Pixie Pushes on

Pixie Pushes on

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Caring for a runt lamb helps Pixie gain empathy when, in the 1940s, her family moves to her grandparents' farm and her sister Charlotte contracts polio and is sent away.
Publisher: New York : Nancy Paulsen Books, 2020.
ISBN: 9780525515166
Branch Call Number: JF BUNDY
Characteristics: 227 pages ; 22 cm


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Jun 01, 2020

Pixie and Buster are Fern and Wilbur without the magical realism. That does not, however, keep this book from touching hearts in amazing ways. Pixie's story takes place during WW II and the time of polio. When her sister is hospitalized with polio, Pixie is isolated (social distanced) in the classroom. She mentions the movie theater being closed due to fears of contamination. Sound familiar? It is no wonder that Pixie feels like a failure, like a bad talisman for her family. Her grandfather (and grandmother) share wisdom with her and give her space to grow. The family relationships in this book are outstanding. We also get a front row seat to Pixie's relationship with her sister Charlotte through the letters that come home to Pixie from the hospital. Life lessons are caught, not taught. Get to know someone before labeling them in a negative way (or with a not-so-nice nickname). Without endings we would not have the beauty of beginnings. If we are going to lose something, let go with open hands rather than closed fists. And then there is the favorite phrase of Pixie's late mother: "the good Lord willing and the creek don't rise." Such an outstanding sense of place and fabulous character development. Highly recommended.

LPL_MaryW Nov 22, 2019

Told in the title character’s spunky voice, Pixie Pushes On is the tale of a young farm girl whose life never seems to go right. It’s the 1940’s in the heartland; Pixie’s mother recently died, and her sister, Charlotte, has been in the hospital with polio for months. The worst part—Pixie is convinced that it was her bad luck that got them sick. When a neighbor offers an infant lamb rejected by his mother, she finds a new sense of purpose in caring for him. Although Pixie’s heart breaks over and over again, she learns many valuable (and bittersweet) lessons and finds family where she least expects it.

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