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Book Title: Loretta Mason Potts|
The author of the book: Mary Chase
Edition: Peter Smith Publisher
Date of issue: June 1st 1989
ISBN 13: 9780844664286
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 6.39 MB
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Reader ratings: 3.9
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Mary Chase, best known for her Pulitzer Prize winning play, Harvey, lived in Denver, Colorado.
I'd forgotten all about this book until a friend mentioned that she was reading it. This was one of my sister's favorite books. She checked it out of the library multiple times. I'm surprised that I haven't stumbled across a copy for my own library.
The four-star rating is based on my childhood memory, which was probably influenced by my sister.
2017 update: I found an early edition of this on the thrift store shelves. Mom promptly started to read it, saying that the title was familiar but not the story. Two hours later, she rated it one star.
Something tells me that my rating may change.
Updated rating: This would take its place on a shelf labelled 'realistic fantasy' if I had such a shelf. And it earns a rating of 3.5 from me -- 3 for the story and 4 for the fact that it will probably stick in my mind. It is an unusual tale, which reminds me of Edward Eager's Half Magic.
Written in the 1950s, Colin and Loretta are the oldest kids in a family with five children (not unusual for the times). However, the father is out-of-the-picture. Yep, the parents were divorced. Is that because Chase didn't really have a role for a male character (or a second adult in the story), or was she supporting the idea of divorce? Money is not a problem for this family -- they even have a maid.
This statement appears on page 10; it foretells the story, and applies to life in general:
Colin was to learn as he lived longer that important days often begin like ordinary days.
Here, Chase warns of the dangers of listening to flattery -- a cautionary tale similar to "The Spider and the Fly."
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