find my great-aunt's ornate Victorian house.
Years ago, this had been the location of numerous family reunions.
My search seemed fruitless, and just wehn I was about to give up, a
group of local children came to my rescue. They looked at the photo,
and one child said, "See that fancy cement cistern cover? We walk past
it every day on the way to school." Then they showed me the spot.
Sure enough, the cistern cover was located on what would have been my
great-aunt's property. Although the house was gone, I felt grateful to
have found at least one old family relic-- the cistern cover, which
over the years had been used for countless games of tag and leapfrog.
Quoted from Author's note in Addie's Forever Friend
Addie's Forever Friend. Illustrated by Helen Cogancherry. (1997) Albert Whitman & Company. ISBN: 0807501646. 124 pg. Historical Fiction.
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