Gloria, a free-spirited young girl, has an unhappy home life. Her family have recently moved to a small town in Vermont, which she loathes. People around town make fun of her, and she has a hard time making friends and adjusting to her new environment. She runs wild, until she is befriended by Mrs Tinkelbaum, a lonely elderly widow, and ends up helping her run her hobby farm. Gloria finds out that her dad, desperate for money, plans to force Mrs Tinkelbaum to sell the farm to a mining company by having her declared senile and making Gloria's mother her legal guardian. Together, Gloria and Mrs Tinkelbaum must find a way to save the farm.
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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite 5 stars Gloria and Mrs Tinkelbaum by Jocelyne Turbett revolves around nine-year old Gloria who is unhappy with her family's move to Vermont. The girls there find her too boyish and the boys make fun of her. She finds it difficult to adjust to the new surroundings and it's at that time she meets Mrs Tinkelbaum, a widow. Gloria slowly starts becoming her friend and helping her run the farm. Mrs Tinkelbaum is more comfortable with animals than humans. Gloria finds out that her Dad is planning to force Mrs Tinkelbaum to sell the farm to a mining company. Will Mrs Tinkelbaum and Gloria be able to save the farm? The story is cute. It highlights the importance of living in a green and pollution-free environment. It captures the ambiance of farm life beautifully and children get to read about Gloria's activities on the farm where she enjoys her time with the hens and picking tomatoes, salad greens, celery, and herbs. The story is simple and the descriptions are detailed, making the story come alive for readers. Children will enjoy reading this book. All the characters are well portrayed and the author captures the joys of living in a farm nicely and in an engaging manner. A good story that highlights the importance of a green environment.About the Author:
Jocelyne Turbett is an Italian/Canadian author, born and raised in a small town in Ontario. She turned her life around by moving to Italy, where she obtained her degree in Environmental Sciences. Jocelyne currently resides in Italy with her husband, three cats, two dogs, hens, and bunnies. She is an energetic busy body, animal, and nature lover.
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