John Bloom and the Victory Garden is the rollicking tale of 3 boys at the dawn of America s involvement in WWII John Bloom, and his best friends Joe and Chewie live, play, and get into adventures in 1940 s era Appleside, NJ Because children are generally joyful and tend to put importance on the goings on of their own worlds than those of grown ups, the events of theJohn Bloom and the Victory Garden is the rollicking tale of 3 boys at the dawn of America s involvement in WWII John Bloom, and his best friends Joe and Chewie live, play, and get into adventures in 1940 s era Appleside, NJ Because children are generally joyful and tend to put importance on the goings on of their own worlds than those of grown ups, the events of the war are woven into the boy s daily lives Along the way, a bitter and cynical old man is drawn into their hijinks, and contributes his own joy to the lives of these 3.Chapter One invites the reader to join John and his friends in Appleside, NJ on the afternoon of December 6th, 1941 Through newspaper headlines and radio bulletins, the boys learn about the incredible events of the war beginning with the attack on Hawaii by the Empire of Japan As the story moves along, John and his friends learn that everyone not just soldiers can make a difference They learn that commitment leads to ultimate success and that taking a seemingly insurmountable task one step at a time will make that task simple John, Joe and Chewie learn about where their food comes from, and how important good food is to the Allies overseas.John Bloom and the Victory Garden is not just a story of Homefront USA during WWII Its about faith, endurance and sturdy values that transcend time and cultural differences It s about accepting tough times, struggle and adversity and overcoming them anyway It s about seeing the humor in life, and helping others to see the humor too.But mostly, they just have a gut busting great time
John Bloom and the Victory Garden John Bloom and the Victory Garden is the rollicking tale of boys at the dawn of America s involvement in WWII John Bloom and his best friends Joe and Chewie live play and get into adventures in
When John Bloom, 10, woke up on Monday, December 8, 1941, he woke up to the news that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor the day before. America was now at war and John feels he needs to do something to support his country.John thinks that forming a club with his friends Chewie and Joe so that they can do good-works projects is a good idea. His frineds agree and they name it The American Boys Club, or the ABC, for short. They decide their first project should be chopping firewood for a neighbo [...]
Powerful WWII story for boys - history, food, and coming of ageAuthor Leigh Shearin’s John Bloom and the Victory Garden, the first of her John Bloom Series, is a sure-fire win for boys in grades 3-8, history buffs, and foodies. The author stirs these incongruent ingredients into a powerful tale that comes together like a perfect three-course meal, and it leaves the reader eager for more. Characters, SettingThe story is a time capsule of life in a small, northeastern U.S. town on the eve of Pea [...]
My Review: (4.5/5 Stars) Title: John Bloom and the Garden of Victory | Author: Leigh Shearin | Publication Date: October 27, 2014 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 195 | Recommended Grades: 3-8Author Leigh Shearin's "John Bloom and the Victory Garden," the first of her "John Bloom Series," is a sure-fire win for readers in grades 3-8, history buffs, and foodies. The story centers around three boys (John, Joe, and Chewie), all age ten, who are friends and live in the same small farming town commu [...]
I loved this book. The book takes place during WWII. Three young boys deal with America going to war. Humor, friendship, and faith is woven into the story making it an entertaining way to learn history. Great for boys ages 9 - 14.
Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewIEF RECAP:The story centers around three boys (John, Joe, and Chewie), all age ten, who are friends and live in the same small farming town community of Appleside, New Jersey. Up until December 7, 1941, the boys’ life consists of mischievous neighborhood pranks, and basically just being rambunctious ten year old boys. However, their mindsets, and life as they know it, suddenly change when they receive news of Japan bombi [...]
I used to live in a house that still had remnants of a World War I victory garden popping up between the flowers so I was immediately drawn to this book. So glad that I picked it up this historical fiction tale.Shearin does an amazing job of capturing the spirit of the three main characters and best friends, ten year olds, John, Joe, and Chewie. The story opens in Appleside, NJ, a small town on December 6, 1941. These three boys and their families will suddenly find their lives turned upside dow [...]
John Bloom and the Victory Garden is the story of John Bloom and his friends during World War II. The book is like a time capsule of sorts and gives us a glimpse of life back in the 1940s. As I read through the book, my mind forms wonderful images of friendship, family and food shared during those times. I am not very familiar with most American food being mentioned here (I am from the Philippines) but they all sound good and my mouth waters at the mention of dessert.The story has a pretty slow [...]
John Bloom and the Victory Garden takes readers on a historical journey back to when times were simpler and neighbors helped neighbors. It's also a time of American pride and a country is at war. The story reminds us how love for country can bring families and friends together in hopes of making a difference.John is an average 10 year old boy living in a small town in New Jersey. It's the 1940's and the only thing on John's mind is whether or not the Indian arrowhead he has will be worthy of a t [...]
On the eve of the attack on Pearl Harbor, John Bloom along with his best pals Chewie and Joe spend their days having fun and causing trouble in their small town of Appleside, NJ. When news of the USA entering the war is heard, the boys want to do anything they can to help out. They decide to form the American Boys' Club- ABC. John sees that one of his elderly neighbors, Mr. Hutchins could use some help around his house, his friends aren't too sure about helping the grumpy older guy who wields a [...]
John Bloom and the Victory Garden is an imaginative story about John Bloom and his gang of friends. Readers will enjoy the adventures the friends share in their small town during the days leading up to and following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. I was drawn to reading this book because my grandfather fought in World War II and often spoke of Victory Gardens. It is evident from reading this book that the characters in the story reflect individuals from the author's real life by the way the charact [...]
John Bloom and the Victory Garden is historical fiction for children. It occurs in 1941-1942 right before and after the attack on Pearl Harbor. It explains how the United States got involved in World War II and how these events affected three 10 year old boys. Leigh Shearin also does a good job at depicting that era: listening to the radio in the evening, the typical foods people ate, most moms staying home to take care of their families, etc.John, Joe, and Chewie are typical boys. John is the m [...]
Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this ebook for purposes of review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.I found John Bloom and the Victory Garden to be a very enjoyable read. My 11-yr-old daughter enjoyed it very much, as well. It offered an opening to engage in an enjoyable activity together and to talk about history. She is a very good student and spent some time looking up information about the historical events discussed in the book. She has had mor [...]
T. Clary's review is so well-thought-out that I don't know that there is anything I could add or say better.
John Bloom seems to be like any other young boy. He chums around with other boys his age and he collects all kinds of treasures, things found around his home and in neighboring fields, like the Indian arrowhead that he's planning to trade with his friend, Chewie, for a rabbit skull. John's best friends are Chewie and Joe and one of his favorite pastimes, other than finding treasures, is eating. Food seems to be a very important part of the boys' growing up years. All that they hold dear is threa [...]