This is just a wonderful book. The way it just picks you up and drops you into the middle of the depression in rural Illinois, where people were tough and plucky and full of sayings like "as skinny as a toothpick with a termite problem."
I wanted to keep this by my bedside and read it all year long. The way they go through the seasons, describing things like turkey shoots, cobbled-together nativity plays, and how to make pies out of pecans and pumpkins you steal from your neighbors... it all reminded me of the charms of The Little House on the Prairie books, with the wry humor and good storytelling of To Kill a Mockingbird. I wish the book had kept going! How about three years down yonder?