A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith

Many of my classmates had to read this in junior high and high school. I didn’t. I am glad that I went back and read it.  It was such a beautifully written book about growing up.  It showed up on one of the lists from this Spring, Books we are glad that mom shared with us.  I was happy that it was such a great book.  It also showed up on the PBS The Great American Read list.

I have included my review below.


A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a wonderful book! I enjoyed every moment. Watching Francie grow and survive everything she and her family went through was wonderful. I can see why this is required reading for junior high and high school. I have been mentally writing my paper since I finished the book. There is so much symbolism that a paper would be easy to write. The book was an easy read and has definitely stood up through time. I am glad that the book ended when it did, so that we can guess what happened to Francie as she became an adult.

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

What a mess

I have many draft posts ready to go.  I am prepping for my upcoming trip.  I have posts that are ready to post, but I am waiting on them.  I have some that just have titles.  I have some that are partially written.  I have the prep work done for some of the challenges, but I need to read the books, still.  I have to decide which books are going with me, too.

I am sorting and writing and basically just wading through the mess.  It will be beautiful when I am finished, but you can’t see the mess that is in the background.  It will get sorted out and completed by the end of the month, I think.