The only remaining female in the George Nash family, Ociee chooses to view herself as more brother than sister. Her favorite outfit is soft, worn dungarees and her brother Ben's old shirt that Mama made. Ociee's hair is a wispy web of curls and, dreadfully, it usually falls in her face when her self-tied ribbons slide down her back. Her gray eyes sparkle as she delights in jumping on moving boxcars and chasing strangers who dare to wander upon her frontier Mississippi farm.
This same little tomboy also goes to great pains to cook and clean and make a home for her beloved Papa and brothers Fred and Ben. She tries valiantly to fill the hole her Mama's death has left in the family. She fingers Mama's locket and hopes the touch of it will make things feel better. Ociee endears herself to all while she moves from her mother's traumatic funeral and its repercussions to a personal celebration of her own young life. Her eyes learn to see beyond stereotypes and traditional viewpoints as she looks into the hearts of people and finds only what is strong and joyful within them.
Ociee giggles as only an innocent child can giggle; yet her youthful spirit carries what would seem to be the wisdom of an older soul. Ociee triumphs over the sadness, fear, and anxiety of the painful occurrences of her early life. In doing just that, she will bloom in a new garden and weave her charm into the fabric of those who come to know her in a new home on Charlotte Street.
This was a sweet story with heart-gripping moments as told by a little girl who lost her Mom. She lived on a farm with her dad and two brothers and took over the role of the lady in the family. Her Papa decided to send her to live with her maiden aunt in North Carolina so that she could be taught all of the things that young girls need to learn at the age of 10. it was a huge adjustment for them all but it turns out to be a wise choice on her Papa's part. Life takes many twists and turns but Ocee adjusts well and is happy with her new life.
This is a compelling insight into the real world of hard knocks that can have a happy ending.
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks so much!. The narrator was fantastic and I hope to hear more from her.