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Deborah Hopkinson

Annie’s family has moved to the prairie, and her mother is sad to leave her old life behind and start anew as a pioneer. Annie knows that the thing that will make her mother happy again is to plant a flower garden, just like the one she had back home.

Mags and Cody replant their grandmother’s garden after she passes away, and hope that the bluebirds return along with the flowers.

In the hot summer of 1933, a young boy helps to rally his town to save the local strawberry farm from a bank auction. Set in the Depression, the book focuses on simple pleasures like homemade lemonade and the importance of community. It also features a description of the Depression era in the back of the book.