The Open Gate

A laid off advertising man places a starting bid at a country auction and finds out that he bought a run down farm a humorous and somewhat idyllic picture of a family adapting to country living although for Gran, it is a return to the farm life she loved as World War II steadily worsens in Europe.
The Open Gate A laid off advertising man places a starting bid at a country auction and finds out that he bought a run down farm a humorous and somewhat idyllic picture of a family adapting to country living althou

  • Title: The Open Gate
  • Author: Kate Seredy
  • ISBN: 9780670526970
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “The Open Gate”

    1. This book is a darling family romp, with a wonderful push for industry and self-sufficiency. I don't think we all need to give up our current lives and move to a farm, but there is still a lot of wisdom in this story, very relevant to our current economic struggles. I also loved the family interplay - the patience, love, and creativity that they fostered in one another. The illustrations were beautiful, though I wish there had been more of them. It would, perhaps, seem a little long to young rea [...]

    2. When I was younger the library in my old home town had this book in their children’s section and I loved it. Then they got rid of it and for years I suffered its lack in silence. Finally I realized that I needed to read it again and so I asked for it for a Christmas present. My copy is very old and in a protective cover and my father told me that it was extremely difficult to find so I am very careful with it. It is the story of an American family who lives in a modern apartment filled with †[...]

    3. Equal parts charm and WWII-era propaganda, this book was a sweet reading experience. I loved the Machiavellian grandmother and her farm-wise ways. I loved the reverence for Art as well as Labor that is evident throughout. The story held few surprises but was warm and wholesome throughout. The pencil illustrations are incredibly evocative of the era, though I'm not sure that the illustrator had ever actually seen a snapping turtle. Highly recommended, if you're a fan of this sort of thing. Some o [...]

    4. This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.Probably the best discovery I made last year is the fact that Newbery-winning author Kate Seredy lived for many years in Montgomery, NY, which is very near to where I grew up, and is the town in which I had my first library job. This fact alone was enough to make me want to read all of her books, and I got off to a good start with The White Stag, The Good Master, and The Singing Tree. But regardless of how beautifully written those other book [...]

    5. A great story of getting back to the old ways; another perspective to the slightly later The Egg and I. It suffers a little bit due to the overt patriotism of wartime, but that can't really be faulted too much - we ended up winning that war, after all. Plenty of great Seredy illustrations too.

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