Monday, January 23, 2012

Velma T.'s Vitamin Revitalizer

I'm really enjoying reading Moon Over Manifest, the 2011 Newbery award winner by Clare Vanderpool.  Ms Vanderpool combines a casts of colorful, loveable characters, a little history, entertaining news articles from the past, and advertisements for helpful remedies to whatever ails you.  Add several layers of mystery and a spunky protagonist, and the author hit just the right recipe for a really enjoyable book.  She also included within the book, a story within the story, and the ensuing two settings, both of which she does well enough that a reader can see and here and feel the story.  The primary story takes place in the late 1930s, the dust bowl, depression and prohibition.  The secondary story consists of flashbacks, in the form of old letters and the stories of the local diviner, which take the reader, along with the protagonist and her girlfriends, twenty years back to the days when the local boys were going off to fight in the Great War.

Considering the short, gray days of winter, and the blah feeling that often afflicts me this time of year, I'm thinking I might try to get ahold of some of this featured elixir.
Velma T's Vitamin Revitalizer
Need a pick-me-up? Try this 
chemist's solution to low 
energy and stamina. With a 
carefully tested combination 
of iron, potassium, and calcium, 
it will give you a new spring 
in your step and you'll be able 
to accomplish the many tasks 
asked of you throughout the day. 
Just one teaspoon at morning 
and night and you will have the 
wherewithal of your youth. See 
Velma T. at the high school to 
get your Vitamin Revitalizer today.

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