When someone recommends a book to me, I do not like to be told too much because I like the author to surprise me on every page. But I do want you to read May B., so I will tell you a little bit about it. Mavis Betterly, called May B. by her family, is a 12-year-old girl who lives in a Kansas frontier prairie sod house. In order to earn some money for her family, May B. is taken by her father to another, much smaller sod house fifteen miles from home to help with the housekeeping of a newly married young couple. She is scared and worried and takes her precious reader and her slate with her to keep up her school work. Her father won’t be back to get her until Christmas. As the story unfolds, something unexpected happens, and May B. has to find a way to survive. But she is smarter than she thought she was and is determined. When you finish the book, ask yourself if you could do what May B. does.
Caroline Starr Rose, the author, tells this remarkable tale in a kind of poetry. It is fun to read and moves very quickly. Even though the story is about a girl, it is a good book for boys and girls….and adults will like it, too! Read May B. and wonder what it would be like to live on the Kansas frontier over one hundred years ago.