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Megan's Year: An Irish Traveler's Story Review by Nancy Casari Dayton

By Gloria Whelan; illustrated by Beth Peck
Sleeping Bear Press
315 E. Eisenhower Pkwy, Suite 200
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

I appreciate books that can show children a different part of the world, a different culture, or a different lifestyle. This book does all that. The "Irish Traveler" lifestyle is not one with which I am familiar. I enjoyed becoming acquainted with the unique joys and challenges of the character's family. The illustrations are of an impressionistic style, as the story provides an impression of a year in the life of one Traveler family as told from the perspective of a young girl named Megan. The author includes a brief background of Travelers and a Glossary of words.

My seven-year-old daughter loves traveling by car; I think she will be intrigued by the idea of the Traveler lifestyle.

Product review by Nancy Casari Dayton, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, October 2011