This week on our “homestead.”
Chokecherries are what I’m focusing on this week! These chokecherry plants originally came from Wyoming, basically as small sticks with leaves. I brought them to Iowa expecting them to only grow about 10 feet tall. Well! I was sure surprised when they’ve grown over 20 feet tall and have many runners going everywhere in our yard. They grow like weeds. We had to cut down the ones in our front yard, because they would get so heavy with berries and lay down in the driveway. They still grow in the front yard, but I cut them down every fall. I need somewhere for the driveway snow to go in the winter. These two photos came from one of them in the backyard. I wanted to show them to you, because of all the blossoms. I’m not sure if we’ll have that many berries, but it will certainly be a lot if they do grow. We don’t make syrup or jelly with them. We save them for the robins to eat when they come in August and for us to just eat. The robins love them and even come back in the spring looking for extra berries.
These photos were taken with my Samsung Galaxy J3 Luna Pro smartphone.
Have a great week, y’all! And take some awesome photos while on the homestead!
(received in exchange for an honest review)
As an adult do you know much about the Vietnam War? Do you know any middle school or young adult readers who are interested in the war or who need to learn a more personal perspective for school?
Matt and Ellie, homeschooled brother and sister, are excited when their neighbor, Mr. Ed, brings home an Army Loach (type of helicopter). Over the course of nearly two years Matt and Ellie help restore the helicopter and learn about Mr. Ed’s experiences in Basic Training and his time serving in Vietnam. Mr. Ed focuses on the the parts of the helicopter and how it was flown, life and the manuvers that happened at Cu Chi, and what it was like when he returned home. Matt, Ellie, and you will learn about patriotism, respect, history, sacrifice, and more from Mr. Ed.
About the Author-
Mr. Chris Peluso is a retired paramedic and firefighter who holds a Master of Education degree. He is a father to four children who are homeschooled. He is a Sunday-school teacher and Living History Interpreter.
-I’ve gone to talks given by Vietnam Veterans and learned a lot. This book by Mr. Chris Peluso has given me a view point from a helicopter pilot that is geared towards all ages and doesn’t focus on the negativity of the war here in the States or on the field.
-I liked how Mr. Peluso took his experience of talking with his own neighbor, ‘Mr. Ed,’ and turned it into a story for all to learn and enjoy. For those parents who are wonding if this book has been written to a child’s sensitivity, yes! The forward will help you feel secure in that knowledge. If you still have questions about if it is or not, feel free to read the book and learn a lot about being a helicopter operator in Vietnam.
-There was so much great description of the helicopters and Vietnam that I could close my eyes and imagine being there. The one thing I would have really appreciated was a diagram of the cockpit of the different helicopters. Mr. Ed went into great detail describing the cockpits of the Loach and Huey, and I would have liked knowing what and where in the helicopter he was discussing.
-There are two places in this book that really made me pause and think. The first one was on page 44 and was given to Mr. Ed, before he went to Vietnam on his tour, by his dad. His dad wanted him to make sure that he didn’t worry about what he couldn’t control. He needed to accept it and carry on. The second one was when Matt was trying to show Ellie how to plant her garden on page 188. Mr. Ed caught Matt not being a good teacher and leader. Teachers don’t yell when people get things wrong, and leaders need to always lead by example. They need to make sure they are doing what they are asking others to do.
I highly recommend this book to everyone who wants to learn more about the Vietnam War.
Genre- Juvenile Fiction / Historical / Military & Wars
Published by- Elm Hill
Number of pages- 238
Age Group- Middle School and Young Adult
Description of book- Paperback, listed price- $13.99, ISBN 978-1-5955-4845-0
Disclosure of Material Connection- I received a FREE copy of this product from Dawn Peluso in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.