Gerald Allen Wunsch
Read … Recommended … 5 stars
Ginger Wannamaker and her best
friend Irene Fong are spending all of July in Southern Indiana
with Ginger's paternal grandparents George and Abby while the
girls' parents are on a trip to Europe.
The girls are fascinated with
the old glass filling the window panes in the more than 100 year
old farm house where Ginger's grandparents live. Grandma is into
old time rock and roll and George is working on his MG out in
carriage house. Laird a Wire Fox Terrier who does tricks for
residents at nearby Christian Village nursing home round out
Following a ride in the MG to
visit neighbors, genealogists, local historians John and Harriet
Brown who are tracing history of pioneers in the county the girls
learn a bit about the Underground Railroad. The Brown's old house
was built in 1850, and has a space behind the book case near
fireplace. The hiding place is completed with a ladder and trap
door which was used by runnaway slaves to climb up to attic Irene
relates that some of her ancestors were slaves in Suriname.
Back home on the Wannamaker grounds
Laird ends up in a here to fore unknown pit finished with stone
walls. Grandpa thinks perhaps the cavity is an old root cellar.
The girls go exploring and later with grandpa's help find an
entrance to a tunnel in the cellar. The tunnel leads to the basement
under kitchen prompting a quick note to the National Park Service.
Ranger Ferris comes out to check out the cellar and tunnel and
by the time the girl's parents return from their holiday The
Wannamaker's have an application pending to add the site to list
of Underground Railroad sites.
"Curiosity" is a entertaining
book rooted in historical fact and illustrated by original line
drawings snapping with fun and verve. Writer Wunsch draws on
his interests in history, coin collecting, slavery in general
and the Underground Railroad in particular as grist for the tale.
Characters are lively, believable
and filled with inquisitiveness in this fast paced children's
chapter book. Vocabulary used on the pages of "Curiosity"
is within the realm of most readers of the target audience. The
book will prove valuable in classrooms, for home schooling and
as an addition to the pleasure reading library. This is a book
I could use one chapter at a time in my Kindergarten-First Grade
during 'read to' story time. I especially liked the 'Learning
More' pages. At the end of many chapters appear the words 'want
to know more go to:' where additional information concerning
wire fox terriers, Suriname, underground railroad, MG T series
coupe, slavery, buffalo nickels, and underground railroad web
sites is available.
Enjoyed the Read, Happy to Recommend.