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The Milkman's Boy

Hall, Donald

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ISBN 10: 0802784658 / ISBN 13: 9780802784650
Published by Walker and Company, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1997
Condition: Fine No Binding
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Approximately 32 pages; illustrated brown oblong boards; illustrated dust jacket (not price-clipped); inscribed ("to Graeme"), signed and dated ("'97") by the illustrator, Greg Shed, on the front free endpaper; appears unread; a fine condition copy in a fine condition jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 001147

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Title: The Milkman's Boy

Publisher: Walker and Company, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: No Binding

Illustrator: Greg Shed

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Illustrator(s)

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Henry Graves, the owner of Graves Family Dairy, calls the new invention of milk pasteurization a fad, until the day his daughter falls victim to a severe fever, and the entire Graves family learns a hard lesson about the need to balance change and tradition.

From Kirkus Reviews:

Based on Hall's own family's dairy business at the turn of the century, this nostalgic New England narrative joins his The Ox-Cart Man (1979) in harkening back to a slower time and celebrating farm and family. Before pasteurization, when milk was delivered directly to doorsteps via horse and wagon, young Paul observes his father and brothers at work--the work of holding on to traditional values in the face of modernization, as well as the physical work of carrying milk and capping bottles. When the youngest, Elzira, contracts undulant fever (but not from their raw milk), Paul's father decides to get a pasteurizing machine, balancing continuity and change. Shed's sleepy, light-dappled paintings freeze in time a series of moments in one family's history. Adults with fond memories of glass-bottled milk delivery may appreciate this more than children of the computer age; just as young readers cannot imagine a time before television, they may fail to comprehend milk before cartons and grocery stores, a fact that could appropriately land this old-fashioned intergenerational story in the hands of social-studies teachers. (Picture book. 7-9) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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