This is a story about a poor family living in Michigan whose daughter, Holly, will be ready to start school in the fall. However, she does not have a warm coat or boots for the winter, and they cannot afford to buy any. Holly's mother is determined to earn money so that Holly won't have "gaps in her education" like she did from not being able to attend school in the winter. So all summer long, Holly and her mother work hard picking berries and making jam and jelly to sell, all the while the mother encouraging her daughter and telling her the worth of an education. At the end of the summer, Holly's father has a surprise for them to help sell their goods. While the storyline is good, what I liked most about this book were the lovely illustrations, each of which was a wonderful painting. Catherine and the twins were interested in the story and they all liked the pictures.
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