By Linda Egenes
Drawn to their slower speed of existence and their resistance to the lures of a client society, Egenes came upon a hot welcome one of the Amish, and in go back she has given us an both hot point of view on Amish kin lifestyles as she skilled it. The Amish worth concord in kinfolk lifestyles notably, and Egenes discovered an abundance of concord as she savored do-it-yourself ice cream in a kitchen the place the fridge ran on kerosene, realized to exploit a two-bucket cow, helped prepare dinner for 9 in a summer season kitchen, spent the day in a one-room schoolhouse, and sang “The Hymn of compliment” in its unique German at Sunday service.
Whether quilting at a weekly stitching circle above the Stringtown Grocery, taking part in Dutch Blitz and Dare Base with schoolchildren, studying the intricacies of harness making, or mulching strawberries in an incredible backyard, Egenes used to be taken care of with the kindness, recognize, and dignity that exemplify the powerful neighborhood ties of the Amish. Her attractive account of her visits with the Amish, fantastically illustrated with woodcuts through Caldecott Medal winner Mary Azarian, finds the serene and peaceable methods of a simple humans whose lives are something yet plain.