” ‘Oh, Meggie.’ Mom had pulled me to her, hugging me hard, smelling like cold cream and Sweetheart Soap. ‘I have to do something. I just can’t stay home all day and knit socks.’ “
During the war years, the Andrews Sisters sang many hit songs. In our story, Meggie hears them singing “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” on a nieghbor’s radio.
Here they are dressed in uniform. Left to right: Maxene, Patty, and LaVerne.
During World War II people were encouraged to grow vegetables. These gardens were called “Victory Gardens” and helped people feel like they were contributing to the war effort. In Willow Run, Grandpa is very involved with his garden and even gives Meggie an envelope of seeds to take to Michigan.
What else is important to Grandpa and how does the author invite us to discover these?
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WILLOW RUN is the companion to LILY’S CROSSING by two-time Newbery Honor-Winning author Patricia Reilly Giff. Girlfriends Read just finished our discussion about Lily and now we will explore Meggie’s life. Her world in Rockaway, New York has been turned upside down by World War II. Her older brother, Eddie, is fighting in Europe. Meggie’s father has announced that they must help the war effort and move to Willow Run, Michigan, where he’ll work in a factory, building planes. Meggie is sad about leaving Grandpa and her best friend, Lily, but she tells herself that Willow Run will be an adventure.