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Patty’s Summer Days, 1/2

September 3, 2007

I don’t know when or how I came by Patty’s Summer Days. I’m pretty sure I haven’t always had it, but I certainly had it — and had read it quite a few times — before I came to think of old children’s books as a separate part of my library. That puts it in sort of the same mental category for me as An Old-Fashioned Girl, Bunny Brown and his Sister Sue on an Auto Tour, and Five Little Peppers Midway, which is to say that my love for it is due as much to how long I’ve had it and when I first read it — whenever that may have been — as to any merit it may have.

I hadn’t reread Patty’s Summer Days since before I read any of the rest of the series, but as much as I’ve enjoyed to other Patty books I’ve read, I was kind of blown away when I picked it up yesterday. Maybe it wasn’t just me. Maybe this is really the best one. Okay, maybe it’s not a smart, funny book compared to — okay, the first thing that comes to mind is The Mouse and His Child, but that’s an entirely inappropriate comparison. How about Anne of Green Gables? It’s of comparable age. Patty’s Summer Days is less funny, I guess, but not by all that much, and it’s barely less smart. You have to bear in mind that there’s also a lot more fluff — but fun fluff! — but on the other hand, there’s a hell of a lot less sentimentality.

Before I go any further, I’d better say that if I am exaggerating this book’s virtues, I really don’t know that I’m doing it. Read the rest of this entry ?