Results of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award in the year 1997.
Something mysterious is about to happen on Thurber Street.
Will the events of one afternoon change Henry’s life forever?
When you take an original, lasso-throwing, boot-stomping cowboy, pack all his belongs in the car and move him from the wide open spaces of the West to swamp country, you can expect run-ins with the local alligators, a snafu or two at home, and a western-style showdown with Big Head Ed, the school bully. A cowboy of uncommon bravery discovers that with the right ingredients, home can be anywhere.
When Dorothy’s father loses his job and cannot find another, the family borrows a car and sets off for Idaho where jobs picking potatoes can be found. This true story, written by a child, gives children a vivid sense of the Depression on a level they can understand. The illustrations, simple and charming, are a perfect match for the story.