12 + Me by Pat Likes

While this book was written for children, I must say I enjoyed it very much.  Raising 13 children is no small feat in this day and time but can you imagine how difficult it would be to raise a brood that large during in the 1930’s and 1940’s.  They would have the same financial needs for food, shelter, and clothing. 

The youngest of the Dunker clan wrote the book.  I found it to be a rare glimpse of growing up in a large family through the eyes if a child up and even more so being raised during an era of such trying financial times. 

The author holds nothing back, sharing the joys, hard work, heart ache and struggles of her family.  I was touched by the closeness they all shared, something rare in even small families today.  Her writing style makes me feel as if I am a there watching the events unfold.

I was impressed by the book’s wholesomeness, something much needed in children’s literature today.   It tells of a time when children didn’t need tons of toys, TV, computers or x-boxes to have fun.   What a lesson it shares in contentment with what one has and simple family time.

This was a well written book and very entertaining. It is a book I would be proud to give as a gift to a young reader.  

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Hannibal Books in exchange for my honest review. I am not required to write a positive review.

 

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