A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Three Reasons to Read:
1. It’s good to get a kid’s perspective on life every now and then. And, Betty Smith gives us a glimpse of days gone by through the fresh eyes of the ever observant Francie Nolan.
2. You can’t help but chuckle, cringe, and cry along with the Nolan family. Stories told so simply, these characters could be your own relatives or neighbours — they seem so real.
3. It’s a classic for a reason. Smith’s writing style isn’t overly poetic, but she chooses her words well, and sometimes they bloom right there in the middle of the page. There are so many great lines and passages that capture a time and place and experience so precisely, it’s as if she’s setting before you a window through which you can glimpse the everyday realities of the early 1900s.