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Review – The Haystack by Jack Lasenby

April 13, 2011

Finalist in the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards

Reviewed by Pamela

The Haystack is a charming story about a little girl called Maggie who grew up in the small Waikato town of Waharoa during the depression years.

 Maggie’s mother died when she was young and her father is raising her on his own.  Although it appears that her father is not the only one…there are a number of interesting and likeable characters in this book who are also keeping a protective eye on Maggie.  The saying “it takes a village to raise a child” rings true in this story –  the message coming through from this book is the importance of community.   

This story is a snapshot of a bygone time seen through a child’s eyes: a time when people made the best of what they had and life moved at a simpler, slower pace. 

This book will appeal to young and “not so young” readers alike.  Maggie is a character you catch yourself thinking about when not reading the book, and long after you have finished it.  For this reason I rate it an excellent read.

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